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Last night of the Catacombs - Live sounds and interviews

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Apologies if this is "old news" but I don't recall seeing these 2 web pages mentioned on Soul Source before.

On the first page are links to an hour of sounds, and interviews with the likes of Max Millward and Graham Warr, all recorded live at the last night of the Catacombs on 13th July 1974.

The Catacombs meant a great deal to me. The 60s was my teenage years and I thought I knew a bit about soul music, including the rarer end of the spectrum. That is until late 1970 when I walked up those hallowed stairs in Temple Street, Wolverhampton. What I heard that night hit me like a hammer blow and I'm not sure I have recovered since. LOL! :D

If you haven't heard these before hope you enjoy. :)

http://p-c-r-l.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/catacombs-club-tribute.html

http://p-c-r-l.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Mickey Nold 'Cats Tribute' Page 2

 

 

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An hour of RAW, HONEST "Northern Soul." Catacombs style!

AN EXPRESS TRAIN WITHOUT BRAKES!!

THE REAL MCCOY!!!

ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS! LOL!!!!

I'm sure IL would see the funny side in the interviews.

Mickey Nold:"Why didn't Ian Levine come down?

Graham Warr: "Because he owes me exactly £2.20 and one copy of Lee Merril on Boom!" :D

41 years ago. But what a buzz!

 

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Yes indeed memories came flooding back after listening to the interviews and sound tracks of the night , attended the last Cats night with my late m8 ( Al Jay ) we were both from Kidderminster and Mick Flello from Cookley we used to go the Wolves , did see Mick in London many years back at a Wolves away day, great memories of Cats and West Midland Soul Club days ...  sold a couple tunes to Cats dj Blue Max ( rip) , Great looking back and hearing the last night sounds , Hot and sweat on the walls yes it was a night , small dance floor great atmosphere!!! 

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Brilliant article - memories ay!  Nobody's mentioned the Sunday afternoon sessions have they? In the pubs in Wolvo beforehand, the Cats, then off to the Royal Hotel in Walsall. Remember standing with about 20 others on the fire escape trying to get a breather from the intense heat on the dance floor (stage).

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Never made it to the Sunday sessions. Persuaded Max to let me DJ at the last night as I was a resident by then, but had holiday booked and could not get out of it. So while all my mates were at the last night of The Catacombs, was in Torquay and went to The Compass and met for the first time Bob Hinsley and Maureen. Memories of Lou Johnson "Unsatisfied" flooding back from that night, maybe Bob had copy with him?. Was with Graham Warr a couple of weeks ago and he he has some amazing stories,don't forget the Ian Leveine find in Miami was only because Graham told him he had left records there from his visit to the thrift store! Graham also got a lot of UK stuff from a shop in the East End. That night at The Cats when he played Dena Barnes, The Trips, George Carrow, Epitome Of Sound, Bobby Treetop, all for the first time played on the Northern scene, was one of the best ever.

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Thanks for posting this - I`ve often wondered what the Catacombs was like  :thumbsup:

This graphic has been posted on here before but no harm in repeating it.

All soul music fans should know what was going on down this back street in Wolverhampton. :yes:

Long before Wigan was even dreamed of. :)

https://youtu.be/gBXz6dwsmFo

 

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Don't forget Carl Dene was playing Rare Soul at The Catacombs, The Chateau Impney and Walsall George Hotel and Royal Hotel way before the term Northern Soul was invented.

Those were strange times weren't they. The mainstream music was a mash up of Prog Rock morphing into Glam Rock and heavy/funky soul.

Rare Soul in the late 60sand very early 70s was a sort of hybrid of retro and visionary :)

Those early DJs like Carl should wear a b****y great badge of honour. :yes:

 

 

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a great page and tribute to the 'Cats'..i attended the last night and the recording brought back a great memory..can't place the instrumental between the exciters and bob relf..anyone name it?

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.can't place the instrumental between the exciters and bob relf..anyone name it?

I think it's Wynder K Frog's version of Somebody Help Me, from Sunshine Super Frog album.

 

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Those were strange times weren't they. The mainstream music was a mash up of Prog Rock morphing into Glam Rock and heavy/funky soul.

Rare Soul in the late 60sand very early 70s was a sort of hybrid of retro and visionary :)

Those early DJs like Carl should wear a b****y great badge of honour. :yes:

 

Carl was playing The Trends "Thanks For A Little Loving" at The Chateau Impney Sunday sessions but it never took off!. And in the early days of "Northern" I could not believe when I found a copy of Earl Jackson "Soul Self Satisfaction" in his record box. He had been playing it for years to no great response and was very hapy to flog it me.

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