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A flawed gem - but a gem nonetheless!
on 22 February 2002
A fabulous album, yet the title is something of a misnomer; "The Best Northern Soul Youth Club CD" would have been much more appropriate. Given the scene's preoccupation with rarity it comes as something of a surprise that a CD containing 60 tracks should be made up of tracks that (in one form or another) can be picked up individually for less than a bluey each. In the majority of cases we would be talking about a re-issue, but I doubt that would be a major concern to the prospective purchasers of this CD.
Quite frankly, I have to say it's the best VFM Northern Soul CD to be found on the shelves of your local megastore. Sure, some of that tracks are the kind of things we all bought when we were wet behind the ears ('You're ready now' 'Ghost in my house' 'The Snake' etc) but there are timeless gems which shine out like a beacon of light and defy mere monetary classifications ('Looking for you' 'Dance dance dance' 'You don't want me no more' 'Too late' et al). Not an album likely to be revered by the prudies and shrewdies who spent most of the niter stuck in the record bar philosophising about the missing Ric Tic numbers - but for those who lost pints of sweat on the dance floor thirty years ago it must be considered an essential purchase. I had forgotten just how good some of these records were. But this CD has become something of a regular on my system with a click of the 'random' button (Go on - surprise me!) bringing back too many memories of the days when I had all my real teeth, a flat belly and had never heard of Grecian 2000. Just watch me astonish my kids as I glide across the living room doing the clap to 'Tainted Love' ("Sit down dad, you're a flaming tragedy") Ah, what do they know - they've only got the derivative rave scene. I had Wigan, I had baggy trousers, I had soul. And now I have this CD - and for once, just for once, I am young again. Turn back time - buy this CD