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Jimmy Thomas

(we Ain't Here Looking For) No Trouble

From an early 60’s career as a highly valued member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue; and an uncredit duet with Tina and several solo singles. Jimmy flashed up on British Rare Soul collectors radar with a wonderful Northern Soul dancer on hometown label Mirwood. A hugely popular “Torch” spin, with demand alerting “President” for a UK Jay Boy release.

Jimmy was now in the minds of the British collector, especially when Leeds Central DJ the legendaryTony Banks made Jimmy’s rare Parlophone release “A Beautiful Night” his signature tune.

As a kid-digger through Leicester’s vinyl emporium “A. T. Brown’s” I came across this “Jimmy” oddity, a quick play confirmed it was the very same Jimmy Thomas. Which excited me, I couldn’t wait to get it back home for a closer listen.

We my head firmly fix in “Motownesque” mode, the funky dance rhythms left me lukewarm even though I had never encountered the disc before. I just filed it without a 2nd thought to it’s rarity.

Decades later and it’s obscurity now 50 fold, those funky rhythms caught the attentions of a few DJ’s far further afield, today the fingers of Rare-Soul is a global thing, those Funky riffs and attitude vocal alerted the curious collector of this rare winner, and the demand kindled.

This copy is MINT no more than 4 plays 3 of those by us to understand why this rare piece is changing hands for brow-raising sums.

DOG-RARE, spectacular condition, UK ONLY, and hitting all the right notes for those who prefer their Rare-Soul with “Bite”. A bite that Jimmy perfected being tutored by the gal with more bite than a roaring Tigress with cubs..

You will not see, this UK ONLY 45 in this astonishing condition again, any time soon..

Current bid: £ 50.00

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Edwin Starr

My Weakness Is You C/w I Am The Man For You Baby

My Weakness Is You”

Most British Soul fans weakness is UK PROMO copy and that seductive big white “A” laid harmless across that rich green dropback. This now iconic design are now “Dig-Stoppers” apply the emergency brakes a “GREEN & WHITE” ahead!!

I’ve lost count how many times been pulled to a standstill, in mid-flicking-flow by a flash of green n’ white, only to read the names Ronnie Hilton, Ken Dodd, Roger Whittaker. Got to admit I’ve not found anything this good in the wilds of England since the early seventies. You have just got to be the first person to look, if you want to come away from a carboot or Charity Shop with records of this calibre.

Timeless records of stunning beauty and power to ignite dance-floor congestion whenever the stylus makes contact and that oh so recognizable intro kicks in..

This is Top-Drawer Tamla Motown Sound, Archetypical Northern Soul in clothes that just stops you,doing whatever your doing..

…Beyonce please stop nibbling my earlobe, I think I just spied a TMG DEMO!

Current bid: £ 114.00

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Aaron Neville

Hercules

I had the pleasure last night at the unrivalled “DIGGINDEEP” gathering at Todwick, Sheffield. A double decking display of unprecedented taste, it set the place alight.. so listen to The expertise of Allen Toussaint & Marshall E. Sea encapsulates that “What’s Going On” atmosphere into one stand-out session.

Taking it one step further, unleashing an intrusive jazzy dance-rhythm, made up of an irresistible cocktail of signature “Toussaint” whacking the keyboard, whilst in the background that extraordinary Aaron Neville vocal; wiggles, twists, and cavorts his way though Soul-poetry. His vocal exploring every possible pitch & note, as his decorates the impressive arrangement with those silky lyrics.

This is contagious pre-disco dance-Soul, guided by two of the last century’s most influential music-makers. Who take this style, to the nth degree of seductiveness, unfolding a charismatic rarity from one of Soul’s luminaries.

This promo copy still hugging it’s birth-sleeve is In absolutely showstopping condition.

Next “Diggin’ DEEPER” I implore you all to witness SOUL in freestyle form..it’s blow you away.

Current bid: £ 212.00

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Eddie Daniels

Is He Better Than Me

You are viewing not only one of Northern Soul rarest most inaccessible 45’s, you are also viewing one of the most compelling 60s NS dance tunes ever committed to vinyl.

When first discovered by the notorious Simon Soussan in the late 70s. It was instantly replicated by the mysterious and highly meticulous P. B. 45 forger, such was the reaction to this disc’s “first impression” Fortunately whoever P. B. was, he seemed so proud of his counterfeiting; he signed his work in the dead wax. Almost as an apology he ensure the hideously rare originals would remain Holy Grails over the decades that followed.

This century it has enjoyed a renaissance at the clubs where the sound of truly rare and spectacular Northern Soul is kept alive and well. As the endangered-species of authentic real deal first press original rarities dwindles, to the brink of exstition.

The scene can thank those DJ’s dedicating themselves keeping sounds of this outrageous quality alive. As so very, very few Jocks own an authentic original; spawning a few surpringly cheeky drops of the looky-likely disc, but to be fair that did add power to it’s applauded revival; as the inner sanctum of Northern Soul elevated this 45 to heights it would have reached, near 40 years ago if that trickle of counterfeits was not the “only” way to access it’s brilliance back in the day.

So here is the “impossible” original press, without the P. B. moniker. A crucial record for the collector / DJ who would rather not play a bootleg, or indeed allow one to contaminate the shelves of their home, even if it is by far the scarcest NS repro it is possible to own.

The original is an incomparable Northern Soul trophy to drop onto the turntable, especially as it’s a JUGGERNAUT of our sound…as you are about to hear!

Different, spectacular, instantaneous Northern Soul…once heard, never forgotten..

Current bid: £ 1,967.00

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Chuck Hently

I'm Gonna Try To Get Over / I Cry Love

Collect Detroit? Boy those rare ones are REALLY RARE! aren’t they just..?

D-Town 1042 is one of those frustratingly elusive numbers that just don’t turn up for sale, leaving an annoying gap in the desperate to complete D-Town run. With this PROMO offering, comes in the unusual label colouring of “Green” but still blazens that distinctive D-TOWN label hitting you right between the eyes.

Mike Hanks again teams up the writing “Ghost” “C. Bell” to craft two neighborhood recordings, substantially strengthened by an uncredited male-vocal group presence. Raw, deliciously primitive Motor City Soul from the streets. But still emitting signature D-Town riffs, melody-hooks & rhythms that are instantly recognizable as being fathered by Detroit..

It’s now firmly validated rarity reputation, has mushroomed over the years as it became pretty obvious, that very few Rare Soul fans had heard this Mike Hanks session, let alone own a copy. Being sandwiched between two local “Hits”, D-town #1042 was squeezed off the pressing machines, to enable Lee Rogers - Cream Of The Crop & Silky Hargraves - Hurt By Love to feed the Record Shops.

It is our first copy of this mysterious 45, with little or nothing known about the artist or indeed who that fabulous male-vocal group harmony chorus was supplied by.. maybe “C. Bell” could divulge all .. if anyone ever discovers who C. Bell actually was..?

The mystery deepens.. as the rarity becomes trickier as time passes by..

A listing for those collectors focused on Detroit and serious authentic rarities. 

Current bid: £ 23.00

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Thundermug

Funky On My Back

Insanely rare D.I.Y. take on “Cold Blood’s” recording from their highly regarded 1970 “Sisyphus” album.

You do have to be completely confident in your own ability to perform a Lydia Pense recording. She does after all possess one of the most impressive vocals a white girl has ever been gifted with plus a stage performer with few equals.. but Mr. S. Quigley (whoever he wa) had found a real gem with this Sister-vocalist; having no qualms asking “Thundermugs” uncredited lady to deconstructed “Cold Blood’s” original and turn it into a 1973 dancefloor destroyer.

A pacier version, omitting the jazzy intro of the original; and dare I say a horn section far more suited to “Club” plays with some fabulous displays of brass and hammond solos. The trumpet interlude is uttering riveting and so very Cooool !!

I love “Cold Blood” i totally adore Lydia Pense - but boy, this gathering put together a whole new slant on the original, crafting FUNKY Modern dance of the highest quality..

It is a debut listing for raresoulman & a darn rare record that changed my whole perception of one of my fave California teams.. “Cold Blood” could do no wrong until I heard this “Garage” “Backroom of the bar” “Cellar” D.I.Y. session belt out this utterly compelling indie FUNKER!

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Socialites

You're Losing Your Touch / Jive Jimmy

What an eye-catcher!

The seriously RARE 1964 British Demo of an “overlooked” but brilliant New York girl-group session, in flawless condition.

Featuring the writing talents of a young and immensely talented J. J. Jackson, Peter De Angelis (taking his Shirelles experience to this recording) along with Robert Steinberg the threesome crafting a truly belting Northern Soul dancer. Which as the nearly as elusive USA press, has received some discerning NS turntable action.

But as the British born variation this is one rare piece, that many seasoned Brit-Vinyl stalkers will still have missing from that near full collection.

Both sides benefit from the production know-how of Artie Ripp (Off) yes the guy the term was allegedly made for. What ever Artie’s commitment to making sure everybody got their dues, there can be no doubting he certainly never failed at making a superior sound, a statement underlined when you take a listen to the Van McCoy flipside.. get ready to soak yourself into..

.., a girl-group stroller of the purist kind; a dreamy seamlessly-shrill meander through the harmony sound of New York ladies, who have a masterpiece of their genre hidden away on a B-side.

Two top-drawer tunes, presented in by far and way their rarest clothes. Take another look at the label scan .. a real thing of beauty isn’t it.

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Danny Woods

You Had Me Fooled / My Love Will Never Be The Sae

What a debut 45 for one of Detroit’s most distinctive voices. Sonny Sanders mentors two noncommercial Soul growlers that fot the Northern Soul requirements so perfectly.

One of those Motor City rarities that, thankfully escaped the bootleggers attentions through the decades, remaining so highly collectible…with that added DJ kudos of dropping, what the audience knows it’s an original..

The only contentious point being, which side you choose for play. “You Had Me Fooled” is a top-drawer Northern Soul classic in it’s own right, always received with a ripple of applause as Danny’s Soul-saturated vocal deliciously gnarled chords portray him a victim of deceit.

Flip it over, for the lesser known side, and it is every note as convincing. An other two-for-the-price-of-one rarity offering the owner the chance to impress with those imperative “surprise” drops.

The surprising lack of sales of this impressive session, led to two years of recording dormancy before emerging again in spectacular style on the Smash label, in the company of familiar Northern Soul contributors Michael & Raymond, Bob Babbitt, McKinley Jackson, ensuring Danny Woods will be immortalized within the rare-soul community.

His first 45 being his rarest and his best… truly stonking Northern Soul!

Two clean attractive “Yellows”, vinyls has a few very mild blemishes, plays totally clear.

Current bid: £ 352.00

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Rose Battiste

Hit & Run / I Miss My Baby

Relive - THE TORCH!! Proper real deal classic style Northern Soul at its most compelling. A recording from Detroit, that would induce dance floor gymnastics on the other side of the Atlantic, long after it brief Motor City airing. With the a-side drawing from the more frantic Motown recordings but not using even a molicule of commercialism in its construction. From the streets, with the neighbourhood in mind this is one of the finest examples of true NS you could ever wish to encounter.

On that point and that point alone this 45 is a crucial disc for all Northern Soul scholars to own. But nobody could ignore one of the most impressive Soul-Sister recordings ever to emerge from the depths of Detroit. “I Miss My Baby” a subtle offering of distilled Detroit Soulfulness that coincidentally was in my opinion Mike Terry finest most gorgeous caressing of his baritone sax, do Good it commited the instrumental version the “Bari Track” to vinyl, shortly after.

Could two recordings satisfy the NS collector’s needs more completely than this. an authentic anthem in it’s most desirable clothes - a Revilot White Demo.

This listing has everything required to be considered as investment vinyl.

Current bid: £ 253.00

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Herman Griffin

True Love (that's Love) / It's You

A perfect example for continuing in our determination to supply the serious the Motown vinyl collector with the impossibly clean real-deal-rarities. Comes this 45, that without question is one of the very rare Tamla “stripe” design singles.

Tamla T-54032 was failed opportunity for Motown session guitarist Don Davis to make a real impression, Having sessioned on Motown’s biggest hit to date and 2 releases later about to do the same. It counted for little when Don Davis’s “reward release” from Berry Gordy cruelly sold nothing!

As so happens with the insanely rare 45 sitting inside highly collected label run, it was scheduled for release just 2 numbers before the 8 week Chart-topping “Shop Around” which occupied all of Motown’s resources for 2 months. No time whatsoever to promote and certainly not to repress any more copies after the initial “tasters” had been released, so they passed it over to “Columbia” to do the work, with an early 1961 release.

So another Motown “impossible” was born out of unexpected and ultimately overwhelming success. Motown so on a roll, and Herman Griffin’s only Tamla release was forgotten; Subsequently 22 year old Don Davis’s writing buried with it…

Listening to Herman Griffin “True Love” you can understand why Motown gave another push through Columbia 41951 in early 1961, but again to a tepid response.

With this listing, it is not that fact that this is a fine example Detroit Northern Soul R&B, or the fact if features the lyrics of one of Northern Soul’s biggest contributors in the form of Don Davis..

The value lies in the two pristine Tamla 54032 labels and more importantly in the miraculously “impossible” vinyl condition, which if we’d have graded MINT I doubt few would have contested. Just the merest sleeve contact blemish that took me quite some effort to find..

This is MOTOWN PERFECTION displayed by one of Tamla’s most challenging records to find. Documenting the early work of Northern Soul Hall-Of-Fame candidate.

Hunting, cornering, and eventually acquiring records of this calibre..is record-collecting at it’s most gratifying.

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Unknown Artist

I'll Show Him No Mercy

Today’s Rare-record challenge is..

At this moment in time, I can throw no light on who the artist is, only that this example of “Male” Beat Ballad Heaven carries all those essential ingredients that kindle those sad memories of subtle backstabbing, deceit and revenge that “love” occasionally tends to trip-you-over with on occasion.

It’s a man thing - men are so good at denial and threats. As this uncredited singer promises revenge on the guy who stole his girl. He’s on a mission delivering the sulking lyrics through a “Brill Building styled” production.

THIS IS A BEAT BALLAD discovery that will pleasure the growing appreciation for this moving genre of Northern Soul.

Probably unique, most likely unissued but most definitely a fabulous tune..

Don’t worry about the “revenge” about to be wreaked upon that sneaky womanizer who turned his girlfriends head. Most men are all bravado and talk.. I got a feeling he moped around for a day or two, then phoned his girl’s best-friend for a consoling night of video & takeaway..

UNISSUED we think, previously “unknown” to us and dripping with exclusiveness, unless someone can dig further than our exhaustive investigations..and come up with a singers name?

This “debut” offering comes complete with the ORIGINAL LYRIC & MUSIC SHEET and birth sleeve

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Oscar Bishop & The Bishops

(gonna Have To) Put You Down / Oscar's Dog

Will never grown weary of listening to rare D.I.Y. music, from the basements of the neighborhood where emotions of life are liberally spilled onto the floor. Listen to street level Deep Soul meandering down a path cleared by swirling hammond, wailing girl and a sympathetic Blues guitar.

Walter has one of those vocals that quaver at all the right times, just as the emotion requires driving home, that’s a deliberate skill to drag you down into the abyss beside him..

Raw, tortured, primitively convincing mood-changer from the locale..

But Oscar gets up and At’em on the flipside, with an insanely constructed but totally enthralling slab of 60’s R&B.. Starting at an easy paced oddity but gathering momentum of a wave of pumping horns, Bluesy Guitar picking that brings on a solo break of monumental proportion as the Hammond goes into free-fall..

BOW WOW WOW your “Dog” is just loving you doin’ your own thing, asfter making me so darn downhearted on the Deep side..

So very RARE and decidedly different D.I.Y. 60’s Soul!

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