Big in Wigan
by Various Artists
Q: 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Anyone wishing to develop their love of dance music circa Stax, Volt, Atlantic or early Motown...should get this comprehensive collection..."
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- Released: September 3, 1996
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Kent Records Uk
Q - 12/96, p.1633 Stars (out of 5) - "...Anyone wishing to develop their love of dance music circa Stax, Volt, Atlantic or early Motown...should get this comprehensive collection..."
- 1.It's a Woman's World (You'd Better Believe It) - Gypsies
- 2.Baby Reconsider - Leon Haywood
- 3.That's Loving You - Percy Wiggins
- 4.Sweet Sherry - J.J. Barnes
- 5.I Wanna Be (Your Everything) - Pretenders
- 6.Happy - William Bell
- 7.My Man, a Sweet Man - Millie Jackson
- 8.Little Miss Soul - The Lovettes
- 9.I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Bobby Freeman
- 10.Hey Sah-Lo-Ney - Mickey Lee Lane
- 11.Till You Give In - Bobby Patterson
- 12.With My Love & What You've Got (We Could Turn the World Around) - Jean Wells
- 13.Mother of Shame - Loleatta Holloway
- 14.Running Away from Love - Skip Mahoney & the Casuals
- 15.You've Come a Long Way Baby - Flower Shoppe
- 16.Ain't That Good Enough - John Edwards
- 17.You Turned My Bitter into Sweet - Mary Love
- 18.Baby I Need You - Lorraine & the Delights
- 19.Can It Be Me - Mel Williams
- 20.Our Love Will Grow - The Showmen
Contains 20 tracks.
Liner Note Author: Harboro Horace.
Unknown Contributor Role: Joe Evans.
Arrangers: Andrew "Mike" Terry; Don Davis ; Horace Ott; Chris Towns; Arthur Wright; Bert DeCoteaux; Booker T. Jones.
The raison d'etre of this disc needs some explanation to North American audiences. Subtitled "collection of shameless oldies played in the golden era of Northern soul," it's an anthology of 20 obscure soul tracks from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s that have found favor with the cult of obsessive soul listeners in Northern England. There's no real thread connecting the tracks, other than that each one has been selected to represent one of the DJs that spins rare 45s for the dancers who still go to British clubs to hear this music. It's easy to see why these numbers are dancefloor favorites -- most have a solidly thumping pop-soul groove conducive to dancing, especially if you're one of those old-fashioned fogies who doesn't want to get blasted into the English Channel with synth-driven rave and techno. It's also, to be harsh, easy to see why they made a beeline for the collector bins rather than the AM airwaves -- the material wasn't arresting enough to capture the ears of the masses. Judged solely as a stone-cold home listening experience, it's definitely not an A-list choice for the soul compilation library, even if you're a soul fan. If you're a specialist collector, you may well find it to your liking, populated as it is by obscure names such as Flower Shoppe and the Lovettes, obscure singles by minor soul notables like Bobby Freeman, Millie Jackson, and Leon Haywood, and the primo mod soul of Mickey Lee Lane's "Hey Sah-Lo-Ney," probably the rawest and most compelling track here. ~ Richie Unterberger