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  1. Any version of Hamilton Bohannon's "Let's start to dance"?
  2. Some of the above artists and tunes he mentions in the interview. He also praises this obscurity from future Players Association man Chris Hills in 1969: And my apologies for careless misquote earlier. As the interview makes absolutely clear, his fulsome knowledge of the music was informed by a deep love for it, spanning a very wide spectrum.
  3. Not sure it's accurate to say he didn't like northern. There's an interview conducted by Richard Searling and Ian Dewhirst on this: There John Anderson makes it clear he enjoyed soul music across a wide spectrum, and it was the narrow mindedness of some of the northern scene he didn't have much time for. He also points out how Cleethorpes seemed to break free of that. It's a very interesting interview that gives a taste of the sort of book that could have been written. Well done to the people who made it happen, especially now that its historical value is sadly much more obvious.
  4. It's interesting to see how the ultra-affordable Backbeats titles that came out on cd about 10 years ago have fared. A few of those titles covering the rare soul end of things have become very hard to find or much less affordable. For instance this is nowhere on Discogs but there's a copy for 50 quid at Northern Soul Direct: Some of the French bootleg cds from 10-15 years ago ("Magnetik Soul") are also going for silly prices - this one for over 40 quid on Discogs and a good bit more on Amazon:
  5. This might be what you're thinking of: It was released in 2004 on US Hip-O label, sold out quickly and went for stupid money. It was re-released in 2012 and fetches more reasonable sums. The 2 earlier Hip-O compilations of Motown solo LPs with b sides and unreleased tracks are now in 3 figures, with volume 1 harder to find:
  6. From 1980, this Players Association tune, a big Les Adams favourite, shows how much overlap there could be between jazz funk and boogie:
  7. From 1982, this Carol Williams release on the same label as Players Association:
  8. Back to 1981 for a release on a key boogie label, NY's West End, mixed by Larry Levan, it's Larry Joseph's Sparque:
  9. More boogie tunes today, starting with this 1982 Tee Scott mix of Michelle Wallace:
  10. Staying in 1981 for this mid tempo dancer from Rockie Robbins:
  11. Also from 1981, this obscurity from Mona Rae, mixed by Tee Scott, who was one of the big names of this genre:
  12. Back to 1981 for this belter of a boogie tune from a one-off LP release on Salsoul by Logg, aka Leroy Burgess and Greg Carmichael:
  13. Probably my favourite Kashif track, also from 1983:
  14. There's a reasonably big boogie scene in France, where UK band Delegation remain popular. The retailer and record label "Boogie Times" (still trading under that name on Discogs) put out a lot of reissued and unreleased stuff about 10 years ago, including 18 volumes of mostly obscure boogie tracks as well as various LPs (Rhyze, The Horne Section, Paradise, Cool Notes, Gee Bello and Light of the World). Re definitions, post-disco disco, underground bass heavy funk, synth-heavy soulful dance ... the boundaries were and are quite fluid in practice. Ed's point above re Players Association is a good example. Boogie as a genre took the place of disco after the record burning event in Chicago which effectively redivided popular music along racial lines in the US, with boogie as a name serving as a sign of a kind of "cleaned up" disco with all the commercial dross taken out (e.g., Ethel Merman, James Last, even Sinatra). Soul Brother's "Groove on down" comps are well worth a look. Ed's mention above of the Jam & Lewis produced stuff of the mid 80s is particularly relevant here. SOS Band's Jason Bryant produced this R. B. Hudmon boogie classic in 1983:
  15. A nice tribute here from Greg Wilson: https://blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2019/09/les-adams/#more-16352

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