Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Classy, elegant Northern Soul, courtesy of the Joytones.

The Joytones history dates all the way back to 1956, when they recorded their first sides for George Goldner's Rama Records. Their tale is a complicated, but not uncommon one, of lineup changes and poor marketing by the label. They never received much airplay or sold many records during their career, but this track is now considered a "Northern Soul" classic--a loose term used in the UK for a type of mid-tempo and uptempo heavy-beat soul music that was popularized in northern England in the mid 1960's.

Kudos to the ace British label Kent (and Ady Croasdell) for rescuing this gem from obscurity on "Norhtern Soul's Classiest Rarites."

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