Kansas City's 3 best spots for low-priced vinyl records

Prospero's Books. | Photo: Neeca B./Yelp

Looking to sample the best vinyl records around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable vinyl record hot spots in Kansas City, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

1. Prospero's Books

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Topping the list is Prospero's Books, located at 1800 W. 39th St. in Volker. The bookstore, which offers music and DVDs, vinyl records and more, is the highest-rated cheap vinyl record spot in Kansas City, boasting four stars out of 70 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Monique H., who reviewed Prospero's Books on June 3, wrote, "Books on books on books! If you're looking for a bookstore to check out in the KC area, I would highly recommend Prospero's. There are three floors of very well-maintained and well-ordered books and other various media (DVDs, CDs, etc.)."

Heather D. noted, "What a neat find in KCK! I love a charming bookstore and this one does not disappoint! Great selection of recent bestsellers as well as classics. Such a fun store to explore."

2. Downbeat Coffee + Tea

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Next up is Volker's Downbeat Coffee + Tea, situated at 1200 W. 39th St., Floor 2. With 4.5 stars out of 23 reviews on Yelp, the jazz and blues spot, which offers coffee, tea and vinyl records, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Downbeat Coffee + Tea.

"We opened in 2012 in the quaint West Plaza neighborhood, then moved in 2015 to our new and current location of 1200 W. 39th St, Kansas City, MO," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "We are often open until 9 pm or later on Fridays and Saturdays for our various special events - Vintage Film Night (Real 16mm Projected films! ), Live Jazz, DJs, Silent Film Nights w/ Live Piano, Health and Massage Clinics and more in addition to our monthly Beats and Brew (Live Hip Hop Showcase) every Second Sunday of the month from 1-3pm."

In terms of signature items, "We specialize in the finest medium roasted coffee, a variety of teas, have an art gallery, and sell vinyl records (LPs and 45s)," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

3. Revolution Records

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Hospital Hill's Revolution Records, located at 1830 Locust St., is another top choice. Yelpers give the budget-friendly bookstore, which offers vinyl records and more, four stars out of 10 reviews. 

The site has lots more information on Revolution Records.

"Formerly Zebedee's RPM on 39th St., a move prompted a name change and a whole new look for Kansas City's oldest/newest record store," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "With a newly expanded new vinyl section (including our exclusive imports), a freshly set up Diggers' Room (everything $2 or less! ), and a slew of live in-store performances, Revolution Records is bigger and better than ever!"

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"As a record store owner for over 30 years, you could say Steve has Vinyl in his blood," the business notes in the bio section of its Yelp profile.

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "​Revolution isn't your average record and book shop," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "Our space is more reminiscent of an old-school neighborhood store, the kind where you could go for good recommendations and friendly folks. We strive to build a sense of community and foster the relationship between local artists and enthusiasts ."

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