P&C MUSIC 6, Devonshire Place Skipton Road Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 4AA T: 01423 504035
Opening hours: 9.30 - 5.30 Tuesday - Saturday
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Welcome to P&C Music! We are now celebrating 23 years of service to music lovers in the UK and overseas.
THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW THURSDAY 1st FEBRUARY
I will be attending the funeral of my father-in-law John, who passed away on January 14th.
For those who visited the shop when it was on Commercial Street, you may remember John as he used to come in and help me out, including doing the accounts.
There was room for a little round table with some chairs where he used to sit and was often joined by some chums of ours who would have a cup of tea and biscuits with him.
As any sole trader knows, it’s difficult to find time to get a bite to eat when you have customers both in person and on the ‘phone. One lunchtime, literally every time I picked up my sandwich the ‘phone went, and when it got to around 2.30 in the afternoon I was getting more than a little grumpy. John was chatting away with his friends and after yet another call I said “If that ******** ‘phone goes again, I’ll….” and picked up my sandwich again. I was just raising it to my mouth when the ‘phone rang again. I threw the sandwich down and through gritted teeth said “Hello, P&C Music, can I help you!”. The voice at the other end of the mobile was John’s, saying “Just wondered if you’d had time to eat your sandwich yet”. The other two were falling about with laughter and I joined in too.
That’s my little tribute to a lovely man who I miss very much.
JOHN ANTONY HOLMES
6 JUNE 1935 – 14 JANUARY 2018
REST IN PEACE, JOHN.
UPDATE ON THE BIG P&C MUSIC BLUE SPOT SALE!
From 2nd January 2018, lots more items joined the Blue Spot Sale, including lots of new CDs in all musical genres. Although a lot have gone already, there’s plenty more 20% discount bargains to be had. Every new LP, 10″ and 7″ in store with a blue spot sticker on the front of the sleeve is 20% off. Offers include not only everything from this year’s Record Store Day, but also lots of other desirable items. Most of them are now OUT OF PRINT so instead of getting ripped off by online auction sellers, support Harrogate’s longest-established record shop and buy from us at 20% less than their original price! So fill your vinyl boots, treat somebody else, or buy that birthday present now instead of at the last minute. By the way, if you see spots of any colour other than blue, go to Specsavers!
NB The blue spot pictured above is somewhat larger than the ones on the records.
LOTS OF NEW VINYL JUST IN
Guns n Roses, Stone the Crows, U2, Radiohead, Noel Gallagher and HFB, The Masterminds, J Dilla, Madvillain (2 different), The Yancey Boys, Lord Sitar, Cibo Matto, Julie London, Midlake, Offwhyte, Gauchiste, White Empress, Necromorph, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Void Generator, Wire, Ellis Island Sound, Black Crows, The Mission, Therapy, Fantastic Beasts OST, Barrington Levy, Circa Waves, Elbow, Flatliners, Moondog, Nirvana, Leonard Cohen (2 different), Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, A Tribe called Quest, Bruce Springsteen, Anti-Flag, Dick Dale and his Del-Tones, Twisted Sister, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, Rick Wakeman, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Beck, Juliette Greco, Jefferson Airplane, Max Richter (Sleep remixes), Ravi Shankar, Flogging Molly, Neil Young, Link Wray and the Wraymen, Spinal Tap Break like the wind picture disc, Frank Turner (2 different), Judas Priest, Davie Bowie Blackstar, Fleetwood Mac, Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, Lloyd Price, Prince, Nino Rota 8 e mezzo soundtrack, Joe Harriott, John Coltrane, Les Baxter SOLD OUT, Mastodon SOLD OUT, The Cramps, Isaac Hayes, Arthur Kitchener, Brother Jack McDuff, Cockney Rejects, Dead Kennedys SOLD OUT, Downliners Sect, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Discharge SOLD OUT and lots of American punk.
This list updated 17 January to show what has sold since the stock arrived.
VINYL IS THE IDEAL PRESENT….AND NOT JUST AT CHRISTMAS OR ON RECORD STORE DAY!
In case of any misunderstanding, I’m talking about records, not clothing! Although…. no, moving on…
Behind the scenes at P&C Music I’ve been building up the stock of new LPs, as we already have lots of pre-owned vinyl.
At P&C we respect the musical tastes of all our customers and will order in whatever is wanted. But with such a lot of stock, most customers find something they can’t resist.
In no especial order, all the following are new to stock and I think you’ll agree there’s something from every musical genre. Because some are in limited editions, or I have only one copy left, I recommend you visit as soon as you can. That said, I am adding more every day! If you can’t visit, don’t forget we do mail order to any UK or overseas address.
Top of the list is the Rolling Stones latest double album, Blue and Lonesome. Recognised as a return to their best form it went out of print straight away and lots of fans all over the country couldn’t get one anywhere before Christmas. Now it’s been re-pressed but there’s just a chance it might sell out again. Price for this double album is £31.49.
Metallica: Hardwired to self-destruct. Just one left @£31.49.
Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Scream pic disc LP £24.49
Bob Marley: Sun is shining 3LP – in gorgeous red, yellow and green vinyl, celebrating the colours of the Jamaican flag. £26.99 BACK IN STOCK!
Nicole Dollanganger: Ode to Dawn Wiener (Embarrassing love songs) £31.49
Christine and the Queens: Chaleur Humaine 2LP clear vinyl + CD package
£21.99 SOLD OUT
Iggy Pop: Post pop depression £21.99
James Brown: Try me £16.99
Bob Dylan: Freewheelin’ Outtakes £17.99
Masked Intruder: Masked Intruder £24.99
Neil Young: Silver and gold £17.99
Lana de Rey: Born to die £21.99
Ginger Baker: Horses and trees £16.99
Canterbury Glass: Sacred scenes and characters £17.99
Bob Wayne: Back to the camper £16.99
Of Montreal: Lousy with Sylvianbriar £16.99
Diana Ross: The Force behind the Power £16.99
Public Services Broadcasting: Race for Space remixes orange vinyl £17.99
Nosferatu OST: James Bernard 2LP red vinyl £25,99
The Terminator OST: Brad Fiedel 2LP £28.99
Stevie Nicks: Bella Donna £17.99
Lianne la Havas: Blood £17.99
Death cab for cutie: Narrow stairs £21.99
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green river £21.99
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 2LP £23.99
a-ha: Cast in steel £17.99
The Clash: Give ’em enough rope £16.99
After the burial: Dig deep £15.99
Max Romeo: Horror zone 2LP £21.99
The 1975: The 1975 2LP £28.99
The Doors: Strange Days; Waiting for the Sun; The Soft Parade £17.99 each
Stornoway: Bonxie £17.99
Daughter: Not to disappear £21.99 SOLD OUT
Dusty Springfield: There’s a big wheel £18.99
The Smiths: The Queen is Dead; The Smiths; Strangeways here we come £17.99 each
The Gaslight Anthem: The Gaslight Anthem £17.99
The Members: Live at the Chelsea Nightclub pic disc LP £24.49
Van Morrison: Keep me singing £22.99 SOLD OUT
Alfie OST: Sonny Rollins and the Oliver Nelson Orchestra £22.99
Jackie Wilson: A woman, a lover, a friend £17.99
Yellowman: Mr Yellowman £16.99
Tax the Heat: Fed to the lions £17.99
Super Furry Animals: Fuzzy logic £22.99
Regina Spektor: Remember us to life 2LP £20.99
Love: Forever Changes £17.99
To purchase any or all (!) of these, contact me on 01423 504035
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RECORD STORE DAY 2016
Nearly all our remaining titles from RSD2016 and earlier are now 20% off their original prices! Click on the links
Visit the shop and browse through the thousands of CDs and vinyl records on display. If you are unable to do so, email email@example.com to make an enquiry or place an order. We can then send your gift direct to any UK or overseas address you specify. Have you thought about audiobooks on CD? We have a large selection, including crime fiction, biography/autobiography, adventure and romance. They’re ideal for a long car journey, as there’s nothing like a whodunit to keep you awake! As for music, every genre is available on CD or vinyl.
We have also vintage, mounted sheet music dating from the Second World War and earlier. Failing all of that, what do you buy the music lover who has everything? One of our gift tokens, of course! You choose the value of the token and we will order whatever the recipient wants if it is not in stock. Mail order is available for any CD or vinyl record requested.
SUPPORT LOCAL, INDEPENDENT TRADERS – LIKE US! Whether it’s for a special occasion, a ‘thank you’ or a gift for no particular reason, P&C Music has thousands of vinyl records and CDs to choose from, any one of which could make the perfect present. And by shopping local, you’ll help to support an independent shop and family business. We look forward to seeing you! If you like us, help to spread the word and please say so on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
PLEASE NOTE OUR NOT SO NEW ADDRESS (we moved in July 2015):P&C MUSIC 6, DEVONSHIRE PLACE SKIPTON ROAD HARROGATE NORTH YORKSHIRE HG1 4AA
There is some space to park at the rear of the shop whilst you visit us, but pleasedo not park in any of the bays designated for owners of the flats or businesses and make sure you do not block vehicle access to or from the area. Go to https://www.google.com/maps/place/Devonshire+Pl,+Harrogate,+North+Yorkshire+HG1+4AA,+UKfirstname.lastname@example.org,-1.527639,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x487953db175d4a11:0xe4b3f20350e96adc?hl=en-GB for a map which shows Devonshire Place and the location of our new shop. Commercial Street – the site of our former premises – is to the south west and the distance between the two is less than half a mile. You will need to click on + to enlarge the map to the point where it will show the location of the new shop. We are actually on Skipton Road (the A59), not some distance back from it, and just to the left of the Devonshire Arms (the pub now trades under the name 10 Devonshire Place).
ALL CONTACT POINTS – TELEPHONE, EMAIL, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER – REMAIN THE SAME AS NOW.
Please tell everyone you know that WE HAVE NOT CLOSED!!! Despite this unequivocal statement and our informing as many people as we can by telephone, email and social media that all we have done is move, there are still people spreading rumours that we have closed. I suspect that they don’t have internet access so cannot read this webpage, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. It’s a constant battle to counter this damaging gossip which I have to deal with on a day to day basis. The last thing we want is for trade to be affected adversely by misunderstanding or even mischief. If you support our shop, please tell everyone you know that we are now serving customers in our shop at 6, Devonshire Place! We hope you will continue to support Harrogate’s ‘specialist record shop for all your music needs’, because without you we can’t continue. A big ‘THANK YOU ‘ goes out to all our regular customers who we will hope will stay with us, and a warm welcome will be offered to anyone who visits for the first time.
Music in the form of a square
For those who visited us in Commercial Street, the new premises could not be more different – it’s square instead of long. To say that it has been a challenge to find the most practical configuration for the CD racks is something of an understatement. But when I first saw the new shop I knew that it would be much better for vinyl fans – twelve boxes of albums are now at a browseable height on a wide shelf by the front window, rather than on the floor underneath the CD racks. In addition, there is a fold-out shelf which will enable inspection of boxes of vinyl singles. No longer will I hear the sound of aged knees going off like pistol shots as each beleaguered record collector attempts to browse through crates of LPs; gone forever are their groans of dismay as they try to get up after fifteen minutes of being in an almost foetal position; and I can finally say goodbye to helping each one of them hobble out of the shop whilst they press a hand to the affected area at the small of their back.
Come and say hello
If you haven’t visited us yet, please come and see us. Apparently, some people have gone to our old shop in Commercial Street and seen that the premises now sells Slavic food and groceries. Instead of assuming that we had closed, they could have asked what happened to that great record shop that used to be there, by going to the premises either side of it, namely Lilly’s Café or Addyman’s Butchers and asking for directions! So please tell everyone you know that we are going strong less than half a mile away from Commercial Street!
What is P&C Music?
It’s an independent record shop and family business. Established in 1994 and under new management since May 2010, we pride ourselves on
making all visitors to the shop or website feel welcome
our dedicated service – the personal touch
helping customers find the kind of music they like
our expert knowledge of all kinds of recorded music
making your enthusiasm our enthusiasm
respecting the musical tastes of all customers
our success in tracing rarities and deletions
our expertise in identifying a piece of music a customer has heard (sometimes without knowing the title, performer or composer), and finding a suitable recording of it.
What’s special about P&C Music?
Quite simply, we pride ourselves on our personal service. Proprietor Peter Robinson began selling records by mail order in 1967 – that’s 48 years’ experience. Visit the shop, ‘phone or email him and he’ll do his best to help you. He will also respect your knowledge and only offer advice if asked. At P&C Music, we will order anything not in stock and quote you a price without any obligation to purchase. You can also buy a gift voucher for the ‘music lover who has everything’. We can help you choose presents for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and so on, or supply CDs as background music for a special or formal occasion. Sadly, this includes funerals; if there is a particular piece of music you require, we can usually provide it.
Our mail order packaging is sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of any postal service and ensure that your purchase will reach any UK or overseas address not only promptly, but also unscathed – after nearly 50 years of doing mail orders, you can rely on Peter to get it right! Unlike some online sellers, we have an actual shop which is brimful of all kinds of recorded music on CD, vinyl and 78rpm discs and you can browse to your heart’s content. If you want to, you can chat to customers or staff. You will receive courteous, personal service. You can of course send us an email with your order or enquiry, but better still, come and see us. If you are near Yorkshire or intend to be, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.
Do we still sell classical music? Yes, we do! Shop owner Peter has an in-depth knowledge of it and can answer any questions you may have. For example, if you want to get into classical music and don’t know where to start, he can help by suggesting some things you might like. The photos here show just a few of the things we have in stock there’s thousands more, on CD and vinyl. All you have to do is ask!
Why have we changed our name from Pomp and Circumstance to P&C Music?
When the founder of the business decided to retire in 2010, we bought it from him. But almost immediately we knew that we would have to change the name of the shop, as it implied that we only sold classical music. The customers thought this too, as it put them off from coming in or visiting the website (this is what they told us, when they did eventually visit). Once we’d changed the name, things gradually improved. People we hadn’t met before started coming in and were delighted to see that we sold all kinds of music, not just classical. But it was very difficult to change the public perception of a shop that had only sold classical and jazz since 1994. So, with our webpage, Facebook, Twitter, our presence on other websites and in the local printed media, we are getting there! We are making new friends every day and we love sharing stories about record buying and our collections. Word is getting round that we are indeed ‘the specialist record shop for all your music needs’!
A record shop is not just for Record Store Day and Christmas…
I know I said something similar at the top of this page but… it needs repeating.
Don’t forget that we’re here to serve you all year round. We value your support and like every other independent retailer or sole trader, depend upon it to keep going. But all too often it’s a case of ‘feast or famine’ – Record Store Day and Christmas being the former. Please keep coming in as every purchase – however small – is important to us and helps us to continue. If only people stopped to think of the consequences when they order from that huge, faceless online retailer, the name of which is the same as that big river that runs through Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Every time they do so, it lessens the chances of survival for local shops. Independents don’t run on public funding like a library, museum or swimming pool, although some people seem to think so. This is characterised by people who come in and say:
– ‘Oh, I used to have that record!’
– ‘You don’t see many shops like this these days’
– ‘What a fantastic selection! I could spend a fortune in here.’
– ‘I’m not paying these prices!’ (when I ask them where they normally buy their records, they say ‘from a car boot sale’)
– ‘I’m so glad you’re still here’
– ‘I’ve got this one! And this one!’
– ‘I’ll come back when I’ve got more time’
– ‘Look at these! I just got them for 50p each from a charity shop’
Unfortunately, shops don’t run on compliments. To date, no-one who has made one or more of the above remarks has ever made a purchase here. No shop – ours included – has any right to keep going if the local community doesn’t value the service it provides, and a community is made up of individuals. It’s all too easy for us to imagine a closing-down sale thronged with people expressing regret at our closure, but who have rarely or ever supported the shop. The message is simple – use us or lose us, because once we’re gone, we’re gone for good.
Music brings people together. Since I took over the shop in May 2010, I have been privileged to meet the most interesting, kind, amusing and in general, wonderful people. It has been a pleasure to be of service to them and I want to take this opportunity to offer a huge and sincere THANK YOU to all who value the service we provide. Whether you are a regular customer or someone who has discovered us more recently – we will never take you for granted.
Compliments from our mail order customers
“Sorry I don’t do Twitter or Facebook – yet – but don’t know if you can use this: What a relief. The hardest part was lifting up the phone. One call to you and I’ve sorted my husband’s birthday present AND it’s going to arrive in the post”. J Binnie, Knaresborough
“YIPPEE! The CDs arrived safely this morning, bless you. You can be sure that I will seize every opportunity to advertise your excellent service. You remind me of my beloved Morse – a great love of classical music AND brilliant detective work” Allison Peterson, York
“When I was on holiday I visited your wonderful shop and have since bought many CDs on mail order. Your service is excellent. You are always able to get what I want, no matter how obscure it is” Mr J Penrose, Southampton
“You have been invaluable in finding CDs of the works our choral society has chosen to perform, and supplied them promptly, giving me plenty of time to rehearse” Mrs S Owen, Pontypridd
“Although I don’t buy many CDs, you always remember me and treat me with great courtesy and your expert advice has never failed to find something I like” Mr E W Bailey, Thirsk
“Thanks for tracking down that Prefab Sprout LP for me! My boyfriend loves it!” Ms D Nightingale, Bradford
“You were recommended by Banks of York who no longer take orders for CDs. For the last two years you have been able to supply everything I have asked you for, mostly from stock but otherwise on mail order. Long may you continue!” Mr I Franklin, York
Not many people know that… …we also offer a book search and order service for out of print books. As a qualified librarian I have all the skills necessary to ensure that you will receive the exact edition you ask for. Email me to place an order or ask for further details.
No comment necessary!
P&C Music owner Peter Robinson interviewed by Classic FM
We’ll order anything and send it anywhere! Whatever your taste in music, and whether you want it on CD, DVD or vinyl, we offer a full mail order service to any UK or overseas address. Give us what information you have and leave the rest to us – we are experienced ‘music detectives’, expert in tracking down rarities, deletions or the just plain obscure. We’ll give you a quote with no obligation to buy (that said, all those who have used us have been delighted with the results and the price we’ve quoted, which often includes airmail delivery). It could be a long-lost LP, which they lent to someone at a party in their youth, or a CD that has eluded every effort they’ve made to find it in twenty years. Either way, it’s immensely satisfying for us to see the happy face of the customer when they gaze at a record they thought they would never hold in their hands. We really can make some wishes come true…
Kid’s stuff We have a large selection of CDs designed to introduce children to classical music, ballet and world music, plus CD audiobooks of classic children’s stories. Click here for more information: For the younger listener
Let’s put on the show right here! Come and browse through our CDs and DVDs of shows and movie musicals or contact us by phone or email with your enquiry. West Side Story, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, South Pacific, My Fair Lady etc and other favourites are always in stock, but so are a lot of less well-known ones. Many are ripe for revival – are you listening, musical societies and drama groups?
Nostalgia is what it used to be With recordings dating back to the 1890s there’s so much to choose from at P&C. Whether it’s bawdy music-hall ballads, poetry or songs from the First World War, or ‘Flapper’ music from the 1920s, we stock it. And moving forward in time, we also have CDs with spoken memories of the Blitz, songs that roused the Nation during World War II, to the ‘time of beginning again’ in the post-war years through to the late 1950s. If you remember a song and want us to find it on a CD, just contact us. To place an order or make an enquiry, click here.
You don’t have to be Jewish… …to like Jewish music and humour. for more information, Click here
We welcome anyone who has taken the trouble to visit us. If you are unable to come to the shop, give us a call if you want to know if we have a particular item. We are particularly good at tracking down deletions, or locating a CD version of that much-loved but never-played LP in your collection. Just email email@example.com
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