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Back to the vinyl vault - Z.Z. Hill

By May 9, 2011No Comments

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.

Kent’s For Dancers Only compilation (1982)

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:|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?”