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Dee Dee Barnes

Do What You Wanna' Do / I'm Yors And Youre Mine

The partnership of Raymod Eskrdge & Dan Tomasso that provided Billy Floyd & Philly’s The Jades with their magnificent Northern Soul contributions.Work their Soul-dance magic again, with the mysterious Dee Dee Barnes. A lady who’s impressive vocal would have given her more than this solitary Arctic outing.

Current bid: £ 136.00

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Freddy Butler

A Dab Of Soul

Rare STEREO 1968 press still amazingly retains most of the original shrink wrap on the cover (see scans)

An album considered by all as one of the greatest 60’s Soul LP’s ever created. 100% Pied Piper Detroit concept offering every track worthy of your attention. With total stand-out Northern Soul tracks being.

  1. there was a time
  2. that’s when I need you
  3. they say I’m afraid (of losing you)
  4. just because you’ve been hurt
  5. you’d better get hip girl
  6. give me lots of lovin’

Pied Piper Northern Soul alum tracks that will delight, the listener, the dancer the collector..

My love for the Pied Piper Sound just grows and grows… especially in STEREO.

A few very mild pre-loved surface hairlines, play perfect. The labels and the cover, just like the music, could no be finer! 

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Connie Clark

My Sugar Baby Vocal / Instrumental

It now seems, almost every week we are swept away on a wave of euphoric recall as another Northern Soul treasure sits on the turntable. Instantly propelling you back to Wigan Casino’s balcony, dreamlike, peering down on an epic “wildebeest” migration to the dancefloor, as the vibrant intro to this Frank Wilson masterpiece takes to the air.

Reliving the most memorable times of your life, is so very gratifying, visions as clear as day. With no regret, recalling those essential-enhancers the gang would dish out in the vehicle on route, the childlike anticipation of getting to the club. “How Far Is It Now?” a question parroted by any newbie traveling with you; with many a buddy receiving a “shut the fuck up”, clip around the ear on the 50th time of asking…

You’re now outside the club.. damn big queue, some annoying “faces” pushed in at the front; but eventually you got inside, the heat hits you, the atmosphere suffocates, but the music quickly lifts you out and away from any thought of claustrophobia.

“My Sugar Baby” would resound off every corner of the cavernous space. You’d arrived, every hour cramped up in a clapped-out 850cc Mini car, was worth it.

So why do we wonder at some of the fantastical sums the “Real Deal Northern Soul” classics command. When music allows you to relive your youth, make you feel as good now, as it did back then. When hairs stood up on the back of your neck, tingles ran the length of your spine.. today I often even suffer from welled up eyes..tears trickle discreetly down my cheeks, reliving these treasured moments..

This 45 and tunes like it, is what the world’s most vibrant underground scene was built upon. Connie Clark was a cornerstone record that has stood the test of time..

More important, than all this emotional reminiscing; are those two FLAWLESS labels, Vinyl has hardly a blemish, visually Mint minus, but do listen carefully to the VOCAL version sound file as for a split second before the music starts, there is a minuscule cue-burn. NOT affecting the sound or encroaching onto this spectacular song in any way. The light swoosh sound is BEFORE the music starts.

For all the things mentioned above, expect strong competition for this Northern Soul Grail. Especially as finding this 45 in the wild, you would have to transport yourself back to Los Angeles circa 1973, even back then it was seriously rare.

I know all too well, as I constantly fantasised about finding a copy throughout 40 years of vinyl-digging in California.. I can proudly say, I never ever found a single one. Simon Soussan’s handful supplied the UK in 1974 and hardly a copy has been found since then..

THE REAL NORTHERN SOUL CLASSICS !!! Worth every single penny… depending on how emotional you are about those unrepeatable good times, and whether that you were actually present whilst this musical-phenomenon was unfolding..

Current bid: £ 520.00

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Bid on My Sugar Baby Vocal / Instrumental

Ike & Tina Turner

Strange

So rare! So Good! that two decades ago when we sold this Grail for an unheard of sum, it caused mutterings of Ike & Tina 45 can’t be rare. 20 years later not such murmurs are heard, as this 45 is now firmly establish as the dynamic duo’s rarest of best Northern Soul 45 by quite some way.

In fact it is the FIRST time we have had another copy, since those days of convincing a top DJ this 45 will tear the place up, and no other DJ will have it! He took our advice and the rest is history!

Now consider as the ultimate drop, in the quest for dancefloor mayhem. Explosive in so many ways, as this pairs vocals are at last matched with a production that isn’t engulfed by Tina & Ike monumental singing.

Utterly unforgiving Northern Soul, that drives with the power to drive you to the precipise of dance-endurance..!

This dog-rare 45 is a flawless MINT minus!!!

Current bid: £ 15.00

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Dorie Williams

Tell Me Everything You Know / Your Turn To Cry

As if made to fit perfectly into today’s NS dancefloor appetite for the “Big Gal” performance. This dancer, featuring a sassy-lady peppering a “Popcorn” flavoured R&B dance production with her determination to get her man to only tell the truth!

Label owner Jack Taylor & Reggie Obrecht brass littered arrangement show flawless appreciation for the lyrics helping “Dorie” to whip up a storm, spitting te lyrics into a bucket of brass & guitar. BRILLIANT!

Flip it over, to hear Joshie Jo Armstead & Chuck Flamingo collaborate to conjure, up a frantic classic style Northern Soul stomper, for a snarling Sister “Dorie” to defiantly finishing with her man, as a choir of girl decorate the session with those essential shrill calls! A real mover showing no signs taking her foot off the

An off shoot of New York’s highly regarded “Rojac” label, a rarely encountered slab of Big Apple Sister Northern Soul in play flawless condition. A couple of insignificant surface brushes.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Frank Foster

Harlem Rumble / Bring It On Home

Is this the most-potent Northern Soul instrumental of them all?

Another uncompromising Northern Soul Juggernaut, that shows no a drop of mercy to tired feet! Big-Film-Set proportions of rolling drums, blaring brass, and an intrusive Saxophone that breaks all the rules of consideration for other musicians as it slashes it’s way through a blanket of horns to stick it in, right where is hurts.

The unsung Giant of New York R&B dance Dole Dickens does it again, unleashing Northern Soul dancefloor destruction with devastating, totally exhaustive effect!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!!

As elusive as Johnny Honeycutt ???

“Harlem Rumble” is our FIRST copy on sale for fully 12 years! Whilst it would have been our 4th. Johnny Honeycutt!

Food for thought, as you listen to the most cataclysmic NS instrumental of the ALL!

The label text prepares you to get ready for, the intimidating “Ghetto Sound”, “The Rhythm Battery” “with the Big Band Double Drive Beat”!

AND SOME I’d say…

Current bid: £ 26.00

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Cole And The Grandures

I Need You / Teenage Correll

Fabulous Ginger Taylor cover-up, that surely would go huge, once another influential DJ acquires a copy.. the infectious Freddy Cole lead vocal has that quality that remains with you all day, the rich harmony group backing elevates it even further.

A once heard never forgotten Chicago neighbourhood session, shimmering with street-corner charm. So much so the flipside “Teenage Correll” is consider Doo-Wop trophy that has made this 45 doubly-are s two dictated collectors scene chase ownership.

This copy has some fine surface marks, but as you can hear it plays, impressively loud, clean and true.

Real rarity again denies the wider Northern Soul fan of killer tune…dripping in impossible kudos, with obvious qualities to whip up a dancefloor storm…

Listen to that lead vocal, and resist if you can.

Current bid: £ 162.00

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Roy Hamilton

Crackin' Up Over You

For those of you who relentlessly seek, the rarest form of the Northern Soul classics. Surely this 45 must sit in the Top Ten RAREST?

A gorgeous 1966 Jamaican RCA, black and emblazoned with the RED SEAL of RCA crescent wrapped by a bold White Logo RCA VICTOR the like of which we have never listed or encountered before.

Vinyl has multiple hairline surface marks and is visually vg. But has the marks are superficial on brushing the surface (nothing deep) it plays a fabulous clean excellent..

Another beyond-rare, neck-bend inducing turntable-cam teaser!!

Current bid: £ 34.00

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Blues & Soul

No. 20 June 1969 1996

RARE # 20 from the beginnings of the world’s legendary Blues & Soul magazine.

Featuring a center page spread of Bob & Earl as Island reissue “Harlem Shuffle” for the Twisted Wheel anthem to become a “Club Hit” countrywide!

As always issue #20 is full of superior articles, Record company new release adverts. This issue includes one of the most important moments, that nailed so many youngsters of the late 60’s to a dedicate a lifetime to Northern Soul.

The Soul City release of Billy Butler’s - Right Track c/w The Boston Monkey - Soul City was for most everyone who heard it, a life affirming moment, and Dave Godin’s greatest 45 release. An inspired choice that fueled the embers of Northern Soul. (see scan)

New release reviews, UK Soul Charts, Dave Godin’s as ever controversial musings on the current Soul scene.

It’s just pure history, telling it exactly how it was, for the British Soul fan in 1969.

Current bid: £ 6.00

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Jaunita (sic) Williams

Pay For Your Dirt / Violence Everywhere

After a lifetime of diggin’ for vinyl - this listing is the ONLY copy we have ever seen, we’ve had it in stock for over 30 years a recent foray into old unprocessed stock triggered euphoria within me, as I knew I had it, but didn’t know where the hell it had gone, having moved premises three times in 3 decades it became lost somewhere within an imposing amount of boxed up 45’s.

this slab of Soul featuring Juanita Williams with her first name misspelled, ticks all the boxes, and not only “insane rarity”

I remembered it was good, so I couldn’t wait to drop the needle on it. I was not disappointed, in fact elated, as it turned out even better than I remembered.

With the styles of Northern Soul dancefloor igniters, changing so many times over the last 3 decades; it is, for me, right-on-the-money of today’s love of broody 60’s Sister Soul / R&B with neighborhood horns relentlessly driving Juanita’s curled-lip vocal, giving birth to 1965 Chicago Northern Soul from the streets.

NS scholar’s will be pleased to note Juanita wrote this testament of girl defiance herself, with the familiar name of Billy McGregor guiding the dominant Jump Jackson Trio from one heightened horn blast to another.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL, that most all collectors will not have heard before, dripping with potential for a club-night exclusive. With the no-ceiling value being driven by the new owner DJ, as we think my one copy in a lifetime, is rare enough to send the value to who knows where.

Having practically suffered premature-ejaculation when the disc stared back at me at the end of a day’s rummaging around in my past.. I’d like to add, Deep Soul aficionados may present a little competition as the flipside “Violence Is Everywhere” is distilled vocal-group enriched Deep Soul at it rarest also..

Two sides that have made my day… week…month and year

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Margie Hendrix

One Room Paradie + 10" By 8" Glossy Promo Photo

What a tempting Combo..

Margie’s most wanted 45, as an unblemished PROMO partnered by an original authentic 1966 Mercury 10” by 8” 3 part glossy black & white featuring this sassy Soul Sister with..

shot #1. her husband Robert Fulsom shot # 2 Margie in action on stage shot # 3 an eye-catching pose of her with brother-in-law Lowell Fulsom

A promo offering much more than just her snarling strut through a barrage of honkin’-horns and squealing girlfriend choruses, to deliver muscular Northern Soul; or indeed a 45 who’s overlooked flipside is every note as persuasive;

This is a unique pairing of not only her staggering studio presence & battering-ram vocal, it also provides you with an insight on Mercury’s press-office perception of a lady who inspired “Hit The Road Jack” with her no-mess attitude that she took to all her performances..

Listen, look and imagine this lady in full flight…

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Supremes

Come See About Me / Always In My Heart

Initially a 1964 album track for the girls on their best-selling “Where Did Our Love Go” LP.

But when those enterprising Philly boys, Luther Randolph, Johnny Stiles and Weldon McDougal gave the delectable Nella Dodds her debut 45 the trio Motown-inspired trio a chart ripple from their finely crafted Nella version.

Apparently Berry Gordy was not amused, and retaliated by quickly releasing the original Supremes recording as a 45, putting the Motown-Machine behind it, and Nella’s 45 “rocket” ran out of fuel, as The Supremes swamped the airways with their recording that by December was No. 1 opening doors for a run of TV show appearances for Diana Ross, Mary Wilson & Florence Ballard.

In the UK it wasn’t quite so dramatic but still recognized as the great song it is, Club DJ’s particularly giving this easy-to-dance-to 45 loads of turntable time not just for 1964 but for most of the 60s as “Come See About Me” became a MOD-Girl Motown Fave…ousting the far too “Sugary” “Baby Love” from “Hip” Club-play lists.

Today before you is an ex-Radio Station Red & White delight with super nice flawless vinyls. Radio Station file # on label (see scan)… it’s a beauty..

But we are all still gonna wonder where and what would have happened to Nella’s career if she had hit #1 with her version, and Berry Gordy had left the song as an album only release..

RED & WHITE’s resistance is useless..

Current bid: £ 61.00

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Terrible Tom

We Were Made Fo Each Other /lovin' Cup

Stalkers of the Wigan Casino timeless classic floorfillers will not need us to tell you. The STOCK copy of this relentless NS stomper is by far it’s rarest model.

In 1974 Simon Soussan’s L.A. discovery was the most exciting dancer presented to the amphetamine-fed Casino audience. The electric atmosphere is triggered, with the driving rhythms and vocal “whoops” was unparalleled, so it is surprising that this dancefloor blow-out is not at the pinnacle of NS revival choices of play..

Imagine the Casino Old-School’s reaction if this was dropped at Prestatyn, Kings Hall or Blackpool Tower. I’m sure it has been before, but right time, in the right sequence.. this classic is nothing short of an incendiary BOMB!.

A flawless STOCK copy would be the way to make the turntable cams shimmer!

Current bid: £ 123.00

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Icemen

It's Time You Knew / It's Gonna Take A Lot (to Bring Me Bck Baby)

It matter not which side you drop he needle on; for the DJ it depends on which club your playing at.

A Northern Soul club “It’s Time You Knew” has been certain well received “drop” by those Jocks lucky enough own a copy..

Or if your playin’ an established Sunday Chill Out, like the “Horse & Groom” “Feed Your Soul” or the uniqueness of “Carib Soul” events the slick harmonized mellow side “It’s Gonna Take A Lot (To Bring Me Back Baby)” is a tune sure to draw the appreciative shout-out accolade of “Rewind!

Two top-drawer tunes from a super-tight-group who never fail but to Wow!

This is the Black vinyl variation, in utterly flawless condition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Startreks

Gonna Need Magic

Northern Soul girl-group purity.

Again Philly magician Bob “Girl Across The Street” Finis crafts exquisite Northern Soul Class!

Current bid: £ 211.00

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Younghearts

Little Togetherness

In the world of record collecting today, there is no stronger vinyl investment than the real-deal Northern Soul classics, especially a white PROMO copy of a timeless anthem, in flawless condition.

Before you today is one such anthem, a record so influential it spawned countless bootlegs, replicas and counterfeits. Whilst still holding it’s dancefloor magnetism nearly 45 years since it first hit the Northern Soul club turntables. “Togetherness” even becoming a rallying cry for the scene!

More importantly this 45 has recently emerged from a UK collection of a “file only” an OCD collector who never DJ’d; so we are listening and viewing a “NS virgin” that escaped the groove-sapping-rigors of the NS circuit, where this title has been one of the most requested NS dance-records of all-time.

Two totally clean Promo labels, and playing surfaces that reveal only the merest signs of a lifetime of storage.

The value of this 45 over the coming years, we consider can only increase as the challenge of finding flawless 45s becomes but a dream.

Act accordingly, this “Torch” monster encapsulates the very essence of Northern Soul..

Current bid: £ 311.00

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Tommy Mealy

Going To A Happening

You are viewing, and perhaps taking a startled second look at the birth of a legendary recording. A 60s Soul anthem with an iconic lead-in that invariably kick-starts, the quick of parking of your drink, and dragster-dance-floor dash to relive your formative years cutting a few spins to a Detroit Northern Soul classic…released in Britain to unprecedented Record Shop “special orders” as the reputation of this non-hit spread throughout the U.K. on avalanche of club, youth center and school dance plays, encouraging Decca not to,delete from the catalogue until nearing the end of the 60’s.

A record that carried the “Open The Door To Your Heart” effect of demand, as DJ plays never diminished for near 4 years and then way beyond. British Decca’s Vocalion 1966 release sold strongly after Decca picked up the rights from Los Angeles label Vault. (it’s 2nd label that gave this Richard Popcorn Wylie and Tony Hester hope of the hit they felt was inevitable). After several attempts at getting better DJ coverage, the 45s pressed with color variations & promo’s on Pameline (1), Vault (2), Palmer (3) but only significant sales were registered in Britain, finding fame for the artist under the name Tommy Neal, a name that was never to grace a record label again.

It has been a constant Northern Soul inquest into who “Tommy Neal” was, on this acetate, it’s very genesis of the saga, it is credited to “Tommy MEALY” not an attractive name to garner a Radio DJ’s interest. When it came to the labeling of the debut Pameline release, renaming to NEAL took place.

For those collectors who are addicted to the rarest variations of the Northern Soul Essentials, this is the rarest of all it’s clothes, unique and archival in the extreme.

Boy, those weekender turntable cams, could trigger mass whiplash with this Bell acetate spinning on screen whilst discharging the Mother-cut clarity of one of the best-loved Northern Soul recordings of all time..

Current bid: £ 161.00

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O'jays

I Dig Your Act / I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (than I Was Yesterday)

The real deal “classics” that laid the cornerstones of the British Northern Soul scene, in the form they first hit the turntables of iconic Clubs like the Twisted Wheel, King Mojo, Nite Owl, Chatteuax Impney etc. at the early development of Northern Soul in the year 2017 are decidedly hard to acquire.

So when a old-MOD collection surfaces littered with the 60’s Soul 45s he ordered directly firm his local Record Shop and still remain in treasure then stored condition. Expect a few “Top-Classics” on UK releases to be auctioned throughout this year; because of their stand-out conditions.

This 1967 New York session with George Kerr gave Northern Soul a timeless, much-loved classic. Whilst also giving real-Soul fans one of the finest Soul Harmony ballads on the flipside to relish.

Condition, Condition, Condition! The most important factor when you’re securing the British anthems that never diminish in stature as the years roll by.

Current bid: £ 40.00

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Curly Moore

You Don't Mean

The Rarest and Finest Northern Soul recording on this highly-regarded New Orleans vehicle for superior Back Music. The musical-marriage of Allen Toussaint and Marshall Seahorn was made in Soul Heaven, this session with the under-recorded Curley Moore, is the 3rd of just 4 singles he cut for Toussaint / Seahorn. But he invariably injected, convincing angst and desire into his sadly, too few releases.

Click the soundfile to unleash convincing Crescent City 1967 dance Soul, that ironically is also the label’s hardest disc to acquire, maybe because the “great” side we all love, started life as a passed-over flip side.

This copy, has a few mild surface hairlines, but as you are about to witness, it plays loud, clean and true. Both labels are unblemished.

How cool would it be for this to be featured into the “thinking” DJ’s revival, as the huge demand it enjoyed late 90s would surely be rekindled. Whilst staying true to the Northern Soul bylawsmof presenting hard-to-find, stand-out motivational Soul tonthe dance-floor.

Current bid: £ 211.00

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Daphine Williams

I Love You / I'm Your Man

Go find a more addictive Northern Soul recording for under 4 figures if you can….

Be aware you are about to be groomed by Daphine’s beseeching vocal, a team of shrill voiced girls, who wiggle their vocals through a sea of Bongos, Vibes, Strings & subtle guitar picks.

Talk about being crept up on, this tune has the ability to change your day, it’s already got you on “Hello”! But when the break glides in, you’re hooked, nailed, tethered and hogtied; compelled for successive drops of the stylus, agog as it’s imploring Soul qualities pull you under..

One of those tunes that once heard, just never leaves you.

Noting that the very few times this 45 has broken-cover, it is usually in horrid condition, spoiling that overwhelming “haunting” that demands crystal clear fidelity.

So very challenging to acquire in playable condition! Do not pass by!

Current bid: £ 88.00

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Tyrone & Carr

Love Me Love You / Take Me With You

Every week we try and attempt to list records that represent the diversity of Rare the Soul DJ & collectors scene, whilst also enlightening the less obvious tune, worthy of your attention.

This listing ticks all those boxes to demand your scrutiny, as not for the first time, the gifted British Kaplan Kaye conjures up an atmospheric rare-soul 70s dance-delight, that everyone failed to notice back in 1973. Little wonder really, this subtle mid-tempo Jazzy-Soul was not the style in-vogue then, but it is NOW!!

So much so this 45 over the decades has gathered a huge underground following, it is now a record that few talk about, just in case the “cat gets out of the bag” that there is a 1973 British production saturated in class!

Not just one side, but both sides, give up a perfectly constructed “Soulful-Stepper” as it was conceived in Watford, the rich-quality is almost unbelievable. As the Girl / Boy duo glide through two Jazzy/Soul arrangements that will leave you wondering which side is the best..

Two top-quality tunes, that will become today’s and tomorrow’s earworm… 

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Yum Yums

Gonna Be A Big Thing / Looky Looky (what I Got)

The legendary AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL promo!

Even that memorable mid-70’s counterfeit scam, focused on the most-wanted Northern Soul ABC promo 45s of the time. Never dampened the surging demand to own an authentic copy of this simultaneous Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier dancefloor-delight, a demand that has become an unstoppable movement through the decades, since.

Here is a are opportunity to get that real-deal original Promo into your collection. Boasting very clean vinyl, flawless A-side label, noting that the flipside label has some mild h2o browning (see scan). We think even our OCD collectors, addicted to record perfection, can live with that faint flaw for such a desirable 45!

PS of anyone has a copy of that infamous mailing list from New York proclaiming a ABC WHITE PROMO “find” of The Yum Yums, Eddie Regan etc. If I remember correctly, ironically spelled “Originals” wrong, I really would appreciate a copy for my “NS History” files. 

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O'jays

I'm So Glad I Found / You Look Over Your Shoulder

An absolute jewel hidden away on a flipside, that has for years been on the lips of Northern Soul collectors, as promises from DJ’s not to ignore such brilliance and bring this scintillating vocal-group dancer to the turntables has so far not quite been fulfilled.

Click the soundfile, it may well trigger a campaign for records of this stature to be aired, rather than the heard 10,000 times top 500.

We don’t think anyone listening to this disc could ever deny, that this tune is every note as impressive as any of Northern Soul’s most popular. The fact that the USA release is not an impossible acquisition (although becoming much harder to capture) but may have prevented the NS DJ’s who thrive on rarity to have overlooked a monumental example of 60’s dance Soul.

But now the turntable webcam captures both the beauty and the true rarity of what is in front of you now. We know the likes of Ginger Taylor, Sean Chapman, Nige Brown etc. Top DJ’s who revel in playing & displaying seriously gorgeous British DEMO’s. You will know doubt be hearing a lot more of this stand-out.

Not to mention the old-school British collector who will having palpitations thinking of ownership. Two flawless Green & White label, hugging a Bell jacket. Vinyl is super nice other than a tiny area of hairline blemishes this 45 would be graded Mint minus, it certainly play that flaw-free grade.

Wondering why this treasure was never an A-side to begin with, just stay with the soundfile “Look Over Your Shoulder” for me, is one of the greatest vocal-group strollers of all time… listen and swoon!

Look at the label scan and yearn …

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Kell Osborne

Small Things (make A Big Difference) / Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing

Leaving the Temptations prior to them breaking “big” maybe Kell regretted..maybe not. But he can be rest assured that his legacy to European Soul fans of his work out Los Angeles will keep his memory and his work alive forever!

Especially for giving the dedicated Northern Soul collector some of the most desirable and challenging NS rarities to chase and lust after.

So check out this colourful a “Class Records” subsidiary that sadly only released 7 45s every one annoying Rare!… just imagine owning a run of 50 releases on this dazzling label vista, although the spectacular Green logo was disappointingly change to white as the label lost impetuous becoming defunct the the early 70’s.

So check out the resilient Kell on another magnificent Northern Soul dancer crafted by himself and in-house Jeanne Vikki a lady who machine-like d-created some fine recordings for “Class” .

A strong NS dancer, that has never been bootlegged or counterfeited so having tons of potential for a revival as it’s exposure to the Northern Soul congregation has been spasmodic due to again, that barrier all truly rare 45s encounter.. not many DJ can boast a copy in the “box”

This copy is FLAWLESS!!

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Jr. Walker And The All Stars

Shotgun / Hot Cha

A MOD anthem, a Twisted Wheel favourite who’s impact has never faded through the decades.

Presented here as a eye-catching, super rare Red & White DEMO.

Vinyl is impeccable, a whisker off Mint -. Both labels are free of writing, stickers, tears, stains or anything that detracts from the detracts from the value. Light storage blemishes to the white areas.

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Saundra Mallett & The Vandellas

The Camel Walk / It's Gonna Be Hard Times

1962 non-starter, now a beyond Rare Motown trophy.

Born out of a delay of consolidating the Del-Fi’s as Martha backing group to kick start her career with the “Vandellas” (just renamed by Martha Reeves, dividing “Van” Dyke Street, her childhood street & “Della” Reese, Martha’s fave female singer.)

At the starting point the 3 Del-Phis Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard and Gloria Jean Williamson were brought back together at Mickey Stevenson’s PA’s request Martha Reeves, as Martha was about to embark on her fledgling Motown recording career. The transition from Mickey Stevenson’s office to stage and studio was not a smooth one.

On this recording, a hasty attempt to hook into the dance-craze sensation. Marha was not around as Berry Gordy called for the “Vandellas” as backing for new girl on the block, Saundra Mallett and the session took place without “Martha”, it was a flop, becoming an instant quickly forgotten, but a rarity that later caused conflict of opinion and much debate on why & how, Saundra got the lead, even though Martha had just named and formed “The Vandellas”.

One thing that is fact, is this is one darn hard 45 to find, especially in clean condition. Saundra of course went on the join previously all male group “The Downbeats” to form “The Elgins” providing a sweeter edge to the harmonies, that gained them smash hits like “Darlin’ Baby” “Heaven Must Have Sent You” with Saundra now (Edwards) seamless voice featuring heavily.

This hurried bringing together of the Vandellas with Saundra on lead was never to happen again. It left # 54067 as one of the most talked about and ultimately challenging Motown 45s to acquire.

Maybe, if Mr. Gordy had lead the truly wonderful flipside harmony ballad “It’s Gonna Be Hard Times”. Martha Reeves & the Elgins story would have been totally different… but that’s another deliberation.

Do not pass by, this historical rarity seldom comes to market…

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Darlings

Two Time Loser / Please Let Me Know

OCD about condition?

Here is the local 1962 Detroit press, of the not easy to acquire national 1963 Mercury 72185.

On auction not just because the Mercury release is not easy find either, but primarily because of the spectacular condition, almost a “Manship Mint” of a disc that on the other 2 occasions we have encountered the Kay-Ko local release this century they have been an ugly VG- and horrid writing detracting from the beauty of this rare Motor City label.

It’s listing fir dedicated Detroit doyens who don’t like their collections sullied with deface labels or scratchy vinyl. They will all be nodding when we say, to acquire a flawless example of this 45, is damn difficult. With the challenge being to have the finest condition 45s possible in those discerning collections, we can underline it’s desirability, as we will most unlikely to ever see another looking so clean, again.

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Durettes C/w Perfections

Sweet, Sweet Love / I Love You My Love

Boys back Girls on this rare 1966 release offering two different groups and two killer Northern Soul dancers on one seldom seen disc.Both recordings glow wit untamed neighborhood chracteristics, just glorious in their nativity. With the simplistic backing allowing the beautiful harmonies to sink into your consciousness without distraction. “Simple Is Genius”

We start with the once only released “Durettes”. An ear-catching strumming guitar intro is accosted by a most Soulful young girl vocal, cradled by her girlfriends harmony backing. Then the girls set off on a 2.20 minute journey of hope.. as the 1966 Girl-Group Sound peaked, these ladies maybe hoped for some airplay or recognition for their unique style. Unfortunately it was not to be, and this was the one & only time we have ever encountered “The Durettes Sound”

Falling instantly into obscurity, only for break cover when discovered by the relentless Rare Soul diggers.

This disc is saturated not only in elusiveness but all that almost unpolished sound that the Northern Soul congregation so very appreciate.

Flip it over S.V.R. back the Durettes with The Perfections - I Love You My Love - released one number before on S.V.R. 1005. again we are treated to a “local” “Under The Street Lamp” styled harmonies woven into a subtle dance rhythm, that is so in vogue (Stoppers - Come Back Baby) at this time. The Easy flowing seamless mid-tempo drenched in emotion!

I adore this record for it’s noncommercial stance, leaving you not even giving a brief consideration as to which side to drop the stylus on!

TWO GREAT SIDES - hard to acquire - especially in this perfect condition!

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Kelly St. Clair

Hear That Beat

Now here is a rare sight! A former Cleethorpes Pier floor-packer in such untouched condition it retains the impossibly RARE promo picture cover!

circa 1975/76 this irresistible beating girl vocal Northern Soul dancer, along with Holly St. James were the Top-NS-sister sounds of the time. Holly St. James went on the become “immortal” in it’s ability to fill the NS dancefloors of Britain, whilst Kelly St. Clair drifted off into collections and ultimate obscurity!

Just lately I feel I’m always documenting, Rare Soul seclusion for some potent “forgotten” by many 45s, due to their now validated rarity. Had record ever turned up over the decades following it’s mid-70’s debut; I’m left in no doubt, it too, would have hung onto Holly St. James’s petticoat and also seen been a major part of the Northern Soul revival that exploded so unexpectedly.

We are again underlining how there does need to be just a few copies with influential DJ boxes for a renaissance to take place..

For me hearing Kelly again rockets me back those halcyon days when “Poke” debuted Rain - Out Of My Mind - and The Pier Girl-Sound was KING!!

A more perfect example of days gone by, and times never to be repeated, would be hard to find… those winners that you seldom hear, but used to be on your faves list…really do spark a unique vinyl-emotion.

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Mickey Lee Lane

Shaloney (hey Sah-lo-ney)

Northern Soul anthems in their rarest most inaccessible guises, do not come any rarer or more intriguing than this 1966 Mexican press of a time “Mad Mike of Pittsburgh & Northern Soul of Stroke On Trent classic.

One of my earliest encounters with the Northern Soul under-world was in 1970 whilst begrudgingly attending Southfields College in Leicester, learning the City & Guilds trade of Gas Fitting.

All I could wait for was lunchtime and the opportunity to gallop to A. T. Browns used record shop or to the vinyl-fertile market stalls just two blocks run away. I was of course after Soul 45’s, Tamla Motown, Red Atlantic, Light Blue Stax, Stateside but all I knew then was Otis, 4 Tops, Aretha and the like.

On returning one dinner-break. In the class next door were students learning and inferior trade, they were called “The Plumbers” from Daventry. Walking past the distinct sound of Soul music was seeping out of through glass framed door, but NOT Soul music I’d ever heard before. Those lesser-tradesmen had a C90 cassette of “The Torch” tunes.. all new to me. But sounding out of this world, trying not to allow any “Plumber one-up-manship” a casually sauntered in to a closer listen.

A rather chubby-shabby dressed height challenged “Soulie” was doin’ a few impressive moves between the vice-clad benches; He asked this wide-eyed Soul-apprentice from the sticks “Do You Like Soul”. I proudly said “Yes, I collect it…” to keep the “Gas-fitters” in a musically-equal position.

“This is my big brother’s Cassette”, “He Goes To The Torch every weekend” he proudly announced…

“The Torch? “I said..”Oh yeah” “My brother does the Torch too..” (The nearest my big brother ever got to a Torch, was on a wet Wednesday night poking around under the bonnet of his clapped out Ford Anglia, in the White Lion carpark, when the wreck failed to start!)

“Wanna hear my fave on the tape..?” pudgy-plumber inquired “I sure did” by this time my “know It All” charade was crumbling before his eyes. After winding back and forth.. he located an insane guitar intro, soon the room was alive a delinquent growling lead vocal, screaming crazy-lyrics and the fat kid took to the floor. His bedroom dance practice was paying dividends, as the whole class stood up to get a better view of how a double-chin, never inhibited good foot-work!”

What the hell is this? It instantly blew me away, with the dancing-vista elevating the tune to an top-of-the-list must-own. I never did locate a fabled Stateside copy for many, many years. and I was so pleased when in 1979 Nev Wherry found me 25 Swan copies in a New Mexico store.

Every time I hear this individualistic slab of Northern Soul I catapults me back to Southfields college and a christening into the world of the Northern Soul allnighter, I’d never attended..

Over the years I’ve sold every possible variation of this classic. Swan issue & Promo, Itzy original & counterfeit, Stateside issue & Demo.

But NEVER in fully 47 years have I ever seen this Mexican GAMMA press. I’m of the opinion this is the very pinnacle of collecting Northern Soul classics in their rarest form!

Listen, see the label scan, any feeble resistance against ownership will be utterly futile… it don’t get any rarer than this!

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Trace Of Smoke

Treasure Mind

A Modern Soul Grail, that never surfaces..

This record is one of the reasons - why we make the pilgrimage to Great Yarmouth’s SOUL ESSENCE. It is the world’s finest event to hear precious Rare Soul of the very highest quality. This rare Texas “Grail” has been part of the fabric of this gathering for too many years to count, and this 45 after decades of tracking, diggin’ and dreaming is still as Rare, as Soul collecting gets.

Many, many times I’ve been imprisoned behind our record stall and my ears stand to attention, as the blend of guitar-licks and persuasive Sax take to the air. Quickly met by an urgent pleading vocal; wafting from the dancefloor into the fabeled record room, the squealing girls riding a bongo rhythm, that descends into your very being.. …then you know exactly why you have travelled so far, to a windswept East Coast where the rarest thing the holiday visitors encounter is a good restaurant or a parking space… but in contrast inside the bubbling Soul-Cauldron of Soul Essence, every play is RARE and motivating, with hardly a parking space on the dancefloor..

Not many places in Britain can consistently offer such high-class Soulful-dance records as the one before you today.. a Texas D.I.Y. private press offering Rare Soul Dance at its extreme best!

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Duke & Leonard

Just Do The Best You Can

Without doubt one of the most head-turning of all 60’s label art. But so much more than a pretty face, as the logo suggest this is utterly uncompromising full throttle Northern Soul…stand back and allow Duke &Leonard to plow through the dancefloor.

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Dee Clark

That's My Girl / It's Raining

By far this Northern Soul classic, rarest label design.

So very elusive, we didn’t even have this beautiful variation documented until we found a copy.

West Coast, Full STAR constellation over the complete label area, WHITE curved logo. It stands out las a truly spectacular label vista, for those of you constantly seeking the rarest variations of the Northern Soul classics.

Vinyl is flawless perhaps previously unplayed, both labels are perfection..

A persistent Northern Soul floorfiller, that would surely cause a stir, once spied upon those turntable cams..

We don’t ever expect to find another, this perfect… so act accordingly..

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Uptightan'outasight

Uk Atlantic Fan Club

A very sad recent passing of a collector enables us to list this VERY RARE 1969/70 Mail-shot of British Atlantic memorabilia that was for privileged UK Atlantic Fan Club members of the time.

This spectacular florescent logo’d wallet holds an amazing array of important British Atlantic promo information. The titled envelope for British Atlantic was

UPTIGHTANOUTASIGHT includes Fully 10 Black & white Artist Picture Postcards and A4 biographies for:

  1. Booker T. Jones
  2. Sam & Dave
  3. Young Rascals
  4. Sharon Tandy
  5. Tony & Tandy (very rare picture of this duo)
  6. Sweet Inspirations
  7. Aretha Franklin
  8. Yes
  9. Arthur Conley
  10. Aretha Franklin (different pose)

Plus, the bonus 45 is Major Lance - Follow The Leader - in birth-sleeve dated for 27/6/69 scheduled release. Record Sale listing in green print all Atlantic 45s at £1 each. Noting that Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love” had been withdrawn.

An immaculate membership card for legendary Soul Journalist “Chris Savory” when he lived in Kent. and many more Bio’s and interesting stuff, inside this rare and complete membership-mail-out. Same as the day it was mailed package that will be of great interest, not only to Soul fans but dedicated Rock fans too, as important YES and LED ZEP memorabilia lies within.

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Cliff Nobles

My Love Is Getting Strong / Same: 2.40 Version

I love surprises!

Test Press surprises especially! an undocumented Cliff Nobles - My Love Is Getting Strong - Test press. Not a J-V test press, the STAMPED in matrix reads T 71 B-1-1- and certainly not resemblance to the Atlantic release’s matrix. But feels perfectly right for the period and plays superbly off it’s Ex+ vinyl.

I’ve have never come across this disc before and know nothing about it, found deep inside a recent bulk purchase of 45’s. If anyone can throw any light on the machine stamped matrix, we would be most grateful to hear about it.

meanwhile be rest assure I’ve never encountered it before, a mystical platter who’s 60’s origins may precede both J-V & Atlantic, but may never be fully known.

RARE and sounding potently brilliant, off a direct Mother-cut Test Press.

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Imperial C's

Someone Tell Her

Sometimes gathering up the words to fully describe utter Northern Soul brilliance takes a little time to compose..

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Little John And The House Rockers

Heart Brakin' Time / Do The Dip

A collaboration of the 3 Los Angeles Soul greats. Leonard Jewell Smith, Willie Hutch & Fred Smith craft a compelling slab of Californian Northern Soul that has in the last 2 decades disappeared completely from the sales landscape of rare-vinyl.

All 3 Soul giants are evident on every note of this, never bootlegged L.A. 60’s dancer, dressed up on an 60s art-label. Those who have said that this is Leonard Jewell Smith on vocal, or indeed pointed to the label credits with “Taylor”. Thought maybe it was “Little Johnny Taylor” being the mysterious vocal comparison suggest it is not either. But more likely Willie Hutchison’s voce delivered these two vocal-group assisted NS dancers. Still room for debate before this artist conundrum is solved.

Having said that, it matters not who the lead vocal is on this “Mirwood” “Teri-De” hybrid; it is essentially a “vocal-group” recording with Leonard Jewell Smith, Willie Hutch & Fred Smith the fuel behind this explosive rarity.

That will surely rise again to tear up NS dancefloors, screaming there is absolutely no need for the same-old, same-old NS classics to be played; when there are mighty under-exposed rarities like this two-trailer juggernaut, still lurking, hidden away out in the wild.

Both sides spill out frantic classic style Northern Soul.

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Keni Lewis

What's Her Name / Drug Traffic

Crazy About Crossover?

What is really crazy, is that this seldom seen 1970 Washington, D.C. long distance cousin of “Shrine” has never sat at the very pinnacle of Rare Soul DJ choices of play. Check out the soundfile and prepare yourself for a “vocal-group” session that shimmers with scintillating harmonies and an irresistible feel-good production beckoning you to the dancefloor.

Two great writing talents join hands and craft a record that have enjoyed turntable time from the more discerning and adventurous Dj’s but it seems alarming this “masterclass” in harmony Northern Soul didn’t reach the very summit of demand.

Maybe even crazier, was the rough & ready FUNK driven “Drug Traffic” side enjoyed a brief Blackpool Mecca exposure, whilst the delicious “What’s Her Name” was passed over. Ahead of it’s time, and discovered during the manic NS era of “Cut Your Motor Off” “You’re The Cream Of The Crop”

Keni Lewis’s C.V. is so impressive, not only over the decades writing some of Soul’s finest tunes. He cut his teeth as member of some of Washington’s great contributors to Northern Soul, Shrine (with The Cautions & The Enjoyables), at Cap City with The Chancellors etc.

Keni Lewis is saturated in wealth of experience, displaying outstanding writing & producing talents. Which on this session, can be heard on every note of a stand-out tune; enriched by his first love of the vocal-group sound. like a lantern steering the Rare Soul forager to another flipside, offering sheer-brilliance that has yet to reach it’s full potential…

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Billy Butler

Right Track

The ultimate in 60’s album collecting

The utterly gorgeous PROMO copy of perhaps the greatest Northern Soul saturated 60’s LP of all time.

Original 1966 Okeh white promo copy in flawless condition!! Offering just ALL of Billy’s great Northern Soul Okeh recordings on one single platter!

A crucial LP to own, as a WHITE DEMO it’s something to swagger with.

Check out the track listing on the back cover, the powers at Okeh didn’t miss even one of Billy best 45’s offerings..

An album offering a lasting testament, 12 Northern Soul dancers, a legacy of an highly gifted lyricist and singer. A Northern Soul legend in fact..

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Eddie Holland

Merry-go-round / It Moves Me

The genesis of Motown, the impossibly Rare release # 2 for Tamla quoting the fabled beginnings at the 1719 GLADSTONE Street, Detroit.

A stunning recording which al most immediately went onto national distribution through United Artists # 172 which contactually triggered an end, to any further Tamla presses, after the meager first run using the “Gladstone Street” address,creating one of the label’s rarest of the rare 45s.

A Berry Gordy project showcasing his passion for the vocal-group sound, with the Rayber Voices laying down a carpet of harmony for Eddie most-magnificent vocal to cruise through.

Listen to the under-recorded vocal of Eddie Holland, we are sure you’ll agree he had one of the most dramatic voices ever to committed to vinyl. Who knows where this artist’s recording career would have would have taken him if he didn’t retire from in 1964 to concentrate of his extreme writing talents.

This is an historical disc for so many reasons, unveiling the start of the world’s greatest ever independent record label. By a member of a team that went on to be a household name not for his exquisite singing but for his part in the Hitsville machine that churned out “Hit” after “Hit” as song writer trio Holland - Dozier - Holland.

By far my personal favourite Motown voice, only surpassed by the sight of this 45 in unbeatable condition!

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Patti Austin

Didn't Say A Word

Northern Soul Bullet - currently causing dancefloor mayhem

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Sisters Three

You Can Forget It / Can You Qualify

A spectacular PROMO of this scarcely encountered Bay Area double helping of Girl-Group Northern Soul. From the desk of Fantasy Records main-man Ray Shanklin, no stranger to the crafting of stand-out California Soul recodings.

Check out this barrage of Berkeley-babes, totally defiant he telling the unreliable-man “You Can Forget It” as they ride a broth of brass, vibes and jarring drum-rolls..potent stuff indeed! An elusive 45, ideal for the dedicated rare & under-played driven DJ’s. As this is a disc that endorses both requirements. Twice over..

Flip it, and the 3 gals have calmed down a little as they now “Sweet Talk” their way through horns, subtle drumming and exquisite vibes. Fabulous harmonies make this a sure-fire Sunday Chill-out drop, silky smooth Northern Soul stroller..

The condition of the promo copy is utter perfection, unblemished vinyl and labels!

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Alvin Robinson

Something You Got / Searchin'

You are viewing a total one-off, a unique window into USA 60s’ Soul and how it was appreciated in Britain, followed, chronicled by dedicated Soul enthusiasts who relentless research Soul Music to produce impressive “Bedroom” magazines of the highest calibre, these young Soul Fans could assemble.

SOUL MAGAZINE MONTHLY was the birth of Blues & Soul the legendary bi-weekly that Tony Cummings guided to become the World’ foremost Soul Journal.

This was # 1 January 1967, featuring an autographed & dedicated to Derek Brandon front cover picture of Alvin Robinson. Along with an immaculate DEMO copy of his 1964 New York session with Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller Topside is a killer take on Chris Kenner’s classic, an infectious R&B stroller, backed up with an upbeat R&B shakin’ version of the Coasters classic. The Leiber/Stoller influence elevating the two cover versions into Soul Club classics both sides of the Atlantic.

The “oneness” of this pairing will trigger the Historian in all of those, fascinated in Soul’s progress through the decades in the UK. To the fever-pitch t enjoys today.

A truly rare autograph on the front of the birth of a ground-breaking Music magazine paired with a ridiculously RARE 1964 UK DEMO o a Twisted Wheel, Mojo, classic.

Before you is a totally unique coupling; a ONE-OFF of imperitive dimensions;Underlined by a just a glance at who Tony Cummings and team covered on issue 1. Carl Holmes The Commanders, The Drifters, Alviin Robinson, Jimmy Soul, Bobby Lewis and Clarence Henry. Plus a review of Robert Parker LIVE in Woolwich 0210/1966.

Little wonder Blues & Soul ascended into an unrivalled music publication!

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Reparata & The Delrons

Panic

A Wigan Casino Anthem, in it’s most wanted clothes in the finest possible condition.

UK DEMO pursuers, this is a Mint minus vinyl, Mint Minus labeled Northern Soul Wiganer that every Soul Boy of the mid-70s dreamed of finding, whilst foraging the local Junk Shops & Market stalls. Again a flipside uncovered by those relentless pioneers of diggin’ up new sounds for All-Nighter spins.

This disc in the 70’s was a dancefloor-congester of real standing, having everything the dancers of the day were seeking; Records fast enough to burn through the “gear” and breaks to “spin” to, and crescendos to hand-clap and back drop to.

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL of it’s time!

Posted here today in the peak condition, that an “upgrade” would never be considered, fulfilling a Brit-Soul-hoarders dream of eventually cornering an highly desirable Green-Beast!!

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New Wanderers

This Man In Love / Adam And Eve

My favourite Rare genre - 60’s male vocal group dancers..

So let’s talk about PROPER NORTHERN SOUL !!

For quite some time now, this uncompromising vocal group stomper has totally disappeared of the sales-map of Planet Northern Soul. In the 90’s this perfect for the the All-niter dancefloor was possible if you dug deep, both in the sales lists of the day & well as your pockets. But 20 years down the line this 45 has been long submerged into the quality collections, or inside adventurous DJ boxes, promising themselves a surprise drop to trigger admiration for their foresight in bringing back a quality tune, that may have lived in the shadows of their “impossible” other Ready release.

Click the soundfile, acquit and unleash a beast that has been caged for too long…and be prepared t blown away, as your memory refreshes to recall just, what a great tune this is.

BUT, how many of you have heard to neglected flip side, a silky vocal-group stroller absolutely right for TODAY’S more discerning DJ sets…

TWO GREAT SIDES welcome into the limelight boys from Long Island!

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Mandells

I Just Can't Win

The intro to a Northern Soul 45 is the most important factor for making a NS DJ’s decisions to follow the last spin for seamless flow. Then again there are some openings bars that just fire the feet into dance!

This Chicago vocal-group rarity, carries without question one of the most instant get on or stay on the floor launches imaginable!

Check out the epitome of the Northern Soul Sound, as the inviting instrumental intro, clearing the way for the a wave of urgent male vocals hit you head-on!

Does Northern Soul get any more persuasive than a gutsy Bass Guitar, followed by bludgeoned-Bongos, then honking horns followed by surging male vocals.. then an impressive lead vocal … you are now under the influence of intoxicating Chicago Northern Soul!

Not too many collector or DJ’s can boast ownership of this fantastic fanfare of our sound.. otherwise, surely the authentic All Nighters of Britain would be resounding to the sound of this underplayed slab of NS brilliance…

To be fair real-rarity has impeded and deprived the dancers awareness somewhat..

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Z. Z. Hill

Make Me Yours

It’s a British thing, Dave Godin’s endless plaudits on the original version by Bettye Swann I’m assuming was the reason that B&C plucked this magnificent male plea, from the Z. Z. Hill “Action” album and give an exclusive life as a 45 on their iconic label “Action” the vehicle that filled the gap left by the then, sadly defunct SUE label.

“Make Me Yours” is such a truly top-tune whoever you listen to from all the artists who have paid homage to it. From Bettye’s original to Motown’s “High Inergy” take on Bettye’s young-girls overture for love.

But nobody ever did it with a snarl, with a rasping style that adds another dimension that the dancers warm to, meatier, whilst still retaining the warmth of the original.

BRITISH ONLY and an inspired decision from B&C to release a masterpiece as a 45, reinforcing ACTION’s status into the bargain.

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What You Gonna Do About It / Rated X

A fusion of voices are about to wash over you, like a cooling shower on the hottest of days. I’ve been listening to Soul of all kinds all day. This is without question the most emotion-shifting tune of the week.

A convincing lead vocal, unashamedly spills his apprehension, doubt and love out in a mixed fusion of real sensitivity whilst an Angelic girl-group soar high above adding even more substance to these moving proceedings.

This weeks neighborhood Sweet Soul offering, is a D.I.Y. Clarence Rogers project that is the most Soulful experience you could wish to encounter. Low-Rider, Sweet Soul, group harmony how ever you wish to categorize it, I consider this recording, as Soul, as Deep as it gets; an abyss of emotion seamless welded by superior vocals on a mission of Soul Ballad supremacy..

I’m outta superlatives, but I’m sure most will go for the potent FUNKER on the flip.. aggressive horns, rattling drums, relentless plectrum work, Sax dominance all add up to a wild FUNK session.. that will fire you up, after being lulled into warm bath of harmony, the A-side too you to.

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Festival

Something In Your Smile

One of Britain’s rarest Northern Soul creations, from the pen of T. C. Curtis? and the studio console of the gifted Mike Smith. So RARE information on this 45 is not easy to validate.

The impressive edgy lead vocal certainly carries Soul as it attacks the 70s string assisted dance production. The shrill girl-group chorus borrows the rifts from Vickie Sue Robinson’s “Turn Te Beat Around”, enriched by the ingenious Mike Smith’s insistence for cramming crashing cymbals, a bank of strings and a subtle saxophone, a fool proof backdrop for the T. C. Curtis sounding “Black” vocal onslaught.

If this had just been discovered on a USA indie I’d expect, no demanding a 4 figure sum for. In contradiction, this is a 1979 British indie release with provenance of long-standing real-rarity that few USA indie releases can guarantee.

Take a listen, prepare to be impressed, also prepare for this 45 to stay in your memory as sightings are few and far between.

This copy is flawless!!

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Charles Spurling

She Cried Just A Minute / Don't Let Him Hurt You Baby

In short, Superior Northern Soul at last receiving the turntable and dancefloor recognition it has always promise..

Presented here as a pristine WHITE PROMO in it’s birth-sleeve..

Offering one of the greatest Deep Soul recordings ever committed to vinyl on the flipside.

“What More Can A Boy Ask For?”

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Jimmie Raye

The Lover

insanely Rare 1980 private press, a D.I.Y. project for Jimmie “Philly Dog” Raye to once again strut his vocal-prowess throughout this mixed of Boogie, Soulful Ballads, and dance tunes.,

THe A-side starts with an upbeat dance session, “Love Caravan” then sails into 3 Soulful ballads. Whilst the B-side is a breathless excursion into Boogie/Soulful Dance encapsulating the Club-Sound of New York 1980.

Rich production of blaring horns, enriched by electric drum-strokes, strings, squealing Saxophone and all the other “club-sound” embellishments of the day. Gives the listener/dancer 2 in a row upbeat, relentless brass-driven dancers with Jimmie Raye underlining his highly regarded vocal power throughout. Displayed on the last track, a mid-tempo screamer, with gorgeous vocal-group chorus “Deep In Your Love”

Great t hear this man still delivering the goods, long after his string of stand-out 60’s 45’s.

This is a super-rare very limited Private press album that seldom comes to market, from a man who enjoys cult-status among Rare Soul scholars.

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Temptations

My Girl / (talking 'bout) Nobody Bu My Baby

British Tamla Motown RED & WHITE lusting does not get any more appetizing than this vision of vinyl-beauty.

A Temptations anthem that elevated the group to the worldwide appreciation that has lasted to this very day. Smokey Robinson’s composition s still regarded as on of Motown’s finest creations ever.

Being sung by man a MOD boyfriend to his girl, in private moments, out of earshot of “The Gang”. A song that has fused more Soul Boy/Soul Girl love affairs than any other.

There is not a more gratifying way to own this timeless classic than the seriously elusive 1964 Red & White DEMO!

Neat clean vinyl, tiny C. S. written on flipside label (see scan) 

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday

There Must Besomething Potato Salad

Sumptuous Floridian Northern Soul Crossover, baked up with gate-crashing FUNK!

Expect the unexpected when Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke convene to do business

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Lyrics

Thoughts Of A Summers Day / What Do I See

Fabulous, unfiltered from the streets Detroit vocal-group Northern Soul occasionally borrowing from the previous decade, seamlessly blending Soul with Motor City Doo-wop offering up a richly vocalized mid-tempo stepper.

A persistent guitar riff, bolstered by a sympathetic Hammond allowing those sublime vocals to deliver superior Northern Soul.

Certainly perfect for those dedicated to under-played gems Sundays that are so in vogue at the moment. The lead is voice serves up an abyss of real-Soul, the backing members shower the lyrics with skilled harmonies with their parting last shot, a sign of their Street Doo-Wop influences.

Flip it over the quality again shines through, with the note perfect lead vocal cradle on a wave of Hammond, guitar and warm harmonies.

Two great sides, showcasing consummate Michigan vocal-group Northern Soul of the slickest kind.

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Swinging Tigers

Snake Walk Part 1 & 2

You are viewing not only one the most challenging Tamla 45’s to acquire you are also about to hear a Popcorn/ R&B/ Tittyshaker of immense persuasion! A recording underling the diverse talents of Berry Gordy & Smokey Robinson credited as the creators of this monumental instrumental.

But I would like to think this 1959 recordings was taken to another level by enthusiasm of the musicians involved. All of whom today are considered the crucial element that gave “The Motown Sound” it’s seductive qualities.

Step forward James Jamerson consummate bass guitar licks, Benny Benjamin timely drums and cymbal caresses, Earl Van Dyke deft strokes of the keyboard, Beans Bowles mighty Saxophone burps, that Motown would later adopt for so many recordings using the iconic skills of Mike Terry, Beans Bowles setting the bar of inspiration for Baritone Sax playing..

Swinging Tigers were of course those unsung heroes “The Funk Brothers” the gathering that gave the Motown Sound it’s identity, that was blatantly impersonated worldwide for the next two decades and beyond..

Swinging Tigers a one off single, using a duplicate release number for the fabled and impossible Chico Leverett release, with Tamla 54024 sinking into an unprompted abyss of rarity, for both the unloved 54024 releases.

With the original master-tape “Lost” and Motown historians dreaming of locating a “clean” copy to transfer to Compact Disc. This 45 is as good as it gets.. vinyl surfaces reveal NO MARKS, a light storage surface bloom, that does NOT affect play. Two photogenic flawless labels..

Whether you be a Popcorn or Tittyshaker trophy hunter. A Motown 45 completest, an historian delving into the history of the incomparable “Funk Brothers” or indeed, just a lover of all things rare & precious.

This 45 is not only beyond rare! In this unthinkable condition it is a Motown Grail of unparalleled importance!!

Check the soundfile, to hear this mighty instrumental NOT afflicted with background hiss, is a treat to savour!

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Lee Roye

Tears / Who Am I

Timeless Northern Soul classics in perfect, flawless condition just go marching on up the valuation chart!

This 45 was simultaneously a Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier & Yate monster play, a guaranteed dancefloor inflamer, that was invariable spied on the turntables as the shocking “Pink” promo.

This is the much-rare, highly sought after “Black” stocker, in a treasured mint minus state. A tune that still sounds, fresh as it did back then, having avoided the NS “overplay” others of it’s time have been blighted with.

Condition, Classic, Condition, Classic, Condition, Classic all the “C’s” that guarantee you invested for the future!

Northern Soul classics, in near perfect condition.. the Bricks & Mortar of Collectibles. 

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Hit Pack

Never Say No To Your Baby / Let's Dance

Recently a much talked about unique Motown session from Robert Walker & Robert Staunton, mostly surrounding the USA Soul releases variations, as Motown swung into and out again of a halted deal for BELL to distribute the label.

No such confusion here, with a spectacular seldom seen 1965 British Red & White DEMO in super-clean condition.

Both the iconic labels are f lawless both vinyl close to Mint minus, but a long forensic angle changing inspection under strong light reveals some light hairline, NONE of which affect the stylus. AS you can hear, this stopping slab of Detroit Northern Soul R&B plays perfectly.

See the unblemished scans, check out the equally impressive soundfile and resist if you can. 

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