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Imperial C's

Someone Tell Her

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

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 170.00

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Lonzine Cannon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Billy Keene

Wishing And Hoping C/w Cross My Heart

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Fred Johnson

I Feel The Soul C/w Don't Leave Me (i Was Wrong)

Crazed Chicago Northern Soul and so darn RARE!

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Doc Peabody

Here Without You Part 1 & 2

Goose-pimple inducing Soulful dance!

It is records of this stature that convince me that listening or dancing to Rare USA Soul is the most-gratifying musical experience I personally could ever experience.

This record and the very few other known recordings of this unattainable calibre, take me and I’m sure you also, deep into a place nothing else can.

Awesome, street-level Cleveland, Ohio D.I.Y. Real Soul, saturated in mood changing influences. Sulking strings decorated by a desperately beseeching Womackesque vocal, come together sparking off the perfect “lost-Love” Soul struggle.

THIS IS RARE SOUL AT IT’S VERY, VERY FINEST!

Current bid: £ 1,416.00

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Bid on Here Without You Part 1 & 2

Hesitations

She Won't Come Back C/w I'll Be Right There

1967 vinyl press Philippines PROMO

It is no secret that PIED PIPER I consider crafted the greatest 60s Soul productions any team has ever made. This double helping from the PP Gang from their premier male vocal group, perfectly qualifies that comment!

Not even an hint of commercial aspirations, as both sides are sodden in proper Soulful emotion, knitted together by the most easy to dance to, Motor City arrangements.

The writing skills of Lorraine Chandler & Jack Ashford set the tone for the A-side Northern Soul cruise, with Rare Earth’s Ray Monette & Mickey “Guitar” Baker laying down the lyrics for arguably the better of the two sides..

But it matters not which side you play, you’re treated to silky Detroit Northern Soul served up so very smoothly by one of it’s finest male-vocal-groups to migrate to Detroit.

Before you today is the insanely rare 1967 Philippines PROMO copy; pressed in high-fidelity VINYL - the USA Kapp counterpart is of course styrene…

I’ve personally have never seen a copy of this “impossible” variation before…have you?

Current bid: £ 97.00

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Magnetics

Lady In Green C/w Heart You're Made Of Stone

Straight from the USA - the much-loved Duke Browner’s crowning Northern Soul moment.

You are witnessing a universally endorsed “HOLY GRAIL” moment.

Both sides give up the flawlessly crafted male vocal-group Detroit Northern Soul of the very rarest kind…both sides are Top Drawer NS

We have always been proud of the condition we consistently offer our Soul rarities in - this offering has you can hear, has surface marks from a 50 year lifetime inside a Detroit home. But I must admit, when coming face to face with the immensity of this disc, a few light pops along the way, do nothing to calm my racing pulse.

We’ll let the full double soundfile & the two label scans with the Columbia promo sticker on the a-side, do the rest of the talking.

Current bid: £ 3,522.00

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Wilson Love

(the Money Song) Funny Money

From the fertile streets of Oakland, California comes the spring of 1970 Northern Soul crossover delight!

It is the same team that covered The Mylestones NS instrumental classic “The Joker” on Way Out Records, Bay Area “Natural Soul Band” guided by the prolific Jesse Mason. Mason takes a more subtle approach to their music this time, with a thoroughly classy soulful stroller.

The mysterious “one” recording only Mr. Wilson Love, displays such “cool” with his throaty cultured vocal, woven into a well endowed horn arrangement all served up at a most-refreshing pace.

This just floats from start to finish, little wonder over the years this rarity has graced the highly discriminating turntables of Soul Essence, Just Soul, The Orwell etc. where only the pinnacle of our music has the opportunity of an airing.

Like a returning lover, it’s been a long time since I’ve encountered this beauty, and it sounds even better than the first time I feel in completely in love with it..

Virgin “Unplayed” cocooned in it’s birth-sleeve until we lifted the impressive soundfile.

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Garnett Mimms And The Senate

As Long As I Have You

Recorded in the UK during Garnett’s Club & University tour of England in 1966. There is no USA release for this 45, this session was supported by Garnett’s tour backing band, British “MOD” group The Senate.

Listen as this furious recording captures the very essence of the MOD era, as New York Soul collides with British Psyche …and what a result!

Bob Elgin & Jerry Ragovoy’s composition lifts the roof off, as British producers Derek Lawrence & Dave Paramor (Simon Dupree fame) rachet up the session with blaring-brass and wild drumming…wisely holding back the MODS preferred instrument “The Hammond” until 1/2 way through, but when that fires up all hell breaks lose!

This is so damn powerful..just listening, leaves you breathless..

Before you today is a flawless 1967 British Green & White DEMO hugging it’s birth-sleeve. 

Irresistible..

Current bid: £ 77.00

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Soulful Two

Fi-yi Dance

As a young lad the most exciting thing to me was awaiting Saturday’s mail - it would contain the much-anticipation “Brian 45 Philips” set sale of Soul listings.

Wow, this guy always had tunes I’d never heard of but just by the titles I was sure I wanted to own. Jimmy Soul Clark - Come On And Be My Sweet Darling - being my first “surprise” purchase.. you can imagine after that I was addicted hook, line & sinker compelled to buying myself records that just looked good in type!

So when these words jumped off the page at me… SOULFUL TWO - FI-YI DANCE - PURE SOUL MUSIC ownership was imperative… but I was to be disappointed SOLD already.

It would be literally years and years before I even heard the record, but it never left my head… Artist, title & label branded in my mind forever…like some mystical dream..

Well, when I was to eventually own a copy I was not disappointed, always a sucker for a good instrumental - and this long-lost want was so different. It emitted the 1966 street-sounds of Los Angeles as Leon Haywood’s long-term associate Nathaniel Nathan crafted a simplistic but highly infectious mid-60s groove from a guitar and a set of Bongos…how talented is that.

Having guided instrumental group The Packers already to Northern Soul success this session could easily have followed “Go Ahead On” or “Hole In The Wall” but one thing stood in it’s way, unlike The Packers 45, The Soulful Two disc was seriously elusive, and never achieved the depth of play for it to take off big. Although I have been told it did receive muchlove from a few of the “Stafford” jocks.

Anyhow, this 45 still after 44 long years holds a special place in my head..and today it still flicks on all the adrenaline switches the returning of an old friend should do.

Rare, infectious and decidedly distinctive… love it!

Current bid: £ 39.00

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Blues & Soul

Issue 7 April 1969

The formative years of the World’s greatest ever window into Soul Music.

This rare # 7 issue from 7th. April 1969 cover some this the decades most important artists.

Marvin Gaye + Bio James Carr + Bio Van Dykes + Bio

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Twisted Wheel Flyers

Summer Attractions & Special Door Price Flyers

If you lived at 18 Empire Road, Burton On Trent in the summer of 1969, you would not be thinking “Beer” at the weekend, after this envelope dropped through your letterbox.

An invitation to spend your Saturday nights on Whitworth Street, Manchester. A MOD oasis within the mediocrity of the British music scene, as the management and the DJ’s endeavored to offer the very finest in USA & British R&B / Soul acts and recordings.

Summertime for THE MODS meant the seaside and running battles with Rockers or Greasers as their name had been recently adjusted to. So the country’s primary all nite club did a special offer of 10 shillings on the door. What a bargain to see the likes of Jamo Thomas, Jimmy Ruffin, The Crystals, The Ronnettes or maybe James & Bobby Purify would attract?

Before you are Summer Attractions & Special Door Price flyers in the same condition as Mr. J. Watson viewed them way back in June 1969.

Authentic original Northern Soul club memorabilia has never been more sought-after - to acquire in this level of condition and still retaining the original franked envelope it was mailed in…is the pinnacle Northern Soul archiving .

Current bid: £ 29.00

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Sam & Kitty

I've Got Something Good

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

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 170.00

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Bobby Guitar Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

Potent, relentless and oh so memorable..

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

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

Current bid: £ 13.00

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Brenda Holloway

Just Look What You've Done

An utterly flawless UK DEMO embracing it’s birth-sleeve…

One of Brenda’s many fabulous Northern Soul dance offerings, but arguably her least heard? Recheck on this racing Northern Soul winner guided by the master-craftsman of 60s dance, Mr. Frank Wilson himself.

The perfect marriage of Brenda’s gilded vocal and Frank’s invariably bulging out of the studio productions. Loud but seamless, potent but Soulful, explosive but crystal clear…made possible when an impeccably crisp vocal is guided by intelligent enthusiasm.

These two Soul-savants, were at the time at the very top of their trade…the result …just like the record is completely immaculate.

Current bid: £ 35.00

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Johnnie Taylor

The Roots Of

Astonishing condition!

Highly desirable 1969 UK release on one of the world’s most collectable labels. Dave Godin’s vehicle for soul music in the UK has over the decades become legendary. This Album showcases the incredible vocal-power of a Soul Great, covering Johnnie Taylor early years on Sam Cooke’s SAR label.

Today this rarity is rightly considered a real prize, but in this perfect condition it’s a real British trophy piece..

Current bid: £ 44.00

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Montclairs

Hey You! Don't Fight It! C/w Never Ending Love

My first recollection of his sumptuous 45 was when I heard Paul Rudzitis play it on a Thursday night at a small club in Leicester circa 1972/73. and now more than 40 years past my Gas-fitting apprenticeship days; when I hooked up at night in Leicester with Plumber apprentice “Shelvo” to frequent the short lived “Lacarno” on Silver Street, Leicester Northern Soul events.

Rudzy was way ahead of his time, as in the same set he’d spin Life’s - Tell Me Why - as a new release. Playing to a handful of customers who had mostly had no idea what these two currently breaking Blackpool Mecca tunes were.

Today both records are considered jewels of our music. With The Montclairs always being a well received turntable choice; invariably filling a floor as the cultured harmony vocals glide through a terrific NS dance arrangement.

Collectors note; this aged Northern Soul artifact that has ignited euphoric recall of my formative years, is an eye-widening MINT. Utterly flawless in ever way…most likely unplayed until the impressive double soundfile was lifted - certainly needs to be kept at arms length way from grimy upstart Gas Fitters or plumbers for that matter.

Happy days…

Current bid: £ 742.00

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Thelma Houston

Baby Mine C/w The Woman Behind Her Man

If your edging towards that magical milestone 60 years of age. This 45 will have the power to catapult your mind back to those heady days of The Torch, The Cats, Leeds Central, Saturday’s in Selec-A-Disc’s cellar, Friday mornings waiting by the leterbox for a Brian 45 Phillips or Soul Bowl list to drop through the door.

later on journey’s to Wigan Casino…this 45 screams the Northern Soul glory years of 1972 to 75.

So how pleased are we today to be able to offer you a near 50 year old “Virgin” copy in utterly like new condition.

We are guaranteeing this copy is UNPLAYED - soundfile lifted off a recent PROMO we just added to the website.

I don’t think I ever saw a mint unplayed copy back in the early 70s..so those of OCD about condition you will be over the moon to own this “lifetime filed” only copy!

Current bid: £ 122.00

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Sapphires

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

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 186.00

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Little Willie Littlefield

Baby Shame C/w Mistreated

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

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

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

LOVE IT!

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 52.00

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Richard Temple

That Beatin' Rhythm C/w Could It Be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 9.00

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Kim Weston

I'm Still Loving You

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

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

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

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

Fastidious TMG trawlers - look no further.

Current bid: £ 120.00

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Jackie Shane

In My Tenement

This weeks mid-price NS offering comes from studio of Henry “Juggy” Murray; one of New York’s hardest working music-men, again “Juggy” delivers the East Coast big production, with this, the original version of Bobby Scott & Artie Resnick’s much recorded song.

This Latin spiced, trumpet propelled Northern Soul chugger ripples with all those delicious Big Apple influences. Backing is littered with relentless girl chatterings, soaring brass elevating a “feminine” male vocal, that fits the atmosphere perfectly.

The hardest aspect of capturing this 45 - is condition - so often witnessed suffering from surface marks and label defacing.

This copy is a beauty, tiny BB drill being it’s only flaw.

Current bid: £ 111.00

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Mickey & The Soul Generation

Southern Fried Funk Part 1 & 2

Independent 70s FUNK instrumentals do not get richer than this “kitchen-sink” production.

George Salas’s creation of “Southern Fried Funk” is full to overflowing with a maelstrom of horns, fabulous talented guitar picking, restrained and perfectly pitched keyboard work; all decorated by an insanely intrusive saxophonist. Iced to perfection when that guitarist twangy punctuations hit at exactly the right times.

As rare urban-FUNK goes this gathering have served up some real killers, this example being no exception, to the high standard these guys work to…

Strong, relentless stuff from a band of highly gifted musicians.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Jesse Thomas

Bases Are Loaded C/w Should I Pay Dues

New Orleans finest come together to craft PROPER NORTHERN SOUL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Vel-vets

I Got To Find Me Somebody

I’m Gonna To Find Me Somebody” .. WOO! “I’ve Got To Find Me Somebody” .. WOO! “Gotta Find Me Somebody!”

To witness a NS gathering performing synchronised raised arms and consolidated screams of “WOO! When peering down onto the 1974 Wigan Casino throng, has to be, for those who witnessed it, the most-moving statement of music-fan-camaraderie possible, and for everyone there a defining moment of their Northern Soul lifestyle.

Considering 40 years down the road, exactly the same response can be experienced at any British club, the moment the needle is dropped on this timeless Los Angeles classic, underlines the strength of the scene.

Before you today is the rarely seen West Coast styrene STOCK copy with birth-sleeve, so very attractive…so damn historical..and so impossible not to go WOO!

Current bid: £ 472.00

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Lil Major Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joann Courcy

I Got The Power

a flawless 1966 New Yorker from the desk of the man who mentored Doris Troy to successful Soul-stardom.

Ex-Orioles “tenor” Gregory Carroll wrote and produced this Goliath of a stomper…so far away from his days of crooning “Crying In The Chapel” Mr. Carroll serves notice with thumpin’ piano intro, closely followed by screaming horns to accompany the high-pitched “Courcy” swagger, as she struts from one verse to another, elevated by the vocal-group chorus in the back-up.

First played by the legendary “Poke” at Cleethorpes Pier, volume right up.. I thought the structure would slip into the North Sea under such power….

Courcy-Power! Proper Norther Soul!!

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Little Tommy

Baby Can't You See

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

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

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

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

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

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King Moses

I've Got This Feeling C/w I Forgot To Say (i Love You)

For 33 years a Rare-Soul “impossible”

What a privilege to be able to enjoy, what is the absolute pinnacle of 80’s Rare-Soul collecting, not only offering up a legendary rare dance tune but also a massively moving soulful ballad supported by a full vocal-group backing, hidden away on the flip.

Two sides perfectly coveringboth of today’s “modern” most collectable of genres.

In the beginning only owned by British Rare Soul DJ aristocracy with those two known copies both suffering from that distasteful label address defacing. NOTE both labels are this listing are perfect!

So with no furthest comment, click the soundfile and prepare to dance! …

..wait a second or two for the flipside to glide in.. then prepare to swoon!

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Supremes

Nothing But Heartaches C/w He Holds His Own

The lure of the Red & White Tamla Motown DEMO never ceases to pull you in.

For those of you demanding flawless condition whilst on the journey of completing the TMG runs or indeed climbing the Tamla Motown “Everest” of owing all the Red & White Demo’s made. Let us assure to this offering is a sparkling Mint - throughout.

As you can see two spotless labels, original Birth-sleeve and vinyl that only reveals the merest sleeve brush blemish or two in strong light.

We doubt many will need reminding of the H-D-H genius that the grooves give vent to… but click the soundfile anyway to hear the Motown girl-sound at it most vibrant!

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Tams

Hey Girl Don't Bother Me C/w Take Away

The Twisted Wheel all nite sessions were only a year old when this 45 hit the streets of the UK. It is unclear to me at this time whether R&B pioneer Roger Eagle actually purchased it as a new release or it was to be discovered at a later date? But one thing is for sure over the following 6 years this 45 had such and impact and built up an unrivaled reputation that when UK Probe re-issued it in 1971 it shot straight to #ONE in the charts. To become the first real hit to ride on the back of a Northern Soul reputation.

Before you today is a 45 that after 1964 and it’s swift deletion was an impossible grail for “The MODS” a DJ trophy with very few equals..Joseph Pope’s singular vocal style fronting some ultra-smooth harmony backing woven into an irresistible dance rhythm. It smashed the charts and echoed around every British Friday night Youth Club session.

An historic 45 dripping with the breeding that made the Northern Soul scene the thing to be part of during your youth…never expecting it to be a lifetime thing..

This copy is mere whisker away from an all round Mint -

ESSENTIAL British vinyl collectable.

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Enchantments

I'm Falling In Love With Your Daughter Part 1 & 2

Condition, Condition, Condition!

Nearly 50 years old - and this file-fresh Northern Soul stomper has never encountered a club-stylus. One disc in a line of Autumn and winter offerings from a file-only hoarder collection.

If you like your Northern Soul with meat n’ potatoes, uncompromising and relentless you will already be familiar with this explosive dancer.

What you maybe not be familiar with, is two flawless labels and vinyl that was most-likely unplayed until it had the almighty soundfile lifted.

Stunning…

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Willie Hooks

Am I The Man C/w The Place Around The Bend

This weeks RARE and very compelling Northern Soul R&B listing is something rather special we think!

In Los Angeles autumn of 1965 Wallace Petty & Willie Hooks were getting to grips with two persuasive street-level dance tunes, instantaneous dance grooves. Topside displays Willie’s controlled Bluesy-growl rides a piano arranged that is suddenly elevated into specialdom by a studio of howling horns!

This is mid-60s R&B dance, not only at it’s most convincing but also at it insanely rarest!

So what does the flip hold for us… the same pianist rattles out the intro as Mr. Hooks calms somewhat but still thumps it out his urban enthusiasm with that whiskey-worn vocal..

Two great sides - with the lead side carry massive potential for the R&B DJ seeking the ultimate rarities.

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Sherry Satins

Don't Let Him Catch You Crying C/w Little Girl Sad

Girl group collectors they don’t come any rare - than this Northern Soul bomb

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Newbeats

Crying My Heart Out

From the Golden Days of Wigan Casino a NS CLASSIC in it’s most desirable and least seen form - a summer of 1966 British DEMO!

Shreveport, Louisiana trio who hit the big time with their Four Seasons styled performance with “Bread and Butter” but also broke through big into the British 60s all-night Club scene with the iconic “Run, Baby Run” a formative recording that hooked so many teenagers into a life of 60s “Soul” dance, through it’s Youth Club exposure of the early 70s on the back of Twisted Wheel anthem status through the 60s.

But before you today is pure-distilled Wigan Casino anthem and the certainly for me The Newbeats most-stimulating recording.

Immaculate condition still snoozing in it’s birth-sleeve…

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Jade

Boodi Shakes Money

For lovers of Psychedelic FUNK here is a ground level beast from the streets of Norfolk, Virginia!

George Clinton influenced shaker led by Cow-bells beatinng out time, with the rhythm galvanized by a persistent Wah-Wah guitar that veers off into a couple of insane solo’s, whilst Jade members incessantly chat their mantra.

Flip it over and it gets a little crazed, as the gathering push their love of all things Funkadelic/Parliament to the very outer limits.

This 45 is very specialized stuff and very seldom comes to market..

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Psychodelic Frankie

Putting You Out Of My Life

Northern Soul in recent times is enjoying an unprecedented upsurge in popularity. Not only for the NS classic dominated venues, but it is likewise true for those “breakaway” events, that demand the more soulful rare sound. Soul Essence has championed this style for decades but an unstoppable tide of rare-soul fans with impeccable taste have supported many other events.

“Simply Soul” “Va Va Voom” “Just Soul” and more recently “A Dab Of Soul” have all played their part in delivering more quality recordings to a wider, growing audience.

This 45 encapsulates everything the “breakaway” NS climate is all about. Extreme rarity could never be in question, neither could the soulful ingredients that go to make up this very “special” tune.

Frankie “Psychodelic” Snowden swaggers through a horn propelled production, his brooding vocal delivering defiance-saturated emotion. Perfect pace for the dancers, with just enough beat to immerse yourself in what is more than “A Dab Of Soul” or “Simply Soul” not “Just Soul” but soul with more than enough “Va Va Voom” to deliver the very “Essence” of what collecting and dancing to real-rare-soul is entirely about.

Top class tune and so seldom seen for sale..

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Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels

You Get Your Kicks

Not many, if any English Soul collectors will be able to boast of owning this 1975 debut British outing for one of the timeless classics, from it’s Brian “45” Phillips “Twisted Wheel” beginnings to the recordings popularity peak of The Catacoombs / Golden Torch. Previously USA only release, that rose to floor destroyer status, taking over the NS baton from “Breakout” .

Before you today is one exceptionally rare and historical British studio acetate cut by Pye Studios for the 1975 Pye Disco Demand release #113 (where interestingly they misspelled Ryder as “Rider”) released to meet the huge demand created as Wigan Casino Jocks still featured it’s potency every Saturday, for it’s instant rapturous floor filling powers.

Direct cut - blaring brass carry Detroit-defiance along on a wave of total 60s-dance.

Historical - spelled correctly and so neatly written credits - we think it looks gorgeous, don’t you? 

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James Brown And The Famous Flames

Night Train

SUE the UK’s most sought after label - so when we turn up a release up in Mint condition - especially a Club-Classic, that is always in “used” and “loved” condition, we feel the British vinyl-perfectionist would like to claim ownership.

Not the rarest SUE but certainly one the most difficult to acquire at this level of condition - which is MINT on the eye - but forensically Mint -.

It’s plain white birth-sleeve will accompany this, one owner from new, copy to it’s final resting place..sitting snugly in a SUE run and replacing the invariably under Mint resident.

Perfectionists look no further…Twisted Wheel classic and an integral part of this most-important of British 60s labels and our history.

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7 Sounds Ltd.,

(i'm Waiting For) Sweet Harmony C/w Blessed Return

Not only extremely RARE, is this weeks Sweet Soul offering. But it also carries a bonus tucked away on the flipside; in the form of a contagious blend of Jazz/Latin & FUNK!

I can tell you very little about the group or indeed of it’s origins; as this is the first time we have ever listed this obscurity for sale. But the label design and texture suggests the New York area. As does the fluid sweetness of the harmonies, as falsetto backing cushions the expressive lead vocal who seems at times to be in despair, very reminiscent of other N.Y. soulful ballads. Then towards the end comes the fabulously Deep and meaningful “Rap” break using a deep n’ husky Soul Man to get he message nailed..

Flip it over and Big Apple influences are again apparent with the FANIA influence 5.15 minute Saxophone dominated FUNK groove driven by a fusion of insanely frantic guitar work, rattling drumming, jazzy keyboard and that relentless saxophonist after a short break crashes back in with a vengeance!

More contrasting sides on one disc would be hard to find..but both sides give up compelling Off-The-Wall spontaneity. 

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Ronald James Presents The Symphonics

Ohh Wee, Thank You For Choosing C/w Symphoinic Strut

I do like those seldom heard record collecting phrases…

“Wow! I’ve Never Seen This Record Before!”

Especially when it’s me, muttering it under my breath, as my white blood cells hurriedly oscillate around my arteries….Well, I never have!

Never, in all my days has this 45 passed through my hands .. seriously RARE! North Carolina urban D.I.Y. Sweet Soul rippling with all those naive ingredients that charm so much, when encountering these hopeful meetings; with the end product never receiving airplay, only reaching family members and friends.

This is street -evel Sweet Soul as rare as it can possibly get, practiced and perfected on the street corners of Greenboro, N.C. and somehow today landing on my desk in the middle of England.

As so often happens with these limited singular recording the group wisely recorded a totally different genre on the flipside. If you into rare-breaks / funk etc do check out he equally unsophisticated instrumental on the flip..

The genuinely RARE, don’t you just love them…

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Sisters Love

I'm Learning To Trust My Man

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

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

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

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

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

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West Wing

West Wing

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

Cocooned for 40 years unopened and perfect.

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

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

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

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Day-tons

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

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

Total Soul Excellence!!

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

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

CLASS! real CLASS! and so freaking RARE!

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

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