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Timi Yuro

It'll Never Be Over For Me

Not just NORTHERN SOUL, it’s an anthem, a mantra, it’s a maxim the NS scene was built upon and still lived by.

Not ever being issued in the USA has a single, has driven demand for ownership of the disc soaring, leaving it today as the most-wanted British 45 by NS collectors..

No surprise as it’s brilliance is there for all to hear, it’s power to instantly switch your mood on just the opening notes.. and leave you by the end, emotionally drained, wrung out of Timi’s heart-shredding voice, and Ian Green’s British constructed production..

Sitting at the very pinnacle of British collecting, at the summit of Northern Soul All Nighter dance appreciation…and in the hearts, minds, language and culture of Northern Soul for way past my lifetime..

Condition is beautiful, two flawless label, but obvious marks on the laying surface, PLAY MINT under strong light, forensic scrutiny reveals the finest of hairline wisps, none of which transfer to the stylus..

As good as it gets in all ways…

Current bid: £ 102.00

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Luther Ingram

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

No words from me could ever elevate this work of genius any higher that it already sits…

No vignettes of memories of how I was mesmerized not only by the whirlwind of strings, zipping in and out of a dynamic Detroit production, or by the footwork of “Brillo” a man who completely nailed the Northern Soul art of dance…before my eyes.

You’re heard it all before… and even though you’ve heard the record many times before … I defy anyone not to want to hear it again… and again..and again..!!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at it’s outrageous best!

Condition of this”Vinyl Promo Jewel” is impeccable - just a few very mild hairlines blemishes, plays MINT! Labels are flaw-free …

No need for stories…

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Helen Shapiro

He Knows How To Love Me / Shop Around

A flawless copy of Helen’s hardest to acquire Columbia Northern Soul recordings.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Tommy Navarro

I Cried My Life Away

Top Tune - Tip Top Condition!

So close to a Manship-Mint

two X’s on label…vinyl with a perfect mirror finish..

Latino Northern Soul with dangerous qualities of addiction, that have held the need for ownership amongst the DJ’s and the NS collectors it seems for forever, without bursting through its perceived price barrier…

But in the last few years, the dearth in availability of a really spectacularly clean copy, leaves us anticipating an upward spike in value…is this about to soar? A big Northern Soul want that has over the decades has been a title…that has had very few owners willing to take to market…

One click of the soundfile reveals exactly why, another reminder of the impeccable state of the vinyl and we expect a bit of a rumble to claim this slice of Northern Soul perfection… as we have no expectations of another squeaky clean copy popping up any time soon..

Conition, Contition, Condition….

Current bid: £ 33.00

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Bell Boys

I Don't Want To Lose You / Woman In Love

A truly spanking copy of a Northern Soul timeless classic that has so much more to offer than memories…you only have to flip it over to witness a record that left Keb Darge crowing “all you dicks have been playing the wrong side for years”. We of course could never tell the man he was right but “Woman In Love” opens the doors for an inspired drop, as that side is the gatherings own creation, as producer Paul Sferro pull no punches and takes no prisoners on the Northern Soul batteringram.

First, travel back to the halcyon days of Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier, Yate etc and hear the Bell Boys rework the Jackie Wilson song, and inject even more stamina into it… forging an instant Northern Soul success story as the guys inject even more vitality into an already great song.

Then that time to digest what we all missed whilst lapping up the “obvious” danceflloor prowess of the A-side.. as Keb quite rightly pointed out to me as he slapped my ear after I inquire on it’s purchase, if he was playing “oldies”?

“Stupid Boy” …”“all you dicks have been playing the wrong side..ffs” that snarling Scottish gruff accent deterred me from making a reply…

A listing for those seeking perfection whilst gathering Northern Soul’s anthems… But also a fabulous capture for those of you who are finding real-deal Northern Soul “underplayed” gems hard to come by..

This 45 ticks every single box… including clipping your friends ear when they ask stupid questions about it..

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Ralph Johnson

Have Your Fun Vocal / Instrumental

Fabulous crossover version of the Topics Holy Grail.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Frankie Alexander

No Seat Dancing

A personally dedicated copy of this translucent Memphis mover.. delicately superb mix of horns, girls and skilled synth, which Frankie’s pleading vocal style suits completely.

Two Tennessee Soul greats join hands in the studio, to craft an 80’s delight.. ex-Bar-Kay and Otis Redding air crash survivor pulls in the rhythms and horns whilst neighbor from Nashville calls upon his vast studio experience to arrange this impressive Rare Soul Dancer. Currently in the play-box of a few A-list DJ’s Pat Bleasdale, Soul Sam etc doing the business in particular.

Apart from the unique “personal dedication” on the label the was obviously played by “Girlfriend” Doris, the vinyl surface is visual vg+ plays as you can hear, crisp clean & true…

Rare disc, currently owned by a few privileged NS jocks…

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Jimmy Ricks

Oh What A Feeling

The man with the “Liver-quivering” boom, serves up “Beat Ballad Heaven” and then some..

If you can avert your eyes from that exquisite label design for just a second or two; click the soundfile to be taken over by the warmest, coolest vocal to ever grace a Northern Soul turntable. The former major component for The Ravens vocal group, flexes his muscular singing prowess on a typically “Titus Turner” slow drag oozing a richness that very few other recordings can give.

Listen, submerge yourself into a unique style that will have you captivated.. so much in fact I could not resist recording the flipside, as Jimmy deconstructs a Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein’s standard, giving it another aspect and us another listen to an incomparable artist…

Two killer tunes… on one utterly irresistible label…pressed into that durable New York vinyl.

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Wombat

I'm Gettin' On Life

ORIGINAL and it’s a Manship Mint!! first press, so darn hard to acquire especially in this unsurpassable condition.

Let’s pop back to my personal experience of “Wombat” as a Northern Soul 45 that entered my life like a Juggernaut loaded with house bricks crashing into my granny’s front room one school holiday morning whilst “Housewife’s Choice” was merrily playing Perry Como “Magic Moments”

Back to 1972 and the Catacombs, were have a quick oldies spot of 15 minutes playing just a single minute of each song, without pause and with no DJ introduction…that low ceiling shuddered, the condensation dripped like an Asian shower and the place went MAD!!

Bobby Hebb’s – Love, Love, Love followed by Frankie Valli – You’re Ready Now then Rufus Lumley I’m Standing … 15 solid oldies ratcheted the place up into fever pitch… I have no idea who the DJ was but he had the place kickin’ …he then pulled off a stroke of genius.. just as we were expecting Johnny Wyatt’s _ This Thing Called Love .. without warning a totally new sound with a rattling drum intro, a thrumming Bass guitar rhythm broke the steaming atmosphere.. a strange echoing vocal pierced the air.. then magnificent change of pace and wailing horns joined in.. then back to that intro, more horns..

the guy next to me shouted “What The Fuck is this??

Not a single dancer stopped dancing.. THIS WAS NORTHERN SOUL!!

At it’s most electric I’ve never witnessed that inventive way to introduce a new tune and keep the club adrenaline pumping, he followed it with Ben Aiken - Sat-is-fied …

Some Northern Soul “Magic Moments” just stick with you forever, the very best of times, the very best of DJing techniques lifted that string of records into a state euphoria I never witnessed since….

Smart DJing… here’s a smart immaculate previously unplayed 100% authentic original.. 

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Little Hank

Mister Bang Bang Man

The Rare almost mythical 1966 STOCK copy of a Twisted Wheel favourite, that over the years has been the subject of some very inaccurate conversation..

It was alleged at one stage, that the STOCK copy is so impossibly rare because it was hurriedly withdrawn, to champion the launch the new UK Monument label.

Unfortunately that theory is over 3 years out of date..as it took that long for Monument UK to be born. The other theory was “Mister Bang Bang Man” was too risque for the British public.. but it was only 3 years later when Lulu gyrated to “Boom Bang A Bang” was representing the “prude” British in the Eurovision.

More likely as Decca, who were notorious for deleting 45’s after a very small window of no sales, that it simply got missed by everyone before the “Wheel” DJ’s turned it into the country’s most-wanted club-tune. Leaving everyone exasperated that Decca had deleted such an in-demand tune…so quickly..

Whatever the reason, it became over the years, a legendary British Northern Soul dance classic to find.. So very much more challenging to acquire than the DEMO and a beautiful vista fir the Old-School..

This example is a fine clean play perfect copy, a few mild surface blemishes a strong Ex + vinyl & labels

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Bobby Bland

Two Steps From The Blues

Well friends, I’ve achieved the impossible and traveled back in time to 1960..anything you’d like me to get you whilst I’m here in London 1960.

I didn’t believe it at first, thought I was dreaming but when I go home and still had this inconceivably RARE album in SHOP FRESH Condition. I knew I had to have had rode on a Time Machine because it would be impossible to find one otherwise..

So what would you like me to get for you whilst I’m walking around The Smoke spring 1960, Soul hasn’t take off yet, but Decca’s forward thinking Vogue off-shoot has took an interest in American Black music and released an album from a Texan unknown to these shores.. he looks so cool on the steps of Duke/Peacock I ask for a listen in the listening booth.. such a revolutionary idea, to listen before you buy.

Wow I’ve never heard anything like this guy, his gnarled voice sent shivers through me… Wow I need to buy this… wonder what else he’s released.. well NOTHING so I just bought this Bobby Blue Bland album his very first to hit the UK..

This Machine could be useful.. I’ll have to try for any year..

Lemme know guys what you need from 1960 I’ll gladly bring ya something back…

I know you think I’m losing it completely, going senile, imagining it all… the man’s mad!!

But if you could witness like I have the eye-popping perfection of this album…you’d wanna know every detail of my spring 1960 night out in Soho..

An impossible album, in “Time Travel” condition!

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Brenda Holloway

Tell Me Your Story

For Motown Madness this week we have California Angel Brenda Holloway with a unique 10” Jobette acetate delivering Northern Soul!

Motown’s two Roberts again craft Motown with a difference with a horn crammed mid-tempo giving Brenda an early chance showcase her impressive vocal range as brass resounds all around her.

After the unusual intro, it snaps straight in Motown with Brenda’s word closely monitored by a shrill girl gathering. The combination of Brenda’s reassuringly flawless vocal, supported by the imperative Motown girl-congregation fires the Motown-Sound as good as we’ve selfishly come to expect.. but the ingredient of “The Roberts” Staunton & Walker, like they did with The Hit Pack “Never Say No To Your Baby” …added in an anti-Motown edge to the session with brass riffs hinting and attitude and defiance..

Maybe they wanted Brenda to perform with a little more “sugar” because the committee rejected it for release completely, whilst years later becomes a Northern Soul beast of a tune…

Here is the March 127th 1965 ORIGINAL 10” acetate we “reject” and “recoat” written on the label by the powers in the office of Motown…

Killer Northern Soul has always slipped by decision makers no matter what the label..

The chance to own “unique” .. do not pass by

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Buck And The Sixteenth Movement

Fool, Fool / Trust Me This Night (1st Mix)

Beyond Rare Sweet Soul, before Raymond Buckner broke through on the “Playboy” label, he promo’d with “Trust Me This Night” backing it up with “Fool, Fool” a delicious Soulful Stepper of the very highest calibre, heavly inspired by fellow Chicagoan group “The Impressions”

As quality Sweet Soul, Low-Rider, the Chill-out tune, features stronger in DJ set it is becoming one of the most collectable genre in the spectrum of “Rare-Soul”.. and it’s a worldwide thing, everybody is chasing these real top-drawer recordings…

Raymond Buckner from this demo session went to a contract with Playboy, to re-record “Trust Me This Night” and to choose a different flipside entirely for the Playboy release..

Leaving this single the only way to own “Fool,. Fool” and indeed the first mix of “Trust Me This Night”. Two highly polished Soulful Steppers and dead-right for today, no matter what corner the Soul globe you operate in.

Love BOTH sides.. top-drawer vocal group indie Soul from Chicago..

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Charles Allen Music

We Got Love

For those of you who seek the rare street level birth of great dance tunes, that are invariably seen on their larger label releases..

Here is the very first label, Miami, Florida street level press of a recording that is being chased hard on it’s release.

A seen-life, whiskey-worn, nicotine coated beseeching vocal sweeps you away aided by a trumpets, male vocal-group

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Briant Holland

(where's The Joy?) In Nature Boy / Shock

The beginnings of a Soul genius adding his shovel of cement into the footings of Hitsville…

an 18 year old Brian Holland leads this Joe Howard composition with an attitude driven vocal featuring some exquisite Blues guitar riffs and rich vocal group harmonies. Those slick male group choruses thicken the session and the guitar hook creeps under your skin, culminating in a fine solo break..

Brian Holland displayed enough vocal prowess on this session, to get noticed by the brother writing team of the flipside “Shock” - Berry & Robert Gordy, who also demonstrated their writing gifts on a wailing Blues screamer..again enriched by a soothing vocal group presence…

So the dawning of Motown was taking shape, Briant Holland formed a lasting and and highly successful writing/producing relation with Robert Bateman and the “BrainBert” would start to appear on so many Motown recordings..

This disc was also issued as a 10” 78rpm but as the 45 it is a crucial part of the Motown historical jigsaw and insanely difficult to acquire…

Note we do no expect to see another anytime soon, this only the second time in my life I’ve had the pleasure of it’s company..

Condition of labels and vinyl is a strong clean ex and plays beautifully…

So go listen to Motown in the womb..

 

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Sue Lynne

Don't Pity Me

Still as popular as ever, like Timi Yuro NO USA release as a 45 and demand for ownership and DJ play is huge!!

Proper all-nighter tune, the whoo-hoo-hoo choruses and Ms. Lynne’s shrill vocal, bouncing of blaring trumpets is the an addictive uplifting cocktail of sound..

floor-filling, room-igniting drop, from the desk of the highly talented Chris Andrews who never fails but to serve up exciting lyrics peppering full orchestra arrangements..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL

This copy has a few mild surface blemishes but plays, as you can hear totally crystal clean.. both labels are unblemished, housed in original RCA cover..

Ownership awaits…

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Howard Tate

You're Lookin' Good / Half A Man

First first, his rarest, his best!

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James Carr

A Man Needs A Woman

This is universally heralded as one of the most important 60’s Soul albums ever made..to touch it, see it as a 1968 Radio Station WHITE DEMO is very special experience..for it to reside in your record room, is another level of soulful-satisfaction..

James Carr the purist Soul Singer of them all, who never achieved, not nearly as much as his extreme talent warranted. His Bipolar episodes restricted his longed for live performances to a trickle. His recording sessions, likewise sadly impeded, depriving the Soul fan of his unrivaled consummate ease of delivering tortured despair.

Listening to this album as I type, makes you realize this gifted Memphian was unique in his effortless portrayal of pain. The master of the Deep Soul sound, surely tracks like Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham’s “Dark End Of The Street” will be held up as the shining example of Real-Soul at it’s very best..for decades to come.

…having said that, EVERY track on the beautiful promo, has the power to change your mood, your day, as you can’t help reflecting on your own problems, are not problems at all.. James Carr had that capability.. because he himself was a wounded-man, that comes through on ever syllable he mouths.. it would be challenging to find a more poignant 2 minutes than listening to “Life Turned Her That Way”

There is no better SOUL album on Planet Earth… owning it as a PROMO is exceptional collecting..

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