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Old 03-13-2015, 06:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I do a lot of digging through old vinyl, and eventually I picked up on a genre that I'd never heard of before... "Northern Soul". I thought it was a strange designation, because I've seen some places (especially online) stick the label on fairly Garage-y classic 45's like these:

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And yet I've also seen it used to describe songs like these:

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After doing some research, most people say that Northern Soul was a sort of rejection of the hard and funky "James Brown-esque" sound that was merging with mainstream Soul during the mid to late 1960's, featuring hundreds of artists that tried to recapture the classic Motown sound (although I don't know if I agree with this description, since I've heard some pretty funky Northern Soul). There were plenty of underground bands, as well those who managed to attack the charts, and 45's from this scene can be very expensive and sought after by collectors.

It's a very eccentric scene if it actually does cover Soul and a bit of Garage Rock/Pop as well, and I've been meaning to learn more about it for awhile. So, is there anyone out there who knows about this genre, who can set me wise about it?
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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" Northern Soul " is basically soul and R&B music emanating from Britain in
late 60's and early 70's. Stylistically it's American but produced in Britain.
Many R&B artists that didn't get traction in the States went overseas.
One of my favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97zgi3Ri2Go

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Old 03-16-2015, 08:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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" Northern Soul " is basically soul and R&B music emanating from Britain in
late 60's and early 70's. Stylistically it's American but produced in Britain.
Many R&B artists that didn't get traction in the States went overseas.
One of my favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97zgi3Ri2Go

BTW, how do you insert a you tube clip in here?
You know, I noticed that most songs and bands that were labeled "Northern Soul" came from England, but I didn't realize that it was almost exclusively a UK movement. Thanks for the info, and the song is fantastic as well!

By the way, if you want to embed a youtube video in your posts, just take the ID number out of the URL (for example, the ID of the video you posted is 97zgi3Ri2Go) and tag it like this: [youtube]97zgi3Ri2Go[/youtube]. If done correctly, it should look like this:

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Aaaaahhhhh, I was using the whole URL.
Thank you Oriphiel.


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their is a movie coming out about northern soul.


What do you guys think about it?
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Northern Soul is essentially lesser known American soul artists from the 1960s.
If it was fast and danceable it would be embraced by the Northern Soul scene in the UK during the 70's.
Its beginnings began where Motown Soul ended.
The UK soul club DJs continued searching for music in the states which included importing rare R&B/Soul from small record label archives. The rarer, the better.
The scene is still very much alive today.
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Some of the more popular American labels are Ric-Tic and Golden World Records (Detroit), Mirwood (Los Angeles) and Shout and Okeh (New York/Chicago).

Russ Winstanley and Iran Levine are two DJs cited as being significant toward the creation of contemporary club culture, and the Superstar DJ culture of the 2000s.
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their is a movie coming out about northern soul.


What do you guys think about it?

Haven't seen it but I hear its good. One of the houses they used was on my friends street. Once they had finished filming they invited the neighbours go inside and see how they had set it all up.
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great thread thanks for sharing
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of the feedback, everyone! I think I understand the genre a little bit better now. I might pick up a few Northern Soul 45s the next time I go vinyl hunting.
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