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Ted Wilson

I Can't Take No More / My Aim Is To Please

A so seldom seen Premiership Northern Soul trophy-piece breaks surface..

We had to dig back over 7 years to retrieve the data, on the last time www.raresoulman had the pleasure of this sheering slab of uplifting of Northern Soul on the turntable….What a way to start the morning, zipping strings fill the air, laying a carpet for Ted Wilson’s rich voice to recline on, decorating every note with his determined delivery.

Wow! Wow! that has made my day fire-up perfectly, an inspiring start, a mood-changing rarity, that I’d ashamedly forgotten how superior it was. A truly gorgeous example of our music, and this copy is a whisker from perfection.

Put a Sway In Your Day..

Take a listen to impossibly-rare Northern Soul at it’s most mesmerizing!Then flip it to hear what the groundbreaking Burnley Allnighter pleasured their “faithful” with on the flipside, the equally impressive “My Aim To Please” which you know those DJ’s from that club always strived to do..

TWO KILLER TUNES!

Noting this 45 is only our second copy in 20 years, and the last copy what no where near in the condition of this eye-popper!

Current bid: £ 426.00

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Temptations

Why You Wanna Make Me Blue / Baby Baby I Need You

Which title is the Temptation most wanted Northern Soul 45 release..

now there’s the makings of a Facebook debate that could run and run. But we are betting this 1964 Brian Holland & Norman Whitfield collusion would receive mine and many others vote as their best… but then I’d change my mind 10 minutes later…

as The Temps were Tamla Motown’s biggest contributors to the Britain’s Soul-Club dance scene from 1964 right into the mid-70s. With the vinyl hounds digging even further into their output by spinning the many truly great Detroit dance tunes that perfectly fit the classic style Northern Soul criteria.

“Girl! Girl! Girl! … Why You Wanna Make Me Blue” it’s a song that just never leaves your head or more importantly a record that sounds just as fresh as the first time, every single time you hear it.

Such an iconic piece of Motown, so very much loved… I nearly forgot to mention..

THIS IS A RED & WHITE DEMO !!! in case the music had distracted you from the stunningly arousing label - snug inside the Stateside sleeve..

Can record collecting, actually get any better than this?

Current bid: £ 199.00

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Enchantments

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

Personally I’m a huge fan of the “Big Band” “blue-eyed” gatherings that showed real passion for Soul! Los Angeles provided us with quite a few; Notably “Thee Midniters” a six man team, who are held dear in the hearts of Northern Soul collectors.

The Enchanters had a very similar approach to their material, loud, enthusiastic, vibrant horn driven dance performances, this time from a nine man assemble. With Bang that BRASS!! then the Eddie Serrano snarling vocal leading the way, riding a double-sax performance from Ray Oliande & Gil Perez, with the searing trumpeting from John Madrid that rises majestically above all the proceedings..

As a British All-Nite classic, it a hard recording to follow.. but just the best start to anyone’s set. This is an All-Niter igniting drop with only a few comparables..carrying those immortal words.. “I’m In Love With Your Daughter” “I’d Give The shoes Off My Feet.. ”

…he probably did too, when the marriage broke up..

Condition is so flawless, we think we were the first to drop is beauty onto the turntable. Just a whisker of sleeve contact from decades of storage.

Current bid: £ 122.00

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James Fountain

Seven Day Lover

The year 1976, the place somewhere in the East Midlands; a hot steaming record break breaking summer; not just because of the unforgiving endless sunshine of that memorable year, but also because a wet-behind the ears “wannabe” DJ parted with his very most treasured tunes, for the opportunity to play the country’s #1 most wanted Northern Soul tune at Cleethorpers Pier this coming weekend.

The other players on the day, were two seasoned dealers who instantly recognised an easy opportunity for profit when they saw one. Like playing poker I bid higher and higher for ownership as maybe 15 great 45’s piled up on their Nottingham office carpet.

When “What About The Music - instrumental” was slapped on top of that pile of goodies, the pair relented and did the trade..and the purchaser was ecstatic!

..for nearly 14 days..

what the two “insiders” knew and the wet-nose-vinyl-apprentice didn’t.. was James Fountain - Seven Day Lover - was about to be released in the UK; so that 2 copy only kudos was about to go up in a puff of smoke…

What goes around - comes around, so they say. and the vinyl-Karma-God had been watching. A month later after I’d moved my James Fountain onto a collector for a fraction of what I paid. I was invited back to that office-of-regret to see if I wanted to buy a 45 load of about 10,000 45’s that the dealers had purchased, gleaned off the Northern Soul, leaving only the dross, and they knew a patsy that would buy it..

They must’ve felt a little guilty.. I thought, as I got the entire load for less than £100 ..

So when in among the 10,000, they had passed by 10 copies Clarence Hill - Mainstream and 4 promo copies Yvonne Daniels on Sterling. Unknown at the time but saturated in Northern Soul potential..I knew the vinyl-God had sat on my shoulder, the pain of James Fountain was anesthetized and it was a lesson well learned…

Before you today is my motivation for making a rash, naive decision that over the years has worked in my favour..as still today the scene reminisces about the out-of-his-depth “wannabe” who was well and truly “vinyl-fraped” during that long hot summer of ‘76..

 

Current bid: £ 261.00

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Chi Chi

If You're Gonna Love Me / Love Is

The shifting sands of Northern Soul have again offered the NS fan rich diversity to enjoy; with the rising popularity of the 60s BEAT BALLAD starting to dominate the more progressive Sunday afternoon chill-outs. Led by London’s highly regarded “Carib Soul” boys, who opened up the way for others to emulate that easy-going but powerful atmosphere this style arouses.

So come forward all those seamless Big Productions featuring full orchestra assistance, as richly coated voices, consummately pour meaningful lyrics into the space.

BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN, for a long time an internet preserve, has stepped out in the realms of Northern Soul seriousness and the style is on the move..

So when this 45 stared back at me today, from a pile of flawless promo’s. I thought this beauty needs to be heard, needs to be a DJ’s box. A DJ who appreciates immense vocals and full orchestral accompaniment.

Here is one of the best examples of this burgeoning genre, Chi Chi McCauley with her last solo single after impressive outing on Red Bird this under-recorded lady stretches her Yuro-esque vocal over a string and horn propelled arrangement.

This is just one of those performances that demand a 2nd or 3rd drop for the astonishment, a momentary disbelief, to sink home. How could an artist with such a stunning vocal not have become a star, or indeed be heard on more than just a handful of 45s.

That is what “Beat Ballad Heaven” is all about; exhibiting the huge array of dazzling music that perfectly fits the bill, for a moody Sunday shuffle on the floor..or a appreciative evening at forward thinkin’ events like “Diggin’ Deeper”

As you can imagine I just adore this style.. especially when “Chi Chi” punches it home so very decisively.

Current bid: £ 57.00

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Patti & The Emblems

I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time / My Heart's So Full Of You

Hi I’ve just arrived in Britain, and I’m Looking for some Northern Soul affection…

I’m a listing for the discerning collector who does not collect “battle-weary” Northern Soul anthems, those 45s that have mingled with most everybody on the Northern Soul scene over the last 45 years, an received at times some harsh treatment.

Here I am direct from the USA, yet to make the acquaintance with a Northern Soul turntable. No exhausted tired vinyl here, just a few light surface blemishes from being ignored in storage for decades. Looking for a good caring home, it is time to set me, the perennial floorpacker free, to roam the Soul-Savannahs of the Rare-Soul world…

I am a spectacular Philly girl-group mover, seeking the attention I’ve been starved of in the USA, please take me out and show me a good time… You will find I’m no old-hag that’s done the rounds… I’m a frisky, fully intact, and a hardly played with head turning beauty…

I need some British enthusiasm to fill my dance card …

Current bid: £ 186.00

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Jimmy Thomas

(we Ain't Here Looking For) No Trouble

From an early 60’s career as a highly valued member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue; and an uncredit duet with Tina and several solo singles. Jimmy flashed up on British Rare Soul collectors radar with a wonderful Northern Soul dancer on hometown label Mirwood. A hugely popular “Torch” spin, with demand alerting “President” for a UK Jay Boy release.

Jimmy was now in the minds of the British collector, especially when Leeds Central DJ the legendaryTony Banks made Jimmy’s rare Parlophone release “A Beautiful Night” his signature tune.

As a kid-digger through Leicester’s vinyl emporium “A. T. Brown’s” I came across this “Jimmy” oddity, a quick play confirmed it was the very same Jimmy Thomas. Which excited me, I couldn’t wait to get it back home for a closer listen.

We my head firmly fix in “Motownesque” mode, the funky dance rhythms left me lukewarm even though I had never encountered the disc before. I just filed it without a 2nd thought to it’s rarity.

Decades later and it’s obscurity now 50 fold, those funky rhythms caught the attentions of a few DJ’s far further afield, today the fingers of Rare-Soul is a global thing, those Funky riffs and attitude vocal alerted the curious collector of this rare winner, and the demand kindled.

This copy is MINT no more than 4 plays 3 of those by us to understand why this rare piece is changing hands for brow-raising sums.

DOG-RARE, spectacular condition, UK ONLY, and hitting all the right notes for those who prefer their Rare-Soul with “Bite”. A bite that Jimmy perfected being tutored by the gal with more bite than a roaring Tigress with cubs..

You will not see, this UK ONLY 45 in this astonishing condition again, any time soon..

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The winning bid was £ 273.00

Rose Battiste

Hit & Run / I Miss My Baby

Relive - THE TORCH!! Proper real deal classic style Northern Soul at its most compelling. A recording from Detroit, that would induce dance floor gymnastics on the other side of the Atlantic, long after it brief Motor City airing. With the a-side drawing from the more frantic Motown recordings but not using even a molicule of commercialism in its construction. From the streets, with the neighbourhood in mind this is one of the finest examples of true NS you could ever wish to encounter.

On that point and that point alone this 45 is a crucial disc for all Northern Soul scholars to own. But nobody could ignore one of the most impressive Soul-Sister recordings ever to emerge from the depths of Detroit. “I Miss My Baby” a subtle offering of distilled Detroit Soulfulness that coincidentally was in my opinion Mike Terry finest most gorgeous caressing of his baritone sax, do Good it commited the instrumental version the “Bari Track” to vinyl, shortly after.

Could two recordings satisfy the NS collector’s needs more completely than this. an authentic anthem in it’s most desirable clothes - a Revilot White Demo.

This listing has everything required to be considered as investment vinyl.

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The winning bid was £ 881.00

Danny Woods

You Had Me Fooled / My Love Will Never Be The Sae

What a debut 45 for one of Detroit’s most distinctive voices. Sonny Sanders mentors two noncommercial Soul growlers that fot the Northern Soul requirements so perfectly.

One of those Motor City rarities that, thankfully escaped the bootleggers attentions through the decades, remaining so highly collectible…with that added DJ kudos of dropping, what the audience knows it’s an original..

The only contentious point being, which side you choose for play. “You Had Me Fooled” is a top-drawer Northern Soul classic in it’s own right, always received with a ripple of applause as Danny’s Soul-saturated vocal deliciously gnarled chords portray him a victim of deceit.

Flip it over, for the lesser known side, and it is every note as convincing. An other two-for-the-price-of-one rarity offering the owner the chance to impress with those imperative “surprise” drops.

The surprising lack of sales of this impressive session, led to two years of recording dormancy before emerging again in spectacular style on the Smash label, in the company of familiar Northern Soul contributors Michael & Raymond, Bob Babbitt, McKinley Jackson, ensuring Danny Woods will be immortalized within the rare-soul community.

His first 45 being his rarest and his best… truly stonking Northern Soul!

Two clean attractive “Yellows”, vinyls has a few very mild blemishes, plays totally clear.

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The winning bid was £ 525.00

Chuck Hently

I'm Gonna Try To Get Over / I Cry Love

Collect Detroit? Boy those rare ones are REALLY RARE! aren’t they just..?

D-Town 1042 is one of those frustratingly elusive numbers that just don’t turn up for sale, leaving an annoying gap in the desperate to complete D-Town run. With this PROMO offering, comes in the unusual label colouring of “Green” but still blazens that distinctive D-TOWN label hitting you right between the eyes.

Mike Hanks again teams up the writing “Ghost” “C. Bell” to craft two neighborhood recordings, substantially strengthened by an uncredited male-vocal group presence. Raw, deliciously primitive Motor City Soul from the streets. But still emitting signature D-Town riffs, melody-hooks & rhythms that are instantly recognizable as being fathered by Detroit..

It’s now firmly validated rarity reputation, has mushroomed over the years as it became pretty obvious, that very few Rare Soul fans had heard this Mike Hanks session, let alone own a copy. Being sandwiched between two local “Hits”, D-town #1042 was squeezed off the pressing machines, to enable Lee Rogers - Cream Of The Crop & Silky Hargraves - Hurt By Love to feed the Record Shops.

It is our first copy of this mysterious 45, with little or nothing known about the artist or indeed who that fabulous male-vocal group harmony chorus was supplied by.. maybe “C. Bell” could divulge all .. if anyone ever discovers who C. Bell actually was..?

The mystery deepens.. as the rarity becomes trickier as time passes by..

A listing for those collectors focused on Detroit and serious authentic rarities. 

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The winning bid was £ 361.00

Oscar Bishop & The Bishops

(gonna Have To) Put You Down / Oscar's Dog

Will never grown weary of listening to rare D.I.Y. music, from the basements of the neighborhood where emotions of life are liberally spilled onto the floor. Listen to street level Deep Soul meandering down a path cleared by swirling hammond, wailing girl and a sympathetic Blues guitar.

Walter has one of those vocals that quaver at all the right times, just as the emotion requires driving home, that’s a deliberate skill to drag you down into the abyss beside him..

Raw, tortured, primitively convincing mood-changer from the locale..

But Oscar gets up and At’em on the flipside, with an insanely constructed but totally enthralling slab of 60’s R&B.. Starting at an easy paced oddity but gathering momentum of a wave of pumping horns, Bluesy Guitar picking that brings on a solo break of monumental proportion as the Hammond goes into free-fall..

BOW WOW WOW your “Dog” is just loving you doin’ your own thing, asfter making me so darn downhearted on the Deep side..

So very RARE and decidedly different D.I.Y. 60’s Soul!

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The winning bid was £ 87.00

Unknown Artist

I'll Show Him No Mercy

Today’s Rare-record challenge is..

At this moment in time, I can throw no light on who the artist is, only that this example of “Male” Beat Ballad Heaven carries all those essential ingredients that kindle those sad memories of subtle backstabbing, deceit and revenge that “love” occasionally tends to trip-you-over with on occasion.

It’s a man thing - men are so good at denial and threats. As this uncredited singer promises revenge on the guy who stole his girl. He’s on a mission delivering the sulking lyrics through a “Brill Building styled” production.

THIS IS A BEAT BALLAD discovery that will pleasure the growing appreciation for this moving genre of Northern Soul.

Probably unique, most likely unissued but most definitely a fabulous tune..

Don’t worry about the “revenge” about to be wreaked upon that sneaky womanizer who turned his girlfriends head. Most men are all bravado and talk.. I got a feeling he moped around for a day or two, then phoned his girl’s best-friend for a consoling night of video & takeaway..

UNISSUED we think, previously “unknown” to us and dripping with exclusiveness, unless someone can dig further than our exhaustive investigations..and come up with a singers name?

This “debut” offering comes complete with the ORIGINAL LYRIC & MUSIC SHEET and birth sleeve

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The winning bid was £ 116.00

Edwin Starr

My Weakness Is You C/w I Am The Man For You Baby

My Weakness Is You”

Most British Soul fans weakness is UK PROMO copy and that seductive big white “A” laid harmless across that rich green dropback. This now iconic design are now “Dig-Stoppers” apply the emergency brakes a “GREEN & WHITE” ahead!!

I’ve lost count how many times been pulled to a standstill, in mid-flicking-flow by a flash of green n’ white, only to read the names Ronnie Hilton, Ken Dodd, Roger Whittaker. Got to admit I’ve not found anything this good in the wilds of England since the early seventies. You have just got to be the first person to look, if you want to come away from a carboot or Charity Shop with records of this calibre.

Timeless records of stunning beauty and power to ignite dance-floor congestion whenever the stylus makes contact and that oh so recognizable intro kicks in..

This is Top-Drawer Tamla Motown Sound, Archetypical Northern Soul in clothes that just stops you,doing whatever your doing..

…Beyonce please stop nibbling my earlobe, I think I just spied a TMG DEMO!

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The winning bid was £ 135.00

Thundermug

Funky On My Back

Insanely rare D.I.Y. take on “Cold Blood’s” recording from their highly regarded 1970 “Sisyphus” album.

You do have to be completely confident in your own ability to perform a Lydia Pense recording. She does after all possess one of the most impressive vocals a white girl has ever been gifted with plus a stage performer with few equals.. but Mr. S. Quigley (whoever he wa) had found a real gem with this Sister-vocalist; having no qualms asking “Thundermugs” uncredited lady to deconstructed “Cold Blood’s” original and turn it into a 1973 dancefloor destroyer.

A pacier version, omitting the jazzy intro of the original; and dare I say a horn section far more suited to “Club” plays with some fabulous displays of brass and hammond solos. The trumpet interlude is uttering riveting and so very Cooool !!

I love “Cold Blood” i totally adore Lydia Pense - but boy, this gathering put together a whole new slant on the original, crafting FUNKY Modern dance of the highest quality..

It is a debut listing for raresoulman & a darn rare record that changed my whole perception of one of my fave California teams.. “Cold Blood” could do no wrong until I heard this “Garage” “Backroom of the bar” “Cellar” D.I.Y. session belt out this utterly compelling indie FUNKER!

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The winning bid was £ 152.00

Socialites

You're Losing Your Touch / Jive Jimmy

What an eye-catcher!

The seriously RARE 1964 British Demo of an “overlooked” but brilliant New York girl-group session, in flawless condition.

Featuring the writing talents of a young and immensely talented J. J. Jackson, Peter De Angelis (taking his Shirelles experience to this recording) along with Robert Steinberg the threesome crafting a truly belting Northern Soul dancer. Which as the nearly as elusive USA press, has received some discerning NS turntable action.

But as the British born variation this is one rare piece, that many seasoned Brit-Vinyl stalkers will still have missing from that near full collection.

Both sides benefit from the production know-how of Artie Ripp (Off) yes the guy the term was allegedly made for. What ever Artie’s commitment to making sure everybody got their dues, there can be no doubting he certainly never failed at making a superior sound, a statement underlined when you take a listen to the Van McCoy flipside.. get ready to soak yourself into..

.., a girl-group stroller of the purist kind; a dreamy seamlessly-shrill meander through the harmony sound of New York ladies, who have a masterpiece of their genre hidden away on a B-side.

Two top-drawer tunes, presented in by far and way their rarest clothes. Take another look at the label scan .. a real thing of beauty isn’t it.

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The winning bid was £ 104.00

Aaron Neville

Hercules

I had the pleasure last night at the unrivalled “DIGGINDEEP” gathering at Todwick, Sheffield. A double decking display of unprecedented taste, it set the place alight.. so listen to The expertise of Allen Toussaint & Marshall E. Sea encapsulates that “What’s Going On” atmosphere into one stand-out session.

Taking it one step further, unleashing an intrusive jazzy dance-rhythm, made up of an irresistible cocktail of signature “Toussaint” whacking the keyboard, whilst in the background that extraordinary Aaron Neville vocal; wiggles, twists, and cavorts his way though Soul-poetry. His vocal exploring every possible pitch & note, as his decorates the impressive arrangement with those silky lyrics.

This is contagious pre-disco dance-Soul, guided by two of the last century’s most influential music-makers. Who take this style, to the nth degree of seductiveness, unfolding a charismatic rarity from one of Soul’s luminaries.

This promo copy still hugging it’s birth-sleeve is In absolutely showstopping condition.

Next “Diggin’ DEEPER” I implore you all to witness SOUL in freestyle form..it’s blow you away.

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The winning bid was £ 233.00

Sonny Til

I Gave It All Up

What record-collector, hasn’t suffered from “seller’s” regret.. not a good feeling by mid-wee, when you made a fair sale to a close friend but are now left without your much-loved rare tune..

I did make the mistake of letting a fellow DJ browse my carry-box one time whilst relaxing at the iconic Soul Essence at Great Yarmouth. This 45, he pleaded he really wanted, and thought I’d not miss it too much if I sold it to him. I relented and made him one happy chappy.

Vinyl-regret, there’s nothing worse than selling the wrong record out of your DJ set. The quest to replace it took 3 long years, whilst I constantly read about it’s outings from my buddy’s play lists and now other peoples enthusiastic reviews.

Well I did get it back, and that copy is still with me today..So take a listen to what I rashly parted with, the genius of Ed Townsend guiding fellow New Yorker Sonny Til though near 3 minutes of prime Northern Soul Crossover; instantly capturing your ear with it’s drum-roll intro, colliding with tricky guitar picking before a gravel-coated vocal of Sonny expresses his own case of regret. The saddest of situations, hoisted above despair by the sweetest of Girl-Group choruses Mr. Townsend could muster..

Ear catching intro, heart tugging finale as those ladies squeal to heights of greatness, decorating one truly magnificent tune.. friends or not, records of this quality are not for sale from my DJ box again.. so please don’t ask, beg or plead.. as you know I will relent. Once a soft-touch always a soft-touch..

Current bid: £ 144.00

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Herman Griffin

True Love (that's Love) / It's You

A perfect example for continuing in our determination to supply the serious the Motown vinyl collector with the impossibly clean real-deal-rarities. Comes this 45, that without question is one of the very rare Tamla “stripe” design singles.

Tamla T-54032 was failed opportunity for Motown session guitarist Don Davis to make a real impression, Having sessioned on Motown’s biggest hit to date and 2 releases later about to do the same. It counted for little when Don Davis’s “reward release” from Berry Gordy cruelly sold nothing!

As so happens with the insanely rare 45 sitting inside highly collected label run, it was scheduled for release just 2 numbers before the 8 week Chart-topping “Shop Around” which occupied all of Motown’s resources for 2 months. No time whatsoever to promote and certainly not to repress any more copies after the initial “tasters” had been released, so they passed it over to “Columbia” to do the work, with an early 1961 release.

So another Motown “impossible” was born out of unexpected and ultimately overwhelming success. Motown so on a roll, and Herman Griffin’s only Tamla release was forgotten; Subsequently 22 year old Don Davis’s writing buried with it…

Listening to Herman Griffin “True Love” you can understand why Motown gave another push through Columbia 41951 in early 1961, but again to a tepid response.

With this listing, it is not that fact that this is a fine example Detroit Northern Soul R&B, or the fact if features the lyrics of one of Northern Soul’s biggest contributors in the form of Don Davis..

The value lies in the two pristine Tamla 54032 labels and more importantly in the miraculously “impossible” vinyl condition, which if we’d have graded MINT I doubt few would have contested. Just the merest sleeve contact blemish that took me quite some effort to find..

This is MOTOWN PERFECTION displayed by one of Tamla’s most challenging records to find. Documenting the early work of Northern Soul Hall-Of-Fame candidate.

Hunting, cornering, and eventually acquiring records of this calibre..is record-collecting at it’s most gratifying.

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The winning bid was £ 74.00

Oxford Nights

I'm Such A Lonely One

Delphi is still after over 40 years of Northern Soul pioneers relentless vinyl-diggin’; remains one of “Soul’s” most mysterious of labels. I’m always excited to see a “Delphi” as since 1976 when I first encountered the label, it has been a source of inspiration for me to find more 45’s on Roy Smith’s elusive label.

In my 4 decades of daily vinyl invetsigation I’ve found the highest Delphi # at 0019 lowest at 007; in all we have only been able to document 8 of the label run. It is of course an ongoing challenge and an exciting one too. As the Georgia based Delphi label consistently recorded utterly inspiring Northern Soul 45s. A gift Roy “I Got The Fever” Smith had a gift for making. His Prophets 45 is of course, one of Northern Soul’s most recognizable tunes, guaranteeing an instant dance-floor stampede.

This example of Mr. Smith’s work, is the label’s most wanted disc..totally magnificent Northern Soul that was an instant success when it was first discovered.

Today it seldom come to market, and has lighted up my day with a long-overdue refresher of a tune I’ve always adored..

Matt label ORIGINAL is stunning condition. A record very few NS collectors can boast of owning, especially in this impeccable Mint - condition

Current bid: £ 98.00

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Ronnie Love

Judy

I remember during my early years mid-70s diggin’ for vinyl. Encountering some bemusement, as to why I would actually want “Soul” 45s, but once USA dealers had stopped bendin’ backwards laughin’ fits; many asked me if I had a copy of some 60-’s vocal group 45s like the Astors 1st. Stax 45, The Embers on Act IV or The Younghearts on Infinity; as these rarities crossed over into Doo-Wop territory, all of which proved impossibly rare and I was never able to help.

I was also constantly asked to look out for “The Ronnie Love on D-Town” my naive reply was “I can get that for you.” Thinking I’d seen a copy a few times; Which I had but it was he “wrong one” D-Town 1047 not the insanely rare bordering on “impossible” on D-Town 1021.

A simple google reveals just how RARE this 45 actually is; with no discogs listing, only two popsike entries, remembering these two sites are the “The Whole World of Record Collecting” for this century.

We don’t mind admitting this is our first copy, since that request to find one back in ‘77. So take a listen to a record not featured even on “YouTube”. The soundfile will release distilled street-corner harmony of the purist kind. A Ron Dunbar composition impregnated with all the characteristics those street-corner symphony sessions honed.

Truly beautiful - distinctly RARE!

With the added bonus of a crash-bang-wallop Motor City R&B Northern Soul dancer hidden away on the flip, which again has an unaccredited full-vocal-group chorus, drawing very much from neighboring MOTOWN, even crowing a mean sax-break towards the end!

Two great sides.. that have took me personally, more than 40 years to find. No wonder those Yanks were laughin’ at me..

Current bid: £ 61.00

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Various Artists

Motown 20th Anniversary Box Set X 40 Songs

An unbelievable find!

Cocooned for now approaching 40 years. Contents of 20 45’s are ALL DEMO copies and all Mint unplayed. Even tghe soundfile from the exclusive TMG 1000 was lifted off a different copy.

The pristine PROMO labels, vinyl and covers. Come inside 20th.Anniversary gloss finish fliptop box this has mild wear from rubbing the inside of the stiff card”factory # stamped filing box” that it would have been shipped.

Just as pleasing as the truly spanking condition, is the unique enamel “MOTOWN” pin badge, is still enclosed!.Near every box-set we have had through our over the decades the enamel badge is missing!!

possibly the most perfect example of the PROMO BOX left of the Planet.

Now click the soundfile to set free TWO previously unissued Motown Northern Soul beauties on TMG 1000 DEMO

A. Marvelettes - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers b/w B. Kim Weston - Like I Do -

both side are just fabulous examples of Motown/Northern of the very highest calibre, and absolutely exclusive to this Box Set from 1980.

To say this total complete as born, offering will never happen again. Goes without saying. Add the Crown to you Tamla Motown collection of jewels!

20 singles 40 Motown classic all DEMOS!

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Nella Dodds

I Just Gotta Have You / Honey Boy

The Philly baby-girl who promised so much, but disappeared without trace after fully 12 released recordings, all of which guided by Philly’s most talented Young Guns, on a quest to emulate the “Motown” sound for Philadelphia.

Donzella Petty John was a Maryland prodigy who at 14 years of age was chosen to start the quest of “Philly-Motown” with her first 45, covering The Supremes Motown recording “Come See About Me”; with the weight of the Pre-Arctic “Dyno-Dynamic Team” behind her, the debut single was a magnificent interpretation, enjoying promising sales, until trump by Berry’s machine, who promptly pressed The Supremes original take as a 45, for it to hit the charts as # ONE for two weeks.

Follow by 5 more stand-out singles, inc: “Come Back Baby” her first Northern Soul classic and a hugely popular “Torch” sound. With all her other recordings, displaying this Capricorn’s deliciously sweet, young vocal, dripping with innocence surely next was an album.

For just two years this lady recorded 6 stunning 45’s before her lack of hits or that warranted album that never materialized. Nella Dodds quit the music business for studies and a stable family life.

What a shame, this girl won heart’s of Soul fans both sides of the Atlantic, and surely could have rivaled even Barbara Mason’s accomplishments.

Before you today is her “Last” 45, which, just like her “First” 45; Kenny Gamble penned one side, Holland - Dozier - Holland scripting the other. BOTH sides are brilliantly executed Northern Soul Sister dancers. That unfortunately sold NOTHING and most probably made Nella’s decision of retiring as a 16 year old, so much easier.

This is Nella’s RAREST 45 by a long, long way.. and ironically her finest. Two great NS dancers on one disc, that rarely turn up for sale in this clean unharmed condition.

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Eddie Daniels

Is He Better Than Me

You are viewing not only one of Northern Soul rarest most inaccessible 45’s, you are also viewing one of the most compelling 60s NS dance tunes ever committed to vinyl.

When first discovered by the notorious Simon Soussan in the late 70s. It was instantly replicated by the mysterious and highly meticulous P. B. 45 forger, such was the reaction to this disc’s “first impression” Fortunately whoever P. B. was, he seemed so proud of his counterfeiting; he signed his work in the dead wax. Almost as an apology he ensure the hideously rare originals would remain Holy Grails over the decades that followed.

This century it has enjoyed a renaissance at the clubs where the sound of truly rare and spectacular Northern Soul is kept alive and well. As the endangered-species of authentic real deal first press original rarities dwindles, to the brink of exstition.

The scene can thank those DJ’s dedicating themselves keeping sounds of this outrageous quality alive. As so very, very few Jocks own an authentic original; spawning a few surpringly cheeky drops of the looky-likely disc, but to be fair that did add power to it’s applauded revival; as the inner sanctum of Northern Soul elevated this 45 to heights it would have reached, near 40 years ago if that trickle of counterfeits was not the “only” way to access it’s brilliance back in the day.

So here is the “impossible” original press, without the P. B. moniker. A crucial record for the collector / DJ who would rather not play a bootleg, or indeed allow one to contaminate the shelves of their home, even if it is by far the scarcest NS repro it is possible to own.

The original is an incomparable Northern Soul trophy to drop onto the turntable, especially as it’s a JUGGERNAUT of our sound…as you are about to hear!

Different, spectacular, instantaneous Northern Soul…once heard, never forgotten..

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Carol & Gerri

How Can I Ever Find The Way / On You Heartache Looks Good

Here we go again with the alluring vista of the BLACK MGM stock copy of a Northern Soul anthem (x two) that we only seem to encounter as the PROMO variation.

To us sung by an unidentified duo, who only did this single recording. We at this time can find no evidence to add weight to the ridiculous rumour, they were the “Fifth Estate”. How five guys morphed into two girls remains unexplained.

There will be no need of reminding you, these two ladies sat as top billing inside Cleethorpes Pier for several years as the DJ’s of “Gleggy” relentlessly dropped the arm onto which ever side they fancied, equally as good and equally as effective at filling the dancefloor. This was a Cleethorpes Classic and of course a Wigan Casinoanthem.

Unfortunately when, that “parasitical series” of MGM bootlegs fed the Northern Soul scene late 70s, The brilliant Carol & Gerri was dropped from playlists and lay forgotten for some decades; Until in more recent years the NS rival Jocks have relaunched this fabulous 1966 “New England” creation, to the same rapturous response it enjoyed 3 decades earlier.

Both sides are magical, the very pinnacle of the Northern Soul girl group sound, infectious, inspiring as those two girl’s vocals sail aloft, on a wave of tinkling simplistic piano, blaring horns, crashing drum swipes, strings and shrill cooing from the backing girls lift this “oldie” into “Timeless” status.

Although “Fifth Estate’s” Don Askew & Wayne Wadhams wrote one side, we do doubt that were a brief drag act..those CD sleeve notes need a rewrite.

BIDDERS Take note of the flawless label inside the birth sleeve. The vinyl although as you can hear, plays perfectly. Their is very mild “wobble” NOT a warp, in the vinyl, that “bobs” the stylus slightly, mild surface blemishes also do NOT affect play. 

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Soul Sisters

The Soul Sisters

You are viewing one of the very rarest British Soul albums in RAREST OF THE RARE condition!

Astonishing unblemished full gloss Mint minus vinyls so close to MINT it hurts. Perfect Mint labels with no evidence of spindle intrusion. A laminated cover from with no discernable flaws other than a couple of minuscule laminate veins near the spine (see scan). Back cover is totally clean, free of writing, tears, stains or residue. Just mild sparse age-browning to the white.

Not only an insanely rare album but also in dream-condition.

British Sue collecting at it most challenging, it’s USA counterpart is considered a Soul album Grail. This example in this condition, we can put “Holy” in the front of that..

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Unknown Artist

Doin' The Town

A wonderful mid-60s piece of Sister Northern Soul ; Girl vocal Big production Brill Building style mid-tempo dance groove. Most probably never issued and more than likely an everlasting exclusive for whoever is lucky enough to win it.

After exhaustive research, we can find no evidence that this recording ever reached vinyl-release, nor are we any nearer at discovering who that delicious voice belongs to.

Like all those Northern Soul classics delivered so easily by the seamless 60s ladies with the gift of building an atmosphere with girly-sweetness woven into a building production.

Having been recently rescued from a 60’s publishers filing library, it is surely trime to let this ONE-OFF be heard by an appreciative Northern Soul congregation, who for decades have just adored this style of NS dancer, full-blast booming through the lofty cavernous space of a crammed all-nighter.

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Kenny Shepard

What Difference Does It Make / Try To Understand

Before you is one of the greatest double-helpings of “BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN” it is possible to acquire. Listen as Van McCoy weaves his magic not once, but twice, serving us with a dual display of his talent and Kenny’s totally captivating vocal style, encapsulating New York Big City Sound so perfectly.

We we’re saving this PERFECT NS classic for another 6 weeks, to add into our Christmas array of “MANSHIP MINTS” but we have been asked for a copy by several collectors who recently missed out on an Excellent example listed on an internet auction..

So do NOT despair here is an UNPLAYED 52 year Northern Soul MINT copy still housed in it’s BIRTH-SLEEVE. Soundfile has been taken from a listing from some time ago! This copy you see here, will remain UNPLAYED until it arrives through the winners letterbox!

A miraculous 52 year old shimmering with purity; to be treasured for ever as such…good luck in trying to finding an equivalent 100% virgin disc. 

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Master Force

Hey Girl / Don't Fight The Feeling

A record that is rocketing in demand, value and appreciation, as more than one NS DJ gets firmly behind this super-classy soul vocal-group dance groove!

Ignoring all the expanding pressures of the New York disco phenomena that surrounded every producer and artist of the time. This gathering crafted a subtle harmony mid-tempo of the highest calibre.

Serenely tight, decidedly slick this creation swam against the stream of commercialism, providing yet another passed-over masterpiece for European Soul scene to give it full appreciation decades later.

But the team were not that dismissive of the night-club happening of the day, flip it over for distilled club-dance, with a few to many “disco” cliches but still far-removed, more Soulful than many dancefloor fodder that swap the 70s dance music.

Top side is pure-class! flip it over for pure-dance!

This copy is utterly unblemished.

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Johnnie Taylor

Wanted One Soul Singer

One of the greatest Soul albums ever issued in the UK.

Every track on the extremely elusive LP is a lasting testament not only to this “Soul Master’s” vocal prowess and potent recording presence; but also to Stax itself, a revered recording company, that in it’s heyday, created timeless Soul music fully drenched Soulful emotion, driven by gifted studio musicians, vibrant enthusiastic choruses and the best real-deal Soul singers the USA and Memphis had to offer.

It is all displayed in this now iconic album..take time to listen to a sample sound-file with the knowledge that every other track is equally impressive.

we have chosen for you…

  1. Blues In The Night

  2. Watermelon Man

  3. Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

  4. Sixteen Tons

“Wanted One Soul Singer” … well here he is, undisputedly one of the the all-time greats, on an all-time great label, in it’s rarest form; the 1967 British press on those utterly gorgeous ice-blue labels..it spectacular condition. Vinyl inspection reveals only the mildest hairline sleeve mark or two, plays Mint. Both the spectacular labels are MINT. The cover has mild storage wear to the spine, minuscule corner-tip filing wear. Mild laminate crease top right. (See scan)

This listing has everything you’s ever require to elevate your collection to another level.

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Four Tops

7-rooms Of Gloom / I'll Turn To Stone

All together now..

“If You Take Your Love From Me, I’ll Turn To Stone..Turn To Stone!”

Words to provoke every single seasoned Soulboy or Soulgirl to burst into song.. and that is just the FLIPSIDE!

TMG 612 was the vehicle for the Four Tops to perform at their imposing best! With two of their most memorable performances on one disc, Levi Stubbs leading at his most noble; the Funk Brothers at their most electrifying; Holland - Dozier - Holland at their most inventive. In 1967 this recording lifted the Motown Sound up to yet another unbelievable level.

“I See A House, A House Of Stone, a Lonely House, ‘cause Now You’re gone.. 7 Rooms Of Gloom..that’s all it is..7 Rooms Of Gloom..”

MOTOWN - a never to be replicate gold-standard of Soul Music that still 50 years on, sends shivers down the spine.. and to the constantly reminiscing Old ‘uns like me, the ultimate ownership, must be a flawless Green & White DEMO!

A glorious vinyl-vista only overthrown by the spectacular music that lays in the grooves..

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Fred Hughes

I Keep Tryin' / We've Got Love

Roller-coaster NORTHERN SOUL

buckle-up Fred Hughes is about to take you on the ride of your dance-floor-life!

It goes without saying, this listing is the AUTHENTICARP” stamped original first press - certainly not one of those horrid counterfeits that have polluted the collecting scene for the last 40 years..

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Bobby Sheen

Doctor Love / Sweet Sweet Love

Whilst spending the major part of the last century enjoying an enviable reputation as a Twisted Wheel anthem, much-loved and highly appreciated whenever dropped into the proceedings.

In more recent times, dare we say “The Far Superior” flipside “Sweet Sweet Love” has risen far and beyond “Doctor Love’s” adulation, as the previous overshadowed flip is so very, very right for today’s Northern Soul scene.

Personally I cannot believe this was crafted in 1966! Silky-smooth Gene Page direction sits into the Northern Soul “Crossover” category fully 3 years before it came into being!

A cocktail of Beat Ballad Heave, Crucial-Crossover and decidedly classy Northern Soul.. and it’s receiving belated accolades and enthusiastic turntable time..

So with this RARE 1966 “Discotheque Series” Capitol release you can enjoy, timeless Northern Soul classic, with a NS-masterpiece of our now widened-NS-Horizons on the flip..

Just gotta mention, you could only dream of encountering finer condition than this spanking flawless copy.. housed in that wavy-top UK Capitol cover.

So pleasing on the eye, so motivating on the ear.. which ever side you drop the needle on.

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Chuck Carbo

Going Back Home / Lonely Serenade

JUST T00 RARE!!

A foot-to-the-floor, frantic runaway truck, beast of a tune; that is of course also off-the scale RARE. A mean horn propelled neighborhood New Orleans unstoppable chunk R&B Northern Soul shimmering with local musicians and provincial charm.

This baby is so frantic, instead of pitchin’ up the pace of the proceedings (which NS Jocks are so renowned for), we have taken a little of the crazy edge off, by lower the pace, recording it at 42rpm. Without losing any of the urgency Mr. Carbo spews out, as his enthusiasm takes off in the thought of going home to New Orleans.

We personally have never had this disc for sale before, it is a listing for those Collector/DJ’s who thrive on owning the “unknown” and enjoy presenting something off-the-wall and new to their punters, or just being happy in the company of truly rare vinyl.

Flip it over, to be met by funeral paced rattling piano and a man in severe pain. A guy drowning his sorrows but wanting to make himself feel even worse by requesting the tune, him and his Ex used to share… well, any excuse to drink more.. with a aching Deep Soul ballad drenched in regret. Then a Blues guitar invites a man vocal-harmony chorus to join the session, which lifts the ballad onto another level.

New Orleans don’t get much rarer than this, double helping.

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Daybreak

I Need Love / Everything Man

The highly prized, seldom seen ORIGINAL FIRST PRESS of that frustrating cover-up - Tyrone Edwards - Search The World - Richard Searling teased & taunted everybody with, as the sun set over Wigan Casino.

Rather than being the end of this exceptional Patrick Adams creation, it was the start of a long, long journey through the finest upfront Soul-Clubs of Britain being played throughout the next 3 decades as this cultured vocal-group dancer, stood head & shoulders above it’s other ‘77 rivals by ignoring all the crass New York Disco ingredients; That turn many a Soul record into “Dance-Pop”

So good was this 45, it became a number want for so many, especially when for a change those “Premier Jocks” flipped it over and spun the equally impressive flipside.

A double-hitter sitting at the very summit of it’s genre, triggering a “Patrick Adams” limited reissue, thankful with enough label variants in the text to be able to recognize the authentic Rare first press at a glance.

Here it is, the ORIGINAL 1977 first press, which after a few yea\rs out of the limelight, would make the perfect refreshing drop for the nostalgic “Modern Souler..” which ever side you, the DJ, choose…

A few mild surface blemishes, but as you can hear it plays perfectly. Both labels are totally clean.

Fabulous piece that rarely comes to market.

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John Andrews

It's Just Love

In near 20 years of the “raresoulman” auctions I don’t think we have ever auctioned a British Record with it’s original “push-out” center removed. The trauma I suffered as a kid, when a wannabe “Donovan” dope-smoking guitar-strumming antithesis of a Soul-Boy flatmate, detached the 4 prong center from my treasured Stateside Rufus Lumley..

.. any British 45 with it’s middle missing, now makes my face contort and twitch worse than Chief Inspector Dreyfus’s did when the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau crashed onto the investigation.

But this is no ordinary British 45, so I’m finding it very easy to forgive this Red & White Demo’s facial foible; as the earth-movie’ music completely overrides that sadly missing center.

John Andrews vocal utterly epitomises the era.. a voice deliciously-contorted by the determined strain to sound soulful, a swirling hammond driving the rhythm, Mitch Mitchell of the Riot Squad whacking the drums; squealing Go-Go girls in tight body-hugging hooped dresses outstretched arms puling on imaginary chains.. an immediately forgotten recording heading for the b-side .. and another Northern Soul masterpiece is born1 the inclusion of honkin’ brass and John Andrew’s ever more potent vocal, ensures Northern Soul spins throughout the last 4 decades..

.. and of course that Red & White label vista, like a siren to the jagged rocks..pulls you in.. no matter what, you just know you’ll not rest until you own it!

Vinyl is close to Mint minus, just a few minuscule mild hairlines, it plays MINT! and that label!…offering the owner an opportunity to transform those turntable-voyeurs faces.. a funny shade of green

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Skip Mahoney

Janice

A listing for those of who who delight in owning the weird, the wonderful and the rare Northern Soul is their least witnessed formats.

The labels times it at 10 seconds longer than the USA 45, also shorting the title, missing off the bracketed “Don’t Be So Blind To Love” simply christening it “Janice”.

It seems back in 1980 when the Northern Soul scene was saturated with invigorating “disco” slanted recording, dancefloor fuel that so easily lived side by side of the ultimate rarities. These were vibrant times as the whistle-blowing Jazz-Funkers briefly merged seamless into the Northern Soul scene with many having a foot in both camps and having a most exhilarating time, with euphoric visions of Notts Palais instantly jumping to mind.

“Janice” was a monster at all styles, and dance events from hugely populated Weekenders, Sunday All Dayers and Friday night Working Men’s clubs up and the down the country. But has never since the first few weeks of it;s birth, been readily available to buy or indeed easy to acquire even in today’s internet accessibility.

Today Skip Mahoney’s - Janice - is a much-loved journey into our Youth. A true Northern Soul classic - but as the Jamaican press it’s strange text and design is insanely unusual.. you like RARE, you like different this is not a variation to sleep on.. we’ve certainly never auctioned a copy before.

One for you, who wants to be different!!

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Temptones

Girl, I Love You / Good-bye

More than a twist of fate played it’s part in pairing up two Philly White-Soul-Boys, forging together one of the greatest recording duos of the last century.

With Darryl Hohl’s love for Motown & particularly those super-slick stylists “The Temptations”; He formed his own group, writing his own material, inspired by the lyrical genius of Smokey Robinson; Darryl formed the “Temptones”. Soon a rivalry germinated with the other local gatherings galvanized by “Motown”; Particularly “The Masters” a group similar in make-up and style led by John Oates, currently recording for Crimson, whilst The Temptones had been snatched up by the local “Soul” label Arctic..

It was unavoidable the pair would meet, it was also inevitable that they would get along so well, they would become close friends.The Darryl Hall & John Oates union was about to be cemented.

Before that happened both The Temptones & The Master cut and release spectacular Northern Soul 45’s. This example being the most-wanted and highly valued. A 45 we have not had in stock for, what seems an age… and I’m sure you’ll agree this Philly vocal-group slice of Northern Soul is a welcome sight, and an even more welcome listen.

So click to hear a young Darryl Hall & friends do a “Temptations” and delivery outstanding Northern Soul, that in 2016 very seldom comes up for sale!

This copy the vinyl reveals only a few very mild surface blemishes, as you ca hear it plays an impressive loud, clean & true

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Oscar Charles

Happy Was The Day / Everybody's Gotta Cry

A listing for those collectors who thrive on finding something new, so very rare that it has escape their attention for near 5 decades. With only a handful of known copies this disc perfectly fits the Sunday “Chill-out” sessions that flourish on these seldom heard “finds”.

That is exactly what this Louisiana neighborhood recording has done to me, sparked my attention as something different floods my ear. We doubt this disc never travelled any further than friends & family, but deserving of a far wider audience.

We know no a thing about the “Soul Man” Oscar Charles’s D.I.Y. work is the first time we have experienced his talents. Written, produced and performed by Oscar himself, but spares nothing in enriching his solo project. Strong girl-group chorus and a provincial horn section are exquisitely engaged in cradling Oscar’s Soulful vocal, that has just that minuscule emotional “crack” quavering in the lyrics, that elevate the song even further.

Obscenely obscure - decidedly distinctive !

A few mild surface marks but plays clean and true - as you can hear. THe ridiculously rare JOG labels are flaw-free..

Looking for RARE, OBSCURE and Soulful this 45 ticks those boxes.

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Canes

I'll Never Give Her Up (my Friend) / Why Should I Suffer With The Blues

A RECORD SATURATED IN HISTORY.

You are viewing what is in our experience is the 2nd. rarest Stax 45. From a 4 man team with their only Stax release, written by two Memphis Soul-academics Chips Moman & Steve Cropper in 1962.

A Drifters-esque styled mid-tempo illustrating early 60’s male vocal group harmony at it’s smoothest. Little wonder really when you investigate who these four, single Stax release guys actually were.

Stand up and take a bow, some of Memphis’s finest! The team consisted of Don Bryant, James Jamie Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones & Lionel Byrd. Starting their journey as Willie Mitchell’s harmony backing Quartet “The Four Kings”. With Don Bryant joining back into the “Mitchell Mode” at Hi, recording some of the most spectacular Soul sessions of the last century. Elvin Lee Jones concentrated on writing, notably for The Ovations on Goldwax, Jamie Bryant career is less clear, with the rich baritone of Lionel Byrd vocal sadly lost from label credits completely.

Insanely hard to find 45 giving up an “Under The Boardwalk” inspired stroller that was so, of it’s time. Flip it over for a grittier Street-Corner blending of vocal-harmony and The Blues..

An historical 45, a stepping stone for one of the world’s greatest Soul vocalist “Don Bryant” that I’ve personally never witnessed such a grandiose stage performance, holding a crammed room of aging-Brits utterly spellbound, in May this year.. on the unforgettable “Memphis Takin’ You There..” Soul trip.

Two clean labels, nothing to mar the view of that iconic ice-blue lael. Vinyl has multiple mild hairlines..as you can hear nothing that shows up on the stylus.

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Motown Memorabilia Bundle

From Hitsville, Oriole,

a unique trio of Rare Tamla Motown delights.

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Louis Curry

You're Just Plain Nice / Don't Be More Woman Than I'm A Man

Crazy About Crossover?

Here’s the very epitome of that much-loved genre, an elusive 100% Detroit crafted Soulful Stroller of the highest calibre.

When the music community of the Motor City brings together Pied Piper contributor Harry Lee Gates & the prolific author of so many top-drawer Northern Soul recording Fred Brown. A simplistic Detroit mid-tempo benefitting from Augustus Walker’s arrangement allowing that expressively Soulful vocal to take those finger-clicking lyrics to their limit; pure Crossover is born..

A seamless but uncredited male vocal group enrich every line with silky choruses whilst understated horns and perfectly delivered guitar plucks drive the Northern Soul Crossover dance-rhythm, as Louis Curry’s vocal pulls you in.

Flip it over a totally overlooked performance awaits you; utilizing the same recipe, but injecting a pinch of attitude and a grain of Funk, making it more of a solid Northern Soul dance experience.

Two great sides on one eye-candy label.. what’s not to love!

This copy has two flawless label. A-side vinyl has the merest brief surface blemish, a sleeve brush below Mint minus. Flip side vinyl has a couple of mild surface marks, neither of which affect play.

Finding records of the calibre, in this glorious condition, today presents itself as the vinyl-diggers greatest challenge.. great records in great condition.. they are now an endangered species..

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Still Life

Midnight Brew

When Instrumental Was KING!!

Undoubtedly, it was Ian Levine’s pioneering holidays in Florida early 70s that provided the Blackpool Mecca with extra-edge to their playlists pre-Wigan Casino era. Every week the pilgrimage of British teenagers to Blackpool, blossomed on the anticipation of “New Finds” to dance to, whilst mingling in the most enthusiastic audience any DJ could hope to play for. A thirst for “Soul” knowledge and the opportunity to dance to exclusive tunes, was at an all time high, as was British musical dross, with Mud, Sweet, Little Jimmy Osmond dominating the teenagers radio feed.

I can remember feeling the sense of palpable relief as you entered the “Highland Room”, colliding with the zinging opening harp-chords of Linda Jones or unstoppable power of The Reflections - Like Adam and Eve…and the like.

One week in particular the talk was all about a new Levine “Secret Sound” he played the previous week.. I couldn’t wait to hear his new instrumental by Johnny Jackson Experience - Shing-A-Ling At The Go Go - wow, Levine definitely knew how to torture his public with his ingenious retitlings.

Johnny Jackson Experience was of course Melvin Carter - Midnight Brew still a very rare record, but what is not so obvious, is that Melvin Carter’s monster was the THIRD press in a line of “Midnight Brew’s” on the Trip Universal label, coming in at #26.

Here’s is the infinitely rarer in our experience, STILL LIFE release, which was fully 5 releases before Melvin Carter..

The same exact instrumental that set the Blackpool Mecca alight, and far apart from the rival clubs. Nobody else had this 45 on the scene; or indeed the luxury of diggin’ vinyl in Florida. So the legend of Johnny Jackson Experience - Shing-A-Ling At The Go Go - was born. A factor that would bring the faithful to the Highland Room week after week, with a few more friends, as throughout your working week, your exuberant “Blackpool” experience was told and retold to anybody who’d listen..

Noting: such was “SHING A LING AT THE GO GO” affect on Northern Soul, Simon Soussan honoured one of his instrumental oddities after Levine title.. “SHING A LING AT THE GO GO” by the Sounds Of Lane - ironically pressed on the MICKEY MOUSE label.

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La Reine La Mar

That's Not The Way To Love

La Reine La Mar is that the most exotic name a Northern Soul rarity has ever been graced with..?

…after the visions of a skimpy bikini clad French girl playfully kicking sand in your face trying to make your acquaintance; La Reine tells you she’s a singer.

Oh how cool it that, you think, I’m a serious record collector… ”

I have my record back at my flat, you would like to hear.. Yes.

Oh yes! I Certainly would like to go back to your flat and play records.. Once inside the one bed apartment she slips a CD into the machine and plays you her only recording, hoping the lyrics will spark off a lesson in lovemaking

“That’s Not The Way To Love”

Now fully aroused, it’s a Wow! what a great tune, it’s the same backing as “Marion Stewart - I Must Be Losing You - but better and so much rarer too..

Your first though is does she have you the record itself?

No she only has it on CD, no 45s just the CD, as she stretches out across the bed, with a who cares about records look in her eye… You think is this gonna my lucky day..

If I can get back to my hotel and google it, you’re sure to find a copy.. you make your hurried apologises, leave the sultry lady agog with disappointment and hot-tail it to the Hotel computer..

No luck of course all copies trawled and filed decades ago.. damn.

OK let’s get back to that sizzling French chick, maybe she’s still stretched out and waiting.. then you remember as you ran back, you passed a Charity Shop that was open..

Decisions, decisions….

This copy in MINT - throughout… maybe another day La Reine La Mar, I got some internet bidding to do…

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Loretta Williams

Baby Cakes / I'm Missing You

in 2016 what are the possible chances of find a 1966 Northern Soul British release classic rarity in unplayed condition. So remote it is unthinkable, but before you today is a record that we found with that magical full gloss and those adorable microscopic decades of fine sparse dust loving sprinkled on the surface after a lifetime of filing.

I’m not OCD about my vinyl, but you can’t help but get a spinal shiver when you meet such perfectness. Before you is a played one each side 1966 British Atlantic rarity, offering currently popular Northern Soul stomper one side, with highly regarded totally-tortured Deep Soul on the other.

Both sides of course were written by the immortal Otis Redding with neither side of this 1965 Georgia session having a single note of commercialism.

THIS IS PURE mid-60’s Soul crafted by a man at the very Top-Of-His-Game and still recognised today as the KING OF THE SOUL Sound..

Lorretta draws from Otis’s presence, potently delivering two stonkin’ performances from two opposite Soul genres.

The chances of a Mint copy in 2016.. are virtually zero btw.

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Four Tops

If I Were A Carpenter / Your Love Is Wonderful

Levi Stubbs could hum the Chinese phone book and it would Wow, Wing and Wong you. The man was a gargantuan of the microphone, everything he sung elevated the record to into a hemisphere.

So when Holland - Dozier presented “The Tops” with the Tim Hardin folk-classic which Bobby Darin immortalized in 1966, you just knew this eminent Motown team would nail it. Deconstructing it without losing any of it’s original appeal, enriching, representing this great song all the better for a Motown makeover.

In recent times this recording has been receiving enthusiastic Club spins to full dancefloors.. a little surprising as the flipside is a distilled Northern Soul Motown dancer shimmering with all the ingredients that made Motown & The Tops a Club DJ priority for 50 years..

Two great sides, on a seldom seen, shimmering Mint minus DEMO!

Listen to Levi at his best.. and prepare to radiate

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Johnny Curtis

Our Love's Disintegrating

It was a busy 1966/67 of making great records, for this Glaswegian, Johnny Curtis (aka Bobby Kerr). The catalyst was the brilliantly named Hubert John Trengrove Pattison, who also guided “Johnny” through that Northern Soul classic on Decca “I’ll Hold You” & “Go On Back” on Parlophone. Here he is again giving this muscular vocal another outing on HJTP’s own composition “Our Love’s Disintegrating”.

You will instantly appreciate the same blasting horns and dance arrangement that the team conjured on “I’ll Hold You”; which the Northern Soul faithful took straight to their hearts. A duet with few comparisons, as Johnny Curtis & fellow Scot, Maggie Bell created accidental but top-drawer Northern Soul.

But there is nothing accidental about Johnny’s solo recording, from the first note you know this is gonna be a momentous recording. Scott Walker-esque his voice glides in on a subtle fully equipped orchestra intro, then he suddenly soars on a surge of strings and blaring horns. Timely lulls in the powerful arrangement, give the dancer pause for the next even greater crescendo, that just lifts the roof off!

So very impressive Brit-Production. So why did we not hear more of Hubert John Trengrove Pattison’s work, after this meagre offerings, he certainly had the gift of building a tune. His name sadly vanishing from UK label credits by 1969, an unexplained exit from the recording Studio.

Johnny Curtis’s career was cut short by his tragic death in a motor car accident in 1969. His potent-vocal legacy kept alive solely by the Northern Soul scene, a voice once heard never forgotten, we can only wonder what may have been achieved….

Before you today is a 1966 Green & White Parlophone DEMO underlining this man’s talent, also offering an opportunity to give the NS DJ looking for the “new” hardly known recording to “wow” his public with; a rare 45 that has yet to have the Northern Soul exposure it so obviously deserves..

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