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Belle & Sebastian Chris Geddes has been good enough to give us a top ten and taste of what to expect at his Together date on Saturday 30th April. Some top tunage.


Evie Sands “Picture me Gone” Cameo 1966

Fantastic big production courtesy of songwriting legend Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni, that sets off Evie’s vocal perfectly. Beware of the false ending when DJing!
Ike and Tina Turner “Somebody Needs You” Loma,1965
Unusually for Ike and Tina this is an uptempo Motown stye dance record, complete with bongos and vibes, written by Frank Wilson who went on to achieve Northern Soul immortality with “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)”. It’s a pity they didn’t record more in this style, it really suits Tina’s voice.
Tony Galla “In Love” Swan 1967
I first heard this when my flat mate picked up a compilation of the Swan label for £2 from Fopp in the late 90s, and we had it on heavy rotation in the house. I loved the slightly garagey production with heavy guitar and organ, in combination with the big soulful vocal. I later found out this had a been a big tune for Keb Darge at Stafford, the country’s biggest all nighter in the years after Wigan. 
Isley Brothers “Why When Love Is Gone” Tamla 1967
Another slightly garagey one, a Holland-Dozier-Holland masterpiece complete with fuzz guitar. Unusually raw for a Motown release of the period, again it’s a shame H-D-H and the Isleys didn’t cut more like this, but it wasn’t a hit at the time.
The Carstairs “It Really Hurts me Girl” Red Coach 1973
The kind of proto-disco record that divided opinions on the scene when Ian Levine started playing them as new releases at the Blackpool Mecca in the mid seventies. Now the combination of sweeping strings and fizzing hi hat behind the gospel tinged voices will do the business on any dance floor.
Lionel Hampton with Anna Belle Caesar “Little Annie” Glad Hamp 1964
At the other end of the Northern Soul spectrum form the Carstairs, this is great piece of jazzy R&B, with vibes master Lionel Hampton putting them to flashier use than the chordal role they play on soul records.
Sunny and the Sunliners “If I Could See You Now” RPR 1969
A great piece of uptempo Chicano soul from San Antonio, Texas. The flip side features an equally great ballad popular on the Lowrider scene in Los Angeles.
Art Freeman “Slippin’ Around With You” Fame 1966
A rare uptempo tune written Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, better know for their classic deep soul ballads. Spooner’s electric piano really drives this one along, along with some great backing vocals.
Lee Williams and the Cymbals “It’s Everything About You” Carnival 1968
Proof that the well of great soul music really is never ending, I only heard this for the first time a few weeks ago when Ian Levine played it on his podcast. The group cut a few 45s, all of which feature lovely harmonies, and hard drums playing the kind of shuffling syncopated grooves that get a record labeled “cross-over” on the Northern scene.
Linda Griner “Goodbye Cruel Love” Motown 1963
An early Motown classic, written by Smokey Robinson, featuring a another great vocal performance over a finger-snapping groove with Smokey’s trademark uptempo yet laid back feel.

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