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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

Current bid: £ 317.00

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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: £ 188.00

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Marie Knight

That's No Way To Treat A Girl C/w Say It Again

This weeks “Black Is Beautiful” is a top-notch Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier classic.

The label credits are all too familiar as this 1965 is guided by New Yorks finest. Bob Elgin, Victor Milrose, Tony Bruno & Gary Sherman - Giants of the big production take an equally big Diva and smash it..

When this boomed across from the stage at Cleethorpes the response was huge, full orchestra production and Miss Knight ceiling buffeting high notes - inspiring Northern Soul..

Flip it over for a tune not played at either club because its a too slow but if you captivated by the Big City Soul this ballad will move you, Marie again flexes her muscular vocal on the high notes with immense power.

Current bid: £ 137.00

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Cajun Hart

Got To Find A Way

A British Demo Grail in astonishing MINT condition.

A Northern Soul monster that is tough to secure on the USA release, near impossible as the British press, but in this utterly flawless condition..ownership is imperative for the OCD vinyl hound or seeker of Northern Soul classic records in their rarest form; as you just never see this format for sale.

We doubt very much if we shall ever encounter the 45 year old in this condition ever again..

Click the memorable soundfile - then act accordingly…

Current bid: £ 88.00

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Barbara Mcnair

You're Gonna' Love My Baby

Attention TMG upgraders and seekers of perfection; this 500 series most-wanted is still snug and flawless sitting in its birth-sleeve.

A Top Northern Soul spin for decades now, no sign of it’s popularity every declining. That moody approach, the against the norm style of production, is always and always will be a pleasure to hear and dance to.

The gorgeous Barbara’s NS classic in this form is almost alluring as the lady herself..

We repeat condition is flawless..

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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: £ 347.00

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Jesse Johnson

Left Out C/w A Hundred Pounds Of Clay

At last a copy that plays perfectly !!

The intimidating brass is the perfect match for Jesse Johnson’s pleading voice. Rattling drum work beats out the dance rhythm that takes on a Motown atmosphere as it build towards an almighty horn bridge.. killer stuff

But if you flip it over that’s when Mr. Johnson voice comes into it own with a his version of a New York Brill Building standard; A subtle take of “100 Pounds Of Clay” twists and turns into arguably the best version.

Two great sides and rarely witnessed in play perfect condition..

Current bid: £ 143.00

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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…

Current bid: £ 133.00

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James Reese And The Progessions

Jody's Freeze C/w Let's Go (it's Summertime)

Freaking awesome blending of Jazz, Latin & Funk are the ingredient for these two highly skilled instrumentals, evoking visions of dimly lit Big City streets, pimps, car chases and crooked cops.

Top side ripples with dancefloor inviting Funk riffs and breaks delivered by a gathering of razor sharp musicians displaying impressive dexterity on every note. Fabulous stuff… those trumpets soar..

Having said that I actually much-prefer the scintillating flipside as the arrangement travels down a more “Crossover” route serving up pure Soulful dance without a word being sung. Again the Latin influence is strong, spiced with savvy Jazz interventions but just shimmering with SOUL and offering up flawless trumpet playing that raises the hair..

Personally “Let’s Go (It’s Summertime)” has really got to me, in a way very few records do - totally STANDOUT dance music with blatant potential to do great things in the right hands..

This copy is flawless in every way.

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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…  

Current bid: £ 88.00

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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: £ 976.00

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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..

Current bid: £ 111.00

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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.

Current bid: £ 111.00

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Jerry Mccain

The Jig's Up

This weeks R&B thumper comes on one of R&B’s greratest labels from way back in 1957 and this PROMO copy is still utterly flawless.

A typical Keb Darge type spin; upbeat, raucous and uncompromising Jump-Blues dripping with power and attitude. You can’t help but want to move once this coveted tune blasts out.

Flip it over for the beginnings of the Deep Soul genre as a despairing Mr, McCain serves up a funeral paced story of being jilted at the alter.

Highly rated and never witnessed in this standard of condition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Execuitive Jam

I'm Into Your Love C/w I Want You Back In My Arms Again

The blend of subtle Funk Wah Wah guitar, considerate soulful horns are just ideal for today’s Rare Soul Scene as it veers away from the silky smooth Soul towards the choppy, changey arrangements. This one boasts an amazing sax break, that is later mirrored by a similar trumpet response… impressive.

Catchy, infectious dancer that has been around for decades now, remaining elusive and highly thought of. Time is right for a revisited uprising of this style as the Top Dj’s seek out Soul with “edge”..

This late 70s New Orleans born is in just perfect condition - and we all know about the chances of locating clean New Orleans rarities are in 2014 in a flawless state…

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Arin Demain

Silent Treatment

Discovered in Pittsburgh 1977 to become an iconic Cleethorpes Winter Gardens last in the set play, to rise from that lowly position to high priority on collectors wish lists - and remained there ever since.

The “Cleethorpes” DJ habit for playing something really slow and soulful as their exit disc, started out as an “in” joke because the next DJ would be playing to a nearly empty dance floor, which was all in good fun to begin with. But when Tony Middleton’s “Paris Blues” rose from Beat Ballad stroller into dancefloor packer, the search was on for similar discs to spin last.

Enter “Ernie Lucas” with a perfect candidate, by any standard of the time “Silent Treatment” was a slower than the norm, but shimmered with so much “Real Soul” the appreciation grew and grew so that this disc joined “Paris Blues” on the DJ most-wanted lists..

Today after decades of fruitless searches and challenging quests of trying to grapple a copy away from the few known owners, or sniping a copy on the internet, ended in total frustration for most all who have tried - in short this is one thoroughly Soulful 45 that is damn-difficult to purchase…

especially in this near new impeccable condition…

Current bid: £ 1,014.00

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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!

Current bid: £ 43.00

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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.

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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

Current bid: £ 36.00

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Steinways

You've Been Leading Me On C/w My Heart's Not In It Anymore

How downright elegant does this PROMO in its company sleeve look?

So beautiful it has ignited euphoric recall, to when I first heard this delicious-delight of vocal-group Northern Soul.

The now legendary 1973 Simon Soussan sales cassette, this was one of the highlights of the C90, as the gang listened on that Transit van journey up the M6 to Blackpool. Fabulous selection.. Lou Ragland - I travel Alone, Billy Joe Young - I’ve Got You On My Mind Again, Country Store - Caught With My Heart Down along with this recording became earworms for the weekend.

So when I had the chance of a copy - I jumped at it - then I played the B-side (not on the tape) and I was in raptures… So much so when my friends wanted my 50 count carry-case of goodies to take to the local RAF base on a Thursday night I handed it over with the instructions “..get the DJ to play The Steinways..!”

Well my friends manage to lose the whole box of 45s by leaving it on the top of their car as they drove off - I never found them and have been waiting 40 years for my Steinways to turn up with my deadwax squibblings - John Manship, 25 Baldocks Labe, Melton Mowbray, Leics - firmly scratched into the run-out.

My copy by the way was a stock copy - no where near as ravishing as this PROMO that has set me off reminiscing..

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Intruders

( You Better ) Check Yourself C/w It Must Be Love

Currently receiving a huge revival on Northern Soul turntables but note all you NS White PROMO addicts - this is no easy find - especially in spanking new condition!

One of the early works from the now legendary Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff partnership and in line with that mid-60s era - this is perfect Northern Soul from the pairs preferred group.

Click the sound file and hold on - you’ll immediately be aware of why this “Beast” is making an explosive comeback..

But on a White Demo - it is by far and away the rarest form you can own it in…but you WHITE DEMO fanatics will have fully known that already.

Current bid: £ 29.00

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Viola Wills

You're Out Of My Mind C/w Any Time

The Big RED “A” was not an exclusive decoration for those gorgeous 60s British EMI labels; Also the UK President Demo 45s look totally irresistible as the red carpet clashes so conspicuously with the yellow background.

But this 45 is so much more than just a pretty face, it also offers up a vocal & instrumental delight for the Northern Soul dancers from its immaculate vinyl.

But the most important value-added factor to this Los Angeles creation from BRONCO Records is this recording WAS NOT issued in the USA! Amazing that this Barry White and Jim Ford collaboration never saw the light of day in it’s homeland, as UK President Records tried again with a song Bronco/Mustang vaults, hoping to emulate the fabulous success they achieved with Felice Taylor’s - I Feel Love Coming On - also a non USA press for that UK Club hit.

Utilizing those shrill “Mustang” ladies for the choruses, woven into a thoroughly uplifting uptempo Northern Soul arrangement, this 1967 release had ever chance of following Felice T. with All Nite Club spins - but it unfortunately failed and fell into obscurity.

Full marks to President for digging deep into Bronco/Mustang catalog creating what is today an highly elusive British press with no USA counterpart.

This DEMO copy is a glittering Mint - in every way - click the soundfile for lift-off into Northern Soul Heaven..

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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

Current bid: £ 285.00

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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: £ 92.00

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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…

Current bid: £ 1,305.00

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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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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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Curtis, The Brothers

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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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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The winning bid was £ 233.00

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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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..

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

Current bid: £ 34.00

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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!

Current bid: £ 13.00

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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.

Current bid: £ 14.00

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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: £ 36.00

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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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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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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: £ 136.00

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Earl Gains

You Belong To Me C/w Don't Take 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…

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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: £ 296.00

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Current bid: £ 51.00

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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..

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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

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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.

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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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Mikki Farrow

Set My Heart At Ease C/w Could It Be

PIED PIPER you’ve just gotta own them all…

Before you today is the authentic first press original - beware of counterfeits - this is the original MGM thin vinyl with sharp to the touch edge, deadwax carries the “Bed” stamped matrix.

The record itself is one of the finest examples of not only the “Pied Piper” sound but also as fine a double helping of Detroit Northern Soul, you could ever wish to hear.

Top side is consider “classic” with blaring horns right on the intro and Mike Terry’s Baritone Sax prodding away in the arrangement and all the right times. Pied Piper trademark girl choir adding a rich cloak to carry an impressive sax break and Mikki pleading vocal - truly awesome!

Today it is the slightly slower and classier flipside “Could It Be” embodies everything Pied Piper was, the emphasis on orchestral backing of Horns, strings, tambourines, a soaring mixed vocal choir and that Mike Terry Bari burping that precisely timed note.

PIED PIPER in my eyes unrivaled as a Soul production team - this 45 validates that statement twice over.

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Workshop

You're My Greatest Hit C/w Do It Yourself

This weeks Sweet Soul offering carries the power of the rare 70s Soul 45 as a stock copy offering two sides; instead of the promo counterparts single offering.

This glorious Jeff Lane production is as sweet as soul gets, a Stylistics clone with full orchestra arrangement of lush strings, clean piano work accompanies a silky smooth lead vocal, aided by a falsetto that takes flight at all the right times.

This has been a sought after Japanese want for as long ass I can remember, what I can’t remember is ever having the stock copy with a b-side.

The flipside is a Funk dancer that may not set the world on fire but what it will do is complete a collection of this groups only TWO recordings. For the serious about being complete, let me assure you the opportunity to do so with a STOCK copy of this just does not pop up.

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Split Decision Band

Watchin' Out C/w Dazed

1978 Des Moines, Iowa D.I.Y. Funk infused dancer that veers just far enough “left” of disco to deliver a muscular slab Soulful Dance.

This 45 has been a dancefloor igniter for several decades now without losing any of it’s instant appeal and benefiting hugely from escaping being bootlegged or reissuing of any kind.

So be prepared to be lifted by the mix of honkin’ horn relentless rhythmic cymbal brushing.. providing a seamless background for the harmonized vocal to weave their magic. This is modern DANCE at its most compelling..

So flip it over for an Ohio Players styled Hunk of Funk! Snarling angry vocals bulldoze their way this punchy groove with a mix of chants, squeals and rap punctuated by those already familiar horn blasts.. STRONG FUNKER!! 

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Idols

Check Her Out C/w Why Am I So Blue

One of the seriously RARE U.S.A. label Northern Soul creations.

A barrage of brass crashes into violent drum whacks whilst the racing harmonized vocals become more and more euphoric as they annouce “Baby’s Coming Home”

A relentless 2 minutes of proper-classic-style STOMPING NORTHERN SOUL!

But do not overlook the fine street-corner harmony ballad on the flipside, raw and decidedly impressive..

RARITY is such that this 45 sits comfortably in the top 5 least-seen, most-wanted amongst the labels plethora of obscure and very limited presses.

Condition of both sides could hardly be finer..

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