Soul For Dancers 2: Out On The Floor Firecrackers – 2LP

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 26 Feb 2016

"An assortment of stone cold classics and lesser-known gems from the dawn of northern soul. This compilation sees Mojo’s Lois Wilson digging into the crates and coming up trumps with choice cuts from the 60s club scene, encompassing everything from Etta James and a very young Marvin Gaye to sometimes-overlooked figures like Gino Parks and Lula Reed. Each one of these songs contributes to a portrait of one of the most vibrant and fondlyremembered scenes in musical history." Lauren Laverne Show, Compilation of the Week, BBC Radio 6 Music

"Smoochers as well as stompers...a good flow of sounds; your party will be jumpin" MOJO


CAT No: FVDV234UPC TEXT: 5055311072340

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Fantastic Voyage’s autumn 2015 release of Soul For Dancers proved so successful, that we didn’t have to think twice when Lois Wilson (Mojo, Record Collector) asked if she could do it all over again. It turns out that there were plenty more classic sides in her DJ crates, drawing on that rich seam of early soul and proto-soul rhythm & blues, of the sort that would have packed the dancefloors on the sixties club scene, or has been embraced by subsequent generations of club soul diehards.

Lois’s latest wide-ranging selection, Soul For Dancers 2, makes welcome forays into the unique New Orleans sound (including a storming sequence of Chris Kenner, Jessie Hill and Lee Dorsey) and stays in the groove for the seductive sass of Rosco Gordon. Elsewhere the 2LP set makes space for a heartrending turn from Arthur Alexander and early majesty from Marvin Gaye, whilst tipping its hat to big guns such as Bobby Bland, The 5 Royales, Solomon Burke, James Brown and Ike & Tina Turner. Lovers of Lois’s Ain’t Gonna Hush: The Queens Of Rhythm & Blues, will be pleased to see that female vocalists are well represented here, with Ann Cole leading the charge, and Lula Reed, Etta James, Tiny Topsy, Della Reece and Ruth Brown also making an appearance, whilst Betty O’Brian’s ‘She’ll Be Gone’ adds more fire to that roll call with a memorably confrontational dancefloor friendly break up ode.

The first volume of Soul For Dancers prompted Shindig to observe “you can almost breathe that rarefied mod club atmosphere”, and the set elicited 4-star reviews from Echoes, Soul & Jazz & Funk, and Record Collector, the latter remarking “no let-up in quality…you can’t sit down”. Well, be prepared to take to the floor again, as Soul For Dancers 2 weaves its magic.



  1. Bobby Bland - Turn On Your Lovelight
  2. Bobby Parker - Watch Your Step
  3. Gino Parks - Same Thing
  4. Chris Kenner - Land Of 1000 Dances
  5. Lee Dorsey - Behind The Eight Ball
  6. Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo Pt.1
  7. Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo Pt.2
  8. Solomon Burke - Down In The Valley


  1. Rosco Gordon - Just A Little Bit
  2. James Brown - Good Good Lovin’
  3. 5 Royales - Don’t Give Me No More Than You Can Take
  4. Marvin Gaye - Never Let You Go
  5. Ann Cole - You’re Mine
  6. Etta James - Baby, Baby Every Night
  7. The Chips - You Make Me Feel So Good
  8. Barbara Stephens - Wait A Minute


  1. Della Reece - Ninety Nine And A Half Won’t Do
  2. Ann Cole - Each Day
  3. Lula Reed - You Gotta Have That Green
  4. Marie Knight - I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them
  5. Timmy Shaw - A Letter From My Baby
  6. Earl King - Trick Bag
  7. Lloyd Price - Rainbow Joe
  8. Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On


  1. Ike And Tina Turner - Worried And Hurtin’ Inside
  2. Patience Valentine - If You Don’t Come You Better Call
  3. Betty O’ Brian - She’ll Be Gone
  4. Tiny Topsy - Aw Shucks Baby
  5. Ruth Brown - As Long As I’m Moving
  6. Lula Reed - What Makes You So Cold
  7. JJ Barnes - Won’t You Let Me Know
  8. The Sims Twins - Don’t Fight It, Feel It