Tuesday, 7 July 2015

aht uh mi hed



This came on the ipod last week when I was melting in the garden of the house in Gurcan. It went extremely well with the chilled Rose that I was sipping at the time, an absolutely gorgeous record with a right lazy summer vibe.

Shuggie Otis is the son of the R&B legend and band leader Johnny Otis, Otis jnr picked up the guitar when he was just two years old and was playing in his father's band by the age of twelve often having to disguise himself when playing in night clubs.

aht uh mi hed (Out of my head) comes from his 1974 album, Inspiration Information and was also released as a single.

Shuggie Otis - aht uh mi hed

Monday, 6 July 2015

Back To Work Then



Well did you miss me? Thought not.

Here is an absolute fucking gem of a bit of southern soul to ease us into the working week and will give me the strength to book up the work laptop and try to trawl through the hunners of emails I will have.

Lou Johnson - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

En Vacances



There will not be a lot to see here for the next couple of weeks as we are off on the long drive to Portsmouth tomorrow where we will catch the ferry and sometime late Thursday afternoon we will reach the lovely house in the picture where we will indulge in eating too much bread, cheese and just the right amount of wine.

Here is one of my favourite cover versions.

Lone Justice - Sweet Jane

Monday, 22 June 2015

My Northern Soul Top 50, 10 - 1



I have had a bit of a dilemma regarding the last two posts in this series. You see I go on holiday on Wednesday and don't intend to line up any posts for when I'm away so you would have had to wait a further week for the Top 5 if I had proceeded as planned. I realise that this would not have been the worst hardship in the world but I know that two people are waiting until all the tracks are posted before listening to any of them and I know that if that was me I would have been mightily pissed off having to wait another week, so I decided to just post the ten tracks today.

10. Bobby Kline - Say Something Nice To Me.

Another track that oozes pure class and is probably worth the £1000 + price tag for an original, there is a copy on Discogs at present priced £1888.15. Regarded as too slow during the 70s, the merits of the record have only been realised over the past decade on the scene. I know nothing about the artist but the label the record was released on MB,  was a local label out of Queens,  New York so it wouldn't be unrealistic to think that Mr Kline was a native New Yorker.

9. Rita And The Tiaras - Gone With The Wind Is My Love

I think that Motownesque is the only word to describe this record which has inveigled it's self into my affections over the past few years prior to that I thought that it was an alright tune but the more I played it the more it grew on me and these days it gets an airing at least one a month.

8. Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

So everybody knows the story behind this record, the most expensive single in the rare soul scene and probably the rarest with definitely two copies but maybe as many as five copies in existence? No, well there is a brief history here. What makes it so special, you may ask and I am not sure as it's ubiquity recently should mean that every northern soulie should be utterly sick of it, it seems to be on every cheap compilation,  featured on an advert for fried chicken not that long ago and is wheeled out as the example every time northern soul is discussed,  yet still when this record is played at any soul night  you are guaranteed that the floor will be filled in seconds and everybody will be grinning like an idiot and singing along. It is such an utterly joyous track

7. Eloise Laws - Love Factory

This is another song that if you didn't know better, you would believe was released on Motown. Not surprising really as it was penned by Holland-Dozier-Holland and released on their Music Merchant label in 1973 and although it got extensive radio play failed to hit the charts. Once again that man Ian Levine found a gem and brought it back to the UK where it has been a favourite on the scene ever since. Another of the tracks included on that Inferno album that got me into this music in the first place.

6. Don Thomas - Come On Train

Come On Train too could have been ruined by it's use in an advert in either 2008 or 2009 but again sheer quality saves the day, we shall draw a veil over the remix that was released on the back of that ad. For me there is something incredibly sexy about this track, you can hear the expectation in the vocal delivery as Thomas sings about being reunited with the love of his life after a long time apart, the insistent backing vocals and soaring strings helping to create the atmosphere and then it just finishes!

5. Otis Smith - Let Her Go

I'm not quite sure what it is about Let Her Go that I love, I can't pinpoint what it is about this rather understated groove that floats my boat but it does and gets regular turntable space in this house.

4. Moses Smith - The Girl Across The Street

From one Smith to another. Moses Smith this time with a song whose lyrics most of us can relate to, the mysterious unattainable girl that you want to be the other half of. The lyrics are great,  the beat is just right for dancing and Moses Smith's vocal is just about perfect. I find it impossible to fathom why a record of this quality was not a hit.

3. Ruby Andrews - Just Loving You

Just sublime!

2. Ace Spectrum - Don't Send Nobody Else

The song that broke the dancefloor on the opening night of the Togetherness soul weekender in Fleetwood in October 2002. When this record was put on there was such a rush onto the floor from all sides that the purpose built dance floor came apart and more than a few frustrated dancers had to wait an hour or two until the hardwood floor was put back together again. it is quite a sight to see a couple of hundred people dancing, spinning and clapping along to this, let's face it disco beat. The track was a minor hit when released in 1975. There are a few other versions of this Don't Send Nobody Else out there by Millie Jackson amongst others but none comes close to this.

1. Jackie Wilson - Because of You

From the moment I heard this track it became the greatest northern track ever in my eyes and I haven't heard anything since that has even had me think twice about it's position. Everything about it is just so damned good, the intro,  the vocal performance,  the orchestration even the ending. Jackie Wilson's story is such a tragic one, he was only forty one when had the heart attack which resulted in the comatose state he would remain in until his death 8 years later. How much more beautiful music would he have been capable of that tragedy had not happened?


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Mellow Sunday



Here's another track from the SlowClub RSD 15 release of cover versions. I know that Echorich is particularly fond of this one.

Slow Club - Seasons (Waiting On You)

Friday, 19 June 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I have been trying to get myself in holiday mode as we are off en vacances from next Wednesday but what with work and the weather here being positively autumnal apart from a few days last week when it was great, it has been a hard job. So I thought a wee bit of summery dance music may be the order of the day and plumped for a bit of Haim remixed by Duke Dumont from a couple of years back. And it was doing the trick until it had me reaching for an old Scottish Rave tune from when I was still a lad without any responsibilities. I was never a big fan of the Rave scene but every now and again a track did appeal to me and Energy Rush was one of those.

Is it just me or are there some similarities with these tracks?

Have a good weekend people.

Haim - Falling (Duke Dumont remix)

Suburban Delay - Energy Rush

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Sometimes All You Need Is . . .



. . . something penned by "the boy Gedge". Further explanation is superfluous.

The Wedding Present - Take Me

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

You Got To Go Bother The Man



Detroit Red was the nickname that El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcom X acquired when he was a hustler on the streets of Harlem,. A profession that led him to prison where he re-educated himself and became the political activist that he is remembered as these days.

This record was released by Fold to highlight the brutality that young black men in the USA still face at the hands of what appears to be an "institutionally racist" police and criminal justice system 50 years after the death of Malcolm X. In some parts of America things seem to have regressed rather than improved.

This track is not for download as a few copies of the very limited single are still available here and  the track is also available for  download at a very reasonable price of £0.59. The other side of the single is pretty damned good as well.

Fold - Detroit Red

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Real Love



I have posted Drizabone  here previously with the single Pressure which incidentally I see listed at seventy odd quid on Discogs, surely it can't be that rare? But I digress, Real Love was the single that preceeded Pressure, Released in 1991, I am not sure why the three year hiatus between singles. It is very easy to place this single at the beginning of the 90s  as it is very much of it's time not to say that it is dated, sounds good to these ears at least. I am not known for my love or knowledge of "modern" soul but I do like a bit of it now and again.

Drizabone - Real Love

Monday, 15 June 2015

My Northern Soul Top 50, 15 - 11



The last fifteen and we are in "classic", some may say obvious,  territory now.

15. Sissie Houston - Bring Him Back

A storming tune from 1966. Strangely this Doc Pomus song that did absolutely nothing was covered twice within a year of it's release. It just goes to show that although the general public had no taste both Dusty Springfield and Stella Starr recognised a belter when they heard it. It also goes without saying that neither are a patch on Whitney's mom's original.

14. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Night

I'm sure that Berry Gordy had high hopes for the New Jersey quintet when he signed them to the Motown subsidiary Mowest in the early 70s. Sadly it wasn't a very rewarding period for either party. it did however produce this dark track from 1972's Chameleon album that was to be released as a single in the US but withdrawn after the promotional copies were sent out with the artist printed as just Franki Valli on the records. It did reach the lower end of the charts in the UK and was "big in Wigan" as they say.


13. The Isley Brothers - My Love Is Your Love (Forever)

This track was another stupidly good Motown recorded track that languished on the shelves for years before being released on a Netherlands only Music For Pleasure compilation album where it was found by some crate digger or other. It has been popular on the scene in recent years. This lovely Stevie Wonder penned song was released at the turn of the century on the Tamla Motown Connoisseurs cd and a couple of years ago pressed on 7" as part of the Motown Sound Volume1 box set, where my copy comes from now, replacing the dodgy white label pressing I had prior to this.

12. The Poets - She Blew A Good Thing

I have loved this track ever since I first heard it. Another one of those tracks that make me shiver and give me goosebumps,  the lead vocal and the harmonies are just sublime and that bit where Ronnie Lewis sings "a would have went to a jeweller's and bought her a ring" gets me every time.

11. Madeline Bell - Picture Me Gone

Another track from the Scooter Club Do's . Picture me gone was the flip side of I'm Gonna Make \You Love Me which was a hit for the former Blue Mink vocalist in 1967. The song was originally recorded the previous year by Evie Sands and is probably a lot of people's favourite version of the tune but for me this version is the one.



Sunday, 14 June 2015

Mellow Sunday



In honour of Van the man's acceptance to be part of the establishment here is a track from the album that has taken the place of Astral Weeks as my favourite album of his over the past few months. Sadly no download as posting something by Morrison always gets a take down notice so you will have to put up with a Youtube clip.

Friday, 12 June 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



It was the yearly celebration of feudalism here in Lanark yesterday and the weather was absolutely glorious as it was on Wednesday when I was driving home from Manchester and the ipod selected this track which is very apt and I haven't been able to get out of my head ever since. With vocals from Kate Holmes, Alan McGee's better half.

Have a good weekend people.

Drum Club - Follow The Sun

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Kid Wave



In a perfect world Kid Wave's debut album would be huge and would be the soundtrack to your summer. They won't but it might just,  if you invest your hard earned pennies on Wonderlust. Sure it harks back to the late 80s/early 90s when bands were more interested in staring at their Chuck Taylors than engaging with the audience but that is no bad thing when the sound is this good.

No download but this video is one of the tracks that was on the first ep Gloom and is also available on the album. I wish I could still go a skateboard.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

John Barleycorn, Nicotine and the Temptations of Eve



A couple of Fridays ago I posted Wear Your Love Like Heaven which sampled Let It Out by the Hombres. Not to be predictable or anything but here is that original single crackles and all. Released in 1967 the tune has been used to flog a few things over the years and been covered by the likes of the extremely unsavoury Jonathan King and John Mellencamp. The lead singer, B.B. Cunningham Jnr who was gunned down in 2012 while employed as a security guard, was the brother of Box Tops bass guitarist and keyboard player Bill Cunningham.

The Hombres - Let It Out

Link now sorted.