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VA - The Northern Soul Story Volume 3: Blackpool Mecca (2007)

Jazz, Pop | Author: artmuss | 16-04-2018, 14:54
VA - The Northern Soul Story Volume 3: Blackpool Mecca (2007)Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Northern Soul Story Volume 3: Blackpool Mecca
Year Of Release: 2007
Label (Catalog#): Sony BMG Music [88697106862]
Country: International
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:14:52
Full Size: 473 mb

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."


1. Morris Chestnut - Too Darn Soulful (2:30)
2. Lorraine Chandler - I Can't Hold On (2:26)
3. Lee David - Temptation Is Calling My Name (2:23)
4. Bernie Williams - Ever Again (2:33)
5. Tony Middleton - Paris Blues (2:13)
6. Lynn Randell - Stranger In My Arms (2:36)
7. The Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day (2:43)
8. Lou Courtney - Trying To Find My Woman (2:26)
9. Susan Barrett - What's It Gonna Be (2:16)
10. Shane Martin - I Need You (2:06)
11. The M.V.P.'s - Turnin' My Heartbeat Up (2:16)
12. Robert Knight - Branded (2:54)
13. Laura Greene - Moonlight, Music & You (2:31)
14. T.D. Valentine - Love Trap (2:30)
15. Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone (2:33)
16. The Uptights - Shy Girl (2:14)
17. Bobby Lester - Hang Up Your Hang-Ups (3:28)
18. Patti Austin - Didn't Say A Word (3:20)
19. Lou Edwards & Today's People - Talkin' 'Bout Poor Folks Thinkin' 'Bout My Folks (3:12)
20. Van McCoy - Soul Improvisations Pts 1 & 2 (5:52)
21. The Trammps - Hold Back The Night (3:46)
22. The Brothers - Are You Ready For This (4:05)
23. The Philly Devotions - I Just Can't Say Goodbye (3:12)
24. Earth, Wind & Fire - Happy Feelin' (3:20)
25. Aquarian Dream - Phoenix (5:19)


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  • #1: Soulman902 (16 April 2018 18:36)

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