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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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Little Joe Hinton - Tired Of Walkin' / The Whip Twist - Kent 368

Little Joe Hinton

Tired Of Walkin' / The Whip Twist

Kent : 368 (45s)

It matters not which side the DJ drops the needle on, this 1962 R&B runaway truck has the power to destroy the dance space..

Californian Bluesman Little Joe Hinton in recent times has been elevated into the "Prince of Northern Soul R&B dance". With his highly prized heavy duty recordings on Arvee.

This disc has two battering-rams that easily match his year earlier Arvee recordings. His dominating rasping, gargling roar again the driving feature of the session. But both recording are enhance by explosive instrumental breaks.. "Tired Of Walkin'" has an insane guitar interlude after Little Joe pushed himself to a screamed stand still, authentic guitar-picking from the streets gives him pause to fire himself up for the brass propelled finale.

Flip it over for the current big dancefloor tune "The Whip Twist" setting clubs alight across Europe with it's imposing dance craze instructions and ratting percussion. A totally crazed Saxophone solo blasts into your space. This is complete R&B dance, horns, blues guitar, squealing saxophone, incessant drumming and of course Little Joe's potent vocal.

Top tne,. which ever side you choose to spin.

Condition Report

Fabulous condition, 1962 previously unplayed vinyl, still in birth-sleeve. Vinyl has a small area of ultra-fine gossamer water wash stain; as does the otherwise flawless black label. If it wasn't for this minuscule flaw, this record would be graded Mint. <br /> Both sides play MINT labels have no damage, just a light h2o dusting in a small area. see images and listen to the perfect sound quality. Plays like a it's new..

Fabulous condition, 1962 previously unplayed vinyl, still in birth-sleeve. Vinyl has a small area of ultra-fine gossamer water wash stain; as does the otherwise flawless black label. If it wasn't for this minuscule flaw, this record would be graded Mint.
Both sides play MINT labels have no damage, just a light h2o dusting in a small area. see images and listen to the perfect sound quality. Plays like a it's new..

Rose Batiste - Hit and Run / I Miss My Baby - A&M 822 mispess

Rose Batiste

Hit and Run / I Miss My Baby

A&M: 822 mispess (45s)

A chance to impress all you friends with a quite unbelievable offering;

a unique Rose Batiste "Hit & Run" mispressed with a 1966 Chris Montez label. Of course the flipside plays "I Miss My Baby". Yes I'm dumbfounded also, this has got to be the strangest pressing plant cock-up of all time, making this offering as rare as a chocolate teapot...deadwax carries the correct machine stamped "Hit and Run" ZTSC121599-1A matrix, "I MIss My Baby" ZTSC121598-1A matrix.

Two spectacular Northern Soul classics back to back, presented in an unsurpassable form...

Chris Montez label "Time After Time" plays "Hit and Run" whilst the flipside "Keep Talkin'" plays "I Miss My Baby"

Nearly speechless except to say;
*** the winner of this unicorn-rare mispress, will be offered an original copy but scratchy copy of Rose Batiste on Revilot for a mere £89 with clean labels, but plays G background noise on the a-side, the flip plays vg some light ticks and pops, side by side we think they would look neatly unique in your collection or DJ box.

Condition Report

drill hole edge of label, otherwise both A&M labels are clean. Both sides of the vinyl has a few light surface hairl;ines, check out the full double soundfiles lifted directly off this disc. they play loud, crisp ad true just the occasional back tick...

drill hole edge of label, otherwise both A&M labels are clean. Both sides of the vinyl has a few light surface hairl;ines, check out the full double soundfiles lifted directly off this disc. they play loud, crisp ad true just the occasional back tick...

Emanuel Laskey - I'm A Peace Loving Man / Sweet Lies - Thelma T-108 DJ

Emanuel Laskey

I'm A Peace Loving Man / Sweet Lies

Thelma : T-108 DJ (45s)

My wanton desires are as strong as ever..

I have a confession to make, I've lusted after "Thelma" since I was 17 years of age when I purchased the Magnificent 7 - The Groove - from an advert in Melody Maker enticing me with the wording "great Detroit instrumental" ZTSC. I instantly loved my first encounter with Thelma the colouring and the "signpost" artwork of the label. I was disappointed with the tune, as it wasn't Northern Soul but I did love the label vista and I'd certainly never heard of "The Funk Brothers" and their immense contribution to the Detroit Sound...

So when Brian "45" Philips anticipated sales list dropped onto the carpet of 25 Baldocks Lane, I ordered Emanuel Laskey "blind" but I was disappointed again.. it was a plain black label with silver lettering, not the gorgeous signpost label. I remember dropping it on my Mum's Dansette with very low expectations.. "Peace Loving Man" didn't sound like it was gonna be Northern Soul.

How wrong can you be, prejudging a "record by its title" .. powerful rhythmic piano opens up proceedings...then the beseeching pleas of Emanuel Laskey hit my ears for the very first time. Soaring celestial girl chorues take to the air, there's a persistent pumping of a saxophone measuring out and elevating the dance pulse. This is more like it, I bought blind and landed a real winner. I fleeting listened to the flipside "Sweet Lies" decided it was not a back-drop inducing tune and promptly forgot about it all together.

How things change as time meanders by, your tastes mature, your understanding broadens. So that today my lusting for Thelma, reaches near premature ejaculation when on rare occasions I encounter the simplistic beauty of the WHITE DEMO and appreciate the subtleties of the previously dismissed "Sweet Lies" .. a true Detroit masterpiece of mid-paced brilliance.

Once again today my teenage libido has been wakened by label-porn and the stunning genius of those pioneering Detroit Singers, producers, writers who loving laid down the foundations that still nourish the worldwide Northern Soul scene today..

I have one more confession, I must tell you "Thelma"...my weaknesses, for continually seeking out head-turning beauties.. I have been unfaithful on several occasions with Sue...


Condition Report

Two labels free of writing, stickers or tears. Big red star on the a-side label, light storage ageing to the white background, all text bold and clear.

Two labels free of writing, stickers or tears. Big red star on the a-side label, light storage ageing to the white background, all text bold and clear.

Frederick Hymes III - Time Ain't Gonna Do Me No Favour / Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday - Fab Vegas ST 4526

Frederick Hymes III

Time Ain't Gonna Do Me No Favour / Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday

Fab Vegas : ST 4526 (45s)

Now almost al the influential DJ 's across Europe have a copy. This top quality Modern Soul mid-pacer is not just back on the rise. It is now on a steeply angled propulsion to the top of Rare Soul crowd-pleasing hit list.

Saturated is in hope, regret, desire and despair in equal measures, this brass driven dancer pushes all the right buttons to trigger for dance space congestion.

A record with the edgy quality you can never get tired of hearing, this will go down as the years roll by as one of the all time greats...all it needed was concerted plays from more than just a handful of DJ's and bingo everybody ad his dog wants a copy..

In fact I WANT A COPY! as it slips perfectly into the mood of today's Northern Soul clubs..

Expect competition but a little struggle to own a 45 of this calibre is well worth the effort..

Condition Report

two flawless labels, fine clean unblemished vinyl

two flawless labels, fine clean unblemished vinyl

Frank Beverly and the Butlers - If That's What You Wanted / Love (Your Pain Goes Deep) - Gamble G 220

Frank Beverly and the Butlers

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

Gamble : G 220 (45s)

If there ever was a record I like to be buried with ... I think this would be it.
On second thoughts I'd probably be dug up with 24 hours by grave-robbers desperate to own a copy of one of the greatest Northern Soul sounds of all time!

But I am sure with my last breathe will be asking...
"Play Me Frank, One More Time"
as it instantly catapults me through time, to the very best of times. I remember well the first time I heard it, when my lifelong buddy Trevor Hurd brought a freshly cut EMI-Disc to Kirby Lane Youth Club in 1972.. the hairs on the back of my neck bristled, shivers ran down my spine...

I also remember going to Southport Weekender in the 90's, after a deluge of Soulful House & Rare Groove throughout the Friday & Saturday evenings..

late on Richard Searling knew just what to do.. he dug into his Northern Soul classics and let rip... with the incredible tambourine intro, smashed aside by an explosion of stabbing horns..

"Hah!!! Since I've Been You Darlin' I've Walkin' Into Closed Doors"

I hurdled my record stall, the starting pistol for the dancefloor dash had been fired... and mayhem ensued...

still another 20 years on, it has exactly the same affect on me; as I swizzle in my office chair, clapping my hands at all the right moments..and shuffle my bare feet..

"It Wouldn't Have Broke My Heart In Two..."

well it would have done if I'd never heard the masterpiece of Philadelphia Soul ever again after Trevor unleashed it on us Northern Soul fledglings some 47 years ago...

"If That's What You Wanted" as inspiring today as it's ever been..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, stunning mint minus vinyl - as good as you could hope to own in 2019. Investment condition..

Two clean labels, stunning mint minus vinyl - as good as you could hope to own in 2019. Investment condition..

Cannon Ball Bryan - Red Ash / Blue Bird - Trojan TR 673

Cannon Ball Bryan

Red Ash / Blue Bird

Trojan : TR 673 (45s)

A rare # in this most collectable of Reggae labels, his only Trojan release.

This highly regarded ex-Skatalite Jamaican Saxophonist glows within this Duke Reid Treasure Isle production. A hauntingly addictive instrumental that instantly grabs your attention as it creeps under your skin, to become the ear-worm of the day.

A very sought after dancefloor favourite, with undertones of his SKA career as Karl "King Cannon" manipulates his instrument into every which way, before keyboard wizardry breaks in followed by the rich tones of the Trombone, then Karl is back caressing the session with subtle saxophone blows..

Killer instrumental blending Reggae and Jazz into dreamy narcotic experience of dance.

Awesome!

Condition Report

4 prong centre fully intact, two clean labels. Vinyl is close to perfection, jus a light scuff on the a-side lead in groove NOT on the playing surface. the rest of the vinyl is flawless. record is still in tis birth sleeve

4 prong centre fully intact, two clean labels. Vinyl is close to perfection, jus a light scuff on the a-side lead in groove NOT on the playing surface. the rest of the vinyl is flawless. record is still in tis birth sleeve

Rupie Edwards - Long Lost Love / Uncertain Love - Crab 35

Rupie Edwards

Long Lost Love / Uncertain Love

Crab: 35 (45s)

A stunning previously unplayed copy!

The lead side gives up silky Skinhead Reggae from the golden year of 1969 showcasing the dulcet tomes of this highly regarded vocalist..

As so often happens with Reggae 45's of this era the more impressive side lays hidden on the flip. "Uncertain Love" is an upbeat, vibrant horn driven dance groove. Relentless Reggae pulses blanket the background as Rupie so convincingly delivers the his stop - start lyrics. Superb horn interventions throughout, cradling this man superb voice.

Two strong sides, presented here on a cocooned 50 year old 45 in flawless condition.

Condition Report

4 prong die-cut centre fully intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in original wavy-top birth sleeve. Flipside label has a small L P written on the centrepiece, see images

4 prong die-cut centre fully intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in original wavy-top birth sleeve. Flipside label has a small L P written on the centrepiece, see images

Revels - True Love / Everybody Can Do The New Dog But Me - Jamie 1318 DJ

Revels

True Love / Everybody Can Do The New Dog But Me

Jamie : 1318 DJ (45s)

When group member Billy Jackson joined forces with Jimmy Wisner it made for The Revels only Northern Soul offering after more than a decade of serving up wonderful vocal-group R&B recordings.

Sublime vocals from these 5 time-served harmonizers, consummate seamless vocal entwined by a wealth of experience. A top-drawer Philly recording, an addictive slab of quality Northern Soul, seldom coming up for sale.

With Leon Huff at the piano caressing the keys, producing perfectly paced dance pulses. Wisner's directing the bank of brass blowing out rich fanfare taking the song up onto the next level of dancefloor delight. With this talented quintet breezing through the lyrics.. it hard to understand why this tune has not become a Northern Soul classic play over the decades.. with rarity being it's only barrier.

Flip it over for an upbeat dance-craze mover, pulling heavily from Motown's earlier dance, brilliantly deliver again with wonderfully tight harmonies with the addition squealing girls.

Two strong sides one elusive disc, especially in this flaw free condition.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl is a strong unblemished mint minus

Two flawless labels, vinyl is a strong unblemished mint minus

Tommy Dodson - One Day Love / Mind Reader - Uptowm 709

Tommy Dodson

One Day Love / Mind Reader

Uptown: 709 (45s)

Prepare yourself, you about to be swept away by a torrent of crashing, rushing, turbulent Soul..

The persuasive voice of Tommy Dodson is about to pull you into a vortex of dance, splashed with squealing girl-group voices, making the drowning under such weighty music a delicious experienced; as your feet take on a mind of their own.

THIS IS PROPER NORTHERN SOUL!

...you know the type that whisks you off your feet, dragging you to the dancefloor.. for you to let rip of all your working week's frustrations... that's the power real-deal Northern Soul has on your mimd... as you lose yourself in the onslaught of the "take-no-prisoners" production.

"Oo-wee-ooh" girls decorated the insanely rattling percussion, required to compliment the forceful vocal. Tommy's defiance propelling your feet to ever more inspired moves...

A record that has lay hidden in collections, only afforded occasional DJ spins through decades. Until more recent times. Today this is one of the rising stars of the British Northern Soul nights..., a perfect allniter sound with the bollocks to explode a dancefloor..

PS the flipside is damn good also..

catch this 45 before it rockets out of reach.

Condition Report

Mint minus flawless vinyl & labels housed in the elusive Uptown company sleeve. A good as it gets

Mint minus flawless vinyl & labels housed in the elusive Uptown company sleeve. A good as it gets

Doreen Shaffer - As Long as He Needs Me / How Much Is That Dogy In The Window - Unity UN 538

Doreen Shaffer

As Long as He Needs Me / How Much Is That Dogy In The Window

Unity: UN 538

Again it's all about condition with this 1969 Sister Reggae deconstruction of Lionel Bart's classic composition.

This elusive 1969 British press is flawless, with an a-side that's best forgotten as, this novelty piece of Reggae really doesn't work at any level. "Doggy In The Window" was a disaster and never sold a b ean.

Leaving the unusual but worthy flipside for a Jamaican songbird to deliver. The former Skatalite lady "Monica Johnson" does such an excellent job with the seamlessly pleading voice.

This is a listing aimed at Reggae collector seeking 45's in tip-top condition, and this disc is certainly that. not a vinyl murmur to distract you from Doreen's oh so sweet voice.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, 4 prong die-cut centre full intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in wavy-top birth sleeve. flipside label has a L P written on the centrepiece (see images)

Two perfect labels, 4 prong die-cut centre full intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in wavy-top birth sleeve. flipside label has a L P written on the centrepiece (see images)

Shades ltd. - Fragile Fruit / Frog Hunt On Mars - Lark LR 1063

Shades ltd.

Fragile Fruit / Frog Hunt On Mars

Lark: LR 1063 (45s)

Super rare Garage, we can only find 4 recorded auction listings for this century, one of those being in damaged cracked condition copy.

A quick google of this crazed Punk shouter will confirms this 1968 Virginian is one very rare-beast.

We lead with the flipside vocal side driven by bass guitar pulses, aggressive drumming and swirling keyboard. The perfect platform for a delinquent vocal to harness, spouting his raw dissatisfaction and dissent.
The magnificent instrumental break elevates the recording yet another notch into must own rare Garage.

The original a-side "Frog Hunt On Mars" is a while an accomplished guitar laden instrumental. Exhibiting some extreme skills with the plectrum, punk / surf excellence unfolds.

If you like them seriously obscure with validated rarity and riddled with attitude ..

look no further.


Condition Report

Two clean yellow labels, see images. Vinyl reveals only light surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays clean, loud and true.

Two clean yellow labels, see images. Vinyl reveals only light surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays clean, loud and true.

Bobbi Lynn - Earthquake / Opportunity Street - Stateside SS 2088

Bobbi Lynn

Earthquake / Opportunity Street

Stateside : SS 2088 (45s)

The power of Mr. Rimmer, since his inspirational flipping over the Twisted Wheel anthem "Earthquake" to play "Opportunity Street" this record has rocketed in demand

The anchorman of Benn Hall, Rugby allniters, Dave Rimmer has recently ignited fevered renewed demand and dancefloor euphoria with Bobbi Lynn’s timeless classic. But in the true-style of Rugby’s turntable stalwart, it is not for the obvious “Earthquake” classic that Dave spins, not Nashville’s “nod” to the Motown Sound and a reliable evergreen crowd-pleaser.

That is far too obvious for Dave, who has flipped it over wowing the Benn Hall, faithful with “Opportunity Street”. Not too many Motown influences on this side. It’s a full onslaught of Nashville Soul with Mac Gayden wielding his guitar prowess through a barrage of brass, whilst the razored vocal of Ms. Lynn cuts the air with a rapping intro, that soon explodes of into a full blown journey into Northern Soul

Well done Dave, another great choice of play; underlining there is so much top-drawer Northern Soul out there still to tap into.

The a-side of course undiminished in status by Dave’s innovative alternative..

Here's an astonishingly clean 1967 British press to consider.

Condition Report

Two clean labels

Two clean labels

Hard Road featuring C. C. Neal - Dedicated To You / If You Really Love Me  - Kanwic HFCS-207

Hard Road featuring C. C. Neal

Dedicated To You / If You Really Love Me

Kanwic : HFCS-207 (45s)

For lover's of very elusive Northern Soul Crossover check out this Wichita, Kansas creation. Potential is huge for the discerning DJ with an ear for quality and a eye for genuine rarity, that carries with it a pedigree from both Wichita & Kansas.

A recording benefitting from the rasping vocal of Cornelius Neal already a seasoned singer from his days on the Los Angeles circuit mostly under the name "Baby Neal" and of course his billing and recording experiences with the Smart Brothers famed for their SOLO label exploits. Well here they are again as "Hard Road" both sides written by Geno Blue a Wichita Soul man of repute.

Here is another winner with similar rarity pedigree from those street level guys who have given up some real killers.

We lead with "Dedicated To You" with an intro that reminds me of Patrinell Staten, then the male vocal glides into the subtle blending of rattling percussion, swirling Hammond, swift picking guitar riff unfolding into a flowing mid-paced Soulful Crossover delight. Cleverly peppered with timely Funky riffs and sweet girls harmony choruses. Possibilities of the big-ticket dripping from the grooves. Classy neighbourhood dance groove.

Flip it over, Geno Blues team get down and Funky. With a Q&A session of verbal-volleyball, over driving funk rhythms. Those songbirds again deliver a shrill backdrop for that contrasting snarling vocal to attack, as he sends out his demands..Wah Wah drives the Funk pulses, a girl voice answers her man telling him exactly what she want.. Tune!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, just light speckling bottom right, otherwise clean. Vinyl reveals light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays excellently.

Two clean labels, just light speckling bottom right, otherwise clean. Vinyl reveals light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays excellently.

Eula Cooper - Let Our Love Grow Higher / Have Faith In Me - Super Sound S.S. 7002

Eula Cooper

Let Our Love Grow Higher / Have Faith In Me

Super Sound : S.S. 7002 (45s)

A timeless Northern Soul anthem like no other...

Bill Patterson's driving funky-edged production is spectacularly embroidered by a young girl's optimistic view of her new relationship.

Nobody sings like Eula, a blistering high pitched expression of Soul that stands your hair on end, as she weaves in and out of keyboard and bongo rhythms; whilst Funky guitar pulses steers you to the dancefloor..

Exquisite Atlanta Northern Soul that is unique in the most compelling way... visions of her outstretched arms aloft, pleading stance eventually causing her to fall to her knees as this breath-taking song draws to an end..

Utterly magnificent stand-alone Northern Soul that sits in the hearts of everyone who has ever alighted the dancefloor to it beckoning pleas.

This song still makes me tingle, as it triggers memories of her singing this live, at full throttle at a friends wedding in Brooklyn some years ago, and experience I shall always hold dear.. but eclipsed by holding, playing and once again listening to this Northern Soul treasure today.

NOTE condition is not our usual impeccable mint minus with flawless labels, read the condition report and then listen to the soundfile



Condition Report

signature on both labels, under cellotape, neat and tidy not intrusive on the eye, tiny sticker scar just to the left of "LET" in the title see images. vinyl reveals multiple surface marks, but plays well. Listen to the soundfile lifted direct off this very sought after rarity.

signature on both labels, under cellotape, neat and tidy not intrusive on the eye, tiny sticker scar just to the left of "LET" in the title see images. vinyl reveals multiple surface marks, but plays well. Listen to the soundfile lifted direct off this very sought after rarity.

Lester Sterlin / Tommy McCook - Spoogy / Monkey Fiddle Unity UN 509

Lester Sterlin / Tommy McCook

Spoogy / Monkey Fiddle

Unity : UN 509 (45s)

a flawless 1969 Skinhead Reggae still in birth sleeve - rare condition indeed.

Ex-Skatalite stalwart Lester Sterlin serves up a lesson in the mastery of the saxophone. As he pouts, blows and puffs out some amazing notes of joyous late 60's Reggae. His manipulation of his instrument is a masterclass of it's genre. Peppering an insistent dance rhythm, relentlessly pelting his saxophone notes into steady rhythms.

flip it over for a cocktail of Jamaican influences as a pinch of Calypso enters Tommy McCook's creation, neat tidy, addictive and uplifting dance tune..

But not as uplifting as the miraculous condition of the 50 year old... so near perfect!

Condition Report

4 prong die-cut centre fully intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in original wavy-top birth sleeve. Flipside label has a small L P written on the centrepiece, see images

4 prong die-cut centre fully intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in original wavy-top birth sleeve. Flipside label has a small L P written on the centrepiece, see images

Jean Stanback - If I Ever Needed Love / I Still Love You - Deep Soul DS 9101

Jean Stanback

If I Ever Needed Love / I Still Love You

Deep Soul : DS 9101 (45s)

The solid sax blown intro is ripped to shreads by a defiant Soul-Sister with a slaying vocal. WOW this lady has some attitude, a relentless slab of thumpin' Northern Soul! Hidden on the flipside of a Dave Godin Deep Soul favourite. Two sides to die for, on a label that instantly alerts your senses you are in the company of spectacular 60's label & sleeve art.

Then hear the flip a beseeching Deep-Soul ballad saturated in despair.

Condition Report

Flawless copy, two perfect labels, 4 prong centre firmly in place. Unblemished mint miknus vinyl on bot sides, all housed in it birth sleeve since 1969

Flawless copy, two perfect labels, 4 prong centre firmly in place. Unblemished mint miknus vinyl on bot sides, all housed in it birth sleeve since 1969

Bob & Marcia - Always Together / Desperate Lover - Bamboo BAM40

Bob & Marcia

Always Together / Desperate Lover

Bamboo: BAM40 (45s)

Bob Anderson & Marcia Griffiths with a 1970 British press, in spectacular previous unplayed flawless condition.

A string laden Soulful mid-paced dancer showcase these two darlings of Reggae, exquisite voices.

Gently uplifting, a recording that creeps under your skins as Bob & Marcia bounce off each others silky delivery of love-affirming lyrics.

Flip it over, strong rhythms as Bob Andy goes solo, his aching vocal convincingly pleads his desperation. Bubbling Hammond pulses drive the song as Bob Andy becomes more despairing as he recalls his lost love.

Two top tunes on one disc, in perfect condition.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, 4 prong die-cut centre full intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in wavy-top birth sleeve

Two perfect labels, 4 prong die-cut centre full intact, previously unplayed vinyl all housed in wavy-top birth sleeve

Guitar Ray - You're Gonna Wreck My Life / I Am Never Gonna Break His Rules Again - Shagg 711

Guitar Ray

You're Gonna Wreck My Life / I Am Never Gonna Break His Rules Again

Shagg : 711 (45s)

There is not a more Soulful encounter with despair, ever to have graced a Northern Soul dancefloor.

An act of unrecognized genius from Senator Jones at the time, as he chose this masterpiece ti be the flipside. If it wasn't for the European Rare Soul scene this masterpiece may have passed the world by.

"How Many More Years.. Are You Gonna Wreck My Life" is the most beseeching opening for a song. Guitar Ray's pleading vocal paints a picture of hopelessness for an aging man how's lost his lover to a younger man..

Wow, this song penetrates your very being, with it's convincing delivery and beautifully sympathetic horns..the [hars on my arms stand as I listen to his sad situation..

If rare dance Soul gets any better than this I've yet to hear it..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, mint minus vinyl, just a few sparse sleeve contact hairlines revealed under direct light.

Two clean labels, mint minus vinyl, just a few sparse sleeve contact hairlines revealed under direct light.

Younghearts - A Little Togetherness / Beginning Of The End - Canterbury C-506

Younghearts

A Little Togetherness / Beginning Of The End

Canterbury: C-506 (45s)

Authentic original vinyl press, do not accept anything else, but buying this record from reputable dealer who can confirm authenticity from this Northern Soul anthem's many disguises.

This record has been in storage since 1974 and comes complete with and authentication letter from John Manship Records and a card sleeve lovingly inscribed back in 1973.

This variation is the VINYL press with the following matrix details.
Original stock copy of the vinyl press, with the deep-cut etched fingertip sensitive matrix reads 67-C-506 A LW LR holding the 67 in the 6 o’clock position the smaller LW sits just above the 4 o’clock position. Flip it over the matrix reads 67-C 596 B with LW sitting in the 3 o’clock position. A deep-cut etched fingertip sensitive matrix J C just above the 9 o’clock position reading anti-clockwise.

It our experience this variation is the rarest, most authentic and solid way to own this timeless anthem. Avoiding styrene fatigue that so many examples suffer from. This copy has come from a old school collection NOT a DJ. Stylus intrusion is NIL! Sound fidelity is perfect!

Act accordingly if you wanna own one of the greatest NS classics of them all.
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Condition Report

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only the merest hairline or few under direct light. As you can hear it plays loud, clean & true

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only the merest hairline or few under direct light. As you can hear it plays loud, clean & true

Don Hollinger - Where The Young Folks Go / I Had A Nightmare - JATO 7000

Don Hollinger

Where The Young Folks Go / I Had A Nightmare

JATO : 7000 (45s)

From the f irst crash of the cymbals, you know something special is about to unfold with this week's rare Popcorn/R&B offering.

Hang on Don Hollinger is about to flex his snarling combative vocal through a screaming slab of Miami R&B. This is the highly celebrated Soul man at his uncompromising best!

An artist who sadly never had enough of his work released on vinyl. Mr. Hollinger was certainly one of the finest neglected Soul singers of the last century; just as comfortable with Blues, R&B, Deep Soul, Sweet Soul, with the passion to mold his rugged vocal into any R&B style; effortlessly adjusting to whatever mood was required. All his vinyl is highly prized and very hard to find.

On this session Miami's finest assemble, including Arnold Albury, Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke, Johnny Pearsall craft a compelling slab of ferocious R&B, woven into Popcorn rhythms. The result is a madly addictive dancer, saturated in qualities that have taken it into monster-R&B status.

So click the soundfile to unleash this cult-artist's magnificent vocal presence...as his glides his rough-edged voice through an harmonica decorated arrangement, as the bass-line drives the dance rhythms underneath your skin. Steady whacking percussion, perfecting marries with Don's snarling delivery. Proper motivational R&B dancer..

As R&B Northern Soul is measured, this 45 is one of the very finest I've ever encountered, it had me seriously thinking that I need a copy in my DJ box.
A proper All-Nighter tune, perfect for the big system "blast 'em out of their seats!" approach..

Condition Report

Two fine clean labels, mirrored by unblemished mint minus vinyl. Check out the play perfect soundfile and the rich deep red label images

Two fine clean labels, mirrored by unblemished mint minus vinyl. Check out the play perfect soundfile and the rich deep red label images

Principal Edwards - Captain Lifeboy / Nothing - Deram DM 391 DJ

Principal Edwards

Captain Lifeboy / Nothing

Deram : DM 391 DJ (45s)

Rare 1973 UK Promo copy from this hybrid band who recorded for John Peel's label Dandelion Records as "Principal Edwards Magical Theatre" before disbanding after just two albums.

Principal members Richard Jones, Nick Pallett, Geoff Nicholls regrouped pulling in fresh blood; Shortening the band name (fabled to have been derived from an Exeter University employee). This is the new teams first 45 for Deram is a weird and truly wonderful slab of Folk/Psyche/Prog Rock under the guidance of Nick Tauber recently engaged in many fine Thin Lizzy early 70's sessions.

Nick mentors a rich array of vocals, superior Spanish guitar picking, a wealth of percussion, heavy drumming & tambourines, with Jethro Tull inspired tin-whistle interludes. It all works so very well. A classy crafting and a top-drawer example of early 70's Progressive Rock.

Flip is over another worthy fusion of Folk/Prog awaits

Condition Report

Radio station notes on the promo labels, see images. Wonderful un blemished vinyl, all housd in birth sleeve. a very elusive 45.

Radio station notes on the promo labels, see images. Wonderful un blemished vinyl, all housd in birth sleeve. a very elusive 45.

Ruby Andrews - Just Loving You / The Love I Need - Zodiac Z 1010

Ruby Andrews

Just Loving You / The Love I Need

Zodiac : Z 1010 (45s)

There are many, many injustices in the music industry; really gifted hard working artists never receiving nearly enough credit for their exceptional output.
The body of work Fred Bridges, Richard Knight & Bobby Eaton amassed during their career is second to none. Not only was it consistently superior to most everything being created in their field, but also carried a "sound" of its own. Just like "Pied Piper" achieved and Motown mastered... as soon as you hear a few notes of "The Brothers Of Soul" work you just know it's them.

Their work with Ruby Andrews crafted some real beauties, for this Chicago label ran by the talented Ric Williams. Every 45 is collectable, her two Zodiac albums are massively craved by Soul collectors worldwide.

Before you today is her greatest creation of Northern Soul which isn't too challenging to acquire, if condition isn't your priority when purchasing top drawer NS.
Styrene fatigued, DJ circuit worn copies are quite easy to pick up, the trick is finding one that has never met a circuit Jock. That plays crisp clean and true.. this copy does..

Ruby Andrews singing "Just Loving You" epitomises what Bridges, Eaton & Knight were all about, working with Diva vocals weaving ;
Individually engineered premiership 60's Soul that was mostly shunned upon release because of the political beliefs and their out of studio struggle for human rights in the USA..

Seems some things still haven't changed, great talents in music, sport, film and science surpressed for what they believed in.

Leaving us wondering what would have become of this trio if they were "Yes" men without outspoken controversial beliefs of equality.. these "Yes" men may be regarded today worldwide as the geniuses they were.. instead they are just the very-best-loved writing trio of them all by the Northern Soul fraternity...



Condition Report

Two super clean labels, vinyl reveals light hairlines under direct light, playing totally clean and true.

Two super clean labels, vinyl reveals light hairlines under direct light, playing totally clean and true.

Sound-Masters - Lonely Lonely / I Want You To be My Baby - Julet JU 102

Sound-Masters

Lonely Lonely / I Want You To be My Baby

Julet : JU 102 (45s)

You cannot possibly talk about "Rare and underplayed" Northern Soul without mentioning this awesome NS vocal group dancer featuring the dulcet tones of Northern Soul hero, Morris Chestnut.

Part of a five man team, who weave a pulsating Northern Soul dance groove, backed up with a soulful mid-tempo delicacy that has yet to get the turntable attention, it too surely deserves. All guided by the skilled hand of top L.A. arranger and future Motown-wheel James Anthony Carmichael.

Sound-Master write their own song, then a subtle guitar intro James Carmichael drums up an almighty horn propelled arrangement, taking it up and away into breath-taking high-octane moments, with crashing crescendos complimented by rich harmony vocals, soaring from one peak to another.

This is real-deal Northern Soul begging the question why thumping masterpiece hasn't taken the Northern Soul scene decades ago? The simple answer is, there was never been a consistent DJ push in the past. But now there's the internet to help get it started. A Northern Soul rarity of this quality should never just be hidden away in collections... when it shimmers with blatant power to ignite an allniter dancefloor.

Then there's the Sweet Soul harmony flipside, that has just again blown me away, after years of not hearing it.

Two top-drawer sides begging for some up and coming DJ's to remind the old-school how it used to be done..

Condition Report

two clean labels, fine clean vinyl, strong mint minus, superb condition.

two clean labels, fine clean vinyl, strong mint minus, superb condition.

Johnny Morris - Don't Be Ashamed /  She's My Girl -  A V F U S 110

Johnny Morris

Don't Be Ashamed / She's My Girl

A V F U S : 110 (45s)

A debutant to our 22 year old auctions, a slice of Detroit Northern Soul that very few people can boast of owning. A fascinating Detroit mid-tempo I first became aware of when Motor City aficionados Richard Johnstone introduced it into his riveting "Feed Your Soul" Sunday chill-out sessions. A record that has since proved incredibly frustrating to acquire.

We know nothing about the artist or the label, this Johnny Morris is certainly not the guy who thrilled us as children; with background Giraffes, Elephants and chimpanzees performing unrehearsed, embarrassing acts of toiletry during his live filming of "Animal Magic". No this Johnny Morris is an expressive Soul-man with an attention-seeking voice. A private press, neighbourhood produced Soul crossover. Hammond led mid-tempo opens up fir Johnny's pleading voice, a voice with that warm cracking I so enjoy.

A record for those of you who are drawn to Detroit rarities, and adore rare mid-tempos saturated naïve "local" passion.

The flip emulates the a-side another Soul mid-tempo.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, impeccable vinyl on both sides.

Two flawless labels, impeccable vinyl on both sides.

John Cameron Quartet - Troublemaker / Off Centre (instrumental)  - Deram DM 256 DJ

John Cameron Quartet

Troublemaker / Off Centre (instrumental)

Deram : DM 256 DJ (45s)

Incredibly RARE and highly sought after MOD Northern Soul Jazz instrumental dance from

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl that only reveals some light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. Date stamped & radio station I.D. on labels. all housed in birth sleeve. Rare condition indeed.

Flawless vinyl that only reveals some light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. Date stamped & radio station I.D. on labels. all housed in birth sleeve. Rare condition indeed.

Moses Smith - The Girl Across The Street / Hey Love ( I Wanna Thank You) - Dionn 508 DJ

Moses Smith

The Girl Across The Street / Hey Love ( I Wanna Thank You)

Dionn: 508 DJ (45s)

Most everybody's all-time favourite Northern Soul song!

A Northern Soul Anthem of the very highest calibre..

as the seldom seen WHITE DEMO it's a NS grail

Condition Report

Vinyl has a some light surface marks, as you can hear it plays beautifully clean. Visually vg + plays Ex+ A-side PROMO label has a biro initial on it (see scan) flipside label is clean.

Vinyl has a some light surface marks, as you can hear it plays beautifully clean. Visually vg + plays Ex+ A-side PROMO label has a biro initial on it (see scan) flipside label is clean.

Jean Carter - Like One / That Boy Ain't No Good - Decca 31965

Jean Carter

Like One / That Boy Ain't No Good

Decca: 31965 (45s)

The rare head-turning BLACK stock copy of a Northern Soul anthem from those two dynamic scribes Pamela Sawyer & Lori Burton. Two girls who gave more to the Northern Soul scene than any other female pairing. Their partnership responsible for innumerable top-quality Northern Soul dancers; with "Like One" sitting at the pinnacle of the many NS classics they wrote together.

"Like One" is of course a pre-Wigan Casino spin, but will always catapult me and many others back to the balcony of "The Casino" peering down on the jam-packed dancefloor, with the crowd not only dancing frantically to this motivational Soul but also singing word for word at the top of their voices, lyrics the gyrating hoard had loving memorized.. from previous encounters.

Now for the first time I'm happy to plagiarize the emotions the previous owner had written on the card sleeve back in 1973 when he purchased this prize piece.. you can feel his teenage euphoria lifting off the sleeve..
teenage emotions we all felt but never wrote them down in words..

1973 review of his new acquisition. "Heart-Wrenching Sound Takes The Mind Right Back To Those Hot N' Steamy Nights Spent At The Torch!"

A sizzling NS girl Anthem you can never tire of hearing... lovingly encapsulated within Northern Soul History.

PS do not overlook the beseeching flipside, also a total killer.

Thank you Pamela & Lori for your genius and Lewis the 70's author of those memory jolting words

Condition Report

This record comes with the Decca birth sleeve + a sleeve from

This record comes with the Decca birth sleeve + a sleeve from

Vibrations - 'Cause You're Mine / I Took An Overdose - Epic 5-10418

Vibrations

'Cause You're Mine / I Took An Overdose

Epic: 5-10418 (45s)

Does this perennial Northern Soul monster need any introduction..?

After that driving piano intro ...followed by those howling vocals.. total mayhem explodes around you

and mister DJ the club is yours..

Condition Report

A-side promo label has a pink V left hand top (see scan), vinyl reveals light hairlines but as you can hear it plays loud clean and true. This 45 has NOT ever been on the NS DJ circuit absolutely NO stylus fatigue. ,

A-side promo label has a pink V left hand top (see scan), vinyl reveals light hairlines but as you can hear it plays loud clean and true. This 45 has NOT ever been on the NS DJ circuit absolutely NO stylus fatigue. ,

Delois Eaiy - Delois Is Back With Jerome And His Band / Don't Be Afraid - Big Vick Hammond BVH 401

Delois Eaiy

Delois Is Back With Jerome And His Band / Don't Be Afraid

Big Vick Hammond: BVH 401 (45s)

One of the very rarest Sister Funk 45's on Planet Earth - this is Delores Ealy on a Bay Area session - that was discovered inside the legendary "Ray Dobard" load in 2004 before that this early 70's Funk-Bomb was unknown to the DJ and record collecting world of Funk.

As discogs correctly points out "ONLY 10 COPIES” of this record are known exist, I was there when it was found. Some of the copies have water-damaged labels on both sides, this copy is one of the least h2o damaged examples.

Only 10 copies known is rarest of the rare funk. From a California Funk diva with a huge reputation.

Deep Soul fans do not overlook the flip side, also blistering with this lady’s Soulful energy.

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl that only reveals very fine sleeve storage hairlines, the label by comparison has lightly stain labels from h20 exposure. The few others known have much worse label deterioration, this is one of the best of the 10 only known copies... Alledgedly only 50 ever pressed. THIS IS DEEP FUNK at it's very rarest.

Fine clean vinyl that only reveals very fine sleeve storage hairlines, the label by comparison has lightly stain labels from h20 exposure. The few others known have much worse label deterioration, this is one of the best of the 10 only known copies... Alledgedly only 50 ever pressed. THIS IS DEEP FUNK at it's very rarest.

Pat Brown - The Good Got To Suffer For The Bad / He's A Wonderful Guy - Seven B 7009

Pat Brown

The Good Got To Suffer For The Bad / He's A Wonderful Guy

Seven B : 7009 (45s)

Two killer New Orleans Sister Northern Soul grooves, on one of the city's most collectable labels. In recent years this double hitter has become very hard to acquire, especially in this fine clean condition.

Check the sweet qualities of this New Orleans songbird's only 445.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl revealing only superficial storage hairlines under direct light. Both sides play flawless, have your day lifted, and click the impressive soundfile.

Two clean labels, vinyl revealing only superficial storage hairlines under direct light. Both sides play flawless, have your day lifted, and click the impressive soundfile.

Joanie Sommers - Don't Pity Me / My Block - Argentinan Warner Bros 1740 DJ

Joanie Sommers

Don't Pity Me / My Block

Argentinan Warner Bros : 1740 DJ (45s)

For those of you dedicated to collecting Northern Soul anthems, it doesn't get any rarer or prettier than this 1965 Argentinian PROMO gorgeousness.

A dancefloor elevating goodtime, guaranteed to ignite the club every time into a state of mutual euphoria; as this so-easy to dance to big-production sends out tidal-waves cutting strings and a soaring girl-choir in enthusiastic support. This is big production New York at it most muscular. With Joanie's saccharin sweet vocal the perfect contrast for lift-off.

Writers & producer Tommy Oliver could never ever have foreseen the affect this joyous Big Apple session would have on the British Northern Soul crowds.. it's irresistible building atmosphere riding on a full orchestra and girl group unison. Capture here in high fidelity with this 1965 Argentinian press spun at 33rpm for the best sound quality possible by be able to fit into the 7" format with "wide grooves". Check out the stunning clarity emitted from the method of manufacture.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL in by far and away it rarest most attractive form... it's a floor-packer, a head-turner, a unique opportunity to own something seriously RARE!


"NO TENGAS PIEDAD DE MI" just in case you are in unlikely situation of traveling Argentina in need of the phrase "Don't Pity Me"

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl only reveals the finest of sleeve contact hairlines, the stunning label shows only the slightest signs of storage.

Fine clean vinyl only reveals the finest of sleeve contact hairlines, the stunning label shows only the slightest signs of storage.

Quest - Boy Scouts / same: 6:55 version - Silver Lining 5351

Quest

Boy Scouts / same: 6:55 version

Silver Lining : 5351 (45s)

Very Rare solid centre private press 33rpm 7" inch vocal group dance groove - that rarely comes to market

It doesn’t get anymore private press than this, band finance attempt to get noticed. Strong social statements woven into an intellect Boogie arrangement.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels,

Two flawless labels,

Graham Bond Organisation - There's A Bond Between Us / Orginal 1965 UK press - Columbia 33SX 1750

Graham Bond Organisation

There's A Bond Between Us / Orginal 1965 UK press

Columbia : 33SX 1750 (LP)

A spectacular example of one of Britain's most-sought after MOD album.

This the second of the group's albums, Graham Bond's keyboard wizardry was of course an integral part of this bands makeup, but the unique chemistry ignited by the magical blending of Jazz with Rhythm and Blues driven by Jack Bruce on bass guitar, the crazed saxophone blasts Dick Heckstall-Smith on saxophone; legendary Ginger Baker pulses from the drums and the intricacies of John McLaughlin plectrum.
Were the qualities that bridged the burgeoning early 60's MOD scene from Jazz into Soul & R&B .As Graham Bond's team drew inspiration from the emerging Memphis sound, an admiration for Ray Charles, an awareness of Jimmy Smith and a mutual liking for Stax. Blues, Jazz and Soul had never been so aggressively fused before. The affect was staggering..

From the very opening instrumental underlines Bond's extremely combative ability with the organ, as the wolf in Virginia turns into an uncontrollable "Beast" of MOD dance.

As the album unfolds taking you right catapulted back into the vibrant club-life of mid-60's London into the very heart of the MOD culture. That is why this album is so very sought after..

Listen and prepare to go back in time, when everything important was MOD!

Condition Report

As you can view the "Ginger Baker" designed laminated flip-back cover is in Excellent condition, clean seams, no front cover laminate creasing, writing, splits, stains or stickers. The back cover is likewise clean and free of any flaws. Just soft handling "dulling" of the white areas, very mild shelf wear. <br /> The vinyl, is just beautiful hardly a blemished a cherished caringly played platter, play tested as mint minus. Both label are clean. All house in it's poly-lined birth inner sleeve.<br /> Rare condition indeed.<br /> <br />

As you can view the "Ginger Baker" designed laminated flip-back cover is in Excellent condition, clean seams, no front cover laminate creasing, writing, splits, stains or stickers. The back cover is likewise clean and free of any flaws. Just soft handling "dulling" of the white areas, very mild shelf wear.
The vinyl, is just beautiful hardly a blemished a cherished caringly played platter, play tested as mint minus. Both label are clean. All house in it's poly-lined birth inner sleeve.
Rare condition indeed.


Rudy Dardy - Never Was Intended To Be / Searching For Love - Harvest H-1001

Rudy Dardy

Never Was Intended To Be / Searching For Love

Harvest: H-1001 (45s)

This week's Sweet Soul experience carries two contrasting but essential sides. The a-side of this double double-hitter is a dreamy D.I.Y. harmony ballad from Norfolk, Virginia. Enriched by full vocal group harmony backing, considerately blown horns bubble away in a synth filled arrangement.

A rare local session by an artist I wasn’t familiar with before the record surfaced.

Flip it over and your treated to a fine 80’s soulful dancer session, and uncredited group pick up the pace for the mysterious Rudy Darby to whisked up a dancefloor winner.

Very obscure, presume very small limited press. An indie with the quality to alert to Soul collector camps, Sweet Soul and rare Soulful-Dance collectors will be equally drawn to its proven rarity.

Our first copy ever!

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl a strong Mint minus throughout.

Two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl a strong Mint minus throughout.

Ebony Sisters / Rhythm Rulers - Let Me Tell Yo Boy / Msannix - Bullet BU 401

Ebony Sisters / Rhythm Rulers

Let Me Tell Yo Boy / Mannix

Bullet: BU 401 (45s)

Massively in-demand 1969 Skinhead Reggae rarity in flawless condition.

A fabulous Har Mudie production of a song the "Reggae Girls" wrote themselves. This shrill former Coxsone girl-group deliver a strong dance groove, intense vocals weaving themselves into compelling rhythms. Nora Dean lead vocal is supported by a strong horn presence with her enthusiastic girlfriend answering with piercing choruses ad the brass pumps away. Sweet, sweet vocal contrast against a background of blasting horns.

flip it over an lively mix of Hammond keyboard work, is enriched by brass, maracas and timely pinging plectrum breaks. Uplifting, simplistic but effective.

Condition of this serious rarity could hardly be better.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl that only reveals some light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. Date stamped & radio station I.D. on labels. all housed in birth sleeve. Rare condition indeed.

Flawless vinyl that only reveals some light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. Date stamped & radio station I.D. on labels. all housed in birth sleeve. Rare condition indeed.

Gary U.S. Bonds - King Kong’s Monkey / My Sweet Ruby Rose - Legrand 1031 DJ

Gary (U.S.) Bonds

King Kong’s Monkey / My Sweet Ruby Rose

Legrand : 1031 DJ (45s)

An Insane R&B jumper in perfect condition!

Another highly inventive session from the prolific Norfolk, Virginia recording machine driven by the energy of Frank Guida. His local Church street S.P.Q.R. / Legrand would have world wide impact, as a few of his recordings became hits.

But not this one from his recording star Gary U.S. Bonds, this 45 hardly reached the streets of Norfolk. After al Gary and Frank’s early successes “New Orleans” “Quarter To Three” “School’s Out” Gary’s Midas touch for hits started to wain. Straight after this non-starter “My Sweet Ruby Rose” Guida quickly decided to revived the old hit formula “Going Back To New Orleans”

“King King” had title-rights issues and was dropped from the flip side from the UK release of “My Sweet Ruby Rose”.leaving “King Kong’s Monkey” quite easily Gary’s rarest 45.

A wild slab of R&B from 1964 hooking into the “Monkey”dance-craze sweeping the USA. Now receiving R&B/MOD DJ attention featuring outrageous “Church Street” percussion & saxophone decoration elevating Gary’s seasoned vocal another notch.

The nominated a-side “Ruby Rose” is also very good R&B but “King Kong’s” extreme “withdrawn” rarity status and wild “Titty-Shaker” characteristics have made this elusive 45 very sought after indeed.

This copy is flawless..

Condition Report

Two perfect white labels, flawless unblemished vinyl, housed in birth-sleeve

Two perfect white labels, flawless unblemished vinyl, housed in birth-sleeve

Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough / Hold My Own Baby - St. Lawrence 1024

Johnny Sayles

I Can't Get Enough / Hold My Own Baby

St. Lawrence: St. Lawrence 1024 (45s)

BOOM!

A record that speaks for itself - classic Northern Soul at it's most destructive!

With a condition status that will never require an upgrade.

Investment quality Northern Soul with a dancefloor presence of an out of control armoured tank...

Condition Report

A flawless copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve

A flawless copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve

Gillettes - Same Identical Thing / 24 Hours A Day - J&S 1391

Gillettes

Same Identical Thing / 24 Hours A Day

J&S: J&S 1391 (45s)

A Stafford Top Of The World favourite that is again hzard on the comeback trail, plays and value are on the rise. As DJ's trigge it dancefloor power once again.

A record that has been bubbling under Northern Soul dancefloor-explosion for decades now, after those heay days of "Stafford" it's a record I keep coming back to as its addictive pomposity cannot be ignored.

A lot of DJ's chasing this one for obvious reasons, it carries all those ingredients that easily travels through all the provincial events, onto weekender greatness. All that ever been missing is enough copies to ignite a "Mexican Wave" of appreciation.

"Catch That Teardrop" 5 Royales was struggling to go nationwide until 25 copies emerged from the "Oakland Find", then as it entered more DJ sets it exploded into one of the biggest dancefloor favourites of the century. On the other hand "The Gillettes" has availability has been limited to just an occasional sighting, but this 45 is saturated in those qualities that transform a record from a "local" spin into a countrywide monster.

Transitional Doo-Wop to Soul most likely directed by the great Horace Ott, infectious, narcotic Northern Soul that you just can't ignore. Another Stafford era slab of "alternative" Northern Soul perched perfectly for a Northern Soul renaissance..

You were tipped off over a year .Now you know it's back with a bang! .

Condition Report

Two clean labels unblemished vinyl revealing only tape merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light. Plays perfect.

Two clean labels unblemished vinyl revealing only tape merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light. Plays perfect.

Al Hughes - Take It Or Leave It / Stop And Think - Scope S-03027

Al Hughes

Take It Or Leave It / Stop And Think

Scope : S-03027 (45s)

Properly destructive Detroit Northern Soul on the most gorgeous label ever!

The first 45 on this tiny Detroit label who only achieve 3 releases, all of which are highly collectable with this example the only one with elaborating designed standout in a crowd label-art.

But this rare disc is so much more than just a pretty face, an out of control juggernaut is about to crash into you living room.

Brutal drumming instantly widens your eyes, instantly exploding further as a searing girl group jumps into action. Shockingly potent real-deal classic style Northern Soul is about to disarm you. As Al Hughes’s roaring vocal starts its defiant assault.

A snarling “Take It Or Leave It” is the message, no room for compromise as the barrage of brass ensures there’s no time to think, pause, reconsider or negotiate...just “Take It Or Leave It”

Proper high-octane Northern Soul with no brakes..



Condition Report

Two beautifully clean labels, vinyl reveals only the fine sleeve storage surface hairlines, plays perfect.

Two beautifully clean labels, vinyl reveals only the fine sleeve storage surface hairlines, plays perfect.

Elton John - Lady Samantha / All Across The Havens - Philips BF 1739

Elton John

Lady Samantha / All Across The Havens

Philips: BF 1739 (45s)

With Elton's latest movie "Rocket Man" receiving reviews like "ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years". This 45 played a big role in Elton's early development, watch Elton early vinyl releases "rocket" in value in the coming months.

Here is a magnificent copy of Elton 1969 solo recording of his own composition

A fine clean example of Elton's 2nd UK single using his new found name, over 2 years before he hit the big time with "Crocodile Rock" on DJM; Elton and Bernie Tauplin, give notice of what was about to unfold as they write two meaningful songs with classy lyrics and easy delivery. In a style the world grew to adore, as Dick James Music's platform made Elton a worldwide superstar.

To acquire any of his early recordings in tip-top condition, 50 years down the line, is the huge challenge for all dedicated Rock collectors.

This copy is better than we've ever encountered over the decades, and would be hard to eclipse.

Condition Report

two clean 3 prong die cut centre labels. Tight small centre-hole suggesting little of no turntable activity, that the lack of faint spindle trails and the vinyl confirms. Full gloss, with just a few of the merest occasional sleeve contact hairline when angled in in the light. A future upgrade would be more than optimistic and totally unnecessary. A stunning copy!

two clean 3 prong die cut centre labels. Tight small centre-hole suggesting little of no turntable activity, that the lack of faint spindle trails and the vinyl confirms. Full gloss, with just a few of the merest occasional sleeve contact hairline when angled in in the light. A future upgrade would be more than optimistic and totally unnecessary. A stunning copy!

Mothers Of Invention - Why Don't You Do Me Right / Big Leg Emma - Verve VK 10513

Mothers Of Invention

Why Don't You Do Me Right / Big Leg Emma

Verve : VK 10513 (45s)

A spectacular find, a previously unplayed 1967 press still housed in it's original MGM distributors birth sleeve, condition could hardly be more impeccable.

The 3rd. of Frank Zappa's inspirational 45 releases for USA Verve.

The lead side featuring the imposing growls of Zappa along with impressive guitar solo interventions. Psyche rock, blends with R&B, bubbling with outrageous attitude and innovation.

The more than worthy tongue-in-cheek flipside "Big Leg Emma" becoming something of a cult-song over the decades.

Two strong sides one exceptional clean disc.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill it's only flaw. Vinyl is as good as you could dream of owning, unplayed before the double soundfile was lifted. Only the merest sleeve storage hairline becomes visible under direct light. 52 years of being cocooned

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill it's only flaw. Vinyl is as good as you could dream of owning, unplayed before the double soundfile was lifted. Only the merest sleeve storage hairline becomes visible under direct light. 52 years of being cocooned

Strangeloves - Hand Jive / I Gotta Dance - London HLZ 10063

Strangeloves

Hand Jive / I Gotta Dance

London : HLZ 10063 (45s)

We do try and pull out an elusive London 45 most weeks...the week we believe this listing is rather special on several different fronts.

London collectors note this 1966 London 10063 is inexplicably RARE! (but you knew that already) Go google, you will only be met with the frustration of no much information, as this 45 was a total miss on both sides of the Atlantic; even failing to even be mentioned in today's bios of the band.

MOD DJ's it's time to shelve you copy of "Night Time" and embrace real rarity and consequently a new level of exclusivity, we are pretty sure no other DJ will be spinning this killer before you at any event you grace.

UK Soul collectors The Strangelove's pack more than enough R&B and Soul into their recordings for this rarity to jump up onto your radar.

Richard Gottehrer, Bob Feldman & Jerry Goldstein New York's highly regarded writing & production team (responsible for numerous top Northern Soul classics) suddenly morphed into the intrepid trio "The Strangeloves"; giving us such electrifying singles as "I Want Candy," "Cara-Lin", "Night Time". The transformation from session men, writers & producers was not a comfortable one. Richard, Bob & Jerry did not perform well live, although their studio work was exemplary.

Launching themselves on the back of the British invasion they were promoted by the label as brothers Giles, Miles, and Niles Strange from Australia, a whacky GFG invention. They however managed to rack up a few hits for the Bert Berns label "Bang" with all the above mentioned becoming British MOD favourites. Except this "I Gotta Dance", unfortunately extreme rarity got in the way. Remaining ultra rare and never broke though, even though it bristles with bustling brass, rattling drums and a snarling in-your-face lead vocal.

A hideously rare 45 saturated in huge potential... in flawless condition... what's not to love?


Condition Report

Two perfect labels, two sides unblemished vinyl, and absolutely stunning mint minus example. housed n birth sleeve

Two perfect labels, two sides unblemished vinyl, and absolutely stunning mint minus example. housed n birth sleeve

Errol Holt - Gimmie Gimmie / Gimmie dub - Morpheus Mor 21

Errol Holt

Gimmie Gimmie / Gimmie dub

Morpheus : Mor 21 (45s)

Errol "Flabba" Holt was at the top of his game when Marvyn Williams wrote, arranged and produced this addictive song. Having cut 5 45's in 1976 "Flabba" was on fine form on this narcotic dub stepper.

Here's the 1976 British press on Castro Brown's eye-catching label, Castro gets the credits for arranging and producing on this press.

A recording that instantly creeps under your skin, demanding much more than just one visit to the turntable.

Rarely seen with totally clean labels, centre intact and clean playback.

Highly sought after disc.

Condition Report

4 prong centre intact, two clean labels. Full gloss vinyl reveals light hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays loud, clean and true strong Excellent. Flipside has slight more hairlines there is the occasional light click vg+ grade

4 prong centre intact, two clean labels. Full gloss vinyl reveals light hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays loud, clean and true strong Excellent. Flipside has slight more hairlines there is the occasional light click vg+ grade

Kim Fowley - The Trip / Beautiful People - Island WI 278

Kim Fowley

The Trip / Beautiful People

Island : WI 278 (45s)

Rare 1966 UK original with previously unplayed Mint vinyl. 4 prong centre full intact, clean red and white labels just a very light age tinge (see images)

A real beauty, 53 years old has hardly a blemish.

Kim Fowley by 1966 had already worked with some of California's finest up and coming artists, producers gaining a huge reputation for innovation, willingness to collaborate, precise efficiency and his can-do attitude. Which took him to England in 1967 where he would influence the fortunes of many emerging Rock artists including Slade, Family, Richie Blackmore, Cat Stevens etc.

This 45, is one of the few he featured himself as an artist, considered today as one of the ultimate Psychedelic "Trippy" experiences pressed as a 45. "The Trip" carries all the traits, to evoke visions of the 60's West Coast drug culture, still today considered a cult recording.

Collectors note, the flipside is different to it's original Oregon release on Corby records.

This was ground-breaking Oregon Psyche from one of the innovators and major influences of the West Coast sound.

Rare and historically important 45.

Condition Report

Stunning previously unplayed Mint vinyl. 4 prong centre full intact, neat clean red and white labels just a very light age tinge (see images) All housed in original wavy-top 1966 sleeve

Stunning previously unplayed Mint vinyl. 4 prong centre full intact, neat clean red and white labels just a very light age tinge (see images) All housed in original wavy-top 1966 sleeve

Bongo Herman, Bongo Les & Bingy Bunny / Rupie Edwards All Stars  - The Dew Of Herman / Jud Jad - Success blank dsr re 57445

Bongo Herman, Bongo Les & Bingy Bunny / Rupie Edwards All Stars

The Dew Of Herman / Jud Jad

Success blank : dsr re 57445 (45s)

Not the "I Want Justice" B.B. Seaton mispress, or the Success USA imprint or indeed the later issue on "Opportunity" but the original Success Records 136 Orange Street, Kingston "blank"in spectacular as new condition!

A rattling good instrumental, for those of you who's priority is (when ever possible) acquiring Jamaican 45's in pristine condition and in their least seen format.

This elusive format is immaculate in every way.

Condition Report

Two clean company stamped labels, with hand written credits neatly scribed in pencil. Both sides of the vinyl is an immaculate Mint minus

Two clean company stamped labels, with hand written credits neatly scribed in pencil. Both sides of the vinyl is an immaculate Mint minus

Lighthouse - Thoughts Of Movin' On / original 1972 - Vertigo 6342 011

Lighthouse

Thoughts Of Movin' On / original 1972

Vertigo : 6342 011 (LP)

A fabulous example of one of Vertigo's most-wanted.

Since being endorsed in 1969 by Duke Ellington on their performing debut, this 13 man ensemble has enjoyed a cult following from their many highly appreciated album releases first for RCA before moving onto GRT and consequently two releases for the coveted British label Vertigo.

Their reputation further enhanced when they performed on the same stages as The Door, Chicago, The Who, Miles Davis and other legends.

By 1971 when their two finest albums were recorded the band had dwindle to 11 members constantly touring to satisfy their growing worldwide fan base. Their talent recognised when theuy recorded live from Carnegie Hall.

This trophy album is so hard to acquire in tip-top condition. The delicate front cover invariably suffers from ring wear, creasing and various states of wear. This copy has been housed in a poly-sleeve since birth, as you can view from the images, the cover is an astonishing mint minus.
Inside the gatefold it is near perfect, back cover is likewise.

VINYL is a beautiful mint minus, I'm struggling to find any signs of play. two flawless labels, all housed the original poly-lined Vertigo swirl inner.

As good as it gets near perfect condition.

Condition Report

as noted above condition is a stunning M-/ M- / M-

as noted above condition is a stunning M-/ M- / M-

Long John Baldry - The Drifter / Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart - United Artists UP 1136

Long John Baldry

The Drifter / Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart

United Artists : UP 1136 (45s)

Sometimes I wish I was older, just by 5 years or so.. then I could have witnessed the zenith MOD movement, and all those wonderful British MOD acts who embrace R&B/Soul; touring those speakeasy Soul Clubs, the established big city Allniters, Universities etc. Dressed like only a real MOD would and delivering impassioned Soul to their audiences.

After this Londoner developed his rasping Blues vocal with Alexis Korner Blues Incorporated, moving on to enhance Cyril Davis R&B All Stars with his presence. When Cyril died in January 1964 "Long John" took the reigns of the band, renaming them Long John Baldry and his Hoochie Coochie Men. A TV show appearance with the Beatles performing "I Got My Mojo Working" set his career in motion. Giving Elton John & Rod "The Mod" Stewart among others their first breaks within his backing band. All his team has a passion for "MOD" and R&B...

Here he paying homage, with a delicious version of Ray Pollard's anthem. The rich purring of John's muscular voice is more that worthy of taking on such a daunting job of doing this timeless anthem justice.His flawless intonation and phrasing of more than worthy of Bob Feldman, Gerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer masterpiece; so brilliantly arranged by Bob Leaper, produced by Martin Davis.

It's a killer alternative version, sung with passion, warmth and understanding. The ideal choice of song, by a man who loved his Soul and had the weight in his voice to achieve a stunning result.

Rarely seen for sale and such a great rendition, do not overlook the flipside, giving up another potent piece of Beat Ballad Heaven.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre fully intact. visually the playing surface has a few very fine hairlines, none of which affect play. Excellent t the eye, minty minus to the ear.

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre fully intact. visually the playing surface has a few very fine hairlines, none of which affect play. Excellent t the eye, minty minus to the ear.

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