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

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 27th Of April

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

GLEN GOODWIN

Hole In The Wall Soul Club, Stax Of Soul, London

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

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 ??

Here's a reminder of our last City Centre Soul event in February 2013. Great night, fantastic attendance and feedback, great work by all the DJs, especially guest Les Hare....see you all again on Saturday 27th April (4th Sat)


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A quick shout out for you to mark our night in your diaries , time flies folks and hope all our followers have a great  Easter and if you are doing something soulful ,then enjoy ,got a few new tunes already and busted my budget for the next few months ! ( we all do )

anyway KTF and see you all ,am sure this listing will be full of Jokes , reviews  and me prattling on before we get to April 27th

Cheers

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 A quick mention of CCS next night for your diaries for next month ,the night runs every two months ,soon be here

cheers

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Cheers Alan , looking forward to meeting regulars and new faces ,all wellcome for a night of classic sounds

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 "Well done again to "Miss T" for doing another crackin video of February's Soul Night , check it out at the top of the page".
     As you can see last month was a stormer, get your selves along on Saturday the 27th of this month & see whats going on down here at The Black Lion. Nice warm welcome, great sounds (all played on lovely original vinyl), brill friendly atmosphere, nice dance floor, loads of real ale guest beers, all in a nice private upstairs room with it's own bar.
    See you all soon, Woody, Miss T & Frank
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Hi Frank,

   yeah got agree, don't forget to put "Saturday the 27th of April" in your Diaries Folks.... :thumbsup:

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Had a busy time of late...behind with photos of all the places we've been over the past couple of months might still try to post some over the next few days so everyone can see what great soul venues there are on both sides of the Pennine hills! Woody's spot at the recent Twisted Wheel Friday nighter was great...was very proud of him and also danced my legs off all night! ...both enjoyed it very much as we also did at the Trades, Kingstone, KGB, Corner Pocket Mexborough, Greatsone in Feb/March. Great nights one and all. So now its getting close to the next session at the Black Lion...suspect both Woody and Frank have been spending money they dont have but the rewards will be great and we are all looking forward to welcoming special guest Glen Goodwin from London for his first visit to City Centre Soul. So its looking like another fantastic night of soul to come on 27th... Woody, me and Frank will be working together to welcome regulars and newcomers so get on down on 27th and see what its all about!

 

Miss T CCS (PA to the DJ) X

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Yes great Video Miss T and your right ,"spent up " ,but thats the northern soul obsession and the CCS vision of playing the best for the best , been busy attending the Greatstone and the Nu Beat club and spreading the word

with a couple of beer festivals thrown in ( Leeds was great ) ,we are off to Oldhams Beer festival  on saturday

with a bit of soul in the " crown and kettle " on the way home ,if still sober (ish ) .Its a hard life folks  as you can imagine , looking forward to Glens spot and seen the videos on you tube from the "hole in the wall " .

anyway best get back to work !! and see you all soon

cheers

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Nice one Alan,

    nice to see you at the Wheel the other week. We're off to see a live band in Sheffield this w/end then going to the KGB Club in Abbeydale for the last couple of hours.

    Maybe see you both at Sylvies do next week, see you soon pal, Woody

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Great post Darlin,

   loooking forward to the 27th & Glen's guest spot, gonna be a great night again....

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just seen the new twisted wheel CD  but how many have we got on original Vinyl ?,great selection if your not a vinyl junkie. What tradition Manchester has for soul clubs past and present and The Black Lion keeping that tradition today, was home to another soul night many years ago and was great to get djs back to the venue that they had played  many years ago (Barry Tasker for one ) ,remembering the first time i went to the Pendulum at the MSG and the sounds still sound  fresh today.so for a night of classic ATB soul and R&b remember us on the 27th

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Nice postings Frankie, have a great time sampling all the beer (look after Derek lol!!) me and Woody are off for another night of fun in Sheffield and looking forward to the do in Heywood next weekend. Its been so nice to find out about the original Black Lion Soul fans and meet the network of friends who have great memories of those days gone by. So we are looking forward to supporting the charity night in memory of those times and a great supporter of that scene. Am so glad we inadvertedly resurrected the Black Lion soul nights....must be fate I feel! We couldn't have asked for a better more enthusiastic crowd.  So soon be the 27th and we will be welcoming Glen up from the big smoke...excited already!

 

Have fun and take care, Miss T X   :D

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Yes looking forward to a week on saturday , did my usual net working this last weekend and feel this month

will be the best yet ,Alan did a great spot on saturday night at the con club and a lot of the tunes played i havent played myself for years ( tomangoes for one ) ,must check the box  i have all my  wigan  tunes in and play a few ( the gypsies - womans world ,saxie russell , wally cox etc ) for future nights , but sorted some nice ones for

next week already ,with one or two to be added

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Yeah Us too Frank,

   realy looking forward to the Lion, less than two weeks to go now.

   Glad you had a good night at Whitefield, see you soon pal, Woody

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Hi Russ

hope you are well and yes ,bubbling up in the soul couldron for next saturday ,with another great mix of tunes to keep the feet active

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Hoping so buddy,

   good to hear from you, hope you & yours are all ok.

    Give you a ring tomorrow night for a catch up ect.... cheers Russ, Woody

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Hi Everybody,

     don't forget our Soul Night on Saturday the 27th down here at the Black Lion, as you can see from the pics at the top of the page we had a crackin' night last time.... Hopfuly Russ 'll  be joining us with this months "Record Round Up" & more of his jokes, banter & monthly madness....

  Keep checking this blog out for more info & updates, catch you all soon, Woody

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 "Well done again to "Miss T" for doing another crackin video of February's Soul Night , check it out at the top of the page".
     As you can see last month was a stormer, get your selves along on Saturday the 27th of this month & see whats going on down here at The Black Lion. Nice warm welcome, great sounds (all played on lovely original vinyl), brill friendly atmosphere, nice dance floor, loads of real ale guest beers, all in a nice private upstairs room with it's own bar.
    See you all soon, Woody, Miss T & Frank :hatsoff2: :wave:  :thumbup: 

 

 

 

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Hi again Everybody,

     thanks for a great response to this moths Black Lion, things are looking realy good. Thanks also to all the people who've flyer'd for us & helped out with the promoting & pointing us in the right direction, you know who you are, "Massive thanks from Me & Miss T". Spoke to Russ on the phone Thursday & gave him a small list of sounds we'll be playing next Saturday & a few bits we've picked up ready for His Record Round this month which'll be starting probobly tomorrow night, so thats something to look out for, it's highly informative & interesting as well a right laugh every month.

  Take care Folks, speak again soon, Woody :hatsoff2:

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Hoping so buddy,

   good to hear from you, hope you & yours are all ok.

    Give you a ring tomorrow night for a catch up ect.... cheers Russ, Woody

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Hey Russ!  Good to find the Sheffield Branch alive and well....and getting into the zone ready for the City Centre Soul session on Saturday!  Glad to see that our two resident DJs are sorting out their playlists too.( Because they are very hard for a mere PA to keep in line you know....dont have nearly so much trouble with you!)  Been out and about a bit lately and it seems lots of people are talking about next Saturday and saying that they will be there...have a feeling it might be busier than ever.  Black Lion have a (official) late licence for us til 1.30pm  this time and for the rest of the years events so that gives us an excuse to fit in more quality tunes and perhaps some more beer each month with a  finish around 2pm!  Hope so anyway...so we await your brilliant postings to get us in the mood and I will be carrying out lots of PA duties including making sure that Mr Wood gets his lovely 7 inches :thumbup:  over to Manchester in time!! 

 

See you soon I hope, keep up all the good work team...Love Miss T X

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And a BIG hey to you Miss T,

 

And yeah your hands are full with team leader Woody and his right arm man Frankie "M"  while i in comparison am a walk in the park (by that i mean a well lit and properly council funded one with a cushioned play area that hasn't been used a dog toilet and is free of syringes used condoms and a guy called Billy Meths who has arguments with himself, smells of wee and permanently has his man goods on open display) "a PA's lot is not a happy one----happy one-----a PA's lot is not a happy one" sorry wrong musical genre okay on to review time but at long last with spring finally in the air here is a quick story about

 

Springtime in France

 

An elderly man was walking through the French countryside, admiring the beautiful spring day, when over a hedgerow he spotted a young couple making love in a field.

Getting over his initial shock he said to himself, "Ah, young love... ze spring time, ze air, ze flowers... C'est magnifique!" , and continued to watch, remembering the good old day's that he'd once enjoyed.

Suddenly he gasped and said, "Mais... Sacre bleu! Ze woman she is dead!" before heading off as fast as he could to the town to tell Jean, the police chief. He arrived at the Police Station, out of breath, and shouted, "Jean... Jean... zere is zis man, zis woman... naked in farmer Gaston's field making love." The police chief smiled and said, "Come, come, Henri you are not so old, remember ze young love, ze spring time, ze air, ze flowers? Ah, L'amour! Zis is OK."

"Mais non! You do not understand, ze woman, she is dead!"

Upon hearing this, Jean, leapt up from his seat, rushed out of the station, jumped on his push-bike, pedaled down to the field, confirmed Henri's story, and pedaled all the way back to call the doctor. He picked up the telephone and screamed, "Pierre, Pierre! This is Jean, I was in Gaston's field, zere is a young couple naked having sex!" To which Pierre replied, "Jean, I am a man of science. You must remember... it's spring, ze air, ze flowers, Ah, L'amour! Zis is very natural."

Jean, still out of breath, grasped in reply, "NON, you do not understand, ze woman, she is dead!"

Hearing this, Pierre exclaimed, "Mon dieu!" grabbed his black medicine bag, stuffed in his thermometer, stethoscope, and other tools, jumped in his car, and drove like a madman down to Gaston's field. After carefully examining the participants he drove calmly back to Henri and Jean, who were waiting at the station.

When he got there, went inside, smiled patiently, and said, "Ah, mes amis, do not worry. Ze woman, she is not dead, she is British!

 

 

So here are a few of the sounds that Monsieur Wood might be giving an outing to on Saturday.

 

Gene Woodbury "Ever Again" Del Val Records

 

A record that doesn't need that much of an introduction and a slightly different take on the perhaps more common Bernie Williams cut from 1969 on Bell and later on Eric Records and apart from the mega expensive Bell issues can still be bought for under £30, from the actor and singer Gene Woodbury comes this version of the same song and is perhaps slightly less produced than Bernie Williams take and again maybe has a slightly increased tempo but most certainly has that essential "head nodder aspect" as well as that all essential dance floor appeal an evergreen offering from the man that once said,

 

                          "Hell no! singing never paid any of my bills and you call me a bit part actor but i'm the one driving the Caddy"

 

On a clean Del Val copy can fetch over the £300 mark, the choice on this one would really have to be yours, Monsieur Wood has made his already.

 

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Billy Meths contemplates Gene Woodbury Vs Bernie Williams version of Ever Again

 

 

The Drippers "Honey Bunch (part 1)" Moon Shot Records

 

Wow in your face Funk with a Capital "F" with its blasting horns and pounding (can i say funky organ?) comes this cut from 1966 but sounding like it could be even later a hard core dancer that refuses to be knocked down on the canvas, and with a tad more deck plays really could be up there with some of the all time great stompers and at just under the two minute just long enough that the De-fib unit won't need powering but a nice sit down afterward is the order of the day up hitting like a mini tsunami i wonder why this one went pretty much past us all in the days of the everything is a 100 mph spin.

 

 

Dionne Warwick "Reach Out For Me" Scepter Records/Pye Records UK release

 

From 1964 a single from the pens of the mighty Hal David and Burt Bacharach (also covered and reviewed by Lou Johnson and Roy Hamilton on a previous City Centre Soul record round up) comes this classic beat ballad,

 

As the 60's went on Dionne Warwick became the preferred singer of choice for Hal David and Burt Bacharach and this take on the earlier Lou Johnson cut might show perhaps why, Dionne's voice is sweet and uplifting and packs emotion when the need calls for it with great orchestration (did you expect anything less from these guys?) and such quality backing vocals, once again a winner and thankfully for us all saved from cover treatment murder by Britain's own Cilla Black but her version of another Bacharach and David classic song "Anyone Who Had A Heart" was the favoured choice on Elvis Presley's juke box in his Graceland mansion, either way a truly great song and a great end of night track.

 

More to come,

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Great posts Sue and Russ and extended hours means " taxi " for 2am and why not ,got to be the best value in town for £3 see you all there

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Great posts from Everybody,

     well done Russ with your great reviews & jokes, to Frank with all his input & promoting & to Miss T for the pics & videos, they're brill.

  Don't forget Folks we're till "2am" from now on, can't wait for Saturday, not long not eh, see you all soon, Woody 

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Russ, you can say funky organ as often as you like...I think that got it just right!  We've got it all going on down the Black Lion( including a little bit of dancefloor funk to get things moving)  and there is many a good tune played on an old funky organ you know!!  Ask Woody....he knows!! (I will be in so much trouble for this!!)

Great reviews to get us started and looking forward to the rest of the week....counting down til Saturday

 

Love Miss T (PA to the DJ and part-time park-keeper) X

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Thanks Miss T, for letting me use the phrase "funky organ" and i would never ever question Woody's funky organ talents i'm sure he really is an accomplished virtuoso along with his many other talents and you really can't go wrong with a dash of dance floor funk to warm things up and with a 2:00 am finish and extended bar City Centre Soul At The Black Lion just Keeps getting better.

 

An old lady once kept a condom in a goldfish bowl on top of an old organ in her house. One day she was asked why she does this. Her reply was "One day I was walking to the shops and found a small package on the pavement, so I picked it up, read the label and it said to keep moist, place on organ, helps prevent disease, and let me tell you I have not been sick since"!!

 

So without further ado her are tonight's choice from the vinyl vaults of "The Organist Extraordinaire" Woody

 

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "Going To A Go-Go" Tamla Records/Tamla Motown Records UK release.

 

From 1965 and both co-written with the other band members (apart from Smokey's wife Claudette who was also the sister of another band member Bobby Roberts and co-produced by Smokey Robinson, Frank Wilson and Mickey Stephenson and the first of their records to be billed as Smokey Robinson & Miracles comes this Motown anthem and said by many to be the best song in their live performances, Going To A Go-Go hits all the right notes with a full Funk Brothers backing treatment and a hand clapping drum beat a record that crosses the divide between Soul and Northern Soul and was even covered to chart success by the Rolling Stones.

 

The Dapps "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Yesterday) King Records

 

With a certain easy Chicano feel to it and some very sweet vocals and production this musical number by the Dapps is somewhat of an under-played masterpiece. The Dapps were the in house band on Nat Nathan's King Records and consisted of 8 white full time band members who worked on much of the labels out put, I'll Be Sweeter has the addition of singer Pee Wee Ellis on main vocal duties and with a polished and a well thought production this is yet another gem from the King back catalog.

 

 

 

Barbara George "I Know (You Don't Love ME No More)" AFO Records

 

Simple and catchy in the same order is this ditty from Barbara George, and with a fantastic trumpet break just over half way into the record that seem to be just so in keeping with this oh so simple vocal and musical production and although you wont get a massive finish or a layered piece of musical craftsmanship you do get a very old school dancer that has it's roots more in Rock 'n' Roll than in Rhythm 'n' Blues and proving once again that the world of Northern Soul is a church with a very broad hymm sheet, could be double backed with Fats Domino's "It Raining" a daring play elsewhere i might think but right at home on the floor of The Black Lion.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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 Kick Off                                                    Saturday 27th April                                  Full Time                                                             

   

 8:00pm                                                          27-04-13                                               2:00am                                                                           

                                            

                                                                     Bar till 1:30am  

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its the premiership soul night ,in the premier league winning city !! come and celebrate with us on saturday

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 "Well done again to "Miss T" for doing another crackin video of February's Soul Night , check it out at the top of the page".
     As you can see last month was a stormer, get your selves along on Saturday the 27th of this month & see whats going on down here at The Black Lion. Nice warm welcome, great sounds (all played on lovely original vinyl), brill friendly atmosphere, nice dance floor, loads of real ale guest beers, all in a nice private upstairs room with it's own bar, not forgetting this months special guest DJ Glen Goodwin & remember we're on untill 2:00am this month & the rest of the year.
    See you all soon, Woody, Miss T & Frank :hatsoff2: :wave:  :thumbup: 

 

 

 

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Well as Frankie says any CCS night is a Premiership event and one just keeps getting better, today the Premiership tomorrow The Champions League watch this page.

 

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So with today being the hottest day of the year so far here are three of Frankie "M" finest spins for your musical pleasure.

 

Bobby Jones with Joe Hunter Orchestra"Talkin' Bout Jones" EXPO Records

 

I remember the very first time i heard this record and thought i was a theme song to the 1974 martial arts movie staring Jim Kelly and called "Black Belt Jones" and i still think this would have been a better theme choice, from its movie tune intro to the polished production but with Joe hunter on piano and members of Motown Records in house band The Funk Brothers pounding out one hell of a wicked back ground accompaniment and with some very nice trumpet work and brass background play there also (you might wonder how many of the other members from the Funk Brothers are in his orchestra) with the odd bust of Funky melody here and there you have a great slice of super cool soul.

 

Tyrone Ashley "I Want My Baby Back" Phil-La Of Soul Records

 

A just over easy mid tempo dancer from the ex front man of the Del Larks that has feet movement stamped into the vinyl as deep as any groove a busy record that has quite a lot going on in the mix, a never letting up drum beat that throws in drum rolls and there is even some harmony vocals in for good measure a tune that epitomises a cross over sound showing the transgression from a more 60's sound to a more produced 70's a good choice of a play.

 

Bobby Bland "Turn On Your Love Light" Duke/Vocalion Pop UK release

 

Well as Frankie informs me this is a well loved favorite with the dancers at the Twisted Wheel and possibly hence it's 1961 UK release an early introduction into soul via it's Rhythm'n'Blues ancestry the James Brown influences are in full and open view and have a simple Bobby Bland take on them Bobby gives it a full on vocal treatment and has a great horn section more than ready to up any slack, from The Twisted Wheel to The Black Lion surely a choice set to get the dancers well and truly on their feet.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ

thanks for reviews , i also was a fan of 70s martial arts films ( Cleopatra Jones etc ) ,very cheesy now though

along with the blaxplotation ( wrong spelling ) films such as Shaft ,Superfly etc ,being always too short

for a full length leather coat didnt help with my image either !!! .did have a holdall with all the badges that you still see today at some venues (containing cheese butties for wigan casino ,who needed pep pills then ,when a bit of danish blue had the same effect ) ,anyway its not long till we are manning the turntables  and looking forward to same

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Enjoying the preview of selected CCS tunes put forward by our dedicated DJs and great reviews by Russ...very much looking forward to welcoming Glen on Saturday too.  So the countdown begins in earnest....only 70 hours to go!!  Keep up the great postings team, see you all there

 

Miss T (who knows a funky organ when she sees one!) X

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Evening Frank,

 

I still have my leather trench coat aka Shaft coat although i would be lucky to fit any part of my anatomy in it today, although my Adidas nighter bag complete with badges was sent to the local council refuge tip in a frenzy of spring cleaning by my mum,

 

"mum have you seen that old Adidas bag of mine?"

 

"which one?"

 

"the white one with the patches on it"

 

"did it have a broken zip?"

 

"Yeah that's it "

 

"Oh i thought i wasn't any good it's been in the spare room for years and the zip was broken so i've thrown it away didn't want it did you?"

 

"ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!"

 

Well after that best get down to business and review your disc for tonight's selection of City Centre Soul

 

Jerry Butler "Just For You" Vee Jay Records/Sue Records UK release

 

Classic oldie from Jerry and his last recording for Vee Jay Records,with it's fairly fast tempo and dance beat rhythm that just seems to catches you in it;s slip stream and pulls you along now add a catchy "Just for you lyric" and some pretty tight and fancy horn work you have one of Jerry's finest soul dancers, and on the British issue your for under £40 cheap at half the price.

 

Jimmy Thomson "Jimmy's Place (part 1)" Jimmy Thompson Music

 

If you like a great organ based instrumentals this is just up your street, with it's cool Jazz influence and driving Hammond organ we really can use the phrase "funky organ" for this and with a addition of some tidy Conga drum percussion this dancer is is for you, released on a independent label and only given a local release this is yet another record that was missed in the day for what ever reason but is getting greater acceptance today with a new crowd of Soul hungry dancers

 

King Curtis "Green Onions" Atco Records

 

Mod, Mod, Mod this record screams at you and a fantastic alternative take on the Booker T and The MG's masterpiece from 1962, now very much in the style of a Booker T clone until 33 second in and bang you need to call the paramedics, your hit full on with some down right low and dirty sax, boy this man can play and the original is taken to another level great playing a sound  that is so cool you need gloves to handle it pure class and should only be played on the very hottest of nights with akk the windows wide open.

 

 

Joe Simon "When" Sound Stage Seven Records

 

An under played sweet soul floater, that is as much at home today than on it was on it's original release, trumpets in plenty are a great backbone to this Joe Simon cut, perhaps if this was a much rarer record it might get far more plays than it does but cost isn't always a fair guide to how good something is "When" makes this point with a Megaphone, this really could be a massive tune Frankie i salute you.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

 

****** Miss T's selections tomorrow and perhaps one of two great choice might have that "Funky Organ" feel to them. ******

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Cheers Russ , Joe Simon has so many quality sides ,this one knocked me out , speak soon and take care everyone at CCS and of course our great supporters (without who we would not be into our second year )

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Hi Everybody,

   great posts & reviews from "All the team" well done guys. Gonna be a crackin' night Saturday when me & Frank are joined behind the decks by Special Guest Glen, all the way from swinging London, realy up for it as Saturday gets nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody

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Kick Off                                                    Saturday 27th April                                  Full Time                                                             

   

 8:00pm                                                          27-04-13                                               2:00am                                                                           

                                            

                                                                     Bar till 1:30am  

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Well as Woody says the clock is ticking and with a great special guest DJ for the evening this months CCS is set to be once more a top night and just to balance things off here are this evening selection from the most important member of the CCS team and proof you can have beauty and brains in one package here are "Three From Miss T"

 Marion Stewart "I must Be Losing You" R Records

 

 
 Big beat ballard that really has stood the test of time from it choral introduction to the emotional vocal from Marion this mid tempo scorcher is somewhat of a tour de force with a great lyrical content and a tight musical production this is a touch song that set the bar to the highest level and an even higher standard, classic weeper that could make even a glass cry.
 

 Soho "Pop Instrumental De France" Vogue Records 

Somewhat of a pretty unusual musical genre here but hey we know the world of Northern Soul is all encompassing as we all know, well here is a piece of 70's French Jazz Funk/Freak Beat fusion with some heavy duty organ play, mixed with the full Laurent Pettgirard orchestra who may be better known for his film scores but when it come down to funky organ you would have to go a long way to get a better example a great example of "Organ Groove" and some cow bell action in there as well.

 

Ben E King "Cry No More" Atco/Atlantic UK Release

 

An old favourite with The Wheelites come this Ben E King cut from 1965 and released five year after he left the Drifters, Ben E had enjoyed great chart success and "Cry No More" was his first single not to chart but main chart music loss was our gain with a chocolate smooth vocal that is lifted to another plane by some well versed backing harmonies and great has a subtle build up throughout the entire record to a fantastic finale and copies are still about and a nice Black Atlantic one can be your for £40

 

 

Three more from Miss T tomorrow.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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"Well done again to "Miss T" for doing another crackin video of February's Soul Night , check it out at the top of the page".

     As you can see last month was a stormer, get your selves along on Saturday the 27th of this month & see whats going on down here at The Black Lion. Nice warm welcome, great sounds (all played on lovely original vinyl), brill friendly atmosphere, nice dance floor, loads of real ale guest beers, all in a nice private upstairs room with it's own bar, not forgetting this months special guest DJ Glen Goodwin & remember we're on untill 2:00am this month & the rest of the year.
    See you all soon, Woody, Miss T & Frank :hatsoff2: :wave:  :thumbup: 
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Hi Frank,

   yeah got agree, don't forget "Saturday the 27th of April", thats tomorrow night  Folks.... :thumbsup:

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its nearly time for CCS top sounds late bar great crowd exceptionally good looking DJs !! great venue  value for money  you name it you got it  folks  

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Too true Frank, was Dl'ing at our last night at the Sheffield Liberal club and because it was a charity night there were eight DJ's on the bill out of the eight there i had the second longest hair (a short number one at the sides and a number two on the top i looked like bloody hippy)

 

Well here are our last three selection from the Lovely Miss T, who as we have found out in our previous posts she really does like a good helping of "Funky Organ" but this months reviews do show the variety of soul and R'n'B on offer at "The Black Lion" the City Centre Soul Team take great care to tailoring the music to the dancers needs and every DJ is chosen to compliment that policy now what that means is a great night and gives the club it's own unique identity.

 

So here are our last three tunes for this month,

 

Patti Hamilton And The Lovlites "Oh My Love" Lovelite records

 

As adorable as a box of puppies dipped in honey and dusted in sugar comes this Chicago slice of the very sweetest soul from Pattie Hamilton and The Lovlites also written by her as well, okay so it's a tribute to classic girl band weepers of earlier years, Patti has a slightly bitter sweet tinge to her voice and every drop of emotion is backed in her vocal is back to perfection by the Lovlites, add to this a polished and restrained orchestral accompaniment that has some fine string playing going on in the background and with some great musical bridging this is well and truly an under played gem, by a very under rated girl group

 

Tower Of Power "So Very Hard To Let You Go"  Warner Bros Records

 

The renowned horn-driven Funk/Soul outfit Tower of Power have been issuing albums and singles since 1970 and touring the world steadily since the early 70's yet to many UK listeners their name is unheard of and if this is your fist time of hearing of this group i advise you to check out any of their other material.

 

"So Very Hard To Go" is a masterpiece from  1973 (that's right it's 40 years old) in easy soul with a massive feel to it still with a modern room feel to it over 40 years after it's initial release   a stunning vocal by Lenny Williams and not let down in the slightest by poor musical back up, Lenny's voice stands alone through most of the song and is given very little backing harmonies but this just makes it all all that stronger a song much bigger than the sum of it's parts.a disc to finish the night on with its feet shuffler tempo and emotion lyric a knockout recording perhaps not deep soul but soul with a capital S

 

Bobby Freeman " Fever" King Records

 

Okay so we all know the record but do we know this take on it by Bobby Freeman? a great old school R'n'B rocker that bounces along like Skippy on amphetamines from the opening bars and goes to shows just how good the output was from King Records, Bobby gives this a powerful but somewhat of a raw vocal but with smooth backing harmonies and a driving beat a throbbing saxophone this version hits all the right spots if you want to strut your stuff like a peacock and show the dance floor who's boss you couldn't do much better than this take on Peggy Lee's classic from 1958.

 

 

Well as the saying goes      CaptureTAF_zps8d39b3b9.png

 

     and all that's left to say is enjoy you night and hope to see you all soon,

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Mornin Everybody,

   nice one Russ awesome stuff, you never fail to hit the mark buddy. You're an absolute mind of information, massive thankyou for all your time, effort & hard work :thumbsup: :thumbup: :hatsoff2:.                       Don't forget todays the day, kick of at 8:00pm, see you all tonight.

   Busy as a Bee for the next few hours, speak again later, cheers Folks, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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Cheers Russ and Woody and miss T,Believe tonight will be a monster ,Record box packed ,selections selected , a bit a shopping earlier noting a  new record shop near Altrincham market selling soul vinyl , crate digged in there this morning already 

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Thanks Frankie and Russ for all the great posts and the work you put into the CCS night at the Black Lion. Last night was, as Frankie says, packed and our 3 DJs really did us proud with such a variety of great tunes that filled the dancefloor and kept a good crowd entertained into the small hours this morning. Special thanks have to go to Glen Goodwin from Hole in the Wall Soul Club in London for his excellent support and for sharing some of his great collection with us, it was a real privilege to have him here. Woody and I will be back down in London for the next HITW night on 11th May and really can't wait.  So well done team...CCS is a real team effort and you all did us proud...onwards and upward to June 22nd when special guest will be Manchester's own Alan Coulton. Lots of work to do before then, but already on the case!

 

A PA's work is never done but its always worth it!!

 

Love Miss T XX

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Hi, we both really enjoyed the night once again, Black Lion  getting a few good  mentions on Salford Radio The Right Track Show you will have to Listen again on site.http://www.salfordcityradio.org/listen.php

 

 

We all appreciate the work that goes in to put an event on.

Shame you are in London 11th May you will miss another great night at Soulsville Whitefield, we will be handing flyers out for 22nd June.

See you on Sunday at Bury.

Alan & Bernadette

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What a fantastic night! You guys have a great vibe going at a really special venue. Loved the intimacy yet room to move and dance. And the tunes were wicked! Thanks so much for inviting me to DJ, i had a real blast and feel very honoured!

Hope to see you all one day at Hole In The Wall........ in fact the next one is the same day as the cup final, so perfect for any City or Athletic fans coming to the smoke anyway.

 

 

and here is a sample of what its like.......

 

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Still buzzin' from the w/end, The Black Lion, another packer!!! Our Guest DJ Glen Goodwin from The Hole In The Wall Soul Club - London did us proud & nailed it perfectly, played some quality Northern to a packed dance floor . Our man Frank played two realy crackin' spots as well, had us on our feet & kept us up there, massive thanks to you both. Thanks to all who came along, you all made it a great night. Last but by no means least the Lady who's warm greeting & smile lights up the whole room as she does the door duties & has become our roving photographer the lovely Miss T, thanks Darlin.
Our next Soul Night is on the 22nd of June with Special Guest Manchester's very own "Alan Coulton". Cheers Everybody see you all out & about soon, Woody
 
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Bit belated this but thanks for great night last week. Usual nice selection of sounds. Looking forward to next time

see you soon

John and Mo

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Hello John and Mo

glad you had a great time /more to come in June ,see you there and thanks for supporting us !

cheers

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