This review is from: Swan's Soul Sides (Audio CD)
Northern Soul is not my thing at all in the sense that I never went to any of these Allnighters and don't like being among crowds.Suddenly people were paying silly money for copies of records played and this made no sense to me
But the music's fine and I liked the idea of all these little known records being brought over here from the States which had never been issued here
Though obviously you can understand why a heap of flops had never attracted EMI the fact remains that once heard in these clubs there was a demand.Its a case of the collectors teaching the corporates.
Swan though meant Freddy Cannon,the Sapphires,the early 3 Degrees (who had 2 singles issued in the U K in the 60s) One of the 2 labels which licensed the Beatles while Capitol turned them down.Plus their Lawn subsidiary which was known for Bobby Comstock.Their were at least 3 licensees in the U K for Swan product-London,Top Rank and Stateside until they were bought out by Roller Coaster
And here is what could be the first on CD by the Rising Sons who cut 2 singles for Amy one of which gained U K release and who are nothing to do with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.
Many of the musicians who feature on these songs became MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother) in the 70s for the Philadelphia International label and the masses caught on with a style of music named as Philly Soul which I found quite boring.Clearly some sort of Golden Age had passed-maybe it was because so much of the music had passed into Designer Soul