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Juan Williams

I Check Mail Box Every Day / My Girl Has Gone

Will we stop raving about Willie Hutch and his myriad of Northern Soul contributions.. yet again the name of this NS Demigod appears in the credits of this totally elusive mid-paced delight.

Willie Hutch arranges the haunting horn peppered backing, sweetened with candy-coated Sister choruses and strengthened` with the production with quintessential instrumental breaks which “The Hutch” just knew when to drop them in and how potent to make them.. the ones in this recording elevate the tune from a beautiful mid-tempo into a sound you can’t help but rev up to, as the brief bass guitar rumbles and those droning horns deepen its Soulful abyss…brilliant

The girls in the background on the icing on the cake… and maybe the flipside is the cherry as another NS “name” to excite J. B. Bingham deconstructs the Motown “Miracles” classic “My Girl Has Gone” crafting it into a do-not-ignore flipside.

Condition is completely pristine - both sides give up premium Northern Soul that seldom comes to market! 

Current bid: £ 17.00

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Sandi Sheldon

You're Gonna Make Me Love You

The Scottish Soul May Weekender was a most enjoyable 2 days.. but what will always stay with me was the reaction of the dance floor when this was dropped on the crowd..

or should I say more importantly the effect it had on me… the booming kitchen-sink Van McCoy production, Sandi’s surrendering vocal as her resistance to love capitulates under the pressure of her desires..

THE HAIRS ON THE BACK OF MY NECK BRISTLED !!!

Just like when I was a youngster, every time I heard this record it sent shivers though me..

After all these years this record still has the power to unleash uncontrollable emotions..

THIS IS THE VERY ZENITH OF SISTER NORTHERN SOUL

Labels are flaw free - playing surface has multiple tiny mild surface marks - but as you can hear the full 2.45 minutes play clean and true.

Current bid: £ 520.00

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Micky Lee Lane

Hey Sah-lo-ney

Original 1966 press from Itzy Klein’s Pittsburgh vehicle for partly satisfying the demand created by local DJ Mad Mike Metrovich propensity for the airing of “obscure” 45s.

“Mad Mike’s” style and turntable choices soon established his very own comparable to “Northern Soul” scene within the “Steel City” - launching him into “cult-status” and worldwide fame over the ensuing years. Demand for his fave spins sparked “special” local releases and still today “dedicated CD’s”.

Mr. Klien’s relationship with Philadelphia’s Swan label gave him the opportunity to release another “Mad Mike” Swan power-play Showmen - Our Love Will Grow - Itzy 13 which is even more elusive than this offering.

Fortunately for the serious record-collector “Itzy” used top-quality high-gloss finish paper and bight-brilliant coloured text; allowing both these Itzy “Soul” 45s to be authenticated at a mere glance at the label quality and startling text.

So to the music, not only a Northern Soul anthem but also a song that totally encapsulates Mike’s wildly enthusiastic passion for under-the-radar records that he continued to source right up to his passing in 2000.

USA only needed a few more DJ’s like “Mad Mike” and maybe all those incredible but overlooked Northern Soul monsters would have fueled a nationwide USA scene… way before Wigan Casino was born..

alas Mike is considered quite unique in his profession, as are these very limited and decidedly eye-catching ITZY releases.

This offering has TWO perfect labels (full shine) vinyl reveals mild surface blemishes and as you can hear, plays perfect.

Of course ITZY is by far this classic’s rarest USA clothes.. 

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Ronnie Mccain

This Time I'm Gone

This Superior mid-tempo soulful stroller is currently one of Northern Soul’s rising stars, with no sign of having a petrol stop…

Current bid: £ 37.00

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Avengers

Reflection

A so seldom seen Wigan Casino cover/up from the days when a bit of attitude riddled “garage” was most welcome on those hallowed turntables. The Outsiders, Human Beinz, Deadbeats, The “Q” etc. have always been most refreshing diversions from the norm, as white -guys with a little angst in their throats fitted the “All-“Niter ambiance so well.

“The Man In The Mirror” c/u is perhaps the least known, least encountered of all those many “Searling-served” Wigan 1977/78 mysteries that fascinated us but made ownership near impossible…

Having said that, even if the true identity of “Man In The Mirror” was made public, what chance would any of us have of finding this upstate Syracuse, New York D.I.Y. private press… well, none really.

Click the soundfile and relive the frustrating quandaries of attending Wigan Casino, as a collector or aspiring DJ

Current bid: £ 36.00

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H. B. Barnum

It Hurts Too Much To Cry

1963 AUSTRALIAN PROMO ONLY!

Australian rarities always spark lively debate, there is after-all Soul-legion dedicate to pursuing every possible “Downunder” release -

With OZ 45 collecting being perhaps the most challenging division of the Northern Soul junkie-ism, every capture for me is rather exciting. Especially this example because 1963 was the RCA launch as a stand-alone label in Australia; consequently RCA PROMO pressed many titles in 1963 to help bolster RCA awareness.

It not only looks utterly thrilling, it is blatantly insanely-Rare and also at this moment, we do not know if it ever received an actual 1963 release..

*we presuming this 45 was “unissued” on the strength of leading Australian Soul collectors have never seen a stock copy.

Condition of ” H.B. D.J. OZ ” can only be described as blinding..

  • Extra info suplied by Frank Driscoll

Current bid: £ 111.00

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Barbara Jean & The Lyrics

Why Weren't You There / Any Two Can Play

Do Detroit-Dames delights get any more alluring than this double-dollop of distinctive Northern Soul… utterly compelling stuff from the Big Hit squad.

From the writing desk of Timmy Shaw & Ernest Burt come two lyrically superior dance tunes, culminating in Johnnie Mae Matthews polishing off the proceedings!

The most popular of these two impressive sides in recent times has been the version of the Thelma Lindsey NS classic “Why Weren’t You There” most likely because it has that instantly familiar feel to it.But upon just playing the “Any Two Can Play” side I feel we’ve all missed a trick with this less commercial but superior Northern Soul offering.

Both sides of course benefit from the in-house Big Hit male-vocal group supporting harmony choruses. But the more forceful production on the “neglected” side is driven by persistently rattling drum-rolls build the rhythm up to boiling point, as Barbara’s strident vocal pitch changes hit home hard..

Both sides are brilliant of course - but “Any Two..” is begging for a big audience revival… perhaps Sam & Kitty could sit on the subs-bench for a week or two so some not so over-exercised talent a chance..

Click & I’ll let Barbara, the gals, those backing-boys and that determined drummer do the rest of the talking…

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Linda Kendrick

It's The Little Things

Very rare 1966 British take on the highly sought-after Patti & The Emblems Northern Soul winner on Congress.

Quite often when the English covered a version of a USA production, something always seems “missing”. With Fred Lloyd & Chris Parmenter having a daunting task of bettering the Congress offering you’d have thought an inferior take was about play; After all, competing with Jimmy “the Wiz” Wisner & Tommy Kaye doing the arrangement & production on the New York / Philadelphia original collaboration.

Well Mr. Parmenter & Lloyd your British slant on the production is totally superb. The MODS will adore the potent guitar intro, the Girl vocal collectors will be captivated by Linda very first single, enriched by a USA styled Girl-Group chorus; and of course the British Soul 45 collector will be itching to snag this 45, as it so scarcely becomes available.

Check out UK vs USA, they both carry their own unique qualities and of course are both rare, with this UK Polydor example being near “impossible” to capture…we are not ashamed of announcing the fact, that this is our FIRST copy in more than 20 years..

Great tune and Unicorn-Rare!

Both vinyl surfaces are pristine, label are free of writing, tears or any other annoying flaw. Sitting in it’s original wavy-top Polydor cover…

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Johnson Brothers

When I Was A Boy / I'm Taking A Train

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Current bid: £ 1.00

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Doug Phillips And The New Concepts

You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy

The very first copy of the truly gorgeous Northern Soul Beater, we’ve had in 20 years or more, on its first D.I.Y. Californian collaboration between Doug Philips & Randy Ray in the summer of 1969.

The vision of this 45 will certainly inflame the desires of those dedicated Northern Soul collectors seeking the ultimate rarest format FIRST LABEL presses.

In the same class as those lush mid-tempo grooves, that transform 3 minutes of your day into a though-provoking morning. Think Al McCarther, Billy Prince, Jimmy Beaumont, Kenny Sheppard etc.. This Premiership Beat Ballad Heaven..

This delicate mood-changer did of course enjoy a brief release on Atco 6692 but that disc is not easy find, as for this embryonic Ray-Phi label variation.. like I say its is our first for 2 decades..

Listen and prepare to be MOVED by Doug Phillips living every word of the lyrics as plucking and humming strings decorate the arrangement. One truly wonderful tune.. yet to receive the significant spins it surely deserves from the New-Model-Army of Northern Soul Jocks…

PS The Atco copy has just been added to my DJ box in support of Northern Soul refinement..

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Annetta

Since There's No More You

Let’s forget Northern Soul for a moment and think Real-Deal-Soul, as Annette Snell takes you on a journey, plumbing the depths of despair with her subtley stirring voice.

With only uncredited male vocals for company (most probably Paul Kelly & Jesse Slaughter) Annette serves up one of the finest most-soulful recordings ever committed to vinyl, as she skilfully leads your heart though a maze of grief.

This is Deep Soul at it’s most-refined; “Deep” that will also appeal to all of you hooked into the male-harmony presence whilst choosing your preferred vinyl. This surely is superior Soul, leaving you craving for more of this blue-chip outpouring of emotion.

I think this is the most-moving example of our music I’ve heard in quite some time - totally rare and rippling with pure class, as Annette Snell raises the bar, of what real cutting edge Rare-Soul Music really is..

Give me more of this style… it has made my day…my week… most likely my year

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Jelly

Everybody Needs Some Lovin' Now's The Time / Hey Look At Me

A monster tune for Steve Guarnori, Soul Sam and all those other old folk with hearts and minds of the16 year old Soulie, brandishing electric enthusiasm, desire and passion for the next new discovery; keeping their DJ sets fresh and the audience captivated…

Proper DJ’s, seeking proper rare records, that undeniably saturated in what it takes to ignite a dancefloor… for guys of this ilk, every day is a continuous turning over soil in search of unknown overlooked jewel, some obscure treasure sitting just below the surface…since 1978 this compelling slab of Modern-Dance-Soul has been kept away from the NS populous - thank Heavens for intrepid Jocks who badger, the ever-exploring vinyl dealers for their finest, rarest, most impressive finds..

Wanna join the progressive Rare-Soul movement…? or will it be another wafer thin slice of Sam & Kitty…Mr. Creosote ?

PS flipside will kill those of you addicted to the off-the-wall vocal-harmony gems.. 

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