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Margaret Lewis

Something's Wrong Baby

It more than rare to find fabulous Louisianan R&B dancer hidden away as a flipside to a hillbilly country rocker.

The difference in styles reminds me of the great Wanda Jackson who could turn her style from Rock & Roll, Country & Western plus gritty Sister R&B. This lady has certainly got similar attitude.

Listen to the way Ms Lewis rips into the lyrics, her Southern-squealing style carried suits the dance rhythm perfectly… then the record becomes truly fabulous when a wild sax break blasts and seals this 45 as something special.

Seldom seen and gaining quite a reputation..

Clean vinyl with one mark, listen carefully you will maybe catch a click or two but nothing the detracts from the sassy lady’s spectacular delivery.

RARE btw

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Topics

Have Your Fun C/w A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry

PROPER REAL DEAL FLOOR-DETONATING NORTHERN SOUL.

This is very top-end of Rare Northern Soul vocal group stompers not only by rarity but also by it’s sheer quality.

Take a listen to what a authentic Northern Soul stomper should sound like. This 45 has THE LOT! Explosive horn intro, Woo-Woo girls arrow the perfect choruses though the impressive wall of sound.

Vocally exquisite with the lead voice cracking with that desirable nicotine-coated grit on the high notes, riding those blasting horns so comfortably until a thunderous instrumental break lifts the recording yet another notch.

Flip it over and all the same ingredients are again in place to serve up a beautiful mid-tempo Northern Soul stroller perfect for a surprise spin that not many of the crowd will know.

We have spoken before about real-rarity sometimes standing in the way of a records progress to a wider audience. Well, hear is another example, a better undiluted slab of Northern Soul would be hard to find only ingredient missing is a turntable outing or two at the bigger venues..

How totally refreshing would this be, to hear it played to a 2000 weekender crowd instead of Sam & Kitty for a change..

Current bid: £ 15.00

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Parisians

Twinkle Little Star C/w The Cockroach

In Northern Soul World is there a more popular Dancefloor Destroyer than this BEAST?

Guttural defiance deliverers a double helping of Ernie Fields writing skills! Snarling, growling lead voice is decorated in squealing sisters, honkin’-horns and persistent rhythmic bongos driving out an irresistible invitation to dance.

Currently causing instant drink parking and the dancefloor dash..a total of a monster tune, surely no NS DJ can be without.

Flip it over and that same rumbling bass introduces you to a weird but wonderful instrumental version with a Rodney E. Jones styled Rap woven into the roaring backing track.. not heard this before but I’m quite sure it would receive a most favourable response, as that commending lead vocal once again demands you to dance…

Fabulous condition..throughout

Current bid: £ 216.00

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Danny Owens

I Can't Be A Fool For You

This perennial Northern Soul rarity is starting to be talked about again!

The former Bell Boys cover/up and a monster for Soul Sam during the height of Cleethorpes Winter Gardens in the late 70s. Today this New Orleans feelgood Northern Soul dancer rarely comes to market, benefiting from years of rarity and consequently never ever being bootlegged.

The wealth of Northern Soul that came out in Louisiana through “Dover Distributors is mind boggling but whilst Lydia Marcelle 45s on this label turned up in their 100s in the great 1977 “Dover Distributors” find in Dallas, this title was not there, and has remained Scarlet Pimpernel elusive now for near 4 decades.

We have always recommended investment in rare New Orleans vinyl, but even if this started life in New York you’d want to own it as from the very first note it lifts your spirits; A proper vibe driven NS dancer credited to Danny Owens but you will feel it’s a group singing as there are at least two up front vocals…

Condition is very clean only very light surface marks and plays superb throughout… x on flipside label

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Chuck Cockerham

Have I Got A Right

Sitting firmly in my top 10 desert island discs. Not sure how many the local vicar will allow me to play, when I depart from this mortal coil - but this will certainly be ONE of them.

Crazy About Crossover? It would be crazy not to be crazy about this! This is the top end of the much misunderstood genre - that Richard Searling championed @ Parkers, Manchester in the 80s as the pace slowed and true-Soul was the order of the day.

The now Northern Soul “folklore” statement of one collectors ousting it from his collection because he though it was a “white” singer. must now regret his prejudice, as this ebony crooner with a creamy vocal backed by just as velvety horns crafts Crossover Utopia.

This our first ever STOCK copy, has vinyl with some very light surface marks and is visually vg+ but just listen to that luscious soundfile, it plays a thoroughly clean Ex+ and both labels are clean

Yes, Desert Island Disc and one to send me off to Heaven… like it just has done..

Current bid: £ 941.00

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Daybreak

I Need Love C/w Everything Man

From a profusion Patrick Adams guided 70s dance recordings, comes this his finest session.

Take bow Mr. Adams for giving the Northern Soul dance scene a deluge of discs to consider. But before us today is your finest days work, not one but two distinguished dancers in the form of the Unicorn-Rare Whiter Demo! Dispelling any confusion over the stock copy orange press, which was later reissued, this is the very elusive WHITE PROMO in utterly immaculate condition.

Classy a-side catches P.A. in mellow, mellow mood ignoring burgeoning 1977 frantic Disco-Sound and opting for the classy jazz slanted stroller controlled by sharp harmonies and a purring lead vocal - top quality arrangement with a magnificent jazz/funk instrumental break before the satin-coated vocal glides back in.

Flip it over and again your in for a equally enthralling treat with the lead vocal this time gently cracking with emotion, the backing is equally slick backing is stronger with horns and piano directing the dance beat…if anything this is the more soulful of the two sides…

But what great songs these two are, it would be tough to name a better 70s combination - surely a twinning of the very highest calibre, presented today in it’s by far rarest format…

Current bid: £ 663.00

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Earl Gains

You Belong To Me C/w Don't Takev My Kindness For A Weakness

The legendary rare “510 XX” mix; Promo miss-press that plays “YOU BELONG TO ME” instead of the credited “I Have Loved And I Have Lived”

Prepare yourself for a relentlessly surging stomper; a thumping, snarling slab of the real stuff! Acrobat inducing runaway truck of a tune; who’s reputation has built up over the years, as the frustration of playing the relatively common release that plays correctly, became entirely annoying.

I just love these quirky pressing plant cock-ups, that provide the collector and DJ with worthwhile challenges to pursue for ownership.

We know this “title” appears on his highly elusive HBR album, but this being it’s only form as a 7”, with the Deluxe 125 release being a slowed down and totally inferior dreary mix.

Only way to own this floor destroyer at it’s much-prize single is to find this “NS folklore” miss-press and boy, is that an expedition into hair-pulling irritation…

Current bid: £ 149.00

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Sherrys

Put Your Arms Around Me

Can it be more important whilst chasing the real-deal Northern Soul classics than to own the very FIRST RECORD TO BE PLAYED AT WIGAN CASINO in it’s rarest form.

Joe Cook’s daughters grab and hang on to a careering Bob Martin arrangement that flies at the pace Wigan Casinos reputation was built on. Relentless and persuasive floorpacker that entirely fitted the amphetamine fueled atmosphere.

This example is the first press Philadelphia PROMO that Joe Cook decided to release on the HOT label - and change the label logo from J. J. for HOT with a marker pen also crossing out a defunct BMI publisher right of J. Little.

The silver label copies are of course bootlegs - before you is the authentic PROMO press of a history making 45 that just never comes to market.

Act accordingly…  

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Rose Battiste

Hit & Run C/w I Miss My Baby

White Demo HEAVEN!

Such a classic Northern Soul pairing that matters not which side you chose to spin, the effect will be the same..a FULL dancefloor.

This is after all is said and done, this is archetypical Northern Soul from the top drawer. Everything a Northern Soul 45 requires is here in abundance.

Shall we let the double sound file whisk you back a few decades to that Golden era of “The Torch” in full flight..

And let the flawless two PROMO labels provide a breathtaking vinyl-vista of perfection…

Current bid: £ 37.00

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International G.t.o.'s

I Love My Baby C/w It's Been Raining In My Heart

I first encountered this juggernaut in a pre-Wigan Casino era in the wilds of Lincolnshire circa 1971 ?. When informed a young Soul Sam was playing Northern Soul in Lincolnshire; a Morris Minor Van full of unkept Pork-Pie-ville teenagers made the long excursion of 25 miles. How exciting trading one dull market town for another on a Friday night.. but for us super-hip young-souls it was at the time, perhaps our longest trip ever…

One new recruit inquired after 6 miles “Why the Fcuk are we traveling so very far for a night out?” the answer was.. “Soul Sam is the DJ and he has the International G.T.O’s” “new recruit” from the back of the van… “Fcuk!! I Don’t Wanna Catch it..!”

Like a scene from Elaine Constantine’s excellent “Northern Soul” movie, if you didn’t understand Northern Soul, you could well be heard making unwittingly funny remarks that near 45 years later, will still be remembered as the highlight of the evening…

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL from the inauguration of the scene spreading into the sticks.. tunes like this made teenager take epic journey’s into the unknown…and to just think only 18 months later we stood in amazement in the Highland Room, at Blackpool Mecca..

This copy of memories is immaculate! just a brief hairline brush detected after a lengthy inspection, otherwise Mint.

PS do not overlook the hauntingly gorgeous flipside.

Current bid: £ 122.00

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Topics

Hey Girl (where Are You Going?) C/w If Love Comes Knockin'

You are about to hear the very essence of vocal-group Northern Soul not once but twice over.

Part of the highly appreciated Carnival Records of New Jersey that Joe Evans steered into Rare Soul immortality with a plethora of outstanding Soul recordings. This short lived Carnival Records subsidiary was named after the company address of 350 Chadwick Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

With the Topics already having the fabulous “She’s So Fine” Carnival 520 under their belt, Joe Evans switched them to join The Metrics on his new label; the result is nothing short of STUNNING providing not one but two knockout Northern Soul gems for the owner.

Lead side has been a top want of DJ/collectors for decades and requires no introduction as it features just enough in top DJ sets to tantalize and refresh. Smooth seamless vocal group Northern Soul at a pace totally perfect for today’s dancers.

Having stated the obvious, dare I say we have all been playing the “wrong” side over those decades, as “Love Comes Knockin” is as good as Northern Soul can possibly rise to..

The magnificent vibe intro makes acquaintance with a soulfully polished lead with a heavenly male chorus enriching the ambiance of this refined slab of neglected Northern Soul.

It always features in my set - I personally seriously rate it as an hidden gem begging for the wider audience..and undeservedly suffering from the “A-Side” being so darn good…

Current bid: £ 315.00

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Delola Carmichael

Leave That Boy Alone C/w I'm Gone So Long

One of Northern Soul’s most coveted 60s labels not only for it’s stunningly colourful design but also for it’s wealth of product, some of which rank as the rarest Northern Soul 45s on the planet. 45s by Tut Sutton, Intensions, Idols etc. have all added to this most sought after labels mystic.

May we now throw this sumptuous girl mid-tempo into the hat, by an equally mysterious Delola Carmichael who on both sides of this immaculate disc (with birth sleeve) gives up two Sultry-Sister-Soul dance grooves.

Top side is a fabulously uplifting Northern Soul featuring an highly inventive arrangement saturated in quirky horn rhythm. In the right hands we see no reason for this beauty to take off huge - especially already with a enviable “Rarity” status.

Flip it over and enjoy Delola giving an on-your-knees beseeching performance that Tut Sutton would have been proud of. Fabulous mid-paced Northern Soul

Somewhat a cult disc amongst collectors but this rarity has snooze for too long in collections - time for it to hit those Northern Soul circuit turntables. BOTH sides have everything to take his 45 to the top.

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Royal ( Texas Slim ) Bell

Sweet Little Girl C/w Just Can't Give Up Now

RARE Northern Soul double hitter from the streets of Compton, California..

Without n”name dropping” this is the type of tune you only hear at “Lifeline” and few other NS events that pride themselves of a menu of the very rare and decidedly good.

Another Big Man with an abrasive vocal generates snarling Northern Soul and still retains that feelgood steps to atmosphere within a horn-blasts. We have lead with “Sweet Little Girl” the labels choice of A-side but without doubt “Just Can’t Give Up Now” edges it into second place as the Northern Soul choice of play, for the very few eminent DJs lucky enough to own a copy.

Light surface marks but as you can hear is plays LOUD and clean, both labels are free of writing, stains or tears.

This is ONE VERY RARE 45 indeed…

Current bid: £ 39.00

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Billy Hambric

Flaming Mamie C/w You're A Sweetheart

Perhaps the most-wanted Northern Soul R&B thumper of the moment!

The stop-start brass arrangement stretches out for a snarling vocal to binge upon, totally compelling - attention grabbing Dick Dale styled guitar intro and the pouting deep N’ dirty Sax is just too much to ignore… an irresistible dancefloor seducer..

You just cannot listen and not want to move - that is why this baby, is top of all the DJ lists of those Jocks who play Ravaging-Rampaging-Raucous-R&B-Romps!!

This elusive disc is exactly that.. prepare for competition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Carstairs

It Really Hurts Me Girl C/w The Story Of Our Love

THE NS CLASSICS IN PERFECT CONDITION - STILL IN BIRTH SLEEVE

Seems currently to be the hottest form of Northern Soul collecting.

This John Anderson discovery that started life as an Ian Levine Blackpool Mecca spin. Was at the time utterly groundbreaking music, going against the main principles of the Northern Soul turntable choice.

It needed to be upbeat, powerful, joyous and built on a Motownesque foundation of feelgood dance. But Ian Levine new a tune when he heard one, this was totally different from the NS norm. But Ian only saw the potential of it becoming a Highland Room monster, which it did, virtually overnight.

A quickly deleted new release at the time, that offered up something completely different with it’s lengthy instrumental intro, with jangling guitars seeping through a bank of strings… how could anyone have ever expected the voice that was about to beg, plead and beseech his way into you heart.

STUNNING !!

so compelling it single-handedly opened up the way for a more soulful sound to swap “The Mecca”. Controversial to those followers with a less soulful stance on their music, but to the soulfully entrenched it was perhaps then the greatest discovery of all-time…

Today it still causes danceflooor mayhem, as space on the wood disappears… so when a flawless copy turns up and one that has never seen a Northern Soul DJ before.. we feel it is perfect for those collectors hunting the classics in as near “perfect” condition as it can possibly get…

Current bid: £ 146.00

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Bessie Banks

Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come C/w Try To Leave Me If You Can

12 years on the “Go Now” lady again flexes Sister vocal prowess with her most-sought after record, a haunting 70s dance groove of real stand-out qualities.

The lush arrangement is bolstered by a a sultry sax poking holes through the swirling string section, an occasional trumpet intrusion and the rich flowing backing gives up the perfect atmosphere for this great lady’s effortless vocal to soar.

Incredibly soulful mid-tempo stroller that’s been a dancefloor favourite for decades never ever out-wearing it’s welcome… but that is only 1/2 the story

This is the so seldom seen stock copy that offers up one of the greatest Sister Deep Soul ballads ever made - listen & weep this is PROPER SOUL - PROPER RARE SOUL again supported by a musical arrangement that screams class.

Weep also if you own the promo copy - because this masterpiece ain’t on the flipside.

Current bid: £ 455.00

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Gene Chandler

Mr. Big Shot C/w I Hate To Be The One To Say

This weeks classic white demo in flawless condition comes in the form of a stomping Northern Soul classic…

But the main reason for this listing other than the eye-popping condition, is to raise awareness for the every note a good flipside…that has sat under the DJ radar for too long.

You cannot overlook the influence Motown has had the recording or in fact the similarities of the song to Norman Johnson’s Showmen recordings. But when you realize Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd of SHRINE fame wrote both songs, everything clicks into place.

The collaboration of Mr. Lewis & Kidd has been responsible for some of the most expensive rare Northern Soul 45s ever made.

“Mr. Big Shot” has it all, perfect dance rhythm, blaring horns, snarling vocal full vocal group back-up, insane sax break and a constant Mike Terry influenced low-blow sax stabs. BRILLIANT!

“Hate To Be The One..” has the classic one finger piano key pokes intro, then turns into perfect Northern Soul drenched in all the characteristics listed above.. not as fast but just a fantastic dancefloor inviter with a piano break to die for..

Consider this, if these two sides came out on Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd usual outlet of SHRINE records..what price today would this taste of double NS bliss be?

We repeat vinyl & labels are impeccable..

Current bid: £ 211.00

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Shorty Long

Out To Get You C/w It's A Crying Shame

One of the very hard to snare Red & White’s! Offering not one but two killer Northern Soul dance offerings..

Even as the USA release this William Mickey Stevenson project is very hard to find on the original Soul 35005, as this 1965 TMG 512 stock release is also a mighty challenge to secure, as this non-hit sold virtually nothing upon release.

Before you today is the rarest and most desirable of all it’s formats. So today before you are two lovely clean labels, original company sleeve. AS-side vinyl would receive a Mint - grade but for a light isolated scuff NOT affecting play (as you will hear as you click on the impressive soundfile)

Two great sides - one essential TMG to own..

Current bid: £ 86.00

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Elements

I'll Remember You C/w When I Fall In Love Again

You are about to be introduced to an infinitely rare 45, one that displays everything the street-corner recording of hope s all about.

Listen to this weeks Sweet Soul offering, shimmering with naive ambition and charm; making this 45 to those of you serious about digging deep for their rarities an essential capture as this 45 just never turns up.

Primitive in the extreme, but that is the whole attraction, this 45 will escort you around the streets of Cleveland, Ohio and put on a corner symphony, the like of which you may never had heard before.

Top sides is like a falsetto stand-off as highly pitched vocals warble their way through a simplistic arrangement with each vocal fighting to be the highest.

Flip it over the pace lifts a peg and those vocal glide off again into a silky soulful stroll with only insistent drum roll and a guitar riff for company.

Stupidly RARE … and in fine clean condition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Impressions

Can't Satisfy C/w This Must End

Along with “You’ve Been Cheating” - “Can’t Satisfy” provided the 60s Soul dance fan with an alternative to Tamla Motown, as Curtis Mayfield aided by Johnny Pate recreated and arguably bettered the Motor City Sound.

A Twisted Wheel anthem that on it’s 1968 + 1970 reissues on Stateside enabled, The Impressions at their best, to ensnare more teenagers at British Youth Clubs into a life of Soul music, perhaps more than any other 45s.

So today, to be able to offer the opportunity of ownership to the coveted Red & White 1966 press is quite a joy, recalling as a 15 year I would unstitched my school blazer badge, so he could pretend to be a MOD on Friday night Kirby Lane Youth club…

To that generation the British 60s DEMO is still the ultimate vinyl-experience and “Can’t Satisfy” one of the ultimate tunes of the time…

Vinyl inspection only reveals only very light insignificant surface blemishes none whatsoever affect play and both labels are clean and free of any flaws.

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Miracles

What's So Good About Good Bye C/w I've Been Good To You

Condition, Condition, Condition!

A listing for fastidious British Motown collectors who are constantly upgrading and seeking perfection.

1962 UK press is eye-popping condition, only revealing very light sleeve condition blemishes under strong light. A whisker off Mint - but as all TMG trappers will confirm this particular title is rarely if ever seen ion acceptable condition.

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Dean Parrish

Determination C/w Turn On Your Love Light

The first time in your life, when you hear the truly great 60s vocals it’s something you don’t forget. For my baptism of Dean Parrish came when I was in Nottingham Rediffusion Downstairs Record Bar, they had just started to rival Select-A-Disc for USA Soul imports.

I had recently heard a fabulous Northern Soul dancer with the prominent lyrics of - “I’m Not The Kind Of Guy To Give In And Give Up - My Philosophy Is Determination” - I told the rather dishy counter-girl words, she promptly said I know the one - then drop the needle - Dean Parrish on Boom…blasted out the vocal caused me to shiver and ideally complimenting low-blow trombone had my hairs my neck bristling.

Without hesitation, I handed over my £2.00 (a third of my weekly wage) I was now the proud owner of a stand-out tune and my introduction to one of the greatest white guys to ever sing soul had begun.

I promptly forgot about the record I was first looking for, which turned out to be Jimmy Thomas’s - Where There’s A Will (There’s A Way) -

Before you today is its ultime form, the British Rare Northern Soul DEMO Trophy of that Boom 45. I am sure most all of you will remember the very first time it entered your life as it is after all, a timeless Northern Soul classic.

This copy is as gleaming green & white DEMO - it has a minuscule pressing flaw on the very edge of the run-in NOT touching or affecting anything. The vinyl itself is a shimmering Mint - as are both labels.

Click the soundfile and listen to this great man at work and imagine an impressionable teenagers ears clashing with it for the very first time..

Current bid: £ 66.00

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Billy Eckstine

The Prime Of My Life - Autographed

Absolutely perfect condition, vinyl, labels, and inner sleeve are “as new” cover inspection reveals only the merest sign of human contact.

BACK COVER is autographed and dated, and sited in Manchester, England1989

For Motown collectors seeking perfection - this package is just that. Autograph collectors Billy Eckstine was one of the very greatest Jazz singers of he last century and passed away just 4 years after this back cover was signed.

Berry Gordy made no secret, that his first love was jazz - and was delighted when he secure Billy to the Motown label in 1965 which produced two albums and 6 singles, one of which was a Northern Soul monster. This album whilst is mostly Jazz crooning we have sound filed one track that carries Northern Soul undertones the fabulous “Fantasy” which never achieved 45 release adding to it’s desirability.

Having said that it is the 50 year old perfect condition, The Autograph and it’s provenance along with the fact that this guy during his 79 years had very few equals..

The master of his craft… was Mr. Eckstine

Current bid: £ 10.00

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Supremes

Shake - 1965 4 Track Ep

The three girls cover Sam Cooke like only they could under the guidance of Motown’s best

Only 18 EP’s ever made for the UK market in the TME series and this is certainly a strange release as NOT ONE of the chosen 4 tracks ever reached 45 in the UK.That is the deciding factor why it sold virtually nothing on release and today it sits comfortably in the top 5 rarest most difficult to acquire EP releases especially in this fine condition

So when it comes our way in glorious Mint - condition - it will certainly lure even those most-complete of TMG collectors and up-graders.

Both Labels are clean as are front and back covers, front cobver has some light veins bottom right (see scan) they are minuscule. Vinyl is a very clean, some very light surface blemishes. Track 1 side one is the only track with a mark ad that does not affect play.

It’s a tough one - an EP most will have missing from the run and this is a neat clean copy.

Current bid: £ 10.00

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Rubiayats

Omar Khayyam C/w Tomorrow

Quite simply this cherished labels rarest, most-valuable & most wanted 45. Accentuated by recent NS DJ attention, particularly the legendary John Vincent who is spinning it to death - to a crushing dancefloor response.

100% New Orleans, featuring totally innovative lyrics lauding the virtues of “Wine, Women & Song”, can’t argue with that or it’s rarity endorsements. This is only our 3rd copy in 15 years. You could always hold out for the USA Sansu press - but we have found that, even harder to find.

Unconventional in the extreme but saturated in all those infectious qualities that make it usually the most-memorable spin of any evening!

The prolific Allen Toussaint & Marshal C. Seahorn again craft an unmissable tune…

This copy has a surface mark on the a-side not affecting play, with the beautiful vocal-group ballad on the flip also has a surface scratch but BOTH sides play LOUD and clean.

PS we suggest you hit this 45 on the rise, as its rarity history suggests in a years to come, the value can only blossom..

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Timeless Legend

(baby) Don't Do This To Me C/w Where There's Love There's A Way

Just as I thought I was out of superlatives - the needle drops of this Rare Soul awakening - propping my weary head up, pricking up my ears like a dead-of-night guard dog.

WOW!

There you go a three letter ejaculation for a record that has changed my day! With a simplistic piano tinkle (you then know, not a commercial disco note is gonna be played). Enter the purring vocal chorus, then the lead voice steps up - the gate to Rare Soul Nirvana opens!

Notes reaching heights that only despair can trigger, this session drips with regret, as remorse triggers the change and his buddies smooth the way with precise sweet harmony.

Actually, I’m outta superlatives that do this 45 justice - click the soundfile and see how it makes you feel to come into contact with the insanely RARE and the ridiculously brilliant..

PS the flipside will delight the harmony ballad fans but I envisage a mad scramble for ownership the the Top Rare Soul jocks… that may be too strong to counter.

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Willie Amos Hunt

Would You Believe C/w My Baby Wants To Dance

The real beauty of the rare British Soul release 45 does not come more eye-catching than this listing.

The real beauty of the rare British Soul release 45 does not come more eye-catching than this listing. Complete with its birth-sleeve and sporting two flawless labels certainly one Britains most-gorgeous.

But there is so much more this 1967 British impossible than it’s striking good looks, it is after all a 7 second shorter but SUPERIOR MIX to it’s USA counterpart on Streamside.

From the very first note you know it’s gonna different as the UK copy drops the guitar intro goes straight into booming vocal from the first note. William Hunt steadily builds the atmosphere assisted by a simplistic piano rhythm, blaring horns, low-blow Sax and a gang of shrill girls ramping up the background.

By any standard this Bobby Hebb composition is Northern Soul Big City Sound at it’s blistering best!

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Mints

I've Got Style Vocal / Instrumental

This attention grabbing and insanely rare Northern Soul on a most-beautifully designed label; Has been a huge tune for over a for World renowned DJ Michael Robinson at Manhattan’s “Dig Deeper” club - a Soul-Speak-Easy where the tunes have to rumble and shake to make a turntable appearence.

Else where in the world, it’s extreme rarity has prevented it becoming wider known.

This classic styled stomper starts with some angry drum-skin wraps colliding with blaring trumpet blows. Then the lead vocal group takes hold and belts out real-deal Northern Soul! A choking lead vocal goes all out to deliver substance & emotion, as his teammates back him with muscular “Daa Darrhh’s” choruses and those trumpets continue to punctuate the song with evermore adventurous note combinations.

This is from the streets of I’m not sure where, but it’s damn impressively noncommercial and richer for its defiant atmosphere.. like all the great stompers over the decades, no attempt has been made to refine or polish in any way, just raw, off-the-cuff and oh so powerful.

Jimmy Raye’s “Philly Do Around The World” would be a close comparable, all guts and blast, as a true Northern Soul stomper should be.

Rarity? Well it is our FIRST COPY in memory and condition of the vinyl and both labels is glorious! Bigger NS Potential is staring right at you…

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Imperial C's

Someone Tell Her

My wearisome craving for a top-flight vocal-group Northern Soul Grail is finally quenched!

One of my all-time favourite tunes, epitomizing the power a record can have over you. So stand-out, it ignites hair-bristling goose-pimples down my neck as those “street-Corner” vocals fuse and ride over a intentionally sparse backing track.

The simplistic arrangement is perfectly pitched to allow those emotional harmonies to bleed. So very Soulful, unpretentious and emotional. Even if this 45 was not Unicorn-Rare it would still sit at the top of my treasured 45s list.

Hits every Northern Soul G-Spot.. making ownership imperative…

Well let’s be Frank…when exactly are we gonna witness another copy in Mint - condition?

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Billy Keene

Wishing And Hoping C/w Cross My Heart

This week’s lower valued NS offering for those of you who have children to feed; is a listing that every time we add it to our website, it flies out the door within hours or days.

The Los Angeles summer of 1968, again witnessed the incredibly hard working Mr. Arthur Wright in the studio, his expertise yet again crafting, not one, but two sides of delicious Northern Soul.

Typical “Wright-Horns” and “Whacking Piano Notes” produce another compelling NS dancer that is currently very-wanted, but flipping it over brings a real-treat as the pace drops but the potency doesn’t. Billy Keene serving up a pleading mid-paced wall-of-soul enriched by cooing girls turning up the volume answering Billy Keene’s ever increasingly pleas of despair.

This copy is flawless - instead of the “not being quick enough” disappointment of missing a copy - this relative “cheapie” can be yours in a few weeks time.. just make sure you attend Wednesday 15th.

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Lil Major Williams

Girl (you're So Sweet You're So Fine) C/w Girl Don't Leave Me

The very pinnacle of 80s Soulful Dance - they just don’t come any better than this! Not matter which side you drop the needle on…

I’m sitting here in dazed trance somewhere between wanting to embarrass myself by doing the around the desk “Office Dance” or chilling in the bath with a New World Red!

The coercive arrangement triggers the you straight into “dance” mode but in contrast the sexy Saxophone and silky trumpet solo, lulls you into rare soul “Dreamsville” - what a combination - this is genius at work..

Flip it over..and we are treated to NS Nirvana yet again; as the “Texas” in Mr. Williams seeps out, his beseeching vocal pleads and begs his girl not to go..the instrumental break gives you pause from his pain…but not for long

“Dear Major I’m Gone” “And I’m Gone For Good” Love Katherine a vision of Major sinking to his knees ..imploring “Girl, Don’t Leave Me - I Love You So…..

If you are not driven to pawning all the wife’s jewellery for ownership..you have no business calling yourself a “Soul Collector”…

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West Wing

West Wing

This highly sought after 1975 Barry White Sweet Soul experiment that sold virtually nothing is on offer today - STILL SEALED!

Cocooned for 40 years unopened and perfect.

A group with huge experience behind them as The Remarkables of Audio Arts fame revamp their image but stay true to the harmonizing vocals that made Mickey Vance Wilson, Thomas Anderson & Horace Coleman’s reputation.

Please note: as this rare album is sealed, the sparse soundfile has been lifted from a file of a 2008 opened copy we sold - we advise a browse for “West Wing” material through YouTube to fully appreciate this 1 x 45 1 x album only group’s talent.

Note; Absolutely NONE of the 8 tracks ever reached 45 release! Soul as Sweet as it gets - guided by of of the “Greats” of music…Barry White.. and the only way to hear this music in full is to own the very elusive album… 

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Sisters Love

I'm Learning To Trust My Man

UK ONLY! and starting to receive a robust Northern Soul renaissance.

1973 100% Los Angeles conceived Soul-dance tune, that Motown in their wisdom never issued in the USA. British Mowest EMI executives on the other hand were constantly experimenting outside the box with their choices for 7” release, British Mowest 3009 was it’s birth.

Sheffield visionary DJ John Vincent started featuring this slice of Soul Sister defiance almost as a “new”release at the legendary Friday nights “Samantha’s Club”. Sparking instant lift off, that spread through to Cleethorpes Pier,. Wigan Casino, Blackppol Mecca such was the demand for this now deleted 45, prompted UK EMI to re-issued it, on UK Tamla Motown TMG1002 two years later.

Today to be able to offer a truly impeccable original 1973 original inside it’s birth sleeve and looking unplayed - is a small triumph, as NS demand is bubblin’ up and no doubt you TMG perfectionists will have their interest piqued also.

Click the soundfile and get a taste of early 70s L.A. and what happens when the likes of Pam Sawyer, Gloria Jones, Gene Page & Hal Davis hook up together….

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Lonzine Cannon

Quit While I'm Ahead C/w Cold At Night

Underlining the saying “The Good Die Young” Van McCoy gave the USA Soul Music more contributions than almost anyone during his all too brief life.

Songs that varied from love song, Northern Soul Stompers and memorable disco. This 1962 New York creation panders to “Girl Attitude” as Luchi De Jesus picks the perfect vocal to smash out those defiant lyrics.

Her previous memories of the guy who wants her back - forces Lonzine to ignore her heart and “Quit While I’m Ahead”

Of yes, this thumping mid-range flawless WHITE PROMO offers up Northern Soul rattling with attitude and self assurance! Leaving you wondering how a man could write such vivid lyrics portraying a girl’s scars. Van McCoy could do it.. So now imagine what Mr. McCoy’s contribution would have been, if in 1979 he wasn’t taken by an unexpected heart attack at the tender age of 39.

Now we can only wonder at this man’s gifts…

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Step By Step

I Always Wanted To Be In The Band

10 killer tracks from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin from an 11 member Soul band, that incredibly never received full American distribution from Brunswick and astonishingly not one of these great tracks ever pressed as a 45 or 12” in the USA (can this be true ?)

Utterly astounding, as you’re about to hear SOUL GROUP DYNAMITE from our short selection of tracks, ranging from fabulous non-Disco influenced Soulful dance tracks to punchy Funk-spiced dancers. All benefiting from a potent horn arrangement and skillful male vocal harmonizing.

So without further delay - click the very impressive sound sample and be in wonder why Brunswick never issued any of the tracks as 45s..

If you are especially a rare 45 collector this Brewtown party can be found of Wisconsin’s most sought after label Cuca with an impressive 7” “Give It Away (do It Again) c/w Eloise but just like this album - so darn hard to find!

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Kim Weston

I'm Still Loving You

We were getting a little concerned at the TMG drought - it’s been what seems an age since we’ve been able to list a TMG tantalizer in a condition level that pulls all the TMG upgraders into the game.

Before you today is a totally flawless 1965 Northern Soul classic that is particularly problematic to secure in near new condition. One of the obvious reasons being a lifetime of NS requests, after all it’s recognized as one of Motown’s leading Northern Soul contributions.

Immaculate labels, vinyl only reveals the slightest sleeve contact blemish or two in strong light..snugly hugging the wavy-top original Tamla Motown orange jacket.

It’s a beauty folks..and I can’t remember when I met a cleaner copy..

Fastidious TMG trawlers - look no further.

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Little Willie Littlefield

Baby Shame C/w Mistreated

This weeks R&B enticer is a 1957 San Francisco R&B rarity on the legendary RHYTHM Records label.

Mr. Littlefield’s notably gnarled vocal whips up a storm through an energetic “jump” production. Rattling piano thumps out the beat, wild guitar picking drives through the bridges to an almighty sax-break that elevates this already impressive shaker into greatness.

That saxophonist is crazed as he blows up a storm, then Little Willie glides back in the session.

LOVE IT!

Flip it over - for a somber slab of Bay Area Blues.. same backing musicians add to melancholy atmosphere, even to Sax-man keeps to his funeral march instructions to allow a clearly gifted guitarist to go it solo…

Two stand-out examples of late 50s Blues from this highly regarded indie label that Bob Geddins and Don Barksdale did so much to establish as one of the world’s most respected street-level “Black Music” labels.

Listening evokes visions of dimly lit, smoke cloud enveloped Clubs and a good time add by all - today I envisage a Northern Soul R&B crowd emulating those times nearly 60 years since..  

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Richard Temple

That Beatin' Rhythm C/w Could It Be

If I was asked, what was this highly regarded labels rarest PROMO copy, I’d have to guess.. in fact it’s not something I’ve ever given any serious thought to, until now.

Thank heavens for our 15 year old database that tracks every listing and sale we have ever done. So imagine my surprise to find we have only ever had this one copy in that time. Surely an anomaly, maybe copies just haven’t come our way?

So we did a little search; No “Discogs” listing for a PROMO, no copies on GEMM or Musicstack. Only one copy revealed on CollectorsFrenzy in far less than Mint - condition. A good old faithful “Popsike” revealing fully 11 Mirwood WHITE DEMO’s to only 4 Jay Boy 31 DEMO’s.

I’m as surprised as you - you just gotta love the internet and the evidence it supplies…

This our solitary DEMO is Mint - and the data from the Record-Selling-World suggests it is much rarer than I first imagined; and we would certainly auction the extremely elusive Mirwood White Demo in MINT - condition, for sure.

A guess built on this evidence would suggest the many of you who collect this highly-respected label, will most likely not have the DEMO filed in their run, especially in flawless vinyl & label condition!

The Legendary CATACOMBS CLUB of WOLVERHAMPTON # 1 anthem! in it’s rarest format?….surely not!

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Jesse Thomas

Bases Are Loaded C/w Should I Pay Dues

New Orleans finest come together to craft PROPER NORTHERN SOUL.

Earl King Johnson writes, Wardell Querergue arranges and Theus Braden produces what can only be described as “Bangin” Northern Soul. From the very first note this ruthless production thumps out honkin’ horns, squealing girls all marry to carry a matured by life vocal.

All the potential for a 4 figure price tag, if more than just the hierarchy of “Lifeline” All Nighters and the like, were behind it..

Another immense dancer - suffering a little from it’s own rarity - an ideal candidate for the aspiring NS Jock who wants to spin tunes very few others own.

Deep Soul collectors will adore the heavyhearted flipside..which showcases Jesse’s vocal in it’s true light.

Vinyl is immaculate, as is the a-side label - minuscule water tinge on flipside label (see scan)

For those of you wondering about rarity - this is our FIRST copy in 25 years..

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Sam & Kitty

I've Got Something Good

A listing for the many of you who collect the Top 500 Northern Soul classics in their very rarest format - here’s one that you rarely witness.

West Coast PROMO press of Prestatyn Weekender’s most-requested spin. I guess on first hearing Sam & Kitty had the same effect as it had on me…total disbelief as the needle dropped on it as I exited the “Selct-A-Disc” cellar. Nearly broke my neck scrambling back down the precipitous stairs to find out what the hell had just hit my 18 year old ears.

I imagine it’s unprecedented Weekender exposure was caused by the punters wanting to experience their initial euphoria of the first hearing..

Anyhow, IT’S A MONSTER CLASSIC in a form that cannot be confused with any of the vinyl counterfeits, in a label design that stands out above all other variations.

You want the classics, you want them rare and looking gorgeous.. do not pass by - this variation you just don’t see - especially in flawless condition.

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Little Tommy

Baby Can't You See

Oh Mr. Wiggles you gave Northern Soul some beauties to consider didn’t you!

This extremely sought-after Richmond, Virginia stopmper has never ever “bootlegged”, one of those rare examples of Northern Soul that has spent it’s whole life in a USA collection side-stepping any Northern Soul Jock or collector wear and tear.

The vinyl is in blinding condition, as you’s expect from a filed copy, you could not imagine finer, mirror finish vinyl. Only the 2 Radio Station guidance X’s on the label are it’s only flaw.

We feel no need to describe the effect it has on the Northern Soul club crowd…we’ve all been caught in that avalanche of bodies dashing for a little dance-floor elbowroom, as Tommy takes off..

It’s all about - Condition, Condition, Condition!

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Day-tons

I've Got To Tell You About It Part 1 & 2

As good as it gets! As Rare As It Can Be!! As Sweet Of Honey!!

Total Soul Excellence!!

Take a listen to this exquisite harmony ballad from the streets of Washington, D.C. and prepare to be very, very impressed.

Sung with all the expertise you’d expect from a Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff guided session or a Marvin Gaye commanded “Originals” Motown recording. This production shimmers with precisely conducted vocals and subtle instrumentation finally decorated with a thoroughly seductive sax break.

CLASS! real CLASS! and so freaking RARE!

act accordingly.. if your a collector of real-soul!

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Sapphires

Gotta Have Your Love C/w Gee I'm Sorry Baby

In 2014 to find a British STOCK copy of this Northern Soul anthem in eye-popping condition is an inescapable pulse quickening experience.

All old school Soul Boys would kill for a Red & White promo, most of us will die with touching one. But with the as elusive STOCK copy, it is all about condition. Even a lightly used and treasured copy is very rare. But a coming to the market of a lifetime filed and coveted copy is beyond-rare.

We all know and love this masterclass in Philadelphia Girl Group Northern Soul it is after all a cornerstone of our scene, that in this astonishing flawless condition, is universally considered a British Grail.

Please excuse my condition fetish but vinyl and labels this standard just turns me on…

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Wall Street

Let's Make Love

Super-Rare Bull City Soul ballad.

Vocal Soul harmony fans slip your headphones on and indulge yourself for the next 4 minutes. These guys will have you submerging slowly into a warm pool of extravagant Soul; that the top groups Delfonics, Stylistics, Manhattans would be delighted to call their own.

But this flawless 1980 recording is no known group but a one record only gathering from the streets of Durham, North Carolina. A. Abdulla Jones project that has the preciseness of Sweet Soul off to perfection.

Soaring, icicle sharp falsetto, a short rap at just the right time and a rich vein of harmony backing throughout. Simplistic arrangement enables those fine vocals to take center ground and serve up what is for me quite easily the “BEST” Sweet Soul experience I’ve encountered in memory.

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Bobby Guitar Bennett

You Did It Again C/w Evol (love Spelled Backwards)

We were going to set sale this outstanding piece of 60s Philly but a few factors stopped us -..

  1. Only available as the STOCK copy (and so seldom seen)
  2. Never ever received a re-issue of any denomination
  3. So similar to Harold Melvin’s “Get Out” only this discs elusivity has prevented it rising to the ranks of “Timeless Classic”

Even though the vinyl has a minuscule very-edge run-in wobble NOT AFFECTING PLAY playing surface is Mint - and the label has a couple of h2o droplet stains (see scan) we felt it turns up so infrequently, “Auction” was still the only route.

So, take a listen to the consistency of the Philadelphia doyen of the studios Robert L. Martin, as he captures that “Get Out” atmosphere and betters it with a real-deal slab of Northern Soul. Bobby growls his way through a storm of horns and guitar slaps… serving you with an irresistible dancer.

Potent, relentless and oh so memorable..

Put “Get Out” away - play ‘em this piece of Philadelphia - so very much better.. and so hard to acquire..

Just assessed the tiny edge-lift again ..I think, I’m being a little OED.

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Big Mama Thornton

Wade In The Water

The undisputed Queen Of The Blues!

Here is her most-wanted Northern Soul / MOD 45 which has been a best seller for us and all other dealers for fully 3 decades now - list it and it’s gone.

We have just located a MINT unplayed (until the sound file was lifted). This is this weeks listing for the Vinyl OCD afflicted perfectionists, who accept nothing less than perfection, still sitting in it’s near 50 year old birth-sleeve.

If we list it on the site - it will leave here in a flash…

This listing gives everyone a 3 week window to consider, whether perfection is worth the extra pennies..

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Levon And The Hawks

He Don't Love You

Issued twice in the USA and not easy to find, on the ATCO release on either number… issued once in the UK and so darn difficult to find, especially in this 50 year state of perfectness.

MINT - in every way.

Click the sound-file and unleash a most unusual slab of mid-paced Northern Soul. A foot-stomping stroller decorated by a relentless and decidedly jazzy piano, ever present blaring horns, full on echo-chamber harmony chorus support an extremely confident vocal, just telling the lady exactly how it is.

“He’ll Break Your Heart”

So very positive - so damn infectious - one for the very discerning UK collector…condition can only be described as “mirror-like”

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Out Of Sights

For The Rest Of My Life C/w You Made Me Beg

Bongo’s lift the curtain on one of the finest vocal-group mash-ups ever to hit vinyl.

Shimmering with street-corner nativity and rippling with rough and ready enthusiasm, with seemingly all group members taking turn at the lead vocal, throughout this top-drawer Cleveland rarity.

Label owners Chuck Brown & Frank Key craft a backing track just perfect for the more soulful NS dancer, who feels his every move guided by totally focused vocal. Pace changes, horn breaks, lead vocal swaps, key moves… it’s ALL there, everything you want to hear in an rarely seen or heard tune.

The flipside Brown & Key again use every ounce of their imagination and provide the same full production this time injecting a FUNKIER edge to the proceedings.

Two highly innovative sides is mainly why this is such a treasured disc for those lucky enough to already own a copy - making this a 45 that very rarely comes to market. In fact our first copy in recent times…

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Sam Dees

Soul Sister C/w Easier Said Than Done

Almost without exception on the rare occasions this 45 turns up - it is the double sided PROMO offering you only the excruciatingly Deep ballad A-side.

So very pleasing today, to be able to offer up this seldom seen STOCK copy with the mighty currently-breaking “SOUL SISTER” dancer on the flip.

Gritty gravel-coated blending of Southern Soul with FUNK. The result being a forceful NS dancerfloor persuader, that is currently very firmly on the way up.

For the DJ the time is now to claim ownership. For the old-school Soul Collector the time has always been now - as every recording Sam Dees has ever made are fundamental building blocks towards an enviable record collection.

Take time to listen to the flipside which encapsulates EVERYTHING about what made this man one of the greatest exponents of Soul Music to ever pick up a microphone or indeed a pen…

PS Condition is perfect btw.

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Various Artists

New Faces From Hitsville

UK Tamla Motown rarest EP by quite some way.

Yes, the one most TMG addicts are missing in that colourful run of 18.

This copy is neat and tidy, there is one light small scuff on the a-side vinyl NOT affecting play as you can hear. Otherwise the vinyl is a neat clean EX+.

Check out those artists and tracks JIMMY RUFFIN before the “Brokenhearted” hit “As Long As There Is Love” CHRIS CLARK - Do Right Baby Do Right TAMMI TERRELL - I Can’t Believe You Love Me MONITORS - Say You

None of these tracks ever achieve UK 45 status - unique offering of 4 top-drawer Motown recordings from artists who were then unknown to the British public.

Looks beautiful doesn’t it…

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The Quik

Bert's Apple Crumble

The British MODS, the urban-culture who never received the credit of helping to save the weakening Northern Soul scene in the mid 80s, discovered their very own classics too. This long term MOD Anthem has more recently, stepped over the line onto Northern Soul all-niter territory, and boy does this sound awesome LOUD!

Twangy “fuzz”, thumpin’ piano, background chattering, rhythmic hand-clapping opening catches the ear. Then BANG - an almighty drum explosion, followed by an insane guitarist and blows everybody away!

The guitarist mad..? Wait till the Hammond kicks off.. utterly manic.. As instrumentals go this is not only different it is freaking BRILLIANT!

I love a Sean Chapman set, never quite know what your gonna be treated to.. this MOD classic is RARE and now Northern Soul has embraced it…watch the value rocket yet again

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Poppies

Lullaby Of Love

Although nobody said so at the time, today many consider this the greatest 60s girl group album ever released… in 1966 it sold virtually nothing.

Northern Soul foragers soon corrected that oversight in the mid-70s then The Poppies became the darlings of Northern Soul.

Dorothy Moore, Petsye McCune & Rosemary Taylor a Southern Girl trio signed by Epic for Billy Sherrill to try and capture similar chart success “The Toys” had with “Lovers Concerto” first release “Lullaby Of Love” was a “Lovers Concerto” clone, far too twee for the Northern Soul crowd but a great tune which achieved moderate gain, that prompted Epic to release this album.

Are we glad they did because it is crammed with less “Pop” aimed recording that are just stunning Northern Soul. the pick of this 10 track LP are:

1 “The Love We Knew” - retitled for single release “There’s A Pain In My Heart” a Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier ANTHEM!

2 “Spellbound” - played of this album at the same time as “There’s A Pain..” top tune that never achieved 45 release. So popular with the NS crowd it receive the honor of being bootlegged.

3/4/5/6 “Don’t Throw Our Love Away” “Sure Is Worth It” “Wonderful World Of Love” “The Love Song ” all non-commercial solid Northern Soul dancers all never achieved 45 release.

7 “He;’s Got Real Love” The Poppies other 45 that received strong Northern Soul action throughout the 70s.

After “Lullaby Of Love” the lack of 45 sales & the dismal response to the Album release. Epic dropped the trio, they never recorded for another label, with Dorothy Moore achieving Soul-Star status, Rosemary Taylor had a single for ABC the third member at the time Petsye McCune ..perhaps someone can inform us what direction this lady went in.

The Poppies were one of the finest girl-groups ever assembled, before you today is the PROMO album that is a fine example of their work. Vinyl and label are immaculate. Front cover is clean, couple of very minor “corner bumps”, back cover carries North Dakota Radio Station I.D. and a file number - see scans of the vital NS album. The soundfile no doubt will have already impressed!

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Prince George

Wrong Crowd C/w I Love Too Hard

MONSTER moves from IRISH SEA to the NORTH SEA read all about it.

Colin Curtis was the man - the man who made this left-field Norfolk, Virginia record a top want for every UK NS DJ.

At the time in 1975 I didn’t know of anyone else who had a copy; So for what seemed an age I pestered Colin for his copy… I needed a record to sooth the agony of paying, a then record sum for James Fountain on Peachtree which within days came out on the Manchester based Cream label. I was a victim of insider trading.. I needed to bounce back..

Eventually Colin relented and said he would sell me “Prince George” .. without hesitation I jumped in my white Minivan and drove to Stoke On Trent clutching crisping £10 notes.. and wondering the whole journey whether it was coming out next week on Pye Disco Demand.

Cleethorpes Pier was tomorrow..

I got my disc, I paid too much of course..but the reaction at the Pier, for the regular punters to hear a Top Blackpool Mecca tune above the crashing waves of the North Sea was a real-coup. It fitted right into that legendary NS FUNK atmosphere “Ton Of Dynamite” “Cut Your Motor Off” “Summer In The Parks” an the like, “The Pier” created…

Today a Prince George “original” has stayed extremely hard to find! Here’s an authentic original copy - a 45 you just don’t encounter very often and a huge part of Northern Soul history.

PS thinking back I was a snotty nosed novice .. because I never ever played the flipside “I Love Too Hard” which today, many think (including myself) is the side that we should have played.

Two great tunes - one very rare disc..

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Grandy St. Redevelopment Plus Merrily Pick

Jelly Roll

Wow! a Norfolk, Va runaway truck is about to rumble into your life!

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Ad Libs

Love Is Knocking At My Heart

UNISSUED and absolutely stunning!

Highly regarded New York group with what is unquestionably their finest Northern Soul offering and it never got released.

Take a listen, I’m rarely I’m lost for words.. this time I think the soundfile will impress so much .. no flowery speak from me could possibly enhance what you’re listening to, as ownership has the glaring potential to elevate any DJ set into greatness..

PERFECT NORTHERN SOUL… just perfect

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The Brothers, Curtis

You Make Everything Better

Crazy About Crossover?

I am .. really crazy..or should I say stupid because I’ve never really listened to this song in the past. Boy is this my type-of-tune..a very classy jazzy, choppy dance enticement that has me currently hooked.

Check out those buoyant vocals slicing through searing strings, banging bongo raps to deliver a lush-Latin flavoured Northern Soul Crossover masterpiece! It’s relentlessness is contagious, as the sandpapered lead never drops his enthusiasm, even for a second.

I must be crazy.. not to have this in my DJ box .. it’s awesome.. make a note to yourself. Manship next time you must pay attention in the face of brilliance.

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Hayes Cotton

Black Wings Have My Angel C/w I'll Be Waiting

This guy has a unique way of delivering SOUL that leaves you aching for more…raw and untamed power totally captivating! But perhaps not as captivating as its certified “Rarest Of The Rare” status.

All dealers and collectors can without fail tell you when and where they secured a rare dream-record. Like fisherman can tell you of their most-prized-fish catches in great detail.

The one and ONLY time I’ve ever found this trophy in the wild, was way back in the 80s when my regular visits to Rip Lays California shop/warehouse eventually led to me finish looking at his immense stock in Corncord, California. Having a few days left before my fight home and sleeping on Rip’s settee. He suggested after dinner I should check out the tin-shed in his backyard, as the temperature had fallen below the 90s.

Next day crack of dawn, like a ferret I was in that still steaming hot shed ripping into sealed boxes of 45s.. Choking dust, searing heat but I kept up the pace as a box of Diamond’s had just thrown me Kurt Harris, Joan Baker later a Celeste Hardie or two and tons of mid-range 70s grooves. Then my prize of the trip, a gleaming yellow beacon half way down an 100 count, lay Hayes Cotton staring back at me..

Damn pleasing day, as I sat at Rip’s kitchen table and to my disappointment after 12 hours craft. The Hayes Cotton, Kurt Harris & the next 5 records in my great find I inspected were warped… I said ..”Shit Rip my best finds are sodding warped…” Rip bemusingly replied “Of Course They Are Warped..it’s gets over 90 degrees in that yard and like an oven in that shed…I won’t go in there… Spiders the size of mice”

From totally rippled to light storage, Rip was right every 45 had some form of buckling

This offering I can unequivocally tell you, must be the finest example on Planet Earth - totally flat and totally flawless.. after that not so euphoric trip down “Memory Lane” we’ll let Hayes Cotton do the rest of the selling….

Click and unleash a Northern Soul BEAST with very few equals…

 

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Freddie Houston

If I Had Known C/w Only The Lonely One

Strap yourself in!! Freddie’s booming vocal has the power to traumatize your soul.

The former Herb Ward cover up has proved over the years to be Freddie’s most difficult 45 to find. Typical Big City full orchestra backing supported an astonishing vocal, that smashes through like a rampaging wounded-beast.

An incomparable voice - totally out there on it’s own, in terms of power, delivery and presence. This man coveys emotion, you just cannot ignore..

Flip it over, the pace drops but that mighty vocal doesn’t..

Wanna add a record to your collection that offers up the very pinnacle of that “Lost Art” of the Big City sound..

THIS IS IT!

 

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Irma Thomas

Time Is On My Side + 3

Girl defiance at it’s most impressive!!

A record that the Rolling Stones recorded as an album track, but impressed so much, it achievea a 45 release in the USA. No offense Mr. Jagger but you didn’t think that Irma’s on-her-knees performance was never ever gonna be improved on..?

“Time Is On My Side” stands today as Irma’s most-memorable recording as she injects sister-audacity into every word. But this is no “one cu”t EP the other three tracks deliver all the aspects that New Orleans Soul has to offer.

Even with no front-cover picture of the “Soul Queen Of New Orleans”, there is something completely irresistible about the sleek laminated 60s British EP jacket.. especially with cover, front and back, both labels and the two playing surfaces in neat, clean condition flawless condition!

Irresistible…  

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Fire

Flight To Cuba C/w Soul On Ice

Have some FUNK - rare Bay Area FUNK is perfect condition!

Just across the bridge from the airport Hayward was a happy hunting ground for vinyl for many a crate diggers from all over the world, during the 70s & 80s. But I certainly never found a copy of this rarity and I would not dare to have dreamed of finding a MINT unplayed example.

This listing is another from a seemingly endless supply of “filed only” never-played records from a huge collection.

If you are squeamish about vinyl blemishes and seek the impossible over 40’s, still in perfect birth-state condition - do not pass by - you will not see another like it.

DEEP FUNK in deeply astonishing condition.

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Mark Iv

Signs Of A Dying Love Part 1 & 2

Huge renaissance is happening for this New Jersey Soulful dance groove as I see it featuring on a few play lists of eminent Jocks. and who could blame them bringing this one back after it undeservedly languished in the shadows of “If You Can’t Tell Me Something Good”

Today on the comeback trail it seems its time has come around again and much stronger. Listening to Otis Brown Jr. blend soulful vocals into a dance beat whilst still retaining a gloriously soulful atmosphere with lush strings and celestial background vocals adding layer after layer of opulence. With the relentless dance rhythm provided by a simplistic bass guitar riff… does it get any better?

STAND OUT and rebounding with a bang…

Condition is mirror-like!

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