Sunday, 30 January 2011

Last Night At Danceland

Well what can I say? This time last year I hadn't been a soul event. Now, I've been to loads, and I have to say Cambridge is absolutely cracking for Soul Events. And last night was no exception. Cambridge Soul Collective celebrated their 4th anniversary with a night at Fulbourn, and when they told me that there were two legends of the soul scene playing, I was looking forward to hearing them, but at the same time apprehensive that perhaps they weren't as good as everyone said.

I shouldn't have worried. Last night, a packed venue was treated to music from across the board of the Soul spectrum. I caught Max Rees, David Hayden, Tony Dellar and Soul Sam's sets and they were excellent.

As most people know, I am pretty new to the Northern Soul scene, and Tony Dellar's set introduced me to a whole heap of records that I didn't know. Moving to Cambridge has been like opening a whole new world of music to me. And I love it. Soul Sam was everything people had told me - I loved his complete set from remixes of songs I have already to newer tunes and through the classics.

I didn't appear to be the only one who liked it. The dance floor was jumping with people from the time I got there until the end.

The longer I've been in Cambridge the more people I've met, and I have to say they are some of the friendliest people I've ever come across. From day 1 the people have made me very welcome here and I really appreciate their support.

I got to meet more people last night that I've chatted to on facebook and it's amazing that people from all walks of life can become great friends because of this music we love.

If you ever see a Cambridge Soul Collective night advertised, and you can get there, do it! You'll be glad that you did.

This morning, I was up with the lark for this week's Sunday Shake Up - and as usual it was full of the best that the soul genre can offer. Of course, you do have to put up with my inane drivel in between the songs, but I try to keep it short and sweet, and get as much music into my 2 hours as I can.

Here's this week's show:

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and here's the playlist:
1 MFSB ft Three Degrees - Love Is The Message
2 Sly & The Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay
3 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - Where Is The Love
4 Crusaders - Carnival Of The Night
5 Maysa ft Najee & Nick Colionne - Higher Love
6 Seawind - He Loves You
7 Anita Baker - Caught Up In The Rapture
8 Regina Belle - Show Me The Way
9 William De Vaughn - Creme De Creme
10 James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet
11 James Carr - Dark End Of The Street
12 Intruders - Cowboys To Girls (1968) Philadelphia International
13 Al Green - There Is Love
14 Deniece Williams - Free
15 Manhattans - Hurt
16 Bill Withers - Use Me
17 Ohio Players - Fire
18 Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long
19 Earth Wind & Fire - Shining Star
20 Mass Production - Shante
21 Alicia Myers - You Get The Best From Me (Say Say Say)
22 High Fashion - Feeling Lucky Lately
23 Cliff Dawson - I Can Love You Better
24 Lainer & Co - Dancing In The Night
25 Maxine Singleton - Don't You Love It
26 Armenta - I Wanna Be With You
27 Night School - Do You Speak French
28 LTD - Holding On
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Well, that's it for now - cya soon!


  1. Cambridge is all the better for you coming here James keep on keeping on my friend cheers derek and sue :}

  2. I saw Tony Dellar at the Talk in Norwich just before Christmas and pretty much everything he played was new to me. It was a really enjoyable evening.

  3. Derek - Thanks for your support - I've only known you just over a month and it's been a pleasure.

    Keith - Pretty much everything Tony played was top notch - we are lucky in Cambridge having the likes of Tony Dellar, Max Rees, and the likes of Chris Brown - three top DJs, living in Cambridge.

  4. Cambridge Soul Collective events are always special,particularly good sets from Tony and Sam,I for one can't wait for the next one.