Paul Pledger
This is me - Paul Pledger

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I have been collecting records since 1979. First records bought were Gene Chandler "Get Down" and Jean Michel Jarre "Equinoxe" but don't let that put you off! I have thousands of albums and singles, mainly of an eclectic nature - XTC, Dubstep, Durutti Column, Factory, 4AD, Crepuscule, Talk Talk and Reggae - the list goes on really.

I enjoy gigs and a decent pot of beer. See you there!!

Recent Articles

Fund-raisers - Photo: James White
 
Photo: James White
All for charity - the biggest names in music and comedy unite to appear in charity shows
  • Many of the UK and Ireland's leading charities organize fundraising shows up and down the country in the hope that the public will part with a few spare hours to attend and, most importantly, a few sp...
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Tears for Fears
 
Fat Friday: Tears for Fears, James Blunt, Morrissey, Sarah Millican, Bill Bailey, Michael McDonald, Tiësto, G3, Gorillaz, Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball and more
  • For ticket availability and details, click on the images below. Any prices quoted are exclusive of booking fees and are subject to change. On sale Friday unless stated otherwise. Subject to availabi...
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The Week Ahead
 
The Week Ahead: Robert Plant, Royal Blood, Depeche Mode, Chris Rea, Deep Purple, Rag N Bone Man, James Blunt, Aldous Harding, Future Islands and more
  • All prices are exclusive of booking fees and correct at the time of publication. Line-ups for festivals subject to last-minute changes. Click on the images for more details and to buy tickets (subject...
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Morrissey
 
Fat Friday: Morrissey, All Points East with LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Bjork, Tears For Fears, Rita Ora, Franz Ferdinand, Don Broco, Sheridan Smith and more
  • For ticket availability and details, click on the images below. Any prices quoted are exclusive of booking fees and are subject to change. On sale Friday unless stated otherwise. Subject to availabi...
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Liam Gallagher
 
Fat Friday: Liam Gallagher, Sam Smith, Flight of the Conchords, Professor Brian Cox, Turin Brakes, Level 42, Field Music, APE Presents The National and more
  • For ticket availability and details, click on the images below. Any prices quoted are exclusive of booking fees and are subject to change. On sale Friday unless stated otherwise. Subject to availabi...
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Reviews:

The Durutti Column - Short Stories for Pauline Album Review
  • A brand new album from Manchesters thin white guitar duke has been in the pipeline for some time now, but personal break-ups, a stroke and subsequent recovery have meant that the p...
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The+Wake+-+A+Light+Far+Out+Album+ReviewThe Wake - A Light Far Out Album Review
  • Formed in 1981 by former Altered Images guitarist Gerard (aka Caesar), Steven Allen and future Primal Scream icon Bobby Gillespie, theres enough pedigree here to earn The Wake some...
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Gabby+Young+%26+Other+Animals+-+The+Band+Called+Out+For+More+Album+ReviewGabby Young & Other Animals - The Band Called Out For More Album Review
  • From the opening rousing moments of new single and lead-track In Your Head, you get the feeling that youre in for a special forty minutes by sprightly self-proclaimed circus-swinge...
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Otis+Gibbs+-+Hard+As+Hammered+Hell+Album+ReviewOtis Gibbs - Hard As Hammered Hell Album Review
  • Theres a song on Gibbs 6th album entitled Big Whiskers which, after glancing at PR pictures of the gravel-voiced blues-peddlin bushwhackin fifth-grade yo-yo champion (it says here)...
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Kevin+Hewick+-+All+Was+Numbered+Album+ReviewKevin Hewick - All Was Numbered Album Review
  • This year marks the 30th anniversary of the well-documented opening of Manchesters world-renowned nightclub (and financial albatross) The Hacienda. As you might have expected, ther...
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Project+Trio+-+Random+Roads+Collection+Album+ReviewProject Trio - Random Roads Collection Album Review
  • For those unfamiliar with this Cleveland-born jazz-funk-beatboxing trio, where have you been since 2005? Probably the same place that I have, seeing as The Project Trio are a relat...
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The+Hut+People+-+Picnic+Album+ReviewThe Hut People - Picnic Album Review
  • They say you should never judge a CD by its sleeve, but taking one look at the humorous pair of chaps on the front of Picnic, armed with jolly grins and a picnic basket, provided m...
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Tom+Williams+and+the+Boat+-+Teenage+Blood+Album+ReviewTom Williams and the Boat - Teenage Blood Album Review
  • Within sixty seconds of the opening title-track, Im reminded of Broken Records, The Waterboys and Shearwater, three exponents of folk-rock who seem set to be joined by Kent-based W...
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Singles+round-up+featuring+The+Ghosts%2C+Theme+Park%2C+The+Mars+Volta%2C+Ane+brun%2C+The+Milk+and+more...+Singles+ReviewSingles round-up featuring The Ghosts, Theme Park, The Mars Volta, Ane brun, The Milk and more... Singles Review
  • Release schedules have gone a bit crazy of late, so lets dive into what promises to be the greatest selection of singles I have ever been presented with. Except that straight from ...
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The+Ghosts+-+The+End+Album+ReviewThe Ghosts - The End Album Review
  • Not to be confused with the BBC Sound of 2007 nominees of almost the same name, THE Ghosts were formed a few years later by Ou Est Le Swimming Pools occasional contributor Alex Sta...
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Ozric+Tentacles+-+Paper+Monkeys+Album+ReviewOzric Tentacles - Paper Monkeys Album Review
  • Some quarter of a century ago, the swirling psychedelia-electro rock of Ozric Tentacles appeared courtesy of a series of home-produced cassettes, before being slightly fine-tuned f...
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Elvis+Costello+-+The+Return+of+the+Spectacular+Spinning+Songbook+Album+ReviewElvis Costello - The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook Album Review
  • Some 40 years ago, a bespectacled and scrawny art-punk unleashed the first of what was to be an incredible catalogue of over 30 albums. My Aim Is True appeared in 1977 and promptly...
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The+Nightingales+-+No+Love+Lost+Album+ReviewThe Nightingales - No Love Lost Album Review
  • Ten years ago, two things seemed very unlikely - the premature death of radio-legend John Peel and the reincarnation of one of his all-time favourite bands, The Nightingales. It wo...
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Frankie+Rose+-+Interstellar+Album+ReviewFrankie Rose - Interstellar Album Review
  • If youre old enough to remember bands like Curve, Lush and Mercury Rev, youll be familiar with the expression, dream-pop. Whilst it might serve to be a lazy 90s term used to descri...
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Empirical+-+Elements+of+Truth+Album+ReviewEmpirical - Elements of Truth Album Review
  • Hailed as the poster-boys of British nu-jazz, Empirical have achieved a modest amount of acclaim, sales and awards in their relatively short history. Theyve won a MOBO award for Be...
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Ed+Vallance+-+Volcano+Album+ReviewEd Vallance - Volcano Album Review
  • Born in London but now residing in Brooklyn, songwriter Ed Vallance has previously issued the mini-album The Modern Life and an EP The Summer Fire and, as with the latter, producer...
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Bread+-+The+Very+Best+Of+Album+ReviewBread - The Very Best Of Album Review
  • Id like a pound for every slice (sorry) of Bread Ive sold during my 20 years in music-retail, yet the band remain a mystery to many, even after an existence of 40 years-plus. With ...
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Jack+McNeill+and+Charlie+Heys+-+Two+Fine+Days+Album+ReviewJack McNeill and Charlie Heys - Two Fine Days Album Review
  • Never judge a CD by its artwork, to paraphrase a well-known saying. In the case of Two Fine Days, youd be forgiven for assuming that the two folk-musicians in the photographs have ...
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Singles+Round-up+featuring+Centre+Excuse%2C+Whipping+Boy%2C+Bombay+Bicycle+Club%2C+Bear+Driver%2C+Billy+Vincent+and+more+Singles+ReviewSingles Round-up featuring Centre Excuse, Whipping Boy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bear Driver, Billy Vincent and more Singles Review
  • Whilst there may be a drought outside, there certainly isnt one when it comes to this weeks single-releases, all of which are out now except, that is, for the newie from Bombay Bi...
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Deadbeat+Darling+-+The+Angel%27s+Share+Album+ReviewDeadbeat Darling - The Angel's Share Album Review
  • Hailing from Brooklyn can be no bad thing when youre in a band, since many artists have survived its pitfalls, soaked its gritty beauty and lived to sing the tale. Heres Deadbeat D...
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Kevin+Tihista+-+On+This+Dark+Street+Album+ReviewKevin Tihista - On This Dark Street Album Review
  • If the name Kevin Tihista means little to you, it shouldnt - the experienced American singer-songwriter has been knocking out albums for over a decade now and hasnt set the world a...
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State+of+the+Union+-+State+Of+The+Union+Album+ReviewState of the Union - State Of The Union Album Review
  • As far back as the mid-80s, Boo Hewerdines name was liberally splashed across sleeves and record-labels that adorned releases by a band called The Bible. Nobody predicted that the ...
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Thomas+White+%5BBrakes%5D+-+Yalla%21+Album+ReviewThomas White [Brakes] - Yalla! Album Review
  • Whites previous album, The Maximalist, earned itself many plaudits from across the music-press, but little in the way of beneficial or financial reward creatively it stretched bey...
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Alasdair+Roberts%2CMairi+Morrison+-+Urstan+Album+ReviewAlasdair Roberts,Mairi Morrison - Urstan Album Review
  • This albums title takes its name from a term used for a personal celebration of new life or a new birth and it no doubt involves whisky, given the Gaelic and Celtic origins of thi...
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The+Wedding+Present+-+Valentina+Album+ReviewThe Wedding Present - Valentina Album Review
  • Eight albums in, The Wedding Present are showing little signs of flagging. The Leeds legends also display very little in the way of change compared to what theyve been releasing fo...
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