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Dee Irwin

I Only Get This Feeling / Wrong Direction

Talking about RARE Records, different labels, different mixes - Northern Soul quirky anomalies that feed the thirst for owning the “distinctive” and rarer 45s standing out from the crowd… how about this truly elusive piece..full orchestral Northern Soul

This much-loved string & horn propelled NS dancer did of course go “national” when in 1968 Imperial records released the Wally Roker produced 2.23 mins interpretation as he tweaks Jesse Herring’s arrangement, but in doing so loses a little of the easy flow.. especially on that glorious instrumental break when the horns sadly lose their potency and the accompanying guitar weakens into the background..

Already a very wanted 45 as it’s Imperial 66295 and the Redd Coach version may be only marginally different - but when rarity comes into the equation - Redd Coach 45 provides a chasm of disparity…

A Manship Auction debutante in fact..

Current bid: £ 168.00

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Bid on I Only Get This Feeling / Wrong Direction

J. W. Alexander

Freezin' / Doin' The James Bond Walk

From the man who encouraged and later partnered the late, great Sam Cooke comes a potent spring of 1966 Los Angeles D.I.Y. session, giving up everything require for Northern Soul R&B greatness.

A James Woody Alexander private session showcasing a bluesy blend of Soul & R&B incorporating squealing sax, burping brass, screeching harmonic decorating the howling rasp of J. W.’s snarling vocal!

A far cry from the “Kags Music” releases before Sam Cooke was killed when the pair enjoyed huge worldwide success with their work on Keen Records, SAR and eventually RCA. This 45 was a personally conceived and constructed by “Alexander” alone, and sadly fell into total obscurity, forgotten completely by collectors and historians alike.

Take a listen this is one-hell-of-a-tune, as the drum-roll, hand-claps and shrill girls signal DANCE!! with the distance screaming sax adding all the authenticity of the local jamming session, turning into a gem as the enthusiasm of all concerned comes through loud and clear..

What is also loud and clear is how you can one minute ride the crest of a wave, then unexpected fall ..due to circumstance beyond your control…

PS the flip is a quirky-jerk that’s worth a listen too…

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Bid on Freezin' / Doin' The James Bond Walk

Marva Whitney

It's My Thing

NOTE THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1969 UK press release # 583767 in dream-condition.

We are, as you can imagine, very pleased indeed to present one of Britain’s rarest and most wanted original press Soul albums in just eye-popping condition.

Vinyl is totally immaculate, labels are perfect, original inner birth-sleeve intact. Both back and front covers are free of writing, stains or tears. The only insignificant flaw I can report on is a very light crease to the front cover, bottom right (see scan)

Now to the music:

Click the soundfile and get ready for the most-dominant Sister vocal ever committed to vinyl..

Go on unleash Marva..

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Unity

If You Ever Need Someone / Sweet Memories

This week’s Sweet Soul impossible 45, hails from the streets of Macon, Georgia. Giving up ice-cold falsetto lead, supported by seamless harmony.

An impressive syrupy-stroller aided by and unobtrusive piano lighting the way. The lead vocal is an impressively soul voice, but when he rests from singing and the group harmonize, this session leaps into greatness with impeccably tight-teamwork.

Fabulous and rare Sweet Soul…

Flip it over to hear, what the Record Label considered the best choice to lead with. As so often happens when the label sacrifices quality in the quest for a “hit”, so deciding to lead with a “Michael Jackson style” young voice conveying the reflective lyrics…

Although in itself it is a very decent slab of “Sweet” but pales to the overlooked flip..which is stand-out.

Current bid: £ 47.00

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Zeke & The Soul Setters

Make My Love A Hurting Thing / Take It And Get

That perfect for today sound that is sweeping the Northern Soul dancefloors of Europe… craving the blending of Funk, Jazz & Soul into a compelling dance track, if that’s your bag - that style does not come any more impressive than on this Richmond, Virginia concept…. With David Fitzgerald again utilizing his composition that gave birth to William Cumming Northern Soul status…

completely deconstructing that highly regarded rarity, replacing William Cummings vocal with a skilfully delivered sax, prompted by subtle horn blasts in the background forming solid rare-soul-dance…

Flip it over and Mr. Fitzgerald gets tougher with his production as a raw Funker spews from the speakers.. TWO GREAT SIDES

Note, the label design offers an insight into primitive 60s D.I.Y. street-level productions, as the Artist credit and the running time have been added as an after thought by hand… nice touch..

Current bid: £ 37.00

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Bid on Make My Love A Hurting Thing / Take It And Get

Shirley Johnson

Too Big To Cry

Without question, currently the most talked about 45 on the Northern Soul scene, bar none!

Huge tune as the “Bettye Swann” cover-up for Butch, Andy Dyson, Steve Guarnori & Mick H. igniting the dancefloors of “Rugby All-Niter” “Go Go Children” and the legendary “Soul Essence” only this weekend past; as Mick H. and Steve Guarnori manipulated the Rare-Soul devotees with their stand-out rarities…at England’s most respected events.

Currently, as you read this Northern Soul Leviathan is guaranteeing dancefloor and Barfly response..

We repeat this is the most-talked about 45 on the scene, spun by some of the most-admired DJ’s on it..

This copy has a few light surface scuffs but as you can hear it plays totally clean and true, as you can see both labels are unblemished

Current bid: £ 415.00

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Bid on Too Big To Cry

Patrice Holloway

Those D.j. Shows

One of Brenda’s Sisters early 60s Motown studio sessions that failed to get past the the acetate stage.. perhaps unique.

Click the soundfile and release from those hallowed “Vaults” pure Sister-Motown and perfect Northern Soul.

This offering is highly-collectible on so many fronts, other than the obvious. Girl vocal collectors everything by Patrice or Sister-Brenda are essential collection residents. Motown collectors will be fully aware this will perhaps their only opportunity to own a copy..

Northern DJs its potential for club exposure is glaring - and those of you who salivate over all that is RARE will find this acetate hard to ignore..

Listen to an Angelic-songbird who I wish we could have heard so much more of…

Current bid: £ 312.00

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Bid on Those D.j. Shows

Hollywood Persuaders

Hollywood A-go-go

This weeks Northern Soul classic PROMO copy - “seldom comes to market” as iconic DJ John Voncent remarked recently, as he relaunched this Northern Soul stomper to great applause for inventiveness..

Well done Johnny-Boy this is one hell of a pick!

An ear-piercing whining mouth-organ, so very reminiscent of Jimmy Frazier, frantically-banging drums, Dick Dale-esque guitar, served up in a manner only Mickey Lee Lane’s - Hey Sah Lo Ney - had delivered to the NS fraternity before.

Watch this space - as others follow suit and turn this, most likely, into 2015 dancefloor favourite… it has everything. As main participat Paul Buff uses all his previously acquire ear for “Potency” whilst guiding such great 60s instrumental groups as “The Sufaris” and “The Chantays”

Before you today is NOT the often seen, twice-bootlegged styrene press or indeed the genuine “black” label stock copy - this is the very seldom seen WHITE PROMO in dazzling condition….It’s only flaw being a minuscule-neat “Ian Gillibrand” moniker in a-side deadwax.. which surely, such an historic NS follower signature will add to it’s value.. a “Gilliband” autograph in itself should be collectable…maybe?

TOP DRAWER thumping Northern Soul hot on the comeback trail… get on it and ride!

Current bid: £ 77.00

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Bid on Hollywood A-go-go

Living Color

Gotta Strange Feeling / Thank The Lord For Love

What makes the Northern Soul scene the most durable of all underground music scene is the relentless search by DJ’s and collectors for the tunes we missed. Not always because of extreme rarity but sometimes because a stand-out has been obscured by it’s better known “A-Side”

Nonchalantly lurking on the flipside of a Wigan Casino / Cleethorpes Pier anthem is a Chicago screamer that is now receiving big attention from the “scratch below the surface” NS jocks..

Now in 2015 this is no easy find, with the a-side considered a NS collection essential, the now in-demand flipside has gone long out of carry-box circulation.

Take a listen to a PMT dancer saturated in attitude and animosity - this is perfect for today’s dancefloor as the angry-sister is the flavour of the season…

Flipside is timeless Northern Soul - is neat ad tidy condition with the light h2o stain over the “M” being its only discernible flaw..

Current bid: £ 107.00

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Bid on Gotta Strange Feeling / Thank The Lord For Love

Channel 3

The Sweetest Thing

A 70s modern-soul Northern Scene anthem!

In PERFECT previously unplayed condition.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Loretta Williams

Baby Cakes / I'm Missing You

This rare British press, that enjoyed Twisted Wheel turntable time, is again basking in the Northern Soul limelight, as “Wheel-Sounds” ride the crest-of-a-wave of the revival-landscape.

Both sides coming from the uncompromising pen of Otis Redding with “Baby Cakes” fulfilling all the Northern Soul requirements and the flipside transmitting “Deep Soul” at it’s most-despairing, as Loretta’s aching vocal is bolstered with Southern-Horns, Bluesy-Guitar, and sympathetic paino caresses.

Even on USA release this is one tough-cookie to corner, on UK press as the Original 1966 UK press still sitting in its wavy-top plain white sleeve and so very close to Mint - and two clean labels - we think this a prize..

Current bid: £ 77.00

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Bid on Baby Cakes / I'm Missing You

Bill Black's Combo

Little Queenie

The highly seductive YELLOW London Demo lays stretched out before you again.. you’re just gonna have to do ain’tcha.

Top 500 Classic Northern Soul not only in it’s rarest and essential form but in also in the type of condition you just never encounter in 2015 - FLAWLESS!

Current bid: £ 22.00

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Carl Holmes And The Commanders

Soul Dance No. 3 / Crossin' Over

An original and immaculate copy of the Hugely popular slab of Philadelphia Funk/Boo-Ga-Loo stormer!

Current bid: £ 36.00

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Bid on Soul Dance No. 3 / Crossin' Over

Detroit Executives

Cool Off / Sho-nuff Hot Pants

Forget the Orange label “Popcorn” Wylie legit repress or the white label Promo’s sometimes signatured by “The Popcorn” himself - no matter which way to cook it; ignore them both if you only collect FIRST PRESS Northern Soul.

This GREEN label press with the telltale “thickeing” on the run in, is the authentic original by, from memory, 10 years or more..

The “lump” on the silent lead-in does not affect play in the slightest and the suggestion that the first-press green label copies are off-center, is again a Northern Soul myth. (although we have come across an off-center copy or two) as you would with any vinyl pressing. This listing plays straight & true.

Now, it maybe time to remind yourself of the diverse world of Northern Soul, as against the grain this “funeral-paced” aptly christened “Cool Off” was welcomed into the hearts of every Northern Soul disciple during the 70s…so different to the norm of the time - but who could ever ignore that vocal-abyss as the lead digs so very-deep to make the inventive “Wylie” arrangement even more special…

A Northern Soul classic from the top-drawer and in the only colour that will significantly climb in value over the coming years..

FUNK fans, may want to check out the “Temps-styled” lead side, as Richard Wylie borrows heavily from Norman Whitfield for an a-side that failed miserably in the Motor City..

Just in case the a real “White Label” test press exists or indeed someone gets “clever” with Photoshop or colouring pens; always when buying this 45 look for small “bump” on the run-in which shows itself clearly on BOTH sides..

FIRST PRESS!

Current bid: £ 63.00

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Bid on Cool Off / Sho-nuff Hot Pants

Shirley Lawson

One More Chance / The Star

Another highly sought after Northern soul floorpacker in by far it’s rarest form - a pristine 1968 UK Soul City press sitting in an authentic straight-top Soul City sleeve!

This is record-art at its most-alluring - but the vision is making us forget what lay in those pristine grooves…

Sister Northern Soul at it’s very finest - as is the condition of this most-beautiful vinyl-vista..faultless!

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Dry Well

Gypsy / Try A Little Tenderness

Also released in 1970 as Ellen & The Shandells on the La Salle label. Before you today is the nearly as difficult to this tune would resounded simultaneously around the cavernous halls of Cleethorpes Pier & Wigan Casino but amazingly this prized “Niter” favourite never received the dubious honor of the Northern Soul bootleg..

Before you today is a reminder of this wild fusion of the hammond organ and electric guitar, ridden and equally untamed lead vocal. Swirling, uplifting and decidedly different NS dancer that has stood the test of time so brightly.

Today, its sounds totally perfect for a NS revival, that’s if you can find a DJ with a copy in his box…

This copy the vinyl is immaculate on both sides, flipside label a sticker removal mark on the label is its only minuscule flaw on an otherwise perfect disc.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Bid on Gypsy / Try A Little Tenderness

Admirals

Got You On My Mind / King Of Love

I love the way that 60s Soul labels not matter how “obvious” they are, always seem to have a couple of releases that are “impossible” to locate..

Check out VOLT 125 - a double-helping of totally obscure Memphis vocal-group Northern Soul, backed up with a rich harmony ballad. Both expertly executed by this mysterious gathering guided by Steve Cropper.

Not only unicorn-rare but also sitting inside it’s birth-sleeve, in unbelievable MINT condition..

Current bid: £ 67.00

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L5 5oul

Cherished Vehicle Number Plate - L5 5oul

Fabulous Looking SOUL Number Plate..for the summer.

Current bid: £ 22.00

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Bid on Cherished Vehicle Number Plate - L5 5oul

Earl Van Dyke

Soul Stomp + 3

I’m not one to hold a grudge but ever since the Norman Conquest a while ago, these geezers across the channel haven’t been our best pals…

But you gotta give credit where credit is due.. when it comes to 4 track EP’s with picture covers - The French lead the world!

I have in protest occasionally avoided the Burgundy Wine, the Camembert fromage, even turned my back on a pair of French Knickers and French Kissing I would rechristen as “Lancashire-licking” but when it comes to 60’s Tamla Motown EP Picture covers I find them irresistible… and my “Stilton Cheese” based bias completely evaporates, FRENCH EP’s…they are unsurpassed.

Check out the scans; spy, by far the best image I’ve seen on the driving-force behind “The Funk Brothers..” the cheek of it .. they’ve even made Earl Van Dyke look French.. what next French Pork Pies?

To save us from those superior neighbors, it is the obligation for every red-blooded Englishman to buy up all those gorgeous French Soul EP’s and store them away where the wife won’t find them, to thumb through in moments of solitude…

EP Porn … ?

if there isn’t such a thing ..there is NOW!!

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Bid on Soul Stomp + 3

Miracles

Mickey's Monkey / Whatever Makes You Happy

Oriole DEMO’s the ultimate TMG addicts fix!

they are so very hard to find!

Current bid: £ 5.00

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Bid on Mickey's Monkey / Whatever Makes You Happy

Exits

I Don't Want To Hear It

The gathering of Jimmy Conwell, Godoy Colbert, Sir Hank Graham & Dorondo Pulliam again serve up breathtaking Los Angeles Northern Soul with their hardest to locate Gemini 45.

Stomping harmony driven Northern Soul!!

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Moses Dillard And The Dynamic Showmen

I'll Pay The Price / They Don't Want Us Together

Here is Richard Searling’s Eddie Jefferson - I Won’t think Twice - Wigan Casino cover-up.

In those glory years, at the back end of the 70s when Richard would influence & impress the Casino crowd with most everything he dropped the stylus on… not forgetting the frustration he created among the collectors and dealers who were utterly desperate to find out the real identity of his latest floorpackers.

Click the soundfile and relive a little of the twilight years of Wigan Casino and have validated the often heard statement, that Mr. Searling’s exploits in those days, left us all in no doubt that he was the number 1 NS Jock in the world..

Now we are all a little older, the huge Deep Soul production on the flipside may equally excite you.. it did me… an on-your-knees performance that will move you..

Condition btw - could hardly be finer..

Current bid: £ 137.00

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Sound-masters

Lonely Lonely / I Want You To Be My Baby

From the top-drawer comes this Los Angeles harmony group Northern Soul not only because it features the standout vocal of Morris Chestnut or because the great James Carmichael did his usual coherent arranging; with the harmony vocals so very tight n’fluid with the lead vocal turning in such a beseeching performance, you do feeling this guy could be experiencing love’s pain in real life…

The lyrcs maybe a sorrow but the “kitchen-sink” backing track seemingly using every instrument at their disposal is nothing short of Northern Soul brilliance. The relentless 4 beat to the bar dance rhythm is endowed with blaring-horns, hammond organ, piano, guitar strums delivering from start to finish the perfect 60’s dance tune.

The quality of the vocals, speak for themselves, so lush, so expressive you need to hear more from this soulful-throng… so flip it over..

WOW! one of the greatest Soul-harmony recordings ever made awaits your ears.. we did warn Morris Chestnut was no in the most upbeat of moods on this recording to immerse himself so deeply he breaks-down into tears…

No wonder he went on to an acting career..

BOTH SIDES BRILLIANT!!! 

Current bid: £ 152.00

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Bid on Lonely Lonely / I Want You To Be My Baby

Tommy Rodgers

I'll Tell It To The Wind / Pass The Word

One of the most-wanted 45s on the Northern Soul scene at this moment; as DJ turntable action pushes the demand skyward. With both sides offering impressive Northern Soul dance, we see no end to its growing popularity.

This copy is a rarely witness stamped DJ COPY with gleaming flawless vinyl on both sides.

Current bid: £ 81.00

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Richard Marks

Love Is Gone / Don't Take It Out On Me

Crazy About Crossover?

How about this Atlanta Georgia killer - yet to be heard by the masses but dripping with everything required to become a “Crossover-Colossus”.

Tee Fletcher, an Hotlanta lyricist / producer of some repute again creates something special guiding the “Tuska” iconic vocalist through an inventive but simplistic production allowing the wealth of Richard Marks’s vocal to shine through projecting those poignant words…

Mr. Marks singing blossoms from a relaxed stance into cauldron of pain as he recalls what his woman did to him and now “Love Is Gone”. This is Soul-singing at its most convincing woven into a fabulous Crossover-dance arrangement.

A real-rarity that is destined for much bigger things is my prediction…

Flipside is worthy of your attention also…

Current bid: £ 86.00

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Dorie Williams

Tell Me Everything You Know / Your Turn To Cry

Killer New York Big-Mama R&B Northern Soul!

A very obscure subsidiary of the Rojac label, Jack Taylor’s New York vehicle for some of the finest Big Apple 60s Soul City ever released. Topside boasts an impressive writing team of Donald Wade penning the R&B side. With Joshie Jo Armstead & Chuck Flamingo writing the upbeat Northern Soul flipside

BOTH sides are typically fully dressed Jack Taylor Northern Soul productions.

The side we lead with is an especially obstinate matriarch R&B thumper, perfectly fitting today’s NS dancefloor criteria - in the right hands this is a surefire R&B Godzilla in waiting…

Flip it over for a classic style Northern Soul dancer that will leave you breathless as this potent vocalist belts it all out at full-throttle..

Seldom if ever seen for sale and saturated in glaring Big-Ticket potential..

Current bid: £ 121.00

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Bid on Tell Me Everything You Know / Your Turn To Cry

Frank Polk

Trying To Keep Up With The Joneses / Welcome Home Baby

You are viewing a British near impossible where it be DEMO or stock this 45 never turns up for sale - so forgive my excitement when a near prefect copy lands.

Excited because it is pure undiluted Los Angeles Northern Soul from the desk of H. B. Barnum. You are bombarded by H.B.’s influences on every note, and will be wondering why this tune has not risen to Northern Soul classic status as Lester Clark & Andy Fisher’s writing are super-charged by the weight of Barnum’s orchestra…

The reason why the 45 is not universally known - is rarity again playing it’s had in the dearth of NS turntable action over the decades. If you think the USA copy is an easy catch - you’d be wrong, but if your thinking the 1965 UK press is Pimpernel-Elusive you be so very right…

As a flawless Red & White DEMO this 45, as the Old School Brit-Vinyl-Trappers will confirm, is a real treasure…

Click the soundfile and prepare to be impressed - we are hoping this title starts to gets the long-overdue NS Jock attention, it so obviously deserves..

A treasure to the eye & ear…

 

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Southside Movement

Do It To Me

Ever since it was a new release in 1975 I have been in love with this record. So after witnessing the effect the inspired-drop of the “Invitations” - “Look On The Good Side” had on the Soul Essence crowd, early evening as they were filing out of the Raynescourt Hotel to sample the gastronomic delights of Great Yarmouth.

They stopped in their tracks, an explosive dance-floor-dash followed, as the 70s Soul classic rose above all the rarities that went before it, triggering pre-dinner euphoria…

Before you today is another (slightly harder to acquire) 70s “oldie” (constantly validated by top-Jock Mark Randle)…that will surely detonate the same effect.. a listing for those with not so deep-pockets but have suffered the frustration of this killer eluding them for too long…and we know from phone inquires you are not alone… begging for ownership.

Neat clean vinyl, original birth sleeve #4 on label (see scan)

I do know one thing if the DJ had followed “Look On The Good Side” with “Do It To Me” nobody would have got to the restaurant on time…

A now seldom-heard 70s Chicago vocal-group Northern Soul at it most memorable, as Jimmy “Cheatin’ Kind” Vanleer serves up an exquisite smorgasbord of Dance-Soul!

Current bid: £ 55.00

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Darrell Banks

Open The Door To Heart / Our Love

Check out that label - your pulse is racing isn’t it!

Mine raced and then skipped a beat as I noticed London/Decca practice of hand-stamping London DEMOs with the running times of each side of the label in black ink rubber stamper was NOT there.. .What a bonus, that the rather annoying over-sized “225” black-ink stamping has not been executed… the consequence is… TWO PERFECT labels and vinyl that only reveals the lightest of sleeve contact blemishes, under close inspection and bright light.

THIS IS A REAL STUNNING COPY!

The music - we don’t even have to mention - but do click the soundfile anyway because even after all these years - both still stir my insides…

Finding a better copy - would be some challenge, indeed.

Current bid: £ 617.00

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Bid on Open The Door To Heart / Our Love

Buddy Smith

When You Lose The One You Love

In short…

The finest 60s Beat-Ballad EVER MADE! and without question one of the most-challenging Big-Ticket Detroit’s rarities to try and own; so very ludicrously RARE!

Let’s just let Buddy” do all the talking on this one.. no words from me could ever elevate the importance of this record… as this could possibly be your one and only chance of own what we all consider a masterpiece of it’s genre…

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Contours

First Look At The Purse / Searching For A Girl

For over 15 years now, our computer files on sales has grown into millions of facts of prices sold for, who bought them, how many copies we have sold etc. etc. For Soul vinyl the sales data it is not only unrivaled, it is also essential to our statements on rarity, demand and availability..

So when we announce today, the TMG 531 as a Red & White 1965 DEMO is one of the very hardest TMG Demo’s to capture. We say it without hesitation, because in the last 15 years our data reveals with have NEVER SOLD or HAD a copy during the whole of that time….and before that we can only guess how few we have handled.

This is one of the HARD ONES to find, and as you Motown Junkies rush to your hallow-haul of TMG’s, we are betting you don’t own a copy and if you do it is unlikely to have flawless vinyl, like this baby or indeed sporting labels free of tears, writing stains or other irritating defect.

The Demo is Dog-Rare and in OCD kosher condition..

So click the soundfile to unleashed uncompromising Tamla Motown Northern Soul, as Smokey Robinson revisits the importance of “Money” theme that serve Motown so well in the past..

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Guy Allen

Changes / You're The One

Imagine a spring Saturday afternoon, rain pouring down, surrounded by like minded friends and a few cool Guinness’s. But the conversation is muted as the music is playing…

not ordinary music, but a tapestry of hand-picked vibes lovely pulled from vinyl filled caskets it’ has taken a lifetime to assemble into a statement of personal musical taste.. given one hour each these purveyors of exquisite Soul music take pride in lining up their 24 or so choices in an order, that will not only stop conversation but maybe even “well-up” a few eyes and flutter a few hearts… as Real-Soul dance music is the order of the day..

This is of course the annual pilgrimage to Great Yarmouth to dowse yourself in the pleasures of SOUL ESSENCE weekender..

The record in front of you, is of it’s type - Rainy-Day afternoon brilliance that brings the faithful from far and wide.. maybe it’s time you the crowd, joined in the adoration of truly fine and decidedly RARE SOUL!!

Like this Guy Allen…and his brothers creation.

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B. J. Stanton

Trust In The Lord / Mama

Do record labels get any more obscure than “LUZZLES” or indeed artists such as the under-the-radar B. J. Stanton.

Perfect for today’s upfront DJ’s seeking the serious RARE modern soul dance offerings. And this is exactly that; A 1982 “private” double helping of 80s Soul-dance wisely pressed at 33RPM so the long 4.49 & 3.57 cuts, play LOUD and clean.

This is D.I.Y. studio work at it’s outer-most obscure, so now click the soundfile to hear why this 7” recently sold for a small fortune…Yes, it hits all the current forward-thinking DJ parameters head-on.

Condition by the way - is nothing short of perfect!

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Charles Simmons

Save The World / You've Got It All

This Ohio creation is a current Monster dancefloor detonator saturated in all the craved-for characteristics for today’s prevailing NS scene..

The deceptive shout-intro holds you for a split second as the horns pause - then erupting brass takes to the air.. and feature so strongly throughout the session, making it a near 3 minutes of impossible-to-ignore Soul-Dance!

Charles frenzied-vocal-attitude seamlessly marries with the horns as frenetic guitar rhythms drive the session home. This is perfect dance-food..

IRRESISTIBLE RARE SOUL DANCE! driven by a horn section from Hell..

The copy before you, you will have noted comes complete with the extremely rare “Picture Sleeve” with Charles brandishing a rather cool hairstyle for the day… the sleeve has light water stains but the disc is totally pristine. Mint vinyl both sides and two labels to match.

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Blues & Soul

# 11 August 1968

One of the very elusive of these iconic A5 early designs.

This example being #11 in the series from August 1968 featuring the recently deceased and by then christened “The Immortal” Otis Redding on the front cover.

BUT CHICAGO FANS you especially need this edition: James Benholm article entitles “I’M IN CHICAGO” with picture of McKinley Mitchell and bio’s on Johnny Sayles, 5 Dutones, Syl Johnson, McKinley Mitchell * Maurice & Mac - an unmissable account of 1968 and the Chicago Soul scene.

Inside with have the standard-set editorials & biographies on Soul Artist & their music. The edition features:

Lou Johnson - Picture & Bio Chuck Edwards - Picture & Bio Dave Godin column - talking about “Pirate Radio” with a neat picture of Radio “Soul” DJ Mike Raven and thanking him for his support for the recently released “Pigmeat Markham - Here Comes The Judge” with Raven’s help pushing it into the Top 50 charts. Sly & The Family Stone - Picture & Bio

The eye-catching Record Company adverts include Soul City, President, Joy etc.

45 & Lp reviews + The Charts

It’s all here documenting the summer of ‘68 and Britain’s Soul Scene of the time

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Patty Stokes

Is It True / Good Girl (can You Be?)

Yes, you are forgiven for looking twice, thrice or as many times as you like at this spectacularly RARE label variation of the MIR-A-DON label - it is the never-witnessed “RITE” sound pressing and do i hear a slightly different mix..?

What a top-value 45 this is - with my choice of lead side, giving up impeccable Sister-led Northern Soul Crossover; mid-tempo drenched in young-girl anguish as Patty gives up an hands-clench, half-bent-over, looking-at-the-floor performance, as she spills her insides out in front of you - REAL GUT WRENCHING SOUL.. served with the intensity only witnessed on the truly great Soul achievements.

Flip it over and Patty shifts the gears through to uplifting Northern Soul. Joined by (we assume) The Ascots who bring their vocal-bounty to the session. This is really a male-vocal-group session led by an outstanding girl-vocalist.. then the “Vibe-Break” and proper real-deal Northern Soul jells…

It is records of this standard that beg the question - why £30 why £300 why £3000 ..this tune for me delivers from the top-drawer on BOTH sides…

The rarity of this single, in this form, in this “as new” condition - is the equivalent of treading in Unicorn droppings, whilst running the mid-field for Barcelona vs the Dog & Duck Pub team on a Sunday morning in the Tahiti & district knockout Footy cup…

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Chris Morgan

Who Am I / Now I Taste The Tears

Time for this under the surface mighty-leviathan to make waves after decades of barstool adulation and predictions of great things ahead. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict its time in the sun cannot be very far away, just click the soundfile and unleash…..

a massive Bill Medley production being met head-on by an equally imposing vocal. Little wonder this house-quaking tune has evolved into a 45 enjoying a towering-reputation - growing at the same rate as it’s rarity.

Bill Medley penned and produced, arranged by Bill Baker the two provide a real-sense-of-power, that’s invading your ears at this moment. As the producers favourite instrument the “Tuba” times its profound belches perfectly; just as it did on Jerry Ganey’s treasured MGM anomaly… treasure this example of Bill Medley studio prowess too.. this 45 has vanished in recent times, sounding better today than it ever did..

NOTE: don’t forget about the highly prized Deep Soul journey hidden away on the flipside… that could well become rooted inside you also.

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Les Chansonettes

Don't Let Him Hurt You / Deeper

SHRINE TIME!

The all too common Girl “warning” to her friends, “Don’t Let Him Hurt You” “Like He Did Me” delivered with such velocity you do get the feeling the lead singer is preaching from recent experience… and Dale Warren is thinking he’d better come up with a production to do this ladies agony, some justice!

Dale piles on the drums, unleashes the horns, the shrill girl chorus steps to one sides, leaving the dominant lead to deliver the “Caution” with unparalleled conviction.. she takes a brief break and Dales horns wade in at full-throttle!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL - the REAL NORTHERN SOUL that triggered back-drops, spins, splits and synchronized hand claps…

This SHRINE at it’s most persuasive, it’s most convincing, it’s most memorable..

Flip it over and these gals are again not in the best of moods, as they spit out ferocious Northern Soul…. in an almost scary way.. two fine examples underlining Shrine’s passion for bypassing anything sweet & twee..

Note. no flaky labels, no water damage just a faded X on label to guide the mid-60s Washington “Jock” to which side to drop the needle on… if he dared.

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Jack Montgomery

Dearly Beloved / Do You Believe It

We were gonna save this new arrival straight from our MINT USA source for “MANSHIP’S MINTS” for Christmas - but we figure “Mints” are just as tasty at Easter.

Before you are two flawless labels - vinyls almost certainly unplayed before our soundfiles were harvested, snugly hugging its original birth-sleeve. Collecting the real-deal Northern Soul classics in perfect condition doesn’t get any more pleasing than owning this Detroit masterpiece…

One for those who consider CONDITION the most important factor whilst buying rare records… we are 8 months away from another “MANSHIP MINTS” Auction, here’s an early taster of things to come… we don’t ever expect to see another in “virgin” condition, that’s f’sure.

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Sir Joe

Nobody Beats My Love / If You Give Up Your Love

A Northern Soul trophy piece with few rivals… offering not one but two real-deal Northern Soul dancers of the highest calibre.

Joe Quaterman’s D.I.Y. creation has sat at the summit of top-collectors & DJ’s wish-lists for what seems forever, we too were salivating at the chance of selling this is the “first-found” copy. My biggest challenge today has been not to keep playing this 45, whilst trying to decide which side I prefer…

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL RAREST OF THE RARE at its most-testing, giving up two truly awesome examples of street-level NS dance.

Click the soundfile and expect stiff opposition to stop you owning this treasure …as the condition is utterly impeccable…

Take it away Joe…

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Sheila Ferguson

Heartbroken Memories / Signs Of Love

Oldies DJ’s let’s have a Spring Bar-B-Que, Burger-melts with Sam & Kitty, The Snake as toppings … so there’s a little room for truly magical Northern Soul oldies like this underplayed jewel..

Click the soundfile, and like me you’ll be wondering why we get so many “repeats” an evening when there are 45s of this calibre to drop the needle on..

Condition of this Richie Barrett Philadelphia creation could NOT be finer - could have been “made yesterday” springs to mind…

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Ambassadors

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Ridiculously fine condition!

Ridiculously fine Northern Soul, it is one of those example recordings, you can use to explain that age-old question…

“What exactly is this Northern Soul sound” point them in the direction of this urgent horn-guided, “vintage” style stomper, with enthusiastic men cooing and doo-wahing in perfect unison to an unstoppable full-throttle production..

THIS IS NORTHER SOUL

Then, if you do not want to enlighten again, point the inquisitor towards “Cool Off” or “Destination Unknown” all will muddy his ears into confusion… as the classic retort of “If You Have To Ask You’ll Perhaps Never Understand” would have been the perfect response…. in the beginning

Or if it moves the SOUL and makes you want to dance… then you could well have a new convert on your hands. If any tune is gonna turn the lights on, to the novice, this is an ideal candidate.

Condition is blinding btw 

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Jackie Wilson

That's Why (i Love You So)

WOW! it’s a framer……

Original 1958 record-art in the form of an extremely rare Jackie Wilson Motown session Music-sheet.

Check out that spectacular art surrounding the artist pose. Shimmering with the everything-50s. A sparkling colour scheme.. and of course the stand-out name of Berry Gordy, Jr. blazoned on the front.

Retro Soul-Art at its most eye-catching, a neat conversation piece to adorn your walls - but most of all just a stunning piece of artwork you could live with every day and never tire of…

57 years old and like new!

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Imaginations

Strange Neighborhood / I Just Can't Get Over Losing You

Looks gorgeous doesn’t it but what lays in the grooves is even more beautiful.

Topside of course has been a Northern Soul Darling for decades and never been easy to trap especially in this fine condition (one reason why it has never been effectively bootlegged) this copy still hugging the original company jacket.

Click the double soundfile, not only revealing silky-atmospheric vocal-group Northern Soul at it best but also giving you the pleasure of a 60s harmony ballad from Heaven.

The only flaw to can locate of this vision, is a minuscule sticker removal blemish on the flipside label - see scan of B.

To attractive to sleep on…

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Ernie King

Too Hot To Hold / That's When I Woke Up

Silly Rare Mercury # offering up not one, but killer sides from Chicago.

I’m curiously wondering just how many serious Soul collectors will be dismissive about this Northern Soul juggernaut of a tune, as it resides on a rather commonly spied label design.. the Oval logo Mercury label..

Think again, this Chicago conceived Northern Soul beast, for whatever reason is super-tough to find and when you unleash the soundfile - the desire for ownership could well become overwhelming. As Nathaniel Meadows pulls together a crammed studio of horns, bluesy guitar (Buster Benton?) and ignites Chicago dance.

From the very first note, those honkin’-horns are utterly relentless ripping up all in front of them, decorated by twangy guitar riffs..the power builds. Only a gnarled vocal in the calibre of King Earnest’s could ever hope to make an impression on such a dominant production. Growls, howls, hoots and barks his vocal through a roller-coaster of sound!

Something the great Johnny Sayles would have enjoyed getting his teeth into… but hey, could Mr. Sayles have surpassed this uncompromising discharge of energy… capped off with some robust saxophone work at the end !! BRILLIANT..

For those of you who like their Northern Soul without limb-debilitating consequences - check out the cultured flipside, a slow-burn controlled masterpiece that swells, rises and lifts into a special Cross-over stroller of quality …as Earnest gets emotional…

Forget the label (which has light water stain) see scan; and treat this double header as one of those major label births that was missed by everyone….

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Honey & The Bees

Baby, Do That Thing / Sunday Kind Of Love

Fabulous Sister-Funker!

These usually oh-so-sweet Philly-Ladies drop their elegant wasy and find some real attitude as they rip into and tear up, Jimmy Bishop, Billy Broomer & Norman Harris’s tit-bit, Winfield Parker had tackled just a few months earlier..

Love “The Sisters” sassy take on this uncompromising horn-honking Funker. The the lead of this 4 girl gathering, punches holes through the hard-line Bobby Martin arrangement with her forceful serving of the lyrics..

Proper 60s Funk Dancer in fine clean condition

Flip it over, for the side Arctic chose to lead with and they revert back to the style they made their highly-regarded reputation from. Soul as sweet as it gets.. tight harmonies, expressive vocals, rise and fall twist and turn from a cocktail of pitches into one delicious mix…

Condition of this PRMO is blinding - btw

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Gene Mcdaniels

A Hundred Pounds Of Clay

The lure from the British release UK Soul collector of the “Yellow” London DEMO only gets worse as you get older..

Personally being “Old-School” my pulse still gallops at the sight of a British 60s PROMO. But there is something about a “London” demo I find irresistible. Unlike the serious London label completist, they adore the Gold or Silver text releases. Each to their own, but I think with this example, most of you fanatical homeland Soul collectors, discover they will not own a copy. Our sales database born in the last century reveals this is our first DEMO copy in at least 15 years..

Yellow is so mellow - the vinyl is flawless - as are the two labels..

What’s not to love..?

It couldn’t ever be Eugene McDaniels rich velvety & utterly booming vocal

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Chris Clark

Love's Gone Bad / Put Yourself In My Place

Not only one of the tough TMG500s to snare but also offering up two fine Northern Soul offerings…into the bargain.

The multi-talented Chris Clark comes under the spell of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s genius with a less-commercial A-side that just screams Northern Soul; as Chris Clark’s vocal treated to a light “Echo” as it snarls its way through a mountain of horns, persistent guitar rhythm, rattling percussion and whirling keyboard work… All the time Ms. Clark’s vocal gathers strength as she acts out the lyrics of despair so beautifully.

Flipping it over, Chris gives her own interpretation of the much-loved Motown classic, The Isley Brothers, The Elgins, The Supremes etc. covered… But just like the a-side Chris Clark again stamps her own perception of those all-too-familiar lines, with perfect timing & delivery of the lyrics. The result this white Goddess sounds “Blacker Than Hell” with all that Soul… lushly decorated by some impressive Sax interludes.

Today before you, is a neat clean, small hole solid-center TMG591 that plays perfectly, these two fine offerings from an under-recorded Chris Clark. But for the distraction of her film-making talents; we would have heard much more of her vocal that always paints-the-picture of lyrics so vividly.

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Spank Chank Band

Outlaw / No Good For Me

Insanely RARE electric FUNKER backed with a slick Sweet Soul delight..

Topside is quintessential for today’s upfront modern Funk scene that has DJ’s migrating from the Northern Soul movement to a satellite of the Rare-Soul dance-culture to “something more challenging” was one quote I received from a devotee to urban Funk sound.

Some will love the electric intro, some may consider it out of kilter with what kicks in after the short guitar intro fades..me personally (making the purist wince) I’d skip past the acquired-taste intro, straight into the finely-tuned attitude funk dancer - totally obscure and ultimately near impossible to acquire.

Rare Sweet Soul enthusiasts will love the side this enigmatic gathering chose as the a-side. A saccharin stroller adorned with a girl chorus ratcheting up the atmosphere as this session gathers pace, morphing very nicely into a Soul-stepper.

Like ‘em Rare? Like them in vogue this listing delivers on BOTH fronts…big-time!

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Graig Douglas

Don't Mind If I Cry

By 1964 this British chart-toppers career was in decline by 1969 his record company PYE could not even spell his name correctly.. crediting this real-rarity to GRAIG Douglas, not that it made any difference no airplay was ever enjoyed on this Tony Hatch production of “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” with overwhelming competition from Sacha Distel & B. J. Thomas, Craig, it never stood a chance and his studio recording was all but over…

If you gotta go, why not go out with a record that today is vey highly sought-after, as the flipside has an enviable underground following from the Northern Soul British release collectors, and rightly so, as the soundfile is about to underline.

Haunting string intro throws you into thinking “what the hell is this?” then slowly but surely the recording stirs, builds, swells into one mighty Big City Beater… take a listen to this fine, fine sleeper from the most unlikely of sources..hidden away on the B-side of an insipid version of a B. J. Thomas hit, lay what I’d describe as a Brilliant-Brit-Belter…

LOVE IT and it is so very elusive! 

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Herb Johnson & The Impacts

I'm So Glad (i Found You) / Where Are You

This week’s RARE Northern Soul classic on it’s FIRST label is a fabulous piece of 1967 Philadelphia dance-soul..

Presumably Ed Gilreath of “Chips” record “pluggers” had been notified that a deal for a national release through Brunswick had already been struck; leaving the now coveted “Toxan” label, to been adjusted by the marker-pen, but thankfully leaving the flipside label untouched..

As you’d expect, the 1968 Brunswick press failed miserably with the black release STOCK copy being a real-challenge to find; and the Promo copy is no easy platter to apprehend either..

But before you today is its ultimate form, first local label that so seldom comes to market. With the Brunswick copy showing up in the more imaginative DJ sets in recent times; it’s popularity as a neglected oldie growing by the week.. We consider this TOXAN copy a top-trophy for those of you insistent on owning the elusive first labels..

Trigger the impressive soundfile, revealing uplifting, horn-honking vocal group Northern Soul on the lead side; with the flip giving up KILLER Philly Sweet Soul of the highest order.. two most wonderful tunes.. and Dog-Rare into the bargain.

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Lee Richards

I'm Waitin' / I Dreamed A Dream

Chicago Bluesman Lefty Bates backs this “impossible” double-helping of weirdness…

So out-of-left-field that we debated which side we should list first. Would it be the moody-growling slab of Popcorn/R&B or the crazy upbeat Sax-peppered R&B dancer.. in the end we decided to follow the label’s choice and open with an utterly distinctive ” I’m Waitin’ ” a slow-drag blending a wailin’ Saxophone with a funeral-inspired vocal-group and a lead vocal that would scare the kids to death.

For those of you into the exotic rarities, the slow-motion “Tittyshakers” that evoke visions of dingy smoke-veiled Southside Club with ladies-of-the-night hanging on the bar stocking-leg extended and swaying to the rhythm of an oversexed Saxophonist - whilst the man with the mike - teases her imagination with his highly-suggestive vocal… I think it’s so brilliantly off-the-wall!

Flip it over - and everyone one in the bar, is startled into action as R&B explodes at a pace reserved for only the nibblest… and that sax-man is at it again, strutting his stuff, spitting out notes only the outrageously proficient could even attempt,with Lee Richards reveling in the challenge..

I’ve just pitched the speed down to 43 rpm and it sounds even better than the soundfile provided…

Do you fancy a futile search trying to find a copy, this is rare and so very different… Marmite jumps to mind .. personally I like this example, spread thick and sticky all around my ears…

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Bobby Angelle

It's Just Gotta Be That Way

Shredded Wheat?

Yes, we all ate “Shredded Wheat” in our teenage years; in the car park of Wigan Casino, the seafront Of Blackpool, the darkened areas of Temple Street, Wolverampton. No doubt if you peered through the rows of parked car windows, you would more than likely see teenagers munching away madly devouring enough “Shredded Wheat” to get them through the rigors of an “All Nite”Soul-dancing session.

If you didn’t have any Shredded Wheat with you, there was always somebody who knew somebody who may have some spare to sell you. SW was essential..

“Shredded Wheat”… it made your head buzz with euphoria, gave you the energy to dance all night - even made the most mediocre record, sound damn FANTASTIC! Whether you agree with the amount of “Shredded Wheat” consumed on the Northern Soul scene or not; the atmosphere of these now iconic Clubs would have been so much duller without it.

As for late night “Shredded Wheat” dining making you younger in your twilight years… there is strong evidence to consider that statement to be a slight exaggeration… as 100s of our compatriots are now sadly meeting a premature departure from the scene…”Shredded Wheat” I’m just glad I only swallowed the “Blue” coloured ones..

Click the soundfile and enjoy yet another Northern Soul tune that has promoted Corporate products.. this example however being perhaps the obscures and hardest to find.

Condition of this now nationwide favourite is utterly flawless by the way..

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Ray Pollard

It's A Sad Thing C/w All The Things You Are

Undeniably one of the greatest male vocalists of the last century, the magnificent voice of Ray Pollard never fails but to move you.

This example has lived in the shadows of his previous 1966 masterpiece “The Drifter” for far too long. Guided by the same New York craftsmen of the big production Arnold Goland & Gerry Granahan who surprisingly use a British creation from the pens of Les Reed & Geoff Stephens ( No British counterpart who sang these Brit-lyrics jumps to mind)..

Potent lyrics they are too, perfectly worded to marry a Brill Building production.. the combination boils up into one almighty “Latin” inspired arrangement as those “Spanish Harlem” horns weld themselves to a full string section, cradling Ray’s muscular stance; with shrill ladies adding the feminine touch, that is so vital when this vocal-juggernaut revs.. trumpet breaks, strings, girls all provide a cushion for Mr. Pollard to spear his voice into….

UTTERLY BRILLIANT.

The flipside Pollard’s producers guide him towards a “show” tune… even then Ray’s vocal-prowess explodes..

As a STOCK copy this one tough 45 to acquire. This listing is so very near to Mint minus… as near as it could be, actually.

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Soul Children

Stax Promo Biograhy & Group 10" By 8" Glossy Photo

Perfect condition 8” by 10” glossy group shot of this highly accomplished Soul gathering; handpicked by Isaac Hayes & David Porter perform their selected premier creations.

Norman West had already shook Memphis by laying down some mighty Deep Soul creations on Hi Records, M.O.C. & Smash usually under the wing of Don Bryant.

Shelbra Bennett a local Memphis Sister who cut her Soul-teeth within the Church Community.

Anita Louis the youngest of the team, having work her way from being one of Carla Thomas’s starlet backing singers to a mainstay in Soul Children.

Last member John Colbert, became noticed after working his trade as a street-corner sing on the street of Memphis for many years until his resilience paid dividends ..

Together with the stunning group-photo comes a 5 page insight into the group, its members and the people who drove the Soul Children though to release fully 8 highly-regarded albums ad innumerable 45s.

The backbone of the group was its ability to spontaneously change the lead-vocalist between them. crafting some of the greatest “Soul” recordings ever made..

This PROMO KIT is insanely RARE and in perfect condition.. the “Paper-Boys” among you will recognize the importance of this beautiful document.. 

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Secrets

I Suppose / Such A Pity

You are viewing one extremely RARE British 45. Interest from both British MOD-Styles beat-collectors and Northern Soul British completists.

We kick off with the side CBS decided to lead with (but never promoted) as its acute rarity bears out. “I Suppose” A guitar-strummer, featuring blue-eyed harmony of a calibre far and beyond the UK norm, an infectious tune you will find turns into an ear-worm.

“Such A Pity” is the “value” side as the pace quickens, delivering a “Buckinghams” styled Northern Soul dancer, again shimmering in precise harmonies..

Both sides written by Clifford T. Ward we presume… may we repeat this 45 suffers from severe-rarity indeed.

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

The Onion Song / I Can't Believe You Love Me

the world is just a great big onion”

Well, we expect a few tears from those Tamla Motown addicts, who thought they had completed their British Tamla Motown collection, and now realize they haven’t..

Attention TMG aficionados - check out this DEMO - showing off the PROMO only Picture Sleeve, that is so rare I’d personally forgotten it existed. Must be fully 4 decades since I’ve encountered it.

Completists and you know you ALL are - the TMG hoarders you will not rest until you own ever conceivable combination, variations and quirks of one of the worlds most compelling vinyl addictions.

The labels are perfect as you’d expect if a record has been encased in a picture sleeve all it’s life, vinyl has a couple of insignificant light blemishes; the incredibly import PROMO ONLY wavy-top picture sleeve has had its seams strengthened with cellotape, most like attached as it was received; annoying as it may be, it more than likely saved it from certain “death” as most all copies got torn and discarded.

Are you a TMG totalist ?

if you are, we are betting this example is one you do need rattling around in your head, losing sleep knowing its out there but not in your collection.

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Music Sauce C/w B. J. The D.j. Jones

Soul Is Born / Soul Is Born (it Ain't Made)

A listing for those of you fixated on the seriously obscure - those street-level projects that only reached for friends & family or those given away at artists local performance.

As you can see on the label B. J. The D.j. Jones used this 45 to promote himself adding his phone # to the label.

So now get ready for inventive weirdness with a unique instrumental groove. Dominated by a shuddering harmonica with some Bluesy guitar picking with a Funk rhythm.

The vocal side E. Rodney Jones himself would have been proud of, as B.J.’s gnarled vocal preaches the values of “Real-Soul”. Ear-catching lyrics stroll though the maze of harmonica puffs & sucks as you’d expect with B.J. as the artist.

I find this ultra rare Orlando, Florida session, a totally refreshing journey away from the norm. Rippling with individual invention and personalized neighborhood musicianship…

LOVE IT!

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Bobby Bennett

Alone With My Tears

With the Big Production Beat Ballad on the comeback trail - with events like “Carib-Soul”, facebook pags like” Beat Ballad Heaven” the genres profile has never been more out-there.

So presenting the very pinnacle of this style, naturally gives me a warm glow inside..I’ve always been a sucker for the sad-song but when it carries all those well-honed East-Coast characteristics of squealing girls, crisp trumpets, rolling drums, tickling piano cradling a Deep-throated mature vocal… I go weak..

For me this is one of the very greatest records ever made… having a drastic effect on the emotions; delivered with an ease that only a Major-League voice can ever hope to achieve…

Beat-Ballad is back with a bang - as over this last few weeks… Sam Fletcher, Kenny Sheppard, Al McCarther, Buddy Smith, JImmy Beaumont, The High Keyes have been played whilst I’ve been out ad about and all stayed in my head, ear-worms of the sweetest kind.

Totally adore this approach to 60s Soul music…. and this is one of the greatest & rarest examples..

Listen and prepare to be moved.. look and wonder when we you again encounter a neat clean Blue Stock copy.

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Ben Zine

Village Of Tears

Our aim every week, week in week out now for 16 years is to present a collection of auction items to suit all pockets, all tastes and most of all, make it colourful and interesting.

This weeks choice for the Classic Northern Soul 45 with a difference is certainly that…

A Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier anthem, in rarely witnessed apparel, the West Coast “staggered” “Two Shields” Los Angeles VINYL press. These clothes are outnumbered by at least 10 to 1, when compared with the rare “straight” logo East Coast press.

July 1966, it was promo’d to zero effect, I can never remember seeing a styrene “Monarch” press stock copy, so logically it may never have achieved release or if it did, it certainly never sold a bean.

This listing is aimed at both those avid NS collectors seeking perfection and those seeking the very rarest form, the STOCK East Coast being 4 times more difficult to acquire, but I find half as attractive..

We know many collectors trying for a full-house of these eye-catching “Two Shields” Promo NS classics..with Jerry Jackson, Christine Cooper, Chubby Checker being particularly tricky to trap… add Ben Zine to that list.. this is first time we’ve listed it THIS CENTURY in this form.

Time is now if your “full-house” dreams are to be realized..

Condition is PERFECT - release date written on flipside label is its only flaw.

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Beginning Of The End

Funky Nassau Part 1 & 2

First label before Alston - very tough to acquire this FUNK anthem in it’s birthday-clothes

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Dusty Springfield

That's The Kind Love I've Got For You

When comes to girl-vocalists, NOBODY is more collectable than our Dusty!

Especially for our army of Dusty-Devotees.. Here is is one her toughest pieces of work to acquire a 1978 UK Mercury Promo 12” in it’s original birth-sleeve all in immaculate condition.

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