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  1. News/Article/Feature Highlight: After having listened to this series that many times I thought i'd have a go at ranking them from 1-100. T View full article
  2. Back in 1966 (the 20th of May to be exact) the latest edition of the Detroit Free Press Newspaper had on offer a lengthy feature on Detroit's Golden World Records, concerning itself with such topcis as the studio, the recording process and artists such as JJ Barnes and Edwin Starr Thanks to the ever-expanding online newspaper archives (this one being newspapers.com ) you can read this feature almost as easy as on the day it was first published... Found on Newspapers.com Found on Newspapers.com Click the above clips to read the text Find it an interesting resource and could be a useful addition to the resources already on offer such as Billboard etc, though finding the time needed to search in depth may be harder than the actual travelling back! Found on Newspapers.com Clipped from Detroit Free Press, 20 May 1966, Fri, Page 32 A Record Is Made with Sweat and Soul BY LORAINE ALTERMAN Emotion filled the control room at Golden World Records out on West Davison. Driving, big beat sounds were coming through the four speakers hanging on the wall above the big glass panel. On the other side of the glass, Edwin Starr was singing full of soul. Along with the studio musicians was his own group of five, scattered around the big soundproof room trumpet trumpet player, bass, sax, drums and guitar. In the control room, Bob D' Orleans (chief recording engineer) pushed his fist into the air in time with the beat. Al Kent and Richard Morris (co-producers (co-producers (co-producers for the session) jumped around, danced, shook their heads in time. Suddenly Bob jumped up from the control board. Something was wrong with the drums. The drummer was inside a baffle a padded wood partition to keep the sound in one place so it isn't picked up on other mikes but the drums were not right. "Got a billfold?" Bob asked. "Tape it it to the drum." Edwin and the others started again and this time the drum sound was softer. Now they made it. After two hours of rehearsing like this Edwin Starr was ready to start taping. A record was in the process of being made. But it was 10 hours later and five songs more before they were finished. And the record still was days away. You probably think it's a pretty simple thing to make a record. Like an artist just has to walk into the studio, open his mouth in song, and pow! it's down on tape. But, that's not the way it is. A lot of hard work by a lot of people you don't hear too much about goes into getting that sound onto records. And, for the record company company a lot of anguish goes Into wondering whether that record Is going to be a hit because hits are the things that pay the rent. For a company like Detroit's Golden World, 50,000 records sold starts bringing in the profits. This firm is about two years old, but they've only had their own studio for a little over a year. Before that, president and founder of Golden World, Joanne Bratton, used to take her artists to Chicago or New York to record. In January, 1964 the company company had its first big hit, "Romeo and Juliet" by the Reflections. It made the top 10 nationally and Joanne decided decided it was time to get a studio together. THE VOICE of Edwin Starr fills the studio at Detroit's Detroit's Golden World as he gets his sounds on tape with J. J. Barnes swinging on piano and Tyrone Hite on drums. Edwin, aiming for songs with universal appeal, says, " 'Stop Her On Sight' appealed to teens and adults. Fellows are looking for girls and girls for fellows." Edwin Writes His Songs "I dont the opening thing. It doesn't mean anything. It's nothing that would catch my ear," says Bob D'Orleans, left, to Edwin as they stand in the control room next to the tape machine. BOB D'ORLEANS works at the control board adjusting the level of sounds coming through amplifiers from the studio. "I cut no sessions without Bob. He's my hitmaker," says Edwin.
  3. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Back in 1966, 20th May to be exact, the Detroit Free Press Newspaper had in its latest edition a lengthy feature on Detroit's Golden World Records, follow the link to view... View full article
  4. After having listened to this series that many times I thought i'd have a go at ranking them from 1-100. This is obviously just my favourites and not any attempt at an objective ranking or anything. Subject to change with time too, of course. Top 10 Jean Stanback - I Still Love You Timmy Willis - Easy As Saying 1-2-3 Barbara & The Browns - I Don't Want To Have To Wait Eddie Holman - Im Not Gonna Give Up The Knight Brothers - Tried So Hard To Please Her Dori Grayson - Try Love Eddie & Ernie - Hiding In The Shadows Zerben R.Hicks & Dynamics - Lights Out The Incredibles - Standing Here Crying Toussaint McCall - Nothing Takes The Place Of You 11-20 Ben E. King - Its All Over Reuben Bell And The Casanovas - It's Not That Easy Irma Thomas - Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) Van & Titus - Cry Baby Cry Dee Clark - In These Very Tender Moments Black Velvet - Is It Me You Really Love Barbara Brown - Can't Find No Happiness Irma Thomas - Wish Someone Would Care The Knight Brothers - I'm Never Gonna Live It Down Just Brothers - She Broke His Heart 21-30 Roosevelt Matthews (With Billy Ball & The Upsetters) You Got Me Diggin' You Billy Young Nothing's Too Much (Nothing's Too Good) The Soul Children The Sweeter He Is [Parts 1 & 2] Etta James I'd Rather Go Blind Wendy Rene What Will Tomorrow Bring Big John Hamilton How Much Can A Man Take Bettye LaVette Let Me Down Easy The Impressions My Deceiving Heart Jean Wells Have A Little Mercy Sam & Bill I Feel Like Cryin' 31-40 The Knight Brothers Temptation 'Bout To Get Me Webs It's So Hard To Break a Habit Eddie & Ernie Thanks For Yesterday Bob & Earl Don't Ever Leave Me Arthur Conley Let Nothing Separate Us Bobby "Blue" Bland I Pity The Fool Smokey Robinson & The Miracles The Tracks Of My Tears Clarence Carter Slip Away Eddie & Ernie I Believe She Will Ruby Johnson Ill Run Your Hurt Away 41-50 Syl Johnson Is It Because I'm Black Raw Spitt Songs To Sing Brendetta Davis I Can't Make It Without Him Jean Plum Look At The Boy Doris Duke I Don't Care Anymore Matilda Jones Wrong Too Long The Untouchables You're On Top Eddy Giles Losin Boy J.R.Bailey Too Far Gone To Turn Around Otis Redding Just One More Day 51-60 Robert Ramsey Like It Stands Carla Thomas I Can't Take It Doris Duke He's Gone Lee Moses How Much Longer (Must I Wait) Ray Gant & The Arabian Knights Don't Leave Me Baby Kenny Carter Showdown Eddie & Ernie I'm Goin' For Myself Paul Kelly The Day After Forever Irma Thomas Time Is On My Side Bobby Womack Baby I Can't Stand It 61-70 Ruby Andrews Just Loving You Tony Owens This Heart Can't Take No More Irma Thomas These Four Walls Barbara West Anyone But You Nat Philips Im Sorry I Hurt You Bobby Moore And The Formosts It Was A Lie Baby Washington Breakfast in Bed Banks, Bessie Go Now Larry Banks I'm Not The One Doris Allen A Shell Of A Woman 71-80 Carla Thomas Stop Bobby Bland I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) Jackie Lee I Love You Jimmy Holiday The Turning Point Garnet Mimms My Baby Banks, Bessie Try To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It) Loretta Williams I'm Missing You The Premiers Make It Me Doris Duke How Was I To Know You Cared Gladys Knight & The Pips Giving Up 81-90 George Perkins & The Silver Stars Cryin In The Street James Brown Lost Someone Pearlean Gray & The Passengers The Love Of My Man Toussaint McCall I'm Undecided Arthur Conley I'm A Lonely Stranger Lisa Richards Lets Take A Chance Jimmy & Louise Tig And Company A Love That Never Grows Cold Maxine Brown All in My Mind Tony Owens I Dont Want Nobody But My Baby Banks, Bessie It Sounds Like My Baby 91-100 Johnny Adams If I Could See You One More Time Jimmy Robins I Made It Over The Enchanters I Paid For The Party Rozetta Johnson Who Are You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife) Jaibi You Got Me Chuck Edwards I Need You Roy Hamilton The Dark End of The Street Jaibi It Was Like A Nightmare Rick James & Friends Ebony Eyes Lawrence & Jaibi You Make Me Feel Good Thoughts?
  5. Another scan added to our reference feature. This one features a fairly lengthy look at the Northern Soul Scene from the Melody Maker music paper, the 25th January 1975 Issue, with the main focus on Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino. "Keep The Scene Alive" Inside the ballrooms that are the citadel of the NORTHERN SOUL scene. Great music. Athletic dancing.Later, breakfast and a swim."The scene is here as long as the punters want it" says one DJ. "Its essence is rarity and it's up to us to keep that rarity".
  6. News/Article/Feature Highlight: A 1975 Melody Maker look at the Northern Soul Scene from the 25th January 1975 Issue, with the main focus on Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino... and Barry View full article
  7. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Here is a very old review of Wigan Casino from Blackbeat. View full article
  8. Here is a very old review of Wigan Casino I did. We'd stopped going in 1978, and having heard one of Sam's spot's at Bedford, I decided to venture north once more recording the visit in Blackbeat. Usual health warning - please remember I was very young when I wrote this, but I wonder how many cover up's can be uncovered from this article. From Blackbeat Issue 4 Wigan Casino May 1980 Review My first visit to Wigan for over a year (it costs over 25 on the train for us). Firstly we sussed MP Cyril Smith on the train scoffing sandwiches (is this the Liberals solution to the problem of the EEC food mountains I ask?). By the time we reached Warrington I realized that things ain't what they used to be. In the old days we would have seen about 50 folk board the train complete with baggie trousers, bags covered in patches etc. Today however the soulies wear conventional clothes, just the same as you would see anywhere in the south. This was to be borne out by the fact that in the Casino itself there were only about three people in baggies. Most were wearing jeans, some straight, some zoots. The next surprise was to be getting in. In the old days it was tightly packed pushing for about an hour and murder. The Casino still opens at 12.30, and there are still two doors open. However the attendance has dropped somewhat and that makes the getting in very easy it took me about five minutes. They say things don't change and the Casino's atmosphere certainly doesn't. Of course Russ Winstanley was the first spinner. Russ seemed to be playing several pop cover versions of Motown numbers. Worse though was an instrumental of "Sweet talking guy". Unfortunately he played a couple of sounds that resembled Helen Shapiro. I thought we had got over all of that. One of the most popular stompers for Russ was The Seeds "Pushing too hard" released in this country on Vocallion; it is a rock collectors classic and as such not fit for Wigan. With the upsurge in popularity for 70's dancers, Russ had to play some as well. Included in his spot were The O'Jays "I love music", Isaac Hayes "Disco Connection" and 21st Creation's "Tailgate" a sound I remember Colin Curtis playing back in 1977. "Disco Connection" is a monster at the Casino now. Also big for him were Barnaby Bye, and Johnny Williams "You're something kind of mellow", a Levine sound of a couple of years ago. At 2.15 Richard Searling took over and the music changed to rare soul. Kick off sound was Frankie Karl and the Chevrons, a very popular record from the 60's, followed by the Delgado(?) cover up, and the now immortal Eddie Holman "Where I'm not wanted". We swung into the 80's with the very popular Skip Mahoney "Janice" and then back into the 70's with what surely is the best sound on the scene at the moment James Mack and The Chicago Gangsters "You're love pushed me over the top" cover up. That really packed the floor as did the Brainstormers c/u. After Al Johnson & The Hit Men's "Just ask me" came Oscar Perry and the very funky Lee More and the Resourceful Ones "You're love keeps me dancing. It was then back to the 60's for more covered sounds, (and non covered sounds) Frank Wilson, Bobby Kennedy, the Nomads incredible "Something's bad" and a great midtempo sound called "Dancing a hole in the world" by the suspect sounding Tony Hestor and the Detroit Delights Orchestra. The spot also included Vicky Baines "Country girl" which has been massive for two years now and the Joe Matthews c/u "I don't like to lose" rumoured to be the Orchid's on Kool Kat. Before retiring to the record bar I heard the other version of "Love slipped through my fingers" which gives Sam Williams a run for it's money. "He's so fine" the Judy Street cover up I didn't like. Pat Brady was on next playing a mix of 60s and 70s sounds. Included in which were Eddie Jacobs Exchange "Can't seem to get you out of my mind" covered up as Ronnie McNeir, and the same as the 4 Tops, but judging by the ZTSC number it wasn't released until the 70s. The Frank Dell Band cover up, and the Volcanoes "Showstopper cover up; both went down well as did the slowest record of the night the Lou Brown c/u. At about 4.45 Gary Rushbrooke took over playing The Sweet, which he insists on still calling "Chester Pipkin", Frankie Karl & The Chevrons again, The Salvadors pacey "Come on and love me" cover up and the very popular Velvet Hammer's "Happy" (not a cover up). From the 70's we had James Mack and the CG's again, and Wil Collins and Willpower from 1976 (again not a cover up). I could not help noticing though how empty the place looked after about 4.00 with Mr M's open and the sleepers asleep parts of the hall were near on deserted with the dancefloor having fewer than 35 people on it at times a very saddening sight as one who can remember the Casino when it used to be packed. Anyway after a while Sam appears on the stage with his box (just about the only thing he has not got covered up), but then goes away again without having done a DJ spot. Brian Rea then took over with some oldies. Popular were the real James (Jimmy) Mack and "My world is on fire" (which originally came out of a soul pack would you believe!), Billy Arnell, The Appollas "Mr Creator" and of course Billy Prophet. Old father Evison finished off "Burning spear" still proving popular along with the Fife Piper. The Record bar, a shadow of it's former self, was quite bustling which surprised me. On sale were three E J Chandler's for a fiver each and three copies of Eddie Jacobs Exchange, as well as George Kirby for 5. Having been round to a friend's that afternoon I heard how some guy had found a UK Hickory demo of "Queen of fools" at a record fair that morning. Well sure enough the same guy was at Wigan that night with the record on sale guess who he sold it too? Yes Keith Minshull for a tidy sum (for a sum reputed to be around 50). All in all an enjoyable night to be had at the Casino still. The numbers are down on what they used to be, though one guy told me that they were up on what they had been (which makes we wonder the place must have been really empty). There are spaces on the dancefloor where there never used to be and at times there are mighty big spaces too. With the exception of about five pop records from the oldies jocks and a few from Russ, I am glad to say that the musical content was 100% soul, being split about 65% from the 60s and 35% from the 70s / 80's. The most popular dancefloor packers seemed on the whole to be the newer sounds from the 70's. The only thing that spoilt my enjoyment was the sadness reflected at how the place had lost so many regulars. Ironic really isn't it, the place is now more soulful than it's ever been, and the sounds played have never been better (nearly all soul), that the attendance is also at it's lowest ever.

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