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Four Seasons UK Appreciation Society
The UK's Appreciation Society of The Four Seasons music
Dr. George Ingram...Newsletter Editor: Ray Nichol—Record Researcher: Lynn Boleyn—Secretary; Ken Charmer—Webmaster/Researcher
Interests: Endorsed by former Four Seasons Charlie Calello, Joe Long, John Paiva and Lee Shapiro we celebrate all the great music created by the Four Seasons, plus Bob Crewe, Jean Thomas and The Rag Dolls
Recent Activity
Thank you Lynn for this mammoth effort in support of the fan group and Frankie and The Band. The standard of shows was superb. Ken
Our last post re the Problems Of Motown Unreleased brought a brief response from Motown's in house personnel suggesting that I'm not a real person!!!! and that my analysis was unfounded 'misinformation'. That analysis however was based on commentary from renowned collectors some with access to Motown Universal vaults. This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
The release of this CD was nothing short of sensational with it's initial pressing selling out after it had entered the UK album chart. More on the status of CD sales models later in this article but primarily this is a review of it sonically and musically and what it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
I've resurrected this blog because as I collect soul music and Motown archive material in particular I have been researching and gathering information re the recent release activities of independent companies like Ace Records, Cherry Red and related music collection retailers as well as Universal Music Group[UMG] who own the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
The Skyliners are a legendary group. Stalwarts of the doo-wop era they have a big list of hits easily found on You Tube. The story of the group and female vocalist Janet Vogel is told here but this is not the entire story which finished so tragically with Janet’s suicide... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
If you look back over the CD era at the particularly exciting releases of previously hard (or impossible) to get recordings of 'That 'Northern Soul' Sound' there are a handful of compilations that 'stand-out'. 'Big Hits and Hard-ToFind Classics' was a good 3 CD set and 'This Is Northern Soul... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
Few attempts have been made to academically analyse the Northern Soul scene but one academic paper(see below) sought to capture the sociological, geographical and musical elements of it. It focused on it's roots, how it developed and the club scene. At the core of any analysis, however, is the music... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
With the 2017 Collectors Agenda we are moving the format to discussion of new collections of Soul music that examines if new collections of rare and previously unreleased compilations are meeting the needs of soul fans and if they are changing the profile of Northern Soul today It is no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
“It's easy for the casual observer to think that Northern Soul is the Motown Sound: and to a certain extent that's true”. So comments Tim Brown in Kingsley Abbott's book 'Calling Out Around The World – A Motown Reader'. And to those of us that grew up with the emerging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
It has been coming for a long time and was promised for Spring/Summer 2013. Hopefully before the summer is over the Northern Soul scene will get a major boost with the planned release of a major movie based in North West England. It should completely energise a genre that seems... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
Northern Soul has been described as “the longest running fad in the history of British music culture”. What began as an underground 60s Mod scene in licensed and unlicensed, no-frills clubs in the north west of England became the youth craze of the mid-70s. Northern Soul has confounded its critics... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
It is around 50 years since the roots of Northern Soul music were being created in the studios of USA cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit and there are many misconceptions and somewhat diverse claims as to what constitutes 'That 'Northern Soul' Sound'. Each decade since the 60s has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at That 'Northern Soul' Sound
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