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Celest Hardie

You're Gone / That's Why I Cry

Back in 1976 I made my first of many trips to Concord, California to bury myself in more records than I ever imagined possible. Charismatic record dealer Rip Lay thought his warehouse held as many a 4 million 45s. I was not gonna argue with that estimate, viewing the mountain of 100 count boxes that stretched before me, all the way up to the ceiling..in his huge warehouse.

How do I tackle this I thought, I was on my own so “mole-Like” I tipped 100 box up and empty, shifted through the contents, then packed it back in, placing the box behind me; after about 4 hours there I was imprisoned in solitary confinement by a 4 walls of 45 boxes…. a new “turn on” that was comparable to Christine Turner in the bike-sheds 8 years earlier. But as with my “Bike-Shed” days, I was totally inexperienced at this type of vinyl-burrowing and found it difficult to pull the records I wanted stack neatly, keep track of the boxes I’d already looked at, and keep my control.

Then I struck “Gold” at least 25 copies of Celeste Hardie in a box of Reynolds Records, Rip had procured from the label owner Paul Reynolds. Wow, what a buzz..all the other Reynolds titles were there too.. Steve Marshall, Masterminds, Steve Parks, Lillian Alexander..I was 8 hours into my task I was now running an adrenaline.. I went for at least 8 more hours.. finding all sorts of goodies.. I had a minimum of a 1000 45s and Rip only wanted a $1 each..

I eventually called it a day, to start afresh in the morning.. but I could not go to bed without pawing over my “finds” ..

SHOCK - HORROR - DISBELIEF

Not one copy of Celeste Hardie was in my haul.. how the hell did that happen. I remember stacking them neatly to one side on top of a box.. I turned to look back at the disheartening task of going back in the find “Celeste” which I did for an hour or so.. but I found nothing…it was a mammoth Dr. Zhivago challenge!

That hurt me for several years, my stupidity, disorganization, overwhelming excitement… Had my Christine Turner experience taught me nothing? I was again that schoolboy messing up with over-eagerness. I did think, they would turn up before I went home - but they didn’t…

To make matter even worse after the wounds of “loss” had healed a close Bay Area friend Rico Tee told me he was still finding decent records at Rip’s place right into the mid-80s.. Joan Baker on Diamond, Freddie Scott’s on Columbia. were regular turn-ups.

I did happen to ask Rico around the early 90s.. “Do You Still Visit Rip and have a dig into the mountain of boxes” he puffed his chest out and said I was only there last week..”Hey You Know What, I found 27 copies of Celeste Hardie - all together & all Mint…$200 each if you want any..”

Another true story in the life and times of Manny Spoons!!

Sad thing is this actual copy is probably one of those I set free back in 1976…

It Still hurts…Christine I did eventually get over..btw

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Bid on You're Gone / That's Why I Cry

Moments

Baby I Want You / Pray For Me

Does vocal group Northern Soul get any rarer or more convincing than this trophy ?

We think not.

Current bid: £ 519.00

Time remaining: Approx. 2 weeks 3 days

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Bid on Baby I Want You / Pray For Me

Z. Z. Hill

Make Me Yours / What Am I Living You

British ONLY !!

And what a version!

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Bid on Make Me Yours / What Am I Living You

Milton Wright

Like A Rolling Stone / I Belong To You

The last time we offered this 45 for auction we did received a few sarcastic but ill informed snipes Like “there was 300 copies especially pressed the Northern Soul market circa 1977” etc..

Fully 38 years ago and very well received at the time. A previously unheard vocal to the “Golden Torch” instrumental anthem “The Gallop” it sold out rather quickly,absorbed into that vibrant 70s NS scene.

In more recent times, if those snipers actually attended the progressive Northern Soul events “Lifeline” etc. who only entertain the country’s Top Jocks behind the turntables, would not have made themselves look rather “out-of-touch” because they would have known the Northern Soul hierarchy had been spinning to a hugely receptive audience the previously overlooked flipside “Like a Rolling Stone” vocal version. Not issued on the original Carla 45 or indeed the later UK Grapevine GRP 103 45 release.

So in 1977, 300 got scattered between Northern Soul collectors of the time. “Butch” drops the needle on it 35 years later and the unstoppable Vinyl-Rush begins. Which proved 300 is less than a drop in the ocean, within the world’s largest underground record-collecting scene of over 100,000 avid participants. and 37 years is a long time for a single disc to leave circulation.

As today this is no easy find and both sides fire the dancers into action. Full points to the DJ’s who think outside the box. Zero points for those opinionated armchair complainers who do not get involved with the current trends or attend current Soul events..but do perch themselves ready and waiting to swoop on anything they think they can complain and gripe about.

Nothing to curmudgeon about on this listing. Current TOP TUNE delivered by TOP DJ’s, consequently now damn tricky to acquire.. click the sound file and hear what makes a Northern Soul Jock stand out from the crowd..!

Current bid: £ 123.00

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Bid on Like A Rolling Stone / I Belong To You

Major Lance

You Don't Want Me No More / Wait Till I Get You In My Arms

Major most-wanted Northern Soul 45 and the one recording he did NOT perform during his legendary “TORCH” live debut. As it was a flipside and The Major had no idea of its huge importance in the UK as an already established dancefloor classic.

This copy is in the finest condition we’ve encountered in recent times. As you can see two flawless labels and vinyl to match..which opens the window for us to send out a MASSIVE WARNING to all Northern Soul collectors.

There is an unscrupulous seller who has taken high quality label scans of the original 1966 press with the large text 45RPM, and put them onto the Columbia 1972 repress which previously wore the small 45RPM designed label and selling them as ORIGINALS.

The 1972 reissue press has a machine stamped matrix and the labels are quite convincing. So do carefully scrutinized any possible purchases of this NS Classic as orignals

Fortunately Columbia Records on OKEH 45s have a numbering system that reveals exactly what “Masterplate” was used for the pressing. The last 2 letters of the machine stamped originals should read - 1B / 2 C or even as high as 1D

The 1972 repress the last 2 digits of the machine stamped matrix are. ZSP118541-1E flipside matrix ends in a F.

We suspect this practice has also been used on Sandi Sheldon, Williams & Watson Too Late. ALWAYS check the last letter of the machine stamped matrix if it’s a E or F these are the 1972 reissued commissioned by Select-A-Disc Arkwright Street, Nottingham. For original 1966 press look for the last letter to range from A to D.

This beauty is off course the 1st. press authentic real-deal. But then again we are John Manship Records.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on You Don't Want Me No More / Wait Till I Get You In My Arms

Falcons

Good Good Feeling / Love You Like You Never Been Loved

One for the OCD NS hunters..

We defy you to locate a cleaner copy - the condition of this two pronged Detroit Northern Soul trophy is utterly irreproachable. Two perfect labels and vinyl that can see your face in…perfection!

It is no surprise when this male-gathering recorded these two Detroit Northern Soul dancer they had been recording for over 10 years. Along the way boasting such Soul Giants as Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Robert Ward, Joe Stubbs, Sir Mack Rice, in their starting line-up learning from each over and serving up polished performances still in 1967.

This recording features the finely honed vocal of the lesser-famous Sonny Monroe (check out his 1975 solo recording on Epic guided by Motown stalwarts) to fully appreciate this guy’s seamless vocal. Carlos ‘Sonny’ Munro, James Gibson, Johnny Alvin, and Alton Hollowell were most likely the line up that sang these two impressive tracks. That are currently enjoying Northern Soul dancefloor adulation with the flipside featuring strongly on those relaxing Sundays up and down Britain, when you can have a pint and hear the finest of the neglected Northern Soul offerings.

Two super-sides in dream-condition… that we repeat..we defy you to find a finer copy. 

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on Good Good Feeling / Love You Like You Never Been Loved

O. V. Wright

Nucleus Of Soul

Not the 1978 Japanese press but the ORIGINAL 1969 USA release and STILL SEALED!

Chances to acquire still sealed Back Beat albums of this calibre are slim. So we used 45s from our extensive O. V. Wright stock to do the soundfile leaving this Texas artifact virginal.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on Nucleus Of Soul

King Size Taylor

Let Me Love You / Thinkin'

UK “Ghost” of a 45.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on Let Me Love You / Thinkin'

Chandlers

Your Love Makes Me Lonely / I Need Your Love

From our indifferent to “Soul” Blues collector across the pond comes another batch of UNPLAYED Northern Soul trophies.. this is the first out the bag and boy the conditions truly blinding.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on Your Love Makes Me Lonely / I Need Your Love

Christine Cooper

Heartaches Away My Boy

Ian Levine was the very first Northern Soul Jock I personally heard drop this 45. I gotta admit it instantly blew me away and became my all-time favourite Northern Soul girl-sound for decades..

I’ve still not tired of hearing ..

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on Heartaches Away My Boy

Maurice Mccormick

15 Minutes / Reeall Deal

Test Press - 1 of only two known copies.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Bid on 15 Minutes / Reeall Deal

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