Soul For Dancers: Out On The Floor Firecrackers That Ignited The Northern Soul Boom

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 16 Oct 2015

"No letup in can't sit down" 4/5 Record Collector

"You can almost breathe that rarefied mod club atmosphere..." Shindig

"61 often-terrific tracks" 4/5 Echoes

"A fabulous compilation" 4/5 Soul & Jazz & Funk

Featured in Soultracks, Modculture & MOJO '60s

"Trying to pick out a favourite is nigh on impossible such is the strength of each drawer sounds" Sussed - A Users Guide to Modernism

CAT No: FVDD227UPC TEXT: 5055311002279

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On Soul For Dancers, journalist (Mojo, Record Collector) and R&B authority Lois Wilson takes a trip back in time to the rare soul scene’s roots, to where it all began if you like. Many of the 61 tracks on this 2CD set filled the floor at Manchester’s The Twisted Wheel and London’s The Scene Club, both precursors of the Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca, The Golden Torch in Stoke et al. The sparks that lit the fuse, these early triumphs would give rise to an era defining scene, one which became a treasured subcultural phenomenon.

Some tracks on Soul For Dancers were obscure back then but are crowd favourites today, others still remain rare and largely unknown. Some of the artists are famous (James Brown, Etta James, Jackie Wilson, The Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Irma Thomas, and Sam & Dave) although the tracks selected here may be less familiar, while other artists like Bruce Cloud, Eloise Carter, Bunker Hill, Willie Cobbs and Mary Johnson are known only to the soul cognoscenti. Every track’s a winner here so put on your dancing shoes and get on that good foot!

Lois’s previous compilations for Fantastic Voyage include Get On The Right Track, Right On and Ain’t Gonna Hush, all popular releases which have elicited enthusiastic reviews.

A 2LP edition selecting 32 highlights is also available, including illustrated, annotated insert.




  1. Tell The Truth (Ray Charles)
  2. Respectable (The Isley Brothers)
  3. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Arthur Alexander)
  4. See About Me (Don Covay and The Goodtimers)
  5. Won’t Be Long (Aretha Franklin)
  6. Fortune Teller (Benny Spellman)
  7. Yield Not To Temptation (Bobby Bland)
  8. My Book (Bruce Cloud)
  9. And I Do Just What I Want (James Brown)
  10. Leave My Kitten Alone (Little Willie John)
  11. Hide And Go Seek, Part 1 (Bunker Hill)
  12. Hide And Go Seek, Part 2 (Bunker Hill)
  13. Every Dog Got His Day (Eddie Bo)
  14. I Need Your Loving (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford)
  15. Say You Love Me (Harold Burrage)
  16. You Don’t Love Me (Willie Cobbs)
  17. Farther Up The Road (Bobby Bland)
  18. Catch That Teardrop (The 5 Royales)
  19. The Pick-Up (Etta James)
  20. Let Love Go By (Jeanette Baby Washington)
  21. Am I The Man (Jackie Wilson)
  22. Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) (Dinah Washington and Brook Benton)
  23. I Love The Way You Love (Marv Johnson)
  24. Having A Party (Sam Cooke)
  25. Goin’ Home (Mary Johnson)
  26. No More Pain (Sam & Dave)
  27. Soul (The Great Nathaniel)
  28. You Better Know It (Jackie Wilson)
  29. Tell Me What You’re Gonna Do (James Brown and The Famous Flames)
  30. Do You Think That’s Right (Judy Clay)


  1. Do You Love Me (Little Willie John)
  2. Mama Get Your Hammer (Bobby Peterson Quintet)
  3. All Nite Long, Part 1 (Robert Parker)
  4. All Nite Long, Part 2 (Robert Parker)
  5. Pop-Eye Stroll (The Mar-Keys)
  6. Don’t You Worry (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford)
  7. The Headshrinker (Johnnie Mae Matthews)
  8. Screaming Please (Buddy Ace)
  9. Hide ’Nor Hair (Ray Charles)
  10. Chills And Fever (Ronnie Love)
  11. You Better Come Home (The Isley Brothers)
  12. You Talk About Love (Barbara George)
  13. You Should’a Treated Me Right (Ike and Tina Turner)
  14. My Man Rockhead (Eloise Carter)
  15. A Good Man (Irma Thomas)
  16. Soothe Me (The Sims Twins)
  17. Sixty-Minute Man (The Dominoes)
  18. Broken Heart (The Fiestas)
  19. Hard Hearted Woman (Eddie Burns)
  20. Whip It On Me (Jessie Hill)
  21. Linda Lou (The Traits with Roy Head)
  22. Little Baby (Howlin’ Wolf)
  23. I Don’t Play (Little Walter)
  24. I Need Somebody (Little Milton)
  25. Sticks And Stones (Ray Charles)
  26. One Man’s Woman (Martha Carter)
  27. Get Back (Jimmy McCracklin)
  28. Come On Home (Louis Blues Boy Jones)
  29. Playboy (Annie Williams)
  30. Village Of Love (Nathaniel Mayer and The Fabulous Twilights)
  31. Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley and Lee)