Thursday, January 12, 2023

K's NORTHERN SOUL SPECIAL VA - The 125 Greatest Northern Soul Floorshakers in the World... Ever! (Remastered Expanded Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (5x CDs)


VA - The 125 Greatest Northern Soul Floorshakers in the World... Ever! (Remastered Expanded Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (5x CDs)

These are the songs which rate highly in virtually every Northern Soul list online and would be an absolute blast to play at a party in the order I've compiled them.

I've also tried to make it as authentic as possible by beginning with what most consider to be the greatest Northern Soul track ever released; Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson, in its original 1965 7" single 45 mono recording, and ending the set with the three songs that became known as the '3 before 8'.

Young people from all over the UK regularly attended Wigan Casino to hear the latest northern soul artists and to dance. There were long queues to get in. The second dance floor, Mr M's, stayed open until 6 am and played oldies songs from a variety of DJs including Dave Evison and Steve Whittle. All-nighters generally ended with three songs that became known as the '3 before 8': "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend, "Long After Tonight Is All Over" by Jimmy Radcliffe, and "I'm on My Way" by Dean Parrish.  Wigan Casino's 500th all-nighter was held on Saturday 16 May 1981, from midnight to 8 am. Over the eight years it was open, it reputedly had over one million people through its doors.  Wigan Council owned the building and wanted to extend the nearby Civic Centre, but short of funding, it never went ahead. The club closed on 6 December 1981; that final night of Wigan Casino in its Northern soul state was DJ'd by Russ Winstanley, and the '3 before 8' were played three times consecutively at the end of the night. The crowd refused to leave; according to Winstanley, to "break this spell of hysteria", he picked a 7" at random from his box and played that. This final Wigan Casino song became one of the most famous Northern soul songs of all time, Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)".

Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England and the English Midlands in the late 1960s from the British mod scene, based on a particular style of Black American soul music, especially from the mid-1960s, with a heavy beat and fast tempo (100 bpm and above) or American soul music from northern cities such as Detroit, Chicago and others.  The northern soul movement generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has had significant mainstream commercial success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, released only in limited numbers, often by American labels such as Vee-Jay Records, Chess Records, Brunswick Records, Ric-Tic, Gordy Records, Golden World Records (Detroit), Mirwood Records (Los Angeles), Shout Records and Okeh.

Northern soul is associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm and soul scene of the late 1960s at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. This scene and the associated dances and fashions quickly spread to other UK dancehalls and nightclubs like the Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca (the Highland Room), and Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent).  As the favoured beat became more uptempo and frantic in the early 1970s, northern soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling the later dance styles of disco and break dancing. Featuring spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops, club dancing styles were often inspired by the stage performances of touring American soul acts such as Little Anthony and the Imperials and Jackie Wilson. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, popular northern soul records generally dated from the mid-1960s. This meant that the movement was sustained (and "new" recordings added to playlists) by prominent DJs discovering rare and previously overlooked records. Later on, certain clubs and DJs began to move away from the 1960s Motown sound and began to play newer releases with a more contemporary sound.

So, after considerable and extensive online research, plus my own recollections and memories, here is my personal compilation of what I consider to be the 125 best and most important tracks from the original Northern Soul era.  This 5CD set contains many rare and extremely hard to find tracks, with many featured in their original mono form. All tracks are the 100% original studio recordings. No later re-recordings, remixes, 'stereo enhanced' or live versions here! Compiled as always using the very latest and highest quality digital remasters, with a considerable number of tracks sourced from the original master tapes for superior sound quality and an all-nighter dance party of a lifetime!

So, without further ado, here is my 125 Greatest Northern Soul Floorshakers in the World... Ever! (Remastered Expanded Super Deluxe Edition) (5CD) (2022)



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Track lists


01 Frank Wilson Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:33

02 Dobie Gray Out on the Floor 2:53

03 Yvonne Baker You Didn't Say a Word 2:36

04 Al Wilson The Snake 3:30

05 Gloria Jones Tainted Love (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:10

06 The Epitome Of Sound You Don't Love Me 2:39

07 James Fountain Seven Day Lover 3:08

08 Garnet Mimms Looking for You 2:22

09 Frankie Beverly & The Butlers If That's What You Wanted 2:34

10 Leon Haywood Baby Reconsider (Original 1967 Fat Fish 7" Mono Single Version) 2:23

11 Chuck Wood Seven Days Too Long 2:18

12 Billy Butler Right Track 2:25

13 The Salvadors Stick by Me, Baby 2:19

14 The Tomangoes I Really Love You 2:05

15 Tony Clarke Landslide 2:16

16 Larry Williams And Johnny Watson Too Late 2:25

17 Dena Barnes If You Ever Walked Out of My Life 2:24

18 Laura Greene Moonlight, Music and You 2:29

19 The Originals Suspicion 3:04

20 Gloria Lynne You Don't Have To Be a Tower of Strength 2:15

21 Judy Street What 2:14

22 Barbara Mcnair You're Gonna Love My Baby 2:57

23 Archie Bell & The Drells Here I Go Again 2:06

24 R. Dean Taylor There's a Ghost in My House (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:26

25 The Fascinations Girls Are Out to Get You 2:06


26 The Elgins Heaven Must Have Sent You (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:33

27 Dobie Gray The "In" Crowd 2:51

28 Rose Batiste Hit and Run 2:11

29 Fontella Bass Rescue Me 2:52

30 The Flirtations Nothing But a Heartache 2:41

31 Moses Smith Girl Across the Street 3:04

32 Dana Valery You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies 2:13

33 Barbara Randolph I Got a Feeling 3:07

34 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons The Night (Original 1972 7" Single Version) 3:17

35 Bobby Hebb Love, Love, Love 2:52

36 Barbara Acklin Am I the Same Girl 3:03

37 Robert Knight Love on a Mountain Top 2:29

38 Freda Payne Band of Gold 2:54

39 Tami Lynn I'm Gonna Run Away from You (Original 1965 Atlantic Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:48

40 Linda Jones I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) 2:29

41 The Vel-vets I Got to Find Me Somebody 2:19

42 Eloise Laws Love Factory 3:23

43 Marvin Gaye This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It's Killing Me) 2:40

44 The Dells Run for Cover 3:02

45 J.j. Barnes Our Love Is in the Pocket 2:41

46 Doris Troy I'll Do Anything 2:37

47 Rita And The Tiaras Gone With the Wind Is My Love 3:09

48 Curtis Mayfield Move On Up (Original 1971 7" Single Edit) 2:45

49 Willie Tee Walking Up a One Way Street 2:42

50 Rubin You've Been Away 1:54


51 Mel Britt She'll Come Running Back 2:19

52 The Checkerboard Squares Double Cookin' 2:42

53 The Carstairs It Really Hurts Me Girl 3:26

54 Jerry Williams If You Ask Me (Because I Love You) 2:50

55 Don Thomas Come on Train 3:15

56 The M.v.p.'s Turnin' My Heartbeat Up 2:15

57 Sandi Sheldon You're Gonna Make Me Love You 2:53

58 Patti & The Emblems I'm Gonna Love You a Long, Long Time 2:14

59 Little Anthony And The Imperials Better Use Your Head 2:52

60 Anthony Galla In Love 2:33

61 The Casualeers Dance, Dance, Dance 2:39

62 Roy Hamilton Crackin' Up Over You 2:17

63 Connie Clarke My Sugar Baby 2:43

64 The Voices Of East Harlem Cashing In 2:20

65 Ruby Andrews Just Loving You 2:49

66 The Vibrations 'Cause You're Mine 2:12

67 Bobby Paris Night Owl 2:22

68 The Contours Just a Little Misunderstanding 2:41

69 Julian Covey And The Machine A Little Bit Hurt 2:19

70 Dee Dee Sharp What Kind of Lady 2:48

71 Dean Courtney I'll Always Need You 2:08

72 Alexander Patton A Lil Lovin' Sometimes 2:22

73 Nolan Chance Just Like the Weather 2:36

74 Luther Ingram Exus Trek 2:36

75 Eddie Holman I Surrender 2:04


76 Eddie Foster I Never Knew 2:27

77 Shirley Ellis Soul Time 2:39

78 Kim Weston Helpless (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:37

79 Lou Pride I'm Com'un Home in the Morn'un 3:23

80 The Impressions You've Been Cheatin' 2:35

81 P.p. Arnold Everything's Gonna Be Alright 3:08

82 The Pointer Sisters Send Him Back 2:34

83 Nolan Porter If I Could Only Be Sure 3:18

84 Frankie Valli You're Ready Now 2:17

85 Hoagy Lands The Next in Line 2:31

86 The Sapphires Gotta Have Your Love 2:14

87 Millie Jackson My Man, a Sweet Man 2:31

88 Lynne Randell Stranger in My Arms 2:32

89 Darrell Banks Open the Door to Your Heart 2:32

90 Bob Relf Blowing My Mind to Pieces 1:49

91 The Velvet Satins Nothing Can Compare to You 1:52

92 Timebox Beggin' 2:49

93 The Yum Yums Gonna Be a Big Thing 2:23

94 Freddie Chavez They'll Never Know Why 2:51

95 Sam Dees Lonely for You Baby 2:45

96 Melba Moore The Magic Touch 2:24

97 Timi Yuro It'll Never Be Over for Me 2:55

98 The Marvelettes I'll Keep Holding On (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:27

99 Wayne Gibson Under My Thumb 3:09

100 Johnny Johnson And The Bandwagon Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache 2:36


101 The Apollas Mr. Creator 2:38

102 Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:29

103 Stevie Wonder Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:53

104 Edwin Starr Twenty-Five Miles (Original 1969 7" Mono Single Version) 3:21

105 Terry Callier Ordinary Joe 4:13

106 Luther Ingram Oh Baby Don't You Weep 3:04

107 George Kirby What Can I Do 2:51

108 Bunny Sigler Girl Don't Make Me Wait 2:20

109 Jackie Day Before It's Too Late 2:33

110 The Contours Baby Hit and Run 3:02

111 Major Lance You Don't Want Me No More 2:13

112 Chubby Checker You Just Don't Know (What You Did to Me) 2:28

113 Bobby Sheen Dr. Love 2:21

114 Lou Johnson Unsatisfied 2:33

115 The Poets She Blew a Good Thing 2:46

116 Joy Lovejoy In Orbit 2:22

117 Donnie Elbert A Little Piece of Leather 2:41

118 Maxine Brown It's Torture 2:44

119 Betty Everett Getting Mighty Crowded 2:07

120 Ray Pollard The Drifter 2:59

121 7 Dwarfs Stop Girl (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:51

122 The Javells Feat. Nosmo King Goodbye Nothing to Say 2:45

123 Tobi Legend Time Will Pass You By 3:03

124 Jimmy Radcliffe Long After Tonight Is All Over 2:38

125 Dean Parrish I'm on My Way 2:42