John Manship Records

Unrivalled access to distinctive vinyl

Search the entire Rare Soul Man catalogue
Sign up to the Rare Soul Man mailing list

Mailing List

Sign up to our mailing list and receive up to date information about our new stock direct to your inbox:

We Accept

  • Maestro
  • Switch
  • MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Visa

Secured by Thawte. Payment via SagePay

Browse Auctions

Spider Turner

I've Get Myself Together (before I Lose My Mind /

We do try and pride ourselves on the consistent fine condition of our listings - but occasionally we give a green light, to records in lesser conditions if fidelity is strong and clear, and of course if it’s a DJ box essential.

This Detroit dancer is essential as demand from the dancers and collection has rocketed in more recent times.

Vinyl has multiple hairlines, nothing deep nothing causing distracting clicks or distortion (check the sound-file lifted directly off the copy. There is a minuscule surface flake at the very edge of the run-in on the A-side that does NOT transfer to the B-side.

The B-side of course is another stand-out Detroit dancer, the surface on the flipside is at least as grade higher and plays Excellent.

One highly in demand Double helping from the Motor City guaranteed to give your set and the night a lift..

And perhaps the chance to own a Rare disc at an affordable price!

Current bid: £ 170.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 181.00
Current Bid
£ 170.00

Bid on I've Get Myself Together (before I Lose My Mind /

Limitations

I'm Lonely I'm Troubled / My Baby

What and intro to this high octane Northern Soul roadster is laying shoe-sole skid-marks on Northern Soul dance-floors throughout Britain at the moment.

Rattling drum-rolls, bongos, plucky Wah- Wah guitar, steer the relentless vocal-group mover, enriched by urgent but still tight silky harmonies.

This is real-deal Northern Soul in the true classic style, full of all the ingredients for spins, back drop and synchronized hand claps.. the bollocks!!

Vinyl and labels are flawless, check out the crisp soundfile..

The flipside is just as highly regarded as the a-side for Sweet Soul fans, but note there is a lone hairline scratch on the intro that clicks.. for the first few revolutions. A shame as the A-side is a Manship-Mint as is the flip except for this one mark..

Current bid: £ 127.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 139.00
Current Bid
£ 127.00

Bid on I'm Lonely I'm Troubled / My Baby

John Drevar's Expression

The Closer She Gets

Before you is an old school Northern Soul boy’s heart-stopper! An Off-The-Scale Rare Stock copy!

John Drevar’s Expression just back from a tour supporting Jimi Hendrix in Paris, when Lance Barrett presented the group with a Richie Adams, Victoria Pike, Teddy Randazzo creation. Lance was hoping for another big hit like he had with The Troggs a year earlier with “Wild Thing”. Assisting proceedings was “Soul” orientated Johnny Harris, who arranged the song with imposing instrumental breaks.

According to band member Derek Edmond the party atmosphere was in full swing, especially when an enthusiastic couple of backing singers add “Ba Ba Ba Ba” into the huge horn break, clapping hands elevating the song up yet another notch..

The “Ba Ba Ba Ba” backing singers were Tony Blackburn and the distracting gorgeousness of Tessa Wyatt, playing a vital part of this great Northern Soul song’s fabric!

But unfortunately, for all this enthusiasm from accomplished players, the expected “hit” was not to be, this 45 fell at the first hurdle, selling virtually nothing and so the legendary saga of a future Northern Soul trophy begins…

Such a cool tune, was at some point in it’s life gonna be discovered, and the most likely source would be a Northern Soul pioneer unearthing a copy from his local vinyl graveyards…

We are not sure who the first DJ to debut this 45, but it rocketed to the top of everyone’s wish list, as the very few pink and silver Demo copies hit the turntables of of England’s premier all niters! The rest is history, so rare at the time, a copy never fell into the hands of the bootleggers, casual Northern Soul collectors had to be content with a vastly inferior remake on Destiny records, who cheekily put a 1968 date on the label. A record I’ve thankfully not heard since it’s actual 1979 release..

HERE IS THE REAL DEAL the 1967 STOCK copy, rarer than the DEMO in our experience of the last 20 years at a 4 to 1 ratio.

This copy has two clean labels, no writing, stains or tears. The vinyl surface is marked, strong gloss but lots a light surface hairlines. Listen to the soundfile lifted directly of the “near impossible” disc.

and wait for that mighty instrumental break towards the end, when apparently Tessa Wyatt seductively stooped towards the microphone and Tony Blackburn’s “Ba Ba Ba Ba” morphed into a lip curling “BAAA!! BAAA!! BAAA!! BAAA!!”

I feel your desire Tony B. as I find every aspect of this song is seductive… including the label.

Current bid: £ 313.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 325.00
Current Bid
£ 313.00

Bid on The Closer She Gets

Velvelettes

Needle In A Haystack / Should I Tell Them

The autumn of 2006 was the last time this iconic Twisted Wheel anthem adorned these pages as a 1964 British Red & White DEMO.

We all knew the words off by heart, as “Doodle lang, Doodle Lang” rang out in every “Youth Club” nationwide on a Friday night.. one of the motivational signposts the journey defining our musical direction and nailing many of us to a lifetime of searching for that neck tingling sensation we all felt as soon as we entered the club and Motown resounded around the room…

Motown and Soul were the only things, as a 15 year, that had the power to divert my mind away from French Kissing, double hook bra’s and fantasies about the gorgeousness of our new Geography teacher’s legs..

Motown was the cure for everything… back then.

So welcome back you beautiful Red & White, the sight of you always catapults me back to those wonder years, that nurtured my musical taste..

Remember.. finding a “Good Thing Girl..” like this elusive Red & White Demo is akin to…”Finding A Needle In A Haystack..” an 11 year absence from these pages underlines that age-old saying..

This copy has fine clean vinyl, housed in a birth sleeve. A small mild rub scar just above the title on the A-side (see scan), light faded name on the centerpiece on the flipside are this offerings only pimples on this face of vinyl-artistry.

Current bid: £ 11.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 22.00
Current Bid
£ 11.00

Bid on Needle In A Haystack / Should I Tell Them

Arthur Alexander

You Better Move On

If you collect British release albums you will not need me to tell you just what an iconic platter this 1962 original is..

Vinyl is absolutely unblemished and the coveted MINT grade was tempting to give, but this album has been played by a very meticulous previous owner perhaps only a handful of times.

Labels are likewise flawless, only faint spindle trail or two near the hole, this jewel is housed of course in it’s birth poly-lined inner. (see scans)

The cover front and back are free of any discerning flaws, such as splits, crease, tears, writing etc. (see scan)

Back cover reveals mild age-browning (see scan)

The music we’ve selected a sample of this great man’s work, the man who’s hits cemented the financial base for Muscle Shoals to emerge as one of the most prolific and respected recording studios on the planet.

So listen to the man who influenced so many emerging British bands in the 60’s..

We doubt we’ll ever encounter a finer copy.

Current bid: £ 34.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 45.00
Current Bid
£ 34.00

Bid on You Better Move On

Detroit Spinners

I'll Always Love You / Tomorrow May Never Come

Looking for clean TMG’s - they ain’t getting any easier to find

Current bid: £ 44.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 55.00
Current Bid
£ 44.00

Bid on I'll Always Love You / Tomorrow May Never Come

Primitive

Sister Africa / You Are Everything To Me

Unlike the very few other copies of this South Carolina indie that have surfaced this century, this example does not have edge warps or vg- gouged vinyl.

Before you is a clean copy, that if angled under light reveals a few hairlines none of which register on the stylus on the A-side. The gentler flipside an occasional tick but nothing to divert you ears.

So now the condition is confirmed as beautiful by comparison we need to introduce this slab of Charleston FUNK n’ SWEET!

An inventive fusion of Psyche, Jazz & Funk; Norman Whitfield inspired maybe but within the Wah-Wah, blasting-Brass and vocal chants, the recording carries some standout moments of pure genius; setting this session apart from anything that has gone before it.

In the 3:15 of this potent dancer there’s a instrumental break, that stopped me typing, fantastic meltdown of guitar picking, burping horn, then a trumpet intrusion of the finest quality, elevating the tune to new heights…

Having said all that, i adore the mellow flipside, a gentle vocal-group trip introducing different leads cradled by the rest of groups harmony choruses. A superlative Soulful love testament of the sweetest kind..

Inspired Funk backed with as Sweet Soul trip of real strength..

LOVE IT!

 

Current bid: £ 12.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 23.00
Current Bid
£ 12.00

Bid on Sister Africa / You Are Everything To Me

Natural Four

Hanging On To A Lie / Twelve Months Of The Year

This great gatherings rarest 45 and ironically their finest offering to Northern Soul.

Current bid: £ 387.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 399.00
Current Bid
£ 387.00

Bid on Hanging On To A Lie / Twelve Months Of The Year

Tempos

A Little Togetherness / Beginning Of The End

Before you today is the near “impossible” FIRST and DIFFERENT mix of this NS anthem credited to the TEMPOS

Matrix details for this TEMPOS initial press is

67-C-506A - RE

Matrix details for corrected 2nd mix press for the YOUNGHEARTS

JC 67C-506A - RE - 1

Both releases carry the sale Monarch pressing Delta # 64811 just in case you were wondering..

DJ’s do you want to swivel a few heads, cause as ripple of “Look at that!!” mumblings as the turntable cams project this stunning label vista onto the big screen …

the fabled “A Little Togetherness” credited to THE TEMPOS with subtle but noticeable differences in their make-up

Without reservation one of the rarest variations of all the Northern Soul anthems.. and boy this is an ANTHEM!!

Condition is blinding!

Current bid: £ 246.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 258.00
Current Bid
£ 246.00

Bid on A Little Togetherness / Beginning Of The End

Aggression

Come And Be My Freak / Starship

Rare Washington, D.C. private press.

an Eddie Perrell project giving up “aggressive” funk one side, subtle innovative Sweet Soul harmony the other side.

Take a listen as the lead vocal attacks the punchy psyche/Funk arrangement as he does a “Vernon Burch” with the lyric and the honkin’ horns respond over the top Norman Connors inspired synth and guitar rhythms, so typically back end of the seventies styled..

Confirming writer Terry Scott’s admiration for Micheal Henderson/Norman Connors collaborations the group perform a beautiful version of “You are My Starship” on the flipside. Tight mellow harmonies sown into meandering jazzy instrumentation that is completely hypnotic as different beseeching vocal fill the atmosphere..

A double helping of impressive local endeavor ..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 241.00

Otis Rush

Homework

1963 UK original release in birth sleeve, vinyl and labels in stunning condition!

For me this is the greatest R&B dancer to ever get a release in Britain with unequaled turntable presence, guaranteed to generate a down n’ dirty atmosphere.

I lay this in may sets from it’s Duke release.. without except it is received with a change up the mood.. opening a dance opportunity only those “special” classics can spark..

After near 55 years you really don’t expect to encounter this 45 in Mint - condition.. it was a 45 to be partied with, to be constantly on the Dansette spindle stacked in the midst of 7 other 45s..

This unblemished copy must have spend a life on a OCD collectors shelve..

Time to set the Texas leviathan free.. listen to the soundfile and keep still is you can..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 216.00

Supremes

Your Heart Belongs To Me / (he's) Seventeen

Continuing our series of not often witness USA MOtown, here is the label’s 27th. release complete with the awesome PROMO Picture Sleeve, that just hardly ever comes to market. (our first example this century)

Without question one of the most glamorous poses captured on a picture cover by this persistently photographed trio..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 261.00

Kenny Smith

Lord, What's Happening To Your People

The beauty of the Northern Soul original does not get more charismatic than this Blackpool Mecca anthem, as the seldom seen “label-art” stock copy.

At the time of it’s airings at The Mecca by the serial vinyl-adventurer Colin Curtis; a DJ who didn’t give a hoot about the initial dancefloor opinion. The Mecca crowd initially didn’t quite know what to make of the meandering intro, with a one finger piano accompaniment… a far cry from the Tomangoes start..

Colin, as always stuck with this diverse play…that quickly changed up a gear with a bass guitar break, squealing girls and Kenny Smith gravel-coated vocal scything through a production that just gets stronger and more inventive by the minute…

Take a bow Mr. Curtis, in 1975 your foresight and taste was way ahead of it’s time, validated by this song escalating to the turntables of Cleethorpes Pier, Wigan Casino, Peterborough Wirrina, Yate, St. Ives… in fact every Northern Soul club of the 70’s with a DJ lucky enough to own a copy, would take pause on that iconic intro, then mesmerized, slowly melt into that kaleidoscope of Soul.

I adore every moment of this groundbreaking tune, with only Lou Edwards - “Talkin’ Bout Poor Folks” getting anywhere close to it’s uniqueness…

Here is, it’s by far rarest garb and what a garb it is, ready to illuminate even the most precious collection of Northern Soul..

An eye-popper triggering euphoric recall of the days when DJ’s of the magnitude of Colin Curtis influenced the scene when no style of Soul was not investigated and played if Colin Curtis thought it appropriate by his ear….

This copy is utterly flawless btw.. the silly Rare Stock copy in heart-stopping condition!  

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 558.00

Jock Mitchell And The Fabulous Agents

No Mad Woman

The mighty vocal of Jock Mitchell hooks into an infectious Aaron Neal arrangement, an addictive cocktail of “Far East” rhythms, rich male harmony choruses, swinging from silky smooth to outrageous screams; all perfectly timed allowing Mr. Mitchell to flex his ease spearing the lyric.

Deliciously moody, sultry Northern Soul that very few other Soul recordings have imitated. Only the Master Four, Stewart Ames come to mind whilst comparing this individualistic style..

ALL copies of this 45 are “low-fi” presses, so it is imperative to acquire a copy as flawless as you can possibly find it..

Well this copy just happens to be a mere smidgen off a “Manship Mint” finest example of this disc we’ve encountered in memory.

You will not find finer vinyl, A-side label is perfect, flipside label has a tiny sticker removal mark. (see scans)

Listen to the killer Detroit Northern Soul in unblemished condition..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 236.00

Supremes

You Keep Me Hanging On / Remove This Doubt

Holland - Dozier - Holland exceed even their unparalleled standards to create a song for Diana & the girls that has spanned 5 decades and triggers an internal reaction whenever heard..

Before you today is the 1966 British green & white Demo of this truly timeless Motown classic..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 96.00

Richard Marks

Don't Take It Out On Me / Love Is Gone

Richard Marks now here’s singer of real note..

It matters not a jot which side the Rare Soul DJ drop the stylus on, both sides give up high-quality Rare Soul Dance!

Banbury’s Baron of the turntables “Eddie Hubbard” is currently championing the splendid “Don’t Take It Out On Me” whilst the flipside ” Love Is Gone ” gets an outing most every sets I do.

Both benefit from the inventive abyss of Atlanta’s main Soul man Thomas “Tee” Fletcher, the creator of so many truly preeminent Northern Soul recordings; all carrying his trademark of uplifting dance arrangement s peppered with meaningful lyrics.

On this highly elusive disc he delivers just that, but twice over - two exquisitely constructed dancers and more importantly current plays..

The artist himself can also do no wrong, every one of his 45’s are rare and highly sought after, some achieving eye-watering values when they seldom surface..

This Shout release right up there along side his very finest..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 208.00

Blues And Soul

# 21 July / August 1969

Soul Historians here is the seldom seen July 1969 issue 21 in spectacular condition, even retains the Blues & Soul ON DISC supplement where John Abbey rated new UK Soul releases for July/August 1969. (makes very interesting reading)

With the 1966 UK Philips release, The Flamingos - Boogaloo Party - being the most-wanted 45 on the All-night scene for three years. Blues & Soul dedicate two pages to the group, as Philips re-issued this dance-floor destroyer to meet the unprecedented demand. A rare peek into the story of this fabulous New York gathering. There is of course the consistently controversial, but essential read of the Dave Godin column. Which sparked debate in previous issues whether the Dave Godin column should be curtailed.. but readers letters in this edition give the “Sou Governor” 100% support.

Spy the centerfold spread of a stunning Smokey Robinson & the Miracles stage shot. + Bios and pics on: The Flamingos, The Drifters + the discography & Al Wilson..

Eye-catc hing record company adverts include. Soul City, Action, Tamla Motown, MCA Soul Bag (hence Jackie Wilson on the front cover) and of course Atlantic pushing Otis Redding - Love Man, Major Lance - Follow The Leader etc.

Here is a fundamental window into the burgeoning British Soul scene prior to the 70’s “lift off”

I’ve personally never encountered a Blues & Soul early number A5 style mag in finer condition.. and this edition is such an enlightening read..

plus of course the front cover is a “framer” 

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 30.00

Chubby Checker

Everything's Wrong / Cu Ma La Be-stay

The Roof Leaks The Floor Creaks…” “Everything’s Wrong”

.. in the case of this listing “Everything Is Right!” in fact dead-right !

Vinyl condition is perfection, most likely UNPLAYED before we lifted the impressive double soundfile. Still housed in it’s birth-sleeve, label stamped with ATV music library.

So right, we can’t imagine ever listing a better copy.

Top side is one of Chubby’s sublime offerings to the Northern Soul scene, seamless 60’s Philly Northern Soul from the prolific desk of Wes Farrell. Chubby’s milky vocal sits perfectly within the flowing arrangement, producing a great song that has steadily climbed in popularity; with the easy to dance characteristics, prompting requests..

As for the flipside, we have to regress back to the Twisted Wheel era when “Cu Ma La Be-Stay” was such a huge play, it sparked a 1968 British bootlegs B.J.D and the beloved Soul Sounds series.

Here’s the real deal in unbeatable condition, offering two great sides, one for today’s turntable, one to reminiscing about the scene origins.

Check the scans, hear the double soundfile… you are about to be impressed

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 141.00

Rhonda Davis

Can You Remember

In short…

one of the finest Sister Crossover Northern Soul tunes ever committed to vinyl. Rhonda’s beseeching pleas woven into the seamless NS dance production is just to die for..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 555.00

Len Watson

Dancing With Your Memory

A BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN - MONSTER !!

From Romance Watson…

Prepare for something completely off the wall, a cocktail of the the Big City Sound spiked with Popcorn. Driven down the hatch by a Henry Jerome “Wall Of Sound” (Phil Spector wasn’t the only kid on the block capable crashing juggernauts through your cochlea)

Get ready for a monumental vocal performance from Len, bolstered by a fantastic kitchen-sink production, as Henry Jerome throws everything into the full orchestra surroundings. Girls, guys, strings, prompting Hammond, and a rhythmic riffs borrowed from early Motown..

Wow! This guy has a voice to move mountains, easily rivaling the greats Ray Pollard, Tony Middleton or any other Soul gargantuan who attacks the mike..

A 45 that has long been a “Popcorn” play, now surely some enterprising UK Northern Soul Jock with a penchant for the Big City Sound could take this tune right off the scale in this country too.

Noting, condition could hardly be more perfect! Spy the gorgeous label vista then unleash LEN!

Additional info from Graham Cooper Shirebrook ace DJ at “Something Different - Shirebrook”

Current bid: £ 13.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 25.00
Current Bid
£ 13.00

Bid on Dancing With Your Memory

Constellations

I Don't Know About You

If anyone ask me “come on play me a record that showcases the very best of Northern Soul to you”

I’d have to play my unconverted friend this 45. As for me being terribly biased towards the vocal-group Northern Soul productions, this tune is the “dogs”

From the very first syllable of those soaring vocals.Oh and then the deep-as-you-like it Bass vocal burbles a few words.. and I’m hooked, tied and totally enamored to this sound, that continues to rise in it’s glorious arrangement into a masterpiece of the genre..

Whether a NS-music-infidel would actually experience the same feelings as me as the song plays out, is rather doubtful. As shivers, pulse quickening rushes, neck-tingling are possibly emotions reserved for those disciples who have spent a lifetime devoted to Soul music…

THIS IS A TUNE

A tune you may secure at an afford price, as although both labels are totally the vinyl has surface marks visually vg. Plays better so listen carefully to the full sound file provided.

Oh I almost forgot in my unbridled enthusiasm…

It is of course, one of the BIGGEST most popular Northern Soul 45s, that a DJ could possibly drop..

to trigger the wildebeast dancefloor stampede..

Current bid: £ 133.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 145.00
Current Bid
£ 133.00

Bid on I Don't Know About You

Patti Austin

Take Away The Pain Stain / Take Your Time

an unbelievable 1966 South African tri-centre press

INSANELY RARE!!! and in sublime condition!

What really matters to a dedicated vinyl-collector is to elevate his collection to the highest possible degree, by securing those records that so rarely come to market, the window of opportunity for ownership maybe just a once in a lifetime fleeting chance.

Some Northern Soul classics can be art of startling beauty, quality and stunning rarity. Before you today is a showstopper to be proud of, an eminent timeless classic of the highest order that on any of its 60’s original imprints is a record to be treasured within your collection…but a tri-center South African press takes NS original archiving to the summit of possibilities.

With there never being any U.K. 45 releases of Patti’s highly regarded teenage sessions with Henry Jerome in New York any variations on the USA Coral 45s are considered fundamental goals to attempt to reach.

This copy is in glorious condition, some fine faint surface hairlines only revealed under strong light, original tri-centre fully intact, brandishing two unique unblemished labels.

A breathtaking testament to a young lady who provided not one, but s string of 45s that wowed the youth of Northern Soul during the 70s, this title being considered the Jewel-In-The-Crown…

Listen to the two sides that arrowed Patti Austin into the hearts of The all-niter congregation, embedded there for over 40 years…

Wishing to own top-NS-classics in their Beyond-Rare attire … it don’t get any more satisfying than this.

Current bid: £ 234.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 246.00
Current Bid
£ 234.00

Bid on Take Away The Pain Stain / Take Your Time

Samantha Jones

Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine

Wigan Casino Monster!!

Presented here as an immaculate 1967 UK Green and White DEMO!

Condition could not be finer - perhaps unplayed before we lifted the sound file

Current bid: £ 179.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 190.00
Current Bid
£ 179.00

Bid on Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine

Bottom & Company

Gonna Find A True Love / You're My Life

Time to relish Soiul magnificence.

Here’s a beautifully clean copy of one of the very greatest 70s soulful dance 45s ever made, pre-disco and dripping with the quality that only great teams can create.

Step forward Muscle Shoals trained Terry Woodford (aka Clayton Ivey) with another great song to add to his already impressive discography teaming up with another familiar name Jimmy Helms and grafting brilliance with the prolific Mike Lewis crafting the impressive arrangement, for the rare Soul followers to drool over..

Amazingly this gem, started as a flipside, which makes it even more challenging to land, as the promo “You’re My Life” does not carry the magnificent flip. Having said that you can hear why at the time “You’re My Life” was preferred to lead with, it is also is a darn fine dance tune in it’s own right..

But falling short of the uplifting dancer on the flip, which in recent times has disappeared from view, demand is rising on the back revitalized DJ spins, I’ve heard this beauty a few times recently, the dancefloor appreciation was huge, the bar-leaning chin stroking older folk (me) just lapping up it’s second lease of life..

Top-quality will always rise up again, a replay that is perched to go bigger than ever before…an AWESOME 45 that like good red wine, it has been enhanced by being laid down for a time…

Click the soundfile to savor…

Current bid: £ 12.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 23.00
Current Bid
£ 12.00

Bid on Gonna Find A True Love / You're My Life

Little Anthony Burns

Do Right Man / Try Me Darling

RAREST OF THE RARE Deep Soul !

Both sides of this Southern Soul “impossible” conveys despair, pain and an aching need in equal amounts; as Little Anthony Burns borrows from a few Soul Classics, amalgamating some well know phrases but stamping his own identity on each track.

A funeral paced Hammond pulls the session deeper into misery, with a sympathetic guitar riff twitching away in the background. An abyss of sadness unfolds. Flipping it over Anthony’s mood does not get any brighter..

This time drawing in from James Brown’s Deep Soul classic, but adjusting the lyrics enough to lift it away from plagiarism…but this Soul Man’s exquisitely tortured vocal dispels all comparisons. As this is a truly individual performance displaying neighborhood Soul at it’s most moving..

Top of the Tree Deep Soul and insanely rare!

Condition throughout, could hardly be finer! 

Current bid: £ 13.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 25.00
Current Bid
£ 13.00

Bid on Do Right Man / Try Me Darling

Blues & Soul Calendar

1968 12 Month Artist Picture

AGAINST ALL ODDS - 1968 SURVIVOR!!

So very rare this is the very first we have offered this 12 month Soul Icon Pictured 1968 mail order only calendar.

By the very nature of this piece of memorabilia, calendars are invariably discarded or the perforated sheets ripped off as the month ends. This is complete, complete examples got thrown the moment the New Year kicks in. For one person at least this pictorial tribute to the greatest Soul stars of the year, was just far too precious to dispense with. Boy am I pleased to thumb through vintage pictures of:

January - Lou Rawls. February - Isley Bros. March - Betty Harris. April - James Carr. May - Aretha Franklin. June - B. B. King. July - Maxine Brown. August - Little Milton. September - Jimmy Holiday. October - Billy Stewart. November - Gene Chandler. December - Little Richard.

See January, February, March, April example

What an array of splendid black & white pictures to treasure!

This calendar is a card/thick paper construction attached in place to a spiral top ring, with the hook for wall hanging. And what a wall hanger too.

All pages are free of tears, stains or writing. They are in excellent condition with only the front January having mild creases to the very edge.

First time we have ever listed it - and we are not anticipating ever seeing another. 

Current bid: £ 47.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 7.00
Minimum Bid
£ 54.00
Current Bid
£ 47.00

Bid on 1968 12 Month Artist Picture

Marvellettes

I'll Keep Holding On

Unique Motown Grail, recorded 22nd of April 1965 cut onto a 10” Hitsville studio acetate the next day 23rd April; released nearly two weeks later 11th. May in Motown’s golden year of 1965.

This was the dawning of one of the greatest Motown gifts to Northern Soul, from the desk of Ivy Jo Hunter & William “Mickey” Stevenson came the compelling music sheet for Norman Whitfield to craft into the perfect mid-60’s Soul dance recording. , This acetate captures the AY-VX-L-134312 2:22 seconds session, whilst the Tamla release on 45 was a marginally different take AY-VX-R-134321 at 2:27 seconds long, which in comparison there is no obvious contrast between the two. How could you improve on this girl group masterpiece? Norman Whitfield hey left the body of this recording virtually untouched from studio to pressing plant…

But for Motown disciples it is ever so slightly different…

Scheduled for a LP release that never happened, see “Picked From LP” office scribbling top right hand side of the label… the label makes such interesting reading, although I do not know what the (L.T.H.) under the date refers to, your input would be most welcome.

Historic in the extreme, a porthole in the happenings at the heart of making Motown music spring 1965…

In contrast to those rather yawn inducing “Gold Discs” so often captured in the backdrop of some Record Executive’s office interview, this 10” acetate is a conversation triggering framer whilst still being imperative for those DJ’s who want to turn heads.. with an exclusive play.

The disc itself suffers a little from over 50 years in storage, mild “misting” on the surface, a few very light marks.. listen to the soundfile lifted directly of this archival jaw-dropper… then ogle the scan

Current bid: £ 99.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 111.00
Current Bid
£ 99.00

Bid on I'll Keep Holding On

Chain Reaction

Search For Tomorrow / Say Yeah

Horns and guitar riffs dominate the intro until a congregation of male vocals glide into your ears on a mission to make you dance.

That mission is never in doubt, as the two brothers Harold & Silver Sargent guide Chain Reaction the same way they guided “Hot Ice” through another fine Blue Wave Studios production.

From the first note to the last, this energy drenched session promotes “dance” by blending Soulful vocal into a Funk infused production. Hidden on the flipside of a Funky Kool And The Gang inspired session, is a little less “obvious” gem..that has featured across Europe on the rare soul clubs for quite some time.. an initial handful suppled just the right amount of DJ’s for the disc to become very in-demand and sought after as plays blossomed..

Today it’s a record that is not so easy to acquire, brimming with potential for another ceiling to be lifted, we got a feeling this tune still has another life to go..

This copy is in sublime just off Mint condition..

Current bid: £ 12.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 23.00
Current Bid
£ 12.00

Bid on Search For Tomorrow / Say Yeah

Tommy Neal

Going To A Happening

TOMMY NEAL revealed.

The puzzling evolution of a USA flop that went on to become a British 60’s Soul Club & MOD anthem…stayed available for almost 4 years in Decca’s catalog, as it’s dance-floor reputation reached fever pitch..

“Get Your Car Or Your Motorbike…..”

The mystery of why this instantly infectious 60’s Soul dance masterpiece was not a hit in the USA may never be 100% clear but we thought to document it’s timeline of different label releases in Richard Popcorn Wylie’s quest for the hit, may be interesting to our auction readers..

First release was pink labeled Pameline 200 with the Nashville Matrix and PAM 200 etched in deadwax - received poor sales

2nd. release was Palmer 2024 with P 5024 etched in the deadwax P 5024 Bell Sound & ARP stamped achieved even worse sales, underlined that many seasoned collectors thought it was never issued, as Promo copies were the only ones that ever seemed to surface.

3rd. Issue was the Yellow label Pameline using the Palmer master-stampers with the exact same P 5024 etched in the deadwax P 5024 Bell Sound & ARP stamped in the deadwax. Seems to have been triggered by Pittsburgh club plays from the trendsetting DJs like Mad Mike etc. This yellow label pressed fed that brief local demand…that never transferred back to the Motor City

4th. issue, when all failed in Michigan, but a spark of hope in Pittsburg, was a shot at California; In November 1967 Vault Records, 6430 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028 with a Delta # 69126 in the deadwax. This too failed to make few sales register even after being highlighted in Billboard.

One good thing came out of the Californian call, was Vault Records who also had faith in this infectious song leased the recording to UK Decca and the rest is history, A Twisted Wheel anthem that is still as popular with the dancefloor and the collectors as it was back in 1968..

Before you today is an elusive and pristine White PROMO of that 4th. and final endeavor to make this a nationwide hit.. it sadly never happened..

The final piece in the jigsaw is Tommy Neal’s real identity as the Tommy Mealy acetate on Bell Sound singer, is widely believed to be Thomas Mealy from Detroit group The Majestics who recorded on Chex.

Additional information by Jason Thornton, Dennis O’Brien, initial research from Richard Johnstone, many thanks to all who helped unravel the life story of one of Britain’s best loved Club Classics…

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 185.00

Detroit Spinners

Detroit Spinners

Two STEREO first test plate press, in heavy duty vinyl, white labels with handwritten black labels and blank vinyl on the flipside.

Perhaps unique, we have certainly never come across this variation of the 1967 UK press before. The laminated cover is the same as the elusive regular shop release.

We could easily have soundfile all the tracks on this debut album for Motown, but in the end we went for only five, with the other 7 still giving up Motown vocal-group Soul at it’s most riveting.

  1. I’ll always love you
  2. truly yours
  3. sweet thing
  4. I cross my heart
  5. I just can’t help but feel the pain

With an album TEST PRESS sound is infinitely superior to the masterplate that whacks out 100’s or 1000’s of platters.

This very rare offering is in unblemished condition throughout

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 94.00

Ringleaders

Baby What Has Happened To Our Love / Let's Start Over

One of the most exquisite male vocal group Northern Soul sounds to ever grace all-niter turntables.. even after all these years, every time I hear this ring out.. shivers run down my neck!

Certainly heading up my DJ sets of the mid-70’s, a game changer transforming the dancefloor into a “sardine can” at the drop of a needle..

..but for today I think the flipside would knock a Sunday chill session crowd “dead” utterly sublime harmony awaits, with a sexy sax taking to the air as the seamless voices take pause for breath..

Two drop-dead gorgeous tune from this highly accomplished gathering..

This copy has a couple of mild hairlines.. strong clean Ex + that plays mint!

Current bid: £ 260.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 12.00
Minimum Bid
£ 272.00
Current Bid
£ 260.00

Bid on Baby What Has Happened To Our Love / Let's Start Over

Marketts

Stirrin' Up Some Soul

A Northern Soul instrumental classic in by far it’s most desirable clothes.

1967 Yellow DEMO! in fine clean condition!

Current bid: £ 12.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 23.00
Current Bid
£ 12.00

Bid on Stirrin' Up Some Soul

Arin Demain

Silent Treatment

Created May 1966 in Los Angeles, not discovered by Northern Soul until 1977 in Pittsburgh. It went on to featured as one of the famous “Last Record” of the set, a down-beat mood changer. The DJ “joke” at the time was to play something slow (but good) to leave the next Jock with an empty dancefloor to play to.

Just like the “Paris Blues” scenario, “Silent Treatment” was soon gathering a small following of dancefloor shufflers that within a month had swelled to a cram-jammed full floor. Then the search was on, every DJ wanted to spin it, every collector dreamed of owning it…

I personally never ever did find another copy whilst diggin’. Over the next 40 years, only a very occasional copy would break surface, a scramble for ownership would be triggered.

Today this record for me is the “King” of that “last record” in your set choice, and of course today the Beat Ballad Heaven sound has an enviable congregation of followers. Now perfect for any part of your set, as the dance-pace has slowed, with quality dictating the DJ’s choice.

A top-drawer 45 with a proven rarity pedigree, that is more suited for today’s scene than 1977 Cleethorpes… but so few own a copy it is rarely heard.. to me it sounds fresh, evoking euphoric recall of those halcyon days when legendary DJ “Poke” would deliver a gruff mumble “Thanks, For An Empty Dance-floor Again, Manship…”

He was only able to say that, for just a few weeks though..

This copy has fabulously clean vinyls, flawless A-side label, tiny sticker removal scar left hand side middle of the flipside label (see scan) for its only flaw.

Current bid: £ 1,500.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 13.00
Minimum Bid
£ 1,513.00
Current Bid
£ 1,500.00

Bid on Silent Treatment

Duke And Leonard

Just Do The Best You Can / You've Lost Your Soul

Is May the month for spectacular labels?

Current bid: £ 121.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 132.00
Current Bid
£ 121.00

Bid on Just Do The Best You Can / You've Lost Your Soul

Five Stars

Baby, Baby / Blabbermouth

This week’s Rare Motown collectable, is a flawless 1961 Columbia Promo copy of a record documenting the beginnings of Berry Gordy writing producing career which incorporates two Five Star members, that would later form the basis of The Originals, with Walter Gaines & C. P. Spencer.

Top side is an imaginative harmony stroller highlighting tight vocal rebounds, seamlessly fitting each other crafting harmony of the highest calibre.

First issued on New York’s End label which Gordy became disaffected with royalty payment cheques, being so uneconomical he had one George Goldner “End” cheque was allegedly framed and hung on his wall, as motivation to sharpen his competitive edge each morning as he looked at it.

This Columbia PROMO is in such fabulously clean condition we thought, with the history, anecdotes, and quality harmony this was a listing to interesting several areas of rare 45 collecting..

Flip it over a Berry & Gwen Gordy steer the group down a “Coasters” inspired production, with a quirky nod to David Seville and His Chipmunks at the intro, underlining Gordy’s ear for current trend and his skill to be able to hook into it..

Five Stars became the “Voicemasters” on Anna, before laying a couple of brick into foundations of my favorite Motown group “The Originals”

Current bid: £ 1.00

Time remaining: Approx. 4 days 22 hours

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 0.00
Current Bid
£ 1.00

Bid on Baby, Baby / Blabbermouth

Little Archie

I Need You / I Am A Carpet

Listen ad Weep

This 45 has everything going for it, answering “Yes” to every question your mind triggers, with an affirmative Yes

  1. Rare?… It most certainly is..one of the most challenging UK Atlantic’s to apprehend.

  2. Is it good ? I consider this record beyond “good” .. everything the man from Huntington, West Virginia Soul was involved with is a superior slab of Soul. Check out the a-side for heart-piercing Deep Soul, with Archie Himmon’s extraordinary vocal cradled by considerate horns that whine and moan in timely sympathy with Archie’s declaration of love.

  3. So what about the flipside? … as you’d expect from the inspiration behind The Parliaments - This Is My Rainy Day, Magnificent 7 - Never Will I (make My Baby Cry) this man is no stranger to cutting edge self created Soul. A pleasing Funky edged Northern Soul dancer await you..

  4. What’s The condition? - the condition could not be finer, vinyl I cannot locate even the smallest blemished no matter how hard I look. The label is adorned with the coveted pre-release Poydor promo date stamp -6 SEP 1968.. still retains original wavy-top birth-sleeve (see scan)

This is a listing aimed at those who are truly dedicated to collecting British release 60’s Soul in unsurpassed condition; and of course for those of you who appreciate standout real-deal Soul..

The A-side being one of the most magnificent 60’s Soul ballads ever committed to vinyl..Little Archie was unfortunately unknown both sides of the ocean, sales in the USA never happened and in the UK the 45 did even worse.

Left, like so many wondrous recordings to be discovered years after it’s deletion becoming not only one of UK Atlantic’s Rarest Of The Rare, but also arguably the finest Deep Soul 45 to be released in the UK.

Perfection, is so many ways, awaits the new owner..

Current bid: £ 1.00

Time remaining: Approx. 1 week 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 0.00
Current Bid
£ 1.00

Bid on I Need You / I Am A Carpet

New Titles

24 Rare Soul Vinyl To Be Added Very Soon

I’m away from my desk until 28th of June.

I shall be adding 24 new rare Soul 45 / lps on my return

Current bid: £ 1.00

Time remaining: Approx. 2 weeks 4 days

Starting Bid
£ 1.00
Bid Increment
£ 11.00
Minimum Bid
£ 0.00
Current Bid
£ 1.00

Bid on 24 Rare Soul Vinyl To Be Added Very Soon

Hi Guest, Basket Items (0)

Total: £ 0.00

GBP