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Lee Mckinley & The Magnetics

Count The Days / When I'm With My Baby

Only a very few records, have the presence to make their discovery unforgettable, a turntable drop that lifts a DJ set into greatness; or a hearing, a dance, turning your Club visit into just the most remarkable moment of the week..

Only the truly immense Rare Soul recordings have the power to do all these things..

The first copy was found by a quirk of fate in a house in Columbus, Ohio where I’d already finished looking at the collectors spare records, and was ready to leave, when one of those mid-west Biblical storms broke, with lightning shafts from the vinyl-Gods preventing my departure.

A coffee in his front room was being sipped as the storm past over, in the corner was a piano, under the piano was a tiny pile of maybe 25 45’s I hadn’t seen yet. I had to look, and in that pile was a Chandlers -“Your Love Makes Me Lonely” and this record by “The Magnetics” I’d never seen before.. had to buy it without even listening to it.. they were only a “buck” a piece, as were most Soul 45s back in 1977/78…

Back home I debuted it at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens, it went down a “Storm”…I had an exclusive, I also had a tune to set my set aglow. The side I played was “When I’m With By Baby”, just instant Northern Soul fuel.

I never even considered the “Count The Days” side, I actually can’t even remember listening to it… a far more astute DJ was to play that side a few years on and turn it into one of the greatest examples Northern Soul vocal-group dance, ever played.

So when, last Sunday in the steaming heat of the day. Brian Pinches dropped the arm of “Count The Days”, all surrounding conversation was muted by my brain, as in wonderment I listened, to one of my now all time faves, in the sultry atmosphere of “Feed Your Soul” Newark… I was in a self-imposed trance, only usually brought on, by those words “It’s Your Round…!”

Or if you would like a more persuasive critique of “Count Your Days”; Facebook Soul Queen, Kirsty Connolly gave her personal assessment of as.. ” … makes my knickers go soggy and my knockers get perky”

Me too, Kirsty, me too..

Current bid: £ 917.00

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Falcons

Good Good Feeling / Love You Like You Never Been Loved

A flawless copy

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Anita Anderson

Little Bit Longer / Secretly

Before you today is an extremely Rare Northern Soul trophy-piece

One of only a handful of copies known - a double helping of beseeching Chicago Sister Northern Soul with a heart-stopping vocal, that simultaneously moves the mind & body, with it’s simplistic, addictive qualities.

Anita’s innocence drips from every word, her young-girl voice deliciously quavering as she delivers her plea, with unobtrusive male vocal group chorus elevating the recording into greatness - with the simple is genius approach!!

Flip it over for a similar style, with those guys again enriching an already killer creation. The production team raise the pace half a notch without losing any of it’s truly haunting qualities, with Anita again giving up a little-girl-lost performance with her “boyfriends” again supporting with those timely seamless choruses.

TOP DRAWER SISTER NORTHERN SOUL at it’s most elusive.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the mildest of tiny hairlines under lights, and as you have already heard BOTH sides of this dreamy rarity play perfectly. 

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Timothy Wilson

Timothy Wilson

Timothy Wilson, how do you describe the uninvited affect this Soul-man’s voice has on me, without sounding like emotional sentimental crybaby, that I most certainly am, when challenged by the world’s greatest Soul Singers.. Walter Jackson does the same thing.. eyes fill up and the more you try to hold it back, the darn worse it gets..

Maybe it’s because this most gifted of artists never reached the heights he so very much deserved.. how frustrating must it been to own a voice that make men cry, and you record company ignores your genius, and fails to release tracks like the instantly uplifting “It’s Love Baby” or the equally moving “Who Babe” both ideal vehicles for his emotion-siphoning vocal, to do it’s work.

H&L took only two recordings from this album, releasing them back to as a 12”. Yes you’ve guessed it, the two “Disco” Boogie cuts, which completely camouflage his genius..

So take time to listen to two tracks, that push me toward tears as wellas the dancefloor.. then ask yourself did these guys in charge of record companies understand, appreciate or even care about real-deal Soul music… ever regret their blinkered management whilst chasing the $$, but burying Soul masterpieces in their wake.

Thank Heavens that the European crate-diggers never, never miss an exceptional tune.. no matter where it hides.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Richard Wylie And His Band

Money (that's What I Want) / I'll Still Be Around

As I carefully slip this Motown artifact from it’s birth sleeve, of so very carefully so there’s no chance, of the lightest blemish, diminishing it’s pure perfectness.

Check out those amazingly perfect labels, whilst imagining in you wildest Motown mirages,there is vinyl to match. The serious about completing Motown will confirm the most frustrating aspect, especially with the first 20 that Motown was essentially a local label, for local people, and the first thing to happen to a Motown 45, was to discard the sleeve, and then party with it.

Flawless, striped Motown Pink were long, long extinct and mostly only exist in dreams..

So unleash some Detroit neighborhood dance music from 1961, hear the talented pianist “Popcorn” Wylie let all hell break loose on that those cowering keys, upstaging Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and who ever else thought himself handy on the “Ole Pianny”. Be prepared for an insane dismantling of Barrett Strong’s huge hit.

Popcorn go completely berserk, pushing the boundaries with astonishing results…. and after all that work and it sold “Nothing!!”

Certainly one of the very rarest of the 1st TEN “pinks”, and may we remind the reader; that not us, nor you will ever encounter a finer copy.. than this vision of purity!

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Isley Brothers

Why When Love Is Gone / Take Me In Your Arms (rock Me A Little While)

One of Motown’s most treasured offering to the Northern Soul DJ or dancer.

Current bid: £ 61.00

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Del-larks

Out Of The " In " Crowd

Calling all innovative Northern Soul DJ’s!

Here’s a Beyond-rare Northern Soul clique-item with a difference, that John Vincent almost single-handed guided into “cult” status..

Oh how much do I adore this record, one of the most-appreciated of all our YouTube posting, standing out above the rest, as it’s tongue-in-cheek individualism instantly alerts the dancefloor. With the cocktail of the brawny-booming-lead vocal, zipping strings, kettle drums, shrill girls cooing a chorus, soaring trumpets, and a Four Seasons clone entering the fray with Frankie Valli-esque presence; (even though all attending the session were seasoned Soul) leaving the listener loose-jawed and wondering, what else can there be to add to this minestrone of Sound!

Totally unique Northern Soul crowd-pleaser the John Vincent instantly recognized as the “Monster” he’s made it become..

Damn different, imposing and instant…

LOVE IT also Love this record proven rarity over the last 4 decades, considering every cratedigger in the world, since the mid-60s has dreamed of unearthing any record, with that magical crediting…..

The Del-Larks !! … as these guys surely are!

Current bid: £ 139.00

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Dean Parrish

Bricks, Broken Bottles And Sticks

The beauty of the Musicor “Black-Eyed” stock copy, stands before you again..

A seductive sight that quickens the pulse of all red-blooded Northern Soul classic stalkers. Especially those who not only want the rarest, most-attractive format but also insist upon flawless condition.

This listing ticks all those boxes emphatically.

Click the sound-file, unleash a mighty big production New York as it’s most-skilled exponents collaborate in concocting “Big City Beat Ballad” of leviathan proportions, as Dean Parrish’s despair at the decline of his childhood stomping ground is so powerfully palpable.

Who better to sing those despondent lyrics? Than the snarling, snapping, growling revengeful vocal of Dean Parrish.. perfect for the job.

Perfect “Beat Ballad Heaven” is achieved with Bert Keyes, Stanley Khan & Bill Stanley going the extra yard to ensure the orchestral atmosphere complements Dean’s vocal-completeness for Tony Bruno & Victor Melrose’s lyrics to hit home - HARD!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL

and this is a stand-out copy.

Current bid: £ 122.00

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Bill Black's Combo

Little Queenie

Yellow Demo Eye-Candy!

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Showstopping Super Sonics

What Kind Of Girl Is She / Ear Action ( And You Better Stop It )

You are viewing & listening,to a Sweet Soul “Grail”, so very, very rare; seldom coming to market, especially in this sparkling condition.

Here is a play perfect, looking flawless MINT copy for the serious Sweet Soul and Funk collector to muse over the chances of another copy of this 1974 Detroit masterpiece, ever coming to market again, in this pristine condition.

100% Don Hart creation showcasing vocal-group soulful harmonies at their tightest. An exquisite testament to Motor City D.I.Y. sessions that through the decades have given birth to some of “Soul’s” impossible to find premier recordings.

As the “Sweet Soul” movement spreads from the streets of Los Angeles around the world, with dedicated innovative DJ’s expanding awareness of these exceptional recordings on the obscurist of labels. “Sweet Soul” has now blossomed into one of the most collectable genres of rare Soul vinyl movement.

Before you today is the very summit of that genre, saturated with distilled class, shimmering with insane-rarity and gleaming with inaccessible condition.

The serious pastime of collecting Rare-Soul does not get any more challenging or satisfying than listening, seeing or indeed owning records of this stature.

PS the flipside is a FUNKER living in the shadows of brilliance, but it too requires a listen also..

Current bid: £ 80.00

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Dee Felice Trio

Nightingale

Be very careful - you are about to listen to an Ear-Worm that will take you days to shake out your head. A Jazz dancer with a huge reputation for a very good reason.. it’s totally irresistible and so very hard to find.

This rarity, although enjoying an enviable dance-status, has yet to grace the Northern Soul clubs, being so very hard to find, and the Jazz / Funk / Off The Wall dance venue DJ’s already monopolizing it’s meager availability..

With Latin dancers now riding high on the Northern Soul spectrum, instrumentals back in vogue, I can’t help imagining the response of a stylus drop on this vibrant Jazz dancer… I’m envisaging an electrified dancefloor igniting, to the instantly motivating piano riffs and 100’s of swiveling heads checking out the turntable-cams!

Just like Manny Corchado - Pow Wow - for me this “off-scene dancer” carries all those qualities of dancer-satisfaction, whilst giving the adventurous DJ the chance to drop a spectacular-surprise..

Ramsey Lewis, Cal Tjader, Freddie McCoy have all at some point in time, taken the Northern Soul world by a storm… and in my humble opinion this track beats all of those and is undisputedly, infinitely rarer…

Go click that impressive sound-file, I’m sure you’ll hear, what I hear,

… a Northern Soul monster in waiting…

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Lee Shot Williams

Love Now Pay Later / Tighten Up Your Games

Chicago again!

This time to offer up a sleeper with double attraction, two total Northern Soul thumpers as the pairing of Joshie Jo Armstead & Doc Oliver collaboration, throws out a couple of real-deal dancers.

It is rather bemusing the lead side has not reached up into the heady-heights of Northern Soul most-wanted, as it is saturated in all te characteristics that made Stafford’s Top Of The World all-niter the groundbreaking club it was; Haunting but powerful, defiant but Soulful. Drenched in Honkin’-Horns attacked by a seasoned vocal.. it has everything require for the Big-Ticket including frustrating elusiveness whilst pursuing ownership ..

Flip it over, to witness Joshie Jo Armstead dueling with Lee Shot for position of the lead, a manic duet with two monster vocals whacking out frantic foot-to-the -floor Northern Soul the head-spin-back-droppers will lovingly relate to..

But that doesn’t make the reason “Love Now Pay Later On” has not been featured in NS DJ sets anywhere nearly enough.. what a crime..

as it’s AWESOME!

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Eskew ( Esque-rita ) Reeder

You Better Believe Me

Fasten your seat belts - Arthur Wright is driving a runaway truck with no brakes!!

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Pat Thompson & Archie Powell

Darling ... Darling / Ooh Darling

So pleased today to be reminded of this uplifting Soulful Duet from Washington, D.C. as after some years of absence from our stock, I’d actually forgotten just how imposing this Roscoe Bowie’s Northern Soul dancer, it actually is.

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Invitations

Skiing In The Snow

An Anthem.. timeless Northern Soul..

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Richard Marks

I'm The Man For You / Cracker Jack

It matters not which side you drop on the turntable. The King Of Georgia FUNK does it again, attacking two fabulous Tommy Stewart arrangements, going for the throat serving up uptight dancers, capable of wrecking an all-niter floor.

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J. J. Jackson

Along With The Cooking Sound Of:

It is an undisputed fact, you are gazing at one of the very rarest Soul albums ever released in Britain. Even though in 1967 J. J. was appearing in many British all night Soul clubs. The small UK label “Strike” failed miserably with promotion, with this knockout album slipping into British Soul collecting folklore, as one of the very least seen of all those long-players that hit the market, trying to quench the thirst from Soul music among the Brit-MOD community. But that movement was firmly fixed on the 7” 45 as their choice of collecting.

I will never forget as a 14 year old social-outcast from anything remotely adult, a van pulling up next to our footy gang one Saturday night, to ask the way to “The Drill Hall” the local hang out that booked some fantastic acts for the provincial MODS to see. Chris Farlowe, Felice Taylor, and J. J. Jackson were in my head when we gave them the way to “The Drill Hall” the front seat passenger asked who was playing, I said J. J. Jackson.. a more delighted van full of MODS you couldn’t have imagined, as their overloaded mid-50’s Ford Thames Van chugged off in a cloud of fumes..

I stayed away from the Town-center for quite some while on Saturday’s, just in case we bumped into those MODS, as of couirse J. J. Jackson was not playing..

But you would think, with the MOD following this Bronx-born Soul man enjoyed, along with his reputation for a sending Soul-crowds into a frenzy, this album would have been a seller. But no, it sold virtually nothing and today stands as one of the UK’s most elusive of platters..

Now here’s the astonishing thing.. I think the resistance of slipping out of the poly-lined inner sleeve, and the pristine playing surfaces that greeted me, indicated not only MINT / MINT but also maybe unplayed until we captured J. J.‘s unbridled enthusiasm with the impressive soundfile attached..

This LP for me, catapults me back to Saturday evening pretending to be “The Doog” The great Derek Doogan, as I side-stepped Jeff Bailey with a swivel of the hips, to slip the 1/2 pumped up (stolen from school) leather Football just inside the sleeve of Ian Newham’s cardigan used as one of the goalposts…reflecting on good-times and the only knowledge I had of J. J. Jackson, was eavesdropping conversations in the Double 5 coffee bar..

This album evokes visions of that most-wonderful of era’s, growing up in the 60’s impatient to be old enough to slip into the “Drill Hall” one dark night ..

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