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Alton Ellis & The Flames - I've Got a Date / The Yellow Basket - Doctor Bird DB 1059

Alton Ellis & The Flames

I've Got a Date / The Yellow Basket

Doctor Bird : DB 1059 (45s)

A 1967 Duke Reid Treasure Isle production, released here on this most-collectable of British label.

Here is Alton with his new trio "The Flames" which at first included his brother Leslie, the four were guided by the great Arthur "Duke" Reid. Alton added another smooth Rock-Steady dancer to his impressive discography.

"I've Got a Date" is a fluid dance recording, made special not only by Alton's flawless vocal, but also by The Flames silky cooing on the chorus line; whilst a persistent guitar dance-rhythm reverberates throughout the recording. Flowing, smooth and highly effective.

Flip it over, Lynn Tait & Tommy McCook whip up a jerking instrumental stroller.. featuring as usual, masterclasses in simplistic guitar riffs, clarinet, saxophone and piano crafting a happy-go-lucky delight. everybody on this session working towards a tranquil conclusion..

Condition Report

initials on the 3 prong die-cut centerpiece, which is fully intact. Some light surface hairlines but as you can hear both sides play beautifully clean

initials on the 3 prong die-cut centerpiece, which is fully intact. Some light surface hairlines but as you can hear both sides play beautifully clean

Bessie Banks - Try To Leave Me If You Can ( I Bet You Can't Do It ) / Ain't No Easy Way - Stax VON 4112

Bessie Banks

Try To Leave Me If You Can ( I Bet You Can't Do It ) / Ain't No Easy Way

Stax: VON 4112 (45s)

Just to underline our observations on the extreme but under recorded vocal prowess of Bessie Banks, we thought we'd highlight one of the greatest Sister Deep Soul recordings of the last century.

Another New York session, when presumably unable to acquire a New York vehicle for this masterpiece, Eden Music turned to Stax, who obviously appreciated the value of a undiluted statemenht of female defiance. It received a brief release with little or no promotional muscle behind it, sales were low, validated by the 45's elusiveness today.

Considered by all real-Soul fans, as one of the most perfect examples of the Deep Soul genre ever committed to vinyl.. as the prolific New York to Detroit commuter Herman Kelly teams up with the vastly experienced Clyde Otis to craft not one but two killer tunes that will leave you fully understanding how relationships can leave you drained of emotion.

From the streets of Brooklyn, Bessie had a God given gift for portraying lyrics that make your feel real pain, is actually happening to you, right here - right now. By the ending she has convinced not only her man, but you also, that she is a woman no man could ever leave! Bessie only knew, how to deliver the full-blown, on-your-knees performance, every song acted out to the nth degree. Her words staying with you, no matter what else your day would bring..

Flip it over, surely the lady can't deliver two heart-stoppers.. of course she can..

Find a finer Deep Soul double-delight if you can..

Listen and weep... twice over.

Condition Report

Not a blemish anywhere to be found, hardly played except to lift the magnificent sound file..labels still housed in birth-sleeve.

Not a blemish anywhere to be found, hardly played except to lift the magnificent sound file..labels still housed in birth-sleeve.

Doors - Alabama Song ( Whisky Bar ) / Take It As It Comes - Elektra EKSN 45-012

Doors

Alabama Song ( Whisky Bar ) / Take It As It Comes

Elektra : EKSN 45-012 (45s)

a flawless example of the Doors second UK 45 release..

One of the very few recording The Doors themselves didn't write. As they deconstruct a German Oompah drinking song and turn it into a really quirky individualistic 3 minutes. Underlining the versatility and indiffeence to opinion.

For California Rock/Psyche fans the magnificent flipside more than makes up for the A-side diversionary qualities.

Of course recognized as one of the last century's most influential groups, their blend of Rock, Folk, Jazz & Blues backgrounds made for highly charged contradictory style, setting them apart as their music developed..the a-side proving they were draw to being distinctive as well as versatile in the music. Which has won them an army of fans, making them one of the most-collectable groups of all time..

This single for obvious reasons, was highly noncommercial, but hidden on the flipside is a real jewel of their work..

Today, as a 1967 UK press in immaculate condition this is one tough disc to acquire.


Condition Report

Spectacular condition, possibly unplayed before we lifted the double soundfile. Two perfect labels, original 4 prong die cut center intact, both labels unblemished all housed in original wavy-top sleeve. Both sides of the vinyl strong clean impeccable MInt minus.

Spectacular condition, possibly unplayed before we lifted the double soundfile. Two perfect labels, original 4 prong die cut center intact, both labels unblemished all housed in original wavy-top sleeve. Both sides of the vinyl strong clean impeccable MInt minus.

Roy Handy with the Parlettes - Accidental Love / What Did He Do - Marton 1001

Roy Handy

Accidental Love / What Did He Do

Marton: 1001 (45s)

It's that "Baby That's A Groove" man with his earlier Newark, New Jersey collaboration with Motown, as blossoming skills of George Clinton, Fuzz Haskins & Grady Thomas again forge another standout Northern Soul dance tune on this highly regarded label.

Check out this part Jobette music creation, benefiting from a strong-shrill girl-group chorus, an ideal match for Roy's high pitched vocal. A whirling Hammond adds depth, as J. J. Jackson engineers clever keys changes and a piano rhythm in the background. All these guys influenced by the Motor City movement of Soul, this song particularly borrowing aspects of Detroit.. for a solid Northern Soul mid-tempo with a writing, producing p[pedigree that takes some beating.

But do not overlook the equally enthralling, simplistic flipside, this time the Parlettes are dispensed with, by ramping up the Hammond keyboard presence, again J. J. Jackson adds inventive-punch into the proceedings with stop-start arrangement jerking this mid-tempo into another fine NS dancer, uncomplicated but highly effective.

This 45 does comes in two colours, I much prefer this rich red label, if your gonna sit it next to your Tamala Lewis, to the insipid light blue design, which press came first is debatable, but designs BOTH are rare

Condition Report

This is a hard 45 to acquire in flawless condition, the few others we've encountered over the years seem to suffer from background hiss or mild crackle. This copy as yu can hear, plays beautifully from it's clean, mostyly MInt minus surface. Two wispy light turntable retrieve brushes, not affecting play. Rich red, clean labels faded X on the lead side..

This is a hard 45 to acquire in flawless condition, the few others we've encountered over the years seem to suffer from background hiss or mild crackle. This copy as yu can hear, plays beautifully from it's clean, mostyly MInt minus surface. Two wispy light turntable retrieve brushes, not affecting play. Rich red, clean labels faded X on the lead side..

Othello Robertson - So In Luv / Come On Home - Baby Luv BL 0035

Othello Robertson

So In Luv / Come On Home

Baby Luv: BL 0035 (45s)

RARE Oakland, California local 1st label, before being picked up in Los Angeles by the prolific ERA set up.

Harold Andrews vehicle for just 4 releases all of which have long been highly prized Rare Soul trophy-pieces.

On this his one Miss Robertson is guided by the adored Northern Soul architect Eddie Foster and the talented Dell Randle. The pairing were prolific throughout mid-60s within the Bay Area. unfortunately none of the Baby Luv releases sold a jot and today are considered a very rare sight. So check out how Eddie & Dell crafted another Northern Soul winner..

Incorporating blaring horns fronting an exquisitely controlled squealing girl vocal, the contrast is spectacular; as rhythmic drumming sends dance-pulses through you. Classy Northern Soul

Flip it over, Sweet Soul ballad scholars will be moved by this ladies beseeching Vietnam plea..a single vocal glides over a whirling Hammond no further accompaniments required, Othello's searing voice is more enough to stir your emotion..

RARE 1st press, in spectacular condition... regret awaits those who pass by.

Condition Report

Two immaculate labels, vinyl to match.

Two immaculate labels, vinyl to match.

Bessie Banks - Go Now / It Sounds Like My Baby - Red Bird BC 106

Bessie Banks

Go Now / It Sounds Like My Baby

Red Bird : BC 106 (45s)

Most all Soul fans consider this 45, as one of the many injustices of the British music industry.. as a truly talented New York team constructed not only an all time classic; but also one of the greatest Soul Sister recordings of all time.

Only to witness all their skills and genius evaporate as parasitical "cuckoo-esque" version overtook the momentum of Bessie Banks "Go Now" that was almost instantly adopted by the MODS as the nationwide Soul Club "last record".

In 1964 when Moody Blues band member Denny Laine heard this powerful statement of Bessie's, he allegedly told the rest of the Moody Blues "We Need To Record That Song"

Soul fans of course would have preferred him to say "We need to record records of this calibre" we need to be inspired by the likes of "Brill Building" students like Milton Bennett, Larry Banks, Garry Sherman, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller..
Let's write some songs to rival this absolute masterpiece..of course the later wasn't said..

That scenario would have been in an ideal world. But in the real word they decided on a note for note, bar for bar, word for word replica. Wisely deciding, it was a song, that could not be improved upon. The Moody Blues even chose to copy Lulu Reed's "It's Easy Child" for the flipside..

When the powerful machine of Decca records released and film promoted the record, one of the saddest events in Soul music history took place. The sales of Bessie's original collapsed, both sides of the Atlantic and Bessie a blossoming standout Diva became disillusioned. Quite rightly so, you gather up an talented team, you demo your work, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller with Garry Sherman rerecord it utilizing the extreme talents of Dee Dee Warwick and Cissy Houston as the girl-choruses, it turns out to be an absolute masterpiece ......

then a bunch of "Brummies" plagiarize your work.. and change their whole career into a huge success on the back of it.. whilst unfortunately "Stateside" Leiber & Stoller abandoned the intended label upgrade to Blue Cat and a more nationwide promotion as The Moody Blues stole a march on Bessie's superior original.. by early 1965 "The Moody Blues" version simultaneously rocketed up the Pop Charts both sides of the Atlantic..

For Soul music these were sad, sad events of 1964, written with as much bias as I can muster, as corporate plagiarism and marketing wins, against sheer genius and immense talent..

We were, after all robbed of the expected raw material, that surely would have flooded from successful Bessie & her family.. surely she would have rivaled Linda Jones in our never ending adulation..

There are other versions, b y Wings with Denny Laine, Paul & Linda McCartney on vocals, Ozzy Osbourne, Simply Red and David Cassidy. I'm in no rush to hear anybody else try and emulate the brilliance or the muscular prowess the original is saturated in.a Jones as one of the greatest Divas of all time!

Condition Report

Two clean labels.. vinyl has hardly a blemish, from the collection of one of Dave Godin's close allies in the 60's still in the exact sleeve he purchased it in 1964.. Dave off course being a champion of Soul music not a copyist, chose to release Bessie Banks "Go Now" very early in Soul City series at # 105 1968. When more people began to release the massive hit for the Moody Blues was only mimicking the original, and happily for Dave was one of his best selling discs.

Two clean labels.. vinyl has hardly a blemish, from the collection of one of Dave Godin's close allies in the 60's still in the exact sleeve he purchased it in 1964.. Dave off course being a champion of Soul music not a copyist, chose to release Bessie Banks "Go Now" very early in Soul City series at # 105 1968. When more people began to release the massive hit for the Moody Blues was only mimicking the original, and happily for Dave was one of his best selling discs.

Collaboration - Forgive Me / Where Is Love - Mohark M 718

Collaboration

Forgive Me / Where Is Love

Mohawk : M 718 (45s)

So utterly sublime, I'm in two minds which side to lead with ...as I've long been addicted to silky harmonies not matter what pace they are delivered at.

We start with the exquisite mid-tempo dance side, which arranger-supreme Richard Tee adorns with zipping strings, stippled with uncomplicated guitar dance rhythms, cradling beautifully ordered confident male vocals, entangled by the mutual quest to delivery floating Sweet Soul with a beat. The highly honed skills of Richard Tee takes this session way past the vocal-group norm. A recording at ease with itself, seamlessly flowing from one high to another, interspersed with magical vocal inspiration. totally brilliant as is the flipside..

Turn the disc over, and Richard Tee again directs the gathering through another emotional vocal-group journey, again silky smooth and perfect. Fusing all the vocals into a rippling rhythm, forging a dazzling Soulful Stepper with tranquil qualities that drift your mind to another place..

Two awesome tunes, delivered by an obscure gathering who surface just the once as "Collaboration" for Richard Tee to guide through two heartstopping recordings of brilliance..

Absolutely my type of tunes, and judging by the current European demand, many other Soul DJ's choice of drop, also...

More like this double-delight please ..

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, vinyl that hardly reveals a blemish. Plays beautifully clean and true.

Two totally clean labels, vinyl that hardly reveals a blemish. Plays beautifully clean and true.

Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man / Be My Lawyer - Midas 9006

Big Daddy Rogers

I'm A Big Man / Be My Lawyer

Midas: 9006 (45s)

For the last 3 decades arguably the most influential of all the R&B Northern Soul dance recordings, this one in particular stomping out a path for others to follow..

Written by the prolific Verlie Rice, who's work with the M-Pac/One-der-Ful/Mar-V-Lus grouping of colourful labels is legendary.

When in 1968 those iconic labels finally folded, Verlie's presence was still being felt when this Goliath was let loose...

whether by design or coincidence rhythms from Mel Torme's addictive "I'm Coming Home" were replicated in the background whilst the "Big Daddy" did exactly what it said on the can.. he strode, he stalked, he threatened.. and he demolished everything before him, until those hints "Coming Home Baby" evaporated, laying down a ferocious track R&B dance. Aided by an angered saxophonist, giving his instrument an unforgiving slapping, making it squeal for mercy, and all this time Big Daddy's gnarled voice is growling like a Grizzley who's dropped his prize Salmon back in the river.

High octane adrenaline is injected into it's veins, right from the very start, as a droning bass guitar drags you onto the dancefloor.. then the Big Daddy goes to work on you...

Check out Verlie's lyrics; full of spectacular one-liners. "She's Got A Sweet Tooth And She Love My Jelly Roll" and "I Will Hurt You, I'm Gonna Take You To The Wood Shed And Drop A Couple Of Planks On You "

This is real-deal R&B Northern Soul, that without exception ignites the atmosphere, just like huge angry Bear has just invaded the room..

Condition Report

A beautiful copy not a blemish on the labels or the vinyl. Very near perfect.

A beautiful copy not a blemish on the labels or the vinyl. Very near perfect.

Sugar Hill - Slow Down / That's Love - Washington 101

Sugar Hill

Slow Down / That's Love

Washington : 101 (45s)

An imposing Milwaukee Sister Funker, featuring ferocious racing rhythms, crisp snarling PMT fueled lead vocal riding relentless jazzy percussion, before stepping aside for an insane guitar break ..

Strong Funk!

Flip it over for a measured vocal-group soulful stepper, this time the lead is supported by both male & girl vocal group harmony cradling her beseeching plea. Fans of steppers saturated in emotion will adore this statement from a lady with an uncompromising stance.

Soul from Wisconsin, on a label with all the street characteristics of a Chicago press.. obscure, impressive and RARE!

Drench in potential which ever side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, spotless labels, as good as it gets.

Flawless vinyl, spotless labels, as good as it gets.

Jarmels - A Little Bit Of Soap / The Way You Look Tonight - Top Rank JAR-580 DJ

Jarmels

A Little Bit Of Soap / The Way You Look Tonight

Top Rank : JAR-580 DJ (45s)

To the British 60's 45 collector, there are few more beautiful vistas than a red & white promo still snoozing inside it's birth-sleeve. Looking at the company sleeve, and te unblemished labels, you just know the condition of gthe vinyl is gonna be clean.

Or occasionally, as in this case, much better than clean, in fact impeccable.

Before you today is a New York crafted smash hit, that did very little sales upon it's muted release in Great Britain in 1961.

Another in a long line of Bert Berns 60's masterpieces, this time Bert guided a 5 man Virginia group to success. A group tat would later employ the services of a young singer Major Harris. This was pre-Harris and by far their greatest cart success reaching #12 in 1961.

A record that bridges the genres an early Soul/Doo Wop recording that passed through to wider Pop success of the back of catchy lyrics, kettle drum rumbles and a baritone decorating the harmony, an addictive song indeed. This was another testament to skill of Bert Berns who mastered the Brill Building sound better than any other. He would revisit this song with the great Garnett Mimms.

For lovers of truly standout 60s recordings, this is it's rarest form, in by far it finest condition. A collectable for both SOUL, Rock and Roll & Pop hit aficionados.

Condition Report

Not a hint of a blemish anywhere, condition is as good as it gets, throughout the whole record. You could acquire a better copy. Near perfection await the new owner,

Not a hint of a blemish anywhere, condition is as good as it gets, throughout the whole record. You could acquire a better copy. Near perfection await the new owner,

Jackie & Doreen - Adorable You / The Vow - Studio 1 C. Dodd - II - 2

Jackie & Doreen

Adorable You / The Vow

Studio 1 : C. Dodd - II - 2 (45s)

Classic SKA duet.

Original 1964 Jamaican press of this highly regarded coming together of Jackie Opel & Doreen Shaffer.

Matrix # C. Dodd - II - 3 and C. Dodd - II - 2

Both sides give up brass-peppered SKA dancers, decorated by skilful clarinet playing as well as those two "made for each other" silky vocals

Hard to acquire in such clean condition

Condition Report

Two unblemished labels, the heavy-duty vinyl has some very light surface marks, but as you can h ear nothing that reacts with the stylus. Even the run-in glides in silently, tyhe rest of the vinyl plays a strong clean Ex+

Two unblemished labels, the heavy-duty vinyl has some very light surface marks, but as you can h ear nothing that reacts with the stylus. Even the run-in glides in silently, tyhe rest of the vinyl plays a strong clean Ex+

Jackey Beavers -I Need My Baby / Love That Never Grows Old - Revilot RV 208

Jackey Beavers

I Need My Baby / Love That Never Grows Old

Revilot: RV 208 (45s)

The rarest record on the Revilot label, just so happens to be it's finest offering.

It matters not a jot for the DJ which side he drops the arm on. Although contrasting in their Soul makeup, the affect on the listener & the dancer is exactly the same.. chilling thrills run through your veins as you hustle and bustle for a little elbow room on a guaranteed crammed dancefloor. After all this is a record your can lose yourself in... be transported to a place where your deep emotion can spill out..

This is the very epitome of what Northern Soul is all about.. music that you an lose yourself in.. telling stories we can relate to, sung with the passion will mostly hold in check.. But Jackey Beavers allows you to reflect on "lost loves" "missed chances" "avoidable regrets" as Jackey himself bares his Soul for yo to relate to..

Detroit Soul from the mid-60's, is a lost art, an art that will never return to the recording studios. As the struggle to succeed in life can be heard crystallizing on every quavering word sung..

"Dancing With Tears In Your Eyes" that's why we love Northern Soul and this is one of the very best moments of it's long compelling history..

Condition Report

A-side has multiple light surface marks nothing deep, just shallow scuffing, plays beautifully, a clean run-in, an occasional tick or pop. The b-side is 1/2 a grade better and plays so. Check over the double sound file carefully what yo hear is what you get.. very acceptable this is a disc from the wild NO artificial enhancing to the vinyl to take it up a visual grade. This is untouched and clean, and a chance to acquire a masterpiece at perhaps an affordable price..

A-side has multiple light surface marks nothing deep, just shallow scuffing, plays beautifully, a clean run-in, an occasional tick or pop. The b-side is 1/2 a grade better and plays so. Check over the double sound file carefully what yo hear is what you get.. very acceptable this is a disc from the wild NO artificial enhancing to the vinyl to take it up a visual grade. This is untouched and clean, and a chance to acquire a masterpiece at perhaps an affordable price..

Bobby Treetop - Wait Till I Get Know You / Valentine - Tuff 417 DJ

Bobby Treetop

Wait Till I Get Know You / Valentine

Tuff : 417 DJ (45s)

Are you serious about Northern Soul classics in their rarest form.

BOOM!! Here's a hideously rare DEMO copy..ever seen one before ?

One of the undecided mysteries of Northern Soul, who actually was Bobby Treetop?
He only released two singles both of which are highly prized Northern Soul trophies..
"Wait Till I Get To Know You" being a the most-popular in it's heyday of late "Torch" - early "Wigan Casino" when it suffered the indignity of being bootlegged several times.

Click the soundfile for a renaissance with "The Casino" at it's most vibrant, rumbling dance rhythms put in place by Jazz magician Benny "Killer Joe Golson". Lyrics penned by New York wordsmith Kenneth Williams.. what a superb slab of NOrthern Soul...that drove Bobby's mystery onward's. His magnificent "So Sweet, So Satisfying" added another layer of mystique. His pseudonym was short lived, only 2 45's. But I for one, spent many of my early years hoping for more "Treetops" Because a 3rd 45, once rumored in the record bar at Wigan..I even met a guy, who's mate had a copy, but he wasn't sure what the title was.. what a tease..

Having said all that, it is a real pleasure to have this record with me today, because I can relive the magic it weaved across the dancefloors every time it was played..

But for me the real joy today, is to see a DEMO wearing a great big D J COPY for maybe my very first time, I've certainly not had a copy in the last 20 years..and maybe never before that.. checxk out the right hand side of the label, a rare sight indeed. A true NS classic in by far it's rarest form.

WHAT TUNE !! WHAT A FIND!

Now stand up Bobby Treetop who ever you are..

Condition Report

Both Promo labels are unblemished, the vinyl gives up only the merest hairline under intense scrutiny, plays a totally crisp Mint minus..

Both Promo labels are unblemished, the vinyl gives up only the merest hairline under intense scrutiny, plays a totally crisp Mint minus..

Ray Barretto - El Watusi / 1967 UK press - Island ILP 946

Ray Barretto

El Watusi / 1967 UK press

Island : ILP 946 (LPs)

Super rare 1967 UK press, underling the business daring and dedication of Chris Blackwell and team to bring unconventional music to British shores..

Ray Barretto in 1967 outside of the MOD community, was after all a virtual unknown quantity in Britain; with this album release cloaked even further, with no indication of what the artist looked look like or what style of music you could expect from Mr. Barretto. With the picture of some unknown plump-lipped blonde on the front cover; the only inattentive-marketing this platter ever received.

"El Watisi" after it's 1963 UK Columbia flop, was soon discovered by those intrepid trailblazing All-Night club DJ's and became a firm dancefloor favourite. Sparking EMI to reissue it in 1965 but again failed to achieve any impact with sales.

Island Records constantly had their fingers on the pulse, with more enthusiasm than judgement released this LP, overlooking the fact that 60's MOD's of were almost exclusively 45 7" collectors. This album sold miserably, leaving the serious collector who appreciates everything "Island" to seek out a copy long after it's almost instant deletion.

Today more and more Soul/Mod collector are drawn to the beauty of the Island label and it's 60's output. It is no exaggeration to say that "Island" sits firmly in the top five most-wanted of all those now iconic Brit labels.

To encounter this 1967 failure with perfect vinyl & labels is quite astonishing, and a rare window of opportunity for those collectors fastidious about Rare LP's and their astonishing preserved state.

Condition Report

utterly stunning immaculate vinyl, both sides. Those two alluring white and red Island labels are like new. Laminated cover has a tiny punch hole top right corner. That corner tip has a tiny flake on that tip. Laminate crease top left corner. Inspect those detailed images. Absolutely no writing, tears, stains or split. The insides are in miraculous condition..

utterly stunning immaculate vinyl, both sides. Those two alluring white and red Island labels are like new. Laminated cover has a tiny punch hole top right corner. That corner tip has a tiny flake on that tip. Laminate crease top left corner. Inspect those detailed images. Absolutely no writing, tears, stains or split. The insides are in miraculous condition..

Invitations - What's Wrong With Me Baby / Why Did My Baby Turn Bad - Stateside SS 478

Invitations

What's Wrong With Me Baby / Why Did My Baby Turn Bad

Stateside : SS 478 (45s)

Click the soundfile to suddenly become 50 years younger...

The Invitations, a 45 that sits in every old-schoolers all time top 10... it's special-ness will never fade - I've adored this 45 since I was a youngster - today it still gives me a lift every time i hear it.
Let me tell you, at 65 years of age "lifts" are not so easy to come by these days..

My buzz today is not only triggered by the wonder-years-journey it takes me on but also by it's sparkling flawless condition. With all my senses currently on recall... but I don't recall seeing such a beautiful copy this century.

A Twisted Wheel anthem looking to make another old Soulie somewhere.. very happy..

Condition Report

Vinyl has just the merest of paper scuffs from years of treasured filing. Centerpiece reveals no evidence of sustained turntable visits, no spindle trails, 4 prong center solidly intact.<br /> This is a stonkin' Ex + vinyl Mint - label housed in a flawless ex-shop cover..

Vinyl has just the merest of paper scuffs from years of treasured filing. Centerpiece reveals no evidence of sustained turntable visits, no spindle trails, 4 prong center solidly intact.
This is a stonkin' Ex + vinyl Mint - label housed in a flawless ex-shop cover..

Papa Bear and the Cubs - You're So Fine / Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven - SMS 1002

Papa Bear and the Cubs

You're So Fine / Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven

SMS: 1002 (45s)

Currently one of the most wanted Northern Soul 45's on Planet Earth...


Condition Report

Two perfect labels, Mint minus vinyl with one solitary DJ fingernail retrieve slip, light fine brush on te vinyl a-side NOT affecting play

Two perfect labels, Mint minus vinyl with one solitary DJ fingernail retrieve slip, light fine brush on te vinyl a-side NOT affecting play

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger / 1960 British press - Pye Jazz NJL 33

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger / 1960 British press

Pye Jazz : NJL 33 (LP)

WOW Condition!! This rare 1960 British album, the UK release of the Chicago Checker LP with the iconic cover and a track listing to rumble your Soul. This LP speaks for itself.. so lets talk about the eye-popping flawless condition.

You nor I are likely to ever encounter such beautifully immaculate copy...again

58 years old and looking "shop fresh"

Two perfect labels, housed in a pristine original poly-lined birth-inner. The Vinyl looks miraculously unused, I spent a good few minutes angling, re-angling under direct light trying to locate a surface hairline, or indeed any signs of turntable use, then when I did it was an actual tiny hair sitting on the surface. We always try and avoid the Mint grade so I've plumbed for Mint minus. Bit this vinyl is as good as you could ever dream of encountering.

"As Good As It Gets"

Laminated flipback cover has minuscule hints of loving storage, very mild top right corner-tip rub, other corner tips near perfect, squint at scans. A couple of tiny laminate creases from the spine, most likely this cpver left the Pye factory with those, as the rest of the album is back and front is in magnificent unblemished condition.

This is a legendary album, in dream condition..

Condition Report

As reads above but I could easily write it all again, as it's a privileged to handle near perfectness of an album; that on the rare occasions you see a copy it has been "party'd" with.. and that's exactly what it was made for. This is imposing R&B at it's most compelling.<br /> <br /> I have a sneaky feeling, an old professor, a fastidious Classical Music Teacher at a public school purchased it to play to his students. So they knew what to avoid "The Devil's Music"... then left it filed for near 60 years, just before his treasured Delius & Dvorack

As reads above but I could easily write it all again, as it's a privileged to handle near perfectness of an album; that on the rare occasions you see a copy it has been "party'd" with.. and that's exactly what it was made for. This is imposing R&B at it's most compelling.

I have a sneaky feeling, an old professor, a fastidious Classical Music Teacher at a public school purchased it to play to his students. So they knew what to avoid "The Devil's Music"... then left it filed for near 60 years, just before his treasured Delius & Dvorack

Dr. Feelgood & The Interns - Blang Dong / The Doctor's Boogie - Columbia DB 7228 DJ

Dr. Feelgood & The Interns

Blang Dong / The Doctor's Boogie

Columbia : DB 7228 DJ (10")

An Okeh Recording presented here as a 1964 Red & White British DEMO copy. A solid double helping of rockin' and a screaming 1963 USA R&B from this wildly entertaining group, that included Roy Lee Johnson before he set out on an impressive solo career.

Fronted by Willie Lee "Piano Red" Perryman (Dr. Feelgood) a vibrant leader who knew exactly how whip up a danceflloor, as he rattled on his overwork piano.

The a-side is a Soul/RB/Rock and Roll hybrid, a dance craze called "Blang Dong" presumably a metaphor for his outrageous manipulation of the piano keys. Fully backed up by "The Interns" an equally spirited 2 girl plus 3 guy grouping, backing the song with strong choruses throughout.

Before you today is an extremely rare, 1964 UK DEMO is fine clean condition and unblemished labels.

A highly attractive disc, that will pull in Brit collectors of really rare 45's, R&B, Soul and Rock & Roll enthusiasts. and of course devotees of the coveted Red & White.

Condition Report

Both promo labels are flaw free, no writing, stains, sticker marks or tears, all housed in the original birth-sleeve. Vinyl has full original gloss, both sides have a solitary "retrieve" mark, where a light fingernail brush has deprived this disc of a MInt minus grading. Strong Ex+ both sides, plays Mint -.

Both promo labels are flaw free, no writing, stains, sticker marks or tears, all housed in the original birth-sleeve. Vinyl has full original gloss, both sides have a solitary "retrieve" mark, where a light fingernail brush has deprived this disc of a MInt minus grading. Strong Ex+ both sides, plays Mint -.

World Column - So Is The Sun / It's Not Right - Tower 510

World Column

So Is The Sun / It's Not Right

Tower: 510 (45s)

Chicago Northern Soul with a difference!

From an era when Colin Curtis and others made some groundbreaking turntable choices. The likes of Prince George - Wrong Crowd, Frankie Crocker's - A Ton Of Dynamite etc. triggered a turning point in the Northern Soul landscape, opening the way for harder edged Rare Soul Dance music and away from the Motown-barometer that had guided Northern Soul preferrences for so long.

Image the scene when I first heard this roaring, instant NS Hit.

I was part of the throng that frequented Nottingham Palais Sunday all-dayers in the early 70's, a hugely impressive ballroom, that when full, rivaled the atmosphere of Wigan Casino or Cleethorpes Pier.. I'd just heard Kev Roberts drop Jimmy Mack - My World is on Fire - every note quintessential Detroit Northern Soul. Maybe even the very next record,

...the "World Column" gong struck, then all-hell thundered through the building..

I'd personally had never heard the like of it before, so darn intrusive, so powerful, and the place was rockin..

The Horns from Hell had been unleashed, matched by the Lucifer-like lead vocal, sending out a snarling, spitting, Devilish growl. Whilst incessant horns-howled and his backing disciples screamed a nonsensical "A Pa Papa Pa Pappa Pappa Pow Pow".. boy it whipped up a dancefloor frenzy and the rest is history..

Such a prominent Cleethorpes Pier play; proprietor the legendary Mary Chapman purchased 100's of copies of the newly issued UK release in 1975 and gave away especially "commemorated stickered" copies on the door of the club's 1976 anniversary.

World Column has, over the decades been woven into the very fabric of British Northern Soul, as the song never fails to point to moments in time, for everybody who experienced it's presence and it's spontaneous affects it had on the dancefloor..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Condition Report

Flawless mint minus vinyl both sides, housed in birth sleeve. Perfect a-side label, check flipside label for minuscule printing flaw.

Flawless mint minus vinyl both sides, housed in birth sleeve. Perfect a-side label, check flipside label for minuscule printing flaw.

Vacant Lot - Living Underground / 4 Track 1981 EP - Doublethink 13055 EP PS

Vacant Lot

Living Underground / 4 Track 1981 EP

Doublethink: 13055 EP PS (EP)

Very RARE and highly sought after 1981 Australian 4 track PUNK EP complete with picture cover, all in fabulous unblemished condition. Includes inserst and original apple-green die-cut inner sleeve.

The 4 tracks are:

1.Tatslotto Night

2. Milk The Land Of Its Honey

3. She's Really Dead

4. Multinationals

The Vacant Lot are: Alex Anderson - Keyboards, Fergus Anderson - Guitar, Bruce Hart - Bass, George Howson - Lead vocal, David Philip - Drums.

One of the top Punk music prizes, to be acquired from around the world. This in this near 40 year old down-under private press in this staggering condition, is not only unicorn-rare, it must surely be considered a vinyl-near-impossible.

Condition Report

Spectacular condition: Mint - vinyl, Mint labels housed in original apple green die-cut inner sleeve inside an unblemished Picture Cover. As good as it gets condition.

Spectacular condition: Mint - vinyl, Mint labels housed in original apple green die-cut inner sleeve inside an unblemished Picture Cover. As good as it gets condition.

Ja Neen Henry - Baby Boy / Love Is What You Make It - Blue Rock 4010 DJ

Ja Neen Henry

Baby Boy / Love Is What You Make It

Blue Rock : 4010 DJ (45s)

The a-side label credits read like a who's-who of Detroit Soul music..

First recorded a year earlier by Juanita Williams with Richard Popcorn Wylie at the helm, but certainly not one of Golden World's best sellers, as Ed Wingate chased the early in 1964 success of Reflections - Romeo & Juliet - . Juanita was quickly passed over and forgotten.

But it a great song from the pens of Al & Bob Hamilton, Ronnie Savoy. It needed another shot, as success was surely only a break away. This time the prolific Andre Williams teams up with Dale Warren to make the dream-team complete. Bring in young hopeful Janeen Henry, a the beckoning siren-vocal, with added horns, Mike Terry burping sax, shrill girl-group background cooing and the compulsory Sax-brerak.. Some tune this is.

But this Blue Rock version suffered an even worse fate, not receiving any Radio Station support, it sank without trace. as is Janeen Henry who took fully 3 years to resurface on MGM as Andrea Henry. That honeyed vocal was never to be relee on a 45 again. A sad waste of talent.. as the Northern Soul community just adore this style of sweet-girl pleading.

This 45 has always been elusive enough, to have not yet receive the turntable activity it so obviously deserves and is this week's candidate for the under-played, under-valued listing, that is currently snoozing on a few DJ boxes...we are tipping it to yawn, stretch and emerge a winner with the dancefloor.

For too long it's just been a winner with the collectors..

PS do not overlook the Van McCoy written dancer on the flipside, giving up all the same ingredients as the A-side, with exactly the same personnel, plus and even bigger Sax break from MT.

Condition Report

A fine clean promo copy, no writing, tears, stains or stickers on the labels (see scans). This is a vinyl press, with a few very mild hairlines, as you can hear it plays complete clean, loud and true. Neither side giving up even the lightest murmur of a mark.

A fine clean promo copy, no writing, tears, stains or stickers on the labels (see scans). This is a vinyl press, with a few very mild hairlines, as you can hear it plays complete clean, loud and true. Neither side giving up even the lightest murmur of a mark.

Rudy Lambert - Love / Let's Stick Together - Club 7 1234

Rudy Lambert

Love / Let's Stick Together

Club 7 : 1234 (45s)

This weeks rare R&B offering, is an addictive cocktail of Bay Area Blues, Jazz, Popcorn & Soul melting into one thumping R&B dancer from the streets of Oakland, California.

A fanfare of brass opens way for a dusky vocal to purr out the lyrics. A local artist familiar with the intricacies of a Johnny Hartsman session, has he glides along with persistent percussion, flute, piano, trumpets, saxophone as the compelling rhythm takes hold. John Hartsman was the architect of so many recordings around the "Bay" during the 50's & early 60's, his name was synonymous with quality. A highly talented band leader who with Robert Geddins was a driving force behind most of Oakland's Black Music of the time.

Maybe Northern Soul fans will know him best for his contribution to the highly regarded Jesse James - Are You Gonna Leave Me -. He did mentor many local artists along the way.. Rudy Lambert being one of the obscurer local singers to come under his wing. We have only have encountered two 45's by Rudy, both fantastic and insanely rare R&B dance grooves. In 2014 huge DJ demand triggered a reissue of this impressive disc.

Before you today is the original 45 from 1964, very tough to acquire, especially with clean vinyl & unblemished labels.

Do not pass by, it may be a long, long before we see another.

Condition Report

This is not a record encountered very often, and almost without exception the few original copies to ever surface, have been trashed. A lifetime without a sleeve, commonplace with Oakland born vinyl. This copy is the exception to the rule. With just a few, occasional mild hairlines, full gloss and plays MINT - both labels are clean. NOTE the record has a minuscule "ripple" on the very edge of the disc. Not visible when on the turntable, does NOT react with the stylus or arm. Nowhere near the playing surface, just the very edge. In fact so insignificant it could well go unnoticed if we hadn't have mentioned it...

This is not a record encountered very often, and almost without exception the few original copies to ever surface, have been trashed. A lifetime without a sleeve, commonplace with Oakland born vinyl. This copy is the exception to the rule. With just a few, occasional mild hairlines, full gloss and plays MINT - both labels are clean. NOTE the record has a minuscule "ripple" on the very edge of the disc. Not visible when on the turntable, does NOT react with the stylus or arm. Nowhere near the playing surface, just the very edge. In fact so insignificant it could well go unnoticed if we hadn't have mentioned it...

William Cummings - Make My Love A Hurting Thing / Just Yesterday's Dream - Bang Bang YB 348

William Cummings

Make My Love A Hurting Thing / Just Yesterday's Dream

Bang Bang : YB 348 (45s)

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Ignoring "health & safety" William Cummings dulcet pleas are backed by one of the most potent horn equipped gatherings, possible to employ in Washington at the time. Zeke and the Soul Setters send out injury inducing rhythms, rear-piercing horns and driving drums giving up the perfect Northern Soul decor to dance to.

A real-deal slab of Northern Soul drenched in class and muscle.

Condition Report

The durable Capitol pressed vinyl is flawless, impeccably clean as are both labels.

The durable Capitol pressed vinyl is flawless, impeccably clean as are both labels.

Bobby Paris - Night Owl / Tears Of My Pillow - Cameo C-396

Bobby Paris

Night Owl / Tears Of My Pillow

Cameo : C-396 (45s)

The imperative whilst collecting the Top Northern Soul classic is:

CONDITION

This listing offers a flawlessness that would be hard to equal, not only is this disc impeccable in every way. Labels, vinyl, sleeve are totally immaculate.

This is the VERY RARE March 1966 West Coast press.

There is no better vinyl investment than Northern Soul The Classics... as long as you have a copy that nobody would ever consider needing an upgrade..

Investment standard Northern Soul

Condition Report

See scans two Mint minus labels, vinyl has hardly a blemish, super clean Mint minus on both sides - Cameo sleeve is impeccable also.

See scans two Mint minus labels, vinyl has hardly a blemish, super clean Mint minus on both sides - Cameo sleeve is impeccable also.

Velours - I'm Gonna Change / Don't Pity Me - MGM K13780 DJ

Velours

I'm Gonna Change / Don't Pity Me

MGM: K13780 DJ (45s)

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

It there more influential intro to a 60's dance recording than this?

It's pumping bass-line, haunting-horns, tubular bells set the scene for some proper Northern Soul dancing. An intro that would be repeated two more times through the song, as the crescendo was met again by a compelling bass-line, returning and the ghostly horns hang and the bells ring out.. those breaks would soon inspire testosterone fueled dance-floor synchronization as back drops, spins and hand-claps filled the throng.

For onlookers, it was an awesome like-minded routine of Soul Boy camaraderie, taken home in your head, to be set into those solitary bedroom dance-step practice sessions. At the bigger clubs, Wigan Casino etc the ritual became competitive as the desire for the longest spin, highest backdrop, the loudest hand-clap sparked friendly combat between those vested Adonis's, with glistening sweated bodies. Some of the extravagant spins, even had the "wet-dog" effect as perspiration sprayed out from the performers hair. "I'm Gonna Change" demanded exaggeration in your dance performance, you hand claps were fully stretched arms coming down from aloft with an almighty thwack!

Not many records had the power to ignite such floor-euphoria, or indeed such disappointment as a collector, if you got fooled into buying a counterfeit promo, many collectors did..

Be assure this beautiful promo is 100% authentic, a real deal Northern Soul classic in impeccable condition...

A classic still saturated in the ability to send old-timers into a spin... even though those now yellowing, outgrown vests have long been discarded.

Condition Report

A flawless copy, labels, vinyl and original sleeve virtually unblemished.

A flawless copy, labels, vinyl and original sleeve virtually unblemished.

Willie Mallory - You Went Back ( On What You Said ) / I'll Be Your Jim - Lanor 539

Willie Mallory

You Went Back ( On What You Said ) / I'll Be Your Jim

Lanor : 539 (45s)

A listing for those who believe the only second pressing allowed in the house is Olive Oil.

This auction arena not only allows us to offer standout records to discerning collectors on a budget. It also opens up an opportunity to point out the differences between first and second presses on records that are at present being misrepresented.

Before you today is the RARE FIRST PRESS with the large title text, set into a deep red label background. ORIGINAL FIRST PRESS.
Noting the release number is 539 (the same as the 2nd. press) but the master # just underneath, 6806191 is unbracketed. But on the wishy-washy red label repress with smaller title text, the same master # 6806191 is bracketed. A most distinctive differences and the presses are several years apart, as the Lanor catalog of 45's became reissued during the early 80's.

At the Lanor records all got slightly devalued during that reissuing exercise, we thought it time to point this out for those lucky enough to own the elusive original. and to warn potential Soul collectors the other copies you occasionally see are reissues.

After all this disc is one hell of a Northern Soul tune on BOTH sides. A double-sider giving up sublime Northern Soul no matter which side you drop the arm on. Treat yourself by clicking the impressive sound-file of this original 1968 version of a fantastic slab of Louisianan dance Soul. Then go Google and see just how darn how elusive this first press actually is.

Condition Report

Two flawless deep red labels, value revealing on storage sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. Cliuck the sound file and prepare to be impressed

Two flawless deep red labels, value revealing on storage sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. Cliuck the sound file and prepare to be impressed

Bernie Williams - Baby, I Want To Thank You / I'm Going Home - Del-Val DV 1011

Bernie Williams

Baby, I Want To Thank You / I'm Going Home

Del-Val : DV 1011 (45s)

You choice today with this "impossible" 45 is Sweet or Funk?

Rare Records are what get me out of bed in the morning...There is no bigger thrill for the vinyl addict than to encounter label-art, a great artist and a seldom seen 45. It sets the pulse racing every time..

This is from my experience is one of the rarest 45's in this Joe Stevenson's Philadelphia imprint. A label where every 45 released has something to offer the collector, as well as the "Shrine" level-challenge of completing the 13 release run.

Bernie "Ever Again" Williams on the a-side gives up an utterly dazzling mid-tempo Soulful stroller with full female vocal-group harmony chorus, enriched by haunting-horns. A distilled slab of Philly Soul that creeps under your skin, leaving you with the need to listen again and again... as Bernie's ease of delivery and those celestial ladies pulls you in.

PROPER SOUL!!

The flip is a different animal altogether!
A horn pumping slab of RARE FUNK!! Bernie finds attitude, the horns leave all subtlety behind, as they attack the air. Wah-Wah guitar teases in the background, blaring brass repeated blast out .. a fgine mid-tempo 1967 Funker that is so damn hard to acquire..




Condition Report

Two bright clean labels, vinyl has only the mild light surface brushes, plays loud, clean and true. Both sides have some very mild static on the run in,

Two bright clean labels, vinyl has only the mild light surface brushes, plays loud, clean and true. Both sides have some very mild static on the run in,

Calvin Williams - Let's Dance / It Don't Mean A Thing - Target 501

Calvin Williams

Let's Dance / It Don't Mean A Thing

Target : 501 (45s)

Is there a better Rare Soul investment than Detroit Northern Soul in unblemished condition...

Here is a double-helping of quintessential Detroit,with an exceptional lead vocal, squealing girl chorus, burping Saxophone, blaring horns all in full attendance on both sides.

Great production by Marshall & Harvey (Marshall Chess & Harvey Fuqua?) more info invited. Who ever the duo are, they certainly knew how to build up a Soul dance tune. Both sides are straight out the blocks, becoming more muscular
as the session unfolds.. hanging sax, guitar solo and a vocal that leaves you wondering why Calvin released so few 45s. His Johnnie Mae Matthews collaboration "It Won't Matter At All" is now at last receiving Rare Soul turntable action it has always deserved.. but this "Target" 45 being so very much rarer and dare we say hardly known.

Flip it over, listening, will most probably split your decision on which side you prefer. As "It Don't Mean a Thing" carries the same "Detroit" elements that have addicted us all to everything "Motor City". A lifetime of devotion to it's music and still I'm hearing things that make me question, whether I have actually dug long enough or deep enough.. as this side has again awoken me to hidden Detroit delicacies, that on the rare previous occasions we've met I've not paid pull attention to it's qualities.. in fairness our last copy was nearly 10 years ago when I was entrench in mid-tempo NS Crossover..

So check out, that phenomenal voice Calvin Williams has, an unrecorded artist indeed... but console yourself with the fact Target 501 captures him in top form.. giving up proper Northern Soul twice over.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, both free of any off-putting flaws, even the Red is deep and rich with no signs of fade that so often besets the 60's red label, clean crisp & bold.

Two clean labels, both free of any off-putting flaws, even the Red is deep and rich with no signs of fade that so often besets the 60's red label, clean crisp & bold.

Thin Lizzy - Dublin + 3 - Decca F 13208 DJ

Thin Lizzy

New Day EP / Dublin / Remembering Part II (New Day) / Old Moon Madness / Things Ain't Working Out Down At The Farm

Decca: F 13208 DJ (EP)

1971 British 4 track EP PROMO is fabulous condition.

Track: 1. Dublin
Track: 2. Remembering part II (New Day)
Track: 3. Old Moon Madness
Track: 4. Things Ain't Working Out Down At The Farm

Only also issued in Ireland in 1971. until some "unofficial" were pressed circa 2007 to meet demand.

Here is the 1971 British PROMO press, tough to acquire historical 33 1/3 RPM EP. Marking the opening of a career-launch in the UK for this highly influential band, marshaled by Phil Lynott who is now consider and iconic Rock vocal & guitarist, with many dedicated fans not only to the group but to him alone.

An highly collectable EP - seldom seen is impeccable condition.




Condition Report

Tiny PAR note on a-side label is this REP's only flaw. Beautifully unblemished vinyl on both sides, b-side label is perfect. housed in Decca sleeve

Tiny PAR note on a-side label is this REP's only flaw. Beautifully unblemished vinyl on both sides, b-side label is perfect. housed in Decca sleeve

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Eddie Holman - Hold Me In Your Arms / Diggin' It - Grapevine acetate

Eddie Holman

Hold Me In Your Arms / Diggin' It

Grapevine acetate: no # (45s)

This truly awesome "Dynodynamics" 60's Philly creation liberated from solitary confinement by the intrepid Grapevine label, has over the last decade risen from a must own new release. Up into an appreciated DJ drop, as it's instant bass-line and prodding piano demands DANCE, as the silky Eddie Holman vocal beckons you to the floor.

The demand for the vinyl single is stronger than ever, as it receives an inevitable second lease of life! As copies have long evaporated into collections

An original direct cut 7" acetate with unbeatable fidelity, and so attractive to the many "Grapevine" completists lining up for anything "different" and rare within Grapevine enviable two catalogs..

Philadelphia's "Dynodynamic" machine of Eddie Holman, Johnny Stiles, Luther Randolph, Weldon McDougal was a conveyor-belt of standout Soul delights during the 60's serving up a plethora of Northern Soul greats. This addictive song somehow was left to hibernate in the vaults.. perhaps a little too "different" at the time; but today, so deliciously different and perfect Northern Soul food.

This is a listing aimed at dedicated British & Grapevine collectors and DJ's who want to elevate a dancefloor, but also to add to the interesting tapestry of our weekly auction that we hope makes for good reading, exciting listening and of course suiting all the pockets of our members.

We love the song.. and we adore genuine acetates..





Condition Report

Looks like this copy only received a cursory play from the privileged DJ who was given it to promote has the look, the feel and the smell of a record that has just lay filed and forgotten for the last 16 years. Just a solitary minuscule blemish, otherwise flawless. Both labels are likewise.

Looks like this copy only received a cursory play from the privileged DJ who was given it to promote has the look, the feel and the smell of a record that has just lay filed and forgotten for the last 16 years. Just a solitary minuscule blemish, otherwise flawless. Both labels are likewise.

Gary US Bonds - I Wanna Holler / New Orleans - Legrand 1003

Gary US Bonds

I Wanna Holler / New Orleans

Le Grand : 1003 (45s)

Fasten your seat-belts, Gary US Bonds is about to hit you with an irrepressible slab of Northern Soul R&B.

Here it is, lay hidden on the flipside of a re-promoted "New Orleans", a huge 1960 hit first time round, a release that furnished label owner Frank Guida with the funds to transform his Norfolk based record company into a countrywide force. Following it up with more hits "Quater To Three" "School Is Out" etc. kept the Legrand/S.P.Q.R. imprint fluid and moving forward.

So later, when Frank came to reissue "New Orleans", hoping for some "oldies" sales, he dug into the S.P.Q.R. vaults and found a mighty dance recording that he probably thought, a little to powerful for commercial use back in the 60's.

"I Wanna Holler" certainly outstrips any of Gary's other recordings, in terms of power and attitude.
The slow intro gives way to rumbling jungle drums, they power in on a wave of studio hand-claps and we're off on an unstoppable journey of R&B dance. Played loud this tune is a showstopper, "far-east" saxophone takes to the air, with a harem of ladies cooing the chorus, an insane Hammond intrusion and this session ups it's game yet again.. Gary US is now completely ungovernable wailing out the lyrics, as everybody and their cousins want a piece of the action as total domination is sought...

Resulting in a rumbling runaway juggernaut of a dancer - Northern Soul R&B you just cannot ignore!

Now take breather... you've earned it.

Condition Report

As good as it gets condition, flawless vinyl, perfect labels. mint - throughout.

As good as it gets condition, flawless vinyl, perfect labels. mint - throughout.

Intellects - Fell For You / Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Audio Services 790611

Intellects

Fell For You / Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

Audio Services : 790611 (45s)

This weeks harmony Sweet Soul rarity is a record so obscure, we cannot tell you anything of it's origins.

This is D.I.Y. Soul at it's most surprising, as a gathering of highly skilled hopeful youngsters ambitiously try to emulate The Dramatics... if your thinking that's a "bar" too high, you'd be wrong.

Take a listen how these buoyant debutantes take on the might of an established Soul group, pouring out molten harmonies like they are seasoned stalwarts of the sound.

Tony Hester's song is treated with tenderness, care and respect. A silky saxophone intro, invites a consummate vocal slide into place, as his teammates chorus takes to the air, icy-cold falsettos slice through the haze of perfectness.
This is TOP-DRAWER Sweet Soul decorated with a considerate Saxophone display enhancing an already glorious Soul ballad up to another level of gorgeousness..

LOVE IT!

Flip it over, this audacious gang, hit us with a version of the Tavares anthem "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and that's damn good also..

Local boys, with a local press (super limited) we presume. You can hear the optimism, the aspirations of a gathering who just needed a break.. as these "unknowns" are every note as good as any highly regarded Soul harmony group you care to mention..

What ever became of "The Intellects"

This is unicorn-rare Sweet Soul.. at it's finest.

Condition Report

Two clean yellow labels, free from any flaws other than a little storage grime. High quality vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines, but as you can hear both sides plays really clean..

Two clean yellow labels, free from any flaws other than a little storage grime. High quality vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines, but as you can hear both sides plays really clean..

Smoke - Risin' / inc: So Glad You Came Along - J.Bridge 7544

Smoke

Risin' / inc: So Glad You Came Along

J. Bridge : 7544 (LPs)

Today's challenge is to find a track on this Kansas City platter that doesn't send chills through you..

Condition Report

Two Perfect labels, vinyl with hardly a blemish, flawless audio. Cover still retains it's birth shrink wrap.

Two Perfect labels, vinyl with hardly a blemish, flawless audio. Cover still retains it's birth shrink wrap.

Masterminds with Lady Bianca - Stop Telling Me Lies / We Got Go Get Together - Reynolds PR 401

Masterminds with Lady Bianca

Stop Telling Me Lies / We Got Go Get Together

Reynolds : PR 401 (45s)

Not the "Undercover Brother" reissue but the silly rare 1970 Reynolds original.

Yes the same Bay Area label that gave us, Celeste Hardie, Lillian Alexander, Steve Marshall etc. Private indie enterprise from which Paul E. Reynolds only released top quality material.

Little wonder the Low Rider scene has been so dynamic through the decades; as California carriers such a rich vein of independent record productions, drawing from Soul and Jazz influences that flood the Golden State. No for the first time spawning seamless harmonies woven into skilled instrumentation, Bianca Thorton's keyboard gifts guide this classy floater along.

This rarity is another example of the seriously obscure giving up a heart-stopping session, drenched in Soul. A song that offers up the right ingredients for not only California, but only the east of England. This slower experience would be a sensation at Soul Essence, Feed Your Soul, Carib Soul, flipside etc. venues that dedicate their output to be as Soulful as possible.

But dancers don't despair, as the flip is an up beat Funky Soul groove, that has it's own following.. for the same reasons. Searing vocals, horns, piano breaks, sizzling harmonies woven into a driving dance production.

Sasquatch-Rare with two imposing sides..

Condition Report

Hardly a blemish to be found anywhere on this rare 45. Showing off two perfect labels and vinyl that reveals only a couple of minuscule hairlines when angled under direct light.

Hardly a blemish to be found anywhere on this rare 45. Showing off two perfect labels and vinyl that reveals only a couple of minuscule hairlines when angled under direct light.

Arnold Corns - Hang Onto Yourself /Man In The Middle - B&C 189

Arnold Corns

Hang Onto Yourself / Man In The Middle

B&C : CB 189 (45s)

RARE 1971 Bowie!

The Arnold Corns were a band formed by David Bowie during 1971 this 45 being one of only two releases they had for this short lived Soho based UK label. Who were just starting to specialize in up and coming Rock bands

David Bowie wrote and produced both sides of this failed single, sang vocals and played guitar. It also marked a strengthening of the Bowie / Mick Ronson relationship as they journeyed towards the groundbreaking Bowie period of "Spiders From Mars" & "Ziggy Stardust" with The Arnold Corns project, the springboard for Bowie’s inventive side to come to fruition.

Bowie took inspiration from Pink Floyd for this recordings but shimmers with Bowie characteristics, being an important crossroads in the birth of "Spiders" & "Ziggy" and ultimately leading to Bowie's worldwide success.

As Bowie mania becomes even stronger, records relating to his early development are becoming increasing difficult to secure.. as wise vinyl investors swoop on every opportunity..

Condition Report

A fine clean example of rare Bowie. Two unblemished labels, the fully intact 4 prong centerpiece suggests little or no play, no sign of spindle trails. Vinyl does however, have a few mild storage hairline NOT affecting play. Check out the impressive double sound file lifted straight from this rare disc. Visually Ex plays Mint -. All housed in wavy-top birth sleeve.

A fine clean example of rare Bowie. Two unblemished labels, the fully intact 4 prong centerpiece suggests little or no play, no sign of spindle trails. Vinyl does however, have a few mild storage hairline NOT affecting play. Check out the impressive double sound file lifted straight from this rare disc. Visually Ex plays Mint -. All housed in wavy-top birth sleeve.

Ronnie Milsap - Ain't No Soul ( Left In These Ole Shoes ) / Another Branch From The Old Tree - Pye International 7N 25392 DJ

Ronnie Milsap

Ain't No Soul ( Left In These Ole Shoes ) / Another Branch From The Old Tree

Pye International : 7N 25392 DJ (45s)

JOey Levine & Artie Resnick really started something in 1966 when they wrote this iconic set of lyrics, that were recorded y four different artists on major in that very year..

Whether it be Major Lance, Ray Paige, Corvairs, or Huey Meaux's meaty Houston, Texas romp with that coolest of vocals, from the Ronnie Milsap. It was one recording that took the Twisted Wheel by a storm, receiving the dubious honor of a Soul Sounds bootleg in 1968.

Here is the 45 that every MOD dreamed of owning in 1966 but very few did.. the 1966 British press on Pye International is eye-popping condition!

Condition Report

Magnificently unblemished in every way!

Magnificently unblemished in every way!

Isaac Hayes - Truck Turner Film poster / 40" wide by 29.5" high - Focus Films 1974

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes - 1974 Truck Turner Film poster / original film poster 40" wide by 29.5" high

Focus Films: isaac hayes poster (LPs)

Very RARE Blackplotation movie poster..
A HUGE original film poster 40" wide by 29.5" high (120 cm by 75 cm). Manufacture in thick textured paper

Just imagine the fine rarity hanging on you record-den wall.
RARE and utterly stunning original 1974 starring Isaac Hayes in Focus Films "Truck Turner" poster.

For those of you not familiar with this action movie. Mack "Truck" Turner is a former Pro-Footballer (Isaac's imposing figure sure looks the part) who changes his career to become a L.A. bounty hunter after a a debilitating injury puts him out of the pro-game.. Truck Turner (Isaac Hayes) visits his incarcerated girlfriend, and is put on the trail of a Pimp who has skipped bail and the action begins.

Soundtrack is by Isaac Hayes, in this typical concrete jungle, all action, chase n' shoot blackplotation movie from 1974.

A truly spectacular larger than life poster that will dominate any room it's hung in...



Condition Report

folded but very clean and ready for framing... one small crease line edge split on the center line (see scan)

folded but very clean and ready for framing... one small crease line edge split on the center line (see scan)

Lee Perry - Wishes Of The Wicked / Hold Down - Ska Beat JB 212

Lee Perry

Wishes Of The Wicked / Hold Down

Ska Beat : JB 212 (45s)

1965 UK press - in near unbeatable condition.

Classic style SKA with both sides benefiting from a consummate lead vocal, squealing girl chorus ans a highly skilled trumpeter stealing the show.

Ska Beat 45s at this level of condition, performed by one of Jamaica's greats are so hard to find.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, 4 prong die-cut center fully intact. Vinyl reveals only a few very minor hairlines under direct light. This is a fabulous copy

two flawless labels, 4 prong die-cut center fully intact. Vinyl reveals only a few very minor hairlines under direct light. This is a fabulous copy

Jamaicans with Tommy McCook - Baba Boom / Real Cool - Treasure Isle TI 7012

Jamaicans with Tommy McCook

Baba Boom / Real Cool

Treasure Isle: TI 7012 (45s)

Both sides give dancefloor delights, spirited Rock Steady whilst still retaining SKA elements, especially in the vibrant horn breaks..

Tommy McCook's Supersonics laying down two uplifting dance arrangements with incessant guitar riffs driving the pace, whilst the vocal mantra, a simplistic "Baba Boom Boom" works so well, then a signature "McCook" saxophone break and the session is sealed..

Flip is over and the b-side is just as good, with McCook taking lead, with extreme Sax manipulation peppering an otherwise uncomplicated arrangement.. then Tommy ups his game, delivering the most-delicious of Saxophone exhibitions you could ever wish to hear..

Two addictive sides, that demand more than one listen

Condition Report

plenty of light surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays without a murmur. Strong excellent playback. Both labels are clean free of tears, writing or stains. Nice copy...that plays well.

plenty of light surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays without a murmur. Strong excellent playback. Both labels are clean free of tears, writing or stains. Nice copy...that plays well.

Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl / The Story Of Our Love - Red Coach RC 802 DJ

Carstairs

It Really Hurts Me Girl / The Story Of Our Love

Red Coach : RC 802 DJ (45s)

GAME CHANGING NORTHERN SOUL?

It has dismayed me over the years that a few NS dealers, even fewer collectors in the past, have tried to rewrite the facts surrounding this Soul masterpiece. When some declare a copy with a etched in STERLING matrix is also an original, when blatantly it's a counterfeit (although it maybe a convincing one)

Before you today is the coveted authentic STERLING STAMPED original PROMO vinyl press. The scratched in STERLING matrix copies are counterfeits, which everybody and his dog by now knows. So why anybody would ever try and convince the NS collecting public otherwise; that there was two legitimate promo presses of this Blackpool Mecca anthem is quite puzzling.. the STERLING STAMPED original promo copy is the ONLY original DJ copy. The others are unfortunately fakes.

Having said that, the power of this monumental 45 had such an impact when John Anderson of Soul Bowl imported it into England circa 1974.

It's exquisite qualities triggered many different but captivating tales on how it was found; a much more exciting adventures on how it was first discovered, actually not by a that dedicated Scottish vinyl-guru. But by a British DJ criusing the streets of The Big Apple. Already incorrect recall, of a now an utterly twisted tale by the time I heard it down in the backwoods of the East Midlands.

The version of the story, I heard went something like this:

This, now fabled tale tells of a DJ hearing it first on his car-radio in New York, (actually Miami) and was so blown away by it, he made it his vacation mission to track the group down, to get a copy, just a solitary copy mind, not a handful. (he actually called the Radio Station)

The story triggered visions of this great song transforming a British Bunter-esque
figure into Warren Beatty as "Dick Tracey" trying to track down a 45 in a concrete jungle, and with so little time to do it in.

How exciting!!!

As he trawled through telephone directories, made endless investigative calls. Before setting out into the labyrinth of pre-GPS New York on the trail of "The Carstairs" with relentless Private Dick zeal and determination...

A real epic adventure .. whispered through the halls of Northern Soul for decades..embellished every time in it's telling, eventually bearing no resemblance to the truth.. (whatever that may be) but adding to it's already legendary mystique.

On the other-hand John Anderson was undoubtedly for decades, the catalyst for the vast majority Northern Soul discoveries coming into the United Kingdom. I personally think, not as exciting but certainly more accurate, that John can add this classic to his already unsurpassed list of Northern Soul finds. I do love the comic strip styled exploits "first heard on the radio" "Then The Chase Was On". "Hello Gentlemen where are The Carstairs" visions these stories ignite.

In defense of our intrepid hero, he was the first DJ to champion this "outside the NS box" recording, at the legendary Blackpool Mecca and it became an absolute dancefloor monster, to be still heralded today as not only an all-time NS great; but also for many, a "litmus-test" validating who among us, had real-Soul running through their bones..

After all if this record does not take you to a place, where you might be tempted to dream up your own fantasies of discovery .... then Soul could only be a thin lacquer on your being..

It was a trendsetter, a game-changer, a life affirming moment, a transporter of emotion.. a record worthy of differing fables, tales and ever-changing bar-stool recollections.

Condition Report

Just the merest occasional surface hairline, audio plays Mint - (listen) Two unblemished mint PROMO labels.

Just the merest occasional surface hairline, audio plays Mint - (listen) Two unblemished mint PROMO labels.

Alfie Davison - Love Is Serious Business - Mercury 76001 DJ

Alfie Davison

Love Is Serious Business / same: 3:35 stereo version

Mercury : 76001 DJ (45s)

No introduction from us, will lift the demand or the love for this Northern Soul perennial, that repeatedly fills the dancefloor as it's allure only grows as the years roll by...

A real deal Northern Soul anthem in the best possible condition!

Play this Mr. DJ and the room is yours..

Condition Report

Flawless, previously unplayed before we lifted the impressive soundfile.. A Manship MINT - we'd say

Flawless, previously unplayed before we lifted the impressive soundfile.. A Manship MINT - we'd say

Icemen - ( I Wonder ) What It Takes / ( My Girl ) She's A Fox - Samar 111

Icemen

( I Wonder ) What It Takes / ( My Girl ) She's A Fox

Samar: 111 (45s)

Besides having two top-drawer examples of Rare Soul as James Stokes and Gino Armstrong team up with the Poindexter Twins and craft two stunning slabs of Soul.

A compelling Northern Soul dancer on one side and a riveting Sweet Soul vocal group harmony ballad on the other. This elusive 45 is also hunted worldwide because the then unknown James Marshall (Jimi Hendrix) was performing on the session. Taken into the studio by the arranger Lonnie Youngblood who also collaborated with Jimi on his Fairmount 45 releases.

No outrageous guitar solos, quite the opposite, but you can certainly hear Jimi's signature guitar attacks on the intro of the hard-hitting sledgehammer Northern Soul dancer. Throughout the 2:25 seconds he supports an equally reactionary Saxophonist... With Stokes & Armstrong in a combative mood, Sam & Dave style the pairing slashes out dance-soul with attitude.. at last this intrusive tune is getting some long-overdue Northern Soul action.. and it rising fast up the in-demand ratings.. time secure this 45 is now, before it becomes really hot!

Flip it over for a contrasting, silky smooth harmony ballad; saturated in Soulful admiration for a girl.. a mid-tempo stroller perfect for that Sunday afternoon chill-out. Hendrix is not evident on this song as things are kept mellow and emotional..

Love both sides, with the Hendrix devotees draw to it's frustrating rarity.. expect competition on this one.



Condition Report

two totally clean labels,

two totally clean labels,

R&B MONTHLY - No. 13 February 1965 Anniversary Edition - no label

R&B MONTHLY

No. 13 February 1965 Anniversary Edition / Launch of the Blue Horizon label

R&B MONTHLY: 13 (Magazine)

Above all fanzines we have listed before this February 1965 fanzine dedicated to R&B, this documents a historical record label launch of immense importance to collectors.

First see and read the sample 5 scan provided. Among them is editor Mike Vernon announcing, after a survey with his readership, his intent to launch a label dedicated to R&B.

The last scan is of a single paragraph called "IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT" of forming the BLUE HORIZON label.

Mike Vernon asks for advance orders of his limited press first release is Hubert Sumlin - Across The Board / Sumlin Boogie - Blue Horizon 1000 only 99 pressed and today valued near £500 a great investment at 8/6p + 1/- postage.
Mike finishes his announcement asking please make this new venture a big, b-i-g, B-I-G success.

Blue Horizon Records went on of course to become an iconic label, saturated in highly sought after 45 and LP releases. With an army of collectors dedicated to finishing the series. Blue Horizon is today one of Britain's most collectable labels.

The magazine itself is an eighteen page review of USA R&B releases and classic with the first ever attempt in the UK at a Chess Record discography...

This is Black Music vinyl chronicling at it's most historic and this magazine remains rarer today than the 45 launch it documents.

Condition Report

a solitary minor flaw front cover middle has a crease and a minuscule tear. (see scan) the insides are flawless.

a solitary minor flaw front cover middle has a crease and a minuscule tear. (see scan) the insides are flawless.

Bobby Raveen & Black Sweat - Disco Africa / How Long Will It Be - Sweat Inc. 5-4-1542

Bobby Raveen & Black Sweat

Disco Africa / How Long Will It Be

Sweat Inc. : 5-4-1542 (45s)

Whether it be moody FUNK or Northern Soul that turns you on, this obscure 45 gives you both in copious amounts.

We'll start with the haunting FUNK side.

Djembes slap out the opening rhythms, wah-wah guitar licks whip the air, as hanging vocals add another layer of sound... the impressive buildup continues as pumping brass suspends itself aloft, in waiting for the crowing instrument to steal the show. Taking control is a highly skilled trumpeter with a fabulous solo break, totally creaming the session, lifting it up into a unforgettable listen; as the cocktail of sound swills into one huge musical expedition into Jazz/Funk/Afro.

FABULOUS!

Northern Soul fans, just flip it over for a hidden treat. A record I've certainly not encountered before, and it's damn good. Again, Black Sweat's strong honkin' horns kick off proceeding, as this turns into familiar styled dancer as memories of Jay & The Techniques, Johnny Johnsdon & The Bandwagon come flooding back. Soon this "not heard before" song almost turns into a comfy Northern Soul dance experience.

Solid Northern Soul hidden away on the flipside of one very obscure FUNKER..

An obscure disc with so much going for it, besides RARE!

Condition Report

This 45 is near impossible to acquire in acceptable condition, this copy has strong clean impeccable vinyl, not a blemish. Both labels as you can see, have full depth of colour no fade on the Silver text. As you'd expect for a mint minus rarity.

This 45 is near impossible to acquire in acceptable condition, this copy has strong clean impeccable vinyl, not a blemish. Both labels as you can see, have full depth of colour no fade on the Silver text. As you'd expect for a mint minus rarity.

Chico Leverett - Solid Sender / I'll Never Love Again - Tamla 54024

Chico Leverett

Solid Sender / I'll Never Love Again

Tamla : 54024 (45s)

Committed Motown collectors will not need us to remind you, Motown records of this calibre of rarity are mostly likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to claim. Proud ownership of could possibly be the finest copy to ever come to market.

The world's record community certainly seems unable to come up with a label scan that isn't near unreadable.

So do not pass by, as this opportunity to own the only copy I've ever seen in acceptable condition, to a discerning collector.

Chico's only single for Motown, a kind of tester for this singled out member of the Satintones; both sides endorse his fine voice, as well as his composing talents. As the Rayber Singers once again amplify the arrangement with their enriching harmonies. On the a-side Robert Bateman's baritone prescence steals the show with his delightfully imposing "Doo Ba Di Ba's" booming through blanket of vices, at all the right times.

Flip it over for a worthy vocal-group ballad, in fact a damn fine one. Where Chico sounds very much in the vein of Eddie Holland (maybe young Eddie's guidance was creeping in)

Chico wrote both sides, Miss Ray keeping the harmony arrangement seamless.. and all those dreamy Soul vocals fusing into whirlpool of the early Motown Sound.

A historical Motown treasure, a museum piece at investmet level of condition..

Condition Report

The label image is by far the cleanest, to have ever come to market,two fine red X's on label is it's only pimple. All text crisp and clear (see scans). Vinyl has some mild surface marks, but plays booming, louder, clean and clear. Listen to Motown R&B without a single commercial note being played.

The label image is by far the cleanest, to have ever come to market,two fine red X's on label is it's only pimple. All text crisp and clear (see scans). Vinyl has some mild surface marks, but plays booming, louder, clean and clear. Listen to Motown R&B without a single commercial note being played.

Sam Dees - Lonely For You Baby / I Need You Baby - SSS International SSS 732

Sam Dees

Lonely For You Baby / I Need You Baby

SSS International : SSS 732 (45s)

A rhythmic drum tapping blends seamlessly with booming bass guitar rhythm, beckoning the pianist to stroke some arousing key notes.. for the most-inviting of Northern Soul intros For a dancefloor-detonator elevate your set, just in time as the room becomes a heaving mass of shoulder to shoulder euphoria..Sam Dees's commanding gnarled vocal shudders the speakers..

After that....Mr. DJ the room is yours..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL !!!

and some..

Deep Soul devotees will already of course, be aware of the vital flipside.

Condition Report

As perfect a copy that you could ever dream of seeing - FLAWLESS in every way!

As perfect a copy that you could ever dream of seeing - FLAWLESS in every way!

Luther Ingram - If It's All The Same To You Babe / Exus Trek - HIB Records 698

Luther Ingram

If It's All The Same To You Babe / Exus Trek

HIB: 698 (45s)

A chance to own a Northern Soul anthem, that has sparked off more gymnastic dancefloor moves, than any other.. at possibly a very affordable price

It's a master-class in Detroit Soul, a record so superior of anything that went before it or since.

So no words from me can elevate this disc any higher than it already sits.

Before bidding read the CONDITION report carefully..

there is also a You Tube video being prepared to highlight the minuscule repaired hairline

Condition Report

Two flaw-free labels, tiny BB drill (see scan) Two clean vinyl sides, BOTH side play perfect. There is however the tightest tiny hairline crack on the run-in. very fine and very difficult to find. After some time of angling under the light, it does reveal itself but DOES NOT react with the stylus. It is the finest, lightest hairline you can image. See the pro-repair and video on YOU TUBE going live this weekend.

Two flaw-free labels, tiny BB drill (see scan) Two clean vinyl sides, BOTH side play perfect. There is however the tightest tiny hairline crack on the run-in. very fine and very difficult to find. After some time of angling under the light, it does reveal itself but DOES NOT react with the stylus. It is the finest, lightest hairline you can image. See the pro-repair and video on YOU TUBE going live this weekend.

MC5 - Ramblin' Rose / Borderline - Elektra EKSN 45067

MC5

Ramblin' Rose / Borderline

Elektra: EKSN 45067 (45s)

a flawless 1969 British press of Detroit's most influential 60's Garage/Punk band "The Motor City Five".

The "five's" uncompromising approach to the establishment, earned them a controversial reputation as innovators of the Michigan "Punk" sound. Hard hitting lyrics, raucous on stage performances that sadly only lasted until 1973. When they split..but their collectability and fan-base grew through the years as their reputation hardened. There was to be no reunion of this rebellious unit, they're notoriety and interest growing; as two band members died prematurely from heart attacks. The MC5 took on legendary status, as no other Rock group seemed capable of filling the void they left. 5 angry young musicians projecting hardened radical views within their poetical lyrics..

the MC5 in the UK had a much more exclusive following, but just as dedicated as the USA collectors in acquiring their material.

Today MC5's British vinyl releases in tip-top condition are rare in the extreme..

Before you today is the finest condition I've ever witnessed for this particular 45. Do not pass by, we are unlikely to encounter such perfectness again.

The 45, only rarely comes to market..

Condition Report

Housed in original wavytop sleeve, two perfect labels, 4 prong die-cut small hole center still fully intact. As the spindle hole suggest both sides of the vinyl are totally

Housed in original wavytop sleeve, two perfect labels, 4 prong die-cut small hole center still fully intact. As the spindle hole suggest both sides of the vinyl are totally

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