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

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

Saturday 24th Of November

8:00pm Till Late

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE BLACK LION

SALFORD

MANCHESTER M3 5BZ

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUESTS

FRANKIE M

Altringham - Salford

ALAN COULTON

Manchester

100% Vinyl / 100% Dancing

INFO... Venue: 07762563552

Dave: 07905676181 Sue: 07870612890

The Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford,

Manchester M3 5BZ

5 Mins Arndale Centre, 5 Mins Victoria, 10 Mins Piccadilly

No Entry After 11:00pm

Limited Free Parking On The Street Outside The Venue,

Or Cheap Carpark 2 Minutes Round The Corner,

Travel Lodge 1 Minute Up The Street

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another month is upon us and looking forward to this saturday at the Greatstone and there again mid month for the new r&b night ,note as above and as they say "for one night only " i am promoted to top spot at the Black lion ,gives me chance to play some of the records i have not played but you all know so well and some you might not know as well ,will be mixing it up in true CCS style on the 24th ,please get there if you can ,you wont be disapointed especially as we also have Alan on the bill ,so well known on the scene and a top guy .Woody playing tunes to stun me like he did last month , i am excited already (must calm down)

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a big shout out to the staff at the black lion for the superb presentation of our room last month and a class cask bitter on the bar to boot ( only one of many choices ,up and downstairs ) ,this is a very friendly pub indeed and i think unique in any city centre

regarding its atmosphere ( no im not on commission ) A pub that oozes in soul and cultural history and a stones throw from deansgate ,hope to see you in a few weeks

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Great night at the Greatstone on saturday ,superb sounds played and great interest in our night for the 24th ,but dont forget the 17th Nov at the Greatstone for the new R&b night

turning out to be a very soulful month it seems

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another month is upon us and looking forward to this saturday at the Greatstone and there again mid month for the new r&b night ,note as above and as they say "for one night only " i am promoted to top spot at the Black lion ,gives me chance to play some of the records i have not played but you all know so well and some you might not know as well ,will be mixing it up in true CCS style on the 24th ,please get there if you can ,you wont be disapointed especially as we also have Alan on the bill ,so well known on the scene and a top guy .Woody playing tunes to stun me like he did last month , i am excited already (must calm down)

Hello Frank,

yeah looking forward to it as always on the 24th, got a couple of new bits myself this month. Another crackin' night at the Greatstone Saturday, Barry, Pete & Anthony certainly did the business again, my aching legs Sunday morning were proof of that.

Enjoyed your's & Dereks company, see soon pal, Woody

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Cheers Woody , a few bits picked up myself over this last week , good that we got some plugs from Barry on saturday night and hope some more soul folk will give us a chance on the 24th and come down to the Black Lion for what i believe will be a cracker.certainly will be attending /supporting as many nights that my wallet allows this month ,including the R&b night at the greatstone a week on saturday .

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Manchester sure is offering an unprecedented range of soul events on Saturday 24th but as Frankie says, you wont find one with the atmosphere and dedication to playing original vinyl like our night at the Black Lion. More than just a backroom soul do, this is a superb venue with a great friendly feel, intimate and welcoming room and features DJs with collections second to none....every month since we started out Woody has secured the support of some top DJs from around the NW and offered space for newcomers and experienced old hands alike. The quality of a night like this starts with the music and you wont hear a better mix of sounds than here. Without fail every month people tell us what a good night they've had.....so if you like original vinyl played over a superb sound system and good beer served by friendly staff and all for 3 quid, then upstairs in the John Cooper Clark Theatre is the place for you!

See you all there on Saturday 24th for Frankie and Alan and Woody for good measure! :)

Miss T (The PA to the DJ)

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Been busy this weekend paying a visit to Kingstone club Barnsley last night for another top night of quality soul sounds and much dancing and spending time putting together promotional stuff for the coming two sessions at the Black Lion. Finally after a lot of messing about have been able to post the photos form 27th October in the gallery. Been having a load of camera/computer issues but have managed to scrape together from the various cameras and phones we had available...so enjoy!

Will be starting to get things in order for the 24th this coming week....watch this space!

For now, thanks to the loyal supporters and regular dancers/listeners....hope you find a photo or two to enjoy because you are what make the nights so special (as well as the DJs of course!)

Love Miss T and Woody

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hi

great photos Sue ,looking forward to the 24th some new records in my box ,plus some i have not played that are gracing the scene at this time .

Hope everyone turns out for us again ,we guarentee a great night folks and playing sounds ATB we can offer something for everyone.

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hi

great photos Sue ,looking forward to the 24th some new records in my box ,plus some i have not played that are gracing the scene at this time .

Hope everyone turns out for us again ,we guarentee a great night folks and playing sounds ATB we can offer something for everyone.

Hi Frank,

good talkin to you yesterday, I hope we get a few in too. One thing, the flyering & promoting's going well again this month, quite a few folks coming along to here what Alans got in store for us.

Gonna be a great night with you, Me & Alan teaming up, looking forward to it, speak again soon pal, Woody

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for straight up from lenny sent you a pm mt thanx ktf

Hi Len,

good to hear from you. Thanks for the PM & the kind words.

Hope to see you soon pal, take care, Woody

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dont forget us on the 24th ,packing more punch than the Ricky Hatton fight (with less blood and bruises ,unless i fall over again while dancing ! ) ,if you are in manchester doing the xmas shop ,why not pop in for a drink and a dance ,its that type of place ,relaxed ,friendly and welcoming and at £3 its cheaper than a hotdog on market street !!!.

CCS - Soulful Sounds -Served by people with soul

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on the subject of me dancing ,i have been asked to refer to the 1967 human rights act which states catergorically that "persons of a certain age gyrating across the dance floor ,should take into account other peoples feelings and beliefs ",that being said ,wheres the talcom powder !!!

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dont forget us on the 24th ,packing more punch than the Ricky Hatton fight (with less blood and bruises ,unless i fall over again while dancing ! ) Yeah that makes two of us then Frank !!

P.S. As we said earlier don't forget to check out last months pics in the Gallery - October 2012 at the Black Lion

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A good night at the Greatstone Hotel last night ,still a few tickets for new years eve there ,looking forward to this saturday at the Black Lion ,remember we play across the board from rare and not so rare northern and r &b to modern sounds of the 70s

something for everyone folks !!!

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Hi Evedrybody,
don't forget to drop in to the Black Lion this coming Saturday & see whats going off.... Two great guest DJ's playing 60ts Soul, RnB, Motown & a few 70ts thrown in for good measure. Music to die for, nice friendly atmosphere, crackin' room & decently priced Real ales (loads of guest beers).
Come & check us out 8 while 1 this Saturday the 24th

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Well a massive Aye Up team, from the Sheffield branch of "City Centre Soul"

(well namely me) and once again i must second all the comments made about "The Black Lion" great venue with most importantly a fantastic feel and warmth to this monthly event, add to this the addition of an always superb guest DJ spinning the discs and ably supported by two Soul Sensei's, Woody and Frankie "M" and the logistical skills and looks of Miss "T" you really have all the makings of a great night....oh and did i mention the music?

So as the good ship Black Lion gets ready to sail, here are a few of the gems that the crew have taken on board for this months pleasure cruise, our first selection being from Cpt Woody's vast and original vinyl collection.

Sarah Vaughan "Mama (he treats your daughter mean) Roulette Records

From 1962 comes this Jazz/Blues with a hint of R'n'B fusion stomper, a number with The Quincy Jones & Orchestra doing the full weight backing duties from the opening seconds this Roulette bounces along like a super ball on acid, from Sassy's laid back and oh so easy vocal to the wailing trumpet inserts this number means business, the big sound is apparent with a thumping back beat running though entire record like a stick of Blackpool rock you have a record that they really just don't make like that any more, if you want to strut you stuff and do the dance floor honors you've hit gold...a more R'n'B based take is by Ruth Brown from the same year on Phillips (later on Atlantic) but for money this is the one to have....and i must say what a brave choice of a play....

Jimmy James And The Vagabonds "Hey Girl" Delta Records/Pye Records UK

Okay so Jimmy James is a least 160 years old and still performing his heart out on stage and i can say is really is well worth going to see, wadda guy Jimmy! but here is a mid 70's release (1975 to be exact) and produced by Biddu and coming out of the pretty comprehensive catalog of his work come this silky smooth float along dancer, nicely paced and produced with both under stated and sweeping strings and use of electric piano all add to the charisma of this record, i remember this getting loads of plays in my neck of the woods but like so many other records of the time seldom seem to get a play out today, nice mid tempo dancer with a sweet vocal.

Garland Green "Girl I Love You" Revue/Gamma records

If you were to open a bottle called "Soul And Feeling" this is what you you would find inside, a top notch smootcher from Garland Green and a top finishing record and a great take on Shelley Fisher's original version (Strangely Shelly is a fella) a nice feel to the entire song with a class arrangement that is helped by a chocolate smooth vocal, prices have been going up steadily over the last couple of years for this soul smoothie and is there any wonder why i might ask.

More to come

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hey Russ, Great to see the Sheffield branch is back to promote and review some selections to whet the appetite for Saturday night at the Black Lion. The time you take to do this is much appreciated and we look forward to your contributions....just beginning to worry you might want paying at some point!! The best I can do is a couple of pints of the amber nectar next time we see you in the flesh as it were! Maybe the Bessemer on 2nd December needs to be a date to catch up. I like the way you describe the Sarah Vaughan as brave....its what I have come to expect from Woody - never a dull moment and just when you think you've got him he comes up with another surprise!! That's what its all about though...developing and changing and taking the odd risk in order to move things on. That's what has been so great about being with CCS at the Black Lion....being able to enjoy such a variety of sounds for dancing and listening, played by DJs who care what they are doing and spend time on their collections. And all I have to do is relax by the door and enjoy!! Nothing much logistical about that but I do make the Captains tea on a Black lion night...guess that might count!

See you soon ... go easy

Miss T x

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Well a little bit like the old bus saying are my postings "you don't get one for ages and then you get two at once" so on that footing here comes this weeks second review from the vinyl vaults of soul spinner extraordinaire Woody.

The Barons "Money Don't Grow On Trees" Soul Records

From it's "Titty Shaker" intro and early 60's Doo Wop harmonies with a somewhat simple yet earthy R'n'B backbone (that at times is more Rock'n'Roll than Rhythm and Blues) come this somewhat hard to define punchy number from The Barons with it's addictive hook line and Coasters type song rendition singing style and while i'm looking for a direct musical label i'll say the best i can do is an "up-tempo Doo Wop" rocker come this release on Soul record label interestingly a subsidiary of the HOB record group meaning House Of Blues, strange but just so catchy,

Perhaps the only way to describe this record is to hear it for yourself.

Timi Yuro "I Ain't Gonna Cry No More" Liberty Records

Latin inspired Rhythm And Blues number by Timi Yuro who perhaps failed to get the credit she deserved while still alive and is often now referred to as one of the very first "Blue Eyed" soul singers although her choice of material was often varied the distinctive voice always remained unaltered.

Although getting an official British release on UK Liberty and receiving air play via the pirate radio stations it failed to make main stream chart success, but was very much a hit on the Northern club circuit, and became somewhat of a Mod Classic, if you like a large helping of pop corn get out the mega bucket and dive in classy and oh so bitter sweet, a nice slow burner of a record.that just has that certain something.

Big Mac "Rough Dried Woman (part 1) Ronn Records

A Blues rocker that is a mean as a rattle snake with an AK-47 boy does this shake the foundations, if you like your blues to punch above it's weight you're talking a major contender here, with a honky tonk piano pounding away through the entire song and some gritty guitar picking, raw vocal and a whole lot of attitude this isn't a record for the faint hearted taking no prisoners and not even letting up to use the facilities on the way,

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ,

great posts again pal massive thanks. Good to hear from you, hey Russ you could make a good living at reveuing peoples records. Need more of your daft jokes though like last month.

Looking forward to the next installment, cheers Russ, Woody

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Even Sugar Pie Desanto wishes us well for our night on saturday !! , well the PR has been done the radio plugs sent the flyers distributed and i have been measured up for a sandwich board !!! ,let the music play ,let the crowds arrive and lets have a good un

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No one could do more Frank!! Your dedication to CCS at the Black Lion is truly impressive! Cant wait to hear your music play and see you in the centre spot....been so impressed with your work this year, youve really pulled some surprises out of the box and impressed the BL crowd. You will be pleased to know Ive been down to check out the state of the beer....its in very good order so like you say, shaping up to be a good un!! See you on Saturday

Love Miss T (and Woody of course) XX

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Well a very good evening to you Miss T,

Very kind to offer of a drink or two when i see you again but payment isn't nessary in the slightest, it's always a pleasure to do these write-up for everyone at CCS (still a little surprised that anyone reads them) but while we're on the subject of drink here's a little story to get us started.

A man is sitting in a bar staring at his drink. After staring at it for half an hour without taking a sip, one of the pub regulars decides to have some fun with him. He picks up the man’s drink and knocks it back in one. The man starts crying. ‘Don’t take it like that, says the regular. It was a joke. I’ll buy you another one.

‘It’s not just that, replies the man.This day has been the worst one of my life firstly i thought i had won the lottery when all my six numbers came out but i had forgot to put them on in time over £6 million i would have won, then I oversleept and was late getting in to work my boss fires me and, when I leave the building, I find my car had been stolen. I get a taxi home but leave my briefcase on the back seat with my wallet in it.pulling ito the drive the taxi reverses over my dog and kills him Then when I go up stairs, I find my wife in bed with my best friend. After all that I come to this pub, and get attacked on the way here and then, when I’ve just made up my mind to end it all, you show up and drink my poison…’

The Ohio Players "Love Slipped Through My Fingers" Trip records LP track Only (re-issue on Burn)

A great piece of 70's soul from The Ohio Player featuing Towanda Barnes on lead vocals who had given us the massive Wigan play "You Don't Mean It" on A&M Records, The Ohio Player had great American chart success during the 70's includeing two Bllboard number ones, but this is one of those records that just failed to acheive chart recognition, but becane a massive hit on the Soul circuit and has stood the test of time and is a much loved a played record.

From it's gentle piano intro and drum roll to the congo drum backing and brasss harmonies this is a soul searcher of a record with it's lost love lyrics and heart felt vocals making this an always in demand request, and if i were to pick a version it would be this over Sam Williams take.Originaly only a LP track.

Sly Johnson "I've Got To Get Over" TMP-Ting Records

From the man who gave us the funk classic Different Strokes come this offering with a whole lot of soul in it, With "I've Got To Get Over" you might not get the most polished of vocals but instead you get a gutsy delievery stright from the heart, add to this some sweet Latin trumpet work and a dash of down right heavy brass and you have all the makings on an old school classic, simple arrangement and lyrics but very much a sizzler that drips soul easy on the ear but not on the pocket decent copies are now starting to command premium prices, and makes a welcome play at any venue.

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Hey Russ, Great to see the Sheffield branch is back to promote and review some selections to whet the appetite for Saturday night at the Black Lion. The time you take to do this is much appreciated and we look forward to your contributions....just beginning to worry you might want paying at some point!! The best I can do is a couple of pints of the amber nectar next time we see you in the flesh as it were! Maybe the Bessemer on 2nd December needs to be a date to catch up. I like the way you describe the Sarah Vaughan as brave....its what I have come to expect from Woody - never a dull moment and just when you think you've got him he comes up with another surprise!! That's what its all about though...developing and changing and taking the odd risk in order to move things on. That's what has been so great about being with CCS at the Black Lion....being able to enjoy such a variety of sounds for dancing and listening, played by DJs who care what they are doing and spend time on their collections. And all I have to do is relax by the door and enjoy!! Nothing much logistical about that but I do make the Captains tea on a Black lion night...guess that might count!

See you soon ... go easy

Miss T x

Thanks Miss T,

for the great post & kind words, you've just about nailed it there. This is what we're all about, quality dancers plus a few curve balls to keep things moving forward & to freshen things up....

Nice one Darlin, catch you soon, Mr Woody xx

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Hi Russ/Woody /Sue and soul folk out there

used all my likes up for today ,but great posts /great reviews and got to be the best venue page each month i am sure ! ,if you are a regular reader get down on saturday and have a chat and a drink folks am sure you will be impressed by the set up the Black lion offers .

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Afternoon Frank and the CCS Clan,

Sorry failed to do the usual three slection review and due to time constraints only did a double....but putting all that behind us and here we go back to the usual treble offering, okay so i might be a little biased but to repeat once again what has been said already. You will always get some quality dancers to move to and there is always a helping of more left field slections just to entice you that little bit more, The Black Lion's play list is always varied but quality is held in the very highest reguard and pedigree music is a Black Lion standard.oh and yeah as a venue page is there any better?

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Well as we seem to have hit on alcohol based theme here is yet another story to start us of before we get down to the more important business of record reviews.

An un PC joke from when you could still say these things, from a time when we still had real comerdy a time when you still could buy more than three packets of asprin at one go and no be deemed a danger to yourself or the community and you could still poke abuse at minority groups...

Free Drinks

Two Aussies, Bruce & Ken were down on their luck and hanging out for a cold drink or three. After checking their pockets and finding only 50 cents, Bruce came up with a brilliant strategy. "I'll take the 50 cents and show you how we can drink all day for free!"

Quickly, he went into a butcher's shop and bought a single sausage, which he stuck in Ken's fly. They then went to a nearby hotel. "Two beers"' said Bruce to the bartender. They downed them as fast as they could and the bartender waited for the money.

All of a sudden, Bruce got down on his knees and began sucking the sausage hanging out of Ken's fly. "Get out of my pub, you filthy xxxxxxx's!", the bartender screamed and booted them out the door.

They did this all day, visiting about 16 pubs. "I just can't do this anymore", Bruce whined. "My knees are getting sore from kneeling".

"It's alright for you", Ken replied. "I lost the sausage after the third pub."

So here's tonights trio again from the Frankie "M" collection

Sandra Phillips "You Succeeded" Broadway Records

From 1966 comes this catchy mid tempo dancer in a very Motown style and fashion, a great and well crafted record that has everything a Motown sound should have apart from the label but as the saying goes "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" co written and produced by Northern Soul legend Sydney Barne and one of Sandra Phillips less expensive soul recordings, A worthy play that would make a great addition to any collection, A well paced vocal with a well stated harmony backing and a thumping back beat 2:18 of class from start to finish.

The Five Stepstairs "Playgirls Love" Windy C Records

Wow talk about an old favortie, from "The First Family Of Soul" The Stepstairs (don't know why Gladys Knight or The Staple Singers didn't get that title before them) Betty and Clarence Burke and their children including at one stage Cubie and always a popular spin at so many venues with a nicely paced beat and addictive rhythm sweet harmonies and a big background but not over powering production with a load of horns and strings playing together as one making this as smooth as a freshly waxed Door Mouse and really does go on to lift this record and it also has some nice musical ups and down in there as well, top notch dancer.

Bettye Swann "(My Heart Is) Closed For The Season" Capital Records

If you like a touch of deep and meaningful soul you can't go far wrong with this 68 cut on Capitol by Bettye Swann, still sounding fresh and clean over 40 years later, also written by her as well, slow and poignant with great lyrics and a vocal rendition that has the torment of a broken love affair engrained in every line, the accompaniment is very understated but just give it a good listen and you'll hear how good it is...deep and oh so moody and what a finisher if you have the courage to play this out.... deep soul at it's finest.

Russ CCS Sheffield

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