A while back, I combed through all my Northern Soul tracks and ended up making two mixtapes out of it by pairing Northern Soul with early rap and reggae. Alas, here is a mix of just the Soul joints. Many of these tracks will be familiar to the heads, but for anyone looking for a quick primer, let this mix serve as a bit of a Northern Soul 101. Don't forget to like and repost if you're feeling generous.

I first heard the term Northern Soul in the early 2000s while watching a one-hit wonder show on VH1 that mentioned "Tainted Love" as a song the members of Soft Cell used to dance to as teenagers in discotheques. A few years later, I was watching a documentary on rave culture, and there was Soul again. I was hooked. It turns out that for every Motown hit we all know and love, there were probably 50 copycat bangers that never made it to the radio and ended up coveted by British DJs in the late '70s.

Side A:
Shirley Ellis - Soul Time
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
Johnny Taylor - Friday Night
George Kirby - What Can I Do
Eddie Parker - I'm Gone
Willie Tee - Please Don't Go
Black Ivory - I Keep Asking You Questions
Ruby - Deceived
J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright
Soul Brothers Inc. - Pyramid
Salt and Pepper - Man Of My Word
Chubby Checker - At The Discotheque
Billy Butler - Right Track
The Velvelettes - He Was Really Sayin' Something

Side B:
The Temptations & James Jamerson - You're My Everything
Ann Sexton - You've Been Gone Too Long
Sam Dees - Lonely For You Baby
The Cashmeres - Showstopper
Earl Jackson - Soul Self Satisfaction
Freda Payne - Cherish What Is Dear To You (While It's Near To You)
Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe
Soul Brothers Inc. - Teardrops
Luther Ingram - If It's All The Same To You Babe
The Royal Esquires - Ain't Gonna Run
The Salvadores - Stick By Me Baby
Lou Pride - I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un

More info on Northern Soul: blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2013/11/...ern-renaissance

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