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Funky Friday – Birthday Treat

Posted in Birthday Treat, Funky Friday, northern soul on December 13, 2007 by planetmondo

Every Friday is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo, but this week FF is different for the following reason..

It’s my birthday this Sunday, so I hope you’ll allow me the indulgence of loading up the A and B side my favourite Northern Soul single EVER by Luther Ingram

A – ‘Exus Trek’
B – ‘If It’s All The Same To You’

I only stumbled across these tracks six months ago, but the moment I heard them it felt like I’d known them all my life and I’ve had to play them at least once a week ever since. The A side ‘Exus Trek’ is a glorious Northern Soul stomping instrumental, but flip it over and it’s even better on the B side. A vocal version of ‘Exus Trek’ with heartfelt lead vocals and haunting backing vocals – and for me THE perfect Northern Soul song (I really can’t understand why the vocal take was tucked away on the B side)

There are few other tracks constantly in flux and contending for second place on my Northern Soul playlist..

Bobby Fuller Four – ‘Magic Touch’
The MVP’s – ‘Turnin’ That Heartbeat up’
The Younghearts – ‘A Little Togetherness’
‘Love is Like an Itching in My Heart’ – The Supremes

But Luther Ingram is always there in pole position.

I don’t know much about Luther Ingram except that his greatest hit was ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right’ and he appeared at Wattstax, – but I do know that ‘If It’s All The Same To You’ and ‘Exus Trek’ are the distilled essence of Northern Soul and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Luther Ingram – Exus Trek.mp3

Luther Ingram – If It’s All The Same To You.mp3

Exus Trek – home made vid’ found on you tube