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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.

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Clive Williams & The Heat Wave - Take Good Care Of My Baby / In Loving Memory - Revolutioon Rocksteady REVR 006

Clive Williams & The Heat Wave

Take Good Care Of My Baby / In Loving Memory

Revolutioon Rocksteady : REVR 006 (45s)

Rare 1969 independent Reggae from the desk of the legendary "Joe's Record Centre" owner Joel Mansano.

Top side is a superb deconstruction of the Carole King & Jerry Goffin classic "Take Good Care Of My Baby". Whilst keeping the mood of the original and it's refreshing easy going feel, Mansano adds strong Reggae rhythms, Hammond organ pulses with the occasional steel drum whack for added effect. It works so very well.

The flipside is beautiful in its primitiveness, a wonderfully crude instrumental pelted with shouts and raps while a silky smooth trombonist winds his way through on a wave of Reggae background dance-rhythms. A trombone-triumph from start to finish, totally captivating, whilst painting a picture of illegal London-Blues-Parties crowded smoke filled houses of joy.

Two strong sides, one very elusive 45, especially in this flawless condition!

Condition Report

Total previously unplayed archive copy. Flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve storage blemish. Near perfection awaits the winner.

Total previously unplayed archive copy. Flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve storage blemish. Near perfection awaits the winner.

Dynells - Call On Me / Let Me Prove That I Love You - Atco 6638 DJ

Dynells

Call On Me / Let Me Prove That I Love You

Atco : 6638 DJ (45s)

It matters not which side you drop the stylus on, this Atco release amalgamating their two indie singles from their respective Blueberry and Vent releases. Both guided by Philadelphia's premier studio technicians Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Bobby Martin. Ed Kasloff and Jimmy Moton belief in The Dynells is rewarded we they manage to achieve a coupling of these two stand Northern Soul beauties, for national label and countrywide distribution deal. Unfortunately Atco fared no better than Vent or Blueberry as again the release fell into obscurity with little or no radio airplay.

Today, Atco 6638 is a highly sought-after disc, offering two killer tunes on one disc. Better value you could not wish to acquire. The soaring voice and lyrical skills of Brenda McGregor woven in a Bobby Martin arrangement underline pre-TSOP brilliance. With this Gamble & Huff influence productions we are treated to a double serving of 60's Philly magic.

Slick mid-tempo vocal group harmony woven into a delightfully paced Northern Soul dance groove..

Northern Soul shufflin' fuel at it's very finest.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels,

Two clean promo labels,

Johnny Howard - The Chase Is On / I Miss My Lady - Bashie 45-101 DJ

Johnny Howard

The Chase Is On / I Miss My Lady

Bashie: 45-101 DJ (45s)

A timeless northern Soul classic that in all the decades it's been so loved, it has never been anything but very elusive.

The Chi-Town boys get down to work revamping The Artistics song from 2 years earlier.

Tom Tom Washington's runaway-train Bongos, meld with guitar and horns, rolling out a platform for the mysterious Johnny Howard growling intent to spring from. The full Dakar squad are present giving this flipside their full attention... Marvin Smith, Billy Butler, Carl Smith , Willie Henderson and the meticulous attention to detail Mr. Tom Tom Washington. The dream team coat the arrangement in scything strings, honkin's horns, battered bongos then the injection of the killer sax break and we have lift-off for

REAL-DEAL PROPER NORTHERN SOUL!!!

Nuff' said .. now let Johnny Howard do the talking.

You may be wondering why such an uplifting tune, could ever be stranded on a b-side. The original lead-side "I Miss My Lady" is well worth your attention also...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl very close to mint minus. a very neat copy indeed, still housed in its birth-sleeve

Two clean labels, vinyl very close to mint minus. a very neat copy indeed, still housed in its birth-sleeve

Ballads - I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) / I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes)  part 2 - Vee Jay VJ 714 DJ

Ballads

I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) / I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) part 2

Vee Jay : VJ 714 DJ (45s)

This highly recorded male-group's first 45, a 1965 project from the desk of jazzman Lonnie Hewitt of Oakland, California vocal-group stomper that has took decades to reach the high state of alert, that recent DJ plays have triggered. Whilst you have every right to be bemused, as this disc received only sparse NS plays through decades, even though, this is archetypal vocal-group Northern Soul bristling with every ingredient the dancer seeks to inspire their moves.

A deceptive tinkling piano intro, collides with a barrage of blaring brass, seamless soaring vocals, key changes, crescendos that peak at exactly the right moments, counter-balanced by low-blown horns ... Real-deal Northern Soul that Bay-Area writer producer Lonnie Hewitt crafted so precisely. Giving The Ballads a foothold to release 14 more 45's and 2 albums during their 20 year + career, that also gave Freddie Hughes the springboard for his solo adventures.

Arguably the most accomplish gathering to emerge from Oakland, Cal their consistency of high-quality recordings is 2nd. to none, with this 1965 session transferred from Lonnie's base at Wee Records, 988 42nd. street, Oakland to William "Bunky" Sheppard's Chicago outlet, then going another notch up for Vee Jay to handle National distribution, but only for it to received a cool reception, sales wise.

PS don't overlook the interesting part 2 version with an organ replacing the vocals, the voices coming back in again, laying out sa mish-mash that actually work, quite well.

A huge tune of this very moment, a crowd pleaser that snoozed for far too long.

Condition Report

Flawless Mint minus vinyl - clean promo labels - except for a round sticker residue stain on the a-side label text not affected, no label damage.

Flawless Mint minus vinyl - clean promo labels - except for a round sticker residue stain on the a-side label text not affected, no label damage.

Bill Skidmore III - I'm Out Of My Mind (Yea-Yea) / Date Bait - Crest 1040

Bill Skidmore III

I'm Out Of My Mind (Yea-Yea) / Date Bait

Crest : 1040 (45s)

A fabulous 1957 double helping of California Rock-A-Billy is spectacular condition.

One of only two 45's that Bill ever release before slipping off in to obscurity, we lead with the side that Bill wrote himself.

The pouted-lip vocal delivery, backed up all the way by an uncredited "Yea Yea" male vocal chorus and a energetic sax man who also features prominently on the flipside. Really good Rock-A-Billy dancer but arguably overshadowed by the even higher quality of the b-side.

The flipside with it's memorable hook-line and relentless snotty saxophone made this side the most "valued". "Date Bait" just careers along, driven by a bass guitar pulses and racing piano dance rhythms and some impressive Rock N' Roll plectrum work. A proper 50's rocker with an unforgettable cachphrase that stays with you long after the record ends.

Dream condition, a 45 that rarely surface so pristine, two fabulous tines on one disc.

Condition Report

two perfect labels, strong unblemished mint minus vinyl that plays flawless. L:isten to the double soundfile lifted from this disc

two perfect labels, strong unblemished mint minus vinyl that plays flawless. L:isten to the double soundfile lifted from this disc

Ivories - Please Stay / I'm In a Groove - Wand WND 1152

Ivories

Please Stay / I'm In a Groove

Wand : WND 1152 (45s)

Northern Soul treasure trove!

One of Chicago finest ever Northern Soul creations - presented here on one of Northern Soul's most collected labels. The rarity and mystery surrounding this 45 is baffling, remembering the other Wand "impossible " by Walter Wilson on Wand WND 1153 was just one release on. Both have been sat in Holy Grail status for decades, due to some unexplained blip in Wand's administration. Nobody will need reminding of the importance of this mysterious1967 45 on Wand 1152. A true Northern Soul "Unicorn Rare" disc, saturated in legendary kudos.

Not only "Rarest Of The Rare" but also just the most haunting girl-group Northern Soul ever.

The very pinnacle of serious-sought-after Northern Soul collecting, this 45 represents only our 2nd copy EVER!

Act accordingly, another opportunity to acquire such a "impossibly rare" revered disc, may never be presented on these pages again.

Condition Report

small bb drill in otherwise unblemished clean labels. Vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks. Check the sound lifted directl;y from this fabled Northern Soul treasure.

small bb drill in otherwise unblemished clean labels. Vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks. Check the sound lifted directl;y from this fabled Northern Soul treasure.

Dirty Shames - I Don't Care / Makin' Love - Impression 112 DJ

Dirty Shames

I Don't Care / Makin' Love

Impression : 112 DJ (45s)

A one single only gathering from Los Angeles, conjure up not one, but two belligerent Garage sessions, featuring thrashing guitars, dismissive attitudes and don't give a hang falseness. "I Don't Care" borrows from The Rolling Stones with the R&B Harmonica blasting through the revengeful lyrics, giving up a killer amalgam of teenage showmanship and pain. As the band shrug off benign rejection, only to be believed by his teammates. As the solitary builds as the message is pressed home "I Don't Care" feeding his ego.

Flip it over for a fabulous plagiaristic take on their stablemates The Slothes "Makin' Love" released a year earlier, this smoother "Makin Love" is one cool version, elevating this disc to a two sider with mean intent, again leaning towards Jagger / Richard influences.

the high regard for this elusive single culminated in 2012 with a repress promo repro carries the "Sunset Boulevard address at the top" as opposed to the August 1966 original promo there is no address on the label.
The yellow label 1966 stock copy does carry the label address, so to simplify the reproduction process the address was lifted from the stock copy and transferred to the repro's with a white label.

Here is the authentic August 1966 Los Angeles promo, now a garage classic with a huge reputation.

Condition Report

Two clean label, the heavy-duty Monarch recording VINYL revealing only fine light surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays loud, crisp and clear.

Two clean label, the heavy-duty Monarch recording VINYL revealing only fine light surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays loud, crisp and clear.

Spontanes - Where Did I Go wrong / Ain't No Big Thing - United Artists US 50269

Spontanes

Where Did I Go Wrong / Ain't No Big Thing

United Artists : UA 50269 (45s)

Talented 8 man gathering from Charlotte, North Carolina deliver a double helping of that glorious seamless Soul Sound the city is so famed for. Northern Soul fans have always adored the Carolina Soul Sound.

But this 1968 disc has proved so very hard to acquire over the decades, why it would be so elusive when it was released on a national label is a small mystery. But that’s how we like it, no rhyme or reason to its validated rarity.

The first chosen a-side was a 1966 recording, so very typical of Carolinas "Beach Music" as The Spontanes serve up a fabulous version of The Radiants - "Ain't No Big Thing" something of a Beach Music anthem. This 8 man blue-eyed gathering hit bulls-eye with this horn assisted stroller as the silky lead vocal sets the tone, with 2nd. lead with an equally enthralling voice rebounds off the his teammate. A duet of magnificent upfront vocals from James Bates & Ronnie Owenby, gelled together with a purring vocal-group harmony in the background. Different enough to be considered brilliant, vocally electric. How dare they nearly better this Chicago classic... many think they did.

But the real thrill-side is on the flip a spectacular 1968 D.I.Y. session from the group. Ironically whether by coincidence or intent Jackie Gore of the "Embers" used the same title a year later on their Atlantic release. The Spontanes original usage of the title is a totally different song, with every note as good. "Where Did I Go Wrong" penned by lead singer James Bates to suit his vocal to the maximum, just glides on into your heart, on the back of those seamless backing vocals carry the song along on a wave of rippling horns from the three man brass section of Bill Stewart on Saxophone, Terry Ransom & Dick Lowe on Trumpets with Terry Ransom adding more richness to the mix, doubling on the Trombone as the team effort amalgamates as the male vocal choruses flow in. You quickly find it's charm traps you into repeated plays, as you try and absorb all the high points, of which there are so many.

WARNING you will end up singing this brilliant slab of "Beach Music" that crosses over into stunning easy-going Northern Soul territory. That is so very in-demand at the moment. Little wonder then, that United Artists promoted the 1968 song to their "Plug Side" as it went to press. Its persuasive ways being so overwhelming.

Begging the question why this 8 man team never recorded and released more 45's, they obviously had the manpower and ability to do so.

Condition Report

two flawless promo labels, voinyl reveals the merest sleeve storage hairline. as you can hear it plays crisp and totally clean. MInt minus throughout.

two flawless promo labels, voinyl reveals the merest sleeve storage hairline. as you can hear it plays crisp and totally clean. MInt minus throughout.

Symphonic Four - Who Do You Thiink Your Fooling / Who Do You Thiink Your Fooling part 2 - Zudan Z-5020

Symphonic Four

Who Do You Thiink Your Fooling / Who Do You Think Your Fooling part 2

Zudan: Z-5020 (45s)

Soaring vocal-group brilliance that has attracted a hoard of followers over the last decade, now an extremely in-demand amalgam of Sweet Soul/Funk/Crossover Northern.

A Clarence Coulter crafts as splash of genius in this project, bringing together four voices into one haunting wave of early 70's Soul. This level of skilled harmony is usually the territory of only the most accomplished and long seasoned Soul group's, like The Dramatics, The Dells, The Manhattans etc.

This recording though, thankfully lacks that over-polished finish applied by the major labels, this session is still saturated in the tortured delivery that can only come directly from the streets. It's neighbourhood anguish taken to the limits by the four rebounding off each other's ever increasing vocal limits. The result being a rolling breeze of Soulfulness that builds into the most expressive unity.

Haunting, beseeching, mesmerizing singing, unfolding into the most exquisite of unusual tunes, no wonder this 45 is so very sought after, it sounds like no other before it.

LOVE IT!

Condition Report

Two clean label, unmarked full gloss vinyl, reveals only a few minuscule surface pimplers NOT affecting play.

Two clean label, unmarked full gloss vinyl, reveals only a few minuscule surface pimplers NOT affecting play.

Antonio Castro - W.E.L.F.A.R.E. / Why Can't I Have You - United International U.I.1001

Antonio Castro

W.E.L.F.A.R.E. / Why Can't I Have You

United International: U.I.1001 (45s)

A fabulous social comment woven into a jazzy, funky, two-step groove sprinkle with Latin influence administered by Ray Rivera .

New York resident Antonio Castro is better known to Northern Soul scholars as Tony Amaro who release on Loma "Runnin' Around" still hasn't today, reached the audience it so deserved. Moving on just 4 years Antonio's music has generated into Latin flavoured jazz, together with New York Jazz exponents James Taylor & Alan Fontaine form a team of accomplished musician headed up by Latin guru Ray Rivera.

1971 was the year Soul music began to prick the urban conscience of the USA, with social comment of the "black" struggle and a sense of hopelessness. Antonio Castro's line " Instead Of Getting Ahead, I keep Falling Behind" underlines his mood, as the gathering draw heavily from Marvin Gaye's genius "What's Going On" album, like so many did in that year of "protest awareness".

Castro's vocal is a perfect fit for the Jazz/Latin alchemy stirring in the background; simplistic piano rhythms, skilled guitar riffs "My Woman and Me Fight So Hard" slides toward a fabulous guitar break as Antonio's voice soars high and beyond... as he draws this magnificent mid-tempo masterpiece to a close..

leaving the listener and the dancer feeling a whole lot better than they did 3 minutes earlier.





Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, radio station file number file number on a-side label. a spectacular copy.,

Flawless vinyl, radio station file number file number on a-side label. a spectacular copy.,

Dean Parrish - I'm On My Way / Watch Out! - Laurie LR 3418 DJ

Dean Parrish

I'm On My Way / Watch Out!

Laurie : LR 3418 DJ (45s)

Original FIRST press PROMO still miraculously asleep in its birth sleeve..

We think our heavily referenced "go-to" auction pages, are the ideal platform not only to sell records but also to document the differences between first presses and reissues.

I did visit Discogs today to list this timeless Northern Soul "3 before 8" classic recently as a stock copy but to my frustration, and not for the first time, the original 1967 file for this disc has a 1974 reissue as the label image. Not only very misleading for collectors and dealers alike but also makes us unable to list our stock copy on that file.

But there is no such confusion with the 1967 PROMO copy because Discogs has never sold a copy & the bootleggers never tried to replicate this very rare format.

Here is the super-rare DJ copy, the highly coveted 1967 VINYL first press. In recent times has become increasingly challenging to acquire an authentic a stock copy, as a PROMO it is becoming a near hopeless quest.

A record ingrained into the very fabric of the Northern Soul scene since 1972. A record that signalled the drawing to a close of another ecstatic night at Wigan Casino, guaranteed to ignite euphoric recall like no other..

A record that needs to be owned as the elusive original 1967 vinyl FIRST PRESS for a NS DJ to hold any credibility within his workplace.

To own a perfect 1967 PROMO copy, is perhaps for a collector to capture and gaze upon when he needs an uplift.

Condition Report

Two clean PROMO labels, Under close inspection of the vinyl a mint playing surface! Both sides very close to a PERFECTION.

Two clean PROMO labels, Under close inspection of the vinyl a mint playing surface! Both sides very close to a PERFECTION.

Malcolm Hayes - Put Your Love Top The Test / I Gotta Be With You - Columbia C4 2702

Malcolm Hayes

Put Your Love To The Test / I Gotta Be With You

Columbia Canada: C4 2702 (45s)

An Absolutely stunning double-serving Northern Soul that has been making waves recently from it's elusive Californian "Filmways" release. Unfortunately that pressing was made from inferior styrene and has gained a reputation for poor sound reproduction and fragile durability.

For lovers of Northern Soul on rare alternative releases, this 1966 Canadian press is not only beyond-rare, it is also pressed in that high quality, reliable Canadian VINYL; mastered by Columbia. We can now all hear how this recording should have sounded on the "Filmways" 45. PROPER NORTHERN SOUL benefiting from true fidelity.

Now listen to why this 45 is again making waves. It is a flipside, written by Malcom Hayes himself produced by the prolific Tommy Oliver who's penchant for the big-bollock production is again blatantly evident.Starting proceedings with a rumbling Hammond colliding head-on with a squealing girl-group bombardment, even before that rich growl of Malcom Hayes booms into place. Timely key changes, ramp up those honkin' horns building an impregnable wall of sound; parted only by a triumphant trumpet fanfare, giving Mr. Hayes pause to catch his breath before his next vocal-tsunami crashes home...

Oh the different of hearing this in VINYL mastered by the meticulous Canadian Columbia.

Now let's talk about the original a-side that Tommy Oliver and long term associate Tommy Sands constructed, recorded in the UK by Emma Rede a year later, today also a sought after 45. But just a mere shadow, compared to Malcolm Hayes's original
"I Gotta Be With You " a fabulous slice of Beat Ballad Heaven. Borrowing moments from Teddy Randazzo's composition "Goin' Out Of My Head",Tommy Oliver neuters the session from a gentle ripple of need into a tidal wave of beseeching desperation... from a soothing calm into a table over-turning plea... this man knew how to make a production rise up and take hold of your heart, heightened by electing it to be sung by this standout Soul crooner..

This 1966 Columbia vinyl press is the only copy we have ever seen, indeed impossible to locate any sales history anywhere. Do not pass by we doubt very much we'll come across another, note please read condition report careful, as we have been meticulous with it.

Condition Report

two clean unblemished labels, the vinyl is carries full gloss, revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairlines under light, none affecting play. Upon a final forensic inspection I've detected a minuscule tight hairline in the deadwax by the label perimeter, NOT affecting the play in any way. Only visible under direct strong light, and a concerted search.

two clean unblemished labels, the vinyl is carries full gloss, revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairlines under light, none affecting play. Upon a final forensic inspection I've detected a minuscule tight hairline in the deadwax by the label perimeter, NOT affecting the play in any way. Only visible under direct strong light, and a concerted search.

Bill Baker - Another Sleepless Night / It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream - Parnaso P 110

Bill Baker

Another Sleepless Night / It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream

Parnaso : P 110 (45s)

It's been an age since we've been able to list this 100 Club New Haven, Connecticut crooner with a bold slice of "Beat Ballad Heaven".

Former lead vocalist of the Connecticut vocal-group "The Chestnuts" displays all his consummate vocal capacity, strolling through Jimmie Crane's composition from neighbouring Rhode Island. his own composition elevated by a bank of zipping strings and a heavenly girl choir. Melding together for a magnificent out-of-town "Big City" experience. That epitomises the Ady Croasdell life-line the 100 Club provided to the Northern Soul scene during the 80's.

Listen to its power, presence and passion Bill Baker provides with seemingly minimal strain, like a only a seasoned-serenade could.

This is Beat-Ballad Heaven at its best, most-elusive and finest condition. Listen and soak up the atmosphere this recording emits.

Just too darn good to pass by...

Condition Report

Two unblemished labels, rare Mint minus vinyl. The finest copy we've witnessed in memory. A stunner!

Two unblemished labels, rare Mint minus vinyl. The finest copy we've witnessed in memory. A stunner!

Gene Chandler - Mr. Big Shot / I Hate To Be The One To Say - Constellation C-172

Gene Chandler

Mr. Big Shot / I Hate To Be The One To Say

Constellation : C-172 (45s)

A Northern Soul juggernaut, a Washington D.C. / Chicago crossbreed of immense proportions, no matter which side you drop the arm on.

Washington collides with Chicago, as "Shrine" pupils Keni St. Lewis & Carl Kidd write inspirational lyrics, which Sonny Sanders decorates with honkin' horns, Mike Terry-esque Baritone Sax burps, vibes, split in two by an insane saxophone attack. This is archetypal Northern Soul cram-packed with all the instruments we adore, led by a highly qualified well-seasoned lead vocal, cradled by a considerate male harmony chorus.. a reminder of what proper Northern Soul really is.. exciting, motivational, escapism jetting you off into an unparalleled world of music.

So good, we could easily not even bother to mention the flipside...except for the fact, it's simplistic "Eddie Foster" styled intro takes you by the hand leading you through a Northern Soul dancer that is equally as brilliant, in its own right. I can only describe it as Gene Chandler's second best Northern Soul offering, after "Mr. Big Shot"

Gene Chandler's two finest NS recordings back to back on one disc. Both conjured up by Carl Kidd & Keni Lewis and saturated in "Shrine" qualities, offered here in fine clean condition.

What's not to love... ?

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only the mildest of sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, as you can hear both sides play crisp clean and flawless

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only the mildest of sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, as you can hear both sides play crisp clean and flawless

Dennis Brown - When You Are Down / Rocking Down Old New York Way - Joe Gibbs Record Globe 9259

Dennis Brown

When You Are Down / Rocking Down Old New York Way

Joe Gibbs Record Globe : 9259 (45s)

An exceptional copy - so challenging to find a mint minus copy of this highly regarded Joe Gibson project.

As always the instrumentation is top-drawer with Dennis Brown again displaying why many consider him the purveyor of the one Jamaican's finest ever voice...

On the a-side Dennis Brown mixture of soft gravel-coated purring and high-hat throat tearing crescendos, underlines the range he processes. In full control of every note delivering a most soulful performance woven into infectious dance rhythms, the result is on of complete mastery of the lyrics,

flip it over "Rocking Down Old New York Way " Dennis veers right into heavy DUB again his voice dominating the song, whilst muscular rhythms roll out the path for him to follow.

A highly accomplished performance of two differing styles, with Dennis's consummate vocal strolling through both.

Top drawer tunes... which ever side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

X X on a-side label, vinyl is virtually unblemished, A-side vinyl shows full gloss, revealing only the merest sleeve storage fine hairline or two, plays with a couple of soft ticks on the intro that disappear as soon as the vocal starts. Visually Mint minus sounding a crisp no less than Excellent plus (listen) Flipside vinyl is mirror finish Mint minus,.

X X on a-side label, vinyl is virtually unblemished, A-side vinyl shows full gloss, revealing only the merest sleeve storage fine hairline or two, plays with a couple of soft ticks on the intro that disappear as soon as the vocal starts. Visually Mint minus sounding a crisp no less than Excellent plus (listen) Flipside vinyl is mirror finish Mint minus,.

Lloyd Young and J.J. All Stars -,Soup / version - J.J. 5744

Lloyd Young and J.J. All Stars

Soup / version

Sir J.J.: 5744 (45s)

Another highly regarded Reggae 45 that seems near impossible to acquire in acceptable condition.

Topside display DJ Lloyd Young his turntable nous as raps his way through this hypnotic groove, with chants, squeal,, nonsensical rhymes whilst pulsating guitar plucks drive the dance rhythms with really cool seamless harmony cooing enriches the backdrop. fabulous stuff, you will find irresistible not to immediately drop the stylus on again. the there's the b-side to consider.

On the flipside we are treated to the addition of the Ron Wilson booming trombone, this is nothing short of awesome, rhythmically memorizing, all the same narcotic rhythms bludgeoned by joyous Trombone turbulence; that sends shivers through you.

Double wickedness .. so gooood!

Condition Report

a-side label has X X and the number 71 see images. The vinyl has a full gloss mirror finish, revealing only the merest blemish none of which affect play, listen to the clean crisp clarity of the soundfile. flip it over the label is totally clean, the vinyl is just as clean, hardly a blemish; find a finer copy if you can, now enjoy the high fidelity soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

a-side label has X X and the number 71 see images. The vinyl has a full gloss mirror finish, revealing only the merest blemish none of which affect play, listen to the clean crisp clarity of the soundfile. flip it over the label is totally clean, the vinyl is just as clean, hardly a blemish; find a finer copy if you can, now enjoy the high fidelity soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Bessie Banks - Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come / Try To Leave Me If You Can - Quality QA 593

Bessie Banks

Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come / Try To Leave Me If You Can

Quality : QA 593 (45s)

The elusive stock copy - with the two awesome sides!

We have spoken of the "lost" talent of this New York Diva before, a lady who could easily have become a household name, a Soul Queen right up there with the greatest ever. Unfortunately the music industry breaks never quite fell in the right direction for this vocally gifted Songbird.

Here she is with her most-valued Northern Soul contribution, just like "Go Now", it's another New York session of the highest order over 10 years down the line. None of her Soulful prowess diminished in that time of only a few record releases. But this sultry 1976 dance session was well worth the wait. A Detroit / New York collaboration between two prolific writer / producers Herman Kelly and Clyde Otis. Bessie glides through this haunting composition drenched in strings and tricky guitar plucking with the occasional flurry of vibes and lofty horns.

WHAT A TUNE soaked in atmospheric intention to move your mood... which you can't help but respond to.

But hidden on the flipside of this rare stock copy is an equally impressive journey into real-deal 70's Diva Soul. Yes! one of the greatest female ballads ever performed, another validation that the USA was deprived of an exceptional talent when British Decca had the temerity to let 4 boys from Birmingham perform a weak version of the brilliant "Go Now" stealing Bessie's thunder and completely changing her destiny!

Go now Moody Blues let's hear you perform "Try To Leave Me If You Can" ...if you dare!

Two awesome recordings, that so far nobody has been brave enough to plagiarise...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, the play-crisp vinyl reveals a few light surface marks, none of which react with the stylus. Listen to the double sound-file lifted from this disc and prepare to fall in love wuith Bessie like I have...

Two clean labels, the play-crisp vinyl reveals a few light surface marks, none of which react with the stylus. Listen to the double sound-file lifted from this disc and prepare to fall in love wuith Bessie like I have...

Sparkles - Try Love (One  More Time) / That Boy Of Mine - Old Town 1160

Sparkles

Try Love (One More Time) / That Boy Of Mine

Old Town : 1160 (45s)

A haunting Sidney Barnes creation originally intended for Motown release or copying. The Motown reviewers passed on the Norma Jenkins acetate they received, maybe too Soulful?
Along comes New York's master of the N.Y. girl-group sound Herb Bernstein (Lainie Hill, Jessica James, Diane Renay etc.) to take up the reins, crafting serious 1964 Big Apple Northern Soul 45;overlloked and passed over as "Try Love" was the chosen b-side the original a-side being a fluffy Teen girl-group nonentity. But this flip would soon emerge, becoming a major want for Belgium Popcorn Jocks before the moving sands of Northern Soul tastes made it a Stafford favourite. Now frustrating collectors both sides of the channel, as Old Town 1160 proved one very challenging 45 to find.

A sulking, pleading lead Sister vocal carries the intended mood perfectly; as her girlfriends fill the air with scything choruses; with a simplistic but highly effective piano intrusions breaking up flow and adding to the off-beat atmosphere. enriched by accurately aimed percussion and the whole thing thaws into a "Popcorn/Northern Soul" crossover delight.

Vocally haunting, memorable in the extreme; it is a song, you will be taking home in your head if you're lucky enough to hear it out and about. Rarity does restrict its turntable outings, but boy when you do hear it, heads-turn, the dancefloor fills and the applause ripples.. every time!

Never been bootlegged or counterfeited, rarity has long been proven.. a truly remarkable record that encompasses two of the world's greatest underground dance-music scenes..

Condition Report

small group member signature on a-side label, by Patricia Joy Velliers, drill hole middle left of the label. Flipside label has a couple of light scars bottom right perimeter (see images) Vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks but as you can hear it plays, loud clean and true.

small group member signature on a-side label, by Patricia Joy Velliers, drill hole middle left of the label. Flipside label has a couple of light scars bottom right perimeter (see images) Vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks but as you can hear it plays, loud clean and true.

Gladiators - Chatty Chatty Mouth / Hearsay - Virgin VS 174

Gladiators

Chatty Chatty Mouth / Hearsay

Virgin : VS 174 (45s)

Sought-after 1976 Virgin 45 in miraculous previously unplayed condition.

Both sides lifted from the legendary "Trenchtown Mix Up" album. The Gladiators' first LP, produced by Tony Robinson at the renowned Joe Gibbs' studio. Still considered today as a ground-breaking piece of work.

This 45 seldom turns up for sale and when it does there's a scramble for ownership. To offer it in archive unplayed condition in it's original gloss finish white sleeve (Virgin logo'd company sleeve came into being two years after this 45 was released)

Top drawer "Roots", vocally seamless, rhythmically sensational, one of the finest examples of the genre.

do not pass by, another copy in this condition may never surface again!

Condition Report

a flawless previously unplayed copy - still housed in its birth sleeve

a flawless previously unplayed copy - still housed in its birth sleeve

Detroit Executives - Cool Off / Sho-Nuff Hot Pants - Pameline 2010

Detroit Executives

Cool Off / Sho-Nuff Hot Pants

Pameline: 2010 (45s)

"Thank You ...You Fine Foxy Thing You..." "Hey! You Over There, Will You Get Me A Drink Of...Pop" immortal phrases from the pen of Richard Popcorn Wylie

Way before the Sunday "Chill Out" there was the allniter "Cool Off" - real deal Northern Soul chilling... a Northern Soul club-monster during the mid-70's. Triggering a Richard Popcorn Wylie REISSUE on the ORANGE Pameline imprint in 1976. For the reissue "Popcorn" cut a new masterplate as the 1968 original has a noticeable moulding "hump" on the run-in, that doesn't affect play, but does define the authentic first press as the orange reissue has a smooth run-in.

There is no doubt that Richard Popcorn Wylie was a musical genius, in 1968 there had been no comparable record made in this style before. Unfortunately for "Popcorn" a style that didn't catch on with the Detroit listener, so a style that has not been mimicked leaving this timeless classic firmly fixed in the minds of the Northern Soul congregation. Especially for those of you lucky enough to experience the atmosphere at The Blackpool Mecca or Cleethorpes Pier where this masterpiece was truly a dancefloor favourite, a welcome respite, from the thumping, head-spinning stompers that dominated the day.

Total class evoking memories of the best-of-times from our youth..

I adored it back then, adore it even more today..



Condition Report

Flip side has a cosmetic sticker removal scar, it's on flaw. The a-side label is unblemished both sides of the vinyl reveal only mod hairlines and both plays totally clean.

Flip side has a cosmetic sticker removal scar, it's on flaw. The a-side label is unblemished both sides of the vinyl reveal only mod hairlines and both plays totally clean.

Cornells - Surf Fever / Do The Slauson - Carex GA-206 DJ

Cornells

Surf Fever / Do The Slauson

Carex : GA-206 DJ (45s)

Strong 1963 Los Angeles surf, a band of five members, with the interesting background with the majority having famous show business celebrities as parents. Although 57 years year later it is not clear who those parents actually were, what is clear is of their 4 x 45's releases "Surf Fever" is easily their most wanted along with their limited press rare album from the same year .

The group were only recording and releasing vinyl for two years between 1962 and 1963 with only guitarist Peter Lewis making a career in music, going on to play in Moby Grape. This session benefitted from being arranged by studio future star a 24 year old Gary Paxton who had recently left the "Hollywood Argyles" to pursue a producing, arranging and writer career. With Garry at the controls it was always gonna be a strong recording, Paxton became not only prolific but also gain a reputation as meticulous at producer always reaching for that "big" sound a West Coast Phil Spector would describe him well.

So listen how these guys whip up a storm, causing wave after wave of crashing Surf. Strong harmony supported by "Surf Fever" repetitions, driven by relentless drumming pulses, a killer saxophone break lifting this surfer up and beyond the norm.

Strangely though this thumpin' performance was relegated to the flipside of a novelty tune written and performed by Scott Engel (later of Walker Brothers fame) who was no part of the Cornels, but he did write and perform the primitive " Do The Slauson " instrumental; obviously Scott had experience with instrumental giants like The Routers, The Markets etc. but this is a banal recording that would be of no interest at all, if it wasn't for it being Scott Engel driven. How it could possibly have displaced "Surf Fever" as the a-side is yet another puzzling record label decision. That made this 45 even more elusive as it sold "nothing"

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels,

Two clean promo labels,

Eddie Holman - I Surrender / I Love You - Action ACT 4547

Eddie Holman

I Surrender / I Love You

Action : ACT 4547 (45s)

There are records when you've not heard in a while, that just lift the hairs on your neck in euphoric-recall of their brilliance.

Then there's a rare breed of sound that does that every time you hear it. "I Surrender" is one of those rare tunes that make me pause and await the inevitable adrenaline rush as that fabulous-Holman-falsetto takes flight..

Philadelphia Northern Soul with the benefit of a truly spectacular vocal, cradled by an arrangement that defies easily plucked superlatives. The slick opening drum/guitar merger is lacerated by merciless stabbing horns setting in place irresistible dance rhythms in for Eddie Holman's spectacular falsetto to swoop into.. delivering vocal differentials only the true greats can attempt. One moment it's a searing falsetto reverberating around your head, then a few key drops and you have a velvety voice "surrendering" his love...

Distilled brilliance from the very first note to the last, it's not gonna cost you a king's ransom, but is any Northern Soul collection complete without a copy.. we think not

Not overlooking the dramatic flipside, that started life as the A-side;, again showcases Eddie's bewitching voice, woven into a compelling Philadelphia crafted monumental arrangement. A full brass onslaught is tempered by a haunting under-current as in startling contrast "James Bond worthy" strings guillotine the wall of sound.

Two matchless sides on one disc..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. Vinyl reveals only the surface blemishes

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. Vinyl reveals only the surface blemishes

Ed Pauling and The Exciters - Soul House / Time For Everything - Savoy 1625 DJ

Ed Pauling and The Exciters

Soul House / Time For Everything

Savoy : 1625 DJ (45s)

This week's MOD/R&B/Tittyshaker offering is 1964 promo on one of America's most-influential labels of the last century, covering every aspect of Black music from Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Rock N' Roll.

El Pauling's displays persuasive guitar skills with this driving R&B dancer, long-championed by much respected DJ's like Mr. "Fine Wine" Matt Weingarden , transferring through to other R&B DJ's and clubs. It's muscular presence the ideal starting gun for dancefloor congestion.

Instantly irresistible, as the guitar rebound of each other, peppered with blasts of brass, a relentless drum pulses. this really is a get you crown-up-on-their-feet tune. Displaying raw, grounded, street-level enthusiasm you just can't help be drawn in by.

This copy is in rare condition, two squeaky clean promo labels, very close to mint minus vinyl;. a fine example of this a truly compelling R&B groove.

Condition Report

Flawless promo labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve storage hairlines or two, very close to mint minus. as you can hear it plays perfect.

Flawless promo labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve storage hairlines or two, very close to mint minus. as you can hear it plays perfect.

Willie Tee - First Taste Of Hurt  / Funky. Funky Twist - Gatur Record Company 509 1005

Willie Tee

First Taste Of Hurt / Funky. Funky Twist

Gatur Record Company : 509 1005 (45s)

THE VERSION TO OWN!

Not only because it is significantly rarer than the green label release, more importantly a totally different version to the green label release even though the labelling carries the same release number 509 release number and oddly master number1005 also .

This release is even more unimaginably brilliant, thoughtfully considered, a softer take, with a different vocal, than the muscular Hammond organ propelled version on the later green label release; was preceded by mesmerising piano and horn alchemy, brought down into an awesome flood of beseeching Northern Soul, sublimely filled with warnings of impending "hurt".

Preeminent New Orleans Northern Soul with few comparisons; Willie knew he had written something very special, indeed lyrically remarkable, unadulterated Soul poetry drenched in the irony of karma. One of the greatest records ever to emerge out of The Crescent City, we think inexplicably revamped and re-promoted by Willie Tee. But he knew he had written a gem but he didn't feel it carried enough "funk" to capture the public's attention. So he abandoned his first draft and re-recorded it for release on the more familiar green Gatur label take. Leaving the original "session" adrift, to be discovered by dedicated European Soul Scholars and DJ's who still swoon in its soulful purity today.

For me no superlative is too strong, to clothe this record in, utterly brilliant, frustratingly rare and seldom if ever encountered in anything but poor condition.

Today is an opportunity to acquire a masterpiece with hardly a blemish revealing it's near 50 years of age..

Condition Report

Two very clean crisp bright light blue labels, vinyl shows only the merest hairline or two, very close to Mint minus. A spectacular copy, the only way to own this unparalleled Northern Soul experience.

Two very clean crisp bright light blue labels, vinyl shows only the merest hairline or two, very close to Mint minus. A spectacular copy, the only way to own this unparalleled Northern Soul experience.

Brownie McGhee - I'm Gonna Move Across The River / Sleepless nIghts - Derby 776

Brownie McGhee

I'm Gonna Move Across The River / Sleepless Nights

Derby: 776 (45s)

Very RARE 1951 original press of this fine R&B Bopper.

Almost 70 years old and in remarkable condition, check out those two clean, crisp soundfiles of this uplifting rarity that will interest modern R&B DJ's seeking out these early Blues artefacts with dancefloor drive. These early 50's 45s that seldom appear for sale in Europe, 45's that add a touch of uniqueness to their sets; that this rippling joyous R&B dance session certainly would.

Brownie's seamless richly coated growling are woven into a full dance orientated stomper, vents his need to move to the other side of the Mississippi. Starting with a moody saxophone opening up proceedings, following relentless piano pulses whilst the previously considerate saxophone moves into the fore with a fabulous solo pause, McGhee glides back in his enthusiasm dripping from every word naming Memphis's famed steets he is about to leave behind. Then a terrific guitar break elevates the session yet another notch drawing to a close one excellent example of early 50's R&B Stomp.

Vocal group fans will enjoy the flipside as Brownie shows off his considerable crooning skills, backed up by an uncredited vocal group with that maudlin saxophonist decorating a background awaiting for his solo break, of pure class, whilst the understated vocal-group backing enriches the song.

Two great sides, not only very RARE, the condition is exceptional.

Condition Report

two clean labels, heavy duty vinyl reveals hardly a blemish. full gloss some sleeve storage hairlines revealed under direct light. miraculous condition fior this 69 year old.

two clean labels, heavy duty vinyl reveals hardly a blemish. full gloss some sleeve storage hairlines revealed under direct light. miraculous condition fior this 69 year old.

Lord Creator with Byron Lee Orchestra - Jamaica Jump Up / Laziest Man - Jump Up JU 503

Lord Creator with Byron Lee Orchestra

Jamaica Jump Up / Laziest Man

Jump Up : JU 503 (45s)

58 years old and pristine - amazing archive condition - will you never encounter again.

A joyous Monty Norman composition from 1962, a SKA / Calypso cocktail of dance, that for added value and weight featured in the James Bond movie " Doctor No."

Flip it over "Laziest Man" is again frantically busy mix of SKA & Calypso with Lord Creator racing through a tongue twisting Carnival of the Jamaican sound, with Byron Lee Orchestra raising to the challenge blasting out vibrant, unstoppable barrage of brass.

two great example of the time, in an impossibly flawless condition.

Condition Report

Two bright clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, unblemished archive condition vinyl. as good as it gets. plays perfect!

Two bright clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, unblemished archive condition vinyl. as good as it gets. plays perfect!

Alice Clark - You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)  / Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed ) - Warner Bros 7270 DJ

Alice Clark

You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me) / Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed )

Warner Bros: 7270 DJ (45s)

The storyline on this Northern Soul discovery, is worth telling again, just case you haven't heard it before. A Bradford Market discovery by Peter Kendall, a Leeds University student from Melton Mowbray. First played at the "Torch" when the "Poke" borrowed my copy and got it played by fabled DJ Martyn Ellis, to rapturous response I'm told.

So impressive was this pure Northern Soul experience, Peter couldn't wait to play it for me when he returned home on his Christmas break.. I was knocked out.. proper Motown style Northern Soul with an instantaneous effect from the very first notes. I just had to own it, I was a novice DJ at a Northern Soul gathering at Kirby Lane Youth Club, Melton Mowbray on a Friday night, my need was real. I wasn't gonna give up, at Easter 1972 I eventually took ownership of "You Hit Me" with an offer Peter couldn't refuse.. £3 and a beautifully used Levi Jacket, in a lightly distressed state of fade, that signalled you were a MOD of long standing. Levi Jackets with genuine wear were indeed highly sought after..

There was a downside to my irresistible trade off. I did have to listen to my brother moaning and groaning around the house for weeks, "Mam where's my Levi Jacket?” - "Where you last put It, “ was my Mum's standard reply for anything we mislaid.. this relentless gripe hit its peak, when Martyn was preparing his MOD/Skinhead excursion to "Skeggy" he really needed his treasured Levi jacket... when he asked me where it was.. "Why Would I Know?" was my poker-face response..

Unfortunately "Karma" sprang into action, placing Pete Kendall, The Levi Jacket and Martyn Manship in the same bar at the same time, that night ... I saw them talking, Martyn fingering the collar of his beloved jacket; then Pete pointing in my direction..

That's the day I witnessed the other side of my placid brother... it was then my Mum's turn to keep asking about missing "articles" around the house..

"Martyn where's your brother, he's never home anymore..." I was on the run, avoiding Big Brothers fists and Doc Marten size 9's....

but I still had "Alice" and the honor of "Poke" taking it to debut at the Torch, it was for both of us, our first rung on the ladder of Northern Soul notoriety, soon after we were DJing together at "The Stonehouse" on the A1 and from there sprung forward to Cleethorpes and the rest is history... it could have been so different, my brother could have beaten me to death..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl has multiple light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays well. a chance to acquire a timeless classic with cosmetic flaws, that hardly affect play.

Two clean labels, vinyl has multiple light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays well. a chance to acquire a timeless classic with cosmetic flaws, that hardly affect play.

Barry Rolfe - Look The Business / Molly Molly - Philips 6006 331

Barry Rolfe

Look The Business / Molly Molly

Philips : 6006 331 (45s)

We have no idea why, but a 2020 reissue of this record, barely a month old is listed at $100 US.

Here is the insanely rare 1973 UK release in previously unplayed condition, still house in birth sleeve, make vof it what you will, but this 45 is certainly in-demand and of-the-scale rare!

This American actor turned prolific record producer Steve Rowland was behind this 1973 flop. A record that sold virtually NOTHING. He can be consoled by later discovering The Cure & The Thompson Twins and prior to this non-starter he produced Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich claiming a string of hits.. but his career was interspersed with some unknown artists who crafted some exceptional non-hits... So much so, many collectors now scour for the name Steve Rowland on 45's by unfamiliar bands.. as many of them are now so very collectable. For instance Theresa Brewer' - School Days - which Steve Rowland transformed into an unlikely FUNK dancer...with the obscure Barry Rolfe he again injects some real attitude into the session. Power Pop, Glam with spunk making it an under-the-radar "secret" want for those who dig deeper than the most. Keeping quiet about the silent upward graph of value.

Today this 45 has a strong underground appreciation, is considered a "lost" British Heavy Rock gem; eventually receiving wider recognition, when in 2012 the German LP "Bonehead Crunchers vol. 3" featured this little known 45 as one of it's prime track listings.

A session benefiting from Punkish angst and impassioned guitar playing; enriched by a chanting chorus and a screaming lead vocal ending on a very impressive guitar solo finale. Watch and see the value over the coming years fly...

To actually locate the 45 in this level of perfectness is a great find indeed.. for those of you seeking obscure gems, and those of you who insist on acquiring your records in unsurpassed condition, this disc ticks both boxes.

Condition Report

A flawless copy, still in it's birth-sleeve

A flawless copy, still in it's birth-sleeve

Alex Brown - I'm Not Responsible / Something - Sundi 316 DJ

Alex Brown

I'm Not Responsible / Something

Sundi : 316 DJ (45s)

Two time-served "Special Agents" from Chicago, again join forces; Monk Higgins & Alex Brown craft another distilled slice of Soul Heaven.

Monk Higgins away from Chicago into the sunny climes of California, abandons his signature highly-charged brass production for a far more considered approach of swirling strings and chirping girl choruses. The result is a stunning journey into top-drawer Northern Soul crossover. Now considered a timeless classic spin for the upfront events (like Soul Essence etc. ) that embraced the Northern Soul Crossover sound decades ago. Now of course, this tune is universally considered the very finest of this thinking-man's genre.

From the very first note you know you're about to experience something exceptional; as Ms. Brown seamlessly rolls out the narrative of her weaken will, portrayed so convincingly with her richly expressive voice, adorned every step of the way by shrill girl group assistance.

This is a TUNE! One I've never grown weary of hearing, proper Soul dance groove that has never been bootlegged, reissued or overplayed.

Essential and dependable rare Northern Soul Crossover, at its very finest!

Condition Report

A fine clean coipy

A fine clean coipy

Bessie Banks - I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You - Verve VS 563 DJ

Bessie Banks

I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You

Verve: VS 563 DJ (45s)

If there ever was any doubt in these pages constantly billing Bessie Banks as the "lost" Soul Diva that cruel fate took away from the public eye. And consequently stole a "Soul Angel" away from the catalogue of recordings that should have utilized that most magnificent of voices. Go validate our claim for the last time we present this double helping of her extreme talent.

3 years after disappointment of "Go Now" New York arrangers and producers were still striving to get this Soul Sister into the charts. Husband Tony May and the masterful Horace Ott guide Bessie through to thundering sessions that only the immortal Linda Jones could have hoped to equal. The slow mournful intro, is perfect for the monumental Bessie-boom to spring from. Drum-roll and Horace brings in the horns, Tony weaves in the vibes, guides the girl chorus, blaring brass builds and Bessie just gets stronger and stronger. The sound of New York, the Big City Build-up compliments this lady's uncompromising needs as she delivers an avalanche of emotion whilst out-performing the whole orchestra with that almighty voice.

Big play in the early days of Cleethorpes Pier for "Poke" always a DJ for the dramatic Soul tune... and always good for an understatement as he said to me, the b-side ain't bad either.

Flip it over, to hear yet another testament of "Diva" status, an unquestionable validation, as the simplistically titled "Need You" grabs you by the balls and drags you into her palpable pain, desperation and need.

There you have it, one of the greatest Sister voices of all time, no album, no hits, although "Go Now" did have her brushing fame in 1964. But isn't that why we all collect, desire and continually seek out Soul recordings. They are heart rendering reminders of lost talents, missed chances, twists of fate all brought home by magnificent voices and tumultuous productions..

After listening to these two Bessie-broadsides, resist this 1967 British Pink & Silver demo is you can..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, immaculate unblemished as-good-as-it-gets vinyl, housed in a rather tired birth-sleeve.

Two clean labels, immaculate unblemished as-good-as-it-gets vinyl, housed in a rather tired birth-sleeve.

Detroit Soul - All Of My Life / Mister Hip - Music Town MTR 502

Detroit Soul

All Of My Life / Mister Hip

Music Town : MTR 502 (45s)

I do remember having a light chuckle, reading a dealers mailshot back in to 80's, when the seller noted this 45 as "Killer Motor City Northern Soul dancer" and it was even bootlegged with the Detroit Executives "Cool Off" sitting on the flipside, also earlier counterfeited and sold as originals..

We all now know, this was 45 was crafted 700 miles east of Detroit in New Britain, Connecticut. But this local white band certainly had an appreciation of the music the Motor City was producing in 60's.

Lead singer Sal Lanares and co-writer of "All Of My Life" had a New England reputation for his Soulful vocal, honed whilst being a member of "The Soobes" a short-lived but visually exciting band, who covered the work of Wilson Picket, Tom Jones etc so Sal's rasping vocal had to be up to that task. So good was his voice he moved on to formed his own "Soul" band. "Detroit" before the name "Soul" certainly caught the audiences imagination.

This, the group's first 45 was recorded in 1968 at the famous Syncron / Trod Nossel studios, just like their rival "Blue-eyed" Connecticut band "The Wildweeds" the five to seven man gathering concentrated on upbeat Dance-Soul. With their manager Ed Read being a disc-jockey for New Haven Radio Station WACZ there was high-hopes of a "hit" as airplay was guaranteed, but this never happened to the level where it would break south, down the East-coast on into New York and beyond. Their follow-up 45 "Does Your Mind Go Wild" another good Northern Soul offering, suffered the same fate.

A disillusioned Sal Lenares, Bill Durso, Angelo MIriani, P. Valano & T. Wright (the author of the insane MOD instrumental flipside "Mister Hip") split with only guitarist Bill Durso continuing his recording career with "US 69" and "The Mustard Family" his guitar skills
utilized on Psyche/Rock album and single for Buddah.

But "Detroit Soul" did leave a lasting Northern Soul legacy that has stood the test of time for well over 4 decades, even overcoming that particularly deceptive counterfeit in 1974. This copy is of course is the original FRANKFORD & WAYNE stamped first press in miraculous mint minus condition.
Sal your soulful vocal lives on, every weekend in the United Kingdom, as dancers clamor for space on Northern soul dancefloors..

Today considered a real-deal Northern Soul anthem, that rarely surfaces today in this level of condition..

Condition Report

Near perfect, previously unplayed archive vinyl, small file number on a-side label 744 (see images), otherwise clean yellow labels with no storage grime of the ridges, so often spoiling the landscape of these yellow beauties.

Near perfect, previously unplayed archive vinyl, small file number on a-side label 744 (see images), otherwise clean yellow labels with no storage grime of the ridges, so often spoiling the landscape of these yellow beauties.

 Moses Smith - Keep On Striving / Come On, Let Me Love You - Cotillion 44075 DJ

Moses Smith

Keep On Striving / Come On, Let Me Love You

Cotillion : 44075 DJ (45s)

For me one of the finest examples of the Crossover Northern Soul genre. From a NS icon, Moses "Girl Across The Street" Smith is firmly nestled in the hearts of every seasoned Northern Soul child. Again the man delivers spectacularly brilliant Northern Soul with this 1970 Philadelphia creation he wrote himself.

"Keep on striving" instantly steals your attention, with the inventive guitar / horn intro slice with a split second unzipping of violins, then girl choruses decorate the background. the strong get stronger, the girls respectfully stay shrill but subtle as Moses Smith worldly advice gets it's point over, uninterrupted. What a brilliant production what a wonderful voice, what a brilliantly written song so spectacularly delivered.

Absolutely one of my all-time favourite "Crossover" dancers.

But Moses is not done yet! The flipside is killer too...

"Come On, Let Me Love You " kicks off with a trumping fanfare of horns, forceful Soul-girls are not so laidback this time, as they match Moses's insistent requests of "Come On, Let Me Love You" Moses mean business on this wonderful classic style Northern Soul dancer.

Listen and drool over this double-helping of Philly Dance Soul, guided by the legendary Gilda Woods who produced many of the Philly greats Frank Beverley, Brenda & The Tabulations not forgetting she also spearheaded those great labels Fairmount, Dionn and som much more.

A fabulous example of The Philly Sound that never broke worldwide..

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, this is the vinyl press, revealing only a few light blemishes by as you can hear it plays crisp and clean

Two clean promo labels, this is the vinyl press, revealing only a few light blemishes by as you can hear it plays crisp and clean

P. P. Arnold - Everything's Goonna Be Alright / Life Is But Nothing - Immediate IM 040 DJ

P. P. Arnold

Everything's Goonna Be Alright / Life Is But Nothing

Immediate: IM 040 DJ (45s)

Nothing short of a British collectors Holy Grail.

Two clean red & white labels, Excellent plus vinyl.

One of the least seen, most wanted of all the UK created Northern Soul and certainly THE BEST.

Act accordingly the opportunities of owning this disc are so few abd far between.

Yes, a British Holy Grail and some...


Condition Report

Two clean red & white demo labels, vinyl reveals only the merest storage hairlines and plays PERFECT! Listen and spy that mesmerizing label image.

Two clean red & white demo labels, vinyl reveals only the merest storage hairlines and plays PERFECT! Listen and spy that mesmerizing label image.

Barbara Lynn - I Don't Want A Playboy / A New Kind Of Love - Tribe 8324 DJ

Barbara Lynn

I Don't Want A Playboy / A New Kind Of Love

Tribe : 8324 DJ (45s)

Undisputedly the Texas Soul Queen's rarest 45 and also her finest Northern Soul offering.. seldom seen for sale, seldom heard but ALWAYS fills the floor.

Personally I've always been inspired by this 45, Barbara's most muscular recording by far; since I heard Colin Curtis play it at the Blackpool Mecca circa 1973. To my disappointment I only heard it played sporadically over the next 4 decades, it's unavailability playing a huge part in it's veiled existence. Over the last 10 years I've personally dropped it into as many sets as I can, always with a positive dancefloor response followed by crooked necks trying to read the label as it revolves... it sure is an attention seeking tune. Her unmistakeable voice and style an instant hit with punters.

As usual, written by Barbara herself, produced by the prolific Huey Purvis Meaux; a collaboration that ensured high quality, finest Texas Soul recordings everytime...

Take a listen, you will, like me be reminded and somewhat surprised this 45 did not rise up to become a timeless Northern Soul classic, after the Prince of the Blackpool Mecca first dropped it on those sacred turntables. A case of elusiveness halting its progress, but now allows today's DJ's to spin a neglected treasure that instantly wow's the crowd with it's penetrating dance pulses, met head-on by that awesome Sister vocal and her skilled twanging guitar rhythms.

Distinctive Northern Soul thundering down the comeback trail...

Condition Report

a flawless, as good as it gets copy.

a flawless, as good as it gets copy.

Dynamics - Yes, I Love You Baby / Soul Sloopy - Top Ten TT 100 DJ

Dynamics

Yes, I Love You Baby / Soul Sloopy

Top Ten : TT 100 DJ (45s)

Crafted by one of the most productive partnerships ever to combine their writing, arranging & production skills, consistently creating the very finest Detroit Soul Music..

Label owner George Stratton had an eye skilled local talent, he had already employed Joe Hunter to guide the Dynamics through their only other “Top Ten” release, another closely harmonized Northern Soul session. But not as instantly danceable as the inspiring “Yes, I Love You Baby”

February 1966 California had a chance to encounter the gifted Richard Popcorn Wylie & Tony Hester, but missed the opportunity to uplifting, irresistible dance record from Detroit as it lay hidden on the flipside of a moody attempt at "Dance Craze" that failed. No radio airplay and it passed everybody by unnoticed, although the rumbling bass-line intro peppered with cymbal smacks, would surely more likely have caught the listener's attention. Neatly decorated with intricate guitar riffs before the silky lead voice confirms his love for his girl. Tight highly pitched male harmonies coast along in the background whilst hand-clapping, finger-popping energy ratchets those dance pulses up, even higher. So very infectious but still Wylie & Hester had to wait again before California recognised their talents.

It is one of the less frequently heard but truly great Northern Soul recording with the power to still trigger goose-bumps and the need to dance . Hearing records like this, transports me back to 1973/74 and the Golden Years of Northern Soul. Fortunately this is one of my all-time favourites that thankfully has not been overplayed by the crowd-pleaser DJs thus today it is still sounding so fresh and inspiring; just like it did way back when... Surely today a tune crying out to be dropped an imaginative oldies set, in the knowledge none of the audience will be muttering ...surely not this again. An under-played classic saturated in pedigree. #

Not to mention as the west coast promo so very collectable.

A classic I’ll never tire of hearing and I suspect you won’t either... but "Soul Sloopy" is ripe for an hearing.. moody, down n' dirty with a squealing saxophone, snarling vocal making it dead right for today... surely carries the potential to turn a few heads.

Condition Report

Two clean, rare promo labels, bright clean full gloss vinyl revealing only light hairlines under light.

Two clean, rare promo labels, bright clean full gloss vinyl revealing only light hairlines under light.

Kenny Sheppard - Gotta Get a Hold Of Myself / blank - Shapiro Berstein 10" acetate

Kenny Sheppard

Gotta Get a Hold Of Myself / blank

Shapiro Berstein : 10" acetate (10")

Unique and perhaps the great Northern Soul Big City Beater ever recorded but never released.



Condition Report

Neat clean typed label, playing surface reveals only very fine hairlines. plays big, big, crisp and loud...

Neat clean typed label, playing surface reveals only very fine hairlines. plays big, big, crisp and loud...

Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789 /Someday Someway - Oriole 45-CBS 1764

Marvelettes

Beechwood 4-5789 / Someday Someway

Oriole : 45-CBA 1764 (45s)

For the dedicated British Tamla Motown collector, who thrives on the delicious torture of the waiting game.

Seekiing out rare 45's that they won't require an upgrade at some time in the future. It is a lifetime quest to amass all the British release vinyl in the correct condition, on Columbia, London., Fontana, Oriole, Stateside before Tamla Motown released their debut single of their own label. The Supremes "Stop In The Name Of Love" on UK Tamla Motown with that iconic prefix TMG followed by 501 so the 500 series began. Many collectors have achieve a full set of TMG's in varying condition, then starts the quest of replacing the ones below Mint minus, with superior copies; that's when it starts to becoming a challenge.

But what has always been very difficult is to acquire are the pre-TMG 45's. All those 45's that trickled out before Tamla Motown became a household name, to rule the UK pop charts from 1965 through to the early 70's.

Out of all the early releases the Oriole "TAMLA SERIES" has always been my favourite with it's 60's geometric art-design lines and stark black and white landscape, adorned with the bright silver text information, brilliantly enveloped in the contrasting circular yellow sleeve;

This is British 60's pop-art at it's most eye-catching. Plus the prominently placed typeset, of that silver "TAMLA" left hand side, which triggered in our minds as "Buy me or you will regret it.." Decades down the line, how true that reaction has proved to be. These alluring Orioles have never been so elusive!

This copy is up for auction not just for its spectacular art-work, but mostly because it has most spectacularly fine vinyl, only revealing the merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light, it is an amazing mint minus throughout. The only pimple on this gorgeous artefacts face, is an unobtrusive "blue tick" just under the "American" logo on the a-side, flipside label is perfect. (see images)

Even after 51 years of stalking rare-=vinyl, the Oriole Tamla Motown 45 in your hands in near perfect condition is a vinyl-thrill that never diminishes, that's if you care about condition, Tamla Motown and British Pop-art that set this label apart in the hearts of all the TMG junkies.

Condition Report

as described above.

as described above.

Plants - Dear I Swear / It's You - J & S J-1602

Plants

Dear I Swear / It's You

J & S: J-1602 (45s)

Very rare original 1957 with addressed label all in fine clean condition.

A four man gathering from Baltimore, the four friends travel north to the Bronx for Zell Sanders to launch their first record, also laying down a foundation block for Zell's J & S label to spring from, culminating in 15 years of 45 releases mostly Soul & R&B. The Plants give you two fabulous R&B vocal group delights, written by the group members themselves. underlining the talent that lay within this quartet.

The lead side "Dear I Swear" is a meandering mid-tempo saturated in the purist harmony alchemy you could ever wish to encounter. A fabulous baritone vocal from James Lawson enriches the background landscape, as the George Jackson's polished lead vocal seamlessly rolls out the endorsing words for his love. Steve McDowell's busy tenor gluing all the parts into one, with Thurmon Thrower Bass vocal adding the contrast and depth. For a first record this is one very highly accomplish debut. With very sparse instrumentation besides primitive piano plonking, highlighting just how talented this gathering were.

Flip it over for a ballad again with only a naïve piano as accompaniment, that leaves The Plants beautifully adrift, to again highlighting their extremely tight, warm and rich harmonies... a song that gave Zell Sanders faith for a 2nd. 45 release 2 years later "I Searched The seven Seas" another highly sought after disc from this highly regarded group.

Two fabulous sides in mighty fine condition for a 63 year old.

Soul fans may note that lead singer George Jackson went on to pleasure us with some fabulous Soul 45's in the 60's on Mercury, Double RR/Cameo etc.

Condition Report

two clean yellow labels, with no defects. vinyl as you can hear plays crisp, clean and true. visually show only a few cosmetic light surface hairlines, nothing that reacts with the stylus. Strong Excellent throughout.

two clean yellow labels, with no defects. vinyl as you can hear plays crisp, clean and true. visually show only a few cosmetic light surface hairlines, nothing that reacts with the stylus. Strong Excellent throughout.

Essex IV - My Reaction To You / My Heart Just Can't Take It - Wind Mill W-2001

Essex IV

My Reaction To You / My Heart Just Can't Take It

Wind Mill : W-2001 (45s)

Those days when Bob Cattaneo from his Soul Odyssey mail order outlet in Day City, California, would visit Oakland distributor "Music People" and come home with a basket full of independent Soul 45's. Have long since gone.

From 1974 thru 1978 I'd truly look forward to my monthly box of new release samples from "Daly City Bob" then order multiples of the ones I really liked. In 1975 the arrival of The Essex IV , I thought I had a totally exceptional 45, I adored both sides, and quickly put in an order for 50 copies. But unfortunately the time lapse of my excitement through air mail, often found Bob unable to source any more than the initial copies he'd purchased. Phone calls to the USA in 1975 were damn expensive. He did however send me a meagre handful, but was unable to get any more of this wonderful Bob Yorey and Richie Rome's East Coast creation.
It became an instant sought after 45's an overnight big tune for the "Modern" Soul DJs and collectors.

Now 40 years later it still shimmers with all the abilities these two creators of 60's top-flight Northern Soul 45's, Bob Yorey (The Glories etc.) and Richie Rome (If You Ask Me - Jerry Williams) and a truck load more. Two talented and experienced studio magicians in 1975 were still crafting with Jack Perriocone superior string driven masterpieces of our sound. Although a b-side for me, "My Reaction" is one of the greatest totally Soulful dancers of that time, so very classy, standing head and shoulders above the imminent East Coast "Disco Explosion" that eventually diluted all "Soul" content out of new dance productions.

Flip it over for the original a-side and hear "My Heart Just Can't Take It " another full orchestra lays down a magic-carpet for the magnificent lead vocal to fly on. Heavenly full girl group assist, with other male vocals coming in to enrich this already lush expertise, crowned by a fabulous piano led, string filled, brass endorsed instrumental break.

They just don't make records like this any more, two killer sides, that today still tower above it's contemporises and so very hard to acquire in this stunning mint minus condition!

Do not ponder over such brilliance... poised for a second coming.

Condition Report

Perfect labels, unblemished vinyl gives up perfect sound. a glorious mint minus copy.

Perfect labels, unblemished vinyl gives up perfect sound. a glorious mint minus copy.

Sebastian - I'll Still Be Loving You / Reach A Little Higher - Rivermont  V 1782

Sebastian

I'll Still Be Loving You / Reach A Little Higher

Rivermont : V 1782 (45s)

Now receiving strong DJ attention and collector's talk. So let's journey into the extremely obscure, weird and wonderful world of D.I.Y. Soul. Get ready for something completely different, from a small Georgia private press, that has in recent in months has received spins from some of the world's top Rare Soul jocks.

Written and produced by the mysterious Sebastian, who draws from various fine-art music forms, Jazz, Soul, Afro all collide in this classy session, that knows no boundaries.

A Sebastian's silky lone vocal "skats" through the expressive lyrics of loyalty, whilst Bongo rhythms fill the air and the need to dance takes over.

Ideal for those European jocks who push boundaries. Personally I really love it and its stand alone inventiveness but I've always be a sucker for the artist who creates their music from outside music the box.

So very different, so addictive, a narcotic slab of Soul / Jazz fusion that imprisons your imagination for fully 4:33 minutes..

One for the DJ's who want there sets to be different

Condition Report

A flawless labels, vinyl reveals a tiny mild scuff, and a few light hairlines.

A flawless labels, vinyl reveals a tiny mild scuff, and a few light hairlines.

People's Choice - Savin' My Love For You / Easy To Be True - Palmer P-5020 DJ

People's Choice

Savin' My Lovin' For You / Easy To Be True

Palmer : P-5020 DJ (45s)

In 1967 those highly regarded architects of Detroit Northern Soul, Richard Popcorn Wylie, Tony Hester and Mike Terry again join forces, crafting top-drawer Detroit Northern Soul, that somehow escaped the insatiable Northern Soul re-issuing machine until 1996.

Before you today is a pristine example of their work, a potent thoroughbred of Northern Soul showcasing this trio's appetite for crafting the perfect 60's vocal-group dancer.

The dance side is led by a gravel coated voice supported by a back-drop of soaring male-vocal choruses. All riding a barrage of brass, peppered with those oh-so familiar Motown burping baritone sax prompts from Mike Terry. Whilst handclaps, drum-rim thwacks beat time for the perfectly paced Northern Soul to unfold. It's all there, all the components for a blazing Detroit Dance experience. Underlining why, 60's Detroit productions are set apart as "THE" Northern Soul breeding ground for the timeless greats.

But do not pass-by, the perfect for the Sunday chill-out flipside displaying Detroit vocal-group harmony at it most controlled... again simplistic drum-rim thwack beats the time with piano and organ pulses; as the talented-trio of Mike Terry, Richard Popcorn Wylie & Tony Hester back-fill the studio landscape. The lead vocal on this arrangement come forward to flex its growling charm, even a few "Billy Stewart" inspired tongue vibrations are thrown into the mix, whilst his teammates add layer after layer of sweet Soul harmony choruses. A fabulous down-beat Motor City moment...

Two killer sides on one elusive and utterly pristine 45.

Condition Report

two flawless promo labels, immaculate pristine vinyl, you will not acquire a finer copy.

two flawless promo labels, immaculate pristine vinyl, you will not acquire a finer copy.

Don Reed Orchestra featuruing Lorelei - Nature boy / Ther Lonely King Of Rock N' Roll - Gardena G-102

Don Reed Orchestra featuring Lorelei (the voice of love)

Nature boy / The Lonely King Of Rock N' Roll

Gardena : G-102 (45s)

"There was a boy, a very strange, enchanted boy..."

Lover's of Exotica, art and the Hippie movement, take a moment to breath in the mesmerizing atmosphere this recording creates. In the world of rare record collecting, seldom do you encounter such a glorious combination of sleeve and label-art as this 1961 version of the 1950 Jazz classic "Nature Boy" or do you hear such haunting brilliance.

Don Reed enlists the voice of Lorelei to carry the eerie tones of Eden Ahbez timeless classic high and beyond Nat KIng Cole's original hit from 13 years earlier. Ahbez one of the 50's heroes of The Californian Hippie Movement was affectionately called Ahbe among his like minded friends, laid down a gentle but captivating song that turned into a much copied Jazz anthem. Ahbez composed the song "Nature Boy," which became a #1 hit for eight weeks in 1948 for Nat "King" Cole and has since become a pop and jazz standard that most every "jazz great" has sung at some point in their career.

But Don Reed's brilliant interpretation is so very different, instantly lifting you into the relaxed world of exotica, as a sultry saxophone plays out the arrangement whilst the mysterious "Voice Of Love" Lorelei's siren-esque voice pulls you onto the ocks. Utterrly entrancing and unique... alluring beyond my woodcraft.

the flipside pales by comparison, but is also worth a listen for it's inventiveness.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, capturing that magnificent label image, crisp, bright and clean. housed in it's equally stunning birth-sleeve. vinyl is a strong mnt minus, perhaps previously unplayed archive condition vinyl.

two flawless labels, capturing that magnificent label image, crisp, bright and clean. housed in it's equally stunning birth-sleeve. vinyl is a strong mnt minus, perhaps previously unplayed archive condition vinyl.

Pete Rodriguez - I Like It LIke That / Micaela - Alegre X-4010

Pete Rodriguez

I Like It LIke That / Micaela

Alegre : X-4010 (45s)

1967 New York double helping of Latin dance, so hard to acquire in clean condition.

With Latin dance now at established at the very core of the Northern Soul nights, time to explore a few that have been neglected. This Pete Rodriquez double hitter is the perfect example of Latin Boo-ga-loo Northern Soul poised to elevate your set into another level.

The classic cocktail of Latin horns rocketing skyward from a platform of prodding piano, bongos, cowbells and enthusiastic squealing girls. A mesmeric dancer, an ideal follow-on for the now perhaps over-played "Manny Corchado" that pushed the envelope of dancefloor acceptance opened by Bobby Valentin in the 80's, to become one of the scene biggest tunes of this century, this little gem carries all the same qualities and is currently affordable...

On the flipside Pete raises the bar of aggression as the horns turn angry "his basket of cheers" is now the same instruments accompanied by male vocals, the trumpets start to squeal, through vibrant bongo rushes.. "you want more" asks Pete...sparking shrill whistles, screams and frantic handclaps, a potent tune that unfolds in your head after a few plays but not as instant as "I Like It Like That" ... which carries all the Northern Soul credentials for dancefloor mayhem.

The NS potential is totally glaring..

Condition Report

two clean labels, mint minus vinyl with crisp, strong fidelity. very nice ciopy indeed

two clean labels, mint minus vinyl with crisp, strong fidelity. very nice ciopy indeed

Blues & Soul - # 23 /  November 1969 - Contempo 23

Blues & Soul

Blues & Soul # 23 / November 1969

Contempo Publications: 23 (MAG)

Leaving the sixties - no. 23 was the very last Blues & Soul magazine of the 60's decade, shortly afterwards Contempo entered the 70's with issue 24 on January 02, developing a new vision of how the magazine would look, going fortnightly as a larger format, leaving these 10" x 8" behind giving rise over the coming decades to iconic status for the Music Magazine collectors.

This was the very last of the A5 format

This "last" issue of the "swinging sixities" inc: Another thought provoking article from the legendary Dave Godin appraises the groundbreaking Impressions new release "Choice Of Color"; a social statement decades ahead of it's time (as was Dave), Skinheads, Teddy Boys, Erma Franklin & Wilson Picket live at the Albert Hall underling the huge void of intelligent critique he left behind on his passing.

Articles include STAX SOUL EXPLOSION with black and white pics of Darrell Banks & William Bell... Stories of the authentic original and "the fake" Drifters fuelling debate.

Isaac Hayes - large artist pic. etc..

Fully 7 pages dedicated to new release albums and 45's UK & USA.

Historical record company adverts inc: Soul City advert promoting - Major Lance's new release "The Beat", the now iconic Action Records, Stax albums FULL page advert, MCA, Emi - Apple release of Billy Preston, etc.

Blues & Soul leaving the 60's with a bang..! Never to be seen again in this format



Condition Report

Spectacular condition totally unblemished Mint - throughout.. finest state of any early Blues & Soul I've ever encountered.

Spectacular condition totally unblemished Mint - throughout.. finest state of any early Blues & Soul I've ever encountered.

Kenny Bernard - What Love Brings / Nothing Can Change This Love - Pye 7N 17131 DJ

Kenny Bernard

What Love Brings / Nothing Can Change This Love

Pye : 7N 17131 DJ (45s)

The diminutive British Soul Man with the big, big voice and the personality to match.

Pye International bravely tried to cash in on the "Deep Soul" wave of appreciation sweeping the UK at the time, with Percy Sledge, Otis Redding etc. all registering healthy sales with soulful ballads. Kenny was chosen to sing a fabulous version of Sam Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love" with the Pye Studio band doing a fabulous job replicating a Soulful arrangement. Kenny rendition of "Nothing Can Change This Love" could be argued as being Britiain's finest homegriown Deep Soul recording, but it failed to sell. With his 3rd record in row to suffer from lack of radio airplay. It was not until the beginning of the 70's when a few enterprising Soul DJ's flipped it over, It became a very sought after current club play.

After a mention in Blues & Soul on current club play lists, the hunt was on. For this uplifting Northern Soul dancer, hidden way on a b-side. Opening with a fanfare of trumpets met head on by Kenny enthusiasm, encapsulating all that optimism that flooded Britain during the swinging mid-sixties. So very MOD, so very Northern Soul, a potent dance tune from start to finish. A record that triggered a countrywide search of all the Market stalls, Junk Shops, and deleted stocks for a copy. Sadly I had one in my collection, but decided to sell a large proportion off to Select-A-Disc, to fund the £10 purchase of Rufus Lumley "I'm Standing". The week after, I read Blues & Soul horrified to see "What Love Brings" was on play lists.

The next day I was frantically driving to Arkwright Street Nottingham, down those precariously steep cellar steps I knew so well at Select-a-Disc. Diggin' in their sales bins to buy it back. Of course it wasn't there.

Years later "Hector From Selecta" told me how the counter staff were jumping up and down with joy as I left the building not because I's spent £10 on one disc. But because some youngster from the sticks had just handed it over the counter, one of the country's most-wanted for pennies. Oh how Hector must have laughed... It was a pink stock copy though...NOT like this beautifully "impossible" white demo...in near perfect condition. Surely I would never have sold a white promo for 20p, or would I?

only 5 years later I was selling Don Gardner's Cheating Kind for £3.00 ... reminding me, of my "English teacher" Mr. Green saying to me at school.. "Manship... I Believe You'll Never Learn From Your Mistakes"

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl a strong flaw free, mint minus

Two clean promo labels, vinyl a strong flaw free, mint minus

Fables with Slim Gaillard - Cleopatra 30 B. C. / Angel - Elgo XEL 3001

Fables with Slim Gaillard

Cleopatra 30 B. C. / Angel

Elgo: XEL 3001 (45s)

The enviable reputation of the Pow Wow Club for spinning ground-breaking sounds has made it a must-go-to venue for many years.

I just love their policy - to quote "The POW WOW CLUB is an irregularly occurring club night specialising in badass vintage music from the 'golden era' of the mid 50s to the early 70s. We sit right at the point where record-digging meets dancing, and see both as equally important parts of vintage music culture".

As I dig around the warehouse for rare 45's, I can most always guarantee if I find a thumping "Baddass" tune, it will have featured on their extensive DJ play lists at some point.

This elusive 1962 San Diego, California has swerved past many R&B scholars as the flipside is strong vocal-group Doo-Wop, with no mention in the E-Bay listings of "Popcorn or R&B" allowing it to sail under the radar on occasions. Direct searches has off course have brought an avalanche of bids, all on the back of DJ's spinning records of this ilk .

The end of year party 2019 at POW WOW the faithful were given a rude awakening when DJ Christopher Stukenbrock blasted this runaway R&B train out early in his session. No derailment here, it was the ideal play to set the tone for his floor-destroying display that followed.

Spokesman Jazzman Slim Gaillard booms out the lyrics enveloped inside an Egyptian mood, cut in two by a sizzling burst of saxophone anarchy. The Fables keep the Pharaoh atmosphere bubbling with rich harmony murmurings in the background whilst the star of the session delivers his commanding vocal.

Flip it over to hear why the Doo-Wop guys are enamoured by the smooth harmony ballad on the flip.

Long live POW WOW the perfect example how to turn a passion into a major dance event...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl is an unblemished mint minus. very fine copy indeed

Two flawless labels, vinyl is an unblemished mint minus. very fine copy indeed

John Holt / Busty Brown - Give Her All the Love I Got / Nobody But You - Unity UN 556

John Holt / Busty Brown

Give Her All The Love / Nobody But You

Unity: UN 556 (45s)

Was of Jamaica's most soulful voices, redesigns Motown.

John Holt deconstructs Jimmy Ruffin's 1966 Norman Whitfield creation, whilst retaining those wonderful original lyrics, the arrangement is stripped down, rebuilt and reinvented with a potent Reggae pulses driving this dance song one. Filling the background with catchy keyboard breaks decorating the flow of John Holt's much-loved voice. A very worthy version, indeed.

Flip it over for another Soulful Reggae experience, with Clive Smith's soaring vocal testament to his love, as he convinces her he doesn't want nobody else you her. A highly addictive arrangement, servinng up a wonderful dance groove featuring relentless compelling Reggae pulses, leading the way for another superb vocalist.

two good sides, in rare condition, two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, vinyl that only reveals a few sleeve storage hairlines.

As you can hear both sides play flawless.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, vinyl that only reveals a few sleeve storage hairlines.<br /> <br /> .

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, vinyl that only reveals a few sleeve storage hairlines.

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Sharon Forrester - Silly Wasn't I / version - Ashanti ASH 403 DJ

Sharon Forrester

Silly Wasn't I / version

Ashanti: ASH 403 DJ (45s)

1973 Reggae take on the magnificent Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Joshie Jo Amstead composition.

Geoffrey Chung retains all the delicate charm of the Motown original with a scrupulous horn intro, before taking up the Reggae dance rhythms...

Sharon Forrester's shrill tones are so suited to this great song, which benefits from Mr. Chung injection of equally sweet girl-group choruses... .

A beautiful Reggae glider from these ladies..


Condition Report

Two clean promo labels reveals light storae hairlines under light. plays crisp clean and true, listen. Flipside vinyl is a grade lower vg+, a few light marks occasional light tick.

Two clean promo labels reveals light storae hairlines under light. plays crisp clean and true, listen. Flipside vinyl is a grade lower vg+, a few light marks occasional light tick.

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