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Mr M's Wigan Casino Northern Soul Oldies Room 1974–1981 Box Set

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An interesting release curated by the team behind Joe Boy and Outta Sight records. This just released 3 cd box set focuses on a place which played an important part in the northern soul scenes evolvement and history... Mr M''s

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This is the first ever Northern Soul compilation devoted to the Wigan Casino’s iconic “oldies” room — Mr M’s – featuring 100% oldies chosen by the original resident DJs.

Includes 50 classic Northern soul sounds by some of the greatest names on record as well as new-to-CD and rarely seen tracks such as ‘Country Road’ by High Voltage, ‘Everybody Dance Now’ by Little Caesar & The Empire, ‘Poor Dog’ by Little Richard, ‘Green Door’ by Wynder K. Frog, the original GM Records U.S. version of ‘Compared To What’ by Mr. Floods Party and the popular UK-only single ‘Game Players’ by Dooley Silverspoon (direct from the master tapes for the first time).

Includes a bonus disc featuring an exclusive interview with original Wigan Casino and Mr M’s DJ Dave Evison, capturing the spirit of Mr M’s with personal memories of the place, the era and the music.

Mr M’s also boasts a 36-page booklet tracing the history of the club, the DJs and the tracks played, packed with photographs and rare memorabilia and features the first and last records ever played at the venue: respectively, ‘Hey Sah-Lo-Nay’ by Mickey Lee Lane and ‘The Night’ by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

 

 
Track listing 

MR M's DJs CHOICE

1. HEY SAH-LO-NAY – Mickey Lee Lane
2. POLK SALAD ANNIE – Tony Joe White
3. (I LOVE HER SO MUCH) IT HURTS ME - The Majestics
4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE – Bobby Hebb
5. OUR LOVE WILL GROW – The Showmen
6. A TOUCH OF VELVET-A STING OF BRASS - The Mood Mosaic
7. HOPE WE HAVE – The Artistics
8. GREEN DOOR - Wynder K.Frog
9. THERE WAS A TIME – Gene Chandler
10. IT'S BETTER TO HAVE (AND DON'T NEED) - Don Covay
11. GAME PLAYERS – Dooley Silverspoon
12. I NEED YOU - Shane Martin
13. YOU DON'T LOVE ME ANYMORE - Johnny Caswell
14. FREE FOR ALL (WINNER TAKES ALL) - Phillip Mitchell
15. BARI TRACK (INSTRUMENTAL) - Doni Burdick
16. BABY BOY - Fred Hughes
17. THEY'LL NEVER KNOW WHY - Freddie Chavez
18. SHOW ME - Joe Tex
19. COUNTRY ROAD - High Voltage
20. TIGHTROPE - Inez & Charlie Foxx
21. FOLLOW YOUR HEART – Bunny Sigler
22. QUICK CHANGE ARTIST - Soul Twins
23. GET IT BABY - Stanley Mitchell
24. MR. CREATOR - The Apollas
25. THE NIGHT – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

MR M's PEOPLE'S CHOICE

1. EVERYBODY DANCE NOW – Little Caesar & The Empire
2. DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON/GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
3. C'MON AND SWIM – Bobby Freeman
4. WANTING YOU - Jimmy Bee
5. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW - James Carr
6. TAKE A LETTER MARIA (INSTR.) - Boots Randolph
7. SWEET, SWEET LOVIN' – The Platters
8. LET LOVE COME BETWEEN US - James & Bobby Purify
9. AIN’T NO SOUL (LEFT IN THESE OLD SHOES) - Ronnie Milsap
10. SOCK IT TO 'EM J.B. - PART 1 - Rex Garvin (And The Mighty Cravers)
11. STRANGE CHANGE - Herb Ward
12. YOU LIE SO WELL - Marie Knight
13. BAR-B-Q - Wendy Rene
14. POOR DOG (WHO CAN'T WAG HIS OWN TAIL) - Little Richard
15. PHILLY DOG - Herbie Mann
16. A QUITTER NEVER WINS - Larry Williams & Johnny Watson
17. SLOW FIZZ – The Sapphires
18. JUST SAY YOU’RE WANTED (AND NEEDED) - Gwen Owens
19. PUT THAT WOMAN DOWN – John Leach
20. YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME LOVE YOU - Sandi Sheldon
21. CAUSE YOU'RE MINE – The Vibrations
22. COMPARED TO WHAT (ORIGINAL GM VERSION) - Mr Floods Party
23. K-JEE (SHORT VERSION) – The Nite-Liters
24. KEEP ON KEEPING ON – N.F. Porter
25. HOW LONG – J.J. Barnes

MEMORIES OF MR M’S – AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVE EVISON

INCLUDES:
1. HEY SA LOH NEY – Mickey Lee Lane
2. OUR LOVE WILL GROW – The Showmen
3. A TOUCH OF VELVET-A STING OF BRASS - Mood Mosaic
4. BARI TRACK - Doni Burdick
5. JUST SAY YOU’RE WANTED (AND NEEDED) - Gwen Owens
6. HOW LONG – J.J. Barnes
7. GREEN DOOR - Wynder K. Frog
8. COMPARED TO WHAT – Mr Floods Party
9. FORTUNE TELLER – Benny Spellman
10. COMIN’ HOME

 

More info and sales via 
 https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/mr-ms-wigan-casino-northern-soul-oldies-room-1974-1981-various-artists-3cd-boxset/

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Sounds good and no doubt I’ll treat myself to the set. I must say, Dooley Silverspoon is an odd choice as it was a ‘newie’ at the time it was first spun at the Casino. My most vivid memories of M’s include Anne Sexton, King Errison, Travis Wammack, Al Wilson-Help Me and of course the big tunes from the Wheel-Torch era incuding Spencer Davis-Keep On Running, Williams and Watson-Too Late plus others by Major Lance, Gene Chandler etc.

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Are physical cd's still selling? Is mp3 download more popular?

Nostalgic look back, especially if there is book of note accompanying the set, but surely EVERY track listed has been put out before.

Ed

 

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John leach, Gwen Owens, Mood Mosaic and a few more all main ballroom sounds predominantly. Surely?  No that it matters now 40+ years on. 

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8 hours ago, Mick McGarry said:

John leach, Gwen Owens, Mood Mosaic and a few more all main ballroom sounds predominantly. Surely?  No that it matters now 40+ years on. 

Would they have been a later Mr M’s play as oldies?

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14 minutes ago, chalky said:

Would they have been a later Mr M’s play as oldies?

Monthly oldies all nighters aside I only recall Mood Mosaic from M's, John Leach and Gwen Owens I would have had down as mainly Big room plays, but as you say may have crept into M's  towards the very end.

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Fond, very fond memories of Mr M's around 1974-75. Almost everything I played was 100mph, or at least something that kept the floor full. That was what Mr M's was all about for me. There were certain records you knew would get the floor packed and bouncing. Some were a little unorthodox and certainly not 'pure', classic, Northern soul, but they went down well, very well, at the time. Some of the best that I found kept the dancers hammering away were; 

Little Queenie - Bill Blacks Combo

Sea Cruise - Ace Cannon

Too Late - Williams & Watson

I Got The Fever - Creation/Prophets

Seven Days Too Long - Chuck Wood

I'm Standing - Rufus Lumley

Breakout- Mitch Ryder

You Get Your Kicks - Mitch Ryder

Quick Change Artist - Soul Twins

One Wonderful Moment - Shakers

Girl, Don't Make Me Wait - Bunny Sigler

Better Use Your Head - Little Anthony

Out On The Floor - Dobie Gray

Shing-A-Ling - Cooperettes

Sliced Tomatoes - Just Brothers

What Would I Do - Tymes

Exes Trek - Luther Ingram

Crying' Over You - Duke Browner

I've Got Something Good - Sam & Kitty

Nothing Can Compare To You - Velvet Satins

I even used Mike Post - Afternoon On The Rhino when it stopped being played in the main room and one of my all time favourites A Little Togetherness - The Younghearts.

I wish I could go back in time and experience it again, just once would do!!!

 

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14 hours ago, chalky said:

Would they have been a later Mr M’s play as oldies?

Probably. A new play soon became an oldie due to the huge availability of new finds that were quickly played to death and then classed as oldies. The oldies to me in those days were wheel & torch sounds. Everyone has their own interpretation. 

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yes the main room sounds crept upstairs in the latter years..........but these epitomise M's to me;

James Carr - that's what I want to know

Rex Garvin - sock it to 'em JB

Bill Cosby - little old man

Davis & Tyler - hold on help is on the way

The Dynatones - the fife piper

Brooks & Jerry - I got what it takes

Spencer Davis - trampoline

..........and loads of other slow stuff

 

 

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Truely underplayed - classic 100% northern Soul - Mr Ms a speed freaks dream , I can still see the white t shirts with the nicotine reddish sweat drip spots off the dark brown ceiling - great memories 

 

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On 20/12/2017 at 06:47, chalky said:

Would they have been a later Mr M’s play as oldies?

Chalky.  Like Gaz  ( zed1 ) said. I don't remember John leach  . Gwen Owens been played in  M,s.

Do remember the likes of Guy Darrel.  I've been hurt . Tom Jones.  Stop breaking my heart. Spencer Davis. Gimme some  loving. being played though in M,s

Steve 

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Would have thought John Leach was played towards the last couple of years  or so of the Casino so not had chance to become an "oldie" ? Also rarity may have played a part.

Cheers Paul

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2 hours ago, soul shrews said:

Would have thought John Leach was played towards the last couple of years  or so of the Casino so not had chance to become an "oldie" ? Also rarity may have played a part.

Cheers Paul

Paul. I think John Leach was played in 78 maybe 77 . Can't remember. I'm sure someone will.

Steve

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On 12/20/2017 at 14:33, Banner said:

Fond, very fond memories of Mr M's around 1974-75. Almost everything I played was 100mph, or at least something that kept the floor full. That was what Mr M's was all about for me. There were certain records you knew would get the floor packed and bouncing. Some were a little unorthodox and certainly not 'pure', classic, Northern soul, but they went down well, very well, at the time. Some of the best that I found kept the dancers hammering away were; 

Little Queenie - Bill Blacks Combo

Sea Cruise - Ace Cannon

Too Late - Williams & Watson

I Got The Fever - Creation/Prophets

Seven Days Too Long - Chuck Wood

I'm Standing - Rufus Lumley

Breakout- Mitch Ryder

You Get Your Kicks - Mitch Ryder

Quick Change Artist - Soul Twins

One Wonderful Moment - Shakers

Girl, Don't Make Me Wait - Bunny Sigler

Better Use Your Head - Little Anthony

Out On The Floor - Dobie Gray

Shing-A-Ling - Cooperettes

Sliced Tomatoes - Just Brothers

What Would I Do - Tymes

Exes Trek - Luther Ingram

Crying' Over You - Duke Browner

I've Got Something Good - Sam & Kitty

Nothing Can Compare To You - Velvet Satins

I even used Mike Post - Afternoon On The Rhino when it stopped being played in the main room and one of my all time favourites A Little Togetherness - The Younghearts.

I wish I could go back in time and experience it again, just once would do!!!

 

thanks for posting - sea cruise is new to me

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Anybody confirm if this got played in M's much, or even at all?

 

 

Bought a copy for peanuts many years ago, but have never heard it played out.

Ed

 

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Spello. Also can't seem to take one of the links off?

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13 hours ago, tomangoes said:

Anybody confirm if this got played in M's much, or even at all?

Bought a copy for peanuts many years ago, but have never heard it played out.

Ed

 

I'm the only person Ive ever heard it played out, only known it for about 10 years though - didn't realise it went back to wigan days

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