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Northern Soul

Discussion in 'music' started by RobFTM, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. blossomchris

    blossomchris pfm Member

    Not forgetting Little Stevie and the Temps.

  2. Mullardman

    Mullardman Resident Philistine

    Just for info.. Northern Soul is NOT a 'genre'. I suppose it might be described as a 'style''.. but that doesn't really cover it. Essentially, a tune is Northern' if the 'Northern' crowd say it is....

    I started DJ ing around 1967, but had already independently discovered the sort of soul/R&B which often became labelled 'Northern'. after making it through the filter of opinion. We played Motown, Stax, Atlantic stuff. More obscure stuff from labels such as VeeJay and Minit, plus lots of Ska, Rock Steady etc. We also played anything from the current chart that was vaguely danceable.

    Over time, a few songs that we were playing all this time started to acquire a sort of 'exalted' status. For e.g. The Right Track ( Billy Butler ), Boogaloo Party ( Flamingoes ) Just a Little Misunderstanding ( Contours) 'Open the Door to Your Heart ( Daryl Banks). Sixty Minutes ' ( Homer Banks) and many more.

    I walked away from DJ ing around '71. By that time Dave Godin's term 'Northern Soul' was just beginning to get wider recognition.

    From here in a lot of the tunes I'd played earlier suddenly became 'Northern Soul Classics'. But then a lot of equally worthy stuff didn't. In many ways the classic soul that DIDN'T make the cut as far as the Northern crowd was concerned, sort of defined Northern. There was a preoccupation with the beat and the tempo. More than a few songs that had nothing to do with soul, made it into the Northern 'canon', just by virtue of the correct tempo and beat.

    But a lot of stuff.. especially the early and slower 'funky stuff' from Stax for example.. never really featured in 'Northern'.

    The obsession with 'rarity' and obscurity led to a race for 'new' stuff which ended with Northern in effect disappearing up it's own centre hole.

    Don't get me wrong.. I still love most of the Northern stuff.. but it was always a peculiar scene. A sort of musical blind alley of increasingly stylised and tightly defined sounds.

    Even an old friend of mine who was originally barely old enough to be in the clubs I played, but has since gone on to organise 'Northern nights.. also organises less 'purist' '60's nights.

    I have literally dozens of Northern compilations, but it's a bit late for rummaging now...

  3. springer

    springer pfm Member

    FOPP usually have the 'Move On Up' triple CD sets for £3 a pop. I've got many NS comps, but these are possibly the most comprehensive.
  4. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    This mornings top three Northern Soul tunes.

    1.Sharon Scott- It's better what a tune!

    2. Beverley Ann- He's coming home.

    3. Erma Franklin- Whispers ( getting louder.)

    Too many others to mention.:D

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