Holidays for the Viseurs' family. Ten days off. Will be back on Sunday 18. See you soon. ;)

Nice gift from MikeE before going on hols.

with all the recent soul activity in the c-box i was inspired to dig out some tapes i made of a bbc broadcast from 2002. the series all singing, all dancing, all night held a one off special all-nighter where they brought together many of the original northern soul djs to play sets live in a 4 hour special. i have converted all four hours to mp3 (4xmp3 sections approx 1 hour each) there is a few minutes of dead air at the end of each but the quality is excellent. the music fantastic! here are the rapidshare links if you would like it for the blog:

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4

here is the press release from the time:

Northern Soul DJs reunite for a Midsummer Night Special

The three DJs responsible for Wigan's unrivalled status as the centre for Northern Soul will reunite for the first time in more than 25 years for a unique Midsummer night special broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 (midnight, Saturday 22 June to 4.00am, Sunday 23 June).

Richard Searling, Russ Winstanley and Kev Roberts will each present a set mixing classic Northern Soul with the best of their recent discoveries, as part of an All Singing, All Dancing, All Night Midsummer Special hosted by Stuart Maconie.

They will also be joined by another guest DJ - Andy Davies, Jonathan Ross' producer and trusty side-kick.

The music that became dubbed Northern Soul started in the early Seventies and became a major craze at various venues including the Twisted Wheel in Manchester and The Torch in Stoke.

It reached an all time high when Russ Winstanley founded Heart of Soul at Wigan Casino on 23 September 1973. Richard and Kev joined him as the first DJs there, and fans were attracted from all over Britain to the casino's legendary all nighters.

The dancers who dazzled with back flips, head stands spins and splits were as important as the music and in 1978 the Casino was voted the World's Best Disco by the American magazine Billboard.

The last All Nighter at the Casino was 6 December 1981, and the last time the three DJs were all together was in the mid Seventies.

This special programme - from one of Manchester's top Northern Soul venues, the Longfield suite in Prestwich - reunites them for the first time since then.

After the success of two series of All Singing, All Dancing, All Night, and fresh from his New Year's Eve special bringing in 2002, Stuart Maconie presents four hours of non stop Northern Soul recreating the atmosphere of the halcyon days at the Casino.

Himself a Wigan lad, Stuart admits fibbing about his age to get past Hilda the fearsome doorlady there.

Richard, Russ and Kev have all remained at the forefront of Northern Soul.

Richard runs some of the North's top venues and broadcasts three hours a week; Russ travels far and wide as a Northern Soul DJ and has written Soul Survivors, The Wigan Casino Story; and Kev has released countless Northern Soul CDs from his Goldmine Supply Organisation.


Anonymous said...

many thanks for the hard work in sharing this!!!

MartinV said...

thank you verry much for sharing.
beste wishes

Luan said...

Hey Yann, i would like to know if you can help me with something... Im looking for a Jam bootleg (Paris may/april 82)
Or maybe how to look for 82 bootlegs. Ive got some, but i would like specially this one, or better ones.
Thanks a lot