The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever
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Compilations are often marred by at least some tracks that the purists are going to argue over and The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter...Ever is no exception. However, ask any northern soul fan to name 10 top tracks likely to get everyone on the dance floor and chances are classics like the once forgotten "Ghost in My House" by R Dean Taylor or the stomping "25 Miles" by Edwin Starr will be in there. Northern soul might be about rare cuts of classic soul tracks or stories surrounding lost gems that were never released, but for those that recall the original northern soul all-nighters and those discovering it, certain tracks always stick in the mind. For the uninitiated, the original "Tainted Love" as heard at Wigan all-nighter by a young Marc Almond is a revelation, whereas Shirley Ellis' "Soul Time" with its infectious counting ("2, 4, 6, 8, 22...") is guaranteed to get anyone out on the floor. True fans are likely to have most of the hits on this double CD, but if you're after a great introduction to the scene or you just want to listen again to some of those classic tracks that people travelled miles to dance to, The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever isn't a bad place to start. --Caroline Butler
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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
So if buying 2nd hand try to get the older 2001 version first.
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It may be a bit commercial, it may be too near to the mainstream for the purist, however, I think that The Poets incredible "She blew a good thing" and Frankie Valli's all time classic "You're ready now" show that good music is good music no matter how many people appreciate it. The same can be said for dance standards "Out on the Floor" "If you ask" and "Our love is in the pocket"
If like me. you need to be re-educated as to what the north was and is really all about, them this musical journey from "7 days is too long" to "The Drifter", and "Girls are out to get you" to "I'm on my way" is like a loved one's welcome after a long hard journey; it's like the white cliffs of dover after the green fields of France. It's like coming home!
This album is just not for Northern Soul fans anyone who appreciates well-sung songs with real instruments and no drum machines will appreciate this album.
The album contains 60 tracks with too many highlights to mention and is a superb compilation and warrants 5 stars
If you only buy one Northern album for your collection then this is the one.
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brilliant ,especially for anyone new to northern soul, with some classics and lesser known songs,good valuePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer