Complete Introduction to Northern Soul

by Modculture 30 September, 2008

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The title of this new boxset from Universal just about sums it up – A Complete Introduction to Northern Soul.

Compiled by Wigan Casino DJ Russ Winstanley, it’s a four-disc set, each with its own theme – Motown Memories, Motown’s Hidden Nuggets, Northern Floorshakers and Northern Anthems. For the serious collector, there’s probably little new – although some tracks have made it out of the Motown archives for the first time. But for the less obsessive, it promises a mix of dancefloor staples and rare gems from the 60s to the present day – yes, even Frank Popp makes an appearance.

We’ll be running a competition soon to win a signed box, as well as offering tickets to the invite-only November launch party at the 100 Club (in association with Fred Perry). Keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, check out the full tracklisting over the page.

Find out more about the CD at Amazon.co.uk

Disc One: Motown Memories

1. The Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You 3:08
2. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Just Walk In My Shoes 2:24
3. Marvin Gaye – Little Darling (I Need You) 2:46
4. Chris Clark – I Want To Go Back There Again 2:39
5. The Detroit Spinners – I’ll Always Love You 2:43
6. Four Tops  – I’ll Turn To Stone 2:28
7. The Supremes – There’s No Stopping Us Now 2:57
8. The Velvelettes – These Things Will Keep Me Loving You 2:27
9. Kim Weston – Helpless 2:42
10. The Contours – Just A Little Misunderstanding 2:43
11. Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons – The Night 3:21
12. Jr. Walker & The All Stars – I Ain’t Going Nowhere 3:32
13. Earl Van Dyke & The Motown Brass – 6 By 6 2:20
14. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Whole Lot Of Shakin’ In My Heart
15. R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House 2:26
16. The Isley Brothers – Tell Me It’s Just A Rumor Baby 2:56
17. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Nowhere To Run 2:56
18. San Remo Golden Strings – Festival Time 2:31
19. J.J. Barnes – Real Humdinger 2:35
20. Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright) 2:53
21. The Velvelettes – He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ 2:29
22. The Marvelettes – I’ll Keep Holding On 2:28
23. The Detroit Spinners – What More Could A Boy Ask For 3:12
24. Brenda Holloway When I’m Gone 2:08
25. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – California Soul 2:48

Disc Two: Motown’s Hidden Nuggets

1. The Velvelettes – Ain’t No Place Like Motown 3:19
2. Gladys Knight – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 3:26
3. Frankie Valli – Thank You 3:32
4. Tammi Terrell – Tears At The End Of A Love Affair 2:57
5. The Contours – Baby Hit And Run 3:01
6. Four Tops – Have A Little Faith 2:48
7. Reflections – (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet 2:10
8. Kiki Dee – The Day Will Come Between Sunday
9. David Ruffin – You Can Come Right Back To Me 3:04
10. The Sisters Love – I’m Learning To Trust My Man 3:13
11. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Baby (Don’t You Leave Me) 3:08
12. The Isley Brothers – My Love Is Your Love (Forever) 3:09
13. Brenda Holloway – Think It Over
14. The Originals – Suspicion 3:07
15. Marvin Gaye – This Love Starved Heart Of Mine
16. Tammi Terrell – I Gotta Find A Way To Get You Back 2:59
17. Edwin Starr/Blinky – I See A Rainbow 2:29
18. The Isley Brothers – Why When Love Is Gone 2:33
19. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – One Way Out 2:34
20. Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) 2:21
21. Debbie Dean – Why Am I Lovin’ You 2:46
22. Edwin Starr – I Have Faith In You 2:18
23. Brenda Holloway – All I Do Is Think About You 2:54
24. Edwin Starr – If My Heart Could Tell The Story 2:27
25. Martha Reeves – No One There 3:30

Disc Three: Northern Floorshakers

1. The Tams – Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me 2:25
2. Holly St James That’s Not Love 2:21
3. Earl Jackson – Soul Self Satisfaction Demo Version 2:24
4. Barbara Randolph – I Got A Feeling 3:03
5. The Dalton Boys – Take My Hand 2:52
6. Jimmy Ruffin – He Who Picks A Rose 2:44
7. Bobby Hebb – Love, Love, Love 2:52
8. Prophets – I Got The Fever 2:54
9. William Bell – Happy 2:31
10. Johnny Taylor – Friday Night 0:00
11. Carolyn Crawford – Keep Stepping (Never Look Back) 2:23
12. The Supremes – Life Beats 3:26
13. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love 2:43
14. Jeanette Harper – (Pick Me Up) Put Me In Your Pocket 0:00
15. Chubby Checker – At The Discotheque 2:28
16. Bunny Sigler – Girl Don’t Make Me Wait 2:24
17. The Dells – Wear It On Our Face 3:20
18. Four Tops – Sweet Was The Love 2:50
19. Tommy Good – I’ve Gotta Get Away 2:41
20. David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love 3:18
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21. Drizabone – Real Love 3:49
22. Frank Popp Ensemble – Breakaway 3:37
23. Don Covay – It’s Better To Have (And Don’t Need) 3:08
24. Pete Warner – Just Want To Spend My Life With You 2:30
25. The Temptations (with James Jamerson) – You’re My Everything 3:27

Disc Four: Northern Anthems

1. Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word 2:39
2. Bobby Paris – Night Owl 2:14
3. Vickie Baines – Country Girl 2:10
4. Chubby Checker – You Just Don’t Know
5. The 3½ – Angel Baby 2:36
6. Evie Sands – Picture Me Gone 3:17
7. Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe 4:13
8. Joy Lovejoy – In Orbit 2:24
9. Patti & The Emblems – I’m Gonna Love You A Long Time 2:16
10. The Lewis Sisters – Breakaway 2:32
11. John E. Paul – I Wanna Know 2:11
12. The Sapphires – Gotta Have Your Love 2:16
13. J.J. Barnes – Every Time I See You, I Go Wild! 2:59
14. The Charades – Key To My Happiness 2:08
15. Spyder Turner – I Can’t Make It Anymore 2:17
16. Edwin Starr – S.O.S. (Stop Her On Sight) 4:09
17. Sammy Davis Jr. – You Can Count On Me 2:11
18. The Funk Brothers – Aint No Mountain (inst) 0:00
19. Jimmy Radcliffe – Long After Tonight Is All Over 2:38
20. Tobi Legend – Time Will Pass You By 3:06
21. Dean Parrish – I’m On My Way 2:43