The first of my vinyl memories posts caused a tiny flurry of excitement so I thought I’d make it a weekly affair – as I go through the collection deciding what to keep and what to flip. (Spoiler Alert: All of it!)
Back in 1983 I was loving music – pretty much all of it – but I was going through a pretty enthusiastic Northern soul phase. Thanks to a series of Kent/Modern compilations put out by British enthusiasts I was hearing all sorts of stirring stuff. I even thought for a while I might try and collect the whole set.
This track is from the first of the Kent/Modern collections – called For Dancers Only – and it contains tracks by Mary Wells, early Ike & Tina Turner, and acts called The Marvellos, The Intentions and The Saints. It was bought while I was on holiday with the family at a record shop in Torquay. This is “Gimme Gimme” by Z.Z. Hill.[audio:https://funeralsandsnakes.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Gimme-Gimme.mp3|titles=Z.Z. Hill “Gimme Gimme” (1966)]
For Dancers Only has been reissued and is available on vinyl, a rare CD version and (if you’re in the right territory) a digital download but the above track is from my own original vinyl.
By the way, I’ve always thought that someone should write a novel about the Northern soul experience and it looks like someone has: Paul McDonald’s “Do I Love You?”