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Butch is still hammering his copy, so best hear it nice and loud wherever he's playing, rather than relying on computer speakers and a rip from a G+ copy. I'm sure I'll give it a few spins too whilst I'm around. too And Mick H will more than likely do the honours....a fairly recent pick up for the fellow.

Thanks Greg, I don't go out anymore mate, mainly due to people playing stuff like the Tommy Dent and thinking it's good.

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Comparing Tommy Dent and the United Sounds is like comparing apples and oranges. I'm just glad that only Soul Sam has the TD, that way I only have to miss his spot to avoid hearing the bloody racket.

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Just because someone doesn't like a record i can't for the life of me see the point in comparing it with another record and giving it a slagging when that record is completely different in style and also the clubs or DJ's that might play that record. We all have different tastes and it would be boring if we all liked the same. Not everyone likes Tommy Dent, get over it, it isn't the end of the world. Not everyone likes United Sounds and you know what, I couldn't care less to be honest.

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Is this UNITED SOUNDS available to hear anywhere?

hope not lol :D

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Comparing Tommy Dent and the United Sounds is like comparing apples and oranges. I'm just glad that only Soul Sam has the TD, that way I only have to miss his spot to avoid hearing the bloody racket.

That was my point originally.......Tommy dent played either side of a tune like united sounds ....can make it better or worse depending on like or dislike..........Tommy dent needs to be played in the right type of set   as does united sounds.......l used united sounds merely as an example..........then the thread kinda skewed  sorry! :D :D

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OK I just played it. Very nice Crossover, and I can quite understand why people would think it was brilliant. Crossover was never my thing, but it's a very good record.

Just played the Tommy Dent again, very loud in the shop. It's really bloody awful.

Horses for courses phil,but there was a day  when any dj you booked that strung  3,4 or 5 of those in a row and you,d of been up there shouting and hollering....to ramp it up.........how times have changed :yes::)

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Horses for courses phil,but there was a day  when any dj you booked that strung  3,4 or 5 of those in a row and you,d of been up there shouting and hollering....to ramp it up.........how times have changed :yes::)

 

Records like that United Sound and its ilk are the reason the Northern Soul scene nowadays is sh*t and dying, and places like Stoke that play 'traditional' Northern will always thrive and get ten times the numbers.   It's the same with anything when people 'progress' it or 'take it forward' - they do it for their own purposes and don't care about the people they are meant to represent.   Why do people eventually stop going out?  Because the music is not what they want to hear.

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I don't really like either, where does that leave me?  :g:

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I'm going to start commenting on all the records I dislike that are being discussed/mentioned here on SoulSource.

 

I'll take the next week off work.

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Is this UNITED SOUNDS available to hear anywhere?

 

Yes Phil, Old Trafford

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Soul Sam deserves a knighthood for being the only known dj in this country to play Tommy Dent.... It is a magnificent tune

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Records like that United Sound and its ilk are the reason the Northern Soul scene nowadays is sh*t and dying, and places like Stoke that play 'traditional' Northern will always thrive and get ten times the numbers.   It's the same with anything when people 'progress' it or 'take it forward' - they do it for their own purposes and don't care about the people they are meant to represent.   Why do people eventually stop going out?  Because the music is not what they want to hear.

 

I get that you don't like the United Sounds Pete, but your analysis is misplaced, IMO......the Northern Soul scene isn't dying, it's fracturing. We've been through it a million times, that there are those punters that no longer want to hear the same old classics, week in, week out. Whilst Stoke was in full flow, a smaller yet just as vital event was going on 45 minutes away, with fresh and exciting, new sounds.....well to some, they're fresh and exciting. To others, they're not pre-approved northern tunes so will never sit well described as a 'northern soul' tune. Embrace the change, and realize that whilst of course all opinions are absolutely valid, it seems like we're heading for a 'Northern Soul' and a 'Rare Soul' scene split....both separate in attitude and the types of tunes that you'll expect to hear at them.

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Records like that United Sound and its ilk are the reason the Northern Soul scene nowadays is sh*t and dying, and places like Stoke that play 'traditional' Northern will always thrive and get ten times the numbers.   It's the same with anything when people 'progress' it or 'take it forward' - they do it for their own purposes and don't care about the people they are meant to represent.   Why do people eventually stop going out?  Because the music is not what they want to hear.

 

Don't forget that Stoke does well because of the added rare room to swell the numbers.... something for everyone there

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I get that you don't like the United Sounds Pete, but your analysis is misplaced, IMO......the Northern Soul scene isn't dying, it's fracturing. We've been through it a million times, that there are those punters that no longer want to hear the same old classics, week in, week out. Whilst Stoke was in full flow, a smaller yet just as vital event was going on 45 minutes away, with fresh and exciting, new sounds.....well to some, they're fresh and exciting. To others, they're not pre-approved northern tunes so will never sit well described as a 'northern soul' tune. Embrace the change, and realize that whilst of course all opinions are absolutely valid, it seems like we're heading for a 'Northern Soul' and a 'Rare Soul' scene split....both separate in attitude and the types of tunes that you'll expect to hear at them.

 

No people said this in 1979, 1980, 1981 Greg but these modern soul 12" records they were playing actually made me stop going out because it was the total antithesis of the music I'd gone to hear.  I'm not saying I don't like the United Sounds, I'm saying I'd like to hear it in my armchair but if I were to go out, I would like to hear music that doesn't sound like this - I want to hear music that sounds like Bernie Williams and Get It Baby, if not necessarily those two.   60's uptempo newies, yes, love to hear them, drab crossover records, can't stand them.

But this isn't about what I like or don't like, it's about one particular record (or two now) so best get back to that.  I know you lot are serious about your soul music, I'm just not as serious as you.

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It's just inevitable that for the scene to continue going forward there will have to be either a dumbing down in quality or a complete change of style. Trouble is the style has changed and the quality has dumbed down as well. Good luck to the people who think it's good music.

The only person I would go out to hear play a spot is Cliff Camfield. I reckon he's the best Dj in the country. And I don't mean any disrespect to anyone else. But if you want to hear something you don't know, but think wow what's that, then Cliff's the man.

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Ah Greg but who decides which scene those tunes fit.

 

For me the rare soul scene is the junk pile as it covers such a wide gamut a lot of which is IMO poor. Tommy Dent goes in there as it starts off like some mindless Wigan pop instrumental before getting admittedly a little more interesting but ultimately lacking a Northern sensibility.

 

United Sounds on other hand has all the hallmarks of great Northern. Yes it's called crossover but to me just midtempo Northern with all the ingredients for listening and dancing.

 

Big mistake I think to write off Northern as some solely oldies market. It's not,  it's a continuous line from Tami Lynn to say Elevations on Rubbertown.

 

For a Northern do I'd say Grumpy Soul is a good example. Different styles but they share the original template.

 

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Tommy Dent.... Mindless Wigan pop, lacking Northern sensibility.... United Sounds.... Great Northern??? Rod, i am exasperated :huh:

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I get that you don't like the United Sounds Pete, but your analysis is misplaced, IMO......the Northern Soul scene isn't dying, it's fracturing. We've been through it a million times, that there are those punters that no longer want to hear the same old classics, week in, week out. Whilst Stoke was in full flow, a smaller yet just as vital event was going on 45 minutes away, with fresh and exciting, new sounds.....well to some, they're fresh and exciting. To others, they're not pre-approved northern tunes so will never sit well described as a 'northern soul' tune. Embrace the change, and realize that whilst of course all opinions are absolutely valid, it seems like we're heading for a 'Northern Soul' and a 'Rare Soul' scene split....both separate in attitude and the types of tunes that you'll expect to hear at them.

Greg...you have to be careful..........none of us want to be at venues playing the same old same old,but playing stuff that is second rate...just for the sake of it  ain,t right either............sean has it spot on  at burnley he keeps it burnley  and it,s top drawer all night at soul funktion he lets his hair down and plays that soulfunktion beat...and thats great to........thats something a lot of promotrs/soul lovers    fail and have failed to do........it has to be vibrant..not forgetting underplayed tunes from the past............not just new for the sake of it  atb  T

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It's just inevitable that for the scene to continue going forward there will have to be either a dumbing down in quality or a complete change of style. Trouble is the style has changed and the quality has dumbed down as well. Good luck to the people who think it's good music.

The only person I would go out to hear play a spot is Cliff Camfield. I reckon he's the best Dj in the country. And I don't mean any disrespect to anyone else. But if you want to hear something you don't know, but think wow what's that, then Cliff's the man.

Agree with this wholeheartedly........always remember Cliff playing  cheaper,but brill stuff long before anyone else........he,s one of the fellas that made me love burnley for it,s music........do remember however that you said all this about other dj,s long ago...........l never forget a thing...........however always from long ago i,ve said   Cliff is a magnificent dj.....because of hid knowledge combined with his thinking..........looking forward to his set on the 9th.....by the way he,s got some brill c/ups

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Absolutely agree with you on everything there....there shouldn't be any compromise with quality. But I guess a lot of the scene has always been about trial and error, and it looks to me like we're at that place again. Trying to broaden the boundaries of a soul scene is always gonna be egg shell fragile, with others more receptive and having broader tastes than others.....I for one have never been a fan of the lighter 'pop'end of what others would call a quality midtempo'northern soul' tune. But that's just personal preference and something that in theory can be cross referenced in this thread. It totally has to be vibrant, sir......no doubt!

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`What's up with you bunch of tarts?….they're both cracking records…..different styles but both v strong in their own right...

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2 great tunes I like them both...

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Tommy Dent strong, United Sound weak, i rest my case :P

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It is a better record heard out loud fo sho.

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Is the united sounds 'its all over baby'? Great track on an interesting label.

Strangely, I much prefer it to the tommy dent as a piece of music, but would rather go to a night that played the tommy dent.

that raucus, messy in-between funk and soul sound that went big these last ten years; couldnt give it away in the 90s, sometimes it's a lot of noise.

I'm always a bit dubious when I hear 'it works in a club not at home' although I know some tracks do, and I know I've played and bought my share of them.

it's just that we're talking £1000 records here...I'd want the fucking thing to sound good at home personally.

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United Sounds is by far the better record, though it isn't my cup of tea, Tommy Dent is just awful to my ears if there were as many copies of that as Skanky get Funky would you be wetting yourselves, give me the Vonettes any day at least that is a record that knows where it's going!

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United Sounds is by far the better record, though it isn't my cup of tea, Tommy Dent is just awful to my ears if there were as many copies of that as Skanky get Funky would you be wetting yourselves, give me the Vonettes any day at least that is a record that knows where it's going!

Hear, hear.

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I have just listened to Tommy Dent "Soul Thing" (Cobblestone)....absolute SHITE!

NOT NORTHERN!!!

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How odd that this topic has gone from "did I see a copy of Tommy dent for sale " to a comparison between two records that have no real connection ,let alone feck all to do with original question !

Im so not looking forward to old age and stayjng in of a weekend :(

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I have just listened to Tommy Dent "Soul Thing" (Cobblestone)....absolute SHITE! Crap like that was found, played, and discarded after the first few bars and put where it belonged, in a dustbin or down a grid.

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Not that odd, Nev.

 

If it was 3am outside Radcliffe by now we'd be onto the flying saucer some guy once saw when speeding back from first time he heard Joe Matthews.

 

 In my experience conversations tend to turn random on this scene.

 

ROD

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I have just listened to Tommy Dent "Soul Thing" (Cobblestone)....absolute SHITE!

NOT NORTHERN!!!

Don't worry too much about it ,I'm sure you wont be subject to hearing it on a night out anytime soon :)

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I have just listened to Tommy Dent "Soul Thing" (Cobblestone)....absolute SHITE! Crap like that was found, played, and discarded after the first few bars and put where it belonged, in a dustbin or down a grid.

 

Or used for shooting practice with the old .22

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Yes Phil, Old Trafford

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I have just listened to Tommy Dent "Soul Thing" (Cobblestone)....absolute SHITE! Crap like that was found, played, and discarded after the first few bars and put where it belonged, in a dustbin or down a grid.

well said lado

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I have just listened to Tommy Dent "Soul Thing" (Cobblestone)....absolute SHITE! Crap like that was found, played, and discarded after the first few bars and put where it belonged, in a dustbin or down a grid.

what, like James Coit?

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`What's up with you bunch of tarts?….they're both cracking records…..different styles but both v strong in their own right...

the oracle has spoken :lol:

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what, like James Coit?

Most certainly, but this time not bother taking it to Station Road.....................in fact now that we live in a far more environmentally friendly world I could easily dispose of it in the correct recycling bin..................the one marked, "absolute SHITE!".

There, now off to polish my sandals have a ton of muesli and read the Grauniad.

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Soul Thing is what would happen if you put Memphis Soul Stew through a blender, then microwaved it.

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F88k me, I am a soul snob and a crossover king,  and I think Tommy Dent would have me gliding side to side over the dance floor any time.  Sounds like the messy excitement sort of thing that would work at 3am.

 

Mind so would the United Sounds, just slower and maybe a little back to front glide rather than side to side.

 

Its not often I get the chance to agree completely with Steve G, so a childish high five down to his Ivory tower in Londinium, since he is completely correct.

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Its not often I get the chance to agree completely with Steve G, so a childish high five down to his Ivory tower in Londinium, since he is completely correct.

 

You are so harsh James......but on this we are aligned. :lol:

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Interesting label, Cobblestone…

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Interesting label, Cobblestone…

 

anorak! :lol: :lol:

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I don't really like either, where does that leave me:g:

 

Well you've just mentioned the best song on this thread :thumbup:

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Interesting label, Cobblestone…

 

Its got some interesting titles that on first glance make you think of long hair and smoking dodgy fags, but on closer inspection I wouldn't be surprised if it was primarily Black music? However I don't know 99% of them so its just a guess. Any further insight Mr S?

 

And as for Tommy Dent being pop, I don't get that at all, he may be blue eyed but I would say thats a heavy piece of Black music. Judging a piece of music as soul or not purely based on its Northernability as some of the early posts do does make me chuckle.

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Some great 70s jazz on the label. The Visitors album is mind-blowing. Not to be confused with the TRC or Dakar groups. Some interesting singer-songwriter stuff too.

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Its got some interesting titles that on first glance make you think of long hair and smoking dodgy fags, but on closer inspection I wouldn't be surprised if it was primarily Black music? However I don't know 99% of them so its just a guess. Any further insight Mr S?

 

And as for Tommy Dent being pop, I don't get that at all, he may be blue eyed but I would say thats a heavy piece of Black music. Judging a piece of music as soul or not purely based on its Northernability as some of the early posts do does make me chuckle.

 

"Its niter music. 3am music for the dancefloor.The sort of tune that doesn't work at home ,when you play it your missus straight after United Sounds."

Post 32.... :thumbsup:

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Its not often I get the chance to agree completely with Steve G, so a childish high five down to his Ivory tower in Londinium, since he is completely correct.

 

 

 

I have the utmost respect and admiration for Steve G and having got that out the way I can now stick the boot in.

 

He is utterly wrong and to prove the point I'm from the North and I'm pretty sure that at no time have I been involved in the "Cheshunt Soul" scene. Sure Godin considered the name but on balance decided against.

 

I didn't know it was blue-eyed. Is it ?

 

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I didn't know it was blue-eyed. Is it ?

 

ROD

 

I don't know, sorry I was saying I could buy the fact he is blue eyed, but not necessarily so, but I don't buy it as a pop record. At all.

Cmon I thought the only point of keeping people as old as you on here with access was to answer such questions as above!

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Some great 70s jazz on the label. The Visitors album is mind-blowing. Not to be confused with the TRC or Dakar groups. Some interesting singer-songwriter stuff too.

 

Hmm, that makes sense of the titles, and maybe the long hair and funny fags too :-)

And never even heard of that LP but the Coltrane connection and a cheapish copy makes it too good not to buy!

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