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Constellations - I Don't Know About You / Easy To Be Hard - Gemini Star 30008

Constellations

I Don't Know About You / Easy To Be Hard

Gemini Star : 30008 (45s)

The Massively in-demand, crowd pleasing, floor-filler in utterly beautifully clean condition.

Yes, that easy going hovering Soul group harmonizing was honed in their earlier formation on the streets of Chicago with "Artistics" sometime member joining their ranks; before seeking fame in New York; fortunately coming under the stewardship of Gemini Star executives producer Pat Jaques, assisted by renowned Jazz/Soul arranger the gifted Richard Tee. Resulting in two worthy 45's. "I Don't Know About You" being by far the rarest and most wanted. Those tight, slick harmonies and stage prowess and their sleek dance routines, soon caught the eye of Dionne Warwick's management, they were soon on stage with Dionne as her eye-catching backing group. Releasing two more worthy singles for Dionne Warwick's label "Sonday"

This is the "Four's" greatest recording, Frankie Floyd, Zach Sanders, Bernard Reed & Bobby Earl Williams seamlessly fusing on this sublime Northern Soul dancer, benefitting from the stealthy build up of power, as it changes through the gears on a raft of strings and glorious harmonies. Decorated with a blend of differing soulful vocal including a fabulous contrast of a baritone rap and a soaring falsetto, a dazzling collaboration by Tee & Jaques.

Utterly brilliant every step of the way, a dance experience guaranteed to lift your evening.

A record made all the more challenging to acquire as "Gemini Star" concentrated on promoting the a-side, a song from the Broadway hit show "Hair". L:eaving "I Don't Know About You" never ever pressed as a promo copy. The double sided "Easy To Be Hard" promo the only format to be sent to radio stations and DJs. Sadly the blinding vocal-group genius of "I Don't Know About You" was never heard over the USA airwaves..

Another masterpiece deprived the American public of a masterpiece - thank heaven for those investigation Northern Soul pioneers.

This copy is in beautifully stunning condition.

Condition Report

Two bright clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve brush blemish not affecting play, still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Two bright clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve brush blemish not affecting play, still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Ray Charles And His Orchestra -  I Don't Need No Doctor / Please Say You're Fooling - His Master's Voice POP 1566 DJ

Ray Charles And His Orchestra

I Don't Need No Doctor / Please Say You're Fooling

His Master's Voice : POP 1566 DJ (45s)

The highly desirable November 1966 green & white UK promo copy.

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, "I Don't Need No Doctor" vinyl reveals multiple soft fine surface hairlines under light, plays totally clean. A-side vinyl is vg with a few scratches casing some soft ticks along the way. Killer MOD Northern Soul in its rarest form!

two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, "I Don't Need No Doctor" vinyl reveals multiple soft fine surface hairlines under light, plays totally clean. A-side vinyl is vg with a few scratches casing some soft ticks along the way. Killer MOD Northern Soul in its rarest form!

Carl Douglas - Serving A Sentence Of Life / Nobody Cries - United Artists UP 1206 DJ

Carl Douglas

Serving A Sentence Of Life / Nobody Cries

United Artists : UP 1206 (45s)

After honing his trade with the likes of J. J. Jackson, Sidney Barnes, Pierre Tubbs returned to the UK to work with the likes of Jess & James on MGM, Carl Douglas on Go & United Artists. With Carl in 1967 he released two 45's, that enjoyed USA release on the illustrious Okeh label. A year later, as far as the Northern Soul scene is concerned; he wrote, arranged and produced a timeless Northern Soul classic that not only did Pierre consider only worthy of a B-side slot, it also was a UK only release. (no USA release)

It didn't take long for those young NS investigators playing anything and everything they could find on British vinyl, in search of lost gems. So that new discoveries like "Serving A Sentence Of Life" would received the attention it so deserved. Soon becoming an early 70's UK Grail, high on the "dream list" of every junior-digger on his weekend vinyl truffling-trips.

I do remember those days, when countrywide, now famed diggers like Steve Glover (covering Birmingham), Tony Ellis (covering the South East), The Frost Brothers covering Leicester, Joey Dunlop covering Wales, Bunny Hewitt (covering the North East..) Dickie Watt methodically scouring the North West and beyond the Scottish borders; then there were literally hoards of others in hot pursuit of the intrepid Brian "45" Philips pillaging the shops in Greater Manchester.

Britain's market stalls, second hand shops, cut-out bins, the 100's of established TV / Electrical outlets who used to stock records were under daily siege from these young dedicates of Northern Soul.

This merry band of countrywide "diggers" were hard at work trying to discover records of this calibre. Where the production smashed home, with every dancefloor-criteria met, triggering backdrops, spins and trickery of foot whilst still sending out a Soulful message of hurt, despair, hopelessness, struggle; essential wording to be considered "Soul" sung by an admirable vocal..

Who exactly was the first person to discover this torrent of Northern Soul hidden away on a flipside, I don't know. But he knows, he will always know, the discovery records like this, hearing them for the very first time. Is for a lifelong Northern Soul digger, akin to your first time fishing with your Dad, your debut under-age pint or that first "Bike Shed" experience with Lucy Packworth...

Moments that will stay with you for life... even if a despondent Carl Douglas is serving the sentence of life, the thrill of it's discovery must have been immense... for some young chap.

Top drawer, legendary UK only Northern Soul, that started with a cursory spin of a flipside!!

Beat ballad scholars you may like to hear the big white "A" side Pierre chose to lead with...

Condition Report

Two totally clean solid centre labels, not a blemish to spoil that heart-fluttering glossy vista. Housed in a correct "Emitex" logo'd United Artists sleeve. This is a sight that many of us early 70's apprentice "diggers" dreamed of encountering, but of course I never did.

Two totally clean solid centre labels, not a blemish to spoil that heart-fluttering glossy vista. Housed in a correct "Emitex" logo'd United Artists sleeve. This is a sight that many of us early 70's apprentice "diggers" dreamed of encountering, but of course I never did.

Jades - Blue Black Hair / Surfin' Crow - Oxboro 2002

Jades

Blue Black Hair / Surfin' Crow

Oxboro : 2002 (45s)

Two killer sides, a cocktail of raging Rockabilly, Garage & surf a five man band emerging from just south of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Bloomington Mn. Release on David Hersk's well established local Gaity labelfor release February 23rd 1964, simultaneously launched by Jim Madison for his burgeoning Oxboro neighborhood imprint.

Contrary to this quintet's tranquil lake-chequered surroundings, The Jades equip themselves to whip up distilled "Garage" mayhem with merciless manipulation by three guitars, rapid-fire relentless drumming, all delivered on-point, with classy, and seemingly effortless restraint.

The a-side is a standout but a potent rock n' roller, relentless racing rhythms, harnessed by Orbison-esque vocal, skilled resolute drumming drives the narrative - this is very cool, feel-good suburbia Rock and Roll.

The flipside is "the business" also, from Roy Orbison inspired vocals of the a-side, to Dick Dale inspired electric guitar riffs, broken up by the occasional "Crow" impressions, again frantic drumming propelling the pace the trio of guitars give up0 superior surf.

RARE and in superb condition ..


Condition Report

Two clean labels, near unblemished Mint minus vinyl a fabulously clean copy.

Two clean labels, near unblemished Mint minus vinyl a fabulously clean copy.

Jimmy Mack - A Woman Is Hard To Understand / Hard To Understand - Hamster H 4541

Jimmy Mack

A Woman Is Hard To Understand / Hard To Understand

Hamster : H 4541 (45s)

You are viewing one of the very rarest Northern Soul originals it is possible to own... Originally a "last-hour" Blackpool Mecca spin, quickly turning into monster for the whole year; before it's untimely counterfeiting.

Right in that modern soul dance groove, that was sweeping the country; with tunes like Willie Brown - Get Out And Get It, Nate Evans - This Time With Feeling etc. that dance beat that ignore all those New York disco influences. Brave meatier productions, honkin horns, wah-wah guitar rhythms, cooing girls, subtle drum rhythms and a truly "Soulful" vocal spitting out his experiences with that unpredictable gender.

It was of course the main pulse-raiser of The Blackpool Mecca, DJ Colin Curtis who first dropped the arm on this instant Highland Room favourite; busting the place up by dropping Delray's Incorporated - Destination Unknown - straight after it..
Maybe the vision of two rare "green" labels on the turntables at the same time, was another one of Colin's teases, boggling the minds of the rubber-neckin' voyeurs trying to catch a glimpse of his relentless parade of exclusives of the time.

Maybe Soul Sam was the only Cleethorpes jock to be able to spin this one, it was silly rare in 1976... today it is Unicorn rare. Giving me so much please this week; both visually and audibly. As I can't remember the last time I heard or saw an authentic original..

The horrid low hi-fi repro copy is traceable, but let me assure you the authentic first press is beyond rare and always has been...

Condition Report

Immaculate! tip top Mint minus condition throughout reveals on the merest soft sleeve storage hairlines. Two rich green labels, no fade, just a beautiful copy.

Immaculate! tip top Mint minus condition throughout reveals on the merest soft sleeve storage hairlines. Two rich green labels, no fade, just a beautiful copy.

Cinderellas - Baby Baby (I Still Love You) / Please Don't Wake Me - Dimension D-1026 paper label

Cinderellas

Baby Baby (I Still Love You) / Please Don't Wake Me

Dimension : D-1026 paper label (45s)

Dimension Records often used "Bell Records" disliked method of design using "screen print" ink onto the blank plastic styrene label, a manufacturing method that is universally shunned by most-all record collectors. As over years of even careful storage the ink fades with handling, or even rubs off completely if any vinyl cleaning agents come into contact with the label face. If there is an alternative manufactures materials design, the richly coloured paper label, is the choice to buy, every time, if you can find one!

Before you today is the seldom seen "paper" label, a quick Discogs search on the label images on this title clearly shows what happens to the "ink" screen print over time. That said the "paper" label alternative is RARE and highly coveted by girl-group and Northern Soul aficionados alike "Baby Baby (I Still Love You)" started life as a flipside, but quickly became the preferred play side in Europe. Especially benefitting from potent saxophone break, and inticing dance pulses. .

"Cinderellas" were one of the most important and indeed influential east coast girl groups of the 50's and 60's. On this 1964 45 guided by "Brill Building" legendary couple Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil with the "special" addition of Phil Spector student Russ Titelman. The trio build on their girl-group excellence after an already engrained into the three girls with an apprenticeship of older sisters/friends and rubbing shoulders with Soul Sister greats like Margie Henbrix and Darlene McCrae who left to join Ray Charles' Raelettes what was left, morphed into "The Cookies" who, themselves found solid chart success. Another update of name saw the lead singer part dominated by Martha Ross rather than Earl-Jean who started a short-lived but highly regarded solo career.

The reason this stunning copy is on auction today, hinges on the stand-out condition and the seldom seen, very sought after "paper" label. That we know will be appreciated by those serious about collecting exceptional records, in remarkable condition in their rarest most-sought after form.

Condition Report

Two perfect paper labels, full gloss mint archive vinyl. Still housed in vintage brown sleeve. As good as it gets!

Two perfect paper labels, full gloss mint archive vinyl. Still housed in vintage brown sleeve. As good as it gets!

Sidney Hall- I'm A Lover / The Weekend - Shrine SR 109

Sidney Hall

I'm A Lover / The Weekend

Shrine: SR 109 (45s)

SHRINE TIME!

A record that really so often splits opinion, on which side to play, when and where.

Stockholm Soul Weekender DJ Karl Marthon likes to "warm up" with "I'm A Lover" - a mountainous vocal mobilisation of Sidney's "Pollard-esque" booming voice supported by Dale Warren's insistent but Heavenly girl choruses hovering aloft, soaring high above the heavy-duty, solo-stick drumming, beating time, propelling the doomed horns;, so very effective it elevates those cooing girls, from angelic songbirds into squealing, near hysteria choral responses, as Sidney turns up the power of his commanding voice.

BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN AND MORE

Whilst the renowned Midlands time-served and highly respected NS Jock, Rob Gray goes hard with a traditional Northern Soul stomper again Dale Warren enlists those highly strung ladies and pumping horns and quick-fire rattling piano keys to drive the dance pulses, whilst the Sidney Hall's snarling vocal makes sure nobody is sitting down.

Two fabulously raw "Shrine" styled Northern Soul winners on one extremely desirable disc.

For me though, it is "I'm A Lover " coming through on top, as one of the finest "NS Beat Ballads" of that era.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, see images, clean bright vinyl with hardly a blemish

Two clean labels, see images, clean bright vinyl with hardly a blemish

Big Mama Thornton and the Hi-Tones - Don't Talk Back / Big Mama's Coming Home - Irma 1 R 13 X

Big Mama Thornton and the Hi-Tones

Don't Talk Back / Big Mama's Coming Home

Irma : 1 R 13 X (45s)

The fabled "impossible" 1957 heavy-duty original press of Big Mama Thornton's rarest R&B screamer, in just fabulous condition.

Written and produced by the Bay Area's prolific R&B entrepreneur writer, producer and serial label owner. In fact the main force behind Bay Area black music in the late 50s. Owner of Art-Tone Records, Big Town, Irma Records, Veltone Records producer for local artists like Etta James, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Jimmy McCracklin, Johnny Fuller etc.

The first release on "Irma" named after his young love and future wife Irma Jean Dyer, who "Bob" dedicated several Blues recordings to over the years.
The release number is way out of sync with the rest of the labels catalogue numbers, but if you've ever held a John Fuller at the same time as this disc, it is obviously of an earlier manufacture. Heavy-weight, solid, non-flexible vinyl.

The disc gives up not one but two absolute powerhouses of the genre. After leaving Houston, Texas and Peacock Records, Willie Mae "Big Mama" settled in the Bay Area and hooked up with charismatic Bob Geddins, this is the result of that get together, two highly experienced R&B performers working with the Bob Geddins band. "Big Mama's" trademark rasping snarl at the forefront of both recordings.

Its reputation for extreme rarity, triggered a 2009 bootleg to meet demand - here is the so hard to acquire first press!


Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss on the heavy-duty vinyl, reveals only the merest signs of birth sleeve storage, a fabulous copy of a very rare 45.

Two clean labels, strong gloss on the heavy-duty vinyl, reveals only the merest signs of birth sleeve storage, a fabulous copy of a very rare 45.

Detroit Lad Apples - I Need Help / Precious Memories - Shotgun 203

Detroit Land Apples

I Need Help / Precious Memories

Shotgun: 203 (45s)

Yes a real one!

Only an authentic original copy, if it has a stamped in "NASHVILLE MATRIX"

A Torch & Cats total monster, that also lit up the early days of Wigan Casino, a real-deal Northern Soul instrumental.

No wonder when spoke to George Soul(e) the writer of "I Need Help" if there was ever a vocal version? He knew not a thing of what I was talking about. Mainly because he didn't write it, George Soul was a pseudonym for Carl Spelbring the composer. Who used it as a flipside for Robbie D. and The Robbettes - "Precious Memories" - the only release on J. Paul Henderson's "Shotgun" label. Utilizing both Golden, Ric Tic and Don Davis influence as he used his fluent DJ voice to rap away over the Fantastic Four's "Girl Have Pity"

"I Need Help" did originally have vocal but according to "Mr. Shotgun" himself "Paul Henderson" that was never pressed onto vinyl and the he used on his radio show tapes were lost a long long time ago.

Listen now to a heart-stopping Motor City piano pulses lay down the base for percolating horns and an intrusive rasping saxophone to move it to yet another level.

One of the most memorable real-deal Northern Soul instrumentals of them all, an emblematic NS instrumental and so damn hard to acquire as "The Real-Deal" original.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, good gloss on vinyl reveals on a few soft surface hairlines.

Two clean labels, good gloss on vinyl reveals on a few soft surface hairlines.

Intros - Stop Look And Listen / Crystal - Jamie 1350

Intros

Stop Look And Listen / Crystal

Jamie: 1350 (45s)

A fine clean copy of this elusive 1968 Philly girl-group dancer, coated with Philadelphia pedigree, in part from the desk Bobby Martin but most likely produced by Bob "Girl Across The Street" Finiz. Coming from the Dandelion Music stable who steered many a Arctic Recording and other Jamie Northern Soul greats like Pookie Hudson "This Gets To Me" etc.

Sounding very much like a moonlighting "Honey & The Bees" this was, this gathering of girls only credit on a 45. Typically, string drenched zippy production ridden by a bevvy of shrill ladies, warning the boy to stop, listen and listen, before it's too late.

One of the rare Jamie 45's especially in this perfect condition, two unblemished labels, flawless vinyl, snug inside the factory sleeve.

One for fans of the Northern Soul girl sound; tight, crisp and fluid. Just like we've grown to expect from pre-TSOP productions from the city that prided itself on the lush productions, which this certainly is.

Top drawer girl group NS that seldom comes to market.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss near mint minus vinyl, full gloss reveals just a few soft surface hairlines both sides play crisp ad clean.

Two clean labels, strong gloss near mint minus vinyl, full gloss reveals just a few soft surface hairlines both sides play crisp ad clean.

Hy-Tones - You Don't Even Know My Name / Till You Break Up With Him - Bell 627 DJ

Hy-Tones

You Don't Even Know My Name / Till You Break Up With Him

Bell : 627 DJ (45s)

After just one copy in the last 1/4 of a century! Then we turn up another (in finer better condition) from a collector seeking to "cash-in" of the ever mushrooming demand for ownership of this prestigious 45...that triggered frenzied bidding that went well into overtime.
So we are more-that delighted to be able to offer Rarest of the rare Northern Soul for only the 2nd time this century!...

A much-loved Northern Soul vigorously hunted Northern Soul Holy Grail, whether it be on the first Nashville label Southern Artists Records, or Bill Justis's failed 1965 launch on Bell 627. When he headed up this promo only with the rather drab "Till You Break Up With Him" - no wonder this 45 ended its life as being beyond-rare! The delicious "You Don't Even Know My Name" remaining hidden from view as a flipside.

We have often sung the praises of the creative prowess of Robert Holmes, thanks to ACE/Kent he is now a legendary soul lyricist and producer. Crafting important NS works with Peggy Gaines, Bill Brandon, Johnny Truitt, Jimmy Church, Freddie Waters, Wendell Watts, The Avons to name just a few.

His work with this silky smooth local harmony trio the Hy-Tones, blending the consummate vocals of Freddie Waters, "Skeet" Alsup, Eddie Frierson remaining under the radar for decades; until it, like so many Northern Soul Soul greats, awaiting discovery by those intrepid Northern Soul pioneers who strived to keep the scene fresh.

A fabulous offering of excruciating rarity and pure class.. Two clean labels, with strong bright silver text, still neatly, housed in birth-sleeve. Presents fine strong gloss vinyl, just a few soft blemishes under light, plays crisp clean and true. (listen)

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels no the slightest hint of silver ink fade, all bright, sharp and clean (see image)

Two totally clean labels no the slightest hint of silver ink fade, all bright, sharp and clean (see image)

Sonny Craver- I'm No Fool / I Wanna Thank You - Teri De 007

Sonny Craver

I'm No Fool / I Wanna Thank You

Teri De : 007 (45s)

Once again we have the increasingly rare opportunity to laud the genius of Leonard Jewel Smith, a gifted independent Los Angeles artist / producer who's consistency for creating exceptional small label Northern Soul dance recordings, will never be eclipsed.

This 1970 Lenard Jewel Smith and Godoy Colbert collaboration for his NS revered "Delanieur" publishing, and the coveted "Teri De" label. Number 007 in the series, is distilled "Soul-Class" which ever side you drop the arm on. To be fair, the equally fabulous flipside with Sonny "The Phantom" Craver's on a San Diego session partnered by Chicago schooled master-producer/writer Otha Hayes. A glorious Northern Soul dancer. The ideal pace for the dancer Sonny's vocal surrounded with vibes, strings, soaring horns, shrill girls, a fabulous flute break make for a racing journey into Southern California Northern Soul that seamlessly carries you from one peak to another. Another top-drawer Northern Soul dancer, presented on one of the world's most-sought after record labels.

The flip "I Wanna Thank You" showcases Sonny's creamy purring voice overflowing with gratitude for his girls sweet love. "Jewel" again reveals his gifts for the prodigious production. A sumptuous unobtrusive arrangement incorporating aerial horns, plucking guitar, soaring male vocal choruses enriching every moment with timely adornment of Sonny's consummate voice.

Two fabulous sides, as are all Lenard Jewel Smith's creations utilizing Los Angeles's rich vein street-soul talent.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, Both sides of the vinyl are strong excellent, carries full gloss on both sides, a few visual light surface marks none of which diminish with play, listen.

Two clean labels, Both sides of the vinyl are strong excellent, carries full gloss on both sides, a few visual light surface marks none of which diminish with play, listen.

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

Duke & Leonard

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

Stomp Town : ST 101 (45s)

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

An essential piece in the jigsaw of those much appreciated "Rare And Underplayed" nights. Writers Jimmie Duke & but there is confusion as the "Leonard" actually Jewel Smith, but it matters not, as they rebound off each other on a wave of honkin' horns, in their unusual stop-start delivery of the advisory lyrics. It all unfolds into a dancefloor destroyer crammed with unique qualities, that have drawn several NS DJ's to its percolating quality in recent times.

Many in the past, have made the obvious comparisons with Sam & Dave, Sam & Bill, James & Bobby Purify etc. listening you can understand why. But you can't help but think Duke & Leonard must have some career history between them before this session. Their seamless vocal synergy stays amid a turbulent arrangement cradling their potent vocals, high above the barrage of brass. Would suggest not a one-off meeting, but a lengthy well honed partnership.

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

Condition Report

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

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

John and the Keys - Keep On Trusting / Take All Of Me - Destination Record Co. 602 DJ

John and the Keys

Keep On Trusting / Take All Of Me

Destination Record Co. : 602 DJ (45s)

A listing for those soul collectors serious 60's Chicago vocal-group Soul.

This is the DOG-RARE 1965 Chicago vocal group "John and the Keys" with the "missing" number in the early Destination Record Co. label run # 602

Both sides written by prolific US disc-jockey/songwriter Nathaniel Montague, better known as "Magnificent Montague" famous for his catchphrase "Learn Baby Learn" during his shows on KGFJ Los Angeles and WWRL New York City where he continued to promote independent local Soul recordings, non-violent protest for civil-rights, everywhere he went spreading wise advice and good soul records.

UNGOOGABLE ! So beyond rare, there is no Discogs reference, no YouTube listing (yet), no Popsike or Gripsweat listing no evidence of previous auction. No label images anywhere on the "net".

One of the RAREST 45s we have ever offered for auction.

We lead with the vocal-group Doo-Wop harmony stroller, a silky organ driven smooth cruiser decorated with a precise-plectrum-picking, elevated by "The Keys" interpretation of chiming "Chapel Bells" seamlessly implanted into this smooth low budget recording.

The flipside has strong Northern Soul potential with the same plectrum decoration peppering the harmony, with added rolling-drums, muscular Hammond support it gives-up a Sam Cooke styled mid-tempo groove. I believe this is totally unknown within among NS circles, but the "Keep On Trusting" is something of a "cult" vocal-group 45 by those who know.

Stupidly RARE! Deliciously cool disc!

Act accordingly!

Condition Report

A neat ballpoint X X on the lead side promo label, flipside promo labels in mint. Previously UNPLAYED mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve!

A neat ballpoint X X on the lead side promo label, flipside promo labels in mint. Previously UNPLAYED mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve!

Willie Hobbs - How Could My Baby Know (5:24) / Mr. Lovemaker - Sound Stage 7 ZS8 1513

Willie Hobbs

How Could My Baby Know (5:24) / Mr. Lovemaker

Sound Stage 7: ZS8 1513 (45s)

If you know - you know!

Before you today is the incredibly elusive two sided STOCK copy presenting "How Could My Baby Know" - 5:24 long version. Where as the much commoner PROMO only gives up the cruelly edited 3:37 minute version.

A stunning soulful stroller with a huge reputation among Deep Soul ballad scholars. The ultimate heartbreak song, telling the story of a lost wife in a tragic car crash, over 5 minutes of beautifully woven palpable heartbreak, paints a vivid picture of true love as Mr. Hobbs p[ours out his distressing goodbye at the church.

In its full 5:24 form, it is the only way to fully appreciate this floating Deep Soul masterpiece !

A Johnny Brantley, Bobby Martin, John Richbourg collaboration that stirs your emotions, of the lovers of classy string cradled soul! The ideal Sunday Chill-out drop, for the connoisseurs of superior southern soul. This one influenced by producing giants from Philadelphia, Nashville and New York incorporating a fully elevated choir and string laden orchestra to compliment Willie Hobbs' pure soulful saturation .

..this is one very hard to find soulful stepper of the highest order....

Listen and weep...to something special!

Condition Report

Minuscule name DICK on b-side label, otherwise two flawless labels (see images), full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve.

Minuscule name DICK on b-side label, otherwise two flawless labels (see images), full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve.

Lee Andrews and the Hearts - Never The Less (full unedited horns) / blank - Frankford / Wayne 1009 acetate

Lee Andrews and the Hearts

Never The Less (full horns) / blank

Frankford / Wayne : 1009 acetate (45s)

The 1967 crystal clear direct cut with full (undiluted ) horns. - proper full tilt potent Northern Soul dancer.

A timeless anthem in its rarest and most impressive form.

Buckle up - listen and prepare yourself to be blown away.

The unissued FULL HORNS version.

Condition Report

clean, typeset label, full gloss lacquer all totally attached, free of hairline or scratches.

clean, typeset label, full gloss lacquer all totally attached, free of hairline or scratches.

Minnie Jones & The Minuettes - You Get To Me Baby / Shadow Of a Memory - Sugar 100 83025

Minnie Jones & The Minuettes

You Get To Me Baby / Shadow Of a Memory

Sugar : 100 (45s)

Can you become utterly besotted with two recordings in just 6 minutes?

The only problem you could possibly encounter whilst owning this 1972 Los Angeles double-delight, is making the decision of which side to play first, every time you take it out of it's sleeve.
Minnie Jones spoils you for choice if you're lucky enough to have this highly regarded 45, sitting in your DJ box.

Today, (I Think) my favourite of these two Lee Silver creations is "You Get To Me". The hauntingly gliding bass guitar intro, suddenly colliding with a wall of vocals & horns. Then Minnie's beseeching vocal cradled by a heavenly girl-group harmony, the silky support from her "Minuettes" elevates the song yet another notch.

Wow, Lee Silver really knew how to build a production up and beyond the norm. Again his gift creating the exceptional, treats us to a Northern Soul delicacy littered with key changes, short but highly effective instrumental breaks, and a richness from the backing vocals you could not enhance any higher. Just brilliant... my choice today.. but tomorrow I'm sure the flipside may well take pole position in my heart..

Flip it for a snappy, finger clicking dancer. Enhanced by another emotional vocal delivery from Minnie. Her voice again gently held in the warmth of her girlfriends vocal-volleys and a blanket of subtle horns, vibes and cymbals. Does it get any better than this..? I think not..

A record that has left me intro a quandary, of adoring both sides, and constantly changing my mind which affects my senses the most.

I just can't decide, two awesome tunes on one very elusive disc, leaving me asking myself.. why the hell would anyone sell this masterpiece...giving up Northern Soul utopia not once but twice over.

Condition Report

Two flawless pink labels, vinyl reveals only the merest fine hairlines from sleeve storage

Two flawless pink labels, vinyl reveals only the merest fine hairlines from sleeve storage

Tracy La'Vette with Rufus Cannon Combo - In My Great Big Lonely Room / Love For A Life Time - Achillean L-115

Tracy La'Vette with Rufus Cannon Combo

In My Great Big Lonely Room / Love For A Life Time

Achillean: L-115 (45s)

A small D.I.Y. street level enterprise, an imprint headed up by Charles H. Barner, Jr. who described his style of sound as "Unconquerable".

I'd describe it as a local label, offering an opportunity to neighborhood soul hopefuls, a chance of making a hit-record. It was sadly this sweet girl's only as single release; even though both sides are crammed with potential. The equally obscure "Sam Bing" write the lead side, fittingly pairing it up with an authentic young-girl voice, benefitting from strong male-group choruses. Rufus Cannon's boys lift this simplistic but highly effective Northern Soul stroller to towards everything the rare-Northern Soul DJ hopes to

Hitting a few notes reminiscent of Dena Barnes, the slow paced guitar led arrangement being extra careful not to overwhelm her sweet, sweet vocal. Blessed with innocence and anticipation for better things ahead. She's got music in her empty lonely room, but she's yearns for the company and love of a boy. A familiar daydream so excellently delivered.

Same with the just as convincing flipside "Love For A Life Time" again flowing over with "Dena-esque" vibes, again brilliant supported by those restrained boy choruses.

Two fabulous street-level, sister mid-tempo grooves drenched in that under-the-street-lamp innocence we all love to encounter, small low-budget, really rare recordings for me, is the pinnacle of Northern Soul collecting. This disc just oozes real-deal soulfulness, which ever side you drop the arm on...

Big thumbs up from me, on all points!

Condition Report

Two rich blue full depth unfaded labels with crisp sharp silver text. The vinyl is a glorious full gloss mint minus.

Two rich blue full depth unfaded labels with crisp sharp silver text. The vinyl is a glorious full gloss mint minus.

Sherrys - Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl - J.J. 1002 DJ

Sherrys

Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl

J.J.: 1002 DJ (45s)

unimaginably MINT both vinyl and promo labels, hardly a blemish.

Can Northern Soul anthems be any more vital than the FIRST RECORD ever played at Wigan Casino..

On an Autumn night in 1973 at precisely 2 a.m. on Sunday, 23 September . Russ Winstanly launched this torrent of Philly girl-group Northern Soul on a comparatively small but eager attendance..

THIS REST IS HISTORY!!

Here's a rarely witnessed genuine original promo of the recording that started it all.

An offering not to be mulled over! Records carrying this level of Northern Soul kudos rarely, ever surface for sale in 2024

Click the soundfile and be prepared for a Northern Soul Back To The Future experience. As Joe Cook's daughters take you on a joyride through euphoric "Wigan" recall.

Condition Report

So darn close to being a MANSHIP MINT, a whisker off total perfection!

So darn close to being a MANSHIP MINT, a whisker off total perfection!

Bobby London And The Ambassadors - If There Is Anything / Apple Of My Eye - Spyder SR 101-45

Bobby London and The Ambassadors

If There Is Anything / Apple Of My Eye

Spyder: SR 101-45 (45s)

An extremely obscure 1964 North Carolina, vocal-group delivering a Northern Soul double header, with both sides giving up what I first thought to be a Drifters-esque / New York Latin influenced mid-tempo; but it is much more likely, that it was performances by Beach Music icons "The Tams" from 250 miles west; with the vocal styles Joseph Pope, Horace Key, Floyd Ashton and Charles Pope too obvious to ignore.

We have here two killer male-harmony dancers, I can't decide which song I'm drawn to the most. We'll start with "If There Is Anything" the side Bobby London chose to lead with;
"If There Is Anything" a feel-good mood-lifter propelled by Mariachi style horns, cow bells, tambourines, clip-clopping their way into your heart; With the stunningly graveled voice of Bobby London elevated even higher, when the full force of the Ambassadors cruises in. Finder-clicking joyous Northern Soul that needs to be heard!

As does the hidden away flipside "Apple Of My Eye" when the horns become much more forceful dumping the Mariachi idea and joining the rapid-fire percussion with a collective stabbing dance pulse. Unexpected key changes lift the NS danceablity to yet another level. With that softly rasping Bobby London vocal again stealing your heart.

Two darn fabulous tunes, drenched in Northern Soul potential for a thinking young DJ who wants to be noticed with a validated rarity that most NS soulies have never heard.

Listen now, and determine which side you prefer, I'm betting that by the tomorrow, you may have changed your mind.

Condition Report

Two clean orange labels. Strong gloss on vinyl revealing only feeble surface hairlines. Plays loud bright and clean.

Two clean orange labels. Strong gloss on vinyl revealing only feeble surface hairlines. Plays loud bright and clean.

Big Don's Rebellion - It Was True / Smokin' - Ethon 101 DJ

Big Don's Rebellion

It Was True / Smokin'

Ethon : 101 DJ (45s)

Are you ready to be bewitched?

Big Don Bennett also known as "Prince Teddy" who's avant-garde musical soul productions later cutting a path through the Californian musical jungle during the 70s with his highly sought after album and lone 45 on AVI his expressive rich vocal being the focal point of all his work.

In 1967 he cut one of my all-time favourite Northern Soul grooves, a dreamy, haunting Californian mid-tempo, that still hasn't taken the Northern Soul scene by the anticipated storm, it so blatantly will eventually do, once it is not hindered by its own elusiveness. There just isn't enough NS Jocks who actually own a copy for a combined full-on "Niter" assault.

It so deserves to be heard everywhere, this killer NS groove has slept for too long! A stunning Donald Bennett creation that instantly draws you in with a full orchestral intro triumphant horns hover awaiting Don to stroll in with his rich beseeching vocal beautifully supported choruses from a full male choir, as the horns ratchet up their presence, the whole production is awe-inspiring Northern Soul with a difference, you'll soon be mesmerized

A groundbreaking production that will stay in your head long after you hear it...

Love it to bits, always have done, it's been too long since you were last on turntable.



Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only a few soft surface hairlines under light, place sweet and clean.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only a few soft surface hairlines under light, place sweet and clean.

Earle's - Everybody's Got Somebody's / Someday Baby - Tee-Ti 11265

Earle's

Everybody's Got Somebody's / Someday Baby

Tee-Ti : 11265 (45s)

Utterly sublime vocal-group Northern Soul of the very highest order!

x x on both labels as the Earles struggle with the choice to lead with.

Written by veteran lyricist Jay Mayo "Ink" Williams "Everybody's Got Somebody's" ideal lyrics to manifest the most resplendent vocal-harmonies, a universally adored dancefloor filler, a NS dancer that stays in your head long after the DJ and yourself has set off home, an eternal earworm ...

Condition Report

x x on both labels as the team struggle with the choice to lead with. Fine clean vinyl, reveals some light surface marks visually better than vg+, plays a super clean Ex+. Listen to both sides.

x x on both labels as the team struggle with the choice to lead with. Fine clean vinyl, reveals some light surface marks visually better than vg+, plays a super clean Ex+. Listen to both sides.

Uptites - Girl Of The Night / Philly Bound - Sound Plus Studios acetate

Uptites

Girl Of The Night / Philly Bound

Sound Plus Studios : 7" acetate (45s)

1966 Philadelphia 7" acetate, vocal-group ballad oozing the very essence of mid-sixties "Lowrider" excellence.

a D.I.Y. release on Raymond Seldon's independent label RA-SEL the songs composed by band members Walter Taylor, Phil Corey aided by the mysterious Arthur Wolfe, produced by label owner Ray Seldon on his famed 7 45s only "Ra-Sel" label;

The same imprint as The Magnetics; Just like the Magnetics this was to the one and only 45 release for this 5 man group £"The Uptiers", who also recorded as "The Durhams" who consisted of Walt Taylor(Lead), Philip Corey(1st Tenor), Tony Juliano,(2nd Tenor), Jim Salzmann(Bass) and Lou Ferri (Baritone). A stunning icy-cold falsetto cuts the air to bridge the two -parts elevating this already truly gorgeous glider, to yet another level; what a stunning seamless soulful harmony they transmit, especially from this "direct studio cut"

Like all the 45s on Ra-Sel this Upper Darby neighborhood enterprise, they received very little promotion and very minimal sales, today this is a real rarity as a Ra-sel 45 and this is likely to be a one-of-a-kind 7" acetate.

The side the label lead with "Philly Bound" raucous foot-stomping 1966 "MOD styled" hip-shaker that apparently The Uptites open their live shows with...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, faint typeset titles, spelling error on the handwritten artist credit, fine clean

Two clean labels, faint typeset titles, spelling error on the handwritten artist credit, fine clean

Alexander Patton - A Lil Lovin' Sometimes / No More Dreams - Capitol CL 15461 mint -

Alexander Patton

A Lil Lovin' Sometimes / No More Dreams

Capitol : CL 15461 mint - (45s)

An iconic Twisted Wheel Anthem.. a record that still moves the earth from beneath my feet!

Undisputedly one the greatest Northern Soul 45's ever committed to vinyl! and one that alwayhs triggers memories of my fledgling baptism to the British Soul Club Scene.

Who could ever forget the first time they heard Alexander's the spine-tingling throaty roar " True Love...!! ".

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

What a mistake, my musical taste had yet to mature, not understanding the real-deal Northern Soul Sound at all. Some weeks later I heard "Alexander" at Nottingham's "Brit Club". Wow what a difference the insider experience was, when you witness a dancing frenzy take place in front of my naïve eyes. It was all blokes though, it was not a recording that enticed the girls onto the floor... this a mountainous machismo-mover!

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

Today, I still relive that "Brit" experience every time I hear this timeless classic dropped... drums, bass guitar then that triumphant bellowing "True Love" takes to the air like a wild-beast calling for help. Insistent girls, brazen brass and a rumbling vocal that sweeps you onto your feet...you're powerless to resist its persuasive ways.

An all time GREAT!! that stands alone with it's stream-rollering muscle that sweeps everything out the way in its 2:22 minutes of dancefloor destruction.

In the presence of "A Lil Lovin' Sometimes" it would be easy to overlook, the almost as imposing flipside "No More Dreams " another snarling slab of Northern Soul ... two killer tunes presented here as very neat clean 12th. of August 1966 "DISCOTHEQUE '66 SERIES" EMI knew they had a potential "Club Anthem" their hands when they released this.

Condition Report

Two clean label, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl - A BEAUTY!

Two clean label, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl - A BEAUTY!

Sonny Boy Williamson - Down And Out Blues / 1959 Still Sealed 6 track 7" EP -  Checker – EP 1437

Sonny Boy Williamson

Down And Out Blues / 1959 Still Sealed 6 track 7" EP

Checker: EP 1437 (EP)

STILL SEALED - 1959 - 6 track 7" jukebox EP complete with two jukebox playlist cover images and five titled card strip - all mint and still sealed.

EP plays
Don't Start Me To Talkin' 2:30
All My Love In Vain 2:45
The Key (To Your Door) 3:10
Keep It To Yourself 2:45
Fattening Frogs For Snakes 2:16
Your Funeral And My Trial 2:26

All mint all still sealed in authentic original sealed polythene cover, poly-outer has some shelf wear, but seal is still intact and and clean. No splits, tears or cuts

Includes 5 x SEEBURG jukebox title tags + 2 x miniature cover images all mint!

Condition Report

We presume after not leaving its cocooned seal state for 65 years the label and unplayed vinyl will be at least mint minus condition, the sealed outer polythene reveals some shelf-life surface wear (see images) but SEALED no splits, cuts or tears. Completely SEALED soundfiles to be sourced from CD releases as we are gonna leave it sealed.

We presume after not leaving its cocooned seal state for 65 years the label and unplayed vinyl will be at least mint minus condition, the sealed outer polythene reveals some shelf-life surface wear (see images) but SEALED no splits, cuts or tears. Completely SEALED soundfiles to be sourced from CD releases as we are gonna leave it sealed.

 Kenny Smith - Lord, What's Happening To Your People / The Same Old Story  - GAR 317

Kenny Smith

Lord, What's Happening To Your People / The Same Old Story

General American Records : GAR 317 (45s)

It has been full 7 years since we last listed, Northern Soul thing of beauty.

A 45 that opened up the gateways for more diversity for the Northern Soul dancer to feed upon. DJ Colin Curtis saw beyond the "Motown styled" confinements other DJ's were shackled by, playing the first Gospel record on the Northern Soul scene, against all odds, turning Kenny Smith into an anthem, that every wannabe jock was seeking to own. Underlining him as the most inventive charismatic DJ of his time, as he wowed his congregation in the Highland Room of the Blackpool Mecca.

The fortunate attendees that night in the Highland Room witnessed the dancefloor sway with statuesque Northern Soul adolescents, awaiting the mid-tempo dance arrangement to kick it. Still ghosts through my mind every time I hear this song.

What a visionary Colin Curtis was, the DJ every Cleethorpes DJ plagiarized by trying so desperately to acquire any of his current plays... I once made a 200 mile trip, to acquire one 45. A copy of Prince George - Wrong Crowd.. such was the power of my "wannabe" compulsion. As anybody at the time would have been brave enough to play the Coasters - Crazy Baby. Salvadors - Stick By Me Baby or any other dancefloor detonating gem...but to drop the arm on this slab of modern Gospel in the heat of more traditional Northern Soul atmosphere, you had to be super-confident and have impeccable taste.

Even today some oldies Jocks shy away from dropping this masterpiece into their sets..

Kenny Smith was controversial for only a few weeks only, then Colin had the Mecca multitudes salivating for the next off-the-wall winner he would play.

Imagine this, if there was never a "Colin Curtis" what direction would Northern Soul have gone in, there were flashes of New York Disco, moments of make you own Northern Soul but once the experienced USA producers stopped guiding UK producers the sound became duplicating and monotonous. The Northern Scene needed a refresh and I consider it was Colin Curtis who switch on the green light for "outside the box" thinking on what you could play, and be accepted.

Today Northern Soul is a rich tapestry of sound, a diversity of every imaginable Soul style possible, the NS crowd will always vote with their feet whether its "right or wrong"

"Lord, What's Happening To Your People" they voted Yes...to Colin Curtis they voted "DJ Genius"

Condition Report

Two impeccable multi-coloured STOCK labels, full gloss vinyl reveals only the merest signs of soft sleeve contact hairline when angled under strong light. A fine clean, tip-top condition copy, presented in its completeness with the equally rare birth-sleeve.

Two impeccable multi-coloured STOCK labels, full gloss vinyl reveals only the merest signs of soft sleeve contact hairline when angled under strong light. A fine clean, tip-top condition copy, presented in its completeness with the equally rare birth-sleeve.

The Jades - Lucky Fellow / Gerri Hall - Who Can I Run (no bongos take) - Grapevine 2000 G2K 45-143 DJ

The Jades / Gerri Hall

Lucky Fellow / Who Can I Run

Grapevine 2000: G2K 45-143 DJ (45s)

Allegedly on 50 copies of this extremely elusive 2004 promo were ever pressed.

This is why it's been such a long since one has surfaced for sale, only two promo copies on popsike in the last 20 years, just one copy on Discogs in the last near 5 years. Indicating only 50 pressed as very probable

With demand for The Jades sitting at an all-time high, this Brit-press-promo is most likely gonna be the only chance of prestigious ownership for both sides.

Two top drawer Rarest Of The Rare New Orleans vocal group Northern Soul of the very highest calibre!

Backed with the irrepressible vibrancy of Crescent City songbird Gerri Hall and her relentless feel-good singing.

Two New Orleans spawned Northern Soul greats back to back.

In perfect condition as a 20 year UK old promo - what's not to love.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint vinyl - an immaculate copy housed in a rather cool D.I.Y. sleeve.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint vinyl - an immaculate copy housed in a rather cool D.I.Y. sleeve.

Conquerors - Duchess Conquer Duke / Bill Is My Boy Friend - Lu Pine L 108

Conquerors

Duchess Conquer Duke / Bill Is My Boy Friend

Lu Pine : L 108 (45s)

Rare and flawless 1962 Detroit girl-group 45.

supported by a full voiced male harmony group

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a couple of minuscule foxing blemishes away from total perfection. Full gloss archive level vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve.

Two clean labels, a couple of minuscule foxing blemishes away from total perfection. Full gloss archive level vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve.

Bobby Sheen - Dr. Love / Sweet Sweet Love - Capitol CL 15455 NOT FOR SALE sticker promo

Bobby Sheen

Dr. Love / Sweet Sweet Love

Capitol : CL 15455 NOT FOR SALE sticker promo (45s)

You, like me, you will no doubt have been heralding Bobby Sheen - Doctor Love - for decades as one of your favourite all-time mod-club anthems.

Not only a Twisted Wheel timeless dancefloor-lifter, and equally one of the country's most-wanted 45's for other notable 60's MOD hangouts, promoted their venues solely on the back of the resident DJ being able to play this killer dancer from his painstakingly harvested soul vinyl-armory.

"Doctor Love" was a modified revamp of the November 1965 The Whispers original on Dore. Just 7 months later Al De Lory & Gene Page cut this version, ironing out the rough edges of Nicolas Caldwell's original. Crafting perfect mid-60's Northern Soul

But in recent times, it is the previously neglected NS masterpiece on the flipside "Sweet Sweet Love " is the side everyone is drooling over, receiving some long-overdue attention from the "thinking-man's" DJ. I don't use that adjective lightly, if you remember this glorious Soulful stroller was written and produced in 1966 but sounds several years before its time. I consider this recording the first "NS Crossover" groove to emerge from the USA, every "Crossover" box is ticked.

Written by the same duo, Jerry Riopelle & Nick de Caro, who blessed Clyde King with "Missing My Baby" "My Love Grows Deeper" "The Thrill Is Gone" a year earlier. "Sweet Sweet Love" was apparently earmarked to become another Clydie King treasure, that never came out on vinyl. You can only imagine what that Los Angeles songbird would have made transformed it's Northern Soul status into if a 7" vinyl was ever pressed.

So listen now to a passed-over Northern Soul "lost" soul work-of-art, just stunning and absolutely dead-right for today's more discerning worldwide scene. Sounding more like a 1969 big production, decorated with ringing vibes, triumphant horns, a cooing choir hovering in the heavens. Bobby's reaching vocal, beautifully trembling with emotional- overwhelm, as he sings about true-love, as if he is living it at the time.

"Doctor Love" is of course a timeless, unforgettable NS anthem we all have fond memories of dancing to.

But I have to reiterate "Sweet Sweet Love" is now evolving into a "lost" masterpiece,. we all, somehow passed over throughout the 20th Century... now at last fitting so brilliantly into today's more mature tastes. Whilst "Doctor Love" remains the eternal held-dear Northern Soul" classic.

Condition Report

two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, the lead side vinyl carries full gloss with just a few soft blemishes, plays superbly clean and true. The "Dr. Love" has

two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, the lead side vinyl carries full gloss with just a few soft blemishes, plays superbly clean and true. The "Dr. Love" has

The Magicians / Willie Walker – (Just A Little) Faith And Understanding / I Don't Want To Take A Chance - Kent Records  6T 20 - 25th Anniversary Special

The Magicians / Willie Walker

(Just A Little) Faith And Understanding / I Don't Want To Take A Chance

Kent Records : 6T 20 - 25th Anniversary Special (45s)

20 years since this most magnificent double-helping of mind-bending Northern Soul was given away on the door of 100 Club Oxford Street, the greatest longest running Northern Soul allniter of them all.

Both sides showcase contrasting styles but rare Northern Soul at its very finest.

The Magicians - (Just A Little) Faith And Understanding - previously the unissued group vocal version of The Checkboard Squares "Double Cookin" one of the most enduring, best-loved Northern Soul instrumentals of all-time. Brilliantly sung at runaway-truck pace by Frank Jones and Herbert Campbell's premier vocal-group "The Magicians" who released three other fabulous Northern Soul 45s on the coveted "Villa" label.

But when you flip this disc over, all thoughts of amphetamine influenced "Splits" "Backdrops" "Lofty Synchronized Handclaps" "Dizzying Spins" aided by your leather soled brogues vacate your brain, as Willie Walker hits you oops-side-your-head, with his gut-wrenching concerns about reigniting his love-affair. The pain he went through last time is palpable, will it be impending despair or should he take his friend's advice and take her back again?

Arguably the finest Northern Soul stroller of all-time - emotionally moving beyond compare or words.

Here's a 45 that comprehensively showcases two sides of equally adored Northern Soul ...

NS is truly running through your veins, if both sides equally ignite your insides...

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, the Magicians side has a minuscule pressing "pimple" that gives off a momentary tick, if you listen carefully. otherwise a perfect copy.

Two perfect labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, the Magicians side has a minuscule pressing "pimple" that gives off a momentary tick, if you listen carefully. otherwise a perfect copy.

Florida Spiritualaires - I Remember When / Watching Mother Go Home Ernie's Record Parade E-4002 DJ

Florida Spiritualaires

I Remember When / Watching Mother Go Home

Ernie's Record Parade : E-4002 DJ (45s)

A truly dreamy vocal group harmony groove, smashing two sought-after genre to pieces...

A glorious Sweet-Soul-Lowrider floater and fuel for the discerning weekender DJ at places like the sadly now defunct but forever legendary Great Yarmouth "Soul Essence" now fully replaced by the magnificent globally attended Liverpool Weekender "Tuff Love". Now the UK's first choice for like-minded soulful scholars and dancers from around the world.

This seldom encountered, hugely wanted 45 for the connoisseur modern soul DJ and collectors seeking to immerse themselves into proper classy harmony-group soul shufflers.

Listen to appreciate the rich tapestry of soul music woven into the worldwide Northern Soul scene... so diverse so richly rewarding.

This fabulous rare 45, underlines the togetherness and unity records like bridges musical divides...

We adore it!





Condition Report

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss archive level mint minus vinyl, still house in its birth sleeve.

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss archive level mint minus vinyl, still house in its birth sleeve.

Wendy Rene - After Laughter / What Will Tomorrow Bring - Stax 154

Wendy Rene

After Laughter / What Will Tomorrow Bring

Stax : 154 (45s)

What a loss to Soul Music when Mary Frierson (Wendy Rene) decided to leave Stax and devote herself to her Church Choir. A unique voice that with her brother Johnny released two extremely rare 45 on Volt with the 4 member group The Drapels. Then 3 solo 45s for Stax, only one having any impact "Bar-B-Q" becoming a popular club play, both sides of the Atlantic.and later being pick ed up by more than one fast food chain advert through the decades.

"After Laughter" lay hidden in total obscurity for decades, it wasn't until those who dug deep to find "lost" greats, to integrate into their own new productions, that the standout talent of Wendy Rene became know across the world. Notably more recently this Brother & Sister Frierson composition has been part of songs by Sweet Tea, Alborosie etc. Even film producers and advertising agents began using Wendy Rene's singing to promote their work..

Thus "After Laughter Comes Tears" has become a very highly sought-after 45 to own. Spawning a album release of all of Wendy's work as a solo artist and within the group The Drapels. Over 40 years after she left the home of Stax, Wendy was at last receiving recognition..

Today is a window for ownership of her most-wanted 45, one of Stax's most elusive singles, impossible to acquire in this flawless condition.. .

PS please do not overlook the equally fabulous Deep Soul flipside... her persuasive voice, again digging deep, right inside your consciousness...dragging out reluctant emotion...
Two bright clean powder blue label, NO storage rub (see brilliant images) both sides are free of writing, tears, stains or stickers MINT MINUS labels. Vinyl is immaculate! revealing a full gloss, mint minus playing surface.

Condition Report

TOP COPY archive condition still in its birth sleeve, bright clean label no grime or rub, full gloss vinyl, reveals just a few soft hairline when angled in birth sleeve, plays perfect, still housed in birth-sleeve

TOP COPY archive condition still in its birth sleeve, bright clean label no grime or rub, full gloss vinyl, reveals just a few soft hairline when angled in birth sleeve, plays perfect, still housed in birth-sleeve

Crystals - He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) / No One Ever Tells You - Philles 105

Crystals

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) / No One Ever Tells You

Philles: 105 (45s)

A spectacularly clean copy of the controversial Carole King - Gerry Geoffin (sic) composition, produced by Phil Spector

1962 when apparently is was acceptable to sing and write being hit by your boyfriend

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, full gloss, mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve, an exceptional archive copy!

Two flawless labels, full gloss, mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve, an exceptional archive copy!

Jimmy Hart - Tea House In China Town / Sugar Baby - Mercury 725540 D J

Jimmy Hart

Tea House In China Town / Sugar Baby

Mercury : 725540 DJ (45s)

Chicago does Detroit - and how!

a fine clean PROMO copy still in birth-sleeve.

Giving up a double Andre Williams and Leroy Burgess modeling of the moody Four Tops 1964 album track from their first Motown album.

Andre captures the very essence of the original using a Jimmy's powerhouse vocal, to elevate this juggernaut of Northern Soul; constructed William "Mickey" Stevenson & Ivy Jo Hunter with Williams and Burgess doing it more than the justice it deserves.

Jimmy's atmospheric oriental vibe, perfectly complimenting those dirty horns, and enticing guitar picks. Moody and brilliantly all-consuming Northern Soul.

Although both sides written in 1964 Mercury held back releasing this 45 for 2 whole years. Even then the release passed everybody by, creating a rare 45 indeed.

Seldom if ever coming to market.

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, full gloss visually mint minus, some soft styrene fidelity loss, even though both sides look flawless (listen)

two clean promo labels, full gloss visually mint minus, some soft styrene fidelity loss, even though both sides look flawless (listen)

Nate Evans and BUSS - This Time With Feeling / The Look On Your Face - D P R 003

Nate Evans and BUSS

This Time With Feeling / The Look On Your Face

D P R : 003 (45s)

Cleethorpes dancefloor revivals there seems to be few popping up at the moment.

How about this infectious former monster. Like many unforgettable Cleethorpes anthems, the FIRST PRESS with the coveted "BUSS" credit is a current prestigious revival spin for Soul Sam and a few other respected Northern Soul Jocks, also utilising the bonus of the magnificent "The Look On Your Face" on the flipside. This is a very elusive disc, thrills you which ever side you drop the arm on. "Face" is just as compelling as James Phelps, Satin, John Edwards, Magnetics etc version and no easy find, our first copy in quite some time.

This 45 offers TWO great sides - both of which delighted the Cleethorpes Pier & Blackpool Mecca congregation of the 70s. With "This Time With Feeling" with its haunting bouncing brass pulses, hooking into the dancefloor, magical plectrum manipulation being the preferred choice of play back then.

Of course when the 1972 45 was at the peak of its demand, DPR did press a reissue crediting "MEAN GREEN" in 1975 as the supporting act. This is what you occasionally encounter, but the first press with the BUSS credit, is incredibly rare.

If your gonna join in the Cleethorpes wave of nostalgic recollections of the East Coast good-times, this is the version that needs to be on your turntable for authenticity.

Condition Report

2 x XX on the a-side label, flipside BUSS label. Vinyl reveals some soft surface hairlines but as you will hear, not affecting plays well.

2 x XX on the a-side label, flipside BUSS label. Vinyl reveals some soft surface hairlines but as you will hear, not affecting plays well.

Al Wilson - Help Me / Help Me (instrumental) - Wand WND 1135 DJ

Al Wilson

Help Me / Help Me (instrumental)

Wand : WND 1135 DJ (45s)

This New York born 45, a Northern Soul anthem has NOT been a lifelong tourist to Britain's Soul resorts of Blackpool, Wigan, Wolverampton or Cleethorpes; this copy is a recent acquisitions from an archive source consequently plays just beautifully.

Although this tune has been heralded as a Northern Soul classic for well over 4 decades, enjoying a place in the first UK record company rush to cash in on the Northern Soul phenomenon; when in 1973 after strong plays at The Blackpool Mecca, The Torch & The Catacombs etc. Pye released an LP and a "Disco Demand" series to meet the rising demand from the growing Northern Soul congregation. this 45 being the 6th in a series of 17 "Disco Demands" Before Pye left the wealth of USA catalog behind and tainted the Pye Disco Demand project with inferior UK recordings..

Here today stands, one of the greatest releases within that Pye Disco Demand run and by far the rarest of it's original 1966 pressing. I was not in the least surprised when our data-bank revealed this is our first copy on the auction for quite some time. Two reasons for that is, the 45's itself is genuinely elusive, due to the woefully under-promoted Wand release. Secondly it is not a record any serious Northern Soul collector would ever want to part with.

When Al Wilson performed at Cleethorpes Weekender, the story goes an admiring Northern Soul fan seeking out Al Wilson for his autograph was asked by Al "which was his favourite record by him" without hesitation he replied "Help Me"..... "the instrumental version" - oops! he thought afterwards, that was not the best response...

Luckily for him, he was talking to Al Wilson of "The Snake" "Show And Tell" fame, who was NOT the same Al Wilson who recorded this monster, so no harm was done.. Mr. Wilson must have chuckled at such an odd reply.

To this day we have no exact idea who "this" Al Wilson really was, but "J. R. Bailey" seems to be the knowledgeable consensus as being the singer Also it's baffling why this spectacular Robert Banks, Johnny Northern & (J.R.) Ralph Bailey collaboration received so little "Help" from the Wand promotional machine.

But what it did leave us with, was a rarity, considered and received by all, as one of the All-Time Northern Soul Greats!

If you'd like to learn more about New York's major music force Scepter / Wand Records there is an informative book out by Wand expert Steve Guarnori.. it's a "must read" ... just like Al Wilson Wand 1135 DJ is a must own for anyone serious about collecting Northern Soul anthems!

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss gorgeous mint minus vinyl, absolutely no hint of ever being a Northern Soul DJ's companion. The foinest copy we have seen or heard in memory. Listen to the crisp, clear double soundfile lifted directly off this seldom played near perfect mint minus disc. still housed in birth-sleeve.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss gorgeous mint minus vinyl, absolutely no hint of ever being a Northern Soul DJ's companion. The foinest copy we have seen or heard in memory. Listen to the crisp, clear double soundfile lifted directly off this seldom played near perfect mint minus disc. still housed in birth-sleeve.

Adam's Apples - Don't Take It Out On This World / Don't You want Me Home - Brunswick 55330

Adam's Apples

Don't Take It Out On This World / Don't You want Me Home

Brunswick: 55330 (45s)

POWERHOUSE NORTHERN SOUL

On the highly coveted, seldom seen Northern Soul anthem in it's rarest, most wanted form the June 1967 BLACK stock copy!

A simultaneous dancefloor monster at Wigan Casino / Cleethorpes Pier circa 1974/75, nothing destroyed the floor quite like these guys from New Brunswick, New Jersey. A mysterious black vocal group, with only two 45s to their credit, both discs rip-roaring stomping foot-to-the-floor juggernaut Northern Soul.

A rumbling percussion rammed, stomping dancer riding a wave of Hammond rhythms, enriched by male-group choruses in the background of a the despairing lead vocal desperately trying to console his disenchanted girl. Dancefloor magic ...

Vocally this NS classic is immense, thought to be a blue-eyed band in the beginning, but listen to the flipside harmony ballad to validate their often questioned ethnicity, so little documented history on them, many rightly believe they are a black band.

What is certain is: that oh-so-seldom seen label certainly is "black".

Condition Report

Two clean black stock labels, small dh, strong gloss on vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines when angled in the light, both sides play clean (listen) house in appropriate company sleeve.

Two clean black stock labels, small dh, strong gloss on vinyl reveals some light surface hairlines when angled in the light, both sides play clean (listen) house in appropriate company sleeve.

Leon Haywood - Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans - Fat Fish FT 8011

Leon Haywood

Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans

Fat Fish : FT 8011 (45s)

Firmly cemented in the foundations Northern Soul history, as being the very first £10 Northern Soul record ever sold. A record that set the very first hotly debated "it's not worth that!" benchmark that has since raged on every day for the last 50+ years.

Today to acquire "Baby Reconsider" in breathtaking Mint minus condition is rare achievement indeed. Here is a stunning copy, unlike the very few copies we have seen this century. This 45 has absolutely no turntable fatigue from challenging rigors from decades of gracing the Northern Soul circuit or indeed any signs of handling on that iconic blue and white label. Check out the perfect crisp, clean high fidelity soundfile lifted directly from this near perfect disc. Just a mere whisker away from being a Manship Mint!

Our emphasis is always rarity and condition. As the 70s vinyl counterfeit promo, the sound quality is truly awful, a dreadful reproduction. The UK Fantasy press is a different inferior mix and the variously other reissues "Soul Sounds" "Vault" etc. would maybe disqualify them from the officious scrutiny of an OVO event. With most all of the few originals out there, spending decades running the gauntlet of multiple different turntable arms, varying styli quality and some even tortured by those coin-weighted cartridges; an all too common hazard of the Northern Soul DJ during the 60's ad 70's. This is a record is so rarely found in the wild, the vast majority of known copies known have been residents of the UK for an age.

Those of you dedicated to collecting the very finest Northern Soul classics, here is seldom encounter with the real-deal. A chance to trap a glorious copy of one of the Northern Soul true-greats!

Now play the soundfile to instantly understand why in 1968, this was the "Twisted Wheel's" top-sound, the country's most-wanted record. Revealing why a teenager would sacrifice 2 weeks wages for such a highly prized 45. 15 seconds in and you would have willing paid a month's wages, given the chance in 1968.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at it's goose-pimple inducing best.

AN ICONIC 45!!!

In perfect MINT condition.

Condition Report

A perfect, flawless copy! Utterly stunning condition.

A perfect, flawless copy! Utterly stunning condition.

Gents & The Lady - I Can Feel The Tears / Died Inside - Hue H 112

Gents & The Lady

I Can Feel The Tears / Died Inside

Hue : H 112 (45s)

Sometimes you are fortunate enough hear a sister-soul vocal that stops you in right in your tracks.

After La Vorn Smith finishes her rap intro, her trembling voice softly glides skyward into a mood changing journey into her impending crushing pain. A convincing portrayal of a young girl's error of not revealing her true feelings, when she had the chance. A reflective song saturated in regret, her palpable remorse so sweetly embodied in her delivery, cradled by the experienced Memphis(Goldwax) schooled Donnie & Fonnie Harley on Earl Wright's independent Hue label.

This is the full version of this Memphis Donnie & Fonnie Harley collaboration, led by a goose-bump inducing vocal by "The Lady", Both sides showcasing beseeching sister lead vocal fully supported by the experienced "Harleys" truly gorgeous soulful stepper...

Flip it for a signature Earl Wright horn-filled dancer, driven by persistent guitar pulses, the now more urgent "Lady" serves up grittier vocal, again exquisitely supported by her "Gents" a meaty dancer. but " I Can Feel The Tears" is still in my head, making me shiver - what a voice!

Two great sides, one very elusive disc, in superb condition.

Condition Report

Two rich full depth red labels, full gloss mint minus

Two rich full depth red labels, full gloss mint minus

Vernon & Jewel - You're Gonna Be Paid / Sail On - Network 101

Vernon Garrett & Jewel (Jue Baby)

You're Gonna Be Paid / Sail On

Network : 101 (45s)

Extremely rare Oakland, Bay Area R&B double offering, from Vernon Garrett and his wife Jewel (Jue Baby). An early release on Russell Jacquet's label, after he migrated from his New York offices to the Bay Area.

Jazzy R&B duet from fully propelled by the Russell Jacquet's Orchestra, as with all the Vernon & Jewel 45s there's a seamless transition of vocals as they bounce of each other's unspoken synergy. All their Californian recordings together on Imperial, Kent, Baytone, Pan Mar, Kayo, this "Network" press seems to be their most difficult to acquire. Little or no googable sales. Certainly our first copy, a warehouse I think we may have acquire over 25 years ago.

So check out everything this partnership created it's all great! An Ike & Tina mirror image without nearly the same level of success.

One for early 60's R&B DJ who likes to spin tunes very few others own. "You're Gonna Be Paid " with Baby Jewel's up-front vocal carrying just the right amount of "edge" to glide over Russell Jacquet's subtle instrumentation, Vernon's backseat contribution weaves in and of the persistent piano pulses, stabbing horns and stabbing saxophone! Fine but very rare Bay Area R&B cruiser.

The flipside "Sail On" Vernon takes the lead with Jue Baby taking a rest, stepping aside for the vibrant saxophone and the crazed pianist taking her place... brilliantly filling a void with their accomplished musicianship.

Footnote: Vernon Garrettt and married in 1960 to Jewell Whittaker aka Baby Jewel, both their careers taking off to become highly regarded soulful voices. Jewell appearing on Oakland's iconic Boola-Boola label giving up some Funk with that impressive sister voice.

Condition Report

Two rich blue unfaded labels with crisp clean silver text, full gloss near mint minus vinyl, both sides play clean (listen)

Two rich blue unfaded labels with crisp clean silver text, full gloss near mint minus vinyl, both sides play clean (listen)

Lenny Williams - I Couldn't Find Nobody / Lisa's Gone  - Fantasy 618

Lenny Williams

I Couldn't Find Nobody / Lisa's Gone

Fantasy: 618 (45s)

The autumn of 1968 the acclaimed Oakland, Californian producer Ray Shanklin and his band guide the searing falsetto of Lenny Williams Fantasy stablemate Lenny Wiliams. His scything vocal slicing through the air as Ray's relentless horns drive this foot-to-floor Northern Soul dancefloor pleaser.

The crafting of an irresistible mix of blitzing horns, stabbing guitar pulses, contrasted with the sweet vocal of Lenny is Northern Soul made in Heaven

Championed in recent times by top-flight NS Jocks like Adrian Cope, Sean Chapman and more recently the discerning turntable taste of Russ Vickers, exploded the dancefloor at the country's most authentic Northern Soul allniter in the UK ... long-running "Benn Hall, Rugby" where the whole niter experience catapults you back to 1975. Helped by dance tunes of this cvalibre.

This is instant Northern Soul just add the DJ, the crowd will fill the floor.

Totally tantalising, unforgettable Northern, we've all loved for decades, but still fully appreciated, as supply has always been scarce...

no chance of an over-played tag with this baby!

Condition Report

Two clean full colour labels, revealing only the merest signs of careful storage. Full gloss mint minus vinyl,

Two clean full colour labels, revealing only the merest signs of careful storage. Full gloss mint minus vinyl,

Kings Of Hearts - A Little Togetherness / When You Wish Upon A Star - Zea Records ZEA 50004

Kings Of Hearts

A Little Togetherness / When You Wish Upon A Star

Zea: ZEA 50004 (45s)

Actually over the decades this 1971 variation of the timeless Northern Soul anthem has been its least seen incarnation.

High quality fidelity, plus the bonus of no confusion of the authenticity of the press that the 1966 Canterbury press of the never ever gonna

Condition Report

two bright clean multi-coloured labels, full gloss mint minus unblemished vinyl

two bright clean multi-coloured labels, full gloss mint minus unblemished vinyl

Dandy - I'm Your Puppet / Water Boy - Down Town DT 410

Dandy

I'm Your Puppet / Water Boy

Down Town : DT 410 (45s)

Two great sides from "Reggae In Your Jeggae" man, not the rarest Skinhead Reggae 45 you'll see us list this month, But two neat clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. Only soft surface marks but plays really well.

A wow version of Dan Pen & Spooner Oldham's timeless Muscle Shoals classic silky vocals, irresistible dance rhythms throughout. The Lesser know flipside "Waterboy" needs to be heard more often, its dance pulses totally compelling.

Condition Report

a faint ballpoint initial on a-side label, squint to see, otherwise two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. Vinyl reveals some soft surface marks, plays loud and clean, listen.

a faint ballpoint initial on a-side label, squint to see, otherwise two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. Vinyl reveals some soft surface marks, plays loud and clean, listen.

Anthony Charlton - I'd Rather Be In Zion / Id Rub - ZumDel DF 3139

Anthony Charlton

I'd Rather Be In Zion / Id Rub

Zumdel : DF 3139 (45s)

Super sought after street-level Jamaican Roots from an under exposed Roots jammer, with just two 45s to his credit, both of obscure very limited press obscure labels.

This was ZumDel 's only 7" release, distributed by AFROJAM Youth club. A low budget promotion that led to its extreme rarity. Anthony Charlton's only other release suffer on MID-NIGHT records, suffers from the same level of obscurity; both are now considered cult-discs of the genre.

An essential rarity of pure, unadulterated "Roots" from the heart.

With fine clean, play perfect vinyl.





Condition Report

As with the only other copy we have seen, this disc also suffers a little from the crudely pressed, but clean labels, the perimeter has a light "peeling" see images. The vinyl carries full gloss, hardly a blemish, plays clean, listen

As with the only other copy we have seen, this disc also suffers a little from the crudely pressed, but clean labels, the perimeter has a light "peeling" see images. The vinyl carries full gloss, hardly a blemish, plays clean, listen

Magic Night - If You And I Had Never Met / If You And I Had Never Met (instrumental) - Pye 7N 25698

Magic Night

If You And I Had Never Met / If You And I Had Never Met (instrumental)

Pye International : 7N 25698 (45s)

Now that the Cleethorpes revival/tribute evenings are again back in full swing, may I recommend this ex East Coast floorpacker to DJ's working at these events, who never set foot in either the Wintergardens or The Pier; that this beauty set those two eclectic spaces. A hugely popular Northern Soul revival spin, presented here on it's original October 1975 British copy in fine clean condition.

This is no easy find on its USA Roulette release, these days and sells instantly any time we list it. As this UK Pye release, is just as elusive.

This former Blackpool Mecca / Cleethorpes Pier play was spun as a new release on the import, which triggered the ever watchful UK Pye Records to release it almost immediately it became a Northern Soul floorfiller.

A magnificent Reid Whitelaw & Norman Bergen project just on the cusp of the New York disco boom. Fortunately they stayed true to Mervin And Melvin Steals lyrics and kept the "Soul" content intact whilst creating a superb dancer within those heavenly vocals. .

Today it sounds even better than it did in the mid-70's. Soaring trumpets, rich backing harmonies, silky falsetto vocals punctuated by pumping horns. Not as disco cliche in earshot, the inspiring wall of sound just sweeps you way.. groaning under the weight of brass and the contrast of razor sharp voices, this combination is irresistible.

Every part of me adores it, and the memories attached to it.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus, still housed in it's birth sleeve. Very nice copy.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus, still housed in it's birth sleeve. Very nice copy.

Ernie & Ed - Indication / Beautiful World - Jay Boy BOY 58

Ernie & Ed

Indication / Beautiful World

Jay Boy: BOY 58 (45s)

A stunning mint minus 1972 UK with NO USA release as a 45.

Ernie Johnson & Eddie Johnson under the guidance of Walter Stone in 1967 from his Loadstone Records, based in San Francisco. A powerful 1967 session that inexplicably remained in the can, unissued. Until Ed Kassner's UK President label's passion for licencing USA Soul reignited President onto a trail-blazing mission to release Soul music from his London base.

After a two year lull, in the Soul market with their debut single Jay Boy 1 from Doris Duke way back in 1968. Kassner gave the touring "Invitations" a UK only 45 release, then they were off on a staggering 96 consecutive run of Soul 45 releases. transforming Jay Boy into one of the most collected British labels ever. Especially coveted are those elusive promo copies with that iconic big red "A" splashed across the front.

Before you today is a Northern Soul dancefloor favourite from Eddie & Ernie fresh from their "Artco" sessions in Phoenix with Art Barrett. A full-blooded threshold of brass opens the way for the familiar rich voice of Eddie Campbell to deliver the most expressive NS dancer Eddie & Ernie composed themselves. There is however no sign of Ernie's voice on the " Indication" session. But he does appear on the original A-side "Beautiful World" making this an impressive double-sider. All the more important from never having been issued in the USA in the first place.

Two superior 60's dancers from a highly respected duo who could do no wrong, as the traveled the length and breadth of the USA. Recording in Texas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Phoenix, Arizona and performing almost everywhere with their highly acclaimed stage act.

Before you today is their most-wanted 45 in it's very rarest format, in impeccable condition.. do not pass by.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish under light. A beauty!

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish under light. A beauty!

James Weeks and the Fabulous Inspirations - Maybe Tomorrow / Shotgun - Goodtime 286

James Weeks and the Fabulous Inspirations

Maybe Tomorrow / Shotgun

Goodtime: 286 (45s)

Check this out, if you are crazy about "Crossover" and drawn to Rarest Of The Rare, here's ac mysterious Northern Soul vocal-group style.

We know so very little about the artist, the label, its origins or the year of release. The ultimate test of a truly rare 45. We presume the disc was pressed in Nashville, Tennessee circa 1970 when the prolific Precision Record pressing plant was utilizing their rich "gold" labels. But recorded in North Carolina where producer Clark Tutt stayed true to that Carolina sound, that us Northern Soul Brits so adore.

Written by the James Week himself, crafts a lilting Crossover stroller saturated with D.I.Y. authenticity and charm. James reaching vocal is cradled by an haunting distant girl-group coos hanging in the air enriching the beseeching lone voice. Simplistic but classy, as it rides an understated pulses of a bass guitar and a sympathetic Hammond organ. The intended evocative approach pulls you in as the ingredients fuse in a rippling wave of desire be home, telling his girl not to "give up" maybe tomorrow you'll see, our love is destined to be. James's own words, leave you with a sense they have come from personal experience.

Silky, simplistic North Carolina NS Crossover that has been a "ghost" on the rare-soul scene all its life - a hyper-rare recording you'll discover creeping under your skin from the first note.

Do not pass , this 45's reputation and rarity is growing by the day.

The flipside is a version of Junior Walker "Shotgun" classic, that sadly suffers from unnecessary "canned live" sound effects.. shame I bet this guy and his team would have whipped up a storm on this Jr. Walker anthem.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, plays perfect

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, plays perfect

Bobby Decker - Where Quiet Waters Flow / Where I Long To Be - Nebo Records UR-750

Bobby Decker

Where Quiet Waters Flow / Where I Long To Be

Nebo Records: UR-750 (45s)

A Pat Bleasdale spin, underling her incredibly alert awareness to give a rare 70s sleeper, a lifts.

Today an army of like minded Rare Soul DJ's are chasing this ghost. Pat knows a good one when she hears it.

Condition Report

Some mild label fade, vinyl carries strong gloss revealing only a a few soft surface blemishes

Some mild label fade, vinyl carries strong gloss revealing only a a few soft surface blemishes

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