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Terrible Tom

We Were Made For Each Other / Loving Cup

Rare STOCK copy addicts, a more perfect example of the genre would be hard to imagine..

An instant Wigan Casino anthem from its inception… An aggressive, angry tune - a proper raise-arms inducer as the “Woo’s Woo’s” instantly hit fever-pitch immediately after, that urgent drum roll opening …

The growling gnarled “Tom” vocal is inexplicably out-shone by those penetrating girly shrieks - this is “Woo-Woo” NS at its most explosive! Loud, positive & destructive; not a punch pulled as the session builds & builds..

Visions of highly sprung backdrops, out of control spinning and the sea of arms held aloft as those girls nail the choruses..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL

In a format and in a condition that rarely comes to market - do not pass by..

Current bid: £ 85.00

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Ray Pollard

The Drifter C/w Let Him Go (and Let Me Love You)

The thrill of the chase, the find, the capture…

When I was 10 years of age my biggest buzz of my first decade was actually catching Christine Carter in the school playground.. cornered, unable to escape.. I stole the kiss I dreamt about..

4 years later, that elation was totally eclipsed, when, with my Dad watching I scored a 15 yard volley from an Ian Newham cross for Melton Swifts one Sunday morning - the perfectly sweet contact I made, still stays with me today..

Many years later whilst stalking the river Eye with my young son, a free-line piece of cheese tempted a monstrous 6lb Chub to my hook and eventually onto the bank my most impressive fish I ever caught..

Yesterday I was rummaging through a box of neglected 45s and I found this stunner in immaculate condition… s

Sorry to Christine, my Dad and the glittering fish; But all of the three above memorable moments in my over 60 years of rather ordinary life.. cannot compare to the tumultuous euphoria of the vision this Red & White PROMO of one of Northern Soul most-coveted British releases…

Vinyl finds - you can’t beat them.

Opening the packet after achieving ownership of this legendary trophy, will no doubt be, like me, in your top 5 most-memorable moments too..

Condition is blinding.. one light brief surface blemish.. from years of isolation.

Current bid: £ 624.00

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Eddie Finley

Sad Honored Night C/w Heavy Hips

Take some time out now…and witness one of the greatest street-level testimonies to Soul ever recorded. A neighborhood production that ripples with anguish from start to finish; truly amazing Deep Soul, delivered at a pace where the horns drive this session towards “Northern Soul Crossover” greatness…

Utterly ideal for those upfront venues with rooms dedicated to distilled “Soul”, as this is a drop of the real stuff…Listen how Eddie Finley serves up an on-your-knees performance, hitting those heights that only a man who has lived with heartache can ever hope to give up.

At times his vocal cracking under the weight of his misery, but always holding key, as the horns thrust the song through the ceiling!

AWESOME!

Flip it over and you can again witness those honkin’ horns that drove the A-side, with no vocal embellishments. A whirling organ replaces the vocal and a Funky Texas groove unfolds…But I found myself continually flipping back to the phenomenal Soulful experience of the A-side…just outstanding.

Current bid: £ 111.00

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Kenny B.

Love Doesn't Live Here Any More / Say It Ain't So

A Deep Soul trophy-piece shrouded in mystery.

The first assumption was that this New York conceived Deep Soul treasure, was the work of Kenny Ballad, but according to the world’s foremost Deep Soul guru John Ridley, he is now having second thoughts of the singers identity, after consulting Japan’s leading Soul experts. The conclusion being that maybe this is not Kenny Ballad but some other New York obscure Soul-singer, with maybe a solitary 45 to his name.

So listen to why the eminent-doyens of the sound find it necessary to discuss in depth, this superlative ballad. Horace Ott conducted horns recoil as the impressive vocal grapples with the despairing lyrics, sympathetically soothed by a Gospel-inspired Sister-choruses. As Kenny B. vocal cracks, squeaks and begs as he pleads to “be free”, those horns respectfully purr away in the background.

Top-Drawer Deep Soul - it don’t get any better or obscurer than this Windsor King production.

Flip it over to encounter a potential Northern Soul “Funk-infused” monster.. But the ballad-side is so impressive - my enthusiasm for Northern Soul offering has been dampened.

So very RARE and rightly deserving of the focused worldwide discussion..

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Supremes

Stoned Love

Picture the scene…October 1970 a young upstart Northern Soul DJ had just received his regular “Record Corner” new releases - opening the packet, a USA Motown 1172 stared back at him.. straight onto the turntable went “Stoned Love” !

As you’d expect it took the man’s breath away… he could not wait to get this tune on the decks tonight at Wrexham’s hot-spot for Soul… “Pepper’s Place” . On the hour every hour SOUL SAM spun “Stoned Love” to an overwhelmed audience..by the end of the evening it was Martin Barnfather #1 tune.. the rest of course is history as Frank Wilson’s masterpiece, soon became a the UK release hitting # 3 in the charts..

The point being, for the last 45 years Soul Sam has lost not a crumb of his enthusiasm for being first with the “New” sound.. Respect Martin Respect!

Oh the record - it is an unblemished spanker of a 1970 UK Demo - bristling with Northern Soul kudos..

Current bid: £ 89.00

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Tropics

Hey You Little Girl C/w The Happy Hour

Now here’s a goodie that doesn’t come our way very often - in fact the last time it graced our auction was fully 8 years ago. We can think of, no stronger validation of this 45’s elusiveness than that.

From small-town Reidsville, North Carolina this D.I.Y. 60s 45 again exhibits that feelgood “Soul” influenced dance-sound that was so prevalent throughout the 60s Carolinas music-scene. In some cases these recording gave themselves well the thrivng “Beach Music Scene” but in almost all cases providing the British Northern Soul scene with perfectly constructed Northern Soul, without even knowing it.

Just how many independent “Soul inspired Beach aimed” recordings graced the Northern Soul scene over the decades is hard to say, but it is well into the 100’s.

Before you today is one of the “special ones”, with it’s instantly recognizable finger-clicking simplicity intro, an ear-opening guttural wailing of vocal that quickly disappears to be replaced by a dreamy Falsetto lead, then the booming wailing bounces back - WHAT A FABULOUS INTRO - I can think of no other records that starts with such ingenuity.

The two contrasting vocals continue to bounce off each other, contesting who can bring the most to the recording… DAMN FANTASTIC!

Love it to bits, and it’s been to long since I heard it last.. for good measure we’ve recorded the flipside - which pales against such enthusiasm but well worth a listen too…

You could not dream of owning a finer example of the 60s “Carolina Sound” or indeed own a finer copy - this one is pristine in every way.

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The winning bid was £ 516.00

Little Joe Cook

I'm Falling In Love With You Baby C/w Doodle Pickle

The insanely elusive ORIGINAL!!

Fabulously clean 1965 press of this simultaneously massive Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier anthem circa 74/75 Monster.

Whilst Soul Sam was uncontrollably fiddlin’ with the amplifier controls, behind the twin-decks at the legendary Pier; most likely Richard Searling was calmly inciting synchronized hand-claps & backdrops from his lofty stage lookout.

What a memorable sight those two legend DJ’s would have witnessed 130 miles apart, straight across the breadth of England, the mirroring of a steaming hot cauldron of a club, ram-jam full of young dancers driven by the energy of mid-60s Philadelphia. It is a vision that has stayed with all who attended…

Today I think the previously overlooked Funk-Boogaloo flipside may grab the attention of a few jocks for a possible “rare” spin…

but the A-side is iconic Northern Soul so rarely seen for sale!

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The winning bid was £ 452.00

Sly & The Family Stone

Dance To The Music

The withdrawn ORIGINAL DIFFERENT MIX to the UK Direction press that “hit”

An immaculate copy of the 1968 withdrawn 45, that alleged only lasted a matter of days before it was quickly deleted, by an executive decision to release this “club” winner on the CBS’s vehicle for “Soul” and released on the Direction label using a slightly different take!

The rest is history, as hot on the heels of Cliff Nobles “The Horse”, this title surpassed all before as the dancefloor-detonator of the day. An immediate “Disco” smash, that still crams the dancefloors of the UK today.

Before you is an immaculate, seldom seen for sale STOCK copy in super clean flawless condition. Two perfect labels and two vinyls that hardly reveal a blemish.

Utterly Classic!! 

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The winning bid was £ 198.00

Johnny Praye

Can't Get Too Much Love

Relentless Northern Soul tyrant!!

Floor-destroying arrangement embellished with the most-convincing gathering of backing girls you could ever wish to hear.

THIS 45 HAS EVERYTHING required to provoke that spine-tingling Northern Soul buzz you get as every inch of the floor is covered with tricky footwork and focused hand-claps!

Euphoric Northern Soul at it’s most convincing - we know the label scans will have caught your eye - now click the soundfile to have your NS heart entangled.

Unstoppable..

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The winning bid was £ 798.00

Frankie & Johnny

I'll Hold You

From the first glimpse of this 45, all my worst fears were confirmed…

I am an incurable Record-Anorak who experiences a bigger thrill from holding the outrageously rare, than from any of my other weird-penchants. But I know I’m not alone in preferring to fondle “impossible” vinyl, than the wife…

This listing is UNIQUE 1966 UK Decca in house Test Press of what is a completely timeless Northern Soul classic.

Check out the flawless, rich sounding soundfile - even though visually both sides of the playing surfaces reveal multiple light surface marks, it plays as you have already heard - Loud, Clean, clear and true.

Not a single murmur , click, pop or crackle can be found on the full length soundfile provide. Although it looks Vg, it plays Mint minus! The beauty of the “test Press” not only lies in owning something unlike any other variation but also the depth of sound quality is sensational, because it will have been the “first” press of the virgin factory stamper!

Unmissable 45 - British Rare Soul collecting at it’s most thrilling!

Tell the wife about it - she’ll completely understand..

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The winning bid was £ 392.00

Rosco Gordon

Just A Little Bit C/w What I Wouldn't Do

I see this male take on the Tiny Topsy monster is hitting DJ play lists…

How about this gleaming, utterly immaculate 1963 UK press to impress the turntable voyeurs with ?

Give ‘em some uncompromising, totally thumpin’ NS R&B in not only an highly desirable format, but also in the unbeatable 60’s EMI fidelity on that top quality robust vinyl - oh it sounds so rich!

Spy the scans, listen to the sound-quality and resist if you can..

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The winning bid was £ 68.00

Changing Scene

Magic Love C/w Is Your Hand Where It's At

Continuing our weekly journey into the depths of Rare Sweet Soul, this time we have a stylish piece, that just steps over the line into a fabulous “stepper” of the quality you’d expect to hear @ Just Soul, Simply Soul or the legendary “Soul Essence” events.

Check out the “Co-Town 1440” test press and release “Soul As Sweet AS You Like It!” Lush strings take to the air, as the falsetto cuts the air cradled by violins and full male vocal backing.

Fabulously fluid mild-pacer dripping with classy Soul and an equally finely crafted arrangement as horns come to join the session.. Whether it be Sweet Ballads or pure-steppers that grabs your attention we think this rarity covers both bases.. or maybe it’s FUNK that floats your boat..

Flip it for a FUNKY dancer with attitude and skilled Wah-Wah driving the guys angst..

All’s good with this 45.. so good!

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The winning bid was £ 69.00

Titus Turner

Big Mary's

WOW! What an historic 62 year old vision of beauty!

On everybody’s favourite label, in its full glory complete with the seemingly “always” push-out TRI-CENTER, this 45 looks completely irresistible.

The twanging guitar on the intro of “Big Mary’s” instantly triggers visions of an distinctively attractive jolly n’ sexy Madame in charge of “dark” goings-on in a hideaway-den of iniquity.

Smokey, blues man in the corner, turns a blind-eye to the choices of recreation; couples hanging onto the drinks-crowded bar as the Sax-Man suggestively blows his reed; Titus snarls with evocative excitement, presumably in anticipation of a good night ahead…at BIG MARY’S

Who could not want to attend..

Equally who could not what to own such a gorgeous disc, bringing all manner of speculative-lusting with it’s R&B Rhythms…cradling that growling vocal.

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The winning bid was £ 110.00

Senators

I Shouldn't Care C/w Wedding Bells

Street-level 1962 seriously RARE vocal group Doo-Wop from Washington,. D.C. with a tasty Northern Soul candidate hidden away on the flipside.

Headed up by James Junior Isom who Soul fans will maybe recognize from his wealth of Soul Group activity though the 60’s and 70’s.

This example is one of two release the “Washington Senators” had under the guidance John Dickerson, this one being so obscure they forgot to put the “Artist Text” on the label. (See Scan) and afterthought handwritten “Senators” credit.

Click the soundfile to witness an off-the-wall Northern Soul stroller that has yet to be absolutely “discovered” by the world’s most-dedicated sound-scourers. A fabulous mid-tempo NS groove saturated in potential, lead vocalist reminding me of “Cole” in Cole and The Granduers, that is doing so well for Ginger Taylor at the moment.

An infectious mid-tempo littered with all the street-corner nativity we’ve all come to love on these early 60’s D.I.Y. sessions.

After this fruitless release the group then moved on to bigger things recovering from this April 1962 neighborhood flop - the Washington Sanators were soon morphing into the The Satisfactions - Smash Records, later popping up with several releases on Lionel. After that no 45s but to their credit, a much sought after album on Hot Wax as the “Satisfactions Unlimited”

Raw, hard beginnings and determined hard work paid off for James Junior Isom, here is his rarest NS creation - and I LOVE IT!

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The winning bid was £ 58.00

Tommy Dodson Iii

Cooperate C/w You Don't Know (how Much I Love You)

STONE MINT!!

Los Angeles rarity giving up two fabulous examples of two highly sought-after genres.

Leading with the topside Tommy guided by the prolific “Sam Cooke” mentor Rene Hall; Tommy barks out a relentless stomping Northern Soul over the top of blaring, occasionally belching brass with squealing girls driving home a splendid Northern Soul dancer - proper robust thumpin’ dancer - a seldom heard floor-destroyer of immense power!

Flip it over for “Soul As Deep As It Gets” as you listen to one of the most-treasured of all Deep Soul rarities, in a few seconds you will tell you why.. it has despair dripping from the grooves, a funeral paced piano fills in as Tommy’s emotion takes pause; and cooing, wooing girls adding another layer to the man’s intense misery, as he tries to convince his girl - she “Don’t Know How Much He Loves Her”

Two stand-out recordings - of pure quality covering two seriously collectible genres, remembering this record has only been played ONCE each side for the imposing sound-files to be lifted..

Rare Soul collecting - It don’t get no better than this…

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The winning bid was £ 260.00

Troy Dodds

Rise Up And Walk

We are going for contrast this week - covering as many bases of collecting Rare Soul as we can. We think this West Coast big production fits in nicely with that guideline.

Bay area crooner Troy Dodds is overseen by prolific writer/producer George Motola on this 1962 Los Angeles session.

We all adore Troy’s rich vocal, that has embellished many a California session but his pre-El Camino work, has maybe slept for too long. Be prepared for Troy to yet again prick your ears up, as Mr. Motola adds sleek girl choruses to the guttural lead, then up steps the almost compulsory Sax-man with an expanded solo, further elevating this muscular recording.

If you like the Big vocals this ones sits comfortably into a polished Motola production..

Big vocals, Woo-Woo girls, long Sax-break .. what’s not to love?

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The winning bid was £ 74.00

Sunrise Movement

Running Wild Part 1 & 2

A rumbling Monster Detroit Funk infused Northern Soul.

Absolutely perfect for today’s amalgamation of sounds the Rare Soul dance scene is currently turning into. This 45 offers a essential combination of extreme-rarity, coupled with pure-rebellion, that transfers itself to the dancefloor with a compelling relentless rhythm charged by a studio full of attitude.

An angry dancer rippling with power..

This is exactly the mode that crosses over so well from which ever style room you’re DJing in.

A Colossus of it’s genre..

Current bid: £ 62.00

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Carl Hall

Mean It Baby C/w You Don't Know Nothing About Love

It matters not which side you drop the needle on - The thoroughly individualistic vocal of the Carl Hall, is right up there with the Northern/Deep Soul greats like Darrow Fletcher, Walter Jackson etc. for having that little extra that stands them apart from the crowd…

Carl almost squeals but not quite, as the control of that squealing, transforms the lyrics into a heart-trembling rasp of distilled emotion. Even on this speedy, uplifting Northern Soul session with the studio doyen Jerry Ragovoy the purity of his just spills out the speakers.

This record has bubbled under the mainstream Northern Soul scene for decades, I can remember it on rare sales lists from Brian 45 Philips when I was a wee lad; and still its remains mostly overlooked by the masses..but for the seasoned old-school NS scholars this is a sleeping giant. Decorated with everything you’d ever wish for in a Northern Soul spin.

Vocally MASSIVE, full production just rushes along in perfect 4 beats to the bar Northern Soul fashion, as Carl Hall’s vocal swells as it gets more and more beseeching…FABULOUS stuff!!

Deep Soul fans - check out the passionate flipside to hear a voice that is up there with the chosen few, who really stand out .. and the production is mountainous!

TWO GREAT SIDES and it is the rarer Yellow stock copy too..

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The winning bid was £ 187.00

Bobby Paris

Night Owl

There are Northern Soul Classics and then there are Northern Soul anthems.

THIS IS AN ANTHEM

In its rarest form - a neat clean PROMO copy in its birth sleeve.

No further comment required

Current bid: £ 67.00

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Carl Douglas

Serving A Sentence Of Life


This is what we said about the last promo copy we auctioned

An highly respected member of that exclusive club of BRITISH ONLY release 45s. That tick all the Northern Soul quality control boxes.

Totally RARE, darn fantastic Northern Soul, validated vintage classic a beautiful head-turner into the bargain But there’s always a reason for some of these Brit-Exclusives capturing the very essence of Northern Soul - the catalyst in this case being Pierre Tubbs.

Pierre collaborated in the studio with the likes of Sidney Barnes, J. L. Jackson etc. Now there’s a pairing that crafted some truly awesome Northern Soul classics. So two years later after rubbing shoulders with the greats of our music, Pierre Tubbs brought traces of New York Soul to the UK giving the then raw 26 year old Jamaican Carl Douglas the job of belting out his fine vocal through, this horn-riddled Northern Soul masterpiece.

Huge tune at The Torch, Cats, Blackpool Mecca, pre-Wigan Casino’s birth and another lasting legacy for the relentless British crate-digging troops who left no stone unturned in the exploration for the “next” tune. Oh Boy, whoever first discovered this killer - must have leaped for joy all the way home…!


Before you today is the Insanely-Rare STOCK copy! View scan and prepare for a saliva gush..

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Inconquerables

For Your Love / Wait For Me

You are viewing one of the planet’s rarest Northern Soul 45s!

Not only ludicrously-impossibly RARE but a magnificently raw-vocal-group dancer from the highly lusted-after FLODAVIEUR label. Dave Polk’s Soul / Jazz vehicle for local Los Angeles talent, guided by his impressive skills for producing fine Northern Soul with a difference.

Dave made his Northern Soul mark with the fabulous Antellects 45 still very rare today. This absurdly-rare-NS-Ghost being far harder to acquire, as the vocal-group flipside is considered a Doo-Wop trophy-piece.

Take a listen to this staggering piece of vocal-group Northern Soul, whilst serious Doo Wop collectors check out the flipside..

… then cast your eye over the “brilliant Yellow-vinyl” label scan.. awesome!

We think you’l agree with us, as we shout “this is our most-impressive auction listing in quite some time…”

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Grover Mitchell

What Hurts

Philadelphia’s finest come together to make the most outrageously brilliant slab of 70s Northern Soul. It is a mystery to me why this hasn’t become one of the NS scenes biggest tunes… it has of course graced the more-discerning events turntables for decades now… but the more pure Northern Soul establishments, it sadly seems to have been overlooked.

So darn good.. take time to listen to this Len Barry & Sherman Marshall collaboration delivering thoroughly inspired 70s Soulful dance, thankfully avoiding all those annoying “Disco” cliches that destroyed far too many Soul infused dance-recordings during the 70’s.

Told you…totally brilliant isn’t it. ..

So now consider owning this delight, in by far its most-desirable least-seen format. An immaculate British DEMO inside an original company sleeve..

Irresistible!

Current bid: £ 41.00

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Du Shons

You Better Think It Over C/w Take These Chains (from My Heart)

A truly stand-out Chicago Northern Soul girl group killer, that just does not turn up for sale, in this current century; especially in this flawless condition!

Burgess Gardner & Chuck Bernard team up to write & produce steamrollering Northern Soul, that rattled the foundations of Wigan Casino and the stanchions of the fabled Cleethorpes Pier. Those blaring horns sending extra ripples out into the North Sea, as the stampede for floor-space triggered by those invading horns and the intrusive low-blow burping Sax.

This is a Northern Soul Oldie screaming to replace Sam & Kitty as the 15 times a weekend play.. is it because even the alternative 2nd “Down To Earth” press is also elusive, that this just does not get the NS turntable time it so obviously justifies.

Click the soundfile and await Real-Deal Northern Soul benefiting from a “no- corners-cut” FULL-ON floorshaking production, lacerated by ear-piercing bad-attitude ladies.

Sweet Soul harmony aficionados, you need to check out the dreamily soulful flipside. That same beseeching lead vocal, cradled by a team of male vocals doo-da-da-wopping away in the background. The horns have been tamed, adding a befitting sorrowful atmosphere to such a poignant song.

Two killer sides - with the topside a strong candidate for this years belated renaissance of The Wigan & Cleethorpes neglected tunes.

Current bid: £ 155.00

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Shorty Long

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

This weeks Tamla Motown offering is the labels 11th. release, and one that failed miserably with both USA & UK sales. A 1964 William “Mickey” Stevenson project underlining Mickey’s ear for the more aggressive-black-directed Motown dance-sessions.

This “Jerk” “R&B” styled dancer rides on a potent Earl Van Dyke piano rhythm, a far cry from Motown’s aim to break through into the Billboard “Pop” charts, with Mickey making no attempt to entice the “white” buyer, allowing Stevie Wonder to hijack the session with a lengthy insanely-wild blues-harmonica intrusion.

Fabulous Northern Soul appreciated R&B shaker, being the final result. Flip it over and its a clone of the a-side, with the pace dropping but none of the feverish R&B energy lost.

Condition in bright light is impeccable - vinyl only gives up a few brief hairline blemishes, plays perfectly. Labels as you can see, along with the “Orange wavy-top TMG Sleeve” all are immaculate!

OCD - TMG addicts, this is a beauty - whilst not overlooking the two staggeringly fine R&B shakers this 45 offers.

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The winning bid was £ 136.00

Unknown Girl Group

Spellbound

As far as we know this New York 10” acetate is unissued, so if you’re the type of DJ who covets exclusives - look no further - click the 100% Northern Soul soundfile and prepare to be dazzled by this superior version of The Poppies album-ONLY recording.

We got lucky when this “exclusive” came back to us in a deal with a man who’s DJ explotites have taken him off on a more Funky journey, as he turns his back on distilled-Northern Soul, for ventures new…

This is undiluted Proper Girl-Group Northern that I would like to tell you more about - when we first sold it in the early part of the century we did uncover with some help who the artist was…this info has unfortunately left me over the ensuing years…

What we can say without contradiction, is the lead vocal on this recording, is a swoon-worthy voice of an Angel, an alluring siren that instantly hooks you into multiple needle-drops.

Perfect Northern Soul for the dancefloor; as most-all will remember the Poppies version from their Cleethorpes Pier - Wigan Casino days.. and these mystery girls do it up - even sweeter!

Current bid: £ 63.00

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Nipper The Dog

His Masters Voice - 1950's Souvenir

This is the most pleasing piece of memorabilia I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in memory and it’s stupidly RARE!

Iconic His Master Voice - Middlesex Factory Visit memento. dimensions are: boxed 75.00mm x 95.00 mm X 38.00mm unboxed 62.50mm x 85.00mm x 32.oo mm

Apparently in the 50s, if you visited the EMI Middlesex pressing plant, you may have been lucky enough to come away with this “NIPPER THE DOG” souvenir. This near 60 year was wrapped and unopened until it met me. Still enshrined in the original brown paper wrapping, inside the “Middlesex Ariel” picture of the record pressing plant - inside lay “Tutankhamen” like a tiny “Nipper the Dog” and his record player.

Super rare and in perfect condition, entombed, untouched and now ready to be displayed in your record room..

Personally I’ve never seen a “Nipper” of this sort ever for sale - with invariably destroyed display box still intact, I find an astonishing find!

Memorabilia connoisseurs act accordingly on this historical piece..

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The winning bid was £ 116.00

Brooks Bros

Looking For A Woman C/w Two Great Lovers

Relentless Detroit Northern Soul - proper real-deal bruiser - palpitating dancer decorated with the Mike Terry baritone, baring horns, synchronized “call and answer” vocals delivering Soulful “hey-hey” shouts” n’ squeals whilst maintaining silky smooth harmony throughout…

Some tune - this is - never failing to stir the crowd with its muscular presence..an undeniable surefire dancefloor-detonator..

For a pause check out the Deep Soul flipside that many “Deep” fans consider right up there alongside the Motor City’s other profoundly painful songs..

Current bid: £ 664.00

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Sonny Fishback

Heart Breaking Man / I Won't Take Back These Words

The power of Robert Banks guiding the equally powerful Sonny Fisher’s vocal.

This release is the rare version filed as “CAMEO PUBLISHING & S. Fishback” as opposed to “Kodel music” Publishing version on the same label and release number.

Most-unusual to issue two different takes, and we are certainly unsure which one was first or even why it happened. But what we are sure of is whether it be “CAMEO” or “KODEL” they are both exasperatingly RARE!

Click on the sound-file to discharge a horn driven Northern Soul stomper, with a more controlled arrangement; classier than the wild alternative stomper. On this take Sonny vocal is eloquently precise, as are the shrill girl-group with their echoing chorus. But what is not mellowed over are the intrusive horns that dominate throughout the session.

This is rare NORTHERN SOUL with a dash of subtlety.

Flip it over for a Deep Soul treasure, Sonny is defiant as he shuns his love, obstinately refusing to apologize for his angry words, ignited by the multiple hurt he has suffered, hammering home his determination with the lyrics

“But Remember, What I Told You

When You Left..

And before I Take You Back,

I’d Rather Be Buried In My Grave..

I Won’t Take Back These Words…”

Two superb sides - one very elusive disc..Unrepentant Deep Soul of the very highest calibre

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Philip Upchurch Combo

You Can't Sit Down Part 1 & 2

Another “Twisted Wheel” choice title, looking so very “chilled” inside its colourful “Nipper” sleeve enveloping a gorgeous Red & White Demo label…

A million seller for this talented Chicagoan who a few years later contributed so much towards those innovative “Rotary Connection” albums for Chess. But back in 1961 Phil Upchurch was at the forefront of the birth of hammond Boo-Ga-Loo with this rattling good instrumental best-seller.

An ideal bridge for the early MOD scene as the transition from Modern Jazz to R&B gathered pace. continuing to be a dancefloor favourite throughout the 60s.

A huge USA hit it may have been, but to find it as the non-hit UK copy is thrilling but as the highly coveted Red & White DEMO. That is rather special capture for the serious British Soul vinyl addict, especially in this fine clean condition.

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Mary Wells

Bye Bye Baby

Original 1963 UK press from Motown’s lady-of-the-moment. In 1963 Mary Wells was the Queen Of Motown (see Brenda Holloway - When I’m Gone).

This her first of two UK press albums.

This copy is in impeccable condition - Both vinyl surfaces reveal only a few very light blemishes in strong light, plays perfectly. Both labels are flawless, retains its original lined inner sleeve which is also perfect. Front cover is a strong excellent with no distracting flaws other than light corner bump (see scan)

The only real is on the back cover, bottom seam has a “browning” from aged tape residue (see scan)

In 2015 we are really pleased to be able to offer this 52 year old Motown collectors-piece in such fine condition.

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Brenda Holloway

When I'm Gone C/w I've Been Good To You

A song that was first earmarked as Mary Wells’s follow up to the highly successful “My Guy” for release on Motown 1061 but instead Mary Well’s version never got released and Brenda Holloway’s take became a minor USA chart hit - failed miserably in the UK, to rise up to become an iconic Northern Soul Motown for the Los Angeles songbird.

“My Guy” was so huge, 20th. Century Fox came forward to sign Mary Wells and with not too much persuasion, Mary headed for “Filmsville, never to repeat her Motown success even though “Fox” tried everything to emulate the “Motown Sound”

Before you today is the version Motown did release in its 1965 British format in totally sublime condition. Flawless in every respect and looking just as alluring as that irresistible offer Miss Wells received.

TMG addicts - find a better copy if you can!

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Hitsville U.s.a. 2

See You In March!

Dear Swinger & Friend.. that was Dave Godin’s opening greeting for his groundbreaking HITSVILLE U.S.A. fanzine.. this example dedicated to welcoming the Motown Revue for their March 1965 tour of England - see tour schedule..

This example is the very RARE Tamla Motown Appreciation Society February 1965 20 page booklet crammed with essential reading:

Marvin Gaye feature with two photos

Temptations - 1 photo

Ike & Tina Turner feature as the “People We Like” (who are not Motown

3 pages of Record Reviews

Lamont Dozier feature + photo

Clive Stone’s 4 page report on his visit to Detroit

The HOT 20 CHART - and so much more ..

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Herb Johnson

Carfare Back C/w Gloomy Day

As far as Rare Soul Collectors are concerned Arctic is Philadelphia’s most treasured label. Totally dedicated to Soul giving up some the the city’s beat-loved 60s classics, whilst hiding within its enviable catalog, some of Northern Soul’s most cherished rarities.

Here is a Kenny Gamble & label owner Jimmy Bishop collaboration underling the wealth of product it released. This is one of the labels “impossibles” not only offer upbeat 100% Northern Soul, but on the flip it gives up one of the greatest Deep Soul recordings to ever come to vinyl..

A-side is quintessential Northern Soul saturated with all the characteristics to set the dancefloor alight! and ONLY AVAILABLE as the STOCK copy.

Flip it over for a sorrowful Deep Soul journey complete with sound-affects, but the “Dynodynamics” production team inject just enough oomph in the backing thus crafting an exquisite “BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN” experience.

TWO KILLER SIDES: noting that unlike other top-drawer Northern Soul 45s this label released, this example has never been reissued or bootlegged.

Before you is a rare opportunity to own a monumental piece Philly Soul!! 

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Groovettes

Think It Over Baby / Ain't A Thing You Can Do About It

Philadelphia boy, Billy Jackson’s brief flirt with California Soul gave birth to one of the most-wanted of all the Northern Soul girl-group rarities. As this, relegated to a B-side, gives up the sound in its moodiest form..

Utterly captivating, as a gathering of sulking girls, are driven forward on wave of rhythmic drums and pounding piano work, a typically inventive Billy Jackson arrangement, elevated even higher by the intrusion of the low-blown saxophone..

The alluring lead vocal, gives up an on your-knees plea for a second-chance and when the sax revisits the session is lifted into Northern Soul immortatity…

A record that you can never tire of hearing - stand-out and so decidedly different from anything else you’ll ever hear.

AWESOME!!

Give the flipside your ear also, as Billy Jackson thought this was good enough to lead with..

Please note, the blinding condition of this rarity - both vinyl and labels are utterly flawless…

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E. J. & The Echoes

Put A Smile On Your Face / People Say

Stock copy junkies, we think you’ve been adequatey looked after this week -

So how about the equally “ill” white Demo buffs. Our files reveal this is a tough one to find - especially with two totally perfect labels and neat clean vinyl.

But this listing is so much more than just a label vista…this tune has grown in reputation beyond all recognition in recent years as the pleading mid-tempo is now an acceptable “drop” at the more-astute venues…

Click the sound file and prepare for a real-Soul experience from Detroit’s E. J. Gronda and the boys; This lush production, where every participant is deeply conveying the pain…an anguished Manny Holcolm lead, enriched by 3 part harmony & the compulsory soothing girl choruses; with a rhythmic guitar shaping the mood. That works just as well for the absorbed dance-floor shuffler, as it does for the Soul armchair-activist.

Spectacularly Soulful, strutting this page in its rarely witnessed attire…

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Harold Burrage

I'll Take One C/w A Long Way Together

Let’s get serious!

Not many British Soul aficionados can boast of owning this “Rarest Of The Rare” UK Sue.

Two Chicago Northern Soul crunchers, that even on its original South Michigan Avenue, M-Pac Records release #7204, it is insanely rare! As this UK SUE press in a totally flawless state, still wearing the original birth-sleeve - we can validate as one of SUE’s endangered species.

Click on the soundfile to unleash two snarling Chicago beasts from the desk of the driving force behind the M-Pac/One-derful group of labels; Jimmy Dodd, Otha “Otis” Hayes, Milt Bland & Verlie Rice again team up with impressive consequences..

But what is really impressive with this 45 is the blinding-condition and the “Beyond-Rare” status.

Do not pass-by you may never see another… and certainly not in this eye-popping condition.

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Jackie Wilson

He's So Fine

Stupidly hard-to-find Original 1958 British press.

This is his very first album release, so very hard to find, no matter which country it comes from. As a British copy with near perfect vinyl, this album is a prize indeed.

Both sides of the vinyl are so very clean, A-side vinyl has only one light blemish across track 1 & 2 so light no needle evidence sounds. B-side vinyl is totally clean Mint -. Both labels are Mint -, center-holes reveal only light signs of sparse spindle intrusion.

Original 1958 poly-lined inner sleeve is Mint -

Front cover is free of tears, writing, sticker marks or unsightly laminate creasing. Carefully check the scan you may notice two very light black + purple stains (under the laminate) this on the front-right-top, they are tiny and not intrusive on the eye. Back cover this flaw is carried over covering a slightly larger area.

Please inspect high quality scans of front & back covers for the visual - stains are very light and the only discernible flaw this whole album carries..

This 1958 history making first release for one of Soul’s “True Icons”…ridiculously difficult to acquire.

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Butlers With Frank Beverly

Because Of My Heart / I Want To Feel I'm Wanted


Beyond RARE - beyond words!!

Look, listen and swoon…after all it is a record, everyone should try to own at some point in their life - but very, very few ever will.

RAREST OF THE RARE but so much more than that… THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at its utmost finest BOTH SIDES!!


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Bud Harper

Mr. Soul C/w Let Me Love You

After all these years the sheer beauty of the British Promo still does it for me… This week I thought two “Twisted Wheel” anthems in the demo format would be cool to see.

Starting with this 45, that all by itself created nicknames for many a dedicated 60s British Soul-Boy, just how many of that band of fashion-conscious R&B/Soul lovers call themselves or were christened by buddies as “Mr. Soul” is not calculable.. but every English town seemed to have one.. all the way from ” 2809 Eratus Street, Houston, Texas 77026” to the United Kingdom the term “Mr Soul” meant something…

Before you today is the UK birth of that iconic disc, in startling condition complete with its birthday clothes. Today though “Mr. Soul” may have taken a backseat to the flipside, that has more recently graced Northern Soul turntables - as “Let Me Love You” perfectly fits the current NS criteria.

From Houston to Manchester and Mr. Soul’s everywhere, real cool name to be known by..

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Jack Montgomery

Baby, Baby, Take A Chance On Me (vocal & Instru)

A listing for those of you who insist on the rarest possible Northern Soul classic variations.

Here is a pristine PROMO copy offering both the vocal & instrumental on one disc. 99% of the time in our experience PROMO copy means “vocal” on both sides. Instrumental being invariably only on the tricky to snare STOCK copy.

This is a most unusual variation of this Detroit conceived Northern Soul winner.

Check out the soundfile, then ponder on whether you would like to own this magnificent Motor City dancer, flawless and in by far its rarest form

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Jr. & The Soulettes

Ten O'clock, Loving Kids / Fue

So completely different to anything you’ve heard - take time to absorb this “School Project” from Oklahoma City.

Primitive but utterly contagious Soul-Weirdness infused with Funk and progressive thinking. This 4 pupil gathering, build an haunting organ backdrop, suddenly torn by a ear-piercing lead vocal, enriched by a mysterious Alto-Sax weaving a trail through the recording. A persistent organ never wains and the vocal presence gets fuller.

Flip it over for the instrumental version - its so different you may =need another play or two - but beware this D.I.Y. session with “The Professor” will snake under your skin for today’s ear-worm..

I told you it was different - no need to underline the ridiculous rarity kudos it carries. A listing for those who seek out the wholly obscure “Outside The Box” Soul.

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Sugar Bear & The Sensations

What About Me Girl C/w It's Won't Be Long

This weeks “Sweet Soul” Rarest Of The Rare also carries the bonus of a neat slow-burn mid-pace dancer on the flipside.

The superior Sweet Soul side first with alternating lead vocals that work so within the comfort of a rich harmony background. The imploring lyric pierce the air in a beautifully woven tapestry of Soul. Begging, pleading, beseeching Soul seamlessly delivered on one super-obscure platter..

Flip and the pace lifts - the mood elevates but the harmony suffers not a jot, these guys are good, they are tight as a drum, as fluid as a tap.. a mid-tempo dance groove I’ve certainly never come across before and a bowl of Sweet Soul that’s made me hungry for more

Ridiculously RARE - do not pass by

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Otis Busch

Can I Depend On You / Peace Of Mind

Most likely the highly regarded Jerhart label’s first 45, seemingly one of Chicago’s “impossibles”.

Strap yourself in for an out-of-control juggernaut of Northern Soul R&B from the desk of one of Windy City’s most-effective Soul producers “Bob Lee”

Most-all of Bob’s “Hawk” productions are stand-out top-quality examples of street-level D.I.Y. limited press Soul. With a vast majority fitting perfectly into the “Northern Soul” socket. Notabe the equally elusive “David Gage’s” revamp take on the same song “Can I Depend On You”

This example is ridiculously obscure, only my 2nd copy in memory and both have the labels reversed. Which probably answers the question of it’s serious obscurity, as with many miss-pressed 45s, they end up discarded and destroyed and in this case pressed again on the “Cha-Cha” #730 this too is so very hard to locate.

So click the soundfile to discharge totally persuasive neighborhood R&B profiting from Mr. Lee unquestionable talent for crafting the potent session. The compulsory squealing girl-group, honkin’ horns and a whiskey-worn vocal fuse for a compelling dancefloor-bomb, saturated in all the right ingredients required to turn-heads.

Rare and begging to meet an enthusiastic DJ seeking something to spin, that every other Jock don’t own!!

Deep Soul enthusiasts will enjoy the flipside..

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Powerhouse

You Turn Me On C/w

Classy, rare and totally infectious, Illinois indie.

This 1980 Soulful Dance groove has the power to pull you into its slow-burn atmosphere, as the swirling keyboard jells the contagious rhythm. Lead vocal uses just enough attitude keeping it smoothly flowing, until a deliciously pitched vocal-group harmony joins.

Slow-burn indeed, as this Funk infused dancer surges on with wave of horns, chorus and an ever increasingly exuberant lead vocal, prompted by compelling guitar picking..

Love this the more I hear it - this really is a tune that creeps under your skin.

The flipside doesn’t disappoint either - as the sax-man leads with a mellow intro into an inviting mid-paced stroller using all the ingredients of the a-side. Tight harmonies, sultry saxophone headline in another finely crafted recording

Two great sides, with the a-side perfectly fitting today’s tight criteria for dance-floor acceptance.. 

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Four Below Zero

Tell Me Why (can't We Be Friends) Part 1 & 2

This week’s “Sweet Soul” offering comes from the desk of one of the most-important soul/dance producers of the last century.

Patrick Adams pre-Disco-era work gave up some killer Soul tunes; this session with Lonnie Johnson gives up tormented-harmony-Soul with an icy-cold falsetto piercing the air.. “Tell Me Why We Can’t Be Friends”

A vocal suffering badly from rejection, delivers a despairing rap intro. Then in comes an arrowed-falsetto, soaring high, cradled by 3 other vocals. A rich but tortured atmosphere unfolds, as the leads inter-change and the session becomes even more beseeching..

This is Sweet Soul at its most-convincing..rarely seen for sale and totally essential 45 to own - if vocal-group-harmony is your thing … Top drawer example of this highly collectable genre..

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