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  • Birthday 08/03/1963

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    Northern Soul, since I was about 12 years old & also drifted into reggae during the 1980s. I have a relatively small Northern Soul collection, although it's been growing over recent years. Anything to do with 1990's Bally/Williams Pinball Machines, unfortunately they take up a lot of space so I've been forced to only keep two - Theatre of Magic and Twilight Zone. I'm also a Naim Audio addict I have a wife and two children.
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  1. I've treated some of my records to new sleeves, so I've got about 160 to recycle. Please see photo, good condition, but all written on as shown. These were originally purchased from Sounds Wholesale. Not sure if anyone would be interested, but if you're in the UK mainland and happy to pay £6 to cover postage and packing, first to PM me can have them. I will send PayPal F&F payment details via PM reply.
  2. Any NS event that you pay on the door, that doesn’t also advertise itself as including other genres like Ska etc. I wouldn’t necessarily expect original vinyl only at a multi-genre event. For me, it’s just a case of trying to maintain certain standards. Again, all in my humble opinion. I’ve been involved in this debate on numerous occasions before, so I think I’ll leave it there.
  3. In brief, if I’m a paying customer at a proper Northern Soul event, I would expect to be served up original vinyl only. Originals look better, feel better, sound better and are better. All in my humble opinion of course. In the same way, if I go to a steakhouse, I expect to be served up beef and not horse meat.
  4. Nice stuff Len. My stepfather was a sheet metal worker for a carpet manufacturer in Kidderminster. Besides his required work, he used to make some nice stuff (doing a foreigner) in his lunch breaks - Speaker stands for my Hifi system, scrolled decorative gates for the house, all sorts of stuff. Me, I work in NDT (Non Destructive Testing). Radiographic inspection of gas turbine components to be more precise. I can just about see retirement on the horizon, so all being well, that's where I'll be in about 5 years time
  5. What a fascinating read this thread has turned out to be. You guys are a fountain of knowledge. Great stuff .
  6. From my experience of what I've seen, I would say that Larry is the rarest version. I'd be keen to know how come there are two versions though.
  7. As Russ suspected, I thought Popcorn was a standard mid-tempo, sweet/cheesy, teeny pop take on what we call Northern Soul. I knew nothing about the pitching down business. However, to my ears at least, it sucks the life out of the Milt Grayson song. Amongst others, I have Vinnie Monte - I Don’t Have The Heart To Tell Her and Rick Fury - I’m So In Love With You. I’m not sure if they qualify as Popcorn now though. I’m guessing that Tommy Frontera - Leading Lady is a record that straddles the line between Northern and Popcorn. And I thought Northern Soul was difficult to define to the great unwashed! I’ll get me coat...
  8. Surely, if you need dancing lessons, you ain't really feeling it. Howard Guyton - I watched you slowly swim away...
  9. Northern - Seven day lover - James Fountain Modern - Heaven in the afternoon - Lew Kirton (12” version, because I love it)
  10. As cringeworthy as it was last week, now I’ve got used to the idea, part of me is looking forward to it tomorrow! I’m as protective of ‘the scene’ as anyone else on here, but we also have a reputation for being a friendly bunch, so I’m gonna run with that attitude. Northern Soul stopped being a secret society decades ago, but the simple beauty of the music never fades for me. It could have been worse, at least he didn’t open up by dancing to Frank Wilson and demonstrated to the masses that there are more than two Northern Soul records in existence - the other one being The Snake...
  11. If memory serves me correctly, I read somewhere (Record Collector mag?) that the BBC auctioned off a lot of vinyl for charity on a particular day in the 1990’s. DJ Mike Read was the auctioneer and did it for ‘free’, other than being paid in a few vinyl 45s from the BBC Radio 1 / 2 library - one of which was said to be Frankie and the Classicals on Philips.
  12. That's how it used to be back in the day for sure. It still is for the more discerning of course. Sadly, with all the dodgy bootlegs that are apparently getting played out, it seems you don't need to travel anymore to hear your favourite tunes if you don't care about the format.
  13. I can’t deny it, I have maybe 30 or so bootlegs (stored separately from my collection of originals, in order to avoid any cross-contamination), they’re all from the 1970’s when that was the only way of being able to listen to the music at home, either due to lack of access to, or inability to afford certain rare originals. The world has moved on, the Internet gives access to everyone that has the means to buy originals, but not only that, you can listen via streaming services, no need to clutter your house up with fake pieces of vinyl. Clearly, the Internet has also created a marketplace for ever more bootlegs for those that feel the need to buy such things. Given that Northern Soul is now quite trendy, there is of course a large customer base for bootleg 45s. As for the dancers, I’ve no doubt that some couldn’t care less about the medium from which the music is being played - that’s not what it’s about for some - they just want to go out and enjoy themselves, which is fine for them I guess. Northern Soul is the perfect vehicle for the over 50s and 60s to go out and let their hair down (if they’re lucky enough to have any). For now, I prefer to stay in and wash mine.

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