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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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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 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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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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Step By Step

I Always Wanted To Be In The Band

10 killer tracks from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin from an 11 member Soul band, that incredibly never received full American distribution from Brunswick and astonishingly not one of these great tracks ever pressed as a 45 or 12” in the USA (can this be true ?)

Utterly astounding, as you’re about to hear SOUL GROUP DYNAMITE from our short selection of tracks, ranging from fabulous non-Disco influenced Soulful dance tracks to punchy Funk-spiced dancers. All benefiting from a potent horn arrangement and skillful male vocal harmonizing.

So without further delay - click the very impressive sound sample and be in wonder why Brunswick never issued any of the tracks as 45s..

If you are especially a rare 45 collector this Brewtown party can be found of Wisconsin’s most sought after label Cuca with an impressive 7” “Give It Away (do It Again) c/w Eloise but just like this album - so darn hard to find!

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Timeless Legend

(baby) Don't Do This To Me C/w Where There's Love There's A Way

Just as I thought I was out of superlatives - the needle drops of this Rare Soul awakening - propping my weary head up, pricking up my ears like a dead-of-night guard dog.

WOW!

There you go a three letter ejaculation for a record that has changed my day! With a simplistic piano tinkle (you then know, not a commercial disco note is gonna be played). Enter the purring vocal chorus, then the lead voice steps up - the gate to Rare Soul Nirvana opens!

Notes reaching heights that only despair can trigger, this session drips with regret, as remorse triggers the change and his buddies smooth the way with precise sweet harmony.

Actually, I’m outta superlatives that do this 45 justice - click the soundfile and see how it makes you feel to come into contact with the insanely RARE and the ridiculously brilliant..

PS the flipside will delight the harmony ballad fans but I envisage a mad scramble for ownership the the Top Rare Soul jocks… that may be too strong to counter.

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The winning bid was £ 782.00

Curtis, The Brothers

You Make Everything Better

Crazy About Crossover?

I am .. really crazy..or should I say stupid because I’ve never really listened to this song in the past. Boy is this my type-of-tune..a very classy jazzy, choppy dance enticement that has me currently hooked.

Check out those buoyant vocals slicing through searing strings, banging bongo raps to deliver a lush-Latin flavoured Northern Soul Crossover masterpiece! It’s relentlessness is contagious, as the sandpapered lead never drops his enthusiasm, even for a second.

I must be crazy.. not to have this in my DJ box .. it’s awesome.. make a note to yourself. Manship next time you must pay attention in the face of brilliance.

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The winning bid was £ 323.00

Big Mama Thornton

Wade In The Water

The undisputed Queen Of The Blues!

Here is her most-wanted Northern Soul / MOD 45 which has been a best seller for us and all other dealers for fully 3 decades now - list it and it’s gone.

We have just located a MINT unplayed (until the sound file was lifted). This is this weeks listing for the Vinyl OCD afflicted perfectionists, who accept nothing less than perfection, still sitting in it’s near 50 year old birth-sleeve.

If we list it on the site - it will leave here in a flash…

This listing gives everyone a 3 week window to consider, whether perfection is worth the extra pennies..

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The winning bid was £ 233.00

Sam Dees

Soul Sister C/w Easier Said Than Done

Almost without exception on the rare occasions this 45 turns up - it is the double sided PROMO offering you only the excruciatingly Deep ballad A-side.

So very pleasing today, to be able to offer up this seldom seen STOCK copy with the mighty currently-breaking “SOUL SISTER” dancer on the flip.

Gritty gravel-coated blending of Southern Soul with FUNK. The result being a forceful NS dancerfloor persuader, that is currently very firmly on the way up.

For the DJ the time is now to claim ownership. For the old-school Soul Collector the time has always been now - as every recording Sam Dees has ever made are fundamental building blocks towards an enviable record collection.

Take time to listen to the flipside which encapsulates EVERYTHING about what made this man one of the greatest exponents of Soul Music to ever pick up a microphone or indeed a pen…

PS Condition is perfect btw.

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Shorty Long

Out To Get You C/w It's A Crying Shame

One of the very hard to snare Red & White’s! Offering not one but two killer Northern Soul dance offerings..

Even as the USA release this William Mickey Stevenson project is very hard to find on the original Soul 35005, as this 1965 TMG 512 stock release is also a mighty challenge to secure, as this non-hit sold virtually nothing upon release.

Before you today is the rarest and most desirable of all it’s formats. So today before you are two lovely clean labels, original company sleeve. AS-side vinyl would receive a Mint - grade but for a light isolated scuff NOT affecting play (as you will hear as you click on the impressive soundfile)

Two great sides - one essential TMG to own..

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The winning bid was £ 123.00

Freddie Houston

If I Had Known C/w Only The Lonely One

Strap yourself in!! Freddie’s booming vocal has the power to traumatize your soul.

The former Herb Ward cover up has proved over the years to be Freddie’s most difficult 45 to find. Typical Big City full orchestra backing supported an astonishing vocal, that smashes through like a rampaging wounded-beast.

An incomparable voice - totally out there on it’s own, in terms of power, delivery and presence. This man coveys emotion, you just cannot ignore..

Flip it over, the pace drops but that mighty vocal doesn’t..

Wanna add a record to your collection that offers up the very pinnacle of that “Lost Art” of the Big City sound..

THIS IS IT!

 

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Hayes Cotton

Black Wings Have My Angel C/w I'll Be Waiting

This guy has a unique way of delivering SOUL that leaves you aching for more…raw and untamed power totally captivating! But perhaps not as captivating as its certified “Rarest Of The Rare” status.

All dealers and collectors can without fail tell you when and where they secured a rare dream-record. Like fisherman can tell you of their most-prized-fish catches in great detail.

The one and ONLY time I’ve ever found this trophy in the wild, was way back in the 80s when my regular visits to Rip Lays California shop/warehouse eventually led to me finish looking at his immense stock in Corncord, California. Having a few days left before my fight home and sleeping on Rip’s settee. He suggested after dinner I should check out the tin-shed in his backyard, as the temperature had fallen below the 90s.

Next day crack of dawn, like a ferret I was in that still steaming hot shed ripping into sealed boxes of 45s.. Choking dust, searing heat but I kept up the pace as a box of Diamond’s had just thrown me Kurt Harris, Joan Baker later a Celeste Hardie or two and tons of mid-range 70s grooves. Then my prize of the trip, a gleaming yellow beacon half way down an 100 count, lay Hayes Cotton staring back at me..

Damn pleasing day, as I sat at Rip’s kitchen table and to my disappointment after 12 hours craft. The Hayes Cotton, Kurt Harris & the next 5 records in my great find I inspected were warped… I said ..”Shit Rip my best finds are sodding warped…” Rip bemusingly replied “Of Course They Are Warped..it’s gets over 90 degrees in that yard and like an oven in that shed…I won’t go in there… Spiders the size of mice”

From totally rippled to light storage, Rip was right every 45 had some form of buckling

This offering I can unequivocally tell you, must be the finest example on Planet Earth - totally flat and totally flawless.. after that not so euphoric trip down “Memory Lane” we’ll let Hayes Cotton do the rest of the selling….

Click and unleash a Northern Soul BEAST with very few equals…

 

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The winning bid was £ 1,800.00

International G.t.o.'s

I Love My Baby C/w It's Been Raining In My Heart

I first encountered this juggernaut in a pre-Wigan Casino era in the wilds of Lincolnshire circa 1971 ?. When informed a young Soul Sam was playing Northern Soul in Lincolnshire; a Morris Minor Van full of unkept Pork-Pie-ville teenagers made the long excursion of 25 miles. How exciting trading one dull market town for another on a Friday night.. but for us super-hip young-souls it was at the time, perhaps our longest trip ever…

One new recruit inquired after 6 miles “Why the Fcuk are we traveling so very far for a night out?” the answer was.. “Soul Sam is the DJ and he has the International G.T.O’s” “new recruit” from the back of the van… “Fcuk!! I Don’t Wanna Catch it..!”

Like a scene from Elaine Constantine’s excellent “Northern Soul” movie, if you didn’t understand Northern Soul, you could well be heard making unwittingly funny remarks that near 45 years later, will still be remembered as the highlight of the evening…

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL from the inauguration of the scene spreading into the sticks.. tunes like this made teenager take epic journey’s into the unknown…and to just think only 18 months later we stood in amazement in the Highland Room, at Blackpool Mecca..

This copy of memories is immaculate! just a brief hairline brush detected after a lengthy inspection, otherwise Mint.

PS do not overlook the hauntingly gorgeous flipside.

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Irma Thomas

Time Is On My Side + 3

Girl defiance at it’s most impressive!!

A record that the Rolling Stones recorded as an album track, but impressed so much, it achievea a 45 release in the USA. No offense Mr. Jagger but you didn’t think that Irma’s on-her-knees performance was never ever gonna be improved on..?

“Time Is On My Side” stands today as Irma’s most-memorable recording as she injects sister-audacity into every word. But this is no “one cu”t EP the other three tracks deliver all the aspects that New Orleans Soul has to offer.

Even with no front-cover picture of the “Soul Queen Of New Orleans”, there is something completely irresistible about the sleek laminated 60s British EP jacket.. especially with cover, front and back, both labels and the two playing surfaces in neat, clean condition flawless condition!

Irresistible…  

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The winning bid was £ 135.00

Mints

I've Got Style Vocal / Instrumental

This attention grabbing and insanely rare Northern Soul on a most-beautifully designed label; Has been a huge tune for over a for World renowned DJ Michael Robinson at Manhattan’s “Dig Deeper” club - a Soul-Speak-Easy where the tunes have to rumble and shake to make a turntable appearence.

Else where in the world, it’s extreme rarity has prevented it becoming wider known.

This classic styled stomper starts with some angry drum-skin wraps colliding with blaring trumpet blows. Then the lead vocal group takes hold and belts out real-deal Northern Soul! A choking lead vocal goes all out to deliver substance & emotion, as his teammates back him with muscular “Daa Darrhh’s” choruses and those trumpets continue to punctuate the song with evermore adventurous note combinations.

This is from the streets of I’m not sure where, but it’s damn impressively noncommercial and richer for its defiant atmosphere.. like all the great stompers over the decades, no attempt has been made to refine or polish in any way, just raw, off-the-cuff and oh so powerful.

Jimmy Raye’s “Philly Do Around The World” would be a close comparable, all guts and blast, as a true Northern Soul stomper should be.

Rarity? Well it is our FIRST COPY in memory and condition of the vinyl and both labels is glorious! Bigger NS Potential is staring right at you…

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The winning bid was £ 289.00

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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Willie Amos Hunt

Would You Believe C/w My Baby Wants To Dance

The real beauty of the rare British Soul release 45 does not come more eye-catching than this listing.

The real beauty of the rare British Soul release 45 does not come more eye-catching than this listing. Complete with its birth-sleeve and sporting two flawless labels certainly one Britains most-gorgeous.

But there is so much more this 1967 British impossible than it’s striking good looks, it is after all a 7 second shorter but SUPERIOR MIX to it’s USA counterpart on Streamside.

From the very first note you know it’s gonna different as the UK copy drops the guitar intro goes straight into booming vocal from the first note. William Hunt steadily builds the atmosphere assisted by a simplistic piano rhythm, blaring horns, low-blow Sax and a gang of shrill girls ramping up the background.

By any standard this Bobby Hebb composition is Northern Soul Big City Sound at it’s blistering best!

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Levon And The Hawks

He Don't Love You

Issued twice in the USA and not easy to find, on the ATCO release on either number… issued once in the UK and so darn difficult to find, especially in this 50 year state of perfectness.

MINT - in every way.

Click the sound-file and unleash a most unusual slab of mid-paced Northern Soul. A foot-stomping stroller decorated by a relentless and decidedly jazzy piano, ever present blaring horns, full on echo-chamber harmony chorus support an extremely confident vocal, just telling the lady exactly how it is.

“He’ll Break Your Heart”

So very positive - so damn infectious - one for the very discerning UK collector…condition can only be described as “mirror-like”

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Earl Gains

You Belong To Me C/w Don't Take My Kindness For A Weakness

The legendary rare “510 XX” mix; Promo miss-press that plays “YOU BELONG TO ME” instead of the credited “I Have Loved And I Have Lived”

Prepare yourself for a relentlessly surging stomper; a thumping, snarling slab of the real stuff! Acrobat inducing runaway truck of a tune; who’s reputation has built up over the years, as the frustration of playing the relatively common release that plays correctly, became entirely annoying.

I just love these quirky pressing plant cock-ups, that provide the collector and DJ with worthwhile challenges to pursue for ownership.

We know this “title” appears on his highly elusive HBR album, but this being it’s only form as a 7”, with the Deluxe 125 release being a slowed down and totally inferior dreary mix.

Only way to own this floor destroyer at it’s much-prize single is to find this “NS folklore” miss-press and boy, is that an expedition into hair-pulling irritation…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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