James Poole recommendations

Expensive Northern Soul

Feeling down? Here’s a musical cure. I’m not sure if I buy the story about this being The Most Expensive ‘45 Of All Time – but I do buy that it’s a slab of bang-on northern soul. And, if your day is tinged with even a hint of something not going in your favour, slap […]

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Pop music from Detroit

My recent posts have been pretty much Manchester-dominated. I was just about to add to this, by writing about The Fall. But, I don’t think that I’m living true to the freethinking philosophy. It’s about blurring boundaries, and not letting one theme dominate. So, let’s turn to Detroit. Let’s turn to pop music. Let’s talk […]

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Nickolas Ashford.

You’re All I Need To Get By Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing The Onion Song Bourgie, Bourgie Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) Street Corner California Soul I’m Every Woman Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Nickolas Ashford: he made the world a better place.

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I love Motown. There. I said it.

I was raised in a house filled with Motown. Rarely was there a Saturday morning where the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Smoky Robinson were not ringing out. The ‘Motown Chartbusters’ albums became some of the first LPs that I was truly familiar with. Right down to the detail of their […]