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Otis Lee

Hard Row To Hoe

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 832.00

Jimmy Burns

Can't Get Over / Where Does That Leave Me

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

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

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

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

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

TWO SIDES TO DIE FOR!!

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

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The winning bid was £ 798.00

Enchantments

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

When first unleashed on the unsuspecting British Northern Soul dancefloor, this rasping-romp as aptly covered up as “The Detroit Shakers”. Because from the first note to the last, this baby shakes the house…

But perhaps from a collectors viewpoint there are two more important factors to consider; condition of both vinyls and both labels is flawless; plus as you have already recognized this is the rarely encountered ORANGE label variation as opposed to the “light blue” label press…

So strap yourself in, click and hold on tight.. the Enchanters are about to whisk you off on a bumpy Northern Soul journey..

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The winning bid was £ 462.00

Symphonies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen & weep… 

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The winning bid was £ 151.00

Embraceables

Let My Baby Go / Here I Go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 413.00

Jimmy Ruffn

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 110.00

Eloise Laws

Baby Doll

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

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

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

VERY SPECIAL!!

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 455.00

Round Robin

Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 85.00

O. V. Wright

Can't Find True Love Uk Ep

When the word RARE is totally inadequate..

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 261.00

Blues & Soul

June 1968 Editon # 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 61.00

Inez & Charlie Foxx

Inez & Charlie Foxx

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 134.00

R. Dean Taylor

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

AUSTRALIAN DEMO!

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 88.00

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Feelin' Bluesy

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

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

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

AIN’T YOU GLAD YOU CHOSE LOVE

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 110.00

Barbara English & The Fashions

Fever

Fancy some Popcorn?

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 56.00

Four Below Zero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The winning bid was £ 61.00

Janie Grant

My Heart, Your Heart

A listings to satisfy the lust of the rare STOCK copy stalker.

This seldom seen colourful STOCK copy is in “Perfect” condition still residing in its birth-sleeve. This interesting aspect of this release, is that the “White” Promo copy was “Counterfeited” using the promo label design as the template. A very convincing piece of forgery work, that has led to the promo “fake” being sold as the original on several occasions.

By owning the infinitely rarer and more attractive stock release, all doubt of authenticity evaporates and when it’s a flawless example like this one… you can see why those rare STOCK copy addicts got hooked in the first place.

Click the soundfile to be hurled back in time to the vintage-years of Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier..

…happy days, indeed!

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The winning bid was £ 156.00

Delreys Incorporated

Destination Unknown / Crying In My Sleep

One of a few rare Northern Soul classics enjoying a turntable renaissance, but NOT as oldies play, just the opposite, as this an essential rarity perfectly fitting the dancefloor-demands of the recent “Funk” invasion being triggered across Europe.

This former Blackpool Mecca & Cleethorpes 70s Anthem has everything it takes to sit snugly into the upfront DJ sets and is doing just that, whilst also igniting euphoric recall within the Old-School Cleggy and Highland Room hearts.

It’s ear-pricking subtle intro, suddenly explodes with a lead vocal howling out a quest to find “A Home”…convincing delivered, riding a marvelous wah-wah propelled arrangement as his teammates scream the chorus in the background.. Killer!

I can vividly remember the East-Coast dancefloor response, as the stylus cut into those exclusive opening bars.. I also recently witnessed and even stronger response .. perfect for today and back BIGGER THAN EVER!

This is of course the authentic original FIRST press in blinding flawless condition, so very near STONE-MINT!

Current bid: £ 713.00

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Chris Morgan

Who Am I / Now I Taste The Tears

Time for this under the surface mighty-leviathan to make waves after decades of barstool adulation and predictions of great things ahead. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict its time in the sun cannot be very far away, just click the soundfile and unleash…..

a massive Bill Medley production being met head-on by an equally imposing vocal. Little wonder this house-quaking tune has evolved into a 45 enjoying a towering-reputation - growing at the same rate as it’s rarity.

Bill Medley penned and produced, arranged by Bill Baker the two provide a real-sense-of-power, that’s invading your ears at this moment. As the producers favourite instrument the “Tuba” times its profound belches perfectly; just as it did on Jerry Ganey’s treasured MGM anomaly… treasure this example of Bill Medley studio prowess too.. this 45 has vanished in recent times, sounding better today than it ever did..

NOTE: don’t forget about the highly prized Deep Soul journey hidden away on the flipside… that could well become rooted inside you also.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Darrell Banks

Open The Door To Heart / Our Love

Check out that label - your pulse is racing isn’t it!

Mine raced and then skipped a beat as I noticed London/Decca practice of hand-stamping London DEMOs with the running times of each side of the label in black ink rubber stamper was NOT there.. .What a bonus, that the rather annoying over-sized “225” black-ink stamping has not been executed… the consequence is… TWO PERFECT labels and vinyl that only reveals the lightest of sleeve contact blemishes, under close inspection and bright light.

THIS IS A REAL STUNNING COPY!

The music - we don’t even have to mention - but do click the soundfile anyway because even after all these years - both still stir my insides…

Finding a better copy - would be some challenge, indeed.

Current bid: £ 18.00

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Graig Douglas

Don't Mind If I Cry

By 1964 this British chart-toppers career was in decline by 1969 his record company PYE could not even spell his name correctly.. crediting this real-rarity to GRAIG Douglas, not that it made any difference no airplay was ever enjoyed on this Tony Hatch production of “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” with overwhelming competition from Sacha Distel & B. J. Thomas, Craig, it never stood a chance and his studio recording was all but over…

If you gotta go, why not go out with a record that today is vey highly sought-after, as the flipside has an enviable underground following from the Northern Soul British release collectors, and rightly so, as the soundfile is about to underline.

Haunting string intro throws you into thinking “what the hell is this?” then slowly but surely the recording stirs, builds, swells into one mighty Big City Beater… take a listen to this fine, fine sleeper from the most unlikely of sources..hidden away on the B-side of an insipid version of a B. J. Thomas hit, lay what I’d describe as a Brilliant-Brit-Belter…

LOVE IT and it is so very elusive! 

Current bid: £ 12.00

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B. J. Stanton

Trust In The Lord / Mama

Do record labels get any more obscure than “LUZZLES” or indeed artists such as the under-the-radar B. J. Stanton.

Perfect for today’s upfront DJ’s seeking the serious RARE modern soul dance offerings. And this is exactly that; A 1982 “private” double helping of 80s Soul-dance wisely pressed at 33RPM so the long 4.49 & 3.57 cuts, play LOUD and clean.

This is D.I.Y. studio work at it’s outer-most obscure, so now click the soundfile to hear why this 7” recently sold for a small fortune…Yes, it hits all the current forward-thinking DJ parameters head-on.

Condition by the way - is nothing short of perfect!

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Embers

First Time / I Wanna Be (your Everything)

Those North Carolina Boys with their most elusive Northern Soul offering. Bobby Tomlinson’s gathering have provided the British Northern Soul scene with a rich vein of dance-tunes but this we feel is their least-seen, especially in this flawless condition. Two mint labels, and two vinyls only revealing the merest of sleeve contact blemishes under strong light.

So to the music - this is no “Watch Out Girl” ..as the start is a floorshaking attention seeking intro!! The slick-vocals provide an infectious uplifting unforgettable dancer - lyrically brilliant delivered by sweetly-honed harmony vocals.. then a scintillating Sax-break welding this awesome tune together.. IMHO their best and their most difficult to capture..

Flip it over and these Soul-addicted boys rework the Carnival Records Manhattans classic - stamping their own style to an already stand-out tune..

Two great sides, bristling with real rarity, in unbeatable condition.. just irresistible.

Current bid: £ 55.00

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Jack Montgomery

Dearly Beloved / Do You Believe It

We were gonna save this new arrival straight from our MINT USA source for “MANSHIP’S MINTS” for Christmas - but we figure “Mints” are just as tasty at Easter.

Before you are two flawless labels - vinyls almost certainly unplayed before our soundfiles were harvested, snugly hugging its original birth-sleeve. Collecting the real-deal Northern Soul classics in perfect condition doesn’t get any more pleasing than owning this Detroit masterpiece…

One for those who consider CONDITION the most important factor whilst buying rare records… we are 8 months away from another “MANSHIP MINTS” Auction, here’s an early taster of things to come… we don’t ever expect to see another in “virgin” condition, that’s f’sure.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Blues & Soul

# 11 August 1968

One of the very elusive of these iconic A5 early designs.

This example being #11 in the series from August 1968 featuring the recently deceased and by then christened “The Immortal” Otis Redding on the front cover.

BUT CHICAGO FANS you especially need this edition: James Benholm article entitles “I’M IN CHICAGO” with picture of McKinley Mitchell and bio’s on Johnny Sayles, 5 Dutones, Syl Johnson, McKinley Mitchell * Maurice & Mac - an unmissable account of 1968 and the Chicago Soul scene.

Inside with have the standard-set editorials & biographies on Soul Artist & their music. The edition features:

Lou Johnson - Picture & Bio Chuck Edwards - Picture & Bio Dave Godin column - talking about “Pirate Radio” with a neat picture of Radio “Soul” DJ Mike Raven and thanking him for his support for the recently released “Pigmeat Markham - Here Comes The Judge” with Raven’s help pushing it into the Top 50 charts. Sly & The Family Stone - Picture & Bio

The eye-catching Record Company adverts include Soul City, President, Joy etc.

45 & Lp reviews + The Charts

It’s all here documenting the summer of ‘68 and Britain’s Soul Scene of the time

Current bid: £ 7.00

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Les Chansonettes

Don't Let Him Hurt You / Deeper

SHRINE TIME!

The all too common Girl “warning” to her friends, “Don’t Let Him Hurt You” “Like He Did Me” delivered with such velocity you do get the feeling the lead singer is preaching from recent experience… and Dale Warren is thinking he’d better come up with a production to do this ladies agony, some justice!

Dale piles on the drums, unleashes the horns, the shrill girl chorus steps to one sides, leaving the dominant lead to deliver the “Caution” with unparalleled conviction.. she takes a brief break and Dales horns wade in at full-throttle!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL - the REAL NORTHERN SOUL that triggered back-drops, spins, splits and synchronized hand claps…

This SHRINE at it’s most persuasive, it’s most convincing, it’s most memorable..

Flip it over and these gals are again not in the best of moods, as they spit out ferocious Northern Soul…. in an almost scary way.. two fine examples underlining Shrine’s passion for bypassing anything sweet & twee..

Note. no flaky labels, no water damage just a faded X on label to guide the mid-60s Washington “Jock” to which side to drop the needle on… if he dared.

Current bid: £ 566.00

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Patty Stokes

Is It True / Good Girl (can You Be?)

Yes, you are forgiven for looking twice, thrice or as many times as you like at this spectacularly RARE label variation of the MIR-A-DON label - it is the never-witnessed “RITE” sound pressing and do i hear a slightly different mix..?

What a top-value 45 this is - with my choice of lead side, giving up impeccable Sister-led Northern Soul Crossover; mid-tempo drenched in young-girl anguish as Patty gives up an hands-clench, half-bent-over, looking-at-the-floor performance, as she spills her insides out in front of you - REAL GUT WRENCHING SOUL.. served with the intensity only witnessed on the truly great Soul achievements.

Flip it over and Patty shifts the gears through to uplifting Northern Soul. Joined by (we assume) The Ascots who bring their vocal-bounty to the session. This is really a male-vocal-group session led by an outstanding girl-vocalist.. then the “Vibe-Break” and proper real-deal Northern Soul jells…

It is records of this standard that beg the question - why £30 why £300 why £3000 ..this tune for me delivers from the top-drawer on BOTH sides…

The rarity of this single, in this form, in this “as new” condition - is the equivalent of treading in Unicorn droppings, whilst running the mid-field for Barcelona vs the Dog & Duck Pub team on a Sunday morning in the Tahiti & district knockout Footy cup…

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Child's Of Friendship Train Robbers

Jackie (my Old Fashioned Girl)

Does Sweet Soul get any more necessary that this act of perfection.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Sheila Ferguson

Heartbroken Memories / Signs Of Love

Oldies DJ’s let’s have a Spring Bar-B-Que, Burger-melts with Sam & Kitty, The Snake as toppings … so there’s a little room for truly magical Northern Soul oldies like this underplayed jewel..

Click the soundfile, and like me you’ll be wondering why we get so many “repeats” an evening when there are 45s of this calibre to drop the needle on..

Condition of this Richie Barrett Philadelphia creation could NOT be finer - could have been “made yesterday” springs to mind…

Current bid: £ 137.00

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Barbara Lynn

I'm A Good Woman / Running Back

STONE MINT!!

Is there a more wanted Sister-R&B dancefloor-detonator than this Texas-talk-terminator from the Star-States Queen of Soul. From the first note, this conversation stopper triggers drinks-down and find a little space on the dance floor.

So if you want to own this winner - how about perhaps the finest condition examnple on Planet-Earth!!

Current bid: £ 34.00

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Bobby Angelle

It's Just Gotta Be That Way

Shredded Wheat?

Yes, we all ate “Shredded Wheat” in our teenage years; in the car park of Wigan Casino, the seafront Of Blackpool, the darkened areas of Temple Street, Wolverampton. No doubt if you peered through the rows of parked car windows, you would more than likely see teenagers munching away madly devouring enough “Shredded Wheat” to get them through the rigors of an “All Nite”Soul-dancing session.

If you didn’t have any Shredded Wheat with you, there was always somebody who knew somebody who may have some spare to sell you. SW was essential..

“Shredded Wheat”… it made your head buzz with euphoria, gave you the energy to dance all night - even made the most mediocre record, sound damn FANTASTIC! Whether you agree with the amount of “Shredded Wheat” consumed on the Northern Soul scene or not; the atmosphere of these now iconic Clubs would have been so much duller without it.

As for late night “Shredded Wheat” dining making you younger in your twilight years… there is strong evidence to consider that statement to be a slight exaggeration… as 100s of our compatriots are now sadly meeting a premature departure from the scene…”Shredded Wheat” I’m just glad I only swallowed the “Blue” coloured ones..

Click the soundfile and enjoy yet another Northern Soul tune that has promoted Corporate products.. this example however being perhaps the obscures and hardest to find.

Condition of this now nationwide favourite is utterly flawless by the way..

Current bid: £ 99.00

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Jack Hammer

What Greater Love

What greater love hath a man who dedicates his life to Northern Soul..?

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Swiss Movement

I Wish Our Love Would Last Forever

A thing of beauty! But a gorgeous vision unfortunately blighted by most-all known copies suffering from varying levels background noise with only a few copies that play clean and true.

So click the soundfile and discover one of the few “good” copies that not only draw the eye to the beautiful coupling of label & vinyl but also serve up subtle clarity with the beautiful harmony vocals. (one of the early few off the press) only a brief couple of very distant pops can be detect if you concentrate.

So now enjoy this string & horn driven floater in its full glory..

Delicious …. just delicious.

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Ambassadors

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Ridiculously fine condition!

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Sapphires

Gotta Have Your Love / Gee I'm Sorry Baby

The scan says it all !!

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Hoagy Lands

The Next In Line

If you’re gonna chase the true classic Northern Soul treasures, we think you’ll find this USA Promo copy one that seldom turns up in such perfect condition.

Almost since it’s release this tune has graced the turntables of Britain’s Soul clubs and remember Nottingham’s legendary BRIT CLUB playing this to a very appreciative crowd as early as 1970. Perhaps that one was on the impossible UK Stateside label, but I hasten to add this 1967 New Yorker as a PROMO copy is no easy catch either..

From the man who Doo-Wopped the lyrics “Under The Boardwalk” so deeply on the Drifters hit comes compelling Northern Soul that failed miserably on both sides of the Atlantic… how did that happen? It just a awesome tune.. that today sounDs better than ever..

This seldom-seen PROMO is as near perfect condition as you could ever hope to witness…

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Honey & The Bees

Dynamite Exploded / Together Forever

Does Sister-Northern-Soul get anymore compelling than this Philly “impossible”?

Not only potently unchallenged but also shimmering with rarity exceeding any other “Arctic” listings on this auction this century so very, very hard to acquire.

So strap yourself in, and let Honey & The Bees whip the your feet from under you, as Morris Bailey’s meteoric-lyrics send this rocketing Northern-Soul-Stomper skyward.

Real-Deal Northern Soul..

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Charles Simmons

Save The World / You've Got It All

This Ohio creation is a current Monster dancefloor detonator saturated in all the craved-for characteristics for today’s prevailing NS scene..

The deceptive shout-intro holds you for a split second as the horns pause - then erupting brass takes to the air.. and feature so strongly throughout the session, making it a near 3 minutes of impossible-to-ignore Soul-Dance!

Charles frenzied-vocal-attitude seamlessly marries with the horns as frenetic guitar rhythms drive the session home. This is perfect dance-food..

IRRESISTIBLE RARE SOUL DANCE! driven by a horn section from Hell..

The copy before you, you will have noted comes complete with the extremely rare “Picture Sleeve” with Charles brandishing a rather cool hairstyle for the day… the sleeve has light water stains but the disc is totally pristine. Mint vinyl both sides and two labels to match.

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

6 in this highly coveted British Tamla Motown EP series. This example is certainly one those annoying elusive releases.

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Linda & The Vistas

She Went Away /bad Apple

If condition is not the most important factor whilst hunting for Rare Soul - look away now!

Calling all vinyl & label perfectionists it’s SHRINE TIME!!

We believe the first time this record was played was near 50 years after the labels were lovingly hand-glued on by a Shrine employee, of this now world-renowned Washington vehicle for neighborhood Soul.

The serious Shrine collectors will agree the most horrid aspect of seeking out Eddie Singletons cottage-industry, was the fragility of these 6o’s labels. As under the adverse air-conditions and poor storage surroundings, the labels faded, cracked and peeled off.

Before you today is both vinyl and label exactness..without getting too anal or sounding utterly obsessive, the sight of unscathed glue around the label and a couple of finger prints in the deadwax when it was held for label-attachment… actually turned me on….

“Mr. Manship please take your medication, the nurse will push you around the grounds later on, if the sun comes out…”

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Clarence Reid

You Got To Fight / Three Is A Crowd

Two meaty Funk grooves from Florida’s main Soul Man!

1971 the dynamic-duo of Clarence Reid & Willie Clark were at this time very Funk-Focused but with very little success - “but if at first you don’t succeed try, try again..” as the Alston label had only just hit big with “Funky Nassau” this prolific pairing rolled out this protesting Hunk-of-Funk; but the sales failed miserably for it to become one of the labels “hard-to-finds”.

But couple stayed on course to craft Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” which as we know became the label’s “evergreen” FUNK recording and their best-know much loved Funk recordings.

But these pages are not about “best sellers” they are about gems that pasted unnoticed whilst stablemates hit the big time. Within “You Got To Fight” you can hear a “blueprint” for “Clean Up Woman” another dance tune shimmering with defiance as Clarence “Union-style” vocal calls upon his workmates to bolster his plea welding a potent arrangement, enriched by their bellowing male-group chorus.

In ya face FUNK!

Flip it over for a deliciously delivered, slightly mellower FUNK infused dance-groove as the strings take it towards a Crossover-delight..

Two great sides ..

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Floyd W. Henley & The Swayettes

Anywhere You Go / It Was I

Leon Huff’s “first” composition provides an “unknown” upbeat Northern Soul winner with Leon Huff bashing the keys, instantly pulling you straight into that euphoric world of Northern Soul serious-rarities…as a gang of squealing girls lift their spirits, the strings zip and zing and Floyd’s vocal-mood rockets ever skyward. Leon gets carried of with his piano, whilst waving at the string section to please try and keep up…

The flip is a must for the serious Soul collector, giving up a Deep Soul experience dripping with shrill girls and such an heavily burden male lead vocal…this side may well change your mood…

This 45 is not rare - but way, way beyond rare - check out that glorious label scan and you’ll immediately know if you’ve seen this 45 before…and I certainly haven’t.

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars C/w Supremes

Walk In The Night / Automatically Sunshine

This weeks offering to the serious TMG collector is a more than interesting 1972 unique British acetate of TMG 823 and 821 respectively from the office/studios of the “Carlin Music Corporation”

We thought this Carlin Music Corporation, Of 17 Savile Row, London W1 would suit you nicely Sir; especially as you already own most all of the TMG series and are now looking for those real oddities to keep your Tamla Motown heart beating.

Cast your eyes over this discs uniqueness and like me one “quirk” will stand out above all other. The office typist got rather carried away after hearing Jr. Walkers latest creation and typed in capital letters “FANTASTIC” in the middle of the label.

Don’t know about your thoughts, but with me it evoked a vision of a young girl typist (most likely wearing stockings and suspender belt) taken aback with the brilliance of “Walk In The Night” and just couldn’t help but type.. “FANTASTIC” on the label…making this acetate a magnificent one-off, glittering with provenance that only that office-girl’s spontaneity could have given it…

One for those of you, who know you’ll never see another copy like it as it disappears into the Blackhole of British Tamla Motown collecting.

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Guy Allen

Changes / You're The One

Imagine a spring Saturday afternoon, rain pouring down, surrounded by like minded friends and a few cool Guinness’s. But the conversation is muted as the music is playing…

not ordinary music, but a tapestry of hand-picked vibes lovely pulled from vinyl filled caskets it’ has taken a lifetime to assemble into a statement of personal musical taste.. given one hour each these purveyors of exquisite Soul music take pride in lining up their 24 or so choices in an order, that will not only stop conversation but maybe even “well-up” a few eyes and flutter a few hearts… as Real-Soul dance music is the order of the day..

This is of course the annual pilgrimage to Great Yarmouth to dowse yourself in the pleasures of SOUL ESSENCE weekender..

The record in front of you, is of it’s type - Rainy-Day afternoon brilliance that brings the faithful from far and wide.. maybe it’s time you the crowd, joined in the adoration of truly fine and decidedly RARE SOUL!!

Like this Guy Allen…and his brothers creation.

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Gene Mcdaniels

A Hundred Pounds Of Clay

The lure from the British release UK Soul collector of the “Yellow” London DEMO only gets worse as you get older..

Personally being “Old-School” my pulse still gallops at the sight of a British 60s PROMO. But there is something about a “London” demo I find irresistible. Unlike the serious London label completist, they adore the Gold or Silver text releases. Each to their own, but I think with this example, most of you fanatical homeland Soul collectors, discover they will not own a copy. Our sales database born in the last century reveals this is our first DEMO copy in at least 15 years..

Yellow is so mellow - the vinyl is flawless - as are the two labels..

What’s not to love..?

It couldn’t ever be Eugene McDaniels rich velvety & utterly booming vocal

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Chris Clark

Love's Gone Bad / Put Yourself In My Place

Not only one of the tough TMG500s to snare but also offering up two fine Northern Soul offerings…into the bargain.

The multi-talented Chris Clark comes under the spell of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s genius with a less-commercial A-side that just screams Northern Soul; as Chris Clark’s vocal treated to a light “Echo” as it snarls its way through a mountain of horns, persistent guitar rhythm, rattling percussion and whirling keyboard work… All the time Ms. Clark’s vocal gathers strength as she acts out the lyrics of despair so beautifully.

Flipping it over, Chris gives her own interpretation of the much-loved Motown classic, The Isley Brothers, The Elgins, The Supremes etc. covered… But just like the a-side Chris Clark again stamps her own perception of those all-too-familiar lines, with perfect timing & delivery of the lyrics. The result this white Goddess sounds “Blacker Than Hell” with all that Soul… lushly decorated by some impressive Sax interludes.

Today before you, is a neat clean, small hole solid-center TMG591 that plays perfectly, these two fine offerings from an under-recorded Chris Clark. But for the distraction of her film-making talents; we would have heard much more of her vocal that always paints-the-picture of lyrics so vividly.

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Honey & The Bees

Baby, Do That Thing / Sunday Kind Of Love

Fabulous Sister-Funker!

These usually oh-so-sweet Philly-Ladies drop their elegant wasy and find some real attitude as they rip into and tear up, Jimmy Bishop, Billy Broomer & Norman Harris’s tit-bit, Winfield Parker had tackled just a few months earlier..

Love “The Sisters” sassy take on this uncompromising horn-honking Funker. The the lead of this 4 girl gathering, punches holes through the hard-line Bobby Martin arrangement with her forceful serving of the lyrics..

Proper 60s Funk Dancer in fine clean condition

Flip it over, for the side Arctic chose to lead with and they revert back to the style they made their highly-regarded reputation from. Soul as sweet as it gets.. tight harmonies, expressive vocals, rise and fall twist and turn from a cocktail of pitches into one delicious mix…

Condition of this PRMO is blinding - btw

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