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Performer: Ian Levine
Title: Reaching For The Best (The Northern Soul Of Blackpool Mecca)
Released: 2004
Style: Soul, Disco
Category: Funk, Soul
Rating: 4.4 ✦
Other format: DTS WMA ASF AIFF AC3 MP1 DXD

The Blackpool Mecca was one of the dance venues in which Northern soul was popularized in England in the 1970s, and this two-CD, 50-track collection is an homage to the music you might have heard dancing the night away there. Unlike many a Northern soul compilation, however, its focus is not so much obscure midtempo to up-tempo '60s soul as it is '70s disco and sweet soul, or at least disco mixed in with early- to mid-'70s sounds that were harbingers of the disco explosion

Compiled By, Liner Notes – Ian Levine. Product Manager – Will Nicol.

Ian Geoffrey Levine (born 22 June 1953), is a British songwriter, producer, and DJ. A moderniser of Northern soul music in the UK, and a developer of the style of Hi-NRG, he has written and produced records with sales totalling over 40 million. Levine is also a former fan of the long-running television show Doctor Who. Born into a Jewish family, his parents owned and ran the "Lemon Tree" complex in Blackpool, including its casino and nightclub.

Listen to Solid Soul Sensations - Ian Levine's Thirty-First Northern Soul Podcast by Ian Levine for free. Follow Ian Levine to never miss another show. But Reggie Milner and Linda Ball should keep all my rare soul fans happy, especially the ones who crave new discoveries each and every month. It is such a privilege to bring you these wonderful podcasts and it's now over a year since my stroke, and hopefully these musical feasts get better each and every month. So till next time and the Thirty Second Podcast - Ian Levine. Ian Levine 3y ago. I bought the Mel Williams to play at the Blackpool Mecca reunion on September 12th. Praise indeed coming from the man with the best Northern Soul collection in England. Gavin Stearn 3y ago. Fabulous Show.

Northern Soul Togetherness Weekender 3 days of Soul heaven in three rooms ! Northern Soul in the Ballroom, Modern Soul in the Circus, and alternative grooves in the soul walkway.

A noted moderniser of Northern soul music in the UK, and a developer of the style of Hi-NRG, he has written and produced records with sales totalling over 40 million. Levine is also a noted fan of the long-running television show Doctor Wh. .In 1974 Levine compiled his first album "Solid Soul Sensations", which released on Pye Records got to No. 11 in the UK Albums Charts, gaining a silver disc This allowed Levine to then travel to Chicago, where he signed postman . Johnson, Barbara Pennington (who both after appearing on Top of the Pops reached the UK Singles Charts), as well as Evelyn Thomas. Ian Levine's Top 40 Northern soul Playlist "Reaching For The Best".

The enigmatically titled Afternoon of the Rhino was an obscure track on Post’s 1975 album Fused, until DJ Ian Levine (of whom, more later) began playing it at the Blackpool Mecca, prodding WEA into putting it out as a single. Northern soul was christened by London-based Blues and Soul writer Dave Godin after a visit to the Twisted Wheel in Manchester, but many of its most popular tunes were not soul at all. The scene was spectacularly omnivorous and utility-focused: as long as you could dance to it, nobody cared where a track came from. Almost a decade later, it finally hit the charts when northern soul DJs discovered that its heartfelt delivery and insistent drum beat were perfect for the floor, and an opportunistic re-release from Pye Disco Demand pushed it into the Top 20 in 1974. The single enjoyed a third life in the early 80s, when the Soul Supply label reissued it at a crucial moment.

:TRACKLISTING:: 1. Johnson – Your Magic Put A Spell On Me 2.


1-1 The Carstairs It Really Hurts Me Girl 3:30
1-2 Tony Clarke Landslide 2:13
1-3 The Voices Of East Harlem Cashing In 2:15
1-4 The Montclaires Hung Up On Your Love 2:42
1-5 Crown Heights Affair Dreaming A Dream 3:04
1-6 Gil Scott-Heron The Bottle 3:07
1-7 The Exciters Reaching For The Best (New Version) 3:35
1-8 Pat Lundy Party Music 4:08
1-9 The Charisma Band Ain't Nothing Like Your Love 3:33
1-10 Anderson Brothers I Can See Him Loving You 2:42
1-11 Barbara Pennington Twenty Four Hours A Day 3:19
1-12 Eloise Laws Love Factory 3:23
1-13 Linda Jones & The Whatnauts I'm So Glad I Found You 3:11
1-14 Just Brothers Sliced Tomatoes 2:20
1-15 Diane Jenkins Tow Away Zone 3:11
1-16 Robby Lawson Burning Sensation 2:00
1-17 Larry Saunders On The Real Side 3:31
1-18 James Wells Baby I'm Still The Same Man 2:40
1-19 The Moments Nine Times 4:31
1-20 Bessie Banks Don't You Worry Baby 3:36
1-21 Lamont Dozier Going Back To My Roots 4:20
1-22 The Devonnes I'm Gonna Pick Up My Toys 3:30
1-23 L.J. Johnson Your Magic Put A Spell On Me 3:12
1-24 David Rhodes Hung Up In Mid Air 3:33
1-25 The Mob I Dig Everything About You 2:32
2-1 Deliah Moore* It Takes Love 2:23
2-2 Otis Smith Let Her Go 2:43
2-3 Evelyn Thomas Weak Spot 3:00
2-4 Frankie "Loveman" Crocker* Ton Of Dynamite 2:41
2-5 Carrie Lucas I Gotta Keep Dancing 7:41
2-6 The Festivals Gee Baby 2:38
2-7 Jeannie Napoli* Forget That Girl 2:26
2-8 The Perception String Orchestra Bet You If You Ask Around 3:17
2-9 The Whispers In Love Forever 3:02
2-10 Silent Majority Something New About You 2:48
2-11 The Sensations I Won't Be Hurt 1:49
2-12 Derek Martin Beautiful Woman 3:13
2-13 Charen Cotton A Little Bit Of Love 3:18
2-14 The Whatnauts Blues Fly Away 2:42
2-15 Debbie Taylor No Deposit No Return 2:48
2-16 L.P.G. You Better Check Yourself 3:09
2-17 Street People You're My One Weakness Girl 3:08
2-18 The Continental Four* What You Gave Up 2:25
2-19 Felix Cavalierie* Never Felt Love Before 2:48
2-20 Janice Saddler & The Jammers My Baby's Coming Home To Stay 2:34
2-21 The Moments I Got The Need 2:41
2-22 Diane Jenkins I Need You 3:36
2-23 Rosie Jones* Have Love Will Travel 2:39
2-24 Willie And West Get Away From Me Girl 2:08
2-25 Odds And Ends Let Me Try 2:59

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.


  • Artwork – Carne Whitney
  • Compiled By, Liner Notes – Ian Levine
  • Product Manager – Will Nicol


Track 2-19 incorrectly listed as Never Knew Love Before.

12-page booklet.

Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 050441 400421
  • Label Code: LC 6448