9-11 Paton Street, Manchester M1 2BD
Opening Hours:Mon-Sat 10:00 – 17:30
This place is a bit of a hidden gem although actually not far from the Northern Quarter Vinyl epicentre. It’s just off the main drag leading to Piccadilly Station so easy to call in your way into, or out of the city. Clampdown is a real collectors treat. On this site since around 1996 I believe, the shop is focused on vinyl with around eighty percent of the stock comprising good old black plastic. It covers all the usual rock, pop, new wave, soul, and funk and of course a very healthy Madchester and Factory section. The real treat for me here is the boxes of 7″s which are in a floor to wall shelf beside the counter. Also worth checking out some of the signed posters and memorabilia behind the counter.
Lots of collectors stuff in here and all the goodies are in great condition and fairly priced. The man behind the counter, Neil, is an affable and friendly fella who is happy to discuss your wants and the vagaries of pressings and labels. I didn’t see a listening post, however I am happy to stand corrected and I’m sure Neil will be happy to play through some of your selections and offer a guiding hand if so desired.