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Its hard to take in that today the 1st of September marks the 18 year point since day one of Soul Source. Long time readers may recall that over the years there has always been a sort of failure to mark these landmarks with any memorable events or indeed words.

This time its going to be a bit different, 18 years is a good point, both site wise and  real world life wise to take some time to regroup, look at things and then move onwards, That's what have been doing over the last few weeks and here's my take.

The recent major upgrade puts the site in a very good place technical wise

On the admin side (as in the way the site was being run),  the customer friendly service mainstream type approach of the last couple of years was a bit of a mistake, maybe needed, but maybe still a mistake. Sure it kept some moaning types happy but overall it hasn't worked that well and more importantly for me has sucked some of the enjoyment out of running this place.  So there will be a few changes on that site both on how things are run, how problems are dealt with and the overall approach I have to looking after Soul Source

As always thanks to all the mods past and present who have got us to this point, it's always appreciated.


Of course big thanks to all the members who have made this place what it is, without you as they say it be squat

Thats it - the most major landmark yet, 18 years now since day one  - blimey

Mike

1 September 2015

 

 

 




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Blimey indeed. Congratulations. 'I bet you never thought' it would be around so long! 

cheers Carl

yep most definitely 'never thought'

was just a throw away spare time thing both back then and for the first x years

if only knew now what knew...  ha!  :D 

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It's been a rocky road.........................:D

Well done Mike, and thanks. Best soul site on tinternet - easily.

Peter

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An incredible achievement without a doubt. Congratulations, not just for achieving this milestone, but also for all the effort, dedication and patience that running this place must demand. As members I doubt we can appreciate to any real degree the amount of work that's required behind the scenes to maintain and manage what without a doubt is a fantastic place and an essential soul resource!

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Congratulations and keep up the good work!

thanks Chalky :thumbsup:

It's been a rocky road.........................:D

Well done Mike, and thanks. Best soul site on tinternet - easily.

Peter

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thanks Peter  but I'd say nah more along lines of it has the best members :wink:

An incredible achievement without a doubt. Congratulations, not just for achieving this milestone, but also for all the effort, dedication and patience that running this place must demand. As members I doubt we can appreciate to any real degree the amount of work that's required behind the scenes to maintain and manage what without a doubt is a fantastic place and an essential soul resource!

thanks Russell, over time have always said its like the snake eating itself sketch, but now add each year the snake is getting smaller :D

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What a fantastic achievement. I bet there have been many times when you've wondered, why do I bother, but I think I can speak for everyone, when I say "I'm glad you did".

My anniversary too this month, 10yrs as a member on 15th Sept.

Thanks to the whole team for all your efforts.

 

Kev

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I guess there's a lot of competition these days with Facebook etc, but for me Soul Source has always been the yardstick by which Soul Music forums (and arguably music forums of any kind) are measured. Long may it remain so thanks to the often unsung hard work from Mike and the team.

Many happy returns Soul Source.

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Thanks for all your work Mike, bought a lot of records , found out a lot of information and made a lot of friends on here :)

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Yes well done Mike and the team......I wonder what the Scene will be like in another 18 years time :D

Had some great laughs on here over the years, and I've said this before, this site has enabled us to be in touch with other 'like minds' that we may never had chance to - Thanks.

All the best,

Len :thumbsup:

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Invaluable,great info and great fun - despite all the changes.!!:).Keep up the hard work Mike.

Kev.

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It is a Godsend.

The number of times I've managed to avoid yet another of Clare's hare-brained schemes by citing the need to attend to important work on here....

ROD

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Congratulations to Mike and the team, you made it the soul music site to visit, so many kind people producing articles about the artists and records and sharing their knowledge with others .  

Most people have a party to celebrate their 18th birthday, any such plans to celebrate the coming of age for SS? I think a drink or two is well deserved.

The venue we visit every Friday and Saturday are selected from the events forum on SS. Not bothered with other forums, I prefer steak to a burger.

Heaven knows how many hours the organisers and article contributors present and past have dedicated to keeping us informed; it is appreciated.

Atb

Stu 

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Yeah big congratulations Mike. I remember when you first started ss. You still played out regularly. It's taken over mate, don't see you now or very rarely. But to be honest your not missing that much. 

Steve

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In another 18 years I might, just might, become plain old Peter! Like a butterfly emerging from its embryonic chrysalis - I shall have shed the shackles of 99.

:rolleyes:

:D   

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thanks for the all words :thumbsup:

usually try and avoid these sort of threads but f*** it, if we can't do this after 18 years then when can we

as said we are kicking on this month so expect a bit of a change on here

 plus also  do have a few things planned to mark this occasion

competition for members with a few prizes starts tomorrow

along with the start of a series of articles looking back over the years here on soul source

anyway thanks again, all appreciated

mike

 

 

 

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Congratulations Mike, Soul Source is the font of all knowledge for all things soulful. From what to records buy to where to go dancing and all points in between, it's my first port of call. Thanks for all your hard work.

Cheers

John

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Amazing achievement to all involved especially Mike - thankyou!  Without doubt the best forum and a great source of knowledge and also some very amusing threads / stories and shared experiences.  But most of all an education about great music.

Thank you again - Adam.

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Well done Mike, as stated by all before, and guessing, so many more, Sincere Thanks for Soul Source.......

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Yes a big hip hip hooray to Mike and the mods past and present

for all their hard work and dedication to hold it all together,and

Mark Bicknell for continually plugging this site on his Soulful Shack

Radio show, miss his sunday night shows.

ricky.

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yes congratulations to Mike and the team, only been a couple of years but my knowledge of all things Northern has increased greatly due to the members on here it has also changed my opinion on several aspects of the scene ovo in particular.

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Manifesto Magazine put on a couple of successful events down in Gloucester during the 90's (All-dayers if I remember correctly) If you don't mind more work Mike, suggest you think about maybe putting on a big event to mark the 20th Anniversary 'The Soul-source 20th Anniversary' event of the year (etc)

(You would be able to fix the calendar so that no other event is listed on that particular night) :D

I'm sure it would be one heck of an occasion (Along with being good 'PR' for the site of course)

Food for thought :wink:

All the best,

Len :thumbsup:

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Mike , Congrats !!! I don't think there's a day when I don't come on the site (even at work :shhh::lol:)  and what I've learnt is unbelieveable.

In fact get quite grumpy if the site is down for upgrades etc lol !!

Top man , many thanks

Swifty :thumbsup:

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its a must visit every day for me.....have learnt so much on here from some very soul minded people ... so looking forward to the next 18 years...well done MIKE and team.....

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Well done Mike :thumbsup:

I've only been on SS for 4yrs so i'll be a veteran in another 18yrs :lol:

 

atb Kev

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Well done to Mike and all else involved, I used to visit as a guest when time permitted but after joining last year I can't go long without a visit, and have tried to jump in when I can.  

KOKO

Dave

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Many congratulations to you Mike and the whole team. Soul Source leads the field in offering the best information around on the subject. Also great to pick up on the wisdom of so many members, have a few laughs and access so much good vinyl for sale.

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Congratulations Mike. I know how hard you’ve worked on this over the years and, at times, it must’ve seemed more hassle than it was worth. Thanks for persevering. It’s come a long way since your late 90s one man reviews of The Dome and 100 Club, complete with descriptions of nightmare train journeys back to Chatham early on Sunday morning.

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Congrats on a great a site Mike.  -and thanks to mods, and everyone in the past who's contributed. 

I particularly love the historic content people enter i.e. fanzines, old record lists, photos etc . For people like myself, it's a first port of call for the important things in life... i.e. What's on?  / Can I really afford that record?! (of course not!), and passionate articles about the music /artists and top humour from forum regulars (you know who you are!).

ATB

Dave

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I guess there's a lot of competition these days with Facebook etc, but for me Soul Source has always been the yardstick by which Soul Music forums (and arguably music forums of any kind) are measured. Long may it remain so thanks to the often unsung hard work from Mike and the team.

Many happy returns Soul Source.

 think facebook has been a blessing in disguise as far as the site is concerned , certainly a lot of  things out there that work better on facebook, if you follow my loose thinking

Yeah big congratulations Mike. I remember when you first started ss. You still played out regularly. It's taken over mate, don't see you now or very rarely. But to be honest your not missing that much. 

Steve

yep had to knock playing out on the head a couple - maybe its now a few - years ago
family and health and my real world life are my own main concerns nowadays Steve
the site is the exact same age as my youngest son which meant the focus on real world things has shifted as time has passed

 

Manifesto Magazine put on a couple of successful events down in Gloucester during the 90's (All-dayers if I remember correctly) If you don't mind more work Mike, suggest you think about maybe putting on a big event to mark the 20th Anniversary 'The Soul-source 20th Anniversary' event of the year (etc)(You would be able to fix the calendar so that no other event is listed on that particular night) :D

I'm sure it would be one heck of an occasion (Along with being good 'PR' for the site of course)

Food for thought :wink:

All the best,

Len :thumbsup:

never say never Len
though after seeing at close hand the various promotion issues via own attempts and the site think am not ready to put this on the site wunder list section yet

plus ain't all promoters 60+ nowadays

Congratulations Mike. I know how hard you’ve worked on this over the years and, at times, it must’ve seemed more hassle than it was worth. Thanks for persevering. It’s come a long way since your late 90s one man reviews of The Dome and 100 Club, complete with descriptions of nightmare train journeys back to Chatham early on Sunday morning.

a lot of that stuff is still up here including your modern soul contributions, darent read my efforts nowadays :D 

 

 

 

I had started off with the plan that I was going to comment on each post, have to give my apologies, the amount posted means that have had to sack that idea

So just another quick thanks to all 

There is a 18 year related no brains competition here, and a few other related things upcoming

thanks again :thumbsup:

mike

 

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It’s a shame you couldn’t somehow compile a ‘best of’ moments - An impossible task I think.

 

In saying this, one comedy moment that stuck with me was a ‘toe and toe’ between Pete S (Or Pete 99) and Robbo K…..

 

It was on a thread discussing The Superlatives, and that there was more than one group of the same name. It got a little heated, Robbo K stated that it was his picture of the said group that someone posted up etc etc - It came to a head with Pete S (or Pete 99) saying something like…….”Christ, are you a member of The Superiors?”…….(I thought that quite a cutting remark) But ‘quick as a flash’, Robbo K came back with……..”Which Superiors?”……Straight away, Pete came back with......":hatsoff2:"

 

Stuff like that is priceless. Thanks from me to all those that take the time to contribute - Maybe not all posts work (Guilty as charged!) but so what - Keep em coming! :wink:

 

All the best,

 

Len :thumbsup:

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It’s a shame you couldn’t somehow compile a ‘best of’ moments - An impossible task I think.

 

In saying this, one comedy moment that stuck with me was a ‘toe and toe’ between Pete S (Or Pete 99) and Robbo K…..

 

It was on a thread discussing The Superlatives, and that there was more than one group of the same name. It got a little heated, Robbo K stated that it was his picture of the said group that someone posted up etc etc - It came to a head with Pete S (or Pete 99) saying something like…….”Christ, are you a member of The Superiors?”…….(I thought that quite a cutting remark) But ‘quick as a flash’, Robbo K came back with……..”Which Superiors?”……Straight away, Pete came back with :hatsoff2:

 

Stuff like that is priceless. Thanks from me to all those that take the time to contribute - Maybe not all posts work (Guilty as charged!) but so what - Keep em coming! :wink:

 

All the best,

 

Len :thumbsup:

Hi Len

A "best of" would be great and made me smile! Impossible of course. I remember a few years back we had a thread running where some of us were writing a story - post at a time and trying to keep it coherent - that was funny. There was Moggy, Bearsy other's and me. 

I think the spat between RobbK regarding the Superlatives was PeteS. 

Hope yer well boss.

P

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Hi Len

A "best of" would be great and made me smile! Impossible of course. I remember a few years back we had a thread running where some of us were writing a story - post at a time and trying to keep it coherent - that was funny. There was Moggy, Bearsy other's and me. 

I think the spat between RobbK regarding the Superlatives was PeteS. 

Hope yer well boss.

P

Credit where credit's due Pete S :wink:

So many fun moments on here (reading as well as taking part) Shame I can't remember lots of them.

Len :thumbsup:

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Congratulations Mike and the team, and to the regular posters/conributors  who have provided me with an enormous amount of information about venues/artists/ records etc over the many years.

Steve

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This website has been a lot of fun for me, and I've learned a lot in the 9 years or so that I've been on here.  Too bad I was on the "wrong" NS website for 5-7 years before their demise and they only referred me to Soul-Source THEN.  Not that they didn't have a good site, I enjoyed my time there and learned some.  But this place had 10 times the traffic, and a lot more resources, and artists and DJs as posters.  I can't imagine this site stopping and changing to Facebook.  I hope that never happens.

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This website has been a lot of fun for me, and I've learned a lot in the 7 years or so that I've been on here.  Too bad I was on the "wrong" NS website for 5-7 years before their demise and they only referred me to Soul-Source THEN.  Not that they didn't have a good site, I enjoyed my time there and learned some.  But this place had 10 times the traffic, and a lot more resources, and artists and DJs as posters.  I can't imagine this site stopping and changing to Facebook.  I hope that never happens.

Hi Robb

Lots of really interesting "freebasing" stuff too - cartoons, drawings and paintings. Loved some of your stuff.

I hope all is well with you.

Peter

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Everything's going very well.  I'm doing a lot of work for Danish Disney (which pays a lot more than the Dutch office, so I'm in good shape).  I had plans to stop in London on my way back from Canada to Holland back at the beginning of June, to visit Ady and the gang at Ace/Kent, but I couldn't swing it (but several of them were away on holiday, anyway).  I hope to stop there maybe next May.  Perhaps I'll be able to meet some of the other Londoners on this website, as well.  And maybe I'll make a trip up to Manchester, as well.I hope to visit Stockholm and have an extended stay in Finland next summer, as well.

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All of the above and more.
I don't post much but I look a lot.
As I get reminded on a daily basis I know bugger all about soul music except what I like,
and I don't care. More to the point I don't think any of you do either. I get to listen and learn from the best.

What I get most from here is the fact that Limeyness is still thriving. NYC was an amazing place when I got here, just as London was.
They are now both pale shadows of their former glory. I always missed something about the English that makes them very special
and even though I can't live it much anymore, I can read it.
So thank you Mike and all of you who brighten up my days. Long may you continue.:hatsoff2:
 

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This is a great forum. Thanks to you Mike and all mods and contributors past and present for making this a must-visit place!

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