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Rose Battiste

Hit & Run C/w I Miss My Baby

White Demo HEAVEN!

Such a classic Northern Soul pairing that matters not which side you chose to spin, the effect will be the same..a FULL dancefloor.

This is after all is said and done, this is archetypical Northern Soul from the top drawer. Everything a Northern Soul 45 requires is here in abundance.

Shall we let the double sound file whisk you back a few decades to that Golden era of “The Torch” in full flight..

And let the flawless two PROMO labels provide a breathtaking vinyl-vista of perfection…

Current bid: £ 61.00

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Topics

Have Your Fun C/w A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry

PROPER REAL DEAL FLOOR-DETONATING NORTHERN SOUL.

This is very top-end of Rare Northern Soul vocal group stompers not only by rarity but also by it’s sheer quality.

Take a listen to what a authentic Northern Soul stomper should sound like. This 45 has THE LOT! Explosive horn intro, Woo-Woo girls arrow the perfect choruses though the impressive wall of sound.

Vocally exquisite with the lead voice cracking with that desirable nicotine-coated grit on the high notes, riding those blasting horns so comfortably until a thunderous instrumental break lifts the recording yet another notch.

Flip it over and all the same ingredients are again in place to serve up a beautiful mid-tempo Northern Soul stroller perfect for a surprise spin that not many of the crowd will know.

We have spoken before about real-rarity sometimes standing in the way of a records progress to a wider audience. Well, hear is another example, a better undiluted slab of Northern Soul would be hard to find only ingredient missing is a turntable outing or two at the bigger venues..

How totally refreshing would this be, to hear it played to a 2000 weekender crowd instead of Sam & Kitty for a change..

Current bid: £ 99.00

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Parisians

Twinkle Little Star C/w The Cockroach

In Northern Soul World is there a more popular Dancefloor Destroyer than this BEAST?

Guttural defiance deliverers a double helping of Ernie Fields writing skills! Snarling, growling lead voice is decorated in squealing sisters, honkin’-horns and persistent rhythmic bongos driving out an irresistible invitation to dance.

Currently causing instant drink parking and the dancefloor dash..a total of a monster tune, surely no NS DJ can be without.

Flip it over and that same rumbling bass introduces you to a weird but wonderful instrumental version with a Rodney E. Jones styled Rap woven into the roaring backing track.. not heard this before but I’m quite sure it would receive a most favourable response, as that commending lead vocal once again demands you to dance…

Fabulous condition..throughout

Current bid: £ 296.00

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Danny Owens

I Can't Be A Fool For You

This perennial Northern Soul rarity is starting to be talked about again!

The former Bell Boys cover/up and a monster for Soul Sam during the height of Cleethorpes Winter Gardens in the late 70s. Today this New Orleans feelgood Northern Soul dancer rarely comes to market, benefiting from years of rarity and consequently never ever being bootlegged.

The wealth of Northern Soul that came out in Louisiana through “Dover Distributors is mind boggling but whilst Lydia Marcelle 45s on this label turned up in their 100s in the great 1977 “Dover Distributors” find in Dallas, this title was not there, and has remained Scarlet Pimpernel elusive now for near 4 decades.

We have always recommended investment in rare New Orleans vinyl, but even if this started life in New York you’d want to own it as from the very first note it lifts your spirits; A proper vibe driven NS dancer credited to Danny Owens but you will feel it’s a group singing as there are at least two up front vocals…

Condition is very clean only very light surface marks and plays superb throughout… x on flipside label

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Chuck Cockerham

Have I Got A Right

Sitting firmly in my top 10 desert island discs. Not sure how many the local vicar will allow me to play, when I depart from this mortal coil - but this will certainly be ONE of them.

Crazy About Crossover? It would be crazy not to be crazy about this! This is the top end of the much misunderstood genre - that Richard Searling championed @ Parkers, Manchester in the 80s as the pace slowed and true-Soul was the order of the day.

The now Northern Soul “folklore” statement of one collectors ousting it from his collection because he though it was a “white” singer. must now regret his prejudice, as this ebony crooner with a creamy vocal backed by just as velvety horns crafts Crossover Utopia.

This our first ever STOCK copy, has vinyl with some very light surface marks and is visually vg+ but just listen to that luscious soundfile, it plays a thoroughly clean Ex+ and both labels are clean

Yes, Desert Island Disc and one to send me off to Heaven… like it just has done..

Current bid: £ 941.00

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Topics

Hey Girl (where Are You Going?) C/w If Love Comes Knockin'

You are about to hear the very essence of vocal-group Northern Soul not once but twice over.

Part of the highly appreciated Carnival Records of New Jersey that Joe Evans steered into Rare Soul immortality with a plethora of outstanding Soul recordings. This short lived Carnival Records subsidiary was named after the company address of 350 Chadwick Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

With the Topics already having the fabulous “She’s So Fine” Carnival 520 under their belt, Joe Evans switched them to join The Metrics on his new label; the result is nothing short of STUNNING providing not one but two knockout Northern Soul gems for the owner.

Lead side has been a top want of DJ/collectors for decades and requires no introduction as it features just enough in top DJ sets to tantalize and refresh. Smooth seamless vocal group Northern Soul at a pace totally perfect for today’s dancers.

Having stated the obvious, dare I say we have all been playing the “wrong” side over those decades, as “Love Comes Knockin” is as good as Northern Soul can possibly rise to..

The magnificent vibe intro makes acquaintance with a soulfully polished lead with a heavenly male chorus enriching the ambiance of this refined slab of neglected Northern Soul.

It always features in my set - I personally seriously rate it as an hidden gem begging for the wider audience..and undeservedly suffering from the “A-Side” being so darn good…

Current bid: £ 315.00

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Royal ( Texas Slim ) Bell

Sweet Little Girl C/w Just Can't Give Up Now

RARE Northern Soul double hitter from the streets of Compton, California..

Without n”name dropping” this is the type of tune you only hear at “Lifeline” and few other NS events that pride themselves of a menu of the very rare and decidedly good.

Another Big Man with an abrasive vocal generates snarling Northern Soul and still retains that feelgood steps to atmosphere within a horn-blasts. We have lead with “Sweet Little Girl” the labels choice of A-side but without doubt “Just Can’t Give Up Now” edges it into second place as the Northern Soul choice of play, for the very few eminent DJs lucky enough to own a copy.

Light surface marks but as you can hear is plays LOUD and clean, both labels are free of writing, stains or tears.

This is ONE VERY RARE 45 indeed…

Current bid: £ 39.00

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Billy Hambric

Flaming Mamie C/w You're A Sweetheart

Perhaps the most-wanted Northern Soul R&B thumper of the moment!

The stop-start brass arrangement stretches out for a snarling vocal to binge upon, totally compelling - attention grabbing Dick Dale styled guitar intro and the pouting deep N’ dirty Sax is just too much to ignore… an irresistible dancefloor seducer..

You just cannot listen and not want to move - that is why this baby, is top of all the DJ lists of those Jocks who play Ravaging-Rampaging-Raucous-R&B-Romps!!

This elusive disc is exactly that.. prepare for competition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Carstairs

It Really Hurts Me Girl C/w The Story Of Our Love

THE NS CLASSICS IN PERFECT CONDITION - STILL IN BIRTH SLEEVE

Seems currently to be the hottest form of Northern Soul collecting.

This John Anderson discovery that started life as an Ian Levine Blackpool Mecca spin. Was at the time utterly groundbreaking music, going against the main principles of the Northern Soul turntable choice.

It needed to be upbeat, powerful, joyous and built on a Motownesque foundation of feelgood dance. But Ian Levine new a tune when he heard one, this was totally different from the NS norm. But Ian only saw the potential of it becoming a Highland Room monster, which it did, virtually overnight.

A quickly deleted new release at the time, that offered up something completely different with it’s lengthy instrumental intro, with jangling guitars seeping through a bank of strings… how could anyone have ever expected the voice that was about to beg, plead and beseech his way into you heart.

STUNNING !!

so compelling it single-handedly opened up the way for a more soulful sound to swap “The Mecca”. Controversial to those followers with a less soulful stance on their music, but to the soulfully entrenched it was perhaps then the greatest discovery of all-time…

Today it still causes danceflooor mayhem, as space on the wood disappears… so when a flawless copy turns up and one that has never seen a Northern Soul DJ before.. we feel it is perfect for those collectors hunting the classics in as near “perfect” condition as it can possibly get…

Current bid: £ 146.00

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Elements

I'll Remember You C/w When I Fall In Love Again

You are about to be introduced to an infinitely rare 45, one that displays everything the street-corner recording of hope s all about.

Listen to this weeks Sweet Soul offering, shimmering with naive ambition and charm; making this 45 to those of you serious about digging deep for their rarities an essential capture as this 45 just never turns up.

Primitive in the extreme, but that is the whole attraction, this 45 will escort you around the streets of Cleveland, Ohio and put on a corner symphony, the like of which you may never had heard before.

Top sides is like a falsetto stand-off as highly pitched vocals warble their way through a simplistic arrangement with each vocal fighting to be the highest.

Flip it over the pace lifts a peg and those vocal glide off again into a silky soulful stroll with only insistent drum roll and a guitar riff for company.

Stupidly RARE … and in fine clean condition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Miracles

What's So Good About Good Bye C/w I've Been Good To You

Condition, Condition, Condition!

A listing for fastidious British Motown collectors who are constantly upgrading and seeking perfection.

1962 UK press is eye-popping condition, only revealing very light sleeve condition blemishes under strong light. A whisker off Mint - but as all TMG trappers will confirm this particular title is rarely if ever seen ion acceptable condition.

Current bid: £ 86.00

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Dean Parrish

Determination C/w Turn On Your Love Light

The first time in your life, when you hear the truly great 60s vocals it’s something you don’t forget. For my baptism of Dean Parrish came when I was in Nottingham Rediffusion Downstairs Record Bar, they had just started to rival Select-A-Disc for USA Soul imports.

I had recently heard a fabulous Northern Soul dancer with the prominent lyrics of - “I’m Not The Kind Of Guy To Give In And Give Up - My Philosophy Is Determination” - I told the rather dishy counter-girl words, she promptly said I know the one - then drop the needle - Dean Parrish on Boom…blasted out the vocal caused me to shiver and ideally complimenting low-blow trombone had my hairs my neck bristling.

Without hesitation, I handed over my £2.00 (a third of my weekly wage) I was now the proud owner of a stand-out tune and my introduction to one of the greatest white guys to ever sing soul had begun.

I promptly forgot about the record I was first looking for, which turned out to be Jimmy Thomas’s - Where There’s A Will (There’s A Way) -

Before you today is its ultime form, the British Rare Northern Soul DEMO Trophy of that Boom 45. I am sure most all of you will remember the very first time it entered your life as it is after all, a timeless Northern Soul classic.

This copy is as gleaming green & white DEMO - it has a minuscule pressing flaw on the very edge of the run-in NOT touching or affecting anything. The vinyl itself is a shimmering Mint - as are both labels.

Click the soundfile and listen to this great man at work and imagine an impressionable teenagers ears clashing with it for the very first time..

Current bid: £ 66.00

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Billy Eckstine

The Prime Of My Life - Autographed

Absolutely perfect condition, vinyl, labels, and inner sleeve are “as new” cover inspection reveals only the merest sign of human contact.

BACK COVER is autographed and dated, and sited in Manchester, England1989

For Motown collectors seeking perfection - this package is just that. Autograph collectors Billy Eckstine was one of the very greatest Jazz singers of he last century and passed away just 4 years after this back cover was signed.

Berry Gordy made no secret, that his first love was jazz - and was delighted when he secure Billy to the Motown label in 1965 which produced two albums and 6 singles, one of which was a Northern Soul monster. This album whilst is mostly Jazz crooning we have sound filed one track that carries Northern Soul undertones the fabulous “Fantasy” which never achieved 45 release adding to it’s desirability.

Having said that it is the 50 year old perfect condition, The Autograph and it’s provenance along with the fact that this guy during his 79 years had very few equals..

The master of his craft… was Mr. Eckstine

Current bid: £ 10.00

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Supremes

Shake - 1965 4 Track Ep

The three girls cover Sam Cooke like only they could under the guidance of Motown’s best

Only 18 EP’s ever made for the UK market in the TME series and this is certainly a strange release as NOT ONE of the chosen 4 tracks ever reached 45 in the UK.That is the deciding factor why it sold virtually nothing on release and today it sits comfortably in the top 5 rarest most difficult to acquire EP releases especially in this fine condition

So when it comes our way in glorious Mint - condition - it will certainly lure even those most-complete of TMG collectors and up-graders.

Both Labels are clean as are front and back covers, front cobver has some light veins bottom right (see scan) they are minuscule. Vinyl is a very clean, some very light surface blemishes. Track 1 side one is the only track with a mark ad that does not affect play.

It’s a tough one - an EP most will have missing from the run and this is a neat clean copy.

Current bid: £ 10.00

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Rubiayats

Omar Khayyam C/w Tomorrow

Quite simply this cherished labels rarest, most-valuable & most wanted 45. Accentuated by recent NS DJ attention, particularly the legendary John Vincent who is spinning it to death - to a crushing dancefloor response.

100% New Orleans, featuring totally innovative lyrics lauding the virtues of “Wine, Women & Song”, can’t argue with that or it’s rarity endorsements. This is only our 3rd copy in 15 years. You could always hold out for the USA Sansu press - but we have found that, even harder to find.

Unconventional in the extreme but saturated in all those infectious qualities that make it usually the most-memorable spin of any evening!

The prolific Allen Toussaint & Marshal C. Seahorn again craft an unmissable tune…

This copy has a surface mark on the a-side not affecting play, with the beautiful vocal-group ballad on the flip also has a surface scratch but BOTH sides play LOUD and clean.

PS we suggest you hit this 45 on the rise, as its rarity history suggests in a years to come, the value can only blossom..

Current bid: £ 86.00

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Fire

Flight To Cuba C/w Soul On Ice

Have some FUNK - rare Bay Area FUNK is perfect condition!

Just across the bridge from the airport Hayward was a happy hunting ground for vinyl for many a crate diggers from all over the world, during the 70s & 80s. But I certainly never found a copy of this rarity and I would not dare to have dreamed of finding a MINT unplayed example.

This listing is another from a seemingly endless supply of “filed only” never-played records from a huge collection.

If you are squeamish about vinyl blemishes and seek the impossible over 40’s, still in perfect birth-state condition - do not pass by - you will not see another like it.

DEEP FUNK in deeply astonishing condition.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Mark Iv

Signs Of A Dying Love Part 1 & 2

Huge renaissance is happening for this New Jersey Soulful dance groove as I see it featuring on a few play lists of eminent Jocks. and who could blame them bringing this one back after it undeservedly languished in the shadows of “If You Can’t Tell Me Something Good”

Today on the comeback trail it seems its time has come around again and much stronger. Listening to Otis Brown Jr. blend soulful vocals into a dance beat whilst still retaining a gloriously soulful atmosphere with lush strings and celestial background vocals adding layer after layer of opulence. With the relentless dance rhythm provided by a simplistic bass guitar riff… does it get any better?

STAND OUT and rebounding with a bang…

Condition is mirror-like!

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