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Neil Gits The Vinyl Out…

12th September 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

After a busy summer juggling various work & family commitments, it was business as usual on the show this week – and that meant raiding the Neil Matthew Record Library and giving some cherished vinyl soul an airing! Amongst the 12″ gems that you might not have heard for many years (if ever!) was one by JAMES BRADLEY who made one LP for Malaco Records in 1979 at the height of the disco era and put out the inevitably OTT disco track “I’m In Too Deep” as a single. Thankfully, the super mellow soul tune “I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love” also got prominent billing on the sleeve as a “B/W” track, and that’s the one you’ll hear this Saturday on the repeat play…

SONNY CHARLES is another name no doubt unfamiliar to the masses, but his song “Put It In A Magazine” was a real “must-have” for soul jocks in the 80s and I was thrilled to pick up a copy of the album cheap so I could tick it off my wants list! On the other hand THE WHISPERS are a very well known name to anyone who ever got down on a soul/disco dancefloor in the late 70s/early 80s, but they did some fabulous ballads on their LPs too, “Say You Would Love For Me Too” being one of the best. It is from my much played 1981 “Imagination” album which also contains “It’s A Love Thing” and took a fair bit of tidying up before the MP3 was fit for radio play ! One further highlight on the show this week was “Love Scared” by LANCE ELLINGTON. I’ve never watched “Strictly Come Dancing” but apparently these days he is the resident singer on there – I was only aware of him for his excellent “Pleasure & Pain” LP from 1990 which I loved back in the day and thanks to Kim for choosing this tracks and reminding me of it – been singing the song all week now!!!

So, on to 5pm Saturday evening and a second chance to enjoy all these tunes and many more…

The Tunes
Delegation    Where Is The Love (We Used To Know) 
Charme    Georgy Porgy
Earth Wind & Fire    September
Wilson Pickett    In The Midnight Hour 
Eddie Floyd    Knock On Wood
Billy Paul    Malorie
Regina Belle & Peabo Bryson    A Whole New World
Herbie Hancock    Making Love
James Bradley – I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love 
Little Benny &  Masters – Who Comes To Boogie ? 
New Jersey Connection    Love Don’t Come Easy
The Ebonys – Making Love Ain’t No Fun (Without The One You Love)
Norman Harris    In Good Faith
Sonny Charles    Put It In A Magazine
Tatyana Ali – Boy You Knock Me Out
Chaka Khan    What You Did
Whispers    Say You (Would Love For Me To)
Lance Ellington    Love Scared
Satisfaction Unlimited    Somebody Else’s Woman
People’s Choice    Jam Jam Jam
Space  –  Magic Fly

The Gigs


Saturday 14th September (Every 2nd Saturday Of the Month)
“Be Chic!”
The Crown, High Street, Billericay
Soulful Seduction DJs MJ & Bully present…
“Old Skool Soul, RnB, Carwash & Soulful Club Anthems”
8.30    12.30          Free Entry
Saturday 14th September
“Soul Power!”
Sidneys Bar & Lounge, 545 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6HE
DJs: Frostie Original, Scott James, Ricky Oatham,
Tony Fernandez, Tricia Butler, Richard Brown
8pm – 3am  ;  £8 All Night
Saturday 14th September
“Essex Funkers On The Road !”
The Waterfront, Bishops Stortford
DJs: Les Knott & Terry Munro
9pm    Late  ;  £5 On The Door
Saturday 14th September
“Soul By The Sea – 50th Birthday Special ! ”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom “Birthday Boy” Edgar, Carl Hyde & friends
“Funky Beats to Move Your Feet, Jazzy Vibes,
Northern Soul & A Touch Of Class !”
Free Entry     8.30pm – 1am
Friday 20th September
“Woodmans Soul Night”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
“Soulful Funky Grooves & Classic House Sounds Of The 80s”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8.30 pm    1am             Free Entry
Friday 20th September (Every 3rd Friday Of The Month)
“Friday Night Soul”
The Curlew Pub, Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers
DJs: Ricky Oatham & Pete Smugger Smith
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Motown, Old School, Northern, RnB…
..and everything in between !”
9pm start   –   Admission Free
Saturday 21st September
“Handbags & Gladrags”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford
DJs: Scott James, Chris Alexander & Euan Bass
“Quality Soul, Funk , RnB & Soulful House”
£5 Entry
Saturday 21st September
“KTF Soul Club”   **SOLD OUT **
The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Mark Gurcha Collins & Keith Ewers plus the KTF team
7.30    1am  ;  Tickets £5 In Advance Only
Saturday 21st September
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Saturday 21st September
“Fishing For Soul”
The Heron Angling Club, Herne Bay
7pm start
“Soul Funk & Boogie”
Sunday 22nd September
“Superstars Of Soul”
Ben & King plus Jimmy James & The Vagabonds live !
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm    £20     (01268)465465
Saturday 28th September (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun
“70s & 80s Disco Classics”
8pm    1am  ;  Free Entry
Sunday 29th September (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Bonnie DJ, Ricky O, Frostie, Peter P & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jaff-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  Midnight – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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 !

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