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A Night Of Real A.T.B Northern Soul... 60ts, 70ts,

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

Saturday 22nd Of December

8:00pm Till Late

CITY CENTRE SOUL

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT

AT

THE BLACK LION

SALFORD

MANCHESTER M3 5BZ

FREE ENTRY ON THE NIGHT

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUEST DJ's

ANTHONY

ALAN COULTON

CLARENCE

PETE CLEGG

STAN EVANS

FRANKIE M

& WOODY

7 Great DJ's From Across Manchester

100% Vinyl / 100% Dancing

INFO... Venue: 07762563552

Dave: 07905676181 Sue: 07870612890

The Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford,

Manchester M3 5BZ

5 Mins Arndale Centre, 5 Mins Victoria, 10 Mins Piccadilly

No Entry After 11:00pm

Limited Free Parking On The Street Outside The Venue,

Or Cheap Carpark 2 Minutes Round The Corner,

Travel Lodge 1 Minute Up The Street

******DATES FOR 2013******

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As you can see above we are now "Bi' Monthly" starting in 2013 on the 23rd of February


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this will be the night not to be missed folks ,but you will have to wait to find out whats in stall ,but today mark your diaries with the words " CCS XMAS PARTY "

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We are still keeping you guessing folks ,so get there on the night for quality soul ATB 100% danceable tunes with a punch which will set you up for the xmas break ,and if you cannot make this one see us in 2013 (dates to follow ) have a cool yule folks and take care ,we will be thinking of you .

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hello

already great interest in our night on the 22nd ,starts the xmas weekend with a bang and a dance ,but what is in store for you guys? ,get there on the 22nd and find out.

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this is the night to attend folks ,not because i am bias (well i am ),its free and what a line up !! ,great slabs of soul in the wonderful atmosphere of the Black Lion at Xmas ,real ale , real people and much more to discover by getting there on the night

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I thought to myself, why not!...then I clicked on the tab and I find out its FREE...it must be a sign!

see you there,

atb,

Gary

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Hi Everybody,
as you can see & as Gary says, our December do's free, just to give bit back & say thanks to all the great people who've supported us throughout the year & What a great year it's been & with a crackin' DJ line up like this it's sure to be another stormer.
Can't tell you how much we've enjoyed putting on these nights, Me, Miss T & Frank have had an absolute ball. Now we'd just like to show our appreciation to all the great friends we've made since we started up in February.
As the 22nd draws nearer, keep an eye on this blog as we'll be giving you more info on what we'v got in store for you on the actual night, loads more to come ....??? speak again soon, Woody

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Yeah as Frank Says,

mark your diaries/calenders for the 22nd, gonna be cracker of a night with Our awesome "Seven DJ line up" & loads of suprises in store.

Only two Saturdays to go now Frank.... cheers pal, Woody

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cheers Woody and Sue nearly there and what a year it has been ,great chances to DJ and meet new friends and some old ones ( especially Ian at the Pendulum revival ,not seen for 30 odd years ) ,thanks for having me behind the decks ,thanks to all the soul crowd have have visited and to those yet to visit "try some " ,plenty of great and some new tunes set for 2013 ,its party time though on the 22nd so all your favourites to be played ,support your local soul night wherever it may be ,its the life blood of the scene and good luck for xmas and 2013 to you all (just waiting impatiently for my first grandson to arrive ,now possibly the 25th !!,our little "soulboy " )

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Hey Frank,

just thought, you & the family might be having a Christmas Crack all of your own..... (lol)

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Hi Woody

yep a busy time at xmas for the manley clan ,baby will no doubt take his time arriving

and be laid back just like my son Curtis lol, have a good night at Mexborough and

see you next saturday (22nd ) for what will be a "xmas night to remember" ,i wont be arriving by sled ,but by Metrolink i am afraid ( though not as reliable ) really looking forward to this see you soon

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Hi Gary,

yeah it must be. Quite a few surprises & things going off on the night, so you've picked the right time come & see us....

See you there pal, Woody

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Ok Everybody,

less than a week to go now to the C.C.S. Christmas Party at the Black Lion, few things going off on the night to make it a party atmosphere & give a bit back for your support throughout the year :thumbup: .

As well as Free Entry on the night we've got 7 great DJ's playing a fantastic selection of top Northern tunes, an extention while 2:00am, a raffle with some realy nice prizes, random Northern Soul related quiz questions throughout the night to win free drinks & on top of that I'm still trying to persuade Frank to dress up as Father Christmas.... (lol).

Looking forward to a top night, see you all soon folks, cheers Woody & Miss T C.C.S. :wave::hatsoff2:

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Hi doing my best to get over to you! if we dont make it, you have a top night as always! and see you and Sue on sunday the 30th

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Nigel & Elaine

TWISTED STEEL SOUL NITES and days

if I come can I sit on Franks knee "ho ho ho "

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Hey same to you Buddy,

glad you & Elaine had a good night at Mexborough the other night, proper stormer. Was hoping to get Russ over to do a spot, but he's got DJ committments over in Sheffield on the 22nd, he's helped us out no end this year. Did us a great spot earlier in the year, helped out on the door & his Record Round Up every months been brilliant, can't thank him & praise him enough. Speaking of which, he should be joining us with this month selections any time soon.....

Hope you can make it Sat, if not we'll see you in Sheffield on the 30th, take care pal & have Fab Christmas, see you both soon, Woody & Sue

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Sheffield branch of "City Centre Soul" reporting for duty,

Thanks team for the fantastic offer to come over and do a spot on the decks at "The Black Lion" praise indeed with such a class line up of the finest DJ's i would have been truly honoured, sadly duty calls and i'm in The Steel City at my regular monthly event at "The Attercliffe Liberal Club" that for December has been moved from it's usual Friday fixture to a Saturday, typical that the dates have clashed...and all i can say with my hand firmly on my heart i would have most certainly been there if i could and i'll be with you all in spirit and soul at least ...as this has to be one of the best night of the year anywhere in the country (and perhaps "The Black Lion" has even another surprise or two to come as well) all i can say is this is a night that "if you can come you must"

Fantastic gesture that you are giving such a lot back to the people who have supported this event over the past year, Woody "The Guvnor", his right hand man Frankie "M" and the talents of the Lovley Miss T just so much more than eye candy, as well as all the DJ's on the night who are giving their services for free...as MASSIVE well done to you all, just wish the CCS banner wording would have read.

"7 Great DJ's From Across Manchester .....And One Pretty Avrage One From Sheffield!"

So here goes this month record reviews for some of the sounds you might be hearing getting played at "The Black Lion" by Woody "The Guvnor"

The Monitors "Share a Little Love With Me (Somebody)" British Tamala Motown LP track O

The Monitors only released only 4 US singles under the Motown Record umbrella three on VIP and one on the Soul label and none at all in the UK, this track comes from their only album released in 1979 Greetings!...We're The Monitors. so for many years this was an album track only, "Share a Little Love With Me is as Motown as you can get from the very first bars of the opening verse to the Motownesque backing and with lead vocalist Richard Street later of The Temptations doing the front man thing very well indeed, you really have to wonder why this was only ever an album track, did Motown Records have so much good material that they could discard a very nice up tempo dancer of a record and just leave it as a album track? Crisp and clear and packing a wallop of feelgood, very much a missed opportunity by the label.

Jay And The Americans "Come A little Bit Closer" United Artists Records

A large helping of Blue eyed Soul " from a band that are still touring today over fifty years after their first record this comes from 1964 on the United Artists label and was a number 3 record on the Billboard chart in the same year, with it's clear influence of Latin rhythm and feel to it "Come A Little Bit Closer" has a massive Mexican vibe to the entire song and comes complete with Mariachi stye backing and an entire production and at some points pays more than a little homage to Ritchie Valens "La Bamba" a nice up beat number with a set of catchy lyrics that have a pretty interesting story to tell, as well.

Joanne Coursey "I Got The Power" Twirl Records

If we can call any sound or disc a pure Northern soul record this must surely of them and with out doubt fitting the bill to a tee, very much an uptempo offering with a pounding back beat, with a lots of horns that just don't let up, and very much a record that needs to be played with the volume turned up as high as you can get it, not only a top stomper of a record but coming in as a massive "Black Lion sound" what we used to call very much an old school monster, hang on it still is! but a record like this doesn't come cheap a nice copy could set you back as much as £800 on the original label, and yes if this indeed gets an outing on Saturday you'll be hearing one expensive piece of original vinyl from the "Guvnor" very impressive collection.

More to follow

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Be there or be square :wink: I see it now .... a milk stout in the snug ! no no ... this place sounds like a tardis of soul :) a hidden gem !

Wow this place really does have some history ... Really looking forward to popping in and seeing some of Manchester's Soul Vintage Dj's amaze us with their vast depth of knowledge and variety .

Can I request some Ska from Clarence please :)

This will be a really good FREE Christmas Knees up !

A fab pub with a twist - a cultural arts venue which has a 130 year history of which during its time the following famous names have supped here , Ella Fitzgerald , George Orwell , LS Lowrey , John Cooper Clarke ..... Home cooked food also available

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Vintage DJ I am still a youngster ! ,hotting up for saturday i see ,never drank with Orwell but read his book ,as you say great venue with great soul history

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only managed to get here once before due to committments etc...............but i shall be going this saturday, great little venue with top tunes and people

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Well a very good evening to all,

Wow, never knew The Black Lion had such a pedigree, and we can now add to that the home of "City Centre Soul" this place only gets better, and if it atmosphere you want and that original feel to your night of Soul you'll struggle to find anywhere that is more authorthentic than here, perhaps you won't miss the plumes of smoke from ashtrays brimming with non tipped cigarettes ,and beer at 3s 6d a pint but that is about all, so on with some more of our record round up, and another three more from the Guvnor.

Stevie Wonder "Contract On Love" Tamla

From 1962 comes this very early offering from Stevie Wonder (or little Stevie Wonder as he was then known back then) with its "Where Did Our Love Go" introduction and opening feel to it and strangely not on LP till four years later and then on the Uptight album, a pretty raw vocal from Stevie and perhaps lacking in the polish of both singer and song writer alike, but the backing is first rate and from the uncredited Temptations but "Contract On Love" is catchy and helped by the Doo Wop backing from the Temptations, has established this as one of Stevie Wonders top Northern discs and will on a more personal note always remind me of Rotherham's Ray Hudson a well respected and missed DJ and collector on the soul scene, sadly no longer with us but one of his regular plays. And perhaps it's just me but seems to be seen more often these days on the French EP "Blowing In The Wind" than on the Tamla single.

Kim Weston "You Hit me Right Where it Hurt Me" Motown Records (un-Issued on Vinyl)

This song was originally recorded by Kim Weston for Motown in 1966, but was never released, so producer George Kerr tried again but this time with Alice Clark on vocal and released it on the Warner Bros label instead (later re-issued on Canterbury) and what a great piece of 60's soul this is fast paced and with an opening intro getting you hooked on the song 5 seconds into it why every this gem languished in the Motown vaults for over 25 year before being re-discovered might be forever a mystery, perhaps because Kim left Motown and sued the company for unpaid royalties might not have helped her, but what is without doubt we have here a great piece of soul, with a great lead vocal, and a fantastic Motown production this is every bit as good as any of their other classic recording, strings and a great thumping back beat with some nicely under stated horns, and a very uncluttered lead vocal, classic.

Gerald Sims "Cool Breeze" Okeh Records

On the Okeh record label we have a huge chunk of Pop Corn soul, so sweet it should have a health warning and what a great sound this that just needs to be played far more often than i'm sure it does if you like floating string arrangement this is a sure fire must, and nicely sang by Gerald Sims, a record that is right on so many levels and has some very clever violin inserts, this song is the vinyl version of cutest puppy with the biggest eyes that just makes you go Arghhhhh........ well this is that type of sound, and a snip at at the £40 mark, the Butterkist of Pop Corn and a great end of the night record,

Russ Sheffield branch of CCS

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Hi Mickey,

glad you're making one with down at the Lion this Saturday. Hope the hips a lot better & much stronger, hope you can manage a bit of dance floor action....

Nice chatting the other week at the Wheel, take care & see you Saturday pal, Woody

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Great Gerald Sims record first seen on Tip Top , could popcorn be the new strain for soul nights?,to add to modern and r&b tunes ,showing how diverse the scene has become i ask. I know some djs are slipping in the odd deep soul side and why not .no one could say our scene has become stale and just has the 100MPH stompers we were once known for

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cheers woody, got rid of crutches on sunday :) and had couple dances at nq live, :shhh: was bit tender monday but it was worth it, :P so yeah might try a few moves on saturday lol :g:

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Nice one Mickey,

glad things are on the mend, take it easy though, don't over do it pal, see you saturday....

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Another good point Mickey, a friend of mine has started to go to Salsa dance classes where they play a fair bit of Latino influenced soul music, such as Tommy Navarro "I Cried My Life Away" Bobby Valentin "Use It before You use it" The Latin Souls "The Part's Over" and Hector Rivera "Playing It Cool" it was the Latin based Northern sounds music that got him into it in the first place.

Russ

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sean chapman plays it when he gets the chance, mainly in second/freestyle rooms, also hear quite a bit of it at nq live in manchester in the freestyle room

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Well, well ,well things have been hotting up here at CCS at the Black Lion while I have been busy with the day job and another very busy month of weekend DJing with Woody. Feet have hardly touched the ground (apart from the dancefloor) since the last Black Lion get together. Great nights with Stan in Liverpool, Mexborough civic and Greatstone with Harry. However, me and Woody have been working together to try to make Saturday a really great night and as has already been said, there will be a few surprises alongside the great tunes and talented DJs. So sorry Russ cant make it...especially as its been a long time since anyone called me eye candy - was looking forward to handing over the liquid payment we promised and perhaps a kiss for all the charm too. Oh Well...Sheffield on 30th it will have to be! Meanwhile, Saturday night is getting closer...still a lot to do so will be checking in and out of SS when I can. Great posts team ( and visitors) See you all on Saturday.

Miss T (PA to the very bossy DJ Mr. " ....and can you just do...." Wood !!!!

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Well it's a good evening or a very good morning to all burning the midnight oil once again, thanks Miss T really wanted to come over to the Black Lion but as i mentioned before sadly duty calls, but one day soon and that's a promise.

Well without further ado, here are some of "right Hand man Frankie "M" selections for this coming Saturday, and proving that when it say "across the Board " it really means just that

Big Maybelle "96 Tears" Rojack Records

From 1967 comes this take on Question Mark And The Mysterians original version of the song (as a point of interest now classed by many as the first Latino rock band and often falling in to the bracket of punk rock...but i digress) This is a decent version of such an established classic, toning down the Hammond organ work somewhat and replacing it with a heavier back beat and a far more raw vocal, but this offering by Big Maybelle really does move along and pack a pretty hard punch into it's 2:25 running time, a nice take on a Mod classic and does justice to that and maybe even goes that bit more.

Ella Washington "Stop Giving Your Man Away" Sound Stage 7 Records

From a very underestimated vocalist come this slice of bitter sweet soul, with a Philly type fell to it, and showing how the more refined production values were coming into play and the face of soul music was changing and going in yet another direction, The 70's influence are all there but perhaps this record preceded so many and i'll go as far as to say this is a impressive disc to say it's from 1972 and already has a far more polished feel to it and encompasses the Philly Sound that was starting to emerge a year earlier,with a danceable beat and the addition of "blast of brass" this is yet another record that could become very much more sought after than it is at the moment.

JOE SIMON "Trouble In My Home" Spring Records

And on the If you like a dash of deep soul here is a very much under played sleeper of a record that has that "slow burner" feel to it with Joe doing a very understated vocal and helped by a gospel type vocal backing singers, if i were brave enough to play this track it would be my finishing record of the night with a fair amount of emotion and angst in both the delivery and in the lyric, one play just doesn't it justice slow but oh so deep a simple song that has a powerful meaning and needs to be brought out but only when the conditions are right, this is powerful stuff and needs to be used with the utmost care..be warned this is a killer track!

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Russ ,the Joe Simon is the midnight "deep soul " spot and portrays my real love of deep soul ,saturday night will be bringing out all the regular dancers with the aim of "keeping the dance floor busy " ,great reviews i really looked forward to reading Russ and there has got be an avenue out there in the soul world for your talent ,that i am in no doubt

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Hi Frank,

great posts Buddy. How about uploading the "David Coleman" on Barry Records for Mickey & Russ to hear. Very apt i think while we're talking about Latin sounds.....

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hi woody

tried to upload (at work ) but not having it ,will do later ,no winding down here i am afraid !my favourite latin track gotta be " return to spanish harlem " Tony Middleton ,on my wants list . anyway not long now ,see you all sat

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two great "latin" sounds ,actually some of the outings by Bobby Matos are great ,check him out

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Argh you're too kind Frank, hope i can do justice to your selections for this evening.

We've reviewed the David Coleman record in one of our previous record round ups, and what a great and moody Latino offering this is

Bobby Bland "Getting Used To The Blues " Duke Records

A man who despite having a constant chart presence in the Billboard R'n'B charts all through the mid 60's seemed to miss out on main stream chart success and the recognition he surely deserved always seemed to elude him a great shame for a man who released so much good material, and here is yet another example of his work.

"Getting Used To The Blues" can easily be described as an Old School Northern Soul classic,mid tempo with a strong driving beat and thumping horns and the distinctive Bobby Bland raspy vocal all add to this soul strutter on Duke,and yet another worthy play that is far overdue for a full revival, and a pleasant change to Yum Yum Tree or Shoes, and at the moment not too over exposed.

The Tranells "Blessed With A Love" Flo-Jo Records

Here we have a 60's cut that never lets up for a single minute, and thumps along at a solid rate of knots, and a record that will start a sweat as you move your feet to this one, and boy does it just seem to pound along leaving not very much in it's wake Once again a pretty raw vocal but it is well in keeping with the track and adds a rustic feel to the entire 2:25 running time and to use the phrase just one more time, an old school sound that is pure Northern Soul, and there's nothing wrong with that i might say!

Roy C "Don't Blame The man"

From the fine Roy C comes come this smoldering piece of deep soul, with it's meaningful lyrics and passionate vocal this track has a fair bit going for it, the arrangement is somewhat simple and is peppered with a trumpet calling out, and although simple in it's style we can say that still nothing is missing anywhere in the production department, perhaps as Frankie might put it a "Midnight type of a dancer" just to keep the floor busy but very much a record that is somewhat of a grower and a worthy play as long as you get your timing right, the art of the DJ to read the crowd and to play to them...far harder than just putting a record on a deck and pressing play.

Russ CCS Sheffield branch

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Thanks Russ ,thats what we have acheived at CCS this year a complete cross section of quality soul and R&b from all of our much loved collections ,some biggies some potential biggies and certainly a fistful of classic sounds that we all know .this is why i think in 2013 our event will grow as we continue try to please and embrace the changes in our scene

have a cool yule ( hopefully finishing work anytime soon! )

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Thanks for all the great posts fellers,

especialy you Russ, I think I can speak for US all when I say that we're always amazed at how fantastic & interesting your Round Up's & reviews are, crackin' job pal every month, no one can match you in that department, Massive thankyou from us all.

I think 2013's gonna be a good year for us too Frank, I also think we're gonna have stormer of a night tomorrow, few more surprises in store to make it a Christmas Cracker down here at the Lion, but you'll have to come down & see us to find out what they are ??

Off over to Manchester first thing in the morning, so maybe speak tomoz if we get chance, got a realy busy day ahead getting things ready.

See you all soon, Woody C.C.S.

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Evening team,

You're all more than welcome and it's always a pleasure to do them (hopefully no one is too bored with them just yet) but a record round up is a great way to introduce people to new sounds and perhaps take away that "i've never heard this before!" you have created something very special at The Black Lion in a very short time "Your Own musical Identity" with a solid back bone of New Breed the coolest R'n'B inter mixed with quality Northern and Motown and some very classy pop corn inspired tunes and with a list of fine DJ's adding their own personal take on things, you don't just have a soul night you have a soul experience.

As i mentioned i sadly can't make it tomorrow and i can say i shall miss you all, a fantastic crowd, music and a cracking atmosphere and without doubt this is going to be a stormer of a night. so here are the last three record reviews for this month, and i've chosen a record for each of the team, hope you all like them

Miss T's choice Big Maybelle "Oh Lord what Are You doing To Me" Scepter Records

From 1964 come this killer soul ballad form Big Maybelle, and what a record this is deep moody and a pain felt vocal and lyric that cuts like a surgeons knife and having a massive build up and finish, sweet strings and piano and a performance that could melt even the most frozen of hearts from the great lady hailing from Jackson Tennessee who sadly passed away aged only 47 the original performer of "Whole Lotta Of Shakin' Goin On" a full two years before Jerry Lee Lewis and a wave of hits during the 1950's, she really had some rhythm and blues pedigree without question and to me this is the definitive version of the song, Classic in every sense of the word.

Frankie "M's " choice Barbara Brown "Can't Find No Happiness"

Ok so when we say deep soul do we really say how deep? if this is the case Can't Find No Happiness is subterranean And if you want heartfelt vocals and a delivery that pours so much torment into ever word and sentence, and conveys hurt that pulls at every heart string this is one hell of a of a performance, plain and simple musical arrangement simply because the vocal is the star here and it's just as simple as that, some times as the saying goes "less is more"

Woody "The Guvnors" choice Dolly Lyon "Palm Of Your Hand" Apollo Records

An early 60's stroller/ gritty titty shaker from Dolly Lyons, and a song you could well imagine being a Peggy Lee staple (read fever and Patti Page "Steam heat") catchy and simple with a honky tonk piano accompaniment and a nice twangy guitar break, very much a New Breed record that is so Black Lion, once again a record with a load of attitude and show casing the always varied music policy at The Black Lion, great record that just might come big.

That's all folks, all the very best for now and the New Year, go steady and see you in 2013.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well....hardly had time to get on SS this month, but now I've finally finished work for a few days am beginning to enjoy the preparations for the Soul Party tomorrow (actually today now I come to think of it!). I have to say the postings have been a great read this month, no need for me to join in when so much great soul music and reviews are being discussed...have to also say Frankie that your uploaded sounds are great and right up my street...really enjoyed the David Coleman. Love a bit of Latin (not tooooo much tho...) like I love a bit of organ! Connects somewhere deep and meaningful. And on that note, I think its time for bed! Roll on later in the morning when Woody arrives...been a long week without him this week but plenty of Christmas family (and other) fun planned over the next two weeks. Taking some leave until Jan 9th....bring it on!!!! What a way to start a holiday with a room full of DJs and vinyl,a fantastic sound system, great beer and lovely staff and most of all many of our favourite people to get the party going...see everyone down there

Miss T

(was wondering about the eye candy thing....if you are over 50 could you perhaps be said to have matured nicely so you are more like say...a Christmas pudding (sweet and complex with real depth and maturity) than a lollipop??!!) 'Eye pudding...' doesn't have quite the same ring tho somehow ...needs a bit of work perhaps!!

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Hey Eye Pudding (lol),
great post Miss T, burning the midnight oil too I see, half one when I'd finished over here, going to sleep on the train, more work to do when I get to Mcr.... Realy looking forward to tonight now, excitments starting to kick in....
Catch you all soon, Woody C.C.S.

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up early myself in anticipation of a great night ahead as of of three "mine hosts " ,gotta be fit and able for later ,might fit in a couple of dances later myself ( well whats loosely called dancing in my case ) ,what you see is what you get with me ha ha !, eish it would stop raining but had to contend with a landslide last night to get home ! . good luck to you all especially friends from Yorkshire this xmas ,best wishes to Barry (tasker ) ,hoping all goes well Barry !,best wishes to the staff and management of the Greatstone hotel and of course our home " the Black Lion " ,as the song says "your something else "

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Talking of Christmas puddings!

"Christmas Pudding Recipe"

The Adams Family Christmas Pudding Recipe

1 cup water

1 cup of sugar

4 large eggs

2 cups dried fruit

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar

lemon juice

nuts

1 gallon of brandy

Sample the brandy to check for quality.

Take a large bowl.

Check the brandy again to be sure it is of the highest quality.

Pour one level cup and drink.

Repeat.

Turn on the electric mixer; beat 1 cup butter in a large, fluffy bowl.

Add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat again.

Make sure the brandy is still OK.

Cry another tup. Turn off mixer.

Break 2 legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the brandy to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift 2 cups of salt. Or something, Who cares.

Check the brandy

Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.

Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees.

Don't forget to beat off the turner.

Throw the bowl out of the window.

Check the brandy again.

Go to bed.

Who the hell likes fruitcake anyway?

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Brilliant nite spent in wonderful company good music free Buffett and I even won a bottle o vodka int free draw blimey pity every soul nite isn't like this LOL

I drank that many bottles of Desperado I was speaking Mexican ont way home he he

Best Wishes for Christmas

Love, Peace & Happiness for 2013

Ian Cunliffe &Jane Hamilton xx

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I can honestly say this was the worst soul night I'v ever attended and at times I thought I was at a pub quiz, if every soul night was like this i would stay at home (IMHO)

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Ah don't we all love the spirit of Christmas ....

You should have been to some of the nites we have been over the past few years if you think last nites Xmas Party Nite was bad lol

The lads n lassies who run the Black Lion put a lot of effort in last nite to make the nite a thank you for the regulars who have supported it throughout the year and has a first time visiter both myself n Jane enjoyed the party atmosphere .

Free admission Buffett DJ,s givin there time free, it was nice to see someone make a effort these days..

I bet your upset that the World did,nt end Friday he he

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was my second visit to this very warm and friendly venue and i was not disapointed, big thank you and well done to the promoters and i will certainly be back for more next year when i am able to..............

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last night was our " xmas party night " and thats exactly what we had ,great music ,great food fun and games ,unsure what Dedje 1955 was expecting ,can say all our regular crowd had a ball and thats what matters to us at CCS ,bit upset at this comment myself especially considering the work put in running any soul event oh i forgot our event was FREE , thanks for your support see you in 2013 folks and look out for some great guests being lined up for you

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Perhaps you failed to notice the words "Party Night" on our advertising, or maybe you did'nt like the fact that we put our regulars first (nice friendly people who've been on the Scene for years & support us every month), not someone who can only make the effort to turn up when it's free entry.... Sorry to hear our "hospitality & giving something back" dissapointed you.

Hope you have a better Christmas & New Year

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Hello again Ian & Jane,

nice to meet you last night, glad you made it to our Christmas party. We did try & put a lot of effort into last night & it seem's to have paid off. Everyone who spoke to us said what a good night it was & how much they enjoyed the music & the buffet ect....

Thankyou both for the realy kind words, hope to see you out & about soon, Woody & Sue xx

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Great night run by a lovely couple. Our third visit this year. Really nice wide selection of sounds from 5 dj's, friendly atmosphere, etc etc. Echo exactly what Ian said above - perfect party night and can't understand the complaint above. Plus free admission and a free CD !!.

The list of next years nights will no doubt be on here soon and definitely worth your support. I think Les Hare is on the first night.

John Marriott

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As a firm believer in 'live and let live' and 'each to their own' I am disappointed to feel forced into making public responses to critical comments such as this. But, sometimes these things just have to be done even when its against your own nature and beliefs. Me and Woody go all over the place enjoying a wide variety of soul events and experiences and it is my opinion that if you really love soul music there can be no such thing as a bad night. Some nights are quiet and you wish for more people, some nights you dont hear what you would really like to hear and some nights the people are unfriendly and you know that you are not welcome. Some nights charge a small fortune on entry and some just rest on their previous history and legacy. The Black Lion sets out to cater for everyone who is looking for quality vinyl music, cosy surroundings, friendly faces and bar staff and a very warm welcome and I know, because people tell me that this is what they get.

Last night, which was, as everyone has said....a Christmas Party, there was a very warm welcome indeed extended to all who came to enjoy a free end of year event which was primarily intended to be a thank you to our regular supporters for making the 2012 nights so special. It may not have been to your taste but it is a real shame that this stopped you from having a good time...perhaps if you'd taken the time to get to know us and talk about what you would like to hear you might have had a better night out. Perhaps you came with another agenda. Who knows? Whatever the problem CCS at the Black Lion wish you and all who shared in last nights event a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Miss ( I've had much worse soul nites out than this' ) T CCS :)

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Blimey i forgot about the free CD its still in my Crombie inside pocket thanks for reminding me John

i blame the Desperados not only do they get you pis--d but melt yer brain cells has well amigo LOL

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Some very nice comments posted above, thank you for taking the trouble and for all the kind words.... we enjoyed having you all at the Black Lion, looking forward to many more great soul nites in 2013 and to welcoming you back whenever you can make it.

Russ....as the official Sheffield Branch member it was a real pity you couldnt come... you and Marguerite would have loved it especially as you were there at the off way back in February. I forgot to say earlier that the Big Maybelle was a very good selection...you know me so well! Really enjoyed all your postings and the banter...

Lots of Christmas love, Miss T x

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Wish I'd had a few desperados....they sound a lot of fun! Glad youve found the CD after I slaved for days over the cover design!! Hope you enjoy it.

Miss T

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just got in from the pub and discussing with soul derek.,maybe the guy critisising our night wants to reconsider ? ,after all we at CCS are always open to critics ,thats how we improve , what i do know is that i have spent 40 odd years "spreading the faith " i have a good collection of original vinyl ,i went to Wigan /stafford / blackpool mecca /the torch etc ,this is what we offer at CCS be part of it , dont knock it lets have your reply please

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Like you all i'm little bit disappointed to hear such a negative comment and from the massive feed back that has come back to me about Saturday's event this was both was excellent night and a massive success, but as the saying goes "one mans meat is another mans poison" and you can't please everybody,

....but to say that this was a free event with a free buffet ,free CD and a free raffle this seems harsh, no one made any money on the night all the DJ's gave their time for free, the City Centre Soul team paid for the raffle prizes, CD's and the food themselves as well as all the time and effort to stage the event....in essence it cost them money.

I have been to so many soul night that have not (or will never be) anywhere as good as The Black Lion in my opinion, but often the fault was not with the event or the venue but simply with me, i have attended rare and under played soul events and been grossly disappointed because i didn't know a single track being played, but the fault was with me and not the event it did say rare and under played! i have been to events where every DJ's set was not to my liking and have had a shocking night yet other people have had a fantastic time on the very same night, again my preference was not theirs, only quite recently a friend of mines night was wrecked in his view because the club used plastic beer glasses and not the fact that it was a £10 entry fee to get in. The point is we're all different.....and congratulations to the CCS team at The Black Lion for being just that.

Russ, CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi'ya Mickey,

realy pleased you & your mates had good night with us. Glad you enjoyed the music, the food & the quiz, I'll tell you what folks what folks Mickey knows his stuff, gave me some pointers for next years party.....

Great chatting pal & great to see you, have a brill Christmas & New Year, catch you soon, Woody

P.S.Sorry you missed the CD, got a few spares, so remind me on next time we're out

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Well Folks he'll have been in the morning.... (lol).

Have'nt had chance to to thank the DJ's at our party night, Alan, Clarence, Frank & Stan, you all did awesome spots, Massive Thankyou from Myself & Miss T. Everyone commented how good the music was (well almost everyone....), you all kept the dance floor busy all night, which is what we're all about here at the Lion, dancing & having a good time. Special thanks to Miss T for the sumptuous buffett & to Barbara & Diane for helping out, Everyone commented on how it was a great spread. Infact Everyone commented on what a great night it was & how much effort we all put in to make it a special night. I compiled & edited the CD, Miss T desinged, made & printed the cover, the tracks were taken off original vinyl records from Mine & Franks collections, with a few tracks chosen by Miss T, hope you all liked it. Talking of Frank, thanks for all the help lifting & carrying, all the help & advise with the promoting & for being a good loyal friend to us. Thanks everyone who's helped out with the promoting, nice one.

Thankyou all for your fantastic support this year & what a great year it's been, see you all in 2013, cheers Folks Woody C.C.S.

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Now you know why the lovely Miss T's My P.A.

Doing a guest DJ spot at the Royal Victoria Hotel Sheffield on the 30th of this month, nice tobe doing our bit for a good cause. Then on the 5th of Janruary we're guesting again at Soul In The Celler At The Greatstone Hotel Stretford with Barry Tasker, later in the month I think it's the 23rd we're at Mexborough Civic Hall (over in South Yorkshire) which we run every 3rd Saturday of each month & on the 27th we're back in Sheffield at the S O S Club (Soul On Sunday) with Nigel & Elaine. Thats it for now, keeps us busy.....

Anyway have a great Christmas & a fantastic New Year Everybody, best wishes, Woody & Miss T C.C.S.

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cheers woody, realy enjoyed it , top notch music, company and djs , yep will defo be back and soon. sorry had to leave before the end but had to get the tram home, hope you and yours have a great christmas and fantastic new year

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I don't normally post on threads that I haven't attended but I did start out on this thread saying i was going to come to your event alas it wasn't to be as you will appreciate sometimes things go a bit wayward when you try to support all that goes on in this city.

We went into town and had planned to spent two hours at another even and then come onto the black lion after because I would have liked to see Clarence and Stan , people I personally know as great guys and Dj's.

What I will say is I really admire how you have dealt with the persons negative view of the night. You can't please all of the people all of the time and to respond in the way that you have shows great character. Because the person with the issue didn't really voice his/her opinion in a nice way? It was a little abrupt.

Anyway Good luck for 2013 and I will certainly come and visit sometime in the new year , and you never know you may have turned that negativity into something really positive.

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hi Anais thanks for your comments ,please visit in 2013 ,and as the sign in my local pub says " people come in as strangers but leave as friends " and that fully describes the CCS night Happy xmas

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dedji you are a good mate of mine and we have been to many a venue together but i think your comments are realy not in order, maybe it was not your cup of tea and yes the night was more like a party night, thats what it was promtoted as -to thank everyone for coming during the year. i think you only actualy attented because the monaco in hindley had been cancelled, so maybe you had set your heart on hearing out and out oldies, stompers and bootlegs, but the black lion plays a vast awray of of tunes to suit most tastes and it is a small friendly warm feeling place were people can chat catch up and of course dance, imho i think you would have been more diplomatic by just saying it was not your cup of tea...............ps not falling out with you..............just saying mate

mickey

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totally agree with above from Mickey ,now looking onwards and upwards as you should ,with 2013 round the corner and our first night of 2013 in February ,believe we are aiming for the long haul on our night and why not ,there is always room for a set of DJs that play varied sounds from the whole spectrum of soul and r&b with a little popcorn for good measure ,stompers to midtempo and steppers thats what we offer ,great venue great people and a welcome for all (did i mention real ale as well ! )

cheers

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Hi Everybody,

to check out the photo's from our Christmas party night here at the Black Lion go to Our Facebook Page - City Centre Soul Nites At The Black Lion. Sorry we have'nt managed to upload them to the Gallery yet but as usual they've been messing about upgrading it & did'nt tell anyone (wasted an whole evening trying the other day). Anyway they're on Facebook for now if anyone fancy's a look, see who you can spot....

Don't forget to check out the dates for next year at the top of page, We are now Bi' Monthly from February 2013, cheers folks & again have great New Year, Woody & Sue C.C.S.

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Hello all, really sorry I didn't make it. I hate saying I'll go somewhere and then not attend (which is why, usually, you won't find me committing either way) however I was really keen on going and then the usual Christmas shenanigans transpire....since none of my immediate circle of friends like soul, i was simply out-numbered!

hope it went well guys, atb for NY.

Best

Gary

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Finally uploaded the pics from the Christmas Party to the SS gallery....took a bit of sorting out, but the problems are now over and we can look forward to many more gallery postings in the future. Had a great NYE at the Greatstone Hotel on Monday....All the DJs and especially 'our' Frankie M pulled out all the stops and kept us all dancing til late. Me and Woody have been out and about since Christmas...Sheffield Royal Victorial Hotel (guesting) on Sunday 30th, Greatstone Hotel Manchester 31st and getting ready for a return to guest at Greatstone for Barry Tasker on Saturday 5th Jan. More dates where Woody is guest later in the month. Great time over the festive season and the start of the new year so looking forward now to getting City Centre Soul back on track for its return on 23rd of February 2013 with guest DJ Les Hare (King Bee Records, Chorlton, Manchester....check it out if you havent been already!). More info and postings through January.

Miss T CCS

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Hi Gary,

Thanks for getting in touch...the Party nite was a great night and it is a real pity you didnt make it but hopefully you might manage one of the upcoming dates in 2013. Keep checking in and you will see all the new dates and any additional info as it emerges. Hope to meet you face to face soon!

Miss T CCS

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Hi Gary,

no probs, hope you had a good night too pal. As for us we had a great night, it was packed. Only just managed to get the photo's uploaded to the Gallery a few minutes ago (due to maintenance on S/Source) if you wanna check them out in Members Albums 2012 (under C.C.S. Christmas Party 2012).

Thanks for getting in touch Gary, nice one. Hope to see you out & about soon, have a great New Year, cheers Woody

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