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instrumentals where a big part of northern/wigan years but seam to gone out of fashion now just wondering what is the most popular+ rarest /best one

i ill open with the most  popular being checkerboard squares? 

up to you on the other ones.

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The purists seem to say that you can't really have soul without the vocals..............but instrumentals have always been played at soul clubs so far as I know and I love 'em.


You certainly don't need to hear vocals to dance to a tune.


I don't know which is the rarest or most popular, but these are among the best in my opinion;


Davis & Tyler - hold on help is on the way

Billy Preston - billy's bag

Righteous Bros Band - rat race

Earl Wright - thumb a ride

Eddie Bishop - call me

The Brothers - are you ready for this

Hesitations - that's what love is

Dynatones - the fife piper

The lad Teens - white rice

David Hamilton - the deacons

The Soulful Strings - comin' home baby

Earl Van Dyke - 6x6

Booker T - green onions


................and last but not least.....Ramsey Lewis - wade in the water

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Martin beat me to it with Sidra's Theme but what about The Innocent Bystanders- Frantic Escape - Pameline/Atlantic. An absolutely mental backing track from the great Popcorn Wylie.

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Instrumentals are mostly s**t in my opinion (yes I am a purist :lol: ) but there is the odd good one.




...oh yeah and 'Like My Baby' Gino Washington.

Edited by Matt Male

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How about

Mongo Santamaria-Now Generation


Thumb a ride-Earl Wright...................The number one!!!

Supertime-Total Eclipses(or Golden world strings)

Number one fool-Fabulous Emotions

Play that thang-Pat James

Rat Race-Righteous Brothers....=Catacombs and Pondies!!(you had to be there)

Butch Baker-The Joker.............I know wrong name but it will always be Butch Baker for me!!

The world again-Honey Townsend

Wow -Andre Gagnion.................Especially for Johnny Manship :lol:

Ronas theme-RPM Generation

Poker Face-George Martin...............can´t even remember how this sounds!-but was advertised as being played everywhereearly seventies!


Sherry-Hugo Montenegro


Personally i love instrumentals and if you don´t think they have soul you are dead!


The soul that is generated with strings and /or saxaphone can be as uplifting as the best vocals,compare Tony Michaels to the instrumental or Luther Ingram-No contest!


To be fair though i think they were more prolific in the early days............Bok to Bach,Walking the duck.Little Queenie,6 x6 could go on all night but have to move house tomorrow so must stop.


Good night..................California Motage

Steve :thumbsup::rofl::thumbup:

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I had one that was popular and pretty good on british polydor called -ring the changes by paradox, maybe the other way round :rofl:  it was a pretty wobbly time for me! Anyway, story had it there were only two copies, bought mine from Guy Henigan and most Rev Tony Clayton bought it from me. Never saw another copy before or since

All time fave instrumentals would include -on the road to ruins by earl wright, baritrack and exus trex.

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Not sure what the rarest is but Billy Harner what about the music must be up there.

And what about the unreleased I have faith in you....wow!



good question... what is the hardest/rarest instro????


most quality instrumentals can be picked up cheaply i suppose because off the lack of air play...out off vogue and for purist reasons lol

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 For a thumping Instrumental..........it's gotta be "The Romeo's - Mon Petite Chow  "...........storming !! :thumbup:  

hi john, indeed played by myself on a few occasions....lol got a issue and demo must have another play


hope you and ur good lady are well

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Keymen Strings-Try a Little Harder. Dogs-Soul Step. Roy Roberts-Got to Have Your Love(love recorded take, but would be a great instrumental too me thinks). Isn't there an instrumental take of Ann Perry-That's the way he is? Young Holt-California Montage

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Personaly, love instrumentals,


G Dains R Tyler   Hold on help is on the way


Detroit Land  Appels   I need Help


And many many more, four in the morning floor buzzing,the right ones just scream this is all nighter music mate,and fit in just right among the uptempo soulful vocals.

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