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Check out the Rare Soulman vinyl auction for all the best bargains available online. Be sure to check the closing date and time for each record to ensure you don’t miss out on the best bids. Our auction stock dramatically changes, with an emphasis on the rarely seen and high-quality conditions. Final prices vary from as little as £20 to as much as £6,000 and beyond. Whether it’s soul records or rock & pop vinyl, find the perfect additions to your collection in best possible condition.

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

Otis Lee -  Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I’m a Fool - Quait 1-1

Otis Lee

Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I’m a Fool

Quaint: 1-1 (45s)

I first heard it played by the now long retired major influence on the Northern Soul scene during the late 80’s and 90’s Gary Spencer. Covered-up as Lee Blackmore Soul Searchers - It’s A Hard Road To Hoe - although played by a few other DJ’s before him. This thumper was one of Gary’s top sounds, going some way for hard-hitting-R&B to gain a foothold within the ever changing styles of Rare Northern Soul.

Still today several decades on, it still rams the floors with enthusiastic dancers driven by it’s uncompromising presence. A juggernaut of a tune, runway truck rhythms and a snarling vocal demand, you dance.

A DJ box essential, for several decades, I’ve loved it, ever since Gary smashed up our more local NS scene with it all those years ago.



Condition Report

Flawless! Perfect labels, impeccable unblemished vinyl.

Flawless! Perfect labels, impeccable unblemished vinyl.

Eugene Remus - You Never Miss A Good Thing / Gotta Have Your Loving - Motown M-1001

Eugene Remus

You Never Miss A Good Thing / Gotta Have Your Loving

Motown: M-1001 (45s)

Continuing our presentation of rare USA Motown “pinks” in special condition, here is Eugene’s solitary 45 released 1961.

This listing is the L8 OW 7990-1A stamped in matrx - with strings mix. This copy is the "with strings" recording, with “Gotta Have Your Loving” flipside.

As you can see those striped pink labels are immaculate and the vinyl is likewise. We are never and we believe you are never going to ever see a finer example of Motown 1001.

Stunning, miraculous condition we shall never encounter again. One for the Motown academics who value rarity and condition as their priorities when hunting down those early 60’s “pinks”

Condition Report

Two completely clean Mint labels, vinyl is just unblemished.. amazing condition for this disc.

Two completely clean Mint labels, vinyl is just unblemished.. amazing condition for this disc.

Sonny Herman - What About Me / same: instrumental - Utopia 601

Sonny Herman

What About Me / same: instrumental

Utopia: 601 (45s)

When Arthur Wright takes charge of the studio, you can expect nothing less than a volcanic eruption, so it’s no suprise when you drop the stylus on the Northern Soul dancer you’re nearly blown off your feet.

You immediately collide with a barrage of brass, explosive blast of horns that the growling Sonny Herman grabs a hold of, to inflict even more crushing power into the production.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL !!

Classic style, an unrelenting stomper that takes no prisoners, no mercy shown as the searing production rips into the heart of the dancefloor.

If you want the genius of Arthur Wright underlining again, check out the instrumental flipside... WOW like an all consuming tornado this too will lift you up onto your feet. Arthur Wright banging out the piano pulses, bong rhythms fill tune background then a cocktail os horns dazzle with harmony and strength.

Two great sides...

Condition Report

Two clean and beautiful labels, viny reveals some very light hairlines under direct light. Plays Ex. The flipside instrumental is Mint minus and plays Mint minus.

Two clean and beautiful labels, viny reveals some very light hairlines under direct light. Plays Ex. The flipside instrumental is Mint minus and plays Mint minus.

Eddy Grant - Nobody’s Got Time / Nobody’s Got Time part 2 - Torpedo TOR 53

Eddy Grant

Nobody’s Got Time / Nobody’s Got Time part 2

Torpedo: TOR 53 (45s)

A near flawless copy of a 1975 Eddie Grant release that initially passed everyone by.

ORIGINAL First press the rare 1975 UK.

The 2nd 45 in Eddy Grant's solo career, so much rare than his first 45 for Torpedo.

Demand from it's rarity, recently triggered a 2017 reissue, which has black text and black background logo. As opposed to the "plum" coloured logo and text of the original first press (see images)

To acquire a copy of this elusive 43 year old, at this level of perfection is a challenge. A record that seldom surfaces, and almost never in this impeccable condition..and with the reissue label looking rather sickly by comparison here's a rare chance of owning the original real deal.

Do not pass by..

Condition Report

Two perfect solid center labels, beautifully clean vinyl that reveals only the merest sleeve contact storage blemish. As you can hear it plays perfect.

Two perfect solid center labels, beautifully clean vinyl that reveals only the merest sleeve contact storage blemish. As you can hear it plays perfect.

Cobras - Try / Goodbye - Milky Way 886M 006

Cobras

Try / Goodbye

Milky Way: 886M 006 (45s)

Rare 1966 Illinois Garage in impeccable condition.

Not to be confused with any other group of the same name and there are many. These young guys are from Danville, Illinois and this is their ONLY 45, and what a cool 45 it is too. Both sides giving up two eerie harmonizing wailing, elevated by skilled guitar rhythms.

Meloncoly, mournful and despairing young vocal, is cradled by his teammates in the background; disconsolate despair dripping from every line.
Strong, raw, local Garage written sung by Eric Welsch a name that just disappeared into the ether, for us never to be seen again.

Two top tunes, but I also adore the artistic simplicity and striking colour of this local indie label that carries so many other interest 45’s on it’s catalogue.

Condition Report

Two flawless bright clean labels, vinyl is unblemished. As good as it gets condition. Rare condition indeed!<br /> <br /> You could waste a lifetime trying to find a finer example.

Two flawless bright clean labels, vinyl is unblemished. As good as it gets condition. Rare condition indeed!

You could waste a lifetime trying to find a finer example.

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Ray Whisnant - I’m A Fool Over You / My Vacant Heart - Orbit 4890

Ray Whisnant

I’m A Fool Over You / My Vacant Heart

Orbit : 4890 (45s)

Very rare 1962 Californian Rockabilly hidden on gathering flipside of a country and western stroller

Condition Report

Two clean labels

Two clean labels

Hammersmith Gorillas - You Really Got Me / Leavin’ ‘Ome - Penny Farthings PEN 849

Hammersmith Gorillas

You Really Got Me / Leavin’ ‘Ome

Penny Farthings : PEN 849 (45s)

This aggressive trio’s first and only 45 credited to the Hammersmith Gorillas, before moving on to indie labels Chiswick & Raw Records as The Gorillas.

What a debut single, 1974 in the midst of Glitter Band, Mud, Sweet & Showaddywaddy. Jesse Hector’s threesome out-rocked them all.Ignoring all commercial incentives to recorded proper British Rock & Roll. No BS, just hard-hitting in your face Rock. Proven with this deconstruction of The Kinks timeless classic, with added angst, power, controlled animosity delivering real-deal proto-Punk Hard-Rock.

Not just on the a-side, they serve us with delinquent attitude driven by thrashing guitars on the flipside also.

A band with a reputation for uncompromising Punk flavored Rock; Rock with no frills, who’s fan base has grown long after they stopped releasing singles in 1981.

One of the finest British Garage bands ever committed to vinyl...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals on very fine storage hairline from it’s birth sleeve. Strong Mint - / Mint - / Mint -

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals on very fine storage hairline from it’s birth sleeve. Strong Mint - / Mint - / Mint -

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Pauline Rogers - I’m Just A Woman / I’ve Been Prentending - Flair-X FL 5001

Pauline Rogers

I’m Just A Woman / I’ve Been Prentending

Flair-X: FL 5001 (45s)

Blues collectors & Northern Soul R&B / Popcorn DJ’s take note; this record that sits high in the long line of feisty 50’s Black R&B Gals. This 1957 45 out of New York, NY underlines that convincing style was not the preserve of only Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Big Maybelle etc. Theere was also some other ladies who could scream and shake it up with the best of them.

“I’m Just A Woman” is a fabulous R&B dancer. A Blues Guitar and Double-Bass driven Tittyshaker, just perfect for Pauline’s sassy presence and defiant grinding vocal.

Whilst the flip is a Deep R&B sad tale with a full Sister harmony back-up. A mournful stroller that will have R&B and Soul fans attention especial when that emotional Sax solo kicks in

Two great sides that will create interest from all corners of the R&B/Soul/Blues collectors.. as the condition is unicorn RARE!

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, perfect previously unplayed vinyl, all housed in the extremely rare birth-sleeve. Insanely rare condition!

Two flawless labels, perfect previously unplayed vinyl, all housed in the extremely rare birth-sleeve. Insanely rare condition!

Lil Jim Stinney - Pretty Baby / Stay With Me - Dumas DR 1203

Lil Jim Stinney

Pretty Baby / Stay With Me

Dumas: DR 1203 (45s)

Ungooglable RARE!

From the same label that gave the R&B collectors, the likes of super-rarities Ruthie Ray Morris, Willie Que, Rayfiord Brown etc. Comes this even rarer release from 1961 from a previously unknown artist to me.

Step up Lil’ Jim and serve us with a wild Black-Rocker. Whiplashing guitar work drives the pace, prompting Saxophone blows as Jim whacks out the lyrics.

Then an immense guitar breaks elevates the session up another level.

with an unknown Bluesy Deep Soul ballad on the flip, that should stir interest from Japan or Deep Soul academics like Sir Shambling etc.

Condition Report

Town clean labels, miraculous Mint minus vinyl.

Town clean labels, miraculous Mint minus vinyl.

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Love - She Comes In Colours / Orange Skies - Electra EKSN 45-1010

Love

She Comes In Colours / Orange Skies

Electra: EKSN 45-1010 (45s)

A fine clean copy of this elusive original 1967 British press.

Haunting jangling guitar opens up this West Coast Classic. Before a breathless despairing voice gives up a few words; then crash-bang-wallop California Psychedelic Rock takes to the air!

Lifted from their 2nd album released late 1966. Appearing as their first 45 on UK Electra early 1967 on the early dark-green label.

Top side underlines Arthur Lee’s immense talent as a lyricist, whilst the flipside show a gentler side of the band, with Bryan MaClean’s eerie Pysche ballad drawing you into a trippy atmospheric psychedelic masterclass.

These guys were after one of the finest Pyche/Rock innovators of all time. With this 45 capturing their two sides completely.

Condition Report

4 prong pushout center intact. Tiny light biro file number on labels, so faint it is most likely invisible on the label images. <br /> Vinyl is immaculate, full gloss, hardly a blemish to be found. Strong flawless Mint minus. RARE condition

4 prong pushout center intact. Tiny light biro file number on labels, so faint it is most likely invisible on the label images.
Vinyl is immaculate, full gloss, hardly a blemish to be found. Strong flawless Mint minus. RARE condition

Frankie (Love Man) Crocker - Ton Of Dynamite / Confession Of Love - Turbo 0001

Frankie “Love Man” Crocker

Ton Of Dynamite / Confession Of Love

Turbo: 0001 (45s)

What a record to launch your label with ... influential radio DJ Frankie “Love Man” Crocker aided by Willie Feaster, Benny Johnson and Sylvia Robinson certainly chose the right style and title for Turbo’s blast off.

Even though the early years of Turbo were quite unproductive. With all five of their 1969 45’s falling on hard ground with only meager sales, this would later change when “Dynamite” sparked interest across Europe for everything “All Platinum & Turbo”

Whilst us mere mortals were listening to Mike Raven’s BBC radio one Soul show for our Soul educational fix. Ian Levine and Colin Curtis were listening Frankie Love Man Crocker on WBLS radio on cassette tapes Ian had brought back from his USA holidays.

The turbulent sound “Ton Of Dynamite” stuck in their minds, then a few 45s were located. The Blackpool Mecca’s boundaries were already widening; Levine and Curtis decided this frenetic edgy cocktail of Funk & Northern Soul was ready for a Highland Room airing. It was of course an instant success with the clubs ever receptive dancers.

A record that has been ingrained into the Northern Soul psyche ever since. Even near 5 decades after those audacious Blackpool Mecca DJ’s discharged it’s power onto a now expectant Highland room throng.

It is records of this ilk, and DJs who think outside the box that has kept the rich tapestry of Northern Soul music fresh, open-minded and addictive for all this time. Thank you Ian and Colin for pushing the boundaries.

Before you today, encapsulated in near 3 minutes of “dynamite” is a seldom-seen top drawer NS classic, in gorgeous rare-condition..

Condition Report

A hard 45 to acquire in this tip-top condition. Two squeaky clean labels, vinyl only reveals a few fine surface hairlines under direct light. Superb nick!

A hard 45 to acquire in this tip-top condition. Two squeaky clean labels, vinyl only reveals a few fine surface hairlines under direct light. Superb nick!

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Arthur Willis & Soulful Dynamics - The Hurting Is Over / I’ve Got To Find A Way - Mars La Tour  MLT 205

Arthur Willis & Soulful Dynamics

The Hurting Is Over / I’ve Got To Find A Way

Mars La Tour: MLT 2051 (45s)

Let’s get serious...

A Holy Grail we have only ever had once before in the last 50 years. That copy went into the enthusiastic arms of Soul Sam for an eye-watering sum for the time.

Since then it’s reputation and rarity provenance has made it one of the most desirable least seen Northern Soul records on the Planet.

A rare opportunity presents itself to lift your DJing kudos onto another level .. an brief portal to own one of the finest examples of collecting rare Northern Soul to present itself in recent times..

Breathtaking to hear, inspiring to dance to, pulse racing to hold...
the pinnacle of a DJ career to own..

Condition Report

Two clean blue and gold labels. <br /> Vinyl reveals multiple surface marks but retains good gloss and plays without fault. Some light background ticks and pops which are lost in the power of the song and the flood of adrenaline racing through your veins

Two clean blue and gold labels.
Vinyl reveals multiple surface marks but retains good gloss and plays without fault. Some light background ticks and pops which are lost in the power of the song and the flood of adrenaline racing through your veins

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Contacts - You Gonna Pay / Why Little Girl - Quadran QP 40002

Contacts

You Gonna Pay / Why Little Girl

Quadran : QP 40002 (45s)

A 1978 discovery first played at Cleethorpes covered up as “The Silhouettes - You’re Gonna Pay”

A rampaging, edgy, horn driven vocal-group stomper with racing moments of brilliance. Slick lead vocal swapping, compelling brass-driven key changes, Inspired perhaps by Norman Whitfield’s revolutionary work with the Temptations as Funky influences flood the production with attitude and fight. Add an awesome sax-break, a timely pause allowing the brass section to let rip.. and you have a killer Niter-Sound that thus far has not been reactivated onto the allniter scene... surely it will be.

But since those heady days of in the late 70’s new discoveries, new styles. It is the delicious flipside that has risen to cult-status among the Sweet Soul scholars. Vocal harmony brilliance awaits, unfortunately the flipside has surface marks that cause clicks and pops.. but what an awesome example of rare vocal-group harmony Soul it is.

Condition Report

A-side vinyl reveals light surface hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays loud, clean and true. Ex grade<br /> Flipside has numerous scratches and marks..plays with clicks and pops. <br /> Labels reveal mild signs of storage, but free of writing, stains, stickers or tears. Vg- grade

A-side vinyl reveals light surface hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays loud, clean and true. Ex grade
Flipside has numerous scratches and marks..plays with clicks and pops.
Labels reveal mild signs of storage, but free of writing, stains, stickers or tears. Vg- grade

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Cicero Blake - If I Had My Way / Step By Step - Brainstorm 119

Cicero Blake

If I Had My Way / Step By Step

Brainstorm: 119 (45s)

Looking for some “under the radar” real-deal Northern Soul?
check out this Chicago stomper that seems to have evaded most people’s ears over the years.

From 1962 to 1969 Cicero provided the Northern Soul scene with one 45 release per year from his Chicago base. This 45 is by far his rarest..

Twangy, bluesy guitar riffs open the proceedings, before they collide with the Brainstorm signatures of honkin’-horns. An explosion of power that only a muscular-vocal could possibly go on to enhance...Cicero gladly obliges, by delivering his harsh-edged experience of “love’s pain”. Snarling his message, that if only he had a chance protect his audience from the sufferings love can bring.

As Cicero pours out his dismay, the Brainstorm team of Hillary Johnson, Leon Austell & Archie Russell display their understanding and uncomprising coaching of a beefed-up brass section. A style that laid the studion foundations, that would 4 years later, create one of the greatest Northern Soul intros ever made “World Column - So Is The Sun”

Listen how the trio, along with legendary arranger Tom Tom Washington meld a tumultuous barrage of brass, with a teasing trumpet solo embroidering the background. This recording is the perfect example of how a harness a relentless brass attack without drowning he vocal in a sea of sound.

Without doubt you are listening to superoir Chicago Northern Soul underlining Brainstorm’s mastery of the brass driven production.

“If I Had My Way” the walls of every Northern Soul allniter in Europe would reverberating to the elusive sounds of Cicero Blake and those specactular Brainstorm conducted musicians.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, beautifully clean vinyl, revealing only the merest light surface hairlines under direct light.

Two clean labels, beautifully clean vinyl, revealing only the merest light surface hairlines under direct light.

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Shirelles - Last Minute Miracle / No Doubt About It - Scepter SCE 12198 DJ

Shirelles

Last Minute Miracle / No Doubt About It

Scepter: SCE 12198 (45s)

When a perfect copy of a Northern Soul classic surfaces 52 years after it’s birth.. it is time to alert the dedicated group of collectors seeking the Northern Soul anthems that tick all thge boxes.

1. White labelled West Coast promo, quite easily this 45’s rarest clothes.

2. Unblemished crisp white labels

3. Both sides of the vinyl are totally unblemished.

4. All housed in it’s birth sleeve..

Cocooned Northern Soul classics the preserve of fastidious NS collectors.

Condition Report

So near a Manship Mint! <br /> Unblemished perfection, the only reason it’s reason this timeless cl;aspic adorns these discriminating auction pages.

So near a Manship Mint!
Unblemished perfection, the only reason it’s reason this timeless cl;aspic adorns these discriminating auction pages.

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A Band Of Angels - Invitation / Cheat And Lie - Piccadilly 7N 35292

A Band Of Angels

Invitation / Cheat And Lie

Piccadilly: 7N 35292 (45s)

A British production that encapsulates everything MOD, everything embryonic Northern Soul underlining the investigative nature of the British youth culture of the mid-60’s. When Soul music was a driving need to hear and dance to.
With club DJ’s feeding that hunger with new discoveries to play on a weekly basis.

An inspired Mike D’Abo wrote this “Brit-Soul” dancer when MOD was at it’s zenith, the allniter scene bubbling over with enthusiasm and amphetamine. Constantly seeking the next new Soul sound, those pirate Radio shows, record stores, market stalls, junk shops were constantly combed for turntable possibilities.

Mike D’Abo’s 6 man gathering were talented copyists, who had previous hooked into the “Merseybeat” Sound with varying degrees of aggression. When Soul became the new “Club-Cool”; gifted producer, arranger and soul-man Johnny Harris was the perfect man to create it.

Inspired by Tony Clarke’s big club spin “The Entertainer” Harris set about crafting a brass driven mid-tempo stroller. Aimed directly at the mood-of-the-day and consequently crossing over into the burgeoning allniter scene. Whether it was pulled from a deleted cut-out box find or an inspired purchase from those Friday new release sheets after a pirate radio play. I cannot say.

But what is certain is that it didn’t take long for this 45 to rise up as a Twisted Wheel, King Mojo favourite. So much so it was bootlegged in 1968 to meet demand. On “Greenlight” Records with the Soul Sisters - Good Time Tonight - on the flip.

Thus this 45 is the only way to own the equally inspiring MOD dancer and the first release of Miki Dallon’s “Cheat And Lie”. Which Miki would himself release on Strike 306 just two months later..

Two top-drawer British born Club-Soul recordings in it’s rarest most desirable form, exemplifing that Golden-age of MOD in 1966.

A 1966 white demo in eye-popping condition.

Condition Report

Two clean white promo labels, no writing, no stains stickers or tears. Vinyl is super-clean strong Mint minus. Unblemished, full gloss and flawless! <br /> <br /> Rare Condition indeed

Two clean white promo labels, no writing, no stains stickers or tears. Vinyl is super-clean strong Mint minus. Unblemished, full gloss and flawless!

Rare Condition indeed

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Carla Thomas - Memphis Queen / 1969 UK press - Stax SXTS 1019

Carla Thomas

Memphis Queen / 1969 UK stereo press

Stax: SXTS 1019 (LPs)

An auction LP not only because of the vinyl’s spectacular condition, but also because of the standout but under-the-radar non-45 tracks that Don Davis and his gifted Groovesville machine crafted for this Devine Diva.

Take a listen to “I Play For Keeps” a truly awesome melding of Detroit & Memphis; giving up perfect Northern Soul, decorated with riffs reminiscent of Jackey Beavers - I Need My Baby - . With Carla’s young southern soul vocal lifting the production so effortlessly into sublime Northern Soul.

Likewise “Don’t Say It No More” shimmers with Northern Soul turntable potential... then Don serves up a more classic style Memphis blending funkier rhythms around that delicable voice.

Also on the track listing is Carla’s finest 1969 Stax 45 release “I Like What You’re Doing To Me” b/w “Strung Out” both feature on this album. Along with more non-45 recordings that also impress..”How Can You Throw My Love Away” + the deep soul masterpiece “Guide Me Well” + another Don Davis directed dancer fills the air as “Special Memories” unfolds. The above mentioned all have the power to light up a discerning rare Soul gathering.

With “I Play For Keeps” a MONSTER WAITING TO RETURN.

Certainly an album, that is right up there alongside those considered the greatest Sister albums of the 60’s.. Every track an emotion changer..

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, unblemished Mint minus vinyl throughout. The iconic laminated cover, reveals only the mildest signs of careful storage. No writing, no stains, no tears, no stickers. An exceptional example..

Two perfect labels, unblemished Mint minus vinyl throughout. The iconic laminated cover, reveals only the mildest signs of careful storage. No writing, no stains, no tears, no stickers. An exceptional example..

Joe Garland - That’s His Girl / Sound Of Love - Eastwind International Arists EIA 3013

Joe Garland

That’s His Girl / Sound Of Love

Eastwind International Arists: EIA 3013 (45s)

For those rare-soul DJ’s seeking seriously obscure Northern Soul crossover this elusive New Yorker ticks all the boxes.

Crafted by Andrew Pope, who had already been involved with some wonderful New York singles for “The Exciters”. But other contributors to this seamless Soul groove remain a mystery; The backing band Little Dave & The Soul Peppers, W. Smith & C. Goode are all new to us.

Zipping strings open proceedings, then haunting celestial girl-group harmony hangs in air, as Joe slowly reveals his misery, an ever increasing beseeching delivery of desperation; as he loves a girl he can never call his own... towards the climax Joe pain goes off the scale...Completing one of the finest Soulful Crossover delights I’ve heard in quite some time...

Totally obscure and totally CLASS.

A current Darren Sykes spin and that guy has taste..!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, mint minus vinyl with hardly a blemish.

Two clean labels, mint minus vinyl with hardly a blemish.

Sherri Taylor & Singin’ Sammy Ward - Lover / That’s Why I Lover You So Much - Motown M 1004

Sherri Taylor & Singin’ Sammy Ward

Lover / That’s Why I Love You So Much

Motown : M 1004 (45s)

The Mix 55539 directed by Berry Gordy

Swaggering R&B Northern Soul, two dynamic vocals aggressively bouncing off each other’s argumentative viewpoints. Sherri Taylor’s shrill screaming is the perfect contrast to Sammy Ward’s snarling responses. Driven by jangling guitar dance rhythms, enriched by persistent horns. The ideal backdrop for conflict..

This is proper R&B dance, a thing Motown was very good at before they fully developed the “Motown Sound”. There’s nothing like a right good falling out of lovers to set a R&B session alight. Sherri & Sammy do it son convincing.

As we’ve stated before, in some instances, it is not too challenging to buy rare early Motown in horrid condition. It can be found..

The real challenge is to find and acquire these rare striped Motown & Tamla with two clean labels and unblemished vinyl.. this listing offers both.

Very rare condition indeed, for this magnificent verbal outpouring of combative R&B!

Condition Report

Two bright pink striped labels, small in-house “ DISC JOCKEY NOT FOR SALE”. Vinyl reveals only the merest of surface hairlines from careful sleeve storage under direct light. String M- / M- / M-

Two bright pink striped labels, small in-house “ DISC JOCKEY NOT FOR SALE”. Vinyl reveals only the merest of surface hairlines from careful sleeve storage under direct light. String M- / M- / M-

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Timothy Wilson - Hey Girl, Do You Love Me! / Come On Home - Veep V 1213 DJ

Timothy Wilson

Hey Girl, Do You Love Me? / Come On Home

Veep: V 1213 (45s)

Without hesitation Timothy Wilson is one of my all-time fave Soul Men.

Here he is with his debut single, fortunate to be under the guidance of New York’s finest “big city sound” makers. Robert Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer collectively know as the innovative recording grouping ‘The Strangeloves”. Who in turn were mentored by the towering talent of Bert Berns. So the 22 year old soul crooner was at last in good hands, after an indifferent career as a young 15 year old heading up Tiny Tim and The Hits on Roulette. But this voice was never gonna be standing in the shade for very long..

A blasting brass intro, gives way for Timothy’s exquisite vocal to take to the air. Beautifully elevated by an uncredited vocal group chorus for yet another “Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer” masterpiece to unfold.

One of the tradegies of the music-industry, unfortunately, is how so many truly gifted artists never receive the audience they deserve. Timothy Wilson’s whole portfolio screams genius.. this 45 has sat on the periphery of Northern Soul for decades now, with never quite enough copies available at one time for that concerted DJ push required for it to rise to NS classic status..

But to me this is vocal-group Northern Soul at it’s finest, with an arrangement at it’s most danceable, delivered by the voice of an Angel.

Northern Soul at it’s classiest BEST!

Condition Report

Two clean octogon design promo labels. Vinyl is MINT minus just a perfect copy. Still housed in it’s birth sleeve. Just stunning

Two clean octogon design promo labels. Vinyl is MINT minus just a perfect copy. Still housed in it’s birth sleeve. Just stunning

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Robert Pete Williams - Free Again / 1961 Orange border 1st press - Prestige Bluesville 1026

Robert Pete Williams

Free Again / 1961 Orange border 1st press

Prestige Bluesville: 1026 (LPs)

Louisiana Blues master, discovered whilst imprisoned in Anglo Prision by blues enthusiasts Harry Oster & Richard Allen collectors of urban music and songs. They discovered a rare talent when they uncovered Robert Pete Williams.

Upon his release this album was compiled by ther meticalous Harry Oster. The in-depth back cover notes are a riveting read, Post War Blues documentation of gathering highest order.

RARE and essential early 60’s Blues collecting.

Condition Report

Original FIRST PRESS blue label with silver text, cover with artist picture framed with ORANGE border. Later on the reissue it is yellow.<br /> <br /> Two perfect labels, flawless front cover, back cover has a couple of light stains and a thin curved line of flake down the curling inwards from the third margin into small partition of text describing the TWO WINGS track. This is minimal and doesn’t spoil the read. <br /> <br /> Two perfect labels, vinyl is unblemished having been housed in a polythene audiophile inner sleeve since birth.

Original FIRST PRESS blue label with silver text, cover with artist picture framed with ORANGE border. Later on the reissue it is yellow.

Two perfect labels, flawless front cover, back cover has a couple of light stains and a thin curved line of flake down the curling inwards from the third margin into small partition of text describing the TWO WINGS track. This is minimal and doesn’t spoil the read.

Two perfect labels, vinyl is unblemished having been housed in a polythene audiophile inner sleeve since birth.

Linda Griner - Goodbye Cruel WORLD / Envious - Motown1037

Linda Griner

Good-by Cruel WORLD / Envious

Motown: M-1037 DJ (45s)

The rare first press, immediately withdrawn 45 with title credit error. “Good-By Cruel WORLD” - pulled, to be represented as the correct “Good-By Cruel LOVE” .

Strong saxophone saturated Motown Northern Soul dancer that now enjoys classic Northern Soul dancefloor status. But also, even for the most dedicated Motown collector an annoying void in their collection as the “World” misprint seldom turns up for sale.

This copy has had a neat in-house adjustment with “love” in light biro sitting just over the word “WORLD” two blue marker ticks the a-side as the DJ’s play indicator.

Smokey Robinson guides a young 15 year old Washington, D.C. girl through this summer of 1962 Motown session; that is just littered with signature “Smokey” characteristics. A chugging mid-tempo dance arrangement decorated with a male vocal group harmony chorus provided by The Miracles themselves. With a Smokey innovation of a primitive saxophone, the whole production strongly resembling the material Mary Wells was starting to record.

Apparently at 15 years of age, Linda was too young to become a Motown girl star? Contradicted by the heavy genius promotion Little Stevie Wonder at 12 years of age.

My own theory is this sensational 15 year old possibly caused concern among all those Motown starlets with arguably inferior vocal talents. Whatever the reason this was Linda’s only 45 release for Motown and she returned east, to later work with another gifted producer Gerry Granahan. Between them both Gerry & Linda achieved “Hall Of Fame” awards, leaving Linda and Motown scholars wondering what this superior voice talent would have achieved under “Smokey” had he “ran” with her.

Lastly do not overlook the flipside “Envious” a killer harmony ballad, that maybe has some truth of her story within those poignant lyrics.

Condition Report

Two ticks on the A-side label, neat clean biro correction to the misprint title (see scans) Vinyl reveal very light surface blemishes, as you can hear both sides play clean and true.

Two ticks on the A-side label, neat clean biro correction to the misprint title (see scans) Vinyl reveal very light surface blemishes, as you can hear both sides play clean and true.

Robert Pete Williams - Anglo Prisioner’s Blues / 1960 UK press - Collectors Records JGN 1003

Robert Pete Williams

Anglo Prisioner’s Blues / 1960 UK press

Collectors Records : JGN 1003 (LPs)

Fabulous rare condition 1960 UK press.

Even retains the “impossible” 16 page “Louisiana Folklore Society” booklet for “Angola Prisoner’s Blues” which lists in precise detail the history band who played on each track. The completeness of this listing is staggering.

A descriptive story of the prison, it’s inmates and the Blues music cultures that breaths within. An unmissable read, band that’s before we listen to the music and gaze upon the beauty of the cover whilst marvelling at it’s flawless condition.

Blues academics this is a must-own.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl that only reveals the merest hairline under direct light. The fully laminated flip back cover us clean, just very mild storage creasing, inspect images provided.<br /> <br /> The beyond-rare booklet is flawless.

Two perfect labels, vinyl that only reveals the merest hairline under direct light. The fully laminated flip back cover us clean, just very mild storage creasing, inspect images provided.

The beyond-rare booklet is flawless.

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Winston Heywood the Hombres - Music Far Away / Version - Jaguar J 34

Winston Heywood the Hombres

Music Far Away / Version

Jaguar: J 34 (45s)

Elusive Soulful 1971 Jamaican vocal group reggae hard to local in fine clean condition.

Winston pocesses of those instantly captivating voices that slight “crack” on the emotional note. Supremely backed by Hombres and their silky harmonies. A recording we feel transcends the Soul / Reggae boundaries. So soulfully seamless mid paced delight.

Seldom seen in the level of condition required to truly appreciate the crisp clarity of those creamy vocals.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, fine clean vinyl with full gloss, some very mild hairlines revealed under direct light.

Two clean labels, fine clean vinyl with full gloss, some very mild hairlines revealed under direct light.

Nick Rawls - Bad Luck Fellow / Everybody’s Got To Sing - Waxwing W-100

Nick Rawls and The Soul Molesters

Bad Luck Fellow / Everybody’s Got To Sing

Waxwing: W-100 (45s)

A debut 45 to these pages it’s rarity already underlined by only two recorded internet sales this century.

Same label as the highly sought-after “Georgia Soul Twusters” but this is much rarer!

Utterly obscure artists I’ve never heard of before; Nick Rawls and his Soul Molesters, along with equally mysterious writers and producer. This is how we like it, beyond-rare Northern Soul!

Wailing lead vocal, persistent percussion, blaring brass and a burping saxophone meld into one searing dancer. Primitively energetic, locally raw performance. Dominated by ratting drums driving the dance beat, when the drummer gores solo, it is the signal for the production to lift up to a crescendo. With all component upping their game. Until the saxophone takes over with a killer solo, as we are treated to seriously RARE locasl vocal-group enthusiasm, on an extremely obscure label that just draws the eye in.

If you’re searching for validated rarity couple with raw in-your-face Northern Soul.. this baby ticks all those boxes. Sit it next to the “Georgia Soul Twisters’ in you DJ box... that would be an eye-popping sight..

Condition Report

Two clean labels. Vinyl reveals only the merest surface hairline under direct light, plays perfectly, as you can hear.

Two clean labels. Vinyl reveals only the merest surface hairline under direct light, plays perfectly, as you can hear.

Little Daddy Walton & Sons - I’m Leaving / Gitin It with Soul - Big Hit TY 3

Little Daddy Walton & Sons

I’m Leaving / Gitin It with Soul

Big Hit: TY 3 (45s)

This week’s rare R&B grinder comes from that renowned Detroit stable of excellence; The Johnnie Mae Mathews “Big Hit” label.

A snarling, growling double edged winner, giving up an impressive slab of Motor City R&B Northern Soul on the lead side. Flip it over for a mighty Bluesy slab ofFunk.

Both sides open with a confident Daddy Walton rasp rap intro, that soon ramps up into solid dancefloor fuel. Just like his other elusive 45 on this label.

Both benefitting fromJohnnie Mae’s producing nous. Not only is Big Hit an highly collectable label, here is one of it’s rarest 45’s; noting that 60’s Detroit vinyl it has become increasingly difficult to acquire in anything above scratchy and worn.

This 45 is a strong Mint mint with X on label. A rare disc in even rarer condition..do not pass by.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, X on otherwise perfect labels.

Flawless vinyl, X on otherwise perfect labels.

7th. Avenue Aviators - You Should ‘O Held On /Boy Next Door - Congress CG 255 DJ

7th. Avenue Aviators

You Should ‘O Held On / Boy Next Door

Congress: CG 255 DJ (45s)

Some Northern Soul antHems require no build-up from us, to trigger interest. This listing is one of those 45s.

The sound file attached, will being doing all the talking for us.

So let’s talk about CONDITION, after the euphoria subsides, please read carefully. About it spectacular near perfect and the FLAW in the deadwax.

Two mint labels, Mint - playing surfaces, housed in company sleeves, looks spectacular doesn’t it?

BUT Please NOTE this record has a hairline in the DEADWAX, a fine ring crack that doesn’t affect play at all. Images provided.

Condition Report

Two mint labels, Mint playing surfaces, housed in company sleeves, looks spectacular doesn’t it.

Two mint labels, Mint playing surfaces, housed in company sleeves, looks spectacular doesn’t it.

Don Burdick - Bari Track / I Have Faith In You - Sound Impressions SIR 6808

Don Burdick

Bari Track / I Have Faith In You

Sound Impressions : SIR 6808 (45s)

No words from me could ever elevate this Northern Soul anthem, any higher that it already flies in the dreams of NS collectors.

Two sides to die for... literally.

Condition Report

Impeccable condition, two perfect labels, vinyl revealing a few mild hairlines under direct. A fabulous copy.

Impeccable condition, two perfect labels, vinyl revealing a few mild hairlines under direct. A fabulous copy.

Herman Hitson - She’s A Bad Girl / Show Some Sign - Mint 32096 DJ

Herman Hitson

She’s A Bad Girl / Show Some Sing

Minit: 32096 DJ (45s)

Three years after Lee Moses wrote and first recorded this lyrically superior tune. The partnership of Lee and Johnny Brantley enlisted one of the most magnificent Soul voices of the last century, to vocally beef-up those superior words, weave them into a muscular Funky arrangement and the result is spectacular.

Potent musicianship tries to match up to Hitson’s bulldozer delivery. His voice ripping into every word, with an inner passion few artists could ever replicate.
Screaming horns, sizzling Girl-group choruses, power this brutal production that outstrips the original by some distance.

The dancefloor H-bomb guaranteeing devastation every time... invariably jolting turntable voyeurs to rotate their hard at 45rpm in an attempt to see “who the hell is singing this?”

Herman’s voice has that affect on people...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, beautifully clean vinyl reveals only the mildest of surface hairlines under direct light. All housed in birth-sleeve.

Two clean labels, beautifully clean vinyl reveals only the mildest of surface hairlines under direct light. All housed in birth-sleeve.

Jimmy Moore - Church Street Sally / I Hate You Baby - S.P.Q.R. 1006 DJ

Jimmy Moore

Church Street Sally / I Hate You Baby

S.P.Q.R.: 1006 DJ (45s)

Buckle-up! Frank Guida is about to take you on a death-defying rollercoaster ride around Norfolk, VIrginia. Jimmy Moore has filled the tank with high-octane screaming fuel. Frank’s behind the wheel.. be prepared to wreck the dancefloor, burn-up the soles of your feet, as the friction of Northern Soul turbos trigger compelling gymnastic desires.

Church Street was of course where all the action was in mid-60’s Norfolk.. and Sally was the Queen of that neighbourhood. So let Sally into your life, she’s an unparalleled beast with one intention.. that’s to wear you out.

Do not drive by..

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, fine clean play perfect vinyl. Revealing only very mild surface hairlines under direct light.

Two clean promo labels, fine clean play perfect vinyl. Revealing only very mild surface hairlines under direct light.

Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight Is All Over / What I Want I Can Never Have - Stateside SS 374

Jimmy Radcliffe

Long After Tonight Is All Over / What I Want I Can Never Have

Stateside: SS 374 (45s)

An astonishing immaculate copy of this “Ender Of All Enders”

Right from those embryonic Northern Soul nights of the Twisted Wheel, this moving Big-City-Beat-Ballad from the office of Burt Bacharach and Hal David has always been regarded, the ultimate “last record” of a British Soul event.

A 45 that almost a decade later, seamlessly transferred itself to Wigan Casino and beyond. Of course other clubs had different “Enders”.

The Blackpool Mecca’s finale was played out by Young-Holt Trio - California Montage; Cleethorpes Pier was brought to a close by Charles Mann - It’s All Over; the wonderful,Rugby Benn Hall allniter is religiously finished by the mighty march of Ray Pollard’s - The Drifter.

But here is the 45 that started this unique trend of sending your audience home with an uplifting ballad, after they’d exhausted themselves dancing to the very last drop.

Rare condition, is only a fraction of why this 45 is on auction. It’s mainly here to pay homage to the world’s most diverse underground music scene...and the standout quality music it has championed through fully 55 years
..long may it live on.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, unblemished vinyl that only reveals the merest hairline under direct light. Still housed in it’s birth sleeve with 3/6d “old money” written on the front cover.

Two flawless labels, unblemished vinyl that only reveals the merest hairline under direct light. Still housed in it’s birth sleeve with 3/6d “old money” written on the front cover.

Derrick & Patsy with Drumbago & His Harmonisers - Let The Good Times Roll / Baby Please Don’t Leave Me - Blue Beat BB 65

Derrick & Patsy with Drumbago & His Harmonisers

Let The Good Times Roll / Baby Please Don’t Leave Me

Blue Beat: BB 65 (45s)

Rare number in this highly collectable series, a nice 1961 press with immaculate vinyl, a rare sight indeed.

A year before Derrick Morgan & Millicent Todd hit big with “ Housewives Choice” Duke Reid decided to cut a Jamaican version of a currrentb could not have chosen a better duo for a revamping of “Let The Good Times Roll” a huge USA hit by Shirley and Lee. As Millicent had a carbon copy voice of Shirley

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong die-cut center fully intact. Vinyl is an astonishing mint minus.

Two clean labels, 4 prong die-cut center fully intact. Vinyl is an astonishing mint minus.

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Bobby Reed - The Time Is Right For Love / If I Didn’t Love You - Bell B 888 DJ

Bobby Reed

The Time Is Right For Love / If I Didn’t Love You

Bell: B 888 DJ (45s)

The beautuful RED TEXT 1970 promo copy, beckoning to your educated ear, eyes and heart.

Van McCoy's legacy to Soul music is huge, to Northern Soul music it is the most important volume of work compiled by a writer, arranger, producer in such a shot time, with allegedly over 700 songs bearing his credit in under 25 years of work; Dieing under the age of 40, we can only imagine what you would have created if his life was not cut so short.

Before you today is one of his greatest works, and one Soul music finest moments. A sublime piece of Crossover Northern Soul from that defining year of 1970, when the style, pace and atmosphere of Soul changed gear. Shifting from a roaring Mustang into a smooth luxurious limousine. Partnered by Joe Cobb to duo crafted a sublime slab of Soul, now categorized “crossover” to the collecting/DJing connoisseur.

It matters not which side you flip onto the turntables, sheer class seeps from the grooves as Bobby Reed glides through two McCoy / Cobb creations with consummate ease.

Don't take my word for it, click the sound file to be wafted into Northern Soul paradise, that will perhaps ignite a new venture within you; to seek out the quality of top-drawer Crossover Northern Soul recordings. Which at it best is, for me, the most persuasive of all the Northern Soul styles.

Here's a beautifully present immaculate promo copy to ponder upon.

Condition Report

Two squeaky clean red text promo labels, vinyl is flawless. A mighty clean copy, neat perfect.

Two squeaky clean red text promo labels, vinyl is flawless. A mighty clean copy, neat perfect.

Little Joe Hinton - I Won’t Be Your Fool / My Love Is Real - Arvee 5028

Little Joe Hinton

I Won’t Be Your Fool / My Love Is Real

Arvee: 5028 (45s)

An all consuming crushing R&B Northern Soul heavyweight! Carried by a beautifully gnarled vocal saturated in defiance. As intrusive horns blast out a trail of destruction for Little Joe to swagger through....oh and how swaggers empowered by his new attitude.

This man surely knew how to serve up an explosive dancer, his other 45 “let’s Start A Romance” is so impressive it has been bootlegged to meet demand.
This 45 has not been reissued in any form, and is significantly rarer than “Romance” just waiting in the wings to take the R&B scene by a storm with the right DJ behind it


Little Joe’s first release of the two he did for Richard Vaughn’s colourful Hollywood label with a huge reputation for supporting local R&B artists. Deep Soul scholars should check out the other side, a fantastic ballad way ahead of its time.




Condition Report

Rare condition. Two perfect labels vinyl reveals only the merest surface hairlines under direct light.

Rare condition. Two perfect labels vinyl reveals only the merest surface hairlines under direct light.

Major Harris - Call Me Tomorrow / Like A Rolling Stone - Okeh 4-7327

Major Harris

Call Me Tomorrow / Like A Rolling Stone

Okeh: 4-7327 (45s)

Without question one of my all time favorite Northern Soul strollers...

A record that was never bootlegged back in the day, even Soul compilation albums got it all wrong by cutting the wrong side onto their Northern Soul tributes...Bootleggers pressing his other inferior Okeh 45 instead of “Call Me Tomorrow”; factors that have all contributed to keeping this great song “fresh” and “uplifting” every time you hear it.

Those addictive guitar riffs coupled with Major’s silky voice, searing girl choruses, make this 45 one of those all-time greats that nobody ever tires of hearing.

Here is a stunning stock copy example, in just beautiful condition. Click the soundfile and Mr. Harris will relay to you why this has always been a favourite tune of so many Northern Soul fans.

Condition Report

Two clean label, a Columbia “promo” sticker on the a-side (see scans). Vinyl reveals just a few mild hairlines under direct light. Absolutely no Northern Soul circuit fatigue, straight from the USA, no

Two clean label, a Columbia “promo” sticker on the a-side (see scans). Vinyl reveals just a few mild hairlines under direct light. Absolutely no Northern Soul circuit fatigue, straight from the USA, no

Wayne Carter - Mad Mouth Woman / Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahoo - Mootrey’s 1258

Wayne Carter

Mad Mouth Woman / Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahoo

Mootrey’s: 1258 (45s)

Two fabulous Funky decorated Soulful dancers, as spun by some topline DJ’s. E.g. Darren Sykes at the recent Hamburg, weekender. Following Soul Sam, Mick H etc in support of this captivating 45. Listen, how it instantly grabs your attention with a slick jazzy approach work, before Wayne Carter’s Chicago influenced voice takes over.

Inspired perhaps, by the city’s greats Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Curtis Mayfield as the production and voice steps up tho compliment those familiar styles.

Seamlessly fusing Jazz, Soul, Funk into two infectious dance grooves. With the flip side underlining Wayne’s keyboard prowess as the Hammond lays down a carpet to be festoon by drums, bass guitar, bongo-beats, sensual saxophone prompt as the vocal patiently waiting his moment to compliment the rich arrangement.

Two classy tunes on one elusive disc, both beautifully executed.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, spotless vinyl.

Two clean labels, spotless vinyl.

Lightnin’  Hoplkins - Unsuccessful Blues / Grievance Blues - Dart 123

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Unsuccessful Blues / Grievance Blues

Dart: 123 (45s)

Elusive late 50s Texas Blues 45. On a highly regarded Houston labels that gave so many “local” artists a fighting chance, with their eclectic catalog covering Doo Wop, Rockabilly, C&W as well as Blues.

On this recording Lightnin’ gives up pure Blues with no refinements other than skilled guitar picking and his instantly magnetic voice. As both sides deliver mournful street corner Blues. Written by the prolific Bill Quinn, owner of Gold Star Records, fir which Lightnin’ Hopkins cut over 100 recordings for through the years.

Rarely do you see the 60 year old disc in such fine clean condition, still housed in birth sleeve, with two near perfect labels. Condition could hardly be finer.



Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals on sleeve contact storage blemishes.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals on sleeve contact storage blemishes.

Jan Fender - Sweet P / Mr. Brown - Fab 164

Jan Fender

Sweet P / Mr. Brown

Fab: 164 (45s)

An utterly flawless 1969 Prince Buster project. Providing a delicious Jah Fender a-side, that immediately captures you attention, from the very first note of that magnificently manipulated Saxophone. Captivating manipulation of the reed, sends shivers down your back, before a rich vocal rapping takes you on a journey of dance.

Rhythmic keyboards, rich vocal-group harmonies fill your space, as irresistible dance pulses drive the session. That quivering Saxophone returns... and your hooked!

Flip it over for another Prince Buster creation, again filling up your senses with a rhythmic flood of skilfully massaged instruments, embroidered with a wealth of group harmonies... another winner awaits..

Two killer sides in perfect condition

Condition Report

Stunning flawless condition throughout.. perfect labels, unblemished vinyl. As good as it gets..all housed in wavy-top white birth-sleeve.

Stunning flawless condition throughout.. perfect labels, unblemished vinyl. As good as it gets..all housed in wavy-top white birth-sleeve.

Julien Covey - A Little Bit Hurt / Sweet Bacon - Island WIP 6009

Julien Covey

A Little Bit Hurt / Sweet Bacon

Island: WIP 6009 (45s)

MINT how hard is that condition to find, when you’re trying to track down this floor-destroying MOD anthem.

Before you is the 1970 UK press that Island briefly tried to promote on the back of Soul Club plays of that era. Unfortunately for Island Records their repromotion fell flat. Today leaving this “large white I” design the rarest of the three British Island releases.

Guaranteed DJ set igniter..

Rare Condition - on the elusive label design. Very nice..

Condition Report

Two clean three prong center labels. Vinyl is immaculate inside Island sleeve

Two clean three prong center labels. Vinyl is immaculate inside Island sleeve

Contemplations - Alone With No Love / same: instrumental - Dontee101

Contemplations

Alone With No Love / same: instrumental

Label: 101 (45s)

The first release of Rock Candy - Alone With No Love - with the saddled bonus of an instrumental version on the flip

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl is stunning, hardly a blemish, even under direct light. Strong Mint - throughout.

Two clean labels, vinyl is stunning, hardly a blemish, even under direct light. Strong Mint - throughout.

Motha’s Funkk - We’ve Got Love / It’s Our Thing - Street Star MF 001

Motha’s Funkk

We’ve Got Love / It’s Our Thing

Street Star MF 001: MF 001 (45s)

A double helping of rare Memphis D.I.Y. Vocal group energy, which ever side you drop the arm on.

Topside is a delicious fusion of male harmony supported by trademark Memphis horns. Funky riffs erupt on the opening, before the mood changes as the lead singer raps about his love. Before taking you on a journey of Soulful harmony, as fasettos, tenors blend into a mid-tempo delight. But the Funk dosn’t disappear completely it keeps on prompting, ensuring this is no ordinary stepper you are experiencing.

As on the other side you are in no doubt at any time, that you are about to be abducted by a tidal wave of Memphis modern-Funk. As “it’s Our Thing” pumps of the dance vibes from note-one.

Again, that Memphis tutored brass fills your space, pulsating guitar rhythms drive you to the dancefloor. Whilst the harmony vocals stay true to the production; as they project another layer of power the horns and guitars have laid down. The punctuating brass cuts through the air every time the vocals pause. A relentless indie groove..

Two very strong sides, from this one-single only band... one single release perhaps; but it gives up TWO impressive sides to consider.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, mint minus unblemished vinyl

Two clean labels, mint minus unblemished vinyl

Chuck Jackson - Take Off Your Make-Up / Talk A Little Less - ABC 12024

Chuck Jackson

Take Off Your Make-Up / Talk A Little Less

ABC: 12024 (45s)

Chuck’s rarest 45? It certainly feels like it, as this disc so rarely turns up for sale as a clean stock copy. If you want clean vinyl, which is crucial when buying 70’s 45’s.

The stock copy two top-drawer recordings delivered by the mightiest of all vocals; Brilliantly guided by Michael Omartian & Steve Barri two names synominous with joyous pre-disco recordings. Remember all those wonderful Four Tops ABC recordings they crafted.

Unfortunately unlike the Four Tops, Chuck’s 45 failed to hit in the USA. But has bubbled has away on the rare-soul European dance scene now for decades, gathering an underground appreciation along the way..

Let’s face Chuck could sing “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” and it would sound soulful. So when Detroiters, McKinley Jackson & James Reddick (so often providers for Lamont Dozier) you’d expect something rather special and that’s what we get.

5 extreme talents contributed to this standout tune, that’s has so much life in it to go further. Then of course there is the fabulous Soulful stroller on the flipside NOT isssued on the promo.

Two strong tunes, in near flawless condition, a tune crying out for a dancefloor resurgence...especially after Bri Goucher recently smashed open the airwaves with it on the Dean Anderson “TNT” radio show, expect demand to rise..

Noting that Lamont Dozier’s version made it onto 45 some “190” ABC releases later, ironically as a flip side, and not available on the commoner Promo press.

Killer tune however sings it...perched and ready to fly again.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only the lightest hairline blemishes under direct light.

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only the lightest hairline blemishes under direct light.

Silky Hargraves - Keep Loving Me ( Like You Do ) / You’re Too Good ( To Me Baby ) - Dearborn D 563 DJ

Silky Hargraves

Keep Loving Me ( Like You Do ) / You’re Too Good ( To Me Baby )

Dearborn: D 563 DJ (45s)

So completely brilliant, a trafficjam of adjectives get stuck in my head..

This song always gets my vote for the greatest music video of rare-soul on You-tube as aerial views of the Motor City resound to the tones of one of the city's finest Northern Soul moments.

If you feel you need an uplift, just go to you-tube and find Silky's song floating high above the building of Detroit, awesome.

The affect it has on a Northern Soul dancefloor is not far behind.. for decades this Silky Hargraves / Ron Dunbar collaboration has adorned thinking DJ’s boxes as the Northern Soul classic drop that everyone adores. I’ve listened to it now for nearing 50 years and it still sends shivers of delight through me.

No matter which side you choose to play first..

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl only reveals feeble surface hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays superb. Looks a strong Ex+ plays Mint minus.

Two clean promo labels, vinyl only reveals feeble surface hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays superb. Looks a strong Ex+ plays Mint minus.

Sandra Wright - Wounded Woman / 1989 UK press - Demon FIEND136

Sandra Wright

Wounded Woman / 1989 UK press

Demon: FIEND136 (LPs)

Arguably the greatest Soul Sister album ever made! And just the saddest tale of a gifted diva whose career never took off because her album coincided with the demise of Stax Records.

And to the huge disappointment of all involved at Broadway Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, failed to achieve a USA release in 1975. As they all considered it as masterpiece.

Sandra was discovered by Freddie North singing in a small club in Nashville. He tipped off David Johnson, who, upon hearing this songbird, signed her on the spot. “The Best Female R&B Singer I Heard In A Long Time” was his assessment. He then spent several months sourcing the right songs for her to sing.

This album gives up 9 stunning slabs of Soul crafted by Alabama’s finest musicians, technicians and vocalists. A combination of Memphis & Muscle Shoals horns, Ben Carley on trumpet, Harvey Thompson on tenor sax, Ronnie Eades on Bari Sax, Charles Rose on Trombone, Clayton Ivey on keyboards, Randy McCormick on Electric Piano, Pete Carr on guitars, Lenny LeBlanc on Bass Guitar, Roger Clarke on Drums. Background vocals provideTerry Woodford, Barbara Wyrick and Mary Ann Gresham. Engineered by the precision of Bill Fair...

This gathering crafted the greatest female Soul album of all time. It was 12 years after the demise of Stax that Sandra Wright’s masterpiece finally got issued on vinyl. Ironically by Demon Records of Brentford, England.

Today this album as its first release, is no easy find. For two reasons - it didn’t sell very much in the UK with Sandra Wright being for most, an “unknown” and secondly, any collector lucky enough to have acquired a copy, would never comtemplate being parted from it..

Seldom surfacing for sale... but when it does, expect competition for ownership.



Condition Report

Flawless viny, perfect labels, fine clean cover back and front; revealing only a few insignificant storage creases.

Flawless viny, perfect labels, fine clean cover back and front; revealing only a few insignificant storage creases.

Tammy and the Carolinas - You Took Me For Granted / I Don’t Wanna Play In Your Yard - Larson 707

Tammy and the Carolinas

You Took Me For Granted / I Don’t Wanna Play In Your Yard

Larson: 707 (45s)

A Glen Larson D.I.Y project from March 1961 has huge reputation as a very rare girl-teen recording.

Glen was a brief member of the Four Preps, but this 45 showcases his early talent as a writer/ producer before going in the TV industry, which he made a significant mark. Becoming famous TV producer / writer with such notables as “The Fall Guy” “Battlestar Galactica” “Magnum” “Nightrider” this man became a big mover and shaker in Television.

This seriously rare 45 showcases the beginnings of his glittering career, that would prove a springboard for Glen and his successful TV and film productions.

Uplifting Girl-Group Teen happiness, from Tammy and the Carolinas, who ever they may have been? Obscure girls that have proved near ”ungoogleable”

But interestingly on the flipside is the original rendition of “I Don’t Wanna Play In Your Yard” which the Vonnair Sisters hit with, the same year.

A historical 7” that is so very hard to acquire, appealing to not only Teen Collectors, Girl-group scholars, but to anyone with an interest in how people started their road to success...

Glen Larson dabbled in releasing D.I.Y. 45s .. didn’t you know?

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals on very mild surface marks. As you can hear it plays clean and true.

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals on very mild surface marks. As you can hear it plays clean and true.

Bobby Treetop - Wait Till I Get To Know Ya / Valentine - Tuff 417

Bobby Treetop

Wait Till I Get To Know Ya / Valentine

Tuff: 417 (45s)

Click the mouse to unleash the power of Bobby Treetop!

Benny Golson’s distinctive oriental intro sparks an instant response, triggering the dancefloor-dash.

Quick, find some room before that brutal brass drives your feet into newly inspired gynastics..

Does Northern Soul get any more persuasive than this..

We think not..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, super clean vinyl that has avoided the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit. A play perfect 45, that reveals only the merest occasional hairline under direct light.

Two clean labels, super clean vinyl that has avoided the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit. A play perfect 45, that reveals only the merest occasional hairline under direct light.

Princetons - You’re My Love / Gone - Philips 40379

Princetons

You’re My Love / Gone

Philips: 40379 (45s)

One of the rarer mainstream label Garage 45’s, that seldom turns up for sale. It appeared briefly on the 1993 Garage compilation album “60’s Rebellion Vol. 5. A good choice for the compilers as this is certainly rebellious Garage.

Delivered by a six man Michigan gathering, and both sides written and produced by them mysterious Bill Neal. This vibrant group previously released under the name the Princeton Five, their Michigan reputation enhanced by their snarling lead vocalist Vince DeMaggio, who also co-wrote the a-side.

Starting life as “Johnny and The Cardigans” morphing into the Princeton 5 releasing three 45’s on their own D.I.Y. label “Princeton” in 1964 they added another member, revamped their name and got a break with a national label. Not much of a break though as this Philips 45, is rarer than all those local Princeton label releases. This 45 sold virtually nothing, consigned to the cut-out bins without even breaking surface. After 1966 we known nothing about their eventual demise.

Rare Garage indeed..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill (see images). Vinyl retains full gloss, some light marks on the a-side Ex condition. Flipside “Gone” is a grade cleaner at Ex+.<br /> Nice copy of a very elusive disc, housed in company sleeve

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill (see images). Vinyl retains full gloss, some light marks on the a-side Ex condition. Flipside “Gone” is a grade cleaner at Ex+.
Nice copy of a very elusive disc, housed in company sleeve

Jah Lloyd - Channel One / Channel Two - Jaguar JAG102

Jah Lloyd & Douglas Boothe

Channel One / Channel Two

Jaguar: JAG102 (45s)

Rare and immaculate British press still in birth-sleeve

Condition Report

Two sparkling clean “as new” labels, 4 prong die-cut center fully in place. Still housed in it’s wavy-top birth sleeve. Of course, displaying full gloss vinyl, only revealing the merest sleeve contact surface blemishes under direct light. Plays as you can hear, plays flawless.<br /> <br /> You will not locate a finer copy.

Two sparkling clean “as new” labels, 4 prong die-cut center fully in place. Still housed in it’s wavy-top birth sleeve. Of course, displaying full gloss vinyl, only revealing the merest sleeve contact surface blemishes under direct light. Plays as you can hear, plays flawless.

You will not locate a finer copy.

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