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

4th Saturday Of The Month

Saturday 28th Of June

8:00pm Till 2:30am

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE OLD NAGS HEAD

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ With

This Months Special Guest DJ's

GLEN GOODWIN

Hole In The Wall Soul Club, London

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 Piccadilly, 10 Minutes From Victoria Stations,

5 Minutes from The Nearest Tram Stop, on street parking & NCP Within Walking Distance

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Hey Everybody this is our Video from our fantastic "City Centre Soul Night" in April down here at "The Old Nags Head" .... See who you can spot ??


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back to our normal night and what a night in prospect , a great guest DJ in Glen ,who last time stunned us with his selections , if

you have not visited us in our new home this is the night to give us a try, looking forward to this one and its not that far away

so will see you out and about  at the various venues the CCS folk get to, so come and have a chat, we will be out in force at the

Greatstone Hotel this saturday 03/05,see you there .

Cheers

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Hi Everybody,

   yeah as Frank says C.C.S. 'll be at it again down here at "The Old Nags Head" M2 on the 28th of June. Top guest DJ joining us behind the decks is Mr Glen Goodwin "Hole In The Wall Soul Club" London, who had a brill night with us last year & packed the dance floor to the max.

   Keep checking this blog for more posts, info, Russ's Record Round Up & Reviews (including sound bites), laughs & banter along the way to the 28th of June.

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

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Hi

lots of interest in our night from the good folk at Bury Masonic , cant wait for our June Night

Cheers 

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Hi Everbody,

  soon be adding Our Video for C.C.S's June Soul Night, the one at the top of the page is from our Soul Night in April plus the flyer with all the dates at the Nags Head  for This year, hope you like what you see.

   Why not come down on Saturday the 23rd of this month & join us for a night of A.T.B top Northern (all on original vinyl), you won't be disappointed Folks, speak again soon, Woody   :hatsoff2:

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some superb tunes played by our Guest last time and a night you just cant miss , mark your diaries  for the 28th June Folks

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Great video there Miss T (who's this Elaine Constantine then?)  

 

And some with some fantastic feedback on the events so far, last month was a packer and June 28th is shaping up to be the same so get there early if you're wanting a seat or it might me standing room only!

 

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In an effort to save on taxi fares many of the Nags Head regulars had clubbed together and were sharing the ride home.

 

 

 

Well what's new on the music front you may ask, well you'll have to wait no longer and here is very much a pretty new version of an old spin well at lest to this reviewer it is anyhow!

 

Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings " I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In" Daptone Records"

 

Hailing from Brooklyn NY comes this Jazz, Soul and Funk outfit fronted by Sharon Jones and we can say are in the forefront of what many musical journalists have called the Soul Funk revivalist movement, that as most of us already know playing this style of music that was at its height during the late 1960's to the late 1970's and a lot of their retro production style and feel or shall we say traditional sound is obtained in the way the songs are recorded and that is simply achieved by completely removing modern digital recording methods in favour of using traditional analog recording equipment and going as far in some cases of using valve amplifiers all to get that authentic sound.

 

Released in 2005 and if you believe the rumours was to be part of the 2002 KFC soul marketing campaign that used other well know Northern Soul favourites in it's adverts such as Laura Green's "Moonlight, Music And You" and Marlena Shaw's "California Soul" but was dropped due to the songs lyrics and theme.

 

This is a new retro style take on the original track recorded originally by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967 as an anti-drug song, then a little later in the same year by The First Edition with Kenny Rogers doing the lead vocal honours this version went on to become a US number 5 hit and there's an even more well known Northern Soul version that we might know better by  Bettye Lavette on Karen records again a fine record.

 

Well for my money this is the best version yet with a forceful vocal by Sharon Jones for a tune that hits the floor running from the start giving a hard and fast paced rendition of this old timer with some blazing horn work and an heavy back-lay of drums this up-tempo shaker has everything and more and is a dancer par excellence and going on in fine style to give a great take on an old school groover and indeed really is a version that does justice to the original (or originals) and even i may say goes on to beat them and what's more with a very sassy sax break at around the half way point this song just gets better and better, very much a class offering from a talent singer and band, a well produced and thought out take on a far earlier song with a classic retro feel to it.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

 

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 23rd of this month. Well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting the "New Venue". Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from our first C.C.S. night at "The Old Nags Head" any time in the next few days, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ's back in the game again (after his computer nightmare) with more fun, madness, jokes & banter & carrying on with his Record Round Up on the way to Saturday the 23rd .

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Derek Greenhoff",  me & the Team are all really up for it as our next night draws 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 Nites (spell "Nites" like so..... &  when you get there don't forget to click Like This Page....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2:   :wave:

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Here in the Steel City the weather can't seem to make it's mind up (as of writing this post i've seen sun, rain showers and a touch of hail but any sign of a swarm of locusts or rain of frog haven't appeared as of yet, but of course it is only early yet)


Well no such thing with the CCS music policy our very own Woody and Miss T are off jet setting to that far away land called "Daahhhn Saarf" after stopping of to visit "The Hole In The Wall Club" in Lawd above! The Smoke. , innit. the said pair were last heard of in MOD Mecca, also known as Brighton, i know Mr Wood as well as adding to his wardrobe while there and also added a couple of fine old school R'n'B spins to his vinyl collection and these might indeed get a review in the coming weeks, we shall wait and see.

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For some the spirit of 64 is still very much with them!

So what's on the CCS playlist at the moment you may be asking?....well simply some great across the board soul, R'n'B and a helping of Popcorn and maybe a touch of funk and of course all on original released vinyl!

Junior Wells "Party Power" Blue Rock Records


From the renowned Chicago Blues man Junior Wells born Amos Wells Blakemore comes this thumping funk inspired tune on the Mercury Records off shoot label Blue Rock somewhat of a strange name from a record label that issued only soul based music, Junior Wells musical pedigree is a pretty impressive testament ot his creative influence and much admired by acts such as The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison who he worked with and other blues greats su such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Earl Hooker it was once said of him,

"That he walks the stage like a harp (harmonica) totting gangster"

But coming from the cousin of Sonny Boy Williamson that's not much of a surprise, "Party Power" has a huge Chicago feel to it from the very first opening bar, the influence of a Curtis Mayfield style is very apparent and the Conga drums are a dead give away, yet there is a certain rawness to the vocal and songs production that just seems to work so well.

Perhaps not as well know and once played as another one of his record "Girl You Lit My Fire" Blue Rock an all out 100mph stomper that seemed to be yet another massive for a few weeks then fade away song, but "Party Power" a worthy up-tempo dancer that may just be on the fast side of the mark but dancer all the way with a double helping of attitude that really does "shake dat thang" and a short but great harp break by Junior Well's that belts out cool, overlooked and very under played and i'm going to say a pure Woody sound, a very nice choice for something a little different and with a very clean demo copy that can be yours for around the £25 mark give or take a £iver, you won't have to pawn a kidney to own one.




Russ CCS Sheffield branch
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Hi Russ,

  just back from our tour of daah Saarf. Had a fab time down there, but now it's "business as usual" (all hands to the pumps..... lol).

  Thanks for carrying on the good work Pal, hope to see you tomoz in Sheffield, be coming over on the "Old Yellow Flyer"..... (lol), Woody

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Talking about MOTS am back myself next week for mine , trying not to be preoccupied with it though !!!, looking forward to next few months, been out and about a bit this month " spreading the word " , spots a bit thin on the ground but enjoyed thd DJS i have heard so far , i am always impressed at the value for money we offer at CCS and who can compete with our " legendary " xmas kneesups ,

I did notice in my area last weekend ( trafford / sale / altrincham ) about half a dozen events on saturday so is the scene on the up ?

unsure of the quality offered at these events ,but we always guarentee top drawer here at CCS  and looking at the line up for this year who would want to miss any of our nights !!. Anyway back to work and hope to see at least some of you at a soul night soon .

Cheers

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looking through one of my boxes i found a copies  of the compliments and the four larks , both reactivated  both set for

a few plays methinks

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Talking about MOTS am back myself next week for mine , trying not to be preoccupied with it though !!!, looking forward to next few months, been out and about a bit this month " spreading the word " , spots a bit thin on the ground but enjoyed thd DJS i have heard so far , i am always impressed at the value for money we offer at CCS and who can compete with our " legendary " xmas kneesups ,

I did notice in my area last weekend ( trafford / sale / altrincham ) about half a dozen events on saturday so is the scene on the up ?

unsure of the quality offered at these events ,but we always guarentee top drawer here at CCS  and looking at the line up for this year who would want to miss any of our nights !!. Anyway back to work and hope to see at least some of you at a soul night soon .

Cheers

 

Hi Frank,

   hope it goes ok next week at the Docs. Great post Pal, take care, see you soon, Woody

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Morning Team,

And at almost 11:00 am (the time of this post) Woody and Miss T should have surfaced by now from yet another of their jaunts "Daahhhn Saarf" to see Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings in concert at The Roundhouse in Camden last night and i'm sure it was a fantastic night, you can tell me more when i see you both And we can discuss the CCS flyer saga in a little more detail...now that's a story!

Frank i'm guessing the two records you have found in the "FM" vaults are The Compliments "Time Of Her Life" on Congress Records and The Four Larks "I Still Love You" on Tower Records and two great spins if i'm correct (and Frank are you going down that Popcorn route as well?)

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Enjoy the sunshine!

Russ CCS Sheffield branch

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hi Russ , the Compliments side is Beware Beware , a midtempo number , always liked Popcorn hard to categorise though .

Cheers

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Hello again Russ,

    yeah, been playing this for ages now on & off. Shit For Brains in Sheffield went rushing & bought a copy when I played it at The KGB one night. Bought the wrong one, got the Bettye Lavette version, oh how Me & Miss T laauffed.....

  Take care Buddy, catch you soon  :hatsoff2:

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Good evening Guys,

   "Great"..... (lol) posts from you both, sounds like we're all up for it next month fellers, 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.

   Few new purchase's to play next month on the 28th, why not come down & check em' out..... :hatsoff2: 

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Hello

time is passing by and not that long until the big one on the 28th , lots of interest and why not ,if City centre Soul were a premiership football team we would be top of the league as well !!! , always looking for that something special to play never samey thats whats on offer folks .

see you soon ! 

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Sorry for the absence of late team,

Just had to sort some of the car collection out (had to let 4 of them go) and also lots of the body panels and engines there was so much stuff i've videoed it just to prove to myself more than anyone else how much stock was there and even wound up giving a fully juke box away but "a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do" as the saying goes and on the off chance i thought i might find some of my missing record collection.....no such luck i'm starting to fear the worst now and think they must have been lost on previous house moves over the years, as i saw a copy of a Ben E King disc that was once mine

on FLEA BAY a week or two ago how you may ask? simply i recognised some very distinct writing on the record label) but fingers crossed they might turn up sometime in the future you never know!

A young blonde borrowed her husband's new car and parked in the supermarket car park. Just as she came out laden with shopping, she saw a young lad break into the car, hot wire it and drive off. Naturally she reported the matter to the police.

"What did he look like?", the sergeant asked.

'I don't know she replied", but I got the number plate'.

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Hi Frank, yeah "Beware Beware" by The Compliments and holding my hand up a first listen for me having not heard this track before, so lets review this soul ditty!

The Compliments "Beware Beware" Midas Records

If you like your soul to be a smooth as silk and as polished as the royal coach on the queen birthday then here we have a one helluva tune for you, The compliments were originally a white four piece Italian American Do Wop vocal group from Brooklyn, New York but they had a change of musical direction in 1964 with the addition of a black piano player Bernie Lee Goode and also adding a drummer and a guitarist to take their numbers to seven and becoming a multi-racial group something still quite uncommon in early 1960's America.

Well here is a quality production from start to finish, with it's great harmonizing vocals that are so well put together one vocalist not out shining the other singers may sound pretty easy but at this level to get such a sound and on old style recording equipment without the use of layers upon layers of track overlay this standard of harmony isn't achieved that easily, Now add to this an oh so slow stepper beat that is so relaxed and layed back it's almost horizontal, with some fine horns that really do hit the spot and are in a much understated but integral part of the final sound and sexy conga drum percussion beating away the feel is cool but not icy, yet to me it's the vocals that set this tune apart and add just that touch of extra depth of soul to this classy Big Apple spin, a nice choice Frank of mood Northern for the select ears of the CCS regulars.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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fab time in  sheffield last sunday with the CCS Team at the Bessemer , its nearly June so gearing up to City Centre Soul  and what a night in prospect and all at £3 on the door !! , a night not to be missed .

see you there

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Yeah crackin' afternoon Sunday,

   as Frank says time's slipping by, soon be time for C.C.S's June Soul Night here at "The Old Nags Head" in Manchester M2.

    Keep checking us out for more info ect.... along the way to Saturday June the 28th, speak again soon Folks, Woody

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Saturday The 28th Of June

 

At The Old Nags Head

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

Guest DJ's

Glen Goodwin

Hole In The Wall Soul Club - London

Plus

Frankie M - Altringham/Salford

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As you all know the City Centre Soul music policy is to bring you the finest soul, Motown and R'n'B from classics to under played gems and old favorites and even the odd new play now and then, so because so many people have asked "what are the top CCS spins?" we've decided to bring you a bi-monthly top ten of the movers and shakers played on the night.

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Chart position is based on the number of times a record has been asked for and dance floor numbers when played!

10 Titus Turner "Miss Rubberkneck Jones" reviewed Feb 2013

9 Juanita Williams "Baby Boy" reviewed August 2012

8 Sharron Jones and The Dapp-Kings "I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In" reviewed this month!

7 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "Going To A Go-Go" reviewed April 2013

6 Joe Murphy "So Blue" (without you ) reviewed Feb 2013

5 Shelia Ferguson "Brokenhearted Memories" reviewed April 2014

4 Jimmy Ricks & The Raves "Daddy Rollin' Stone" reviewed April 2014

3 Wison Pickett "Let Me be Your Boy" reviewed September 2013

2 Ann Caudell "Longing For You" reviewed February 2013


1 Little Sonny "Wade In The Water"



The number one record in the CCS top 10 this month



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Great mixture of tunes Russ , and lots more to come in the next few months , always something differant at CCS with classic

and new breed R&B , Club Tunes and quality northern soul , including on my set  Jamo Thomas " arrest me " , Arthur Conley "Keep on Talkin " , Barrett Strong , The four Larks , Cooperettes  etc etc , a mix that will keep you out on floor from early doors to 2am

See you soon

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I have to agree there Frank,

 

Some great tunes there and from all genres of soul music and as you yourself never play the same spot twice every CCS event is always a little different to the last one then add to this a quality guest DJ behind the decks and you have already the makings of a great night.

 

Always across the board plays from the very well known to the out and out new discoveries that very few people will have had the pleasure to have listened too yet all this and more at every CCS event and with a strong and personal sound to the entire evening presented by yourself and Woody

 

Fantastic job.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Frank,

   your spots just get better & better, "you showed em' how it was done in Sheffield the other Sunday Pal". Tell you what I like about your spots, you always play to the Dance Floor but manage to throw in a couple of curve balls & people just carry on dancing, I'm like how does he do that.

   It's not just always what you play, it's how you play em'.....

   Catch you soon Frank, Woody 

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment on

 

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both in person and via PM's but the fellas who must take the praise are Woody and Frank who bring to each CCS event some fine music and always with a new or reactivated spin in their spot (not to mention how much some of these vinyl gems cost to buy these days) top job as always lads!

 

 

We have a new entry into the CCS top Ten, coming in at number 7 is Maderline Bell and "I Really Got Carried Away"

 

Chart position is based on the number of times a record has been asked for and dance floor numbers when played!

10 Titus Turner "Miss Rubberkneck Jones" reviewed Feb 2013

9 Juanita Williams "Baby Boy" reviewed August 2012

8 Sharron Jones and The Dapp-Kings "I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In" reviewed this month!

7 New entry, Madeline Bell "I Really Got Carried Away" reviewed April 2014

6 Joe Murphy "So Blue" (without you ) reviewed Feb 2013

5 Shelia Ferguson "Brokenhearted Memories" reviewed April 2014

4 Jimmy Ricks & The Raves "Daddy Rollin' Stone" reviewed April 2014

3 Wison Pickett "Let Me be Your Boy" reviewed September 2013

2 Ann Caudell "Longing For You" reviewed February 2013


1 Little Sonny "Wade In The Water"

 

 

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ,

  the C.C.S. chart 'll definately be changing again next month me thinks. Picked up few more nice bits lately, I know Frank has too, also found a few more forgtten gems (well I forgot about em' anyway.... lol) that might get an airing this month too, see what the night brings eh.

 "Great" post again Buddy, catch you soon Russ,

Woody CCS Manchester

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Hi Woody,

 

Yeah i know we've had a fantastic response to the CCS chart and if there are any errors in the positions of a certain record i can only apologies but as were not Gallup Poll certified you'll have to bear with me (so trying to help matters i'm putting in a few spins that are just bubbling under the top ten.

 

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Big Daddy Rogers "I'm A Big Man" reviewed September 2013

 

Irene Reid "I Must Be Doing Something Right" reviewed February 2014

 

The Rance Allen group "There's Gonna Be A Showdown" reviewed June 2013

 

The O'JAYS  "Working on your case" reviewed April 2014

 

Diane Pane "What Side your Bread Is Buttered On" reviewed December 2013

 

 

Well here is one that has a a fair chance of making The CCS Top Ten, see what you think!

 

Roy Hamilton "She Make Wanna Dance" MGM Records

 

I personally know that Mr Wood has this on a very nice MGM demo copy, and once more we're going down the Latin style Cha Cha Char that seems to be somewhat of an in thing at the moment (okay perhaps Latin popcorn might be another way to describe this dance track from 1964) but make no mistake this is a fine dancer from a man that in my opinion never made a bad record the late great Roy Hamilton and as mentioned before the favorite singer of the "King" himself Elvis Presley so not a bad accolade as accolades go.

 

With a dancer friendly tempo "She Make Wanna Dancethat was aimed fairly and squarely at the dance craze market of the time, think Chubby Checker and "The Twist" and a multitude of similar hits from the time, you can count the dances mentioned in this song from the "Monkey" to the "Swim" and a host of others thrown in there for good measure...... Watasui anyone?

 

Perhaps it's just me but the opening of this record reminds me of Jackie Edward's track "I Feel So Bad" on Island Records and quite a few other records in a similar vein you might say and later there's even a homage to "La Bamba"  but that aside if you want to get those snake hips (if you still posses them) wiggling like a worm on a hook you have a pretty charged record, very much up beat and up tempo with a huge feel good factor built into it and a bigger production than a first hearing might dictate with its great stepper beat and simple vocal by a man who really could sing you have dance floor bliss in 2:38 and a top summer tune and a contender for a very requested CCS play.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Great reviews Russ , now let someone add to their playlists LOL , been Mega busy but now its time to start the run up to our event and will be doing my normal media / radio plugging from today and maybe get a newspaper review or two !!! , see anyone who can make it on saturday at the Greatstone Hotel  10th year birthday do !

Cheers

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You're welcome fellas.

 

And it's a MASSIVE compliment to the CCS music policy that quite a few other events being held out there use an healthy helping of CCS record plays in their nights musical programmes, from re-discovered gems to new finds and even new releases remember where you heard it first!

 

 Frank i know you're always out and about spreading the word about City Centre Soul at the many events you attend and 10 years of the Greatstone Hotel well done to all involved.

 

 

 

Woody you're right the only time i get called Russell is by my mum or in court but it could be worse!

 

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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well June is bursting out all over ( wonderful girl that she is ) and not long to the main event CCS at the Old Nags Head , a few new tunes dropped through the letterbox at Manley Towers this am and will be added to my playlist later , dont forget saturday night we are out  in force at the Greatstone Hotel Stretford  for the " soul in the cellar " 10th anniversary  and i will be playing a few tunes myself before the " legends of soul " that are Barry Tasker and John Green hit the decks , so see you at a soul event soon

Cheers

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Ere Frank,

  this Daff, I think she could be a distant relation of mine...... (lol). Had a few spins turned up me self, "She Makes Me Wanna Dance", the Derek Martin version of "Daddy Rollin' Stone", got both versions of that now, well pleased.

  Looking forward to your spot at "TheGreatstone" tonight, Me & Sue 'll see there pal   :hatsoff2:

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Hi Everbody,

  soon be adding Our Video for C.C.S's April Soul Night, the one at the top of the page is from our Soul Night in February. Don't forget to check out the flyer with all the dates at the Nags Head  for This year, hope you like what you see.

   Why not come down on Saturday the 28th of June & join us for a night of A.T.B Top Northern (all on original vinyl), great venue, great friendly atmosphere, you won't be disappointed, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2::wave:

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Well a very good evening team,

and Frank hope you had a great night at "The Greatstone Hotel's 10th Anniversary" behind the decks and Woody and Miss T danced a hole in the floor.

Nice choice the Derek Martin take on "Daddy Rollin' Stone" a harder treatment than the version by jimmy Ricks And The Raves which we reviewed April 2014 not sure what version i prefer that just might be a time and a place thing but a top sound either way!

Okay so indulge me in a choice of mine and we're down the "Titty Shaker/Popcorn" road once more.

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Plas Johnson And His Orchestra "Downstairs" Capitol Records

You don't need to listen that hard to get the idea that this man really can play a horn, Born Plas John Johnson Jr (what kind of a name is Plas ?) in Donaldsonville, Louisana in 1931 but tempted by Capitol records to work for them as their main sax man in the mid-1950s, Johnson also played on a wealth of the Capitol Records output and indeed if you hear a solo saxophone on a Natt "King" Cole, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra or Glen Gray recording (and a host of other stars of the day) chances are it's Plas Johnson.

 

Johnson managed to remain a leading session player for nearly the next twenty years, averaging two sessions a day and playing on everything from movie soundtracks to Rock'n'Roll records, including work by Bobby Vee and Ricky Nelson.

He played on many of the Beach Boys' recordings and was an integral part of a number of instrumental groups that existed in name only, such as "Nut Rocker by B. Bumble & The Stingers a UK Number 1 (although i can't hear a saxophone anywhere on the record he's there somewhere) and the song was record company fronted by a teen band from Oklahoma who had played no part in the recording of the song itself, they were recruited to handle promotion and public appearances. Their names were given as Fred Richards, Don Orr, and "B. Bumble"

In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was a regular member of Henry Mancini's studio orchestra and in 1963 he recorded the tenor sax part of "The Pink Panther Theme" and is without doubt his most well known work. Another solo for him was the now classic American television series theme to The Odd Couple, Johnson was also used by Motown and played on hits by Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Isley Brothers and many Martha Reeves tracks to name just a few as well as work with Johnny Otis, BB King and Ella Fitzgerald

"Downstairs" is from the cold winter of 1959 and is as sexy as it gets and conjures the ultimate Noir images of sleazy strip clubs with curls of thick cigarette smoke in the air with gorgeous femme fatals and burlesque dancers called Roxy and Dolores and all very much inset in "the tart with an heart" stereotype, girls who are hard and sassy but underneath it all are just real women who want a real man, if Mickey Spillane had made records this would have been his swan song.

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Never stopping from start to finish and pounding an oh so dirty "Titty Shaker" rhythm that is about a much of a killer beat as you can get with out being arrested add to this great sax playing by the man himself but also in addition well backed by the Plas Johnson Orchestra although the main musical duties going well and truly to the tenor sax ,there's a nice touch of beat drum work and good helping of honky tonk piano in there as for the rest of the orchestra that seems to be brass based and maybe an odd bass and lead guitar making the numbers up either way they do make a gritty and sharp sound, a strutter with attitude that's as cutting as a switchblade knife, that's so cool you need gloves to handle it with, but so hot on that there dance floor you'll need asbestos soles on your shoes to stand the heat.



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Hi Russ and Team , yes superb night at our "sister ship " the Greatstone Hotel , and a well worn dance floor ! , played a "titty shaker " or two , but being on early doors had to do most of the shaking myself !!!! , well here we are on a very rainy day up north and just a few weeks away from our june event so looking forward to our big  night out .

Cheers

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Yeah two weeks this coming Saturday to C.C.S's third Soul Night of 2014,can't believe we're already half way through the year, where's it gone..... Miss T's Video from April should be dropping in anytime soon & if you check out our F/Book Page "City Centre Soul Nites" they'll be some pics from our travel's on the Soul Scene from the last couple of months too.

    Have a good one Folks, catch you all soon,Woody :hatsoff2:

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Well it's a very good morning team from a far more settled Sheffield weather wise that is and we're even showing a spot of sunshine as i write this post, so as you all know the CCS music policy is to bring you the finest music from across the soul musical genre and give you a chance to hear one or two record that perhaps don't get the deck time they deserve as well as some new finds and of course some classic sounds from the past.

Thanks to Alan for pointing out that the Plas Johnson disc has been re-released on Sin Street Records and can be yours for £6.99 but the CCS policy is not only just vinyl but original vinyl as well so you won't be hearing any 70's pressings on the Soul Fox label and most certainly nothing on the very doubtful legality wise Stardust series of releases, only the finest plays at The Old Nags Head.

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So better get on to business and review one of Woody "back of the box spins" that he tells me was a try it out recommendation from the well known and respected record collector and DJ Derek Greenhoff, so without further ado here it is.

The Opals "I'm So Afraid" Okeh Records

From the 60's girl group The Opals that cut a total of four records for the OKeh record label, the girls all hailed from East Chicago but there seems to be a little confusion on their names but here they are to the best of my knowledge they are Juanita Tucker, Myra Tillson and lead singer, Rose "Tootsie" Jackson (Anderson or Addison) starting of their careers as backing singers for many of the OKeh recording artists of the time such as Major Lance, Billy Butler and Sandi Sheldon before getting the chance to go on their own (perhaps their greatest moment was being the backing singers on the Betty Everett smash hit "The Shoop Shoop Song) and please tell me if i'm wrong but i'm thinking that Betty Everett was once a member of the group?

"I'm So afraid" comes form 1965 and from the pen of a very young Curtis Mayfield and did manage to break into the Billboard Charts albeit as a "B" side to the old Dells recording from the 1950's "Restless Nights" and although they did manage some success it was mostly at local level and sadly after this they disbanded Myra Tilison opened a Hair Salon in Down Town Chicago and only every sang in church again.

"I'm So Afraid" is a nice floating dancer that has a pretty standard female vocal treatment for the time by The Opals but it works well and carries the song on a nice mid tempo level, the real star of the show (to my ears anyway) is the very accomplished musical backing and production if you listen just a little closer you can pick out and without too much difficulty the great crafting of the songs musical composition from a full brass section and the addition of some very well placed and nicely played sweeping strings and is very well conducted by Riley Hampton and is well arranged by Carl Davis and there's even a touch of bell chimes in there as well and all from a time without the technology of today's studios very much back then a no more than two takes stuido policy, perhaps my favourtie track by the group and a well placed addition to any play list.



Oh oh it clouding over now!

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hi Everybody

definately a typical " okeh " release and worth having in any collection , have a few sides on Okeh that literally are in Mint condition

and collected because it has always been the "gotta have " label on the Northern Soul Scene , love all the Curtis / Major Lance outings  and always happy to hear these on any night ,great reviews Russ and always look forward to reading them.

Cheers

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Saturday The 28th Of June

 

At The Old Nags Head

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

Guest DJ's

Glen Goodwin

Hole In The Wall Soul Club - London

Plus

Frankie M - Altringham/Salford

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Hi Frank,

Yeah you were pretty sure of a soulful record if you bought anything on the Okeh record label, i was always a little put of by the spelling of Okay as "OKEH" just annoyed me so i passed over a lot of decent sounds simply due to that fact, seem pretty silly now in my defence, remember this record label was very common place at one time and there was loads of other stuff out there to buy and own for what today would seem like pennies.....well we all make mistakes i suppose....but i did get quite a few tracks by Williams and Watson.

And if you didn't know Okeh was founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann who formed the name of the record label "Okeh", from his initials.

Okay or should that be Okeh? let's do tonight's review, after this quick World Cup joke.

The England team went to visit an orphanage in Brazil this morning.

"It's good to put a smile on the faces of people with no hope, constantly struggling and facing the impossible." Said Carlos aged 6.

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The Chymes "Bring It Back Home" Okeh Records

Keeping on a little longer with another review on the Okeh label, and yet one more from Mr Wood and his (for ever growing, might i say!) "back of the box selections" and once more we're going down the nice and easy stepper route again, With a pretty standard yet quite polished vocal treatment that has a lead vocalist supported by the other harmonising members of the group but this number seems to do it a little bit better than quite a lot of the similar music around at the time and to a perhaps lesser extent even on the Okeh label and maybe this is the reason.

Somewhat a tad outside the normal Okeh format (but not the first or last time Okeh did this) but "Bring It Back Home" is a fully bought in production and comes from the production set up known as "Mississippi Artists" who were a team of brothers Cliff and Ed Thomas and *Bob McRee* working together in Jackson Mississippi these were independent producers and writers that dealt with Okeh records and other record recording companies that would simply sell a song in finished form for a price to any interested party and then take their sales royalties from the discs final sales.

*Bob McRee is still writing and producing*

Songs by Cliff and Ed Thomas and Bob McRee, include Dottie Cambridge's "Cry your Eyes Out", "You're Losing Me" by Barbara Lynn and Take you Love And Run" plus a host of other well know Northern soul records.

With a good quality production and a tight beat that says dancer from the opening bars add to this some very well played brass that just oozes rhythm and you have a very sweet tune indeed and with the addition of a very catchy hook lyric you might be singing this all night.and perhaps the best version of the song a good and steady spin that is just at the right tempo to warm 'em up or to cool 'em down.

As for this group called The Chymes (there are other groups that have recorded under this name) it seem they cut this track and it's "B" side "Let's Try Again" (that is a decent record in it's own right) yet The Chymes in this incarnation of the name seem to have vanished in to the dark mists of lost recording artists a pity as i think they were a cut above many of their competitors of the time.

This track is only available on promotion copy only, no stock copies were ever released and so if you're fancying one for you collection you could be looking to pay around the £60 mark for a clean nice copy.

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Hi Everybody,

   yeah as Frank says C.C.S. 'll be at it again down here at "The Old Nags Head" M2 on the 28th of June. Top guest DJ joining us behind the decks is Mr Glen Goodwin "Hole In The Wall Soul Club" London, who had a brill night with us last year & packed the dance floor to the max.

   Keep checking this blog for more posts, info, Russ's Record Round Up & Reviews (including sound bites), laughs & banter along the way to the 28th of June.

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

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So the 2014 World Cup is in full swing, England lost their first game but strangely were better than i thought they would be, i'm still grumbling about FLEA BAY and my hanging baskets aren't doing as well as they should be, so thing are pretty normal here in the Steel City.

 

And the countdown is well and truly on the way now for the 28th of this month and as always a great night awaits you and even at this early stage numbers are looking good and with the CCS music policy and top guest DJ's and a great crowd if you haven't been to The Old Nags Head your missing out and if you have been you know what a quality night it is, so once more without further ado....well almost, here is a tune set to be on the Saturday play list and bought to you by team leader Woody.

 

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After getting laid off by The Disney Corporation due to down sizing, Pooh Bear's career went in a far different direction.

 

Clarence Carter "Looking For A Fox" Atlantic Records

 

With that oh so very distinct "Memphis Sound" this Clarence Carter cut from 1968 (although sometimes the dated stated is 1967) this high octane dancer from the Alabama born Singer Songwriter and Musician Clarence Carter really does hit the spot and if you can cast your mind back was featured as a cover version in (the dire re-make of the original film) Blues Brothers 2000.

 

With it's catchy and punchy start and with it's horn driven intro and raw vocal delivery (although i'm not too sure what the lyrics a "wing dingle doogle night" is but i kinda like it) add to this some quite borrowed if i might say brass breaks think Sam And Dave "Hold On I'm Coming" from the previous year and there's a very distinct Stax vibe going on here (Atlantic were the distributors for Stax until 1967) and the Stax musical contribution is apparent in this production and the sound of this very disc.

 

On a success front this was a decent result for the label managing to become a number 22 hit on the Billboard R'n'B chart and adding to Carters credibility as a recording artist. Yet "Looking For A Fox" can be said and very much from a stand alone point this could be somewhat a definitive slice of Southern Soul, with a busy production and uncluttered lyrics and catchy chorus this is an often passed over dancer that still has great floor appeal and once more proving without a doubt that the CCS music policy encompasses all records no matter what their financial value might be, simply if it's good that's all that matters, so with it's strutter appeal and dance floor savvy this brassy Atlantic cut is a tasty play, with classy hard drumming backing work that really does stir up a storm and to me this is by far the finest working of the song being the original and best version of the tune with energy and attitude in every beat this old school R'n'B spin is very much set for a few new deck outings.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Yes hectic here at Manley Towers , putting together some tunes for the 28th , how time flies and been out and about "spreading the faith " , with the news that two local events have folded recently ,need to keep pushing the message "use it or lose it " and am sure with the quality on offer here at CCS we have a great future ( and what a great price !!! )

Cheers

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Nice one Fellers,

  great posts, only a week & a half to go now, looking forward to this one.....  :hatsoff2:

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Hi Frank,

  your posts are like your DJ spots, they just get better & better. You always seem to say the thing I want to say, but better & funnier, I can never think how word things sometimes. Don't suppose you could give me a few pointers sometime...... Talk about hectic, you ought to be here trying to put three houses into one & running round all over the place taking your Daughter to training sessions for her new job. Have'nt got time to turn round here, hopefully the pressure 'll be off in about a month or so's time, hope so anyway.

   Gonna be another great night on the 28th Me thinks, can't wait, take care Pal, catch u soon   :hatsoff2:

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Well as always a very good evening team (or should that be good morning?)

So after the lovely sunny day we've had here things have cooled down just a little so with a little bit of luck and every window in the house open i might get a half decent nights sleep, but just spare a thought for this fella this really isn't a look that many people can carry off,

oh and he's got sunburn as well.

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So what 0508_hot_Brian_McCartney_zps676ad653.jpg sound do we have to review tonight? well it's a good old Northern Soul stalwart from that every interesting section of of the Woody record box that should really be call "re-activated classics"

The Enchanters "You Were Meant To Be My Baby" Loma Records

From the Doo Wop turned soul group The Enchanters, who can could boast in their number Garnet Mimms and Jerry Butler as one time members comes this cut from 1966 on the Warner Bros off shot label Loma Records and is a great and very under played tune and from being a once popular spin this classy mid tempo dancer seems to have got left behind somewhat.

With it's nice love inspired lyrics (that commands a heart to chest action) and has that magical crossover uni-sex appeal that is as well loved by the boys as well as the girls this mid tempo dancer has all the makings of a fine Northern Soul Record, from the as mentioned romantic lyrics to the dance beat that is there from the word go, and to this and up the game a little more throw into the mix a rich addition of female backing that at stages even become very choral but this only adds to the overall feel of the song lifting it up from good to even better,

Originally only a flip side to "God Bless The Girl And Me" but finding fame years later on the British Soul Scene and rightly so, with some nice backing horns that are quite reserved in their delivery but add enough weight to give balance but not enough to overpower the songs overall feel and only add depth and richness, With a well sung vocal by Garnet Mimms that is has soul and feeling in every word and at just 2:12 mins says it all in just over two minuets pretty impressive to say the least, Ben Akien also did a cover version of the disc also on Loma Records in 1967 and again was only set to become a "B" side release The Enchanters is the definitive version and a even on the original release a copy won't break the bank, dancing shoes at the ready.

 

 

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Please excuse the rather poor You Tube music clip, I shall post a better one a little later.


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after a day looking after my 18 month old grandson ,its back to work for a rest , had forgot that i had left a couple of priceless

tunes on my computer desk to suddenly see little man toddle past with them clutched firmly in his hands ! , so it took a rather

nice looking piece of chocolate cake as a Swap for him to give up my gems !.anyway off to Craig Charles funk and soul night

at the band on the wall saturday , just hope that me and soul Derek aint the oldest there  ! , and with my legs cant see me

"getting down " at any stage during the night , tickets were for fathers day from Curtis  who obviously thought  i needed to

funk it up a bit !!

Anyway its just over a week to the "main event " and really looking forward to it !

see ya

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Job done new video clip posted.

 

 

I don't believe a word of it Frank.

 

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Hey Everybody,
don't forget C.C.S @ The Old Nags Head, Manchester M2 on the 28th of next month (4th Saturday).
Soul & then some...... See you the 28th Guys

 

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Well a very good evening team,

And once more we can be assured that somethings in life never change, if you see Kids Go Free, it really mean Adults Pay Double, Walking around any supermarket on a Saturday afternoon induces murderous thoughts, Short Circuit, E.T. and The Great Escape will be on the TV this Christmas and England once more fail miserably on the world stage after thrashing San Marino's national side 6-0 in a friendly match at Wembley (a part time team made up of postmen, teachers and insurance men) we're told their our best team since 1966 and real contenders to win the next World Cup and as always they then disappoint once more!

So after just taking on a garden ant colony armed only with a kettle of boiling water i think the first battle in the war of man vs ant has gone to man but only just, their regrouping and planing their counter attack but only this time they'll be bigger stronger and even more determined than before..... let battle commence.

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Well once more without further ado, here is one more from Team Captain Woody.

Carla Thomas "A Dime A Dozen" Stax Records

From 1968 comes this thumping dancer from Stax Records main girl artist Carla Thomas, both written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and with the assistance of the Stax house band Booker T and The MG's and The Memphis Horns who all helped to create and to define the Stax sound.

With it's brutal drum beat that pounds away as soon as the starting gates are open and Carla's almost nonchalant vocal delivery that just doesn't say attitude it positively shouts it we have an essential slice of "Soulville USA"

"A Dime A Dozen" moves along at a steady rate of knots, with a very distinct sound set by the MG's and helped (perhaps even massively helped) by the Memphis Horns this is pure 60's hard edged soul from Motown's major competitor.

The song lyrics are simple and uncluttered but pack enough punch to give it that essential sing-a-long feel and with a rock hard and hitting beat that has the dance floor pulling power of an industrial soul magnet this has to be one helluva an old school funky dancer, with a simple production and a good level of vocal backing this is golden age Stax and a tune that we don't hear really quite enough of and in no way makes this a "A Dime A Dozen" record!



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yes the world cup is officially over ( for En-ger-land ,anyway ) and lots of glum faces out there , but hey next saturday ., the CCS team will be fully match fit and raring to go ,playing great tunes with more bite than Suarez and better delivery than a certain Mr Neville !!. Its sunny

here in Altrincham and a great weekend ahead spreading the word  and a big shout to all of you off to a soul room later , have a good un

Cheers 

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Good evening Frank,

 

Yeah EN-GER-LAND  have crashed out of the World Cup and although they weren't as bad as i expected them to be i really have to say that no matter what the press might say our national team isn't very good and we most certainly don't have a single world class player in the side never mind a couple or perhaps even more and for what ever reason (too many foreign players, still playing 4-4-2, poor grassroots coaching. bad managers or not having a break at Christmas) i honestly can't see EN-GER-LAND  becoming a football super power again for a long time to come.

 

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Well said that man!

 

 

Well i had better get on with the last review from  Captain Woody wearing the number 4 shirt tonight and playing the role of an attacking midfielder, the whistles blown and the games kicked off.

 

(Alfredo) Alfreda Brockington "Spilt Milk" Unreleased At the time but from the Phil-LA Of Soul Archives" on Goldmine Soul Supply Records

 

I'm not really too sure why Alfreda became Alfredo on this late 1960's unreleased belter from the Philadelphia based Phil-LA Of Soul record label that was a subsidiary of Jamie/Guyden Record Group who purely for informational purposes had a massive artist repertoire between them and you so would think that the boys from Goldmine wouldn't have made such a blatant error but they have and of course this isn't the first time this has happened and i'm sure it won't be the last.

 

Why this track never got a release is anybody guess but years later it was unearthed and what a find it is, with some pounding horns and a hard hitting drum beat this tune means business make no mistake this is like taking a chainsaw to prune your roses but the job gets done with no questions asked. Very much a no holds barred dancer that just keeps under the legal speed limit....but only just.

 

Just take a closer listen and you'll hear that there's such a lot percussion work involved in the backing of the song from conga drums to perhaps even a hard driven xylophone (or is that a triangle i hear?) this up beat and up tempo dancer with it's almost raw at times vocal that just keeps going and going and yet all of this is all very much in keeping and very much part of the song, with a message delivered song lyric that says ladies "don't cry over spilled milk" ***  ....... girls you've got to love that line!

 

**** perhaps a valid point  indeed (see previous EN-GER-LAND reference)

 

Add to this a storming and very sexy sax break and you have a very punchy spin that crosses so many T's and dots the I's you have to wonder why this track got passed over for a release in the first place, but thankfully it finally has seen the light of day. Quite an underplayed record on this side of the Snake but perhaps has the certain potential to make the coveted CCS Top Ten, we'll just have to wait and see.

 

 

Back tomorrow with top striker Frankie "M" wearing the Number 10 shirt and his quality spins for next Saturday.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch (wearing the number 2 shirt)

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Saturday The 28th Of June

 

At The Old Nags Head

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

Guest DJ's

Glen Goodwin

Hole In The Wall Soul Club - London

Plus

Frankie M - Altringham/Salford

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night this coming Saturday the 28th of June. Well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting the "New Venue". Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from our second C.C. S. night at "The Old Nags Head" any any day now, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ's here joining in the fun again with more madness, jokes & banter doing his Record Round Up on the way to next month.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Glen Goodwin",  me & the Team are all really up for it now.

   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 Nites (spell "Nites" like so..... &  when you get there don't forget to click Like This Page....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2:   :wave:

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In an effort to be positive i'm now declaring this next post an EN-GER-LAND free zone and although the temptation is there i'm going to resit it and up-date you on a previous post that the ants are back, so if anyone has any ideas on how to remove them in a pet friendly manner them please let me know.

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A cleaned up version of an old ant joke!

An ant and an elephant get married, despite the best advice of their friends.

During their first night of love making, the elephant suffered a massive heart attack and died.

"Oh S**t " said the ant. "Five minutes of passion, and now the rest of my life digging a f***ing grave!"

So getting down to business, with the ever on form Frankie "M" and some of his choices from the well capped number 10 (now i didn't say nothing about football did i)

Bobbie Smith "Walk On Into My Heart" American Arts Record Label

From Detroit comes this rather moody cut from Bobbie Smith on the Pittsburgh American Arts label, Bobbie who's real name is Elma Holman was originally the lead singer with the Dream Girls and had some level of success with them, they were even brought before Berry Gordy to do a trial recording session but although they recorded two audition tracks “Love Him” and “Heartaches and in an interview Bobbie Smith in here own words said "Berry Gordy liked the group and my voice" but not enough and they weren't signed to him and nothing materialized form the encounter.

In 1964 the Dream Girls went their separate ways and Bobbi became a solo artist this track is from then and is written by one Duke Browner who cut the Northern Soul anthem "Crying Over You" on Impact Records but this is a far more subdued work with it's slow paced stepper beat and stand alone vocal that is somewhat less than sophisticated in delivery but nether less emotion packed and perhaps this is it's fortitude and with a simple musical accompaniment proving that so often the old saying holds true "less is more".

I know that Frank has played this track to excellent critical dance floor reviews and i would pitch "Walk On Into My Heart" as a cooler simply due to the slower tempo i can remember this track getting a lot of attention a few years ago then falling of the soul radar but search parties have been sent out and the item relocated again but no longer as a record box filler the price for all varieties of the disc be it promotional copies both colours red on white or [black strong printing or black lighter printing] and to complicate matters further there are both solid black and white stock issues but for the collectors out here the correct run out matrix number 2TSP 9519-1B) prices have shot up in recent years so sadly if you're buying you won't be picking one of these up for a £iver and if your selling...now that's a different story.

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we have midges here in Altrincham ,so with your Ants ,perhaps we should start a soul source  " pest " helpline ( i might go to the forum )  , anyway box already sorted for saturday ! and a busy busy week with late nights at work because of that dreaded " year end " which for number crunchers like me spells a lot of headaches ! ,so will really be glad when saturday comes , so see you all soon.

Cheers 

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Hi Guys,

  here it is, "our Video from our last C.C.S. Soul Night in April", check it out at the top of the page. Well done to the lovely Miss T for all the hard work & effort she's put in again producing another crackin' Video of April's belter, more of that this coming Saturday with our brilliant guest DJ Glen Goodwin (Hole In The Wall Soul Club London). Spoke to Glen last night on the phone, all systems are go for Saturday, really can't wait for this one.....

  See you Then Folks, Woody, Miss T, Frank & Russ  :hatsoff2::wave::thumbsup:  :thumbup:   

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A great night in April and with this month's guest,the club policy of quality sounds continues as the night goes from strength to strength.

Bernard.

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Well a very good evening team,

 

And massive well done to Miss T for the great CCS video from April this year with the accompanying soundtrack of reviewed records top marks there and showing what a great venue The Old Nags Head is and such a pleasure to see lots of smiling faces in attendance and as Frank said in an earlier post.

 

 

So to get these types of numbers with so much competition you've got to be doing something right, and looking at Miss T cracking video whatever the CCS formula is is is definitely working....keep up the good work!

 

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So with the clock forever ticking here is another Frankie "M" choice form his ever changing playlist.

 

The Admirations "You Left Me" Peaches Records

 

From the Chicago teenage vocal group The Admirations made up of of three brothers and two friends comes this gritty Windy City recording.

 

Ths Admirations cut some decent records in their short career  but as so often happens they just missed out on finding the fame they deserved and perhaps luck is often more important than talent.

 

And just to avoid any mix ups at a later stage these are the Admirations from Chicago and not one of (one of at least five other groups to record under that name)  they later went on to record as Walter And The Admirations and this track comes from 1966 and once more is a record i remember well and like so many other great spins their deck life has only a limited life span and today it doesn't get the plays it once used too but perhaps that is in part due to it's price tag, but a re-activation is well over due

 

.... now please don't tell me that "You Left Me" is still massive at this or that event, even though it might still well be.

 

With some great harmonies and a killer beat going through the entire song this is a great slice of Chicago soul. From the rolling drum beat that kicks the song off as it means to go on and with a well managed rhythm section that has a decent weight of horns in attendance that hold up strongly but at no stage over power the rest of the song and a touch of both lead and bass guitar and as mentioned that great killer beat that is so helped along by some simple but not taken for granted drum work that has some tasty brush work on those there skins.

 

Simple and never over worked from the production to the vocal and the tasteful musical accompaniment. Old school soul at its best and by far the most expensive record we have reviewed (and by expensive i really mean EXPENSIVE) and to reiterate the point there won't be many DJ's out there who possess a genuine copy of this one and maybe that's why we don't hear it getting the plays it once did.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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hi Russ

the  Peaches release is as rare as an Eng-er-land win and also becoming elusive on the  Uk Release on Soul City , which to be honest is the copy most people have ,

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Yeah not long now,

   Three Days & counting. Hope you like the sound track to our new video at the top of the page, two "Twisted Wheel" monsters, both great dancers from Madaline Bell & Wilson Picket. 

   Same as Frank says, can't wait for Saturday now......  :hatsoff2:

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Hi Frank,

Completely forgot about the Admirations track "You Left Me" being released on the UK Soul City label and therefor that must be it only and official British release and so can be classed as original, a little like the Vel-Vets "I Got To Find Me Some Body" that had it's only UK release on Pye Disco Demand and is the most collectable and expensive record on the label but the Peaches release of the same song is money wise is on par with buying a 5 year old Ford Focus!

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And on that note moving swiftly on here is another a play from the Frankie "M" collection and on the coveted CCS Saturday play list.

Maxine Brown "My Life" ABC Paramount Records,

New to me and one of Frank personal discoveries come this Rock'n'Roll flavoured tune from 1961 and is for your information the "B" side of "After All We've Been Through" a slow tear jerker that is pretty much in stark contrast to "My Life"

With a very up beat tempo and swanky vocal by Maxine this is a feel good mover from the often under ratted Ms Brown. From it's twangy guitar intro and honky tonk piano, to it's horn accompanied backing this track moves along from start to finish like a Cheetah on a kilo of speed this is Rhythm'n' Blues meets Rock'n'Roll full on, with some sassy lyrics and a decent size musical production that never lets up even to draw air this is an high energy mover that favours only the brave.

If you like your records to be jam packed with as much going on that your turntable needs to take a breather this is for you, definitely a dancer that is a reto as you can get one and Frank and goes on to tells me a popular floor shaker and somewhat of an house favorite at The Graystone's Hotel during his appearances there.

"My Life"is a pure and simple early mover that is not only a great find, as well as very playable one and with such an old school touch to it you really have to say "what goes round comes round" and this record might have found its mark a mere 53 years later.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Dave & Sue,

Just a thought, a slight change in times would suit me fine, say 8:00pm - 6:00am. Then I could get a train there and back no

overnight stop needed. Brilliant solution don't you think..lol.

Never mind, all will be well as always. Have a fantastic night you too, I'll try not to think about it too much.

 

Chris.

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Hi Chris,

   great to hear from you Buddy. Sorry you can't make this one, maybe see you later on in the year, but for now we'll make sure we have a drink & a dance for you & maybe even spin a record & give you a mention.

  Take care Pal, catch you soon, Woody & Sue xx :hatsoff2::wave: 

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So Saturday is getting even nearer and i'm sure both Woody and Frank are just putting in or taking out their records for the night (i tend to be fine tuning my DJ selections right up until the off is it Casino Classic's or Disco Demand i'll be taking...only joking fellas as i know the CCS policy is original vinyl only)

Well the Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been be handed a worldwide ban by FIFA for biting the Italian centre-back Giorgio Chiellini on his shoulder and as you all know the temptation of me missing this chance to pass comment is just too much, more football i know but i'll get this out of the way then we're into tonights business...honest.

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As promised our final selection from Frankie "M"

James Dockery "My Faith In You is all Gone" Soul Craft Records [blue 1970's issue]

Somewhat of an oddball record this, the first version of this song by singer James Dockery was released in late 1967 on a red issue Soul Craft single that is a very sought after and pretty expensive rarity on the soul scene.

Yet the version we're reviewing tonight is a re-launched version of the song from 1972 that uses the same backing track as the earlier version but has a far more softer and rounded vocal than the earlier version, where the vocal is far harder (and for the collectors far easier on the pocket)

Falling into the category of "True or Proper Northern Soul " a phrase you often here but i have to admit that it can be classed very much as an out and out "Northern Soul" track from the snappy intro that features guitars, drums and horns as well as a heavy vocal backing chant, a mid tempo dancer from James Dockery who was also co-owner of the record label.

At times quite funky and but always up beat and with a decent punchy production that would define the genre to so many people, yet though all this the song never drops dance-ability from start to finish, as to which version i prefer i saying this one simply down to the more polished vocal in the song. With it's story telling lyric that pulls no punches and isn't worried about treading on peoples toes and to my ears works so very well and is both very much in touch and in keeping with the rest of the track this L.A production is a underplayed winner of a tune, so about time you gave this some deck time Frank....i think it will be worth it!

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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its only one sleep away from CCS at the old Nags Head and the team are in their  final preparations  and waiting for the final selections  to be named ( must get away from the world cup theme !!!! ) ,  a mate of mine suggested we go for a "suarez " before  the gig   ( stop it ! ) so  see yer all " when saturday  comes " ( ok thats enough )

Cheers

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Almost time for CCS to kick off, so hoping you all have a fantastic night.

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Yeah not long now,

   less than 24 hrs. Hope you like the sound track to our new video at the top of the page, two "Twisted Wheel" monsters, both great dancers from Madaline Bell & Wilson Picket. 

   Same as Frank says, can't wait for tomorrow now......  :hatsoff2:

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already to leave , a bite to eat and off to the venue , catch you later  , gonna be a great  night

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another great night , thanks to all of you who attended , lets do it again in August 

cheers

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Cracking night at The Old Nag's Head.  Great tunes, great cosy venue.  Well worth the trip from Llandudno.  See you again at the end of August. 

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Well gang...what can I say?  Its been some time since I really had time to get the posts on either here or facebook...been a busy time for me and Mr. Wood of late and there is not sign of things slowing down too soon until I can land a job a bit nearer my new home.  However what is so impressive is the effort put in by so many people to both keep the faith in City Centre Soul going and to extend its reach even more.  I can't begin to say what a fantastic job is done by Russ ....I havent had time to post, but me and Mr. Wood share the musings and the jokes and the reviews regularly and have such a good laugh whilst being baffled by the extent of Russ's knowledge and antics!! (get it?.....ANT(s)ICs!!! 

So...it's a bit late to even attempt to cover everything now in my (probably) one and only post this time round...but I will try!

First a big thanks to everyone who came to support us.....lots of our most regular supporters and some lovely new faces too.  We are truly impressed with the distances that some folk travelled and really pleased that it was considered worth the journey...needless to say whether you are local or from further afield you will always be offered a friendly welcome and hopefully hear some well known classics and something new to you too.  Which brings me to the DJs.... I know I speak from a slightly biased opinion but I have to say that last night all 3 DJs pulled out all the stops to bring fantastic playlists to our ears.  Having Glen from London brought something different and very in tune with CCS music policy - some fantastic tunes and a really responsive approach kept a busy dancefloor and loads of positive feedback on his spots. Both me and Woody were as always very impressed and so pleased that he could take time to pay us a visit. Looking forward to seeing him again at his home venue of Hole in the Wall in Euston sometime in the Autumn.  Our man Frankie M played some absolute crackers and his confidence behind the decks and his collection are really going from strength to strength.  And then there is Woody...(this is where the bias might set in !!).  I live with him, talk records with him, live the CCS experience every day and yet somehow I never see what is coming.... you can be sure there will be surprises, something new and different, some old favourites thrown in, but last night I thought he was on top form.  His spots were thoughtful and well timed and as always had that 'Woodyness' about them which is so hard to define but is so much part of the man himself.  All three did us proud without a doubt and the dancefloor responded in kind.   And then there is the venue itself...Sean and Tracey have given all their support to us and encouraged CCS to keep going.  Jo behind the bar (who would you believe Woody has a connection with...but thats another story!) did a fantastic job keeping everyone happy.  We are grateful to all who do so much to contribute...especially Frank and Bernard for their dedication to the endless fliering and promoting and for stepping more up to the breach as the CCS P.A. has had to duck some duties.  A superb night, a superb crowd and we are looking forward so much to doing it all again in a few weeks time with yet another great guest DJ Mr. Derek Greenhoff a fabulous DJ and collector.  

This is the PA 'speaking' in her own capacity (I have not been paid or bribed to post, but I do have to take down everything Woody says LOL!!) ...One big post is better than none at all!!

 

Love to all, Miss T XX        :wave:

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Hi Denise & Rob,

   really great to see you both, glad you had a good night & enjoyed it.

   Thanks for the kind words, see you in August, Woody & Sue   :hatsoff2:   :wave:

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Well a massive good evening to you Miss T,

Many thanks for your kind words and of course the freedom to allow me to do my often very off centre musings via the events pages here on Soul Source and most importantly allowing me to a member of the "City Centre Soul Team" a great privilege that i hold in the highest esteem.

As those of you who might not know the entire CCS ethic is far more than just record based and although there is a huge bias towards a quality music policy that is both forward thinking in the airing of new and up and coming releases as well as balancing this with established classics all in a City Centre Soul musical genre that very much has it own very distinctive style and feel.

From a commitment level yourself, Woody and Frank are totally dedicated in giving the best possible night to all that attend each and every CCS event i know that all three of you really do put the hours in spreading the word and patronizing many other events both near and far and of course the often over looked and unnamed foot soldiers that help spread the word and keep the "City Centre Soul" flag flying high you are very much an integral part of the CCS machine and your hard work and contribution is invaluable and is greatly appreciated.

So in the briefest of terms, a paramount concern for each and every event is that all attendees have a fantastic evening this goes as far as every DJ is hand picked to bring that something extra special to a night (and Woody please forgive me for saying this but a quite a few well known DJ's have offered their musical services but have been turned down on their acceptability to deliver the correct musical programme for the guests on the evening giving the best experience is a top priority)

So here's to the next one AJobWellDonePat_zpsa9e32d5f.jpg

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Folks,

    massive, massive thanks from Me too to all who attended on Saturday, absolute packer again. Just wanted to echo what Miss T's said & really great to meet loads of new face's, make some new friends & hear all the nice comments from Folks about Our night. Amazed so many of you traveled quite a way to come & join us for the night, really glad you did & can't tell you how pleased we are that you all had a great time.

    Can't go without saying a personal thankyou Our Guest DJ Glen, your spots were superb Pal, nailed it perfectly as always & kept the dance floor busy all night. Russell, well I think we'd be lost without you Pal, superb as always & funny as ever, in a word "Brilliant". Big heads up to Frank & Bernard for their invaluable help with the flyering & promoting & for Frank's awesome spots on Saturday, your collection just gets better, nice one Buddy. Many thanks to Our hoast's Sean & Tracey & their staff for the brilliant venue & all their help & support (especialy Sean, who even helped me pack the gear up Sunday morning). Lastly but by no means least massive thanks to My partner Miss T without who's love, help & support none of this would be possible. She puts so much effort in to sorting all the photos, making & editing all the video's, reminding me about this & that, double checking we've got everything ect..... I'm quite humbled by some of what she wrote...... Cheers Darlin.

   Thanks again from all at C.C.S. for great night Everybody, see you all out & about soon & again on the 23rd of August down here at "The Nags", Woody  C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:

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Great posts guys  ,much apreciated  and thanks again to everyone who is making the move to our new home  the success we could only have dreamed of .

KTF and see you at a soul spot near you 

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Me and Wendy enjoyed our visit here, good dj sets, friendly bunch, reminded us of our teens in the mid 6ts when Mcr. city centre was our playground, Top of the Town, Wheel etc. best from Barnoldswick soul club Roman

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Nice one Russ,

   thanks for the kind words of "Yours" too Pal & for summing up the way we run things here at C.C.S. This is sort of our couple of weeks off so to speak, then we're back it, promoting none stop right up till around 5:00pm on the day of C.C.S's next social gathering..... (lol). I spend hour's rackin' me brains trying to think of new & different ways of spreading the word about & Our Soul Nights, infact I think we all do, Me Miss T, Frank & You. Every month we come up with different daft pictures, jokey comments ect..... to try & keep our posts fresh & funny, as you've all probably gathered we don't take our selves to serious here, especialy Russ, funny's not the word. We get out as much as with the flyer's, listen to whats being played, pick up a few new sounds here & there most months for our play lists & believe me when I'm busy gassin' & you think I'm not listening "I am". No politics here, we just do what we do, which is play to the dance floor & play as many request's as we can, seems to be working anyway.

    Nice having a natter on the phone earlier Russ, you take care Pal & give Our love to Margerite, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2::wave:   

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Glad you & Wendy had a good night with us. We always have a nice friendly atmosphere & make Everyone welcome, have a laugh, play to the floor & just try keep things fresh, but we don't stray too far from the path.......

  Nice to see you both & hope to make it to "Yours" sometime in the next couple of months. Cheers for now, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2::wave:  

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