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

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 22nd Of February

8:00pm Till 2:30am

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE OLD NAGS HEAD

Manchester - M2 5WD

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUEST DJ's

PAUL WELSBY

"THE NU BEAT CLUB"

Plus

FRANKIE M

"ALTRINGHAM, SALFORD"

100% Vinyl / 100% Dancing

INFO... Venue: 07525709105

Dave: 07905676181 Sue: 07870612890

The Old Nags Head, Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate), Central Manchester, M2 5WD.

10 Minutes from Picadilly, 10 Minutes from Victoria Stations, 5 Minutes from the nearest Tram Stop, on street parking & N C P Car Parks within walking distance.

Hey Everybody This Is Our Video From Last Years Fantastic City Centre Soul Nights From Last October & Our Christmas Special At Crumpsall. Hope We Can Do It All Again This Year....

See Who You Can Spot ??


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HI Everybody,

  don't forget to mark your Diaries for the 22nd of February at the "Nags". Top Northern, Top Party Atmosphere on our first night at the "New Venue" me thinks if last year's City Centre Soul Nites anything to go by, check em' out on our "Lookback Video's" above.....

  Cheers Guys, Speak soon, Woody C.C.S.  :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Our F/Book Page - City Centre Soul Nites for more pics, Video's, Tunes & loads more about what we do & when you get there don't forget to click "Like This Page"..... (lol). That way you get info about Us & Our event dates etc.... straiaght into your News Feed....

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Hello again Everybody,
hope you're all having a nice Holiday. Just wanted to say a special thanks to Chris, for all his time & hard work on the Flyer for the "Nags". Especially his patience being how I changed the design about ten or a dozen times, adding bits to it, taking bits away, then putting some of them back again, till I thought it looked just right (he always says I'm too much of a perfectionist.... (lol).
Anyway Massive thanks from Me & Sue, hope you & Sharon have had a good one Pal, Regards & Best Wishes, Woody


 

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As CCS we have travelled widely in 2013 to attend many soul nights /days  and met some wonderful people  on the way .

I know we can all look forward to 2014 and a big shout out to all our promoter friends who work tirelessly in the background in

all manner of venues to bring us the  music we love , really looking forward to DJing at a few more nights in 2014 and  hope

that you have enjoyed what i have played in 2013

cheers Frank

 

Nice one Frank,

   yeah agree with you entirely, met some of the nice'est people on the plant, who've given their time freely & been a massive help to us in putting on our Soul Nites & to all of  "You" we'll be enternaly greatful, never doubt that.

  So onwards & upwards as they say & looking forward to the New Venue starting on Saturday the 22nd of Feb here at The Old Nags Head, keep checking us out for more info as the time gets nearer, catch you soon, Woody    :hatsoff2:

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Saturday The 19th Of April At The Old Nags Head, 

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank are joined by Special Guest DJ's Barry Tasker (Soul In The Cellar - at the Greatstone Hotel) & Bernard Heap (Bury Masonic) 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 Classics & 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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well the decorations are back in their boxes , its time to look forward to our events in 2014 , starting with our night in february and what a cracker it will be , flyers are out there and soul folk are already marking their diaries , looking forward to a new venue and

seeing  friends old and new .

 

" You may enter our night as strangers , but you will leave as friends "

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well the decorations are back in their boxes , its time to look forward to our events in 2014 , starting with our night in february and what a cracker it will be , flyers are out there and soul folk are already marking their diaries , looking forward to a new venue and

seeing  friends old and new .

 

" You may enter our night as strangers , but you will leave as friends "

Happy New Year Frank,

  nice one Buddy ,could'nt have put it better my self. Always Soul for the dance floor & a warm friendly welcome from C.C.S. 

   Looking forward to next month Soul night here at "The Nags" more & more.....  :hatsoff2:

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  Really looking forward to the 19th of April now especially with popular Manchester DJ's "Barry Tasker" (Soul In The Cellar @ The Greatstone Hotel) & Bernard Heap (Bury Masonic)  as our guest's on the night.

    Come down & check out what Me, our regular warm up man Frankie M, Barry & Bernard are playing. If our last night in February's anything to go by it should be another stormer (check out the video's from a couple of C.C.S nights from the end of last year 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 & amenity's, great dance floor & ample seating.

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

You get all this for just three quid, bargain!!!! :thumbsup:

  See you on the 19th of next month, Woody & Miss T C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Well as it says above a very Happy New Year To all and so as we all know time really does fly it doesn't seem almost a month ago we were all at The Crumpsall Labour Club for the CCS Christmas event but it was and as the saying goes" Time And Tide Wait for No Man" that clock just seems to be ticking faster all the time (so get on with it i hear you say) and on that note here are a couple of tasters of what might be on offer for you at the new CCS home "The Old Nag's "

Irene Reid "I Must Be Doing Something Right" Pilgrim Records

Well from the vinyl vaults of Mr Wood here is one track set to be a regular on his play list.

I'm coming clean on this track and saying that it's a new one to me, so i'm more or less listening with a fresh pair of ears i'm more aware of Irene Reid as a Jazz singer rather than a Soul singer but don't be put off by any preconceived notions "I Must Be Doing Something Right" is the "B" side to "How Did He Look" a record first released in the early seventies and is a little bit of a Funk and Soul fusion sound is about the best description i can come up with and on closer listening to the lyrics i seem to be abel to guess what Irene is good at and i don't mean house work, funky and with a crisp vocal that has oodles of stepper appeal too that screams of the 1970's but to me is that really such a bad thing? with a very understated accompaniment that lets the vocalist do the main honors without over powering her (and there must be a full studio orchestra in attendance so no mean task there) i think i can honestly say this is somewhat of a grower a couple of listens and your hooked, i am.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well as it says above a very Happy New Year To all and so as we all know time really does fly it doesn't seem almost a month ago we were all at The Crumpsall Labour Club for the CCS Christmas event but it was and as the saying goes" Time And Tide Wait for No Man" that clock just seems to be ticking faster all the time (so get on with it i hear you say) and on that note here are a couple of tasters of what might be on offer for you at the new CCS home "The Old Nag's "

Irene Reid "I Must Be Doing Something Right" Pilgrim Records

Well from the vinyl vaults of Mr Wood here is one track set to be a regular on his play list.

I'm coming clean on this track and saying that it's a new one to me, so i'm more or less listening with a fresh pair of ears i'm more aware of Irene Reid as a Jazz singer rather than a Soul singer but don't be put off by any preconceived notions "I Must Be Doing Something Right" is the "B" side to "How Did He Look" a record first released in the early seventies and is a little bit of a Funk and Soul fusion sound is about the best description i can come up with and on closer listening to the lyrics i seem to be abel to guess what Irene is good at and i don't mean house work, funky and with a crisp vocal that has oodles of stepper appeal too that screams of the 1970's but to me is that really such a bad thing? with a very understated accompaniment that lets the vocalist do the main honors without over powering her (and there must be a full studio orchestra in attendance so no mean task there) i think i can honestly say this is somewhat of a grower a couple of listens and your hooked, i am.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

Hi Russ,

  great to have you with us again. Another "Great" post & review of one of my favourite Funk/Soul crossover sounds. I came across this by chance one day on Youtube & just had a listen out of curiosity, then I'm like Wow, blew me away in an instant. I spend hours listening to stuff on Youtube & Ebay, godda try & move things along a little bit now & again, know what I mean.Took a risk & played it the other week at "The Hole In The Wall Soul Club" in London to a great response from the dance floor (hey go ahead, make My day.... lol).

  Keep up the good work Buddy, look forward to your next post, catch you soon, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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Hi Everybody,

   hope you all had a great weekend, just a quick word about our Guest DJ line up for this year. We've got some crackin' top notch DJ'S lined up for you, obviously kickin' off in February with Paul Welsby from Manchester's Nu Beat Club, on the 19th of April (don't forget 3rd Saturday in April only) we'll be joined by Barry Tasker from "Soul In The Cellar", Les Hare from "King Bee Records", Derek Greenhoff who runs "The Trades Club" & "The Kingstone Club" in Barnsley. Glen Goodwin from "The Hole In The Wall Soul Club" in London 'll be joining us again in June too, so all in all it looks like we're for another great soulful year here at "City Centre Soul". Our man Frankie M 'll be on hand with his awesome warm up spots, he always has a few surprises for us & throws in bit of vintage Ska for good measure.

 Be a few other guest behind the decks from time to time too, so keep checking us out & see whats going off at "City Centre Soul" down here in M2.....  Catch you all soon, Woody & Miss T  C.C.S.   :hatsoff2::wave:  

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HI Everybody,

  don't forget to mark your Diaries for the 22nd of February at the "Nags". Top Northern, Top Party Atmosphere on our first night at the "New Venue" me thinks, if last year's City Centre Soul Nites anything to go by anyway, check em' out on our "Lookback Video's" above.....

  Cheers Guys, Speak soon, Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Our F/Book Page - City Centre Soul Nites for more pics, Video's, Tunes & loads more about what we do & when you get there don't forget to click "Like This Page"..... (lol). That way you get info about Us & Our event dates etc.... straiaght into your News Feed....

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Well looking good for 2014,

 

A new home for City Centre Soul but business as usual with some of the finest Northern Soul, quality R'n'B, classic Motown and some vintage Ska thrown in for good measure and of course some great new vinyl finds before they get wider exposure wow all this and more from Woody, his right hand woman the lovely Miss "T" and of course sergeant at arms Frankie "M" and of course a finely chosen line-up of quality guest DJ's.

 

Well in keeping with all things slightly off centre here is a little story to get us started

 

Watch Out For Snails

A turtle was walking down an alley in New York when he was robbed by a gang of snails. A police detective came to investigate and asked the turtle if he could explain what happened.

The turtle looked at the detective with a confused look on his face and replied “I don't know, it all happened so fast.”

 

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So to get back to business here is another one of Woody's fine discs for you to have a listen to and of course it goes without saying all on lovely original vinyl.

 

Rosco Gordon "Just A Little Bit" Vee Jay Records on both 78 rpm and 45 rpm format and later British released on Stateside records

 

Very much the epitome of a Mod R'n'B dancer from Rosco Gordon and dating from 1959 so quite late for the 78 rpm format (yet as a point of interest many records of British and American artists were often pressed in a 78 rpm as late as the mid 1960's in place such as India "Summer Holiday/Dancing Shoes" By Cliff Richard And The Shadows was on an Indian only release on 78 rpm format as late as 1963 okay trivia over)

 

Now many musical journalist in the past have pointed to a sound that they believe only happened for around two short years roughly between 1959 and 1960 where we have a combination of a more old school Doo Wop blended with Rhythm 'n' Blues and a helping of Rock 'n' Roll creating this type of fusion sound and "Just a Little Bit " is one of those sounds now whether or not i fully hold with this statement might be debatable but what we do have to my ears  is a slice of gritty dance floor R'n'B with a crystal clear vocal where you really can hear every word and some plain and simple lyrics this might not win prizes for either vocal treatment or the skills of the songsmith but what "Just A little Bit" lacks in these departments it more than make up for in musical attitude and if you like some well played raspy sax look no further than here. An old school strutter that has you reaching for the talc and the keys to your Vespa. And while i'm on the useless information trip this song was covered by British Glam Rock band Slade and Elvis Presley to name but two

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T3KDfl26uQ

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

 

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Great post Russ and just gettiing over some man flu so out this weekend " spreading the word " and really looking forward to 2014 at the Old Nags Head , a very busy venue in February  it seems and CCS to top it off on the 22nd

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Hi ya Frank,

 

Yeah felt a little under the weather myself over the weekend and i'm normally bullet proof with any illness (i was 12 years old the last time i saw a doctor) Sunday was a complete write-off but thankfully my SAS training kicked in and i managed to pull through but i seem to be left with a spot of dizziness if i move my head a little too fast but apart from that i'm fighting fit so hope your're feeling better, and you should be well recovered for the 22nd February just in time for the new venue.

 

Blonde Joke.

 

A blonde goes to the doctor. "Doctor doctor, every time I touch my head Ouch - it hurts.

 

If I touch my leg Ouch! it hurts.

 

And every time I touch my arm Ouch! it hurts.

 

The doctor asked her if she was born a blonde and she said yes. The doctor nods and says "your fingers broken".

 

Nurse.jpg

 

Sadly the NHS new recruiting policies hadn't done anything to improve hospital waiting times

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well looking good for 2014,

 

A new home for City Centre Soul but business as usual with some of the finest Northern Soul, quality R'n'B, classic Motown and some vintage Ska thrown in for good measure and of course some great new vinyl finds before they get wider exposure wow all this and more from Woody, his right hand woman the lovely Miss "T" and of course sergeant at arms Frankie "M" and of course a finely chosen line-up of quality guest DJ's.

 

Well in keeping with all things slightly off centre here is a little story to get us started

 

Watch Out For Snails

A turtle was walking down an alley in New York when he was robbed by a gang of snails. A police detective came to investigate and asked the turtle if he could explain what happened.

The turtle looked at the detective with a confused look on his face and replied “I don't know, it all happened so fast.”

 

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So to get back to business here is another one of Woody's fine discs for you to have a listen to and of course it goes without saying all on lovely original vinyl.

 

Rosco Gordon "Just A Little Bit" Vee Jay Records on both 78 rpm and 45 rpm format and later British released on Stateside records

 

Very much the epitome of a Mod R'n'B dancer from Rosco Gordon and dating from 1959 so quite late for the 78 rpm format (yet as a point of interest many records of British and American artists were often pressed in a 78 rpm as late as the mid 1960's in place such as India "Summer Holiday/Dancing Shoes" By Cliff Richard And The Shadows was on an Indian only release on 78 rpm format as late as 1963 okay trivia over)

 

Now many musical journalist in the past have pointed to a sound that they believe only happened for around two short years roughly between 1959 and 1960 where we have a combination of a more old school Doo Wop blended with Rhythm 'n' Blues and a helping of Rock 'n' Roll creating this type of fusion sound and "Just a Little Bit " is one of those sounds now whether or not i fully hold with this statement might be debatable but what we do have to my ears  is a slice of gritty dance floor R'n'B with a crystal clear vocal where you really can hear every word and some plain and simple lyrics this might not win prizes for either vocal treatment or the skills of the songsmith but what "Just A little Bit" lacks in these departments it more than make up for in musical attitude and if you like some well played raspy sax look no further than here. An old school strutter that has you reaching for the talc and the keys to your Vespa. And while i'm on the useless information trip this song was covered by British Glam Rock band Slade and Elvis Presley to name but two

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T3KDfl26uQ

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

 

 

In a word Russ "Awesome"!!!!!

  just an old RnB standard from Rosco, had it a lot of years & feel now's the time to play it out a bit.

  Hery Russ, loved the joke too..... (lol lol lol)  :hatsoff2:

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Evening Woody,

 

Yeah i must agree the Rosco Gordon cut does seem to be more of a "today play" than it has been in many years and trust you to reactivate this old time chunk of R'n'B, i just wonder how many other gems you have hidden away on the Fedral and King record label in your collection.....quite a few i'm sure.

 

Yet another snail joke

 

A man goes to his boss's costume party with nothing on but a naked
woman on his back.

"Jones!! What the hell are you supposed to be?" the boss asked.

"I'm a snail," the man replied.

"What a load of rubbish!" his boss shouts at him, "How can you be a snail when all you've got is that naked woman on your back?"

"You've got it wrong boss," the man replied.

"That's Michelle."

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 More Nag's Head musical reviews to follow.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Well as you're no doubt aware the CCS musical policy is to always try and bring you something new along with classic Northern Soul and quality R'n'B and those records that you might not have heard for a long time or indeed some new tunes that you might never have heard before a blend of old and the not so sold is very much the policy.

 

Bill Johnson "It Ain't Never Gonna Die" Jocida Records

 

So here is a pretty much underplayed cut from 1968 from Bill Johnson (and not to be confused with the alto saxophonist, clarinetist, and arranger of the same name that fronted The Bill Johnson Quartet until his death in 1960) "It Ain't Never Gonna Die" is the "B" side of the old club track "You Got Soul " originally by singer/songwriter Johnny Nash of "Cupid" and "I Can See Clearly Now" multi million seller fame and a decent track in it's own right.

 

"It Ain't Never Gonna Die" is on this occasion co-written by Nash's wife Margaret but is produced by him, simple in production and delivery but punching well above it weight with it's bare bones musical backing approach to it drums, piano, guitar and a shake of tambourine and that's your lot and only Bill Johnson's vocal for the best part of the 2:20 running time keeping any backing singers to the absolute minimum but yet the vocal is strong and forceful and leaves no stone unturned you get a attitude inspired performance that does kick like a donkey on steroids and a spin that won't break the bank but i'd maybe look for the issue rather than the demo that perhaps are a little more common than the standard release.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Evening Woody,

 

Yeah i must agree the Rosco Gordon cut does seem to be more of a "today play" than it has been in many years and trust you to reactivate this old time chunk of R'n'B, i just wonder how many other gems you have hidden away on the Fedral and King record label in your collection.....quite a few i'm sure.

 

Yet another snail joke

 

A man goes to his boss's costume party with nothing on but a naked

woman on his back.

"Jones!! What the hell are you supposed to be?" the boss asked.

"I'm a snail," the man replied.

"What a load of rubbish!" his boss shouts at him, "How can you be a snail when all you've got is that naked woman on your back?"

"You've got it wrong boss," the man replied.

"That's Michelle."

snail-beer.jpg

 

 More Nag's Head musical reviews to follow.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

Hi Russ,  

  yeah one or two, we're packing things up ready for moving house at the minute as you know, anyway records keep turning up in strange places round the house. Infact I found a small box of records in the spare room that have got to been there since around 2000 - 2001, nice copy of "He Knows How To Love Me" Helen Shapiro, "Forever And A Day" Mel & Tim (bit on the Modern side, but hay ho, ok for a Sunday afternoon etc....).

   Thanks for really great posts again Buddy, still thinking about what a great spot you did at Crumpsall & how much everyone enjoyed your company. Take care Russ, love to your Mum, Woody & Miss T  C.C.S. 

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Hey Everybody,

  don't forget C.C.S @ The Old Nags Head, Manchester M2 on the 22nd of next month (4th Saturday).

  Soul & then some......   See you there Folks     :hatsoff2: 

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Hi ya Frank,

 

Yeah felt a little under the weather myself over the weekend and i'm normally bullet proof with any illness (i was 12 years old the last time i saw a doctor) Sunday was a complete write-off but thankfully my SAS training kicked in and i managed to pull through but i seem to be left with a spot of dizziness if i move my head a little too fast but apart from that i'm fighting fit so hope your're feeling better, and you should be well recovered for the 22nd February just in time for the new venue.

 

Blonde Joke.

 

A blonde goes to the doctor. "Doctor doctor, every time I touch my head Ouch - it hurts.

 

If I touch my leg Ouch! it hurts.

 

And every time I touch my arm Ouch! it hurts.

 

The doctor asked her if she was born a blonde and she said yes. The doctor nods and says "your fingers broken".

 

Nurse.jpg

 

Sadly the NHS new recruiting policies hadn't done anything to improve hospital waiting times

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

Hey Guys,

   sorry you have'nt been so well, really hope you'll be better & fighting fit for the 22nd of next month. Managed to avoid the dreaded Lurgy (touch wood) up to now, which must be a miracle considering the amount of people I work with & come into contact with.

   Anyway as Russ says, get better for next month both of you.......  :hatsoff2:

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Getting there fellas and looking forward to our first night at the Old Nags Head ,which will be here being we know it , some

new tunes being added to the "warm up " playlist and the late late spot with a bit of ska and classic soul ta boot, what a great list of DJs to come in 2014 and everyone we have as guests command great respect and support within the soul family , this ups the game

for me and thus guarentees a great night and a few suprises !!

see you soon ( at the Greatstone hotel 1st saturday in february will do nicely  folks !1 )

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Evening Fellas,

 

"Tis the season to be poorly, fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal la"

 

It seems like you can't go anywhere at the moment without coming into contact with some form of illness or virus, so you get over one thing and then get another but perhaps this old fashioned cold snap were having at the moment night kill a lot of the germs off, hot summers cold winters i remember it well.

 

Thanks Woody, i'm glad i managed to do a decent turn at The Crumpsall Labour Club, we all must have been pretty good as the club is chomping at the bit to have another CCS night there and thanks for asking about "Little Margarita" as you know last year was very hard for us all and especially for her but it all takes time and thankfully we're getting there.

 

Now on the subject of records turning up in strange places i tried to a little bit of sorting on some my old vinyl and after a full afternoon gave up even trying i was looking for my prize discs last seen many years ago but now seem to have gone AWOL and i'm starting to be running out of place they might be i'm now have only the loft and garage to search so fingers crossed, but moving house a couple of times things do go missing and records often seem to vanish on their own strange but sadly so true.

 

Well for all us vinyl junkies here is a quick glance at some of my record collection, and yes i really do need to get a grip.

 

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So as stuff turn up i shall keep you all informed.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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