do you own a copy Borebage ?Thank you Walthamstowfox, much obliged!
Sounds like it all happened around your way ! l guess it was good pickings for these stars in an underground scene. My mate brought quite a few over from America and they didn't realise their cult like statuses. I sort of moved on music wise when shit like WigansOvations came along and living in London the soul scene was different. Its all had a new lease of life with me the last 10 years or so l guess. Saw Edwin Starr at Baileys but at the time it wasn't my thing, would like to see some off your list now if t was possible.Ay up bnet, only just seen your post. I have a copy of Washed Ashore on vinyl. Up in the loft with nothing to play it on nowadays. Not on Stateside though. An original in good condition might be worth a few bob by now I should think. Bill Poole used to play it when he did the Engine at Coalville.
Ian Levine used to play that Eddie Holman track at Blackpool Mecca in the Highland Room. I actually saw him live at the Regent Club in Hinckley,of all places, back in the eighties. His range of vocals is really staggering from falsetto to just about everywhere else.
Martha Reeves(solo) also did Regent Club,amazingly!
Just across the road at the old Hinckley Leisure Centre there was a lot of all nighters going on at that time too. A guy named Chris King used to put them on. Also Ric-Tic revues. Live acts included Edwin Starr(as ever),Major Lance,Al Kent,Chuck Jackson, Tavares,Curtis Mayfield,Gene Chandler and a few more I can't recall now. I was there the night in 1984 that they announced Jackie Wilson had passed on,after years in a nursing home,from the stage. Loads of people there and you could have heard a pin drop at that moment!
i'm not sure about Levine, a lot of the stuff he produced seems forced and the videos of the 80 year olds singing just don't seem to fell right. I much prefer the modern stuff myself though. A mate of mine did similar to Levine and l think still does, said he used to buy complete collections of demo's from obscure wrong side of the track radio stations. Is "it really hurts me girl" worth owt as l still have it. I think l flogged all my valuable stuff when l was about 18 as you do !Ian Levine discovered tons of records,mainly down to the fact that his parents were worth a few Bob & could afford to holiday in Florida.
Whilst they were sunning themselves, the young Levine would spend all day digging for records.
He still does a podcast which features mainly rare soul