Coming soon: The Scene Club: Ham Yard, London and The Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street, Manchester albums

The Scene Club: Ham Yard, London
The Scene Club: Ham Yard, London
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Big thanks to Jason for spotting that an album we mentioned some months back and a companion album are both on pre-order – The Scene Club: Ham Yard, London and The Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street. Manchester albums.

The Scene Club album was due a release in September via Charly, but is only now down for a release. Since then, the tracklisting has changed a little and there’s a companion album focusing on an equally iconic club, Manchester’s Twisted Wheel.

Not a great amount is listed for either compilation (aside from the tracklistings below. Here’s the write-up for both.

Scene Club:
 The Scene Club Ham Yard, London 1963-66 The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn And R&B ‘The Scene Club was red hot, the hottest little club in London… and in 1963 London was the centre of the world – even if the rest of the world didn’t know it quite yet.’ Norman Jopling (Record Mirror)

The Scene club was in Ham Yard, off Great Windmill Street, in Soho, central London. It had previously been a jazz club, but by 1963 it had become a revered mod venue, playing soul, R&B, blues, ska and rock’n’roll records to a sharply dressed crowd. This new compilation collects some of the classic tracks that would have been played at the time. The 28 tracks include gems from Betty Everett, Ike and Tina Turner, Jimmy Reed, Billy Preston, The Upsetters and more.


The Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street. Manchester
The Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street. Manchester

Twisted Wheel:
 The Twisted Wheel in Manchester is one of the legendary names in British clubbing history. Originally born in coffee bar in the city’s Brazennose Street in 1963, before later moving to a converted warehouse on Whitworth Street, it quickly developed a reputation as one of the country’s finest venues for hearing obscure, imported soul, R&B and ska records.

Music fans would flock from all around the country to the weekly all-nighters to hear live sets from some of the finest soul artists of the time. The term ‘Northern Soul’ was first coined by the journalist Dave Godin following a visit to the Twisted Wheel to describe the distinctive brand of music played there which couldn’t be found in London clubs at the time. This new compilation collects some of the classic tracks that would have been played at the time. The 28 tracks include gems from Little Richard, Bo Didley, Benny Spellman, Ernie K Doe, Solomon Burke, Gene Chandler, Betty Everett, The Dells, Fats Domino and more.

Both are listed as being available from 8th March 2013, selling for £10.74 each. be interesting to hear if there’s any added material about the clubs in the booklets. If you have anything to do with the releases, do let us know.

The Scene Club: Ham Yard, London 1963-1966 at Amazon

The Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street Manchester at Amazon

Scene Club album tracklisting:

1. Betty Everett – I’ve Got A Claim On You – Betty Everett
2. Jeanette “Baby” Washington – Let Love Go By – Jeanette Washington
3. Roscoe Shelton – Question – Roscoe Shelton
4. Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford – I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
5. Alvin Robinson – Let The Good Times Roll – Alvin Robinson
6. Ike And Tina Turner – A Fool In Love – Ike and Tina Turner
7. Cookie & His Cupcakes – Mathilda – Cookie & His Cupcakes
8. Jimmy Reed – Ain’t That Loving You Baby – Jimmy Reed
9. Wilbert Harrison – Let’s Stick Together – Wilbert Harrison
10. Dixie Cups – Iko Iko – The Dixie Cups
11. Don Covay & The Goodtimers – See About Me – Don Covay & The Goodtimers
12. Alvin Cash & The Registers – Alvin’s Boo-Ga-Loo – Alvin Cash & The Registers
13. Johnny Nash – Ol’ Man River – Johnny Nash
14. Billy Preston – Billy’s Bag – Billy Preston
15. Jerry Butler – Just For You – Jerry Butler
16. Gerri Hall – Who Can I Run To – Gerri Hall
17. Harold Burrage – I’ll Take One – Harold Burrage
18. Gene Chandler – A Song Called Soul – Gene Chandler
19. Chris Kenner – Land Of 1,000 Dances – Chris Kenner
20. The Upsetters – Jay Walking – The Upsetters
21. The Five Du-Tones – Shake A Tail Feather – The Five Du-Tones
22. Lazy Lester – I’m A Lover Not A Fighter – Lazy Lester
23. The Daylighters – Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters
24. Bobby Day – Over And Over – Bobby Day
25. Little Hank – Mister Bang Bang Man – Little Hank
26. Derrick & Patsy – Housewive’s Choice – Derrick & Patsy
27. Sonny Knight – Confidential – Sonny Knight
28. Bessie Banks – Go Now – Bessie Banks

Twisted Wheel album tracklisting:

1. Bobby “Blue” Bland – Turn On Your Lovelight – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
2. The Sharpees – Do The 45 – The Sharpees
3. Little Richard – Dance What You Wanna – Little Richard
4. Bobby Marchan – Get Down With It – Bobby Marchan
5. Big Sambo and the House Wreckers – At The Party – Big Sambo and The House Wreckers
6. Bo Didley – Road Runner – Bo Diddley
7. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Jenny Take A Ride – Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
8. James Booker – Smacksie – James Booker
9. Joe Haywood – Talk To Me Baby (Put Some Sugar In My Ear) – Joe Haywood
10. Alvin Cash & The Registers – You Shot Me Through The Greese – Alvin Cash & The Registers
11. Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller – Benny Spellman
12. Ernie K Doe – A Certain Girl – Ernie K Doe
13. Alvin Robinson- Searchin’ – Alvin Robinson
14. Solomon Burke – Cry To Me – Solomon Burke
15. Marv Johnson – I Love The Way You Love – Marv Johnson
16. Ronnie And The Manhattans – Long Time No See – Ronnie and The Manhattans
17. Gene Chandler – (Gonna Be) Good Times – Gene Chandler
18. Betty Everett – Getting Mighty Crowded – Betty Everett
19. The Ballads – I Can’t See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) – The Ballads
20. Ad Libs – Boy For New York City – The Ad Libs
21. The Esquires – And Get Away – The Esquires
22. The Dells – It’s Not Unusual – The Dells
23. Sir Lattimore Brown- Shake And Vibrate – Sir Lattimore Brown
24. Jackie Lee – Bring It Home – Jackie Lee
25. Jamo Thomas & His Party Soul Brothers – I Spy For The FBI – Jamo Thomas & His Party Soul Brothers
26. The Salem Travelers – Wade In The Water – The Salem Travelers
27. Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam – Rubaiyats
28. Fats Domino – It Keeps Rainin’ – Fats Domino

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  1. These compilations are what appear to be the beginning of a series under the ‘Club Soul’ banner. A website is already up (with a link on Charly Records site) featuring video clips of the venues listed (taken from the DVD ‘Keep On Burning’)…

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