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Life

Tell Me Why

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

This week I was browsinbg through the early first 100 or so Blues & Soul magazines and a young DJ’s name kept appearing, Jocking alongside Colin Curtis & Ian Levine at the Leicester events..

Before you today is one of the reasons Paul Rudzitis graced the turntables along with those Blackpool Mecca Gods.

He was the first person I heard play Life - Tell Me Why - and since those halcyon apprenticeship days, I’ve hardly seen another stock copy that Paul purchased as a new release, he was so clued in..

One of the greatest tunes ever made during the 70s.. begging to replace “The Carstairs” as the evergreen “soulful” choice of spin.

This is of course the extremely rare STOCK copy!

A trophy-piece rarity

Current bid: £ 201.00

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Jessie Davis

There's Room For Me

Legendary Los Angeles Northern Soul from a man who is no stranger to the superior 60s dance offering. With his “Gonna Hang On In There” held in very high regard by NS aficionados. Here’s his even rare most-wanted 45.

The celebrated gifts of Arthur Wright are evident as he guides Jessie through another of his signature full orchestra driven productions, perfectly matched with the artists cultured vocal.

In true “Wright” style a backing of blaring horns provide the perfect surroundings for a troop of strident girls to unleash shrill choruses against a bank of zippy strings layering even more oomph into this huge production.

Totally classy session carrying an irresistblely smooth richness, we have begun to expect from these two talented characters of the 60s Los Angeles Soul scene.

Near impossible to secure in this flawless condition.

Current bid: £ 15.00

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Mary Stallings C/w Hewitt & Company

You Gotta Git C/w Lame Duck

You have more chance of you hearing The Queen trump during her Christmas Day speech, than finding this 45 Mint minus condition.

Farcically RARE, Lonnie Hewitt Oakland, California project with San Francisco’s highly regarded Jazz Diva. The prolific Mr. Hewitt manages to fuse R&B, Soul and Jazz into one juggernaut of a stomper, elevated into another league by Miss Stallings undeniable gift for delivering tongue-twisting lyrics without pause or stall, so powerfully it demands “Northern Soul Dance”

Classy, classy Northern Soul backed up with a fine Jazz instrumental twist on the session, as a rattling piano steps up in place of the vocal. The presence of Stallings as the singer, seems to have drawn in the Bay Areas most talented jazz musicians as this vocal-free rendition stands up to Cal Tjader, Ramsey Lewis standard scrutiny.

As we stated at the beginning, even getting a whiff of this rarity in any condition, is pretty remote… 

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Sidney Barnes

I Hurt On The Other Side

Having earlier mentioned the influence Sidney Barnes had and still has on the Northern Soul scene, we thought let’s list an example of this man’s extreme talent of serving up memorable 60s dance-Soul.

This 45 is considered his finest & certainly most-wanted. A record that Capitol picked up on, for Arthur Wright to get his teeth into; in true Arthur style he totally beefed it up. With Capitol behind it achieved not only very minor sales but also it’s wider availability provided the Northern Soul scene with the copies that turned it into a Torch, Mecca, Cataombs, Leeds Central, pre-Wigan NS Monster..

This, the original version is a totally different story - sold nothing on release; in fact an excruciating rarity as the stock copy, a mythical 45 (never seen in the flesh as the Red Bird press) leaving the extremely elusive PROMO in front of you as the only realistic route to secure a copy.

So much more subtle than the brazen Jerry Cook take,so subtle, polished with classy girls cooing & oohing at every opportunity - this is classy, classy Northern Soul that other the brief 70’s Charley records re-issue, has never been bootlegged..

Trophy-piece NS classic with two flawless labels - the vinyl has a few very light surface marks but as you can see and hear it does NOT affect play.

Proud ownership await

Current bid: £ 364.00

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Eddie Parker

I'm Gone C/w Crying Clown

Another MINT heartstopper from the Elephant’s graveyard of unplayed Northern Soul Monsters, comes this NS masterpiece - in the same exact condition as the day it was made, never fully leaving it’s birth-sleeve! Record collecting does not come anymore challenging than this.

A dangerously exciting artifact of incalculable importance, that most-all consider as the greatest Northern Soul record ever made, but a few would argue the flipside is even better!

In 2014 to even dream of acquiring this dancefloor Leviathan of Northern Soul is somewhat a forlorn hope - but a MINT unplayed copy condition, it would be considered just naive totally hopeless wishful-thinking.

Act accordingly not only to own the Greatest Northern Soul 45s ever - but also the one in the finest condition on Planet Earth.

Current bid: £ 4,223.00

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Sam Moultrie

I'll Always Love You C/w Do Your Own Thing

How damn good does this beauty sound today, after avoiding the Oldies DJ overkill, that sadly so often taints a “Classics” kudos.

A listing for those many Northern Soul collectors, who relentlessly hunt down the rarest variations of the NS classics — here’s a seldom-seen example with blue & white logo. Instead of the straight black label with silver text. (So elusive!)

I remember this tune breaking at Cleethorpes Pier 1975-ish the same night a car full of us traveled up the coast, listening to it on a C90 cassette, that just happened to have Willie Hutch’s “Love Runs Out” as the next song. Fabulous piece of NS Dovetailing for tape-flow.

Low and behold, not long inside the Pier, and it got played. Soul Sam sending my ears a glossy shade of “Pea-Green”. On the way home we all knew the words to both the standout tunes on that C90 and sung them at the top of our voices.. a rather unpleasant experience if you sat next to “Spanner”.

This seldom seen variation is a flawless copy, looking good in it’s rarest outfit - take a listen to a fabulous underplayed groove that will, like it did me rekindle some euphoric NS recall.

PS FUNK fans will be impressed with the flipside - a right good “Hunk-Of-Funk” 

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Carl Douglas

Serving A Sentence Of Life

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

Totally RARE

Darn fantastic Northern Soul

A validated vintage classic

and a beautiful head-turner into the bargain

But there’s always a reason for some of these Brit-Exclusives capturing the very essence of Norhern Soul - the catalyst in this case being Pierre Tubbs.

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

Huge tune at The Torch, Cats, Blackpool Mecca, pre-Wigan Casino’s birth and another lasting legacy for the relentless British crate-digging troops who left no stone unturned in the exploration for the “next” tune.

Oh Boy, whoever first discovered this killer - must have leaped for joy all the way home…

Before you today is a fine clean copy, tiny discreet X on label is it’s only flaw.

Current bid: £ 162.00

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Jackey Beavers Show

We're Not Too Young To Fall In Love C/w When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

The seldom seen press on Jackey Beavers own independent FIRST label, before its “Mainstream 713” release, which incidentally, is nearly as hard to acquire as that title, is ONLY available as the very rare STOCK release.

So summarizing, which ever label you try to secure this 45 on, it is gonna be one hard quest for ownership.

On Saturday I dropped this title into my DJ set announcing it as “a voice to blow you away..!” no need to add to that description as you’ll hear again on the flipside the power of Soulful spit, snarl, growl & purr crash its way into your heart - with a fabulous version of the Sam & Dave anthem

Two killer sides one very rare local FIRST PRESS - what’s not to love?

Current bid: £ 122.00

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Darrell Banks

Open The Door To Your Heart / Our Love

In Short. Not only the WORLDS RAREST 45 but also truly iconic and mythical Northern Soul. Thought for the last 48 years NOT to exist.

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Under British Laws of Auctions all bids are legally binding. May the best man win this exquisite history making record. Which we believe has only been played twice on each side, for title confirmation purposes only. Both labels as you can see are totally perfect!

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY 

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Wigan Casino Tee Shirt

Wigan Casino Tee Shirt

An historical artifact and a major piece of “Casino” memorabilia.

In just sublime condition - this early 70s tee shirt sold reasonably well but we can assure you in 2014 very, very few are known to have survived. It is only our second example of this Wigan Casino body-statement and the previous lone example, was nowhere near as fine a condition as this offering.

May we point out the last inferior Tee Shirt was sold to a prestigious museum.. Who like us considered this garment a most important piece in the history of Northern Soul - we would even go so far as to say - just like the “WORLD’S RAREST 45” this too is something of an investment opportunity..

do not pass by - perhaps the most perfect stocking filler this Christmas has to offer. Registered before Christmas delivery guaranteed.

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The winning bid was £ 186.00

Ronnie Forte

That Was Whiskey Talkin' C/w Nervous Breakdown

A brief 1977 exclusive 45 for Mary Chapman, Queen of Cleethorpes claim for her young soldiers; who not only made “Whiskey Talkin” a monster in it’s time but equally the “Nervous Breakdown” side ploughed a furrow or two on that hallowed dancefloor. Back then it actually mattered not which side you dropped the needle on..both sparked the same response.

Those prolific Northern Soul bootleggers however, were only able to lift a poor quality sound from a cassette tape of the “Whiskey Talkin” side leaving the original still highly desirable for its uncompromising booming sound quality and the ” “Nervous Breakdown” side never got bootlegged at all…

Two great sides that validated The Pier & The Winter Gardens yet again with tunes born on the North Sea… today this euphoric original copy sounds doubly-right for a belated NS revival… and a Cleethorpes euphoric recall

Current bid: £ 312.00

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Christine Cooper

Heartaches Away My Boy

This Weeks Rare STOCK copy - is such a very special piece indeed - as it comfortably sits in everyone’s top five favourite Northern Soul Sister Classics.

and as a STOCK copy data suggests it close to 50 times rarer than the Promo counterpart.

So if you want to own one of Northern Soul finest offerings.. this is the form to buy it in.. after near 40 years of frustrating unattainable status - this is a NS Classics value will always be only going one way….

Other than the small bb drill in the label this copy is flawless in every way..

Current bid: £ 163.00

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Hollidays

I Lost You C/w Easy Living

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

A doubly delicious dollop of Detroit - vocal-group delight from the desks of two of the Motor City’s Soul Mentors.

We lead with Tony Hester writing, arranging and producing a current Northern Soul “revival” spin that on and off over the decades has resided on the turntables of a few Top-Jocks. Today I and many others drop the needle on this, to a hugely exuberant response.

PROPER DETROIT NORTHERN SOUL utilizing the staggering lead vocal of Steve Mancha.

Flip it over for an unparalleled piece of Michigan Soul which was credited To J. J. Barnes release on the highly coveted “Rare Stamps” album, listen to “The Hollidays” stir up the emotion, again allegedly Steve Mancha on lead.

Two totally stand-out tunes on one disc - and in “dream” condition - as all of you who know about Detroit collectables, this seldom-seem disc is almost never witnessed in anything but “trashed” condition - this copy is a whisker away from Mint minus.

PS in case your wondering - this is not my DJ box copy - personally I’d never think of parting..and after listening to these two remarkable sides - we are betting, neither would you…

Current bid: £ 763.00

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Lee Williams & The Cymbals

I'm A Teenager C/w Girl From A Country Town

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

I love all this guys work, with his equally talented backing group The Cymbals. Everything, so fluid, so slick, so tight, so darn soulful. So it comes as no surprise, that it matters not which side you drop the stylus on to, you’ll be treated to fabulously constructed vocal group Rare-Soul.

Currently both sides are receiving Northern Soul turntable time, and I’m sitting here still pondering on which side I prefer, yet again.

Let’s just say a finer double sider of this much-loved Harmony vocal genre, does not spring to mind. It is New Jersey Northern Soul crossover or if you prefer “Rare Soulful Dance” at its very finest!

Current bid: £ 161.00

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Velvet Satins

Nothing Can Compare To You

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

a perennial floor-packer for what seems forever.. but what also seems for ever is, the last time I saw this Northern Soul classic of classics in this format..

Quite easily it rarest design - the large logo WHITE DEMO Monarch recording press with Delta 56769 in the deadwax..

Click the soundfile and prepare to be catapulted back in time to THE CASINO at its height!

Current bid: £ 162.00

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Lita Roza

What Am I Supposed To Do

Ivor Raymonde is a producer who was used to working with ladies had the power to emit an explosive vocal. He of course guided the likes of Dusty Springfield on many of her standout performances. Likewise with the much recorded but comparatively unsuccessful Lita Roza Mr. Raymonde lays down a full orchestra arrangement to compliment Ms. Roza’s booming vocal.

Holly St. James style kettle-drums open the proceedings with a cooing girl-group embellishing the backing as banks of strings and blaring trumpets build up the Northern Soul backing.

Big vocals - Big productions you cannot ignore them, especially when the two aspects are equally matched.

This irresistible 1965 UK Red & White DEMO is is sparkling condition, close vinyl inspection reveals only a few hairline blemishes under light - the Red & White label has the radio station time written in biro 2’ 17” - and the file # to the right (see scan)

Incredibly rare offering that most British dedicates will be unable to boast of ownership of this vital 45.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Milton Wright

I Belong To You C/w Like A Rolling Stone

The very limited 70s edition, with a vocal laid over Milton Wright’s “The Gallop” has really took off in recent times and now detonates the “Park Your Drink And Dash” to the dancefloor. It’s a MONSTER crowd-pleaser!

With the bonus of a sumptuously soulful Crossover offering on flipside, which is also receiving similar attention at those “snooty” utterly Soulful events I like attending..

Two fab sides - immaculate condition throughout - and darn tricky to capture!

Current bid: £ 117.00

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Movin' Soothin' And The Stone Funk Band

Cryin' For Your Love C/w Dealin' With A Feelin'

Soulful Harmony vocal-group connoisseurs you are about to be impressed by a Dayton, Ohio area rarity; from the duo who gave us the stunning “Love’s Stormy Weather”. Again with the help of a vocal group, serve up a gloriously Soulful groove, exuding all the gravelly desperation we came to adore in the impossibly good “Love’s Stormy Weather”.

James Matthews & Melvin Brown underline the “lost” talent that populates the bars and Nite Clubs of American. It is hard to imagine more grounded vocals than the ones this disc serves up.

The slow rap intro fades, as the whole group enter the fray for an on-your-knees meeting of the minds. Excruciatingly soulful …gut twistingly good..

FUNK FANS - check out the meaty flipside - again vocally well endowed as the gathering wade through a maze of Wah-Wah guitars with chants, raps and shouts of approval - Proper raw, D.I.Y. Funk from the streets.

Two fine sides, one very elusive 45 covering two contrasting genres with great effect..

Vinyl has some light surface marks but as you can hear plays nice and clean - label are both flaw free.

Current bid: £ 35.00

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Jimmy Wallace

I'll Be Back

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

In the genre of Northern Soul Beat Ballad Heaven! Jimmy Wallace sits a the very zenith of this hugely popular style…

…little wonder really, as Philadelphia’s general of the studio console Bobby Martin flexes his remarkable skills, blending Jimmy’s sultry crooning with equally impressive horn work.

Steadily but surely Bobby ratchets up proceedings, enriching the session step by step until those horns soar high, Jimmy’s vocal trembles with emotion and those slick trumpets punctuate the moving lyrics.. then towards the end Bobby adds the final masterstroke as a vocal-group replies to Jimmy’s pleas…

IMMENSE totally IMMENSE!! 

Current bid: £ 314.00

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Hun's Review Featuring The Soul Brothers

Don't Make Me Love You C/w Danger Zone

Relentless vocal-group Northern Soul, defiantly delivered on wave after wave of violent horns, with the lead vocal delightfully overreaching itself in a style that actually adds to the naive charm of it…

An heady cocktail of the unsophisticated D.I.Y. production and the 100% determination to make it happen - makes this 45 real-deal Northern Soul - with a reputation that has not stopped growing in recent times, as it’s NS turntable activity increases…

In fact this particular 45 appears so frequently on forum or Facebook “wants” we can see this listing creating plenty of interest as these days it only seldom comes to market.

As you can see both labels are clean and free of any flaws - both sides of the vinyl only reveal the odd blemish or two in strong light - and as you can hear plays 100% perfect..

Now let me listen again to that lead singers intense vitality one more time… just totally energizing…

Current bid: £ 14.00

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Buddy Conner

When You're Alone

Breakthrough 1003 a rare release on the now mythical Los Angeles label with a few Northern Soul treasures to offer.

Joey Jefferson again joined by Roy Hayes on this delightful 1970 session incorporating Buddy’s rasping vocal laced through the perfect mid-paced Northern Soul arrangement. Perfect arrangement it may but what makes this elusive 45 so special is the Bobby Bland / Buddy Ace styled vocal. Oh Boy, this guy pebble-dashes the mike on every word he growls out.

This NS mid-tempo excellence heightened by a very special vocal indeed.

DO NOT confuse this beauty with the 1972 remixed of the same song on Breakthrough 1004 - remixed and ultimately losing all that raw Soulful begging.. as a result.

Current bid: £ 12.00

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Clara Ward

The Right Direction

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

For those of you who search the world over for the very rarest variations of the real-deal Northern Soul classics. How about this head-turning Northern Quoll?

Rarer than a Hairy-Nosed Wombat and twice as good looking, sitting there in it’s orange coat with the yellow logo - boy that is a thing of beauty, especial stretched out in it’s Verve cover..

Owning this timeless “Torch” anthem is an opportunity that may only present itself this one time - 1966 original Ozzie copy - to be honest I cannot remember seeing one before…

Northern Soul collecting took to the extreme..

Current bid: £ 122.00

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Trini Lopez

Sinner Not A Saint

Killer R&B Northern Soul shaker that has become very popular with the dancefloor in recent times.

A relentless rattling piano is the key component that lifts this session above the norm, as the effervescent Trini swing into action blending Jazz/R&B/R&R into a compelling dance tune you just cannot ignore.

Flawless condition is the main reason for this going to auction, this eye-catching 1964 original Dutch release, comes complete with the original picture sleeve, snugly housing a pristine Stateside 45.

Looks gorgeous doesn’t it..

Current bid: £ 19.00

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Fred Hughes

I Keep Tryin' C/w We've Got Love

What a complicated business “collecting Northern Soul” can be.

Ignorance is bliss?

Well maybe it is, but not when your buying 70s counterfeits and thinking they are originals. Fred Hughes on Exodus authentic original 45 was pressed at ARP and of course has an ARP hallmark stamped in the deadwax. Note there are also other pressed outside the ARP run - but all have the EX-1023 matrix with NO TAIL on the scratched in “2”

Just like this very elusive WHITE PROMO copy has; an ARP stamp-hallmark sitting in a 2 turn 12.30mm wide deadwax followed by a 27.75mm long scratched in matrix reading EX-1023.

Yet another Northern Soul favourite, that after sitting on the fringes of Northern Soul classicdom for decades, is currently enjoying a huge renaissance with all its unmissable qualities bellowing out at many current events, the turntable resurgence has begun.

The white promo is of course the ultimate way of owning this raising Northern Soul Star.

PS the third scan is of the horrid phony New York counterfeit with the wide 15.25mm deadwax with NO MATRIX numbers - just a very faint “I KEEP TRYIN” in the deadwax..as you see from the counterfeit stock copy the silver text is not sharp - and the deadwax markings are all but meaningless except to the counterfeiter…and the vinyl that super-flexible one the same forger used on Joe Douglas, Sandy Wynns, Casanova Two, Dalton Boys, Marsha Gee to name only a few NS counterfeits that emerged from this same source.

Having said that I bet the “unscrupulous” will think of scratching in matrix number.. look for the ARP hallmark that would be near impossible to replicate .. or go for this seriously RARE WHITE PROMO… in just startling condition!

Our tip is do not buy any variation of this title with “I KEEP TRYIN” lightly scratched into the deadwax - it is certainly a counterfeit.

Current bid: £ 150.00

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Ja Neen Henry

Baby Boy C/w Love Is What You Make It

Surely, this 100% Detroit Northern Soul sleeper has snoozed for far too long - well nearly 5 decades with never really breaking into the hearts of the NS masses, seems way too long to me.

With Dale Warren and Andre Williams collaborating, to rework the original Golden World NS classic by Juanita Williams. Dale & Andre dispense with the lush strings, replacing them with triumphantly meaty trumpets on the intro. Then Ja Neen (aka Andrea) Henry’s vocal slips into place, riding a wave of shrill girl-group backing and a rattling piano slaps.

An impressive horn instrumental break, featuring (if I’m not mistaken) Sax-God Mike Terry burping his signature low-blow baritone to great effect..then his saxophone rising up Motown style towards the ends.

This take is not as sugary as the original version, which was also fabulously constructed in the true Motown Style of the time.. This Blue Rock weighty rendition does it for me, but then again I’m totally biased, as I cannot think of any record featuring Mike Terry sax-work, that I’m not utterly enamored with.

Flip it over, and you’re treated to a Van McCoy NS dancer - not in the same calibre as “Baby Boy” but a darn welcome bonus to this superbly clean Mint - PROMO!

May we add, this record is rarely if ever experienced in this flawless state.

Current bid: £ 99.00

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Edwin Starr

My Weakness Is You C/w I Am The Man For You Baby

NOTE. Next Wednesday is CHRISTMAS EVE so this weeks auction will finish on TUESDAY 23rd @ at 17.57 live conclusion as always

This weeks offering to the TMG fanatic is a very special #, in equally special condition.

As those 69s MODS & the All Niter congregations always did first

PLAY THAT B-SIDE!

And what a flip is is too - perfectly constructed NORTHERN SOUL that has endured over 46 years of constant

Current bid: £ 121.00

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Gloria Jones

Come Go With Me C/w How Do You Tell An Angel

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Collecting the Northern Soul top 500 classics - the real-classics ?

You will never gonna find a finer copy than this - flawless DEMO in its birth-sleeve!

Arguably the best example of the Northern Soul Girl-Sound ever made

Current bid: £ 303.00

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Jason Knight

Our Love Is Getting Stronger

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Just how many man-hours has the youth of Britain spent purging the Market Stalls, Secondhand Shops, Car Boots, Moms& Pops Record Shops & Auction Houses over the last near 5 decades…well between us all absolutely Millions & millions hours of seartching.

As few Soul-Boys had access to the USA in the “early” days, it was essential in the search of Norther Soul to tip your local area upside-down. It was after all the addiction of the chase and the extremely remote chance of discovering an unknown or even better one of those British only releases that buzzed with the Northern Soul beat.

Jason Knight was one of those UK Grails that we all woke up clutching thin air after dreaming we’d found a copy in a junk shop record rack along with Jimmy Thomas, Fathers Angels, Levi Jackson & Carl Douglas - all gone as soon as we opened our eyes…

I personally working alone, I’ve never ever found any of the afore mentioned - and geez I hate to think how much time I spent trying…

Before you is a “Junkers” dream come true - a near perfect 1967 DEMO in blinding condition … I can now relax and dream on possibly attainable things like, a harem on the Isle of Mustique, a Tanker Truck of Guinness direct from Dublin, a flat six-pack for a stomach and one chin…

Current bid: £ 252.00

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Joey Delorenzo

Wake Up To The Sunshine Girl

The hideously elusive ORIGINAL of this potent crowd pleaser.

A monster dancefloor detonator for High-calibre DJ’s like Ginger Taylor, Kenny Burrell and Co. who’s main aim is to create an atmosphere and get the rooms rockin’.

The intro leaves nothing to chance, zinging strings swipe back and forth, rhythmic bass guitar sparks the senses as it grows louder. Then in comes that impressive vocal booming out uplifting lyrics and then a persuasive instrumental break at dead-the-right time!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Micheal Valvano siphons off every last drop of his plentiful Detroit experience, to create an truly exciting session, with the power to command a dancefloor to swell and the In-House-Energy to lift.

Ginger Taylor is without question a DJ who can ignite the masses with his timely turntable picks.. this example he fully knows will rescue any drift in enthusiasm, pulling a set right back in line.. keeping the mood HOT!

Proper feelgood Northern Soul and extremely hard to acquire as this the genuine, labels the correct way round - ORIGINAL.

This copy has some light surface marks but as you hear it plays loud & clean.. couple of light clicks on the quieter intro.

Current bid: £ 623.00

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Doni Burdick

Bari Track C/w I Have Faith In You

It’s a good job Inspector Charles Dreyfus doesn’t collect Northern Soul and Inspector Clouseau was the proud owner of the “Bari Track”, just imagine the jealousy and the uncontrollable twitch it would ignite…

As this disc epitomizes what Northern Soul is all about, offering up not one but two sides considered the very finest examples of their style.

Firstly “BARI TRACK” is recognized as THE Northern Soul instrumental anthem as Sax-God Mike Terry struts his low-blow saxophone that no vocal could surpass - flip it over and you are hit by one of the GREATEST NORTHERN SOUL RECORDS ever made…

“I want, I need “The Bari Track” and all costs - why should an idiot like Clouseau have one and a genius like me .. not”

Charles Dreyfus 2014

Current bid: £ 423.00

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Jimmy Thomas

The Beautiful Night C/w Above A Whisper

One the seldom seen British Soul collectors Grails..

And condition is blinding - what more could you ask for?

Well you could ask for this 45 to be British ONLY - well it is. You could hope the flipside to be just as brilliant as the Northern Soul classic A-side - it is not - I personally think “Above A Whisper” is far BETTER!

Both sides written & produced by the seasoned Ike & Tina Turn Revue member Jimmy Thomas himself. And so darn elusive it was thought to be DEMO only for many years until a STOCK copy unexpectedly turned up.

This is top-of-the-tree British Soul collecting not just for rarities sake but also for the kudos it carried as Tony Banks, Leeds Central’s most-coveted 70s All Nighter spin. But also in more recent times when the flip became better known - it too became considered one of the very greatest recordings of it’s genre.. BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN it certainly is.

Two mighty, mighty sides in impeccable condition and saturated in Northern Soul history - what more could you ask for?

Current bid: £ 113.00

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Brice Coefield

Ain't That Right C/w Just One More Night

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The rarely witnessed STOCK copy in utterly pristine condition..

Gaze long and hard at its beauty, then hear it’s irresistible charms.. with both sides offering Northern Soul excellence as former members of The Untouchables Gary & Chester Pipkin join forces to craft the topside - a meaty horn & vocal group H. B. Barnum guided Northern Soul dancer - one the NS Old-school have loved for decades but amazingly, a 45 that has never been bootlegged or reissued.. go figure that one?

Those of you who appreciate the finer end of Northern Soul’s Beat Ballad Heaven, the flipside will move you. The listings on You Tube have been pitched up a little, but I personally prefer the purity of the slow-drag and a pack of squealing girls lifting the session to greatness, as a sublime instrumental break grabs hold..

AWESOME mid-paced Northern Soul Bliss!

Current bid: £ 262.00

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T & T

Something On My Mind

Small town Massachusetts delivers fabulously soulful independent dancer, that has been highly in-demand for most of this century.. due to plays from the likes of Mick H. etc.

All the top jocks who drop the arm on this is rarity are guaranteed that the instantaneously impressive intro with keep the floor moving; Jazzy jangling guitar collides with an expressive Sister vocal, add the horns, the hammond then whisk up a lengthy sax solo and you have a stunning Soulful dancer that just never relents.

Strong tune and you can see why it rocketed from it’s humble beginnings up to the in-demand disc it is today.

This copy has light surface marks, none of which show on the stylus. Plays EX+ visually vg+

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Isley Brothers

Take Me In Your Arms C/w Why When Love Is Gone

This weeks Tamla Motown collectors piece is something very special indeed, because it offers the double delight of two foot-to-the-floor Northern Soul stompers, both considered some of the finest Isley Brothers offerings to rare soul clubs ever recorded.

Two frantic real-deal dance tunes..

TMG condition conscious collectors, be assured this copy is utterly flawless; with both labels & both vinyls only revealing the merest signs of human contact with only the occasional brief sleeve contact hairline; but the labels you could be forgive for thinking it was straight off the EMI press.

It’s a beauty - a double beauty in fact

Current bid: £ 149.00

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Detroit And The Intruders

There She Goes C/w Let Me Love You

Oh I’ve just come over all weak - I do just delight in these Doo-Wop influenced Northern Soul group dancers and this is, one of the very best.

An ultra rare New Jersey recording from the streets of Hackensack, that ripples class on every note, as Woody Gardella manages to fuse the two eras seamlessly together.

The soul intro immediately takes flight, soaring of a wave of woah-woahs, as the whisky-worn / nicotine-coated vocal leads with a begging performance, as the backing takes on some 50’s influences with a “Bass-Vocal” Doo-wopping merrily away in the background, sublime!

This is highly polish vocal teamwork, as Woody ensures the 60s feel swells as the recording develops, with “Detroit” increasingly imploring in his delivery.

Sorry to enthuse so OTT - but this “Just Does It” for me..brilliantly constructed.

Deep Soul enthusiasts will immerse themselves into the tortured ballad flipside, that again features those throwback elements of Doo-Wop whilst retaining the pure integrity of SOUL.

A few very light surface blemishes none of which show on the stylus. Excellent condition that plays Mint - both sides.

Current bid: £ 112.00

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Eddie Smith

I Didn't Realize C/w One Hundred Years

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Let’s not make any bones about it. This is the RAREST USA Northern Soul 45 we have listed this year!

A Chicago endangered species of the highest order - debuting these pages and possibly (although records only go back 15 years) our first copy in memory. Today we are unashamedly delighted to be able to offer this RAREST OF THE RARE mid-tempo excellence in truly immaculate condition.

So go googl, to verify this discs extreme elusiveness.

Then click the soundfile to immerse yourself in a finely crafted real-deal Soul that very few can boast of owning! A magnificent tune that will pleasure those of you into both Soulful Crossover and legitimate Northern Soul; as those horns echo the streets of the Windy City but also remind you of the truly great mid-tempo rarities like Chuck Holliday, George Lemons, George Hobson etc. The stand alone male artist ,who clings onto not one commercial note during an on-his-knees delivery bristling with street-corner qualities.

UNICORN RARE!

Deep Soul aficionados check out the heartbreaking flip side, again dressed in all the above qualities. 

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Commands

Hey It's Love C/w No Time For You

This weeks offering to those of you addicted to the Northern Soul WHITE PROMO copy is just gorgeous.

Not only because the two important first press San Antonio, Texas labels are totally unblemished. But the equally pristine vinyl gives up my favourite style of Northern Soul - the smooth-as-silk male vocal harmony NS dancer.

As with most-all Abe Epstein sessions, both sides are slickly constructed, fluid movers benefiting from seamless arrangements and beautifully delivered mix of voices, with the lead vocal being super-impressive..

After all this is one of mine and many others fave Northern Soul tunes , presented here in an unmissable format..

Pass by if you can..

Current bid: £ 50.00

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Z. Z. Hill

Make Me Yours

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UK ONLY as a 45.

Exclusively lifted from his extremely rare 1969 British album Action 6004 . Why B&C decided to give this fabulously gritty male version of the Bettye Swann masterpiece, may have been down to Dave Godin’s regular Blues & Soul enthusiastic endorsements of his favourite girl recording.

Z. Z. Hill was ideally placed to add his own stamp of authority to Bettye’s young girl plea, as he must have heard it countless times on the Los Angeles Radio Stations as Bettye smashed through the R&B charts in 1967.

Whatever the reasons, this was an executive choice that nowhere else in the music world made, triggering the birth of one of the UK’s most-wanted 45s. Even more so, now as it begins to feature in quite a few of the more imaginative NS DJ sets..

This copy is FLAWLESS!

Current bid: £ 218.00

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Michelle & The Mademoiselles

He's A Wrong-no.

Do you strive to own the Unicorn-Rare vinyl - is it maybe your quest to own the 45s, hardly anyone else on the Planet-Earth can lay claim to owning?

Well right now you are looking at a Northern Soul recording that fits into that catagory perfectly. The impressive label credits reveal the “Page Brothers” both Billy & Gene at the helm of this 1967 Los Angeles “impossible”

“The IN Crowd” Bros create total Northern Soul with a “vibe” driven dancer featuring a relentless bass guitar rhythm and a persistent saxophone pumping its way towards an impressive solo..

Why this is 45 is ludicrously RARE when these two gifted brothers were involved is something of a mystery - but something in the back of my mind tells me “Michelle and The Mademoiselles” were a “topless” girl band I’m pretty sure I have a photo of them somewhere.. maybe it’s a bookmarker in my safely stored Mum’s 1968 Littlewoods catalog…

Absolutely Rarer Than Rare… we gotta find another word to adequately describe “Extinct Northern Soul”

Current bid: £ 163.00

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Felix Harris

Walkin' (in The Night)

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Insanely RARE - impressively DIFFERENT!

Spun by two TOP Rare Soul Jocks Dave Ripolles & Mister Fish at Barcelona December weekender… This is gonna be HOT!

An intriguing blend of expressive Soul woven into a mix of Funky guitar riffs and shrill Sisters wailing out the chorus as Felix Harris’s sulking vocal pilots this Off-The-Wall into your head.

In the search for the RARE, THE DISTINCTIVE, THE ADDICTIVE you will find this session creeping under your skin.

What you will not find is this disc in the “wild” - it is insanely elusive..

One for the DJ who likes to break up new ground…like Mr. Ripolles & Steve The Fish so often do!

Current bid: £ 322.00

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Natural Four

I Thought You Were Mine C/w Hurt

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FLAWLESS! yes, an utterly FLAWLESS PROMO!

Another euphoric moment revisited from my younger days in that cosmopolitan city, Leicester, that not only has the finest curry houses on the Planet, but also in it’s day was home to some very influential Soul Boys.

The Frost Brothers, Chris & Steve, one night spun this track off the Natural Four ABC album in the very early 70s. WOW! what a tune “does it exist on a 45”.. the general opinion that night at the bar, was “no” Album track only.

The ever reliable Bob Catteneo came up with a few copies off his doorstep and it soon became a monster spin up and down the land and a very classy tune for it’s time, too.

Today, like most all of our Christmas period offerings; This 45 is in “as good as it gets” condition. Still hugging its birth-sleeve… perch to again deliver euphoric recall to those who remember its birth…

Current bid: £ 410.00

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Village Choir

Sweet Hot Lips

4:47 12” version is pristine condition

Current bid: £ 1.00

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Liz Lands And The Temptations

Midnight Johnny C/w Keep Me

WOW !

Condition, Condition, Condition.

50 years old and we think our auction vinyl processor was mostly the first person to play it. Stunningly flawless, other than the X and received date MARCH 12 1964 on the flipside label this fabulous example of Motown Northern Soul is perfect!

What a refreshing experience listening to this 45, as both sides are so untypically Motown. “Midnight Johnny” the side favoured by the Northern Soul & Popcorn fans sees Gospel Diva Liz, like “Soulful” Kate Bush, wail hauntingly away as her vocal gliding on raft of shrill girl group choruses. So very unique in it’s make up, but pushed even further into the “Twilight Zone” by the unconventional use of the serpent-mesmerizing styled clarinet at an unexpected time.

Flip it over - for a meaty piano assisted Beat Ballad you’ll find invading you head, as again Liz turns in a “from the heart” performance assisted by a dreamy harmony backup by The Temptations and an uncredited gathering of girls. Group harmony vocal fans, this is Motown pure “Soul” at it’s finest.

If your seeking, the elusive vinyl perfection whilst buying Rare-Soul, Northern or Motown …look no further!

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Sugar Simone

Suddenly C/w King Without A Throne

Without question one of the very hardest numbers in this most coveted of label series to snare.

Again, condition is nothing short of miraculous, even the center hole seems to have enjoyed a life of celibacy, as the center spindle hole required a little firm encouragement to push through. This could have been an unplayed copy before making our acquaintance.

Sugar draws inspiration from New York’s Brill Building with this fine Dritersesque recording, a mid-tempo dancer scattered with Ben E. King flavourings. Written & produced by himself “Keith Foster” aka Tito Simon this Jamaican Soulman certainly delivers it real… as is proved on the flipside…

as Sugar Simone plumbs the depth of despair with a Deep Soul ballad any of the his USA Southern Soul counterparts would have been proud of..

Both sides worthy of the label, both sides offering fabulous examples of their genre on a platter that could not turn up in finer condition.

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