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

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 24th Of August

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

BARRY TASKER

Soul In The Cellar, Pendulum Club

PLUS

FRANKIE M

Altrigham, 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

Hey Everybody This Is Our Video From Last Years Fantastic Soul Nights At "The Black Lion". Hope We Can Do It All Again This Year In 2013....

See Who You Can Spot ??

Here's a reminder of our City Centre Soul event in June 2013. Great night, fantastic attendance and feedback, great work by all the DJs....see you all again on Saturday 24th of August (4th Sat)

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Hi Everybody,
  d
on't forget it's C.C.S's Soul night at The Black Lion on Saturday the 24th of August (next month), should be another great night with our Special Guest DJ "Barry Tasker" from "Soul In The Cellar" at the Greatstone Hotel Stretford. Been picking up a few more bits & pieces here & there, Miss T's had her input again too, with a couple of "must have's from her, all good dancer's of course.
  Fantastic night again in June with a few more new face's joining us, met some realy nice people.

  Miss T'll be putting another video from June's night near'er to the 24th, so keep a look out for that Everybody.

  All our regular crowd & quite a few of the new face's said they'd come & see us again in August, which is great, see you all there then, Woody C.C.S.

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gonna be a packer i think , certainly looking forward to my spots ,meeting faces old and new and enjoying a pint or two !

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 24th of next month well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting . Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from June any time in the next few weeks, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 24th too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Barry Tasker", me & the Team are all realy up for it as next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol) .

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

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Been looking forward to the 24th for ages now especialy with our good friend "Barry Tasker" as our guest DJ on the night. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Barry are playing. If our last night in June is anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the video's at the top of the page). 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, great dance floor & a great selection of real ale & guest beers.

  Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30)
You get all this for just three quid, see you on the 24th, Woody C.C.S.

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Hello

looking forward to another great night in august  ,playing all across the board tunage of the top calibre  , the warmest welcome in town ,great pub venue which is steeped in "soul " history  see you all there

cheers

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Hello

looking forward to another great night in august  ,playing all across the board tunage of the top calibre  , the warmest welcome in town ,great pub venue which is steeped in "soul " history  see you all there

cheers

Nice one Frank,

   could'nt have put it better me self..... :hatsoff2:

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Well Hello Boys!!  (using the term loosely of course!)  

Didnt know youd already got the ball rolling for another great session at CIty Centre Soul at the Black Lion. I have been very busy behind the scenes making sure they're getting ready at the pub, getting some photos sorted out etc...will be posting some up before me and Woody jet off to the sun, but then when we're back it will be all systems go on a countdown to the 24th. Always a real treat to have Barry with us, either as a supporter or as guest and I know everyone's been getting the fliers out so people know where we are and what's going on.  So if you ahvent been before then you are welcome to give us a try, and if youve been before then you will know what to expect...great crowd, quality soul tunes selected by quality DJs and all played on lovely original vinyl. And me at the top of the stairs!!

 

See you down there if not before... Mis T CCS   :D

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Hey u 2

have a great time you both , certainly been a heady last couple of years !! , enjoy your break and the CCS supporters out there

will be handing out flyers as usual  and as Judith Chalmers would say " wishing we were there " .

Cheers

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Dont forget us on the 24th of August ,packing more punch than the Ricky Hatton fight with less blood and bruises, unless Frank fall's over again while dancing, then that'll probobly make two of us .....

P.S. As we said earlier don't forget to check out some pics from our Soul Nights at the top of the page ( June's pics from The Black Lion should be arriving shortly)

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Hi Evedrybody,
don't forget to drop in to the Black Lion on Saturday the 24th of next month & 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 8:00pm while 2:00am Saturday the 24th of August, see you there Folks.....

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looks like the weathers holding out - dont forget the mod weekender this weekend in manchester with CCS and regulars out on force and its not long till August 24th unless of course you have children and grandchildren  when it will feel like a lifetime ( only kidding I love kids - i grew up with them )

Cheers

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Saturday August 24th At The Black Lion, Salford, Manchester, M3 5BZ

(Corner of Chapel St & Blackfriers St)

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank is Special Guest DJ Mr "Barry Tasker" (Soul In The Cellar/ Pendulum Club), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Cassics dy & Old Favorites then this is the place for you :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time"..... :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody :hatsoff2:

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Hello

looking forward to another great night in august  ,playing all across the board tunage of the top calibre  , the warmest welcome in town ,great pub venue which is steeped in "soul " history  see you all there

cheers Frank

 

Nice one Buddy,

   could'nt have put it better me self..... :hatsoff2:

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Nor me! Just gonna put some pics from last event in June on our Facebook page - city centre soul nites at the black lion salford - short video and more pics when I get back from the island hopping with Woody as we get into the last couple of weeks wait.  Looking forward to the 24th for all the reasons above and more...

 

Miss T  CCS xx

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Watch this space for our monthly record reviews ,jokes  from the  star of CCS ,Russ , soul dereks top five and witty banter and

updates on what we get up to at CCS , see you all over this weekend in  manchester for a chat  and dont forget the sun cream

Cheers

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Well Miss T,
  so far so good. Over 300 hits on this sight alone, plus the other sights & Facebook, few phone enquireies. Hope it's a good as the last few months, as you can see we've a great DJ line up with Barry & Frank, guaranteed to play something to suit all tastes in all things Northern.... 60ts, 70ts, Motown, loads of R&B, Popcorn & as our name suggests, plenty of Big City Soul.....  :thumbsup:

  Realy looking forward to hearing what the Guys have got in store for us August the 24th, catch you all soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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great day at the mod weekemder  with Barry playing some wonderful R&B , lots of good tunes to be played in August at City centre Soul , its amazing how many good soul clubs can be reached at the top of the stairs in a pub ,the Black Lion aims to please with its across the board policy great choice of cask beers  and even greater soul folk  see you there

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a few weekends to go to CCS august event , dont forget  its a charity  northern soul and motown event at Bury Masonic

this sunday all money raised going to local charitities  and myself doing a spot  along with  clarence and  Harry from Soultime its

worth a look folks , great venue , good parking and great dance floor

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Well a very good evening to everyone and at the risk of using the phrase "time flys" but it really seem to go past at such a pace that it doesn't seem that long ago that City Centre Soul at The Black Lion was yet another venue putting on it's first night and look at it now with a firmly established musical identiy and reputation for quality music from the resident DJ's Woody and Frankie "M" and respected guest vinyl spinners who add their individual imput into the mix all helping to deliver a great night out. ****and of course all held together by the talents of the lovley Miss T ****

 

I know that Woody might get a little embarrassed with me saying this but putting his modesty aside this is a man who has done so much to help populise "New Breed Northern Soul" and has championed such gems as Little Wille John's "I'm Shakin" the haunting Ann Caudell's "Longing For You" and Bobby Freeman's take on the Peggy Lee's classic "Fever" and has been making these and many more regular plays in his sets for well over the last five years and helping to introduce many people to yet another branch of the soul family tree, you have to hand it to him this is a man well ahead of the game and all on the original vinyl too!

 

So just for starters here is yet another one off Woody's playlist

 

Wilbert Harrison "Kanas City" Fury Records (on 78 rpm and 45 rpm format)

 

A classic chunk of early good time R'n'B that is as catchy as fleas in a sleeping bag that has what can only be said as "stroller appeal" perhaps very much in the same vain as the always popular "It Keeps Raining" by Fats Domino but for my money "Kanas City" is a slightly more up tempo offering that just has the edge on it, with its simple lyrics, basic boogie woogie piano,and foot tapper drum beat and at times a somewhat and rather sparse production it still manages to cover all the bases and still deliver a fun packed 2:25 secs but i would go for the 45' single as i don't have anyway of playing a 78'

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ

certainly the music played at our venue has broken the boundaries of ypur average soul night, whilst keeping with our across the board  policy .Many is the time  i have heard someone say " not heard that for a while " and i believe we offer  a mixed selection that changes but includes favourite tunage of the soul folk who attend , all new faces are always welcome and  they do come down

on a regular basis ,after all we offer a late licence ,three Djs and all for £ 3 and for a venue in the middle of the city ,that aint bad

Cheers

 

ps £3 for three DJs thats 2.75 for Woody and our special guest and 25p for me ,great value !!

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Evening Frank,

 

I have to agree with you that the correct balance at any soul event is paramount and with an across the board music policy you need to do just that, it's always nice to hear something that you haven't heard in a long while or even a new tune that you think "wow i like that" but i do like a spot of variation as i've got older in my early years it was anything less than 100 mph i wasn't interested (and passed over some very collectable discs simply for being too slow oh how times have changed!)

 

"The Black Lion" although willing to break new ground via yourself and Woody with some very rare vinyl that is just getting (in some cases a first or second outing) the "City Centre Soul" policy of keeping the people happy doesn't just cater to the rare and under played section of the scene but is more than willing to play many old standards, i know from my visits there that an £800 record wlll be sharing the same decks with one that costs just £8 and talking of the more affordable sounds here's one from the back part of Woody's record box that won't break the bank.

 

Bobby Hebb "You Want To Change Me" Philips Records

 

From the man who penned the multi million seller "Sunny" and recorded by a host of recording stars such as Frank Sinatra, Cher, James brown Wilson Pickett and many others said in one interview" i can live a very comfortable life just off the royalties of that song" also wrote some other very fine soul music, "You Want To Change Me" is just one example of his talents with its a very light and airy composition and great production (from a full studio orchestra no less just listen to the strings in the background to get an idea of the people involved in its making) we have a class mid tempo dancer that is still getting the plays and still sound fresh even today, dance floor power in 2:50 seconds and always a popular spin that shows no sign of leting up.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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hi Russ

a great record not overplayed at all and i believe a sheffield favourite , just received a early and gritty sam and dave record which

will get an airing in Bury on Sunday , dont forget the Greatstone Hotel on saturday ,special guest Mr Kingbee himself and fellow

city fan Les Hare .

a few weekends to go to CCS at the Black Lion  but its hotting up  and being bank holiday weekend  why not give us a visit !

Cheers

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up early and will be at Bury Masonic later  , looks like the "memphis Tram" is working so me and soul derek with a box of records will be getting down there later , great interest in our night  so far  , so CCS supporters  keep up the good work , much apreciated 

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Evening Frank,

 

Hope your day went well at the Bury Masonic Hall (do you have to bare your chest and roll your trouser leg up while your behind the decks?) but that aside i'm sure you had a great day. i was doing a shift yesterday at Sheffield's Maggie May's with old time soul spinner Keith Toyne and we had the very steady afternoon until 5:00 pm then we had a flood of people coming in for the last couple of hours and although down on usual numbers still managed to get a very good turn out, but to cut a long story short Frank as you mentioned in a previous post certain records do seem to be very much of a local thing one example of this is Crystal Motion's "You're My Main Squeeze" Sound Jem Records a 1975 disco inspired tune that was big for a very short while, like so many other songs of the time was hammered to death on the decks then disappeared without a trace or was that just in the South Yorkshire region but it always seem to be a well request disc every time i do a spot there perhaps a record to bring back out onto the play list once again?

 

Okay Frank lets see what delights you have waiting for us at "The Black Lion" this month so with out further ado lets get down to business.

 

Otis Clay "Show Place" One-derful Records/UK release President Records

 

Starting as it means to go on Show Place moves along without any sign of stopping with a pounding drum beat and and well in attendance horns blasting out a powerful wall of pure hard brass this is a record not to be trifled with a stomper for an older generation perhaps but the term Northern Soul fits this disc to a tee, Otis Clay is perhaps better known for his original version of "The Only Way Is Up" covered to great success by Yazz And The Plastic Population in 1988 and reaching number 1 in the UK charts for 5 weeks becoming the years best selling single and going on to sell well ove 400,000 records yet this often devalues a lot of his work as everything is compared againts that song, but there are other gem to be from Otis check out "A Lasting Love"

 

 

Sam And Dave "You Aint No Big Thing" Roulette Records/ UK release on King Records

 

From 1966 comes this Ray Charles Inspired cut and released just before they moved record lables to Stax with some sweet and dirty saxaohone and punchy girl vocals all bounded together with a very catchy hand clap overlay, a simple vocal that just does everything and more a strutter that is a sassy as you want it to be with some serious "cool appeal" that hits your from the oprning bars and an old time Mod spin that is still doing the deck time and just screams "Black Lion" a clean copy on the UK King issue can be yours for around the £50 mark.

 

More to come

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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HI Russ ,good day at the Masonic a couple of my records played up on me !! ,but thats djing for you and we have all been there , my spot coincided with the "suprise " buffet ,which also brought a differant angle to what i could play , certainly tested me , but cannot knock the crowd and all concerned with the Masonic , a really great and sincere crowd  and the dance floor was full all day , have got the Crystal Motion record and i agree its worth a spin  (its in my Ritz memories box ) , on holiday this week ,but lots of work to do ,so only a bit of relaxing i am afraid . Played the Precisions "such misery " yesterday and it went down really well  a great Wigan oldie 

Cheers

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Good Morning Everyone all is well in Manley Towers  , hope all is well with you,must crack on 

 

speak soon

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Evening Frank (or good morning depending on when you read this post) never been in the postion while doing deck duties that the buffet has been brought out in a suprise fashion not too sure on DJ etiquette in these circumstances just pop on the slow ones and wait for the plates to be cleared then back to business or reach for a copy of Wendy Rene's "BAR-B-Q"

Well the clock is counting down on your next installment of City Centre Soul at The Black Lion so let see what vinyl delights are in the offing for getting a play out on the 24th


Dionne Warwick "This Empty Place" Secpter Records/Stateside Records UK release

From the creative talents of Burt Bacharach and Hal David come this second release by Dionne Warwick as a solo artist and although the Bacharach and David sound is all there it sank without a trace at the time, from a the begining that reminds me very much of "walk On By" comes this offering from 1963 from a crisp vocal and an impressive building feel that goes from a slow burner to an all out assult with a massive abundence of sweeping strings from a full studio orchestra and full weight choral backing add to this some very bitter sweet lyrics and you really do have "one that got away" and just for the record this was the "B" side to Wishing And Hopin' later covered by Dusty Springfield

Joe Mathews "Aint Nothing You Can Do" Kool Cat Records

I'm not too sure but have a feeling that the demo is rarer than the issue of this Joe Mathews cut from 1968 i'm sure someone will put me right on this but getting down to business here we have a quite raw and gritty strutter that has one hell of a pounding drum beat that thumps alongs and some at a fair rate of knots although not breaking the 100 mph an hour mark you'll need to be up to a pretty good level of fitness if you're doing the dance floor honors to this one and with some funky organ in the background and a sprinkling of hard edge guitar we have an old school R'n'B rocker that i last heard many years ago at the old KGB in Sheffield or was it Tiffany's?



Russ CCS Sheffield branch

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Hi Russ , time is flying by its two weeks on saturday to the next CCS at the Black Lion , the historic soul venue and one of few left in the city that still echoe soul music as it did many years ago , anyone have any memories of the Black Lion Soul Nights in the 60s/70s please get in touch

Cheers

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taking it easy today , back to work monday  just picked up a nice copy of the Van Dykes Savin your love  so thats it record wise for a few months ( probably only kidding myself ) , got a copy of charles Wright Keep talkin  from Mr Manship  which is ripe for playing at any event  anyway enjoy your sunday and hope to see you all on the 24th

Cheers

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Hi Everyone,   Looking forward to the Black Lion again this month as always, not long now only two Saturdays away.

    Me & Miss T are just back from a two week tour of Fuerteventura & Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, spreading the word & letting the lovely people there know all about City Centre Soul & Our activities at the Black Lion ..... (lol).

    Sounds like Our man Franks been picking up some nice tunes while we've been away, no dout he'll been giving them a whirl on the 24th. The postmans dropped us a couple of tunes too here when we got back so.....

See you all soon, Woody & Miss T   :hatsoff2:   :wave:

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Saturday August 24th At The Black Lion, Salford, Manchester, M3 5BZ

(Corner of Chapel St & Blackfriers St)

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank is Special Guest DJ Mr "Barry Tasker" (Soul In The Cellar/ Pendulum Club), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Cassics & Old Favorites then this is the place for you :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time"..... :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody :hatsoff2:

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Best do in "Town" next Saturday!We've got to do a split shift so we'll miss the early spots but with plenty left to hear from Frank,Dave and Mr.Barry Tasker we'll be there soon as!

K.O.K.O.Sharon& Bernard.

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 24th of next month well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting . Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from June any time in the next few days, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 24th too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Barry Tasker", me & the Team are all realy up for it as next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol) .

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

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Well a very good evening to all,

 

Nice to see both Woody and Miss T back from their globe trotting adventures and here is a very early and rare picture of the twosome from an old family photo album.

 

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*** Please note the early use of a hat by Woody ***

 

So just going off course for a little while (i'll be back doing some more reviews on Franks playlist this week) here is a record that is new to me but by a very well known artist and plucked out of obscucity by the now very bronzed Woody.

 

Aretha Franklin "Rough Lover" Colimbia Records

 

Bouncing along at just under the speed of sound comes this early offering from a very young Aretha Franklin, a jazzy up tempo number that punches well above its weight, with a BIG band production that pulls out all the stops and sounding very Quincy Jones in its delivery giving us a well thought piece of dance Jazz/Mod jazz with hints of R'n'B and honky tonk Rock'n'Roll thown in for good measure and with some additional fine trumpet playing and a class sax solo break all crammed into this 2:49 spin, "Rough Lover" has that in fashion appeal that the advertising agencies go mad for today and would sit well sound tracking a host of consumer products.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Well a very good evening to all,

 

Nice to see both Woody and Miss T back from their globe trotting adventures and here is a very early and rare picture of the twosome from an old family photo album.

 

   i_2421_funny-summer-photos-002_zps9753d0[

 

*** Please note the early use of a hat by Woody ***

 

So just going off course for a little while (i'll be back doing some more reviews on Franks playlist this week) here is a record that is new to me but by a very well known artist and plucked out of obscucity by the now very bronzed Woody.

 

Aretha Franklin "Rough Lover" Colimbia Records

 

Bouncing along at just under the speed of sound comes this early offering from a very young Aretha Franklin, a jazzy up tempo number that punches well above its weight, with a BIG band production that pulls out all the stops and sounding very Quincy Jones in its delivery giving us a well thought piece of dance Jazz/Mod jazz with hints of R'n'B and honky tonk Rock'n'Roll thown in for good measure and with some additional fine trumpet playing and a class sax solo break all crammed into this 2:49 spin, "Rough Lover" has that in fashion appeal that the advertising agencies go mad for today and would sit well sound tracking a host of consumer products.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

 

Thanks for that Russ.... (lol),

   seriously great post, great sound, cheers buddy

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Best do in "Town" next Saturday!We've got to do a split shift so we'll miss the early spots but with plenty left to hear from Frank,Dave and Mr.Barry Tasker we'll be there soon as!

K.O.K.O.Sharon& Bernard.

 

Hey Bernard,

  a think you've got your dates mixed up..... :g: . It's a week on Saturday, on the 24th :thumbsup: .

  Nice one pal, see you & Sharon out & about soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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Well Miss T,
  so far so good, just over 800 hits on this sight alone, plus the other sights & Facebook, few phone enquireies. Hope it's a good as the last few months, as you can see we've a great DJ line up with Barry & Frank, guaranteed to play something to suit all tastes in all things Northern.... 60ts, 70ts, Motown, loads of R&B, Popcorn & as our name suggests, plenty of Big City Soul.....  :thumbsup:

  Realy looking forward to hearing what the Guys have got in store for us Saturday August the 24th, catch you all soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget it's 8:00pm while 2:00am from now on & for rest of the year....

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Hi everyone , building up nicely with the highlight of the bank holiday weekend being CCS at the BLACK LION  , boxes are bursting with great tunes to play  from all Djs , and lovely soul folk in attendance ," look forward to seeing you  and if you have not tried us give us a go.

Cheers

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Bit of crate digging this weekend , though budget for 2013 record buys is well breached ( what the heck ! ) , see you all a week on saturday

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Bit of crate digging this weekend , though budget for 2013 record buys is well breached ( what the heck ! ) , see you all a week on saturday

 

You're not on your own Frank, same here..... (lol)

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Hi everyone , building up nicely with the highlight of the bank holiday weekend being CCS at the BLACK LION  , boxes are bursting with great tunes to play  from all Djs , and lovely soul folk in attendance ," look forward to seeing you  and if you have not tried us give us a go.

Cheers

 

Yeah nice one Frank,

   don't forget folks, a week tomorrow we kick of at 8:00pm full time at 2:00am, bar till 1:30am. Also look out for our video from June's Soul Night down here at The Black Lion, Miss t's just told she'll have sorted for this Sunday night, check it out then & see who you can spot.....

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Well Hello Boys!!  (using the term loosely of course!)  

Didnt know youd already got the ball rolling for another great session at CIty Centre Soul at the Black Lion. I have been very busy behind the scenes making sure they're getting ready at the pub, getting some photos sorted out etc...will be posting some up before me and Woody jet off to the sun, but then when we're back it will be all systems go on a countdown to the 24th. Always a real treat to have Barry with us, either as a supporter or as guest and I know everyone's been getting the fliers out so people know where we are and what's going on.  So if you ahvent been before then you are welcome to give us a try, and if youve been before then you will know what to expect...great crowd, quality soul tunes selected by quality DJs and all played on lovely original vinyl. And me at the top of the stairs!!

 

See you down there if not before... Mis T CCS   :D

 

Well done to Miss T,

   who actualy has been extremely busy organising things behind the scene's, photo's, getting flyers to people to put out for us (all over the planet....lol) & making sure everythings sorted for next Saturday (Me included..... lol)

   

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Been looking forward to the 24th for ages now especialy with our good friend "Barry Tasker" as our guest DJ on the night. Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M & Barry are playing. If our last night in June is anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the video's at the top of the page). 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, great dance floor & a great selection of real ale & guest beers. You get all this for just three quid.

   For more info & loads of great pic's from C.C.S's adventure's all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul At The Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click like this page.... lol).Don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30) 

 Thanks for looking, see you on the 24th, Woody C.C.S.

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less than a week away from CCS at the Black Lion  looking forward to meeting up with faces old and new , its the way to start the bank holiday folks 

cheers 

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So after a brief break i'm back with the last two reviews for top warm up man Frankie "M" and here are two more from his vinyl vaults that are under starters orders for the 24th, well here goes.

Jackie Lee "Bring It Home" Keyman Records

Well just to clear up any misunderstanding this is a different Jackie Lee to the femal singer who recorded the theme to the TV series "Rupet The Bear" and as far as i'm aware has no soul pedigree, unlike the Jackie Lee were about to discuss who has some pretty serious soul credentials. Also know as Earl Nelson one half of Bob And Earl with Bob Relf another artist well known to the soul fraternity but who between them recorded the R'n'B classic "Harlem Shuffel" that was co-arranged by Barry White who went on to even greater things but enough of that.

"Bring It Home" with it thumping rhyhtm and dance oriented tempo this is very much an over looked disc from the 60's and what many would say is the golden period of soul music, with some fine trumpet playing and a very catchy chorus and just a hint of sweet female backing all set to a Tom Tom drum beat, with "Bring It Home" we have a often passed over disc that is very much underplayed but as always a worthy spin at "The Black Lion" and just for the record co-writen by Jackie Lee as "Nelson" and produced by Bob Relf.

Robert Thomas "Salvation" Charay Records"

Coming into the weigh-in with it's fast paced lyrics and it's funk/soul cross-over sound come this track from Robert Thomas that has dance floor strutter stamped into every groove this late 60's recording that hits an home run after every play a first time listen might not do justice to this track a closer inspection will tell you how big a production "salvation " really is that has so much going for it and what is often said to be "Real Northern" this as i remember a well sort after record at the time but one i've not heard for many years yet this is a high class spin that can be yours for as little as £25 there is also another version also on Charay Records by Rita Lee that uses the same backing track but just adds a female vocal and does it very well indeed but with a healthy helping of horn work and a very in keeping xylophone inserts "Salvation" moves along like an express train that got a full head of steam, once more a great groover with a large helping of attitude..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZT-ewS-hDI

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Hi Russ

the Robert Thomas record has appeared on some playlists  ( i am a playlist anorak ) along with another tune i am playing which

is Rufus Wood title " before 20001 ", already sorted my boxes for saturday ( the virgo in me ) and a few suprises including  " no one else can take your place " the inspirations , which is out of one of my dusty boxes  and in fact a very early ( 1973-1974 ) purchase by myself a contraversial record but outstanding tune ( on pink - legit issue i think ,we can debate )

anyway take care and see you all saturday

frank

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Hi again Folks,

   well here it is, after the computer crashing a few times, a bit of rearranging & loads of frustration the "Lookback Video" from our last event in June's now posted at the top of the page along with the Lookback Video of our Events in 2012, all credit goes to Miss T for all the hard & effort she's put this again this month, well done Darlin.

  Go then, check it out, see who you can spot..... you never know, it could..... (lol)

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