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FRANKIE CROCKER

Record Collector February 2019

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Just bought this month’s issue as there were a couple of articles that caught the eye. On pages 52-53 there’s a special feature on Northern Soul collectables. On pages 20-21 there’s a profile of DJ Honey. I can not remember the last time I bought the magazine although I try to check it out monthly using W H Smith’s station stores to browse. If there were more Northern Soul articles, I would buy Record Collector regularly, but coverage of this most collectable genre of music is nigh on non-existent. I would be interested to read any views regarding this publication.

Ian Shirley’s article on Northern Soul collectables has loads of discussion points, particularly the prices quoted, but I would like to see more articles like this on UK and US records on a regular basis. This magazine has the potential to reach a wider circulation by broadening coverage so it would be interesting to hear of any thoughts on this.

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Haven't seen the current edition of Record Collector but does it give you any more information on the northern and rare soul scene that you couldnt otherwise get (for free!) on forums such as Soul Source , Rare Soul Talk (Facebook) or specialist soul publications  produced BY people on the soul scene FOR people on the soul scene?

Isn't Record Collector a  generalist record collector publication aimed at  generalist record collectors ? People who dip their toes from time to time into rare  soul or punk or metal or freakbeat or whatever? 

If you've been into northern/rare soul for a little while then an article in Record Collector is unlikely to tell you anything you don't already know or couldn't otherwise get from specialist soul publications or forums.

It was different 25 or 35 years ago when the internet didn't exist or was in its infancy. An interview in Record Collector with Richard Searling or Ian Levine for example might have been a big deal ...  but now all you have to do is look at specialist soul forums or just google a  particular subject and away you go ...

 

 

 

 

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I have subscribed to RC for years and still do. The classifieds at the back aren’t as exciting as they once were for all the obvious reasons but it’s still a good read.

It’s had a face lift in recent months or so and brought in a few new regular contributors which has been good. I guess it had to appeal to a very broad church so being too in depth on any specific area too often might not be an option.

In the March issue Sam Dees The Show Must Go On LP gets referenced  in an article with a photo of the sleeve.

Lots of book and record reviews. 

Id bet a few of the writing staff are on here.

in short ; I like it 

 

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16 hours ago, sunnysoul said:

Haven't seen the current edition of Record Collector but does it give you any more information on the northern and rare soul scene that you couldnt otherwise get (for free!) on forums such as Soul Source , Rare Soul Talk (Facebook) or specialist soul publications  produced BY people on the soul scene FOR people on the soul scene?

Isn't Record Collector a  generalist record collector publication aimed at  generalist record collectors ? People who dip their toes from time to time into rare  soul or punk or metal or freakbeat or whatever? 

If you've been into northern/rare soul for a little while then an article in Record Collector is unlikely to tell you anything you don't already know or couldn't otherwise get from specialist soul publications or forums.

It was different 25 or 35 years ago when the internet didn't exist or was in its infancy. An interview in Record Collector with Richard Searling or Ian Levine for example might have been a big deal ...  but now all you have to do is look at specialist soul forums or just google a  particular subject and away you go ...

 

 

 

 

Often wondered about general collectors as you termed and them, just how many UB40 collectors, for instance, are out there and would they want read an article about Madonna, of they didn't collect that artist?

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According to their own website.......

The reader profile is 95% male, averaging 53 years, with 90% aged between 35 and 69 years.

They own an average of 2144 vinyl albums and 1046 CD’s.

15% of readers go to a live concert once a week or more.

Our current circulation is 35,000 with a readership of at least double that figure.

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6 hours ago, Steve S 60 said:

According to their own website.......

The reader profile is 95% male, averaging 53 years, with 90% aged between 35 and 69 years.

They own an average of 2144 vinyl albums and 1046 CD’s.

15% of readers go to a live concert once a week or more.

Our current circulation is 35,000 with a readership of at least double that figure.

That's a hell of a lot of Albums and CD's

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12 hours ago, davidwapples said:

There was a Richard Searling interview a month or so ago with his new book out

Didn't realise this - W H Smith must’ve sold out. I read the book though, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Good to know the soul scene is receiving coverage.

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18 hours ago, Steve S 60 said:

According to their own website.......

The reader profile is 95% male, averaging 53 years, with 90% aged between 35 and 69 years.

They own an average of 2144 vinyl albums and 1046 CD’s.

15% of readers go to a live concert once a week or more.

Our current circulation is 35,000 with a readership of at least double that figure.

I reckon these people should be buying more 45’s... Does the readership figure include the W H Smith browsers?

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5 hours ago, FRANKIE CROCKER said:

I’d never heard of her but she guested at the Cleethorpes Weekender one summer. Certainly has a nice record collection.

Really?  Ady’s weekender?  I’ve never heard of her let alone remember seeing her there Djing.  

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5 hours ago, chalky said:

I was there and still no wiser

Honey says she DJ’d there on her birthday in 2017.

The article mentions her residing in Singapore, spinning 45’s on her radio show in Australia, online and events all over the world.

The article concludes by mentioning her show, Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang! can be heard on Mixcloud.

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On 01/03/2019 at 08:48, Stevie said:

 

Not this lady is it?

 

 

Don’t think it is the DJ Honey above comparing photos.

An interesting clip nevertheless, watching other people getting right into their music and seeing Simon Cowell, who hasn’t a musical bone in his body, squirming away as he just doesn’t get it.

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They - Record Collector - featured a particularly good book review in this month's edition ! : )

They also printed a letter (or, probably e-mail)  from Tony Cummings , well known ex soul music writer

And Ian McCann's regular column on soul music is always good...

 

 

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Thanks to contributors for their thoughts. Although Record Collector is a general magazine, it is excellent overall. February’s issue had an obituary for Nancy Wilson, a Bay Tripper spot for Walter Wilson on Wand, a CD review for a Kent soul release and other features of interest. The magazine certainly caters to a broad range of genres and is inclusive of all types of soul music. I just wish there were more in-depth Northern Soul features that would encourage me to buy the magazine regularly.

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