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About Firecrest

  • Birthday 08/04/1957

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    Firecrest
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    Newick, East Sussex
  • Top Soul Sound
    Etta James - I'm So Glad I Found Love In You

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    4woodbine

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  1. Joel Christie R.I.P. I looked to see if it had been reissued but unless the demo is different from the issue I don't think so. Sadly Joel Christie passed in Pueblo, Colorado in March 2017
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  2. Hi JoeSoap, 'Keep that Fire Burning' is a nice record but NOT I think by the late Lou Johnson of whom we are speaking today. Lou Johnson R.I.P.
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  3. This was my favourite British release of recent times. Nick Corbin is a fine songwriter whose been bought up to appreciate the old sounds.
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  4. I think this a great is a great thread. The past five years plus have seen some really fine releases from the USA. Colemine has a fine groove going with the likes of Durand Jones and Kelly Finnigan whilst there is some great retro Chicano /Chicana releases at the moment from the likes of Trish Toledo (check her cover of The Vanguards 'Somebody Please' and Thee Lakesides 'Parachute' is a blast. Two favourites 45s of mine are these little beauties from 2012 by The Jack Moves and from 2016 a Colemine release by Geno Washington.
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  5. The information that Kev John got from discogs originated from the release booklet for Eccentric Soul 043 The Dynamic label. It contains a decent history of the group. They headed for New York where Jerry Wexler saw them and offered to record them. Their 1967 Atlantic single 'Keep Your Love Strong' was the result. It did little so their manager teamed them up with Lou Courtney and the Detroit -based producer Robert Bateman. A single 'Tomorrow' c/w ' This thing Called Love' on Popside was issued in December 1967. The second Popside 45 was 'Give In' c/w 'It's so hard To break a Habit' rightly described as a carer pinnacle. A final Courtney / Bateman release on Verve followed in July 1968. The Webs had families and being broke they returned south at the start of the 70s. Lead singer Willie Cooper continued to perform in San Antonio as vocalist with Little Joe & the VIPS. Marshall Boxley, Lionel Lames and Vincent Hubbard returned to Galveston. https://www.lastingmemories.com/memorial/willie-leroy-cooper?obituaries Willie Leroy Cooper (6 Jan 1944 - 10 June 2017), lead singer of The Webs R.I.P.
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  6. Hi Ady A few years ago I acquired an uncatalogued issue of The Superbs 'Rain-drops, Memories & Tears (Dore 715) on LA based label Together. The label ran for about three years from 1969-71. The Superbs label looks superficially legit but based on discogs entries for the Together labe this Superbs 45 is an anomaly of style and numbering. I thought it was possibly a bootleg (although why bother is a legit question) but still put it forward to discogs for listing. A few copies have since turned up. Could your test pressing be another Superbs record intended for the Together label? https://www.discogs.com/The-Superbs-Rain-Drops-Memories-and-Tears-Baby-All-The-Time/release/8141052 best Greg
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  7. I don't see why Williams wouldn't get played at one or two venues. Some Big City records by white singers are part of the northern soul play-list. Personally Andy Williams version of the song is no more than pleasant to me . I prefer The Ambassadors version or Frankie Valli's . The latter was on his solo LP that I bought in 1971 pre teen so it had a head start for me. The LP also contained 'You 're Ready Now' , a tune much loved on some parts of the scene.
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  8. One of the great harmony groups of all time. Igenuinely look forward to hearing this one whenever I hear it. This is a great thread. I've bought four of the featured cuts so thanks.
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  9. I recently pulled this out to play and digitise . I ended up playing it about five times in a row pretending I was the lead singer. So sad really given I was on my own! A Chicago cut. The label and name of band suggests gospel but its a secular ballad.
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  10. 'From now on' is more faux northern soul. Again its a fine pop record that I've heard on a soul radio show. In fact I admit to having played it on Norwich Future Radio.
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  11. Not just the handbaggers Dave - Its a great pop tune from a fine singer. the album is most enjoyable .Obviously not a soul record but who cares.
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  12. If johndelve couldn't come up with an answer as to who was in the group I doubt anyone can but I'll have a go anyway. Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams wrote & produced a number of albums in the late 70s that have a distictive New York sound. Check out LPs by Donna McGhee, Cloud One and Bumblebee Unlimited. The same musicians including on keyboards Adams and Carmichael tended to be used but rarely are the vocalists or musicians mentioned . The well known drummer Richie Taninbaum is occassionally named . My limited reseach suggest that Magnetic Touch consisted of: Robert 'T Boy' Taylor (Bobby Taylor), J. Kirk Harris and possibly Ben James and Syd Bradshaw. The latter two were certainly in later reincarnations of Magnetic Touch. Magnetic Touch renamed for a short while as Inevitable with Taylor and Harris. They recut 'Together' a Cheryl label release. Just an opinion but their cut 'Just In the Nick Of Time' sounds like The Spinners.
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  13. 'Where life's river flows, no one really knows 'til someone's there to show the way to lasting love'. A line for which that Yeats would have been proud
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  14. Some absolutely fantastic tunes taht have cheered me up at a gloomy time in my life. So enjoy this website. Friday night was once getting ready for a gig or a club night. Here's two I remember with a warm glow. Non soul cut would be a relatively new one Candi staton 'Hallelujah Anyway' Larse version from 2003. God Bless All.
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  15. Blimey O'Reilly, Such passions for tunes that people don't like. Might as well have my tuppence worth. Apologies to all Palace and Blackpool FC fans but really didn't rate this back in the day or tomorrow for that matter. There's a version by Kenny Bernard that hasn't even made it to You Tube which ain't great.
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