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CHARLYL327 - SOUL STREET... the funky side of northern soulR&B • SOUL • FUNK
CLUB SOUL presents an eclectic blend of hard-edged Northern
Soul from the funky side of the street. It’s time to pass the hatchet instead
of the talc and trade in the spin and slide for the hook and sling and work
NORTHERN SOUL continues to
evolve, which is perhaps why, some fifty years on, its appeal is so enduring.
At its epicentre is the traditional, Motowninspired, Sixties oldie that
proliferates many Club Soul albums, but in more recent times we’ve seen a resurgence
of soul-tinged R&B, Crossover, the Sweeter end of Northern Soul and even
the influence of the Low-Rider scene. And, if you thought that Northern Soul
production ended in 1969, think again, check out the contemporary sounds of
Carlton Jumel Smith, Durand Jones And The Indications, Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities,
Decosta Boyce, Curtis Harding and many many more... exciting times!
Here we showcase the funky side
of Northern Soul which seems to have captured the imagination of our soul
brothers and sisters across Europe and a growing number of progressive clubs in
the U.K. Not quite rare groove, nor Seventies Modern, these 14 rare soul gems
are hard-edged, kitchen-sink rhythms that demand dance floor attention.
Our eclectic blend borrows its
name from our title track “Soul Street” by Ricky Allen, a super rare cut written
and produced by Mel London and released to absolutely no acclaim on his Chicago
based Tam-Boo label circa 1968. Allen is no stranger to the rare soul scene and
is joined here by a number of familiar faces such as our southern soulsters
Alder Ray Black and Eddie Bo and our hit artists Betty Harris, Tina Turner and
Aaron Neville. Special attention must go to Josephine Taylor and Alvin Cash
both of whom contribute tracks, that incredibly, were unreleased at the time of
recording! But our star turn has to be Lenny McDaniel who makes his compilation
debut with the furious dancer “Something Out Of Nothing” recorded with The New
Era in 1968 for Joe Banashak’s Seven B label. Everything happens on Soul Street.
Northern Soul Never Sounded So Good
Club Soul charts the inception, development and eventual commercialism of the world’s most enduring underground music movement; Northern Soul. Born in the post-war city club scene, alive with the hot new sound of American Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul would evolve into its own unique style capturing the imagination of the Nation’s youth, seduced by its secret world of all-night dancing, a world alien to their parents and even their peers. Here are hits, standards, rarities, obscurities, and here are too are those very tracks researched, compiled and annotated as never before.
Club Soul is managed, marketed, distributed and fulfilled by Snapper Music, one of the U.K.'s premier independent record labels. All orders are shipped professionally and promptly from our Lewes warehouse.