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B'mth Railway Boys do the Green Room @The Portman

  

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event-9031-0-05624900-1364506124_thumb.jBmth railway boys, do the green room at the Portman Hotel, playing 60s / 70s Quality soul, classics right through to some of the best indemand tunes

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Make it a great wk end, with this do on the Sat and the ever popular Southampton alldayer on the Sunday

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Really looking forward to this... the last one was a packer and full of quality tunes...

 

Gonna be one hell of a soulful weekend down on the sunny south coast indeed... bring it on

 

Alfie

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We  try to keep everyone happy, oldies, semi knowns and unknowns all in one little dark atmospheric room, see you there Alfie boy

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From 2005 through to September 2010, I knew that we had something special in Bournemouth with the soul nights at The Railway Club, but never how special until after it finally closed.

. I think I made the common mistake of trying to rekindle the flavour of my youth by wishing to experience the verve and nostalgia of the classic stomping Oldies. I knew that there was always an undercurrent of new music being served up and subconsciously my tastes were gradually being shifted over to some of the more notable uptempo rare sounds that were being served up.

. A problem I had was that the rare music, particularly from Tim Smithers, was in constant transiton and thus these tunes were given a couple of airings before being buried away to be replaced by others. It was certainly fresh and maybe too fresh, for you really had to have a keen ear and the gaul to make regular trips up the decks, armed with a pen and piece of paper, to keep abreast of things.

. Initially there was some reticence and a slight aversion to my avid interest in some of the rare music being layed down on the turn-tables. But the guys eased up on me after a while when they realized that I wasn't a collector and I had given my word not to publicize certain records in my reports. Plagiarism was always a concern, as so many of their discoveries had been picked up on in the past, to be then taken on into the mainstream and thus destroying their underground quality.

. So although it was very understandable why some of the disc's title and artist were guarded with certain secrecy when they first began to play certain exclusive records, I always felt that the interested wider rare soul fraternity were being denied a true picture of the music being played at The club, unless they actually made the pilgrimage to the venue. 

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. I don't think we'll ever see the like of The Railway Club in Bournemouth again, yet the boys have created a scaled down version in The Green Room at The Portman Hotel. It's dark and earthy with a wall to wall dance floor and there's just a few seats to park your rear. Yet the music is still of the same standard. In my opinion, Simon Preston's sets have been the highlight with a good mix of underplayed Oldies interdispersed with rare and sometimes very exclusive music. As with acetates which cannot be found on the internet and only exist as two or three pressed copies produced from the original master tapes. The only way you're ever going to hear them is to make the trip to The Green Room. 

.  Last time around Simon played an acetate of a mothballed Younghearts number. It was Superb! Since then it has faded from the memory bank and thus I just can't wait until Saturday in the hope of it being played again. I most certainly will pester Simon to do so. 

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. Be there or be Square!

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Great post as always Dave, got a few suprise tune's that might be new to your ears, uptempo quality soul at its best ( imho ) 

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Really looking forward to a soulful night at The Green Room! If you want something different this is the place to be!

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Dear All

Really enjoyed the nite, great atmospheric venue, tunes were across the board as I like it- always good to meet up with like minded soulies! well done lads for putting it on! I saw Mr Smithers was eating aload of Haribo sweets behind the decks, not that I wanted any but I think his new nickname ought to be Haribo Horace! ktf from Matt

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