Northern Soul Story, Vol. 3: Blackpool Mecca

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The third volume in Sony BMG's top-notch The Northern Soul Story compilation series spotlights the Blackpool Mecca, which rivaled the Wigan Casino for taste-making supremacy as British club culture's fascination with forgotten American soul reached its frenzied apex. Opened in 1965, complete with a revolving stage, free coach service, and a capacity approaching 3500, the Blackpool Mecca was briefly the most popular nightclub of its day, but as the decade closed, smaller, more intimate venues became the vogue, and the larger dancehalls generally fell into disrepair. However, nestled within the Blackpool Mecca was a smaller hall, the Highland Room, located above the main ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The third volume in Sony BMG's top-notch The Northern Soul Story compilation series spotlights the Blackpool Mecca, which rivaled the Wigan Casino for taste-making supremacy as British club culture's fascination with forgotten American soul reached its frenzied apex. Opened in 1965, complete with a revolving stage, free coach service, and a capacity approaching 3500, the Blackpool Mecca was briefly the most popular nightclub of its day, but as the decade closed, smaller, more intimate venues became the vogue, and the larger dancehalls generally fell into disrepair. However, nestled within the Blackpool Mecca was a smaller hall, the Highland Room, located above the main arena; in 1971 the Highland Room opened as a Northern Soul venue, hosting acts ranging from Isaac Hayes to Edwin Starr to the Chi-Lites and boasting the scene's arguably greatest one-two punch in DJs Ian Levine and Colin Curtis. Levine regularly accompanied his businessman father on overseas trips, scouring American record stores, junk shops, warehouses, and even recording studios to acquire music simply unavailable anywhere outside the U.S., and the Blackpool Mecca play lists would come to represent Northern soul culture at its most musically progressive and socially far-ranging. Restricted by conservative licensing laws, the club also earned renown for introducing all-dayers, essentially all-nighters beginning at noon and ending at midnight -- soon all-dayers were de rigeur for all clubs, even those exempt from similar licensing constraints. This 25-track collection is a worthy tribute, complete with superb mastering and track-by-track liner notes by British DJ Ian Dewhirst -- highlights include Lorraine Chandler's "I Can't Hold On," Lynne Randell's "Stranger in My Arms," and Lou Ragland's "I Travel Alone."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2007
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 886971068627
  • Catalog Number: 710686
  • Sales rank: 41,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Darn Soulful
  2. 2 I Can't Hold on
  3. 3 Temptation is Calling My Name - Lee David
  4. 4 Ever Again - Bernie Williams
  5. 5 Paris Blues - Tony Middleton
  6. 6 Stranger in My Arms
  7. 7 Save My Love for a Rainy Day
  8. 8 Trying to Find My Woman
  9. 9 What's It Gonna Be - Susan Barrett
  10. 10 I Need You - Shane Martin
  11. 11 Turnin' My Heartbeat Up
  12. 12 Branded
  13. 13 Moonlight Music and You - Laura Greene
  14. 14 Love Trap
  15. 15 I Travel Alone
  16. 16 Shy Guy
  17. 17 Hang Up Your Hang Ups
  18. 18 Didn't Say a Word
  19. 19 Talkin' 'Bout Poor Folks Thinkin' 'Bout My Folks
  20. 20 Soul Improvisations
  21. 21 Hold Back the Night - The Trammps
  22. 22 Are You Ready for This
  23. 23 I Just Can't Say Goodbye
  24. 24 Happy Feelin'
  25. 25 Phoenix
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