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Freddie Hughes

Send My Baby Back

Prepare to be absolutely beguiled by an imploring mixture of soulful despair & joy.

Freddie Hughes was the most-impressive export from those soul-fertile streets of Oakland, California, this is his one and only album.

From the very first track side 1. Freddie will have you hooked into his pleading style, rich in expressive emotion “Send My Baby Back” drips with hopefulness, a Soul masterpiece that was to be his biggest hit.

Next cut “Tonight I’m Gonna See My Baby” is totally uplifting LP ONLY Northern Soul that would set any dancefloor alight. Next is more of the same, next track knocked me dead - last track Mr. Hughes flexes his vocal with a male version of Aretha’s “Natural Woman”, confidence indeed.. Side one is as complete a soul experience you could ever wish to hear - with the bonus of non-45 Northern Soul smacking you in the face!

Would producer Lonnie Hewitt allow the flip to fade into insignificance? No way as he kicks off with “Gotta Keep My Bluff in”..next is another LP only cut a mid-tempo “Every Night” what a slick delight. followed by “Where Is My Baby” then a killer take on the Temptations “You’re My Everything” with “What Am I Gonna Do Without Your Loving” another Northern Soul mover ensuring EVERY TRACK is a fabulous Bay Area experience of inspiring Soul!

Condition is fabulous - the music is stand-out - so good we would have liked to sample ALL the tracks. Time allowed for 7 - but those 7 will capture you completely..

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Deadbeats

No Second Chance

THE PHANTOM JANITOR !

Unshakably written into Northern Soul folklore as Wigan Casino’s most memorable cover/up. The record that for years tantalized the Casino crowd, teasing the collectors into utter frustration, as they dreamed of knowing it’s real identity.

From all the 1,000s of Northern Soul “cover-ups” over the years this is recognized as the most imaginative, even sparking of theories and bar stool tales of how Richard Searling actually arrived at christening this 45 as “The Phantom Janitor”

Decades on, this disc is no easier to acquire now, than it was back then… seldom if ever seen for sale and rippling with headlong power and enviable historical NS kudos..

Clean the soundfile - and let the “Phantom Janitor” sweep you down the corridors of our past..

Current bid: £ 219.00

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Isaac Hayes

1968 Stax / Volt Press Kit

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

Very Rare & complete original 1968 Stax mail shot.

Flawless in every way - do not pass

Current bid: £ 11.00

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Marvelettes

Sophisticated Soul

The elusive British MONO press is blinding condition.

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

Condition, Condition, Condition

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

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Broadways

You Just Don't Know C/w Sweet And Heavenly Melody

This week’s Black is beautiful entrant.

Offers up two sides that have swelled in popularity in recent years, with “You Just Don’t Know” receiving DJ attention after years of uplifting “Sweet And Heavenly” being the choice to spin.

A 1966 New Yorker, pitching up two slick harmony Northern Soul dance grooves, benefiting from the presence of the highly gifted guitarist Trade Martin; who’s studio arrangements feature on so many stand-out Northern Soul classics.

This “two for the price of one” 45 influenced somewhat from the impact the Four Seasons were having on the charts, also provide us with delicious harmony vocals woven into an easy-to-dance to production.

Condition is blinding, and as the demand of disc has rocketed in recent times..we feel there’s a few of you who may not own a copy..yet.

Current bid: £ 51.00

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September Jones

I'm Coming Home C/w No More Love

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 165.00

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Bill Bush

I'm Waiting

Additive in the extreme!

Perpetually activating the dancefloor “Sardine Effect” immediately those sexy-Sax-notes blow.

Unique in it’s make-up, unforgettable in it’s style.

Perfect Northern Soul - Perfect condition!

Unmissable!

Current bid: £ 755.00

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Various Artists

An Album Full Of Soul

An immaculate copy of one of the 60s rarest Compilation Albums.

We know Top Rank, Stateside, London & Sue throughout the 60s gave the British record collector a passport to the USA Soul scene and of course built the foundations of Northern Soul.

But we must not overlook the roll that the Soul Album played in bringing the “unknown” soul recording to these shores…A big influence on my “Young Soul Boys” days were the Soul City, Action, Minit or the BackTrack 6 compilations, full of recordings not issued as 45s in Britain. To the English Soulie artists like Brooks O’Dell, Bobbie Smith, Betty Harris, Pearl Woods, Eddie Billups, Freeman Brothers etc. were a mystery at the time, as Stateside executives pulled the obscure from the 1964 / 1965 Amy/Mala/Bell catalog.

This copy is in glorious condition, near perfect in everyway. Mint - vinyl, two Mint labels, a cover free of any annoying flaws and still hugging it’s original “rice-paper” EMI inner sleeve.

We can only imagine what the Brit Soul fan thoughts when he first heard this enlightening venture into USA Soul. But we can assure you, even though the title is clear about the content, hardly anyone purchased this LP upon release.

Today it is Unicorn-Rare in acceptable condition.. in Mint - nick near “impossible”

Star Track “Big Dee Irwin - You Satisfy My Needs” + 15 other goodies..

Current bid: £ 22.00

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Frank Beverly And The Butlers

If That's What You Wanted C/w Love (your Pain Goes Deep)

Words?

You could use every superlative in the Oxford dictionary, then at the front of each, add the likes of “Utterly” “Absolutely” “Totally” “Entirely” “Completely” and I still could not in any way fully describe the sensation that shot though my entire body, when I first witnessed the intro to this Philly Phenomena.

Not just me, but most every teenage Northern Soul disciple of the early 70s was moved to levels of embarrassing excitement, instantly riveting themselves to a life of searching for this record’s equals…

Of which there are very few…

Act accordingly …a record to be buried with… THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Current bid: £ 67.00

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Clara Hardy

You're Too Jealous C/w The Touch Of Love

The Girl-Group sound … at it’s most captivating.

Early 60s Motor City Northern Soul, echoing everything the Golden Detroit era was about… as Motown’s girl groups were just starting to receive chart success. Although there are light hints of the “Motown Sound” this 45 is essentially a release saturated in street-level hopefulness.

Beautifully naive, in anticipation of success, as the skills of two Detroit NS notables join forces; Kris Peterson and soon to be Golden World/Ric Tic luminary Bob (Rob Recco) Hamilton write for the sweet vocals of Miss Hardy.

Both sides epitomizing the Motor City sound of this formative period.

But the most exciting aspect of listing is THE CONDITION almost without exception on the few occasions this 45 has passed my way it has been way less than VG. This copy is a clean Mint minus with two flawless label - very elusive in this treasured condition…

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Bobby Reed

The Time Is Right For Love C/w If I Don't Love You

One of the greatest ever Northern Soul records ever made.

BOTH SIDES

and it’s

MINT!

Truly MINT !

Play and be prepared to gush..

Twice over..

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Various Artists

1970 Norfolk Arena 26" By 32"

Genuine 22 November 1970 Norfolk Arena SOUL SHOW.

A huge 26” by 32” full colour CARD poster

Just look at those acts…

WOW just ogle that line up…

We need to get serious about this ultimate Rare-Soul wall-hanger!

Current bid: £ 46.00

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Timi Yuro

Something Bad On My Mind Inc: It'll Never Be Over For Me

Condition of this STEREO USA PROMO press could hardly be better.

Flaw free front and back cover(rubber stamped PROMO) see scan, original inner birth-sleeve, perfect “as new labels” and vinyl which looks just like it did, when it left the factory in 1968.

  • Fourth track - side one is the Northern Soul colossus

  • It’ll Never Be Over For Me

never issued as a single in the USA - LP only and in this condition as a stereo PROMO it is rather tricky to capture.

Current bid: £ 34.00

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Barbara & Brenda

Never Love A Robin

The styrene STOCK copy or even the elusive UK Direction press is currently igniting the dancefloors all over the North Of England. At last this 1968 thumper has wisely been revived to a tumultuous reception.

So when I just found a MINT previously unplayed VINYL Promo copy with perfect labels & birth sleeve. I’m thinking this would be a mighty-fine capture for those of you who seek perfection with the Northern Soul classics.

Well a sleeping Classic actually, as it has not received too many spins since the Twisted Wheel days.. until now. But it’s long overdue rejuvenation has surely given birth to a NS classic in the making.

Potent in-your-face Northern Soul.. as Babara & Brenda Gaskins injecting some Sister-guts to the Tommy Hunt original.

We repeat VINYL press in PERFECT condition!

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The winning bid was £ 166.00

Ice

Reality C/w Hey, Hey

The vinyl equivalent of “Great Star Of India”?

maybe not - but certainly the jewel of Soul Sam’s sets!

Soaring vocals glide of a raft of cymbals to introduce magnificent twangy guitars that lay down an inevitable dance arrangement nobody can ignore. Fabulously delivered soulful vocals knit into the “Stanley Clarke” level bass guitar rhythm, whilst a lead guitar sings with some innovative background decoration.

Rare Soul Dance does not come any better.. but then again what you expect for a Top “Soul Sam” Tune…exactly.

Flip it over and there’s no soppy sweet soul ballad to relieve you - no is a punchy fusion of jazz keyboard, those same authoritative guitarist and a booming lead vocal leading an Earth Wind & Fire styled vocal production.

Killer Jazz Funk groove, only just a step or two behind that gloriously effect soulful dance lead side.

Double joy awaits the lucky new owner…

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The winning bid was £ 3,219.00

The Dorsets

Pork Chops C/w Cool It

A listing for the UK SUE completest as they will already be aware # 391 in the series is an empty space in most label runs.

Guy Stevens & Chris Blackwell’s exploration of American music in the quest to bring the British kids the best variety possible, covered all genres. Blues, Jazz, Soul, Doo Wop, instrumentals they covered it all their indiscriminate searches.

This example the pair dug up a 1961 New York R&B doo-wopper of infinite charm, topside side is a mid-paced harmony grove with flip being a frantic uptempo trip into Titty-Shaking territory.

Two great sides showcasing SUE’s diverse taste nbd willingness to experiment.

This time the experiment spectacularly failed, as it didn’t sell a “Bean” and yet another SUE rarity was born.

Condition offers the winner two perfect labels and two vinyl that only reveals the lightest of surface blemishes in strong light. abnd as you can hear it plays perfectly.

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The winning bid was £ 83.00

Dana Valery

Not The Flower But The Root

Think again if you ever thought this lady didn’t have Soul.

Here are Dana’s legendary Brunswick sessions guided by Carl Davis, Willie Henderson & Tom Tom Washington with those two stand-out Northern Soul tracks, that failed to gain release as 45s.

  1. “This Love Is Real” - killer Sister take on the Jackie Wilson dancer!
  2. “Higher & Higher” - ditto, ditto, ditto
  3. “You Babe” - solid 1972 smooth as silk dance groove
  4. “Oh Boy” - sweet sweet Soul with full male vocal group back
  5. “Have You Seen Him” as above a fine twist on the Chi-Lites classic

the other 4 tracks also emit seamless soul grooves…

With Sonny Sanders arranging, the 4 main Brunswick motivators, galvanize Dana’s one and only album into one very sought after platter…as upon it’s 1972 release, sales failed miserably..

Condition is impeccable, cover still retains shrink wrap, both labels are perfect, as is the perhaps previously unplayed vinyl.

You can hear why Richard Searling was eager to release this lady on his discerning “Go Ahead” label. As this album just rippling with the feelgood factor!

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The winning bid was £ 74.00

Cream Soda

Remember The Rain

Sweet Soul devotees here’s a deliciously rare one!

An icy-cool lead vocal is perfectly naive and emotional with an equally sincere and impulsive vocal group harmony back-up validating it’s endearing D.I.Y. status.

There is real charm and wanting within these grooves as the gathering do their utmost to construct a harmony masterpiece. That is where the value lies, in it’s obscurity and it’s obvious “walk in” off he streets hopefulness.

A straight to the heart recording as we witness the ambition ofsome young guys trying to make it.

Hideously RARE and in supreme condition.

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The winning bid was £ 56.00

Linda Jones

A Portrait Of

Back cover AUTOGRAPHED by George Kerr

Sung by the world’s greatest ever Soul Divas

Autographed by one the worlds most revered Soul producers George Kerr!

Ownership of the unrivaled combination is just a click away!

Musically unsurpassable Soul!

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The winning bid was £ 80.00

Sean ( Mr. Esquire ) Taylor And The Vic Pitts Cheaters

Never Do I Worry ( About You ) C/w Funky Soul Dance

One of the very hardest 45s to secure, on this highly regarded Lennie LaCour vehicle for local Soul artists.

Milwaukee’s & some of Chicago’s finest came under the spell of the areas most prolific writer/producer. Mr. La Cour who tirelessly not only churned out quality street-level soul but also covering all it’s styles.

This particular rarity showcases the man’s versatility perfectly with the a-side giving up spanking upbeat Northern Soul ; with the flipside a offering the dancer solid meaty 60s’s FUNK experience. BOth sides benefiting from muscular horn and snappy vocals.

Both sides ideal tunes to ignite the Rare-Soul dance floor; and even more perfect for the discerning collection as this 45 seldom if ever comes to market.

Currently only residing in the NS elite DJ boxes, this double-delicacy of the good stuff, is surely now set to grace another DJ set.

Once again, insanely rare and offering “Two For The Price Of One”

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The winning bid was £ 321.00

Ken Williams

Come Back C/w Baby If You Were Gone

The lure of the Okeh Promo - never leaves you does it?

Amazingly this beauty has never been bootlegged, re-issued or received enough turntable exposure for it to come under the “oldie” umbrella. Sounds just as fresh and exhilarating as the first time I heard it, circa 1972.

Falling into the same category as a few other stand-out NS Okeh’s.. Johnny Robinson, Sandra Phillips jump to mind..truly wonderful Northern Soul that has bemusingly flown over the heads of too many NS jocks.

Take a listen, this is exceptional stuff screaming to have it’s day in court.

But there’s more, for the vocal group enthusiast “Baby If You Were Gone” is a drop-to-your-knees Soul ballad with a harmony enriching provided by an uncredited group.

Shame on me, shame on you, shame on all of us…this should’ve been a Northern Soul Monster decades ago!

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Charades

The Key To My Happiness C/w Weeping Cup

Black is beautiful, in this case truly gorgeous..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!!

One of the greatest NS Dance tunes ever made - it’s steady lift towards the summit of “back-drop” inducing heaven has never been bettered. Relentless in it’s pursuit of total power & dancefloor domination.

Rumbling intro, is tickled by subtle tambourines, then the vocals invade! The lead singer keeps pace, his teammates support with oohs, coos, chants and choruses, completely submerging the studio in a mighty wall of sound. Then as if in competition, the horns blow longer and harder, louder and louder until a heart-stopping crescendo is reached! AWESOME!

THIS REALLY IS REAL-DEAL NORTHERN SOUL!!

If it wasn’t for the all powerful, incomparable A-side the flipside “Weeping Cup” would have become a Northern Soul classic in it’s own right.

Two sides to-die-for in a rarely seen head-turning format.

Condition is of course unblemished.

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The winning bid was £ 646.00

Marvin Gaye

This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (it's Killing Me)

THE Original 10” studio acetate.

One of only two known copies of this the most sensational of all the Motown unissued recordings to have emerged from those hallowed vaults.

THE STORY.

Brought to vinyl by an enthusiastic Dana Smart, who after playing it to his boss the head of catalog A&R at Motown. It was decided to be debuted as the lead title on the “Marvin Gaye Classics Collection 1994”, which spawned a limited “Promo Piece” using The Temptations “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” as a style guide for the retro picture sleeve. Dana’s favourite Motown track was reborn on vinyl and his boss’s favourite track off he CD was picked as the flip and limited quantities sneaked out as a taster for the forthcoming Compact Disc.

Only enough to suite the promo purposes were made, and the rest is history..as it rocketed to the very summit of Northern Soul popularity with the dancers, as sparse copies filtered into England.

Before you today is the original 10” “DIRECT CUT” acetate, offering unbelievably clear sound in totally Mint condition and studio dated 12/5/94.

Fidelity is jaw-dropping..as you are about to hear.

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The winning bid was £ 723.00

Sam Dees

Lonely For You Baby C/w I Need You Girl

Still a dancefloor destroyer - hard to find the words to fully describe just how popular the rumbling hunk Northern Soul has been over the last 3 decades.

The now iconic, but simplistic intro bass line decorated by a thumpin’ piano is the signal to drop everything and join that heaving dancefloor, to skilfully weave your way through 2.40 seconds of imperative Northern Soul. Made vital by Sam Dees roughened vocal, snarling painfully with his plea to see his girl once again, produces the complete mood-shifting experience, set solidly into a uniquely convincing strolling arrangement.

Just Monstrous, no matter how many times you hear it - it will move you.

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Bro. Byron

Booty Whip C/w Money Tree

Rare California FUNK - and some..!

From the streets of L.A. Central comes some heavy-duty-FUNK instructions, E. Rodney Jones style, Brother Byron snarls commands to do the “Booty Whip” whilst a jazzy piano and down n’ dirty sax drive the rhythm.

Filthy suggestive Funker with great key changes that signal the horns to stride in.. then towards the end that talented keyboard player goes off on a Ramsey Lewis trip.

Insane stuff..

Flip it over and this rare indie gives up an equally inventive performance evoking visions of orange flares, broad rimmed red floppy hats, weighty gold chains hanging around the neck of the neighborhood Pimp, as he’s struts his block..

Rippling with “Blackploitation” attitude.. totally fabulous also, in it’s own unique way..

Two unconventional tunes that creep under the skin…

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Admirations

Heaven Is In Your Arms C/w My Admiration For You

Two fabulous examples of Chicago vocal-group recording from the desk of the prolific M-Pac, Onederful label contributors Otis Hayes & Jimmy Jones.

Topside offer up tight vocal group Northern Soul dance that became so very popular at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens, triggering an horrid counterfeit press. Whilst the flipside is consider a “Sweet Soul” harmony trophy.

NOTE. Do not confuse with the horrid counterfeit - this is the original first press! Chicago address, severe dip in the label plateau before the center hole, “matt” silver finish to the label, pale red text.

Two fabulous examples of Chicago vocal-group Soul recording from the desk of the prolific M-Pac, One-derful label contributors Otis Hayes & Jimmy Jones.

Condition is flawless

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The winning bid was £ 236.00

Albert Washington

Case Of The Blues C/w One More Chance

Albert Washington already a man with a number of great Northern Soul favourites to his name as his flawless vocal strength gives a tune that extra added special feel as he hits the high notes in true style on his Cincinnati counterparts.

This seldom seen disc again offers up fabulous Northern Soul spiced with both R&B and Popcorn influences. So check him out yet again on this D.I.Y. ground-level recording.

So at ease with the bold-brass backed production Albert gives a short rap, before the haunting horns lay the foundations for his gnarly vocal onslaught as he crafts a convincing dancer, just aching for that long overdue NS turntable exposure to lift awareness..

But do not overlook the fabulous Deep Soul ballad on the flip that really shows off the great artists vocal prowess.

LOVE BOTH SIDES!

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The winning bid was £ 93.00

Frankie Crocker

Ton Of Dynamite

DO IT FRANKIE - DO IT!!

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

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

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

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

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Skull Snaps

My Hang Up Is You C/w It's A New Day

For the Northern Soul Scene this was a groundbreaking spin. As New York’s finest broke ranks with straight-soul, changing direction to bring you innovative in-ya-face Soul/Funk that took the Blackpool Mecca by surprise as the Highland Room jocks played numerous tracks from their coveted 1973 album.

Although the album never enjoyed UK release fortunately this short-Lived UK GSF label (that only managed just over 10 releases) chose wisely, every one now rare and highly collectable; this example being the most sought after and highest valued.

Once you click the soundfile you’ll know exactly why.

Listen to “The Diplomats” with a change of name and style, bringing themselves back with a bang. BOTH sides offer up intricate, attitude driven solid-FUNK. Topside became a Mecca, Cleethorpes classic, that has been enjoying a recent revival from notable Jocks.

Flip it over for an highly respected, and far meatier FUNKER that is now in favour, as FUNK invades the Northern Soul turntables..

Look gorgeous and offers so much for the £££…

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Sensations

Demanding Man C/w Gonna Step Aside

Drenched in Northern Soul kudos & shimmering with perfectness!

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

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

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

We repeat this copy is flawless!

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

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

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

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

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Betty Turner & The Chevelles

The Winds Kept Laughing C/w Little Miss Misery

It must be very confusing for the NS “Outsider” to try and identify the Northern Soul “sound” when you compare this week or indeed any weeks listings, the spectrum of the music stretches far & wide, but all have something very special, that certain indescribable quality that lifts it up and grabs your attention. In this case from an ordinary girl-vocal to a record that creeps under-your-skin and stays put.

Betty Turner’s rarest 45 ripples with “Popcorn flavoured” horns, shrill girl chorus and Betty’s lead vocal bubbling her way through the lyrics. Then there’s Holly St. James style “Kettle Drums” booming unexpectedly and the uttering out of kilter “Sherriff Of Nottingham” style horns calling from the castle walls… what is that all about?

..BUT IT WORKS and it’s works brilliantly as proven by decades of being a cherished dancefloor favourite - and guess what? The overlooked mid-tempo flipside is thoroughly captivating too..

NORTHERN SOUL? Well, it’s the little things that count, those special additions to a production that make it standout from the norm..

This promo has magnificently clean, the only blemish is the PROMO MAN George Jay I.D. stamp on the label.

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Lee Barry

I Don't Need It C/w Man Ain't Nothing

Even in 1966 before the name of Barry White was known outside the streets of Los Angeles his acute awareness to exploit an opportunity was very evident; In spring 1966 with Len Barry riding high with his Decca Sessions. Barry reinvented himself as “Lee Barry” on the off-chance the short-sighted or dyslexic California Radio Jock may take a 2nd. glance and spin Barry’s one and only release under that “too close for comfort” name.

The Rare BLUE Stock copy, gives hints of the genius that was about to surface as one of the greatest exponents of the “Soul” Sound the world had ever seen.

Both sides written, arranged & produced by Barry White; ripple with the ingredients that would rocket him the world-fame only a few years later. Heavy Girl-Group presence supports his unique “Walrus” vocal… as he serves up deeply atmospheric, down & dirty Northern Soul embroidered with blaring horns, insistent girl choruses soaring high over Barry White’s signature snarl… matched up against a droning horns and tinkling vibes, completely wonderful.

Fantastic tune yet to achieve it’s glaring NS potential - the flipside which Barry led with, hooked into another “hit” sound of the day - The Percy Sledge styled Deep Soul ballad, a finely crafted effort it is too.

With all this thought and care taken on this release, surprisingly this breakthrough attempt failed miserably - leaving the NS collector another rarity to chase, as the release copy in Mint - condition, is seldom if ever seen for sale.

Historical and essential Northern Soul in it’s rarest form… love both sides

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Freddie Butler

Save Your Love For Me C/w

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

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

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

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

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

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W. D. Jordan

You Can't Keep Running Away

Very obscure early 80s Los Angeles upbeat dancer that will totally please the Rare-Boogie fans but has more than enough Soul in the gravel-coated vocal to draw in the discerning Rare-Soul fan also.

Not sure on the history of this artist, but my guess is he’s been around a while as vocals of this calibre do not happen over night. The whiskey/Nicotine effect on certain notes adds a depth and validity few frantic sessions can offer.

If we drop the RPM by -2 it becomes another record altogether as the vocal becomes richer and the cracking growl takes on even more character.

Full throttle street-level dancer or if you prefer a rich upbeat floor destroyer.. the choice is the DJ’s…

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Bobby Parker

Watch Your Step C/w Steal Your Heart Away

Right on the cusp of the British all-night Club scene transferring their musical affections from Modern Jazz to R&B; Bobby Parker breaks surface with a thumpin’ slab of Philadelphia R&B that was to be a dancers & DJ’s choice long after it’s 1961 beginning.

Now considered a classic of it’s time and still to the present a favoured turntable choice on it’s V-Tone USA release at Twisted Wheel revival and choice R&B nights.

Before you today is an immaculate 1961 UK DEMO in blazing Mint - condition…a yellow delight!

The A-side “Powerhouse R&B” it may well offer, but do not overlook the “filthy” slow-drag on the flipside - when Bobby takes inspiration from 50s Ray Charles recordings, snarling a down and dirty bluesy Soul ballad filled with angst and defiance, showered with shrill Sister vocals. SUPERB!

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Fi-dels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gypsies

It's A Woman's World (you Better Believe It) C/w They're Having A Party

Northern Soul - Real Northern Soul - in the style that built the foundations for NS longevity that shows no signs of ever fading.

If your nearing 60 or slightly over, it is sounds of this calibre that ignite euphoric recall of the “backdrop” littered dancefloors of the early 70s. The synchronized hand clapping and the girls pleated skirts parasoling waist height, momentarily adding a pause to your dance…as a quick peek was in order..or maybe if you have a normal sex-drive it would be your own frantic footwork you remembered…

Pumping J. J. Jackson arrangement with honking horn instrumental breaks at dead-the-right moments…perfect!

You can’t match these classics today - and this title has always been a difficult one to capture..

Whatever it is that you look back on - this tune - makes you remember…

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Joy Marshall

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

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

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

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

Condition is perfect and the song …even more so.

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Rory Mcdonald

Your Love Is Indescribably Delicious

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

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

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

Condition is flawless in every way..

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Other Brothers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unimaginably RARE!!

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Gloria & The T-aira's

I'm Satisfied C/w Running Out Of Time

Mysterious Chicago plagiarizing of Detroit and Motown, as Jerry Mundo & Sunny Sawyer craft totally flawless on-the-money Northern Soul!!

Who?…. yes Jerry Mundo & Sunny Sawyer are not names that jump to mind whilst thinking of 60s Chicago Soul but the pairing hits a “Bulls eye” with these two sessions… with the equally obscure “Jose Soul” doing the arranging this one-off session planted on one of the most-eye-catching of labels is a Northern Soul enigma, and rare in the extreme.

Another riddle is why has this not joined the upper tier of Northern Soul trophies like Lillie Bryant, Tamala Lewis, Yvonne Vernee etc. every darn note as good and equally elusive! The answer is obvious, as it never became a Wigan, Mecca or Cleethorpes Monster, but to be honest I don’t think I ever saw a DJ with a copy at “The Pier” but did receive enthusiastic plays in 1977 from both Soul Sam & the legendary “Poke” with the other mortals only able look on in envy it never became the “classic” it so deserved…

Leaving me to summarize, damn RARE, Awesome Northern Soul who’s value is only a fraction of what it would have been had it received regular turntable visits at any of these iconic clubs..

Is this another record suffering from it’s own serious unavailability…

Click the soundfile - TWO killer tunes await you; prepare to be drawn into the same needing of ownership… that the magical label has already imposed upon you.

 

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Charles I V

The Girl Next Door

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

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

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

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

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

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Variations

I Wanna Take You Uptown Vocal + Instrumental

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

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

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

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

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

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New York City

Don't Rush Me Now C/w Deja Vu

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

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

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

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

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Servicemen

I Need A Helping Hand C/w My Turn

We have so very rarely been able to make to proclaim, whilst talking about this Los Angeles Northern Soul anthem…

THE LABELS ARE THE CORRECT WAY ROUND !!

Almost without exception this 45 left Monarch pressing plant in December 1967 with the labels reversed. So many have this flaw that it has over the years become an almost acceptable vinyl-foible…

But not by all - those of you fastidious about condition will not want a “label reversed” press in the house..but that would mean a glaring omission from your “True NS Classics” run. So before you today is an opportunity to snare one of Northern Soul’s “Pimpernel’s” … the perfect pressing - on the much-admired “Orange Man” label design; a rare thing indeed.

So click the soundfile to be beamed back to that Golden Era of Simon Soussan almost daily finding truly great classic style Northern Soul stompers.

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL at it’s most vibrant..

..but do not overlooked the fabulously Sweet Harmony Ballad “My Turn” on the flipside, truly classy creation.

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Jus'us

There's Got To Be Some Changes C/w Don't Stop Smiling

JUst love these D.I.Y. street-level soul projects that offer up two contrasting sides more often than not aiming at two different audiences with Weighty-FUNK one side and silky-smooth Sweet Soul the other.

This very obscure 1974 Ohio creation is no exception.

The FUNK side is an angry protest formulation of enraged Horns, swirling Flute supporting snarling vocals and highly pitched chorus. Resulting in positive FUNK flavoured with Jazz and a squealing Sax.

Flip it over and this weeks “Sweet Soul” offering is hiding away on the B-side. A precisely served soulful ballad with falsetto’s in the backing and lead… charmingly primitive, deliciously naive and decidedly soulful.

Two impressive sides from the streets of Akron, stupidly RARE!

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Ernest Sparks

I'll Be Glad C/w Send For Me

From that era of Stafford’s “Top Of The World”; the scene that cradled Northern Soul through its leaner decade of the 80s. THis is one of it’s most-memorable discoveries, when the legendary Guy Hennigan covered it up and rechristened it as TATE - Saving All My Love For You. Good choice that man, as there are many similarities to Tate’s - Cloverstreet 45s.

Having remaining very rare through all the following decades, you may well need a refresher spin, to reveal Guy’s penchant for the outer-most-potent side of Northern Soul.

A rare Detroit/New York hybrid, as the talented Mr. Ernest Kelley N./Y./Motor City commuter guides his namesake through an explosive high-octane horn driven juggernaut, with no truck-stops for a breather, “Sparks” is on a direct dancefloor mission of the most relentless kind.

Surely an Hennigan “Bomb” that begs to be dropped again..

Condition is flawless

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Smith Brothers

There Can Be A Better Way C/w Payback's A Drag

Looking for guaranteed rarity?

Look no further this STOCK copy only vocal-group Northern Soul has a life story that validates just that.

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Ike & Tina Turner

Anything You Wasn't Born With C/w Beauty Is Just Skin Deep

This double helping of mid-60s Northern Soul has lived in the shadows of “Dust My Broom” for a little too long.

Maybe the gorgeous clothes it’s wearing today, will entice you to unleash the explosive Sister-snarl of Tina Turner. Tina rides a relentless Ike Turner piano rhythm and the Ikettes decorate the backing with their perpetual yelping of support , the gathering whip up a the perfect-dance-storm.

Flip it over for what was the preferred Northern Soul spin, seeing turntable action at The Wheel etc. as the insistent thumpin’ dancebeat was just what the dancers were looking for at the time and was in fact the selected side above “Dust My Broom” as the more “Instant” dancefloor mover.

The “Dust My Broom” nudges the “overplayed” category, this disc would be a smart replacement. With both sides doing it up right, with “Beauty” a real out-and-out stomper of the lost-powerful kind and “Anything” a little more cultured in its approach.

Looking totally fabulous in its birth-sleeve, adorned with the coveted Big-Red “A” with vinyl in near flawless condition… what’s not to want?

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Fascinations

Girls Are Out To Get You C/w You'll Be Sorry

Records of this classic status require very few words from us.

Only to say this nearly 50 years old and in blinding condition snugly hugging it’s birth-sleeve is still looking totally clean, vinyl only reveals light sleeve contact blemishes in strong light, solid center small hole label is flaw free.

I honestly don’t think I’ll ever see a finer copy this late in the day… A Twisted Wheel anthem that has endured 1/2 a century of Northern Soul attention - and still packs the dancefloor today.

Real Deal Classic for those of you who put condition first as the deciding factor of what discs you add to your collection…

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Edwards Generation Featuring Chuck Edwards

In San Francisco - The Street Thang

From the same streets as Sly Stone cut his innovative Soul offerings comes this amazing testament to Bay Area Soul.

AUTHENTIC 1976 ORIGINAL PRESS - 10 track album from Chuck Edwards and Family. Ram jam full of non-45 tracks, that offer perfect food for today’s burgeoning Northern Soul FUNK scene.

With only two tracks ever reaching 45 release 1. Starlite Starbrite 2. That’s how much I love Her. This platter is an upfront DJ’s delight as it Includes the utterly amazing “I Got Something For You”.

So check out a sample of the compelling soundfiles lifted from this rarely seen ORIGINAL, noting fully 8 of this session never reached 7” release.

Bonus - FULLY AUTOGRAPHED front & back cover by the band and vinyl and label are near perfect.

*We are dedicating this this listing to the much-loved “Daly City Bob” - Bob Catteneo Soul fan/Record Dealer from the home town of Chuck Edwards Generation “Daly City” he is ill in hospital at this time - and many will remember his huge contribution to Europe’s Rare Soul scene during the 70s from his “Odyssey Records” mail order business - he was a special guy and this is one special album he would have certainly bought as a new release.

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Jack Montgomery

Dearly Beloved C/w Do You Believe It

Jack Montgomery” aka Marvin Jones provides one of the those velvety vocals that sink deep into your Soul.

A voice that is equally comfortable with a mid-tempo or the upbeat Motor City floorshaker, as this disc is about to prove.

In the mid-70s “Do You Believe It” it was the play side - a relentless Northern Soul juggernaut, an irrepressible runaway stomper that actually came to an emergency stop! when an enterprising DJ decided the truly sumptuous flip side was also worth a spin.

The rest is history, since the later 70s “Dearly Beloved” has been just that…”beloved” by all. It epitomizes the diversity of the Northern Soul scene when “The Salvadors” and this strolling master-class in Soul, can be played in the same DJ set and receive exactly the same adulation from the crowd.

Reading the label credits it showcases what is possible when the very best at their work gather in the same room….Marvin Jones, Don Mancha, Mike Theodore, Dennis Coffey, Johnny Terry and the mercurial intrusion of Andrew “Mike” Terry’s baritone sax at all the right times lift this session into “the greats”

It was not just the monumental vocal in the studio that day, but a gifted team who crafted unsurpassed Northern Soul that led to the loving acceptance of the Northern Soul mid-tempo dance groove!

This promo copy - is utterly flawless btw

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Black Is....

Spinning Wheel C/w Themes And Variations

and now for something completely different!

RARE 1969 Jazz / Funk groove featuring David Crawford on flute guiding “Black Is” to serve up a heady mix of piano driven 60s Jazz/Funk as they deconstruct David Clayton-Thomas’s Blood, Sweat & Tears 1969 classic.

Full of breaks and riffs as the upfront keys thud into gear. Classy flute takes the place of the vocals and it’s up and running indie Jazz, that over the years has picked up a cult following.

Flip it over and the Jazz goes deeper and more complicated but loses none of it’s urban charm.

This rare disc is MINT! After decades of a filed-only existence..

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