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Neil Finally Gits To Open The Box!

17th June 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

I’m not sure exactly how long it had actually been sitting there, but it is at least two years, maybe even double that, but the box in the front room that had enjoyed such a glorious period in my life serving as a handy shelf/coffee table/useful place to put stuff that hadn’t been allocated a home yet…finally got opened last weekend !

Inside was a USB turntable which now fully operational and connected successfully to my PC will allow me to share dozens and dozens of nearly forgotten vinyl gems with you on my show each week – YES!!! The reason it took so long was that I feared it might be a long job for an Old Git technophobe like myself, and so it proved, four hours elapsing between taking a knife to the first strip of tape on the outside to actually playing my first vinyl cut as an MP3 on the computer, but it could have been worse going by my past record at such things !

Now sit back, enjoy the tunes and see if you can hear some lovely old dusty crackles in the grooves of a couple of choice selections on …This Week’s Playlist:

Tavares  –  More Than A Woman

Philadelphia All Stars  –  Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto

Class Action feat Christine Wiltshire  – Weekend

Cerrone  –  Supernature (full 12″ version)

Strikers  –  Contagious

Wendy Moten  –  Come In Out Of The Rain

Randy Crawford  –  Last Night In Danceland (my FIRST vinyl–>MP3 tune!)

Melba Moore  –  This Is It        

Linda Clifford  –  Runaway Love

Brass Construction  –  Music Makes Me Feel Like Dancing

Light Of The World  –  I Shot The Sheriff

William De Vaughn  –  Be Thankful   

Tom Browne  –  Fungi Mama

Stevie Wonder  –  Sir Duke

Brothers Johnson  –  Ain’t We Funkin’ Now (my 2nd vinyl–>MP3 tune!)

Whispers  –  I’m The One For You

Solo  –  Where Do You Want Me To Put It ?

Futures  –  Ain’t Got Time For Nothing

Gil Scott Heron  –  Johannesburg 

Yarbrough & Peoples  –  Don’t Stop The Music (for Carol)

Kim Waters –  Secrets Told

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Friday 24th June
“Soul Survivors Live”
Bar Vic, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
8pm – 1am
DJ Jon B
Free Admission
Saturday 25th June
“Soul On The Harbour”
30 York Street, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9DS
Jason Anderson and the East Kent Soul Connection play…
Soul, Jazz, Funk, Soulful dance and Boogie
8pm – 1am         Free Entry
Saturday 2nd July
Hockley Soul Night,
Hockley Community Centre,
Westminster Drive,
8pm – 12.30am
DJ Geoff Grove
Tickets £6 available from Secrets Hairdressing in Rayleigh or …
Saturday 2nd July
“Soul By The Jetty – July Special”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
“The Best Goldmine & Caister Anthems”
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr. Messy plus Gino Muscat & Brian Kelly
Special Guest: Nick Aravis (Caister & Solar Radio)
8pm  –  1am
Entry by WRISTBAND ONLY – available from Jonny on 07989 591399 or email: [email protected] – only £5 each – first come, first served!!
Saturday 9th July
“Special Soul Night”
Club Ciroc, South Street, Romford
Featuring DJ John Leech with guests “LOOSE ENDS” !
More details to follow…
Saturday 30th July
Soul On The Sands
Bar Lola, Margate (Seafront)
9pm – 2am
DJs include:  Gareth Donovan, Gary Dennis, Pete Collins and Micky B
Every Friday:
 “Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry  –   8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister)  plus various guests
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope
First Saturday: Crown Soul Affair, The Crown, Billericay
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night   –  next one July 2nd
Soul By The Jetty  –  next one July 2nd
Further details above as each night comes around.

 And don’t forget…

Live Jazz @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every First Sunday of the month

Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm

Next date : 3rd July

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Admission is FREE !  Hope to add more details here soon…

Also recommended…

Friday nights at…

Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton

Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove

Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2011 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a voice/text message to (01268)833978

The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm