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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

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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.

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Ad Libs

Love Is Knocking At My Heart

UNISSUED and absolutely stunning!

Highly regarded New York group with what is unquestionably their finest Northern Soul offering and it never got released.

Take a listen, I’m rarely I’m lost for words.. this time I think the soundfile will impress so much .. no flowery speak from me could possibly enhance what you’re listening to, as ownership has the glaring potential to elevate any DJ set into greatness..

PERFECT NORTHERN SOUL… just perfect

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The winning bid was £ 682.00

Out Of Sights

For The Rest Of My Life C/w You Made Me Beg

Bongo’s lift the curtain on one of the finest vocal-group mash-ups ever to hit vinyl.

Shimmering with street-corner nativity and rippling with rough and ready enthusiasm, with seemingly all group members taking turn at the lead vocal, throughout this top-drawer Cleveland rarity.

Label owners Chuck Brown & Frank Key craft a backing track just perfect for the more soulful NS dancer, who feels his every move guided by totally focused vocal. Pace changes, horn breaks, lead vocal swaps, key moves… it’s ALL there, everything you want to hear in an rarely seen or heard tune.

The flipside Brown & Key again use every ounce of their imagination and provide the same full production this time injecting a FUNKIER edge to the proceedings.

Two highly innovative sides is mainly why this is such a treasured disc for those lucky enough to already own a copy - making this a 45 that very rarely comes to market. In fact our first copy in recent times…

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The winning bid was £ 1,438.00

Daybreak

I Need Love C/w Everything Man

From a profusion Patrick Adams guided 70s dance recordings, comes this his finest session.

Take bow Mr. Adams for giving the Northern Soul dance scene a deluge of discs to consider. But before us today is your finest days work, not one but two distinguished dancers in the form of the Unicorn-Rare Whiter Demo! Dispelling any confusion over the stock copy orange press, which was later reissued, this is the very elusive WHITE PROMO in utterly immaculate condition.

Classy a-side catches P.A. in mellow, mellow mood ignoring burgeoning 1977 frantic Disco-Sound and opting for the classy jazz slanted stroller controlled by sharp harmonies and a purring lead vocal - top quality arrangement with a magnificent jazz/funk instrumental break before the satin-coated vocal glides back in.

Flip it over and again your in for a equally enthralling treat with the lead vocal this time gently cracking with emotion, the backing is equally slick backing is stronger with horns and piano directing the dance beat…if anything this is the more soulful of the two sides…

But what great songs these two are, it would be tough to name a better 70s combination - surely a twinning of the very highest calibre, presented today in it’s by far rarest format…

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The winning bid was £ 964.00

Delola Carmichael

Leave That Boy Alone C/w I'm Gone So Long

One of Northern Soul’s most coveted 60s labels not only for it’s stunningly colourful design but also for it’s wealth of product, some of which rank as the rarest Northern Soul 45s on the planet. 45s by Tut Sutton, Intensions, Idols etc. have all added to this most sought after labels mystic.

May we now throw this sumptuous girl mid-tempo into the hat, by an equally mysterious Delola Carmichael who on both sides of this immaculate disc (with birth sleeve) gives up two Sultry-Sister-Soul dance grooves.

Top side is a fabulously uplifting Northern Soul featuring an highly inventive arrangement saturated in quirky horn rhythm. In the right hands we see no reason for this beauty to take off huge - especially already with a enviable “Rarity” status.

Flip it over and enjoy Delola giving an on-your-knees beseeching performance that Tut Sutton would have been proud of. Fabulous mid-paced Northern Soul

Somewhat a cult disc amongst collectors but this rarity has snooze for too long in collections - time for it to hit those Northern Soul circuit turntables. BOTH sides have everything to take his 45 to the top.

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The winning bid was £ 172.00

Wall Street

Let's Make Love

Super-Rare Bull City Soul ballad.

Vocal Soul harmony fans slip your headphones on and indulge yourself for the next 4 minutes. These guys will have you submerging slowly into a warm pool of extravagant Soul; that the top groups Delfonics, Stylistics, Manhattans would be delighted to call their own.

But this flawless 1980 recording is no known group but a one record only gathering from the streets of Durham, North Carolina. A. Abdulla Jones project that has the preciseness of Sweet Soul off to perfection.

Soaring, icicle sharp falsetto, a short rap at just the right time and a rich vein of harmony backing throughout. Simplistic arrangement enables those fine vocals to take center ground and serve up what is for me quite easily the “BEST” Sweet Soul experience I’ve encountered in memory.

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Grandy St. Redevelopment Plus Merrily Pick

Jelly Roll

Wow! a Norfolk, Va. runaway truck is about to rumble into your life!

Strap yourself in - for a dancefloor journey into oblivion…get ready for an heady cocktail of sharp guitar, relentless percussion and wailing brass.. it will be just too much to ignore.

The insane mixing of Latin and Funk driven to the limit by drum whacking excellence and a crazed and lengthy sax break, the only pause for breath is when a Soulful Seductress injects a couple of sexy raps into the session…

outrageously powerful….I’m trying to imagine the affect it would have on a full Niter Dancefloor…?

FRIGHTENING!!

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The winning bid was £ 262.00

The Quik

Bert's Apple Crumble

The British MODS, the urban-culture who never received the credit of helping to save the weakening Northern Soul scene in the mid 80s, discovered their very own classics too. This long term MOD Anthem has more recently, stepped over the line onto Northern Soul all-niter territory, and boy does this sound awesome LOUD!

Twangy “fuzz”, thumpin’ piano, background chattering, rhythmic hand-clapping opening catches the ear. Then BANG - an almighty drum explosion, followed by an insane guitarist and blows everybody away!

The guitarist mad..? Wait till the Hammond kicks off.. utterly manic.. As instrumentals go this is not only different it is freaking BRILLIANT!

I love a Sean Chapman set, never quite know what your gonna be treated to.. this MOD classic is RARE and now Northern Soul has embraced it…watch the value rocket yet again

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The winning bid was £ 168.00

Sherrys

Put Your Arms Around Me

Can it be more important whilst chasing the real-deal Northern Soul classics than to own the very FIRST RECORD TO BE PLAYED AT WIGAN CASINO in it’s rarest form.

Joe Cook’s daughters grab and hang on to a careering Bob Martin arrangement that flies at the pace Wigan Casinos reputation was built on. Relentless and persuasive floorpacker that entirely fitted the amphetamine fueled atmosphere.

This example is the first press Philadelphia PROMO that Joe Cook decided to release on the HOT label - and change the label logo from J. J. for HOT with a marker pen also crossing out a defunct BMI publisher right of J. Little.

The silver label copies are of course bootlegs - before you is the authentic PROMO press of a history making 45 that just never comes to market.

Act accordingly…  

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The winning bid was £ 565.00

Poppies

Lullaby Of Love

Although nobody said so at the time, today many consider this the greatest 60s girl group album ever released… in 1966 it sold virtually nothing.

Northern Soul foragers soon corrected that oversight in the mid-70s then The Poppies became the darlings of Northern Soul.

Dorothy Moore, Petsye McCune & Rosemary Taylor a Southern Girl trio signed by Epic for Billy Sherrill to try and capture similar chart success “The Toys” had with “Lovers Concerto” first release “Lullaby Of Love” was a “Lovers Concerto” clone, far too twee for the Northern Soul crowd but a great tune which achieved moderate gain, that prompted Epic to release this album.

Are we glad they did because it is crammed with less “Pop” aimed recording that are just stunning Northern Soul. the pick of this 10 track LP are:

1 “The Love We Knew” - retitled for single release “There’s A Pain In My Heart” a Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier ANTHEM!

2 “Spellbound” - played of this album at the same time as “There’s A Pain..” top tune that never achieved 45 release. So popular with the NS crowd it receive the honor of being bootlegged.

3/4/5/6 “Don’t Throw Our Love Away” “Sure Is Worth It” “Wonderful World Of Love” “The Love Song ” all non-commercial solid Northern Soul dancers all never achieved 45 release.

7 “He;’s Got Real Love” The Poppies other 45 that received strong Northern Soul action throughout the 70s.

After “Lullaby Of Love” the lack of 45 sales & the dismal response to the Album release. Epic dropped the trio, they never recorded for another label, with Dorothy Moore achieving Soul-Star status, Rosemary Taylor had a single for ABC the third member at the time Petsye McCune ..perhaps someone can inform us what direction this lady went in.

The Poppies were one of the finest girl-groups ever assembled, before you today is the PROMO album that is a fine example of their work. Vinyl and label are immaculate. Front cover is clean, couple of very minor “corner bumps”, back cover carries North Dakota Radio Station I.D. and a file number - see scans of the vital NS album. The soundfile no doubt will have already impressed!

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The winning bid was £ 54.00

Prince George

Wrong Crowd C/w I Love Too Hard

MONSTER moves from IRISH SEA to the NORTH SEA read all about it.

Colin Curtis was the man - the man who made this left-field Norfolk, Virginia record a top want for every UK NS DJ.

At the time in 1975 I didn’t know of anyone else who had a copy; So for what seemed an age I pestered Colin for his copy… I needed a record to sooth the agony of paying, a then record sum for James Fountain on Peachtree which within days came out on the Manchester based Cream label. I was a victim of insider trading.. I needed to bounce back..

Eventually Colin relented and said he would sell me “Prince George” .. without hesitation I jumped in my white Minivan and drove to Stoke On Trent clutching crisping £10 notes.. and wondering the whole journey whether it was coming out next week on Pye Disco Demand.

Cleethorpes Pier was tomorrow..

I got my disc, I paid too much of course..but the reaction at the Pier, for the regular punters to hear a Top Blackpool Mecca tune above the crashing waves of the North Sea was a real-coup. It fitted right into that legendary NS FUNK atmosphere “Ton Of Dynamite” “Cut Your Motor Off” “Summer In The Parks” an the like, “The Pier” created…

Today a Prince George “original” has stayed extremely hard to find! Here’s an authentic original copy - a 45 you just don’t encounter very often and a huge part of Northern Soul history.

PS thinking back I was a snotty nosed novice .. because I never ever played the flipside “I Love Too Hard” which today, many think (including myself) is the side that we should have played.

Two great tunes - one very rare disc..

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The winning bid was £ 202.00

Gene Chandler

Mr. Big Shot C/w I Hate To Be The One To Say

This weeks classic white demo in flawless condition comes in the form of a stomping Northern Soul classic…

But the main reason for this listing other than the eye-popping condition, is to raise awareness for the every note a good flipside…that has sat under the DJ radar for too long.

You cannot overlook the influence Motown has had the recording or in fact the similarities of the song to Norman Johnson’s Showmen recordings. But when you realize Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd of SHRINE fame wrote both songs, everything clicks into place.

The collaboration of Mr. Lewis & Kidd has been responsible for some of the most expensive rare Northern Soul 45s ever made.

“Mr. Big Shot” has it all, perfect dance rhythm, blaring horns, snarling vocal full vocal group back-up, insane sax break and a constant Mike Terry influenced low-blow sax stabs. BRILLIANT!

“Hate To Be The One..” has the classic one finger piano key pokes intro, then turns into perfect Northern Soul drenched in all the characteristics listed above.. not as fast but just a fantastic dancefloor inviter with a piano break to die for..

Consider this, if these two sides came out on Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd usual outlet of SHRINE records..what price today would this taste of double NS bliss be?

We repeat vinyl & labels are impeccable..

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The winning bid was £ 308.00

Impressions

Can't Satisfy C/w This Must End

Along with “You’ve Been Cheating” - “Can’t Satisfy” provided the 60s Soul dance fan with an alternative to Tamla Motown, as Curtis Mayfield aided by Johnny Pate recreated and arguably bettered the Motor City Sound.

A Twisted Wheel anthem that on it’s 1968 + 1970 reissues on Stateside enabled, The Impressions at their best, to ensnare more teenagers at British Youth Clubs into a life of Soul music, perhaps more than any other 45s.

So today, to be able to offer the opportunity of ownership to the coveted Red & White 1966 press is quite a joy, recalling as a 15 year I would unstitched my school blazer badge, so he could pretend to be a MOD on Friday night Kirby Lane Youth club…

To that generation the British 60s DEMO is still the ultimate vinyl-experience and “Can’t Satisfy” one of the ultimate tunes of the time…

Vinyl inspection only reveals only very light insignificant surface blemishes none whatsoever affect play and both labels are clean and free of any flaws.

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The winning bid was £ 144.00

Margaret Lewis

Something's Wrong Baby

It more than rare to find fabulous Louisianan R&B dancer hidden away as a flipside to a hillbilly country rocker.

The difference in styles reminds me of the great Wanda Jackson who could turn her style from Rock & Roll, Country & Western plus gritty Sister R&B. This lady has certainly got similar attitude.

Listen to the way Ms Lewis rips into the lyrics, her Southern-squealing style carried suits the dance rhythm perfectly… then the record becomes truly fabulous when a wild sax break blasts and seals this 45 as something special.

Seldom seen and gaining quite a reputation..

Clean vinyl with one mark, listen carefully you will maybe catch a click or two but nothing the detracts from the sassy lady’s spectacular delivery.

RARE btw

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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

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Bessie Banks

Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come C/w Try To Leave Me If You Can

12 years on the “Go Now” lady again flexes Sister vocal prowess with her most-sought after record, a haunting 70s dance groove of real stand-out qualities.

The lush arrangement is bolstered by a a sultry sax poking holes through the swirling string section, an occasional trumpet intrusion and the rich flowing backing gives up the perfect atmosphere for this great lady’s effortless vocal to soar.

Incredibly soulful mid-tempo stroller that’s been a dancefloor favourite for decades never ever out-wearing it’s welcome… but that is only 1/2 the story

This is the so seldom seen stock copy that offers up one of the greatest Sister Deep Soul ballads ever made - listen & weep this is PROPER SOUL - PROPER RARE SOUL again supported by a musical arrangement that screams class.

Weep also if you own the promo copy - because this masterpiece ain’t on the flipside.

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The winning bid was £ 466.00

Various Artists

New Faces From Hitsville

UK Tamla Motown rarest EP by quite some way.

Yes, the one most TMG addicts are missing in that colourful run of 18.

This copy is neat and tidy, there is one light small scuff on the a-side vinyl NOT affecting play as you can hear. Otherwise the vinyl is a neat clean EX+.

Check out those artists and tracks JIMMY RUFFIN before the “Brokenhearted” hit “As Long As There Is Love” CHRIS CLARK - Do Right Baby Do Right TAMMI TERRELL - I Can’t Believe You Love Me MONITORS - Say You

None of these tracks ever achieve UK 45 status - unique offering of 4 top-drawer Motown recordings from artists who were then unknown to the British public.

Looks beautiful doesn’t it…

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The winning bid was £ 271.00

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…

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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..

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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..

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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..

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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

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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.

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