Backdrop Records launches rare Northern Soul service

Backdrop Records launches rare Northern Soul service.  Backdrop Records is a North of England based online record shop, specialising in rare Northern Soul vinyl records. Backdrop Records is an independent record shop, a small business with a real passion for authentic Northern Soul vinyl, and Northern Soul music in general. On their web shop you will find a vast range of rare collectable Northern Soul vinyl records, as well as other more popular vinyl of the same genre, including cut price 45’s – and so as well as the rare more expensive finds, some bargains can be picked up too!

Via their website and fully functioning secure ecommerce web shop, Backdrop Records sell a full range of Northern Soul vinyl, including rare USA originals, with prices that range anywhere from £15 to upward of £200 – featuring Barbara and the Uniques, Dee Clark, Drifters, Samantha Jones, and The Coasters, to name but a few. Popular Motown and UK releases are included in their inventory, with artists that everyone will recognise such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Eddie Holland, Little Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, and The Four Tops. As well as original vinyl, the site also sells reissues which you can buy for as little as £7.50. There really are records that will suit everyone’s tastes and budget.

All original vinyl is graded in a professional record-collector way, grading each record from Mint, to excellent, very good, good, fair and poor, with full explanation on their website of the corresponding conditions. This is an extremely useful way of communicating the condition of the vinyl accurately to the customer who is not there to inspect it physically. Much care is taken when handling, packing and posting the items too, as these are treated as true collectors items with a great value, no matter what the price tag happens to be.

Like the independent record shops back in the day, Backdrop Records is a destination, albeit an online destination. It is somewhere where Northern Soul fans can feel at home, and browse old favourites as well as discover hidden gems. The shop is constantly getting in new stock, and so it is somewhere that fans can regularly come back to browse and pick up new vinyl to add to their forever growing collection, all from the comfort of their own home, or anywhere else they wish to access the website from.

The origins of rare Northern Soul

Northern Soul is a music movement that arose in the late 1960’s, mainly in Northern England, the Midlands, and also Scotland. Northern Soul grew out of the British Mod movement, and has it’s roots in a style of music that is fast tempo with a heavy beat, mostly what was known as Black American Soul music, or Motown. It is associated with particular fashion and music styles that came out of the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester, but then spread to other dance halls in England, for example Catacombs in Wolverhampton, Wigan Casino, or the Highland Rooms at the Blackpool Mecca.

Due to most of Northern Soul’s followers coming from the 1960’s Mod movement, the fashions associated with the early Northern Soul scene were that of Mods – Ben Sherman shirts, skinny fit jeans, and brogues. It had it’s own style items too though, not associated with Mods, such as American style bowling shirts, and then later on due to the energetic dance styles, high-waisted loose trousers were worn with loose vests and shirts. Sew on badges depicting individual social club memberships were also popular to wear.

Types of music that are often used to describe Northern Soul are those with a fast beat like the mid 1960’s Motown Records, along with soulful voices on vocals. The best records were known at the time as ‘stompers’ as they would lend themselves to the dance style of the movement, which was fairly energetic. Examples of ‘stomper’ tunes would be Gloria Jones with Tainted Love, or The Four Tops with I Can’t Help Myself. Northern Soul records were actually quite rare and difficult to come by, leaving certain tracks to be popularised by specific DJs at the time, and these individual recordings would become associated with the venue in which they were known to be played. Slower types of songs, that weren’t as easy and popular to dance energetically to were usually played at end end of the night, sometimes in a trio.

The Northern Soul scene grew somewhat and developed through the seventies, and more modern records were released during this time, many crossing over into Disco. Many of the songs even had commercial success, and the scene lasted in some form or another into the early 1980s. Northern Soul had a strong connection to DJ culture, as well as the individual records, the this paved the way in itself for newer music movements.