Adam Buchanan

Easy Life

We now turn the attention on to Adam Buchanan, or simply Adam. Very much in favour of progression and championed the Modern side of the Soul Scene. Adam was a popular DJ at the time, still is to this day although he has practically hung up the slip mats as I type.

A great taste in music and knew how to work the floor Adam DJ’ed at all the big all-nighters of the day and as well as Top Dog Soul Club at Stafford he was resident for the Central England Soul Club at venues such as Nottingham Oddfellows in Leicester.

James Walsh Gypsy Band - Cuz It's You Girl - RCA
Jim Mancel - Easy Life - People City Music
Annis - Don't Play Games - GTO
Moody Scott - My lovely Lady - Straight Ahead Records
Flight - Playing Your Games - SGA
Natural Four - I Thought You Were Mine - ABC Paramount
Admirations - You Left Me - Peaches
Soulville Allstars - I'm Gonna Get To You - Soulville
L. Allen - Can't We Talk It Over - Green Dolphin
Constellations - I Don't Know How To - Gemini Star
Bill Harris - Am I Hot Am I Cold - RCA
Betty Wright - Give A Smile - Epic
Harold Melvin - Prayin' - Source
Leroy Burgess - Heartbreaker - Salsoul
Mandrill - My Kind Of Girl (My Girl) - Arista
WQBC - Love Me Anyway - Thunderbay
Pretenders - Just Be Yourself - Carnival
Timeless Legend - I Was Born To Love You - Bright Light
Swiss Movement - I Wish Our Love Would Last Forever - Gold Records

No Tricks

Chuck Jackson - No Tricks - EMI
Atlantic Starr - Cirlces - A&M
Bronner Brothers - Pretty Boys - Neighbor
Bobby Thurston - The Very Last Drop - Epic
Demetri - Got To Be Real - Stand By
Charles Veal - new Found Love - Capitol
Loveman Ronnie Stokes - Touch You Again - Philly Town
Lifestyle - Katrina - MCA
E.J. Rice - Will You Be Coming Back - Platinum Records
Alfie Davison - Love Is A Serious Business - Mercury (12”)
Bobby Womack - Home Is Where The Heart Is - Columbia
Gwen McCrae - Keep The Fire Burning - Atlantic
Chuck Jackson - Waiting In Vain - EMI
Sweet Cream - Flyin' High - Shady Brook
Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson - Closer Than Close - CBS
Four Tracks - Charade - Note
Goldie Alexander - Go Back - Chaz Ro

Heaven In The Afternoon

Lew Kirton - Heaven In The Afternoon - Alston
Jackie Moore - Heart Be Still - Kayvette
Masterplan - Dance All Night - Amani
J. Blackfoot - Where is Love - Sound Town
Gary Glenn - Gonna Give You All My Love - PPL
Luther Vandross - I Wanted Your Love - Epic
Steve Arrington - Feel So Real - Atlantic
Kashif - Rumours - Arista
James Cobbin & Prime Cut - Caught In The Middle - Tuckwood
The Flakes - No One (Can Love You Like I Do) - Magic Disc/Salsoul
Donn Thomas - How Can I Help But Love You - Myrrh
Leon Ware - What's Your Name - Fabulous Records Inc
Lenny Williams - Messing, With My Friend - MCA
Marva Hicks - Looking Over My Shoulder - Infinity
Black Ivory - You Are My Lover - Panoramic
Laura Lee - Your Song - Fantasy

Robin Salter

Take Another Look

With the 60’s Mafia revitalising the 60’s scene, Modern Soul wasn’t forgotten about. Dave Thorley was still featuring it during his across the board sets. As far as I can ascertain Adam’s final set at Stafford was the Anniversary night in 1985 and it was following this night Robin Salter was introduced to the Top Of The World crowd as one of the residents.

The highly respected and much liked Robin featured some of the best of the modern oldies, many of his own discoveries and others that were practically new releases, one of Stafford’s true innovators of soul music as Dave Thorley said. A popular figure then and now and his records are still highly sought after, some with just a few known copies. Many are once again finding favour on today’s scene.

Here is a set of quality Modern Soul of the day, from his first ever Stafford play, Pro Fascination right through to one of my favourite records ever, the killer track from Frankie Sanders on Juana from 1981, probably the cheapest of the bunch. Hope you enjoy the selection.

Pro-Fascination - Try Love Again - MOT (Robin’s first record he played at TOTW)
Willie Johnson - What Am I Gonna Do Without Your Love - Savannah Int.
Target - Give Me One More Chance - Kama
Larry Wedgeworth & Clique - No More Games - Groovehall Records (Boston Celtics)
Lifestyle - Trying To Make It Up To You - MCA
Terry Callier - I Don't Want To See Myself - Erect
Michael Prowtle - What You're Looking For Is Here - Castle
Mind And Matter - Under Your Spell - M&M
The Bitter And The Sweet - I Won't Have Any Babies For You - The Anything, Everything Records
Prophecy - Rain In My Life - All Platinum
Allan Harris & Perpetual Motion - Get Ready - Exact Change
Frederick - Move On - Heat
Oscar Perry - Just What You Ordered - New Horizon
Dysons Faces & Hard Times - Welcome To All This Love Again - DDR LP
Sammy Gaha - Thank You, Thank You - Right On
Sir Henry Ivy - He Left You Standing There - Future Dimension
Charisma Band - Ain't Nothing Like Your Love - Buddah
Florence Trapp - Love Came Into My Life - You And I
Frankie Sanders - Take Another Love - Juana

Freeway To Stafford

Arnold McCuller - Freeway To Monterey - AVI
Prince Phillip Mitchell - In Her Own Way - Ichiban
Chuck Roberson - I've Got To Have Your Love - Bluesong
Longo Brothers - Coast To Coast - People City
Nina Simone - Touching And Caring - VIP LP
Frankie Gearing - Spinning Top - Beale Street
Tony Troutman - What's The Use - Jerri
Lou Ragland - What Should I Do? - SMH
James Govan - Uphill Climb - Envelope
Hugh Boyton - We're Gonna Make It - Soulpotion
Jimmy Burns - Can't Get Over - Dispo
Eugene Smiley & The Essence Of Love - Yes It's You - K-City
Sonic Explosion - We Belong Together - Big Hit
Serenade - When Love Is Gone - Out Front
Joe Simon - Love Look At Us Now - Posse
Luther - Don't Wanna Be A Fool - Cotillion
Winfield Parker - I Wanna Be With You - P&L
Willie C - I Just Can't Get Enough Of You - Hot Ass
Ultimates - Girl, I've Been Trying To Tell You - BrRoma
Satin - Your Loves Go

Welcome To The Real World

Percy Larkins - I Can Love You Better - Move
Alexander O'Neal - What's Missing - Tabu
Jerry Bell - Tell Me You'll Stay - MCA
Sho Nuff - Hold On For Love - Jamila
Chaz - For Your Love - Zanzibar
Chapter 8 - It's My Turn - Beverley Glen
Andrew Barrax - Just Can't Seem To Forget - Bama
Bobby Bowens & The Shades Of Magic - Gonna Love Somebody - Galactic Star
Dennis Rowland & Mike Braden - I Want You For Myself - Saxville
David Diggs - Welcome To The Real World - PAJ
Eddie Parker - Dream - RJ
Corky Hale - I'm The One - Affinity
Dany Hunt- Love Me Too - La Cade
Chosen Few Band - What it Takes To Live - Buffaloes Reflection
Jessie James - I Can Feel Your Love Vibes - Midtown
Young Divines - Deep in My Heart - New London/Cotillion
Gayle Adams - Plain Out Of Luck - Prelude

Night After Night

Creators - Just You And Me - RCA
Scheer Music - Falling Back In Love - TBA
Khemistry - Can You Feel My Love - Columbia
Elegants - Show Me - Real Music
William Bell - Passion - Wilbe
Curtis Hairston - The Morning After - Atlantic
David Sea - Night After Night - Crown Limited
Loveman Ronnie Stokes - Touch You Again - Philly town
Maurice Jackson - True Love Is You - Parrall
Oscar Perry - We're Gonna Make It - Quazar
Tony Aiken & Future 2000 - Good Things - Kimsha
Will King - Backed Up Against The Wall - Total Experience
Java Lewis - Get It On - Golden Stable
Luther Ingram - Do You Think There's A Chance - KoKo
Randy Brown - I'm Always In The Mood - Mr. Moo
Richard Caiton - It's Hard To Make It - Sho-Boat

Slippin’ Dippin’

Front Row - Wanting You - TBC
Aristocrats - IP Slippin' Dippin' - Warner Brothers
Brothers Gilmore - I Feel A Song - Bantu
Starpoint - Wanting You - Chocolate City
Family Circle - I Hope You Really Love Me - Sky Disc
Buddy Ace - It's All For You - Teardrop
Troy Johnson - I Want You - Soul Beat
WQBC - Love Me Anyway - Thunderbay
Willie Darrington - Never Should Have Walked Away - RAV
Beloyd - Get Into My Life - 20th Century
Bobby Thurston - Just Ask Me - Mainstream
Mixed Emotions - Gold Of My Life - Rock Way
Clarence Carter - Messin' With My Mind - Ichiban
Perfections - Can This Be Real - Calgar
Philharmonics - I Need, I Need Your Love - Soulin'
Towana & The Total Destruction - Wear Your Natural, Baby - Romark

Where You Gonna Be Tonight

Jeffrey Osborne - I Really Don't Need No Light - A&M
Rose Royce - Best Love - Epic
Oliver Cheatham - Bless The Ladies - Mca
Willie Collins - Where You Gonna Be Tonight - Capitol
Smooth & Co - Half Stepping - UK Move
Lonnie Hill - Cold Winter In The Ghetto - Urban Sound
The Mad Lads - You Blew It - Champion
Bridge - Baby Don't Hold Your Love Back - Atlantic
Gerald Mallory - Lay It Down On Me - Prelude
John Simmons - Ain't Nothing Like The Love - Sabina
Marc Sadane - One Minute From Love - W.Bros
Booker Newberry III - Love Town - Boardwalk
Theresa Davis & Jerry Butler - I Can't Stop Lovin' You Either - DJ
Gangs Back - You Got What It Takes - Handshake
Dunn & Bruce Street - Shout For Joy - Devaki
The Dealers - Don't Keep Me Waiting - CBS
Jerome Jones - Don't Change - Jham For Life
Geater - Breathtaking Girl - House Of Orange
Lonnie Robinson - Sunshine Baby - Sunshine Movement
The Creators - I can't Believe It's True - Coconut
Brothers Gilmore - I Feel A Song - Bantu
Three Shades Of Soul - Being In Love - Enjoy
Brothers By Choice - Girl I Need You Too - Ala
Jessie Butler - Getting' ready For The Get Down - Bound Sound
Entertainers - I'm In Love With You - HMC
George McCrae - Take It All Off - Soul City
Hugh Boynton - We're Gonna Make It - Soul-Po-Tion
Bill - Space Lady - Dollar Bill
Aretha Franklin - Whole Lot Of Me - Arista