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Northern Soul

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

  1. RobFTM

    RobFTM pfm Member

    Would a knowledgeable poster point me in the direction of a good starter please? Compilations will be fine, indeed preferable.

    Thank you.

  2. gassor

    gassor "There may be more posts after this."

  3. charliem

    charliem pfm Member

    This film covered the genre pretty well, focusing on the obsessive record collecting, label covering etc. The songs are good, so obv you can start with the soundtrack:

    My fave is The Night by Frankie Valli.

    If you google top Northern Soul classics there are websites galore. Lots of Northern Soul I find a bit dull but as a former obsessive record collector I love the nerdy vinyl search element of it.

  4. Ragaman

    Ragaman pfm Member

  5. fay spook

    fay spook pfm Member

    Surely only Wigans Ovation - Skiing in the Snow? There's a lot of toot around. Sometimes the tracks were rare for a good reason. Don't let the Northern monkeys have you believe it was the best thing ever. The lack of progress in music lead the scene to eat itself. Some of the better/more commercial/softer tracks were frowned on.

    The films are reasonable starting places but don't dismiss southern soul.

    Are you just interested or are you a soul lover already?
  6. jimi

    jimi pfm Member

    If you want some great Northern Soul CD compilations visit Hyde & Seek records in Hyde indoor market hall, Dave the proprieter is a long standing Northern Soul DJ you can buy some great music for a few quid.
  7. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    Wigans Ovation were a boyband put together to jump on the northern soul bandwagon.Skiing in the snow was a cover of this tune done by the Invitations.The scene was a bit in its death throes by this time although it picked up in the early 80s in places such as Stafford.
  8. fay spook

    fay spook pfm Member

    I know. I was taking the micky. Can you see why I said the scene ate itself?
  9. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

  10. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    Yes , wigan casino was finished when they started to play covered up pop records , even one by Tony Blackburn !
  11. charliem

    charliem pfm Member

    While people ignore the request by the OP and whitter on about irrelevant crap, if anybody feels like contributing meaningful additions to this thread, can we suggest Northern Soul compilations.

    Rob, here is the movie soundtrack which is excellent and contains a lot of great classics:


  12. Stew B

    Stew B Doh !

    There are many manyNorthernSoul compilations on CD, try Northern Soul Floorshakers, or any oldf the Kent label CD's or vinyl. You will find may Kent LPs on Discogs Kent 001 is excellent.
  13. gassor

    gassor "There may be more posts after this."

    There are about 100 Northern Soul compilations on Spotify.
  14. SCIDB

    SCIDB Triode Man

  15. RobFTM

    RobFTM pfm Member

    I knew there were knowledgeable people on here!

    Thanks to all and especially to Gassor for pointing me towards Spotify. Also looks like the Amazon account is going to get hammered !

    This is a whole new genre to me, I'm in my early 50's, how did I miss this for so long? Radio 6 music has to answer for, but in a good way.

    Thanks again one and all.


  16. Stew B

    Stew B Doh !

    Tune in radio also has several Northers Soul stations that are 24/7 so I often put these on. My first album was " For Dancers only" Kent 001, it's on Amazon as Cd at about £7 or Vinyl at £16 but you can find it on Discogs much cheaper. Has one of my all time favourite tracks, " in the sunshine" by The Marvellos
  17. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    I have been really enjoying the three compilations with levanna mclean on the cover. (Just go to amazon and do a search for levanna mclean)
  18. springer

    springer pfm Member

    The Northern Soul Story, Vols 1-4, are beautifully researched sets of big-hitters from The Twisted Wheel, The Golden Torch, Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino. Currently just £3.99 each at Amazon, but FOPP regularly knock them out for £3 a disc. There are gazillions of NS boxsets out there, but these have less filler than most of them, IMHO.
  19. Funkymartyn

    Funkymartyn Well-Known Member

    Rob, shame you missed out on the good times, I started in 73, and still attend events, and still collect vinyl, cds, ... like people have said internet radio, loads of choice, amazon cheap and cheerful, . Don't forget some of the better record stores out there, depending on your location, .. A good forum worth checking for everything soul is .. soul source.
    But yes beware some so called northern is just pop soul, at best.....
    Kent soul vinyl, CD, , essential. Already mentioned. ...but also sony, emi, epic, bringing out quality cd at fair price...good luck with the old wallet.
  20. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

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