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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 February

8:00pm Till 2:00am

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE OLD NAGS HEAD

£3.00 on the door

Resident DJ With

This Months Special Guest DJ's

BARRY TASKER

(Soul In The Cellar - At The Greatstone Hotel, Stretford)

Plus

FRANKIE M

(Altringham)

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 Carpark With In Walking Distance

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Here we are a new year and a great guest DJ to start us off , mark this one in your diary folks

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this month is flying by , not that long until city centre souls first outing of 2015 and

this year will see lots of great guests, so watch this space for our usual banter and

soulful fun

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Well here we are , bit quiet in January folks , but here we go /lets get started and look

forward to city centre souls February outing

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Hi Everybody,
looking forward to our first Soul Night in 2015 now, especially having one of Manchesters most popular DJ's as our Guest's. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Barry are playing. If our Christmas night was anything to go by it should be another stormer on the 28th of next month. 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, Top Guest DJ's, great dance floor & a great selection of beers ect.....
Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30)

 Mark your Diary's Saturday the 28th of next month  Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T   C.C.S :hatsoff2::wave:

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Classic line on this site , describes my set to a tee

"I am playing the right records, but not necessarily in the right order!"

an Eric Morecambe quip adapted for the scene today !

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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 this coming Saturday (the 28th of February). Top guest DJ joining us behind the decks is Mr Clarence Mitchell " popular Manchester DJ who hails from Oldham, 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 "This Coming Saturday.

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

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the weekend starts here folks and time to get out and spread the word , its not long till City Centre Soul and our February winter warmer

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Hey Everybody,
don't forget C.C.S @ The Old Nags Head, Manchester M2 next month, Saturday the 28th of February.
Northern Soul & then some...... See you there Folks

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Yeah got to agree Frank,

   soon be February. Really looking forward to first C.C.S. Soul Night this year, last year we went from strength to strength,  had some fantastic nights & some fantastic guest DJ's.

   Lets do it all again in 2015, bring it on......

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Well a very good evening Frank and everyone, from a very snowy Steel City

 

Yeah how time as flown so much in fact that it wont be that long till the very first CCS event of the year, and it goes without saying, it's sure to be a good'un.

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Yes Russ , hope it clears for you and thank god for my "ice grippers " otherwise

I would have been "ski-ing in the snow this morning !!!!!

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Hi Everybody,

   C.C.S. 'll be at it again down here at "The Old Nags Head" M2 on the 28th of February. Top guest DJ joining us behind the decks is Mr Barry Tasker "Soul In The Cellar", At The Greatstone Hotel, Stretford Manchester, 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 Feb.

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

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Evening all,

Well we're into a new month all ready, and yes as mentioned The CCS Top Ten will be coming out anytime now, so your chance to check out the movers and shakers in this months chart.

So thanks for the interest it will be published shortly but in the meantime as time seems to be flying faster all the time here is a liitle story about how quickly children grow up.

My teenage daughter came home in a rage.

‘I’ve just done sex education in school today,

Dad! You lied to me! You told me if I have sex before my sixteenth birthday, my boyfriend will die!’

I put down my newspaper:

"Oh, he will, sweetheart, he will ! ”

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Dad i only said "i thought the Wigans's Ovation version of "Skiing In The Snow" wasn't bad!"

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Nice private upstairs room with it's own bar, Top Guest DJ's, great dance floor & a great selection of beers ect.....

Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30)

 Mark your Diary's Saturday the 28th of this month  Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T   C.C.S

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only a few weeks to CCS January night , quality soul completely ATB and on original

vinyl and for £3 OTD , we must be the best value around.

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witnessed the "strange world of northern soul " in the last day or two ( and not the DVD )

But hey its nearly time for City Centre Souls February big night out , and look forward

to seeing friends old and new

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A very cryptic opening sentence Mr M, but i'm sure that you'll get to tell us more at sometime in the not too distant future.

Is it me or is City Centre Soul celebrating it's 3rd bithday very shortly? so perhaps now at at a new venue but the CCS musical ethic is as strong today as it was at the begining and that's to bring you truely the best across the board Soul Music anywhere and at anytime.

Remember folks, City Centre Soul

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Russ

doesn't time fly , you know unsure if its 3 or 4 in march ? , my dam memory is crap

today !! , been to every one and enjoyed each one from that first night at the Black

Lion .All credit though must go to Woody and Sue , for sticking with it and doing all

the research , the equipment ferrying , the buffets at xmas and coming all that way over

the hill to be here .well done you guys

cheers

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Here here,

   actually Russ We had'nt thought about it, but yes I believe it is. Now you've planted the seed so to speak, I can remember starting out with hardly anyone there & look where we are now. I can remember all the nights, all the really nice friends we've made, all the up's & all the downs too, but mainly the up's  :thumbup:  .

   It's been a fantastic journey.......  :hatsoff2:  :wave:   

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Yeah Woody i remember the first night night very well indeed and was privileged to be the first guest DJ when CCS was based at "The Black Lion" but as the old saying goes from "mighty oaks from little acorns grow"

 

I can't really say anything other that has been said before only to agree wholeheartedly with everything already said and of course a final mention to Frank and the other CCS back room team who do so much and more for each and every event....well done everyone.

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well back again by popular demand is,

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10 Phyllis Dillon "Make Me Yours" (Jamican Version) new entry to be reviewed
9 Erma Franklin "I Don't Want No Mamma's Boy" new entry to be reviewed
8 Tony Gordeno "The Makings Of A Man" reviewed December (up 2 places)
7 Christine Kitrell "Mr. Big Wheel" new entry to be reviewed
6 Little Sonny "Wade In The Water" reviewed June
5 Ellie Greenwhich "Baby" reviewed December (up from number 8)
4 The Rosebuds "Say You'll Be Mine" reviewed December (and down one place)
3 Ann Caudell "Longing For You" reviewed Febuary 2013 down from no1 on this months chart
2 Smokey Robinson "You Can Want) reviewed December (up 3 places form last chart)

1 Deanna Shenderey "I'm Comin' Home Baby" reviewed December (up from no 4) a massive spin at "The Nags Head" and other selected Manchester venues and "The Corner Pocket" Mexbrough and all set to go well off the scale.

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Crawford Brothers "I Ain't Guilty"



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Hey Everybody,
don't forget C.C.S @ The Old Nags Head, Manchester M2 next month, Saturday the 28th of February.
Northern Soul & then some...... See you there Folks

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yes just a few short weeks to our first event of 2015 and a night we are all looking forward too

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Well as Geoffrey Chaucer said "time and tide wait for no man" and the days do seem to be drawing out a little and in the Steel City it feel a little like spring today, bright and sunny but still on the cold side or is that summer?

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"Looks like ya engines flooded mate"

Well it's review time for this months chart so her goes with our first new entry and stright in to the CCS Top Ten Is.

10 Phyllis Dillon "Make Me Yours" (Jamican Version) Sure Shot Records.

A great liitle bit of old school "Lover"s Rock/ Rocksteady" that is way too catchy not to get a decent amount of deck time, this Duke Reid production is set at a very nice stepper tempo and is perhaps a liitle richer on it's production values, with a simple vocal by Phillis Dillion who is perhaps better known for her great version of "Perfidia" that's Spanish for betrayl but of course you all knew that.

This is the Jamaican working of the song as there is another version that is somewhat different to this, lots going on in the musical department from some nice brass work with a dash of sexy saxophone that is well structured and very much in propotion, an understated touch of backing harmonies and a helping of Hammond organ all kept in check by some beat perfect drum work.

"Make Me yours" is as much at home at any ATB soul event as well as any Ska or Raggae night, nice little disc Cap'n Woody and one that won't be under the soul radar for too long now i guess.



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Nothing wrong with a spot of plugging Frank.

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Well another busy CCS chart this month with three new entries on it and quite a few movers going both up and down and here's the second new entry at number,

9 Erma Franklin "I Don't Want No Mamma's Boy" Epic Records

Perhaps her best know work is "Piece Of My Heart" a UK top ten hit when re-released in 1992.

And "Piece Of My Heart"going on to ever more commercial acclaim when it was covered after it's initial release by Janis Joplin (as member of Big Brother & The Holding Company) to massive success on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 12 on the chart and also of course for being the elder sister of Aretha Franklin.

This semi novelty cut from early 1963 has a quirky catchiness about it that perhaps could have sat as well with a slightly harder lyrical treatment or the somewhat unusual backing treatment but setting that aside this mid tempo strutter is all dancer and the 60's club feel is very apparent.

With the slightly back set clapping beat and a crisp vocal by Erma Franklin "I Don't Want No Mamma's Boy"seems yet another record with that certain CCS vibe to it, a little tad off centre but making a nice little detour to take in some of the scenery all the same expect this to become a big player in the chart and copies are still out there for very sensible money at the moment so get one while you can and don't say we haven't warned you.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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great post Russ , on the subject of Erma Franklin she has covered a few Jackie Wilson sides and the " Whispers " outing is a superb side , watch out for this one , talking of UK releases came across Johnny Williams on Contempo with " just a little misunderstanding " , the contours song , again great version and you cant half tell its him

on vocals ! .

Saw a comment recently that the Contempo issue of the Montclairs " hung up " is better

quality sound wise than the Paula original us release , I think I would agree with this , certainly the one I had ( sold it ) was crackly and lots of surface noise .

A few more records added to my wants list this month and some in the " no chance whatsoever " category , but hey we look on and one day that 7" beauty might just fall through my letterbox .

On a lighter note I asked Derek if he was "out with me on Saturday or with his missus seeing it was valentines - you can guess what the answer was folks ???

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Ok Everybody,
  just a quick update on whats happening this month here at "City Centre Soul".
  Due to a lot of personal stuff Barry Tasker's got going on at the minute he's decided pull out of DJ'ing for us this month.

   So now enter "Clarence Mitchell" (sometimes known as "Clarence Bennett", Tax evader, wanted man who signs on twice a week ect ect..... lol) popular Manchester DJ who's kindly stepping in for us

"this month on Saturday the 28th". Coincidentally it's somewhere round about C.C.S's 3rd anniversary & Clarence happens to be the guest DJ we had on our 1st night here at C.C.S.
  So all in all Folks we're in for another crackin' night, really looking forward to Clarence's spots, see you there....... Woody & Miss T - C.C.S.

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Well congratulations team, i was only a year out date wise and how quickly time flys i remeber i was on that very first bill with Calarence and heve heard his spots many time so you can rest assured you're all in for a great night.

Frank, i have to agree that on the whole British releases of American records are always of a better sound quality, some of this i put down to the use of vinyl as a recording media rather than the often used American Styrene that is so very cheap and nasty and has a very limited life span the sound quality being better on vinyl i believe is also down to the fact styrene records are injection moulded and not pressed and that the material wears out very quickly (on the old heavy arm record decks 50 play was seen as a maximum life span for a styrene disc with sound decay starting after as little as 5-10 plays and giving the famous "shhhhhhh noise" to the sound)

Yet another benefit to British releases (was until more recently) was they are far harder to copy than the American Issues as we have both pressed on record labels and not glued as in the States and the central segregrated anti-slip ring i can't remember ever seeing a booted British release that was pressed and had an anti-slip ring although i'm sure they must be some (Paula Parfitt on British Beacon Records was booted to hell but has all the triats of an American disc)

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well what a weekend this has been ! , out and about in manchester and lots of interest for our night at taste of honey yesterday , its not that long to go now KTF and keep on keeping on guys 

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well here we are and already looking forward to our first night of 2015 and what a great

soul room at the nags head looking forward to seeing you all on the 28th

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Well Frank as you've mentioned time is certainly rushing by so with out further ado i'd best get cracking and on with more of this month CCS Top Ten.

But before i do here's one that made me chuckle!

A man was shouting frantically into the phone to the doctor "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

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"NO!", the man shouted back "this is her husband!"

Christine Kitrell "Mr. Big Wheel" Vee-Jay Records

The music industry is a strange creature where talent or abillity isn't alway enough to go on to grant mega stardom and Christine Kitrell is one such case in point and although she did attain some modest success good fortune passed her by when her original recording on Vee-Jay Records of the Leiber and Stoller song " I'm A Woman" was later recorded in the 1960's by Peggy Lee and although only becoming a modest chart hit for her but remained a hugely popular song in her stage performances and for ever associated with her.

Well as for this Track that i'm saying is a Jazzy Rhythm'n'Blues number with all the traits of a well finished and produced record, the production is crisp and has an even sharper vocal by Christine Kitrell and has some very nice and very subtle touches to it, from the hint of honky tonk piano that is just so in keeping this is a great touch and even goes up a gear when the Sam Butera style tenor sax solo kicks in and goes from cool to Artic now just add to this some nice tounge in cheek lyrics and you've a nice little musical cocktail going on.

"Mr.Big Wheel" is as catchy as a varruca from your local municipal swimming baths and has a certain something about it that says "This is fun" and of course all at a very steady pace. A shot of old school Jazz inspired Rhythm'n'Blues than might want to make you try out those dance class Ceroc moves you're aching to give a go...come on i dare ya!

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Everybody,
looking forward to our first Soul Night in 2015 now, especially having one of Manchesters most popular DJ's as our Guest Mr Clarence Mitchell. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Clarence are playing. If our Christmas night was anything to go by it should be another stormer on Saturday the 28th of this month. 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, Top Guest DJ's, great dance floor & a great selection of beers ect.....
Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30)
Mark your Diary's Saturday the 28th of this month Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T C.C.S. :hatsoff2::wave:

 

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Great post Russ,

    absolutely love this, one of fav top RnB spins at the moment. The best part is, at the minute it's going for pennies, however watch this space..... :hatsoff2:

P.S. Just noticed one on Ebay $12.00, grab it now

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what a cracker , will be crate digging at the Hideaway on Saturday I think , cant wait for our event

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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 this coming Saturday (the 28th of February). Top guest DJ joining us behind the decks is Mr Clarence Mitchell " popular Manchester DJ who hails from Oldham, 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 "This Coming Saturday.

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

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Only a few days until the big one and we are all looking forward to spinning some tunes

a great guest lined up and the best value in town , see you there

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Hi everyone,

 

Well almost there for the CCS February event and even though the weather has taken a very chilly turn here in The Steel City you can be assured at The Old Nags Head you're in for a RED HOT night.

 

I know Woody has been out and about buying new vinyl and even a record from my collection has been purchased by him so that makes a change, i know the temptation for new record is too great for Frank to pass over also so expect to be hearing something new in Mr M's set as well.

 

And of course Clarence will be pulling out all the stops to a hungry dance floor so if you want to hear some great Soul and classy Rhythm'n'Blues you don't have too look any further than here and of course many sounds just breaking onto the scene or might i say getting their first play here....we know that quite a few people in the know look out for the CCS play list and Top Ten and of course all on the original vinyl.

 

Be careful with text, texting acronyms can stump even the best parents:

 

Mum: Your great great aunt just passed away she had been very ill for a long while. LOL.

Son: Why is that funny?

Mum: "It’s not funny, what do you mean?"

Son: Mum, LOL means Laugh Out Loud.

Mum: oh dear, I thought it meant Lots "¨of Love. I have to call everyone back.

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Great posts Russ , its going to be a busy weekend , some new tunes in my box and everyone

a dancer

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Nice one Frank,

  me too. Picked up a few bits here & there...... Some I've been after for a while & a couple new to my ear's, but as you say, all good dancers.

   So don't forget Folks, if want to hear something thats a change from the norm as well as all the Club Classics & current plays, come down & see us this Saturday night, you'll be in for a treat...... :hatsoff2:

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Yeah you said it fellas always a few left of centre spins here at The Old Nags Head

 

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                                 Frank's Floor Fillers,

               a selection of tunes from CCS's own Frankie "M"

 

 

 

Well here's a blast from the past if ever there was one,

 

August & Deneen "We Go Together" ABC Records.

 

And one of the first record i ever bought and remember it well it was on my day off from work and came from, KD Records in Sheffield's Castle Market and cost 75p brand new, those were the days!

 

And perhaps this was as big as a Northern Soul record could get back then and indeed ever did they can't be many people on the soul scene who don't know this offering from the man and wife duo of August & Deneen recorded in 1968, catchy very pop inspired and a dance floor monster and the epitome of what today might get classed as "YOOFF KlUB" soul and a chart entry in the Kev Roberts book "Northern Soul Top 500.

 

August & Deneen were only ever to make this one studio recording for ABC (or indeed record on any other record label for that matter but please feel free to correct me if i'm wrong) and it was years before i found out they were not an African American couple but Caucasian perhaps the song lyric ,

 

We go together like, Marvin and Tammy and Sonny and Cher could have been a clue?

 

With lots of things going on in the background from tubular bells or is it a xylohone? to some very weird squeaky noises that still define an explanation but bouncy and up beat and a far bigger production that you might at first think  and you might just have to listen a little closer to fully appreciate.

 

August was the male vocalist of the team and does a decent job of carring the tune but Deneen's voice is very folk tinted and far more special and her vibrato vocal treatment of the songs lyrics is pretty impressive.

 

The writing credits go to the team of Cashman, Pistilli and West in house songsmiths for the ABC label who also had a fair amount of success on the Northern Soul circuit as The Shakers who recorded "One Wonderful Moment" on ABC Records in 1967 and another evergreen classic.

 

Nice to see this song doing the rounds again, and why not i say!

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi all

yes its my tip for a big reactivation , especially with its feel good factor and why not

after a bloomin cold and wet winter ,we need a bit of sunshine , I especially do after seeing citys performance last night ! , but hey its only a few days until our bash and

will be great to see you all there

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                                      Frank's Floor Fillers,

               a selection of tunes from CCS's own Frankie "M"

 

Tonights selection from Frank's box of delights is a heafty helping of the very sweetest soul.

 

Johnny Nash "Don't Take Your Love Away"  Warner Brothers Records"

 

It might come as a suprise to some but Johhny Nash wasn't born in the West Indies as many seem to think due to his chart success with such raggae hits as "Stir It Up", "I Can See Clearly Now" and his version of "Tears On My Pillow" no indeed he was born Born John Lester Nash, Jr. in Houston Texas and before he went down the raggae musical road he cut some fine soul singles for more than one record label.

 

But due to space i can't go into too much career details and how he helped launch Bob Marley And The Wailers or the fact he was one of the first non Jamacians to record Raggae music on the island, but that's another story.

 

"Don't Take Your Love Away" is a well polish recording from early 1962 that has a sweet and moving vocal by Johnny Nash and has a very understated production but the addition of a very and almost hidden choral backing is a perfect touch but there's more the almost pitiful piano accompaniment that is so simple but oh so moving and a great mid-section helping of soulful brass.

 

And what a stunning and fantastic end of night record that is a welcome change from Timi Yuro's "It Will Never Be Over For Me, Jimmy Radcliffe's "Long After Tonight Is All Over" or indeed even Ruby Winters "Better" all these are great records but you've got to say "Don't Take Your Love Away" is classy enough to be up there with these gems and sure a play not to leave a dry eye in the house" Great record Frank and a Popcorn Classic that deserves far more recognition than it gets at the moment,

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Russ

am a big fan of Johnny Nash ,great sides and I note quite a few being played on the scene just now ,great reviews as usual , got my box ready for Saturday ( a task that gets more difficult each month as I like to mix it up and make changes and always leave some behind ! ), a bit wet today but all primed for a warm welcome at City Centre Soul on Saturday

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Hello again Everybody,
    it's just a couple of days now to this months City Centre Soul Night here at "The Old Nags Head" & Miss T's done it again, well done Darlin for all the effort & hard work.

  Here it is Folks Our Lookback Video from our last Soul Night at Christmas & what a great year we've had, "check it out at the top of the page". The video's accompanied by a crackin' sound track, The Casualeers "Dance Dance Dance", Larry Trider's "Carbon Copy" & Bette Swann's "Kiss My Love Goodbye"
More top sounds to come "This Saturday" down at The Old Nags Head Manchester M2.
Enjoy the Video, see who you can spot, see you Saturday Folks, Woody & Miss T C.C.S. :hatsoff2::wave:

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Man Flu - The Facts...

1. Man-Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable scientific fact*.
*(Based on a survey of over 100,000 men.)

2. Man-Flu is not 'just a cold'. It is a condition so severe that the germs from a single Man-Flu sneeze could wipe out entire tribes of people living in the rainforest. And probably loads of monkeys too.

3. Women do not contract Man-Flu. At worst they suffer from what is medically recognised as a 'Mild Girly Sniffle' � which, if a man caught, he would still be able to run, throw a ball, tear the phone book in half and compete in all other kinds of manly activities.

4. Men do not 'moan' when they have Man-Flu. They emit involuntary groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain they are in.

5. Full recovery from Man-Flu will take place much quicker if their simple requests for care, sympathy and regular cups of tea are met. Is that really so much to ask? Florence Nightingale would have done it

6. More men die each year from MFN (Man-Flu Neglect) than lots and lots of other things. (Like rabbit attacks or choking on toast).

7. Men suffering from Man-Flu want nothing more than to get out of bed and come to work, but they are too selfless to risk spreading this awful condition amongst their friends and colleagues. In this sense, they are the greatest heroes this country has ever known.

8. In 1982 scientists managed to simulate the agonising symptoms of full blown Man-Flu in a female chimp. She became so ill that her head literally fell off.

9. Man-Flu germs are more powerful than He-Man, The Thundercats and The A-Team combined. They are too strong for weak, nasty tasting 'lady medicines' like Lemsip, so don't bother trying to force them on a victim of Man-Flu.

10. While it may seem like a Man-Flu sufferer is just lying around enjoying 'Diagnosis Murder' it is a commonly recognised medical fact that the exact pitch and frequency of Dick Van Dyke's voice has remarkable soothing powers.

Every minute in this country one man is struck down by Man-Flu. Women, all we ask is that each of you offers them a cup of tea, some kind words and your undivided attention and care. Then maybe, just maybe, we'll beat this monstrous disease together.

 
Russ CCS Sheffield Branch
 
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Well as you can see i'm a little under the weather at the moment but i'm braving it through, what a brave little soldier i am.

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Frank's Floor Fillers

a selection of tunes from CCS's own Frankie "M"

Johnny Williams "Just A Little Misunderstanding"

Bashie Records/Contempo Records British Release

Here we have a great cover of the Contours track that fist saw a release in 1966 via Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation by being first released on the Gordy record label and a song written by No less than Motown record star Stevie Wonder, with Clarence Paul and Morris Broadnax.

This version of "Just A Little Misunderstanding" by Johnny Williams first saw light of day in 1970 on the small American Bashie record label then a later release on the British Contempo label in 1973. Contempo records were a British based soul, funk and disco label (but they did release other musical genre) owned by John Abbey the man behind the Blues and Soul magazine. I even think that the Contempo version might be a better recorded take i seem to think the British disc plays a lot louder and indeed crisper (but that might just be my ears)

It's often said that the best way to cover a record is to keep it as original as possible and Johnny Williams has tasken this line and kept very true to it, perhaps the biggest change from the Contours first cut is a slight increse in pace and a maybe a touch more of that bouncing honky tonk piano but that aside not to much has been altered and the song is far the better for leaving things very much as they were as the saying goes "if it ain't broke don't fix it" sometime simple is the answer.

Thumping and pounding along like an express train this is a power house of a record and this track was perhaps held back on the Northern Soul Circuit from being even bigger than it was by the simple fact that the UK Motown copy was just too easy get hold of, this version should apease those who want the rarity aspect to their Soul music as the US release on Bashie is hard to find and tops the £50 mark and our home grown version is seldom if ever sighted as for prices this might be the hardest and indeed rarest release in the Contempo catalogue so price accordingly.

A nice alternertive play that in no way spoils the original release by Motown and to qoute yet another saying "Imitatioimitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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"Imitatioimitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

     I don't see it quite the same way Russ. There's another saying, it goes like this, " People who copy are just Dickheads who can't think for them selves".

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Hello again Everybody,
    don't forget tomorrow night this months City Centre Soul Night kicks off at 8:00pm here at "The Old Nags Head", Northern Soul, Motown, RnB & a few 70ts winners thrown in for good measure. 

  Here it is Folks Our Lookback Video from our last Soul Night at Christmas & what a great year we had, Miss T's done it again, well done Darlin for all the effort & hard work. The video's accompanied by a crackin' sound track, The Casualeers "Dance Dance Dance", Larry Trider's "Carbon Copy" & Bette Swann's "Kiss My Love Goodbye"
More top sounds to come "Tomorrow night" down here at "The Old Nags Head", Lloyd Street (just off Deansgate) Manchester M2, 8:00pm while 2:00am (Bar till 1:30).
Enjoy the Video, see who you can spot, see you Tomoz Folks, Woody & Miss T C.C.S. :hatsoff2::wave:

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Sorry forgetting my manners,

 

Miss T, yet another great video that captures the very feel and essence of CCS and a vey nice addition to the sound track of The Casualeers "Dance, Dance, Dance" just such a good old school "YOUFF KLUB" sound and letting you know that the CCS musical policy covers all bases.

 

Always nice to see a photographic record of the night and of course take you back to such a wonderful evening, top job once more,

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well as the "Fuller Brothers" said "Time's A Wasting" so not much longer now till CCS open their doors for February's event at The Old Nags Head in the heart of Manchester city centre.

 

So we've a few more sounds to take a look at from the record box of Mister M and here's today's.

 

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                                       Frank's Floor Fillers,

               a selection of tunes from CCS's own Frankie "M"

 

BOBBY BLAND  "These Hands (small but mighty) Duke Records

 

From the massive back catalouge of Bobby Bland material come this emotional pack recording from 1964 that oozes feeling and seem to do somewhat of a 180 about 15 second into the song turning from a low down and dirty "Titty Shaker" thanks to a hard trumpet intro then the swop to a Soulful, tinted Rhythm'n'Blues number that is about as Bobby Bland as you can get.

 

Pitching itself at just over a steady stepper pace this angst pack recording does seem to be (and i keep saying this) just another tune that sits better today with the dancers than perhaps it ever has done than anytime in the past.

 

With a some might say raw to very raw production in places this has become a firm favourite with the Northern Soul fratenity for a good many years and shows no signs of stoping just yet. A style delieverd vocal by the man sometimes called the "Sinatra of the Blues" and perhaps not as heard as some of his other hits such as "Shoes" or "Yum Yum Tree" or indeed "Turn Your Love Light On".

 

"These Hands" echos emotion and passion and inspires the dance floor male to perform the "hands pulled to the heart movement" (that i'm informed a lot of ladies like to see and enjoy to see this action performed) and to almost give the song the ultimate accolade of acceptence for that budding alpha male where feelings are not expressed that easily but shown through and in a manly hand gesture.

 

A very worthy of a play-out record at any venue and i think a song that might have every chance of this just coming back in a massive way, we'll have to wait and see.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hello again Everybody,
    don't forget tomorrow night this months City Centre Soul Night kicks off at 8:00pm here at "The Old Nags Head", Northern Soul, Motown, RnB & a few 70ts winners thrown in for good measure. 

  Here it is Folks Our Lookback Video from our last Soul Night at Christmas & what a great year we had, Miss T's done it again, well done Darlin for all the effort & hard work. The video's accompanied by a crackin' sound track, The Casualeers "Dance Dance Dance", Larry Trider's "Carbon Copy" & Bette Swann's "Kiss My Love Goodbye"
More top sounds to come "Tomorrow night" down here at "The Old Nags Head", Lloyd Street (just off Deansgate) Manchester M2, 8:00pm while 2:00am (Bar till 1:30).
Enjoy the Video, see who you can spot, see you Tomoz Folks, Woody & Miss T C.C.S. :hatsoff2::wave:

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well folks we are nearly there , the sun is shining ,records sorted  and chilling out , a busy weekend ahead and looking forward to seeing you all later . we start at 8pm and its gonna be a great night

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great to see our south yorkshire friends  will also be making the trip , will play something special for you guys 

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 Remember, There's Still Time To Get To Tonight's CCS Event At

 

                                    "The Old Nags Head" 

                LLoyd Street, Jacksons Row (Just off Deansgate)

                                       Manchester, M2 5WD

 

 

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Well i'm guessing that all the perperation for tonight is sorted now and even the sound checks have been sorted out....

 

So just to finish off here's the last selection from Frank's possible play list...here goes!

 

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                                  Frank's Floor Fillers,

               a selection of tunes from CCS's own Frankie "M"

 

The Montclairs  "Hey You (don't fight it)" Arch Records/Grapevine 2000 UK Release

 

From the very underated Montclairs who recorded some classy wax in their career and perhaps their best known recording being the classic "Hung Up On Your Love" recorded in 1973 for the American Paula record label and managing to also get a British realease via Contempo.

 

Yet today were concentrating on this cut from 1969 on the Arch label that was to be distributed by the powerful Stax record company based in Memphis Tennessee and perhaps the Southern Soul vibe is very apparent in the production and vocals and seem very natural for a Rhythm'n' Blues vocal group from East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.A. but the smooth crossover feel is massive and makes the song feel far later than 69.

 

The simple musical production that is only drums, guitars and i think a single tambourine takes a back seat to the great vocals of The Montclairs and indeed all their work has these very sweet vocal harmonies as the star of the show lead by Phil Perry and backed by David Frye, George McLellan, Kevin Sanlin, Clifford Williams and indeed Phil Perry was a major part in both song writing and production of many of their recordings.

 

Making a pleasant chamge to "Hung Up On Your Love" and another nice re-activation via CCS paced at a steady dance tempo this is a cool and rather polished record that seems to have gone under the Soul radar for the moment but "Hey You (don't fight it)" is so much and more and doesn't show it age for one minute now for the bad news an original American copy (if you can find one could set you back well over £500 for a starter and as much as £1000 for a very clean copy) quality doesn't always come cheap, the Grapevine release can be your for a more pedestrain sum of £30+ but if you're in the market for copy start looking the CCS play list and Top Ten has a nasty habit of pushing prices up.

 

 

Have a great time tonight everyone, hope to see you all soon.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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 Hi Everybody,  

    Saturday was a great night again with an excellent turnout showing real support for C.C.S. and our brilliant guest DJ Clarence. Lovely to see some new faces among the many regular's and me and Miss T were pleased with all the good wishes and the great feedback, "Massive Thankyou" to all who came along.

   Fantastic mixed bag of tunes played by guest Clarence who kept the dance floor busy all night, ably supported by My self & Mr Frank Manley!

   Special mention & a big big thankyou goes out to Our man Russ for his invaluable help with all the posting & promoting here on Soul Source, Russ & Frank work unbelievebly hard to put us on the map & let Folks know where we are & when we're on, cheers Guys. 

   Be posting a few of pics fromSaturday soon with more to follow at a later date. Couldnt have asked for a better night here at "The Old Nags Head".... so long may it continue for City Centre Soul!!!!!
   Next session Saturday 25th of April with special guest DJ "Glen Goodwin (Hole In The Wall Soul Club, London).

  Thanks Everybody, glad you all had a great night, see you out & about soon at a venue near you, Woody & Miss T xx :hatsoff2::wave:

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Hi Woody and the team!

And a very MASSIVE thank you for the very kind words you've said but i'm sure i speak for Frank as well as myself (and indeed Miss T) when i say that i honestly feel very proud to be a member of the CCS team and any work be it front of house or indeed behind the scenes is very much a labour of love and never a chore.

The entire ethos of CCS is to go that extra mile, the commitment and dedication shown by all is truly outstanding and this is fully experessed by the fantastic feed back and positive comments that all CCS events receive, from a varied and often cutting edge musical agenda that sets play lists and record buys for a lot of DJ involved in the scene and even down to a certain record company taking rather more than a keen interest in our Top Ten.

The goal that we all strive for is to deliver the best night we possibly can, so each step along the way is never an afterthought but always a conscious deciscion, from the selection of DJ's to an every changing musical rosta that really does try to be all things to all men (and women) the original vinyl policy that gives the ultimate credence to the ideal held by "City Centre Soul" that Northern Soul and Rhythm'n'Blues purity and pedigree must be kept via a non facsimile vinyl lineage policy and this caters to those people wanting this type of event and once more is yet another way of giving just that little bit extra and is aimed at anyone who wants their night to be as authentic as possible and to give them the best event that playing original recordings only can offer.

As always thanks to each and every member of the CCS Family, to the foot soldiers that tirelessly promote and flyer and the most important thank you of all goes to each and everyone of you who gives their valuable time to attend, you are everything and more without you there would be nothing you are as much a part of CCS as we are and we salute you all.

Till next time, go steady.

Russ CCS Sheffield branch

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