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Talk Of The North All-Nighter - Cleethorpes Pier

Talk Of The North All-Nighter As 1975 dawned Northern Soul was in its heyday and Lancashire was at its epicentre, home to super clubs Wigan Casino and the West Coast Blackpool Mecca. However, over on the East Coast a rival scene had been slowly molding, shaped by Mary Chapman and her Lincolnshire Soul Club. On a cold winter’s night (11pm February 7th, 1975) the doors opened to the pavilion at the end of Cleethorpes Pier for the inaugural “Talk Of The North” all-nighter. As the North Sea battered the iron piles the huge wooden dancefloor swayed to the beat of a new Northern Soul rhythm crafted by the country’s finest DJ’s. From the start Cleethorpes was a great successes and, for a short time, it challenged the mighty Casino and put the East Coast firmly on the soul map. For a fleeting 13 months the Pier DJ’s established themselves, and the venue, at the forefront of the Northern Soul scene creating a unique playlist of treasured “oldies” and newly discovered rarities. Captured here is the essence of the Pier’s music policy that blended the old with the new and sounds as fresh today as it did over forty years ago.

A uniquely themed set capturing the essence and atmosphere of the East Coast’s premier Soul Club · Includes the first ever vinyl reissue of the great Dooley Silverspoon “Game Players” transferred from original master tape · An important collection from the club that blended the old with the new

Robert Knight

Love On A Mountain Top / Everlasting Love

Robert Knight (born Robert Peebles) was originally a member of The Paramounts who signed to Dot Records in 1960. He scored a modest hit with “Free Me” before returning to University to complete his chemistry degree. In 1967 he signed to Buzz Cason’s Rising Sons label and cut “Everlasting Love”, a #13 Hot 100 hit. In the UK the pop group Love Affair took it to No.1 with their cover version the following year. “Love On A Mountain Top”, another Buzz Cason composition, was recorded in ’68 but failed to chart. However, via the explosion of the Northern Soul scene in late ’73 it shot to No.10 on the UK chart prompting a reissue of Everlasting Love” which broke the Top 20 in March ’74. Here, at last, over 40 years later we have both soul classics back-to-back!

All time Northern Soul Classic from The Torch and Wigan Casino Two fabulous sides


Scrub-Board / Hold Back The Night

The Tramps are irresistibly listenable, B Side "Hold Back The Night" is easily the best feel-good song to sway to while simultaneously nodding your head to. When Moulton did the final mix of “Hold Back The Night” in New York he was instructed to slow it down, so much so that he was worried about the pitch of Ellis’ vocals. He needn’t have worried, it went on to become their biggest UK hit peaking at No.5, higher than their Saturday Night Fever epic “Disco Inferno” released just a year later. However, it was the instrumental version, “Scrub-Board” that caught the imagination of the Northern Soul scene becoming a forever floorfiller at the Blackpool Mecca and beyond. Both songs are perfect dancefloor fillers!

Little Richard

Poor Dog / A Little Bit Of Something

Little Richard needs “little” introduction the UK soul fan having enjoyed a string of Northern Soul collectables on Vee-Jay, Kent, Modern, Brunswick and, of course, Okeh. These two swinging Northern Soul classics are filled with all the nostalgia and groove to transport anyone back to the dancefloor. Both “Poor Dog” and “A Little Bit Of Something” have cult status having originally been spun on the embryonic Northern/Mod scene at the legendary Twisted Wheel club in Manchester. Wigan Casino DJ Dave Evison revived “Poor Dog” as a Mr M’s Oldie before taking it downstairs to the main ballroom where it cemented its ‘Hall Of Fame’ legacy.

This unique set brings together a treasure trove of R&B rarities enshrined by the $3,000 “Lookin’ For My Baby”, recorded by The Nightriders in 1959 for Juggy Murray’s Sue imprint. Murray had co-founded Sue Records two years earlier with fellow New Yorker Bobby Robinson whose Fire label provides us with the equally compelling “Keep A’Calling” by Paul Perryman (side 1, track 1), a snip at only $300! The set bursts into life with Vernon Harrell’s hot dance ticket “Slick Chick”, currently commanding a cool $400 on its original Lescay label. Northern Soul fans will be interested to know that Harrell co-wrote “Seven Days Too Long” with J R Bailey (aka Chuck Wood) and “Sweet Sweet Lovin’” for The Platters. Mike Robinson (“Lula”) also has a tenuous Northern Soul connection, he was originally in Bobby Thomas’ Vibranaires before joining the Orioles alongside the legendary Sonny Til. BOTH Earl King’s make the playlist: Earl “Connelly” with his hard “Every Whicha Kinda Way” and the New Orleans native Earl King with “Darling Honey Angel Child”, an early prototype of the standard “Come On”. Look out too for rare soul sweetheart Baby Washington, “Medicine Man”. A Collection to Treasure…
Over $6,000 worth of original vinyl now available - for the first time - on one collectable Long Play vinyl album

Mr Floods Party

Compared To What / Can't Turn Around Now

    “Compared To What” was an original composition by Gene McDaniels and was first recorded by jazz musician Les McCann on his 1966 album Les McCann Plays The Hits. It is a highly regarded Vietnam protest song and has been covered by over 270 artists. Mr Floods Party recorded and released their version in Detroit in 1970 on GM 714. It was released the following year in Europe on Ember (UK), Metronome (Germany) and Melody (Greece). The Northern Soul scene adopted it as a new release at The Torch all-nighters in Stoke-on-Trent but it gained its anthemic status a few years later at Wigan Casino. It was reissued in the UK, by popular demand, in 1975 on the Bulldog label but both of the UK releases use an alternate master that lacks the energy of the original ‘GM’ 45 featured here on our official 2017 edition. CAN’T TURN AROUND NOW – FORK IN THE ROAD (GM 712) A superb, reactivated, Wigan Casino oldie originally released on GM 712 in 1970. Little is known about Fork In The Road except that the quartet, from Detroit, were clearly inspired by the Four Tops but only managed one 45, although it did see a release in the U.K. on Ember and in a picture sleeve on German Vogue. The Ember release is the rarest and is now highly collectable.

    Torch and Wigan Casino anthem · Wigan VS Cleethorpes – two legendary venues – two legendary 45s


    Millie says: Bold northern soul tunes blaring out from this bigger than life seven inch. This is needed for all your foot tapping and hip swinging dance-floor moves.

    Alfie Davison first came to prominence in the early seventies as a DJ on the New York dance scene breaking cutting edge singles such as “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango. Eventually he hit with his own song -- “Who’s Gonna Love Me” -- recorded by The Imperials and breaking the U.K. Top 20 in December 1977. Davison did record his own version which saw a release in the U.S.A. on the RCA imprint, but it failed to chart. However, it was his sublime single – “Love Is Serious Business” – that propelled him into the Northern Soul Hall of Fame. Released on Mercury Records in 1979, in both 7 and 12-inch formats, it was an instant hit in the North of England where it packed the floor at Wigan Casino courtesy of the forward-thinking DJ Richard Searling who, at the time, favoured the rare 12-inch import. Sadly, the song failed to chart despite a favourable reception in the trade magazine Billboard, although, oddly, it was reviewed in the “Pop”, rather than the “Soul” section. Davison was completely unaware of the “serious” club action that the song received in the U.K. and he never performed it in public, until Ian Levine met up with him at the dawn of the new millennium, in Brooklyn, for the filming of “The Strange World Of Northern Soul”.

    Cobblestone / The Moods

    Trick Me, Treat Me / Rainmaker

    Cobblestone “Trick Me, Treat Me” polarized opinion when it was launched onto the Northern Soul scene in the latter half of the Seventies by DJ Richard Searling. Whatever side of the cobblestone’s you were on, it captured the dance floor at Wigan Casino and became one of the biggest sounds of the decade. 40 years on and it’s still in demand, particularly with record dealers as it’s a sure-fire seller every time it’s listed – which is increasingly infrequent. “Trick Me, Treat Me” was co-written and produced by Reid Whitelaw who also gave us the brilliant “Love Is Serious Business” by Alfie Davison (also available from Outta Sight). The Moods “Rainmaker” was released in the same year as “Trick Me, Treat Me”, 1970, and was produced by Philly legend John Madara. The two sides are further connected by the aforementioned Reid Whitelaw who, today, administers the Madara catalogue, however, that’s where the similarities end.

    Various Artists

    Northern & Rare Soul Collector II

      Almost a year on, Outta Sight proudly presents the follow-up to one of the most talked about albums of 2016: "Northern & Rare Soul Collector II featuring another batch of dynamite dancers that escaped release at the time or were covered up by pionering DJs. A special nod must go to Bob Fisher for discovering our powerhouse opener “Don’t Start None” by the Mayfield Singers which unexpectedly surfaced amongst a bunch of Roulette tapes from EMI. Thanks also to John Madara for producing Len Barry on his super rare rendition of “I’ll Always Need You” and Charly Records for unearthing Roscoe Shelton’s “You’re The Dream”. The latter was first played at Stafford’s Top Of The World Club courtesy of DJ Guy Hennigan who was also behind George Jackson “That Lonely Night” (covered up as Otis Pollard “Remember Hurting Me So”) and Oscar Wright “Fell In love” (covered up as Hudson Alexandra “I’m So Glad”). A shout out too, to Pat Brady for spinning Junior McCants “Try Me For Your New Love” (covered up as Little Carl Carlton “Hey Girl We Are in Love”) and to Keb Darge for Thee Enchantments covered up as “I’m In Love” by the Detroit Shakers. Rick Cooper, of Manchester’s Global Records fame, first came across the incredible Show Stoppers “Gotta Get Closer To My Love” which was subsequently popularised by Neil Rushton at Inferno Records.

      A dozen more dynamite dancers that were originally unreleased at the time of recording, or covered up by the cream of U.K. Northern Soul DJs. A unique collection that brings together Northern Soul favourites that shook the scene when they were discovered on acetates and master tapes or on crate diggin’ trips to the U.S.A. An important collection mastered 'loud' for the enterprising DJ.

      During the glory years of Northern Soul (the seventies) most Northern towns boasted their own regular soul night with their own aspiring DJs. Some were little more than a gathering of like minded mates in the local scout hut or youth club, while others challenged the more established local venues for a slice of the action such as Va-Va’s in Bolton, the Catacombs in Wolverhampton, Samanthas in Sheffield, the Palais in Nottingham and the Cat’s Whiskers in Burnley (to name but a few).

      But one club would emerge as the colossus of Northern Soul... WIGAN CASINO. The Casino Soul Club on Station Road embraced the magic of former national clubs such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester, the Golden Torch in Stoke-On-Trent and its contemporary - Blackpool Mecca - and fused them into a super soul show that mesmerised everyone that passed through its doors and dared to dance on its hallowed floor. Almost 45 years on and its captivating magic spell is omnipresent in tribute nights up and down the country, TV ad campaigns, TV sound-beds, mainstream radio, supermarket CDs and - most importantly - in the Soul Survivors Weekenders that now attract thousands of devotees each year to listen to those memories.

      Porgy And The Monarchs

      Hey Girl / My Heart Cries For You

      PORGY WILLIAMS and his Monarchs recorded a handful of singles in the mid-sixties on almost as many labels. They made their debut in ’63 on Mala Records before moving to Musicor where they scored two singles: “That Girl” / “If It’s For Real Baby” and “My Heart Cries For You” / “Think Twice Before You Walk Away”. Produced by Teddy Randazzo, all four sides are excellent but incredibly didn’t see any chart action at the time. Fortunately all was not lost and, almost a decade later, “My Heart Cries For You” became a much cherished dance floor anthem in the U.K. Our topside “Hey Girl” was recorded in New York for Musicor but was not released until 1975 when, quite by accident, it was wrongly pressed as the B-side to a reissue of “My Heart”. Musicor, realising the error, withdraw the disc… UNTIL NOW!!!

      Billy Thompson / Clarence Reid

      Black Eyed Girl / I'm Your Yes Man

      BILLY THOMPSON’s solo outing “Black Eyed Girl” was pressed twice in 1965, on the local Boston label Columbus and for national distribution on Wand. Despite the quality of the song, written by Barry Richards and “Boston’s No.1 Soul Man” Herschel Dwellingham, it came to nothing, leaving once again the U.K. soul scene to come to the rescue.

      By contrast CLARENCE REID recorded a slue of 45s from 1963 to ’76 including our mega rarity “I’m Your Yes Man”, produced by Buddy Killen.

      • All time Northern Soul Classic - Two fabulous sides

      • Over £1,000 of original vinyl 

      Various Artists

      Wigan Casino - Station Road, Wigan 1973-1981

      Timing is everything: The Golden Torch in Stoke-on-Trent had been forced to close prematurely and the burgeoning underground scene that had been slowly molding since the heady days of the Twisted Wheel was set to explode.

      Wigan Casino, known locally as the Empress Ballroom, proved to be the ultimate venue. It featured a cavernous main hall with a wooden sprung dancefloor and a first floor balcony on three sides. It also had an adjoining cabaret club, The Palais (aka Mr M’s), extending the already enormous capacity to over 1,500. It was an awesome prospect for an all-nighter and a gamble for its then owner Gerry Marshall.

      On the first night, September 23rd, 1973, club manager Mike Walker opened the doors to an unexpected but eager crowd of 652 and DJ Russ Winstanley played the first disc that heralded a new era of northern soul. 40+ years on and we’re still living the nightlife!

      “I stopped the music at the Mecca and made an announcement; ‘This is a very special record that I heard on the radio in Miami and it’s taken me 7 months to find it. You have to trust me, it’s not like your normal northern soul record, it’s got something special. Give it a chance and you’ll love it like I do. So, I played it and a few people danced to it. Within an hour I had over 100 requests to play it again and I played it 3 times that night. Inside two weeks it stood to epitomise the sound of Blackpool Mecca and paved the way for other, similar sounding records to follow.” - Ian Levine

      The record in question is, of course, our opening track “It Really Hurts Me Girl” by the Carstairs and the DJ that broke it and pioneered the changing sound of northern soul is Ian Levine. The “something special” that Ian refers to is the more sophisticated groove that marked the transition between the traditional sixties stompers, preferred at Wigan Casino, and the emerging disco beat. The “new sound” would divide the northern soul scene and fuel an intense rivalry between the two super clubs. The Mecca embraced the evolving funkier sound of the seventies breathing new life into an otherwise regressive and introverted soul scene. It finally closed its doors in late 1979 but, almost forty years on, the music sounds fresher than ever!

      Jimmy Radcliffe

      Long After Tonight Is All Over

        Jimmy Radcliffe is perhaps best known as the artist who closed, the now legendary, Saturday / Sunday Wigan Casino all-nighters. Shortly before 8am ever Sunday morning from 1973 to 1981 Radcliffe’s soulful tones would signal the end of proceedings and the start of the long journey home for thousands of soul pilgrims. But, “Long After Tonight Is All Over” was a familiar song years before Russ Winstanley added it to his three-before-eight, having reach No.40 in the UK charts back in 1965. Here Outta Sight feature the classic 1964 original plus the new-to-vinyl Italian language version.

        Radcliffe was an accomplished musician, songwriter and performer. He also wrote and performed over 200 jingles, most notably the 1969 Pontiac commercial “breakaway in a wide tracking Pontiac” which was extended by Steve Karmen and released as the northern soul 45 “Breakaway”. 


        Laura says: An absolute gem of a Northern Soul tune. Get your talc out and get practising those moves!

        Bob And Earl / Mel And Tim

        Harlem Shuffle / Backfield In Motion

        Bob and Earl have perhaps made more impact on the UK northern soul scene than any other duo or individual performer. During their respective careers they have recorded as Bob Relf, Bobby Garrett, Bobby Valentino, Earl Nelson and Jackie Lee. The duo wrote “Harlem Shuffle” in ’63 and it was arranged and produced by West Coast luminairies Barry White and Fred Smith. Mel And Tim were cousins and were signed to Mel’s mother’s label, Bamboo Records (managed by Gene Chandler), when they hit with “Backfield In Motion” in 1969. The disc went to No.3 R&B and No.10 Pop on the Billboard charts selling over one million copies. 

        Booker T &The MGs / The Mar-kets

        Green Onions / Balboa Blue

        Booker T & The MGs will be forever synonymous with the sound of Memphis soul, as defined by Stax Records for whom they were the house band. In 1962 they made it to No.1 in the R&B charts and peaked at No.3 in Billboards Hot 100 with “Green Onions”. The classic 12-bar blues anthem features Steve Cropper on a Fender Telecaster and Booker T Jones’ rippling Hammond M3 organ. It's the ultimate R&B / mod soul instrumental, and one of the most recognisable tracks ever.The Mar-Kets (later The Marketts) were a California instrumental surf band best remembered for their 1963 million-selling album 'Out Of Limits'. “Balboa Blue” features on their debut LP 'Surfer’s Stomp' and first appeared on the northern soul scene at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club.


        I've Got The Need / Nine Times

        Next in their northern soul 45s reissue series Outta Sight feature two all-time classics from the New Jersey trio, The Moments, aka Harry Ray, Al Goodman and William Brown. The top-side, “I've Got The Need” is an original album-only cut taken from their 1975 Sharp LP on Joe and Sylvia Robinsons Stang label. The song, a massive Blackpool Mecca spin at the time of release, also enjoyed popularity at Wigan Casino by Chuck Jackson and Cleethorpes by Spooky & Sue.

        The flip side is no slouch either. “Nine Times” from 1976 is a true club-classic with its unforgettable “telephone” intro calling you onto the dance floor. Both sides remain floor fillers today and are available for the first time back-to-back.

        James Walsh Gypsy Band

        Cuz It's You Girl / Bring Yourself Around

        Outta Sight are back with another six sides of northern soul featuring new-to-vinyl couplings and rarities. Their bargain-friendly series includes over £1,000 worth of original northern soul 45s for the price of a night out.

        On this third instalment of the latest batch of 45s we have The James Walsh Gypsy Band and the their crossover classic, “Cuz It’s You Girl”, which has become a firm favourite in northern soul rooms in recent times. It's flipped with the soul / jazz-funk crossover smash 'Bring Yourself Around' which has enough of the soft-rock about it to become an underground gem on the yacht-rock / Balearic scene as well.

        Candy & The Kisses

        The 81 / Bok To Bach

        OUTTA SIGHT PROUDLY PRESENT the Jerry Ross series.

        In the early sixties the girl group sound was dominated by maverick male producers: behind the Crystals was Phil Spector; the Shangri Las had Shadow Morton; the Chantels were steered by Ritchie Barrett and the Yum Yums, Sapphires and Candy & The Kisses were the protégés of Jerry Ross.

        Candy & The Kisses (originally known as the Symphonettes) reached no. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut 45 “The 81” in 1965. Jerry recalls, “Kenny Gamble and I were at a record hop where the kids were doing a new dance called The 81 to Martha & The Vandellas ‘In My Lonely Room’. Kenny and I went back to my office and wrote the song there and then”.
        Father Angelo’s ‘Angels’, a 9-piece blue-eyed soul band with a self-contained horn section, were brought to Jerry via WAEB DJ Gene Kaye. Their anthem “Bok To Back” was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in 1967.

        Al Wilson

        The Snake / Show And Tell

        Outta Sight herald the new year with two fabulous floor-packers from the glory days of northern soul.

        Second on the list comes Al Wilson’s “The Snake”, perhaps THE most played northern soul oldie ever! It first came to prominence at Manchester's famed Twisted Wheel Club and is now embedded in the scene along with patches, talcum powder and baggy trousers. It has graced many a TV and film soundtrack and is currently on rotation in every TK Maxx store in the country. Love it, hate it, you can’t ignore it!

        Dobie Gray

        Out On The Floor / The 'In' Crowd

        Outta Sight herald the new year with two fabulous floor-packers from the glory days of Northern Soul.

        First up is Dobie Gray's “Out On The Floor”. This absolute classic has it all; the perfect lyric married to the perfect dance beat, and now made even better by having Dobie Gray’s perennial mod / soul anthem “The ‘In’ Crowd” on the flip side. These two icons of the scene are brought together for the first time… Northern soul heaven!

        Little Arthur Mathews / Willie Wright

        I'm Gonna Whale On You / I'm Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay

        Who needs the summer when the next three Outta Sight R&B collectables are as hot as these?

        The Northern end of R&B continues to pack the dancefloors across Europe and it is showcased - at its best - in these in-demand cuts. Six top tunes that would set you back a month’s wages if you’re lucky! All hard to find on their respective original labels which, incredibly, date from as early as 1952.

        On side A Little Arthur Mathews hooks up with the Johnny Otis Band for the horn honking skiffle-like cut "’m Gonna Whale On You". On the flip Willie Wright belts it out on rhythm & blues roller "I’m Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay".

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