Northern Soul – (Song Lyric Sunday)
Recently, I have missed a few postings on SLS, not because I am not interested, rather that, real life has got in the way.
I have taken the liberty of sharing contrasting styles by the wonderful Northern Soul dancer Levanna. I have not included any lyrics as … I can find none on the internet, both songs so beautiful but quite rare. I would decipher them myself but time escapes me. I think both tracks are so gorgeous, and Levanna is so eurhythmic that they are worth my risking Jim’s wrath of not adding the lyrics into the post!
Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England and the English Midlands in the late 1960s from the British mod scene, based on a particular style of black American soul music, especially from the mid-1960s, with a heavy beat and fast tempo (100 bpm and above)
In the book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: the history of the DJ, the authors describe northern soul as “a genre built from failures”, stating: “… Northern Soul was the music made by hundreds of singers and bands who were copying the Detroit sound of Motown pop. Most of the records were complete failures in their own time and place … but in Northern England from the end of the 1960s through to its heyday in the middle 1970s, were exhumed and exalted.” Other related music styles also gained acceptance in the northern soul scene. Slower, less-danceable soul records were often played, such as Barbara Mills’ “Queen of Fools” (popular in 1972 at the Golden Torch)
Whilst both songs are from the same genre, the beat and tempo are very different. From a creative perspective, Levanna dances in the same venue, one filmed in colour, one in black and white. She, beautifully interprets the musical rhythms and the words through the way she moves her body. Please watch, listen and fall in love with Levanna.
I Want To Be Love/d
Every so often the soul scene champions a secret record that’s too good not to share to a wider audience; here we have just the thing. A record styled on the raunchy sound of Chaka Khan but with the subtlety, confidence and timing of Marvin Gaye.
Spun since the day it was released on Northern / Modern soul dance floors, the charm and sophistication has been completely lost on the rest of the world – probably mostly because nobody ever got to hear it. There are almost no copies anywhere,
Source: Stevens And Foster Bandcamp
Porgy and the Monarchs – If it’s for Real
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.
Source: Northern Soul Direct
Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday – This week we have the prompts: Compare and Contrast – Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …