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The Motown 7s Box Set: Album review – ‘continues to delight and surprise’

The city of Detroit may be suffering, but it’s most famous musical export, Motown, continues to delight and surprise us. The shock being that most of the 14 tracks released here as seven vinyl singles were never issued at the time. Owner Berry Gordy Jnr’s strict quality control regime meant that these and many more tracks that have only come… Read more →

Motown: The Musical to squeeze hits by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5 into two-hour West End show

Musical telling Berry Gordy’s story will feature 50 Motown classics, with some whittled down to two-minute versions   A Motown musical telling the story of Berry Gordy, founder of the legendary label, will be the next jukebox production seeking to become a West End smash – if the producers can squeeze in all of the company’s hits. Motown: The Musical, which opens at the… Read more →

“I started with four crates of northern soul”: Nottingham record dealer celebrates 40 years

His shop is famous for its jumbled layout and vast collection. But it all started with a handful of records and a simple love of music for a Nottingham record shop owner celebrating four decades in vinyl in 2017. Alice Watkins found Rob Smith beneath the banana boxes and asked him why his industry is so culturally invincible. The tables… Read more →

Lost & Found – Real R&B And Soul

Here it is ….

Keb Darge is a Scottish DJ; Paul Weller is a British rock star. Both have a refined taste for Northern soul and other areas of R&B, something that’s keenly on display on their 2010 compilation Lost & Found: Real R ‘n’ B & Soul. Divided neatly between Darge’s and Weller’s picks, with the former responsible for the first half and the latter the second, Lost & Found sounds like the work of one compiler, one with a fondness for jump blues that complements the cool, uptown groove on display on the rest of the record. Scanning the track listing, it would seem that Big T. Tyler and Daddy Cleanhead wouldn’t quite mesh with the ’60s soul that comprises the bulk of the record, but Lost & Found is sequenced with the seamless grace of a great DJ, so this flows like a great party while kicking up a lot of little-known classics from both the less well-known (Emmitt Long, Elsie Wheat, the Creations) and the justly celebrated (Tammi Terrell, Bobby Blue Bland, Major Lance).

Track Listings
1. Big Mama Thornton – They Call Me Big Mama
2. The Brothers Of Soul – Come On Back
3. The Tempos – (Countdown) Here I Come Epitome Of Sound – You Don’t Love Me
4. Daddy Cleanhead & C. Higgins Band – Something’s Goin’ On In My Room
5. The Casanova Two – We Got To Keep On
6. The Creations – A Dream
7. Elsie Wheat – Tippin’
8. Sarah Dean with Freddie Mitchell Orchestra – Long Lean Daddy
9. Billy Fair & Orch. – I’ll Be True To You
10. The Cadets – I Want You7
11. Velma Cross & Her High Steppers – I’ll Be Oh So Good
12. Big T. Tyler – King Kong
13. The Flirtations – Stronger Than Her Love
14. The Great Experience – Don’t Forget To Remember
15. The Intruders – Hang On In There
16. Major Lance \x{2013} Rhythm
17. Margie Joseph – One More Chance
18. Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think About You
19. The Dells – Wear It On Your Face
20. Bobby Bland – Honey Child
21. The Radiants – Ain’t No Big Thing
22. Albert King – Crosscut Saw
23. Jimmy Witherspoon – Money Is Getting Cheaper
24. Billy Watkins – The Ice-Man
25. Eddie Giles – Losin’ Boy
26. Emmitt Long – Call Me
27. Slim Harpo – I Got Love If You Want It
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“Crosscut Saw” by Albert King (Google Play • iTunes)

10 Life-Affirming Northern Soul Tracks – And The Stories Behind Them

Getty A new film called Northern Soul (dir. Elaine Constantine) shines a spotlight on one of the most vital musical scenes in 20th Century Britain. Set in the industrial North in 1974, it portrays all the the adrenaline, fashion, sweat, speed and adolescent joy of the youth that adopted soul for their own nightclubs and lifestyles. Musicians Jonathan Scott Watson… Read more →

Richard Searling’s Northern Soul Column in “Blue & Soul”

FROM THE INSIDE TRACK… Extremely sad news with the recent passing of the incomparable Marvin Jnr. of The Dells…It has just been confirmed that selected DJ’s from the famed “6ts / 100 Club” All-Nighters in London will be appearing at the Prestatyn Soul Weekender. Ady Croasdell, Keith Money and Joel Maslin will be presenting a matinee showcase of all that… Read more →

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