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    Alan Darker
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  1. Thanks Roman, see you soon.
  2. I think I've got a real one and boot at home, if no one responds will check when I get home. Regards Alan
  3. Supposed to be the rarest 45 on Malaco: 1018 - Jewel Bass - All Good Things Must Come To An End / I Tried It And I Like It ( I cut and pasted that from the Malaco discography on the Soulfulkindamusic site). There is a legit re-issue on Sticky records. Was a big Manchester tune courtesy of Dean Johnson. It was covered up and took me a long time to find out who it was: a record that you could only hear in club. I know my mate Phil Wainwright has a copy and still had a cover up label on it last time I saw him play it. Can't remember the cover up name. Now idea how much it would cost you
  4. I remember an interview with Lou Reed, in Mojo I think and probably about ten years ago now, where the interviewer recounts handing Lou a copy of the Dave Godin Eddie and Ernie Kent CD as a thank you for the interview. Lou gave him a knowing grin. Not sure how much Eddie and Ernie influenced his music but he obviously had exemplary taste. Regards - Alan
  5. A couple of covers of "Northern Soul Classics" spring to mind:- "There's a ghost in my house" The Fall. The video was filmed in my local boozer. "The Night" - Intastella a cover of the Frankie Valli Casino favourite. Going way back there's always the Manchester's Playboys "I feel so good" and of course the works of Wayne Fontana: "It was easier to hurt her", "Come on home", "Something keeps calling me back", "Give me just a little more time". Regards Alan
  6. I appreciate your concerns regarding windows. I am assured it will be snug and friendly!
  7. Upstairs
  8. Well it's been a while (14 years) so we thought we would have a get together at the Whiskey Jar, Tariff Street in Manchester city centre (M1 2FF). DJ's to include the original Temple of Convenience crew: Phil Wainwright, Dave Ripolles, Colin Mitchell, Scott Taylor, David Hulston and Alan Darker. Tunes from 1pm to 7ish - free admission - all welcome. The very best of soul of all genres and from all decades plus a touch of funk and jazz if the feeling is right.
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  10. It was also released by the Honor Society, on Jubilee, with the flip "Sweet September", can't remember which is the A side. Identical recording of condition red. I have absolutely no idea why it was released in this format! Sweet September has some great drum breaks in it as I remember.
  11. There's always two that spring to mind, probably because they're both on Date and I acquired them around the same time. To my knowledge they were played out but were long forgotten by the time I got my hands on them. Herb Fame "your'e messing up my mind" Mister Jim "Carnival" Not played Mister Jim for years. It is a mad instrumental with a surprisingly good and more slower in tempo flipside, which is not saying much; an instrumental of Mrs Robinson, as in Simon and Garfunkel. Not that you play it anywhere other than a hardcore easy listening night. Herb Fame is j
  12. Great record Dave, thanks mate. There is also a great version by Chuck Armstrong which I've got on a Charly LP. Regards Alan
  13. Forgot to mention Aretha's version. Same backing as Dionne's? Got it on an old UK CBS LP somewhere. Also Mitch Ryder on the Sock it too me LP. Pretty good if you like Mitch's voice. Sorry no idea how to post them up. For me Dionne Warwick is the number 1. One of the greatest record's ever made. 2nd would be Lou Johnson and then Aretha, although I like em all posted above. Such a great song. Regards Alan
  14. Sybil? Smith & Mighty? The Stranglers!

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