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Jimmy James

Thinking Of You / Shirley

The label will have many a seasoned British Soul 45 collector diving for the soundfile button, as they notice the artist is a much-loved, highly regarded icon.

Jimmy James does not disappoint!

The careful blending of Jamaican influences and USA Soul conjures up a truly enslaving recording. I’m currently on my 4th. consecutive “drop” and it’s just gets better and better; as all the simplistic musical elements jell into one 1964 masterpiece of uncomplicated Soul, with Jimmy’s young vocal turning in a beseeching performance. With the horns, drum rolls adding another layer to it’s brilliance. Then the trumpet solo takes it up and off the scale..

It is the occasional exceptional record like this, that seldom comes to market that still make my days messing around with records so very satisfying..

Flip it over for a more conventional Jamaica swayed recording..with mild SKA influences.

This record has two very clean labels (Black Swan) being one of the most memorable labels of the mid-60’s. The vinyl as you can hear plays beautifully clean. Under light there are some very tiny, light surface blemishes giving a critical visual grade of vg+ but the sound emitted is a strong Ex+…

Do not pass by if you appreciate the beginnings of Jamaica’s offerings to the Soul oriented MOD scene of London. I doubt I’ll meet another copy, any time soon.

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Four Larks

I Still Love You / Groovin' At The Go Go

Your challenge today is to locate a better example of a vocal-group Northern Soul; as Harthon not for the first or last time heavily influenced by the Detroit Sound!.

This is a young Thom Bell flexing his young musical-muscles, crafting stand-out Northern Soul.

With more obvious “Groovin’ At The Go Go” considered something of a “Golden Torch” anthem the flipside, lay the comparatively dormant until more recent times. Pulling straight from the Temptations - Why You Wanna Make Me Blue” Jackie Marshall shrill voice lasers through the wall of horns, vibes and with the “Boys” laying down a carpet of support..

This is Northern Soul at it’s VERY BEST!

As is the condition - totally flawless in every respect..

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Celebrity Four

Inspiration / Honey Tellme

How very pleasing to encounter this RARE 1970 Los Angeles production again. It’s been over 10 years since it last sat on my desk. I did remember I was very impressed by both sides last time; as it was instantly snapped up by a renowned NS DJ. Now the very same copy comes back to me. Traded for other rare Soul-trinkets, dinner and a bed..

Well worth sharing my Roast Chicken for..

So take time to hear a truly spectacular mid-tempo Crossover groove with the sweetest delivery of harmony vocals, seamlessly woven into a full-string enriched arrangement. This is elusive Crossover Northern Soul at it most-convincing.

Then flip it over for another harmony dancer, this time peppered with Funky riffs, swirling horns and the same emotionally reaching harmony-vocals. Making this a 45 that tiocks two differing, but essential boxes for the thinking-Rare-Soul Jock or collector of the finer rarities that seldom come to market.

This copy is totally flawless!

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Blue Velvets

Summertime / Change Gonna Come

Is this the rarest and most-bewitching version of this all-tIme-great song..

Take a listen to a mesmerizing harmony-vocal-group deconstruction of “Gershwin’s” classic. A lovingly served dance intro with a dance bassline, decorated by lush string and tightly knitted male harmonies.

My favourite “listing” of the year so far. For me it has everything from the crucially soulful lead vocal, with a trembling-emotional-crack in the voice, just as the high-points are attacked. Jazzy piano, soaring string section, sympathetic horns, sultry sax..all melt into a glorious version that I wish I’d took to “Movin’ On Barcelona” where I’m certain the crowd would have swooned to…

Quality, real quality.. seamless upscaling of timeless lyrics

Awesome and so obscure..

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Robert Parker

Bow Legs / Boss Lovin'

New Orleans Soul aficionados will not need me to remind them…

.. before you today this is one of the rarest 45s on the NOLA label. Sitting just one release before NOLA’s the other “Ghost” release by Marilyn Barbarin. Certainly Robert Parker’s most-elusive, as with “Barbarin” 45, this rarely if ever comes up for sale; and certainly not in near impossible, flawless condition.

But that is not the only startling aspect to acquiring, this double slab of Crescent City Northern Soul, triggering the question what were NOLA doing between the release #’s 740 & 741?

“Bowlegs” literally shimmers with all those irresistible qualities that made “Barefootin’” a worldwide “60’s Dance Club” monster in 1965. It is pure New Orleans dance material, with Nola top-man Wardell Quezergue at the controls we couldn’t expect anything else but extreme-excellence.

To my knowledge I’ve don’t know of any NS-Jock that has given this turntable exposure or indeed any NS Jock who can boast ownership… to me this is a record in search of the right DJ .. then surely all hell will break loose..

The icing on the cake being, just flip it over and Robert Parker rasps his way through a potent version of Larry William’s “Boss Lovin’” making this 45, a double delight of real Northern Soul..

Listen to a top quality dance-tune that will leave you wondering why it’s so ridiculously RARE

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Bobby Thurston

Sweetest Slice Of Pie

Indisputably, one of the most-wanted independent Soul albums ever conceived.

Here is the rare original press of this iconic album, offering up Soulful Dance perfection not only once but fully 3 times. Check out the unparalleled quality this album is saturated in. With our 3 chosen tracks for the soundfile.

  1. Just Ask Me
  2. Treat treat me the same way
  3. I Want Your Body

Note totally clean front and back cover, perfect labels and treasured play surfaces.. a really fine example. Of what many consider the very pinnacle of Rare-Soul LP collecting

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Velvet Satins

Nothing Can Compare To You

Artie Kornfield and Trade Martin construct Top-Drawer Northern Soul and hide it away on the flipside.. little wonder this glorious Red Stock copy with it’s attention seeking yellow “swirl” is by far this heavily promoted 45’s rarest form, by a long, long way.

Condition is totally eye-poppingly MINT minus, in every way.

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Bobby Angelle

Too Much For You / Someone Is Gonna Hurt You

No many male Soul artists, can measure up to Bobby Angelle despairing vocal. He was an unsung “Wilson Pickett” of Los Angeles, consistently delivering “down on his knees” vocal ratures no matter which style he was asked to serve up.

On this his “most-wanted” 45 he does both, the a-side being an Arthur Wright steered Northern Soul stomper, did anyone do California Northern Soul better than Mr. Wright. “Pickesque” crabs a hold of the coattails of the bulldozing production, squeals, snarls, screams and totally kicks the ass out of Arthur Wrights signature NS production.

But to really hear the power of Bobby Angelle’s strapping-style flip it over for one of the most-expressive Deep Soul ballads ever committed to vinyl.

Two exceptional Soul recordings on one highly elusive disc.

Condition could hardly be finer!

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Beach Girls

Skiing In The Snow / Blank

Original version of The Invitations Northern Soul classic!

In a format that is so ridiculously collectable in so many ways.

this is a Bob Crewe Production acetate remix from May 1964, Labeled and dated, remix from 8 track tapes.

For Girl-group aficionados this is as “good-as-it-gets” studio-Crewe is so very sought after. As is the original take before The Invitations. This 45 is most probably unique, saturated in authenticity, an historical cut. That will have serious collectors of the “Rarest Of The Rare” envisaging filing it within their collection.

A conversation-piece… is somewhat an understatement 

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Miles Grayson

Stuck In The Mud / Home Brew

Super-Rare FUNKER from the streets of L.A. Two of the city’s biggest contributors to the Rare Soul collectors scene collaborate, constructing a double helping of meaty neighborhood FUNK

Be prepared for what happened when Miles Grayson & Marshall McQueen join forces,to serve up an inspired instrumental session of persuasive horn propelled dancer. Outrageous Trumpeting, Grinding Guitar, uncompromising percussion, underlines the lengths of ingenuity Miles Grayson injects into his productions. Not one instrumental on this side is played in a conventional manner, it is a cocktail of defiance screaming out from every single note played.

KILLER INSTRUMENTAL with real-attitude!

Flip it over..

The gathering do not get any friendlier, again every instrumental spitting out indigence, angst and attitude. Rarely if ever do two mountainous productions fall back to back on a 45. Both sides are quite easily good enough to be “A’s”

Proper FUNKERS back to back on an insanely elusive D.I.Y. label! 

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Ben Brown

Ask The Lonely / Sidewinder

Rare and flawless 1967 British take on the Four Tops Motown anthem.

To even attempt to cover a Four Tops song, you require confidence in your voice and the producer asking you to do it. Producer Richard Hill could not have been a more perfect man to guide the mysterious Ben Brown through these two cover versions.

Richard Hill a founding member of that other Polydor gathering “Gabrieli Brass Ensemble”, remembering their impression take on the Four Seasons “Working My Way Back To You” Richard Hill’s shoes were firmly rooted in Jazz & Soul.

Ben Brown does an astonishing version of “The Tops” classic then Richard Hill turns his attentions toward a long-standing MOD Jazz dance classic, that Lee Morgan made his signature tune.

Two truly cool tunes on one, oh so seldom seen disc.

Rare and flawless, giving up not one but two great dance recordings.

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Richard Marks

Love Is Gone / Don't Take It Out On Me

Both sides currently heavily featuring across Europe in a few discerning DJ sets, including my own.. whilst I play “Love Is Gone” the flip “Don’t Take It Out On Me” is consistently spun by celebrated DJ’s like Eddie Hubbard etc.

Both sides are seamless, emotional Soul songs skillfully woven into uplifting dance dance productions. A quick glance at the credits unveils the extreme gifts of Tee Fletcher at the helm.

Ever since I first heard his solo single on Josie, Tee, Thomas H. Fletcher has been a name synonymous with superior Rare Soul local productions throughout a range of Georgia productions. Tragar, Surfine,Tee-Gem, Josie as an artist.. and those mega valuable “Tuska” “Tee-Gem” 45’s as a writer, producer.

Here is a 45 that rarely comes to market, no only because it is rare, but also because very few collectors would be willing to part with a 45, you could play blindfolded and it matters not a jot which side you drop the stylus on.

The pairing of the Richard Marks vocal prowess and Tee Fletcher’s studio genius, is here for all to hear. Not once, but twice over!

Too much stand-out Soul to pass by.

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Public Notice

Pretty Girl / Don't Stop To Party

Very rare, and beautifully constructed vocal group harmony dancer out of Atlanta, Ga.

Funk/Boogie backed up with a spectacularly

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Kenny Bernard

Pity My Feet

One of those elusive CBS UK Soul productions, that has been on your dream-Car- Boot-Sale-find most of your life.

Me too, but I never have found records of this calibre whilst diggin’; but it does however keep “hope” alive, as you religiously still get up on a Sunday morning, trudging down to the local gathering of unwanted household goods, in the hope of a box of 45’s to scramble through…

The Old-school NS pioneers have never wilted, under the pressure of this additive and mostly fruitless pastime, as finding this 45 in the wild would have been time well spent. Personally I look most every day, and have done since I was 15 years of age. I have never ever discovered a copy of this fabulous NS dancer.

Rarity has kept it from most collectors ears, today i think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how darn-good this 1967 Keith Mansfield crafted dancer is. Sounding very much like a USA production, with a burping Saxophone punctuating the intro, but soon building into a muscular production of blaring horns; with Kenny’s soulful vocal matching all the power of the arrangement, then beautifully falling back into that subtle intro pace, to build again, but even stronger…

Top-drawer British Northern Soul, a real-rarity, so indelible inside my head, that I’ll still be at the Car Boot Sunday and in every RSPCA, Age UK, Oxfam Charity Shop I pass by…

You know that feeling, .. don’tcha..?

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Joe Phillips

I Just Can't Help Thinking About You /

In short ..

one of the greatest slices of Beat Ballad Heaven you could ever possibly own..

Click the sound-file and prepare to be emotionally moved..

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