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Various Artists

Mirwood Northern Soul

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RELEASED: 27th October 2017
Vinyl LP

Mirwood Records’ second release was Jackie Lee’s ‘The Duck’, an uptempo soul swinger that became a big hit and established the Mirwood sound. The house team of producer Fred Smith, arranger James Carmichael, songwriter and backing voices arranger Sherlie Matthews, along with contributions from veteran singer/songwriters Bobby Relf and Earl Nelson (Bob & Earl), made for uptempo soul perfection and they played that beat throughout 1965 and 1966.

More US chart action occurred for Mirwood with the Olympics and Bob & Earl but much of their superlative work fell on deaf American ears. It was the British soul aficionados of the early 70s who discovered these masterpieces and played them on the burgeoning Northern Soul scene with dancers revelling in the relentless beats, pleading vocals and sassy female backing.

14 vital mid-60s dance records which exemplify why Mirwood is a byword for the best of Northern Soul.

 

SIDE ONE

  1. THAT BEATIN' RHYTHM - Richard Temple
  2. DO THE TEMPTATION WALK - Jackie Lee
  3. THE SAME OLD THING - The Olympics
  4. I WANNA DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU BABY - The Mirettes
  5. MY LITTLE GIRL - The Bob & Earl Band
  6. IS SHE IN YOUR TOWN? - Curtis Lee
  7. OH, MY DARLIN' - Jackie Lee

 SIDE TWO

  1. I CAN'T GET AWAY - Bobby Garrett
  2. MINE EXCLUSIVELY - The Olympics
  3. WHERE THERE'S A WILL (THERE'S A WAY) - Jimmy Thomas
  4. DON'T PRETEND - The Belles
  5. ANYTHING YOU WANT (ANY WAY YOU WANT IT) - Jackie Lee
  6. I CAN'T STOP YOU - The Performers
  7. STUBBORN HEART - The Sheppards