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Frankie Crocker

Ton Of Dynamite

DO IT FRANKIE - DO IT!!

A totally massive record at Cleethorpes Pier & Wigan Casino mid-70s but in truth all the credit for introducing this benchmark “NS FUNKER” lies in the innovative groundbreaking bravery of the Blackpool Mecca duo of Ian Levine & Colin Curtis who at the time circa 1975/76 were right at the top of their game influencing Britain’s Rare Soul dance trends, with memorable distinctive turntable choices as Prince George - The Wrong Crowd, Delrays Incorporated - Destination Unknown etc etc.

THe introduction of Frankie Crocker was so contrastive it, became the catalyst that launched a wave of the Funkier sounds becoming the Northern Soul norm as the sounds of Black Nasty, Rimshots, Brass Construction, Hamilton Bohannon invaded Britain’s all night club scene.

Whilst the above recordings have mostly fell by the wayside in recent times Frankie Crocker’s popularity has not only held firm, it as grown up into what can only be describe today, as a total “Floorpacker”.

THis copy before is the original first press VINYL copy, with two clean labels. The vinyl has a few minor surface blemishes but as you will hear it plays loud, clean & true.

Current bid: £ 257.00

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Isaac Hayes

1968 Stax / Volt Press Kit

The monumental pose of one of Soul’s all time greats could be framed and adorning your Record Room along with a fabulous in-house Stax/Volt 6 page press kit biography + full 3 8” by 10 genuine first take glossy artist promo photo’s.

Very Rare & complete original 1968 Stax mail shot.

Flawless in every way - do not pass

Current bid: £ 11.00

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Marvelettes

Sophisticated Soul

The elusive British MONO press is blinding condition.

Perfect labels, blemish free vinyls, original birth-inner-sleeve and a laminated cover with hardly a crease (see scan) back cover also is totally flawless.

Condition, Condition, Condition

and of course it includes the spectacular Northern Soul cut that lit up the Golden Torch “Your Love Can Save Me” a stunning LP track dancer..

Current bid: £ 23.00

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September Jones

I'm Coming Home C/w No More Love

This week’s “Black Is Beautiful” candidate is from the treasured recordings of “Pied Piper”

It matters not which side you drop the needle on, Jack Ashord, Joe Hunter and Mike Terry ensure you’re treated to the pinnacle of Detroit Soul as this single release lady tantalizes with samples of what else could lie in the “Pied Piper” Treasure Chest. (the next century would reveal 4 more delights) But meanwhile the Northern Soul collector / DJ could only fantasize of what be locked away.

This single exhibits in abundance the precise-power of “Pied Piper”, the black stock copy labels give the eye, what the ear is already enjoying - irresistible Detroit Northern Soul at it’s finest!

Current bid: £ 165.00

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Sensations

Demanding Man C/w Gonna Step Aside

Drenched in Northern Soul kudos & shimmering with perfectness!

Huge tune for “Butch” for several decades now and still as rare as ever, in fact beyond-rare, especially in this utterly impeccable condition. Perfect vinyl & two perfect labels, a glorious example.

How many records, can we say have been exhaustively hunted for over 3 decades; and still, there are only a handful known and all in the hands of the dedicated Soul collector/DJs who would rather sell their children than part with 45s of this pedigree.

Click the sound-file to unleash total vocal group Northern Soul of the very highest calibre spun by only the vinyl-endowed old-school Top Jocks.

We repeat this copy is flawless!

When confronted with an urgent vision of overwhelming wanting sucyh as this. But comments like VG-, shallow scuffs, ring wear, marked but plays well, discourage you. Let us assure you, we can find no evidence of any sales boasting this impeccable state, with only one other copy in better than “awful” condition, being sold this century.

Do not pass by.. the value of this offering can only go one way.

Beyond irresistible…. beyond essential… this is imperative Northern Soul vinyl ownership!

As BOTH sides are just mind-shattering vocal-group Northern Soul at it’s best! and it’s condition (we say again) could hardly be finer.

Current bid: £ 516.00

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Freddie Butler

Save Your Love For Me C/w

A 45 with a huge reputation for severe rarity and exclusivity!

This is 60s cutting edge street-level Detroit Northern Soul; littered with all those infectious qualities that has made many a collector dedicate his life to collecting, researching and hunting down every aspect the glory years of Motor City soul.

This example of course being one the the “Ghosts” of the era. Rarely if ever seen for sale.

So listen to a magical mix of guitar twangs, tender drum rolls,the compulsory high pitched make vocal group chorus, the occasional girl squeal are cradling Freddie’s easy-powered rich vocal.

Simplistic Genius and peppered with everything we cherish about the City and it’s time…

Current bid: £ 265.00

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Fi-dels

Try A Little Harder C/w You Never Do Right (my Baby)

Absolutely frustratingly RARE in this condition… a listing for the OCD about condition!

If you want a MINT copy with light water damage we can do that..not a problem as most all of them to suffer from taking a dip at some time during their lifetime.

Before you today is a timeless GOLDEN TORCH Northern Soul classic with TWO PERFECT LABELS and vinyl to match.

A perennial floorpacker so seldom witness in this quality of condition..

PS Do not overlooked the flipside which is note for note as good as the “NS Anthem” lead side..

Current bid: £ 237.00

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Joy Marshall

Heartache Hurry On Me C/w He's For Me

A recording that proves the Brits are capable of delivering the “Brill Building” sound of New York when required. Check out this almighty Sister version of the Robbie Porter, Roy Hamilton songs that sit deep in the hearts of the Northern Soul congregation as masterpieces of the “NS Beat Ballad” genre.

Listen to producer Mike Smith and arranger (Gary Glitter’s mentor) Mike Leander conjure up an orchestra presence that matches both the male versions. As the under-recorded voice of Joy Marshall eases her way in, then smashes this Big Big Song out the ground!

The real joy of collecting British productions on British labels is not just confined the the beauty of the PROMO label or the thrill of 50 year old flawless vinyl - it is with with patriotic pride that we can listen to this robust non-hit, comfortable in the knowledge that musically it easily matches up to it’s predecessors..

Condition is perfect and the song …even more so.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Rory Mcdonald

Your Love Is Indescribably Delicious

You are looking at one the most obscure British offerings to the Northern Soul collector. Thanks, most probably to Johnny Arthey’s penchant for “Soul” that brought him to guide this Scotchman through a fabulous 1968 Ronnie Baker “Philly” composition that Willis Wooten put onto the Northern Soul map.

This version, unlike the Willis Wooten, is frighteningly RARE and carrying all the flare we’ve come to expect from an “Arthey” involvement, as the arranger embroiders a wall of horns with and incessant funky guitar riffs for the rough-coated McDonald vocal to rip into.

Powerful and highly creditable British take on a Philadelphia in-demander. If you collect English Soul 45s or you want the rarest possible variations of great Soul dance tunes…let us assure you this 45 is ridiculously challenging to locate…

Condition is flawless in every way..

Current bid: £ 23.00

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Other Brothers

I'm Gonna Fine Love C/w A Little Girl (that I Can Call Mine)

Insanely RARE Texas vocal-group Northern Soul backed up with a mid-tempo harmony Soul Stepper.

This “impossible” gives up open-wound styled Northern Soul. Manifesting itself as an angry, snarling rasper that cannot be ignored. First championed by Keb Darge back in the restorative days of Stafford’s “Top Of The World” at the time it was allegedly a one-off; today there cannot be many more known copies, as this killer debuts our auction.

The a-side is drenched in everything Keb admired in a Northern Soul recording, another in his long list of undercooked recordings.Raw to the bone as the determined lead vocal is perfectly matched up to a honking sax and attention seekingn pumping brass. The rest of the team adding a layer of class to the proceedings with some delightful chorus replies. An inspiring sax break seals the session, making this one of the most-impressive Northern Soul 45s never to reach cult-status…sheer-rarity being it’s only obstacle.

Flip it over for a Soulful “Impressions” influenced stroller again bristling with the same enthusiastic naivety that just pulls you in.

Street-level Texas Soul at it’s most captivating..

Unimaginably RARE!!

Current bid: £ 37.00

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Charles I V

The Girl Next Door

We did sell an acetate by these guys in recent months to a stampede of bids and wanting.

So we are super pleased today to been able offer this eye-catching original CAPITOL RECORDS 8” acetate of this fabulous UNISSUED Northern Soul session.

Full orchestra accompanies culture vocals saturated in Soul, with an arrangement offering everything we love about our sound.

Full on strings & pumping brass step aside as the cracking vocal takes over and leads the way for his buddy’s to croon the chorus within this huge production; Which is enhance even further by unexpected but awesome instrumental interludes..

I’ve played this for the fourth time today and I’m hooked.. it had every quality required to become today’s ear-worm… so be careful.

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Variations

I Wanna Take You Uptown Vocal + Instrumental

The power of the Northern Soul DJ to change values, demand and availability of a 45 could not be more clearly showcased that this example of languishing for decades in collections, suddenly to rocket up to “NS Most-wanted” status,

A Northern Soul growler impregnated with a Norman Whitfield inspired sprinkling of FUNK.

I recently witnessed it’s floor-destroying capabilities at the wonderful VA-VA-VOOM all-dayer recently - LOUD - it rocked the joint.

The time to get on this “NS bullet” is now, value and awareness is starting to boil over and this copy was a Virgin MINT unplayed until the impressive soundfile was milked.

You will never find a finer or hotter copy of the Northern Soul NOW Sound.

Current bid: £ 1.00

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New York City

Don't Rush Me Now C/w Deja Vu

It is unclear if these are the same guys who started out as “Tri-Boro Exchange” and then in 1972 became New York City to have that monster hit “I’m Doing Fine Now” on RCA.

What is clear is - this 1985 indie is one insanely-rare New York Sweet Soul ballad from an out-of-reach Top-Drawer! Check out the sensational mix of vocals, prepare to be moved by the depth of Soul this gathering projects within all the levels of cultured vocals. TOTAL CLASS!

This 45 is backed up with crazed string driven Boogie dancer! But in the light of the Sweet Soul side, this Earth, Wind & Fire clone gives me with no desire to wax-lyrical…although it is likewise filled with highly impressive vocals..but it moves me not… flip it..

The Sweet Soul side, is a blow-you-away phenomenal icy-sweet journey and rare in the extreme!

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