Volume 3 of a superb series of 4 CD's concentrating on the influence of the major Northern Soul venues on the development of the genre, "Blackpool Mecca" concentrates on the impact made by Ian Levine and Colin Curtis, DJ's at the venue and features a prime sample of tracks they personally discovered and broke at Blackpool. On this volume more than any other there's a concentration on the development from the ersatz Mid-60's Motown sound to what became known as 'Modern Soul', an early 70's updating featuring clearer production and a sound akin to the Philly soul of The Three Degrees. The final 8 of the 20 tracks here are in that updated sound, something that divided Northern Soul fans, one faction who eschewed this updating, remaining faithful to the Mid-60's sound; the other embracing the modernisation which introduced many new tracks. Many great discoveries are represented regardless of which side of the fence you come down on, from Morris Chesnut's sublime Too Darn Soulful, Lee David's superb Temptation Is Calling My Name through to that updated sound with a track that eventually became a well-known hit Hold Back The Night by The Trammps. There's something here for everyone, and at a paltry £4 it's a guaranteed party, even if you belong to the traditionalist camp and only want the first 12 tracks. The whole series is well worth purchasing.
The sleeve notes throughout the series, written by Ian Dewhurst give a good overview of each venue whilst it would be hard to fault sleeve notes about each track, initially detailing track name, artist, original record label and release number, year of release and writers before talking about each track in turn. Well curated.
my husband has not stop dancing , he has the whole family hooked very enjoyable CD and I do remember hearing the hits on this especially , now that I listen to the same radio station he does now solar radio
I bought this CD in the hope that it covered the sixties era as did the Twisted Wheel CD. Although it doesn't it still turned out to be a brillant Northern Soul album. Its a pity that the Blackpool Twisted Wheel of the sixities has not been covered as along with the Mecca it brought some great music to the North.
I never quite made it to Wigan Casino or Blackpool Mecca but loved the music when I could get to hear it. This is a great collection of Northern Soul tracks, some of which I never thought I'd find on CD. Keep The Faith