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Unity & The Downbeats

Love Dream / High Voltage

Well, here it is, the rarest record to honor the Manship Soul Auction so far in 2016. A current monster for Rare Soul Royalty Soul Sam & Arthur Fenn.

The insanely rare and so in-demand. “Unity & The Downbeats” which graces only those most-exclusive sets offered by the DJ elite of the “Soul Essence” styled events and the burgeoning European Club circuit.

Take time to absorb this delicious vocal-group harmony stepper, headed up by a pleadingly sweet Sister lead voice, with male support subtly coming through from the background; as heavenly horns waft around, soaring aloft like a silken veil. The tricky plectrum work, drives the relentless dance rhythm, as those horns continue to elevate the session into the greatness, worthy of the lengthy imposing guitar solo intervention.

So damn impressive..

Flip it and the gathering get down hard, with those horns morphing into bad-ass delinquency, the girls grit their teeth, clench their fists as the guitar unleashes a relentless dance-floor attack, for those angry-horns to open up the way for an crazed Bongo player and towards the ending, a passing flutist invades the studio and this riotous free-for-all becomes a FUNK masterpiece…

We think we may have a clue for this discs outrageous rarity, the master-plate seems to have been visually flawed, and the playing surface on the FUNK side reveals 3 light ridges that DO NOT affect play, but are not exactly pretty on the eye.

As you can hear it plays perfectly, with the master-grooves pressing deep through those 3 tiny ridges for flawless play. Is this a flaw with the few known copies? We would like to know, as it would give reason to this disc’s severe rarity..

TOP TUNE twice over, that so few can boast of owning..

Current bid: £ 1,216.00

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Johnnie Taylor

Blues In The Night

Eye-popping irreproachable condition, absolutely perfect vinyl. Unblemished labels and a spotless laminated cover.. you will never better the state of this highly sought-after seldom-seen, 4 track French EP.

Current bid: £ 74.00

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Little Richie

Just Another Heartbreak / I Wish I Was A Baby

First check the title text of this flawless PROMO inside birth-sleeve

Yes it the sought-after seldom seen

“Just Another Heart-BREAK

A real-deal timeless “Northern Soul Classic” in by far and away it’s rarest form, in dream condition and never ever in it’s near 50 year old lifetime met a Northern Soul DJ before. Filed only copy ready and waiting grace and uplift even the most prestigious collections.

Top-Drawer / Top Condition

But not overlooking the totally-tortured Deep Soul flipside

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The winning bid was £ 1,324.00

Isley Brothers

This Old Heart Of Mine (is Weak For You)

If this recording was discovered today on a tiny Detroit neighborhood indie label and it had not been heard before, it is no exaggeration that £10,000 would not even get close to buying it.

A song that epitomizes all the joy of our teenage years, our baptism into a life of Soul. The enticement that made us all step into the world of rare-soul, just in case there was more of this inspiring style to be heard.. and of course there was literally 1000’s and 1000’s of tunes that made the hairs on your arms twitch, your nevk tingle and your feet wiggle like they had never done before..

Yes, 1000’s and 1000’s - but NONE like this masterpiece did..

Little wonder Levi Stubbs allegedly went into a sulk when this first earmaked for the Four Tops landed in the Isley Brothers lap..

If I live forever, I’ll never relive the emotion this record electrocuted me with 15 year old at the school dance, and Loughborough’s “Wufty Shufty Roadshow” dropped the needle on it ..you never forget the first time..

Here it is the Motown-Masterpiece in it’s full glory, in the rarest possible format you could ever own it in.. and finest condition of a true Mint minus throughout

Totally immaculate..as are those indelible memories..

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The winning bid was £ 369.00

Larry Clinton

She's Wanted

The winner of this, the holiest of Northern Soul Grail’s, will become the custodian of the highest-regarded, most-wanted of all Northern Soul real-deal-classics, sitting at the very zenith of Rare-Soul 45 collecting.

THE RED STOCK COPY

Quite easily the finest condition example of the three only known copies on Planet Earth.

IS THERE A MORE PRESTIGIOUS TROPHY TO WIN IN THE WORLD ARENA OF NORTHERN SOUL CLASSIC HUNTING?

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The winning bid was £ 7,372.00

Metros

Since I Found My Baby / No Baby

It’s gotta be said whoever was in charge of product and marketing at RCA in Britain during the 60s, never had a soulful bone in his body..

USA RCA catalog was drenched in not only Soul, but some of the finest Soul ever recorded. Whilst UK RCA was a desert of continual disappointment, as they passed by most everything not sung by Sam Cooke. Obviously blinded by the £££’s Elvis, Jim Reeves and The Monkees.

Hey, I accept the German’s make better cars than The Brits and they also had someone at RCA who had the foresight that maybe a foreign piece of music by a 4 man Detroit black vocal group, may just topple Um-par-par Um-Par-Par Biergarten festival fixation on Gemütlichkeit.

Whilst in England, Soul music was the 60s teenagers Gemütlichkeit, RCA chose to ignore that. At the same time Germany released The Metros finest recording complete with engaging Picture Sleeve… damn it, we were outdone yet again.

Vorsprung durch vinyl !

and to rub salt into our soul, this 45 was released in 1966 …

now that really hurts!

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The winning bid was £ 165.00

Paul Kelly

Chills And Fever / Only Your Love

From the Streets of Miami to the pressing plant of British Decca and onto the Twisted Wheel to become a 60’s club-anthem

Present here in it’s rarest format, an immaculate 1965 UK DEMO!

That’s giving me “Chills & Fever” just holding it!

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The winning bid was £ 116.00

Sir Ceaser And The C. Tillman Band

Show Me The Time

From the streets just North of Compton, California and the very busy desk of it’s leading 60’s record producer Fats Washington, emerges one hell of a Northern Soul experience, blending a booming vocal into a decidedly subtle arrangement building on the back of mushrooming vibes, strings and precise piano strokes.

The former “Big Joe Turner” reveals why the choice of name, as Sir Caesar has one almighty velvety-vocal. A stroller drench in class and thoughtfulness. Those of you following the growing cult of Beat Ballad Heaven The “Island” sound that is flooding the internet enriching Sunday sessions at places like “Crib Soul” “Feed Your Soul” etc. This has to be a seamless candiate for that music policy..

RARE and in MINT condition, near impossible to acquire..those streets have not been kind to vinyl over the decades. This offering retains it’s birth sleeve with producers address and telephone # on. It don’t get much more “Mint” or authentic than that..

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The winning bid was £ 467.00

Chris Morgan

Who Am I / Now I Taste The Tears

It is one of Northern Soul little mysteries why this New Yorker has never become a Northern Soul anthem, a raging beast that spits fire and venom and all the good-stuff that destroyers the adrenaline driven dancefloors.

Check out Bill Medley’s rumbling Runaway-Truck intro; not for the first time has Bill Medley thrown a giants rumbling-stomach-pains into the mix. Jerry Ganey’s MGM session threw up all-sorts of quaking improvisations to stir the dancers. But this Chris Morgan session I think delivers it even deeper…

The uncompromising guttural vocal matched by burping tubas and full orchestral backdrop will make you shudder. I’ve trumpeted this 45’s qualities before and I’m certain, some day soon, a DJ will lift the value and demand through the roof, when the needle is dropped in a some cozy-club and the speakers hang on by their fingertips as Chris Morgan seeks to destroy the house!

So darn good it makes me wanna shout.. “You Can Stick You Top 500 up ya ass!” There I’ve said it, and i feel so much better, as Chris Morgan’s recording is proof that some great, great music was passed over, all for the love of “The Snake” 

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The winning bid was £ 148.00

King Solomon

Where Is My Shoe

R&B / FUNK fans take notice - this is DOG-RARE and decidedly different !!

1967 Los Angeles session written by his right hand lady Mary Solomon out of frustration of “The King” in the family forever asking “Where’s My Shoes?” and King Solomon answers the lady with an intimidating snarling beast of a tune, galvanized by a fleet of uncompromising stabbing horns.

This is one of the most-impressively defiant vocals I’ve heard in quite some time. As King Solomon’s “morning” throat gargles, squeals, screams and howls his demands for his lady to find his shoes..and pretty damn quick…

Mary Solomon must have been impressed the way her lyrics were so convincingly delivered by her man… but perhaps a little shaken by the savage-delivery, she wisely never followed the session up with “Damn, where are my car keys, woman ?”

KILLER FUNK and we repeat DOG-RARE and totally flawless..

Footnote from Mary Solomon “Where ‘Ya Left Them - King !!!”

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The winning bid was £ 96.00

Jewels

We Got Togetherness

Black Stock copy addicts look no further for your fix this month.

Unleash real-deal Northern Soul, stomping rebellion. A classic stampede inducing Wigan Casino igniting Northern..

As a BLACKIE this is so highly desirable, as a memory one of the few tunes actually complimented the drugs you were taking…by keeping up with you.

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The winning bid was £ 112.00

Lost Soul

I'm Gonna Hurt You / For You

A quick smack of the drums, and we’re up and running with a one of the most-instantly inspiring Northern Soul “Niter” sounds ever made.. not forgetting it’s backed-up with a really special flipside, that will also appeal to the USA Garage addicts with a mild injection of Psyche.

Two great tunes that instantly remind you of the “tempest” Smash sessions

Tight fluid harmonies driven by relentless keyboard rhythm, this is Blue-Eyed Northern Soul at it’s very finest, Carolinas styled but from the neighboring Danville Virginia. Ridiculously challenging to acquire and this copy is FLAWLESS!

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The winning bid was £ 494.00

Artistics

Get My Hands On Some Lovin'

1967 WHITE DEMO copy - how gorgeous is this?

Check over that impressive track listing not an inferior recording in sight. Before you is a carefully selected 10 Chicago vocal-group grooves of the highest order.

One of the greatest Soul groups ever assembled, a coming together of extreme talent;a team that gave so much to Northern Soul, harmony Soul and 60’s R&B. They are deservedly ranked as many collectors all-time favourites.

This White PROMO album would be, the jewel in the all the Artistics vinyl that we know all of you own.

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The winning bid was £ 67.00

Two People

Stop, Leave My Heart Alone

Starting it’s Northern Soul journey way, way back in the early 70s with the “Merlin” of Northern Soul, Tony Dellar inside his castle of Soul “The Howard Mallett” club Cambridge, a place of magical proportions that should be considered one of the truly-pioneering, in fact ground-breaking NS clubs of all time.

So when I heard this almost forgotten killer, played out and about only last month, boy did it instantly stop my conversation. Not heard it in a while and it sounded so darn good…

Decidedly different, instantly appealing, as the drum and vibe blend drills into your brain, riveted by two emotional vocals, but then innovation lifts the recording to yet another level with fantastic fuzz-guitar wailings. String section breaks, convincing ooh-oohs from the pairing..

THIS TUNE HAS IT ALL

After over 40 years sitting on the back-burner of DJ’s boxes, take a leaf out of the DJ’s book, who made me stop everything I was doing, with this inspired drop, that drips with inventiveness, inspiration & individualism.

Noting that this copy is utterly pristine, still snug in it’s birth-sleeve.

as for Tony Dellar…you may ask why we don’t see more of him.. well he was last seen walking down the A1, in his dressing gown waving a wand conjuring for those enchanting “Howard Mallet” experiences to return.. 

Current bid: £ 125.00

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Eddie Holman

I Surrender / I Love You

Filed since 1969, we could quite easily grade Action Record’s most elusive 45 as Mint and no-one would argue. We did acquire four strong Action titles from a collection where they were purchased as new releases. This is the first of the 4.

There is no need for us to reiterate the importance or the rarity of “Shop Fresh” UK Soul rarities carry. To the seasoned “English” Soul collector, condition is the crucial factor considered in all 45 acquisitions.

You are all seeking flawless, labels vinyl in birth-sleeves this listing ticks all 3 boxes… not overlooking that this Philadelphia session provided Northern Soul with one of it’s perennial classics; that is becoming increasingly difficult to hunt down on the USA ABC press, as the 1969 UK Action counterpart, in recent times it has become a near Holy Grail quest…and in this standard of condition, we do doubt the window of opportunity will open again, any time soon.

Vinyl perfection, Northern Soul precision.. a rare combination.

Current bid: £ 48.00

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Marvelettes

Reaching For Something I Can't Have /destination Anywhere

A flawless 1968 British Green & White DEMO!

Current bid: £ 42.00

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Bobby Womack

Nothing You Can Do / Get It While You Can

Without question this geniuses rarest Northern Soul offering that Wilson Pickett covered and hit, as Bobby’s original from the streets of Los Angeles fell slipped into obscurity and into Northern Soul folklore.

Current bid: £ 13.00

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5 Royales

Catch That Teardrop

A dance-floor wildebeest style stampede-igniter, like no other..

This the authentic original 1962 first press Memphis 45, draws heavily from the 50’s street-corner atmosphere, whilst still managing to inject a Northern Soul flavoured atmosphere into the production. Resulting in an absolute NS Club smash, as the dancers took it straight to their hearts, to remain there for the next decade…

A recording that has that indefinable quality that never allows you to tire of hearing it. It’s an uplifting tune with the power to elevate a club’s atmosphere on a single drop of the stylus, as those warming characteristics fill the air. Keeping it at the top of the DJ play list, for the jocks who seek the full dancefloor effect..

Demand is huge, availability is sparse, prepare yourself for a tussle, if you are stalking ownership…

as this copy is utterly pristine!

Current bid: £ 213.00

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Sapphires

Evil One / How Could I Say Goodbye

A totally impeccable 1965 UK press.

One of two British releases EMI served the UK soul enthusiast with in the mid-60’s, both offering Soul girl-group excellence that has stood the test of time, with the acquirable USA ABC counterparts still igniting conversation-stopping, drink-parking reactions as the guaranteed dancefloor-dash begins.

Today, both releases are considered timeless examples of the genre, but in 1965 this sweet girl-gathering were totally unknown to the Brits. If it wasn’t for a few Record Shops persevering with the bank-breaking policy of ordering every new release off the 45 sheets each week. The unpromoted Sapphires release would never have departed the EMI warehouse.

Both releases are highly coveted, frustratingly rare Northern Soul jewels in their irresistible British attire. In unblemished condition, they are crucial components for British Soul 45 collecting completeness, owning both equally rare discs you will be a member of a very exclusive club.

May we repeat this 1965 “Evil One” offering is utterly flawless.

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The winning bid was £ 322.00

Bernard Smith

Never Gonna Let You Go / Man Without A People

Superior Crossover groove..

Current bid: £ 102.00

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B. J. Stanton

Trust In The Lord / Mama

Seriously neighborhood Rare 45, ticking all the boxes for the unstoppable upsurge for the appreciation of Gospel-Dance

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Garnet Mimms

Can You Top This

Like red wine & cheese, Mimms & Ragovoy are just the perfect partnership for stand-out Soul

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Marvin Holmes And The Uptights

The Funky Mule Part 1 & 2

Meaty Bay Area FUNKER on a most collectable label.. is so much more than just Rare-Soul eye-candy involving the areas most sought label featuring one of “The Bays” most-respected artists…

Boola Boola 2655 from the very first note and rap, this tune hits you hard with an irresistible dance rhythm, driven by vicious horns and rattling drums. It is impossible not to want to move, as the tricky key changes and guitar work lead you to another level of potency.

As smooth as it gets brass relentlessly blows, frantic wrist work beats like a racing heart with Marvin encouraging chants driving fabulous solo guitar picking..

The occasion JB inspired squeal, nails the session down.. stand-out Funk, just LOVE IT!

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Georgie Fame

Hall Of Fame

A flawless compilation, underlining Georgie Fame’s huge contribution to the burgeoning 60’s British MOD scene.

Nobody did it quite like Mr. Fame, his passion for R&B always surfaced in his music, whether it be a cover or his own composition. Listen to a soundfile which we almost covered ever track, but we thought that maybe to long, so we edited it to NINE part recordings. Nine tracks none of which we could omit whilst praises this stand-out talent. Who arguably did more to introduced R&B/Soul to the wider British public in the early 60’s than any other homegrown artist.

Take a listen to a mosaic of his talents, his self-penned “Yeh Yeh” beautiful take of Billy Stewart’s “Sitting In The Park” a killer window to his keyboard prowess as he attacks Booker T, Jones’s “Outrage” the unforgettable “Sunny” comparable with Bobby Hebb’s original. Fabulous MOD dance track “Get On The Right Track, and the albums “demand” track “Sweet Thing” that never achieved 45 release in the UK.

I’m running out of room and superlatives except to say, Georgie looked the part of the complete “Face” a super-slick MOD!

Condition of this album could hardly be finer, not even a crease to the front cover, only light/mild age browning to the white of the back cover, is it’s only sign of it’s 49 years life. Impeccable vinyl, perfect labels all housed in original birth inner-sleeve.

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