Rubin – You’ve Been Away (1967)

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Picking up the pace dramatically, Rubin’s ‘You’ve Been Away’ is high tempo 1960s black American soul. But just as importantly to the UK’s Northern Soul scenesters of the 1970s, this unearthed treasure had been forgotten on release. Northern Soul connoisseurs liked their records rare, and this one had the added standing that no one knows who sung it. This stomper is just a little too fast to chew gum to, let alone dance. The flat-soled shoes, loose fitting trousers and freshly talc’d wooden floors of the Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino must have made all the difference.

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