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About ljblanken

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    Tape swappers fav
  • Birthday 27/10/1971

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    Amateur boxing
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    Marina, California
  • Top Soul Sound
    "goose pimples" by shirley j scott
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  1. ljblanken

    Songs That Use Same Arrangement /backing Track

    Apologize if this has been done... Eldridge Holmes - time for everything (ALON) Irma Thomas - two winters long (Minit)
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    Chavis label?

    Awesome -thx!
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    Chavis label?

    I have recently been getting great gospel records on the Chavis label (Lumpkin Singers, Miller Family, etc). I know there are secular releases on this label as well. Does anyone have info on this label? (discography, owner, etc) Thanks!
  4. Mid/down tempo set: Andre Maurice - save some love for me (Bale) Florida Spiritualaires - I remember (Ernie's Record Parade) Manhattans - follow your heart (Carnival) Royalettes - only when you're lonely (MGM) Bobbie Smith - wanted (Big Top) Bell Bros - don't you know she's alright (Sure Shot) Brenda Nickson - the worker (Phonograph) Chantells - why won't you say (Soul Kitchen) Miller Family - I want to testify (Chavis) Mable John - it's catching (Stax) Willie Harper - you you (Sansu) Durand Jones & Indications - you and me (Colemine) Billy and Betty - some kind of something (Sagport) Arthur Conley - I'm a lonely stranger (Jotis) Fourmosts - it was a lie (DW) Invincibles - I can't win (Loma) Delores Johnson - give me your love (Bobbin)
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    Valerie Simpson thread

    Another great gospel tune... 21 year old Nick Ashford and 17 year old Valerie Simpson (that's what the youtube poster listed as their ages)...
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    Carolina Soul are top notch. I went into their brick-and-mortar store last year and it turns out that they are also extremely cool people. I bought about $200 worth of records (mostly gospel) and they threw in a couple cheapies and a t-shirt for free! can't beat that. It is in downtown Durham (if you are ever out that way).
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    ' A youth culture left in the hands of old men'

    Yup. And they don't proceed in a linear fashion - for example...first listen to "general black music" for a couple of years (for me it was Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, reggae, etc), then "popular" soul (Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Motown), then "rare" soul (northern, deep, popcorn, lowrider, etc), and then something really, really specialized (like for me... mid-tempo, female vocal, mid-sixties, beat ballads). That journey took me 25 years. They can, rather, jump right into the deep end immediately... but have no context or basic understanding. And if they focus their spending, they can acquire an impressive box of 20-50 records and get DJ spots. That happens in the US a lot. 25 year old kid spinning a couple of big tunes at an event and you're like "did this kid start collecting when he was 3 years old??" (no, more likely 6 months ago... he's just really good at exploiting the internet!)... and then you say to them "that tune sounded like "everybody plays the fool" by Main Ingredient" and they're like... "what's that?" (that happened to me recently) Not complaining. It is what it is. If the 25 year old is spinning great tunes, then good on 'em! I'll dance. (and if I was 25 now I'd be doing the exact same thing!)
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    ' A youth culture left in the hands of old men'

    I think you hit it spot on. Back then (the 1980s for me, as I am 46), scenes (mod, punk, hardcore, etc) gradually evolved and solidified as people SLOWLY accrued/acquired/absorbed culture (clothes, music, etc)... and made their own in response. Now, if a kid gets exposed to Northern Soul (or anything - Peruvian pan flute music, for gods sake) they can download all the tunes AND order all the appropriate gear in 2 days. Easily gotten, easily lost. Then it is on to the next thing. I think the youth scenes/subcultures of post-WWII USA/UK are a thing of the past. Now just one large, undifferentiated tidal wave of media. I don't think kids today even understand the concept of a "scene" (not being judgmental or dismissive - I truly think this). Just my two cents.
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    Amsterdam - 5th May

    Lattimore Brown - so says my heart! great choon.
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    soul/R&B nights in San Francisco?

    Cool! Thank you. Like I said, I used to live in SF in the early 90s ... but have been gone for a long time. Working a bunch, but want to get back into it. Am in Detroit right now (for work), but found a copy of Matthew Barnett on Puff for really cheap! I guess there are still good records getting unearthed here... - Leo
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    The Belgium Popcorn Oldies Top 100 for 2018

    I think this is a big popcorn sound. Is the flip of "ain't that love"...
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    soul/R&B nights in San Francisco?

    Thanks all! Great suggestions!
  13. I just moved to SF last week - are there any soul nights going on now? I used to live there years ago, but have no idea what is cooking now. Any help appreciated! Thanks!
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    Soul in the Hole, Sweet, Deep and Mid-Tempo room

    Great point! I am sure it was awesome and wish i could have been there.
  15. I grew up in Cincinnati and saw these bands back when I was in high school (the Raisins, Ricky Nye's various groups, etc). Cincinnati always had a great mixed race R&B scene - it sits right on the Mason/Dixon line, and was a draw for both hillbillies and black folks to try their hand at King Records. Used to go to bars and see bands like Big Ed Thompson and the All Stars and H-Bomb Ferguson belting out this kind of music all the time. Last time I visited Cincinnati I found this plaque for H-Bomb...


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