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  1. Hyde Park Picture House May 24th -27th May. Leeds
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  2. This looks truly amazing , the trailer brought a lump to my throat and moved me to tears. Hearing that level of power ,intensity and a total celebration of life , love and hope. "Don't bring a hankie bring a towel" ..says it all, and the Gospel roots of Soul music are clear for all to see. Any news of its UK screenings very welcome. I think its going out via Odeon Cinemas . Keep the Faith.
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  3. A great selection from a great label. Im a big fan of Martin Freeman but I think Eddie's choices just edge it .
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  4. Interesting film that sparked my memories of those years , attending Jazz Funk events including Reading All Dayers , Purley , and Lacey Lady, Crackers and 100 Club. I attended a Reading All Dayer .. my first .. I think it was about 1977 ..? or 78. It might not be the one mentioned by Chris Hill but the main room was Jazz Funk/Contemporary Soul and Northern in the smaller room . Id heard about Northern Soul by then , but never been to an event and strayed into the Northern room and .. never really came out. I was hooked. Can't recall the DJ's but the records that stuck in my mind were The Fabulettes :Bigger They Are : Eddie Garigan : I wish I was : and Dobbie Grays Out on the Floor. The Jazz funk crowd invaded with a Conga at one point which I thought was totally disrespectful and unnecessary. As much as I still liked the modern music I felt many of Chris Hills antics were embarrassing and over the top. He's right their were no fights that I saw but the scene was plagued by hand bag thefts which caused a lot of unease and scathing criticism from the DJs on stage. Chris Hill's habit of talking over records left you feelings his ego was more important than the music but I cannot fault the Soul/Funk mafia for some great events and radio shows and breaking so many great tunes. Its funny to hear of the Oldies/Modern split debate that had been so prevalent in Northern Soul. The new circle of DJ's were inevitable but I personally felt it got a bit West End elitist with some of those clubs like the Wag. I think Norman Jay adopted a more middle ground musically and earnt a lot of respect .. and he' loves Northern .
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  5. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Peace Love and Soul - American Soul review... View full article
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  6. So the first series of American Soul comes to conclusion this week with Don Cornelius securing an appearance from Ike and Tina Turner but struggling with ever present distractions such as a rocky marriage , organised crime and his own health issues. The BET channel were given a huge responsibility in reflecting a such an iconic programme that holds so many memories for its the series target audience . There have also been expectations from Soul fans with many of us feeling this was the greatest era of Black American music. Former Police Officer Don Cornelius humble beginnings as a Chicago club promoter saw him realise a dream that had huge obstacles to overcome . Popular music at the time was routed through the Dick Clark Show whose legacy was somewhat trapped in his clean cut image of its 1950’s origins in Philadelphia , but was initially tainted with segregated audiences before its move to LA. In 1971 Don convinced Chicago television station WCIU to air his Soul Train pilot locally. Whilst it was primitive and in Black and White it scored instant appeal on the streets of Chicago. Within a year Don had transferred to LA where he drew on his links and support with Philly and Chicago artistes such as The O Jays , Curtis Mayfield , BB King. and Gladys Knight and the Pips to secure the shows limited syndication . Pam Brown secured the local street and club dancers who were to prove the catalyst for the shows success. Within a few years it had crossed over from cult viewing to national and later international appeal until its demise in 1986. It gave room to white performers such as Elton John and David Bowie dipping their musical toes in Philly inspired Soul but it never lost sight of its core audience whose were to hold it in the kind of esteem that might be reserved for Match of the Day or Grange Hill or Tiswas in the UK. Its difficult to emphasise the cultural value the Black community placed on the show, young and old. “Soul Train showed the black community to itself every weekend, along with the black excellence of our greatest musical artists, and it was a breath of fresh air.” Blogger Miles Marshall Lewis. Afro Punk When it was announced that that the cable network BET . (Black Entertainment Television ) was developing a 10 episode series depicting the emergence and growth of Soul Train there were many who reminded them of the responsibility that comes with portraying such as iconic cultural show that so many Americans had grown to cherish. So as series 1 concludes what are we to make of televisions attempts to tell its own history ? I come to it without the cultural investment felt by its core audience and an outsiders perspective on the era, but with a long passion for the music it showcased . It has to be said the musical content and exploration of the business and the artists has very much buried beneath a multi faceted series of sub plots that have tested the loyalty and patience of the most committed viewer. Don’s struggles to get his vision established in the face of racism , organised crime , a vulnerable marriage , rightly take centre stage. Sinqua Wallls delivers a convincing Don who develops into something of a flawed anti hero whose ruthless streak you almost come to accept given the obstacles of the time. A description of him as “televisions Berry Gordy” was probably very near the truth. Around him we follow the struggles and feuds of the shows aspiring dancers and a vocal group (Encore) We are drawn into struggles that include gang violence and the painful losses resulting from Vietnam, a range of feuds , betrayals and double crossing that you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve strayed into a Black American East Enders ! As if this labyrinth is not enough like Eastenders the show was sparing in its allocation of time on any given thread of the plot. Many of these were averaging 50 seconds before it abandoned the shark infested nuances of the music industry and took you off to Vietnam, back to an LA Police investigation or a strike by the shows dancers. Even the shows adherents have voiced frustration at too many threads, which points to the worrying low attention span of US TV audiences or a catch all mania by the writers that tries to cover too much and ends up failing to do justice to any one of the important issues. Against this backdrop the music and live performances by Soul artistes seem almost incidental and certainly sparse . Over 10 episodes performances included those playing Gladys Knight and the Pips, Rufus Thomas , The Honecone and The Chilites. Little Richard. We see a credible acting role from Gospel singer Kelly Price who also pulls off a great version of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ as was Encore’s version of Smiling Faces. A real surprise was Adryan Rae’s playing Gangster Moll Pearl Madigan delivering a quality rendition of Betty Swann’s “Im Lonely For You’ before she meets her demise in episode 9. The series dares to expose the ego’s , the payola , and control freaks and creeps at play in the music industry, then and now. Thankfully Glady’s comes out of it in tact prepared to back Don’s dream whilst patronising diva Diana Ross coyly tells him to come back in a few years. It was always going to be a risk trusting such an iconic piece of TV history to a cable channel putting out Pimp My Ride and Hollywood Husbands. If you take out the trailers , advertising (up to 9 ad’s !! ) and fillers , we might have got a better story from a cinema film production . Cadillac Records, Ray , Get on Up all provided credible accounts of similar stories. Personally I think it would have been far safer in the hands of Spike Lee who would have been in his mid teens when Soul Train took off and has a credible pedigree at exploring Black American culture and history. Spoiler Alert! Despite its flaws I have invested too much in it not to track its return for a second series . For those of you lacking the patience but who want an abridged , dare I say it sanitised history of Soul Train’s cultural significance you could do worse than to access via U Tube “Soul Train The Hippest Trip in America” An hour long tribute produced by J Kevin Swain in 2009 3 years after Don Cornelius had tragically taken his own life. Peace Love and Soul. Cool Notes. aka @Coolnotes Video Clip/Trailer Soul Train The Hippest Trip in America 2009 Programme
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  7. Ive often mused if I could have been a fly on the wall at the initial development of ANY record .. and Green Onions would come very high on that list. Raw , funky , slick .. and making musical and cultural history. You can just imagine it all being pieced together . Can't believe that MG Car's complained to em' about the name. You'd think they'd be grateful. Great post . ..
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  8. great stuff , particularly Laville . Shame its not coming to Yorkshire. Just a question.. Ive seen some tour posters on Facebook listing Canadian singer Tanika Charles instead of Mali Hayes ?
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  9. Coolnotes

    NVM

    This came at a time Id got another all clear from a Cancer test and in the abscence of my fantastic wife who saw me through it and more I heard this on Solar and wanted to send a message. I won't excuse the small kitchen for some shoddy moves but sometimes the moment and the music grips you. Especially this song.. KTF.
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  10. Coolnotes

    NVM

    Dancing in the Kitchen - "Because of You"...mp4 Dancing in the Kitchen - %22Because of You%22...mp4
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  11. Really powerful , emotive , often painful but did justice to his voice and popularity. I would have liked to have heard more about / from HM and the Bluenotes .. and also the post accident years as well. I think a lot of todays RnB singers have been inspired by him .. not least Jaheim. Well worth a watch.
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  12. Im pretty sure this is the limited release film on selected cinema's around the UK this month , which Im really grateful for as its not at any cinema in my area. Followed by a profile of Al Green at 3:40 am, for the insomniacs ! Its had good reviews and hopefully does justice to a Soul legend and complex Soul who we lost too early.
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  13. Ive been waiting years for this opportunity , and Im not sure it fits totally with your Thread , but... , If Paul Weller had been Black..American and obscure and put this out in the US in the 1960's how massive might this have been on the Northern Soul Scene. Written just prior to the Jam splitting and delivered with a brilliant pastiche' Northern Youth Club disco. A heartfelt anthem for Unity , hope and positivity. Now I know no Northern DJ would risk playing it .. but if that moment comes Id get out there on my own to do it justice. If you don't like Weller's voice there's an Instrumental version that never got released apparently. Shout to the Top could be another one .. , a clear nod to The Armada Orchestra if you ask me. Great Thread by the way. Keep the Faith .. across boundaries..
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  14. Showbands : How Ireland Learnt to Party. BBC 4. Ardal O Hanlon provides a fascinating reflection on the growth and success of the uniquely Irish phenomena of Show Bands from the 1950’s to the late 1970’s. on BBC4 Like Northern Soul it sprang up from a grass roots movement that sought some escapism from a drab cultural and social monotony . Initially under the watchful eye of the church’s North and South of the border but quickly hosted by an array of dance halls that were built in the 50’s and 60’s to meet this demand. There were reported to be up to 600 Irish Showbands at their peak playing across the country to packed halls of up to 2,000 people. The programme acknowledges the financial boost to the Irish economy on both sides of the border . ‘Every band and their followers would need a suit, a van , the women a hair do’ and a dress, and drinks. It was a £6. million pound industry. ( I guess the same could be said of the Soul scene at its peak) It crossed the Irish Sea to the Irish communities in the UK . The bands also for many years were able to bridge the sectarian divisions and may even have become more necessary for people to escape the horrors of The Troubles.’. This came to a tragic end when the most popular Miami Showband were victims of a Loyalist Paramilitary attack in 1975 which saw 3 members killed. It heralded the end of an era and both the bands and the dance halls came to an end. Declan closes with "above all else .. .. It was just a bit of fun”. You can catch it on BBC i player . https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/hr6rkh/showbands-how-ireland-learnt-to-party/
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  15. Sorry 'fantastic accounts ' relates to his career and musical progression, the film also sees him recount painful memories of racism directed towards his family growing up in a very white area in Bakersfield. Yet his songs still deliver a message of peace and unity .. the Curtis of our time. Priceless.
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