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

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 23rd Of February

8:00pm Till Late

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE BLACK LION

SALFORD

MANCHESTER M3 5BZ

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUESTS

LES HARE

King Bee Records, Chorlton, Manchester

FRANKIE M

Altrigham, 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

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Hey Everybody This Is Our Video From Last Years Fantastic Soul Nights At "The Black Lion". Hope We Can Do It All Again This Year In 2013....

See Who You Can Spot ??


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Looking forward to this night ,xmas well and truly over ,our new format ,hoping for great

support as we had in 2012 ,great guest lined up in Les Hare ,great venue i am missing already

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Missing it too Frank! Had a great weekend in London...Hole in the Wall club was very much like our own nites at the Black Lion and it made we wish we were doing a January gig as usual but its a good time to get the place spruced up ready for the 2013 functions. Looking forward to seeing you out and about when we are next in Manchester. Were sorry to miss the first new Wheel but will get there again soon as we can. Roll on Feb 23rd....

Miss T X

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Hi

missing it too for this month ,decembers great night seems so long away ,anyway think we will knock em dead in Feb and hoping for succesful 2013 ,been checking the playlists for a few places like the hole and you are spot on very varied like CCS and thats how the scene is today

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Hi Everybody,
don't forget it's C.C.S's Soul night at The Black Lion on Saturday the 22nd of June (next month), should be another great night with our Special Guest DJ "Alan Coulton". Been picking up a few more bits to play & add to my collection, as I'm sure Frank has too. Miss T's had her input my buy's as well, with a couple of "must have's from her, all good dancer's of course.
Fantastic night in April, met some realy nice people, Miss T'll be putting another video from April's night any time soon so keep a look out for that.

Quite a few new face's said they'd come & see us agin in June, which is great, see you there then, Woody C.C.S.

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Yes looking forward to our first night of 2013 ,a good selection of oldies ,some modern ,some a bit rare ,all dancers and a couple of "popcorn "tunes to finish my spot certainly ATB with the intention of getting those feet tappin see you soon

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Dont forget its CCS first night of 2013 , some great nights ahead ,hope to see you there

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The City centre soul crew are looking forward to seeing faces old and new ,for the first night of 2013 at this iconic venue , why not give us a look this month folks ?

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No frills, atmospheric intimate venue, just the right size, top people, cultured dj's with top sounds no predictability here with some serious soul music played, to get you dancing as well as thinking, in a venue I wish I was closer to - see you all soon.

ATB

Mick

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HI looks like we are missing a great night! working for Roger & Charile in sheffield, we will get over this summer! anyway have a good one

see you and Sue soon.

Nigel & Elaine

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Thanks for the great post Mick,

good to hear from you pal. Hope you can make it over sometime soon, be great to see you Buddy.

Take care, as I said hope to catch you soon, Woody & Miss T

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Its a week on saturday ,at £3 OTD its as cheap as a box of Tesco Burgers ( without the horse ,unless we play cliff nobles ),its the night "not to miss " ,a great guest in

Les with myself and the "boss " aka Woody backing up ,we are off in a canter at 8pm so be first at the post and we will see you there !!

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Hi Everybody,

don't forget it's C.C.S's first night of this year at The Black Lion on Saturday the 23rd of Feb, should be another great night with our Special Guest DJ "Les Hare" from King Bee Records in Chorlton.

Fantastic night in December, met some realy nice people, check out the photo's in the Gallery, quite a few new face's said they'd come & see us again in Feb, which is great, see you there then, Woody C.C.S.

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Hi Everybody,

don't forget it's C.C.S's first night of this year at The Black Lion on Saturday the 23rd of Feb, should be another great night with our Special Guest DJ "Les Hare" from King Bee Records in Chorlton.

Fantastic night in December, met some realy nice people, check out the photo's in the Gallery, quite a few new face's said they'd come & see us again in Feb, which is great, see you there then, Woody C.C.S.

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Good response from the weekend for our night at the Black Lion , hope to see some new

and regular faces ,i believe we continue to have the right mix and CCS will build this year without doubt ,not long know folks

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Our first Soul Night of 2013,

been looking forward to this for weeks now, especialy having one of Manchesters top DJ's Les Hare (King Bee Records) as our guest. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Les are playing. If our last night at Christmas is anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the photos in Members Albums 2012). Playing you classic Northern Soul, Motown & RnB from way back when, right up to current spins, all on lovely original vinyl. Nice private upstairs room with it's own bar, great dance floor & a great selection of real ale & guest beers.

You get all this for just three quid, see you on Saturday the 23rd Feb, Woody C.C.S.

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Well it's a very good evening to all the team and regulars at "City Centre Soul" from "The Black Lion" Salford and for anyone new to this event our featured record review of some of the sounds you just might get to hear on Saturday night, a music policy always varied but quality all the way and with an old school Rhythm 'n' Blues backbone to it a great night awaits.

So without further ado, here are the first three spins form record supremo and hat wearer extraordinaire and all round good guy "Woody" from his extensive (and all original issue record collection)

Kenny Bernard "What Love Brings" Pye Records (British release only) later issued on Pye Disco Demand

Ok so my hand goes up into the air on this one my copy is on the later Pye Disco Demand Label but that minor set back aside we have a once massively played disc that in recent years seems to have fell a little out of favour that is well over due for a big come back, perhaps better known for his 1967 release "Pity My feet" British soul singer Kenny Bernard released four singles for Pye sadly for him all failing to make the UK charts yet gaining great acceptance on The Northern Soul circuit.

"What Love Brings" has a distinct British feel to it from a pretty unusual opening vocal turning into a sweet and upbeat dancer catchy and infectious as a dancer can be, close your eyes and the clock has turned back 30 years great sound and well worth re-discovering again for that feel good feeling just insert this record and let nature take its course. (and well checking out one of Kenny's other releases on Pye , "You Gotta Give" is well worth a listen.

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Clip features Disco Demand Label from the 70's

The Cruisers "Take A chance on Me" Gamble Records

Produced by music production legends Gamble and Huff come this sweet slice of soul music that has me wondering if this is the same group that recorded "If I Knew on V-Tone from 1960 but if it is or isn't this is still a fine piece of smooth soul music, with it easy and laid back tempo that is a worthy spin at any event and as cool as a Polar bear in Wayfarers this song has a timeless appeal that also has that certain extra addition of being double dipped in pure class, modern popcorn that doesn't get any better than this.

Lester Young "Barefootin' Time In Chinatown" Barry Records

An old time dancer, that would now have the PC brigade of today going into melt down with it's lyrical score (Charlie Chan, Suzie Wong, Fu Manchu to name but three plus a host of other names mentioned as well as a mix of throw back stereotyping.... oh how the world has changed!) a massive strutter that pounds along at a fair rate of knots very much in the style of a "Black Lion Sound" and yet another song based on a 60's dance i'm sure that an eye pulling motion would be applied by dancers of the time but catchy and up beat and telling you not asking for you to "shake dat thang" yet another passed over gem getting a long over due outing.

Russ, CCS Sheffield Branch

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will do my best to attend this, always enjoyed past nights here, if you have not been before then give it a try .................well worth a visit

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Hi Mickey,

hope You can make it pal, be great to have a catch up about our nocturnal activities over the last few weeks.... (lol). Anyway might bump into you this Friday at The Wheel, we'll defo be there, last push before the Black Lion next day on Saturday.

Thanks for the post Mickey, see you soon , Woody

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Well moving on from our last selections here are three more from the vinyl vaults of DJ Woody and talking of hats.

A bloke goes to the zoo one day

This bloke goes to the zoo one day. While standing in front of the gorilla's cage, a gust of wind swept some dust into his eye. As he rubbed his eyelid, the gorilla went crazy, bent open the bars, and beat the fella senseless. When the bloke came to his senses, he reported the incident to the zookeeper. Nodding, the zookeeper explained that pulling down your eyelid means "F**k you!" in gorilla language.

The explanation didn't make the victim feel any better and he vowed revenge. The next day he purchased two large knives, two party hats, two party horns, and a large sausage. Putting the sausage in his trousers, he hurried to the zoo and over to the gorilla's cage, where he tossed a hat, a knife, and a party horn. Knowing that gorillas were natural mimics, he put on a party hat. The gorilla looked at him, looked at the hat, and put it on. Next, he picked up his horn and blew on it. The gorilla picked up his horn and did the same. Then the man picked up his knife, whipped the sausage out of his trousers and sliced it in half. The gorilla looked at the knife, looked at his own crotch, looked at the man, and pulled down his eyelid.

So it's on to business with the choices for today.

Ike And Tina Turner "Crazy 'Bout You" Blue Thumb/Liberty Records.

From the extensive catalog of work produced by Ike and Tina Turner comes this funky number from 1969 with it's catchy rhythm and addictive lyrics and showing that Ike and Tina had talent by the bucketful arranged By Ike Turner and Co-produced by Tina and showcasing the direction that their music was taking, "Crazy 'Bout You" has the rawness of any Tina Turner vocal and is matched to a knock out backing track that marries tight guitar work, throbbing organ and subtle drum beat, an under rated play and a standby song in the much acclaimed Ike and Tina Turner Revue stage shows to a great reception.



Eddie Floyd "Bring It Back Home" Stax Records

Well here is Eddie Floyds take on an evergreen classic from 1968 first performed by Sam Cooke six years earlier, Eddie's version is faster and has a far more of a Northern beat to it, throw into the mix some rasping horn work from the in house session boys at Stax and you have something of a special record here a quality dancer that has just that certain something to lift it to another level and i can say that this is indeed one case were the copy is better than the original and still about at sensible money..well at least for the time being.

Titus Turner "Miss Rubberkneck Jones" King/Blue Beat Records.

In the spirit of the Coasters Yakety Yak this "New Breed" offering from old time Rock'n'Roller Titus Turner just goes to prove how diverse the world of Northern Soul really is, released in 1959 on two very collectable record labels on its original American release on King and on the very sought after British record label Blue Beat, telling the story of a lady that really needs to mind her own business, talking of hats again i take mine off to you Woody for not just finding a record like this but playing it out...thumping sax and a simple beat with a full backing cast in the background. simply great!

Russ, CCS Sheffield

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good posts and stories Russ,looking forward to your reviews of my choices ,busy writing my first book " memories of a warm up man " , maybe one day i will get promoted lol . Hey its three sleeps to our do ,class records lined up for a soulful saturday night in great company as always

speak soon

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might change my book title to "confessions of a warm up man "have at least lined up two B sides in error ,however the Howard Tate "How come my Bulldog " ,is on a reversed label (my excuse anyway )

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Well what a great set of posts while I have been neglecting my duties as PA to the DJ .... this time of year I am buried under piles of marking but I will emerge on Friday night to join Woody at the NQ Wheel and of course I will be assuming my usual position on the door at the top of the stairs in the Black Lion on Saturday. Excited about CCS next session and the sessions to come throughout 2013... the line ups are looking good and there's been lots of interest in us moving forward so I am looking forward to a great night on 23rd.

Russ...I love the reviews and the jokes as usual and will be making sure I catch the rest before Sat. Have to say I am one of the PC brigade but Ive decided to let Barefootin' in China town pass as representative of its time, and a reminder of how far we've come! When it comes to dancing of course I can be very accommodating!

Anyway the only thing standing between now and Saturday is a huge pile of work so I had better get back to it....keep up all the good work you CCS posters its good to see the excitement build! Oh and just for the record...I like to think I provide a certain amount of 'frilliness' to our no frills venue!!! Lol! Thanks for the post Mick...good to hear from you.

Now do I mean 'frills' or 'thrills' ....better ask Woody what he thinks!

See you all Sat, Love Miss T X

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Hi Everybody,

just uploaded Our Video Pics from all the great Soul Nghts at The Black Lion from last year, check it out at the top of the page.

I take my hat off to my P.A. the lovely "Miss T" for all her hard work in the making of this video, the hours, infact days (& a lot of late nights) she spent working on this. The whole production, Pics, Music, Comentry, Editing belong to her, masssive thanks for all the time & effort you've put in & for making it look realy proffesional & spot on. Also a big, big thankyou to "Nigel Filmer" for his time, patience, tips & advice & for pointing us in the right direction, nice one Buddy, top bloke.

The Video covers every Soul Night at The Black Lion we did last year, hope we can do it all again this year in 2013, check it out & see who you can spot.... Speak again soon, Woody & Miss T C.C.S.

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Yeah....Nigel is one very patient man! And I am a woman who never gives up! Really pleased to see it posted after our collected efforts...have to confess to a favourite pic....Mr. Movember in all his glory! Love it! Been great going through the archive again.

Miss T

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Well a very good evening Miss T (hat wearer) and Frankie "M" (who i'm sure has a Trilby in the wardrobe somewhere) yeah and all things looking good for Saturday a great night awaits all thoses who attend, sorry about the Lester Young track Miss T, but it is just so catchy (and please don't red flag me for that comment i shall review some NWA tracks in the future to balance things up)

A non PC hat joke..... Master he just called you posh! "OH", I BEG TO DIFFER! Smithers, hold my top hat whilst I beat that peasant with my rifle.

So tonights three of the best are from CCS top warm up man Frankie "M" and i wait with baited breath for those dark secrets of yours Frankie to all come out, ah a "kiss and tell" expose of the soul scene...but as the saying goes "the quiet ones are always the worst"

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Frankie "M" wearing the new illuminated hover hat

Joe Murphy "So Blue" (without you ) Vivid Records

Great choice here Frankie (i own the Little Milton version on Checker) a mid tempo dancer with a nice hook line that will have you indeed "hooked" 30 seconds into the song, quality horns and sax break with great backing harmonies (listen to them closely and you can hear both male and female vocals as well as combined, a polished performance made to sound simple needs far more plays as the tempo seems so right for today's dancers, as for which version is the better...well i'll leave that to you to decide

Ricardo Ray "Nitty Gritty" Alefore records

The Piano Ambassador, Ricardo Ray does a take on the Shirley Ellis track from 1963 that Peaked that number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the same year and in typical RIcardo Ray Latin style (i would say Salsa but you might say Latin Jazz) but the Latino flavoured theme is apparent from the first few bars of the song and to use the phrase once again catchy might not be the correct word infectious might sum up this version a lot better, and we know at CCS we all like a touch of the Latin sounds.

Eddie Floyd "Baby Bye" Safice (1964) Records, aka Bye Bye Baby UK Speciality Records (1967)

From its original release date of 1964 come this crisp vocal slice of Rhythm'n'Blues from Eddie Floyd (and the second time Eddie has featured this month) written by him as well and indeed so much of the Stax label out put was as well, Baby Bye is a tune very much from its time that has that certain something that give it that extra longevity, perhaps this is in part to the pretty apparent style of the record, namely in it similarity to Marvin Gaye's, Holland-Doizer-Holland written "Can I get A Witness" from 1963 on the Motown label, but either way Baby Bye has "Black Lion Sound" stamped into every groove.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Great reviews Russ and to top it this month ,our video with sues excellent photography and an great backing track , theres a wealth of talent not seen anywhere else at CCS ,best get down to the Black Lion on saturday to be amazed even more folks !!!,i may reveal the next chapter of my " confessions " ,who knows

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Hi you lot on the dark side! LOL video is really top show, must get over to you soon! have a top weekend see you both soon.

Nigel & Elaine

TWISTED STEEL SOUL NITES and days

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last bit of plugging before the big day ,just watched corrie and heard the following

Tyrone - what are you doing saturday ? , are you in the rovers ?

Kirk - No i am next door at the Black lion ,its a soul night,are you up for it ?

Tyrone - yeah great ,is Frankie M still the warm up man ?

Kirk - Yeah - but we will go anyway

Tyrone /kirk - ha ha ha ha

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Hi Russ,

Happy New Year pal, glad you're keeping ok. Your posts, reviews & jokes are well up to your usual superb standard, loved the one about the Gorrilla. Frank played the "Nitty Gritty" the last time we were at "The Bessemer" in Sheffield, had a great response from the crowd there, brill record, would'nt mind a copy myself.

Keep up the good work buddy, looking forward to your next installment, catch you soon Russ, Woody

P.S. Have you had a look at the crackin' Video Miss T's done of last years Soul Nights at The Lion, you're on a couple of the pics near the beginning i think

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Same to you two,

thanks for all your help & input with the Video. Hope you can get over to see whats going off on the 4th Saturday down here at M3 some time soon , perhaps when the weather picks up.

Anyway have a good one, see you both soon, Woody

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And the very same to you too Woody, missed the great video of "The Black Lion" until now (sorry busy doing reviews and jokes in bad taste) top job by all and especially Miss T will be getting a Palme d'Or for best film In this year Cannes Film Festival ok so her are Frankie's last three.

"lost hat" joke (proving the old ones are the best!)

An elderly man was quite unhappy because he had lost his favorite hat. Instead of buying a new one, he decided he would go to church and steal one out of the church vestibule. When he got there, an usher intercepted him at the door and took him to a pew where he had to sit and listen to the entire sermon on "The Ten Commandments."

After church, the man met the vicar in the vestibule doorway, shook his had vigorously, and told him "I want to thank you vicar for saving my soul today. I came to church to steal a hat and after hearing your sermon on the 10 Commandments, I decided against it."

vicar: "You mean the commandment 'I shall not steal' changed your mind?"

Old Man: "No, the one about adultery did. As soon as you said that I remember where I'd left my old hat!"

Fantastic Four "Pin Point It Down" Soul Records

On the Soul label comes this very Motown sounding release from 1968 (Soul records was part of the Motown corporation) from the often under rated Fantastic Four starting with its funky intro and some my say even a plain and simple vocal treatment "Pin Point It Down" is a cut that can be enjoyed my Motown aficionados as well as soul fans that like the Detroit sound and with a rich chorus and change of tempo break mid way through, and what make this song even better that an original copy won't break the bank, that is if you can find one.

Dynells "Let Me Prove That I Love You" Atco Records (push side demo, c/w issue)

Sweet soul at it best, and a "B" side to "Call On Me" on the Atco release a nice cross-over floater

in its own right this double header has stood the test of time like all great record and still sound fresh well over 40 years later and i'm sure to the great production values by soul legend Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and an early offering of what was to come with the creation of their "Philadelphia Sound" sweeping strings and well balanced harmonies, Frankie has put this in his warm up spot but what a finishing record to end a great evening with, class with a capital "C"

Mitty Collier "Help Me" Chess Records

Yet another great vocal talent that is so over looked today, "Help Me" is a R'n'B rocker from 1965 by Mitty Collier at the height of her success with it steady tempo and rich horn work that is there from almost start to finish and i have to say that this is a record that need the volume cranking up an extra notch or two, once again a good time strutter that show cases the essence of the City Centre Soul ethos quality music that isn't afraid to go just outside the white lines, with a crisp and clear vocal "Help Me" does everything and more in just 2:06

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Russ

thanks for the comments /reviews ,i try to play something of everything ,while the CCS folk get comfy ( not expecting backdrops at 9pm ,but you never know ) ,the dancing comes later after a few pints ( in my case ) of foaming "guest ale " ,being a CAMRA member ( but not of the woolly jumper brigade) ,we get both quality soul and real ale all in one night

cheers

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Hi Frank, great post,

you & Russ should do a double act.... (lol) "Adams & Manley" / "Manley & Adams", either has a certain ring to it.

Just off to the Wheel, last push before "The Black Lion" tomorrow night, if it's half as good as the last one.... Have a great weekend Folks, Woody C.C.S.

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And a hi to you Frank,

The warm up man is a very essential part of any event and in true CCS style setting the right mood is of paramount Importance, and the great thing about doing the "early shift" is you can vary thing up a little and without the pressure of keeping the dance floor full or try out a new record to the collection, had me worried at one stage when i saw CAMRA i could see a vision of a chunky sweater and a pipe, and an interest in steam power, traditional folk music with songs normally about "working in a mill or pretty girls who get you deported to do seven years of penal servitude" (i won't mention anything about Morris dancing) and contracting consumption. Just one point always wondered how you can have real ale out of an aluminium barrel, surely to be real the barrel needs to be wood?

And on to the last member of the team and one of the very few women who can wear a donkey brown stingy brim Trilby City Centre Soul's very own blonde bombshell the lovely Miss T selects her own selections for this months soul night at "The Black Lion", never a woman to shy away from hat wearing or a spot of deep and moody soul or even a healthy helping of pop corn so here are her excellent choices for Saturday.

Roy Hamilton "To The One I Love" Epic Record/Fontana UK

From the great Roy Hamilton comes this class beat ballad (also co written by him as well) with a silky smooth vocal, from its sweeping strings and big production all the elements are there and like a fine wine best taken slowly to appreciate it, from the Chain Gang sounding introduction to the choral backing and great orchestration that really does lift this record and makes this truly a killer of a track and from Elvis Presley favorite singer, now if Roy Hamilton was good enough for the "KIng"

Linda Queen "I Feel The Pain" Rod Records

Okay so you want deep and moody well it don't come much more deep and moody than this offering from Linda Queen,a slow burner that just smolders away full of atmosphere and haunting to say the least with some of the saddest trumpet work laid down on vinyl and a melancholy vocal by Linda Queen who sadly i don't know anything about her and a blast of cool Hammond organ but this mid 60's cut is overflowing with that certain something that make a record stand out from the crowd and a great double play the "A" side "Where Can My Baby Be" is yet another fine tune in a slightly more mid tempo offering, a record never repressed or booted and you get both tracks on the same disc on the original release for around the £100 mark.

Tony Clarke "Ain't Love Good... Ain't Love Proud " Chess/Pye" International (UK Release)

Old time R'n'B rocker that thumps along (and for my money beats Little Richard's "Get Down and Get With It" hands down) a great chunk of mod Rhythm'n'Blues and co written with Tony Clarke by Richard "Popcorn" Wylie a man who requires very little introduction on the soul scene, a shaker and a foot stomper from 1964 and as hard edged as a Pit Bull with a baseball bat, a Black Lion sound to the core....perhaps an anthem in the making?

All that's left to say is have a great night, would love to be there in person, sadly can't but will be in mind and spirit

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ

put my pipe and seadog sweater away many years ago ,but still love trad folk as brought up on ballads sang in a smoky room , on cask beer ,its all down to process and preparation and is an art form without doubt ,in the 1970s you were lucky to get any ,now its awash with micro breweries and for the better i believe .Anyway thanks for your usual brilliance in reviewing our tunes ,looking forward to tonight as we all are and hope we can catch up with you soon ( i did write for a couple of fanzines in the 70s ,wish i had saved copies ,but if you believe i wrote about the reggae scene in manchester and punk !! ,then this might confuse further )

Cheers

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Mornin Everybody,

put the last of this months flyers out at "Wheel" last night ready for "The Black Lion" tonight.Had a great time at the "Wheel", it's realy taking off at the their new venue in the Northern Quarter, loads of people in, all the Wheel regulars. Great response to our flyers & plenty of Folks said they're coming down to see us tonight, few phone calls in the last couple of days "Are We Still On", infact somebody rang at 10 to 9 this mornin, can you believe that (middle of the bloody night.... lol).

Off down to set up in a bit when Miss T get back from swimming, speak again soon, Woody C.C.S.

P.S.Don't forget to check out our brill Video from last year at the top of the page

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Looking forward to dancing the night away once again at the Black Lion December was our 1st visit in December not to be forgotten being made so welcome by everyone.

See you all later.

Alan & Bernadette

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Hi Alan,

good to here from you both. Glad you had a good time with us at Christmas & look forward to catching up with you in a couple of hours.

Cheers now, see you soon, Woody

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fantastic turnout last night ,packed to the seams with great people , great set by Les who played some really cool Ska ,something for everyone

and most agreed best night at a soul club for ages ,see you soon and thanks for letting me play some tunes again !

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Got to agree with Frankie M, great tunes and plenty on the dance floor, good floor filler's by all DJ's.

Slight panic for you early on with one of decks though all come together in end.

Will get your flyers handed out at events we attend, you will have to try to get along to SOULVILLE on March 16th at Whitefield.

Catch up soon.

Alan & Bernadette

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Hi Everybody,

great night again Saturday, Massive thanks to our guest DJ Les Hare who played some fantstic quality Northern, mixed with some realy great Ska sounds & kept the dance floor busy all night, nice one Les. Our man Frank did his usual excellent warm up & pulled a few out of the bag yet again, superb pal.... Absolutely awesome turn out (packed to the rafters), our regulars came & gave their support ( nice to see Eileen & Charlie who came down from Staly Bridge, Lesley & Matt, Alan & Bernie....) plus loads of new faces again. In my humble opinion musicaly Saturday was one of the best nights we've had, we all seemed to spark off each other behind the decks to create a great sound. I played quite a few tunes new to the Black Lion, all to a great response from the dance floor, nice one Everybody. Thanks to the lovely Miss T for her door duties & for being our roving photographer, cheers Darlin.

Thanks to all who came along Saturday, you were fantastic. Don't forget we're back again on our usual fourth Saturday (27th of April) with Special Guest DJ "Glen Goodwin", plus our very own "Frankie M" doing his usual superb warm up spot, should be another cracker me thinks.

Catch you all out & about soon Folks, Woody & Miss T C.C.S. :hatsoff2::wave:

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Thank You Frank,

for doing a great spot, played a blinder, loved the Howard Tate. Great night Saturday, one of our best, met some realy nice people, everybody seemed to enjoy it.

Take care pal, hope you had good day in Halifax yesterday, see you Saturday at The Greatstone

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hi Woody , great night saturday , a bit fragile today after Halifax ,went to the free soul on sunday there ,great venue all stompers but dance floor packed ,took some flyers and there was interest n in our nights shown ,you take care and see you saturday

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Great stuff Alan,

glad you & Bernadete enjoyed the night, tried to play something for everyone & play as many requests as poss, seemed to pay off anyway, loads said they're looking forward to the next one in April. Thanks for taking the flyers for us, cheers Alan, much appreciated.

Take care both of you, see you out & about soon, Woody

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great night guys , had an absolute ball , loved the touch of Ska , 1st time there , it wont be the last , any thanks for a great night

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Sounds like you had a great night team with even a touch of Ska thrown in for good measure, now that really is an across the board music policy and once again shows the diversity of "The Black Lion Music ethic" well done to Les Hare for playing something a little out of the ordinary (i take my hat off to you) and to Frankie "M" the man goes from strength to strength and an ex-music journalist as well where does his talents end?

Most importantly to everyone who attended this months "City Centre Soul" event at "The Black Lion" without you there wouldn't be great nights like this, thank you on behalf of CCS all for fantastic support and once again to Woody, Frankie "M" and the Lovely Miss T all who have a genuine passion and true love of the scene you make such a great team and to the CCS foot soldiers who have handed out event flyers for "The Black Lion" at other events they have been to and i can truly say all your all your tireless hard work has paid of in giving a great night to everyone.

I'll leave you with this take on a Motown classic by Delroy Wilson as "This Heart Of Mine" Wirl Records

Till next time

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Russ,

thanks from Us all for the realy kind words. When it comes to record reviews, jokes & banter, you're the man.

Take care Russ, love to Margarete, speak to you soon, best regards Woody & Sue xx

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have to agree Russ ,when CCS came into being it changed my life ,especially meeting you ,woody and sue.i believe 2013 will see the success that at some point in 2012 we wondered . this is after the continuing hard work you all put into the event .City Centre Soul aint just another soul night and with the support of the folk who climb the stairs of the black lion on an event night then we will have continued success

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