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About John Moffatt

  • Birthday 07/01/1950

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  • A brief intro...
    At time of posting this, I'm 66 and been around for what often feels like a century or two. I first got into Soul in my late teens when I could finally afford my own radio and listen to what I wanted (Radio1, Luxembourg etc.). Dad was firmly anti pop music, I think there was a nail through the 'Third Programme' on the wireless radiogramme most of the time. Not having much money, I bought LPs rather than singles, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett being two early ones. I was also into heavy rock at the same time, so I collected a fairly wide range of sounds.   I used to go to clubs and pubs locally around Firth Park / Shiregreen (Wharncliffe, Shiregreen Hotel etc.) and uptown (Heartbeat, Top Rank, Bailey's), and occasionally heard sounds like Right Track and Blowing My Mind To Pieces as well as the regular club sounds of the late 1960s. I had no idea where these records came from, nor did I care. I just knew they were very, very good. Eventually I started collecting a few from assorted record shops around the city.   I started listenig to soul shows on the radio (John Green's Soul Shotgun), and discovered a whole new range of tunes that I had never heard before. That was it - hooked for life. I used to work a lot of weekends at that time so didn't go to many of the big all-nighters, just a few Samantha's. They were mindblowing.   I started DJing with a mate of mine (Pete Kelsey) from Richmond College around 1976. It was the old mobile disco routine - wedding receptions above pubs and such, and I soon discovered that Soul (mainly Motown), above all else, would soon get the dancefloor heaving. A few student events gave me the chance to get out some northern sounds. Boy, did that work! Incredible.   Then I did the usual trick - bought a house, had a family and became permanently skint. Both my partner, Helen, and I still listened when we could - mainly CDs at home, but we didn't actually go anywhere for over 20 years. Then, one evening in 2004, we dropped on the Kay Gee Bee on Abbeydale Road. After a chat one night with Barry Holland, I got to play a spot from my old collection (which I had kept) which went down fairly well I think.   Since then it's been a roller-coaster - an absolutely brilliant reintroduction to the soul scene, and, interestingly, to sounds I would never have listened to all those years ago - R&B, X-over etc., etc. I am priviledged to have been asked to DJ at a number of venues (the biggest being Bridlington), and I've gathered any number of wonderful friends (and even more tunes, err... investments :-)) With help from some good friends I now run two city clubs, Darnall Horti and Sheffield Sunday Soul Sessions at The Mulberry Tavern, playing rarer and underplayed material - loads of wonderful soul tunes that you might otherwise never hear. I haven't forgotten those brilliant oldies though, and never will.   Where will it end? Who cares!

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  • Public Real Name
    John Moffatt
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  • Location
    Sheffield
  • Top Soul Sound
    Justin Jones - Dance By Yourself

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  1. Life as we know it. Now people, let's not get giddy and fuck it up.
  2. All issues, unless stated. Paypal preferred, £2 P/P (£3.50 over £25). Offers considered. UK only please. BARBARA CARR – SHAKE YOUR HEAD / DON’T KNOCK LOVE Chess 1985 in VG+ condition. A few light marks and a very little light background here and there. Slight warp. Plays superbly. £50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqjaCQQm4Q JAMES CARR – TALK TALK / SHE’S BETTER THAN YOU Goldwax GW-119 in NM condition. £8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ooTzYx6FI BIG LUCKY CARTER – OHIO BOUND / HURRICANE BLUES Grandstand USA 1003 in NM
  3. All issues, unless stated. Paypal preferred, £2 P/P. Offers considered. UK only please. ***** ON HOLD ***** DALE BROOKS – WHAT IS THERE TO TELL / MY FOOLISH PRIDE Twirl 2028 WLP in NM condition. £35 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peh-KR-Ai7k RICHARD BROWN – SWEET AND KIND / DON’T LISTEN TO THE GRAPEVINE Steeltown Inc. 686 in NM condition £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj1AKK_rvQo OTIS BUSH – SO MUCH LOVE / SOMEONE TO LOVE Cha Cha C-778 in NM condition £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBP0wtMkhnQ
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  5. Just getting a bit ahead of myself. Wishful thinking for the end of this bloody lockdown.
  6. Paypal preferred, £2 P/P. Offers considered. UK only please. RAY AGEE – PEACE OF MIND / FAITH Celeste 512 (pink) in NM condition £25 https://www.dropbox.com/s/l92v19lf55eit2w/Ray Agee - Peace Of Mind.wav?dl=0 ARTHUR ALEXANDER – YOU’RE THE REASON / GO HOME GIRL Dot 45-16425 in NM condition £12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wnNXpHcHb0 ARTISTICS – TROUBLE, HEARTACHE AND PAIN / HARD TO CARRY ON Brunswick 55370 in NM condition. Drill hole, company sleeve. £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdZ1OW9LNQc D
  7. Thanks for that. I was always told that this 2nd release was actually unofficial, but never had it confirmed either way.
  8. The seller clearly states this is a '2nd pressing'. Any thoughts anyone? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-EDDIE-FOSTER-I-Never-Knew-I-Will-Wait-VG-IN-northern-soul-45-7-034-/184556913785?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=SvyTBYBum8EWtxWnc2VlWLNUkSc%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc At the same time, there is this one as well. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Northern-Soul-Eddie-Foster-034-I-Never-Knew-I-Will-Wait-034-IN-6311-/203202115587?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=SvyTBYBum8EWtxWn
  9. EIGHT EXCELLENT NORTHERN BITS Quality northern singles. No illegal copies or recent reissues. All in extremely good condition, see notes. Sound clips are for guidance only. Paypal preferred. 1st class UK postage, £3 recorded. Anything over £69 will be sent ‘guaranteed’ at £8. Buyers abroad please contact me. Return if not happy. Please send a PM if interested. DEAN COURTNEY - WE HAVE A GOOD THING / MY SOUL CONCERTO RCA Victor 47-8919 WDJ in Near Mint condition, with just a couple of very faint marks and clean labels. Has company sleeve. £75 https://www.youtube.com
  10. Some fairly recent reissues. All in Near Mint condition. Paypal preferred. 1st class UK postage £2. Buyers abroad please contact me. Return if not happy. Please send a PM if interested. TOBI LARK - SWEEP IT OUT IN THE SHED / DOTTIE & MILLIE - NOTHING IN THIS WORLD Kent TOWN 134 in NM condition. Two absolute classics on this Kent single. £10 EPITOME OF SOUND - YOU DON'T LOVE ME / WHERE WERE YOU Light Of Love LOLWC003 in NM condition. Superb reissue with a slightly longer intro. £12 IMAGINATIONS - STRANGE NEIGHBORHOOD / DIPLOMATS - CARDS ON THE TABLE K

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