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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. Thanks for that. I was always told that this 2nd release was actually unofficial, but never had it confirmed either way.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Here you go Ian, from the actual record. Let me know if there's a problem. I'm not sure permissions are set correctly. https://www.dropbox.com/s/58q8whe6yrp7hjy/Ray Agee - Peace Of Mind.mp3?dl=0 Cheers, John.
  6. All originals, £2 postage in the UK. Anyone abroad please contact me. Paypal preferred. Returns if not happy. RAY AGEE - PEACE OF MIND / FAITH Celeste 512 (pink label) £25 https://www.dropbox.com/s/58q8whe6yrp7hjy/Ray Agee - Peace Of Mind.mp3?dl=0 BUSTER BENTON - GOING FISHING / SPIDER IN MY STEW Ronn 105 WLP £6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LNY5wdpYFY BUSTER BENTON - HOLE IN MY HEAD / THAT'S THE REASON Melloway 20668 £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tybNSF-oVhQ BUSTER BENTON - LONESOME FOR A DIME / BOR
  7. After a brilliant 2019, we now have our first Back To The Roots of 2020. May 2nd is the date for your calendars, and we are delighted that Dave Scott has agreed to travel down from the, probably, still-frozen North to be our guest spinner. Only joking guys, it defrosted weeks ago. :-) We're in for another cracking night of old-school rhythm and blues, with a smattering of early soul, ska, and anything else that might take our fancy. If you haven't been before, you will not be disappointed. The Catholic Club is a terrific venue, with good beers at very reasonable prices, an excellent chill
  8. Normal service is resumed.
  9. VARIOUS SALES FROM £5 TO £150 Postage £2 (£5 anything over £50), Paypal preferred. If outside the UK, please contact me. Happy to consider realistic offers. ON HOLD --- MOSES SMITH – GIRL ACROSS THE STREET / HEY LOVE (I Wanna Thank You) Dionn 508 issue, VG+ (definite original, a few light marks, plays great) £150 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAwb7sM7jFA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVFEFi98Fg SOUL GENTS – WONDERS OF LOVE / IF I SHOULD WIN YOUR LOVE Fros Ray FR-1001 issue, VG++ (a few very fine hairlines) £150 https://www.yo
  10. VARIOUS SALES FROM £5 TO £75 Postage £2, Paypal preferred. If outside the UK, please contact me. ROYALETTES – OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND / IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE MGM K13366 issue, VG++ £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxbbjU23P_Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Mxtdg752Q NOW SOLD --- LITTLE ROYAL – DON’T WANT NOBODY STANDING OVER ME / KEEP ON PUSHING YOUR LUCK Trius 917 issue, NM £8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVtxWardadk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PjgL4R7li4 AUDREY ROYAL – COME ON PLAYBOY (VOCAL
  11. VARIOUS SALES FROM £5 TO £75 Postage £2, Paypal preferred. If outside the UK, please contact me. ROYALETTES – OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND / IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE MGM K13366 issue, VG++ £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxbbjU23P_Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Mxtdg752Q LITTLE ROYAL – DON’T WANT NOBODY STANDING OVER ME / KEEP ON PUSHING YOUR LUCK Trius 917 issue, NM £8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVtxWardadk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PjgL4R7li4 AUDREY ROYAL – COME ON PLAYBOY (VOCAL & INSTR.)
  12. 'Only interested in filling the dancefloor' - another feature that is damaging the scene whereby you hear the same old records at every event you go to. There was once a time when DJs did the DJing, not dictat from the dancers. So these guys not only pay nothing for their adulation, they play what they are told to play. So why not just install a jukebox and not bother with any knowledge, experience and dedication?
  13. Major point there that wasn't mentioned on fake Britain - the bootleg industry is being maintained by DJs who don't care. They are cheap means to achieve an arguably false status, and they play to an audience who don't care either. Many boots and recent represses are clearly described as such. It doesn't reduce their sales any. That, of course, is different from those who deliberately mis-sell. That is fraud.

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