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Barbara Mcnair

You're Gonna Love My Baby

TMG 544 is for the British Tamla Motown collectors, is an indelible # stamped into their consciousness.

So far and away from the norm of the mid-sixties Hitsville output, at the time of release, even the UK Tamla Motown appreciative’s were a little confused by one of the greatest female Big Production Beat Ballads ever made.

When the ever inventive Berry Gordy’s experiement with the New York Sound hit the market; as utterly brilliant as it is, the release only achieved sparse sales in the USA and far less in Britain.

So step forward the intrepid British cratediggin’ collectors and DJ’s who missed nothing in their quest to rediscover what jewels were missed, then quickly deleted; to expose the next head-turner to hitting the turntables.

Jimmy Radcliffe’s “Long after Tonight Is All Over” had already primed the dancefloor for the overwhelming “Beat Ballad”. The launch of Barbara’s overlooked masterpiece didn’t take much persuasion for it to be taken in the heart’s of the Club faithful; later heralded as an All-Time-Great..

The Northern Soul demand has certainly made it more difficult for the TMG gatherer to complete; with TMG 544 invariably being within the last frustrating 45’s to capture. With the value rising on the back of two vibrant collecting scenes, almost yearly.

So we are pleased today to have rescued this copy from a previous life of being dumped into an moved-on MOD’s attic along with a few other mid-60’s Twisted Wheel era classics, circa 1969

PLEASE NOTE. Although this 45 has not, we feel, been played for decades and the vinyl is beautifully clean. The storage has not been exactingly kind to the labels. Please scrutinize BOTH labels carefully. A-side has some very mild “spotting” but absolutely nothing to deter you from soliciting ownership. Flipside has a tiny area of “black-paper-fade” just over the “writer credits” and the name “Barbara” it is mild as you can see.

But as most of you TMG-tyrants are seeking OCD perfection, we felt we must point you in the direction of these minuscule flaws on the flipside label…That the Northern Soul collectors will brush aside, as an inevitable “wrinkle” that afflicts over 50’s..

A record I personally have never tire of hearing, I also never suffer from rare TMG boredom… I just love them!!

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Village Choir

Sweet Hot Lips

As good as it gets NORTHERN SOUL CROSSOVER!!

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Fashioneers

Don't You Know / Without You

One of the hardest “Blue Rock” 45s to find and it gives up two killer girl-group Northern Soul dances from the desk of the great Gene Redd.

Check out the impressive soundfile, that will surely leave you wondering why this has never reached the heights of the other “Blue Rock” Northern soul releases..

Has validated “Rarity” again stood in the way of a truly spectacular recordings progress?

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Tokays

Baby, Baby, Baby (you're My Heart's Desire) / Hey Senorita (i Want Your Love)

Elusive Detroit vocal Group Northern Soul at it’s most uplifting, a double hitter that carries a just as captivating flipside.

Two Tony Clarke composition that are brought to live by tight harmoniously exuberant male vocals. A seamless performance of Soulful males is woven into arrangement constructed by the Motor City most qualified Northern Soul innovators. Arranged by McKinley, produced by Tony C. himself. But with Don Davis & LeBaron Taylor in close attendance.

This is Groovesville music as it most satisfying. Which begs the question how the hell did this not become a top 500 fave. It certainly laps many other inferior Detroit sessions that are..

Do not overlook the infectious flipside “Hey Senorita” which is a regular spin for the New York based Rare Soul Jocks particularly “Matt Fine Wine” who’s impeccable choice of turntable drops Always find interesting and inspired..

Not this copy has a small label piece gone AWOL (see scan) the vinyl is very clean and plays flawless (listen) the flipside label is fully at home. The vinyl inspection reveals a needle-skate-knock hairline that catches the eye but certainly NOT the stylus.

These days a seldom seen disc, darn elusive and offering so much for the DJ 

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The winning bid was £ 302.00

Blues & Soul

Blues & Soul # 18 April 1969

RARELY seen 1969 April Blues and Soul # 18 featuring a full page spread of the emotive image Otis Reddings’s headstone.

Besides that poignant image of Soul’s most tragic happening of the last century. Blues & Soul #18 is again cram-packed with stunning artist photos, Bios, Record Reviews, Dave Godin Column, 5 Star and 4 Star singles reviews. Which includes the erroneous listing of Bettye Swann’s UK Capitol 15586 “Make Me yours”

Black & white inc: David Ruffin, Meters, Sly & the Family, Tyrone Davis, Shirells (sic) + bio, Wilson Picket + bio. Bobby Bland + bio. Curtis Mayfield + bio, Dee Dee Sharp + Bio.

Plus album reviews and all the usual nostalgia triggering Record label adverts..

This is one of my favourite issues of what was THESoul Chronicle of the late 60s.

This copy is near perfect.

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Justin

What Can I Do / Right Now

Yes the RARE ONE!!

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Deanie Parker & The Valadors

My Imaginary Guy / Until You Return

Stax, Memphis, just those two words for most all Soul fans sends a warming glow through the brain as their rich output of stand-out Soul music jacuzzis your mind.

But in among that bubbling torrent Stax memories, very few will have heard of a beautiful lady who has been the driving force behind much of Stax’s worldwide admiration.

The charismatic Deanie Parker, currently curator of the Stax Museum on Chelsea Ave. has spent her life making sure Stax became more than just another Record company. Her PR work with her Stax newsletter covered such high point as Otis Redding winning Britain’s most popular male vocalist 1967 to a few months later having to compose an obituary for Otis.

In 1963 Deanie headed up a vocal group “The Valadors” along with Bobby Ship, Harry Martin and a guy called Raymond, they released this finger-clicking mid-tempo dripping in class. Deanie delivered young-girl plea that just sends shivers through you. Her highly honed “Mary Frierson” style vocal completely captures the mood of 1963; a Mary Wells inspired stroller with the Valadors note-perfect with a unobtrusively-silky harmony chorus!

Flip it over for a Deep Soul masterpiece that witnesses Deanie pouring her heart onto the floor.

Forget the Honkin’ horns, the potent bass guitar driven thumpin’ dance songs or the brass crammed male Deep Soul ballads. This is a different side to Stax machine, as the studio crafts a mellower insight into a girl’s painful yearning for love.

You are viewing a MINT 1963 original still in its birth sleeve. Other than a solitary Soul Radio show spin, and the double soundfile lifted for this listing. This 45 remained unplayed, when the glamorous but amazed Deanie signed the protective white card sleeve for me, on the unforgettable “Memphis “Takin’ You There” Soul Trip in May 2015.

With the top side presenting a Killer Sunday Chill-Out Northern Soul, the flip mood-shifting Deep. Along with the autograph of one of Stax’s most respected employees makes this insanely rare offering an historical piece for those who are deadly-serious about owning real-deal-rare vinyl.

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Caesars

Girl I Miss You / Desperate For Your Affections

It’s that coherent vocal-group Northern Soul harmony sound, yet again. Woven into a classy Northern Soul dance arrangement..

So beautifully constructed with the subtly delivered backing track, floating in the background, allowing the superior vocals to shake a cocktail of highly honed voices into an intoxicating mix of high quality harmony Soul.

A stand-out slab of St. Louis Northern Soul that injects real-class into a DJ set. Seamless in the extreme, an highly effective dancefloor respite from the crash-bang wallop that most likely preceded this silky groove.

Condition is near perfect, as is the singing, the production and the whole feeling records of this standard emit!

Very necessary Northern Soul.. flip it over for essential “Sweet Soul” .. two fabulous tunes on one darn elusive disc..

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The winning bid was £ 354.00

Mary Wells

You Lost The Sweetest Boy / What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One

The power of The MODS!

Now here is a MOST INTERESTING Red & White UK Demo, with a secret to share.. You are, we feel surely looking at the very first time Britain burgeoning 60’s MOD driven Soul Club scene, influenced a British Record company to very quickly withdraw and repromote one of it’s releases, because the Club DJ’s were playing their much-preferred B-Side.

In 1963 EMI headed up SS 242 Mary Wells “You Lost the Sweetest Boy”, a quintessential Motown dance offering shimmering with all the qualities that lifted “Motown” into No.1 turntable choice for 60’s Soul Club spins.

Those pioneering “MODDJ’s preferred to play “What’s Easy For Two Is So Hard For One” and utterly delicious Smokey Robinson creation, with the capabilities to stroll the MOD girls, as well as the Boys onto the floor.

Stateside SS 242’s initial conception emblazoned the coveted RED “A” on the “.. Sweetest Boy” side. The expeditious 2nd promotion swapped the side over with the RED “A” now on the “What’s Easy..” side.

Serious Tamla Motown collectors require BOTH to complete. Whilst what I find even more intriguing is that the copies first issued to the Record Stores was pressed right on the very cusp of the new text regime that sat in the middle of the centerpiece “Sold In The U.K. subject to..”

Thus a weird anomaly occurred with the 1st. Press stock copy missing the “Sold In The U.K. message” and the A-side being “You Lost The Sweetest Boy” whilst the swiftly released #2 stock press had the full silver “Sold In The U.K. subject to..” displayed on the centerpiece. Which actually goes against all of the the early 70s EMI repromotion indicators.

So we have a strange situation of THE MODS dancefloor enthusiasm, prompted fully 4 different variations of Stateside SS 242.

Noting that stock copy of SS 242. “WITHOUT” the centerpiece text, is not only quite rare, but certainly the original 1st press; don’t let anybody tell you it is a reissue. It is the very FIRST

..as is this extremely elusive and utterly gorgeous Red & White DEMO, that is strangely the first indicator of the future phenomena of Soul DJ’s influencing the major Record Companies into changing some release decisions.

PS This Red & White beauty is utterly immaculate by the way.

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James Brown

I Got You ( I Feel Good ) / I Can't Help It ( I Just Do Do Do )

Those truly iconic 60’s Soul 45’s, are so annoying impossible to secure as the British DEMO’s..

this offering underlines that frustrating truism.

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Matt Lucas

The M. C. ( Motor City) Twine ( Instrumental & Vocal )

RARE, really rare Detroit Karen Boo-Ga-Loo shaker..

Lead lead with the killer instrumental Part 2 delivering a potent cocktail of squealing Sisters, chanting male vocal as the studio lifts off on wave of baritone saxophone prompts.

Is that the iconic Motor City journeyman “Mike Terry” delivering those killer blows? Elevating this session up and over the ridge of Boo-Ga-Loo into “spectacular” Northern Soul territory, as the session is punctuated by that most persuasive of sounds. THe “Mike Terry” slow-blow burping Sax with a relentless guitar licks and the understated occasional enriching of the rtune from the horn-section who seem to be spellbound as the Baritone Saxophone dominates.

Flip it over a Matt “You Better Go Go” Lucas discharges all the “Dance” instructions required to do the “Motor City Twine” as the girls tirelessly deliver the “Ooh Arrh” mantra.

A cocktail capturing the era of 60’s Detroit Dance completely…

There is no requirement from me to validate it’s extreme rarity.. you just know already..don’t you..

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Jimmy Conwell

Let It All Out

Before you today is the ORIGINAL press of a much-sought-after album, portraying the talents of one of independent Soul’s greatest exponents.

Every track enriched by the silky vocals of “The Exits” they include standout Northern Soul and melt-your-heart Sweet Soul ballads.

Northern Soul and Crossover Tracks

  1. L-O-V-E
  2. Dreams Of A Shoeshine Boy
  3. Butterfly 4.Indian Giver
  4. Another Sundown In Watts

Sweet Soul Heartstoppers. 1. I’m so Glad 2. Second Hand Happiness 3. Let It All Out 4. Got To Have Money 3:35 version

You will not require confirmation from us, that many of these tracks never ever reached 45 release or indeed release anywhere except other than this crucial album.

This is NOT a reissue. It is the First Press and spells Guinness correctly. An 1/2 hour session to rival any logfire encounter with good friends and a few pints of the Black nectar.

Essential Rare Soul collecting..

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Fuller Brothers

Stranger At My Door

The very elusive first take on this great Bay Area group on Robert Geddins own private label. Robert L. Geddins a Bay Area mover & shaker who was there to steer young hopefuls like Sugar Pie DeSAnto, Etta James & Jimmy McCracklin towards stardom.

Here is one of the two recordings the Fuller Bros. released on G D & L this one currently enjoying “cult” status for those mid-paced Rare Soul events where the audience respond to top-quality strollers.

Seldom coming to market, this copy has some but mild surface marks but plays as you can hear, clean, loud and true.

Doing these reviews has on many occasion left me wondering why the Soul Scene of San Francisco’s “Bay Area” is no as highly revered as some of the major cities where Soul music was cultivated.. “The Bay” sure did craft some sparkling street-level Rare Soul treasures. this is another one to own.

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Various Artists

The Duke & The Peacock

You are viewing one of the legendary 60’s compilation albums that never comes to market in the impeccable condition.

Even though in any condition, this 14 track salute to one of 60’s Soul’s greatest outlets, is a challenge to find. This copy, we doubt you’ll ever encounter better!

John Abbey editor of the embryonic “Blues & Soul” magazine, introduces this compilation of the Texas Duke, Peacock, Back Beat & Sure-shot corporation. Without question a group of labels renown for the consistent quality and dedication to R&B & Soul.

In 1968 the British Soul collector knew very little about this family of labels and other than the cult artist Bobby Bland, the artists featured here at the time were recognized by only the UK aficionados of Soul music.

Later in 1968 B&C Action label strong promotion of Soul made all these singers, highly regarded mus-owns. By then this Various Artist tribute was released and deleted. Finding it’s way into only those dwindling Record Stores that ordered everything from the Friday release sheets. An album that feel into almost instant obscurity..and rightly today held of an album Grail in this level of condition.

1968 Island released some magnificent Soul albums but their real focus was Rock. and the likes of the O. V.Wright, Bobby Bland LP’s are held aloft right at the very pinnacle of British Soul vinyl collecting..

May we repeat, we consider this album extremely sought-after, in fact in this condition virtually impossible to achieve ownership. 

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Bobby Paris

Night Owl

There are Northern Soul classics - then there are Northern Soul ANTHEMS!

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Larry Laster

Go For Yourself / Help Yourself

One of the all time Northern Soul greats, that astonishingy has never been “bootlegged” how refreshing!

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Primettes

Tears Of Sorrow / Pretty Baby

The legendary beginnings of The Supremes

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Motown Messenger

The Full Set

Attention all Tamla Motown devotees.

13 x MOTOWN MESSENGER - The Collection - running from # 1 through to # 13 with special editions..of:

3 x MOTOWN SINGLES & ALBUMS catalogue # 1 through to #3

1 x MOTOWN MESSENGER - COLLECTORS ITEM (Edited by Sharon Davis) a one off publication an 8 page foldout pictorial of Motown artists including a stunning Marvin and Tammi pose I’ve not encountered before. Also a shot of David Bowie with Stevie Wonder.

In all there are 17 fanzines that we have never ever had the pleasure of selling before. Students & Scholars of Motown will find this series, started in June 1979 in London W1. You will find it an essential lifetime reference and essential part of Motown history in Britain. Needless to say this collection in it’s entirety is a now very RARE compilation and this offering apart from some of te crossword answers filled in is totally flawless.

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Errol Dixon And His Bluesbeaters

Give Me More Time / Rocks In My Pillow

Seldom if ever surfaces for sale, a 1964 double helping of British Northern Soul dancers, encapsulating the Golden era of MOD and all nite-club life completely.

A double header so convincing we could have led with either side, as they are every note as good, as each other.

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Sam Moultrie

I'll Always Love You / Do Your Own Thing

Northern Soul classic White Demo hunters. Here’s one that seldom surfaces..

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Lee Garrett

Can't Break The Habit

Genuine authentic Virtue 8” direct cut acetate

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Syl Johnson

Do You Know What Love Is (sp-1)

Chicago Northern Soul at it’s most instant!

A stunning copy of the (SP-!) mix, perfectly shimmering labels & Manship-Mint vinyls, just dream condition. A 45 offering mix (SP-1) with that avalanche of gatecrashing piano riffs, punctuating the instantly infectious Syl Johnson snarl..

This has always been a NS dancefloor favourite, and has never suffered the indignity of those overplays triggering unwarranted bootlegs or counterfeit. The integrity of the killer is still 100% intact.

The chances of hunting down a perfect copy of this timeless NS classic in its superior (SP-1) version, in the wild, is on a par with spotting a pair of Kokapo’s waddling around on your bird-table this morning.

We repeat this copy is as perfect a record, as we are ever gonna encounter…

…. Whoa, is that a pair of Kokapos grazing on the lawn?

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Velvelettes

He Was Really Sayin' Something / Throw A Farewell Kiss

Part of the very fabric of our Soul-Boy, Soul-Girl baptism, as this record, throughout the early 70’s, along with “Needle In a Haystack” would resound around every Youth Club, Town Hall, School Dance the length and breadth of Britain come the weekend.

In those days, the DJ’s would have played it from the 1967 TMG 595 reissue or the 1972 TMG 808, that EMI married The Velvelettes, two Twisted Wheel, Mojo, Scene, Club A Go Go etc., All Nite Club favourites back to back.

Before you today is the original December 1964 Red and White in fine clean condition. This classic upon it’s debut, passed by mostly unnoticed other than for the Motwn appreciative and club DJ’s. On the stock copy it can only be describes as rather elusive… as this gorgeous Red & White Demo it is hideously RARE!

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Johnny Honeycut

I'm Coming Over

In the lifetime quest for owning truly Rare Northern Soul, not very many 45s are more challenging than this Northern Soul Grail to acquire.

In the very late 80s maybe early 90’s the highly enterprising Simon Soussan craft a huge music-paper advert for Northern Soul wants; with the brazen title $10,000 Reward for anyone who can offer him a copy of all titles listed within this spectacular listing of Northern Soul “impossible”. But what the advert did do, was to set free a few “Rarest Of Rare” legendary 45s nobody had seen for years.

Soon after I visited Simon at his rooftop Los Angeles apartment with my traveling partner, the equally savvy Mick Godfrey. Simon smugly unveiled his haul from his inspired advertising, both myself and Mick looked open-mouthed at the vinyl-crown-jewels that lay before us.

It was our first day in America, me and Mick left Simon’s apartment with just enough money left for a beer. I made a phone cal and instantly sold the best of the bunch “Johnny Honeycut” to one of the Top DJs of the time, Gary Spencer, he was over the moon to own a 45 he thought he never would see.

That very same haul included 69 Motown 10”, never seen before acetates “Suspicion” “After The Rain” “Boy From Crosstown” they were all there…

But to this day, that vista of that rich blue label with the silver text “I’m Coming Over” looking at me, is still one of the greatest pulse quickening moments of my cratediggin’ career. From that day to this, I’ve never, ever found Johnny Honeycut out in the “wild” and I actually don’t know anyone who has; if it wasn’t for Simon Soussan’s entrepreneurship I’m sure I never would have.

True to form, Simon had already recorded it for a limited 200 press bootleg, which fortunately looks nothing like the original; in fact even the bootleg is Dog-rare.. I

This original copy is unquestionably Unicorn-rare and still in my ageing state… it pumps up my pulse like only the regal-rarest-of-the-rare can !

A quick internet search does unveil a short gallery of a very few, and extremely ugly, scared, grubby ring worn examples of Johnny Honeycut and a few Bootlegs. This authentic original listing, with it’s vinyl just under Mint minus, two labels with one mild blemish, could well be one of a very few known actually in the condition the more discerning NS Trophy trackers would accept into their treasured high-condition-level collections.

One for the serious about Northern Soul Rarities.

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Donald Height

You Can't Trust Your Best Friend / Pretty Girl

Donald Height’s most-wanted and of course he most-elusive.

Perched very comfortably between a booming Big Vocal Northern Soul shuffler and a brutal piece of “Popcorn”

Which ever way you few this rarity, you cannot ignore the potency it brings to you ears and feet. With that signature New York make-up of the booming snarling hefty voice, decorated by shrill squealing girls choruses, a swirling Hammond, and brazen horns with another layer added to this dominating performance of some males vocal are squeezed into the backing.

A bulldozing hybrid of Beat Ballad Heaven & Popcorn-Eminence, with the power to move them not only to the dancefloor, but also to the turntables for a curious vinyl-voyeurism as the “seated” validate it’s unavoidable greatness.

Oner of the very finest examples of it’s genre, and darn hard to nail down.

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Dee Clark

That's My Girl / It's Raining

My initial thought was should we save this for MANSHIP MINTS at Christmas. But upon forensic inspection under direct light, the surface revealed a few mildest of minuscule sleeve-brush hairlines.

Not only hard to secure as a WHITE PROMO copy but also tough to acquire in anything above vg+ condition or with two clean labels.

We all know this unmistakable song, we’ve all witnessed it’s explosive effect of the Northern Soul dancefloors. A totally necessary DJ Box resident, to instantly gear up from a dancefloor-diluter to a dancefloor-destroyer, with an inspired pull from the dead-certs area in your record case..

But DJ’s, do expect a little competition from those dedicated White Demo collectors of the NS classics, who consider “condition” as their first priority.

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American Poets

She Blew A Good Thing / Out To Lunch

Condition! Condition! Condition! - this original 1966 UK press - is stunningly flawless!

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Phil & Del

It Hurts Me

Phil Tucker & Delbert Franklin bounce off each other, whilst their upbeat vocals are enriched by a wild girl group chorus. The gathering rattles out a thumping slab of 1966 Northern Soul in Sam & Dave style, riding an insistent guitar riff, prompted by typically lively Californian horns.

A relentless and very rare dancer from a label that gave the Northern Soul DJ’s and collectors so much to contemplate. Again we encounter the same guys who guided the Majestics through “I Love Her So Much It Hurts”. Arthur Robles & team crafting, what is the original take, that Sammy Lee later revamped into a slightly less raucous tune. Losing that essential edge, the Northern Soul dancefloors thrives upon.

Why Phil Tucker & Delbert Franklin didn’t rise up to be Los Angeles’s reply to Sam & Dave is something We may never know. This talented pairing were involved in another under-recorded Rampart act, the “Soul-Jers”, it is worth checking their fine “Gonna Be A Big Man” some 7 releases earlier.

Unlike the “Soul-Jers” 45 this Rampart release has remained forever, one of the most elusive 45’s on the label. As to why that is, when this 45 underlines such prodigious talent, will remain a mystery.

In the hands of a DJ who revels in the Rare & Underplayed, this disc will well serve the thinking Soul-Jock with its long-standing rarity and obvious potential, for a much bigger ticket.

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Norman Johnson & The Showmen

Take It Baby / In Paradise

Now rising up, set to follow those neglected, uplifting NS dance experiences like “Carl Carlton - I Can Feel It” that just require an airing and off they go on a meteoric rise, igniting rarity, whilst simultaneously up scaling the value.

Before is this Philadelphia masterpieces rarest form, on the highly respected UK Action label in beautiful flawless condition with only a couple of ultra fine sleeve contact hairlines to prevent te coveted MINT grade.

It matters not which side you drop the needle on the extreme writing & singing talents of General Johnson hit you fair and square in the face.

This is real-deal Northern Soul at it’s most inspiring, and we are predicting a huge elevation in value & demand over the coming year. A record just too good, to sleep in the collection any longer.

Click the soundfile to discharge Northern Soul brilliance!

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Towana & The Total Destruction

Wear Your Natural, Baby C/w Help Me Get That Feelin' Back Again

Now this 45 we would certainly save for the MINTS Xmas listing, but unfortunately it is now our own copy to decide it’s fate with.

You will have noticed this unsurpassed double-helping of Los Angeles Queen of local Soul. Had this 45 pressed with 3 variations to the label. We consider the black & silver to be first, with Blue / Silver most-likely the “same day” press as label-printers in neighborhood did not carry infinite supplies of one colour. That explains why so many 60’s D.I.Y. labels have colour differential, with some colours being far rarer than others.

Before you today is a statement of “faith” in just how superior this slab of Soul was to the ears of Kent Harris’s team. Pressing it with an eye-catching new “Romark” logo. It is without question it’s best-dressed clothes and certainly not any easier to find, than it’s Black or the blue cousins.

But enough of labeling assumption, the real value lies in the grooves. Listen to Ty Karim, Kent Harris and Frank Wilson’s collaborator Jerry Long conjure up a song which sits firmly in my all time favourite Soul-Sister Northern Soul offerings. After decades of us DJs and record Dealers “blinded” by the thumping Northern Soul that lay on the flip.

“Wear Your Natural, Baby” is far more than a song about “Wearing Your Hair - Au Naturel” is so much cooler. It is IMHO one of the greatest Soul-Gal performances of the last century..

And in these clothes, it does capture, the eye as well as your heart..

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Phillip Goodhand-tait & The Stormsville Shakers

What More Do You Want / No Problem

a crazy-rare 1966 British rendition of Z. Z. Hill’s currently popular Northern Soul spin “What More”.

Phillip Goodhand-Tait first two UK 45 releases were R&B/Soul influenced this example saturated in the 1966 essence of MOD. With his imaginatively named backing band “Stormsville Shakers” providing rich brass-back-up, to his vibrant vocal.

An upbeat feel-good dance that most dedicated British NS/Soul collectors will not own, but if you, like me, are drawn to individual Brit-bands who swam against the flow of commercialism, 3 guitar and a drummer dullness. This 1966 attempt to replicate the sound of USA Soul, was surely a catalyst for the UK MOD-movement to progress to dig deeper in British music.

This copy is a super-clean, flaw-free example.

So typically British,

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Preparations

You Don't Want Me / Can't Make It By Myself

Our “Low Rider” candidate for this month is a real prize and extremely hard to find, a vocal-group soulful stroller, giving up Sweet-Soul-bliss at it very rarest!

With little or no useful information on the label to indicate it’s place of conception, or indeed any hint from the makers crediting, leaves us guessing the origins and date when this gorgeous harmony ballad came into the world.

This group’s only other single we have ever had, dated from 1970 using the same personnel of Frank McLeod & Gregory Reel on the Mainstream label release. After that comes this Jarda 45 and then a surprising “nothing”? For such a tight talented vocal-team that is a little bewildering.

But it does leave the “Low Rider” “Sweet Soul” students a real rare treasure to pursue. Our records show this is the only copy we’ve had so far.

So click the sound file, equip yourself for a superior piece of Soul. Where “hangin’-Horns” knit with seamless vocal to weave a blanket of Soul to snuggle into…. the more “dance” slanted flipside will cause the DJ’s to think…but gets nowhere near to the stunning quality of the “Stepper” we lead with.

Rare and a very necessary DJ box addition if you’re have aspirations to play at the growing number of worldwide venues that dedicate their evenings to Sweet & Rare! 

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Major Harris

Call Me Tomorrow

I was just a young boy, when I sat every Friday, eagerly awaiting a Brian Phillips sales list to pop through the door of 25 Baldocks Lane, Melton Mowbray. I never even moved away from the letter box, as the telephone table was just inside the hallway…

Armed with an electrician-screwdriver, I’d already carefully winkled the phone-lock out of the 10 holed-dialing-wheel. So’s not loose any time at all, in ordering those tantalizing delights that would stare back from his two or three page temptations..

After hearing a Simon Soussan sample cassette, whilst packed into the “Pork Pie Boys” dilapidated Ford Transit on the way to, most likely The Catacombs Major Harris - Call Me Tomorrow - shot to the top of my wants…

..those haunting guitar hooks, the simple piano taps, relentless girl-chorus and Mr. Harris’s beseeching vocal. The perfect Northern Soul sound to my ears..

But could I secure a copy, could I heck as like. Every time I rang anyone who had a copy, it was always “sold”. Eventually, years on, I got lucky digging in Wigan Casino Record Bar, by that time it was like fancying the life out of the girl from the 6th form, waiting to get the chance for a date, then when you do, her breath smells of “Players No. 6”

So here’s is another anomaly of Northern Soul collecting, an elusive 45, dripping with superior qualities. That never ever achieved the dancefloor heights, it so obviously promised, consequently never receiving the indignity of the “NS Bootleg”

Did everyone else out there suffer the same frustration in obtaining a copy.. that’s maybe why it remained a much-loved, highly regarded disc..that I personally am still enamored with…

It’s on my turntable now, triggering euphoric recall of the small satisfaction of replacing the “Phone-Lock” in a way my Dad never noticed.. it somehow soothed the irritation of not acquiring the record I so very badly wanted..

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Pleasures

Music City / If I Had A Little Money

The lure of the British SUE label does not fade as the years fly by.. in fact the yearning only gets stronger..

Especially when they have been cocooned inside it’s birth- sleeve for over 50 years. The Los Angeles 1963 arrangement by Jack Nitzche borrows heavily from the “happening” sound of L.A. at the time. Flavoured with “Alley-Hoop” riffs and uplifting Sister squeals and chorus, punctuated by pumping horns, and lines of other “hits” spasmodically dropped into the session.

Jack Nitzche inventiveness ripples through this MOD shaker from start to finish. With the flipside following suit with another Kitchen-sink production with the group’s vocal bouncing off each other at will, until a lengthy Sax intrusive p[pulling the song together, two fine examples of the time.

Jack Nitzche successfully creates “MOD” “Popcorn” 5 Royals styled vocal-group beater, the novelty lyrics and background vocals all add up to a memorable & decidedly different productions, that has you dropping the stylus again for another listen.

But, the main attraction is certainly the vista of a flawless 1965 SUE 45 cuddled-up in it’s birth-sleeve. 

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Modern Soul Trio

You're No Good / That's Where It's At

Ludicrously RARE monumental Memphis Northern Soul; backed up, as you’d expect from a Chips Moman session, with a Deep Soul ballad of exquisite proportions.

The Northern Soul side hardly any DJ can boast ownership, that’s why you never hear it, out at the Niters, where surely it drips with every characteristic required to turn heads and bump the dancefloor into action. Let’s not understate the ridiculous rarity of this 45 and the two divine Soul tunes it gives up..

This is one for the DJ or Deep Soul aficionado who knows this 45 is very unlikely to become available again any time soon and especially not in this FLAWLESS condition!

So very uncommon, we can honestly state this is only perhaps the 2nd copy we have ever listed for sale. And considered by Soul Professors, who really do know, as the “Youngstown” labels rarest 45. Which our sales data certainly confirms..

With the flip being an inspired harmonised version of the Sam Cooke song, that the Sims Twins & Johnny Taylor performed so magnificently; as did Bobby Womack on his “So Many Rivers” album. On this much earlier than “Bobby” Memphis interpretation, Deep Soul harmony is taken to the enth degree as the subtleties of seamless trio interaction, is rejected at all the right times to emit a lone vocal weighted with palpable despair. WOW! This is Southern Soul at it’s very finest,

The only reason this disc is not already a “grail” outside the Deep Soul community is that so very few NS DJ’s have actually ever had the opportunity of ownership.

Act accordingly..

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Betty Lloyd

I'm Catching On / You Say Things You Don't Mean

Rising in demand, may now even surpassing it’s huge demand in the early 90’s which took a slide when the intrepid Tim Ashibende tracked down the label owner and snagged himself a box of this dazzling dancer..

but that slump in the market quickly leveled out as the new arrival of those 45s onto the market sparking a vinyl-feeding-frenzy.

Just like the even bigger “finds” that went before it.. Gerry Hall, Epitome Of Sound, Frank Beverley, Maurice Williams that went before the insatiable appetite of te Northern Soul scene witnessed this great tune also was hoovered the market clean by dedicated collectors..

Today this is a bigger dancefloor igniter than it’s ever been… ans the supply is now a trickle of the occasional appearances..maybe because the label owner was wipe out of stock 25 years ago..

This copy is flawless!!

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Shelia Ferguson

And In Return / Are You Satisfied

Sheila’s finest and least seen Northern soul offering.

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Perfections

Can This Be Real / Till I Get Home

You’re about to be treated to a falsetto-festival of Soul, as this late 70s vocal group Rare-Soulful dance unleashes it’s charm all over you. Soulful dance can’t ever get, much better than this enthralling intricate dancer.

The Perfections show-off their extreme gifts with a seamless display of tight harmonies woven into a irresistible dance arrangement, with a piercing Falsetto lead remaining precisely perfect throughout.

Most of the highly regarded Soul group with falsetto leads, Stylistics etc do not seem to feel comfortable delivering the 70s dance sound, their “sound” being far more suited to “Love Ballads” “Soul Sonnets” but this gathering consummately pull off a magnificent horn elevated dance production so very smoothly..

Flip it over, for a finger-clicking delight, making this 45 a double-sider of the highest quality. I’ve never heard the overlooked flipside played out, but to my ears it is every note as impressive! In fact I’m thinking this side carries huge millage for a few plays also.

Try and find a rarer 70’s 45 with two sides with this level of quality for under a 4 figure sum..?

Condition is FLAWLESS!

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Vincent

I'm The One You Need / Last Night I Cried Myself To Sleep

A listing for those of you who have and eye and an ear, that guides you well, so those dreaded words “One I wished I Never Missed” seldom cross your mind. Here’s a fabulous Soul Stepper, a rare D.I.Y. homemade from Vincent Godfrey with both sides serving up exquisite mid-tempo delights!

At the moment an under-the-radar modern Soul dancer, dripping in the potential to breakthrough big, under the guidance of an influential DJ.THen, what price?

Check out this indie with a “copyright” pending label that gives up no information whatsoever. That’s how we like it, the obscurer the better. To find out more of what the obviously talented Vincent is, click the soundfile, to set-free two subtly classy dancefloor winners.

Other than a couple of mild marks on the A-side vinyl, this disc is flawless..

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Ed Crook

That's Alright / You'll See

Classic Detroit Northern Soul of course, but I’ve always been puzzled the the “superior” flipside “You’ll See” has not been strongly championed at some point during the last 45 years on the Northern soul circuit. As I and I know a few other consider it stand-out Northern Soul saturated in all the ingredients to be a MONSTER!

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Wilson Pickett

In The Midnight Hour / I'm Not Tired Yet

Old School British 45 scholars.. why is it?

The seasoned British Soul 45 collector with be nodding (with perhaps a little frustration), when we write, one of the most challenging tasks in accumulating these gorgeous 60’s British 45, is acquiring the “Classics” as the DEMO copy.

This anomaly also is underlined whilst acquiring EMI Red & White with the Motown hits, seemingly being far harder to acquire than the non-hits as the DEMO copy. One theory that I kinda support, is if anyone in the UK Record Industry was gonna “take home” any Promo copies they would choose the “popular” titles.. Or the fact the Record Companies thought well this is a huge “Hit” in the USA do we really need to scatter the PROMO into every avenue of promotion?

Whatever the reason for this thought provoking phenomena, it seem to be a fact that the “hits” as Promo copies are significantly harder to acquire..

Before you today is one such example. So very hard to capture Yellow Demo of Wilson Pickets greatest recording moment. A MOD anthem evoking visions of Carnaby Street, Flares, Union Jacks & All-Nite Soul clubs, as the MODS embraced R&B from the USA.

An historical 45 that so very seldom surfaces in these clothes..

Condition is impeccable, if it was for a lone lightest of whispy hairline on one side, (not affecting play) we have graded this DEMO MINT minus.. as you can see the alluring labels are are spotless.

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Sparkels

Try Love ( One More Time )

Oh yes! The genius of Sidney Barnes comes through loud and clear on this addictive slab of Girl Group Northern Soul …

also a Popcorn trophy.

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