King Jam Records

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full shelf
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The wonders of vinyl
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the store
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Dark side of the table
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Staring at the next album

The one stop shop for vinyl.


King Jam is a great place to buy vinyl records. With so many popular and classic records to choose from, our Vinyl Store could be just as fun to browse as a neighborhood record shop. From the best new album releases like Adele’s 30 or the new Harry Style’s vinyl to popular classics from The Beatles, AC/DC, Nirvana or Queen, King Jam has record albums for all music lovers. Discover the best vinyl albums and LPs from hip hop, rock and pop to country, classical and more. Check out our wide selection of record players to listen to music in style. Make sure you take care of your vinyl records by storing, handling, and cleaning them properly! Store your vinyl in a clean, dry place where it won't experience extreme temperature changes. Ever notice that vinyl records are never stacked horizontally? There's a reason for that! To avoid warping your vinyl, store them vertically in a crate or carrying case. Also, make sure you handle your vinyl with care. Hold your vinyl record by the edges or inner label, just like you would a CD!

Our history

The idea of King Jam developed from a business I did as a teenager re-sell 78-rpm jukebox records in his father’s Sacramento drug store, and it evolved into a record megastore that would change the way we connect with music in the predigital era. From the ‘60s through the ‘90s King Jam was the reigning music retailer, an oasis at the intersection of music, art and culture known for its volume and backed by its deep knowledgeable, audiophile staff. An iconic mecca for music discovery, King’s strong visual codes and community philosophy ignited a sense of identity across generations with the mantra: “No Music No Life”. At its peak, King Jam grew to more than 200 locations in 20 states and 18 countries, and more than 1 billion annual sales. A global brand with a clear and compelling vision.

Our Promise

King Jam applied a fresh and innovative attitude towards management, with a ‘local-first’ approach that allowed the stores to run with an independent spirit and thus with a finger on the pulse of the musical and cultural zeitgeist. Upon entering a King Jam store, visitors were greeted by knowledgeable aficionados and tall stacks of the latest albums near the front door. Long aisles contained thousands of titles in every imaginable music genre created. The store stayed open late and became evening hangouts for thousands of music fans, who would stop in and buy a few items as part of their nights out: King Jam is on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and Broadway in New York’s Greenwich Village were landmarks in their own right. The shops made devotees of the stars. Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl were regular visitors, and King's most famous patron was Elton John.