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Examples of what I mean:

I remember at oldies allnighters at the Casino a lot of 60s pop records got played, not soul and not to my personal taste but they sounded great because the strings and brass arrangements used to soar around the high ceiling.

I remember going to an allnighter at Sheffield Tiffanies in the early eighties and as I walked in Richard Searling segued Daybreak into Bobby Thurston's Very Last Drop and it seemed to sound amazing in a place with such cheesy 70's decor (including a murial behind the stage if I remember correctly).

At the 100 club things like Mello Souls or Barons of Soul sounded fantastic because they just smash you in the face like a right-hander off of AJ - and is this also true (if it is) of places like Mr Ms and the pitch black oldies room at the St Ivo in the 70s?

I read somewhere that somebody went to Cleethorpes pier and as they approached Night of the Wolf was playing and the whole structure seemed to be bouncing.  That must have been incredible.

What do you think?

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Sale Mecca the blue room early seventies had a great sound system . The club was quite small Ian Levine and Colin Curtis were playing a lot of new releases allways got the impression that we were the guinea pigs before the Saturday night Highland Room session .

Fresh new sounds modern production a top sound system fantastic . Conversly Wigan Casino 3am opening baseline George Blackwell Cant lose my head sheer bliss and fantastic atmosphere

All to do with context and possible chemical enhancement 😁

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Seem to recall World Column - So is the Sun and Babe Ruth - Elusive, making Cleethorpes Pier shake amongst others :thumbsup:

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On 8 May 2018 at 17:29, Mark S said:

Sale Mecca the blue room early seventies had a great sound system . The club was quite small Ian Levine and Colin Curtis were playing a lot of new releases allways got the impression that we were the guinea pigs before the Saturday night Highland Room session .

Fresh new sounds modern production a top sound system fantastic . Conversly Wigan Casino 3am opening baseline George Blackwell Cant lose my head sheer bliss and fantastic atmosphere

All to do with context and possible chemical enhancement 😁

 

On 8 May 2018 at 02:24, woolie mark said:

Examples of what I mean:

I remember at oldies allnighters at the Casino a lot of 60s pop records got played, not soul and not to my personal taste but they sounded great because the strings and brass arrangements used to soar around the high ceiling.

I remember going to an allnighter at Sheffield Tiffanies in the early eighties and as I walked in Richard Searling segued Daybreak into Bobby Thurston's Very Last Drop and it seemed to sound amazing in a place with such cheesy 70's decor (including a murial behind the stage if I remember correctly).

At the 100 club things like Mello Souls or Barons of Soul sounded fantastic because they just smash you in the face like a right-hander off of AJ - and is this also true (if it is) of places like Mr Ms and the pitch black oldies room at the St Ivo in the 70s?

I read somewhere that somebody went to Cleethorpes pier and as they approached Night of the Wolf was playing and the whole structure seemed to be bouncing.  That must have been incredible.

What do you think?

Yes to both Marks always noticed that in different venues chemicals and company does help with the quality of sound but some venues have and seem to bring the best out of the music being played your definitely not wrong, it's just to a lot of people who have not got the ears to know the difference it sounds the same it doesn't  BELEIVE me LoL,

ML

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1 hour ago, Hooker1951 said:

 

Yes to both Marks always noticed that in different venues chemicals and company does help with the quality of sound but some venues have and seem to bring the best out of the music being played your definitely not wrong, it's just to a lot of people who have not got the ears to know the difference it sounds the same it doesn't  BELEIVE me LoL,

ML

With you on that one Mick. Every now and again a record that you have heard hundreds of times just sounds different.  And WOW.  You just cant explain it. As you know. 

Steve 

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Short answer is "yes", but the reasons are pretty complex. As both Mick and Mark have already said, chemical enhancement, and the type of company you're in, both have a major part to play. As does the venue itself. Some venues are completely soul-less, and the DJs could play every single one of your all-time favourites but you'd still have a bummer of a night. Next week you could be in a sweaty, dingy, pitch black basement, and a tune you'd never been fussed about suddenly becomes the most awesome thing ever. No real rhyme nor reason to it in my eyes.

As someone else commented, if you listen to Afternoon of the Rhino nowadays, it really doesn't do too much for you. BUT.....the summer of 74, on the jam-packed floor in the main room at the Casino, full of Filon and Drynamil, and it was the most incredible sound ever. It's never sounded as good anywhere else.

So, context, context, context !!!!!!

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No particular examples but I'd say yes certain records are better suited to a small intimate venue rather then a large cavernous hall type venue, might be my age but any tune or even a whole night can be ruined for me by it being just too loud, when it becomes just a distorted mess and  you have to shout to let yourself be heard in a conversation then it's a notch too high. Great when the promoter has the set up just right until another Dj starts tinkering from behind the speakers, I know it's personal choice and lots of people like it blasting out but not for me.

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