Soft Cell put synthesizers into northern soul on September 5, 1981, when they took ‘Tainted Love’ to the top of the UK charts.
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Having helped birth soul music in the 60s, Motown helped it mature in the 70s, creating classic albums and asking some of the biggest questions of the era.
Motown’s secret weapon, Marc Bolan’s widow, and a Northern soul icon, Gloria Jones’ legacy extends far beyond ‘Tainted Love.’
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Fifty songs that were part of rhythm and blues heritage but which didn’t fully find a mainstream audience until they were remade.
The stirring ballad became the group's second Motown, and third overall, R&B No.1.
“We were curiously chopping up samples from various Seventies disco and soul records when suddenly, ‘Fantasy’ by Aquarian Dream gave us the exact thing we were searching for.”
Everyone knows the heavy-hitting classics, but Motown’s output was so good there are tons of overlooked 70s albums you need to know.
Two vinyl box sets, each featuring seven double-sided Northern Soul singles from the vaults of Chess and Capitol, will be released by Universal on July 24.