The Northern Soul Scene

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The Northern Soul off-shoot of the British mod movement became the U.K. equivalent of the stateside Motor City- and Memphis-based R&B factions, thriving in clubs and discotheques across England. Over two dozen representative selections are gathered here, demonstrating the scene's unmistakable fusion of beat-based rock & roll with rhythm and blues. The vast majority of these musicians didn't garner significant international recognition, however, thanks to Decca Records' assorted sub-genre defining 'Scene' related titles, selections including Frankie & Johnny's optimistic affirmation "I'll Hold You" or the sexy proto-Philly score heard on Sonny Childe's "Giving...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The Northern Soul off-shoot of the British mod movement became the U.K. equivalent of the stateside Motor City- and Memphis-based R&B factions, thriving in clubs and discotheques across England. Over two dozen representative selections are gathered here, demonstrating the scene's unmistakable fusion of beat-based rock & roll with rhythm and blues. The vast majority of these musicians didn't garner significant international recognition, however, thanks to Decca Records' assorted sub-genre defining 'Scene' related titles, selections including Frankie & Johnny's optimistic affirmation "I'll Hold You" or the sexy proto-Philly score heard on Sonny Childe's "Giving Up on Love" are finally getting their due. The Motown sound was an obvious influence on Elkie Brooks' reading of "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Smile Is Just a Frown Turned Upside Down" from Truly Smith and "Ask the Lonely" by the Fantastics. Interestingly, the latter combo originated in the United States as the Velours prior to touring Europe as the Drifters. Clyde McPhatter -- another musical ex-patriot and ironically the co-founder of the real Drifters -- became a sizable solo artist in England during the mid- to late-'60s, recording right up until his untimely passing in 1972. The workout "Baby You Got It" is a perfect example of the funky style he ultimately became associated with. Similarly, Tom Jones "Stop Breaking My Heart" and David Essex' "So-Called Loving" would gain similar notoriety for their occasional blue-eyed soul leanings, such as those on this package. Mickey Moonshine's aggressive and slightly trippy "Name It, You Got It," Jon Gunn's darkly baroque "I Just Made Up My Mind," as well as Tony Newman's propulsive "Let the Good Times Roll" are among the adventurous excursions, allowing for a much more comprehensive summation of the Northern Soul Scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042284480529
  • Catalog Number: 844805
  • Sales rank: 65,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Hold You (2:28)
  2. 2 So-Called Loving (2:29)
  3. 3 Nothing But a Heartache - The Flirtations (2:44)
  4. 4 Don't Chance It (2:13)
  5. 5 Baby You Got It (2:59)
  6. 6 Name It You Got It (3:26)
  7. 7 My Love (2:13)
  8. 8 Ask the Lonely - Fantastics (2:49)
  9. 9 Stop Breaking My Heart - Tom Jones (2:26)
  10. 10 Billy Sunshine - Billie Davis (3:22)
  11. 11 Our Love Is in the Pocket (2:43)
  12. 12 Whose Little Girl Are You - Danny Williams (2:08)
  13. 13 Heart Trouble (2:34)
  14. 14 Everybody Needs Love (3:05)
  15. 15 Picture Me Gone - Dave Berry (2:45)
  16. 16 I Wanna Know (2:12)
  17. 17 The Way You Do the Things You Do (2:44)
  18. 18 I Just Made Up My Mind (3:03)
  19. 19 Something Beautiful - Adrienne Posta (1:44)
  20. 20 Reach Out Your Hand (3:18)
  21. 21 Giving up on Love (2:37)
  22. 22 My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down) (2:48)
  23. 23 All the Time in the World (2:22)
  24. 24 Let the Good Times Roll (2:37)
  25. 25 Listen to My Heart (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Essex Track Performer
Clyde McPhatter Track Performer
Amen Corner Track Performer
Dave Berry Track Performer
Elkie Brooks Track Performer
Eyes of Blue Track Performer
Frankie & Johnny Track Performer
Brotherhood of Man Track Performer
Danny Williams Track Performer
Ronnie Jones Track Performer
Fantastics Track Performer
Billie Davis Track Performer
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
Shirley Goodman Composer
Leonard Lee Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
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