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New monthly club night: Ska Goes Farr in London

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:12:12 BST

New monthly club night: Ska Goes Farr in London

Regular ska nights aren't too common these days, so there could be a gap in the market for the new Ska Goes Farr club in London.

That name? That's down to the venue, with the club taking place at Farr's School of Dancing in Dalston Lane, Dalston, London E8 3DF. Head over there on the opening night of Thursday 24th July and you'll find a night dedicated to the best ska and reggae sounds.

Or as the organisers put it: "A night dedicated to the true magnificence of Ska and Reggae. A celebration of the ska beat and an applause to skanking hips and the original rudeboys."

The venue looks impressive too, with the name hinting at its past as a dance school, but now a public house with a distinctly vintage vibe with its wooden floors, high ceilings and vintage decor.

If you're in the area, you've nothing to lose either, as the night is free entry. If you like what you hear, the night will return on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Also, if you want to know more or want to get involved, do check out the Facebook page of the night.

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Posted in News By David Walker
For the diary: VaVa Voom 12 Hour Soul Spectacular in London

If you love your rare and vintage soul, you really need to make an effort to get down to the VaVa Voom 12 Hour Soul Spectacular in London.

It's the second of only three all-day events from the crew this year, with this one taking place on Saturday 2nd August from 2pm until 2am. Expect 12 hours of rare '60s and '70s Northern Soul, Crossover, Funk and R&B across two rooms featuring some of the country's leading DJs and collectors.

That DJ line-up includes Mick H, Dean Anderson, Tony Smith, David de Santiago, Callum Simpson, Matt Sneath, John Browne, Leona Murphy, Kev Higham, Steve 'Mr Fish' Clancy, James Pogson and Tomas McGrath, joining residents Yann Vatiste, Joel Maslin and Ady Lupton.

Not only that, you get the wonderful Belair House in Dulwich Village, London for a venue. That's a Georgian mansion set in the peaceful and picturesque Belair Park (ideal for as few photos) and with two bars, an a la carte restaurant, a BBQ on the terrace plus food served all day. Talking of bars, there will also be a record bar with unrivalled views across the park featuring some of London's top dealers.

That venue address is Belair House, Gallery Rd, Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB (just five minutes walk from West Dulwich station direct from Victoria plus close to many bus routes). There is free parking at the venue car park and admission is £12 OTD or £10 in Advance.

If you want a ticket or two, you can buy them here

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Posted in News By David Walker
Quad Mod: Own a replica of Jimmy's scooter from the Quadrophenia movie

How do you fancy living out your Quadrophenia fantasy? You can do just that if you invest in this replica of Jimmy's scooter from the 1979 movie.

It doesn't come cheap though. That's perhaps because someone has put a lot of work into getting that authentic look and feel, leaving a scooter that doesn't look a million miles away from the original movie scooter that sold a few years ago.

That one was a 1967 Li150, which came with all the provenance attaching it to the movie, resulting in it selling for £36,000 in the end. You can see it here.

This one is a 1966 Li 125, with all the key details in place, from the colours and the mirrors, right down to the registration number on the side. But it lacks one thing - being original.

This isn't a movie scoot, so the price isn't going to be anywhere near that. In this case, you are looking at a guide price of between £10,000 and £12,000.

That's a lot cheaper, but still a pricey item considering it is just a replica. If you fancy bidding, it is part of the The Beaulieu Sale (the Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia sale), which is run by Bonhams and takes place at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on 6th September 2014 at 11am. Of course, if you can't make it, you can register a bid directly with the auction house.

If you do bid - good luck!

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Posted in News By David Walker
Acid Jazz Mod - 40-track compilation album now available to pre-order

Of course, Acid Jazz will always be synonymous with the scene bearing the same name from the early 1990s. But Acid Jazz always had something of a leaning to classic soul and mod sounds too. The latter is being celebrated with a new collection, going by the name of Acid Jazz Mod.

It's something of a far-reaching collection, mixing some classic mod-friendly sounds from the label with tracks from the Rare Mod series, which has successfully run for the last few years as vinyl 45s.

The result is a 40-track collection featuring the likes of Andy Lewis & Paul Weller, Geno Washington, JTQ, Mother Earth, The Moons, The Fleur De Lys, Long Tall Shorty, Sharon Tandy, John's Children and many more.

A diverse mix of soul and beat, the kind of collection that emphasises just how hard it is to pin down the 'mod sound' in 2014.

The album is released on 1st September 2014, but is available to pre-order now for a very reasonable £8.99.


Disc 1
1. Are You Trying To Be Lonely – Andy Lewis & Paul Weller
2. Pandora – Men Of North Country
3. Left Right & Centre – Lord Large & Dean Parish
4. Everyday Heroes – The Moons
5. I Got The Buzz – John’s Children
6. I Like What I’m Trying To Do – Waygood Ellis
7. Fahrenheit – The Dilemmas
8. E-Type – Corduroy (Live)
9. Holding On (With Both Hands) – Geno Washington
10. Be Selected – Mother Earth (Live)
11. Confusion – Planet
12. I Want You Girl – Broken Vinyl Club
13. Knockout – The Filthy Six
14. Two Can Make It Together – Tony & Tandy
15. Car Chase – The James Taylor Quartet
16. Mercy – The Third Degree
17. Out Of The Blues – Pleasure Beach
18. Juicer – The James Coburn Cool
19. Wait For Me – The Fleur De Lys
20. Shine On Me – Long Tall Shorty

Disc 2
1. Caught In A Storm – The Elements
2. The Magic Lounge About – Kitchener
3. Indian Rope Man – Phaze
4. Gotta Get Enough Time – Sharon Tandy
5. No More Heroes – Night Trains
6. Who Belongs To You – Maxine
7. Clutching At Straws – The Red Inspectors
8. Don’t Start Crying Now – The Frays
9. Liar Liar – Satisfaction (Radio Edit)
10. Morning Brings The Light – Grand Union
11. Keep Me Covered – The Frays
12. Theodalight 9 – Danger Mod
13. This Old Heart Of Mine – Donnie Elbert
14. Tired Feet – Smoove
15. I’ll Go Crazy – Kenny Bernard
16. Wormin’ – The Clique
17. Theme From The New Avengers – Snowboy
18. Looking Good – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
19. White Elephant – Action Band
20. Sara, Crazy Child – John’s Children

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Posted in News By David Walker

BBC4 does Northern Soul in new documentary this month

Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:18:23 BST

Never quite convinced that these Friday night documentaries really last long enough to do the subject justice, but Northern Soul: Living For The Weekend should at least be an interesting way of passing an hour or so.

Madde by independent production company Somethin' Else, the documentary seems focused on the scene's heyday, when The Wigan Casino beat New York's Studio 54 for title of Billboard Magazine's 'Best Disco in the World' in 1978.

It features stories from the likes of Northern Soul DJs Ian Levine, Kev Roberts, Ian Dewhirst, Richard Searling and Colin Curtis, as well as others with an interest in the scene, including DJ Tony Blackburn, DJ/Producer Pete Waterman, author (and St Etienne man) Bob Stanley, Good Times DJ Norman Jay, musician Lisa Stansfield and presumably to bring things up to date a little filmmaker Elaine Constantine with a plug for the Northern Soul film, which should be on the big screens in late summer.

Don't expect to learn anything new if you are a fan of the scene and the music, but it's likely to be an interesting programme. It arias on Friday July 25th 2014, presumably in the usual 9pm music documentary slot.

Keep an eye on BBC4 for more details.

BBC4 does Northern Soul in new documentary this month
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There's a new Tamla Motown vinyl series coming your way. In fact, the first release has just landed.

Well, we presume it's a series, with Universal describing the release of the classic Money by Barrett Strong as 'the first of hopefully many new Tamla Motown single releases'. Guess it depends on how many this one sells!

Anyway, this single, Motown's second release in the UK and originally on the London American label, is the start of a series that will (hopefully) reissue singles released by Motown on non-Motown labels in the UK.

Essentially any release pre-1965 is a possible release as part of the TMG 400 Series, with each one being strictly limited in numbers (not sure how limited though) and on heavyweight vinyl.

Money is available now and can be yours for £6.99. You can get it here.

Tamla Motown vinyl reissues kick off with Barrett Strong 45
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Posted in News By David Walker

You might recall we featured the CD soundtrack to the upcoming (but not quite out yet) Elaine Constantine Northern Soul movie some time back. It's out now if you want it on the Harmless label. But vinyl lovers have something rather more special in the pipeline.

Amazon has listed a vinyl box set, which isn't available to order just yet, but does get us just a little bit excited ahead of the 15th September release date.

This is a special edition 7-inch single box set, with all the tracks from the soundtrack licensed for vinyl release (plus one bonus track) to make up to 14-single box. All records are in picture sleeves featuring scenes from the movie, with a specially commissioned 60 page hardback-bound book of film stills also thrown into the heavy duty casing for good measure.

If you want the original singles, they would cost around £35,260. Ok, these aren't the originals and will never have such value. But it's nice to hear these northern classics on their original format.

No pricing as yet, you'll have to keep an eye on Amazon for that nearer the release date.

All vinyl: Northern Soul soundtrack gets the 45 box set treatment
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If you own or love vintage scooters, all the better. But even if you don't, you'll find lots of likeminded souls out at the Modern History 2014 event in London.

Modern History is the second part of the day, but as we said, if you have a vintage scooter, you might want to make a note of the first part too. That's a classic scooter run through London (and we presume, running near the Thames). If you want to take part, get to the meet-up at 11am at Tubby Isaacs, Coulston Street, London E1. it all starts at 11:30am sharp, so give yourself enough time to get through the weekend traffic.

The scooter runs ends at this year's Modern History event, but that's an open event, so no scooter required if you just want to pop along. Modern History is a 'celebration of 1960s youth culture and community' around Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 (nearest tube Waterloo).

It takes place from noon until 6pm and should be a great way to spend an afternoon if the weather holds. You'll find a vintage clothing market, a scooter parts fair (in the town hall), a photographic exhibition featuring the iconic images of Phillip Townsend, some record stalls and DJ sounds from clubs including Sidewinder and Ricky Tick, which you'll find in the surrounding pubs (if you needed an excuse to go into one).

It's all free too, which is a bonus.

For the diary: Scoot The Thames and Modern History 2014 hits London
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Posted in News By David Walker

The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to London

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 12:02:42 BST

Not just a car boot sale, the Classic Car Boot Sale is very much an entire vintage experience.

It heads back to the capital in September, but at a new venue. That's the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, specifically over 20th and 21st September 2014.

If you can make it down that weekend, you'll find over 100 vintage vehicles and traders selling their vintage collectables - clothing, homewares, vinyl and much more. Even if you don't find something you like, checking out the classic cars is a fun way to pass the time too. But if you see a vintage Brutus shirt along the way, do let us know.

Not that it's all about the cars and car boot. Also on the site you'll find places to dine, drink and dance, with street food, beers from vintage vans, classic fairground rides and more, not to mention the Vintage Festival DJs playing sounds from the 1940s through to the '80s from the top of the an open top Routemaster bus. Yes, it's a full-on vintage-style day out.

You can find out more at the website and if you want to take part (and have access to a pre-1989 car), you can contact the organisers to secure your pitch.

The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to London
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Posted in News By David Walker

Out now: A Touch of Northern Soul (Outta Sight)

Monday, 7 July 2014 12:10:20 BST

Out now: A Touch of Northern Soul (Outta Sight)

The Outta Sight label is always worth keeping an eye on if you are into your classic and northern soul sounds, with a stream of compilations coming out over the course of the year. A Touch of Northern Soul is the most recent release.

it is what it is, a compilation of northern soul sounds from the so-called golden age of the 1970s. So expect a mix of northern and '70s modern soul gems over the course of the 25 tracks on offer here.

This isn't a straightforward classics album, but at the same time, A Touch of Northern Soul isn't the kind of rarities collection that you would expect from the Kent label. It falls somewhere in the middle and as such, is probably a decent place to start if you've never invested in northern sill sounds before.

But don't take our word for it. You can listen to samples from all the tracks on the Outta Sight website and if you like what you hear you can buy it there too, priced at £12.99.

1. Girl Don't Make Me Wait - Bunny Sigler
2. I'll Always Need You - Dean Courtney
3. Night Owl - Bobby Paris
4. Better Use Your Head - Dennis D'ell
5. Ain't No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes) - Ray Paige
6. One More Hurt - Marjorie Black
7. Meet Ne At Midnight - Cindy Lynn and The In
8. The Ice - Man
9. Dance With Me - The Blendells
10. No Puppy Love - Jackie Paine
11. Exus Trek - Luther Ingram
12. What's It Gonna Be - Susan Barrett
13. I Still Love You - The Seven Souls
14. When We Get There - Paul Anka
15. Goodbye Nothin' To Say - Nosmo King, The Jevells
16. Keep Coming Back For More - Lorraine Rudolph
17. Hit & Run Lover - Tommie Young
18. Backfield In Motion - Mel and Tim
19. I Wanna Give You Tomorrow - Benny Troy
20. I've Got The Need - Spooky and Sue
21. What A Difference A Day Makes - Ester Phillips
22. In The Bottle - Brother To Brother
23. Miss Treatment - The Incredibles
24. A Touch Of Velvet - A String Of Brass
25. Breakaway - Linda Lloyd

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Posted in News By David Walker