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

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 22nd Of February

8:00pm Till 2:30am

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE OLD NAGS HEAD

Manchester - M2 5WD

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUEST DJ's

PAUL WELSBY

"THE NU BEAT CLUB"

Plus

FRANKIE M

"ALTRINGHAM, SALFORD"

100% Vinyl / 100% Dancing

INFO... Venue: 07525709105

Dave: 07905676181 Sue: 07870612890

The Old Nags Head, Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate), Central Manchester, M2 5WD.

10 Minutes from Picadilly, 10 Minutes from Victoria Stations, 5 Minutes from the nearest Tram Stop, on street parking & N C P Car Parks within walking distance.

Hey Everybody This Is Our Video From Last Years Fantastic City Centre Soul Nights From Last October & Our Christmas Special At Crumpsall. Hope We Can Do It All Again This Year....

See Who You Can Spot ??


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HI Everybody,

  don't forget to mark your Diaries for the 22nd of February at the "Nags". Top Northern, Top Party Atmosphere on our first night at the "New Venue" me thinks if last year's City Centre Soul Nites anything to go by, check em' out on our "Lookback Video's" above.....

  Cheers Guys, Speak soon, Woody C.C.S.  :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Our F/Book Page - City Centre Soul Nites for more pics, Video's, Tunes & loads more about what we do & when you get there don't forget to click "Like This Page"..... (lol). That way you get info about Us & Our event dates etc.... straiaght into your News Feed....

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Hello again Everybody,
hope you're all having a nice Holiday. Just wanted to say a special thanks to Chris, for all his time & hard work on the Flyer for the "Nags". Especially his patience being how I changed the design about ten or a dozen times, adding bits to it, taking bits away, then putting some of them back again, till I thought it looked just right (he always says I'm too much of a perfectionist.... (lol).
Anyway Massive thanks from Me & Sue, hope you & Sharon have had a good one Pal, Regards & Best Wishes, Woody


 

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As CCS we have travelled widely in 2013 to attend many soul nights /days  and met some wonderful people  on the way .

I know we can all look forward to 2014 and a big shout out to all our promoter friends who work tirelessly in the background in

all manner of venues to bring us the  music we love , really looking forward to DJing at a few more nights in 2014 and  hope

that you have enjoyed what i have played in 2013

cheers Frank

 

Nice one Frank,

   yeah agree with you entirely, met some of the nice'est people on the plant, who've given their time freely & been a massive help to us in putting on our Soul Nites & to all of  "You" we'll be enternaly greatful, never doubt that.

  So onwards & upwards as they say & looking forward to the New Venue starting on Saturday the 22nd of Feb here at The Old Nags Head, keep checking us out for more info as the time gets nearer, catch you soon, Woody    :hatsoff2:

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Saturday The 19th Of April At The Old Nags Head, 

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank are joined by Special Guest DJ's Barry Tasker (Soul In The Cellar - at the Greatstone Hotel) & Bernard Heap (Bury Masonic) so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl   :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Classics & Old Favorites then this is the place for you   :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time".....   :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody    :hatsoff2:

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well the decorations are back in their boxes , its time to look forward to our events in 2014 , starting with our night in february and what a cracker it will be , flyers are out there and soul folk are already marking their diaries , looking forward to a new venue and

seeing  friends old and new .

 

" You may enter our night as strangers , but you will leave as friends "

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Happy New Year Frank,

  nice one Buddy ,could'nt have put it better my self. Always Soul for the dance floor & a warm friendly welcome from C.C.S. 

   Looking forward to next month Soul night here at "The Nags" more & more.....  :hatsoff2:

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  Really looking forward to the 19th of April now especially with popular Manchester DJ's "Barry Tasker" (Soul In The Cellar @ The Greatstone Hotel) & Bernard Heap (Bury Masonic)  as our guest's on the night.

    Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M, Barry & Bernard are playing. If our last night in February's anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the video's from a couple of C.C.S nights from the end of last year at the top of the page). 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 & amenity's, great dance floor & ample seating.

  Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:30am (bar till 2:00am :P  ) 

You get all this for just three quid, bargain!!!! :thumbsup:

  See you on the 19th of next month, Woody & Miss T C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Well as it says above a very Happy New Year To all and so as we all know time really does fly it doesn't seem almost a month ago we were all at The Crumpsall Labour Club for the CCS Christmas event but it was and as the saying goes" Time And Tide Wait for No Man" that clock just seems to be ticking faster all the time (so get on with it i hear you say) and on that note here are a couple of tasters of what might be on offer for you at the new CCS home "The Old Nag's "

Irene Reid "I Must Be Doing Something Right" Pilgrim Records

Well from the vinyl vaults of Mr Wood here is one track set to be a regular on his play list.

I'm coming clean on this track and saying that it's a new one to me, so i'm more or less listening with a fresh pair of ears i'm more aware of Irene Reid as a Jazz singer rather than a Soul singer but don't be put off by any preconceived notions "I Must Be Doing Something Right" is the "B" side to "How Did He Look" a record first released in the early seventies and is a little bit of a Funk and Soul fusion sound is about the best description i can come up with and on closer listening to the lyrics i seem to be abel to guess what Irene is good at and i don't mean house work, funky and with a crisp vocal that has oodles of stepper appeal too that screams of the 1970's but to me is that really such a bad thing? with a very understated accompaniment that lets the vocalist do the main honors without over powering her (and there must be a full studio orchestra in attendance so no mean task there) i think i can honestly say this is somewhat of a grower a couple of listens and your hooked, i am.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Everybody,

   hope you all had a great weekend, just a quick word about our Guest DJ line up for this year. We've got some crackin' top notch DJ'S lined up for you, obviously kickin' off in February with Paul Welsby from Manchester's Nu Beat Club, on the 19th of April (don't forget 3rd Saturday in April only) we'll be joined by Barry Tasker from "Soul In The Cellar", Les Hare from "King Bee Records", Derek Greenhoff who runs "The Trades Club" & "The Kingstone Club" in Barnsley. Glen Goodwin from "The Hole In The Wall Soul Club" in London 'll be joining us again in June too, so all in all it looks like we're for another great soulful year here at "City Centre Soul". Our man Frankie M 'll be on hand with his awesome warm up spots, he always has a few surprises for us & throws in bit of vintage Ska for good measure.

 Be a few other guest behind the decks from time to time too, so keep checking us out & see whats going off at "City Centre Soul" down here in M2.....  Catch you all soon, Woody & Miss T  C.C.S.   :hatsoff2::wave:  

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HI Everybody,

  don't forget to mark your Diaries for the 22nd of February at the "Nags". Top Northern, Top Party Atmosphere on our first night at the "New Venue" me thinks, if last year's City Centre Soul Nites anything to go by anyway, check em' out on our "Lookback Video's" above.....

  Cheers Guys, Speak soon, Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Our F/Book Page - City Centre Soul Nites for more pics, Video's, Tunes & loads more about what we do & when you get there don't forget to click "Like This Page"..... (lol). That way you get info about Us & Our event dates etc.... straiaght into your News Feed....

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Well looking good for 2014,

 

A new home for City Centre Soul but business as usual with some of the finest Northern Soul, quality R'n'B, classic Motown and some vintage Ska thrown in for good measure and of course some great new vinyl finds before they get wider exposure wow all this and more from Woody, his right hand woman the lovely Miss "T" and of course sergeant at arms Frankie "M" and of course a finely chosen line-up of quality guest DJ's.

 

Well in keeping with all things slightly off centre here is a little story to get us started

 

Watch Out For Snails

A turtle was walking down an alley in New York when he was robbed by a gang of snails. A police detective came to investigate and asked the turtle if he could explain what happened.

The turtle looked at the detective with a confused look on his face and replied “I don't know, it all happened so fast.”

 

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So to get back to business here is another one of Woody's fine discs for you to have a listen to and of course it goes without saying all on lovely original vinyl.

 

Rosco Gordon "Just A Little Bit" Vee Jay Records on both 78 rpm and 45 rpm format and later British released on Stateside records

 

Very much the epitome of a Mod R'n'B dancer from Rosco Gordon and dating from 1959 so quite late for the 78 rpm format (yet as a point of interest many records of British and American artists were often pressed in a 78 rpm as late as the mid 1960's in place such as India "Summer Holiday/Dancing Shoes" By Cliff Richard And The Shadows was on an Indian only release on 78 rpm format as late as 1963 okay trivia over)

 

Now many musical journalist in the past have pointed to a sound that they believe only happened for around two short years roughly between 1959 and 1960 where we have a combination of a more old school Doo Wop blended with Rhythm 'n' Blues and a helping of Rock 'n' Roll creating this type of fusion sound and "Just a Little Bit " is one of those sounds now whether or not i fully hold with this statement might be debatable but what we do have to my ears  is a slice of gritty dance floor R'n'B with a crystal clear vocal where you really can hear every word and some plain and simple lyrics this might not win prizes for either vocal treatment or the skills of the songsmith but what "Just A little Bit" lacks in these departments it more than make up for in musical attitude and if you like some well played raspy sax look no further than here. An old school strutter that has you reaching for the talc and the keys to your Vespa. And while i'm on the useless information trip this song was covered by British Glam Rock band Slade and Elvis Presley to name but two

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

 

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Great post Russ and just gettiing over some man flu so out this weekend " spreading the word " and really looking forward to 2014 at the Old Nags Head , a very busy venue in February  it seems and CCS to top it off on the 22nd

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Hi ya Frank,

 

Yeah felt a little under the weather myself over the weekend and i'm normally bullet proof with any illness (i was 12 years old the last time i saw a doctor) Sunday was a complete write-off but thankfully my SAS training kicked in and i managed to pull through but i seem to be left with a spot of dizziness if i move my head a little too fast but apart from that i'm fighting fit so hope your're feeling better, and you should be well recovered for the 22nd February just in time for the new venue.

 

Blonde Joke.

 

A blonde goes to the doctor. "Doctor doctor, every time I touch my head Ouch - it hurts.

 

If I touch my leg Ouch! it hurts.

 

And every time I touch my arm Ouch! it hurts.

 

The doctor asked her if she was born a blonde and she said yes. The doctor nods and says "your fingers broken".

 

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Sadly the NHS new recruiting policies hadn't done anything to improve hospital waiting times

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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In a word Russ "Awesome"!!!!!

  just an old RnB standard from Rosco, had it a lot of years & feel now's the time to play it out a bit.

  Hery Russ, loved the joke too..... (lol lol lol)  :hatsoff2:

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Evening Woody,

 

Yeah i must agree the Rosco Gordon cut does seem to be more of a "today play" than it has been in many years and trust you to reactivate this old time chunk of R'n'B, i just wonder how many other gems you have hidden away on the Fedral and King record label in your collection.....quite a few i'm sure.

 

Yet another snail joke

 

A man goes to his boss's costume party with nothing on but a naked
woman on his back.

"Jones!! What the hell are you supposed to be?" the boss asked.

"I'm a snail," the man replied.

"What a load of rubbish!" his boss shouts at him, "How can you be a snail when all you've got is that naked woman on your back?"

"You've got it wrong boss," the man replied.

"That's Michelle."

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 More Nag's Head musical reviews to follow.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well as you're no doubt aware the CCS musical policy is to always try and bring you something new along with classic Northern Soul and quality R'n'B and those records that you might not have heard for a long time or indeed some new tunes that you might never have heard before a blend of old and the not so sold is very much the policy.

 

Bill Johnson "It Ain't Never Gonna Die" Jocida Records

 

So here is a pretty much underplayed cut from 1968 from Bill Johnson (and not to be confused with the alto saxophonist, clarinetist, and arranger of the same name that fronted The Bill Johnson Quartet until his death in 1960) "It Ain't Never Gonna Die" is the "B" side of the old club track "You Got Soul " originally by singer/songwriter Johnny Nash of "Cupid" and "I Can See Clearly Now" multi million seller fame and a decent track in it's own right.

 

"It Ain't Never Gonna Die" is on this occasion co-written by Nash's wife Margaret but is produced by him, simple in production and delivery but punching well above it weight with it's bare bones musical backing approach to it drums, piano, guitar and a shake of tambourine and that's your lot and only Bill Johnson's vocal for the best part of the 2:20 running time keeping any backing singers to the absolute minimum but yet the vocal is strong and forceful and leaves no stone unturned you get a attitude inspired performance that does kick like a donkey on steroids and a spin that won't break the bank but i'd maybe look for the issue rather than the demo that perhaps are a little more common than the standard release.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Russ,  

  yeah one or two, we're packing things up ready for moving house at the minute as you know, anyway records keep turning up in strange places round the house. Infact I found a small box of records in the spare room that have got to been there since around 2000 - 2001, nice copy of "He Knows How To Love Me" Helen Shapiro, "Forever And A Day" Mel & Tim (bit on the Modern side, but hay ho, ok for a Sunday afternoon etc....).

   Thanks for really great posts again Buddy, still thinking about what a great spot you did at Crumpsall & how much everyone enjoyed your company. Take care Russ, love to your Mum, Woody & Miss T  C.C.S. 

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Hey Everybody,

  don't forget C.C.S @ The Old Nags Head, Manchester M2 on the 22nd of next month (4th Saturday).

  Soul & then some......   See you there Folks     :hatsoff2: 

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Hey Guys,

   sorry you have'nt been so well, really hope you'll be better & fighting fit for the 22nd of next month. Managed to avoid the dreaded Lurgy (touch wood) up to now, which must be a miracle considering the amount of people I work with & come into contact with.

   Anyway as Russ says, get better for next month both of you.......  :hatsoff2:

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Getting there fellas and looking forward to our first night at the Old Nags Head ,which will be here being we know it , some

new tunes being added to the "warm up " playlist and the late late spot with a bit of ska and classic soul ta boot, what a great list of DJs to come in 2014 and everyone we have as guests command great respect and support within the soul family , this ups the game

for me and thus guarentees a great night and a few suprises !!

see you soon ( at the Greatstone hotel 1st saturday in february will do nicely  folks !1 )

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Evening Fellas,

 

"Tis the season to be poorly, fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal la"

 

It seems like you can't go anywhere at the moment without coming into contact with some form of illness or virus, so you get over one thing and then get another but perhaps this old fashioned cold snap were having at the moment night kill a lot of the germs off, hot summers cold winters i remember it well.

 

Thanks Woody, i'm glad i managed to do a decent turn at The Crumpsall Labour Club, we all must have been pretty good as the club is chomping at the bit to have another CCS night there and thanks for asking about "Little Margarita" as you know last year was very hard for us all and especially for her but it all takes time and thankfully we're getting there.

 

Now on the subject of records turning up in strange places i tried to a little bit of sorting on some my old vinyl and after a full afternoon gave up even trying i was looking for my prize discs last seen many years ago but now seem to have gone AWOL and i'm starting to be running out of place they might be i'm now have only the loft and garage to search so fingers crossed, but moving house a couple of times things do go missing and records often seem to vanish on their own strange but sadly so true.

 

Well for all us vinyl junkies here is a quick glance at some of my record collection, and yes i really do need to get a grip.

 

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So as stuff turn up i shall keep you all informed.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Bet theres some gems amongst that lot Russ , great to see so much vinyl in one bedroom !! LOL

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Yeah well Frank,

    the thing is I'm bring in a couple of different guest DJ's along this year to broaden our horizons a little bit & see what they've got to play for us, but with Our usual A.T.B policy & all on original vinyl.

    Oh yeah, by the way there's a half decent guest DJ at the Greatstone with you & Barry T on Saturday the 1st of Feb, well actually it's Me..... ( :facepalm:  lol), so if I don't see you before Pal, see you there.....   :hatsoff2:   

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Evening Frank,

 

Yeah it would be nice if there were some gems hidden away, i'm pretty sure i have a genuine Tomangoes "I Really Love You" in the selection of missing records as well as a lot of other stuff i honestly can't remember, there may well be some great stuff hidden away that was filled because it wasn't the required 100 mph tempo demanded back then and now the slower tunes have found their place, not too much on the R'n'B front but some decent Ska and "Skin Head Raggae in fact at the risk of a lttle bit of self indulgence here's a quick review on said disc.

 

Ken Parker "Jimmy Brown" Duke Reid Records UK (and distributed by Trojan Records) Jamaica Duke Reid records (and strangely issued without a catalog number)

 

Very much a simple Raggae take on a a 1959 folk Hit "Little Jimmy Brown" and this is really a case of less is more, from a slow beginning to sweet vocal delivery by Ken Parker and a what's needed only selection of musical backing and the lyrics simply tell the story of the birth and the death of "Little Jimmy Brown", (in other versions of the song the three phases of "Little Jimmy Brown" life are mentioned his birth, his marriage and his death perhaps in Ken Parker's version Little Jimmy Brown didn't get married choosing simply do live together who knows?)

 

And yet on first listen this sounds a lot like a no frills take on an earlier recording, don't be fooled this is a nice production with a lot more going on in the background than at first you might imagine and all that you have to do is just listen closely, a sweet Raggae sound from a collectable singer, that has somewhat of a bitter sweet feel to it but so very very catchy one play just might not be enough

 

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Bloody hell Russ,

    I thought I had a few records, christ there's got to be some top sounds amongst that lot. We're having a painting party at the new house this w/end (all volunteers & helpers welcome...... lol), next w/end we could have record sorting party at Your's (looks like you could do with it), what do you think..... lol

   Keep ploughing through them for now Pal, I'm sure some stormer's 'll turn up soon, cheers Russ, Woody 

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Thanks Woody,

 

I keep finding things that i can't remember not just buying but even having in the first place, i have even more records of all genres in the loft and garage as well as a couple of juke boxes and other musical related items as well....and yeah i really need to get all this stuff sorted one way or the other, well here is another of my long lost finds and in keeping with the Ska and Raggae theme here we have a little touch of "Wicked Calypso" that has even the slightest link to our medical theme.

 

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Lord Kitchener "Dr Kitch" Telco Records, UK release on Jump Up Records (part of Island Records Limited) and later re-released on Duke Records

 

And so just for purely amusement purposes only!

 

Well here is some old style naughty or often called "Wicked Calypso" from 1963 (although the later Duke release states the issue date as 1970) it's often said that Calypso music is only based on two themes current news at the time and sex well no need to try too hard that "Dr Kitch" is the latter of the two.

 

Born in 1922 as Aldwyn Roberts in Arima Trinidad and becoming better known by his stage name Lord Kitchener, and becoming one of the most internationally famous Calypso artists ever, Roberts was one of the very first West Indian immigrants to come to Great Britain in 1948 and soon built a strong following from the expatriate communities of the West Indian islands.

 

Well with a pretty standard musical treatment that is more or less typical Calypso we step the game up just another level with some catchy and risque lyrics that are full of sexual innuendo and double entendre and remember this was even more daring back then coming from a far more formal and proper time as it was in the early 60's but from a fun point of view this is a great musical sound bite from a far more innocent time and although "Dr Kitch" is a record that might never get a spin at a soul night but you have to say wholeheartedly this tune really does have that oh so happy factor about it and really exhudes it in bundles and very much a song to put a smile on your face, but just make sure the mother-in- law is in the other room.

 

"I push it in, she pull it out" now that's what i call a lyric!

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hey Everybody,

  don't forget C.C.S @ The Old Nags Head, Manchester M2 on the 22nd of next month (4th Saturday).

  Soul & then some......   See you there Folks  :hatsoff2: 

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Always manage to slip a couple of Ska /bluebeat tunes in and collect the " bluebeat " label myself, so it will be ATB all the way

on the 22nd and now its building up nicely with great interest

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Hi'ya Frank,

   looking forward to the first night at the new venue & having Paul as our first Guest DJ too.

   Sure it'll be another crackin' night at C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:

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Hi Woody

hope all is well in your new place , yes looking forward to our first night and of course your sets this saturday at the  Greatstone Hotel

a night not to be missed

Cheers

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Well a massive good evening team.

From risque Calypso (who says we always review the same type of music?) we're more or less back firmly on familiar ground and kicking off with a Woody re-activated classic, a great and very well known record that i'm saying doesn't get that many plays in it's original form these days, well what is this said masterpiece i hear you say?


The Drifters "Sweets For My Sweet" Atlantic Records


To the vast amount of British listeners they would associate the song with The Mersey Beat group The Searchers that became their debut single in 1963 reaching number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks and released two years after the original Drifters version was released and is often cited as a definitive "Mersey Sound" recording and although The Searchers version did get an American release it failed to chart

With it's Cha-cha-cha inspired rhythm and that all essential 4/4 beat "Sweets For My Sweet" is a great piece of Latin dance and might just demand that you stand up and shout "mines a Mojito" and incidentally  this recording was the first Drifters record to have Charlie Thomas on full solo lead vocals and although perhaps Thomas might not have had the same smooth vocal tones as his predecessor Ben E King he still has a good enough vocal depth in his voice to do the song fair justice, yet his singing style has maybe a little more rawness in it than Ben E King it's in his vocal delivery that really suits the song right to down the ground and helped the disc become a Billboard number 16 hit in 1961, but please be warned with all this Latin rhythm going on, you may well be tempted to transform yourself in to a "Dirty Dancing" inspired Patrick Swayze or a Jenifer Gray yet the chances of you pulling this one off are very slim at most if you do attempt this maneuvrer forget the moves and stick only to a tight black tee shirt or a pair of Cuban heels this is a case of less really does mean less!

This Drifters original recording was one of the few post-1958 Drifters singles that did not feature a string selection of any type but as a point of interest did have a very impressive collection of studio backing singers, Jimmy Radcliffe, sisters Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick with their aunt Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney) and Doris Troy were all present on this record.



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Nice one Frank,

    yeah the cottage is coming on but we have'nt moved in yet, the kitchen's being fitted today & still a few bits to sort out but we're getting there.

   Looking forward to Saturday, always enjoy DJ'ing at the Greatstone, great crowd, great atmosphere, brill venue, see you there Saturday Buddy   :hatsoff2:

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 HI Everybody,

  don't forget to mark your Diaries for the 22nd of February at the "Nags". Top Northern, Top Party Atmosphere on our first night at the "New Venue" me thinks, if last year's City Centre Soul Nites anything to go by anyway, check em' out on our "Lookback Video's" above.....

  Cheers Guys, Speak soon, Woody C.C.S.    :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Our F/Book Page - City Centre Soul Nites for more pics, Video's, Tunes & loads more about what we do & when you get there don't forget to click "Like This Page"..... (lol). That way you get info about Us & Our event dates etc.... straiaght into your News Feed....

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 First time in Manchester since Christmas...been busy with house renovation and working in the New Year, but this weekend looking forward to another great night at Soul in the Cellar at the Greatstone Hotel. Always top tunes and good dancing and Mr. Wood doing the guest spot. Should be good! Some photos of our outings and the end of the CCS at Black Lion era videos coming up soon....just as soon as I find the camera amidst all our chaos!Looking forward to seeing everyone on saturday, Miss T C.C.S. xx   :wave: 

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Well back on the firm team after a couple of days of rain here in the Steel City, and is it just me it is or does time seem to be flying even faster this year than ever before?

 

My mate Dave received a parrot for his birthday.

 

This parrot was fully grown with a bad attitude and worse vocabulary, every other word was swear word. 

Dave tried hard to change the bird's attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, and anything else that came to mind. Nothing worked. He yelled at the bird and the bird got worse, he shook the bird and the bird got even ruder.

Finally, in a moment of desperation, Dave put the parrot in the freezer, for a few moments he heard the bird squawking, kicking and screaming and then, suddenly, all was quiet.

 

Dave, frightened that he might have actually hurt the bird, quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto Dave's  extended arm and said, "I'm sorry that I offended you with my language and actions. I ask for your forgiveness."

Dave was astounded at the bird's change in attitude and was about to ask what changed him when the parrot continued,

 

"May I ask what the chicken did?"

 

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Well as time is getting on (no pun intended) lets have a look at a contender for play at the "Old Nags Head" this month from the Woody's list of

vinyl delights.

 

The Wanderers "You Can't Run Away From Me" United Artists

 

From 1963 comes this Latin inspired piece of early soul from the Wanderers and featuring Ray Pollard on lead vocals The Wanderers were a popular East Coast Doo Wop group  that although had a great local following and some limited chart success just failed to make the big time but in their years together they made some very decent records and carried on performing together until Ray Pollard until lead vocalist landed a role in the Broadway musical Purlie.   He dropped out of the group, who disbanded soon thereafter. in 1965 Pollard stared a solo career and again issued some decent records including the classic "The Drifter" in 1965 on United Artists, and all the more impressive for someone who sadly lost their left arm in the Korean War (1950/53)

 

"You Can't Run Away From Me" has once again that oh such in vogue at the moment Cha-cha-cha rhythm and that all important 4/4 beat and is a nicely polished sound from the Latin musical backing to the well presented girl harmonies and the slightly just under mid tempo of the record sits perfectly with today's dancers, and throw into the mix a nice little piece of Salsa trumpet and you have a silky smooth and dare i say Jazz dancer?

 

I seem to think that in the back of my mind this did get a few spins some years ago but was at that time passed over and has a similar type of feel to it as Tommy Navarro's "I Cried My Life Away" on Rojac Records and maybe a good vinyl investment at the moment coming in at around the £35 to £45 mark for a nice copy.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well back once again to preview some of the fine spins you may be luck enough to hear played at "The Old Nags Head" by the team at CCS and yet again we're delving though some more of Woody's fine discs, and tonight's installment is some good old fashioned Doo Wop inspired soul.

 

The Delco's "Arabia" Ebony Records Original release (and not as often thought on the Showcase Record label on the Showcase released disc there are at least four different label colours that were issued Blue, Red, Orange and a Canadian pressing on a Black label as well as two different demo labels White and Grey, and as a trivia point the Ebony release label is Green)

 

I'm not to sure how may groups are named after a brand of batteries but here is one that is and come from a Rhythm 'n' Blues based outfit from South Bend Indiana and in late 1962 recorded their debut single "Arabia" for manager Juanita Henson and also wrote and arranged the song and released it on her own independent Ebony label initially a novelty disc to coincide with the release of the Colombia Pictures epic "Lawrence Of Arabia" that came out in the same year.

 

When the record began gaining air play, Henson wisely licensed The Delcos to Monument Records, who strangely insisted the group re-record the song at their Nashville studios. "Arabia" went on to become a decent local hit in cities including Pittsburgh, Washington D.C,  and even Detroit but fell short of making the national pop charts. 

 

"Arabia" might just fall short of a full weight "Titty Shaker" but there is a very infectious beat and some nice vocal harmonies that if you haven't heard the song before you'll surely want to hear it again with Glenn Madison on lead vocals who also sang with the Penguins you have a nicely polished dancer, now if i was ever to say that any record can truly say Northern Soul meets Doo Wop this might be my first choice well backed i believe by the The Buddy Kay Band (well at least on tour they were) Catchy and packed with dancer appeal and sounding even better when played over a a full sound system, a strutter that shouts attitude.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi'ya Russ,

   great stuff as per from "Sheffields Encyclopedia Of Soul". Did't know there was so many reissue's of this record, can't figure out why they did so many different one's either. Anyway I managed to grab the right one first time, the green first issue (Luckily buy it now on Ebay), result !!!!! It now resides in the C.C.S RnB top five at the moment..... great dancer.

   Awesome stuff Russ, speak soon Pal, Woody

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Hi again Folks,

  forgot to mention earlier, I'll be bringing a small box of sale's & trades, few choice sound in there at the moment, "Mr Big Wheel" Christine Kittrell, "Just A Little Bit" Rosco Gordon, "Broken Heart" The Fiestas.... few or bits & bobs. If anyone else has got any Sales or Trades bring them along, all welcome....  

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HI Everybody,

  don't forget to mark your Diaries for the 22nd of this month (two weeks from today) for the "Nags". Top Northern, Top Party Atmosphere on our first night at the "New Venue" me thinks, if last year's City Centre Soul Nites are anything to go by anyway, check em' out on our "Lookback Video's" above.....

  Cheers Guys, Speak soon, Woody C.C.S.     :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Our F/Book Page - City Centre Soul Nites for more pics, Video's, Tunes & loads more about what we do & when you get there don't forget to click "Like This Page"..... (lol). That way you get info about Us & Our event dates etc.... straiaght into your News Feed....

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Saturday February 22nd At The Old Nags Head, 

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank are joined by Special Guest DJ Paul Welsby (The Nu Beat Club), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl    :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Classics & Old Favorites then this is the place for you    :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time".....    :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2::wave:    

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Hi Woody and Sue , more interest in our night  this weekend and i feel  it will be a cracker ,,some great nights our there but ours is something else ...... so heres to our first Nags Head CCS ,cant wait 

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Hi Frank,

    hope you've had a good weekend, yeah We feel the same way too, great response so far & can't wait either.

    See you at "The Hideaway next week Pal, Woody & Sue xx 

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Hey team...what busy boys you've all been in my absence!! Cant add much to what you've got going on except to say that I am a bit miffed to find myself at work this Saturday instead of at the nags head for the hideaway club...was looking forward to getting a feel for the new place and seeing whats going off.  So will just have to put up with a full report from Mr. Wood when I get there late afternoon  instead.  Hopefully might still bump into Frank and friends out for the afternoon and evening.  Still can't quite believe how quick Jan went by...I'm with you Russ on this one.  It is either a sign of getting older or I have too much to do! Anyway, me and Mr. Wood are busy getting ready for CCS on 22nd despite the chaos and the fact that most of my worldly goods still reside in two storage containers in Doncaster and the rest are on Woody's floor ....couldn't find my own painting gear so Woody dressed me in an outfit made of his old B and Q classic uniform and a cap that said " the Boss!" on  the front.  Think the hat used to be his...but things have changed now lol!! Good to find he's getting the idea anyway!  

So its goodnight from the PA (who everyone knows is always the power behind the operation)  to the DJ 

Keep up the good work team...vids are coming...have the tracks down just the photos to go

Enjoying the banter as always

Miss T CCS

 

PS Russ....think you need a PA to get some sort of vinyl catalog underway! Try the internet you'd be surprised what can turn up!! 

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PS Russ... Woody taught that parrot everything he knows, thanks for the tip on the cure!!

 

Love miss T XX

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Well sorry team sorry for the late post,

 

Today the internet went on a complete melt down and after a 101 calls, that might be overdoing it a little it was really only five, to Talk Talk about the loss of service, who in turn blamed the heavy rain we've been having "the wettest January for over 200 years the school leaver on the service desk told me" my internet signal has just made a late entry into the ring and is now fully working and add to this i've been feeling a tad under the weather yet again in fact i recon that this latest bout of "whatever is going around at the moment illness" is far worse that "whatever was going around last time illness" argh just as well my SAS training has kicked in (Saturday's And Sunday's i'll have ya know) i somehow pulled through oh what a brave little soldier i can hear you say....please somebody say it!

 

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So on to business after a quick phone call from our Intrepid leader Woody we got round to our usual topic of conversation records and Mr Wood let slip he had been buying more vinyl for the collection but what came as a shock was one of the disc that had been purchased, was this a hard to find Detroit demo, no! was this a ultra rare cut on the Shrine label, no! was this a single session acetate from the record company vaults and never heard before, no! well what was this disc that took me back in surprise?......the answer had me asking twice "Come See About Me" by The Supremes not one of Woody's regular choice i have to say and on a standard issue as well, i would have been more than willing to have swooped my copy on British Tamla Motown for his "Longing for You" by Ann Caudell on Quick records and we could have done a deal there and then, well a chance missed there.

 

Well what have we to review from "DW's" back catalog you need to wait no longer!

 

Jackie Paine "Go Go Train" Jet Stream Records

 

After our little detour into Latin flavoured soul we're back right "on track" excuse the pun with a good old school slice of Rhythm 'n' Blues from 1965 "Go Go Train" managed to become a decent regional hit for Paine and on the success of the record was taken on board the 45 date Stax Review of that year with some of the labels more successful artists of the time such as Otis Redding who voice Paines was sometimes compered to along with Sam And Dave and father and daughter Rufus and Carla Thomas, Paine released no more singles under his own name but was part of "The Johnny Otis Show" for fifteen years Johnny Otis is often referred to as the Godfather of Rhythm 'n' Blues by many and studio albums were put out and featured Paine on lead vocals.

 

"Go Go Train" has a raw vocal and a thumping beat that bounces along for just over 2:30 and i keep on thinking that the song writer must have taken more than a little inspiration from the Rufus Thomas track "Walking The Dog" on the Stax Record label and a number 10 Billboard hit from 1963 if you like the production simple and the beat hard here is the ideal tune for you and very much a funky dancer, and just for interest see how many acts from the day get a name check.

 

Huey P Meaux "The Crazy Cajan" (a well known record producer who also produced this record and the least said about him the better. The Righteous Brothers, Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry (not saying anything there) James Brown, Roy Head, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Reed, Fontella Bass, Brenda Lee, they could even be one or two i've missed, and ladies a pair of white Kinky boots and a mini skirt and your set to go-go and if you can place Lada Ednund Jr's "The Larue" on Decca Records she was indeed a Go-go dancer on the TV show Hullabaloo and later became the highest paid stunt woman in history working on both TV and film projects.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

 

 

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Hi Russ

aahhh Ann Caudell, what a side to have in any collection , only seen it once listed in the last year or so ( unless i am looking in the wrong places !!!) , and a record that i cannot blame anyone not wanting to part with . I have a wants list these days that i would have to win the lottery to buy ,but crate digging for that basement bargain is still a great way of adding tunes to your collection and if they

are unknowns , playing them now and again to see if theres a dance floor reaction is how the scene developed  back in the day . you

dont have to be a Sam etc to break new records you just have to have a crowd thats willing to hear something differant now and again........thats what CCS is all about  , lots of classics and a few suprises keeps our night fresh

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Hi Frank,

The Ann Caudell record is a helava good sound, dark, very moody and oozing atmosphere yeah i would like one of those to grace my record box as well and i also love a spot of "crate digging" but it's so much harder to find stuff these days that hasn't been pulled out of those same crates many years ago the trick i suppose is to find that new sound before anyone else discovers it before you, not an easy task.

The CCS policy is great when it say's "across the board" it really does mean just that i'm not a massive fan on going to a full night of rare and under-played tunes that so often very few of the people there have even heard i'm not knocking these events and many people enjoy them fully and rightfully so but there just not for me i prefer more a blend of classics mixed with some underplayed and a few new sounds that i can pass judgement on, the CCS formula works for me and does indeed keep the night young and fresh but i really must praise the the CCS regulars who really will listen without prejudice (and these people do know their music) and give a new record a chance.

Russ CSS Sheffield Branch

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Good evening Guys,

   "Great"..... (lol) posts from you both, sounds like you're in a serious mood fellers, but remember it's about having a good owd' knees up. First & foremost C.C.S. is about dancing & having a good time, laughing, friendship & atmosphere.

   Don't forget me new purchase - "Come See About Me", absolute floor filler, 4 quid..... :hatsoff2:   

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Thanks to Johnny for getting in touch with me just to say how much he likes Irene Reid's  "i Must Be doing Something Right" track that we reviewed in January and as Johnny mentioned to me this is a disc that deserves a far higher profile than it has at the moment.

 

 

 

Russ

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Hi Russ,

  the obvious answer is it needs to get played out more then...... Played it when we DJ'd in London in December to a great response there, they'd never heard it before but they got up & danced. Played it a few times in Manchester & round about, it'll get there......

  Few copys for sale on Discogs, prices start from around £20.00, cheaper than chips (lol), Woody C.C.S.

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Hi Woody,

 

And more about Irene Reid's "I Must Be Doing Something Right"

 

It's always nice that people give a record a chance, i can remember a time when certain DJ's would keep playing a record they had discovered over and over again in their sets to break it in if they thought it was a good sound (and sometimes if they had acquired a decent amount of stock copies to sell on and make a decent profit on them)

 

 

Well as before Johnny thanks for your imput.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield branch

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Well a very late but good evening team.

 

Here's a joke i was told today and i must say it did make me smile if you're easily offended please don't read any further.

 

The Best Magic Trick Ever

 

 David Copperfield has just finished his magic show. He decides to ask the audience if they have any tricks they would like to share.

Nobody puts their hand up except one man. David beckons him on to the stage and tells him to perform his trick.The man says "For this trick David I will require the assistance of the lovely Claudia Schiffer who I see is here tonight and I will also need a table."

He walks Claudia Schiffer over to the table and bends her over it. He then proceeds to lift up her skirt, pull down her knickers and takes her from behind.

David Copperfield is horrified and says "That’s not a trick!!", to which the man replies, "Maybe not for you but for me it’s bleeding magic"

 

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Well lets have a little look at some more of them good ole CCS spins for Woody's collection

 

"Please note this in no way shape or form will include The Superemes "Come See About Me"

 

 

Lonzine Cannon "Quit While I'm Ahead" Phillips Records

 

Old School Northern with a capital "N" from 1964 a song written by Van McCoy and given a big city production by Luchi De Jesus Lonzine is a lady that i don't really know a lot about, i know she released three singles all on the Phillips Label, "You Stayed Away Far Too Long" 1962. "Quit While I'm Ahead" 1964 and her final release in the same year "You Still Love Her"  yet It's "Quit while i'm Ahead" that  will be of most interest to soul fans, With the first part of the intro that really reminds me of "Desmond Dekker's "You Can get It If You Really Want It" on Trojan records, a Number 2 hit on the UK charts on 1970 that's a full six years later than Lonzine's disc so i've got to say any inspiration for the later Trojan release if any was from the initial Philips record.

 

With a raw and powerful vocal by Lonzine Cannon that pounds away the entire song and is helped along by a steady back beat that really does have that foot tapper appeal to it, now add to this a nice section of horns and a riff of twangy guitar, and some girl backing singers and there you have it, very much that real 60's essential appeal to the song and adding even more of that to old fashioned dancer quality it already has. Nicely set at a just over easy tempo and a tune that as i seem to remember was always a favorite with the ladies a somewhat passed over gem i have to say that well deserves a new lease of life and the flip side to this record is a decent Rhythm'n'Blues/Rock'n'Roller style strutter "Cold At Night" that did get some plays some years ago and once again might just get a few more now sadly your chances of picking up a decent priced copy at decent money are getting harder to find demo copies can set you back the best part of £120 mark.

 

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ,

   crackin' post again Buddy..... Actually the Lonzine Cannon did'nt cost me a penny, did a straight swap with one record for it with John Manship, another result!!!!!!!

   Great record, been after one of these for ages. It's just a matter of keeping a lookout just about every day till one turns & sooner or later it usually does..... It's just a case of being patient & knowing where to look, some folks know, some don't, some probably 'll never know. There's some nob head from Sheffield (not you Russ) who looks over my shoulder every time I'm there to see what I'm playing, he'll always be a follower or a second rater, idots like this won't amount to much me thinks. He'll be copying & buying all this stuff as we speak, then telling me he's had it for years, did'nt I mention he likes to exaggerate the truth (& thats being polite..... lol), must think I'm stupid as he is. 

   Stong words I know, but sometimes it...... "Straight Up"......

   Looking forward to the next instalment Buddy   :hatsoff2:

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yes Woody you still come across these types , and i have come across someone i thought was a friend and fellow DJ who

has  recently been playing politics , but hey ,we know what we do , we know what effort we make to ensure our night goes well

and so its onwards and upwards   and cant wait for saturday after all its the folk that come through our doors that matter

nothing more nothing less  KTF

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Every time Buddy,

   here here. We stand on our own two feet here at C.C.S. We try not to take anything away from anybody else & just get on with our own business in hand. It's all about the music dancing & having a good time, forget about D/Heads who can't think for them selves.

  Like the song says "Dance Dance Dance..... 

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Well as Saturday draws forever closer and the first event at the new CCS Headquarters "The Old Nag's Head is almost upon us we still have chance to review a couple more sounds before then, so not wasting anytime we'll kick off with yet another great vinyl delight from Woody's great record collection.


Ruben Howell "You Cant Stop A Man In Love" Motown Records

Ruben Howell was a Southern R&B singer songwriter (1945-2004) that was signed to the Motown record Corporation in early 1973 and and even at the relatively late date of '73, Ruben Howell is one of the earliest white solo recording artist on the label and in the same year released his first album  with them simply called "Ruben Howell" the album features members of the famous Muscle Shoals and if i'm not mistaken the record was produced and recorded at the Muscle Shoal Studios in Sheffield Alabama simply guessing due to the album credits but i could be wrong. The album didn't make much of an impact sales wise but from it a single was released "You Cant Stop A Man In Love" a record previously recorded by both Carl Carlton and Bobby Womack but for my money this is the best version of the three, Ruben went on to recorda second album with Motown called "Rings" a year later.


"You Cant Stop A Man In Love" often i believe unfairly passed over as "white pop" by some, this is a well put together song with a sweet vocal and orchestration that for me has a great floater appeal and although not a Detroit recording you have a under played Motown classic Howell's voice is polished and packs enough power and he carries the song without breaking a sweat, with the use of some nicely worked sweeping strings (and maybe just a shade of an Al Green influence there) and some well crafted vocal backing the change from the standard Motown musical direction is very apparent the solid brass section and trade mark feel of the traditional Motown sound is played down to allow for this but that aside this is a cracker of an end play and a worthy record to carry the Motown name, and for the romantics amongst us the words to the song are well worth listening to that bit closer



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Hi again Folks,

   well here it is, after two days of burning the midnight oil, loads of rearranging & loads of frustration the "Lookback Video" from our last two events in October & Our Christmas Special at Crumpsall is now posted at the top of the page. All credit goes to Miss T for all the hard work & effort she's put this again this month, well done Darlin.

  Go then, check it out, see who you can spot..... you never know, it could..... (lol)  :hatsoff2: 

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Hey Miss T,

 

Fantastic job you've done there (even if i now do seem to be looking more and more like Micheal Winner albeit a younger version) and what an excellent night we all had speaking on behalf of LM as well she also had a great time my special thank goes to Janette who was so kind to her you really were a gem and was a fantastic pick-me-up for her after the recent loss of my father and getting out and about again after such a hard time is sometimes so hard to do and the CCS Christmas party was just what the doctor ordered, a massive thanks to you all that made this such a special night.

 

Russ

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Well after my small thank you post i had better get on with the "Great Frankie "M's" play list for this coming Saturday, Frank is fast becoming a well sort after and respected DJ in his own right with his no nonsense approach behind the decks keeping the chat to a minimum and the tunes to a maximum this is a man who lets the music do the talking.

 

So with that Frankie, whatcha got for us tonight then?

 

Lou Roberts And The Marks "You Fooled Me" MGM Records

 

Very much an old time Northern tune from Lou Roberts And The Marks and released by MGM in the Summer of 1965 well played at the time along with the other Lou Roberts recording also on MGM "Ten to One" but it's "You Fooled Me" that were reviewing tonight, with a pounding beat and a clear and precise vocal by Lou Roberts who if i'm honest i don't know an awful lot about or the Marks for that matter i'm led to believe that Lou Roberts was a MGM session backing singer who got the chance to cut a couple of records with MGM and the Marks were the in-house session band of the time and perhaps Lou Roberts doesn't have the most stand out of voices but the vocal treatment he gives to the song is pleasant and won't scare the horses too much add to this a nice amount of raspy sax and some tasty drum work (far better than you first might think on a first listen) and with a semi spartan production that suits the song pretty well and if anything adds to the overall feel of things and not forgetting with the addition of some well worked strings this is a simple but never the less a great example old fashioned vintage club soul that doesn't seem to get played out like it used to be.

 

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ,

   you made it a special night for Me & Miss T by coming over & joining us, great to see Margurite too, glad you both enjoyed it . Your spot was awesome & we were surprised you were'nt signing autographs for the amount of people coming up to congratulate you on your reviews etc.... & your immense knowledge of records, artists & the Scene.

  Your the man Russ :hatsoff2:

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Well thanks for the very kind words Woody,

It always amazes me that people find my often very off centre posts amusing and even more strangely that some of our readers have gone out and bought the records we have reviewed on here just from the written description of the track and without the audio clip i think that's due to the selective CCS music policy and the willingness to try new sounds out at CCS events via yourself and from Frankie "M" that many hidden gems my get the well deserved respect they deserve.

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I'm honestly touched by your lovely comments, well embarrassed to tell the truth but i really appreciate it thanks again.

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Almost forgetting the most important business of the night....off course it's Frankie "M's" record review and so what is FM going to treat us too tonight?

 

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

 

Well once again i'm throwing my hands up in the air and saying this is another recording artist that i know very little about taking a guess at who Joe Murphy is but i'm pretty sure this is the Joe Murphy who was the drummer with the Erskine Hawkins And His Orchestra (many of their records were produced by a Larry Clinton this isn't the same Larry Clinton who cut the classic "She's Wanted In Three States" on Dynmo Records but a trumpeter who became a prominent American bandleader, trivia  over)

 

Joe Murphy later went on to be a regular session drummer with Vee-Jay and played drums on many of the 4 Seasons early hits but in 1965 Joe got a chance to cut his only disc "So Blue" (without you) a re working of the same song by Little Milton on Checker Records (this is the version that i have in my own collection) with it's nicely set stepper tempo and up beat feel to it (yet the songs lyrics might tell a different story) a class slice of early soul that might still have a few echoes of Doo Wop in it's make-up but never the less a well produced and nicely arranged tune and with a tasty touch of sax solo that just works so well, a tidy vocal backing section of both male and female singers and a pleasant play of trumpets this is a solid spin at any event but the plus side to me is the "B" side a great little number called "It's A Weakness" and at the risk of being controversial may to me the better side (this track in its own right Frank is well worth playing out) and with a fair touch of song writing pedigree on the credits Barrett Strong, Wade Flemmons, both being involved in it's conception you're onto a winner, a top double sider and a fantastic play on Saturday

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

 

 

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The backing group on So Blue is actually the Dells - another clue is in the composer credits. Thought that was pretty well known.

John

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Hi Dave & Sue,

Have a great night in your new venue, you know I love you both to bits. As usual I'll not be there, but I will be in spirit,  so don't forget to spin me a few tunes.

Oh by the way thanks for the CD, love the Sam & Dave track, one of my current favs.

 

Chris.

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Great reviews again Russ , you need to be signed up by a soul magazine straightaway !! , anyway its a sleep to the Old Nags

Head and the forecast is good so hope you all have a great time  , some special

tunes with the CCS stamp on it in my box already ,see you saturday folks.

Cheers

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Thanks John for your response to the Joe Murphy's "So Blue" (Without You) disc i'm in full agreement that the other and more well known take on the track by Little Milton does indeed have The Dells doing some the backing vocal harmonies on the record, both Mickey McGill and Chuck Barksdale were members of The Dells and helped to co-write the song and i should also mention that as Vivid Records were a local subsidiary Of Vee-Jay Records and Checker Records (Little Milton) both record labels being based in Chicago Illinois and recording  the links are apparent yet although the backing on both tracks is very similar i feel that the Joe Murphy version has more female backing than Little MIlton and on reflection that's what i think threw me.

 

So i'm going to fully say that in all probability the male part of the backing track is The Dells on the Joe Murphy version as well and i'm sticking my neck out here and saying that i would hasten to guess that Murphy was the possibly drummer on the Little Milton cut (simply down to studio costs)

 

Thanks once more John for taking the time to get in touch.

 

Here for comparison is the Little Milton version of "So Blue" (Without You) Checker Records

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Argh many thanks Frank,

 

Well as you say nearly there and this time tomorrow City Centre Soul at "The Old Nags Head" will be in full swing and it's sure to be a great night. Well best do the last review for this month and here we have it and the last of the selection from Frankie "M"

 

Ike & Tina Turner "Gonna have Fun" Tangerine Records

 

If you like some bouncing Rhythm'n' Blues music with a vocal as raw as a badly grazed knee you can't go wrong with offering from Ike & Tina, fast and pacey with a massive up lift feel to it, thumping drums and some hard brass and as mentioned a Tina Turner vocal that doesn't take any prisoners this is a hard and gutsy R'n'B rocker and perhaps while not going over the 100 mph mark it does break the speed limit and very much in an Ike & Tina Turner style of their other 60's cuts but making a nice change to "Dust My Broom"

 

"Gonna Have Fun" is a record you don't hear that often but has that all essential driving beat that works far better on a dance floor than on record player and  with a nice helping of speaker base you have a record that really does come to life the energy is infectious and even if your not tearing up the dance floor i defy you not to be tapping along with it.

 

One of Ike & Tina's better under played cuts and if your a fan of the Ikettes this is a pretty good sample of their work without it being a pure out-and-out release of theirs.

 

Have a great night team.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Chris,

  good to hear from you Pal. Sorry you'll miss us again, but hay ho maybe you & Joe can come over for the night later in the year (Sharon permitting of course...... lol). The "Sam & Dave" track on the Christmas CD's one of Franks choice's, great early sound before they singed to Stax.

  We'll definatley play a few for you tonight Buddy & maybe check out the Guinness, only to make sure it's up to your standards of course, We love you too, Woody & Sue xx   :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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a few hours to our first event at the Nags Head  and as always chomping at the bit !!! (no pun intended )  see you later folks 

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Hi again Russ

the drummer on Miltons version is Morris Jennings - he's on most of the Chess studio stuff of that time - blues, soul and jazz. Just also double checked it in Slaven and Leadbitters "Blues Records" - they say it's him too.

Just gonna start to get ready for tonight - we are always late and we are determine to not to miss Frank first spot - a very rare occurrence for us to get there earlier. To do it we're going in town for something to eat first then straight in there at the start

Cheers

John

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Spot on Frank...Saturday was a great night with an excellent turnout showing real support for the new venue and guest DJ.  Lovely to see some new faces among the many regular supporters and me and Miss T were pleased with all the good wishes and the great feedback.  Fantastic mixed bag of tunes played by guest Paul Welsby who kept the dancefloor very happy, ably supported by me and your good self!  Just posting a couple of pics on SS now with more to follow at a later date.  Couldnt have asked for a better first night in a new venue.... so long may it continue for City Centre Soul!  

Next session Saturday 19th April with special guests Barry Tasker and Bernard Heap 

 

Woody and Miss T  CCS XX

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Sorry for the late reply team ("Felix" The family cat hasn't been too well and i've got a letter from my mum to prove it)

 

Glad that all went well at the new CCS venue and you all had a cracking night, i never had any doubt that it wouldn't and as you say Woody,"lovely to see some new faces" and from personal experience, i have had the pleasure to be on the same bill as both Barry and Les, April's special guest DJ's so without a shadow of a doubt an event not to be missed.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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