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Keeping The Faith... Wigan Casino 45

    Welcome to the third volume in the Wigan Casino mini-series exploring the diverse playlist of the world’s No.1 Northern Soul venue. The 23rd September 2018 marks the 45th Anniversary of the super club and these 18 tracks capture the unique atmosphere of the huge ballroom and the mesmerizing dance moves that held us spellbound all those years ago. WIGAN CASINO finally closed its doors in December 1981 after eight long years of weekly All-Nighters, during which time it came to define Northern Soul. The term had, of course, been coined years earlier, but it was the Casino Soul Club that established the style of music and the scene to the wider public. The Casino transformed the Northern Soul scene into a mass youth movement with its own sound track, uniform, cultural icons and a 100,000 strong membership. In reality, the stereotype of moustachioed young men in baggy trousers and vest tops, festooned with sew-on patches, was actually quite short lived. Northern Soul was ever evolving and as the Seventies progressed so did the music and the fashion, embracing soulful-disco and jazz-funk. Today, 45 years on, it is still evolving and attracts followers from all over the globe to its international Weekenders and Festivals. Right On!

    The Masqueraders / The Gentlemen Four

    Do You Love Me Baby / You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

    The Masqueraders had already recorded sides for La Beat, Soultown and Tower before signing to Wand. The five-piece group initially modelled themsleves on popular acts of the day which inspired their name ‘The Masqueraders’. They even scored an interview at Motown, but were told that they already The Temptations! “Do You Love Me Baby” was the group’s second single on Wand 1172 in February 1968 but unfortunately it failed to gain any momentum at the time. They were dropped by the label and signed to Larry Utall’s Bell Records who took them to #7 in the R&B charts with “I Ain’t Got Nobody Else” later that year. But, it is the awesome “Do You Love Me Baby” that hit with the UK soul fans and remains a dancefloor favourite 50 years on. The Gentlemen Four recorded just one single for Wand Records in April 1968, produced by the label’s superstar Dionne Warwick. The top-side was the sublime “It Won’t Hurt” originally recorded by The O’Jays. “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” was consigned to the B-side and although it sank without trace at the time it certainly hit with the dancers back in the UK on the Northern Soul scene.

    Renowned DJ and broadcaster Richard Searling revisits the records that helped define his career at the world-famous Wigan Casino Soul Club between the years 1973 to 1981. This fantastic 16 track - vinyl only - album is compiled from over 150 records profiled in Richard Searling’s 2018 book Setting The Record Straight and is an absolute must for any serious Northern Soul fan. It is the soundtrack, not only to the book, but to almost a decade of discoveries that shaped the sound of the might Casino Club. “The records I have included here are all ones I had the privilege of playing first at Wigan Casino, or in my short time behind the turntables at Va Va’s in Bolton. There are many others I helped create a demand for, all of which are detailed in my book. I’ve annotated any “cover-up” name changes that I might have used, and I’ve also tried to describe each 45 in the context of the time when it was garnering favour. I’ve also added as much background information as possible about the artists and how the records came to exist in the first place. As the book title - Setting The Record Straight – suggests, I have taken this opportunity to clear up once and for all some of the myths and unnecessary distortions of the truth surrounding Wigan Casino that have been circulating since the All-Nighters came to an end in late 1981.” Richard Searling

    Melba Moore

    The Magic Touch / It's Torture

    Melba Moore (born Beatrice Melba Hill, 1945) has enjoyed a prolific career releasing dozens of albums and singles earning her two Grammy nominations and a Tony for her stage performances. All of which seem to be somewhat overshadowed by the enormity of her earliest recording for Musicor in 1967… “The Magic Touch”. It was unreleased at the time but was later unearthed by Ace Records on a trip to the Musicor vaults in Nashville and popularised by Ady Croasdell via the highly collectable 1986 Kent Anniversary single, two decades after its recording. We are proud to present this masterpiece in 2018 for the next generation of Northern Soul fans on its very own ‘Magical’ imprint in association with Gusto Records Inc. Macine Brown has also enjoyed a prolific recording career and has earned her place in the Northern Soul Hall of Fame with legendary UK performances and her many recordings including, not least “One In A Million” and “Let Me Give You My Lovin’”. Again, this unbelievable find is down to the Ace Records pioneers and its exposure via Kent Records on LP and single, incredibly over 30 years ago!

    The Ivories

    Please Stay / I'm In A Groove

    The Ivories were a Chicago trio: Marilyn McThune, Carol Samuel and Angela Sanford; who met in high school and performed locally as the Simplistics (not a very inspiring name for three promising students). The girls were signed by Jerry Butler who recoded them on the Tom Dorsey song “Please Stay”. It was also Butler who renamed the group as the Ivory’s, it is thought the name is derived from ‘Mr Ivory’, the host of the local Teen Talent show. Butler sold the master and the contract to Barry Despanza and “Please Stay” was released on Despanza Records circa 1966. The record performed quite well in Chicago but the girls were persuaded to cut short their recording career in favour of their studies. The master was subsequently leased to Wand who failed to promote their release, attributed to the ‘Ivories’ and the record sank without trace. Today a Wand 45 commands a hefty price tag of over £1,500 whilst the original release on Despanza is worth only a third of that. An odd situation for Northern Soul collectors.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: I have a twisted sense of humour when it comes to records over a certain price... especially when they arrive in here, on super fresh, clean vinyl and at an everyman's price tag of less than a tenner. Bingo!

    Freddie Chavez

    They'll Never Know Why / Make Up Your Mind

    Freddie Chavez hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and still performs in local bars and clubs. He recorded his masterpiece “They’ll Never Know Why” in 1968 for Look Records, a division of Starday out of Nashville. It made little noise Stateside but went on to become one of the most popular floor fillers at Wigan Casino and just about every other venue at the time and since. DAVE NEWMAN also recorded just one single for Look Records in ’68, “Make Up Your Mind”. The song was written by Freddie Chavez and would have made a wonderful follow up to “They’ll Never Know Why”. However, Newman does it justice and it did have its moment of fame on the UK Northern Soul scene but has yet to enjoy anthemic status.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: I never went to Wigan Cassino or Legends. I was too busy big fish little fishin' at the Hac. However the legacy of soul music is difficult to ignore here in Manchester. Tracks like this show me why...

    Stemmons Express

    Woman, Love Thief / Love Power

    Stemmons Express were a band from Texas and their classic songs “Woman, Love Thief” and “Love Power” were first released on producer Sam Coplin’s local label Karma, before being picked up by Wand. The group took their name from the Stemmons Freeway (Interstate 35E) which in turn was named after Dallas businessman Leslie Stemmons. “Woman, Love Thief” shares the same backing track as The Precisions’ “Such Misery” which was recorded a few years earlier in Detroit in 1966. Quite how the track ended up in the hands of Sam Coplin, who also claims writers’ credit, is a mystery.

    Nolan Porter

    Keep On Keeping On / If I Could Only Be Sure

    If I Could Only Be Sure”, a staple on the All-Nighter scene, was released in 1972 and was taken from Porter’s eponymous ABC album. Unlike its predecessor, it was also released in Brazil, Canada, France, New Zealand and in the UK on Probe Records, 23rd Feb 1973, 45 years ago! It was a modest hit at the time peaking at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was later covered by Paul Weller on his 2004 album Studio 150. Both tracks were produced by Gabriel Mekler who was a rising star in the early seventies. His Lizard and Vulture labels had national chart success and he produced albums for Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Janis Joplin and Etta James. He was also an acclaimed songwriter and musician and if it wasn’t for his untimely death in a moterbike accident in 1977 he could well have become the next Nile Rodgers! Fortunately he left behind a legacy of wonderful recordings and two of the best are featured here.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Deep down an dirty, hard-ass soul-rock here from Nolan Porter. Surely big with Keb Darge and his rockabilly ruffians...

    THE MAPLETON HOTEL (now the Thistle Piccadilly), In the heart of London’s West End, was the original home of the legendary Flamingo Club (OSVLP014). However, it is a little known fact that there was a second club, cloistered in the basement of the Mapleton, the ‘Americana’. The club was run by the Gunnell brothers, Rik and Johnny, who would go on to manage the Flamingo when it moved to Wardour Street and the Bag O’Nails, in Soho, where Jimi Hendrix first played in 1966 and where Paul McCartney met his future wife Linda Eastman.

    The Americana was named to cash-in on the obsession at the time for all things American – food, drink, fashion, film, music – and attracted a large contingent of G.I.’s, still stationed in the home counties after the war. The club opened in 1955 and hosted All-Night sessions for two years. A ‘ten bob’ note gave you passage to a secret, subterranean world filled with exotic sounds and cultures and a 3 course meal of tomato soup, chicken & chips and ice cream. You got to dance all-night long to live acts playing a fusion of R&B, blues, jazz, calypso and ska which, in the mid-fifties, was the hottest sound in the world and heralded the Mod generation.

    Soul Brothers Six / Willie Tee

    I'll Be Loving You / Walkin' Up A One Way Street

    The Soul Brothers Six hailed from Rochester, New York and have played a part on the Northern Soul scene for over 50 years. Their first recording, for Lyndell Records in 1966, is now a 3-figure rarity, but it is their debut disc for Atlantic, “I’ll Be Loving You”, that first graced the decks at the Twisted Wheel, The Pendulum et al and has become a perennial Northern Soul favourite. At the time of release it was the B-side to “Some kind Of Wonderful” which took the disc to No.91 on the R&B charts. Willie Tee has also been a familiar figure on the rare soul scene since the early Mod clubs with his archetypal New Orleans mid tempo soul sound. His early recordings on Gatur rank as some of the most collectable 45s to emanate from the Crescent City. Here we feature his club classic from 1964, the anthemic “Walkin’ Up A One Way Street”.

    Frank Wilson

    Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) / Sweeter As The Days Go By

    Exactly 40 years ago the original copy of “Do I Love You” arrived on these shores and, for the first time the true identity of its author and performer was revealed. Today “Do I Love You” has transceneded the strange world of Northen Soul and has become enshrined in the wider public’s concsiousness due to mainstream radio play, TV advertising (most recently the ‘Happy Egg Co.’) and in 2017 an appearance on the country’s most popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing. Now you too can own a copy of “Do I Love You”…

    THE No.1 Wigan Casino and Northern Soul anthem · THE most valuable record in the world · THE first ever legal reissue, outside of Motown · THE last record ever played at Wigan Casino. 

    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

    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

    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.




    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 


    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”. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      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.

      Moments

      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!

      Maurice Williams

      Being Without You / Return

      Maurice Williams’ 1967 New Orleans dancer “Being Without You” is currently enjoying a northern soul revival. Prices for original copies of this reactivated floor-packer have soared making Outta Sight's 2012 reissue all the more attractive. The flipside, “Return”, was recorded a year later for Marshall Sehorn’s New York based Sea-Horn Records… Two hard-to-find rare soul classics for the price of one!

      Keep The Faith!

      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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