Call us snobby and elitist and you’d be right, cause in the mid sixties the Manchester Soul Mods mostly only acknowledged Soul as only coming from a black musician. This group from Nottingham: The Machine did play at the Twisted Wheel, they backed a Stateside act but my memory of who that was eludes me.
Yes we knew about this 45 when it was released, but it did get boo’ed off at a Twisted Wheel All-nighter!!!
It was dug up and played by one of the DJ’s at the Blue Note in 1979/70 and at the time of its release it was played more heavily at some of the lesser avant-garde and none Soul orientated clubs in the city, especially at the Belle Vue Top Ten Club. Years later it gained in popularity on the 70’s Northern Soul scene: Kev Roberts puts it in his Top 500 at position 49!
OKay; these days I’m a lot less of a Soul snob, its a good record, but how it can rate so high over hundreds of original Soul artists really beats me. I would put it alongside Wigan’s Chosen Few!