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Simon Soussan Djing @ Wigan Casino

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Remember him DJ'ing but from memory can't remember where could have been Wigan he played a lot of dodgy instrumentals that he recorded. Not the greatest of spots.

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4 hours ago, Goldsoul said:

I was with him on the night at the Casino in 1974. A great character, incredibly knowledgeable, extremely likable and discoverer of tremendous turntable hits back in the day. 

On that occasion though, he and organiser Russ Winstanley misjudged the audience and the launch of his instrumentals and other creations quite rightly didn’t work.  

 

I'm trying hard to imagine an audience at the Casino when that would have worked.

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7 hours ago, Paul r said:

I came into Russ's shop on the Saturday afternoon.  You, Russ and Soussan were there, and As was playing some of his synthesizer instrumentals as I walked  in. His version of Thumb a ride was on the turntable. The look on his face was a picture when I said "what the f*ck is this shite". I wasn't  impressed with the sounds or his pink suit!

Pink suit....don’t remember that nor being in RW’s shop. 

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1 hour ago, Goldsoul said:

Pink suit....don’t remember that nor being in RW’s shop. 

Sorry, is that Kev, for some reason I thought it was Richard!

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22 hours ago, Goldsoul said:

I was with him on the night at the Casino in 1974. A great character, incredibly knowledgeable, extremely likable and discoverer of tremendous turntable hits back in the day. 

On that occasion though, he and organiser Russ Winstanley misjudged the audience and the launch of his instrumentals and other creations quite rightly didn’t work.  

 

Cheers Kev. Thanks for confirmation. No doubt Simon was a key source of top tunes back in the day. Even today, it is very hard for a DJ to break one new tune given the reluctance of the dancing public to embrace star-quality first time out, so not surprised to learn a mass of instrumentals received a luke-warm response.

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A sound file of a such a spot does exist, but I can't find my copy of it now. If it was at Wigan or not I couldn't confirm. I seem to remember it was about a dozen tracks, may be 9 of them being instruments - Mirwood stuff?

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21 minutes ago, simon t said:

A sound file of a such a spot does exist, but I can't find my copy of it now. If it was at Wigan or not I couldn't confirm. I seem to remember it was about a dozen tracks, may be 9 of them being instruments - Mirwood stuff?

One of the Mirwood instrumentals that really did work was " Dont Pretend "  Mirwood Orchestra?   . There is that green label soul fox thing with another instrumental  version called Pretention , but the one played at Wigan was different, more sparse,and altogether better.  I dont think that it was ever available .Theres a Great You tube live Casino clip of  this , very atmospheric and evocative .

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I was there that night and have a tape that  I recorded on the night only problem is recorded over most of it . I think some of it is still there but not sure where it is I can only recall one northern record he played and that was 24 hours service Charlie Romans and the rest was his versions of things like 6x6. I will sort through my tapes to see how much is still left from the original tape also have one I recorded at Blackpool Mecca 1974.

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6 hours ago, paul k said:

I was there that night and have a tape that  I recorded on the night only problem is recorded over most of it . I think some of it is still there but not sure where it is I can only recall one northern record he played and that was 24 hours service Charlie Romans and the rest was his versions of things like 6x6. I will sort through my tapes to see how much is still left from the original tape also have one I recorded at Blackpool Mecca 1974.

Paul, I would LOVE to hear it. Please can you let me know. Thanks 

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On 04/09/2018 at 23:04, carty said:

One of the Mirwood instrumentals that really did work was " Dont Pretend "  Mirwood Orchestra?   . There is that green label soul fox thing with another instrumental  version called Pretention , but the one played at Wigan was different, more sparse,and altogether better.  I dont think that it was ever available .Theres a Great You tube live Casino clip of  this , very atmospheric and evocative .

I always thought I'd heard a different version to that green label Pretention one, so glad somebody else remembers it. You've made my day !

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15 hours ago, BackstreetNiter said:

Paul, I would LOVE to hear it. Please can you let me know. Thanks 

Will look through my old tape box, hope I have not rubbed off to much of the content. 

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