December 2001 - Christmas Party
Absolutely top night last night...Most i've danced in ages (Got to be to at least half the tunes). Started off in the Boston with Barry, Paul Mac & Bob...Bob reminded me of a rather funny story when i tried to buy Peppermint Harris off him for £40 :-)...Sorry Bob but you've got to try ;-)
The do was blinding from start to finish Mark started the night off really well with some great tunes and great mic work including one of my faves Guitar Ray in there.
Best set of the night for me was, um...Very close one this, Dave F played an absolutely blinding set and i danced to every single record, and it takes a lot to keep me on for a whole set, probably haven't done that for a few years!!...The other great spot was Carl & Shifty doing a deck each playing top quality, unashamedly brilliant tunes (No R & B, No Modern, No Garage just um Northern soul) Must have danced to nearly all these as well. All in all, a brilliant Northern soul night!
MAYFIELD PLAYERS - DONT STOP NONE - INST. - MAYFIELD UNISSUED
BOBBY FREEMAN - SWING ME - AUTUMN UNISSUED
HARVEY AVERNE DOZEN - THINK IT OVER - ATLANTIC LP
CZARS - TELL HER WITH YOUR EYES - KEY LOC
OXFORD NIGHTS - IM SUCH A LONELY ONE - DELPHI
DIPLOMATS - HONEST TO GOODNESS - MINIT
CHARADES - THE KEY TO MY HAPPINESS - MGM
VAN DYKES - SAVE MY LOVE FOR A RAINY DAY - MALA
SWANS - NITTY GRITTY CITY - DORE ALT.TAKE
THE JOKERS - SOUL SOUND - SKO-FILED
SOUL INC. - MY PROPOSAL - COCONUT GROOVE
SEPTEMBER JONES - GIVE ME ALL OF YOUR LOVE - PIED PIPER UNISSUED
DETROIT RHYTHM SECTION - I KNOW SOMETHING - C/UP
HELEN TROY - BRING THAT MAN MY WAY - C/UP
GERRI HALL - WHO CAN I RUN TO - HOT LINE
HAYES COTTON - BLACK WINGS HAVE MY ANGEL - RESIST
DONNA LOREN - BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES - CAPITOL
PRECIOUS THREE - I NEED A MAN - REFOREE
FESTIVALS - HEY GIRL - BLUE ROCK
PEOPLES CHOICE - SAVING MY LOVIN FOR YOU - PALMER
GLORIA JONES - COME AND GO WITH ME - UPTOWN
RUBIN - YOUVE BEEN AWAY - KAPP
TONY GALLA - IN LOVE - SWAN
DEADBEATS - NO SECOND CHANCE - STRATA
DREAM TEAM - IM NOT SATISFIED - GREGORY
Frank Foster -Mov'in from Detroit - Bell Acetate
Walter & Admerations - Man O Man -La Cindy
Fred & The Turbines - Bernadine - Cenco
Bernie Williams - Ever Again - Frankford Wayne Acetate
Damon Fox -Packin Up - Fairmount
EstHer Grant - Lets get the most out of love - Wilestone
Eddie Campbell - Contagious love - Artco
Strands - Breeze from the Trees - Tarx
Eddie Parker - I'm gone - Awake
Devotions - De Do De Dip - Nation
Incredibles - Theres nothing else to say - Audio Arts
Jimmy Burns/Bobby James - I really love you - Shifty Mega Mix!
Edwin Starr - BackStreet - Ric Tic
Deltours - Sweet and Lonely -Starville
Antellects - Love Slave - Flodavieur
Chuck Jackson - Hand it Over - Wand
William Powell - Heartace Souvenirs - Powerhouse
Timmie Williams- Competition - Mala
Younghearts - A little Togetherness - Canterbury
Tommy Ridgley - My loves getting stronger - Int. City
Bobby Adams & Betty Lou - Dr TrueLove - Tarx
Jimmy Ricks -Oh what a feeling - Festival
Districts - One Lover (just won't do) - Nile
Nat hall - Why - Loop
TC Lee & The Bricklayers - Up and down the hill - King
Herb Ward -Strange Change - Argo
Vickie LaBatt - Gotta kept hanging on - Shagg
Curley Moore - You don't mean - Sansu
Youngblood Smith - You can split - Verve
Mayfield Singers - Don't stop none - Mayfield Unissued
Gwen Owens - Just say your wanted - Velgo
Chandlers - Your love makes me lonely - ColSoul
Eskew Reeder - Undivided love - Instant
Edwin Starr - Stop her on Sight - Polydor
Allen Sisters - In with the downtown crowd - Quality Test Pressing
Blue Jays - Point of View - Jay
Paul Sindab - I was a fool - Knox
Betty Lavette - What condition my condition is in - Karen
Donna King - Take me Home - Hot Line
Patrice Holloway - Stolen Hours - Capitol
Jean DuShon - Second Class Lover - Okeh
Sam Anderson - Standing at the edge of the sea - King
The Lively Ones - Take it While You Can - MGM
Willie & Mighty Magnificents - Soulin - All Platinum
Delegates Of Soul - Ill come Running Back - UpLook
Soulville Allstars - Im Gonna get to you - Soulville
Sidney Barnes - Youll always be in Style - Red Bird
Tom Emanuel & Ron - Why - Golden Three
The Angels - More than ever now - River City
Guitar Ray - Youre Gonna wreck My Life - Shagg
Luke Day - Love Line - Renfro
Houston Outlaws - Aint no telling - Westbound
Jackey Avery - I got love - Tail gate
Little Stanley - The Stran - Vance
Re-Vels - I want a new love - Trent Town
Robert red top Young - Your Future - Soulsations
Johnny & the Blazers - What you gonna do - J-Mer
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How many Northern Soul fans does it take to change a light bulb? Two ! One to change it, the other to say it isn't as good as the original.
An old joke, I know. But it does make the point that sometimes we dont appreciate what we have in our hands. The C.S.C. has come in for it's fair share of criticism in 2001. That's inevitable I suppose, after the unqualified success of the previous 30 months or so, that sooner or later some people would start to have their twopenneth.
So, here we are freezing our "Stoke King's Halls" off, in the Dome North London. We need warming up good and proper. Step forward Mark George, fellow Gloucestershire exile. We grew up at the same clubs, so it was inevitable I would love every track in his set. I did. But the following view was passed to me: "He played some absolute top Stafford tunes, some I'd even forgotten about." Sums it up perfectly. A well thought-out set that would appeal to Dome regulars and anyone who'd climbed the steps to the Top of the World.
Next Alan H and "Santa's Little Leprechaun" Greg, took to the decks, and between them played just about every tune that has kept the dancefloor buzzing since the early days in Shoreditch. Tonight's crowd was a little lower than usual, no doubt due to the time of year, but soon you were trying to inch politely past dancers, trying to find a few spare feet of dancing space.
Keeping the Gloucestershire connection going, Dave Flynn took over. With some of the other dj's opting to double up on the decks, Flynny decided he wanted to play with himself!! And what a spectacle it was.
Now sweat (I did say sweat) stuck to the walls where only a few hours earlier icicles resided. I don't like picking out tracks, but Dave as usual played a great set of imaginative oldies, Dome Faves and some exclusive "one offs" like the incredible: September Jones - "Give me all your love" (Unissued Pied Piper). Flynny is responsible for me nearly losing my seat, because I didn't return to it for so long someone thought I had gone home. Not a chance.
The party was in full flow, and next up was, Capitol regular Carl and one of the London crowd's favourite spinners Shifty. With London having had soul night every day this week, it already had the feel of Sunday night at Cleethorpes. So with Carl's enthusiastic intro's and Shifty's verbal ramraids, "You haven't got this one in Australia", the Dome was taken to another level. With Ady C dancing, all it needed was someone to stick on "Interplay" and say "This one goes out to Trickster, it's his favourite record", and I would have been signing the police statement confirming I had spent the evening at the Beachcomber.
The rest of the night was a blur. The Antellects, The Jokers, TC Lee, Younghearts, Tommy Ridgley etc, I could go on but you get the picture. I had the best time. Some people would disagree. That's fine. We all have our own ideas on what makes our favourite soul night. But for me Capitol is one of the best soul nights I have been lucky enough to visit over the last 25+ years. It's one of those I do my damndest not to miss. Even booking holidays 1 week earlier or later, so as not to miss one. And, just like the entry stamp you get on the back of your hand, these Capitol boys are gonna stick around for a long, long time.
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