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Cleveland Robinson

Love Is A Trap / A Loaf Of Bread

Listen and melt

…in the presence of one of the most alluring vocals ever committed to vinyl. The velvet-throated Cleveland Robinson with his most-wanted least seen Norther Soul trophy.

Listen to that voice as in calms like a wavering Cobra ready to strike as Cleveland delivers a soulful body-wash, invigorating the mind, ready for the dance.

It is a rare combination, the recording that soothes, pleasures,relaxes the mind, whilst simultaneously transferring the desire to move onto the dancefloor. Over the decades this serious rarity has consistently congested the dancefloors of Britain and Belgium, as unwittingly Mr, Robinson crafts the perfect Northern Soul / Popcorn experience; with his purring growl, decorated with shrill girl-chorus and honking horns… simply awesome.

Our first copy for a long, long time and even though visually the play surface has mild hairlines with a grading of vg + the soundfile is utterly flawless with a fidelity grade of mint.. so taking the two aspects together with conservatively plumbed for Ex.

This treasure seldom if ever comes to market, not only due to it’s glaring rarity but also due to we’ve never met anyone, willing to part with this inevitable dancefloor bomb!

But to not overlook the flipside, almost as infectious as the “A”

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Spinners

I'll Always Love You / Tomorrow May Never Come

Red & White Lust…..is running through my veins!

Britain’s very FIRST press of this Motown Anthem, that prompted Philips/Fontana to make the phone call…

“Eeer There’s Another “Spinners” band recording in the UK, you may have seen them on TV!”

“oops sorry ‘bout that..” EMI quickly repackaged, repromoted for TMG 523 to come be pressed in fully 4 different forms 2 x Promo, 2 x stock copies..

This is the very first of those 4 -

THE SPINNERS! iminanty to be rechristened to DETROIT SPINNERS

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Edward Earling

Various Titles

A World ONE-OFF - unique Motown from the vaults 1963 8 track 10” acetate.

Featuring the legendary EDWARD EARLING sessions

The legendary Febuary 12th. 1963 Edward Earling sessions with Micky Stevenson. On which the mysterious Edward Earling cut three killer recording on the same day, never to be heard of again. Motown & Northern Soul collection at it’s most challenging.

The three cuts were: 1. My Love For You -(Earl McDaniels-Mickey Stevenson) -Recorded: February 12, 1963. Producer: Mickey Stevenson
2. Baby Don’t Leave - (Earl McDaniels-Mickey Stevenson) -Recorded: February 12, 1963 -Producer: Mickey Stevenson 3. This Time I’m Gonna Leave You - Earl McDaniels-Mickey Stevenson) -Recorded: February 12, 1963. Producer: Mickey Stevenson

Wow, these are Soulful cuts that have written themselves into the folklore of collecting Motown. Unique & spectacular session from an undocumented artists guided by a Motown icon.

Listen to fabulous early 60’s Detroit Northern Soul, decidedly Deep Soul, and totally noncommercial Motown Soul. 

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Ronnie Mccain

This Time I'm Gone / Too Much Of A Good Thing

Crazy About Crossover?

…well it don’t get any more adorable than this New York beauty, with it’s constantly prompting dance rhythm adorned with Ronnie authentically Soulful voice..

Oh don’t you just love it, when the man (or woman) has had “enough”. The “enough is enough” attitude consistently brings the artist to push the boundaries, as he seems to relive his own experiences.

Lovers of more conventional Northern Soul the flipside (the one that was played back in the day) also sounds so good to me today. Two strong sides, one very vocally skilled artist!

Pristine labels,one very brief bleish on the a-side just nudges the gade off Mint minus.

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Barbara Cooper

What's One More Tear

A huge tune on the provincial Northern Soul nights across Britain, filling the floors with it’s simplistic piano led intro, which Barbara Cooper sidles into, with her Pet Clarkesque vocal, which quickly elevates itself to match the relentlessly mushrooming production.

From simple beginnings in strolls into a Brill Building inspired proportions, as a full orchestra swirls the string section, plucks the violin, gently pouting blows caress those subtle horns for carpet of sound for Barbara’s vocal, distilled silkiness to glide on.

I’ve always loved this record, it did received a few spins from me whilst I was a young-gun at “The Pier”, so pleasing today to see it’s made it big, at decades on the sidelines.

Girl vocal fans will also be lifted by the consummate vocal-power displayed on the flipside..this Girl is one hell of an impressive singer..

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Lela Martin And The Compact Band

I Told You / I Got To Make It

Super Rare ear-piercing relentlessly-raucous-R&B screamer ,in totally dream condition, same as the day it was pressed back in 1964, when Joe Forris had high hopes of his production with the talented local “Gardena” Soul Sister Lela Martin; who with associates like William Powell & Leon Haywood was starting to get noticed.

This is the first of three Melatone 45s Lela released during 1964/65 always backed up by a fleet of brass played with an uncompromising attitude, complimenting this lady’s muscular, strutting vocal saturated in defiance,tenacity and clout!

With the Los Angeles local musicians all feeding of each others styles, ignited by Ike & Tina’s countrywide success; the likes of Zeke Strong, Fats Washington, Ray Shanklin, Nathaniel McCoy etc. all jostling’ for recording and club supremacy on the streets of Los Angeles the presence of the rasping attitude drenched performances in 1964 were at an all time high, thus a few releases fell by the way side committed to serious obscurity…

This listing is one of those attempts at riding the mood that the “Turners” had fuelled. But sadly took over 50 years to come to my ears.. click the soundfile to be confronted by some mean n’ dirty horns, a delinquent saxophonist blowing out the days frustrations whilst Lela Martin struts her stuff..

R&B at it’s rarest and best, from the streets of Southern L.A. 52 years sitting in unplayed filed state, unleashed today offering the rare R&B disciple a disc your turntable competitors are unlikely to be able to play..

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Christine Schumacher With The Supremes

Mother You, Smother You

A perfect copy still in birth sleeve! Of this unreleased special press for Christine Schumacher, the winner of a 1966 competition to “Record A Record With The Supremes” .

Typically sweet harmonies that the Supremes built their worldwide success on, with Holland - Dozier - Holland joined by R. Dean Taylor, who together lay down the feelgood lyrics gliding through a typically uplifting H-D-H production.

Noting this 45 was never released by Motown and obviously only a very limited number were ever pressed. This century of the five individual copies that have come to market, NONE have a better than vg+ grade, one copy being decidedly off-center, the other 4 in varying states of distress from a horrid VG to a playable vg+

To our knowledge THIS IS THE ONLY PERFECT COPY listed since the internet was born.

Looking virtually unplayed until this soundfile was lifted which not only reveals archetypical 1966 Motown, but also total Detroit Northern Soul, exactly what you would expect from this eminent studio gathering.

This listing is for the astute Motown / Northern Soul collector who is fully aware of it’s extreme rarity in this flawless condition, left in no doubt this may well be the only time ever, it will appear for sale as perfection personified!

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Marie Knight

That's No Way To Treat A Girl / Say It Again

Back in the mid-70’s when this 1966 New York mountainous girl beater, was right at the pinnacle of Northern soul popularity, destined to be a “NS Hall Of Famer” the names of Bob Elgin, Victor Milrose, Tony Bruno, Garry Sherman & Stan Kahan would have meant absolutely nothing to throngs of dancers congesting the dancefloors of Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier etc.

Today the above names are synonymous with the Brill Building inspired big productions, that Northern Soul has thrived on for decades, as their monikers litter all the respected New York 60’s labels, notably some of the highest prized Northern Soul classics..

Toda, open a window of opportunity for you to own this timeless piece of big-production Northern Soul, in it’s most gorgeous form, the Black Stock copy, that the hoards of “NS Bootleggers” have shied away from replicating.

Top drawer NS classic collecting in just the finest, flawless condition. A real beauty - that is still triggering the dance-floor-dash 40 years down the line..

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We The People

Break Down / On The Way To L. A.

We’ve not had this 45 for a age. In fact checking it’s file, fully 11 years since this disc graced our website.

A decade on, this percussion driven Funk groove, is even more quintessential for today’s rare-soul dance scene, currently being fuelled by this funk-infused style of total-dance.

From the very first notes of rattling drum rhythms, you know this is gonna unfold as a dance winner, in comes an heavy bass guitar rhythm; then hand in hand the lead vocal and muscular brass combine, and we’re off on a Funked-up journey, to danceville.

Jerky, undulating rhythms riding a brassline that swells into a torrent, with the vocal-group chorus just keeping it from taking over the whole session. Keeping it tight, together and fluid.

Flip it over for another impressive delivery of the horns inside a truly impressive display of guitar-manship. Again totally motivating dance, with a cute Jazzy interlude. Innovative and refreshing as without warning it jumps back into Funk dance mode.

Two stand-out sides, one very seldom seen disc, in flawless condition.

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Tony Clarke

Landslide

As a WHITE PROMO copy “Landslide” is a guru’s Northern Anthem considered as good as NS stalking can get…

Real vinyl-eye-candy of the highest calibre; an inescapable tempter, that everyone wants to own at sometime, but so few actually have. Knowing it will be a to-have-and-to-hold moment with the power to spark vinyl-euphoria through all Old-school Northern Soul sages bones.

Only the fabled Eddie Parker’s - I Love You Baby - as an Ashford WHITE PROMO gets anywhere near to eclipsing this “Goliath” of the scene!

A copy in totally FLAWLESS condition, in every minuscule way.. the undiluted gratification to be in the presence of legendary PROMO.. I can tell you, to feel, what I’m feeling right this moment, has to be yours also..

Top, Top Northern Soul original..in the finest imaginable condition.

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Kenny Lynch

Movin' Away

I’ve always been on love with this British creation from the multi-gifted Kenny Lynch.Who’s collaboration with the “Soul” orientated Johnny Harris crafted quite easily the stand-out example of Northern soul Crossover to ever been conceived on these shores.

Kenny’s richly coated vocal and Johnny’s lush arrangement delivers Crossover so superior it is hard-to-believe it was British born. with mesmerizing qualities that have graced the turntables of the most discerning Rare Soul events and adorned the DJ Boxes of the most-respected DJ’s.

Special tune, that I’ve never for a second grown tired of hearing, the level of the music is only comparable to his offerings blinding condition!

NO USA RELEASE and in perfect condition..irresistible!

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Little Johnny Taylor

Little Johnny Taylor

You are viewing one of Britain’s RAREST Soul albums!

Arguably the least seen of all single-artist Soul LP’s ever issued in the UK. This 1963 press is immaculate, in totally impossible condition, offering two Mint - vinyls, two perfect labels, housed inside original poly-lined birth-inner sleeve.

Fully laminated front and back cover with “tapered spine”, has two minor flaws, see back cover for almost invisible “score” number next to each title 5 - 4 - 3 etc. They are very faint, and will be hard to detect on the cover scan, as in real life they are not obvious at a glance!

The other mild flaw, is actually quite interesting and gives us a time-capsule window into the practices of the late 50’s and early 60s British record shop. The side opening has tiny (minuscule) pin pricks where the opening was seal with a staple by the record shop, stopping customers taking the album from the sleeve to have a look, you had to take the whole thing to the counter for the counter assistant to release the album, for turntable & play-booth appraisal. Ensuring no clumsy handling ever marred its virgin state.

So now to the music, a cocktail of straight 60’s Blues punctuated with stabbing harmonica, some tormented ballads and a bag full of wildly enthusiastic R&B dancers. Just what you’d expect from the two talented Californian studio technicians mentoring Cliff Goldsmith & the outrageous ingenious Ray Shanklin guide the young Blues singer through a 12 track demonstration of R&B from the heart.

Check out the impressive sound-file as a sample of the joys this album offers, whilst I get my kicks from gazing at the labels, sniffing the vinyl, tugging at the snug-fitting poly-lined inner and fingering those tiny pin-pricks wondering who it was who so carefully snipped it shut, way back in 1963!

Your chance to a Brit-LP Grail with an almost mythical reputation.

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Willie Horton

Detroit Is Happening

It’s Holland - Dozier - Holland again, guiding Baseball Giant Willie Horton through a 1967 unissued 45, made especially to promote the City Of Detroit. Utilizing the Supremes current hit “The Happening” as the backdrop to Willie Horton’s rich vocal, enticing you to call 224-6440, to see what’s “Happening” in the Motor City this summer.

Unlike this month’s Christine Schumacher’s offering of perfection, this rare disc has surface marks (listen carefull to the soundfile provided), but just like Ms Schumacher, Willie Horton’s solitary outing onto vinyl is RARE! and a crucial piece of the Motown vinyl-jigsaw.

Top side id the Full recording, the flip features two radio advert edits to be inserted into the local Radio programming.

Willie Horton turned down numerous offers to record as his larger than life voice filled the airways that summer. A good decision by Willie to concentrate on his game, as in 1968 Willie Horton had his best ever personal season, whilst winning the World Series with his hometown team Detroit Tigers.

Essential Motown (and baseball) collecting at it’s most challenging..

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Hot Lungs

I Cried A Million Tears

Rare Virginia FUNKER perfect for the Northern Soul all-niter, as well as any Rare Funk soiree.

Sitting in the that same acutely-harsh category as World Column, Rudy Love etc. This much rarer example of that style, benefits from a utterly ferocious snarling lead vocal bludgeoning full-on honkin’ horns, as the cocktail pummels all in it’s way.

This “Rockmasters” S.P.Q.R. session could not be any more destructive or more convincing, it just requires a DJ with the same size of “bollocks” as it’s creator, Frank Guida; to let lose this off-the-scale 60’s Northern Soul Funker.

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Supremes

Meet The Supremes

an AUTHENTIC REAL DEAL withdrawn “Bar-stool Cover” NOT one of those counterfeit replicas that have littered the internet since the beginning of www. Noting DISCOGS (a whole world of vinyl collecting) sadly lists the track listing of the “Counterfeit Cover” only! Underlining just how darn rare the authentic original cover really is.

Points to look for, to know you have the genuine first album cover, besides the glaringly obvious fact, that it is imperative it comes with the MONO 1962 album label design with the North-States map, marking Chicago, Cleveland as well as Detroit. Red top & bottom Motown logo, red star over the “W” not the “O” of the later enduring trademark.

Now we’ve stated the obvious, let’s talk about the other not so blatant pointers to check for whilst seeking the real-deal cover.

  1. Front cover the “Gold Necklaces” are sharply defined and look “Gold” as the counterfeit cover these 3 necklaces are blurry and to not resemble “gold” at all. “Gold” is notoriously hard to relicate whilst copying pictures.

The back cover is where the counterfeiters, made an irretrievable error. When they somehow acquired the original artwork with the “proposed” track listing. The Counterfeit cover track listing has “The Boy That Got Away” as track 2 side two, which never appeared on the released album, replaced by “Let Me Go The Right Way” see correct track list on back of the authentic cover.

If your back cover lists “The Boy That Got Away” you will more than likely, have the cover matched up with the “Michigan Map “later STEREO Motown label design and those “fuzzy” gold necklaces hanging around the girls necks on the front cover.

Out in the “field” the likelihood of being able to compare the print definitions is pretty remote, but sitting here today with both the “Fake” and the “Genuine” on my desk, you don’t even require a second glance to spot the counterfeit.

Before you today is the 100% completely genuine but withdrawn “Bar Stool” cover, flashing those seldom seen “Full Map” design labels at you. Correct track listing, and shimmering gold jewelry. THE REAL DEAL!

Avoid at all costs the “Bar Stool” cover listing “The Boy That Got Away” as the second track, side two. This sleeve never went into production, well at least not until it was sneaked out of Hitsvilles back-door and off to your friendly printers. To be matched up with later releases of album.

We have of course encountered fake covers matched with original labels, but that is not an easy task to marry up, in fact ridiculously difficult task.

If you wanna own the genuine article and very few collectors do.

Here’s a rare chance to conquer one of Motown collecting’s most difficult challenges.

Even though the vinyl surfaces are marked, but play well. We all know that is not where the value of this piece lies. This Motown “endangered Species” the monetary-worth is in the label and even more value in the insanely-rare authentic 1963 WITHDRAWN cover.

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Johnny Howard

The Chase Is On / I Miss My Lady

What a stunning launch for Dakar’s “BASHIE” label, as Tom Tom Washington & Willie Henderson inject so “get-up-and-go” into The Artistics rather pedestrian 1967 original take.

Marvin Smith, Billy Butler & Carl Smith lyric were begging for an inspired uplift. So bring in the tricky plectrum, the click-clacking Bongos, a tsunami of strings & horns and those crucial cooing girls, and a lead vocal sounding every pitch as impressive as Billy Butler himself..

The pace is fixed in cruise control and the studio throws in every morsel of Soul it can muster into one of Northern Soul most inspired remakes.. which Ginger Taylor took from it’s comfortable snooze into a huge Northern Soul awakening as the 45 went absolutely massive a couple of years back..

Today it still has the same electrifying effect every time it’s dropped… with no better way to drop the stylus, but on flawless VINYL that is a whisker from a MANSHIP MINT!

Top drawer Northern Soul that just shimmers with everything we adore about the sound.. in the finest possible condition.

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Willie Kendricks

Change Your Ways / What's That On Your Finger

A MANSHIP MINT !! - unplayed until those two unparalleled Pied Piper delights were gleaned from it’s pristine grooves.

As with The Vibrations- ‘Cause your Mine -. Willie Kendricks - Change Your Ways - was first presented to the British All-Niter congregation from a rare 1969 UK LP “Just A Little Bit Of Soul”; now there was an understatement, as the same LP gave the UK NS Jock the chance to spin - The Exciters - Blowing Up My Mind - also both of which rose to become Northern Soul leviathans in the early 70s.

Both tunes took the UK Northern Soul scene by a storm, with 45’s being discovered slightly later. But it was these album discoveries that fuelled the desire to find out what other USA Soul delights were out there.

But that was only part of the story, as the years rolled by, the Pied Piper become the NS benchmark that new rarities go measured by. After Wigan Casino came Stafford Top Of The World, where the innovative DJ line up started to drop the pace of what was acceptable to the Northern Soul dancers.

Take a bow whoever was the first DJ to flip-over this slice of Pied Piper genius revealing a Detroit Masterpiece that still remains in my personal TOP 10 Soul recordings of all time, today.

The absolute summit of all the Northern Soul strollers that now frequent the turntables to appreciative audiences. Not many records make me feel the way “What’s That On Your Finger” feels every time it greets my ears.. Detroit collides with New York with a truly spectacular result.

To own this 45 in MINT condition should be every serious NS collectors aim. It was being saved for our MANSHIP MINTS at Christmas campaign but the flipside label has two minuscule age-freckles.. squint at scan.

Surely, Northern Soul collecting cannot be more satisfying, seeing this gorgeousness drop threw the letterbox.! 

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Sam Nesbit

Chase Those Clouds Away / Black Mother Goose

Crazy about Crossover - well here is one to go crazy” about!

So very delicious mid-tempo dance-groove, with the bonus of punch Northern Soul on the flip.

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