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    UPCOMING UK Northern Soul Tour

    A repeat of last summer's BBC NORTHERN SOUL PROM ... Name:  NSOrchestratedPosta.jpg
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    A clip from last summer ... Motown Magic ...

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    A vid of the BBC TV show ...

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    Got my ticket for the London show -- it's being staged @ the Royal Festival Hall on the bank of the Thames. This is usually the venue for very highbrow concerts, so the NSoulers will definitely bring a different vibe to the place.

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    Got my ticket for the London show -- it's being staged @ the Royal Festival Hall on the bank of the Thames. This is usually the venue for very highbrow concerts, so the NSoulers will definitely bring a different vibe to the place.
    Saw the Funk Brothers in concert there so it has the right pedigree

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    Oh dear. This is the antithesis of Northern Soul. It's Everything it wasn't about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    Oh dear. This is the antithesis of Northern Soul. It's Everything it wasn't about.
    I completely agree. It's yet another BBC distortion, as if their other "Soul Of America In London" offerings weren't bad enough. This is not "our" music. It's just some obnoxious middle of the road interpretation of it, aimed at mainsteam concert goers, TV and radio audiences, whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starguard4 View Post
    I completely agree. It's yet another BBC distortion, as if their other "Soul Of America In London" offerings weren't bad enough. This is not "our" music. It's just some obnoxious middle of the road interpretation of it, aimed at mainsteam concert goers, TV and radio audiences, whatever.
    Exactly. A cash -in.

    If you weren't there then .....this ain't nowhere near gonna do it.

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    Totally Agree!

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    Hi Paul, I was lucky enough to see the Funk Brothers, in 2005 albeit at the Manchester Apollo, and they were awesome, even though sadly depleted in numbers, whereby for example, the opening bars to "it's a shame" sounded like I was present at 2648 West Grand Boulevard.....Whilst the BBC orchestras' efforts are commendable, they are not in the same league......respectfully!

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    . . .. If you weren't there then .....this ain't nowhere near ........
    I was there from 1966 onwards [[Mojo, Nite Owl, Wheel, etc, etc) ....
    ... so you're trying to preach to the wrong guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith View Post
    . . .. If you weren't there then .....this ain't nowhere near ........
    I was there from 1966 onwards [[Mojo, Nite Owl, Wheel, etc, etc) ....
    ... so you're trying to preach to the wrong guy.
    Sorry if it seemed like I was aiming that at you ....I was speaking to the "you"s of the universe.
    You are fortunate to have such bragging rights.... as one who actually got to ride the wave.

    As such are you in agreement with my appraisal??

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    . . . . are you in agreement with my appraisal??
    No, it was me that started this thread, so obviously not.
    I really enjoyed the BBC's televised show last summer & wished I'd been at it.
    In the past, I've been involved with helping out at UK soul weekenders - being both an official & unofficial unpaid member of the presentation teams. With the best will in the world, I'd have to state that SOME of the 60's acts put on at such events had totally lost their voices. OTHERS could still sing but their 'range' was much reduced [[as you would expect, a person in their 70's can't have the vocal prowess of that person in their 20's). I won't name name's but a few were downright embarrassing.
    You get the likes of Bettye LaVette, Chuck Jackson & a few more who still have the chops, but the vast majority don't AND we shouldn't expect them to.
    So to see decent 'younger' TRIBUTE singers performing with world class musicians playing sympathetic arrangements is THE BEST WE CAN NOW EXPECT.
    There is no way we can turn back the clock to 1969, IMHO this is the BEST we can do these days.
    HAVING SAID THAT, I wouldn't go see Otis's version of the Temptations or the group brought over here a while back under the Vibrations name, as they have nothing at all to do with the personnel who gave us all those classic recordings 60 years ago.

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    Having said all the above ... if I could get control of Dr. Who's Tardis ... Name:  60sREvueShowPostaMont.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith View Post
    . . . . are you in agreement with my appraisal??
    No, it was me that started this thread, so obviously not.
    I really enjoyed the BBC's televised show last summer & wished I'd been at it.
    In the past, I've been involved with helping out at UK soul weekenders - being both an official & unofficial unpaid member of the presentation teams. With the best will in the world, I'd have to state that SOME of the 60's acts put on at such events had totally lost their voices. OTHERS could still sing but their 'range' was much reduced [[as you would expect, a person in their 70's can't have the vocal prowess of that person in their 20's). I won't name name's but a few were downright embarrassing.
    You get the likes of Bettye LaVette, Chuck Jackson & a few more who still have the chops, but the vast majority don't AND we shouldn't expect them to.
    So to see decent 'younger' TRIBUTE singers performing with world class musicians playing sympathetic arrangements is THE BEST WE CAN NOW EXPECT.
    There is no way we can turn back the clock to 1969, IMHO this is the BEST we can do these days.
    HAVING SAID THAT, I wouldn't go see Otis's version of the Temptations or the group brought over here a while back under the Vibrations name, as they have nothing at all to do with the personnel who gave us all those classic recordings 60 years ago.
    I think a nice time can be had ... for this "NS" event or for Otis's "Temptations" as well, depending on one's frame of mind about it I guess.
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