Pete Foster is a veteran. Got acquainted with this fine gentleman when playing tunes over at the first edition of Sweet Deep & Soulful in the UK where he also blessed the attendees with 2 fab sets. Pete's got serious records. Not just the deep 'n sweet variety but crossover soul as well. Did i mention he's a super sweet, funny and highly likeable fellow too? Obviously a real family guy. Who submits a family pic for a record collecting interview? Gotta love that. Meet Pete...
Introduce yourself good man...
Hi, my name is Peter Foster. I am married to Lynne Foster and have a daughter called Millie. I live in the north east of England, in a small village called Heighington in County Durham. I am part of the sweet and deep group created by Kev Cane. Before this we have put on local soul do’s over the past thirty years, which mainly played cross over soul.
You've been collecting and loving soul since most of us where still in diapers. Can you tell us a bit how you got started?
When I was around 12 /13 years old I went to my local youth centre, which was in Newton Aycliffe. Aycliffe was a well known soul town and the youth club used to hold all nighters, which became very popular for people travelling around the country. I didn’t like a lot of the records on the northern soul scene, so when I saved my pocket money we used to travel on the bus to Newcastle where I used to buy LP’s for 25p as I thought they were better value records.
Do you remember the very first record you ever bought?
The first record I bought was the Human Zoo by the Commodores when I was about 9 years old.
Not bad for a 9 year old Pete! Produced by the great Gloria Jones from Tainted Love fame isn't it? What about the collection today? Do you know how many you hold and do you have any special method in keeping it organized?
My record collection isn’t that large: a couple hundred LP’s and a thousand singles, which I’m thinning out and tend to purchase more deep and sweet soul. I keep my collection in the loft conversion.
Any records you are bored with? Played to death?
I think that on the British Soul scene, the likes of: These Memories by Almeta Lattimore, First Taste of Hurt by Willie Tee, It Just Don’t Pay by Debbie Taylor, and many more in the same ilk are over played.
Could never get tired of the Willie Tee but i feel what you are saying. What's on the wants list Pete?
There’s many wants I would like; the list keeps getting bigger. One that comes to mind is the 70s version of The Caeser’s "Get Your Self Together".
Fabulous record, makes for a great shuffle. Where do you get your records from nowadays?
I mainly get my records online or the odd record at a Soul do.
I ask all the collectors about their sentiments on the scene. Care to share something?
I am a bit bored of the soul scene in the UK and I only tend to go to the odd soul do on Sunday afternoons, never really been a fan of all dayers or all nighters. As for the sweet and deep sound, Kev Cane got me listening to this stuff that the guys on the West Coast of America were listening to, and I was blown away. Personally, I think these guys have a much better taste in music.
No doubt. Tell us a cool story around record collecting. You must have so many...
I was in the USA in 1990 hunting records, we were in a small shop in Cleveland when a famous record dealer came in from the UK. He started trawling through the records and couldn’t wait to pull out things and say, “You’ve missed this guys and that, etc...” I wasn’t too bothered because it was mainly for the Northern Scene. When the owner of the store realized we were into ballads, he reached under the counter and pulled out many boxes of this stuff. This is where I found a copy of Skip Jackson's "I’m on to you girl b/w Promise That You’ll Wait" for about a dollar. In hindsight I wish I’d bought a few. Just one of many tales that happened on this trip.
What's in heavy rotation on your turntable? Can you name some?
I’ve got too many to mention, but here are 9....
Profiles Band & Revue "Hurt By Love"
James Kelly Duhon "Drifter"
Brothers By Choice "Gotta Get You Home"
Martineques "If You Want To Call Me"
Compacts "That's How My World Began"
Experience Unlimited "You Got To Tell Me"
Majestics "Key To Love"
Compacts "Call Her"
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