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4.0 out of 5 stars Suffering City, House of Mercy
Temple Street, Wolverhampton has nothing to recommend it today. There's a DHSS office, a down-at-heels casino, a few car parks and some derelict land. It's inner city UK, but it used to be a town where things were made. This CD pays tribute to its place in evolving the beautiful, formulaic sound of Northern Soul and the underground dance club culture that attended it. It...
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3.0 out of 5 stars hit and miss
interesting but some obscure mediocre tracks .. also the sound quality not too good the others in the series are better
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suffering City, House of Mercy, 17 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Club Soul Vol.3 - The Catacombs 1968-'74 (Audio CD)
Temple Street, Wolverhampton has nothing to recommend it today. There's a DHSS office, a down-at-heels casino, a few car parks and some derelict land. It's inner city UK, but it used to be a town where things were made. This CD pays tribute to its place in evolving the beautiful, formulaic sound of Northern Soul and the underground dance club culture that attended it. It showcases an interesting selection of records, many of which I was familiar with without knowing their specific relevance to the 'Cats' - for example Bob Wilson's 'Suzy's Serenade', Victor Knight's 'House of Heartaches' and Five Stairsteps' 'Change of Pace' (Curtis Mayfield's tenuous link to Wolverhampton is truly something to marvel at). Other sounds, however, like Saxie Russell's 'Psychedelic Soul' and Sandy Wynn's 'The Touch of Venus', I remembered well as local classics of the early 70s, often highlighted in newspaper advertisements for the Saturday night club and frequently credited to it. Both these tracks, in their bold eccentricities, seem to connect perfectly to the 'otherness' of the venue's intimate, labyrinthine character. There is also an excellent accompanying booklet to the CD containing an insightful commentary on the DJs, the records, the artists and the other influential characters associated with the Catacombs. This is an all-round quality product that helps ring out the vibrancy and uniqueness of a forgotten enclave of musical culture. You should buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Northern Soul Nights were at the Cats, 8 Dec 2013
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As I Catacombs member these recordings along with the cover article about the Cats stirred many memories. A must have CD for all Northern fans, this is were it started
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3.0 out of 5 stars hit and miss, 25 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Club Soul Vol.3 - The Catacombs 1968-'74 (Audio CD)
interesting but some obscure mediocre tracks .. also the sound quality not too good the others in the series are better
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice product, 27 Nov 2013
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The Cd arrived in perfect condition and comes in a booklet format with good memrobilia. Tracks are well choosen and not all the most obvious, which is good for anyone with an extensive collection already. As a semi regular at the cats I found it nostalgic and imformative. There are various pictures from the last night at the Cats in the booklet and to my surprise I apeared in one of the photos featured from some 39 1/2 years ago!
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