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    Rock (aged 10), Soul, Funk, Northern (aged 12), New York Disco, Jazz Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Deep, Southern, Jazz Rock, Blues, Zappa, Beefheart, Tom Waites, Hendrix, Santana, C20th Classical. World, (some) Hip Hop.  With Alex Lowes and Searling, transformed Jazz Funk model of weekender to Soul Room model at Berwick, Fleetwood, Morecambe and Southport. Sam Dees asked for me by name when he arrived at Fleetwood for his first ever British date. Dramatic Ron Banks told me I have a good ear after I recognized Wee Gee on a recent comeback record (long since forgotten). Invented the term Deep and Sweet which seems to have become Sweet and Deep.

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    Seedy Steve Tulip
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  1. Having read more of the blog, I get that the objection to covering the early Upnorth Weekenders was because they barely featured northern soul at all. However, I realised almost in hindsight that many thought they were about modern soul as an offshoot of northern, and based on the Mecca and the seventies records played at nighters in the eighties; a view I didn't and don't share. It was more about people, often with a background in northern soul, jazz-funk or club music - and I'd done all three - but had been listening to 'real soul' at home for years. I disentangled myself from them in 9
  2. Nobody does their cause any favours by claiming the artists miraculously recieve money when vinyls are exchanged between dealers and collectors. There isn't a serious singer, musician or producer on the planet who thinks CDs are in any way less valid, authentic or worthy than vinyls were in their day. On the contrary, they want you to buy their CDs and go and watch them live as the only chances they have of ever getting paid. Once they've gone, - and most of them already have - they want your kids to stream it and your descendants to implant it directly into their brains so they can
  3. Not part of the scene, but in my 45 going on 46 years as a soul fan, the chasm between Soul Music and the soul scene has never been so vast, which I'm sure is not the intention of the nice people at Soul Source. The order is very, very rough and reflects a mixed clientele including a gang of drunk local gals who just wanted to sing karaoke: Latimore - Dig a Little Deeper (2017) OV Wright - Let's Straighten it Out Eddie Hinton - I'll Come Running Emotions - So I can love you John Edwards - Tin Man Jackey Beavers - Trying to get back Dells - It's all up to
  4. I never know why people get so troubled by the term Modern Soul. Modern Classical Music began at the end of C19th and ended around the middle of C20th and Modern Jazz started in the forties and ended at the end of the sixties. Some people say Modern Soul is everything since about 1970 but any sensible definition would have the word seventies in there but may also include some late sixties, the eighties and early nineties, but really shouldn't include C21st neo/nu soul. Crossover is jazz-funk; the term was grabbed years ago and in a soul context is entirely meaningless and no two people agree o
  5. Re the Ritson book, there are claims that Snowboy's book on the acid jazz/ funk/ dance scene was a kind of sequel, but that's only half the story, and not the side you're concentrating on, though there's definite overlaps.
  6. At Berwick, the soul rm wasn't open long and I doubt there was any northern played; I cerainly never heard any. The funk mob had Prestatyn years before Searling et al. I think it would be 88 when I went. The rm which became the northern rm played house (or whatever tag it had in 88). Chris Hill raised a banner in another rm saying Acid Free Zone and played one of the best sets I've ever heard. He looked thoroughly p!$$ed off.
  7. I'm surprised the first real soul weekenders didn't get more than a single mention of Southport. Stuart Cosgrave described them as northern soul although they were never that, beyond Mr Searling doing an hour in the jazz room on a saturday afternoon. How times have changed. These weekenders were critical as a stepping stone from Caister, Bognor and the original Prestatyn Weekenders and were responsible for launching all the weekenders that followed. I'm assured many still claim Fleetwood in particular was the greatest soul room ever, and Sam Dees' performace, even for a PA. was utterly ex
  8. The CD sections are being neglected because of the so-called vinyls revival, which was something of a damp squib last year, though the record companies, backed by the media, are seriously stepping up their campaign this year. Somebody said to me recently, we won you lost. I thought he was a fanatical brexiteer and, as with brexit, we've all lost.
  9. Don't you just love lazy afternoons at work where you can just youtube choons. Been through the Hayley list and, while there's nothing I'd have sold a granny for (and my grannies came cheap) there's nothing terrible either. Would have appreciated them more in the mid-seventies when I was always on the lookout for stuff nobody was playing. Some great singing, especially Gilford and Scruggs, Delphs, Mancha and of course JJ. I'll no doubt have to buy all the albums on payday.
  10. I'm a Soul Fan (actually a Black Music fan verging on Music Fan), not a (northern) soul on vinyls fan. I buy a couple of dozen albums a month and discovered years ago that the Amazon basket (the worst company in the world but in a monopoly situation) will only hold 600 items, though I could always cheat it a bit. I've recently found out I can only cheat it by another 50 items meaning I have about 200 items on hand-written sheets. I'm not desperate for new stuff to arrive.
  11. Great to hear Curtis still adding guitar at this stage.
  12. Hi again again. I try to avoid Soul Source (too many Beatlemaniacs and punkrockers) so have just come across this. I'll (persuade the missus to let me) order part 2; to be honest I've been getting frustrated without it, but there's always music to buy which has to come first, though books can enhance music enormously. I've started putting a Soul Album on my facebook page (Christine Tulip) each day and you get the odd mention. A little slippage in Funk - perhaps the age difference - but I'd say 68-78 though I acknowledge a decline after 75. Despite maybe half a dozen essential tr
  13. My list has probably changed since the last post which had probably changed since the first post; note my comments on Sam Dees. You are in a privileged position of being able to put out a book and the nice people at Soul source allows us to put in our two penneth. Anything of this nature is only a starting point for an exchange of ideas, discussion and discourse and I'm always pleased to add a few more to my ever growing wants list (though Mrs Silk definitely isn't). Haven't seen the original VFTS for years which seems to be in a loft. I wonder if you have a copy of the list you could sen
  14. Just come across the top 100 at the end. I remember many years ago reading Lady Soul is the best Soul Album ever, and while I've never been able to split them, I'm surprised he had her so high. Id probably have them both - in consecutive positions - much further down the list and wouldn't have a third, but if I did, it wouldn't be YG and B. I understand him not wanting Whats Going On in pole position but wouldn't have gone Aretha. Surely he doesn't have Otis Blue in vol 2. Paul Kelly has slipped down since Voices from the Shadows and, while I never had it on vinyls, Hooked Hogtied an
  15. We put a Soul Night on here circa 89. Me, Jonathan Allen, Tony Boyce and Alex Lowes DJd. A few came from Teeside if I remember correctly. I remember I played Margie Joseph - Ridin High, Randy Brown - I'm Here, Tyrone Davis - Aint Nothin I can Do, Backstabbers; nobody knew any of them at the time. Alex nailed it with Terry Callier - Don't Want to See Myself, Jesse James and Sidney Joe Qualls. The rest of his set was crap but he just blew the roof with the three biggest records around at that time. Good venue and I'll try to make it if I'm not at work.

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