I had the pleasure of hearing tommy hunts ballad stuff played out in the backroom of Bentinck last one Cant remember the exact track though. Sounded superb. I love his beat ballads - "Ill make you Happy" and "I dont want to loose you" they have lots of soul but play them as dancers and they prob clear the floor. Although I would mooch around or do nice slow spins to it!
Only my opinion and its not a very seasoned one. Rarer soul perhaps, Brilliant definately Northern perhaps not. But then they could start to get played out and become popular floor fillers For me Northern is mph that you can't sit down to. And there's some stuff played now that was not even considered northern way back.. Some stuff is waaay too slow to be true northern I think "rare soul" in all its forms has now defacto taken the place of what you just called "true northern" I dont nessesarily think thats a bad thing that tunes at do's are getting slower as there is a definate move towards the seriousness of soul nights Its orchestration in the main and imo was bigger and more complex, it kind of sounds like what eg Motown AND Stax might have sounded like if they had spent more time and money?
I agree with jhsoulnotts, the dancefloor defines Northern, Soul though is much harder. I could find soul in music where the style is nothing like what we dance to at nighters, as all of us could. Defining Soul is nearly impossible. There's a few artists everybody would agree upon. Arteha Franklin, Otis Redding, nearly nobody will deny their Soul status. Things get interesting when you go back to the roots of the genre. Listen to those great Birth of Soul compilations that are out there on Kent, quite a bit on there I would label under Pop.
The same dilemma comes back with the Northern Soul discussion, maybe even more so. Much in the same vein I have even ofetn questioned how much of Sam Cooke's material was Soul. Could be the same artists with different records. For great Northern Soul classics like The Entertainer, Hold Back the Night, Party Time Man, just to name a few were big hits in Beach Music, however the ones with the right beat that made it easy to dance the Shag to were the favorites.
I think thats where the confusion lies. These arnt opposite terms. Northern soul defines a type of soul played in England Its a definition made in england by the english music fan.
Southern soul is a definition made in America by American music fans to ditinguish Stax and atlantic style sound from the detriot sound. However, these two definitions have nothing to do with each other and were first made without knowledge of the others existance. Its unfortunate that these two definitions have become a little mixed up as they have no relationship to each other as definitions the music is related though obviously.
Any similarity between them is artificial and unfortunate - its not two opposites - i. Northern soul defines a type of soul played in England Its a definition made in england by the english. Southern soul is a definition made in America by Americans to ditinguish Stax and atlantic style sound from the detriot sound. The distiction between them is artificial - its not two opposites - i. Hank Jacobs. Lighten up Baby. Ty Karim. He's a Flirt. Anthony Renfro. The Sequins. Donald Lee Richardson.
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