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Gladys Knight & The Pips

Feelin' Bluesy

Gladys and The Boys are feeling far from Bluesy on this 12 track album; They are actually feeling upbeat and thoroughly feisty as she delivers some of her finest stand-out Northern Soul dance tracks that were never issued as 45s.

She tinkers with the huge Marvelettes unissued Northern Soul favourite “The Boy From Crosstown” they also deconstructed the Marvelettes Album track only “I Know Better” doing a fine catchy reworking.

But by far the star of the album and yet to receive a prolonged Northern Soul airing worthy of its brilliance is the compelling LP only

AIN’T YOU GLAD YOU CHOSE LOVE

…Motown Northern Soul at it’s very finest, saturated in real Detroit Soul with hardly a commercial note in it…

Remembering this is the much RARER 1968 UK MONO press in immaculate condition retaining the original birth-inner-sleeve. You do occasionally bump into a STEREO press but seldom in this flawless condition - with the MONO pumping out a much-richer uncomplicated sound - ideal for the challenges of the club atmosphere..

Our tip is “AIN’T YOU GLAD YOU CHOSE LOVE” will be a monster before the year is out.. exposure is all it needs… oh and a DJ with great taste..of course.

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Barbara English & The Fasshions

Fever

Fancy some Popcorn?

This girl gathering butters-up Little Willie John’s 1956 classic stroll adding some smooth class to Otis Blackwell’s much recorded song.

No matter who tackles this enduring classic it darn good, Peggy Lee, Willie John, Helen Shapiro etc. But nobody “Popcorn’s it” like these gals..

A New York production from the desk of the consistent Henry Glover always a man to inject a little extra something into his productions. “Fever” by these ladies just slots so easily into that “I’m Comin’ Home” groove that is so very popular with the dancers..

LOVE IT! and this Promo copy is flawless still sitting in it’s birth-sleeve.

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Janie Grant

My Heart, Your Heart

One to satisfy the lust of the rare STOCK copy stalker

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O. V. Wright

Can't Find True Love Uk Ep

When the word RARE is totally inadequate..

1965 British 4 track EP of mythical rarity; I’ve ridden more Unicorns at Aintree , than encountered this fabulous testament to Texas Soul. Now I encounter this vision of beauty in 2015 in just shimmering condition.

Hardly a blemish on the vinyl, both labels are perfect; front and back covers as you can see are flawless too.

After your eyes adjust to normal, after the glow of such brilliance; check out the impressive seizure of one of the last century greatest Soul vocalist on British vinyl…

PS I just adore the 60s “Art Sleeve” framing O.V. in confident pose..

This is British Soul Vinyl collecting at it’s most satisfying…oh I did feel good when this dropped into my hands..

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Andre & Zero Plus

Sparkle In A Woman's Eye / Chump Change

When a record you’ve never seen before come with a dedication on the label “To Aunty Mary - Andre” you know you are looking at disc that most probably only got as far as family and friends.

And that is a crime, as Soul harmony of this quality.. te world needs to hear.

This weeks Sweet Soul treat is a ghostly silky-string decorated mid-pace stroller displaying luxurious vocal that sail high above the jazzy arrangement.. A razor-sharp falsetto slices the air on a flying-carpet of harmonies prompt by a constant plucking of a single violin string… an impressive string break marries the whole production together.

Classy stuff Andre, very classy I bet you made Aunty and the rest of the family proud…. now the world can hear your Sweet Soul masterpiece

Flip as you’s expect from the title is a slice of Chicago street-funk..

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Rain

Out Of My Mind

Near Impossible… as this unicorn-RARE, Red/Black & White label design Promo and…

baring no resemblance what so ever to the very first copy ever played on the Northern Soul scene by inimitable DJ “Poke” at Cleethorpes Pier - he debuted this tune over the North Sea as a miss-pressed Brownstone 4202 with the label reading “Vicki Anderson - I’m Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff”

A far cry from Miss Funk herself to girl-vocal Northern Soul - and it was quite some time before it’s true I identity was know. Even back then and absolutely now, I don’t think I’ve witnessed more than a couple of copies with this THREE-COLOUR PROMO design.

A listing that will spark long-thought from those many of you in hot-pursuit of the Rarest Format, when it comes to amassing the real-deal Northern Soul classics..

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Herbert Hunter

Happy Go Lucky

Now here’s a man who could sing a logarithms book and it would sound immense! Welcome, Ted Jarrett’s prodigy, the crooner who gave us the immortal “I Was Born To Love You” with his other top-drawer Northern Soul contribution. But this time it is so very much rarer.

It has always mystified why one particular 45 on a label is rare and another just impossible. Our data reveals this “Happy Go Lucky” as infinitely rarer than his better known classic, but pulsates with all the same qualities..

That huge vocal, the uplifting Ted Jarrett production, the squealing enthusiasm from the backing girls. It’s all there - it’s only the unquestionable rarity that has stunted it’s growth from growing into an equally revered tune..

Having said that there has been some inspirational Lone-Wolf DJs over the years who have been solidly behind it, giving birth to a strong underground appreciation…

Well here’s your chance to join those “Lone-Wolf” Jocks and add more weight to it’s elbow…What ever takes to become a NS dance-floor-favourite this 45 has it all - except blanket exposure… the shackles of genuine rarity strike again.

This is a tune that begs to be set free..

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The winning bid was £ 162.00

Ty Karim

You Just Don't Know / All In Vain

The under-recorded but highly appreciated “Queen Of Los Angeles Soul”

60s Soul that is - when this indomitable songstress’s every recording was a flawless testament to the neighborhood talent that crafted exactly what the European Soul collected was drawn to… and this lady is universally considered THE best California ever offered.

Before you today is this radiant lady’s most-valued 45; in sparkling flawless condition - with the topside exploding with every component that makes Northern Soul great, and a flipside that gives up an on-her-knees performance that is consider her finest “Deep Soul” moment.

The incomparable Ty Karim at her vibrant best…

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The winning bid was £ 985.00

Willie Mitchell

Driving Beat - 7" Jukbox Mini Lp

Amazing this near 50 year old, remains unopened, still sealed, complete with 85% shrink wrap intact plus as you can see the 6 titled inserts for the jukebox are still “as new”. As are the two thumbnail album cover replicas awaiting 1966 jukebox display.

For the serious condition-conscious Northern Soul classic original hunters, It does not get better than this..

The six tracks read like they were especially selected for a “Willie Mitchell does Northern Soul” CD

  1. Everything Is Gonna Be Alright

  2. Nick-O-Demus

  3. The Champion pt 1

  4. That Driving Beat

  5. Fat Cat

  6. Smiley

Noting that the floorshaking soundfile sample is from a long ago listing and is only for reference…

… snippet reminder of why legendary Northern Soul turntable master John Vincent made this “at the time” album only track “The Champion” the biggest dancefloor-detonator in the UK. Sheffield’s Samantha’s Allniter signature tune and a Wigan Casino anthem…Mr. Vincent was never one to compromise.. FULL-ON Northern Soul being his trademark for decades..

This &” 6 mini-lp was John Vincent’s launchpad for what became a near 40 year NS love-affair and still today igniting the dancefloor dash as the few opening bars are unleashed..

We repeat - still seal and unplayed.

 

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Unknown Girl Group

Gonna Be Some Lovin' / Don't Let Your Heart

As far as we know this magnificent circa 1964 girl group acetate is unique… and never released. Feelgood New York, Motown-inspired Northern Soul mostly likely produced by girl-group doyen Richie Barrett. Using one of his many girl-vocalists he could call on…

…maybe Beverly Marcel, Shelia Ferguson or even a Veneers unissued session, but this is of course is all Manship conjecture, as the label reveals very little. One thing is for certain this “SPECTORIOUS” production was hanging onto the coattails of Phil Spector and his huge success at the time; Lenny Hodes’s brazen use of “Spector” name may have been considered disrespectful, but the Spectorious set-up did craft some outrageously fine Girl-Group recordings of its own. Notably Arlene Smith - Good Girl - and the label did enlist some of New York’s finest, Junior Bea, Sammy Lowe, Richie Barrett and the drumming usually provided by Pamama Francis.

This recent “find”, at this moment in time we can only guess who’s singing, who’s producing, who anyone is on the session…

One thing is for sure, your ears are treated to superlative mid-60s Girl Group ideal for the Northern Soul circuit. Whilst the serious Girl-Group collector will be gagging to get his hands on…the raucous flipside saturated by an insane saxophonist..

I love rarity, but I equally adore mystery especially of this high quality…Any extra information about of this jewel is of course most-welcome..

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The winning bid was £ 225.00

Troy Johnson

I Want You / This Ain't The Way

Late 70s Los Angeles Soulful dance rarity; a deliciously uplifting mover bristling with brass, shrill ladies and an acutely pleading lead vocal.

Jimmy Jones directs the horns, that frantically stab through the lilting arrangement, but so precisely time so not to overwhelm the vocals leaving the recording a crisp clean dancer rippling with Soul. Love it.

The side Jimmy Jones decided to lead with is also a worthy listen. The pace drops but none of the beseeching delivery, squealing girl back-up or those potent horns, everything is again present and correct..

Two strong sides with “I Want You” being a long-appreciated “Soulful Dance” must have..

Radio Station I.D. stamp on one label is its only forgivable flaw.

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Carolyn Crawford

When Someone's Good To You / My Heart

An eye-watering Red & White DEMO from this highly regarded Motown-Angel with her only UK single release from her impressive Motown offerings.

As you can see & hear - condition is blinding..

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Mamie P. Galore

No Right To Cry / Do It Right Now

The much-loved Chicago Songbird, with her most-wanted, least seen and finest Northern Soul recording.

Mamie Galore became the Northern Soul Darling circa 1970 when her “It Ain’t Necessary” hit the very top of the then flourishing Northern Soul scene. With youngsters like me reading Blues & Soul adverts for the Top-Clubs of the time, sitting in awe oggling the play listings of artists I knew nothing of…

Catacombs adverts would amaze with their invitation to come and hear; Johnny Sayles, Richard Temple, Mamie Galore etc. During the early 70s there was rumors of an even better Mamie Galore recording on Sack. The mind-boggled and it was some time before I heard it and even longer before I actually saw a copy in all its glory, residing in Soul Sam’s DJ box.

Owning this 45 has always been an unreasonable challenge to complete. Super-Rare and giving up “perfectly” crafted Northern Soul from Wally Roker’s & Monk Higgins “Special Agent” team.

Click the sound file and wonder what if this Mamie recording was found before “It Ain’t Necessary”? What a test that would have presented the collector/DJ to try and emulate the standard the Catacombs was setting…

Near 45 years later this 45 is still 1000’s of times rarer than her St. Lawrence anthem… and dare we say.. some way better.

This copy has some light surface marks but as you can fully hear it plays clean & true…

Take note, Deep Soul depressives take time to hear the sorrowful flipside.. truly unobtainable DEEP!

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The Motown Story

Compiled By Blues & Soul 1970

The utterly rare 1970 compiled by Blues & Soul (5 Shillings) MOTOWN STORY.

A stand alone limited run celebrating the 10th. Anniversary of the “Motown Sound”

A jaw-dropping 36 page part colour publication that basically misses nobody out. Artist pictures and articles on Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops., Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Jackson Five, Edwin Starr, Marv Johnson, Rare Earth, Bobby Taylor, The Contours, The Egins, Jimmy Ruffin, Kiki Dee, Chuck Jackson, Jr. Walker, Marvelettes, Spinners, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles,Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha & The Vandells, Brenda Holloway, Blinky, Velvelettes, The Fantastic Four, Shorty Long… individual bio and picture of every one of the above..

Plus an up to 1970 “complete” Tamla Motown UK Discography of 45s and albums.. and just to show how much discographies of the time were inaccurate 1/2 the release are missing - personally I love that touch of nativity within this truly fabulous tribute..easily the finest of its type.

Fine clean condition - the Discography has the previously owners collection noted -n another nice touch for historical provenance…

5 shillings or 25 New Pence in 1970 - today priceless referencing…

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Inez & Charlie Foxx

Inez & Charlie Foxx

The Darlings of the Twisted Wheel on a SUE produced album that Decca first presented to the UK public in 1965, with truly trifling sales.

It was not until “Mockingbird” & “La De Da I Love You” rose to become Twisted Wheel, Flamingo, Mojo, etc classics that Decca/London reissued this compilation of the duos “Sue/Symbol” recordings, incorporating the black label with the silver-boxed logo circa 1967/68… when this Sister/Brother pairing became recurrent Twisted Wheel stage guests.

No “boxed” logo here - this is the rare 1965 press with the “Plum” label and silver text. Extremey hard to find - and the condition is blazing near perfect.

Front & back covers are as you can see flawless; You can’t see it but it also has the factory-crafted “tapered spine” Two impeccable labels, the vinyl sitting snugly inside the original inner sleeve only revealing a few, lightest of hairline wisps under strong light. None of which effect play.

This is THE FIRST PRESS and so very hard to find..

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Otis Lee

Hard Row To Hoe

Gary Spencer’s former Lee Blackmore and the Soul Searchers cover-up that rose from the sleepy hollows of East Anglia to shake the dancefloors of Britain throughout the early 90s right up to today’s Niter’s..

The Earth-moving rhythm makes for a compelling dance-draw.. as moody Blues, is sweetly infused into a cocktail of honkin’-horns, whirling-keyboard nonchalantly driving the rhythm - the seasoned Otis Lee vocal fits snugly into this laid back style of arrangement… enriching the session with each and every word… I particularly love the ending with the “rapping” close..

Sounds as good today as it ever did; dare we say this tune is more popular now than it’s ever been and this copy is a shocking MINT still in its plain birth-sleeve.

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Enchantments

I'm In Love With Your Daughter Part 1 & 2

When first unleashed on the unsuspecting British Northern Soul dancefloor, this rasping-romp as aptly covered up as “The Detroit Shakers”

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Inconquerables

For Your Love / Wait For Me

RESERVE NOT MET

You are viewing one of the planet’s rarest Northern Soul 45s!

Not only ludicrously-impossible RARITY but also a magnificently raw-vocal-group dancer from the highly lusted-after FLODAVIEUR label. Dave Polk’s Soul / Jazz vehicle for local Los Angeles talent; guided by his impressive skills for producing fine Northern Soul with a difference. Not forgetting his belated reputation for stand-out Jazz & Doo-Wop released on his Vistone label. A grievously overlooked genius by the USA public was Mr. Polk…

Dave made his Northern Soul mark in the late 90s with the discovery of the fabulous Antellects 45 “Love Slave” still very rare today. But this absurdly-rare-NS-Ghost is even harder to acquire, as the vocal-group flipside is considered a Doo-Wop trophy-piece.

Take a listen to this staggering example of vocal-group Northern Soul, whilst the serious Doo Wop collectors check out the flipside..

… then cast your eye over the “brilliant Yellow-vinyl” label scan.. totally awesome vista!

We think you’l agree with us, as we shout “this is our most-impressive auction listing in quite some time…”

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Dobie Gray

What A Way To Go

It has always puzzled me why this record has been Dobie’s rarest 45 for 4 decades and more. All his other 60s 45’s are relatively easy to locate; but this baby has been a Northern Soul ghost, relentlessly elusive almost a vinyl apparition.

Super-Rare it may be but that is not its only attraction. Click the soundfile to liberate addictive-feel-good Northern Soul. Simple but zippy piano intro is lifted by blaring horns, wailing flute and Dobie’s blossoming enthusiasm, weld together for highly effective Northern.

Like all stand-out recordings this session grows and grows..mushrooming into an uplifting dancer you’ll find yourself singing out loud. Another fab-tune tat has suffered over the decades from it’s own severe-rarity…

A surefire “Niter-Sound” if I’ve ever heard one…

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Outsiders

Time Won't Let Me

Oh the beauty of the British Red & White DEMO dazzles again!

The Outsides one of those few “Blue-Eyed” gatherings that just had the knack of consistently spewing out dynamic Northern Soul. Influenced by Tom King’s penchant for the “Soul” sound, mixed with his mindset for rebellious dance music The Outsiders “sound” ripped into Wigan Casino’s atmosphere every Saturday night.

This was rightly a huge hit in the USA but in the UK upon release, it fell through the cracks completely unnoticed by Radio stations and collectors alike. Seldom encountered as the 1966 British release… but as a near perfect Red & White DEMO it’s something of trophy.

Listen to uncompromisingly bold Northern Soul - then gaze upon its undeniable beauty…

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Jimmy Burns

Can't Get Over / Where Does That Leave Me

So very much rarer than “I Really Love You” and way more soulful too..does Rare-Soul collecting get anymore satisfying than this?

This is Top-Drawer Northern Soul Crossover at its majestic-best. This beauty screams “Soul Essence” Saturday afternoon, “Simply Soul” “The Orwell” “Just Soul” or any Rare & Under-played room anywhere in the world..

Underplayed because hardly anybody owns a copy - underplayed because this is Real-Deal Chicago Soul for the decidedly-discerning-dancers only.

Pure distilled SOUL - it don’t get no better than this..

Flip it and weep - impossible to acquire Deep Soul at it’s most moving as Jimmy asks “Where Does That Leave Me” aided by subtle male vocal-group support, delivered at exactly the right time..bliss!

TWO SIDES TO DIE FOR!!

… and unfortunately most all of us will die, without owning a copy….

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Carl Douglas

Serving A Sentence Of Life


This is what we said about the last promo copy we auctioned

An highly respected member of that exclusive club of BRITISH ONLY release 45s. That tick all the Northern Soul quality control boxes.

Totally RARE, darn fantastic Northern Soul, validated vintage classic a beautiful head-turner into the bargain But there’s always a reason for some of these Brit-Exclusives capturing the very essence of Northern Soul - the catalyst in this case being Pierre Tubbs.

Pierre collaborated in the studio with the likes of Sidney Barnes, J. L. Jackson etc. Now there’s a pairing that crafted some truly awesome Northern Soul classics. So two years later after rubbing shoulders with the greats of our music, Pierre Tubbs brought traces of New York Soul to the UK giving the then raw 26 year old Jamaican Carl Douglas the job of belting out his fine vocal through, this horn-riddled Northern Soul masterpiece.

Huge tune at The Torch, Cats, Blackpool Mecca, pre-Wigan Casino’s birth and another lasting legacy for the relentless British crate-digging troops who left no stone unturned in the exploration for the “next” tune. Oh Boy, whoever first discovered this killer - must have leaped for joy all the way home…!


Before you today is the Insanely-Rare STOCK copy! View scan and prepare for a saliva gush..

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Four Below Zero

Tell Me Why (can't We Be Friends) Part 1 & 2

OOPS we attatched the WRONG soundfile CORRECT one now attached and Auction extended for TWO WEEKS so you can absorb it’s brilliance. instead of listening to a unique girl-group tune - sorry ‘bout that.

This week’s “Sweet Soul” offering comes from the desk of one of the most-important soul/dance producers of the last century.

Patrick Adams pre-Disco-era work gave up some killer Soul tunes; this session with Lonnie Johnson gives up tormented-harmony-Soul with an icy-cold falsetto piercing the air.. “Tell Me Why We Can’t Be Friends”

A vocal suffering badly from rejection, delivers a despairing rap intro. Then in comes an arrowed-falsetto, soaring high, cradled by 3 other vocals. A rich but tortured atmosphere unfolds, as the leads inter-change and the session becomes even more beseeching..

This is Sweet Soul at its most-convincing..rarely seen for sale and totally essential 45 to own - if vocal-group-harmony is your thing … Top drawer example of this highly collectable genre..

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Symphonies

That's What Love Will Do / Need Someone To Love

We have no doubt you are viewing, at long last, this 60’s quintessential independent Soul label’s RAREST 45,

But this vinyl “Big Foot” is so much more than just a previously seemingly nonexistent number in this highly collectable series - it is also a superior slab a Sister-Harmony-Soul that will awaken every one of your senses, as the girls convincingly portray their despair ,so sweetly on BOTH sides.

Topside is a Rose Marie McCoy “warning” of what love can do to a young girls heart & mind… excruciating Deep Soul.

Flip it over to be stopped in your tracks by the lead vocal’s grief-stricken search for “someone To Love” cradled by a her girlfriends rich harmony choruses.

Two sides of premier “Sweet Soul” that both pull you into an abyss of emotion..

So acutely rare we have no qualms about shouting from the rooftops; this is our FIRST COPY in memory and how pleased are we to be able to present it to you today..

Listen & weep… 

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Round Robin

Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann

Northern Soul dance styles of music may have changed many times over the years but the “Old-School” Niter Boys will need no reminding that “Round Robin” was a MONSTER Twisted Wheel spin..

Such a “Monster” it received the nod from Leicester’s “King” of the rare soul reissue when in 1968 it was the 8th. record in the series of 28, on the now highly-sought-afger Soul Sounds label.

At the time it was 4 years old and a near “impossible” to find 45. That’s why it was honored with a “Soul Sounds” limited press.

now nearly 50 years later, before you is the gorgeous head-turning WHITE DEMO with darn-close MINT vinyl and two near flawless labels labels…just a very light grease mark from a previous file # sticker.

Dog-Rare and dripping in history and glittering in sublime condition…

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Fire

I'm Good For You / Freedom

A listing for those of you who seek genuine obscurity giving up quality dance soul.. look no further THIS IS RARE!!!

At the beginning of the summer of 1968 with San Francisco mourning the “death Of he Hippie” and “Haight-Ashbury” flowers wilted. Local record producer and lyricist Ray Columbus turned to Soul; guiding local Bay-Area band “Fire” through this terminally RARE double helping of vocal group Northern Soul.

Blaring horns, rattling kettle-drums make way for an urgent lead supported by equally enthusiastic harmony vocals. Relentless horns keep the jerking dance rhythms pumping away as the vocals get more and more exuberant.

Flip it over and the same musicians are thumping out those honkin’ horns, rumbling drums, this time the arrangement gets a little Funkier with the vocal-group responding to that challenge brilliantly..

RARE? We never even knew it existed..!!!

A Manship Auction debutant…

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Eloise Laws

Baby Doll

Unissued 1972 Invictus recording with the delectable Ms Laws, who never disappoints..

If, like me you adored her “Love Factory” NS classic; this mid-tempo delight, that never left those Detroit vaults will certainly flip your stomach over… as it carries that familiar atmosphere that became Holland - Dozier - Holland trademark after their liberation from Motown…

It’s all there, the convincingly beseeching Eloise Laws vocal crouching in desperation between lush strings, piano, bongos, cymbals and guitar. The imploring lyrics so perfectly served up, whilst riding fabulous strolling Northern Soul dance rhythm…

VERY SPECIAL!!

but what would you expect from Invictus…”special” was their norm

This 10” studio acetate offers up the 45rpm 3.14 edit and the lengthen 33rpm 3.49 minute takes, the later take is low volume but the3.14 take belts it out loud & clean - awaiting for the DJ to wow the crowd with…

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Embraceables

Let My Baby Go / Here I Go

Pearl Jones and the girls with a double helping of real-deal Detroit Northern Soul on an iconic Motor City label..

Seldom seen for sale…and begging the question why this driving-female-force is not on everybody’s lips asking why this tune is not one of Northern Soul’s most-wanted with the Rarest Of The Rare genre…

After-all it does surge with every fundamental characteristic required to moooovve the Northern Soul dance-floor. Pearl’s lead vocal is just perfectly pitched for those pleading lyrics..

.. then we check out the label credits, revealing two Detroit studio virtuosos in the form of Dale Warren & Johnny Powers were directing proceedings; all is now clear why this is such a distinctive tune..

The same pairing constructed the flipside - I cannot wait to drop the needle on it for the first time in memory… WOW it’s every note as impressive - brilliantly sulking mid-tempo blending strings with horns, the ideal cradle for haunting girls and that leading voice to spring from.

How long can this killer lay neglected on the flipside… not long… as it has totally blown me away… wait for the instrumental break and Pearl’s eerie rap at the end… resist ownership if you can..

Current bid: £ 97.00

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Jimmy Ruffn

I've Passed This Way Before / Tomorrow's Tears

Jimmy’s follow up to his biggest hit “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted”. Saw Motown again enlisting the services lyricist James Dean & William Weatherspoon to see if the pair could match his previously Top 10 chart position each side of the Atlantic, with another “Sad-Song”

Although this wistful-stroller “hit” it was not as big and Jimmy’s chart positions never again hit the heights of “Broken-Hearted”

But still considered a top Motown classic that in this form as a TMG DEMO it is considered a premier collectors piece… So listen again to Jimmy’s vocal perfectly interpret the “Sad Song” like only Jimmy Ruffin’s vocal could, whilst benefiting from a Motown full orchestra back up - most likely the vocal of The Originals & The Andantes augmenting proceedings..

To own this great song in this format is of course the ultimate…

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Blues & Soul

June 1968 Editon # 9

Summer of ‘68 at the very height of the MOD Movement.. as this edition of Blues & Soul illustrates by highlighting three of the most popular MOD tunes of the time.

Showstoppers (front cover pic) - Ain’t Nothing But A House Party’s energy epitomized the vibrant movement and its love of Soul-Dance music. It had everything to become a top favourite; as Roger St. Pierre points out, the previously unknown group’s first record was also the first release for the launch of UK Beacon label..

Robert Knight - “Everlasting Love” - although the plagiarist group the “Love Affair” - were having chart success with it at the time, and those guys even dressed like MODS. But the movement ideology for the “authentic”, proved strong asthe “Love Affair” were shunned by taking Robert Knight into their hearts..so much so it actually charted in the UK @ # 40 totally on the back of MOD support for the original.

J. J. Jackson article prompted by the club popularity of his “Sho’ Nuff Got A Good Thing Goin’” another MOD Club choice.

Showstoppers was played in every club & Youth Club in every town from 1968 onwards…

Robert Knight I can remember playing on the “Double 5” coffee bar jukebox, a continuous spin, as I hid myself away in the corner hoping I could join the In-Crowd at some point… but my Mum wouldn’t let me out later than 10 o’clock - so not a good springboard to leap from, be part of the all-niter scene…

then there was J. J. Jackson’s “Sho’ Nuff..” Which I first heard when my best-mate Eddie Paszynski (later a Casino regular) borrowed his elder sisters record collector for an illicit night of cheap cider, No. 10 ciggies & the stacking of the Youth Club Dansette.

For me this no. 9 edition captures the very essence of my youth ..for others it will illustrate their “Golden MOD years” so very perfectly..

Note of interest. our data reveals we have only had this elusive edition once before in 2008… 

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R. Dean Taylor

There's A Ghost In My House / Let's Go Somewhere

AUSTRALIAN DEMO!

We do have a passion for offering the weird & wonderful. The Rare and the distinctively peculiar releases of Northern Soul ANTHEMS. So what about this circa 1974 Australian stickered DEMO of one of Northern Soul evergreen floor-rammers. R. Dean Taylor’s 1966 USA only non-hit that sprouted from a cheap 1972 EMI British album to become an early 70s Northern Soul Giant.

I’m not sure why 1974 in Australia EMI thought it may hit, because back then OZ had an almost non-existent Northern Soul following…. well of course it didn’t sell but what it did provide is an opportunity in 2015 giving those of you who hunt down these rare NS deviations something to chase.

Doesn’t it look stunning today, in it’s utterly unique clothing. Bet you can’t wait for the turntable-voyeurs to cop a peek of this spinning round at the club…..

No this is not a photoshop April Fools Day trick..

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