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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.

The condition and authenticity of all the records in our auction section are always carefully and closely scrutinised. If you enjoyed our auctions, then you may also enjoy checking out our latest soul additions.

Duke & Leonard - Just Do The Best You Can / You've Lost Your Soul - Stomp Town ST 101

Duke & Leonard

Just Do The Best You Can / You've Lost Your Soul

Stomp Town : ST 101 (45s)

A fabulous slab of Northern Soul that has far has escaped attentions of bootleggers, reissue labels etc. Mostly due too the mystic that surrounds the label & the artists; not too mention it's consistent exclusivity through the decades. This disc has never been easily available to serve several DJ's at one time. A factor that has determined the popularity and awareness and value of so many rare 45's that have sat on peripheral of Northern Soul only because there has never been enough to go round.

An essential piece in the jigsaw of those much appreciated "Rare And Underplayed" nights. The mysterious Duke & Leonard rebound off each other on a wave of honkin' horns. In their stop-start delivery of the advisory lyrics. It all unfolds into a dancefloor destroyer with unique qualities.

Many in the past, many have made the obvious comparisons with Sam & Dave, Sam & Bill etc. Listening you can understand why. But you can't help but think Duke & Leonard must have some career history between them. There's vocals seamlessly flow, amid a turbulent arrangement cradling their potent vocals, high above the barrage of brass. Would suggest not a one-off meeting, but a lengthy well honed partnership.

Such a great tune, always a welcome surprise drop inside a thoughtful DJ set and not just for those rare and unplayed evenings.. it is so much better than that.

Any factual info on Duke & Leonard is most welcome.. their mysterious background is most frustrating fir such a gifted duo.

Condition Report

A fine clean copy, flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact storage blemishes under direct light.

A fine clean copy, flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact storage blemishes under direct light.

Kenny Smith - Lord What's Happened / The Same Old Story - Goldspot 108328

Kenny Smith

Lord What's Happened / The Same Old Story

Goldspot : 108328 (45s)

I wonder if any other rare music collecting scenes are littered with the plethora of so much assumption, misinformation, guess work or perversion of the truth as the Northern Soul collecting obsession. Or indeed have so many devious deceptions that still plague the scene today.

https://www.raresoulman.co.uk/kenny-smith-lord-what-s-happened-the-same-old-story-goldspot-108328.html

Rumours, falsification of the facts especially when it surrounds it's most colorful character, the much maligned Simon Soussan.

Mostly by people who have never met him, dealt with him or even spoken to him. Whilst he was certainly the "naughtiest" Northern Soul pioneer of them all, with all manner of trickery accompanying vinyl dealings. People quickly forget that Simon was also the first man to discover a plethora of Northern Soul anthems during his record dealing career. So many now classic rare records, it would take a whole book dedicated to the man's colourful life to fully document his huge influence on the Northern Soul scene. Good and bad.

So to suggest, the fact that Simon Soussan had Kenny Smith "Lord" on Goldspot listed on one of his extensive rare-record sales lists. The 45 must be a bootleg is utterly ludicrous. As this Goldspot press is the very first version the Blackpool Mecca anthem; Colin Curtis made into a countrywide classic after the legendary Rare-Soul DJ broke it single-handed; against all odds. From raised its eyebrow beginnings into a dancefloor monster countrywide.

The Goldspot 45 is not only it's first incarnation, it is (according to our 20 year old database) almost 9 times rarer than the General American original promo and 15 times rarer than the styrene bootleg. Which ironically Simon allegedly repress at Monarch Recording in Los Angeles. All can be confirmed by any google method you care to use.

Before you today is the authentic FIRST incarnation of a "Lord What's Happening Too Your People" classic that has been woven into the very fabric of Northern Soul since Colin daringly backed his "outside the box" thinking and played it to an astonished Blackpool Mecca faithful in the first half of the 70's decade.

Simon was certainly not the "Messiah", he was a very naughty boy. But he also discovered more great Northern Soul recordings than he is given credit for. With the exception of John Anderson, more than any other Northern Soul rare vinyl dealer, period.

The ever vigilant NS Soul police, misinformed rumor mongers, please take note. This disc on Goldspot is by far the recordings rarest form, the very first mix of this revolutionary NS classic.

Can we now drop all charges on this disc, against one of the scenes most prolific contributors. With many other offences guilty as charged and a weighty file full of "taken into consideration".

Not many DJ's or collectors own the elusive 45. The rush for ownership is now on. As today it is emerging "THE" version to play, with it's fresh rawness, being perfect to stir the crowd, in this still evolving Northern Soul scene.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl has light

Two clean labels, vinyl has light

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)

The extreme talents of writing / producing 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 the 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. The "Wanderers" lead voice - Ray Pollard.

Together this unlikely team crafted one of the greatest Northern Soul strollers of all-time, today considered a quintessential Northern Soul "last record"

Almighty vibes mingle within the controlled droning horns, opening the gates for Ray's charismatic voice, to do this monumental production 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 you, as Ray takes his vocal to unparalleled heights...

Can you think of a more powerful performance of Soul... no we can't either..

This is Northern Soul - the other side of Northern Soul - that embraces 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

It is unusual for us to auction any record less than visually excellent, this copy is vg+ a-side - flip is vg. Multiple light surface marks, but it plays bright, clean and true. Check out the soundfile, strong and imposing. Just the occasional light background click, lost in the overall power of the production. labels have light storage rub (see images). Most probably an opportunity to own an essential disc at a reasonable price.

It is unusual for us to auction any record less than visually excellent, this copy is vg+ a-side - flip is vg. Multiple light surface marks, but it plays bright, clean and true. Check out the soundfile, strong and imposing. Just the occasional light background click, lost in the overall power of the production. labels have light storage rub (see images). Most probably an opportunity to own an essential disc at a reasonable price.

Soulville All-Stars - Nobody To Blame ( But Myself ) / Nothing In This Word Matters To Me ( To Me But You ) - Soulville SV 1001

Soulville All-Stars

Nobody To Blame ( But Myself ) / Nothing In This Word Matters To Me ( To Me But You )

Soulville : SV 1001 (45s)

Proper foot-the-floor high-octane Northern Soul.

Bobby Fulton corrals the best of his Soulville recording team, letting them loose on two of his own compositions. One of only two recordings for the throng of Soulville employees. This the first example of their work, being by far the rarest and seldom surfacing for sale.

Top side enlists the snarling vocal Richard Chaar, the perfect choice of leading man, to pilot this ruthless Northern Soul persuader. Squealing girls follow his every word, brutal brass pumps in the fuel, driving this exuberant dancer to the limit. This is real-deal Northern Soul for real-deal dancers. A gymnastic generating 2:20 workout for the seasoned Northern Soul soldiers to ply his skilled footwork to.

It's a NIGHTER SOUND that very few DJ's carry in their box..instantly imposing, effective and elusive. Ticking all the boxes for the DJ but also the collector.

Flipside is a cocktail of Blues, Gospel & Deep Soul Soul.. a Hammond driven funeral-paced screamer incorporating most of the employees in a studio congregation of Soul, with Milton Palmer taking over the lead vocal. .

Condition Report

Two flawless labels. Immaculate, flawless vinyl on both sides. As good as it gets condition.

Two flawless labels. Immaculate, flawless vinyl on both sides. As good as it gets condition.

Johnny Johnson and The Bandwagon - I Don't Know Why / Honey Bee - Stateside SS 2207 DJ

Johnny Johnson and The Bandwagon

I Don't Know Why / Honey Bee

Stateside : SS 2207 DJ (45s)

At last, having a rare DJ copy in stock allows us to sing the praises of one of the finest British Soul productions ever committed to vinyl.

This 1972 British release was a big play at The Golden Torch. For the "A" side "Honey Bee". One of quite a few "new releases" spun at The Torch during that open-minded period. It immediately spread through the labyrinth of local Soul nights and before it's deletion by EMI proved a very popular floor-filler..

In more recent times it is the overlooked flipside that has become far more appreciated. As "Biddu" weaves his magic once again, crafting a killer slab of Northern Soul; an utterly amazingly silky Crossover dancer saturated in class, as Johnny Johnson displays his effortless vocal-range, cradled by swirling strings and considerate horns and chirping sister choruses. It is not to strong, to review this recording as one of the greatest UK Soul productions of all time and it has yet to be spun with any level of consistency that would make the Northern Soul fraternity aware of it's stand out qualities.

Fortunately these auction pages are the perfect place to raise awareness of extra-special recordings, and the brilliance of unsung geniuses like "Biddu". At the time in 1972 "Honey Bee" with it's Motownesque production was perfect Northern Soul dancefloor fuel, drawing heavily from the Four Tops and The Chairmen of The Board capturing the mood completely. Little wonder it became a countrywide Soul Club, Youth Club, mobile Disco monster.

The flipside however was way ahead of it's time, if this were a USA production and we had just been discovered it, the value would easily break into 4 figures.

Before you is another reason why mediocre rare records have no place on the turntables of Northern Soul events, when quality of this level is only a b-side away.

Hard to find Green & White eye-candy giving up two contrasting sides, each with it's own charms and story to tell


Condition Report

fine clean vinyl, reveals only a few minuscule sleeve contact hairlines. file # on white A label, fluipside label which we lead with is flawless. Housed in dark blue Stateside sleeve

fine clean vinyl, reveals only a few minuscule sleeve contact hairlines. file # on white A label, fluipside label which we lead with is flawless. Housed in dark blue Stateside sleeve

Florence Devore - Kiss Me Now (Don't Kiss Me Later) / We're Not Old Enough - Phi-Dan 5000

Florence Devore

Kiss Me Now (Don't Kiss Me Later) / We're Not Old Enough

Phi-Dan : 5000 (45s)

No introduction required for this timeless classic.
The spectacular highly colourful label & sleeve-art presentation of a Northern Soul classic that is now on a determined comeback trail. As another girl-oldie re-climbs the NS charts of dancefloor popularity

A New York production released through Phil Spector's Phi-Dan label, hit the Northern Soul circuit in the mid-70's rising to simultaneously become a top-tune the length and breadth of the country at Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier & of course in the deep south at Yate.

A typically rich Horace Ott production crashing cymbals, burping brass, slam-dunk percussion and a heart-stopping sax break. Harnessed by the accomplished vocal of female enthusiasm.

This is classic style Diva Northern Soul - looking so stunning fully dressed in the Phi-Dan sleeve and that black is beautiful sleeve.

Condition Report

Fine copy, minimal storage wear on that stunning black label. Only very fine mild hairlines revealed under direct light, the disc plays flawless.

Fine copy, minimal storage wear on that stunning black label. Only very fine mild hairlines revealed under direct light, the disc plays flawless.

Kings Of Soul - Is Your Love For Me / Girl What Have You Done - Down To Earth DTE 78

Kings Of Soul

Is Your Love For Me / Girl What Have You Done

Down To Earth : DTE 78 (45s)

Glorious Chicago vocal group Northern Soul ONLY available as the extremely elusive STOCK copy.

Condition Report

Two fine clean labels, unblemished vinyl. A fabulous copy.

Two fine clean labels, unblemished vinyl. A fabulous copy.

Tams - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy / The Same Old Song - Stateside SS 2123 DJ

Tams

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy / The Same Old Song

Stateside : SS 2123 DJ (45s)

Although today this 45 is considered an all-time Soul Club, Youth Club and school dance classic, in the early part of August 1968 this UK release past by and deleted without so much as a ripple of interest except from the super-alert DJ's of the Twisted Wheel, King Mojo, Nite Owl, The Brit etc. where it blossomed to become a dancefloor favourite.

Before you today is the seldom seen FIRST PRESS green & white demo of this Northern Soul anthem.

When it rose to "NS cult" status EMI subsequently reissued it in 1970 on the same release number. The 1968 original stock copy of course brandished the "Sold in the U.K. subject to.." text across the centerpiece. The 1970 presses carries the 1968 date on the label but no "Sold in the U.K." text on the centerpiece. The 1970 DJ copy does not carry the 16.8.68 date on the green & white centerpiece. This 16th. of August 1968 release as a DEMO is a timeless classic in by far it's rarest form.

Click the soundfile to be catapulted back in time, an emotional journey back to the Youth Club in 1970 where this was a number one tune. Or if you were really "hip" and went to The Twisted Wheel, Mojo, Nite Owl etc. the soundfile will migrate you into a bygone age of 1968 when everything was fresh exciting and lead vocal-tones like Charles Pope already an icon with "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" stayed with you forever..

Part of our Northern Soul apprenticeship, offered here is a very desirable rarely seen format.

Condition Report

two flawless green & white promo labels.

two flawless green & white promo labels.

Tommy Bush - I Don't Like It ( But I Love You) / Ain't No Guessing Game - Rika 108

Tommy Bush

I Don't Like It ( But I Love You) / Ain't No Guessing Game

Rika : 108 (45s)

The seductive "Green Cat" beckons..

The last-word in Northern Soul stompers... The ultimate in Rare-Soul label designs

Irresistibly tempting, utterly elusive and raucously relentless Northern Soul.

Resistance is useless... strap yourself in, click the soundfile, spy the image you know she's gotta be yours

Condition Report

not quite as nice as the Mint minus copy we had last year but still a nice clean 45. Both labels are flaw-free. Vinyl reveals only mild surface blemishes, visually Ex + and plays so.

not quite as nice as the Mint minus copy we had last year but still a nice clean 45. Both labels are flaw-free. Vinyl reveals only mild surface blemishes, visually Ex + and plays so.

Bobby "Guitar" Bennett - You Did It Again / EVOL (Love Spelled Backwards) - Junior 1009

Bobby "Guitar" Bennett

You Did It Again / EVOL (Love Spelled Backwards)

Junior: Junior 1009 (45s)

Stonkin' Northern Soul with a familiar Philadelphia style "Get Out" rap intro lulls you into a false sense a serenity. Then the genius of Bobby Martin explodes on a wave of horns, delivered hard and long, to match up to that growling Bobby Bennett vocal, as this uncompromising R&B man bursts into action.

Don't we just adore these deceptive intros, that keeps the dancefloor, entranced in gentle sway, everyone in accord awaiting blast-off!

Bobby B. does not disappoint as he angrily attacks the lyrics; his girl once again has taken him for a fool, but he can't break away as his love-addiction allows her to "wrap him round her finger". You can feel his frustration filling the room, as Bobby Martin backs him up with uncompromising honkin' horns and a driving rhythms.

Fabulous Northern Soul that would have easily become just as prominent Northern Soul classic as "Get Out" if only there'd ever been enough copies to go round... This 45 has always been difficult to find.. another top tune suffering exposure through it's own rarity - just poise for the right DJ to give it the turntable time it so deserves.

Noting this tune is only available as the STOCK copy with the promo being same EVOL on both sides, adding to it’s frustrating rarity…but don't forget flipside is a killer R&B dancer in it's own right

Surely it's time to hold a prolonged Northern Soul renaissance for this former Harold Melvin - I Did It Again - cover-up..


Condition Report

Two unblemished labels, vinyl is so close to Mint!

Two unblemished labels, vinyl is so close to Mint!

Garnet Mimms - Live! / 1967 UK press live at Sussex Uni 1967 - United Artists SULP 1174

Garnet Mimms

Live! / 1967 UK press

United Artists: SULP 1174 (LP)

Where is Jules Verne when you need him? Listening to this album, will give you yearnings of time travel; to witness of the USA's greatest 60's Soul artists, backed by an exciting MOD Soul band from

Oh for Garnet rarest LP by far, fully backed by the now legendary 7 man Glaswegian MOD band "The Senate".
Enthusiastic exciting backing for Garnet who must have been impressed by the backing vocals of Alex Jackson & Sol Byron two gritty Scottish growlers. and the saxophone intrusions of Bob Mather. Adding authentic Soul depth to the two live performances.

1967 was of course the peak of the British Soul/MOD all nighter movement, and you can hear the crowd participation, just how much Soul was appreciated in the UK at the time. Listen to separate live sessions 1.Sussex University 2. Club A Go Go, Newcastle during his short UK tour in 1967.

An album for collectors who, like me, find a quiet place, a set of headphones. A moment of solitude to be transported back to the golden era of MOD. With the atmosphere whipped up into a frenzy by one of the best the USA solo artists of his time, backed by a dedicated MOD band who knew how to deliver the sound.

A killer LP and very hard to find, especially in this standout condition.

Condition Report

Super clean vinyl, just a couple of light blemishes reveal themselves if you search. To perfect labels, housed in original rice-paper lined EM inner sleeve. Laminated flipback cover is immaculate (a fabulous copy)

Super clean vinyl, just a couple of light blemishes reveal themselves if you search. To perfect labels, housed in original rice-paper lined EM inner sleeve. Laminated flipback cover is immaculate (a fabulous copy)

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)

Hidden away on the flipside of Deep Soul treasure, "Looking For You" emerged to become Garnet's most treasured recording.

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, he 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 determiner 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 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

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines, none that affect play. Plays Mint minus. All housed in the disc's birth-sleeve, that suggests the original owner had maybe never played the flipside. A handwritten sticker "I'll Take Good Care Of You" adorns the top right hand corner.

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines, none that affect play. Plays Mint minus. All housed in the disc's birth-sleeve, that suggests the original owner had maybe never played the flipside. A handwritten sticker "I'll Take Good Care Of You" adorns the top right hand corner.

Family Circle - Family Circle / 1973 original - Sky Disc SLKD 301

Family Circle

Family Circle / 1973 original

Sky Disc : SKD 301 (LP)

The Family Simmons family James, Don, Charles, Mary & David craft a Sweet Soul masterclass!

Just 4 tracks of this delicious 10 track Sweet Soul adventure, made it onto their only two 45's in this highly creative Soul dedicated label

1. If You Really Want To Make It
2. Change
3. I Hope You Really Love Me
4. Loving You Makes The World Go Round
all four stunningly flawless vocal sessions in their own right.

Leaving six others on the album, all every note as good if not better, than those chosen for 45 release.

Standout tracks such as the breathtaking " Bridge With One Side Down " are album-only treasures. "Well Runs Dry" pulls from the successful Jackson Five dance tunes. "La La So Lucky" rippling string elevated Sweet Soul Sensation of shiver-inducing power.

Listen to the brief snippet of the albums class by clicking the sample soundfile we lifted, being assured every track has been exquisitely constructed by the experienced hands of arranger George Andrews, producer Randy Irwin into an levitational experience of Sweet Sol at it icy-beat. Every track a winner, a near 30 minute odyssey into a dream-like state of tranquility only this level of seamless Soul can take you to.

Truly spectacular vocal group Sweet Soul, and unicorn RARE!

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels, cover reveals only mild signs of storage. A beautiful copy

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels, cover reveals only mild signs of storage. A beautiful copy

Tempos - I'll Never Forget / Disc Jockey Paradise - Diamond Jim DR 8792

Tempos

I'll Never Forget / Disc Jockey Paradise

Diamond Jim: DR 8792 (45s)

From the hot seat at 12328 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206 James "Diamond Jim" Riley crafted some of Detroit's finest offerings to Northern Soul.

This 1968 release by The Tempos being IMHO his very best record on the label, ironically the last outing the Tempos had with this James Riley. After their first release as The Moments 4 years earlier Bufford Glatton, Ben Knight, Herschel Hunter, Sam Pearson and James Davis dispersed into the Detroit music scene.

So where did that attractive rasping vocal of Herschel Hunter move on to? I don't know, but vocals of that remarkable character are rare and unforgettable. Listen how he gently conducts the vocal proceedings. Dictating the lush atmosphere of this haunting slab of quality Northern Soul. His exquisitely scraping voice, perfect to deliver the despair of a love affair turned untrue.The stunning horn instrumental break, lifts the bar even higher whilst creating Northern Soul perfection.

Emotionally elegant as his convincing delivery hits home hard, whilst his teammates enrich his torment.

In a city heavily populated with accomplished male Soul groups...

THIS RARE DETROIT NORTHERN SOUL AT IT'S VERY FINEST

Condition Report

Two flawless labeks, vinyl reveals a few fine surface hairlines, under driect light but has you can hear it plays loud clean and true. Occasional light background tick, if you listen intently

Two flawless labeks, vinyl reveals a few fine surface hairlines, under driect light but has you can hear it plays loud clean and true. Occasional light background tick, if you listen intently

Willie Rosario - Watusi Boogaloo / Alegre Y Dulce - Argentina Atlantic S 33-1654

Willie Rosario

Watusi Boogaloo / Alegre Y Dulce

Atlantic : Atlantic S 33-1654 (45s)

Have Some Boo-Ga-Loo..!

In a long tradition of Puerto Rican influenced Latin/Soul Willie Rosario gives up a convincing slab of 60's Boogaloo in it's rarest format; a high quality 33rpm 7" single from Argentina. Pristine ad still housed in it's unique side-opening birth-sleeve.

But this listing is so much more than just a gorgeous face, it it also a top-drawer Latin Soul dancer. A genre that is currently so popular in the Northern Soul clubs nationwide.

Following in the iconic footsteps of Joe Bataan, Hector Rivera, Ricardo Ray, Harvey Averne, Bobby Valentin etc. Willie Rosario is another highly respected band leader of note; and "Watusi Boogaloo" has long featured on the play lists of upfront MOD/Latin DJ's, played from his seldom seen, 1967 Atco 6483 45. So when this work-of-art surfaces we just have to share it's glorious qualities .

The label and sleeve-art combination is stunning on the eye. The fidelity that comes from these rare wide-groove 33 rpm 7" singles is stunning; and that's before we even mention the enslaving Latin rhythms that swamp your ears. Insistent piano prods, vocal chants and squeals, open up the proceedings for a hailstorm of screeching horns, bongos, congas, thwacking of Wood blocks, the smashing of claves make up an imposing cocktail of Latin rhythms. A wall of sound that is only breached by brutal trumpet squawks.

Wow! Latin Boogaloo at it's best - the music is irresistible so is the media.. a work of art from South America.

Watusi, we love you even if you have "Bad Breath" ..



Condition Report

Two clean small hole center labels, flawless vinyl, all housed in birth-sleeve. Immaculate !

Two clean small hole center labels, flawless vinyl, all housed in birth-sleeve. Immaculate !

Alexander Patten - A Lil Lovin' Sometimes / No More Dreams - Capitol 5677

Alexander Patten

A Lil Lovin' Sometimes / No More Dreams

Capitol : 5677 (45s)

Authentic original press in magnificent near Manship-Mint condition.

50 years ago, when my fledgling ears, were offered this leviathan of Northern Soul in 1969 at the counter of a record shop in Leicester; with the £10 sales pitch "This 45 has been to the Twisted Wheel and back".
I had only asked if they have any Soul 45's. Then they played me this growling bombardment of dance-soul. It was so far outside my comprehension of Soul music, I turned it down, and purchased some things I was familiar with.

What a mistake, my ears had yet to grow up and understand the real-deal Northern Soul Sound. Some weeks later I heard "Alexander" at Nottingham's "Brit Club". Wow what a difference the insider experience was, when you witness a dancing frenzy take place in front of my naive eyes.

On the Monday I was back to Belvoir Street, Leicester with what was then my life-savings... you guessed it.. it was sold weeks ago. Record-regret haunted me for years, because it took me an age to eventually get a USA press of it, only to find out it was a counterfeit. It was a tough learning curve for this record collecting "pup" in the early 70's.

Today, I still relive the "Brit" experience every time I hear this timeless classic is dropped... drums, bass guitar then that triumphant "True Love" take to the air. Insistent girls, brazen brass and a rumbling vocal that sweeps you onto your feet..

An all time GREAT!!

Not forgetting the almost as imposing flipside another snarling slab of Northern Soul ... two killer tunes in heart-stopping condition.

Condition Report

stunning mint minus / mint minus throughout. Darn difficult to acquire at this level of perfectness.

stunning mint minus / mint minus throughout. Darn difficult to acquire at this level of perfectness.

Sammy Turner - Lavender Blue Moods / 1960 UK press - London HA-X 2246

Sammy Turner

Lavender Blue Moods / 1960 UK press

London : HA-X 2246 (LP)

When it come to Soul Crooners, Sammy Turner is right up there with the finest.

His silky rich voice permeates your space, a beautiful vocal fragrance of class and style. Listen to the few soundfiles we've lifted from the flawless LP. You will instantly be a fan of his consummate delivery and charm; soon capitvated by this man's magnificent voice. Jesse Belvin, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke acknowledge Sammy Turner's level of excellence. As does anyone who has been lucky enough to experience of fill LP of his work.

A only takes a cursory google to realize just how rare the 1960 British press is, when the world of Discogs haven't even a listing to reference of the UK press. To be presented with a pristine Mint - / M / M copy is quite astonishing for a near 60 year of album.

This is a listing for album collectors who appreciate the sheer impossibility of this perfect condition and the beauty of a voice and production that gives you seamless ease on every track.

A breathtaking find..

Condition Report

impossible condition !! Flipback, scallop seamed laminate copy is perfect! Two perfect labels, vinyl we could without fear grade as MInt! all house in the original lined inner sleeve.

impossible condition !! Flipback, scallop seamed laminate copy is perfect! Two perfect labels, vinyl we could without fear grade as MInt! all house in the original lined inner sleeve.

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds - Hey Girl / I Am Somebody - Pye 7N 45472

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

Hey Girl / I Am Somebody

Pye : 7N 45472 (45s)

From Jamaican tax man, to British MOD icon and then on to disco-domination.

An act who the MODS adored during the 60's, playing most every club-venue up and down the country Jimmy James became the most popular British based Soul artists of them all. All his 60's vinyl releases are considered highly collectable, but it was not until he came under the genius guidance of the one and only "Biddu" that his career took off. After a few false starts, Jimmy invaded the charts with two huge disco hits "Now Is The Time" no. 5 "I'll Go Where The Music Takes Me" no. 23

This 45 was one of his "false starts", a full year before his disco-destroyers, Biddu was still plugging away at making quality Soul 45's hoping for a chart entry.

"Hey Girl" typical "Biddu-Brilliance" with it's easy flowing elegance, elevated by standout lyrics and Jimmy's enchanting voice. A string drenched Northern Soul dancer, that past by unnoticed in 1975, until the Northern Soul detectorists dug out a copy, played it for instant success, which still galvanizes the NS dancefloors today.

In more recent times, even triggering a "Delta" label bootleg to meet demand. This UK only original 45 is no easy find, specially in this stone mint still housed in birth-sleeve.

Do not overlook the impressive Funky edged flipside in your haste to hear "Hey Girl"

Condition Report

Stone mint still housed in birth-sleeve

Stone mint still housed in birth-sleeve

Pink Floyd - Point Me To The Sky / Careful With That Axe Eugene - Columbia DB 8511

Pink Floyd

Point Me To The Sky / Careful With That Axe Eugene

Columbia : DB 8511 (45s)

Rare 1968 UK press.

The Pink Floyd's fifth and final 7" 45rpm single released in Britain, arguably the hardest to find.

Again Pink Floyd stretch your mind with innovative psychedelia, with passages occasionally reminiscent of Lennon & McCartney's "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", without encroaching into The Beatles sacred territory.
But captures the mood of "Floyd" towards the end of the 60's. Again both sides produced by the famed Norman Smith, written by David Gilmour & Roger Waters. The imaginatively christened "Careful With That Axe Eugene" a near 6 minute instrumental, the pair collaborate with other Pink Floyd members Nick Mason & Richard Wright and encapsulate the essence of "Floyd"

Their last single for the label. Two great sides ..



Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl revealing only the finest of surface hairlines under direct light. Quite parts of both sides carry light background crackle, more prominent on the insatrumental flipside. A-side label has 2 small discreet sticker removal scars, near the centerpiece. Flipside labels in unblemished.

Fine clean vinyl revealing only the finest of surface hairlines under direct light. Quite parts of both sides carry light background crackle, more prominent on the insatrumental flipside. A-side label has 2 small discreet sticker removal scars, near the centerpiece. Flipside labels in unblemished.

Arnold Corns - Hang On Yourself / Man In The Middle - B&C CB 1889

Arnold Corns

Hang On Yourself / Man In The Middle

B&C : CB 1889 (45s)

RARE Bowie!

On seldom-seen original label almost pressed 3 years before it's 1974 "Mooncrest 25" reissue, that is also considered a Bowie essential.

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

David Bowie wrote and produced both sides of this spectacular failure. It sold nothing in 1971, even though David Bowie sang vocals and played guitar. A 45 that also marked a strengthening of the Bowie / Mick Ronson relationship as they journeyed towards the groundbreaking Bowie period of "Spiders From Mars" & "Ziggy Stardust" with The Arnold Corns project, the springboard for Bowie’s inventive side to come to fruition.

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

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

Condition Report

near perfect vinyl, just a few very fine sleeve contact storage hairlines. Most probably unplayed before we lifted the sound file for this listing. As, both labels are perfect with no sign of spindle contact on the 4 prong centerpiece. Still housed in wavy top birth sleeve

near perfect vinyl, just a few very fine sleeve contact storage hairlines. Most probably unplayed before we lifted the sound file for this listing. As, both labels are perfect with no sign of spindle contact on the 4 prong centerpiece. Still housed in wavy top birth sleeve

Winston James & The Hot Rod All-Stars - Gal You Think You Nice / White Silver Sands - Torpedo TOR 4

Winston James & The Hot Rod All-Stars

Gal You Think You Nice / White Silver Sands

Torpedo : TOR 4 (45s)

a perfect 1970 PROMO copy - in impossible condition.

Classic style 1970 Reggae from Winston Groovy. The first of two highly sought after "Torpedo" releases for the man and his "Hot Rod All-Stars" backing. Prolific and gifted musicians, ran by the writer of this song "Lambert Briscoe" who's team come under an umbrella of names. Cimarons, Prophets, Sou Messengers etc etc.. they keep the dance rhythms and the irresistible "Hey, Hey, Heeeeyy! Heeeeyy! Hey Hey" chorus going throughout. A persuasive dance tune.

Flip it over for a spectacular "Lambert Briscoe" guided "Hot Rod" instrumental, written by Charles "red" Matthews. Making this 45 a DJ essential.

Two strong dance tunes and tough to acquire in clean condition.

Expect a little competition for this one.. especially from those Reggae collectors seeking "impossible" conditions.



Condition Report

Two unblemished labels so untouched, the original 48 year old fragments left behind by the 4 prong machine die-cut, are still intact, hanging from the inside. Vinyl was previously unplayed a-side vinyl, flipside vinyl reveals a few sleeve storage surface hairlines under direct light. We doubt we could never be able to offer you a finer copy.

Two unblemished labels so untouched, the original 48 year old fragments left behind by the 4 prong machine die-cut, are still intact, hanging from the inside. Vinyl was previously unplayed a-side vinyl, flipside vinyl reveals a few sleeve storage surface hairlines under direct light. We doubt we could never be able to offer you a finer copy.

Lil Son Jackson - Lil Son Jackson / 1960 press - Arhoolie F 1004

Lil Son Jackson

Lil Son Jackson / 1960 press

Arhoolie : F 1004 (LPs)

Check out those label scans, this is the Excruciatingly rare 1960 Original which helped to launch this highly respected Bay Area Blues label, that stayed independent ad successful for nearly 60 yerars.

Recorded by label founder in Fort Worth, Texas in 1960 capturing post-war Blues in it's purist form.

54 year old Melvin Jackson gives up 15 of his songs, recorded by a young enthusiastic Blues fan and now label owner Cris Strachwitz; founder of this great label from Los Gatos California. Before moving to his famous store and distribution outlet of Arhoolie Records, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito. A place Mark Edmond once sent me to looking for 45's, RIP and thank you Mark for your generosity . You were never retentive with your tips of where to find good records.

Before you today is a master of the Blues guitar and an expressive vocalist with a rare style and delivery, self taught thriugh the depression years. Like all truly great Blues artists you can hear his struggle on ever word and note. Every track saturated is in hope, desire, regret and passion. It matters not which tracks we chse yiyu from the 15 to soundfile this great man, we just randomnly chose 6 that showcase this mN'S GIFTS.

May we remind you, this album is the ORIGINAL 1960 press, NOT a later reissue.
Insanely rare especially in this "impossible" condition. We shall certainly never find another to match it.

Condition Report

The heavy duty card cover has been housed in it's original poly-sleeve since birth now looking full 59 years, but the protected cover inside is in remarkable condition. Pasted picture front of him as a mechanic is near pristine, the back cover still retains the original life Bio of Lil Son as an insert. Never being pasted to the back cover. An addition by Strachwitz, when the cover was returned by OWL PRINTING San Francisco.

The heavy duty card cover has been housed in it's original poly-sleeve since birth now looking full 59 years, but the protected cover inside is in remarkable condition. Pasted picture front of him as a mechanic is near pristine, the back cover still retains the original life Bio of Lil Son as an insert. Never being pasted to the back cover. An addition by Strachwitz, when the cover was returned by OWL PRINTING San Francisco.

Fabulous Five Inc. - That's The Time She Go Love You / Arab Skank - Ashanti ASH 410

Fabulous Five Inc.

That's The Time She Go Love You / Arab Skank

Ashanti : ASH 410 (45s)

1974 British press is eye-popping condition.

This highly respected no veteran gathering of skilled musicians started life as a back backing for some of the world's most prodigious artists, but soon established themselves a recording force themselvers.. Group including Grub Cooper, Frankie Campbell, Harold Bailey, Sidney Thorpe, Romeo Gray, Cleveland Manderson, Donovan Palmer.. to name but a few of the many talents that contributed to this "more than five" team.

The a-side is a pleasant enough mid-tempo that will not set your life on fire; the value with this disc lies with the "Arab Skank" fipside and the astonishing condition of this seldom seen 45..

Check out the perfect sound file and spy those impeccable label scans.


Condition Report

Two flawless labels - immaculate vinyl - as good as it gets

Two flawless labels - immaculate vinyl - as good as it gets

Easybeats - Vigil / original 1968 mono UK mono press - United Artists ULP 1193

Easybeats

Vigil / original 1968 mono UK mono press

United Artists : ULP 1193 (LP)

Starting life in Australia but coming to the UK to enhance their reputation in 1966.

The Easybeats recorded this album, which many consider their finest offering to Psychedelia/Rock in 1968.

An album that was credited with the different title "Falling Off The Edge Of The Edge Of The World" and edited ti 12 tracks instead of 14 in the USA.
"Vigil" was committed to vinyl, just a year before they disbanded.To pursue different careers. In part reinvented themselves as "Paintbox" with George Young & Johannes Vandenberg joining the Young Blood label. With other members blossoming in different music careers; particularly George Young who successfully later produced AC/DC, Tony Cahill was in the band "Python Lee Jackson" when they "borrowed" Rod Stewart as their lead vocal.

So listen t how this group progressed into heavier recordings after their chart success with "Friday On My Mind" two years earlier. With Steve wright's distinctive vocal lifting every session.
From the 14 track, two more than the USA press we have lifted as samples.

1. Good Times
2. Falling Off The Edge Of The World - title track in the USA
3. Sha La La - note not included on the USA album.
4.Come In You'll Get Pneumonia*
5. Land Of Make Believe
6. Hit The Road Jack - great take on the Ray Charles classic
7. I Can't Stand It

You will get an idea why this album is so highly rated. With this UK press carrying m,ore than the USA release. "We all Live Happily Together" is the other track omitted on the USA release.

This listing is the original 1968 UK mono press.

Condition Report

Spectacularly clean condition.Two clean labels, beautiful Mint minus vinyl. a flawless laminated cover, flipback seams, clean back cover (see images). A truly standout copy.

Spectacularly clean condition.Two clean labels, beautiful Mint minus vinyl. a flawless laminated cover, flipback seams, clean back cover (see images). A truly standout copy.

Ronnie & Robyn - Sidra's Theme / Blow Out The Candle  - Sidra S 9007 DJ

Ronnie & Robyn

Sidra's Theme / Blow Out The Candle

Sidra : S 9007 DJ (45s)

We have talked about the fall-out this monumental Northern Soul instrumental ha on me personally a few before. But influential Northern Soul moments, you can never forget, as they did change your life. This 45 jolted me into silence, as our table chattered away, talking amphetamine induced nonsense..

Thar unusual genial intro, instantly caught my ear, so out of sync with the rest of the records I'd heard that day inside Whitchurch All Dayer.. slowly building on ripples of Harp plucking..you just knew something was about to happen as the rhythmic rattle of drumsticks intensified.. then the horn blasted through the calm... unified jaw-drops surrounded me, as we all knew Ian Levine had just dropped a Northern Soul hand-grenade into the crowd.

BRILLIANT!

"WOW what's this tune?" ...and I wasn't the only one now standing in open-mouthed astonishment.. Ian Levine had announced it with his usual gusto, "The End Of The World" by The Explosions. What a great title; Announcing it as it's gonna be the biggest, most-wanted sound of that summer 1973.... he wasn't wrong either..

I do delight in Northern Soul classics with the capacity to take you back to the times, when everything was new to your ears, instantly branded into your brain; we were already making plans to be at the Blackpool Mecca the next week.

back in those Golden days the cover-up tease with it's weird and wonderful christenings were part of the joy of being part of Northern Soul. You planned your social life around being able to hear & dance to these sounds again as soon as possible.

This promo copy, that has taken me all the way from my vinyl strewn desk, to Whitchurch 1973 is flawless - two perfect labels, play surfaces hardly reveal a blemish, plays perfect..

A listing especially aimed at Northern Soul old-school collectors who want to leap into their virtual time-machine, that records of this calibre give you the starter key to..

Condition Report

Mint - / Mint -

Mint - / Mint -

Tesfa McDonald - Life Is The Highest / Recarnate - Dynamic DYN 455

Tesfa McDonald

Life Is The Highest / Recarnate

Dynamic : DYN 455 (45s)

Like me, you could be forgiven for not hearing of Tesfa McDonald before today, as his recordings on vinyl are few and far between. For such a skilled technician of brass, that surprises somewhat.

Two sides giving up a masterclass in Jamaican trumpeting. Both sides written, arranged and produced by this studio session man, one of too few 45 releases by this accomplish musician.
Released by Jamaican Dynamic Sounds on their "Lion" label in 1972. Getting a UK release the same year for Tesfa's only UK single.

On the equally impressive flipside Tesfa is joined by Supersonic Bobby Ellis and Tommy McCook himself..

Two strong sides underlining the wealth of musicianship that saturated Jamaica in the early 70's, listen to the tasty double soundfile.

Condition is everything, and you will not find a finer copy.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl, still housed in wavy top birth-sleeve

Two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl, still housed in wavy top birth-sleeve

Jones Girls - Don't Be Sorry Be Careful / Taster Of The Honey (Not The Keeper Of The Bee)  - Music Factory MS 1017 test press

Jones Girls

Don't Be Sorry Be Careful / Taster Of The Honey (Not The Keeper Of The Bee)

Music Factory : MS 1017 test press (45s)

The UNISSUED TEST PRESS of a "lost in time" Jones Girls session! The second only copy "known" on planet-earth.

For 46 years this 1973 Monarch test-press has been a one copy only 45. Until today, we are now aware of only one other copy, residing for a few decades in safety tucked away and treasured in one of the world's greatest Soul vinyl collections.

A 45 that sadly never got past the test-press stage for release. With "Taster Of The Honey (Not The Keeper Of The Bee)" pressed on both sides of Music Factory MS 1017 promo copy in September 1973. Leaving the superior "Don't Be Sorry, Be Careful" in limbo and until now, certainly previously unheard and unknown by us, now on the market, for all our auction followers to hear and marvel.

Surely for someone set to become a modern soul DJ Crossover treasure. But perhaps more importantly this track is MISSING from all the Music Merchant/Invictus compilation CD's, even though compilers had Carte-Blanche access to the Invictus vaults. The beauty of vinylA-digging, there is always an astonishing find, awaiting out there if you dig long-enough and deep enough.

So check it out, a stunning slab of Detroit Soul Sister Northern Soul Crossover from the desks William Mickey Stevenson, Brian Holland & Angelo Bond that has been awaiting discovery for over 45 years..
Killer Detroit Sister Soul Crossover dancer so typically "Invictus" styled with a cutting edge production you'd expect from this trio of "Motor City" studio legends.

Most likely the rarest 45 we'll auction this year.



Condition Report

Mint minus vinyl, most likely unplayed before with lifted the soundfile, credits and info written by hand by two differebnt people. One from Monarch Pressing plant Los Angeles when it got mailed back to Invictus Records the parent of Music Merchant, Detroit.

Mint minus vinyl, most likely unplayed before with lifted the soundfile, credits and info written by hand by two differebnt people. One from Monarch Pressing plant Los Angeles when it got mailed back to Invictus Records the parent of Music Merchant, Detroit.

Platters - Washed Ashore (On A Lonely Island In The Sea) / 17th. June 1967 promo poster - Musicor MU 1251 14" by 10" poster

Platters

Washed Ashore (On A Lonely Island In The Sea) / 17th. June 1967 promo poster

Musicor : MU 1251 14" by 10" poster (Magazine)

Authentic 14" by 10" June 1967 in-store CARD promo poster for the Northern Soul classic "Washed Ashore (On A Lonely Island In The Sea)"

The rampaging success of jazz vocal-group The Four Tops, triggered when Berry Gordy changed his first instincts and shepherded Levi Stubbs & friends towards Soul. Musicor thought they could hitch a ride on this new phenomena but could not quite capture the essence of the Soul dance sound of Detroit. From 1966 thru to 1967 under the direction of New York studio giant Luther Dixon; The Platters did OK but never recreated the magic the Four Tops/Temptations and the Motown machine were churning out with astonishing regularity.

Until in 1967 when Luther Dixon teamed up with the genius Motor City pianist, lyricist, arranger, producer Richard Popcorn Wylie. The male vocal-group Soul dance songs started roll out from Musicor.
"Sweet Sweet Lovin'" & "With This Ring" being there finest 60's recordings, until the crowning glory of the 60's decade was born, when the dynamic duo of Richard Popcorn Wylie & Tony Hester wrote a timeless Northern Soul masterpiece that still today stands as an all-time NS anthem.

There is hardly a seasoned Northern Soul DJ who has not electrified a room by dropping "Washed Ashore ( On A Lonely Island In The Sea )" at an unexpected moment.

New York collides with Detroit - wondrous energy explodes into a floor-destroying Northern Soul fallout.

To own an authentic poster promoting this, most-magnificent of recordings is a record den wall-hanger of significant, rarity and Soul collecting kudos.

Condition Report

Sealed in a polythene sleeve at birth and still sealed now, it will after the polythene cover is slipped be a clean as it could possibly be. Just the finest of storage hairline veins. Strong Mint minus

Sealed in a polythene sleeve at birth and still sealed now, it will after the polythene cover is slipped be a clean as it could possibly be. Just the finest of storage hairline veins. Strong Mint minus

Maytals - Judgment Day / Goodbye Jane - Blue Beat BB 255

Maytals

Judgment Day / Goodbye Jane

Blue Beat : BB 255 (45s)

Two uplifting dance recordings from this highly regarded group.

The Maytals combative style on "Judgenment Day" works really well on this Cecil Campbell guided session, not so much tight harmonies, more a call & answer style as the gathering jostle for position in friendly enthusiasm. Freddie "Toots" Hibbert's vocal never fails to impress, again he leads the pack magnificently only stepping aside for a saxophone blasting and a weaving clarinet.

The flipside "Goodbye Jane" is a furious tongue-twisting group participation storm, with a persistent clarinet punctuating the vocal whilst keeping the rhythm intact.. an unusual delivery but it works so well.

Blue Beat 255 is a number in the series, that's proved quite elusive over the decades, our first copy for quiet some time...

Our last copy, had the middle punch out and writing all over the label.. nice to have a clean copy...



Condition Report

Unusually clean 1964 British press, 4 prong die-cut center fully intact. Some mild surface hairlines both sides play well. A-side label has a discreet ROB on label unlikely to be visible on the label image.

Unusually clean 1964 British press, 4 prong die-cut center fully intact. Some mild surface hairlines both sides play well. A-side label has a discreet ROB on label unlikely to be visible on the label image.

Owen Gray - Pretty Girl / Twist So Fine - Blue Beat BB 127

Owen Gray

Pretty Girl / Twist So Fine

Blue Beat : BB 127 (45s)

Owen Gray with two of his own creations of 1962, 57 years old and still looking very clean indeed.

From the beginnings of SKA, Owen becomes another Alpha Boys School product, performing a "Coxsone" guided production. Owen had joined the C.S. Dodd team two years earlier, this was to be his last Blue Beat 45 release and seldom encountered in this clean condition. Check out the soundfile, it plays with hardly a murmur. As Owen soaring vocal is supported by strong trumpets blows, culminating in a fabulous solo trumpet break, a swaggering instrumental interlude before Owen again joins back into that relentless torrent of SKA dance rhythms.

The flip side cut right in the middle of the "Twist" dance-craze, still retains all the Jamaican influences that make it unrecognizable as a "Twisting" song. With the "Coxsone" studio male-vocal-group supports him with a doo-wop influenced chorus. With Clement Dodd exhibiting his versatility with the Trumpeter being replaced by a Saxophonist for another impressive solo break..

perhaps the only "Twist" record I enjoy listening to.

Two good sides..


Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl. 4 prong center fully intact, two clean labels. Vinyl visually reveals some occasional light surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays superb. A strong EX grade, and so hard to acwquire in this state. A-side label has a light scuff on the letter "T" on Blue Beat (see image) flipside label in Mint minus.

Fine clean vinyl. 4 prong center fully intact, two clean labels. Vinyl visually reveals some occasional light surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays superb. A strong EX grade, and so hard to acwquire in this state. A-side label has a light scuff on the letter "T" on Blue Beat (see image) flipside label in Mint minus.

Side Show - Lonely Girl / You are The One For Me - Trey 1007

Side Show

Lonely Girl / You are The One For Me

Trey : 1007 (45s)

Prepare yourself to be "nailed" to a delicious delicacy; a tender morsel of real-deal indie dance Soul ...steeped in addictive goodness on every note.

I adore Soulful Steppers and "Side Show" for me, sits at the very tip of that connoisseur genre. I've never heard a better example, as Willie Smith & Arthur Ponder take Soulful Strollin' to another level. Fizzing with every aspect of Soul that we love, into a moving experience of precisely knitted... comforting dance Soul.

Beseeching lead vocal, lilting rhythms, hanging voices, tricky guitar dance rhythms meld together into a cocktail of emotional pleading. Shrill girl group choruses stitch this master-class together, trickling vibes and the insistent plectrum work keeping the dance rhythms beckoning you to the floor.

Narcotic Rare Soul - an indulgence I can't get enough of..

But it doesn't end there. As good as "Lonely Girl" is, you cannot ignore the flipside... a much more instantaneous dance side, locked-up-tight harmonies again brilliantly understated. All the same qualities as the a-side, such a solid dancer, that could easily stand on it's own as a real top-tune..

But "Lonely Girl" keeps coming back to haunt me.. it's brilliance has now demanded 5 plays on my turntable and i'm not tired yet..

Two killer tunes .. one your head will never shake free from..



Condition Report

Mint minus, except for a solitary accidental failed turntable retrieve mark, that sees your fingernail skate the surface spoiling it's gleaming perfectness but NOT affecting the sound in any way. Visually obvious but just cosmetic. We've all done it..and thankfully these type of surface marks never affect playback.

Mint minus, except for a solitary accidental failed turntable retrieve mark, that sees your fingernail skate the surface spoiling it's gleaming perfectness but NOT affecting the sound in any way. Visually obvious but just cosmetic. We've all done it..and thankfully these type of surface marks never affect playback.

Gene & Eunice - Don't Treat Me This Way / Doddle Doodle Doo - Vogue V 9083

Gene & Eunice

Don't Treat Me This Way / Doddle Doodle Doo

Vogue : V 9083 (45s)

Gene Forrest & Eunice Levy with a Beverly Hills, Aladdin recording, present here on the seriously rare 1957 release.
A talented duo who wrote most of their own material, backed by Ray Ellis.

British Decca led with "Don't Treat Me This Way " a mistake as the insipid a-side sunk without trace. Where as later, long after deletion the Rock N' Roll R&B collectors picked up on the lively shaker "Doddle Doodle Doo " hidden on the flipside. With the well established Ray Ellis ad his orchestra pumping lively piano rhythms in the backing, spliced by a killer saxophone break. You are confronted with killer California rocker, as the pair rebound of each others energy. That relentless piano and the sultry Sax go to work..

Resulting in a fabulous dance tune that was missed by everybody in the UK.

A flawless 1957 British press - complete with intact tri-center .. a rare sight indeed

do not pass by... we ain't gonna ever see another this clean.. that's f'sure.

Condition Report

Two squeaky clean labels, tri-center fully intact. Vinyl inspection under direct light, reveals on the finesatt of surface hairlines. Very close to Mint minus throughout

Two squeaky clean labels, tri-center fully intact. Vinyl inspection under direct light, reveals on the finesatt of surface hairlines. Very close to Mint minus throughout

Diana Ross - Corner Of The Sky / blank: - EMI Studios acetate

Diana Ross

Corner Of The Sky / blank:

EMI Studios: acetate (45s)

UNIQUE!

1974 unissued studio version; Widely know from her magnificent 1974 live show at Caesars Palace. Diana takes the song from the Stephen Schwartz's Broadway hit "Pippin". The song portrays "Pippin" the Prince in search of meaning and his own existence; inspired by the book written by Roger O. Hirson.

For Diana Ross fans, Motown scholars and British TMG collectors this 45 is thought to be a one-off, and certainly the first time ever it has come to market.

A different 3':27" version with light applause dubbed at the very end. Different to the 4:04" take "Diana Ross Live At Caesars Palace" release and never available as a 7" anywhere in the world.

The British Motown 7" compleatists you most probably will never see this 7" 45 acetate only, again. For Diana Ross collectors we believe this is the only copy, cut at EMI studios in 1974. We a thought of a 45 release or album track filler that never happened.

May we repeat, a unique Motown, British TMG and Diana Ross listing that is a one-off opportunity of ownership.

Condition Report

neatly handwritten label, vinyl Wurlitzer just a few very mild surface hairline storage brushes. Visually Ex + plays well occasional light background crackle that does not distract from the song in any way.

neatly handwritten label, vinyl Wurlitzer just a few very mild surface hairline storage brushes. Visually Ex + plays well occasional light background crackle that does not distract from the song in any way.

Jerry "Boogie" McCain - East Of The Sun / Wine, O-Wine - Trumpet 217

Jerry "Boogie" McCain

East Of The Sun / Wine, O-Wine

Trumpet: Trumpet 217 (45s)

A well documented, highly respected but very Rare Mississippi Blues, Recorded October 10, 1953 at Diamond Recording Studios, North Farish Street,Jackson, Mississippi.

This master of the harmonica, first 45 from the historical area of Jackson, Miss. both sides written by this iconic Blues man who cut 45's for Okeh, Excello, Rex and into the 60's, in 1965 moving west along highway 20 to join Stanley Lewis's Jewel/Paula/Ronn recording Record where he cut more notable 45s.

This 65 year old session, captures the raw voice of Jerry McCain along with his harmonica prowess. The blend of a snarling voice, accompanied by a hard-blown piercing Harmonica playing is sidewalk Blues at it;s most evocative. Jerry's prowess with his favoured instrument had made him before his death "A Living Legend" of the Blues.

Here is his first 45 that underlines why he is still held in such high esteem..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, in fact top drawer condition for the 65 year old. Strong silver text definition on both labels, see images. Vinyl has light surface hairlines, but nothing deep or distrubtiver to the souind. Check out both sides of street level production.

Two clean labels, in fact top drawer condition for the 65 year old. Strong silver text definition on both labels, see images. Vinyl has light surface hairlines, but nothing deep or distrubtiver to the souind. Check out both sides of street level production.

Dellinger - Headquarters / Black Girl In My Bed - Duke DU 149

Dellinger

Headquarters / Black Girl In My Bed

Duke: DU 149 (45s)

1973 Lee Perry project with "Young Al Capone" developing 20 year old who would go on to record such timeless Reggae anthems as "Cokane In Brain"

This recording was on the threshold of the "roots" revolution, The Upsetter is busy. Busy producing yet another fine, innovative dance tune displaying intricate arranging and slick lead vocal. With a novelty intro, so often used by Lee Perry.

Flip it over, and "Scratch Perry" retains some 60's influences in his lyrics in some part borrowed from a mix of several classic Jamaican recordings. But it works so well... vocally smooth, musically uplifting.
But you could say that about most all Lee Perry's work.

This listing all all about Condition, condition, condition! As well as the skills of Lee Parry; we mean, how often does one encounter a MINT near 50 year old reggae 45?

Condition Report

FLAWLESS! Still instead birth sleeve, unplayed until we lifted the double soundfile.

FLAWLESS! Still instead birth sleeve, unplayed until we lifted the double soundfile.

Groovers - I'm A Bashful Guy / Just Go For Me - Teri De LJS 002

Groovers

I'm A Bashful Guy / Just Go For Me

Teri De: LJS 002 (45s)

We shall never stop lauding the huge contribution to Northern Soul, that Los Angeles based Leonard Jewell Smith and team crafted within their Teri-De / Delanieur workshop.

Collaborating with highly gifted neighborhood talents like Hank Graham, Jimmy Conwell, Miles Grayson Jimmy & Ben Gresham the dream team consistently generated Northern Soul masterpieces.

This one is the 2nd. release on this extremely sought after label, a few optimistic collectors have even tried to run the whole label. More people have walked on the moon than succeeded in that daring challenge. Very small runs of each release, and a collecting machine far thirstier than the supply. Making every 45 on the Teri De label a rare highly sought after platter. This July 1966 release is no exception.

The "Groovers" themselves thought to have included Leonard Jewell Smith, Jimmy Gresham on vocals only recorded this one 45, which was lucky enough to be picked up by Imperial's "Soul" dedicated imprint for national distribution. Unfortunately it was no stepping stone to the fame Leonard Jewell Smith so deserved. The record failed to make an impact, and this release is also is no easy capture.

TERI DE is the release you need and the one the collectors seek; a label held in such high-regard it challenges the likes of Shrine, Artco, Thelma, Awake etc. as Northern Soul's most-desirable imprints.

So now listen to what this team of Miles Grayson, Jimmy & Ben Gresham and Leonard himself conjured up that summer of 1966.
We lead with "I'm A Bashful Guy" a horn driven, vibe saturated Northern Soul dancer led by a rich inviting vocal, supported by fluid vocal-group choruses. Just seamless Northern Soul. Which is replicated on the flipside.

Fluip it over for "Just Go For Me", a change of lead vocal, starting with an inventive burping alto saxophone. Embellished this time by a cooing Soul Sister chorus, greeting the ear. A gentler sound, but underlining Leonard Jewell Smith versatility a he unfolds a delicious Soul mid-tempo of a different style, but every note as compelling.

Two fabulous L.A. NS dancers of a label that still gives me goosebumps... piloted a man I've admired for nearly 50 years.



Condition Report

Fine clean close to mint minus vinyl, revealing just a few, very fine storage surface hairlines under direct light, as you can hear this rarity plays flawless. Both labels have "Guy Ward" of Malynn Distribution red promo D.J. stampings. "Just Go For Me " label has X X in marker (see images)

Fine clean close to mint minus vinyl, revealing just a few, very fine storage surface hairlines under direct light, as you can hear this rarity plays flawless. Both labels have "Guy Ward" of Malynn Distribution red promo D.J. stampings. "Just Go For Me " label has X X in marker (see images)

Edward Hamilton - I'm Gonna Love You / Call Me - Carrie C-6502

Edward Hamilton

I'm Gonna Love You / Call Me

Carrie : C-6502 (45s)

The infinitely superior first SK4M-1078-1 mix on the ORANGE label. Rare as!

By far the rarest incarnation of this double-helping Detroit delight. Try finding this so rarely seen 1966 ORANGE first press, with the original superior SK4M-1078-1 mix..

Just like the Clifford Binns Carrie press, the dark green label Nashville press being at least two years later, and the light green Nashville press fully 10 years or more later.

The highly elusive ORANGE 1966 first press is the one to own, if you are ever lucky enough too see one.

A 100% Melvin Davis creation, like all Melvin's Motor City work, this too is instantly captivating Northern Soul incorporating the tight harmonies of The Arabians in the background. Racing through a horn driven cascade of Soul, rattling percussion, with Edward Hamilton's panting proclamation of love lifted by The Arabians tight choruses.

Totally exhilarating Detroit Northern Soul, that is replicated on the flipside with another breathtaking Northern Soul vocal-group winner SK4M-1079-1 mix..

Take a listen to two top-drawer examples of Detroit Northern Soul sung by a tight-team of accomplished Soul men..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some surface hairlines, but as you can hear BOTH sides play clean. Visually vg + plays Ex +

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some surface hairlines, but as you can hear BOTH sides play clean. Visually vg + plays Ex +

Curtis - How Can I Tell Her / I Remember - Charm City DM 1879

Curtis

How Can I Tell Her / I Remember

Charm City : DM 1879 (45s)

Curtis Anderson with the sought-after rare 4:50 "DM 1879 " mix of his best loved Northern Soul offering.

A Northern Soul classic as the commoner and sadly inferior MD 1932 mix, that eliminates the Hi-Hat drums and driving percussion sound. That makes this DM 1879 session so superior, to it's more often seen brother.

Two Baltimore, "Jimmy's" collaborate on this 1979 Maryland indie; Jimmy Lindsay and Jimmy Stewart, join Melvin Miles & Anton Scott on this club winner with the renewed driving intro..

Harmony vocals whispering "How Can I Tell Her" through a wall of "disco" cliche's until fully 1:16 seconds in Curtis Anderson comes in to elevate the session even higher with his impressive voice..
Rhythmic hand-clapping, wah-wah picking, blasting trumpets, understated background male choruses all mingle into one solid slab of neatly 5 minutes of concrete dance-music. The dramatic instrumental electric drum driven break towards the ending caps off a relentless dance-offering.

The rarest mix, the best mix of a record that has sat at the heart of 70's Northern Soul for nearly 4 decades without any hint of losing it's dancefloor impact.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl throughout. Nice copy indeed

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl throughout. Nice copy indeed

Chris Farlowe - The Fool / Treat Her Good - Immediate IM 016

Chris Farlowe

The Fool / Treat Her Good

Immediate : IM 016 (45s)

One of England's truly great blue-eyed Soul boys.. with his rarest 45 on the coveted Immediate label.

This was Chris's first single for the label who made him a star; A 50's classic tune "The Fool" is reworked, ignoring both The Gallahads and Sanford Clark's Country-rocking influences. Prodcer Eric Burdon turns it into an additive slab of R&B Popcorn; a shuffler that creeps under your skin. To make sure we understand the passion both Eric Burdon & Chris Farlowe have for R&B, the pair deconstruct Roy Head's "Treat Her Right". Erasing "Texas" attitude, replacing it "British MOD" passion, producing an insane Hipshaker. Check out a proper Club-mover for your brogues to kick into.

No easy 45 to find, it fail miserably in shops.

Today 54 years later to find a flawless copy, sitting snug in it's birth sleeve, is a rare indeed.

Condition Report

Supremely clean copy, 3 prong die-cut center fully intact. Two unblemished labels, clean vinyl revealing te merest of sleeve contact hairline. All housed in it's birth-sleeve.

Supremely clean copy, 3 prong die-cut center fully intact. Two unblemished labels, clean vinyl revealing te merest of sleeve contact hairline. All housed in it's birth-sleeve.

The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society / 1968 UK stereo press gatefold - Pye NSPL 18233

Kinks

The Village Green Preservation Society / 1968 UK stereo press gatefold cover

Pye : NSPL 18233 (LP)

"God Save Strawberry Jam and All The Different Varieties."

The Kinks rarest UK album, 1968 press in laminated gatefold cover.

An album that showcases Dave Davies lyrical genius, the gift of capturing his urban surroundings in poetry and then setting them to "Kinks" mix of Pysche/Rock/Folk.

One of Britains favourite artists, one of Britain most-loved groups.

Their least seen album and the content is standout! (listen) to Dave Davies and team at their best,

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light surface hairline, play tested without any problems. Cover is clean, light wear at each tip of the gatefold spin, light laminate lift near spine front cover (see images)

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light surface hairline, play tested without any problems. Cover is clean, light wear at each tip of the gatefold spin, light laminate lift near spine front cover (see images)

Robert McGraw and the Royalites - Rocket, Little Sister / Rocket, Little Sister - DRS 2427

Robert McGraw and the Royalites

Rocket, Little Sister / Rocket, Little Sister part 2

DRS : DRS 2427 (45s)

an UNGOOGLABLE 50's ROCKER - an insanely rare 45.

From the desk of gifted guitarist Darryl Ray Saffer comes this primitive D.I.Y. 50's rocker on a quality RCA style pressing.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, vinyl reveals just a few light storage hairlines, play clean

two flawless labels, vinyl reveals just a few light storage hairlines, play clean

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