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Everything posted by EmJayGee

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    The two standout tracks on the new album - Face Your Fear - are Till the End (real deal new Northern Soul stomper IMHO) and Heavens on the Other Side. The whole album is good and picked it up in HMV on vinyl for £20 ish.
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  3. As I mentioned before, I'm digitising my collection. And as I go publishing the odd mix on mixcloud. Here's the latest mix of mainly 60's and 70's, some recently purchased and some I've had for decades. Includes, Eric Lomax, Shirley Karol, Disciples of Soul, Charles Dixon, Lil Gray and and and.... Enjoy.
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    A mix - Just To Make Me Happy

    Hi, thanks for you kind words. The track you are asking about is Danny Harrison Girl Girl Girl on Coral.
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    Originals of Sight and Sound

    Hi, Can anyone sell me a copy of Long Boots please? VG++ minimum and clean labels. Thanks Mark
  6. Back in the late 80's Mick Godfrey ran a few Modern Soul Allnighters in Bedford. I was lucky enough to be invited to do a set at one of them. And even luckier that my old friend and travelling companion from back in the day, Mark Oliver, came with me, recorded it and kept the recording for 30 years!!!! Two sides of a C60 tape from 87. I've also started putting a couple of other mixes up there as I digitise my collection, at least that's what I tell the wife why I'm listening to my records every night :-)
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    Do you play your records at home

    So just got home from working away for a few days, everyone in bed early so dragged a pile of records out. Played Victoria Williams & J B Ledbetter Show Some Sign as I remebered playing that eons ago. Then flipped it over and found We're So Satisfied is bloody brilliant, and if I'd just been click playing would never have done that. I'm a happy boy :-)
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    100 Club Allnighter

    Cheers Dave, off to the Posts then :-)
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    100 Club Allnighter

    Confused, 6Ts website says 11-6 still but here it says 12-6. can someone please confirm the start time please? Setting off in 2 hours!!
  10. Picked up the Capitols We Got a Thing on ATCO in a record shop in Greenwich last week, for £11. Pulled it out because they had a cover of Open The Door To Your Heart, among others, actually really good versions of Hold on I'm Coming and Knock On Wood which pleased me when I played it back at home. Then on the end of side two I found this beauty, and it's never been off the turntable since: The LP is spot on from start to finish, happiest purchase this year so far :-)
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    Playing prev unreleased out (Arctic)

    Dean, If legit and the first time on vinyl then play them out, dropped into one of your sets they would fit in a treat. I would love to hear a couple of the legitimately issued M-Pac Onederful things played out. As we used to say way back when if it's good enough ti play then play it. Cheers Mark.
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    100 Club Xmas Party

    Was working in London this week so decided to drop in on the 100 Club Christmas bash. As it happens a young lady who works with me has been a bit curious about the Northern scene and I've been doing a couple of Cd's that she plays when getting together with her mates. Leading her down the hallowed stairs to the legendary venue reminded me of what it was that so captivated me 35 years ago when I first climbed the stairs to the Stars and Stripes Club in Yate. More of that later. We got there around 9:15 and the room was quiet, Mick Smith was resolutely turning out the party favourites, by the time Adey joined in the fun with his first session of Christmas related tunes the room was starting to fill. Then Irsh Greg exploded the atmosphere and the floor stayed packed the whole night, right up until the lights came on at 2. Normally I grumble about hearing the same oldies all the time, but tonight in the eye of my young companion I saw the wonder of the scene reborn. She knew none of the tunes, apart from the odd one or two that were on the Cd's I had done. She danced to songs that she didn't know, but just embraced the atmosphere, clapping along with everyone else to Lend a Hand. And tonight I just enjoyed everything. Something for everyone, some things I hadn't heard before (or couldn't remember knowing :-) ) some things I never thought I would hear at a Soul doo ever again but the night just worked. Just a final comment on the Technology of the youth, in my day I carried a small notepad to jot down the tunes I knew I needed to remember after the event and once the fog had cleared from my addled brain. She just installed Spotify and it found every tune she wanted, even putting up an image of the 7" along side the title and artist. which was quickly added to a playlist for later. Amazing. So to summarise my ramblings, the night was a mix of old and new, great fun, great atmosphere and has started a new soulie on her journey. Everything you could want from a night out.
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    Newbie questions

    Hi Youngsoulie81. 1. Why portable? I have a Riga Turntable which is great, pretty basic in terms of design but all the investment goes into the tone arm which is the most important piece. 2. Buy with confidence from many sellers on here. Listen to snippets of the records and buy what you like to listen to, not for its rarity. There's so much good quality stuff to start a collection with without busting the bank.
  14. Hi Dave, I'll take one of these off you please.
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    Lyn Varnado Ain't That Something

    I have a plain white label of it, was that the "demo" for the Hayley release?
  16. aaawwwwww shucks Pretty girl won't you lend me your ear, won't you come a little closer, I'm gonna play shakespeare I said listen little girl you sure look fine why don't you stop tryin to eat up my mind and then she smacked me on the head, kicked me on my knee and said Mr you're dead if you mess with me....... Emjaygee on the Northern line :-)
  17. Pete, Tommo Oz, Ant etc I miss em all, I know that as we've aged we've gotten mellower, but not knowing any of the younger generation, I do sometimes wonder if there are any characters of their class around these days, hidden away among their youthful gatherings........... Then I think probably not!!!!
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    6T'S 100 Club ALLNIGHTER

    Ha ha, typical that the one I am coming down to is the one that goes a bit nuts, still should give Virgin trains a chance to run late and still get me there on time..... I'll be there
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    The Film - Reviews

    I went to see the film at the ICA in London last tuesday. Thought it might be quite good to watch such an underground thing right on the Mall, just along from her maj's residence. Fully expecting to be alone at the late showing. The two screens were at the back of the bookshop and there was quite a crowd gathered, all hanging round the books on art, looking at them knowingly, I couldn't make head nor tail of what was round me!! I did think, while at the back of the crowd, that when the other crowd were trying to get out, that if I started pushing at the back I could get the entrance to the screen to resemble the door scene from the Casino documentary. Low and behold that scene appeared before me on the not quite so big screen. I had a little chuckle to myself. The crowd of which I speak were 90% a lot younger than I, which was an interesting dynamic I hadn't expected. So in we go. Now at this point I need to state that I didn't go to the Casino, I started at Yate in 1980 a fresh faced 14 year old so never got to Wigan. However, during the 80's the scene was still full of the types of Character portrayed, I have met and knew well at least a few of every type of person portrayed. And one of my mentors in the early days of my journey gave me the same advice to me about never turning to the needle, as it was a dark one way street. So I think it was spot on in terms of the characterisation of the people. I think the sweary DJ's may be harking back to the 80's rather than the 70s. As for the darkness (lighting) of the film, I worked in dark factories and between Friday evening and Monday morning I never saw the light of day, the weekends were one long dark night of music, travel and mates. I really enjoyed the film, as I said before, never went to Wigan, but please don't hold that against me. I'll leave my final words to a young girl (no more than 20) who on the way out was trying to explain to her friend - "it really was like that up north in the 70s, it was only the music that kept them going" She must be studying history or something!!!
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    Northern Soul Megamix - Part 1 & 2

    Good to hear from you too Jim, the first question is a bit of a daft one, I just can't remember when it was, no surprise there then. And yes I still have most of the records from back then, sold or swapped on some of the big tickets of the day, but have added quite a bit to the collection since then too. Currently working on brownie points so I can go to at least one of this years Peebles sessions ;-)
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    Northern Soul Megamix - Part 1 & 2

    That would be me then Jim. :-) Not quite dead yet!! I did actually drive up to Scotland for the Shotts afternoon session at the weekender last year, then spent the whole afternoon talking to Adey Pierce, Jon Anderson and Butch in the record bar. Then I drove home again before the night session, not a bad round trip for a chat these days!!!
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    Northern Soul Megamix - Part 1 & 2

    Hahaha, I too remember these tapes. Who knew how anyone got anywhere when trying to guess intros and find their way to some strange corner of the UK in the dark. Good to see you kept all that stuff Mark.
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    Where Have All The "big Lads" Gone?

    Is there a transfer window for the most wanted now then?????
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    Where Have All The "big Lads" Gone?

    I gave up buying big lads years ago. My attitude to collecting is thus, if I like it and the price is right and I've got a bit of cash, I'll buy it. I've been on the scene (and off a lot) since 1980, and there are still records that I haven't heard, or don't remember heard for one reason and another. I still get excited by picking up something that I haven't heard before even if it's a £10 "cheapie" that never got played because it wasn't rare enough.
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    How Far Would You Go? Journeys To Events

    I remember one trip to Stafford from Gloucester with my then girlfriend before I had a car. It was the well reknown snow all nighter when it was fine when we all went in and arctic tundra when we came out. Football in the car park etc. When the trains finally started running it was well into the afternoon and when we finally got on a train we both fell asleep. Waking up as we pulled into Bristol. So we jumped off and waited for ages for a train going back the other way. Finally got home about 12 hours after the nighter ended. Another classic trip was when the marks brothers went to a soul night in Cheltenham area. We were chatting to Brian Rae who was DJing at a nighter in the midlands somewhere but had drunk too much. So we drove him there so he could meet his obligation, but had no way home. So we walked and hitched from motorway services to motorway junction all the next day. Finally getting to a local motorway junction and walking back to his place about 5 miles. Finally getting there again about 12 hours after the nighter finished. We got into some trouble.


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