Trouble / The Love I Hold

Liberty Bell: AR 3260 / 61

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  • Artist: Agents
  • A Side: Trouble
  • B Side: The Love I Hold
  • Label: Liberty Bell
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Two killer sides, one very rare disc…

In the mid-70s this Philadelphia powerhouse vocal-group dancer was a Holy Grail, absolutely one of the most sought after Northern Soul big-ones. Hence in 1979 John Anderson’s RCA distributed label fed the huge demand for ownership by making it available on his now legendary Grapevine Records as Grapevine 142.

‘“Trouble” at the time delivered the very essence of rare Northern Soul. Not only near impossible to find, a highly prized DJing statement that only a few could boast. From experience, I remember the inner smugness of being able to drop the arm on it from Cleethorpes Winter Gardens’s lofty stage, then feeling that overwhelming DJ inner-glow you get when you see the floor filling in appreciation of a truly superior Northern Soul dance experience; as this harmonious quintet weaved their magic. For me it triggered the perfect DJ high, soaking up exclusivity, rarity, emitted on wings of glorious Soul vocals weaved into a potent stabbing horn arrangement.

Even with those memories of Cleethorpes euphoria, as vivid as ever. Today I gravitate towards Ronnie Walker’s equally impressive flipside “The Love I Hold” blending silky doo-wop influences into a pumping brass filled background, managing to seamlessly fuse two eras together with a soulful silkiness rubbing up alongside a street-corner/under the street lamp edge. For me today “The Love I Hold” carries the potential become a monster in its own right, after being passed over 48 years ago, it’s time for NS glory could be right now… if only a few more DJs could actually access a copy.

Nearly 50 years down the line this disc is still, every note a Holy Grail.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss revealing only a few soft sleeve storage hairlines

A Side

  • Title: Trouble

    B Side

  • Title: The Love I Hold
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Philadelphia, Pa.