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Big in Wigan
1. It's a Woman's World (You'd Better Believe It) - Gypsies
2. Baby Reconsider - Leon Haywood
3. That's Loving You - Percy Wiggins
4. Sweet Sherry - J.J. Barnes
5. I Wanna Be (Your Everything) - The Pretenders
6. Happy - William Bell
7. My Man, a Sweet Man - Millie Jackson
8. Little Miss Soul - The Lovettes
9. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Bobby Freeman
10. Hey Sah-Lo-Ney - Mickey Lee Lane
11. Till You Give In - Bobby Patterson
12. With My Love & What You've Got (We Could Turn the World Around) - Jean Wells
13. Mother of Shame - Loleatta Holloway
14. Running Away from Love - Skip Mahoney & the Casuals
15. You've Come a Long Way Baby - Flower Shoppe
16. Ain't That Good Enough - John Edwards
17. You Turned My Bitter into Sweet - Mary Love
18. Baby I Need You - Lorraine & the Delights
19. Can It Be Me - Mel Williams
20. Our Love Will Grow - The Showmen
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 129
Phil Flowers; Cliff Goldsmith; Clyde Otis; Raeford Gerald; Floyd Smith; Don Davis; George Kerr; Young; Adam Skeaping; Hy Weiss; Harris; Jerry Crutchfield; Richard Barrett; Baker; Booker T. Jones; Ady Croasdell (Compilation)
Contains 20 tracks.
Liner Note Author: Harboro Horace.
Unknown Contributor Role: Joe Evans.
Arrangers: Andrew "Mike" Terry; Don Davis ; Horace Ott; Chris Towns; Arthur Wright; Bert de Coteaux; Booker T. Jones.
The raison d'etre of this disc needs some explanation to North American audiences. Subtitled "collection of shameless oldies played in the golden era of Northern soul," it's an anthology of 20 obscure soul tracks from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s that have found favor with the cult of obsessive soul listeners in Northern England. There's no real thread connecting the tracks, other than that each one has been selected to represent one of the DJs that spins rare 45s for the dancers who still go to British clubs to hear this music. It's easy to see why these numbers are dancefloor favorites -- most have a solidly thumping pop-soul groove conducive to dancing, especially if you're one of those old-fashioned fogies who doesn't want to get blasted into the English Channel with synth-driven rave and techno. It's also, to be harsh, easy to see why they made a beeline for the collector bins rather than the AM airwaves -- the material wasn't arresting enough to capture the ears of the masses. Judged solely as a stone-cold home listening experience, it's definitely not an A-list choice for the soul compilation library, even if you're a soul fan. If you're a specialist collector, you may well find it to your liking, populated as it is by obscure names such as Flower Shoppe and the Lovettes, obscure singles by minor soul notables like Bobby Freeman, Millie Jackson, and Leon Haywood, and the primo mod soul of Mickey Lee Lane's "Hey Sah-Lo-Ney," probably the rawest and most compelling track here. ~ Richie Unterberger
Q (12/96, p.163) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Anyone wishing to develop their love of dance music circa Stax, Volt, Atlantic or early Motown...should get this comprehensive collection..."
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