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Check out the Rare Soulman vinyl auction for all the best bargains available online. Be sure to check the closing date and time for each record to ensure you don’t miss out on the best bids. Our auction stock dramatically changes, with an emphasis on the rarely seen and high-quality conditions. Final prices vary from as little as £20 to as much as £6,000 and beyond. Whether it’s soul records or rock & pop vinyl, find the perfect additions to your collection in best possible condition.

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Bobby Guitar Wood - It's Mighty Nice To Know / Voyage To The Bottom Of Your Heart - Colt 9322

Bobby Guitar Wood

It's Mighty Nice To Know / Voyage To The Bottom Of Your Heart

Colt : 9322 (45s)

If there ever was a stomping oldie that needed to be revived, this Chicago juggernaut of snarling dance Soul must be it!

Belligerent, roaring, growling Northern Soul with an attitude driven bass guitar NS dance rhythm, that is second to none. Additional power added by Bobby's rasping voice, insistent percussion and a barrage of brass fired out with exact timing. Whipping up a frenzy of real-deal Northern Soul.

Yes, if ever there was a NS classic that needed to hit the clubs again...

THIS IS IT!

Proper Northern Soul delivered with vengeance!

Condition Report

two flawless gold labels, flawless

two flawless gold labels, flawless

The Volumes - The Same Old Feeling / The Trouble I've Seen - Impact 1017 DJ

The Volumes

The Same Old Feeling / The Trouble I've Seen

Impact : 1017 DJ (45s)

As a teenager I had not yet made acquaintance with the subtleties of life; it had all passed me by. As I dowsed myself in "Brut" to hide the odour of Players No. 6 that had impregnated my sheepskin coat. Drinking Lager instead of fine real ales my Dad would sup. Ordering "Blue Nun" or "Black Tower" wine to impress a girl on our first date at the local candlelit restaurant. Ordering "sherbet" as my desert...my date kindly pointing out, she thought "Sorbet" was pronounced "Sore-bey" not Sherbet. Or how could my stack-heel cream and red shoes and green flares ever be the right thing to wear.. oh the shame of a tasteless uneducated youth. The food was good, but she never accepted my request for a rerun of our evening. I knew I should've splashed on the "Old Spice"..

Likewise when I bought this Volumes 45 from "Brian 45 Philips" circa 1972, it was Duke Browner's "The Trouble I've Seen" that rampaged on my turntable at home, a raucous Detroit stomper that took no prisoners.. I just LOVED IT! I don't ever think I gave the flipside more than a 20 second chance before I took it off the record-player, as a "stomper" .. it just wasn't.

It wasn't until I had long given up smoking, started to drink Burgundy whites; and took to wearing highly burnished Jeffrey West shoes, restaurant ordering Dover Sole, adding "I'll take it off the bone myself thank you.. " with the sheep skin long gone and now lining the Labrador's bed. It was around that time I started to appreciate the finer points of rare soul. I vaguely recall it was at a Bretby Allniter with my old friend from Nuneaton "Steve Kennedy" when someone dropped a tune that just halted my conversation.. "What the hell is this!" "wow"

It's The Volumes on Impact, Steve informed me. I was bemused, I collected the Impact label, I had nearly every 45 on it...? so I went up to the DJ and asked to see the record..

Now this was embarrassing, I had owned the record for well over a decade.. and never listened to the flipside. My ears, my gob and my nose had suddenly matured and I was now appreciating the finer things in life, especially quality Northern Soul.

Even today the haunting pulses of this Motor City, vocal-group harmony stepper has never sounded better... it's amazing how the years rolling by guide you towards finer music, better food, and away from that ridiculous dress sense ..



Condition Report

Two spotless labels, crisp clean white without a blemish. Vinyl is likewise, revealing only a sparse surface hairline or two when angled under direct light.

Two spotless labels, crisp clean white without a blemish. Vinyl is likewise, revealing only a sparse surface hairline or two when angled under direct light.

Velvet Illusions - Town Of Fools / I'm Coming Home Los Angeles - Metro Media MM 308

Velvet Illusions

Town Of Fools / I'm Coming Home Los Angeles

METRO MEDIA: MM-308 (45s)

MOD, GARAGE , this rarity it fits the bill for both genres.

A really hip Yakima Garage band who set south from Washington state seeking fame in L.A. With an average age for the band at 17 years of age, their bold exploits of making 4 singles, so nearly paid off as they crafted such fine garage, all of which is coveted today. Producer Randy Bowles, was also the lead singer of the band, using the name Jimmie James to promote his moody, whining, highly effective voice.

The group became known for having led the music for the fight against drugs ... The most famous song "Acid Head" unfortunately had the opposite effect; when local authorities quickly banned the single on the grounds of glorification of drugs, but which, ironically, was an antidrug anthem. Not a good start to their dreams; and not having achieved notable success, the group disbanded.

An attempt was made to organize a new band "The Peppermint Tea" the idea was to entertain the crowd during basketball games, but that did not last long. Then they changed their name to The New Velvet Illusions and then finally disbanded. Leaving a rich legacy of youthful California garage to drool over. We especially love this rarity from July 1967 lyrically reminiscent of Ray Davies's work it tells of the urban pitfalls of conforming..

A skilfully manipulated swirling Hammond decorates the background, as the vocal harmonies try to deter you from joining the rat-race of "Keeping Up With The Jones". Very Kinks-esque

USA Garage band ride a relentless stomping arrangement that also carries Northern Soul / MOD potential. The not-so blue-eyed lead-vocals deliver distain to those who follow the crowd into the "Town Of Fools"

SO RARE!

Condition Report

two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only a few mild surface hairlines from sleeve storage.

two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only a few mild surface hairlines from sleeve storage.

Roland Alphonso - Nimble Foot / Love Is Stronger - Ska Beat JB 210

Roland Alphonso

Nimble Foot / Love Is Stronger

Ska Beat : JB 210 (45s)

A beautifully clean 1965 British copy.

A play perfect copy of this addictive SKA dancer... blending of inspiring horns and saxophone blasts through a relentless SKA dance rhythm, melting into one of the finest instrumentals of the mid-60's, especially when that trombone solo fires into action..sublime!

Brilliant in it's contradictory swings back and forth from dark moody notes to uplifting soaring brass... a heady cocktail of instruments that bring together a compelling desire to dance

SKA at it's most infectious..

Flip it over to enjoy the same level of musicianship, along with bubbling harmony vocals, it's another winner. Two great sides with "Nimble Foot" being one of the most compelling SKA performances ever.

Condition Report

Two unblemished labels, 3 prong die-cut label intact, vinyl only reveals a few surface hairlines

Two unblemished labels, 3 prong die-cut label intact, vinyl only reveals a few surface hairlines

Miracles - I'll Try Something New / blank - Tamla 54059 DJ PS autographed

Miracles

I'll Try Something New / blank

Tamla : 54059 DJ PS autographed (45s)

The Miracles - I'll Try Something New as a PROMO copy is one of the rarer Motown DJ copies to find. Add to that the even more elusive picture cover you are looking at a nice seldom seen pairing.

Then add to that combination the Smokey Robinson signature "Happiness from Smokey Robinson" we are now looking at something unique.

A listing for those serious Motown scholars seeking the one-off window opportunity to acquire something special.

The song itself I personally consider lyrically as one of Smokey's finest, soul poetry at it's most fluid. The way Smokey as early as 1962 he knitted words together, with silky comparisons was itself breath-taking. I'm surprised that this Smokey creation isn't considered by all, as arguably his finest work. Perhaps because it wasn't a big hit, it has slipped past everyone . Here's a chance to absorb Smokey's gifts taking it's first baby steps towards full-blown genius.

Smokey Robinson was unquestionably a wordsmith without peers.

The promo record it's is only visually VG plays much better, the white label has a biro pen ring at the perimeter, otherwise clean. The very rare picture cover is clean, full strength signature (no fade) on the flipside see images there is very mild storage ring wear to the b-side cover. a-side cover is crisp and clean.

As a package of single sided PROMO, complete with picture cover and Smokey's dedication. This is a Motown treasure, you are unlikely to ever seen again.

Condition Report

As described above:

As described above:

Invaders / Paulette and Gee  - Got To Go Home / How Long Will You Stay - GG Records GG 4527

Invaders / Paulette and Gee

Got To Go Home / How Long Will You Stay

GG Records : GG 4527 (45s)

1971UK press in spectacular Mint minus condition throughout.

Both sides an Alvin Raglin project, top side is a catchy stop-start dance session

With the Williams Sisters again bringing up the flipside

Condition Report

Two flawless 4 prong labels, vinyl is mint minus throughout.. an unblemished 48 year old .

Two flawless 4 prong labels, vinyl is mint minus throughout.. an unblemished 48 year old .

Silvertones - Intensified Change / Marie - Trojan TR 7705

Silvertones

Intensified Change / Marie

Trojan : TR 7705 (45s)

Spectacular rare condition!

1969 rare Trojan previously unplayed condition.

We lead with an inventive and invigorating Duke Red production, soaring vocal harmonies driven by banging percussion pulses, cleverly soften by cutting violins and flood of harmony vocals. Unusual and addictive dance groove.

The upbeat flipside again instantly grabs you, driving whirling keyboard rhythms, chugging Reggae oscillations lay a platform for this talented vocal gathering to perform excellent late 60's Reggae.
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A elusive Trojan number, with two good sides, in the finest condition possible!

Condition Report

Flawless in every way! Labels, die-cut centrepiece and vinyl are all unblemished.

Flawless in every way! Labels, die-cut centrepiece and vinyl are all unblemished.

Teddy ( Mr. Bear ) McRae - Hi' Fi' Baby / Hold Out Baby - Amp 3 Record Inc. AMP 129

Teddy ( Mr. Bear ) McRae

Hi' Fi' Baby / Hold Out Baby

Amp 3 Record Inc. : AMP 129 (45s)

Rare authentic 1958 ORIGINAL of this killer slab of Chicago Jump Blues.

Starting life as a flipside "Hi' Fi' Baby" over the decades surfacing as a lost gem of superior Black Rockers. From an unlikely source as Teddy was essentially a skilled saxophonist and band leader

On this recording he steps forward delivering his rasping 50 year old vocal in "King Louie" style he is fully backed up by a seasoned band. Giving up fabulous guitar solo's, skilled blending of a snarling saxophone, honky-tonk piano mel =t driven by a bank of horns. Exhilarating, relentless and unforgettable journey in Chicago blues dance.

The lead side that Bill Lasley chose to go with is a slower Blues stroll but still incorporating those addictive street-blues guitar riffs and breaks.

Pure and rare, a blue 45 trophy-piece

Condition Report

Two clean labels, "Hold Out Baby" side has a small initials (see image). Vinyl on the "Hi' Fi'" side reveals light surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays Excellent. The flipside vinyl is the same, except for one mark that gives off a low muffle blip on the first revolutions. Listen to the double soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Two clean labels, "Hold Out Baby" side has a small initials (see image). Vinyl on the "Hi' Fi'" side reveals light surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays Excellent. The flipside vinyl is the same, except for one mark that gives off a low muffle blip on the first revolutions. Listen to the double soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Little Walter and His Dukes - Oh Baby / Rocker - Checker 793

Little Walter and His Dukes

Oh Baby / Rocker

Checker : 793 (45s)

April 1954 first press in impossible condition. Sparkling silver "web" and text on a clean unblemished burgundy backdrop.

The dream duo of Little Walter & Willie Dixon, between them craft a thumping slab of Chicago Jump Blues. A Northern Soul R&B winner, a Chicago go Blues classic that for many years a turntable DJ favourite but usually p[laysed on the shaded blue 60's Checker repress, which is still no easy find.

Here is a gleaming 1954 first press ready to adorn your collection.

Nobody reading this needs us to remind them, just how frustratingly challenging it is acquiring fine clean 50's 45's from Chicago..

Here's a window to do just that... listen and move to this imposing double header.





Condition Report

Two exceptionally clean labels, vinyl reveals only a lifetime in the same brown paper birth-sleeve. Reveals just the merest storage hairlines under light. Plays beautifully. Exceptional copy.

Two exceptionally clean labels, vinyl reveals only a lifetime in the same brown paper birth-sleeve. Reveals just the merest storage hairlines under light. Plays beautifully. Exceptional copy.

The Phonans - Talk To Me / You And Me - Rhino Studios Dorking CUS 1024 PS

The Phonans

Talk To Me / You And Me

Rhino Studios Dorking : CUS 1024 PS (45s)

A super rare 1981 Hampshire indie Punk release. This is The Phonans only 45 release, a special charity record for "wheelchair" awareness. Very smal limited run for "Wheelabout '81"

Top side written by group guitarist and vocals Neil Mercer, with bass player Tizz Stokes co-writing the flipside.

This offering is the complete package, with seldom seen stickered sleeve, listing all five band members, from Petersfield, Hants. Neil Mercer - Guitar/vocals, Jerry Holland - Guitar/vocals, Davve Harbottle - Drums/vocals, Tizz Stoakes - Bass/vocals, Dave Futcher - keyboards.

Both sides give up driving 1981 British Power-Punk showcasing accomplished frantic dual guitar pulses and group strong vocals.

Indie presses do not come much more obscurer than this, or indeed at this level of condition for a 38 year old mini-press.

Condition Report

The tightness of the spindle hole, suggests this 45 was previously unplayed for the double sound file was lifted. Two perfect labels, vinyl is mint minus with just a couple of brief light sleeve storage hairlines.

The tightness of the spindle hole, suggests this 45 was previously unplayed for the double sound file was lifted. Two perfect labels, vinyl is mint minus with just a couple of brief light sleeve storage hairlines.

People - In Ancient Times / Glastonbury - Deram DM 346 DJ

People

In Ancient Times / Glastonbury

Deram : DM 346 DJ (45s)

1971 British promo, ex-radio station promo with station-notes on label, but with flawless vinyl.

An obscure one-off gathering of rock musicians under the guidance of Nick Harrison and the talented Jazz nurtured Tony Hall. Tony with his wealth of experience as a club (The 100 Club) A&R work. Was later given the task of recharging the Jazz arm of Decca in the early 60's. Notably he was the man behind the success of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep Mountain High" in Britain after it failed miserably in the USA.

Quite who this group were "The People" remains a mystery, but what is clear that this assembly of a Rock-Choir completely missed the mark, when attempting transform William Blake's anthem into a psychedelic-rock experience. Out of tune vocals and haphazard orchestral direction, were more disastrous, than the rock spectacle intended and of course the release failed to sell.

BUT ... as so often happens the flipside is a totally different story. When Nick Harrison & Tony Hall produced "Glastonbury" they had no idea they had just crafted a folk-psyche masterpiece. Tubular bells ring through a rich celestial choir, perpetual drumming pulses drive the scene, as flutes take to the air, taking the haunting atmosphere to its zenith. There are "beats" within this recording, that a hip-hop technician could borrow to great effect.. so far was this session ahead of it's time.

Listen and immerse yourself into accidental genius...

Condition Report

Squeaky clean mint minus vinyl, both labels carry radio station notes (see images), all housed in birth-sleeve.

Squeaky clean mint minus vinyl, both labels carry radio station notes (see images), all housed in birth-sleeve.

Frank Wilson - Do I Love You ( Indeed I Do ) / Sweeter As The Days Go By - Tamla Motown TMG 1170 PS DJ

Frank Wilson

Do I Love You ( Indeed I Do ) / Sweeter As The Days Go By

Tamla Motown : TMG 1170 PS DJ (45s)

Unless you're holding out for a warped copy of SOUL 35019, this is the next best thing, the completeness of the 1979 EMI British Demo copy still inside an authentic "quoted" black picture sleeve.

Only a few copies ever had the honour of being housed in this promo sleeve, that tells the story of Frank Wilson's Soul 45 being recently sold for £500, quoting it as "Tamla Motown at its finest". Over the years this sleeve has been counterfeited and added to "bare" promo copies that didn't receive the sleeve - they are of course very easy to recognize. Before you today is a mint minus authentic 1979 cover and record. Tamla Motown completeness in fabulous condition.

Now take into consideration, the copy sold in 2009 to a Humberside collector for £25,742, ($38,378) at the time, had a label signed and dedicated to Kenny Burrell by Frank Wilson himself. The very first known copy that was "borrowed" by Simon Soussan from Tom De Pierro and never returned, receiving a sad fate in the end. Tom sent a letter to his friend in the UK Ian Clark, upset that his treasured 45 had been stolen, and asked for Ian's help to get it back to the rightful owner. This sadly never happened. Shortly afterwards Frank Wilson was bootlegged under the pseudonym Eddie Foster and sent to the UK. Where it took "The Casino" by a storm. Maybe years later fate and karma played their hand as Tom's now legendary 45, was allegedly left on the top of a chip shop fryer whilst the hungry new owner was being served...

Just imagine the response by those on the dancefloor when this magical tsunami of Motown was dropped... it was of course a sensation, today considered one of the greatest Northern Soul recordings ever made.

So TMG 1170 PROMO fully complete, in the same state it left the EMI offices for Radio & Music Paper review is surely the next best thing to a warped or written on copy.

This 45 in its entirety is a rare thing, especially in flawless condition.

Condition Report

Fine clean promo cover, two unblemished promo labels, vinyl is a strong clean Mint minus, throughout.

Fine clean promo cover, two unblemished promo labels, vinyl is a strong clean Mint minus, throughout.

Pat & The Blenders - Just Because / ( All I Need Is Your ) Good, Good Lovin' - Fast Eddie 102

Pat & The Blenders

Just Because / ( All I Need Is Your ) Good, Good Lovin'

Fast Eddie : 102 (45s)

The rare release with the good flipside "(All I Need Is Your) Good, Good Lovin' " making it a fabulous Northern Soul Philly double-hitter.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinykl reveals some light hairlines, plays as you can hear crisp, clean and true.

Two clean labels, vinykl reveals some light hairlines, plays as you can hear crisp, clean and true.

Syl Johnson - Do You Know What Love Is (SP 1 mix) / The Love I Found In You - Special Agent 200 DJ

Syl Johnson

Do You Know What Love Is ( SP 1 mix ) / The Love I Found In You

Special Agent : 200 DJ (45s)

Not only the attractive and very elusive WHITE PROMO press but also the coveted ( SP-1 ) mix in glorious condition.

Syl's searing vocal is given a meaty arrangement, a fluid piano and brass backdrop by Chuck Bernard and Burgess Gardner. The SP-1 one mix starts with insistent banging piano rhythms, ideal for summoning up the dancers to the floor. Then that street-level Chicago horns beef up the proceedings as Chicago culture unfolds; taking you on a soulful gravel-coated road of distilled Northern Soul.

A tune, that is brilliant in it's uncompromising approach, whilst still retaining its soulful integrity. A trademark for mid-60s Chicago Soul that has served the Northern Soul scene so well, over the last 5 decades.

Syl Johnson's rarest 45 by quite some way, undisputedly his finest Northern Soul offering and a classic that hasn't suffered at the hands of bootleggers or DJ over exposure. Still fresh, still inspiring especially when you drop the rare SP-1 mix that few NS Jocks can boast of owning.

What's not to love?

Condition Report

two clean labels, astonishingly flawless vinyl, this is a record our rarely encounter at this level of perfection.

two clean labels, astonishingly flawless vinyl, this is a record our rarely encounter at this level of perfection.

Glen Adams - Never Fall In Love / Jet 9747 - Explosion EX-2048

Glen Adams

Never Fall In Love / Jet 9747

Explosion : EX-2048 (45s)

1971 UK press in flawless condition, still housed in wavy-top birth sleeve.

Born of the coveted La-Fud-Del label produced by their in house staff, highly gifted "Upsetter" Glen Adams give up two compelling instrumentals full of individuality.

The lead side is a mid-pace Sax-driven keyboard stroller adorned with intricate guitar picks... with a keyboard magician manipulating the ivory with some high elevation, encouraging a subtle Saxophone intrusion, good stuff. But pales in comparison to the flipside..

The b-side gives up a rich Saxophone lead, with sweet girl choruses sailing above.. simple is genius with this recording, as less is more as you find it creeping up on you, demanding a 2nd spin.

Condition Report

A flawless copy in every way.

A flawless copy in every way.

Frank Beverly - If That's What You Wanted / Love ( Your Pain Goes Deep ) - Sassy S 102 DJ

Frank Beverly

If That's What You Wanted / Love ( Your Pain Goes Deep )

Sassy : S 102 DJ (45s)

The most desirable way to own this Northern Soul anthem.

The seldom seen Sassy White Demo!

We had no shame when we were young, this record was so very exception, my soul-buddy Trevor Hurd brought it to our local Youth Club, as an unofficial acetate he purchased at "The Torch" there was no OVO police in those days, we were just ecstatic our local Kirby Lane, Youth Club member could hear it. We were Northern Soul missionaries, spreading the word. I don't think I even knew what the real label looked like when I drop this freshly cut acetate on the decks..

So one Friday night we presented one of the greatest Northern Soul recordings of all time, those already converts were jumping for joy, the others ghuys were back next week requesting "This Old Heart Of Mine" "Get Ready" for the 1000th time.

But surely Frank Beverly was responsible, perhaps above all others, for inspiring and totally diverting 1000's of teenagers away from humdrum music, onto a course of Northern Soul dedication. OUr gang that started to travel to The Cats, THe Mecca, Va Va's etc had swelled to 15 or more. Then into a lifetime glued to Northern Soul by the desire to feel that overwhelming sensation of euphoria that only records of this calibre can provide. Spine-chilling, goose-bump inducing, pulse racing euphoria we all experience the first time this masterpiece of 60's Soul hit our ears. We all remember it well, and remember the longing for the weekend to return, so we could get another uplifting fix of Northern Soul and hopefully another new tune to ignite our senses. Or waiting for Trevor Hurd to stop by and supply some more illicit acetates for our consumption.

"Since I've Been With You Darlin', I've Been Walkin' Into Close Doors..."

those opening words still 45 years later, Frankie Beverly lifts my day... but not quite as much as holding the highly-prize SASSY WHITE DEMO!

Condition Report

Mint - vinyl - Mint minus labels

Mint - vinyl - Mint minus labels

Fred Hughes - I Keep Trying / We've Got Love - Exodus EX 2006

Fred Hughes

I Keep Trying / We've Got Love

Exodus : EX 2006 (45s)

In the Northern Soul world of collecting authentic originals. None have given up more disappointment than this thumping slab of NS savagery. In recent years we discovered to our dismay a sneaky 70's counterfeit that crept onto the market, one of those "Wobbly Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport.." pressings, with convincing labels.

So here to the rescue is the RARE gloss paper label west coast press, so just as glance is required to validate it's authenticity, instead of wading through our price guide for definitive information.

This rarity was pressed July 1966 at Monarch plant, carries an encircle MR stamp and a light scratched in Delta #62599, other than the elusive white promo press, this is the safest way of owning this dancefloor favourite.

So now click the soundfile to unleash an almighty juggernaut of belligerent Northern Soul. The great Arthur Wright's input is evident as aggressive guitar pulses reverberate, snappy handclaps decorated the insistent rhythms and Freddie's imposing vocal takes the reigns and real Northern Soul drives in through. A record that leaves the listener shell-shocked, the dancer breathless and the DJ very smug as the dancefloor fills to overflowing.

A chance to own any oddity from all it's various garb, and a certainty that you own the real deal.

Buckle up before clicking the soundfile.

Condition Report

Two clean "gloss" finish

Two clean "gloss" finish

Saints - I'll Let You Slide / Love Can Be - Wigwam NR3907

Saints

I'll Let You Slide / Love Can Be

Wigwam : NR3907 (45s)

Not only the Rarest of the Rare but also the very best of the best. Vocal-Group Northern Soul excellence that has graced only the most discerning of rare-soul nights where the most renowned DJ ply their trade. ..

The lilting guitar intro gives no indication of the refined Soulful harmony dancer that is about to enter your life. A superior dance groove, with no unnecessary additives. Just slick rhythms driven by a simple but genius arrangement, allowing those ascending vocals to glide into your space. What a truly classy tune, listen and swoon.

Flip it over for more soaring Sweet Soul, another goose-bump experience with just enough pace to make this side another fabulous harmony stepper. In fact I'm in a quandary deciding which side I love the best. Having played the flipside last week at the discerning "Feed Your Soul" Sunday Chill-out sessions, this side "Love Can Be" prompted a series of turntable snooping and inquisitive questions.. it sounds so very good "out".

Top side, perfect for turning educated heads and getting the dancers to their feet, whilst the flipside is the ideal Sunday chill-out choice, that will be the starting-pistol for that Rare-soul sport of craftily peering over the turntables to see what this killer actually is; turntable voyeurism assured..

One very elusive 45 indeed, two sublime sides; Certainly only our second copy this century..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, sparkling unblemished vinyl, a top copy.

Two flawless labels, sparkling unblemished vinyl, a top copy.

Termites - Push Push / Girls - Nu Beat NB 017

Termites

Push Push / Girls

Nu Beat : NB 017 (45s)

1968 British Reggae from the reliable source of those inventive Palmer Brothers.

Suggestive but uplifting Reggae duet from Lloyd Parks & Wentworth Vernal, prolific with their 45 releases for only a little more than 2 years. From 1967, Lloyd and Wentworth already christened themselves "The Termites" when unfortunately Wentworth's had integral parts of his piano eaten away by termites. It was a name that would get them noticed, releases 45's for both Coxsone & Studio 1; before moving to Pama label under the stewardship of the Palmer Brothers.

This 45 "Push Push" captures the late 60's rush of Reggae onto the streets of London. Moody, innuendo littered dance session showcasing the tight vocal unison this pair had cultivated. With the flipside again using those hanging vocals to great effect, the mid-pace flipside beautifully driven by whining voices layered over an irresistible mid-tempo arrangement.

Two great sides, one elusive disc and UK only.

Condition Report

A-side label has a i.d. light blue ring on the centrepiece see image, vinyl carry full gloss and just a few occasional light surface marks, none of which affect play, plays mint minus (listen). Overall a strong cleadn Excellent.

A-side label has a i.d. light blue ring on the centrepiece see image, vinyl carry full gloss and just a few occasional light surface marks, none of which affect play, plays mint minus (listen). Overall a strong cleadn Excellent.

Techniques - One Day / He Who Keepeth His Mouth  - Big Shot BI 536

Techniques

One Day / He Who Keepeth His Mouth

Big Shot : BI 536 (45s)

1970 British press of the very hard to find 45.

An ever changing but musically consistent vocal group, led by producer / writer Winston Riley, who enlisted many young hopefuls who became big names of Reggae later on. Notably Slim Smith, Pat Kelly, Dave Barker & Lloyd Parks.

Two strong sides with "One Day" just tipping the balance for me, to be the best side.

Slick vocal-group harmonies weld into the convincing lyrics, driven by fluid Reggae dance guitar pulses, peppered by infectious trumpet interludes and positive drum rhythms. Good tune in Mint minus condition.

Flip it over for the a-side, with has received a scuff in storage, the music clicks at the beginning caused by the surface mark, no sicks or skips; just an annoying tick that soon disappears. Listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Two strong vocal-harmony grooves that just don't turn up for sale..


Condition Report

two flawless labels, Vinyl is flawless on the "One Day" side, flipside "He Who Keepeth His Mouth" has a scuff, listen it does cause light clicks. Judging by the spindle hole this disc was most probably unplayed before we unearthed it in the warehouse.

two flawless labels, Vinyl is flawless on the "One Day" side, flipside "He Who Keepeth His Mouth" has a scuff, listen it does cause light clicks. Judging by the spindle hole this disc was most probably unplayed before we unearthed it in the warehouse.

Ewan & Devner with the Carib-beats - I Want You So Bad / I'm Gonna Love You - Giant GN 17

Ewan & Devner with the Carib-beats

I Want You So Bad / I'm Gonna Love You

Giant : GN 17 (45s)

A near perfecct copy of this 1967 rarity.

Condition Report

Two unblemished labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact. Vinyl reveals only the merest hairline under direct like. har to imagine a finer example

Two unblemished labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact. Vinyl reveals only the merest hairline under direct like. har to imagine a finer example

Roland Al and the Soul Brothers - Sugar And Spice  / Get Out Of My Life - Doctor Bird DB 1017

Roland Al and the Soul Brothers

Sugar And Spice / Get Out Of My Life

Doctor Bird : DB 1017 (45s)

Roland Alphonso & Team prior to "Phoenix City", again with a Coxsone session rippling with all those primitive inclusions we have all grown to adore..
The Soul Brothers of course were an A-list gathering of the Island's finest musicians, who's freedom of expression threw up some wonderfully inspired moments, on this recording I particularly enjoyed the sultry girl vocal intro, before the brass pumps it's way through. Trumpets, Saxophone, deliberating primitive piano plonking, off the scale trumpeting constant Ska pulses are decorated by with shrill girl-group chants of "Sugar & Spice".

Calculatedly primitive, supremely inventive SKA dance..

Flip over "Get Out Of My Life" is another authentic SKA journey littered with moments of raw brilliance, showcasing Roland's gift for manipulating the Sax.

A strong double helping of the sound.

Condition Report

Light writing on a-side, small name "ROB" see scans, flipside label is clean. Vinyl reveals light surface marks, that do not hinder playback. Listen to the double soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Light writing on a-side, small name "ROB" see scans, flipside label is clean. Vinyl reveals light surface marks, that do not hinder playback. Listen to the double soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Lou Johnson - Unsatisfied / A Time To Love, A Time To Cry - London HL-X 9994

Lou Johnson

Unsatisfied / A Time To Love, A Time To Cry

London : HL-X 9994 (45s)

This month saw the sad passing of a Northern Soul icon, a man described by Burt Bacharach & Hal David as the finest male vocalist they had the privilege to work with. Considered by many NS scholars as their favourite voice... his work for New York's Big Top label considered some of the best Beat Ballad Heaven sessions, ever recorded. A great loss to Soul music fans worldwide.

Here is our own personal tribute to this Soul crooner extraordinaire, would be to list for auction his best-loved Northern Soul offering from the desk of Bill Giant, Florence Kaye and Bernie Baum. That prolific trio who set Gold standards of Soul beat ballads from inside the Brill Building, New York.

We would think everyone, (certainly me) who attended a Northern Soul event, would vividly remember the moment they first heard this brass-booming-beater that started life as a flipside. Running against all the regular characteristics a Northern Soul 45 would require to become popular. It was unusually down tempo, but majestically stood out, among an evening of Motownesque dance recordings. Indeed a refreshing change-of-pace, memorable for its unprecedented power, that triggered the "special" bend-of-the-knees moments the NS dancer adopted on those thundering drum breaks.

A 45 that is part of the very fabric of the Northern Soul scene for 50 years or more, still today drawing appreciative applause when ever heard...

But this listing is not just only about nostalgic moments from our youth, it is also about a Soul Man of substance and a testament to his work; presented here in near "impossible" condition.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels no even a hint of turntable spindle intrusion, 4 prong die cut centre seemingly cocooned for 54 years. Vinyl reveals only sleeve contact minuscule hairlines. Stunning rare condition, you will not acquire a finer copy.

Two perfect labels no even a hint of turntable spindle intrusion, 4 prong die cut centre seemingly cocooned for 54 years. Vinyl reveals only sleeve contact minuscule hairlines. Stunning rare condition, you will not acquire a finer copy.

Arcades - There's Got To Be A Loser / The Soul P. W.  - Triad 502

Arcades

There's Got To Be A Loser / The Soul P. W.

Triad : 502 (7")

March 1966 Johnny Hartsman & Ron Badger's put together this take on the Jesse James "Grail" on Shirley, and for me every note as good and cut around the same time.

The Bay Area's main Jazz / Soul man Johnny was the driving force behind so many great Bay Area productions, on this 45 the added enterprise of local entrepreneur label owners Ron Badger and Jesse Mason. You have authentic Bay Area vocal group Northern Soul; featuring one of Lonnie Hewitt's Wee team Ernie Marbary, along with the lesser know Elzie Walker, Tommie Stevenson & Wendell Adams. The four man gathering ripple with vocal harmony prowess, whilst the "Triad" of Badger, Hartsman & Mason ensure a silky dance rhythms carry those creamy vocals along.

Top-drawer Northern Soul that has somehow lived in the shadows of its separated at birth, Jesse James - Are You Gonna Leave Me - today a rather expensive record indeed.

So now listen to a flawless version from a talent quartet and ask yourself can the "Shirley" release really be considered at 4 or 5 times it's value..?

Classy, uplifting and elusive.. currently under-valued? But surely not for too much longer... as your ears and feet will soon qualify.


Condition Report

Flawless in ever way, Two clean labels, unblemished vinyl. Quite easily Mint minus throughout.

Flawless in ever way, Two clean labels, unblemished vinyl. Quite easily Mint minus throughout.

Them - One More Time / How Long Baby - Decca F 12175 DJ

Them

One More Time / How Long Baby

Decca : F 12175 DJ (45s)

Very rare June 1965 Britisah Promo copy in fabulous unblemished condition.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact. Vinyl reveals only the lightest of sleeve storage hairlines under direct light and plays flawless. All house in birth-sleeeve

Two clean promo labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact. Vinyl reveals only the lightest of sleeve storage hairlines under direct light and plays flawless. All house in birth-sleeeve

Lynn Sherman & Brandy - Farewells / All Alone Again - Olam 6024

Lynn Sherman & Brandy

Farewells / All Alone Again

Olam : 6024 (45s)

From the Detroit label that gave us the Tyrone Edwards rarity, comes an ungooglable 1981 Motor City sweet-soul floater.

A listing for lovers of seriously rare soulful-steppers, as this D.I.Y. projects serves up warming rhythms of aching soul. Ideal for a Sunday-chill exclusive, Lynn's imploring vocals exquisitely supported by girl-vocal group "Brandy" with their piercing choruses, lifting the ballad every time they chirp in their replies .

I know nothing about Lynn Sherman or his girl group backing, but isn't that how we all like to collect our 45's? No information always supports true rarity. But we always grateful for anyone who can tell us something about the artist and label.

Meantime, fans of the low-rider, sweet-soul and chill-out candidates listen to this "unknown" beautiful delivery of his own song, authentic D.I.Y. Soul.

Condition Report

a-side label autographed by the artist, flipside label is Mint -. Vinyl reveals only a few, of the lightest fine hairlines under direct light. Plays crisp and clean.

a-side label autographed by the artist, flipside label is Mint -. Vinyl reveals only a few, of the lightest fine hairlines under direct light. Plays crisp and clean.

Satintones - Tomorrow & Always / A Love Than Can Never Be - Motown M-1006 DJ

Satintones

Tomorrow & Always / A Love Than Can Never Be

Motown : M-1006 DJ (45s)

If scratchy, dirty, written Motown rarities make you twitch.. how about this immaculate listing. What are the chances of finding the 1961, withdrawn 45 58 years down the line, in this level of condition.

This is a listing for those Motown scholars seeking to upgrade their 45s to as near perfection as possible.

Even though The Satintones were the first vocal-group to record for Motown and their work for Motown showcased the seamless amalgamation of superior voices knitted together in slick harmony. and their line-up including some huge contributors to the "Detroit Sound" notably Robert Bateman, Sonny Sanders and they had a lead singer who must rate up there with the finest vocalists Motown ever signed "Jimmy Ellis". So instead of Berry Gordy revamping the group's image and bringing them out of their Doo-Wop roots, after 1961 the team never released another 45, each member going their different ways.

This their last 45 had something to do with the Satintones demise, as "Tomorrow & Always" had "hit" written all over it; the release was being promoted as the "answer" version to "The Shirelles" massive success "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" but apparently Carole King & Jerry Goffin did not appreciate Janie Bradford & Robert Bateman's additional lyrics and rearranging, and had Motown pull the disc off the market with a law suit looming.

A twist of fate that stopped the group dead in their tracks, and left that awesome melodious Jimmy Ellis vocal to wander...

A chapter in Motown's history that is largely forgotten, but what you can't forget is the vision of a striped Motown promo is near perfect archive state...as good as it gets.

One for the serious about Motown conditions..

Condition Report

Unblemished vinyl, immaculate! Two crisp, bright white labels, with an office administered X on the a-side label, being the only freckle of this disc stunning face. An unbeatable copy..

Unblemished vinyl, immaculate! Two crisp, bright white labels, with an office administered X on the a-side label, being the only freckle of this disc stunning face. An unbeatable copy..

Chuck Jackson - What's With This Loneliness / Surf And Soul - Kent 6 T8 DJ

Chuck Jackson

What's With This Loneliness / Surf And Soul

Kent : 6 T8 DJ (45s)

1992 100 Club 13th Anniversary Special Promo 45. Only available to 100 club members who were there on the night. Since that night all those years ago, this 45's reputation has matured into cult status.

"Chuck" of course is considered by all as Northern Soul Royalty, his rich vocals massaging the feet of 1000's over the decades as his Northern Soul classics rang out every weekend. It is no exaggeration to suggest there may have never been a classic Northern Soul event, where "Chuck" has not featured... booming out a Wand or Motown Northern Soul dancers.

But before you today is a different kettle-of-NS-classic, one that many a DJ and collector has been deprived of owning by the simple fact, only enough copies were pressed to meet those attending the 100 club that night, and these 100 club 45's are so very cherish, nobody want to part with them. Or indeed certainly not part with this prestigious label's finest release. Lifted from the Wand vaults, featuring on the Kent 935 CD release 3 years earlier. The congregation were begging Kent for a vinyl release...

No release happened, but a masterstroke in event marketing, was to create one of Britain's most wanted 45's.

Take a listen to a man at ease with himself, as he emotionally croons over a meandering flow, of guitar strokes with humbled-horns softly blowing in the background...

This is not only Northern Soul, it is the type of Northern Soul that you can lose yourself in... bathe in an abyss of Chuck's warming vocal, words that pierce your very being.. as you relive all your own times of "loneliness"

"Soul" can do that to you, and Chuck does "Soul" like no other male vocalist..

Brilliant, is too weaker word for this masterpiece.. but we are sure you will think of some other adjective to describe this fleeting Chuck Jackson moment that epitomizes, distilled Northern Soul.



Condition Report

Flawless unblemished vinyl, two clean labels. Very fine condition indeed

Flawless unblemished vinyl, two clean labels. Very fine condition indeed

Jerry Jackson - It's Rough Out There / I'm Gonna Paint A Picture - Packway P-100

Jerry Jackson

It's Rough Out There / I'm Gonna Paint A Picture

Packway : P-100 (45s)

The unicorn-rare STOCK COPY in just wonderful condition.

Beat Ballad Heaven - an area of Northern Soul appreciation that just everybody has adored since the beginning of Northern Soul, when records like; Jimmy Radcliffe's - Long After Tonight Is All Over & Bessie Banks's - Go Now - gave the club goer some respite from the rigors of the "speeding" dancefloor. The sound of the Big production "Beat Ballad" has always been held in special place in the hearts of the NS congregation and still a massive part of what actually encompasses the term "Northern Soul".

The "Brill Building" of New York the driving force behind these kitchen-sink productions using only the mightiest of voices to spearhead their work. Here is one of those classic beaters that started life in those legendary 60's clubs, played from that highly coveted British release, that occasionally surfaces to be fought over. But strangely enough over the decades I've found the USA press promo almost as rare it's UK counterpart. With the USA STOCK copy the most elusive format of all.

So now listen to one of the greatest male Soul vocals of the 60's decade captures on this Parkway #100, are his two finest recordings.

Both sides of this disc are truly monumental mid-tempo's crafted by that reliable coupling of Buddy Kaye & Phillip Springer, seasoned purveyors of the "Big City Sound". So much so, it matters not a jot which side you drop the stylus onto, a rich seam of Soul will cast your mind adrift on a rolling wave of the Big City Sound nailed by consummate Jerry Jackson crooning.

serving up two of the finest examples of the "Beat Ballad Heaven" genre.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals only the merest surface blemish from sleeve storage. Sill housed in birth-sleeve.

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals only the merest surface blemish from sleeve storage. Sill housed in birth-sleeve.

Seven Souls - I Still Love You / I'm No Stranger - Okeh 4-7289

Seven Souls

I Still Love You / I'm No Stranger

Okeh : 4-7289 (45s)

The top side is a NS Anthem of huge proportions, whilst the flipside is now deservedly picking up plays as DJ's begin to realize it is a far superior take to the later recorded "Sunny & The Sunliners" Tex-Mex take on Henry Moore and Bob Welch's addictive song.

So here we have a double edge sword of quality, two very DJ-able sides on one disc.
One a perennial crowd-pleaser of real status; then the emerging flipside, that will trigger conversation and questions, as it's instantly recognizable lyrics take to the air in a far superior way.

The attractive Okeh promo copies with the bold pink A's have long been the staple diet of collecting rare Soul this 45's. This release sits comfortably in Okeh's the top five best-love and most wanted..
but do note the purple STOCK copy is rarer by a ratio of almost 3 to 1

Act accordingly as this is one really nice example, clean labels ad may wed repeat, no previous Northern Soul experience.

Do check the soundfile to refresh yourself on how excellent "I'm No Stranger" sounds, and the clarity of the soundfile.

Condition Report

Two fine clean labels, still housed in birth-sleeve. Vinyl has never encountered a Northern Soul turntable in it's life. This 45 is fresh from the USA. Playing surface reveals only very light surface hairlines, fidelity is strong, crisp loud an clean. Unlike the many copies that have endured 4 decades of Northern Soul anthem status

Two fine clean labels, still housed in birth-sleeve. Vinyl has never encountered a Northern Soul turntable in it's life. This 45 is fresh from the USA. Playing surface reveals only very light surface hairlines, fidelity is strong, crisp loud an clean. Unlike the many copies that have endured 4 decades of Northern Soul anthem status

John Holt - Don't Go / version - Mr. King  3401

John Holt

Don't Go / version

Mr. King: 3401 (45s)

One of the world's most creative Jamaican artists with his rare one!

A 45 we van find very little information on, which is unusual as John Holt is one of the widest documented of all Reggae heroes.

UnShazzamable, UnGooglable and certainly the first time with have had this 45 in stock.

The world of internet searching suggests this disc is certainly elusive, all we can say for certain it was funded and produced by the mysterious Mr. King? who resided on Main Street, Annottto Bay, St. Mary.

We just adore rare records, especially ones, where our efforts fir a detailed report are thwarted.

A lizsting for those of you who appreciate real record obscurity and the work of the great John Holt.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, tiny signature top right corner (see images), vinyl reveals just a few light storage hairlines, plays clean (listen)

Two clean labels, tiny signature top right corner (see images), vinyl reveals just a few light storage hairlines, plays clean (listen)

Hound Dog Taylor - Take Five / My Baby Is Coming Home - Key 112

Hound Dog Taylor

Take Five / My Baby Is Coming Home

Key : 112 (45s)

An unfindable R&B rarity, impossible to acquire in anything but trashed condition - this listing is an incredible MINT MINUS!

Killer Northern Soul R&B Jump Blues in dream-condition, a Blues cult shaker, shimmering with muscular charm!

Snarling, growling imposing Chicago Blue dancer, featuring magical moments exploding from "Hound Dog's" low-budget guitar, that he had mastered to highest degree of manipulation. His sizzling use of the slide made his guitar sing. Then elevated yet again by his raucous vocal delivery rasping through...the mayhem.

This is the real-deal go-for-the-throat Chicago Blues, taking no dancefloor prisoners; just perfect for today's rare R&B DJ's to tear the house down with. DJ's who can't afford to play a crackling beaten up copy, which is what only seems to come to market on rare occasions, even in that condition..

Not an opportunity to pass by, Mint minus just do not turn up...ever!

Condition Report

Still house in its flipback seamed birth-sleeve, two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl. Perhaps unplayed before we lifted the destructive sound-file.

Still house in its flipback seamed birth-sleeve, two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl. Perhaps unplayed before we lifted the destructive sound-file.

Silhouettes - Not Me Baby / Caucho Serenade - Goodway G101 DJ

Silhouettes

Not Me Baby / Caucho Serenade

Goodway : G101 DJ (45s)

BOOM!! Now that's what I call an intro.. a brass bombardment that has guaranteed a dancefloor invasion for over 4 decades..

A short burst of Soul-power that propels you back 40 years and more. For me, it evokes treasured memories of the windswept North East Coast arrival, trying to keep your footing, as our small soul-boy-posse from Pork Pie land, gingerly trod the icy wooden gradient you encountered on the way to the heaving, body-jam at Cleethorpes Pier's entrance door. Once there, the biting North Sea chill crystallized to tops of your ears, a small discomfort worth experiencing; as you could hear Northern Soul thumping through this noble-hall's wooden shell, competing with the sound of the crashing waves below as they were sliced aside by those majestic limpet festooned iron stanchions.

Northern Soul was all your mind was hearing..inside this steaming club of 85 degrees or more, the electric atmosphere seeped into your being, as you had arrived safe and were now in the comforting arms of "The Pier" .

Just imagine 1200 or so, young soul fans dancing, stomping in the long anticipated revelry that only Northern Soul could ignite in 1975. Having suffered the truly awful sounds of Brit Pop that the radio had spoon fed you all week. It is near indescribable the burst of frustration that was released when records of this calibre hit your ears on a Saturday night, surrounded by 100's of dancing-dedicates igniting an electric atmosphere of release and excitement.

So imagine a working week of horrid sounds of The Sweet, Status Quo, Alvin Stardust, Showaddywaddy, Abba, Dana and worse.. invading your personal space, then comes the weekend.. and Philadelphia crafted vocal-group serenading, lifts you off your feet; as it collides with burping horns opening the floodgates for the Otis Lewis's rich baritone to evade your space.. as John Wilson, Cornelius Brown, Richard Lewis meld their vocals into a wave of warm harmony cradling Otis's lead..

Click the soundfile, to relive that indelible experience of relief, emotional outpourings that lifted the young of Soul-Boy for two days, in the mid-70's. Only for that depressing syndrome of "Living For The Weekend" struck you hard again on the Monday..

One of the many reasons Northern Soul in the 70's was a way of life for 1000's of youngsters and why still today those not so young are still chasing that "dragon" called "euphoric recall" that for many only the Northern Soul can deliver..

THIS IS REAL-DEAL NORTHERN SOUL and some..

Condition Report

NOTE the brilliantly crisp label definition, superb clean vinyl I'm struggling to locate a blemish on. Strong Mint minus throughout. A BEAUTY!

NOTE the brilliantly crisp label definition, superb clean vinyl I'm struggling to locate a blemish on. Strong Mint minus throughout. A BEAUTY!

John & Carol with the Savonics - Get Your Hat / I Don't Want To Win Your Love - Botone CL 64001

John & Carol with the Savonics

Get Your Hat / I Don't Want To Win Your Love

Botone : CL 64001 (45s)

Now for a taste of super-rare, granite-hard neighbourhood R&B . With the mysterious John Foster and the big presence Carol Kaye, renowned L.A. guitarist! a duo ruthlessly driven onwards by Eugene Blacknell's backing band The Savonics.

You've gotta be a brave man to cheat on Carol, a sassy lady who takes no messing around. Her commanding vocal tells her man to "Get Your Hat" and get on out. This wailing, screeching, backside kicking lady whilst still being able to ratchet up some insane guitar workings, brilliantly supported by "The Savonics" punctuating this mighty potent statement, you just have to take notice of.

Forget about all the other Sister R&B you've heard before this thumper, nothing gets close to the fearless vocal barrage from "Carol", elevated to yet another level by her vengeful guitar venting.

This is R&B Northern Soul at its most motivating, delivered by an uncompromising, ungooglable duet supported by a seasoned, funk-drenched instrumental group.

A record made in late 1963, is surely way before it's time. Sucking all it's energy from The Ghetto, decorated with the hardness of life's experiences. Carol takes no "shit", John is outta there before he gets more than just a lashing of Carol's tongue. Carol is in no mood for forgiveness, The Savonics support her attitude with a destructive display of explosive rhythms. Producing a lethal R&B cocktail of NS dance..

BRILLIANT!! and damn rare!

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, solid unblemished Mint minus vinyl

Two flawless labels, solid unblemished Mint minus vinyl

Big Maybelle - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home / Say It Isn't So - London HLC 8854

Big Maybelle

Baby, Won't You Please Come Home / Say It Isn't So

London : HLC 8854 (45s)

Mabel Louise Smith one of the great R&B gals of the last century, here with her rarest British 45 a 1958 tri-centre press is pristine condition.

Top side underlines Big Maybelle's gifts as she effortlessly strolls through, the Queen Of Blues anthem "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" matching up to the 1923 recording from the great Bessie Smith. Flip it over for the moody bluesy Irving Berlin's "Say It Isn't So" originally delivered with palpable pain by Connee Boswell in 1932 and covered many times since. With Big Maybelle's rendition being by far the most convincing as she, acts out the pain Irving Berlin intended.

Big Maybelle is most-remembered for her stand-out 60's Soul recordings, but this captures her in her early days and her love for The Blues. Impeccably delivering emotion as only Big Maybelle can

Rare in the extreme, superbly unblemished condition, the like of which we are most unlikely to see again.

Do not pass by..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, tri-centre fully intact, truly immaculate vinyl, mint minus throughout.

Two flawless labels, tri-centre fully intact, truly immaculate vinyl, mint minus throughout.

Garnet Mimms - Looking For You / I'll Take Good Care Of You - United Artists UP 1130

Garnet Mimms

Looking For You / I'll Take Good Care Of You

United Artists : UP 1130 (45s)

In short the finest condition copy, we've witnessed this century - a strong clean MINT MINUS!

Hidden away on the flipside of Deep Soul treasure, "Looking For You" emerged to become Garnet's most treasured recording by the Northern Soul family.
With "Cry Baby" being Garnet's biggest success to date Jerry Ragovoy again opted for the Big City ballad to bring him another hit. Unfortunately it missed out both sides of the Atlantic, with disappointing sales.
Except, for those MOD vinyl detectorists trawling the Record Stores and market stalls searching for the next Soul Club spin... Wow, did someone strike "gold" when the stylus was dropped on "Looking For You". The Soul Boy debutante who first heard that bass-line opening, must have froze with anticipation as Garry Sherman's mighty arrangement unwound with a flurry of crashing piano notes, ringing vibes collide with bombardment of brass. Garry Sherman was a conductor who cut no corners, spared no expense to achieve his desired level of power... a master of the Big City sound.

As he did with Paul Anka's "I Can't Help Loving You" and 100's of other huge Brill Building sounds, Garry Sherman layers instrument upon instrument, in precise but persuasive order until a volcano of sound erupts, big enough to compliment the power of Garnet's voice.

This is what can happen, when accomplished studio members come together. Jerry Ragovoy, Garry Sherman and Garnet Mimms; a determined threesome pursuing perfection. Even though this recording is only a flipside, pride in their work demanded it had to be BIG, POWERFUL and IMPOSING! they certainly deliver that and more..

A deep-rooted Northern Soul anthem embedded in our psyche... proper Northern Soul that nobody could ever tire of hearing!

So now listen to the a-side, it becomes clear that these three doyens of the studio could produce a killer Beat Ballad or an exciting upbeat dance tune... which ever inclination they decided took their fancy..

Condition Report

Spectacular Mint minus condition - company sleeve has mild wear and tape seams.

Spectacular Mint minus condition - company sleeve has mild wear and tape seams.

Festivals - Hey Girl / Checkin' Out - Blue Rock B-4076 DJ

Festivals

Hey Girl / Checkin' Out

Blue Rock : B-4076 DJ (45s)

A fine Chicago vocal-group double-header that has bubbled away on the Northern Soul back-burner for decades now, all the time becoming more appreciated by the "Diggin' Deeper" connoisseurs whilst steadily becoming more and more elusive.

Northern Soul has committed the Festivals the same fate as the American public did throughout the 60's. Most all of their recordings have either been taken for granted or missed altogether. The recent resurgence of "You've Got The Makings Of A Lover" has put this vocal-group back into the NS Soul collectors eye. But "Hey Girl" is certainly their finest Northern Soul creation, with "Checkin' Out" coming in a close second. It is bemusing how a record of this dance quality has been neglected by the DJ's for so long.

Take a listen to the relentless gifts of Earl Moss the driving force behind this 4 man band, together with Leon Thomas, they craft not only two intricate vocal-harmony arrangements. But set them into a sizzling battery of horns, with a racing Northern Soul back beat.

Yes "Hey Girl" is by far their finest and hardest to find Northern Soul session. The exuberant brass section, just blasts you into a dancefloor direction, with so skilfully crafted vocals relishing the challenge to ride the dance-storm created.

A record that underlines, the age old debate, that there is no need to play inferior Northern Soul whilst records of this impeccable calibre are to still have their day..

Be a leader not a follower, lets shower the NS allniters with sounds of this level of excellence..

Not forgetting if you flip it over, the b-side is very almost as good...

Condition Report

Two bright crisp clean white promo labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only fine surface hairlines under direct light.

Two bright crisp clean white promo labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only fine surface hairlines under direct light.

Lanier - Blinded ( By The Qualities Of You) / 25 Hours - Clarence Music SU 2020

Lanier

Blinded ( By The Qualities Of You) / 25 Hours

Clarence Music : SU 2020 (12" Single)

A stunning original copy - in flawless condition - most likely unplayed until this listing.

One of the 12" Holy Grails that's enjoyed huge demand for decades; so much so in 2016 Andy Davis's "Street Soul Records" released a limited press 7" 45 of this classy Soulful stepper.

You are listening today to the FULL 6:00 version of Bobby Pearson wonderful creation "Blinded" the Street Soul 45 was edited to 4:56 long. The equally soulful flipside "25 Hours" is the full "6:00" version as apposed to the edited "4:25" version

The only way to own the full version of these two Soulful dance delights is ownership of this ultra-rare 12".

Condition! Condition! Condition!

Condition Report

Flawless throughout, previously unplayed excellence.

Flawless throughout, previously unplayed excellence.

Noble and the Uptights - Don't Worry About It / Lonely Man - Action 116

Noble and the Uptights

Don't Worry About It / Lonely Man

Action: Action 116 (45s)

It matters not which side you drop the needle on with this vocal-group beauty. The result is the same, silky smooth exquisitely sung Soul. The topside offers solid mid-tempo Northern Soul ( a Mick H. spin ). The flipside gives up delicious 60s Lowrider Sweet Soul dripping with class.

From the very beginning of Ike Noble's career with his backing group The Uptights he crafts a horn-decorated dance production to carry his beseeching voice, seamless quality punctuated by a soaring fanfare of trumpets. Tip Top Northern Soul of this highest quality..

Flip it over, Ike drops into a sultry beseeching mood, as he portrays his loneliness, cradled by a heavenly girl-group choruses smoothing over Ike's pain for the final tough to a sumptuous production.

Two top quality sides on one disc, both written by this Northern Soul idol Ike Noble. No wonder so many DJ's and collectors are chasing this rare double-delight.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, impeccable vinyl, revealing only the finest of sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. As you can hear both sides play flawless

Two flawless labels, impeccable vinyl, revealing only the finest of sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. As you can hear both sides play flawless

Sonny Turner and Sounds Limited - Now That You're G one / Chicago Woman - Musicior MU 1459 DJ

Sonny Turner and Sounds Limited

Now That You're Gone / Chicago Woman

Musicior : MU 1459 DJ (45s)

The most-wanted slab of Beat-Ballad Heaven, of them all. It just don't get any better than this!

Condition Report

two clean labels. fine clean play perfect vinyl wit hardly a blemish, all housed in original company sleeve

two clean labels. fine clean play perfect vinyl wit hardly a blemish, all housed in original company sleeve

Dena Barnes - If You Ever Walk Out Of My Life / Who Am I  ( You Ought To Know ) - Inferno 2002 DJ

Dena Barnes

If You Ever Walk Out Of My Life / Who Am I ( You Ought To Know )

Inferno: 2002 DJ (45s)

It's is hard to believe a voice of such exquisite quality, the voice of an Angel; had only two 45 releases, this is Dena's second Detroit 45 unlike her first record guided by Motown trainedGeorge Fowler some years earlier. This Northern Soul masterpiece enlisted the services of Duke Browner & Mike Terry to provide heavenly words and arrangement for Dena to craft not one, but two killer Northern Soul classics.

Everything that could be said about this Northern Soul anthem has already been echoed through the hallowed buildings of Northern Soul gatherings, for over 45 years..

Exquisite, divine, captivating, alluring, exhilarating, elegant, scintillation, beseeching, imploring...it is all those things and more. We could go on forever, every superlative that springs to mind could be woven into the recognition of this, one of the greatest Northern Soul Records of all time..

But you all know all of that already, and indisputable fact that Dena Barnes 2nd 45 has affected every person who has ever danced t it's brilliance... we could remind you that the flipside is also awesome but you knew that too.

So let's talk CONDITION !! A hard record to find, especially a copy that hasn't suffered from the rigors of the decades Northern Soul turntable action or the years of being hidden away in the USA.

Before you today is the fine clean copy. Promo labels are free of writing, stickers, tears, X's as you can see the labels are impeccable. Just faint occasional age "foxing" to the white background.

Fabulous condition throughout

Condition Report

as described in the review.

as described in the review.

Ted Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying / Top Of The World - Okeh 4-7198

Ted Taylor

Somebody's Always Trying / Top Of The World

Okeh : 4-7198 (45s)

In short, perhaps the most explosion piece of Northern Soul R&B setting fire to the dancefloor's of Europe today...

Seems strange this potent screamer was written by a man who went on to lift Bob Dylan to stardom.. but Columbia's in-house writer/producer Bob Johnston who from 1965 was a driving force behind Dylan's success.

"Somebody's Always Trying" underlines Bob Johnston' versatility, by giving a string of frustrating phrases for that sizzling Ted Taylor vocal, to shred with blistering intensity.

Wow! this is Northern Soul R&B at it most inspiring - no wonder the dancefloor becomes overload the moment Ted's voice fires up.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, impeccable flawless vinyl housed in original company sleeve

Two clean labels, impeccable flawless vinyl housed in original company sleeve

Kuf-Linx - Climb Love's Mountain / All That's Good - Challenge 59015

Kuf-Linx

Climb Love's Mountain / All That's Good

Challenge : 59015 (45s)

Rare 1958 Los Angeles Doo-Wop from a usually one girl (Gwen Johnson) + 4 to 6 guy team, some of whom would move on to become rare-soul names during the 60's.

Lorenzo Manley would later "Swop Down" on us, whilst the talented Johnny Woodson would craft some very rare Soul recordings on his own label "Woodson" and "Pam-O"

On the a-side the group cover local-guy and Eddie Cochran's buddy, Lee Denson's "Climb Love's Mountain" leading with John Jennings rich tenor, the gathering transform Lee Denson ballad into a superior soaring dreamy delight, cradled by silky harmony. A fabulous vocal-group ballad of the highest quality.

In contrast the back-up side is an insane Black-rocker written by Woodson himself; who injects wild percussion, insistent vocals peppering a frantic dance arrangement. Relentless, imposing and unforgettable.

Two strong sides, one very elusive disc, especially in this fine clean condition.


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Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, with only mild signs of storage. 61 year old vinyl is beautifully clean and unused, fidelity is top-drawer.

Two clean promo labels, with only mild signs of storage. 61 year old vinyl is beautifully clean and unused, fidelity is top-drawer.

Montclairs - Hung Up On Your Love / same: 2:43 stereo version - Paula 390 DJ

Montclairs

Hung Up On Your Love / same: 2:43 stereo version

Paula: 390 DJ (45s)

A Blackpool Mecca, Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier simultaneous MONSTER!!

Presented here on auction, because it shimmers with perfection!

46 years old and so close to being a Manship Mint

Condition Report

Utterly flawless in every way - as good as it gets condition

Utterly flawless in every way - as good as it gets condition

Jimmy Scott - It Rained 40 Days & Nights / Nobody But You - Giant GT 708

Jimmy Scott

It Rained 40 Days & Nights / Nobody But You

Giant : GT 708 (45s)

Chicago links arms with Detroit when this productive trio of Mike Terry, Mel Collins and Joshie Jo Armstread craft a glorious slab of Northern Soul that amazingly over the decades has escaped the notice of Bootleggers. That has only happened because this fabulous recording still resides in the category of "rare & underplayed" even though this 45 has been on the radar of Northern Soul Jocks since the early 70s.

We can other no obvious reason for that oversight, other than it's scarcity and absenteeism from DJ's boxes, have added pressure for it sitting on the peripherals of the Northern Soul scene all this time. After all this is damn stunning Northern Soul, whether it is sung by Garland Green or this original version by Jimmy Scott. It is memorable, addictive and inspiring NS.

First appearing on Giant 706 two releases prior to this press. Mel Collins and Joshie credited the first press to "Little Jimmy Scott" only to be notified that there was already a "Little Jimmy Scott" artist and he was a Jazz LEGEND. So a quick withdrawal and repress came about, changing the "40 Days" to a flipside, and promoting "Nobody But You" but this release failed miserably. A quick google will confirm this release as by far the most elusive 45 of the two.

Giant 708 just like 706 gives up not one but two fabulous Northern Soul dancers, that the DJ can utilize in the knowledge thee are no reissues to hinder your play-list.

The killer bass guitar fingering, lifts and drops the mood for Jimmy Scott to slot his grasping vocal into those brilliant lyrics. It way, way overdue for JImmy to be aired more, especially by the DJ's seeking to impress with inspired choices, that ignite that wonderful phase... "Love This Tune"... not heard it for ages". A 45 that reminds you, there is so many truly top-drawer tunes, to travel back to..

Not forgetting the flipside is also a wonderful slab of Northern Soul in its own right.

Have we mentioned that the Giant label personifies, NS label-art gorgeousness..?

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact hairline, both sides play MINT. Both labels are impeccably clean .. listen, gaze and drool.

Flawless vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact hairline, both sides play MINT. Both labels are impeccably clean .. listen, gaze and drool.

Lee Roye - Tears ( Nothing But Tears ) / Who Am I - Decca 32356 DJ

Lee Roye

Tears ( Nothing But Tears ) / Who Am I

Decca : 32356 DJ (45s)

I hope you don't mind me telling this story again, but Lee Roye always triggers memories of that day 42 years ago in Memphis with Jim Stapleton.

I was having a shit day looking for Soul records. There are many Northern Soul classics that generate euphoric recall whilst you're dancing at a Northern Soul event. Then there are a few that transport you back through time, to another point in your life. My personal mind-journey with Lee Roye, takes me straight to Elvis Presley and a city in mourning.

In August 1977 I was on my 4th. buying trip to the USA in Memphis to visit the legendary local record man Jim Stapleton. Armed with a head full of record titles, that I wished and hoped to find. I spent the day at his house trawling through his well organized stock of 45s. I found next to nothing to tick off my burning "wants list", I was quickly becoming a little disillusioned as my hopes with Jim were high. I had been so focused on finding records, I'd held back my urgent need for the bathroom..

When I eventually got in there, a typical "Record Dealer" bathroom confronted me...piled up high with record boxes. Right next to the seat where I sat hands on knees, was a box of 45's. Well, you can't resist can you? So adjusting my position slightly I pulled out a handful of 45's, as the strain of the day was expelled.

I shouted top Jim "What Are These 45s in here" he called back "they are all shit". A rather apt reply for my current situation; "50 cents each" I heard, without moving my ass an inch I'd dug into 3 100 count boxes next to the pan. They were full of 60's promo's. Kapp, Decca, RCA, Columbia, all the major labels and all the obscure stuff that Jim didn't recognize was left there unsorted...a treasure trove of mint unplayed radio station rejects of Northern Soul.

Out jumped a Johnny Caswell, Dana Valery, Roy Hamilton, Lorraine Chandler..and a very lovely copy of Lee Roye (a hugely wanted record of the moment) . It was a great score. The best "score" I've ever had in a toilet, did I wipe my ass before jumping up, to rip open the other boxes that littered the room? I think I did...but very quickly.

I pulled over 200 45's from that bathroom...

For me Lee Roye doesn't take me to Cleethorpes where it was a floor-destroying monster; It catapults me back to Memphis, a comfortable toilet seat, and a bathroom "tiled" with rare promo 45s...

Don't worry this "Lee Roye" is not the same copy from my "Stapleton" experience, super clean vinyl (no skid marks) flawless a-side label, date on flipside label, but no writing on it... certainly not "Kilroy was here"

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl - radio station file number on the a-side label. Flipsde label is unblemished. As good as it gets!

Flawless vinyl - radio station file number on the a-side label. Flipsde label is unblemished. As good as it gets!

Derrick Harriott - Mama Didn't Lie / Together - Island WI-2445

Derrick Harriott

Mama Didn't Lie / Together

Island : WI-2445 (45s)

Jamaica does Soul!

In fact Jamaica delivers strong Northern Soul, as Derrick Harriott revamps the Curtis Mayfield composition that became a local Chicago hit for Jan Bradley in 1963. Even though The Fascination recorded it first in 1962.

Originally recorded the same year in Kingston, Jamaica with the Audley Williams Combo brilliantly backing up Derrick's Soulful tones. Producing not one but two strong Soul recordings.
The top side showcases the 24 year old artist's searing falsetto style, cradled by shrill girl-group choruses, delivered at a slightly faster pace than the original making it an ideal MOD/CLUB Soul drop. But I can't ever recollect hearing this tune played out anywhere, over the years, so did this release sail under the eye of the Twisted Wheel era completely? Today this would be a wonderful surprise drop for the investigative MOD DJ.

Do not overlook the flipside, a unique Derrick Harriott composition, a more than powerful Jamaican Deep Soul ballad. Listen to soaring Deep Soul, far too good to be dismissed. Making this 45 a fabulous double helping of Jamaican Soul that has so far , it seems to have not caught the attention of serious British 45 collectors. It's extreme qualities, have long needed to be documented and brought British collectors attention.

Noting, this copy is in spectacular flawless condition. The gorgeous vista of a Red & White of Island beckons you again...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl is unblemished, very clean copy indeed.

Two flawless labels, vinyl is unblemished, very clean copy indeed.

Ray Pollard - The Drifter / Let Him Go ( And Let Me Love You) - United Artists UA 916

Ray Pollard

The Drifter / Let Him Go ( And Let Me Love You)

United Artists : UA 916 (45s)

Here is an opportunity to own one of Northern Soul greatest anthem at an affordable price - has this copy reveals label storage wear and multiple surface hairline to the vinyl but plays magnificently well.

The highly regarded writing / producing gifts, of the trio Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer knew no boundaries. The 3 collectively known as The Strangeloves "Cara-Lin" "I Want Candy" "Night Time" etc. step into the world of BIg City Beat Ballad and write arguably the greatest of them all. Guided by two other greats of the New York 60's scene, Gerry Granahan & Arnold Goland, five blue-eyed maestros enlisting one of the most potent black voices available on the east coast at the time; The "Wanderers" lead voice - Ray Pollard.

Together this unlikely gathering crafted one of the greatest Northern Soul strollers of them all, today considered the quintessential Northern Soul "last record"

Almighty vibes mingle into controlled droning horns, opening the gates for Ray's charismatic voice, to do this monumental production, real justice. Bring in the percussion, crank up the strings, let those ladies loose on the chorus, ratchet up every verse.. then repeat.. the vibes sending shivers through anyone who hears it, as Ray takes his vocal to unparalleled heights...

Can you think of a more powerful performance of Soul...? no neither can we.

This is the other-side Northern Soul - searing power, mood-changing lyrics, that together embrace greatness..

No wonder "Rugby Ben Hall" the most-authentic Northern Soul All-nighter on Planet Earth, ends every exhausting night with the thundering tones of Ray Pollard - The Drifter -

Condition Report

Light wear to the labels, see images. Vinyl surface carries multiple light surface scuffing, but plays two grades above it's visual state.

Light wear to the labels, see images. Vinyl surface carries multiple light surface scuffing, but plays two grades above it's visual state.

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