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6 Decades of British Soul

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:36 am    Post subject: 6 Decades of British Soul Reply with quote

Radio 2's own Trevor Nelson tells the story of 6 Decades Of British Soul, of which he is very much a part.

18 minutes into this programme and I was enjoying it. We had heard from Dusty (talking, that is, as well as singing) but before I knew it we were plunged into the seventies British Soul. Did we not have that much British Soul in the sixties?

The Foundation's Baby Now That I've Found You is a song I never ever tire of hearing ..I love it. Looking them up on Wiki I was sad to read that Clem Curtis ( the original lead singer of the group) had died earlier this year. I don't remember hearing about that.

Enjoyed hearing The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) from Level 42. ( Wouldn't have ever thought of that as soul music,but what do I know)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096y8zd
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I notice that on the trail for the show they play a section of 'Baby Come Back' by The Equals

Who suddenly decided that the track was part of sixties British Soul? Confused

As far As I'm concerned it is mainstream pop and one of the best tracks of the late sixties

Just because the track features black musicians doesn't automatically make it 'soul' - would anyone describe Andrew Roachford as a soul singer - I reckon if anyone did he'd be less than impressed Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky, I suppose most soul music in the 60s was American (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, James Brown) rather than British. I did love Baby Now That I've Found You, though it's probably more of a damn good pop song. BBC4 often show the 1967 TOTP featuring them. Clem Curtis was also an ex boxer.

Ruddles, I agree, Baby Come Back was a fine song but not soul. Much better than the awful (and soul-less) UB40 version much later.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
Becky, I suppose most soul music in the 60s was American (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, James Brown) rather than British. I did love Baby Now That I've Found You, though it's probably more of a damn good pop song. BBC4 often show the 1967 TOTP featuring them. Clem Curtis was also an ex boxer.

Ruddles, I agree, Baby Come Back was a fine song but not soul. Much better than the awful (and soul-less) UB40 version much later.


Makes you wonder then,Schiz,why Trevor didn't just do a general programme about British Soul rather than different decades.

Clem Curtis was a boxer as well... Very Happy ...didn't know that.
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