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Luther Ingram

If It's All The Same To You Babe / Exus Trek

Story Time, circa 1972

This Northern Soul anthem catapults me back to my very beginnings of attending the “real” Northern Soul clubs of Britain, leaving local Town Hall, Friday Youth Club and the local city clubs, I traveled to by bus, like “The Brit” to venturing out with “The Gang” to The Catacombs..

I didn’t hear this indelible-dancer at the “Cats” Temple Street that night, but being exuberant teenagers, high on the “Cats” experience, we made the unanimous decision to travel to Northampton to attend an “All Dayer” at the almost as legendary “SHADES” club, for Northern Soul on a Sunday.

When we arrived mid-afternoon, after a night of dancing in lay-bys to our cassette player. The place was empty, 8 weary Melton Mowbray fledglings, and oh so tired, sat in a cavernous hall thinking, this was not a good move, for our gang or the handful of locals, seemingly equally, lost, drained and disillusioned…

Then the DJ (most likely Glen Bellamy) dropped the arm on “If It’s All The Same To You Babe” …searing through the desolate void.. a young Northampton lad who had tried to make light of the dismal situation, by telling poor jokes, sprung to his feet and took solo to the floor..

His name was BRILLO (aka Bob Pierce) because of his excruciatingly tight curled up close-cropper hair on his head, he was a comical sight at first with trousers obviously on loan from his Dad or big brother and far to tight Tee Shirt, he thought his younger sister wouldn’t miss…

BUT BOY COULD HE DANCE..!

He just let it all go, stunning us into jaw-dropping silence, “Luther Ingram” was wailing out Richard Popcorn’s genius lyrics, with Robert Bateman “kitchen-sink” of strings, horns, Mike Terry’s burping-baritone-sax and a mighty choir of backing singers…

We all wanted to dance to this instantly motivational Monster, even on the first hearing. But no way was anyone else taking to the dancefloor, with “Brillo” gliding on air, turning in a gymnastic performance “Olga Korbut” would have definitely plagiarized.

THIS IS A NORTHERN SOUL..

Just a fleeting 3 minutes from decades ago, remains as vivid today as if it was last night… when the record finished “Brillo” sat straight down, pulling his tangled-hang-loose trousers into place and continued with another crap joke…

This record has the power to fire euphoric recall for every one of us, every time!

Here’s a neat clean copy of a top 10 Northern Soul anthem that has been causing dancefloor-gridlock for approaching 50 years now, with no sign of anyone tiring of hearing Detroit inventiveness from two of the Motor City most ingenious, as the pair of former Motown players, join hands, crafting Northern Soul at it’s most-impressive.

Noting the two labels are perfect, the vinyl reveals only the merest hairline, sleeve contact blemishes if you squint! On play the vocal side has a couple of mild clicks carefully check the sound file.

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Eddie Kool

I Look In The Mirror / Where There's A Will There's A Way

Eddie Williams with one of his label RAREST discs, offering on the money Northern Soul not just once but an impressive twice over.

“Can’t Be Still” when tune of this brawny presence take to the air, this is street level distilled Northern Soul without even a mere hint of a commercial note throughout both sides of this “impossible” 45.

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Darlene Love

Wait 'til My Bobby Gets Home

the ultimate Girl EP ever issued in Britain. The 1963 Phil Spector sessions with the gorgeous Darlene Love demonstrating why this lady is still considered the “Darling” of the early 60’s Girl-Sound.

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Brenda Jones

Big Mistake / Super Stroke

A flawless PROMO copy of this oh so very wanted dancefloor detonator.

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Gorgeous George

The Biggest Fool In Town / Sweet Thing

Georgia master-tailor only cut a few 45’s but many underline his outrageous skill for delivering utter despair, with a rasping vocal chords, and seamless beseeching portrayal of lyrics.

Gorgeous George is considered within Deep Soul circles, an icon of the sound. On this recording he agains bends his vocal towards misery, with a convincing illustration of love’s-pain, whilst Steve Cropper’s guitar drives the rhythm.

This elusive Stax that has for decades been considered one of Stax’s most elusive sides as well as being their finest Deep Soul recording within a plethora of the world’s greatest Soul ballads., but you will hear that rarity, is overridden by a scorching Deep Soul Grail, served up cold, drench in despondency.

Described by John Ridley, who in my opinion is the Planet’s leading authority on the Deep Soul sound as …”A masterpiece – no question!”

Flip it for a Stax dance sound, which has eluded the Northern Soul circuit.. time this meaty Memphis dancer got an airing, if only for the insane sax break..

btw,this copy is flawless, try finding a finer copy if you have a lifetime spare..?

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Vel Tones

I Do / Darling

In celebration of this months British Invasion of Memphis we thought it would be timely to show-off one of Memphis’s least seen Northern Soul offering.

There is no need for us to underline how collectable the Goldwax label is. But we do need to wax-lyrical about this easy-floating vocal-group Northern Soul dancer, propelled by horns, a lilting piano and a silky lead vocal. So very typical of those gifted boys Dan Penn & Andrew Spooner Oldham providing another infectious “Simple Is Genius” recording.

I make no secret of being obsessed with those tight vocal-group harmonies when knitted into a dance production. This 45 always leaves me wondering why this 45 hasn’t consistently featured in Northern Soul DJ sets over the years. (Shame On You Manship) this is dancefloor perfection.

Flip it over for a ballad also shimmering with seamless harmony.. a ballad of pure quality..

Two great sides, one extremely elusive disc! Time for the NS DJ’s to have another long good listen…

LOVE IT!

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Mable John

No Love / Looking For A Man

Attention the serious Motown collectors, some of you now have been buying Motown from John Manship Records for near 45 years. So we know CONDITION is the deciding factor whilst buying some of the 45s you just never encounter in flawless condition.

Her is a “striped” rarity in eye-popping condition, “H 667” mix of Mable’s 2nd. 45 for Berry Gordy. This copy the deadwax marking as well as reading H 667 carry 3 deadwax stampings ARP, Bell Sound, Audio Matrix both sides.

As you can see BOTH labels are Mint, the vinyl reveals not a mark, just a very faint blemish revealing a life of filing on a shelf.

Motown OCD collectors we challenge you to find a finer copy, it is certainly the cleanest example I have ever seen. On the very few occasions we encounter this 45 it is invariably scuff, scratched and battered with labels with NR (no return) stampings or writing, tears and stains.

This copy we repeat is utterly flawless.

Not overlooking that the Northern Soul R&B DJ, considers “Looking For A Man” as this sassy lady’s best R&B dance session is sitting on the flipside! A play-perfect copy for the Northern Soul R&B turntables… now that is unusual.

You will not find a better example of Mable at her most imposing, than this pristine 1961 press  

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Garnet Mimms

It Was Easier To Hurt Her C /w So Close

Living in the shadows of “Looking For You” too long?

But thanks to You Tube this mighty New Yorker is rising up as a Beat Ballad Heaven masterpiece. But that is what happens when Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Russell and Garry Sherman collaborate. The Big Apple’s “gifted” purveyors of the Big City Sound knit stand-out lyrics into an equally impressive production.

Slow intro, opens up this recording full of regret, as Garnet unfolds a story of his “Treat Her Bad” tactics to secure his girl, backfired leaving him alone.

Take time to absorb this utterly awesome session which I consider “Garnett’s Greatest Studio Moment” a recording encapsulating every last drop of what “Beat Ballad” stands for.

A vocal drenched in remorse, lyrics every man can relate to; with the backing Girl-Group almost smirking on the choruses, as the ladies totally convince in their “You Shouldn’t Have Done That” delivery.

Kettle Drums, strings, horns, gentle guitar caresses, a sombre bass guitar plucks, all add to this recordings unparalleled muscle…

Boy, this is a “Lost Art” … of which Ragovoy, Russell & Sherman were THE MASTERS

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