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Incredibles - There's Nothing Else To Say / Another Dirty Deal - Stateside SS 2053

Incredibles

There's Nothing Else To Say / Another Dirty Deal

Stateside : SS 2053 (45s)

Don't you just love the real-deal Northern Soul anthems, on their original British press in flawless condition, still hugging its birth-sleeve, are to me a thing of beauty.

Just beautiful, a vision that takes every Northern Soul fledging back to his junk-shop, market stall, jumble-sale diggin' days. Stateside's, TMG's, blue Stax, red Atlantic, all vinyl vistas we all optimistically carried in our head every day we set out on a hunt. For me the hope of finding an Incredibles or Hoagy Lands on Stateside was indelible, a hope I still foolishly carry with me still today! I never have of course found either 45 in the wild even after over 50 years of stalking ever possible vinyl hideaway on my travels. Most every day of my life.. it's the hope, the search, the junkie addiction of the chase, knowing the adrenaline rush will be supreme if I ever found it or its equal in the wild... it would be worth every second wasted in thousands and thousands of fruitless pursuits. Remembering there is an army of eager British Soul Boys still taking part in this addictive vocation every weekend..

But more than beauty on the eye, this release, it is it's near perfect condition, that has brought words, memories and love out of me today.

Take another spy at one of the Stateside "greats" in it's full glory, then take a well earned listen to the soundfile... there is of course

"......Nothing Else To Say!"

Condition Report

Two clean labels

Two clean labels

James Carr - You Got My Mind Messed Up / 1967 UK press - Stateside SL 10205

James Carr

You Got My Mind Messed Up / 1967 UK press

Stateside : SL 10205 (LP)

Original 1967 UK press in spectacular condition.

To find one of the Soul's most revered albums in 2020 preserved in fine clean condition is quite exciting and rather remarkable.

Memphis's "tortured" Soul genius with his debut album. Picked by by EMI for their highly regarded Stateside label. An album with such a reputation, that over the years has triggered reissues in many, many countries, driven by the huge demand for this icons music. But to own this essential LP in this rare condition, as the British original, which never sold a bean upon release is something to treasure. Even handed down as a family heirloom for your off-spring in later years to admit "You know what, Dad & Mum had great taste in music!"

As surely, there will never be another James Carr, another label like Stateside that championed the very best in USA Soul or indeed another rebirth of The Memphis Sound and the troubled times that gave birth to "real-Soul" music.

Listen and weep to one of Soul Music's greatest ever exponents, his legacy unparalleled, his tragic life that robbed Soul fans of a true-great far too early in his career.

James Carr's debut album in this truly rare condition, is an absolutely a crucial Soul collector's must-own. For more reasons than one.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing hardly a hairline, playback perfect, all housed in original EMI lined inner. Flipback laminated cover, is free of stains, stickers, writing or tears. just very minuscule soft signs of careful storage see images provided. mils cornertip rub, soft ageing to the white of the back cover, otherwise strong mint minus throughout.

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing hardly a hairline, playback perfect, all housed in original EMI lined inner. Flipback laminated cover, is free of stains, stickers, writing or tears. just very minuscule soft signs of careful storage see images provided. mils cornertip rub, soft ageing to the white of the back cover, otherwise strong mint minus throughout.

Willy McDougal - Don't You turn Away / I Can't Wait - Kinard RI 2318

Willy McDougal

Don't You turn Away / I Can't Wait

Kinard : RI 2318 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

Pressed in Balitmore, Maryland, conceived in North Carolina another standout local production by the talented Fred Tanner, who guides the enthralling husky vocal of the mysterious Willy McDougal. Tanner kick starts the session with a blast of explosive horns laced with double bass pulses layering the landscape as Willie gargles his pleadings, reminiscent of a nonchalant Bobby Bland, as he cruises through his web of uncertainty manipulating his pain with some glorious R&B crooning, so very convincing with his hurt.

Killer Northern Soul with a strong underground appreciation, the style of sound that is so perfect for imitative reactivation... we adore it.. and some.

For all the glory of the a-side do not overlook the the beseeching self-penned Deep Soul masterpiece hidden away on the flipside.

Two top-drawer sides - currently snoozing. this copy is in magnificent stored in birth sleeve impeccable condition.

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, with light fade on the silver text, flawless full gloss vinyl that plays perfectly.

Two totally clean labels, with light fade on the silver text, flawless full gloss vinyl that plays perfectly.

Experts with Tommy Dodson & The Best Men - My Love Is Real / ( Shing-A-Loo & Boog-A-Ling ) Big Mama! - Jo By E 500

Experts with Tommy Dodson & The Best Men

My Love Is Real / ( Shing-A-Loo & Boog-A-Ling ) Big Mama!

Jo-By : E 500 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

A record currently making some noise on the Northern Soul frantic imposing proper stomper no matter which side you drop the stylus on.

We start with the muscular Jesse Matthews, Melvin Polk & Joel Turnero collaboration, arranged by Ernie Freeman who ensures his keyboard prowess features heavily on both sides. Ernie's whistling Hammond intro takes to the air and cradles the rich lead voice, every step of the way, as his pleas to convince his love "is real" get stronger and stronger. With the fabulous percussion pelting the rolling organ landscape with an irresistible NS dance beat, as a mountainous production unfolds.

Flip it over, stabbing horns, complimented by slashing organ manipulation "Norman Bates" would have been proud of. A merciless attack on the senses, as a relentless slaying of real "Boo-Ga-Loo" slaughters your senses. This is full-on fusion of Ernie's time-served keyboard skills melded into a downpour of horns and bass guitar. The male duet of vocals is the final touch that brings this almighty to a climax decorated by a saxophone that seems to have come from nowhere to finmish off what is one-hell-a-tune!

Two great sides in flawless previously unplayed condition - MANSHIP MINT!

Condition Report

Perfect labels - unblemished vinyl - flawless throughout. MANSHIP MINT

Perfect labels - unblemished vinyl - flawless throughout. MANSHIP MINT

Roosevelt Singers - Heavy Reggae (Johnny Reggae) / Smoking Wild - Sioux SI 025

Roosevelt Singers / Hong Gang

Heavy Reggae (Johnny Reggae) / Smoking Wild

Sioux : SI 025 (45s)

Taking Jonathan King's horrid bubblegum/Reggae hit by The Piglets, rinsing it clean of all the JK crass squeaky commercial elements that made many of KIng's productions unable to be taken seriously and replacing it with some proper vocals and a meaty Reggae dance pulses. You will soon forget all about the cringe-worthy first version. As the 6' 3" male snarl take the initiative, with the girls injecting seriousness into this 1972 dance project. Sexual groans, flirty girl chorurs and you are listening to a 1000% better production. Flushing your brain of any wincing memories of the novelty original recording by The Piglets.

B-side gives up a unique piano driven instrumental by The Gong Gang with a muscular bass guitar adding depth, repetitive maybe but not a copy of anything before it.

Fabulous condition, British promo from 1972.

Condition Report

Two clean label, a soft residue shadow on the a-side logo, flipside label is clean, 4 prong centre intact. vinyl is a flawless full gloss mint minus.

Two clean label, a soft residue shadow on the a-side logo, flipside label is clean, 4 prong centre intact. vinyl is a flawless full gloss mint minus.

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Maxine Brown - Oh  No Not My Baby / You Upset My Soul - Pye International 7N 25272 DJ

Maxine Brown

Oh No Not My Baby / You Upset My Soul

Pye International : 7N 25272 DJ (45s)

The Soul Queen of New York, with one of her best loved recordings, in by far and away its least seen format. A flawless mint minus 1964 UK Demo!

This most gorgeous songs, written by that incomparable writing partnership of Carol King and Gerry Goffin, elevated by a lush string-powered Bert Keyes arrangement. produced by the prolific Stanley Greenberg, the name "Stan Green" appearing on so many of those consummate Wand Soul recordings.

This King / Goffin masterpiece was to be recorded by a huge range of artists from all over the globe including Aretha Franklin, Manfred Mann, Cher, Dionne Warwick, Merry Clayton and many more, but none of them get even close to replicating this soaring glide towards Soul Heaven that Maxine's reassured voice portrays; bolstered by the affirmation of her boyfriend buying her a ring.

This is 60's Soul story-telling at it most vivid, painting a picture of a young girls rumor driven fears suddenly lifted as her guy comes through, exactly like she so hoped he would.

Maxine is so tender, so hopeful and so loyal, she is rewarded as you can hear her unbroken heart coming back to life, as deliverance is embedded every syllable of her young joy; what could be better than proving all your friends wrong.
"Oh No Not My Baby" is one of the all-time great Soul girl moments of the 60's... delivered by a R&B Princess soon to be crowned The Queen of New York Soul.

the flipside "You Upset My Soul " is a meaty Sister Northern Soul statement written by Reggie Albrecht and William Drain, produced by the might of Ludix productions, another New York Luther Dixon gem.

This truly magnificent song present before you as the 13th. November Pye International promo make a few old-school collectors hearts flutter...

Condition Report

lean date stamped a-side promo label, flipside promo label is perfect (see images). the 56 year old vinyl shows off totally flawless full gloss, a strong unblemished mint minus. this is a real beauty of a promo.

lean date stamped a-side promo label, flipside promo label is perfect (see images). the 56 year old vinyl shows off totally flawless full gloss, a strong unblemished mint minus. this is a real beauty of a promo.

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Lovers - Without A Doubt / One Way To Love - Frantic CR 2134 DJ

Lovers

Without A Doubt / One Way To Love

Frantic : CR 2134 DJ (45s)

Bay Area trophy time! Vocal group Northern Soul magic one side, dreamsville low-rider harmony stroller the other!

San Francisco entrepreneur/talent scout /manager/producer Arvey Andrews, having watched The Emotions in local Frisco clubs, took these popular 5 guys from a Northern California Deal Air station into the studio, hoping to turn them into local high-flyers. Recording first of all as The Emotions on his Vardan labels, quickly changing their name to "The Lovers". When lawyers pointed out there was already a male vocal-group "The Emotions" recording and releasing 45s for 20th Century Fox.
"Love Of A Girl" c/w "Do This For Me" Arvy quickly recorded and released a new b-side to couple with "Do this for me" b/w "someone" on the Gate label enlisting the seasoned experience of Arthur Wright from L.A. . Today both highly prized double siders of fine vocal group Northern Soul on their first local labels. With "Do this for me" b/w "someone" achieving national release through Philips in 1966.

But before you today is Arvey's most-wanted least seen 45, giving up two staggeringly fine examples of Rare Soul on the highly regarded "Frantic" label, an imprint just littered with highly collectable 45 from local bands from all over California. The Lovers consisted of James Gregory, Danny Saunders, Melvin Williams, McHenry Otis, and Robert Coleman. James Gregory & Danny Saunders were the lyricists behind both the Frantic recordings.

"Without A Doubt" is high-octane foot to the floor proper Northern Soul blasting horns, battering-ram percussion, interchanging lead vocals, burping brass intrusions and an insane trumpet solo welding all parts together. Soaring vocals riding a torrent of explosive instrumentation - PROPER NORTHERN SOUL - the real deal sitting in the exclusive category of unparalleled Northern Soul.

Flip it over - different tastes could argue "One Way To Love" is the superior recording, a festival of vocal group harmony excellence. The guys display their tight accord with a precisely constructed stroller, showcasing soaring vocals that change pitch at will. sympathetic horns gently cradle the voice and simplistic drumming rolls out the pace.

The Emotions The Lovers did not fade there they went to to become The Pacesetter for Willie Hoskins label Boola-Boola, moving to Liberty's national vehicle Minit Records then back to the bay with a solitary 45 on Berkeley's Fantasy label.

Such a talented gathering, with Frantic 2134 being by far and away their finest moment if you are a stalker of ultra-rare 45's.

Condition Report

Two totally clean promo labels (see impressive images), both sides of the vinyl carry multiple light surface marks, giving up light pops and ticks along the way. The music dominates on both sides (listen)

Two totally clean promo labels (see impressive images), both sides of the vinyl carry multiple light surface marks, giving up light pops and ticks along the way. The music dominates on both sides (listen)

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Otis Rush - I'm Satisfied / So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Chess 1751

Otis Rush

I'm Satisfied / So Many Roads, So Many Trains

chess: 1751 (45s)

As an authentic original SHELDON matrix stamped original this slab of 1960 Chicago R&B dance is no easy find. The few that have appeared on the internet are counterfeits without the depth of rich blue labels and the "Sheldon" matrux stamp in the deadwax. To acquire a 1960 press in mint minus condition still housed in it manufacturers brown sleeve is even more "impossible"

Before you today is one such vision of scarcity, original press in flawless condition, still housed in its birth sleeve, a rare R&B treat indeed. Especially as this is one of Otis's most impressive R&B dancers.

His energetic Blues decorated with his signature "long-bent-note" guitar skills style, cascading around his rich but perfectly smooth vocal. Partitioned with some fabulous slow-burn moments of passion. A rare style of which he was a master of West Side Chicago Blues.

This is one of Otis's very best dance tune, tat has maybe lived in the shadows of his other R&B jewels like "Homework" "Sit Down Baby" and similar in make up to the fabulous "Keep On Loving Me Baby" on Cobra. With more a few lines reiterated in this "I'm Satisfied" session, from the Cobra cut from one year earlier. Personally I adore this 1960 creation just as much; but not as much as the spectacular condition, that we shall most probably never encounter again.

The flipside, the original a-side showcases West Side Chicago Blues at it most moving.

Two great sides, in eye condition preserved condition.

Condition Report

Two flawless rich blue label, sharp silver text with not a hint of storage rub. Vinyl is equally impressive, with full gloss revealing only the merest faint sleeve contact hairline when agled in the light. as you will hear, it plays loud, crisp and true.

Two flawless rich blue label, sharp silver text with not a hint of storage rub. Vinyl is equally impressive, with full gloss revealing only the merest faint sleeve contact hairline when agled in the light. as you will hear, it plays loud, crisp and true.

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Bobby Guy - Good Enough / A Vow - Apt 45-25052

Bobby Guy

Good Enough / A Vow

Apt : 45-25052 (45s)

Scowling, attitude saturated, sax-powered New York Popcorn / R&B at it's most potent.

Another early 60s screamer from the desk of the Big Apple's Queen of R&B. Pearl Woods penchant for the screaming saxophone again takes centre-stage, serving up truly destructive sax-mechanics to accompany Howard Guyton's haunting vocal. For the perfect Popcorn dance-groove to take to the air. Seasoned arranger / producer Leroy Kirkland decorates the session with chirping songbirds, shrill choruses of "Good Enough" affirming Bobby's expectations of just loving him is "Good Enough"

Fresh from his 50's vocal schooling as part of the Five Pearls along with Derek Martin, Dave Clowney, George Torrence and Coley Washington. Bobby goes solo for the first time, sadly then having to wait a further six years before he cut his NS anthem "I Watched You Slowly Slip Away" with Teddy Randazzo.

"Good Enough" is of course a totally different animal to "Slowly Slip Away". Pearl Woods ensures it's a tumultuous journey of manly doubt. Saturated in insecurity, masked by exaggerated machoism that becomes more and more potent as the saxophonist backs his cross-examination with a screeching outpouring of aggression.

Some tune, this is!

Haunting, whilst being super powerful, addictive whilst igniting motivation... an explosive cocktail of everything that was special about New York during it's early 60's R&B scene.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, good gloss on vinyl, some soft sleeve storage marks, plays crisp clean and true, all housed in birth sleeve

Two clean labels, good gloss on vinyl, some soft sleeve storage marks, plays crisp clean and true, all housed in birth sleeve

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Buster Pearson - Ain't It Groovy / same: - Big Shot BI 6156 DJ

Buster Pearson

Ain't It Groovy / same:

Big Shot : BI 6156 DJ (45s)

Fabulous D.I.Y. Reggae from the father of the mid-80's smash-hit all girl group "Five Star". Cut this impressive tune,11 years earlier in 1973 creating his own dance recording writing and producing this highly regarded "Ain't It Groovy".

Loosely borrowed from King Floyd's "Groove Me". Buster employs a heavy Hammond background, creating Funky Reggae pulses from a relentless bass-guitar presence, making for a heady mix of Reggae/Soul/Funk. Buster softly rasping voice jerking it's way through the irresistible arrangement. a record that has gathered fabs from botyh camps over the years Funk & REggae collectors are equally at home dropping the arm on this onbe.

This copy is in spectacular condition, most likely unplayed before we lifted the sound file acquired from Pop DJ who didn't seam to play Reggae at all.

It is unlikely you will ever acquire a finer copy of this 47 year old promo.

Condition Report

Two unblemished promo labels, 4 prong centre intact. strong clean mint minus vinyl only reveling the merest sleeve storage hairline or two when angled in the light. A fabulously clean copy!

Two unblemished promo labels, 4 prong centre intact. strong clean mint minus vinyl only reveling the merest sleeve storage hairline or two when angled in the light. A fabulously clean copy!

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Tony Middleton - To The Ends Of the Earth / Don't Ever Leave Me - Polydor International NH 421038

Tony Middleton

To The Ends Of the Earth / Don't Ever Leave Me

Australia Polydor International : NH 421038 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas.

A flawless 1966 Australian press - housed in birth-sleeve...breathtaking.

Let's Get Serious!

Condition Report

perfect labels, no indication of being plays, virginal spindle hole. Full gloss unblemished vinyl - housed in Philips Electrical PTY Limited birth sleeve.

perfect labels, no indication of being plays, virginal spindle hole. Full gloss unblemished vinyl - housed in Philips Electrical PTY Limited birth sleeve.

Gloria Howell - You'd Better Hurry Up / He's Gone - Big City 101

Gloria Howell

You'd Better Hurry Up / He's Gone

Big City : 101 (45s)

RAREST OF THE RARE - NORTHERN SOUL from the desk of Robert Banks and Clarence Jackson.

Clarence Hunter lively composition, is afforded a typically fully manned New York production; crammed with rattling percussion, intrusive hard-blown horns, decorated with Robert Banks piano mastery, ideal for Gloria's shrill young vocal to ride to its limits. Add rich girl-group choruses assistance and you have the contrasting sound of the "Big City" cradling a beautifully insistent Gloria's request for her man to come home, before she replaces him.

The always impressive Robert Banks horn section is as strong as ever, sweet Gloria glides through the lyrics, girl-group echoing her every request...

THIS IS REAL-DEAL NORTHERN SOUL at it very rarest. A NS trophy-piece that very few DJ's have ever owned.

But it's the flipside (which was the original a-side) that strongly piques my interest "He's Gone " is another "Girl Sound" journey of immense power, this time the pace drops right down to an funeral-march in an earthquake. An immense "Beat-Ballad Heaven" experience again glistening with all the Robert Banks signature elements he exudes in every one of his arrangements.

An amazing double helping of beyond rare New York Northern Soul ...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, no writing, sticker or stains but does some suffer a little from some minuscule flake around the centrepiece (see images).

Two clean labels, no writing, sticker or stains but does some suffer a little from some minuscule flake around the centrepiece (see images).

Chris Jackson - I'll Never Forget You / Forever I'll Stay With You - Soul City SC 112

Chris Jackson

I'll Never Forget You / Forever I'll Stay With You

Soul City : SC 112 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

50 years old and previously unplayed !

an astonishing copy in archive condition.

Remembering this Northern Soul classic from the desk of Dave Godin, carries a flipside "Forever I'll Stay With You " that weas only issued in the UK.

Two killer sides in " impossible" condition previously unplayed condition!

Condition Report

MANSHIP MINTS , previously unplayed vinyl - soft storage signs on label (see images) - still housed in birth sleeve

MANSHIP MINTS , previously unplayed vinyl - soft storage signs on label (see images) - still housed in birth sleeve

Sunlovers - You'll Never Make The Grade / This Love Of Ours - Mutt & Jeff 18

Sunlovers

You'll Never Make The Grade / This Love Of Ours

Mutt & Jeff : 18 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

A legendary Northern Soul disc with history!"

The old-school Northern Soul collectors will have his mind immediately cast back to his fledgling years, when the flamboyant Simon Soussan started to bootleg his most brilliant stomping finds. This example made on the streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 1967. By 1973 it had been given a new identity. A different label, pseudonym artist and different writers. Simon's imagination had no boundaries of deception, when it came to marketing 45s to the then rather naïve Northern Soul market.

This particular Northern Soul stomper first arrived in Britain at Select-a-disc on the never seen before Aliza label, credited as EDDIE PARKER(of all people) and The Sunlovers - You'll Never Make The Grade written by Jack Ashford & Lorraine Chandler, produced by Lorraine Chandler. Crazy really when you think he could have just telephoned Joe Jefferson and had a few copies pressed up legally..

Produced by Joey Jefferson on his now iconic Mutt & Jeff label, arranged by Ray Jackson. The crew deliver real-deal high-octane Northern Soul. The type that met the needs of the amphetamine fuelled youngsters of British allniter scene. Everything there in abundance for a frenetic two and half minutes of gymnastic fuel. A proper "Stomper" in the true sense of the word..

The flipside sadly dismissed back in the 70's as a ballad of no use to the DJ's. But today is heralded as a Sweet Soul/Lowrider treasure. Delicately arranged by the immense talents of Arthur Wright, not only the master of the Los Angeles Northern Soul sound, but also the mentor for many group harmony sessions of excellence.

Two great sides, in its first VINYL press from the desk of the talented Joey Jefferson.




Condition Report

mint throughout, perfect

mint throughout, perfect

Virginia Wolves - Stay / B. L. T. - Amy 966 DJ

Virginia Wolves

Stay / B. L. T.

Amy : 966 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - flawless promo labels - still housed in birth-sleeve

A timeless Muscle Shoals Northern Soul classic in te finest possible virgin condition

Condition Report

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - flawless promo labels - still housed in birth-sleeve

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - flawless promo labels - still housed in birth-sleeve

Bobby Bland - How Does A Cheating Woman / Don't Cry No More - Duke 336

Bobby Bland

How Does A Cheating Woman Feel / Don't Cry No More

Duke: Duke 336 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Bobby Bland's RAREST 45. withdrawn from sale.

Serious Rare Soul scholars will already know, but do feel free to run and check over your carefully compiled run of Duke 45's, perhaps one of the most treasured areas of your collection.
We are more than certain you will discover Duke #336 is missing. Due to it being withdrawn from sale, during an undocumented riff between Bobby Bland and Duke boss Don Robey (Deadric Malone) over the release.

Sir Shambling (the world's leading expert on Southern/Deep Soul), told a story of Don not liking this release one bit and only an alleged few ever left the building. Don even went to the lengths of putting an advert in Music Magazines, that someone had bootlegged his product and all distributors were asked return the 45 and all shops must stop selling this disc. It of course wasn't ever a bootleg, but this was the only way to convince distributors and stores to return any stock they may have, to be destroyed

Nobody seems to know exactly why Don Robey was so determined this release was taken out of circulation and went to such painstaking lengths to ensure it was. Some opinions think it may have been a short-term private dispute between Bobby "Blue" and himself. Some have even suggested the title "How Does A Cheating Woman Feel" was too close to events happening at the time (for someone) but we don't know who. No matter what the reason, this 45 is certainly no bootleg and today stands proud as Bobby Bland's rarest 45 in his extensive DUKE catalog. And two truly superb examples of Bobby's early 60's recordings..

This 1961 withdrawn 45 is utterly flawless - AMANSHIP MINT - a record for those of you dedicated to the most important label runs, iconic artists, and the fascinating history surrounding them.

Bobby Bland's rarest 45 is waiting to complete you Bobby "Blue" collection...

Condition Report

Manship Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Manship Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Jo Ann Garrett - A Whole New Plan / Stay By My Side - Chess 1959

Jo Ann Garrett

A Whole New Plan / Stay By My Side - Chess

Chess : 1959 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels - housed in birth-sleeve

Classic Sister Northern Soul in perfect previously unplayed condition

Condition Report

Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels - housed in birth-sleeve<br />

Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels - housed in birth-sleeve

Rain - Out Of My Mind / same: 2:21 version - Bell 45142 DJ

Rain

Out Of My Mind / same: 2:21 version

Bell : 45142 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

a MANSHIP MINT for Christmas - in by far and away it's rarest label design. Red logo, white background, black star and text, a very elusive label vista.

A record so synonymous with Wigan Casino, few people are aware it started life at Cleethorpes Pier long before destroying the fabled dancefloor at the Casino.

The highly regarded "Pier" DJ "Poke" was the first DJ to spin it in the UK; covered up as "Joan Moody - I'm Comin' Home". But nobody, not even "Poke" himself knew the real identity of what the song nor the artist actually was.
The record he had, was wrongly labelled as "Vicki Anderson" "I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff" on Brownstone, which it clearly wasn't. Just like most of "Poke's" turntable choices of the day, it soon became a Cleethorpes Pier monster dancefloor favourite. When it's true status became known, it soon became Wigan Casino anthem. So much so, it featured in that 1977 wonderfully unbiased Tony Palmer "This England" TV documentary about Wigan Casino.

It is not too often a nice clean copy of the classic, this listing is MINT!

A listing for those of you accumulating the NS anthems as eye-candy rare variation promo's, in the finest possible condition.

Condition Report

Two flawless variation promo labels, unblemished perfect vinyl, all housed in birth-sleeve

Two flawless variation promo labels, unblemished perfect vinyl, all housed in birth-sleeve

Knight Bros. - City Life / Come On Girl - Checker 1076

Knight Bros.

City Life / Come On Girl

Checker : 1076 (45s)

Quite easily the Knight Brothers rarest 45, and we think, by fare their best Northern Soul offering. The duo's featuring Jimmy Diggs and Richard Knight gliding through a smooth horn propelled Big City cha-cha Popcorn / Northern Soul arrangement.

Addictive seamless dancer bedecked with soaring brass, shrill chirping girl choruses and a stunning trumpet solo that adds yet another layer to this more than addictive recording.

Their 3rd 45 release before they achieved a minor hit with "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me" that triggered a couple of compilation CDs featuring the 9 45's the duo managed to release, before Richard Knight joined the Brothers Soul to become an integral part of one of Detroit most revered writing and singing teams. "City Lights" remains the rarest of all Richard Knight's vinyl excursions. It sold nothing upon release, spending decades being overlooked, it's rarity prevented the Northern Soul progress to stardom it so deserved.

Now regarded as a neglected NS masterpiece of our sound, time for some enterprising NS DJ to again get behind this all but forgotten winner. Its authentic rarity, will always turn heads, ask questions, trigger turntable voyeurs to crane their necks; whilst delighting those who revel in dancing to the quality underplayed rarities, that far too seldom are owned by DJ's you'd expect to carry it.

So listen now to a truly wonderful tune, that has been starving the NS populous of its charismatic charms for far too long.

PS the Bert Berns crafted flipside is damn good, also! Two great sides, one super rare disc...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, light storage wear (see images), vinyl reveals

Two clean labels, light storage wear (see images), vinyl reveals

Septimus  - We Want A Piece Of The Pie / Take Love Where You find It - Alco Research and Engineering Co. test press

Septimus

We Want A Piece Of The Pie / Take Love Where You find It

Alco Research and Engineering Co.: AB 101 test press (45s)

What a cool find!

Featuring two of the best tracks from their 1982 "Grail" Album "We Want A Piece Of The Pie". The silky smooth title track "We Want A Piece Of The Pie" backed with and the killer Sister Boogie dancer by Lelia Yates "Take Love Where You find It" on one super-rare test press from Alco Research and engineering of Los Angeles. The prequel the the hideously "impossible" 1982 release on "Chosen Few Records"

The 1982 original album, changes hands for rather large sums, full uplifting Boogie, including this "Take Love Where You find I". So sought-after Cultures Of Soul Records fed the demand by reissuing the album just two years ago. The original 45 which actually had a very limited L.A. press in 1982 on "Chosen Few Records" that 45 we have only seen in the flesh once before.

So check out why collectors are clamouring for ownership of the album; we kick off the creamy-rich big-production Soulful stroller by group leader and producer Anthony Browne. A building session, showcasing Tony's velvety vocal, cradled by a full girl choir lifting up the background in spectacular fashion. A truly gorgeous floater you'll find playing, time and time again, as it creeps under your skin.

In complete contrast the flipside featuring the lead vocal of Lelia Yates, is instant foot-to-floor Boogie dance, percolating high-energy from the very first beat. Again those sharp songbirds backing floods the session,, partitioned by potent bass guitar pulse, rattling percussion breaks, bongos rhythms and throbbing Synthesiser ensures an impressive non-stop Boogie dance experience from the streets of L.A.

Two polar opposites, lifted from a cult album, presented here on a test press 7"

Condition Report

Alco Research and Engineering Co. logo'd labels, with hand written credits. Vinyl carries strong gloss revealing some soft hairlines, plays great, remembering this is the product of a virgin masterplate.

Alco Research and Engineering Co. logo'd labels, with hand written credits. Vinyl carries strong gloss revealing some soft hairlines, plays great, remembering this is the product of a virgin masterplate.

Wayne Fontana - Waiting For a Break In The Clouds / Never An Everyday Thing - Fontana TF 976

Wayne Fontana

Waiting For a Break In The Clouds / Never An Everyday Thing

Fontana : TF 976 (45s)

Hidden away on the flipside of a "fabtastic" Ben Findon & Peter Shelley attempt to clone "The Foundations" sound, that was hitting home runs for Pye in 1968 "Never An Everyday Thing" with 100 club, Oxford Street, players "Freakbeat" group " Katch 22" providing the backing vocals, the prolific Mike Vickers did a great job producing this mid-September 1968. The gathering completely capturing that "Brit-Soul-Pop" singalong club dancer feel, but it failed to trigger the imagination of the Radio or the Club DJ's.

But the flipside decades later has emerged as a highly regarded "Freakbeat" winner, written by Glyn Ellis himself, with his "MIndbenders" out of the picture after the breakup 3v years earlier. Maybe "Katch 22" had some studio influence on the instrumental makeup of this powerful song. Wild freaky guitars part the vocals on no less than 6 occasions, with Wayne Fontana's rich voice and the seamless harmony backing voices, more than happy to stand back and let those pletrums add some real muscle to the session.

A killer slab of 1968 MOD/Freakbeat that is becoming more and more sought after on the back of enthusiastic DJ exposure.

Good tune!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre fully intact, full gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft surface blemishes under direct light. still housed in birth-sleeve. very fine copy indeed

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre fully intact, full gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft surface blemishes under direct light. still housed in birth-sleeve. very fine copy indeed

Wallace Brothers - Soul Connection / 1966 British album - Sue ILP 950

Wallace Brothers

Soul Connection / 1966 British album

UK Sue: ILP 950 (LP)

Britain's rarest Real-Soul Album.

The seriously elusive 1966 British SUE press, that never shows for sale in acceptable condition.

Essentially this 16 track Real-Soul masterpiece, is an extension of the 1964 legendary Sims album "Soul, Soul And More Soul" underlining Guy Steven's total commitment to bringing R&B/Soul music to the streets of London. Only omitting I'll Still off the Sims album 1.Love You 2. You're Mine. Guy added in 6 post 1964 tracks turning this project of the heart into an unparalleled 16 track UK Soul album mostly engineered by the iconic Rick Hall.

Universally considered by Soul scholars as one of the greatest Soul albums ever compiled, and by British collectors as the most difficult and rarest British Soul LP to acquire. The legendary UK Sue label imprint lifting it another level of collectability.
The impressive track listing is: with * denoting the tracks we have sample for you

A-side track listing 1. Lover's Prayer * 2.I'll Step Aside 3. Precious Words * 4. Hold My Hurt For Awhile 5. These Arms Of Mine 6. Love Me Like I Love You * 7. Girls Alright With Me 8.Stepping Stone
B-side track listing 1. She Loves Me Not * 2. Faith 3. I'll Let Nothing Separate Me * 4. Talking About My Baby 5. One Way Affair * 6. Bye Bye Bye 7. Who's Foolin' Who * 8. Go On Girl











Condition Report

The fragile all card, non-laminate sleeve, like the Barbara Lynn, Bob & Earl albums are notorious for being rarely witnessed in anything but worn condition. This copy has two crisp, bright unblemished, SUE labels (see images). The vinyl is exceptional, Mint minus with full gloss revealing just a few sparse, soft hairlines , as you can hear it plays superb throughout. play tested as i just had to hear the whole Soulful experience in its entirety. <br /> <br /> The cover reveals soft storage wear, the bright lime green background has some faint storage grime, the back cover some occasional peel. Inspect images, we've graded it vg+, no splits, writing, stickers or stains. It is a cover as y=we said prior, that is notorious for being "impossible" to locate in a clean state, due to its manufacturing material. Soft card, bright but low density ink, storage rub seems inevitable.

The fragile all card, non-laminate sleeve, like the Barbara Lynn, Bob & Earl albums are notorious for being rarely witnessed in anything but worn condition. This copy has two crisp, bright unblemished, SUE labels (see images). The vinyl is exceptional, Mint minus with full gloss revealing just a few sparse, soft hairlines , as you can hear it plays superb throughout. play tested as i just had to hear the whole Soulful experience in its entirety.

The cover reveals soft storage wear, the bright lime green background has some faint storage grime, the back cover some occasional peel. Inspect images, we've graded it vg+, no splits, writing, stickers or stains. It is a cover as y=we said prior, that is notorious for being "impossible" to locate in a clean state, due to its manufacturing material. Soft card, bright but low density ink, storage rub seems inevitable.

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