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Buying northern soul records on ebay
How to buy northern soul records on ebay
There's always a pretty amazing range of northern soul records available on eBay, day or night, 24 hours, 365 days a year you can bet there are some of your most wanted tunes for sale from someone somewhere. The only issue then is how do you try to get them?
Buying northern soul on eBay isn't a straightforward affair. There are a couple of important issues to clear first - is the record original? Unfortunately, many ebay sellers flogging bootlegs don't declare when they are selling boots or reissues either because they genuinely don't understand the difference because they bought the record back in 1976 at the Wigan Casino and therefore assume there's nothing to question or because they know damn well it's not an original and they play the "I'll let the buyer decide" card in the hope that some poor hapless buyer armed with a price guide will bid £200 for their £5 bootleg. And it does happen, try searching through some completed auctions for well known pressings and be prepared to weep.
Secondly, if the record appears to be super rare - is the seller legit? Does he/she have good feedback? Do they have a track record of selling very rare northern soul records - if not, have they given a credible explanation as to why they have come across this super rare clutch of sought after 45s? Beware, there are scammers about - often based in Belgium (there are, of course, very excellent sellers in Belgium as well, lest I be accused of trashing all Belgium record dealers). Do your research before you even think about bidding.
OK so you've decided to bid. This is where it gets interesting. Will you use a sniper service to place your maximum bid automatically for you in the dying seconds in the hope that you won't alert other would be buyers to the existence of the record on ebay (some buyers only search for records over a certain value, so if a record is kept at a low price for a long period of the auction, a lot of potential bidders might simply not see it on their searching radar). Some people think sniping is immoral or unfair. However, snipers simply do all their bidding "in one hit" so personally I don't see a problem with it. You place your bid, you either win or you don't. On the other hand, some people love the thrill of the late night staying up to manually bid in the last seconds. There's certainly a bigger adrenaline rush there. Others prefer to bid early to their max and let fate run its course. All approaches have their pros and cons I guess though I have to admit, I prefer to snipe these days (more due to time than anything else), though it also helps me to exercise self-control when bidding for a record I really want. It takes away that temptation where you think "I've already bid £150, so a little £20 increase won't make much difference if I win"...... and before you know it, the price is at £300 and you're in a bit of a conundrum..... worst of all you place a bid with 3 minutes to go and then someone outbids you, so you place another bid and get the top slot, and then someone outbids you, you take it personally and you place another bid that is now way more than you originally intended to bid etc. etc. This is what is known as a bidding war, and the only winner in a bidding war is the seller.
And here's a tiny fraction of northern soul that's currently for sale right now on ebay just to tempt you.... I apologise in advance for the non northern soul listings but some sellers seem to think that adding northern soul to the ebay selling title of a pile of cow manure will guarantee to triple its price. Maybe it does?
Northern Soul 45s for sale
These will include loads of reissues and cheaper items that you can buy straight away so if you are starting a collection or want to pick up some classic northern soul without paying a lot of money for the original 45s, this may be useful to you.
Rarer northern soul 45s
And if you're after the real deal, take a look at this selection below. All ending soon.
Northern Soul the film
Northern Soul The Film
Northern soul has made its way into quite a few films in one form or another, and into a few television programmes too. However, it looks like it might finally get a decent airing in the form of Northern Soul The Film which is a new film currently being put together by Elaine Constantine, herself a lifelong northern soul fan, which, it is hoped, will finally capture an authentic glimpse into the northern soul scene.
The most recent attempt to include northern soul in the plot of a mainstream movie occurred with Soulboy. Now you won't have to dig too hard to find an astonishing amount of venom from northern soul people about this movie - which did itself no favours by coming up with ridiculous concepts such as a "northern soul dance off" to settle a beef between the hero and the arch baddie. Soulboy actually wasn't a bad movie in my opinion when taken simply as a bit of light entertainment. However, I don't think anyone is likely to be defending it from a northern soul scene point of view and as I said, it triggered an extremely hostile response on internet forums etc. If making a film about something that so many people are TOTALLY obsessive and protective about, you really do have to go the extra mile to get things "right". For example, if you are going to feature a particular record (i.e. Yvonne Baker - You didn't say a word) then for gods sake, make sure you either use an original or at least a good look-a-like boot (I'm not condoning those boots, I hate them myself but at least they would have 'played the role' on film).... because EVERYONE who does know it and has seen or owned an original copy will instantly dismiss your film if you don't (anally retentive perhaps, true to the original, definitely....)
Anyway, returning to the new movie about northern soul. The full story is on Elaine's website Northern Soul The Film (and I think she may still be looking for investors if you fancy putting some money behind it). I'm not 100% sure where the film is up to in terms of completion, but I'm looking forward to checking it out in due course. In the meantime, here's the promo teaser (there's some bad language so not in front of the kids...)
What do you think? Feel free to comment below (you need to register first) or discuss on the forums.
Northern Soul in the media - a revival?
It's been an interesting week for northern soul in the media. The driving force behind this I think must be Elaine Constantine's forthcoming film Northern Soul which I have to say is looking great from what I've seen and I hope the plot lives up to the promise.
This seems to have had a perhaps unexpected knock on effect in terms of sparking what I can only think to describe as a Young Person's Sub-Scene which was highlighted on Paul Mason's excellent Culture Show documentary on the BBC last week - Wigan Young Souls. I don't know what's going on scene wise but it showed a vibrant club full of *gasp* young people all enjoying northern soul, dancing like the real deal and dressed to the northern soul/mod/70's nines.
It's brilliant to see a new force coming through because most of the "original" 70's soul people are getting older and new blood will keep it going.
Going back to Paul's culture show special - I know many will complain at it's "Wigan Casino" bias, and the lack of coverage of latter venues (especially Stafford and the 100 Club, but many more besides would be more than worthy of coverage in any documentary) but what I liked about it was that he did put across as well as I've seen it put across that passion that people who love northern soul feel and I liked the way it laid plain that northern soul people tend to have no interested in fads and fashion out there in mainstream land because they know what they like and they don't need to be told by Cosmopolitan what they should be wearing this week or next and they don't need a music magazine to tell them what they should be listening to.
Needless to say, northern soul people also don't like being exposed in the media - not because they have anything to hide - but because they don't want a load of idiots coming along who don't understand the etiquette and manners expected on scene spoiling what they have built up and kept burning all these years.
But - having said that - everyone has to start somewhere and if you've heard northern soul via the Culture Show or if you hear it via Northern Soul the Film - don't be intimidated about going along to a northern soul night. If you show some respect and take some time to get the hang of it, you will likely be welcomed with open arms because passionate people tend to like to share their passions with new people as long as they can be confident that the new people aren't there to take the piss out of them.
So if you are searching for northern soul and you've landed up on here - welcome to you. Many northern soul venues need support to keep going. Go along to a local night near you (or travel to a big allnighter) but don't get pissed in the first hour and take your drinks on to the dance floor at any point (you won't be welcomed back - drinks stay off the dancefloor at all times, whether in your hand or not), don't start jiving with your girlfriend or laughing at other people who are experiencing northern soul on their terms in the company of their fellow soul fans. Just marvel at the incredible music that you will never hear on mainstream radio or TV (bar a few adverts but we won't go there) and congratulate yourself on making one of the best discoveries of your life. And when you're ready to take your first steps out on the floor, go for it, but go for it alone - northern soul dancers dance alone just as we're all born alone and die alone. KTF!
Top 5 Northern soul records today- Part 1
Top 5 northern soul records Part 1
The Masqueraders How (La Beat)
Like probably most people who are into northern soul, my top 5 northern soul records can change from day to day and it's pretty much impossible to come up with an absolute top 5.
But, I'm going to give it a go and explain why I like these 5 northern soul records so much but one at a time as I can't type that much in one sitting.
Number 1 northern soul record (today)
1. The Masqueraders How (La Beat)
This detroit masterpiece is such a wonderful example of what northern soul is all about as far as I'm concerned. An uptempo beat, wonderful orchestration, stunning vocals and a general story that breaks your heart because it's so "everyday".
"How could I go on if you were to say goodbye
how would I sleep at night, knowing you left me behind
Do you have any idea
-what my life would be like,what my heart would feel
How would I go on. How would I go on?"
Like most northern soul records, it's a simple tale of honest emotion and The Masqueraders nailed it so well. "How" by The Masqueraders is worth something around £1200-800 at the moment (at a guess, I could be off), and that's a lot of money for a record. But it's such a stupendously good record that for those of us with the northern soul record collecting bug (it's a sickness) it doesn't seem too outrageous in the grand scheme of things. I have to say it has always eluded me. I once bought a copy a long time ago at way below current prices and sent it back because it had a small chip in the run in groove (which didn't affect play, but I wasn't comfortable with it). I think I had paid £250 for it then - and obviously had I kept it, not only would I have had this brilliant record in my playbox for the last 15 years or so but it would be worth an awful lot more now - chip or no chip!