- Artist: Hoagy Lands
- A Side: The Next In Line
- B Side: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
- Label: Laurie
- Format: 45s
One of the records that changed my whole life, lifting me out of my youth club Motown hit dominated Friday nights. Into Saturday night the world of Northern Soul. Even 50 years later I can remember my first Northern Soul experience like it was yesterday, when Top-MOD Decky Stevens escorted me by bus from Melton Mowbray to Trent Bridge. Then a short stroll along the riverbank, for an unpleasant experience for dedicated young Leicester City fan, I was in the shadow of Nottingham Forest's "Trent End". A place I did not feel comfortable eing. But that "footy"apprehension evaporated whilst queuing at the bottom of the wooden stairs, I could hear Soul music, but not just any Soul music.. I thought God must be behind the turntables, every one goose-pimple inducing a winner, I couldn't wait to get inside THE BRIT..
I'd never heard anything remotely like Al Kent's - The Way You've Been Acting Lately.. I wasn't even inside the club and I was buzzing..
I sat in awe of the dancers, the music and the fact I didn’t know a single record that was played. The DJ didn't say a word, it was a night of endless Soul.dance tunes with no pause between them. I can remember the tunes that instantly buried themselves into my impressionable brain. They are still lurking there today, every time I hear one, it catapults me back into 1969 and The Brit dance-space.
Al Kent's - The Way You've Been Acting Lately
Len Barry - Somewhere
Jackie Edwards - I Feel So Bad
Spinners - She's Gonna Love Me At Sundown
Jimmy Thomas - Where There's A Will
Dean Parrish - Determination
Jimmy McCracklin - The Walk
Incredibles - There's Nothing Else To Say
Invitations - What's Wrong With Me Baby
Major Lance - Everybody Loves A Good Time
and it took me over a year to even find out what these mind-blowing tunes were called, I had to ask the DJ on return revisits to that amazing club....
..and last but not least Hoagy Lands - The Next In Line - bedded deep into my psyche forever, that rich creamy vocal cradled by what seemed a Grandstand of shrill girls, chirping the choruses. Utterly brilliant, and it affected me in a big way. I was a Northern Soul inductee from the moment Hoagy hit my ears. Still for me, perhaps the greatest "Big City Builders" of all time. Thumping production matched only by one of the most effective Soul voices of all time..
So effective Bert Russell Berns enlisted Hoagy especially to add "depth" in the choruses of the Drifters - "Under The Boardwalk"... now there's respect for you...
NS label seekers and promo addicts.. will not need reminding of how stunning this rare PROMO copy is; a timeless classic, that’s gonna look so cool, snug next to your Dean Parrish Promo in your treasure trove of NS vinyl.
Condition Reportin short a spotless MINT minus copy throughout - just like Hoagy's voice - totally impeccable!
- Title: The Next In Line
- Title: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
- Year: 1967
- City: New York, N.Y.