Category Archives: Northern Soul

PIED PIPER -THE PINNACLE OF NORTHERN SOUL-VINYL EDITION.

PIED PIPER -THE PINNACLE OF NORTHERN SOUL-VINYL EDITION. There’s always been a degree of oneupmanship within record collecting circles. That’s still the case today, with some record collectors willing to spend thousands of pounds on a rare record. Especially within the Northern Soul scene. That’s not surprising, and has been for the best part of …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4. KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5.   Summer wouldn’t be summer without the latest instalment of the Legendary Wild Rockers’ series. So, in May 2015, Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Volume 5 was released by BBE Music.   Somehow, Keb Darge …

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SOUTH TEXAS RHYTHM ’N’ SOUL REVUEW 2-FROM THE VAULTS OF CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS.

SOUTH TEXAS RHYTHM ’N’ SOUL REVUEW 2-FROM THE VAULTS OF CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS. Back in February 2013, Kent Soul released South Texas Rhythm ‘N’ Soul Revue, a compilation of some of the finest soul and R&B to emerge from the Lone Star State. It was recorded at Huey Meaux’s studio, and featured many of the …

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DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT DANCERS.

DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT DANCERS. The Funk Brothers place in soul music’s history is assured. They were Motown’s studio band between 1959 and 1972, when Motown moved to Los Angeles. By then, The Funk Brothers were the most successful studio band in the history of soul music. Forty-three years later, and that’s still the case. However, there …

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PIED PIPER FOLLOW YOUR SOUL.

PIED PIPER FOLLOW YOUR SOUL. In the history of soul, production partnerships have been responsible for some of the most successful music. That was the case throughout the sixties, and into the seventies. Stax Records had Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Motown had Holland, Dozier, Holland and Philadelphia International Records had Gamble and Huff. These …

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NORTHERN SOUL’S CLASSIEST RARITIES VOLUME 5.

NORTHERN SOUL’S CLASSIEST RARITIES VOLUME 5. Let’s make no bones about it, nowadays, Northern Soul compilations are two a penny. Hardly a week goes by and yet another Northern Soul compilation is released. That’s been the case for the last few years. Nothing has changed in the first few months of 2015. Most of the …

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PIED PIPER PRESENTS A NEW CONCEPT IN DETROIT SOUL.

PIED PIPER PRESENTS A NEW CONCEPT IN DETROIT SOUL. When the definitive history of soul music is written, several cities will loom large in the story. A triumvirate in particular, have played a hugely important part in the development of soul. This triumvirate are Memphis, Philadelphia and Detroit. Some of the best soul music ever …

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DISCO RECHARGE: EVELYN THOMAS-I WANNA MAKE IT ON MY OWN AND HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME.

DISCO RECHARGE: EVELYN THOMAS-I WANNA MAKE IT ON MY OWN AND HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME. On 1975, DJ and producer Ian Levine headed to America is search of artists he could record for his newly founded production company Voltafine. Ian’s idea was to record American soul singers, then lease the recordings to major …

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BACKBEATS-METROPOLIS STOMP TIME-NORTHERN SOUL FROM THE BIG CITY.

BACKBEATS-METROPOLIS STOMP TIME-NORTHERN SOUL FROM THE BIG CITY. When it comes to compiling a Northern Soul compilation, Harmless Records couldn’t have selected a better compiler than Kev Roberts for their latest Backbeats’ compilation Metropolis Stomp Time. After all, Kev Roberts life has been Northern Soul since Northern Soul’s heyday. Kev Roberts started off as a …

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BACKBEATS-UNEXPLOITED AND UNDERRATED-MORE CONTEMPORARY MODERN SOUL GEMS.

BACKBEATS-UNEXPLOITED AND UNDERRATED-MORE CONTEMPORARY MODERN SOUL GEMS. Ever since the heady days of the Northern Soul scene, British DJs and record buyers have been on a mission to unearth rare records. These are either underrated tracks that previously, have been released to apathy, and since then, have remained unloved and unheard. Often, these are some …

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BACKBEATS-DANCE FLOOR REVOLUTION-70S MODERN SOUL STUNNERS.

BACKBEATS-DANCE FLOOR REVOLUTION-70S MODERN SOUL STUNNERS. Over forty years ago, in the North of England a musical revolution was taking place in venues like the Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier, Leeds Central, Stoke-On-Trent’s Torch and Samantha’s in Sheffield. Soon, Northern Soul became one of the biggest musical scenes. Not only was it thriving, but people from …

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