Big in Wigan

Big in Wigan


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/1996
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667212922
catalogNumber: 129
Rank: 101460

Album Credits

Performance Credits

William Bell   Track Performer
Millie Jackson   Track Performer
Pretenders   Track Performer
Showmen   Track Performer
Leon Haywood   Track Performer
Loleatta Holloway   Track Performer
Bobby Patterson   Track Performer
Mel Williams   Track Performer
J.J. Barnes   Track Performer
Bobby Freeman   Track Performer
Percy Wiggins   Track Performer
Mary Love   Track Performer
Jean Wells   Track Performer
Mickey Lee Lane   Track Performer
Flower Shoppe   Track Performer
Lorraine & the Delights   Track Performer
Lovettes   Track Performer
Skip Mahoney & the Casuals   Track Performer
Gypsies   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Phil Flowers   Producer
Joe Evans   Contributor
Richard Barrett   Producer
Jerry Crutchfield   Producer
Cliff Goldsmith   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Arranger,Producer
George Kerr   Producer
Ken Laxton   Engineer
Clyde Otis   Producer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Adam Skeaping   Producer
Floyd Smith   Producer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Arranger
Hy Weiss   Producer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Young   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger
Baker   Producer
Raeford Gerald   Producer
Harboro Horace   Liner Notes
Chris Towns   Arranger
Harris   Producer
Don Davis   Arranger,Producer

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