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Trends - Thanks For A Little Lovin' / I've Never Had It so Good - ABC 45-10993 DJ

Trends

Thanks For A Little Lovin' / I've Never Had It So Good

ABC : 45-10993 DJ (45s)

It's that man again, Johnny Pate, who signed this four man Chicago team from Smash records...releasing fully 7 45s with his new guys, he obviously believed in. Even though he was working with The Impressions and several other Chicago Soul artists.

This is The Treads most-wanted, least seen 45. Their very best Northern Soul dancer; which is really saying something, as their two 45s before this release were storming Northern Soul dancers. "Not To Old To Cry" a hugely popular dancer both sides of the North Sea with Belgium Popcorn clubs loving its Latin vibe, just as much as the Brits. Then there's the so far, neglected vocal-group stomper , "I'm Gonna Have To Show You" which will surely have its day in the sun.

But "Thanks For A Little Lovin' " leaves everything that went before it, in its wake. By far their most impressive 45 and ironically their hardest to acquire. The reaching lead vocal stretches out in appreciation of his lady. Riding potent Johnny Pate keyboard pulses, whilst the rest of the team, are either ringing out the hook-line or enriching the background with perfectly harmonized oohs and arhs; Whilst Johnny Pate fills in the spaces with full-blown honkin' horns. To complete a charging avalanche of Chicago male group Northern Soul.

So rich, so smooth but packing a big punch, that has ignited each and every Northern Soul dancefloor up and down the land for the last three decades, with no sign of its of it ever not triggering the dancefloor stampede...

Here is the highly desirable VINYL press, in fabulously clean condition.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl

Mark Loyd - She Said No / Everybody Tries - Parlophone R-5332 DJ

Mark Loyd

She Said No / Everybody Tries

Parlophone : R-5332 DJ (45s)

Spectacular Brit-Soul in archive condition.

A flipside that shimmers with everything that's good about homemade British Soul

Condition Report

Two pristine Red & White demo labels

Two pristine Red & White demo labels

Accent - Red Sky At Night / Wind Of Change - Decca F 12679 DJ

Accent

Red Sky At Night / Wind Of Change

Decca : F 12679 DJ (45s)

Ridiculously rare Mike Vernon directed 1967 British Psychedelic Rock with a huge cult following and highly regarded reputation .

As featured on the highly regarded The British Psychedelic Trip 1966-1969 compilation and further recognition in 2004 being part of the Decca "The Great British Psychedelic Box Volume 1"

The song written by the all four of these Yorkshire boys themselves. Pete Beetham, Rick Birkett, Alan Davies, John Hebron; which leaves you wondering what happened to this talented gathering, as this is the only 45's they released and no album. Plus both sides are so very strong blend of Psyche Folk and prototype Heavy Rock.

Sought after the world over by dedicated Rock fans, receiving a PROMO only press in the USA on Decca's United States arm Parrott Records. The brief 1967 Australian release is "impossible", then heavy demand triggered a "bootleg" copy.

Here is the real-deal October 1967 British PROMO and investment level 45 that has seen values rise on the very few examples that have come to market over the decades.

One of the mysteries of 60's British Rock, what ever happened to this gifted gathering, able to write and deliver not one but two standout examples of D.I.Y. British Psychedelic Rock

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only a few soift hairline under light. On the low-volume folky intro there are a few low-fi pops, the lift-of and plays neat and clean

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only a few soift hairline under light. On the low-volume folky intro there are a few low-fi pops, the lift-of and plays neat and clean

Mary Love - You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet / I'm In Your Hands - King KG.1024

Mary Love

You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet / I'm In Your Hands

King: KG.1024 (LP)

1965 British press that encapsulates the very embodiment of The Twisted Wheel. That rose again 17 years later to enthrall and initiate a brand new younger audience; when Kent launched their unparalleled Northern Soul LP series, with Mary Love taking the honour of the leading track side one, on the For Dancers Only album. An Adrian Croasdell concept with Ian Clark's artwork adoring the front. Two stalwart Soulies reliving their own youth, whilst indoctrinating a whole new generation of MOD revivalists. .

Imagine being met with this songbird's sweet tones, the moment you played your new album. Both sides written by Motown's Los Angeles office employees, brothers Chester & Gary Pipkin, along with Marc Gordon pen the a-side. With Frank Wilson pairing up Marc Gordon for the magnificent flipside. Written with Jobette in Detroit in mind, but failing to pick up the invitation to release any of these two killers with a Motown artist. Step in one of L.A.s Soul Divas to record a double header of superior qualities, coming out on local label Modern.

"You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet" was the lead side memorable for it's hovering first word "You" stretched out by the sultry tones of Mary Love before those rumbling drums pick up the dance-beat; crafting one of the finest mid-tempo Northern Soul sessions of all time. Beautifully restrained singing, sweet girl choruses, relentless tambourines ring out, controlled trumpets and the subtlety of low-blown saxophone is truly brilliant. No vocal gymnastics, no wild sax break. The blaring brass just a classy understated arrangement, laying down an exquisite platform for Mary's eloquent vocal to leap from.

A TOP TUNE...BUT WAIT.. the b-side couldn't be better than the "A" could it?

But some think it is, sparking NS debates for decades why " I'm In Your Hands" isn't played as much as "Bitter Into Sweet" or considered an all time classic also. Many prefer "In Your Hands" and for a very good reason. Frank Wilson & Marc Gordon partnership again creates perfect Northern Soul and this time the duo expand Mary's vocal to higher ground. As she displays with consummate ease her seamless expression of the her total submission to her man... very sexy.

Me? I prefer "I'm In Your Hands" many will differ.. but all will agree this is one standout double sider, a monumental double serving of young Diva Californian Northern Soul. I have always presumed, both sides were written with former L.A. stable mate Brenda Holloway in mind.. surely it would have been a Motown smash if she'd released either side..

A 1965 UK press that only the top allnighter DJ's of the 60's were privileged enough to own, sparking the 1968 Soul Sounds number 1015 bootleg, that is collectable today in its own right.

But King 1024, that is a real-deal British trophypiece, especially at this level of condition.



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Condition Report

Wow! Condition! Condition! Condition! Two clean labels, other than very soft light residue shadow on a-side logo letters NG, beautifully brightly coloured no fade. 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl, revealing just the merest light surface hairlines under light. Top copy, as you can hear, it plays crisp, loud and clean.

Wow! Condition! Condition! Condition! Two clean labels, other than very soft light residue shadow on a-side logo letters NG, beautifully brightly coloured no fade. 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl, revealing just the merest light surface hairlines under light. Top copy, as you can hear, it plays crisp, loud and clean.

Drifters - Soldier Of Fortune / blank: - London MSM 1404 DJ

Drifters

Soldier Of Fortune / blank:

London : MSM 1404 DJ (45s)

The RARE Drifters first British 45 release and one of the most-wanted British London's. Presented here as the October 1956 solid-centre promo.

The first 45 by The Drifters ever released in the UK with Decca failing to pick up on the group's fabulous contribution to doo-wop for the three years before. "Money Honey" "Such A Night" "Bim Bam" White Christmas" "Adorable" "Ruby Baby" were all passed-over by the British market. "Soldier Of Fortune" was The Drifters debut 45. A truly stunning ballad with Johnny Moore's lead vocal beyond exquisite.

The Drifters through the early 50's had a revolving door of members; army drafts plus the challenging skillset demanded by Ahmet Ertegun meant members would come and go. To the best of my knowledge the group most likely consisted of Johnny Moore, Gerhardt Thrasher, 'Carnation Charlie' Hughes, Tommy Evans, Jimmy Oliver on guitar.

The last mentioned stayed in the background supplying seamless considerate vocal harmony support, perhaps in awe of Moore's smooth vocal or maybe upon Ertegun's instructions. The result is an astonishing moving ballad lead by Moore with a silky understated back-up by the rest of the team.

A remarkable doo-wop ballad, that never sold a bean in the UK, it's rarity has been legendary for decades.

Expect competition for this beauty not only from 50's and completist London fans, but also from British Soul collectors, whose collection cannot be totally incomplete without this London legend sitting pride of place in their collection.

Look, listen and swoon..

Condition Report

The MSM Decca error filing number, has been neatly corrected in-house, (see image). Vinyl carries full gloss, with a few soft fine hairlines revealed when angeled in the light. Plays superbly clean as you can hear.

The MSM Decca error filing number, has been neatly corrected in-house, (see image). Vinyl carries full gloss, with a few soft fine hairlines revealed when angeled in the light. Plays superbly clean as you can hear.

Tommy Rodgers - I'll Tell It To The wind / Pass The word - AJP MS 1510

Tommy Rodgers

I'll Tell It To The Wind / Pass The Word

AJP : MS 1510 (45s)

Jazz icon Ahmad Jamal short-lived New York imprint with a record, that in the old-day "Pass The Word" was the stomping choice of play, among the mid-70-'s allnighter DJ's. In more recent times, now this 45 has long since gone AWOL taste have switched over to the more sophisticated Northern Soul side.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss Mint minus vinyl, a fabulous example.

Two clean labels, full gloss Mint minus vinyl, a fabulous example.

Earl Van Dyke - All For You / Too Many Fish In The Sea - Tamla Motown TMG 506

Earl Van Dyke and the Soul Brothers

All For You / Too Many Fish In The Sea

Tamla Motown : TMG 506 (45s)

A stunning copy of this legendary Motown instrumental, that never received a USA 45 release, although it was allocated in

Recorded in January 1965 in preparation for the impending British tour. This promo 45 from EMI launched 18th. March 1965 as introductory release for the forthcoming spring of 1965 Motown tour of Britain covering 20 dates across the country. Motown was then still a growing musical phenomena that was yet to reach its peak, the tour was designed to give Tamla Motown a higher profile in Great Britain. But unfortunately only partly a success, the ahead of their time London shows were sell-outs, whilst other parts of the country were poorly attended and "All For You" sunk without trace. Today considered one of the rarest UK Tamla Motown 45's, on a red and white promo an extremely sought rarity.

The jazz theme tune to Motown shows written by Jo Hunter, Henry "Hank" Cosby & William "Mickey" Stevenson. Masterly performed by keyboard King and band leader of the Funk Brothers in 1965. On the revue adverts Earl Van Dyke was billed as the Earl Van Dyke Sextet, presumably to garner some British "jazz" interest. But correctly credited as Earl Van Dyke and The Soul Brothers on UK 45 the release.

The Soul Brothers being the "Funk Brothers" the very heartbeat of the Motown Sound. Included some Northern Soul icons performing on this session; the legendary bass guitarist James Jamerson. The dynamic drumming of Benny Benjamin; Mike Terry and his burping bari-sax; replacing Jack Ashford on tambourine was Paul Riser along with guitarists Robert White & Joe Messina; The soaring vocals provided by The Andantes.

Within all the accolades of the "Motown Sound", what has not been made completely clear is the fact, that without the skilled musicianship of Early Van Dyke & his team, the ingenuity of its members. The "Motown Sound" would not have existed as we known it today.

But briefly recognized in 1965 by Motown releasing, Earl Van Dyke's album entitled "That Motown Sound" but later pushed into the background as the Motown stars took all the limelight. This Ensemble were without question the very foundations of the Motown Sound, that's why "The Motown Revue" brought over these gifted studio musicians; as nobody in the UK could have replicated the sound and the intricacies and the synergy that created, what the BBC described at the time as "The Brand New Beat"

"All For You" was Earl's and Soul Brothers theme tune, the opening to this spectacular show. But its release in the UK failed to registered, lost in an avalanche of Tamla Motown UK vocal releases at the time, most of which became timeless classics. Back in the USA the tour was heralded as a resounding success, but "All For You" although given a release number Soul 35009 it was never pressed on vinyl and remains today Motown's rarest "lost" 45, as it is still unconfirmed to actually exist.

Before you today is this Tamla Motown slice of history presented in its rarest form. A gorgeous 18th. March 1965 Red & White Demo! a Motown artifact in remembrance of Dusty Springfield's historical Friday night hosting and singing of the April 25th Ready, Steady Go - Motown Revue show.

Ironically the flipside "Too Many Fish In The Sea" a fabulous Northern Soul dancer, involved the talents of future Northern Soul heroes from the Pied Piper production team Jack Ashford & Herbie Williams.

All this truly unparalleled music we worship today, was part spawned by collaboration of Earl Van Dyke and His Soul Brothers... "The Funk Brothers" who will hopefully one day, receive the worldwide recognition they are long overdue.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss Mint minus vinyl, revealin only thef merest soft sleeve storage hairline when angled under light

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss Mint minus vinyl, revealin only thef merest soft sleeve storage hairline when angled under light

Anthony & The Imperials - It's Not The Same / Down On Love - Veep V 1248 DJ

Anthony & The Imperials

It's Not The Same / Down On Love

Veep : V 1248 DJ (45s)

Leaving "Better Use Your Head" in it's wake as "It's Not The Same" now sits deep in the hearts of Northern Soul dancers.

No "It's Not The Same" things have changed, today this 45 heads up Little Anthony's most-wanted. Here is the rarely encountered PROMO copy in completely stunning condition.

The pleasure Little Anthony's floor-filling classics have lavished upon the Northern Soul dancers through the decades is pretty much immeasurable. Little Anthony has enjoyed cult-status in the hearts of the Northern Soul scene, it seems forever. Before you is a current floor-packer, one in a long line of Northern Soul delights this man has given us...

A Northern Soul icon with the one that is most currently packing them into your solitary lockdown dance....

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, flawless full gloss vinyl, housed in a clean birth sleeve

Two clean promo labels, flawless full gloss vinyl, housed in a clean birth sleeve

Albert Washington and the Kings - I'm The Man / These Arms Of Mine - President PT 182

Albert Washington and the Kings

I'm The Man / These Arms Of Mine

President: PT 182 (45s)

A stunning copy of this crowd-pleasing dancefloor-filler - in just beautiful full gloss condition, in it's most desirable form if you're a Brit and you appreciate flawless copies of our 60's releases.

Albert is a DJ life-saver, if things should ever start to flat line during your set... just drop Albert on... to get those pulses racing again.

Insanely potent Northern Soul R&B you just can't help but want to dance to..

At this level of condition, you just can't help but want to own.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl with hardly a blemish.. a beauty!

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl with hardly a blemish.. a beauty!

Four Perfections - I'm Not Strong Enough / I'll Hold On - Party Time PT 1001

Four Perfections

I'm Not Strong Enough / I'll Hold On

Party Time : PT 1001 (45s)

In short a legendary top 10 Northern Soul grail!

No passionate words from me could ever elevate this vocal-group Northern Soul anthem any higher than it's already lofty position.

View the label image, click the soundfile, feel the tingling run down your spine and once again immerse yourself into this most wonderful sound of Northern Soul ...

A NS Grail of a huge repute..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl.

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl.

Muddy Waters - The Best O Muddy Waters / 1958 UK press - London LTZ-M. 15152

Muddy Waters

The Best O Muddy Waters / 1958 UK press

London : LTZ-M. 15152 (LP)

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Peppermint Harris - Wait Until It Happens To You / Anytime Is The Right Time - Jewel 772 DJ

Peppermint Harris

Wait Until It Happens To You / Anytime Is The Right Time

Jewel : 772 DJ (45s)

Dark and moody 1966 Louisiana Northern Soul R&B elevated by a crew of insatiable girl vocals and a wailing saxophone. The effect is mesmerizing dancefloor pleasure.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss play perfect vinyl.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss play perfect vinyl.

Don & Ron - I'm So So Sorry / Girl I Hope To Find - White Cliff 214

Don & Ron

I'm So So Sorry / Girl I Hope To Find

White Cliff : 214 (45s)

A New Orleans Holy Grail - the seriously sought-after Don & Ron.

A monster tune for Carl & Maria Willingham on their much anticipated travels up and down the United Kingdom, in fact one of the records why this couple's DJ sets were so in-demand countrywide...

When it comes you male vocal Northern Soul duets, few recordings give up the impressive they are a "group" with a this double triple, quadruple vocal-volleys as this mysterious pair ricochet of each others vocal charms; as writer Emile Guess seems influenced by the Chicago sound, with hints "Monkey Time" in the filtering through on the horns. A rhythm that this exceptional duo harnesses and ride home with great urgency. Giving up compelling Northern Soul that I've witnessed congesting the dancefloor at Benn Hall, Rugby all nighter, quickly followed by prolonged applause.

THIS IS A TUNE!

But do not overlook the flip, a dreamy mid-tempo grooves that creeps under your skin, with Don & Ron again showing off their skill of double voiced harmony.

This is NOLA Northern Soul, a fleeting ghost that just never comes to market.

Do not pass by, I can't even remember the last time we had a copy for sale... certainly NOT this century.

Condition Report

Two clean label, a tiny label graze on flipside middle near the centre hole. Fine clean vinyl hardly a mark, there is however a pressing pimple on the run-in, hear sound file both sides give up a mometary dull click at the intro.

Two clean label, a tiny label graze on flipside middle near the centre hole. Fine clean vinyl hardly a mark, there is however a pressing pimple on the run-in, hear sound file both sides give up a mometary dull click at the intro.

Friday Brown - 32nd Love Affair / Born A Woman - Fontana TF 736

Friday Brown

32nd Love Affair / Born A Woman

Fontana: TF 736 (45s)

So very rarely comes to market, one that even the most avid British Northern Soul collector, most probably will not own.

From the magical year of 1966, this Mancunian lass started her recording career with Parlophone her first record sold nothing and this follow up on Fontana sold even less. Changing producers never saw a change in her single sales fortunes and after 8 x 45rpm release over 7 years, sadly this accomplished sing/songwriter released no more..Before you today is her best and extremely rare single..

Pure Northern Soul intro, leads into full kitchen-sink production includes a searing bank of strings, girl choir purring perfect Northern Soul response whilst cradling Friday's imposing vocal; as she discharges a defiant message to the ex-lover "It's My 32nd Love Affair". I just love the lyrics, her carefree attitude, and her spectacular vocal that rides high on this huge production..

For me this leaves other Brit contenders for No. 1 Northern Soul recording British Girl 45 in the dust. Step aside Paula Parfitt - your love is not so wonderful, Kiki Dee - That Magic Carpet has been in the air for far too long, time to land for Friday Brown to let lose with this much-rare and for me less "Pop" orientated.

British production it may be, but for me this is pure Northern Soul from a gal with one hell of a voice..

The flipside is another big production that showcases the strength of her voice even stronger..

Stick Helen Shapiro, Paula Parfitt, Kiki Dee etc. at the back of your DJ box, time for Friday Brown to have her long overdue day .. standout lyrics, killer vocal, huge production with pure Northern Soul moments..

LOVE IT!

Condition Report

two totally clean labels, 3 prong centre intact. Full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in birth sleeve

two totally clean labels, 3 prong centre intact. Full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in birth sleeve

Versatiles - Spread Your Bed / Worries A Yard - Crab  5

Versatiles

Spread Your Bed / Worries A Yard

Crab : 5 (45s)

The fifth release on this highly regarded UK Reggae label, and this group's most-wanted 45.

From the golden year of 1969, no matter which side you drop the arm on, a powerful rhythmic vocal-group dancer springs forth. Driven by energized vocals riding wave after wave of swirling Hammond pulses, broken up by strong bass guitar picks. Proper Skinhead Reggae, not once but two times over.

This is total Reggae dance, two all action grooves, insistent and relentless from the very first explosive notes. Vocally uplifting with harmonized chants supporting the lead voices. Just like all this group's other recordings, a superior example of the 1969 trend.

Flip it over for a classier dance pattern, a more considered rhythm, tighter harmonies, coat a mid-tempo arrangement that is not quite as frantic as the the a-side, but just as impressive, in fact will be preferred by many, over the more obvious dance qualities of the lead side.

Two great tunes on one elusive disc and so hard to find at this level of fine condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft hairlines under light. As you can hear both sides play crisp and clean.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft hairlines under light. As you can hear both sides play crisp and clean.

Phase III - Working In A Coal Mine / Taxman - Target 1008

Phase III

Working In A Coal Mine / Taxman

Target : 1008 (45s)

Rare double helping of Wisconsin local "Garage" from Appleton, a small town with a big reputation for Garage bands and collectable labels. Mostly due to the activities of the "Tee Pee" labels, this local Target label being an offshoot dedicated to providing a local outlet for Appleton area artists. With the "Tee Pee" label covering a wider area. Serious Northern Soul collectors will be more than aware of Tee Pees groups "The Enchanters" "Knights Of Day" "New Raging Storms" "Raylene" etc.

We open with the flipside directed by label owner Alan Posniak and in house producer Gary Laabs. "Working In A Coal Mine " of course has nothing to do with Allen Toussaint classic New Orleans creation. But a new slant on the term, an independent recording of snarling Psyche Rock, journey into Blues flavoured psychedelic Garag, featuring wildly expressive guitar manipulation, the platform for the wicked-wailings of Keith and r, Terry Abler, the foundation of this Appleton Prog Rock band.

We deliberately leave the Beatles cover version until last, as it will surprise you as it is arguably the best take on the song, that George Harrison originally sang lead on the opening track of The Revolver album in 1966. This flipside is more than inventive, it carries muscle and attitude; dare we say much meatier version of The Beatles Lennon & McCartney 1966 recording, this "The Taxman" benefits from grinding keyboard display complimented by edgy vocal and a aggressive guitar propellant. Great version drenched in angst...

Two strong sides, in fabulous condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, a super clean example

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, a super clean example

Otis Rush - Three Times A Fool / She's A Good-Un - Cobra 5023

Otis Rush

Three Times A Fool / She's A Good-Un

Cobra : 5023 (45s)

An eye-popping copy of one of Otis most potent R&B dance sessions, a capturing the very mood of the streets down Southside in 1958.

Most all documented listings start with the "She's A Good-Un" this was officially at first a flipside. But the dark and moody slow-burn Blues wailer seemed to capture the limelight through the years. Whilst the original a-side a wicked introduction to Otis's uncanny manipulation of the strings, the way he makes the guitar guitar talk with varying length of notes. From the very first note of "Three Times A Fool " you know you're about to hear Otis's wicked guitar plucked out magic. HIs distinctive long bent notes the perfect backdrop for his throaty-gargling snarls with more guitar playing than singing. Otis turns the mood to deep regret as he keeps being played for a fool. Strong Chicago Blues mover with an accent on remorse.

The other side Otis changes his tone, singing the qualities of his gal, "My Baby She's A Good-Un " whilst still keeping it low-down and dirty with that "talkin'" guitar proudly singing his baby "up"

Two contrasting sides, you'd be very fortunate to find in this near perfect condition.

A thing of beauty for more reasons than one.. strong NS R&B top side, moody slow-burn Blues wailer on the flip. Two cool tunes in rare, rare condition!

Condition Report

two clean labels, full crisp silver on deep rich blue landscape, unblemished full gloss mint minus vinyl. Rare condition indeed.

two clean labels, full crisp silver on deep rich blue landscape, unblemished full gloss mint minus vinyl. Rare condition indeed.

Jimmy Robins - I Just Can't Please You / I Made It over - Impression 108 DJ

Jimmy Robins

I Just Can't Please You / I Made It over

Impression : 108 DJ (45s)

The rare FIRST RECORDING of this powerful Northern Soul classic. The seldom seen springtime 1966 first mix from Impression Records of Hollywood, California produced by label owners, two brothers, Al and Sonny Jones.

A totally different recording to the one that Robert Lee ramped up on his Chicago label Jerhart, a release that found its way to England for release on Edward Kassner eclectic President label, only to get lost in the Christmas release-rush of 1966. Passing by almost unnoticed, extreme rarity was to follow and today considered a British Soul grail.

Robert Lee's Chicago production certainly complimented Jimmy Robins's gravel-coated growl completely, whilst on the other hand this, the original recording is far more subtle but just as "Northern" and easily a 1000 times rarer that the ubiquitous Jerhart 45.

Listen now how Jimmy takes a country and western song written by Hank Williams's wife and later Johnny Cash's girlfriend Billie Jean Horton and transforms it into an R&B / Northern Soul masterpiece.

The backing up JImmy of this fabulous transforming of Country & Western attitude in Soul, were an equally angry "Impression" in-house Garage band The Mark Five, featuring Jimmy & Danny Faragher, Dave Kelliher, Steve Hauser notice the fabulous peppering guitar partitions in applause of Jimmy's rasping vocal attack.

If your the kind of collect / DJ who seeks the first incarnations of great records, and delight in surprise your audience with a head-turning different slant of a well known classic.. this decidedly elusive disc ticks all those boxes and more.

Flipside, by the way is the deepest of deep soul statements as Jimmy drags you into his personal abyss...

Condition Report

Soft X in red biro on the a-side, fine clean full gloss vinyl reveals some soft hairline when angtled in the light.

Soft X in red biro on the a-side, fine clean full gloss vinyl reveals some soft hairline when angtled in the light.

Rubaiyats - Omar Khayyam / Tomorrow - Sansu 456 DJ

Rubaiyats

Omar Khayyam / Tomorrow

Sansu: 456 DJ (7")

Considered the rarest 45 as its 1968 British release on the most-collectable Action label.

Allen Toussaint's mysterious Bayou gathering "The Rubaiyats " gave birth in 1968, to this one-off recording, Sansu led with the b-side first "Tomorrow" a strong Southern Soul ballad, but hid on the flipside an inventive journey into the new Orleans world of Toussaint and his right-hand Marshall E. Seahorn. A pairing that created so many classic Soul recordings. Whilst retaining all the characteristics of 60's NOLA. Witness the bludgeoning brass, the signature Bayou beat, liberally coated with strong male vocals, even though the subject matter is unique though, Toussaint & Seahorn make it work so well...transforming the world's most famous poem "The Rubaiyat" a 1000 years old, so brilliantly highlighting its message of enjoy life to the full, the mantra is "Wine Women & Song".

Before you today is not the cherished UK label, but according to our data the Sansu 45 is rarer than the UK Action prtess than 3 to 1. Recent Northern Soul airings have lifted awareness. It was Northerrn Soul legend John Vincent was particularly partial to its unique rhythms, always triggering a crushing dancefloor response. 100% New Orleans, featuring totally innovative lyrics lauding the virtues of “Wine, Women & Song”, who could argue with those sentiments, or the glowing rarity endorsements.

Unconventional in the extreme but saturated in all those infectious qualities that make it usually the most-memorable NS spin of any evening if you are lucky enough that your local DJ has a copy. The prolific Allen Toussaint & Marshal C. Seahorn again craft an unmissable tune…especially those collectors who have concentrated their interest on USA press Northern Soul.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing on a few soft hairlines under light.

Two clean promo labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing on a few soft hairlines under light.

George Peeples - Bonds Of Love / I've Cried - Make It MI-109

George Peeples

Bonds Of Love / I've Cried

Make It : MI-109 (45s)

This month's R&B/Popcorn delight is way-beyond-rare and totally MINT!

A mid-60's D.I.Y. dream from local artist George Peeples; a resident of Big Springs, Texas hoping to break into the big time. Inspired by a guy who lived 95 miles North of him in Lubbock. But George never made it as the Big Springs answer to Buddy Holly but what he did do was create the most wonderfully weird Popcorn groove ever, who's addictive powers has pulled in so many DJ's and collectors of the Popcorn sound and created a frustrated underground.

Whether by fluke, luck or pure genius George blends R&B, C/W, Rockabilly with a pinch of Blues crafting a alchemy reaction of pure gold!

As the only record shop in Big Spring the fabled Oscar Glickman’s Record Shop will testify the record sold almost nothing and most all of the pile George dropped off for the shop to sell, were returned to him. His disappoint deterred him from making any more singles. His small run of discs he gave to his sons, who apparently used them as an opening line to attract local girls. "A Free Record" always started up a conversation.

"Bonds Of Love" was a very low run pressing that has long since vanished off the face of Texas, with only a very few reaching the hands of pioneering R&B and Popcorn DJ's seeking out the super-obscure. Like the prolific Michael Robinson in New York, Fabrizio Barone in Italy, the now famous Christopher Stukenbrock, Rob Powner in the UK, all DJ's with the knowhow to push the boundaries and seek out those long lost treasures of controversy. I with them, I love off-the-wall weirdness I did witness a Mexican-wave of swiveling when I dropped it into one of my more eclectic "Feed Your Soul" Newark sets before lockdown.

I love it, I love the story, I simply adore the rarity of this record from the legendary Texas outback record store I visited in 1977.

Who could have foretold, this spectacularly different 45 would have its day in far flung places across the globe over 50 years later..

Condition Report

MINT!

MINT!

Barbara Lewis - The Many Grooves Of / The Stars, - Stax SXATS 1035

Barbara Lewis

The Many Grooves Of / The Stars, Baby That's A No No, You Made Me A Woman

Stax : SXATS 1035 UK (LP)

What a treat this morning, listening to a revered Detroit Diva...the lady who made me cover-up my emotion, flicking away the tears running down my face. At the Cleethorpes Soul weekender, the voice of an Angel delivered with such consummate ease was to much for me to hold inside.

So when you put this Soul Goddess in the recording studio as Ollie McLauglin and arranger Sax-God Mike Terry great things were always going to be crafted. This 1970 British album is the crystallization of distilled Motor City sister-soul on a 12 track session that gives up, some absolute masterpieces.

The obvious ones are 1. The Stars 2. Baby That's A No No 3. You Made Me A Woman 4. How Can I Tell You 5. Just The Way You Are Today 6. Do I Deserve It Baby plus 6 more worthy tunes from Barbara.

I have over the years seen some of the greatest living Soul artists, only The Dells, live at Trentham Gardens pulled as much emotion out of me than this great lady did.

This album encapsulates everything this legendary Sister is...a gifted writer, captivating singer in the studio and truly mesmerizing live on stage.

This elusive 1970 British release is immaculate,



Condition Report

an immaculate 1970 UK press. Fine clean laminated cover, revealing only the merest soft corner-tip storage rub (its only flaw) a 90p purchase tag top left back, we can expertly cleanly remove or we can leave on for extra provenance. (we rather like it) two flawless yellow Stax labels. full gloss unblemished mint minus vinyl, all housed in original inner sleeve.

an immaculate 1970 UK press. Fine clean laminated cover, revealing only the merest soft corner-tip storage rub (its only flaw) a 90p purchase tag top left back, we can expertly cleanly remove or we can leave on for extra provenance. (we rather like it) two flawless yellow Stax labels. full gloss unblemished mint minus vinyl, all housed in original inner sleeve.

Barbara & Brenda - Never Love A Robin / Sally's Party - Direction 58-3799 DJ

Barbara & Brenda

Never Love A Robin / Sally's Party

Direction : 58-3799 DJ (45s)

1967 New York Charlie Foxx creation that sparked the dancefloors the late 60's allnighters from its British Direction release. Has more recently made an explosive re-entry onto the Northern Soul scene up North as an inspired oldie reactivation, in part enhanced by Richard Searling spins on his radio Stoke On Trent and Manchester shows. Richard has always respectfully keep one foot in his past, reactivating the not so obvious Northern Soul oldies from his teenage years.

Before you today is this classic's rarest form by a very long away a November 1st. 1968 British DEMO! in perfect perhaps previously unplayed condition. Spectacular like-new throughout.

Relatives Barbara (aunt) & Brenda Gaskin (niece) under the guidance of Charlie Foxx another star from a Dynamo Records duo with Inez. Knew exactly how to get the best out of Tommy Hunts original version, with two songbirds thriving on Luther Dixon, Thom Bell and Charlie Foxx's advisory lyrics. Using all his experience as a seasoned duet recording artist.

Huge dancefloor anticipation brewing from the drumroll, sister spoken intro; then detonation from a pulsating bass guitar, a thumping piano jumps into the mix, joined by the stabbing horns and a jangling rhythmic guitar, propelled by relentless percussion. Charlie & team forge a flawless Northern Soul duet.

Full marks to Mr. Searling and our further "up north" friends for reigniting this 45's dormant history.A song that has been a favourite of mine since my embryonic Northern Soul years, but I certainly never owned a Mint unplayed DEMO back in my teenage days..

Condition Report

Two clean PROMO labels, 4 prong centre intact, flawless Mint vinyl still housed in birth sleeve. As good as it gets!

Two clean PROMO labels, 4 prong centre intact, flawless Mint vinyl still housed in birth sleeve. As good as it gets!

Willie Kendrick - Change Your Ways / What's That On Your Finger - RCA 47-9212 DJ

Willie Kendrick

Change Your Ways / What's That On Your Finger

RCA : 47-9212 DJ (45s)

Dynamic Detroit Northern Soul showcasing the two sides of "Pied Piper". "Change Your Ways" the perennial powerhouse that has crammed the dancefloors of the United Kingdom for near 50 years! Then you can flip it over to bathe in the mesmeric qualities of "What's That On Your Finger" a record that comfortably sits inside my personal.

This record is a testament not only to the man, but also to Pied Piper and the Northern Soul scene, that has made the world aware of Detroit's "Pied Piper" production team and the undisputedly greatest 60's Soul music ever committed to vinyl that they consistently produced.

Thank you Willie, thank you Pied Piper for enriching my life so very many times.

Listen to hear why "Pied Piper's" enviable reputation is growing day by day.

PS
"Change Your Ways" still dives the need in me to dance, whilst "What's That On Your Finger" still sends shivers down my spine...

Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve

Two flawless promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve

Otto & The Sensation - Girl We Can Make It / Keep Only Lovin' You - C T I 2000

Otto & The Sensations

Girl We Can Make It / Keep Only Lovin' You

C T I : 2000 (45s)

Here's a record that will sort out the progressive DJ, the ones with a clear ear for a possible emerging monster; from the NS DJ's who like to play and buy tried & tested, already broken by pioneering DJ's way before them. The obvious potential for this obscure Wisconsin D.I.Y. vocal group dancer has yet to be tapped into.

Listen to this beauty from Milwaukee, then try and tell me this session doesn't have everything it takes to go huge!

A beseeching Otto vocal slips seamlessly into an attention seeking cocktail of swirling Hammond, pounding bass guitar... preparing fertile ground for a team of shrill girls cradle his pleading voice with rich harmony. The relentless marriage of guitar and keyboard drives the convincing dance rhythm, the girls demand “Come On Baby - I Love You” Otto’s reaching voice underlines his need, the background vocals hammering home his determination to make it with his girl...

Perhaps the flipside is a even superior tune, a heavenly Lowrider experience; also yet to emerge from under its obscurity. Every note finely delivered as any big-ticket San Antonio rarity you care to mention. The quality is right up there, along side the harmony Soul grails; ready and waiting to cause a sensation to those who have not encountered its premier qualities before.

Both sides are spectacular examples of their genres, seriously rare... just begging for a visionary DJ to whack it out of the park...

Condition Report

Two beautifully clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only minuscule sleeve storage hairline or two under light. Both sides play flawless.

Two beautifully clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only minuscule sleeve storage hairline or two under light. Both sides play flawless.

Dick Jordon - I Want Her Back / Some Of These Days - Piccadilly 7N 35035

Dick Jordon

I Want Her Back / Some Of These Days

Piccadilly : 7N 35035 (45s)

Prepare yourself for a R&B / Popcorn awakening - meet killer Popcorn on its super elusive 1963 British press.

If down n’dirty R&B Popcorn dance is your bag, this 45 has everything it takes to fill up your senses. If Popcorn is not quite your “thing” this record has the power to covert you.

Hypnotic percolating saxophone bubbles away, inviting shoo-doo-woppin sirens to deliciously fill the air. Decorating the landscape, making ready to take Dick Jordan’s curled-up lip vocal full in the face. Dick strides through the unusual, but addictive arrangement with total arrogance you can’t help but warm to; then a banging piano punches out the dance rhythms. Ignore it’s charms? ... you just can’t...

Oh such perfect Popcorn, the type that pulls you in, as you find resistance is useless...whether Popcorn was a priority in you life before you met Dick, it will have you searching for similarly narcotic early 60’s ... as you become a disciple of Popcorn...

Perhaps against your will..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, still in birth sleeve.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, still in birth sleeve.

Cliff Nobles - My Love Is Getting Stronger / Too Fond Of You - Atlantic 45-2352

Cliff Nobles

My Love Is Getting Stronger / Too Fond Of You

Atlantic : 45-2352 (45s)

A NS dancefloor destroyer that seldom turns up in today's market.

Condition Report

note there are 2 x bb drills in the label instead of the usual 1. A-side vinyl is clean and strong, just a few soft hairlines, flipside vinyl has a few more light marks at vg+. A-side vinyl is excellent flipside vinyl is vg+

note there are 2 x bb drills in the label instead of the usual 1. A-side vinyl is clean and strong, just a few soft hairlines, flipside vinyl has a few more light marks at vg+. A-side vinyl is excellent flipside vinyl is vg+

Young Divines - What Is The True Price Of Love / The More You Give, The More You Get - Adventure One AD-7901

Young Divines

What Is The True Price Of Love / The More You Give, The More You Get

Adventure One : AD-7901 (45s)

This week's rare "Sweet Soul " Lowrider offering comes the highly regarded Atlanta, Ga based Young Divines who last month gave up their fabulous "Ain't That Sharp" Muscle Shoals recording to this auction. This week the gathering of Donald Render, John Dawson, Johnny Johnson and Jimmy Robertson are in Detroit under the influence of Motown mastermind Johnny Van Allen in Grosse Pointe, Michigan credited as Cloudborn Studios.

Donald Render's searing lead voice, bolstered by the three other silky vocals building a warming wave of soulful harmony. Written, like many of the group's rarer independent recording by Charles White and friends, this beseeching creation asking the question "What Price Does He Have To Pay For Love". The message being money can buy all material things, but not "True Love".

A stunningly executed of this age-old observation, as desire mixes with frustration when "true Love" becomes painfully elusive.

What a standout group The Young Devines are their rare 45s seldom available, this is one of those hard-t0-find discs, shimmering with street-level vocal-group class.

The flipside will please fans of rare Funky Boogie dancers, as the group once again display slick unison, this time at a hard driven at pace through a wah-wah / horn laden dance mix.

Two strong strong, one tricky disc to capture

Condition Report

two clean labels, vinyl has light surface marks, soft non-distracting ticks on the intro and the quieter moments. Overall the beauty of the singing shines through. the quite

two clean labels, vinyl has light surface marks, soft non-distracting ticks on the intro and the quieter moments. Overall the beauty of the singing shines through. the quite

Stan Ivory and His Omnificent Ortchestra - Come Live With Me / Stan's Theme - Tesse 1999

Stan Ivory and His Omnificent Orchestra

Come Live With Me / Stan's Theme

Tesse : 1999 (45s)

Rare 70's Soul "cool" administered by the Stan Ivory and His Omnificent Orchestra displaying shades of imagination normally reserved for the likes of Stevie Wonder or Vernon Burch, as Stan and team delivering a mesmeric fusion of soaring Soul strings and cradling a jazzy Stan Ivory vocal, gliding through the misty haze of Jazz/Soul. Elevated to yet another level as spiraling flutes rising up to a waft you away into Soul Heaven.

With the added innovative of local Jazz Trombonist Lincoln Ross, utilizing all of his renowned skills from his recent "Fantasy Records" journey with "The Three Pieces". Together the gathering weave a spellbinding example of the late 70's Soul / Jazz experience.

A truly awesome tune that cemented a long term Ross / Ivory collaboration that covered all four points of the USA, searching for that elusive breakthrough, but unfortunately never replicating this, the very zenith of Stan Ivory's creativity.

Here is the seldom seen 1977 copy in fine clean condition, ready to grace a discerning DJ's set with sumptuous Soul quality you'd be challenged to try and match.

Funk, break & beat hunters will find the flipside worth checking out.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

Two clean labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

Leroy Knox and the Gaypoppers - The Mistakes I Made / Here I Am - Soul Sounds 3312

Leroy Knox and the Gaypoppers

The Mistakes I Made / Here I Am

Soul Sounds : 3312 (45s)

a DJ Maker!

Its been a long time since a record has knocked me off my feet, so now..strap yourself in! Leroy Knox and his Gaypoppers are about to take you on a white-knuckle ride of ferocious Northern Soul!

It is only records of this calibre, displaying that seldom encountered combination of extreme rarity, coupled with acute power relentlessly emitting proper-real-deal Northern Soul...this level of fearless recording are Northern Soul DJ reputation makers.. with the capacity to elevate a fringe NS DJ up into the upper echelons or cementing the already impeccable reputation of rare-soul A-list DJs. .

Only records of this status have the capacity to change-the-game... move the establish order.. just like the "Dig Deeper" DJs of Brooklyn, Richard Lewis & Michael Robinson have been doing for a couple of decades now. Playing The Rarest Of The Rare to fresh minds outside Europe. Michael has a copy, he found decades ago, but past that I'm struggling to find any meaningful DJ presence of this 45 in 2021. .

Now listen and just imagine dropping this NS hand-grenade being dropped on the Rugby Benn Hall faithful between midnight and 1 a.m. That authentic Allnighter atmosphere would ignite into dancefloor mayhem. Not to mention the scholarly old-codgers in the record-bar, they would surely be needing defibrillators standing by..

Totally belting slab of beyond-rare Northern Soul, that very few people in the world can boast of ever seeing, hearing and certainly not owning.

But do expect some competition from vocal-group harmony ballad DJ's also ... because the flipside is a real-beauty, also!

Condition Report

Two clean label, full gloss RCA pressed vinyl reveals only a few soft sleeve hairlines, both sides play beautifully clean.

Two clean label, full gloss RCA pressed vinyl reveals only a few soft sleeve hairlines, both sides play beautifully clean.

Larry & The Headliners - Lot-A-Lovin / Plastic Saddle - Jar 474108

Larry & The Headliners

Lot-A-Lovin / Plastic Saddle

Jar : 474108 (45s)

Rockabilly madness! from Larry Bergstrom...

Super-elusive, beyond rare Minnesota Rock-a-billy 45 in exception condition.

Larry Bergstrom and The Headliners travel to Universal Audio Recording in Winona, Minnesota guided by Minneapolis based engineer Jerry Adams on this very rare local 45. Led by a wailing "Memphis" inspired rocking stroller "Plastic Saddle" dominated by twanging guitar rhythms, highlighted by a lengthy skilled break, before Larry (Johnny Cash inspired) bursts back into to action with his most effective drawl vocal.

The real value of this disc tough, lies in the original flipside "Lot-A-Lovin" b-side fires out a frantic Rock-A-Billy dancer. A relentless screamer saturated in attitude and drive, again bridged by an impressive guitar break. This guitar interlude bristling with much more purpose and attitude, matching up to Larry's newly invigorated energy. The session gives up a 2:00 minute attack of pure undiluted Rock-A-Billy, featuring savage drumming and frenetic plectrum work... impressive small label Rock-a-billy.

Two great sides, with the obscured flipside turning out to be the real jewel.

Condition Report

Written indicators on the gold labels is their only flaw, the vinyl reveals only the occasional hairline under direct light. plays flawless on both sides. Visually Excellent plus plays a squeaky clean mint minus.

Written indicators on the gold labels is their only flaw, the vinyl reveals only the occasional hairline under direct light. plays flawless on both sides. Visually Excellent plus plays a squeaky clean mint minus.

Derrick & Patsy - Troubles / Right - Blue Beat 45/BB 247

Derrick & Patsy

Troubles / Right

Blue Beat : 45/BB 247 (45s)

Derrick Morgan and Millicent Todd with another Blue Beat winner, released on a number that is so hard to acquire in tip-top collectable condition. This copy is a simmering with full gloss, close to mint minus vinyl. 4 prong centre intact, labels have that camouflaged B stamp on each side. Hard to locate as it blends in with the background.

Both sides give up classic style 1964 SKA featuring that familiar but contrasting combination of the rich calling "Morgan" vocal, answered by the searing high pitched Patsy response. The landscape lush with rich instrumentation from a low-blown burping saxophone, trombone, and relentless pumping of the alto-sax prompts rolling out irresistible dance rhythms. This much loved girl / boy duo carrying on from their "Housewife's Choice" success, again give up a joyous song as they seamlessly bounce of each others enthusiasm.

An uplifting mid-tempo session saturated in optimism.

The flipside Derrick goes it alone, with Patsy nowhere to be heard, a saxophone though brilliantly, taking her place. As Derrick rebounds of some wonderfully skilled reed manipulation that dominates this song throughout.

Two uplifting sides, in exceptional condition.

Condition Report

a soft B stamp on each side, hard to detect as it's blue on blue. Four prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl gives up hardly a blemish.

a soft B stamp on each side, hard to detect as it's blue on blue. Four prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl gives up hardly a blemish.

Second Re$surrection - You Done Let Daylight Catch You / Smoke In The Disco - Stanson SS 541

Second Re$surrection

You Done Let Daylight Catch You / Smoke In The Disco

Stanson : SS 541 (45s)

JUST AWESOME!

When you get the likes of these old-school L.A. soul-stalwarts in the same room, you can expect great things to happen. Time served studio maestros Henry Hank Graham and Sonny Craver, former associates of the Leonard Jewel Smith team of mastercraftsmen do not disappoint as they weave their magic.

But this hidden flipside is so much more than just "special", to the Northern Soul "ear". It is unquestionably one of the greatest Northern Soul Crossover dance 45's ever committed to vinyl!

Triumphant horns open the way for understated pattering bongo pulses, warming the studio atmosphere. The is soon lifted by soulful thermals of stabbing vocal-group harmony. Cradling the silky smooth lead voice through 3 and a half minutes of Northern Soul ecstasy. The lead vocal glides beautifully along a carpet of tricky plectrum picks, persistent bongo rhythms, those considerate horns keep reaching out, delivering more and more breathtaking peaks, ever rising on wave after wave of feelgood joyousness, as all these components seamlessly blend.

Utterly uplifting Northern Soul! The lyrics encapsulating exactly how the Northern Soul dedicate has felt returning in the dawning hours. Only this song reveals it was more that just the pull of the dancefloor that has kept this lady out all night...

Such an amazing song, delicately produced, carefully constructed; resulting in an happily accidental crafting of Northern Soul brilliance.

Hidden on a flipside as they chase the $$ with a Funky Disco dancer a-side "Smoke In The Disco". But even when this team pursue the Disco craze with a "Kool And the Gang" inspired dancer, they do tight, crisp and inspiring highly honed SOLID FUNK!

Two beyond great sides, one very elusive disc for the DJ/Collector who would not lower themselves to buy and play a re-issue... that would just dilute the experience this spine-tingling masterpiece presents..



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Condition Report

Two bight clean labels, full gloss final, revealing just a few soft hairlines.

Two bight clean labels, full gloss final, revealing just a few soft hairlines.

Case Of Tyme - Manifesto / Some call It Love - Legend L-1001

Case Of Tyme

Manifesto / Some call It Love

Legend: L-1001 (45s)

A bright fresh copy, that has side-stepped the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit.

This is of course the authentic FIRST press and by far it's rarest incarnation, and the least confusing to authenticate. Styrene, press green label, is the FIRST press original - simples.

A disc that offers up the most motivating display of saxophone insanity ever heard on the Northern Soul dancefloor triggering a flood of vivid wonder-years flashbacks as you embarrassingly remember one of the nights highlights was a jubilant two arm air-shot as the chorus "MANIFESTO" was replaced by a bellowing "SHOP AT TESCO'S!" complete in time with that psychotic saxophonist.

What fun that was.. for the usually very serious Northern Soul dancer.. always so respectful of their music...

Today I'm singing along with the nearly as motivating "Some Called It Love" unable to find a supermarket slogan replacement..

When it comes to acquiring the real-deal Northern Soul originals wearing their rarest original clothes, this very first press of a timeless Wigan Casino anthem that seldom surfaces for air.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing some soft hairlines when angled in the light, plays superbly crisp and clean. A copy that has side-stepped the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing some soft hairlines when angled in the light, plays superbly crisp and clean. A copy that has side-stepped the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit

Attractions - You Don't Know Boy? / Think Back - June Bug YB 697

Attractions

You Don't Know Boy? / Think Back

June Bug : YB 697 (45s)

A 45 that offers Chicago girl-group Soul at its most impressive.

The top-side belts out fearsome girl-group harmony Northern Soul woven into an inviting NS dance arrangement. Typically assembled by those talented guys at Trans World Sound, this time not under the guidance of Claude Johnson. Who directed his team providing so many enviable Northern Soul tracks for The Mandells under the gifted guidance of of Sylvester Richardson, Wilbur Johnson. This time all pulling together on this one-off "June Bug" tribute to the tragic premature death of their main man Claude "June Bug" Johnson. No other 45 was released on this imprint to my knowledge, presumable out of the great respect for Claude.

"You Don't Know Boy" takes to the air on a whirlwind of strings, persuasive percussion, laced with smooth but potent brass. Opening up a pathway for a despairing sister vocal explaining why her constantly absent boyfriend had to be discharged from her heart.. Her beseeching explanation rides a pacey dance production enriched by the rest of The Attractions team cooing in agreement, rested by a killer honking-horn break bridging this top-flight dancer together.

The flipside "Think Back" is a harmony group delicacy saturated in sultry girl vocals who's presence demands your full attention. Cutting strings again stir up an atmosphere of young girl's despair, so distressed at her impending break-up, her voice quavering as she pleads for a reconsideration. After all the trust she put in him. One of the most convincing mood changing girl-group steppers of them all. NO wonder this disc is so very sought-after, a double helping of girl group Chicago, with few comparisons.

The flipside "Think Back", a glorious Sister harmony stepper was written by Wilbur's brother Claude in mourning, you can imagine that devastating blow of losing Claude to the very existence of The Mandells and indeed the Trans World Sound label, after 1974 the Trans World Sound set-up went dormant forever.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only a few soft hairlines. Mint minus throughout

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only a few soft hairlines. Mint minus throughout

Soul Majestics - Missing You / I Done Told You Baby - Chicago Music Bag B-1001

Soul Majestics

Missing You / I Done Told You Baby

Chicago Music Bag : B-1001 (45s)

Not for the first time, a standout song has flirted with spiraling into unstoppable demand, but has just sat on the peripheral of Rare Soul fame for decades. Awaiting the right DJ to light the touchpaper and whoosh... everybody wants a copy. As a part time mess-around DJ, I should feel rather ashamed not to have championed this exquisite tune, seeing as, every working day I was less than 10 feet from a copy. But that was 3 years ago, any spare copy has long gone, and now demand is at its peak. Not surprising really as both sides are truly graceful rare soul experiences.

The Scott Brothers, Howard and Walter together with Ira Gates honed an impressive triangle of ideas, styles and tunes during the late 60's whilst working under George Leaner's Toddin' Town banner. A place where they could bounce off and warm themselves on the exuberance of Alvin Cash, James "Bull" Parks etc. Today bring all their experience to the table joining Johnny Cameron to tightly tailor group Soul excellence.

It seems almost like a weekly blog, we are singing the praises of Johnny Cameron's arranging skills, both sides shimmer with his unrestrained approach to a pleading production; crafting two delicious helpings of distilled vocal-group Chicago male vocal-group harmony floaters. But the real star of the show is the young beseeching lead voice, so convincing in his need for love.

The a-side does it dance style, the flipside is an equally calculated floater of immense charm... Which side I prefer, I keep changing my mind... both are equally sublime.. so click the prepared soundfile; you decide which side knocks you over the hardest... as the soaring in despair voice pulls you into his heartfelt predicament. His pain is palpable..

BRILLIANT which ever side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. A beauty!

two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. A beauty!

Veda - What's It's All About / Ain't Nothing But Party - West Sounds 40

Veda

What's It's All About / Ain't Nothing But Party

West Sounds : 40 (45s)

Classy 1980 Bay Area rare soul groove

Condition Report

Small silver dot on the a-side label, presumably denoting the "play", otherwise two clean labels, full gloss vinyl reveals just a couple of soft hairline none affecting play.

Small silver dot on the a-side label, presumably denoting the "play", otherwise two clean labels, full gloss vinyl reveals just a couple of soft hairline none affecting play.

Velvelettes - Lonely Lonely Girl Am I / I'm The Exception To The Rule - Tamla Motown TMG 521 DJ

Velvelettes

Lonely Lonely Girl Am I / I'm The Exception To The Rule

Tamla Motown : TMG 521 DJ (45s)

British Tamla Motown Northern Soul at its most-brilliant, most enticing and certainly most-wanted!

One for the British collector who cannot resuist the lure of the red & white! Especially if it is one of the finest Motown creations adopted by the Northern Soul scene; a classic for decades, right from its debut at The Twisted Wheel through to last weekend of lockdown; when this anthem would surely have rung out from the NS gatherings across Britain.

Some classics never fade away, this one truly endures. Mainly because the creator Norman Whitfield conjures up a Whitfield signatured full orchestral production of massive power. A crowded string tsunami, pummeling-percussion, peppered with hard-blown horns. Not to mention those oh-so-sweet Velvelettes vocals. A group that went seemingly under-appreciated by the Motown executives who astonishingly deprived the girls of their much deserved album. That would have undoubtedly have dulled some of The Supremes prestige as many Motown scholars feel The Velvelettes were vocally superior and infinitely more fluid in the harmonies.

This recording goes some way in strengthening that argument, as Norman Whitfield shepherds the trio through intricate, pacey but crystal clear phases, whilst riding the most powerful of productions...Originally issued as a flipside, is a studio session that certainly underscores their vocal prowess. The wonderful ballad flipside "I'm The Exception To The Rule" also magnificently recorded by The Temptations, again showcases their impeccable close harmony expertise.

Only the powers at Motown knows why these ladies were limited to only 5 singles and denied an album release.. but before you today is their rarest 45 in unicorn-rare DEMO in fine clean condition.

Condition Report

two clean demo labels other than a minuscule white square on the a-side left hand middle just above 521 (see image) This offering is near flawless. Full gloss vinyl revealing only some soft sleeve storage blemishes. Housed in original period sleeve. Look stunning sounds, plays perfect.

two clean demo labels other than a minuscule white square on the a-side left hand middle just above 521 (see image) This offering is near flawless. Full gloss vinyl revealing only some soft sleeve storage blemishes. Housed in original period sleeve. Look stunning sounds, plays perfect.

Youth Opportunity Program - Of Dreams Hopes And Tombstones / same instrumental - Columibia 4-43407 DJ

Youth Opportunity Program

Of Dreams Hopes And Tombstones / same: instrumental version

Columbia : 4-43407 DJ (45s)

An eye-watering vision of utter completeness.

A MINT minus VINYL press, not styrene. Complete with with glossy info sleeve plus the seldom-seen introduction letter from the White House from Eugene J. Weiss director of the "Youth Opportunity Program" a democrat promotion October1965.

It does NOT get any better than this, in the quest for ownership of this Northern Soul floor-destroying anthem! With another Johnson family triumph from husband and wife team of Joy & Bob Johnston. preparation of Democrat promotion for awareness not to "Drop Out Of School" a message that appears with several Northern Soul Records but not as electrifying as Jimmy Fraser's potent "nothing spared" delivery, hitting the message home.

The "Do Not Drop Out" directive sleeve hardly ever turns up, occasionally a world-weary insert does but not the cover. To have everything complete, intact and immaculate really is a rare sight.

Powerhouse Northern Soul with the choice of a vocal side or the straight instrumental backing track. Both sides inflicting guaranteed dancefloor destruction from the every note. The rasping advisory vocal from Mr. Fraser, supported by an enthusiastic Harmonica accompaniment peppering that bludgeoning brass laden dance-beat.

"Of Dreams Hopes And Tombstones" is an instant club incendiary device, that sets your play-list alight, whether it be with the straight instrumental or with Jimmy Fraser's ear-blasting snarling vocal.

A fabulous and complete offering in its rare 1965 promo entirety. Raising up from an educational tool, that become a Northern Soul monster!

Click the soundfile and unleash a certified leviathan of the Northern Soul scene.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, fine glossy VINYL (not styrene) reveals only the faintest of hairlines when angled under light, plays rich, loud and true. Both the promo White House letter is clean tiny neat invisible repair and the glossy promo sleeve are a flawless mint minus. Utter completeness in the finest shape I'v ever encountered!

Two clean promo labels, fine glossy VINYL (not styrene) reveals only the faintest of hairlines when angled under light, plays rich, loud and true. Both the promo White House letter is clean tiny neat invisible repair and the glossy promo sleeve are a flawless mint minus. Utter completeness in the finest shape I'v ever encountered!

Day-Tons - I've Got To Tell You About It / I've Got To Tell You About It part 2 - Day-Tons DM 8417

Day-Tons

I've Got To Tell You About It / I've Got To Tell You About It part 2

Day-Tons: Day-Tons DM 8417 (45s)

Washington, D. C. intense Sweet Soul groove

Condition Report

X X X X on a-side, flipside is clean,

X X X X on a-side, flipside is clean,

Carol Freeman - Leaving You Now / The Rolling Sea - CBS - 202579 DJ

Carol Freeman

Leaving You Now / The Rolling Sea

CBS: 202579 DJ (45s)

Rare under-the-radar Brit-girl MOD psyche screamer!

A deceiving lazy guitar intro, meets a snarling harmonica driven MOD/Psyche R&B tinged MOD dancer from the desk of the prolific writer Mike Leander

We think its obscurity has obstructed the perceived value through the years. It bristles with angst; a searing harp, cradlers a harsh gravel-coated agitated girl delivery; that steps aside for a harmonica break that changes up a gear, smashed by an piano assault that turns the break into an avalanche of single-mindedness.

Powerful, positive and decidedly angry song, delivered by such a convincing vocal from this solitary 45 artist, we know little order nothing about.

A top-notch obscurity with huge potential for notoriety and investment.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines. plays nice and clean.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines. plays nice and clean.

Sweet Things - I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue - Date 2-1522

Sweet Things

I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue

Date : 2-1522 (45s)

If your introduction to Northern Soul was in the first years of the 70's, pre-Wigan Casino. It was a mind-bending teenage awakening, a Soul music baptism by fire, when every weekend your head was sent spinning by an unparalleled avalanche of previously unheard 60's dance Soul.

A weekly adventure into new music you'd never heard before, set up a tantalizing anticipation of planning your weekend with like-minded friends. Were you going to spend the weekend at The Catacombs in Wolverampton, Va Va's in Bolton, The Highland Room at the Blackpool Mecca, Leeds Central, The Torch in Stoke On Trent or maybe more local, The Brit in Nottingham. All these places were in fierce competition with each other to play the best discoveries, if a clkub had just discovered an "exclusive" the word was out, and Club became the destination. To travel 200 / 300 miles to hear an "exclusive" new tune, was never considered too far, we'd scan the club adverts in Blues & Soul for anything we had not heard of. Richard Temple, Butch Baker, Sweet Things, Dynamics would appear in the adverts and off you wet on a journey of discovery. .

In California there was Simon Soussan unearthing mind-blowing previously unknown 60's Soul dance 45's. In Canada Martin Koppell's legendary trips over the border to Detroit, John Anderson's forays into most every USA major city, Ian Levine's family holidays to Florida. All contributed to triggering an avalanche of spectacular Northern Soul discoveries, on the home front there was Bostock's of Bradford and their unbelievable haul of over a 1,000,000 USA 45's to trawl through in Yorkshire. Alice Clark, Salvadors, Tymes, Superiors, Triumphs, Charades and 100's more were all found in Bradford to enrich the Northern Soul scene every week. It was all happening in the first few years of the 70's decade.

Being fed of a diet of Rod Stewart, Mud, T. Rex, Sweet, Mungo Jerry with little teasers by The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me and Supremes - Stoned Love reminding us where our true musical passions lie.

It is records like the genius of Van McCoy guiding Francine "Peaches" Barker and her two friends Dyanne Stewart, Nancy Johnson replicating the "Motown Sound" just transported us away from the radio bombardment of British pop tedium into a nirvana of escapism into USA Soul.

For me and many others "The Sweet Things" epitomises that unrepeatable pre-Wigan experience, that hit you right between the eyes on the very first hearing, so very Motown-esque instant girl group Northern Soul that just kept you dancing. Check out that Van McCoy intro of ringing vibes, crashing drums and explosive horns.. then Francine's lead vocal just pulls you right in.. then a saxophone interlude to die for.. it was just too much to cope with... Northern soul was the greatest thing in your life at the weekend.

It was of course one of those titles that came over from L.A. on the "Soultown", bootlegs that would later also become so very collectable..

Here's an anthem dripping in euphoric recall, presented in fine clean condition - still housed in its birth sleeve.

Condition Report

Biro XX on flipside label, otherwise two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing just a few soft surface hairlines. Very nice copy no signs of Northern circuit action, no fatigue.

Biro XX on flipside label, otherwise two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing just a few soft surface hairlines. Very nice copy no signs of Northern circuit action, no fatigue.

Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before / Let's Get Together - Chess 1977

Valentinos

Sweeter Than The Day Before / Let's Get Together

Chess : 1977 (45s)

When a record has been part of the Northern Soul staple diet since 1970, it's not easy to add anything to enhance this records already humongous reputation...50 years of packing the dancefloors across Britain you'd think this classic would have become tiresome at some point during our lifetime. But not at all, it still ignites frenetic dancefloor excitement every time it hits the turntable.

So much going on, to partner that vibrant growling lead vocal. The rattling drum intro collides with a bombardment of brass, burping saxophone intrusions pepper the production about to be taken to another level by one of the most exhilarating sax-breaks of all-time. Male vocal choruses chime their approval at ever opportunity, decorating the fuller than full backing.. . a truly glorious example of the finest Northern Soul has to offer.

In more recent times, NS DJ's a have also taken to spinning the nearly as good "Let's Get Together" flipside.

Enough of my take on it... just click the sound file... for an out of your body experience that will take you back to every Northern Soul club that you have ever visited.

When a 45 is as classic as this guaranteed perennial floor-destroyer...you knew all of the above, already didn't you.

Condition Report

Clean a-side label, flipside label reveals some some insignificant light numbers/writing on flipside label (see images), good gloss on vinyl, some light surface blemises but as you can hear it plays, proper impressive loud and totally clean.

Clean a-side label, flipside label reveals some some insignificant light numbers/writing on flipside label (see images), good gloss on vinyl, some light surface blemises but as you can hear it plays, proper impressive loud and totally clean.

Laura Lee - To Win Your Heart / So Will I -  Tamla Motown TMG 831 DJ + promo sheet

Laura Lee

To Win Your Heart / So Will I

Tamla Motown : TMG 831 DJ + promo sheet (45s)

During the late 60's early 70's EMI really understood the Soul club scene in Great Britain. Keeping Darrell Banks "Open The Door To Your Heart" September 1966 through to March 1972.

This September 1972 EMI promotion, again underlines the company's awareness, the promo release sheet attached to the reverse of the company sleeve, acknowledges the Northern Soul scene's part they played in bringing this Tamla Motown release to happen. Even though in truth Laura Lee never released a single record for the Motown corporation.

The promo sheet reads: " Laura Lee is now with Hot Wax. In 1966 she was with Golden World, a small Detroit record company whose artists also included Edwin Starr, The San Remo Strings and J.J.Barnes. The company was bought up by Motown in 1967 which meant that Motown acquired the rights to the Golden World catalogue. This is one of the most in-demand items on the cataloque. It was the only thing Miss Lee recorded for the company's Ric-Tic label and has become something of a collectors item." Referring to those Soul Allnighter pioneering DJ's who had made the Ric-Tic masterpiece oner ofd the most-wanted 45's in the country from late 1969 to 1972.

Before you today the highly desirable 1972 green & white promo copy of this much-loved Northern Soul anthem complete with the promo sheet referring to its collectability. Built up by the Twisted Wheel and other British DJ's of the time.

Towards the end of 1971 EMI were becoming fully aware of the now emerging, now above ground Northern Soul scene and the passion for back-catalog and rare USA 45's that they had under their control. EMI had already release the instrumental after-thought "Festival Time" which Ric-Tic released straight after Laura Lee's magnificent vocal version of Joanne Bratton and Linda Bunten's portrayal of a girl's desperation to win her chosen man. An unusual thing for a record company to do, release a vocal take, then the very next moment release the instrumental backing track. But it happen to be a stroke of genius as both 45;'s were very well received. Both 45 enjoying raptuous response in the English all-nighters of the time.

The instrumental is today considered a Northern Soul theme tune of huge repute. With Laura Lee's original vocal version a guaranteed floorpacker for over five decades. Such was the magic the sound of Ric-Tic was delivering. Little wondr Bery Gordy decided to buy them out, not only because they were racking up,strong sales. But also some of their artists were becoming big stars of the soul sound.

Before you today is a classic in gorgeous green & white clothes, that triggers the very finest Northern Soul euphoria every time.

Condition Report

Two clean green and white promo label, a faint smug on the white A just underneath the TA on the Tamla logo. Hardly noticable, other wise flawless

Two clean green and white promo label, a faint smug on the white A just underneath the TA on the Tamla logo. Hardly noticable, other wise flawless

Augustus Pablo - Pablo Satta / Silent Satta - Rockers 13360

Augustus Pablo

Pablo Satta / Silent Satta

Rockers : 13360 (45s)

Augustus Pablo the mastered of the Melodica presents one of his finest works, in exceptional condition. This is the sought-after 1977 Roots creation with the highly regarded Lee Perry mixed "Silent Satta" instrumental mix of Pablo Satta on the fipside.

A elusive 45, seldom witnessed in this glorious flawless condition

Two perfectly clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing a stray soft hairline or two.

A remarkable example...

Condition Report

as described in the review,. Mint minus, mint minus

as described in the review,. Mint minus, mint minus

Marvin Gaye - This Love Starved Heart Of My (It's Killing  Me) / It's A Desperate Situation - Tamla 42286-0288

Marvin Gaye

This Love Starved Heart Of My (It's Killing Me) / It's A Desperate Situation

Tamla: Tamla 42286-0288 PS (45s)

Marvin Gaye's most-wanted Northern Soul offering in sublime condition, complete with picture sleeve..

Just click the sound-file and Marvin's voice will convey more in one line, than I ever could with my ready to leap superlatives, triggered by Marvin's electrifying delivery of distilled Northern Soul. ..
All be it very late coming out on vinyl, it is still undisputedly one of the greatest Motown Northern Soul offerings ever to Northern Soul.

A 1995 project by Dana Smart to aid the promotion of Marvin's new 4xCD compilation which included a CD dedicated to 16 tracks of Marvin's rare and unreleased. This 45 was never intended for commercial sale and was seen as a promotional tool only, consequently the value and demand of this limited promo has grown year on year for over 26 years...now

Hardly surprising as it has been an explosive dancefloor detonator for more than two decades with no sign of it ever losing it's magical inspirational dancefloor powers.

This copy is exquisite example, complete with the original picture cover.

Do not pass by, this 45 in 2021 is rarely surfacing for sale. Click the soundfile and prepare for Motown-Magic to fill your space...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, unblemished picture cover, minuscule fray top opening, full gloss mint minus vinyl, with a solitary soft visual "turntable retrieve" hairline not affecting play in any way. Ex+ Mint minus, Mint minus

Two flawless labels, unblemished picture cover, minuscule fray top opening, full gloss mint minus vinyl, with a solitary soft visual "turntable retrieve" hairline not affecting play in any way. Ex+ Mint minus, Mint minus

Mystiques - Put Out The Fire / So Good To Have You Home Again - Twinight 112 DJ

Mystiques

Put Out The Fire / So Good To Have You Home Again

Twinight : 112 DJ (45s)

This talented quartet's only 45, but what a 45 it is, both sides considered highly sought after.

A sales failure, D.I.Y. creation, composed and produced by the group themselves, with the creative Gregory McGee the major contributor. Although both sides are wonderfully assembled but still doomed to achieve any notable sales upon release on the up-and-coming Chicago imprint. Although Twinight was forever supporting local artists, this was the company's 9th 45 since changing their name from Twilight Records certainly received little or no promotion.

Guiding this already accomplished gathering, the group were indeed fortunate enough to have the "force" on the scene; producer Jim porter who was also at the beginning of his own story, owner of the newly assembled Sagport & Jay Pee Records. The experienced James Porter was the guide that pulled these young guys together.

"Put Out The Fire" is a silky fusion of tight male vocals swirling in an ever upward spiral of edgy Soulful dance. Twitchy plectrums along with persistent percussion work up an exciting torrent of funky dance pulse, whilst the voices flit back and forth in magnificently smooth seamlessly soaring harmony. Brilliantly fresh. Showcasing the whole gatherings first steps into the Chicago Soul scene.

Flip it over to hear a dreamy mid-tempo, again showcasing this group's uncanny ability to rebound off each other. A Soulful shuffler totally ideal for the in-vogue Sunday chill or the online personal DJing share..

Chicago n' crucial, reissued to meet demand in 2007 by Numero group, but here is the unicorn-rare original 1969 promo in flawless condition, a record that will be treasured by those of you who take quality OVO Soul seriously.

Condition Report

A stunning example, two bright clean white promo labels, full gloss unblemished

A stunning example, two bright clean white promo labels, full gloss unblemished

Del Victors - Oh Lover / Baby Sitter I Love You - Hi-Q 5082

Del Victors

Oh Lover / Baby Sitter I Love You

Hi-Q : 5082 (45s)

Ready for something completely different? This is the authentic 1963 Detroit press not a repro.

This weeks R&B exotica experience comes from the Motor City , released by that highly respected purveyor of Michigan music, Fortune Records of Detroit 6.

Hear now a magnificently unusual cocktail of R&B male vocal group harmony, clambering across a rope-bridge in deepest darkest African to "Tarzan" rhythms, driven by heavy Jungle drum pulses and wailing saxophone speared into the mix. Once heard this beyond exotic "Tittyshaker", will not leave your head. Decidedly narcotic R&B rippling with individualist charms of the fantasy primeval forest. Deliciously primitive blend of Linwood street-corner male vocals, transporting you to another place, another time, another country.

Complete with rattling bongos summoning up tight soaring vocals, animal howls; crafting fabulous R&B witchcraft that will begin to possess you as it creeps under your skin and into your heart.

The flipside is SO-VERY-DETROIT, shimmering with all the rhythms of the early 60's that served the beginnings of Motown so well. The questionable but fun lyrics of "Baby Sitter I Love You " makes for a potent vocal-group R&B jump dance session, featuring an insane saxophone solo and enthusiastic young man vocals.

Two great sides from the streets, on one very elusive disc that seldom comes to market. If you like you 45s to be different, rare and addictive - Hi-Q 5082 this ticks all the boxes.

Condition Report

two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl revealing only soft surface hairlines, plays loud and clean, as you can hear.

two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl revealing only soft surface hairlines, plays loud and clean, as you can hear.

Jack Hammer - What Greater Love / The Mason Dixon Line - United Artists UP 35029

Jack Hammer

What Greater Love / The Mason Dixon Line

United Artists : UP 35029 (45s)

There was considerable in this excellent but under-exposed Northern Soul UK produced 45 when we listed a promo copy in December. For those of you who were out-battled foir ownership, we though a fine clean mint minus stock copy would offer up another chance for a friendly scrap for the freehold of this almighty now wider known tune.

A turbo-powered Brit-Soul juggernaut!!

You would think nobody could produce a stronger recording than the great Teddy Randazzo, but this Noel Walker & and Mike Vickers late August of 1969 Brit session, upstages the big sound of New York, that Teddy Randazzo, Victoria Pike & Richie Adams conjured up for Little Anthony and the Imperials a year earlier.

Recap: Whilst Little Anthony's is a magnificent recording of a monumental "Big City" "Randazzo" recording. That two Brits actually bettered in August 1968. The producing duo of Mike & Noel chose the mighty vocal of Jack Hammer to deliver those earth-shaking lyrics, a choice that ratcheted the whole landscape of the song up yet another gear. Mick Vickers & Noel Walker knew how to deliver Brit Soul to the max. Having between them, already worked with Eyes Of Blue, Fearns Brass Foundry, Truly Smith, with Mike constructing his own Northern Soul masterpiece "On The Brink" . The collaboration ignites one of the Britain's weightiest Soul recordings.

Jack Hammer's mean and mighty New Orleans born bellow, is the perfect partner for the full orchestra sonic boom about to be unleashed by Mick Vickers & Noel Walker kitchen-sink approach...a brutal kettle drum attack, leads full voiced choir into the fray, vibes, piano, horns, keyboard, strings, guitar ... the whole works are discharged, launching Jack's rich booming vocal on the unsuspecting listener....

AWESOME! ... in fact truly AWESOME!

Not often the Brits upstage the boys from New York, is it?

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, bright full gloss vinyl revealing only the lightest of hairlines.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, bright full gloss vinyl revealing only the lightest of hairlines.

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