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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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Jackie Opel - Wipe Those Tears / Take Away Your Love - Island WI 203

Jackie Opel

Wipe Those Tears / Take Away Your Love

Island : WI 203 (45s)

An elusive & magnificent example of mid-60s Jamaican "Soul" that will interest much more than just British Soul music collectors. The spectacular condition will alert the many who appreciate the beauty of the Island Red & White. Also triggering Ska and Reggae collectors who consider the great Jackie Opel as an iconic Jamaican artist. This ex-Skatalite was so comfortable with Ska, R&B, soul, gospel, and calypso, his pleading vocal style and stage performance making him a legendary part of the Jamaican music jigsaw. With his ability to integrate and mix any of these styles into one song.

"Wipe Those Tears" is essentially a vocal-group Deep Soul journey with Jackie's imploring voice backed up by an uncredited male harmony chorus. Rhythmic percussion strolls alo ng in the background, then a masterfully sultry saxophone break bursts through. Killer group-soul from a highly regarded artist.

Flip it over, the pace quicken the horns become potent, but Jackie voice is still as beseeching as he rolls out a steady dance tune, again underlining the outstanding musicianship that adores these recording. Top-drawer Trumpet solo, wailing horns, purposeful percussion, and we have not one but two superb examples of his work.

Condition Report

Two super clean labels, three prong die-cut center intact. Vinyl gives up only fine storage hairlines

Two super clean labels, three prong die-cut center intact. Vinyl gives up only fine storage hairlines

Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone / Big Wheel - Amy 988 DJ

Lou Ragland

I Travel Alone / Big Wheel

Amy: 988 DJ (45s)

A Northern Soul trophy that requires not a word from us..

Just to say this is NOT an aged Northern Soul DJ copy.

As you are aware a 45 hard to acquire without cue burn, two clean labels. As you see, unblemished labels, as you can hear this baby plays loud, clean & true.

Investment quality Northern Soul at it's most desirable.

Listen, look and enjoy!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side surface does reveal multiple light hairlines. none of which react with the stylus. Visually vg+, audibly Mint - Flipside surface visually vg multiple light surface marks, gives up the occasional light tick.

Two clean labels, a-side surface does reveal multiple light hairlines. none of which react with the stylus. Visually vg+, audibly Mint - Flipside surface visually vg multiple light surface marks, gives up the occasional light tick.

Reactions - Live My Life For Myself / THe Rev. Martin Luther King - Sanfris SF 50 DJ

Reactions

Live My Life For Myself / The Rev. Martin Luther King

Sanfris : SF 50 (45s)

This highly sought after New York label owned by Miss Santa Friscia, has provided the Northern Soul and several other collectors scenes with several gems, this 45 #50 is the rarest in our experience only our 2nd. copy in 25 years or more... and certainly our first PROMO copy ever!

A huge variety of local genres from the extreme Garage sound of The "Tides In" group.To the excruciating Deep Soul sadness of the highly elusive and unknown artist Johnny Tipp. Sanfris covered all bases, here we have a tribute to Martin Luther King by Samuel Smith, hiding a killer vocal-group Northern Soul dancer on the flip. A dancer with an underground collectors following for those who delight in diggin's deeper .

A Gospel influenced (dead right for today's dancefloor tastes) the ringing vibes intro carries a pleading lead vocal, then a rich array of male tones take over. A male choir, with the lead vocal changing numerous times as it stides through a horn propelled backing track, lifted by heavy drumming. This a mid-tempo rarity to take notice of, far away from the norm; out their and ready to captivate you with it's Soulful presence. Check out those persuasive voices as the story unfolds, on how the man wants to free, live for himself, don't hold me down.. I'm a man.

A fabulous vibes interlude and the the voices are heading skyward on a wave of horns, enthusiasm for the narrative,,

Vocal group Northern Soul does not come any fuller, richer or more imposing than this. I've now played this disc 5 times on the trot, so my ears can absorb all tat's going on on the ultra-rare Horace Ott production!

Awesome tune!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side vinyl has a few light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays loud, clean and true. Please note the flipside is scratched and crackles most of the way through. To be honest in contrast the record is an insignificant "Elvis" styled big production, so nobosy

Two clean labels, a-side vinyl has a few light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays loud, clean and true. Please note the flipside is scratched and crackles most of the way through. To be honest in contrast the record is an insignificant "Elvis" styled big production, so nobosy

Blues Busters - Donna / You're Driving Me Crazy - Blue Beat 45/BB 55

Blues Busters

Donna / You're Driving Me Crazy

Blue Beat : 45/BB 55 (45s)

Philip James & Lloyd Campbell with their first Blue Beat 45, in rare Condition, clean full gloss unblemished vinyl, for prong die-cut centre intact, two totally clean labels.
This Lloyd Campbell's creation is an uplifting example of early 60's C.S. Dodd Coxsone craftsmanship incorporating several influences of the time.

Just a pinch of Calypso music, peppers the background as a mid-tempo New York influenced Soulful groove unfolds. A finger-clicking decorated with a subtle saxophone
break before the duo step back into the rhythms.

Flip it over for even more uplifting journey with standout trumpet & trombone blows embellishing another joyous Lloyd Campbell composition. The Blues Brothers play verbal volleyball with each other as they seamless
deliver the song, taking timely pauses to allow that highly accomplished brass to lift this b-side into another "lost" flipside gem!





Condition Report

Rare Condition, clean full gloss unblemished vinyl, for prong die-cut centre intact, two totally clean labels

Rare Condition, clean full gloss unblemished vinyl, for prong die-cut centre intact, two totally clean labels

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

Case Of Tyme

Manifesto / Some call It Love

Legend : L-1001 (45s)

The greatest saxophone insanity ever committed to vinyl, inspiring Northern Soul with wonder-years flashbacks fully guaranteed.

When it comes to acquiring the real-deal Northern Soul originals wearing their rarest original clothes, this very first press of a timeless Wigan Casino anthem seldom surfaces for air.
But a true collectors-piece surrounded by much confusion, having been reissued, bootlegged, counterfeited in so many forms.

first press - is the styrene green label Legend L-1001 - before you here today.
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 black vinyl
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 blue vinyl
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 red vinyl
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 multi-coloured vinyl
Bootleg vinyl press red label

Then there's the genuine 2nd press - pressed in vinyl, YELLOW label crediting James Lewis and The Case Of Tyme. When purchasing this affordable genuine reissue "original" Ensure the deadwax matrix reads L1014 A - flipside matrix reads L10 14 B the bottom of the "B" is scratched twice giving an transposed effect.
But BEWARE of Yellow label, Red logo, black text COUNTERFEITS with a scratched ZTSC matrix in the deadwax they are counterfeits of the 2nd. issue.
The bewilderment goes on and on; as there's a Yellow label black text bootleg; a white label, styrene bootleg also .. phew! This record over the years has attracted more illicit activity than most all other Northern Soul classics..

When I said confusing, it was an understatement...Today in the sweltering climate of OVO only events, this listing is the ONLY TRUE first press original. It turns up for sale vey rarely, especially in this exceptional condition..

So if you agree with and adhere to OVO guidelines and want to own the finest Northern Soul classics in the best possible condition .. do not pass this NS tsunami by..



Condition Report

Two perfect inviting green labels, utterly unblemished. The playing surfaces are likewise, only the merest surface blemish under close scrutiny, angled under direct light. Plays flawless, NO previous DJ ownership. <br /> This is as "fresh" as you could ever hope to own.

Two perfect inviting green labels, utterly unblemished. The playing surfaces are likewise, only the merest surface blemish under close scrutiny, angled under direct light. Plays flawless, NO previous DJ ownership.
This is as "fresh" as you could ever hope to own.

The Mob - The "Abandoned" Album / 18/ 08 /1971 - Motown 201571 acetate

Mob

The "Abandoned" Album / 18/ 08 /1971

Motown: 201571 acetate (LP)

Here is the fabled unissued Motown album by James Holvay & The Mob, that I had heard tale of, but never, ever expected to meet up with this solitary copy. Here it is in the flesh! and boy does it give up some delicious tracks.

Before you is an uncredited August 1971, 11 track album session, split over two 12" acetates, recorded and shelved before the finishing mix was applied. After gaining such a huge reputation for their music and live performances around Chicago they must have hoped for a Motown contract. Although this 11 track LP is a real winner, the contract never materialized and they went to MGM where their career faltered.

To our knowledge so far, research reveals; not a single recording on this "Reference Only" album reached vinyl, although a version of "MOney" did appear on the Colossus label. This 11 track "try-out" was sadly abandoned and shelved. It would seem it was a test run, to ascertain which style the lead singer was most comfortable with, under Motown mentoring.

On this 11 track "mystery" session, The Mob record 4 Motown style winners, before moving on to a few standards like "Money" "I Can Feel The Earth Move" where the producer started to inject a "rock" element into the arrangements.
But there are, on this LP four totally standout recordings where James Holvay delivers 4 big vocal Northern Soul Crossover grooves. Hear the edited samples we have recorded for you.

Track 1 . is a silky version of Bettye Swann's "Make Me Yours" is special, then elevated to another level when a signature Jr. Walker saxophone break squeals into the production. A beautifully controlled version.

Track 2.an original recording "All I Need" is another fine example of early 70's NS Crossover. Subtle brass blows, enrich this finger-clicking

Track 3. "Where You Lead" starts with a Jackson Five "I Want You Back" styled intro, an upbeat dancer with full girl-group chorus and crashing cymbals throughout.

Track 4. "Move On" (my favourite) is a delicious down-tempo big production, showcasing sublime emotional vocal, backed up by a seamless MOB vocal group back-up choruses..

The rest of the LP seems to be a hybrid of Soul / Rock testing the style this supreme vocalist is most comfortable with.

NOTE this "lost" unissued session is a truly miraculous discovery, not had my pulse racing like this for a very long time... for Motown aficiandos and Rare Soul DJ's, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a part of Motown History and a piece of the life, of one of Chicago most exciting bands ever! That James Holvay sure had a one hell-of-a voice.

Condition Report

Two totally clean Motown logo'd labels, fully titled track listings. The acetate lacquer has some fine storage surface marks, there is light crackle on some tracks. listen to the impressive soundfile of the four we've chosen.

Two totally clean Motown logo'd labels, fully titled track listings. The acetate lacquer has some fine storage surface marks, there is light crackle on some tracks. listen to the impressive soundfile of the four we've chosen.

Kenny Hamber - These Arms Of Mine / Looking For a Love - Arctic 139

Kenny Hamber

These Arms Of Mine / Looking For a Love

Arctic : 139 (45s)

Deep Soul, Northern Soul, Philadelphia aficionados and Arctic label addicts.

This is Arctic 139 as the rarely encountered stock copy offering a Philly reworking of Otis Redding's timeless classic. On the original October 1968 press, light blue label dark blue text. A sight you very seldom see, one of those inexplicably rare #'s in the run of this highly desirable label.

One of only two 45's Kenny released for Arctic during those competitive late 60's. Today both 45's are highly prized, but "Looking For a Love" complete with a flipside is easily his rarest. An annoyingly elusive challenge for the dedicated Deep Soul collector to acquire. For the Northern Soul collector the a-side a thumping stompin' version of The Valentinos classic "Looking For For A Love" does turn up on the promo with the blank flip.

Whether you collect Deep Soul, Northern Soul, the Arctic label or just appreciate and recognize seriously rare 45's. This is a complete disc most-all Rare Soul collections are missing..

Check out Kenny's impressive vocal powers, on both fast and slow Soul recordings..

Condition Report

Superb clean vinyl, two clean Excellent labels, in that tempting ice-blue with dark blue text.

Superb clean vinyl, two clean Excellent labels, in that tempting ice-blue with dark blue text.

Kittie Doswell - Just A Face In The Crowd / This Can Only Happen To Me - HES H-2468

Kittie Doswell

Just A Face In The Crowd / This Can Only Happen To Me

HES : H-2468 (45s)

During the early 60's Kittie was a long term member of the Ray Johnson Jazz/Soul combo, cutting a several 45's earning her the name "Miss Soul" with her moody, Bluesy approach to Jazz becoming locally renowned.

After taking a lengthy break for releasing 45's, almost 10 years later the lady bounces back with this premiership example of the Soulful Crossover. A perfectly delivered example of California Rare Soul; Emerson Currethers captures Kittie's highly qualified vocal and blends it into a killer "Crossover" arrangement. You can hear all those years of experience with Ray Johnson, as Kittie manipulates the lyrics with her deliciously husky voice. Subtle horns take to the air, a relentless bass-guitar lays down the desire to dance, as Kittie just strolls through this high-calibre Crossover Northern Soul groove.

In recent years this disc has utterly disappeared, out=r first chance of auctioning for over 4 years, and a very challenging disc to acquired in tip-top condition. This disc is a strong Mint minus and will certainly be replacing our rather crackly copy that currently sits of our YouTube channel.

Top drawer Soulful Crossover from a lady saturated in style, class and charisma, in the condition ideal for the DJ to impress with.



Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, the vinyl reveals minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays strong, loud and clean.

Two totally clean labels, the vinyl reveals minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays strong, loud and clean.

Yvonne Prenosilova - When My Baby Cries / Come On Home - Pye 7N 15775

Yvonne Prenosilova

When My Baby Cries / Come On Home

Pye: 7N 15775 (45s)

After several releases in here native Czechoslovakia a year earlier, Tony Hatch takes this impressive 18 year old, under his wing for one solitary session, but produces two top-drawer Girl recordings for British release in 1965.

The A-side is a fabulous Big-City-Beater from the pen from Dusty Springfield highly regarded back-up singer Lesley Duncan, masterfully conducted by Tony Hatch who constructs an inspiring song worthy of any Brill Building output.
An imposing burping brass intro, gives way to a beautifully controlled girl vocal, effortlessly lifting to the mountainous production as it begins to unfold. Tony Hatch was without question the greatest UK producer of the "Big Production" ; this beast of a mid-tempo again underlines his spectacular prowess in the studio.

Tony could compose a great tune also, especially those upbeat NS styled dancers like his " Life And Soul Of The Party " that Tina Mason recorded so brilliantly. Here he is again conducting a lively "Go-Go " Northern Soul dancer, fiery fast and furious a 1965 girl-stomper that the girl-sound collectors just adore.

Two strong sides on one very elusive disc that in recent times has garnered Northern Soul admiration, after sitting high on the girl-sound collectors lists for decades.

One of the harder mid-sixties NS dancers to acquire, we know very few collectors can boast ownership of this beauty.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels housed in birth-sleeve, as good as it gets condition.

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels housed in birth-sleeve, as good as it gets condition.

Radio Caroline c/w Radio Amigo  - Jingles / Jingles - Jumbo JR 2

Radio Caroline c/w Radio Amigo

Jingles / Jingles

Jumbo : JR 2 (45s)

Pirate Radio station memorabilia is still and always will be highly sought after.

Here is a the rarely encountered "RADIO CAROLINE" jingles created by Jumbo Records. Circa 1966, this is a nostalgia fest. Who over the age 60 didn't sneak his transistor radio up to bed and listen way after the "Go-To-sleep-time" set by Mum. Thast is where most of so aged record collector first received our first "fix" of music outside the Pop Charts.

Caroline "Sure Shot". Caroline "The Sound Of The Nation" unforgettable hook-lines that were left embedded in your psyche after missing a few hours sleep the night before.
Radio Caroline was one of the best known names from all those Pirate Stations anchored in international waters. Astonishingly they utilized five different ships of three different owners to avoid prosecution. All at least make prosecution more difficult for those authorities determined to shut them down.

Iconic DJ's emerged from these escapades on the high seas..inspired Scandinavian and Dutch pirate stations,"RADIO CAROLINE" was born 1964. Owner Irishman Ronan O'Rahilly in expansion purchased radio "MI AMIGO" in 1965 by 1966 his pirate radio empire was enjoying over 20 million listeners; yes you and I were two of them.

Here is a commissioned "Jingle" 45rpm single of which only a sparse few were pressed, obviously as their only use was periodic self-promotion between records.

These 45's never surface, Radio Mi Amigo ship was ill-fated and eventually sank in 1980 after many close calls, after having a habit of breaking anchor.

A serious piece in the jigsaw of our addiction to music, these stations were groundbreaking, paid no heed to the large labels Decca, Pye, Polydor, EMI that the onshore station shackled by. They played what they wanted and the music of the 60's was so much better for it. With us all discovering new artists, new genres, new styles...

Radio Caroline and all pirate radio station shaped our lives and musical tastes in our formative, if you want a staggering slice of 60's nostalgia this is it.

Do not pass by

Condition Report

Two fine clean labels, different coplours for the two stations. Vinyl is super clean, hardly played just a few verty mild hairlines revealed when angled under light.

Two fine clean labels, different coplours for the two stations. Vinyl is super clean, hardly played just a few verty mild hairlines revealed when angled under light.

Equinox - It Is Love / Winter Storm - Encore 564

Equinox

It Is Love / Winter Storm

Encore : 564 (45s)

Oh how we adore, tiny local labels that debut these pages. Records we've never encountered before, always fire the enthusiasm for this never ending circle of discovery, obscure 45s there us always some that have eluded your searches for the unknown; this is one of them.

We were aware of a copy sitting in that most wonderful of Soul Group archives, that Soul historian Bob Abrahamian relentlessly accumulated during his short but highly influential lifetime. But this is the very first copy we have seen or had the pleasure of hearing. To the north west of Atlanta, Georgia sits the small town of Smyrna, where in the early 80's this town gave birth to this unlikely Jazzy / Soul dance groove. An uplifting easy going session led by a silky vocal, propelled by keyboard synth and harmony cooing..
Ideal for the European scene or those Soul Essence yearly gatherings, as the fusion of wah-wah guitar, considerate drumming, whirling keyboard and that gentle breeze of heavenly choruses, blowing through the whole session.

Bob, we hear particularly liked the flipside ballad, a slow-burn builder with strong piano rhythm before a male group chorus occasionally joins the proceedings.

Ridiculously RARE and we presume yet to make it's club turntable debut.. potential for exclusive rights is obvious..

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl under direct light reveals light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays a strong clean excellent.

Two perfect labels, vinyl under direct light reveals light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays a strong clean excellent.

Carl Carlton - I Can Feel It / You've Got So Much (Top Learn About Love ) - Back Beat 617

Carl Carlton

I Can Feel It / You've Got So Much (To Learn About Love )

Back Beat : 617 (45s)

A floor-filling Northern Soul monster, Joshie Jo Armstead yet again a creates foolproof dance experience with the capacity to trigger a rush for dancefloor space..

So uplifting, so positive, feelgood Northern Soul at it's best.

Condition is near perfect..

It's a no-brainer for the DJ box

Condition Report

A super clean copy, flawless vinyl two unblemished labels.

A super clean copy, flawless vinyl two unblemished labels.

Kim Weston - I'm Still Loving You / Just Loving You - Tamla Motown TMG 511

Kim Weston

I'm Still Loving You / Just Loving You

Tamla Motown : TMG 511 (45s)

Condition! Condition! Condition!

TMG 511 is for many the greatest offering British Tamla Motown ever gave up for the Northern Soul DJ or indeed those TMG addicts who appreciated Motown at a most magnificent. Vibrant, ferocious, uncompromising with hardly a commercial note or word to spoil distilled Tamla Motown that sounds like it came straight from the streets of Detroit!

Motown at it's best, Northern Soul at it most monumental, all n dream condition!

Do not pass by, we're unlikely to be able to better this eye-popping grade in the future.

Condition Report

Because TMG 511 is regarded as pure Motown dance music at it's finest, it is more than a challenge t find a copy that's been filed in a collection from birth, deprived of DJ and club turntable action. Barring a miraculous find, we believe this will be the finest condition copy we shall in able to offer, ever! Vinyl reveals a solitary mild surface blemish just before the deadwax on a-side. flipside vinyl is unblemished but played. Vinyl is "as good as you could ever hope for" Both Labels are near perfection, no spindle trails in sight. All housed in "Gowlings" tagged TMG birth-sleeve

Because TMG 511 is regarded as pure Motown dance music at it's finest, it is more than a challenge t find a copy that's been filed in a collection from birth, deprived of DJ and club turntable action. Barring a miraculous find, we believe this will be the finest condition copy we shall in able to offer, ever! Vinyl reveals a solitary mild surface blemish just before the deadwax on a-side. flipside vinyl is unblemished but played. Vinyl is "as good as you could ever hope for" Both Labels are near perfection, no spindle trails in sight. All housed in "Gowlings" tagged TMG birth-sleeve

Greg Robbins - Virginia Creeper / Shyzak - President PT 409

Greg Robbins

Virginia Creeper / Shyzak

President : PT 409 (45s)

Fabulous condition and rare 1973 British Glam Rock still house in its wavy-top birth sleeve.

David Kassner's President label from 1966 for nearly two decades a prolific release of obscure releases from around the world. Giving particular opportunity to hopeful British artists breaking into vinyl releases. This 1973 45 from D.I.Y. artist Greg Robbins is a fine example of the windows David Kassner opened for aspiring musicians.

Greg Robbins only 45 release, both sides he composed himself. Two innovative sides presenting early 70's independent British Glam Rock for review. Obviously this "unknown" aspiring Rock-Star was a highly talented hopeful who David Kassner took an interest in producing this release himself. Unfortunately this was to fall into instant obscurity and be Greg's only 45 release.

The a-side features a strong guitar presence, with some wild short burst solo breaks that lift the session up and out of the norm. Along some insane keyboard work "special" effects all elevate this disc into being a "lost" treasure of the British Glam Rock era of the 70's.

Flip it over the B-side validates Kassner's faith in this "rookie" as he delivers a big-production performance that any top British artist of the time would have happily put his name to.

The beauty of record collecting is find these "lost" gems, that leave you pondering in bewilderment; who was Greg Robbins, what happened to his aspirations, talent and why only a solitary 45 to show for his obvious gifts as a musician, singer, composer.

It's time Greg Robbins received a little more exposure, and hopefully this auction listing will go some way to lifting an excellent D.I.Y. project become recognized as a "Lost Treasure Of Glam"



Condition Report

Totally clean, elusive stock copy, Unblemished labels, vinyl under direct light reveals only minuscule sleeve contact hairlines from storage. Most likely unplayed before we lifted the double soundfile.

Totally clean, elusive stock copy, Unblemished labels, vinyl under direct light reveals only minuscule sleeve contact hairlines from storage. Most likely unplayed before we lifted the double soundfile.

Volcanos - The Volcanos Play / 1961 UK 4 track EP - Philips BBE 12432 EP PS

Volcanos

The Volcanos Play / 1961 UK 4 track EP

Philips : BBE 12432 EP PS (EP)

British EP collecfors here's a very hard one to acquire.

Super rare 1961 British EP combining the group's first two singles for Philips.

4 tracks complete with "art" picture cover. Gives up mostly guitar dominated instrumentals, two taken from film soundtracks 1. "The Great Impostor" 1961 movie starring Tony Curtis 2. Ruby-Duby-Du from the 1960 movie "Key Witness" starring Dennis Hopper 3. theme tune to 1960 T.V. crime drama series "Tightrope" 4. a stand alone Tex Slade composition "Red Head".

For dedicated British EP scholars, this is something special so rarely surfacing for sale. Movie & TV theme buffs will also be drawn to it's extreme rarity and fine clean condition.

Little is know about the group, just 3 singles and this EP before disappearing in 1963

Condition Report

Condition is the key, two perfect three prong labels, vinyl has full gloss, hardly a hairline to be found even after scrutiny under direct light. THe all important laminated cover is clean, just mild corner-tip rub from careful storage. No writing, no stains, no tears, sticker or other flaws. back cover has mild storage storage signs to white area. A fine clean copy!

Condition is the key, two perfect three prong labels, vinyl has full gloss, hardly a hairline to be found even after scrutiny under direct light. THe all important laminated cover is clean, just mild corner-tip rub from careful storage. No writing, no stains, no tears, sticker or other flaws. back cover has mild storage storage signs to white area. A fine clean copy!

9th Creation - Reaching For The Top / inc: He's Coming - Prelude PRL 12146

9th Creation

Reaching For The Top / inc: He's Coming

Prelude: PRL 12146 (LP)

A flawless copy of this extremely elusive 1977.

"Tower of Power" jumps to mind when you think of Northern California Soul gatherings. But this 1971 Stockton born team are right up their with the very best that the Bay Area ever spawned.
A heady mix of Soulful steppers, Sweet Soul ballad, Boogie Funkers.. every track seamlessly created on a carpet of brass, guitar, two saxophones, Congas & Drums and silky vocal authenticity. These guys although not as well known were more than a match for the huge reputation Tower Of Power had enjoyed.

Check out the recorded sample of this classy 10 man team, we think you'll agree this assemble of Soul are yet another addition to the impressive listing of standout Bay Area Soul groups.

Unfortunately their vinyl material passed by almost unnoticed by the USA public..It was not until those pioneering European DJ's picked up on "He's Coming" "Bionic Love Affair" etc that this talented 10 man team came into the Soul collectors headlights.

This LP has always been hard to find, before you today is a flawless copy. A rare opportunity indeed to own one of the most wanted Soul group albums of the 70's.

Condition Report

near perfect vinyl, two like new labels. Cover is totally clean, bottom right corner "cut out" snip.

near perfect vinyl, two like new labels. Cover is totally clean, bottom right corner "cut out" snip.

7th Extension - Haul And Pull Up / version - Zodiac 5418

7th Extension

Haul And Pull Up / version

Zodiac: 5418 (45s)

Condition! Condition! Condition!

Extremely Rare Roots in Mint minus condition.

Another fine Nal Rowe creation, on Zodiac, a label he has crafted over 8 Roots groove between 1979 and 1981, this one " Haul And Pull Up" is in our experienc e the rarest of the 8.

An atmospheric mid tempo he composed with Hugh "Jewelry GIrl " Faulkner a strong 1981 groove benefiting from smooth vocals, steady strong percussion, and innovative instrumental breaks.

A rare 45 you will find creeping under your skin, triggering more than one play as the rhythms "pull" you in.

Condition Report

Mint minus vinyl, mint minus label

Mint minus vinyl, mint minus label

Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 Promo Copy - Casablanca NB 9002

Gloria Scott

What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 Promo Copy

Casablanca : NB 9002 (LP)

A year before the "Disco" explosion started to sweep America, Barry White, Tom Brock & Gene Page collaborated to craft one of the greatest 70's albums ever made. Former Sly Stone pupil and Ike & Tina Turner backing singer, Gloria Scott was the perfect voice for this magnificent journey into silky-Soul.

(A Case Of) Too Much Lovemakin' was of course a Richard Searling anthem throughout the last decades of the 20th Century, a crowd-pleaser with few equals. But this album is no "one track wonder”. For me and many other fans, "That's What You Say (Everytime You Are Near Me)” is every note as magnificent. Both tracks never achieving 45 release in the USA. Whilst the equally inspiring "What Am I Gonna Do" did get 45 issue, and is now considered a crucial 70's Soul collectors item.

An album that we consider in the top five Soul masterpieces of all time. Lack of awareness, promotion and radio exposure all contributed to this LP's failure to sell, but left the record collector with a real jewel of a rarity to acquire. If original first presses are your priority.

This is an album of such great esteem, it has won Gloria Scott cult status, worldwide fame and universal appreciation. So much so she is now a resident act at Europe’s greatest Soul Weekender, Dan Dombrowe's Baltic Soul, of Hamburg, Germany, where this charismatic lady now wows the crowd every year.

Condition Report

fine clean vinyl that reveals hardly a blemish, and plays beautifully, Two clean labels, with no sign of spindle trails. The promo sticker cover, has light storage rub both back and front, inspect images. This is very mild, no damage or splits to the seams. Florescent pink PROMOTION ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker top right corner.

fine clean vinyl that reveals hardly a blemish, and plays beautifully, Two clean labels, with no sign of spindle trails. The promo sticker cover, has light storage rub both back and front, inspect images. This is very mild, no damage or splits to the seams. Florescent pink PROMOTION ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker top right corner.

Skip Layne Combo -  Let's Go Some Mo' / No Mo Ya Ya - Magnetic 550

Skip Layne Combo

Let's Go Some Mo' / No Mo Ya Ya

Magnetic : 550 (45s)

It's R&B Time.. with a difference!

Skip Layne takes inspiration from Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" to construct a insane unforgettable New York session.

Ideal for those innovative DJ's who like 'em unicorn-rare and memorable.

On the a-side " No Mo Ya Ya " Skip puts everything into this weird and wonderful recording, but on the flipside when Skip's energy is sapped and his vocal backs away from the microphone. Those addictive rhythms, rise in full force and a potential Monster emerges.

a mad spoken intro gives up to some fine n'tricky plectrum work, rhythmic drumming before jazz trumpeter takes stage and lifts the session to the roof. A the combos Saxophonist goes on a trip, then a again upsaged by a fabulous display of trumpeting and off we roll on a fusion of R&B/Jazz that left me breathless.

I adore these rare and imposing instrumentals, that run again the grain of the establish Northern Soul boundaries.. but just lately those NS parameter are being pushed wider by innovative DJ's - personally I love it. I also love this mfree-flowing sound, incorporating all the right instruments to make a Soul-boy / Soul-girl sit up and take notice.

Here's another blinding rarity to join Manny Cochado - Pow-Wow, Cozy Eggleton - Sun Ray, Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale on the roster of Northern Soul rule-breakers..

but much, much rarer than any of the afore mentioned


Condition Report

A flawless copy, most likely unplayed until I found it in unfiled stock.. nice find!

A flawless copy, most likely unplayed until I found it in unfiled stock.. nice find!

Maurice Williams - Being Without You / Baby Baby - Deesu 302

Maurice Williams

Being Without You / Baby Baby

Deesu : 302 (45s)

Click the soundfile and hold on for dear life, here come a slab of Real-Deal Proper-Northern-Soul. That simultaneously triggered dancefloor mayhem in the mid-70's at Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier.

As you're transported back and into the two most vibrant Soul allnighters of the time. Inside an heated space, records of this calibre elevated these rooms into explosive atmosphere's.
Hear that intense drum-roll intro, brushed aside by a brutal barrage of brass; rumbling across the A80 towards the M62 west to "The Casino" and rebounding back again.. Those Saturday nights in 1976 thru 78, the air must have been filled with stompin' Northern Soul music wafting from east to west, with only Long-Eared Bats picking up those vital vibrations..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL! encompassing everything we love about the sound. The classic style, at it's most imposing. From the first note to the last it's a tune that galvanized two clubs and 1000's of teenagers to a lifestyle never to be eclipsed...a culture that may never die...

Having said all that.. why did we miss the rather good flipside ? "Baby Baby" is also drenched in everything required to pump up a dancefloor... a recommended surprise drop for the enterprising NS DJ

Condition Report

Two clean Gold text labels. Fine clean vinyl only revealing the lightest of surface hairlines under direct light. Plays as you hear totally clean and true.

Two clean Gold text labels. Fine clean vinyl only revealing the lightest of surface hairlines under direct light. Plays as you hear totally clean and true.

High Voltage Band - Without You / Peanuts - The First Time Recording Co. EU 725049

High Voltage Band

Without You / Peanuts

First Time Recording Co. : EU 725049 (45s)

There are rare 45's the there are unicorn-Rare records. This 1976 private press that has eluded Rare Soul DJ's and aficionados for over 40 years, certainly one that has evaded our stock during all that time. No wonder really as this century there are only two documented sales, and the last one over 8 years ago. RARE INDEED !

This insanely rare mid-paced Soulful vocal-group dancer, on the aptly named "The First Time Recording Co." suggesting a very low initial pressing run, and the subsequent disappearance into the ether of record collecting Cosmos.

If it's about DJ exclusives and serious rarity, this is Soulful Dance at the very summit of rarity, but this 45 is so much more that just "impossible" to acquire it is also a fabulous vocal-group dancer.

Take a listen to this Bob Noble D.I.Y. adventure, an instant dancer as the jangling guitar intro, hits a muscular bass-line, before a silky sooth lead vocal takes flight. Later to be joined by an ice-cold falsetto. Harmonious delivering there anguish, as the bass-guitar pulses keep the dance rhythms present throughout.

Boogie/Funk fans will enjoy the unusual flipside "Peanuts" relentless Funky rhythms serve up a "Party" groove saturated wit good breaks beats and pauses. Right in the 1976 "Disco" groove..

where as the "Without You" side is pure Soul packing huge potential for the right DJ to elevate this in value and status, that truly rare 45's all it takes is the right man behind the turntables to create a "Rare Of The Rare" monster..

especially when a 45 has over 40 years of deep-obscurity and serious rareness on it's C.V.

Condition Report

Some light surface hairlines,

Some light surface hairlines,

Sounds Of Lane - Tracks To Your Mind / My My Mama - Cobblestone CB 713 DJ

Sounds Of Lane

Tracks To Your Mind / My My Mama

Cobblestone : CB 713 DJ (45s)

A groundbreaking instrumental in it's day.. today it's seldom comes to market.

Imagine the gasps as the instrumental backing track to Mickey Lee Lane's - Hey Sah-Lo-Ney - was first dropped on the English All-niter congregation.. I bet the response was utter disbelief, was anybody there to witness this instrumental leviathan to to the air..we'd love to hear about it. The rush forward by turntable voyeurs must have caused a dancefloor jam.

Still today one of the most exciting NS instrumentals to ever hit the steel-wheels, and it was born as a b-side to a Country & Western 45 called My My Mama... extremely peculiar release that pumped pure adrenaline into the very fabric of Northern Soul in the early 70's. With the mantra of if this recording exists, what else is out there, inspiring the endless search for new recordings that is still as vital today as it was in 1972..

The first person to discover this must has near fainted as MIckey Lee Lane's original vocal version was already a long-time all-niter classic.

A listing for those of you seeking those innovative recordings this scene was built upon.

,


Condition Report

Two flawless labels fine clean unblemished vinyl, all housed in it's birth sleeve.. fabulous condition

Two flawless labels fine clean unblemished vinyl, all housed in it's birth sleeve.. fabulous condition

George Campbell - Party People / Party People part 2 - North Carolina Super Star 6044-30

George Campbell

Party People / Party People part 2

North Carolina Super Star : 6044-30 (45s)

RARE FUNK !!

Allegedly, a 45 only used to help promote George and his band's live gigs in and around the city of High Point, North Carolina where he was a local Funk celebrity and his live gigs legendary for there potent performances.

Personally I adore these tiny runs of 45's, usually sold or given away at the artists live performances. They are always incredibly rare and so hard to find in flawless condition. Invariably these D.I.Y. self-promo "testers" are the rarest vinyl the artist ever makes, in George's case this is certainly true. A prolific "local" Funk-master who was always backed by an equally gifted band never achieved a nationally distributed 45 out of his 5 releases.


Here is his rarest and ironically his best of the 5.

From the first note this 1976 private press,kicks into "party" mode.
Heavy drum and bass intro, the perfect platform for George's sweetly-gnarled vocal bark instructions from. As a wah-wah rhythms drive the pace; a skillfully manipulated Jazzy saxophone cuts the air as uplifting Funky pulses rhythms slowly but surely fill your space. Relentless, pumping bass guitar, smashing symbols, subtle synth intrusions all jell together in one inspiring force of FUNK!

As good as D.I.Y. local Funk gets, dance rhythms you can't ignore assertive vocal leadership and accomplished musicians..

Very RARE and essential Funk DJ material ..

Condition Report

Two clean label, vinyl reveals only the mildest of sleeve contact hairlines.

Two clean label, vinyl reveals only the mildest of sleeve contact hairlines.

Eternals - Queen Of The Minstrels / Stars - blank FCD 7730

Eternals

Queen Of The Minstrels / Stars

blank : FCD 7730 (45s)

Original blank of a top-tune that emerged in the UK credited to the Heptones on Coxsone CS 7091. There was some strange going rfe-crediting artists on Studio One and Coxsone in the UK, this disc was certainly not the only 45 that received a fake "passport" upon arrival.

Not confusion with this clean 1969 "blank" though, this is the sweet harmonies of Cornell Campbell & The Eternals with not one b ut two top-drawer vocal group Reggae offering, with wider appeal than just the Reggae scene. As the seamless singing really is premiership.

"Queen Of The Minstrels" a record could work just as well with a Sunday Chill-out Soul set, with it's celestial harmonies and strong dance rhythms, little wonder this recording has a healthy cult appreciation. WEith a muscular horn section welding the dance pulses together!

Flip it over the impressive Reggae/Soul blending continues again top-flight harmonies are in full swing, smoothly woven into a horn prompted dance arrangement.

Two fantastic sides, I instantly fell in love with.



Condition Report

Two blank labels Muzik City stamped on the a-side. A + B sides denoted in pencil which can easily be erased if you wished. Vinyl as you can heard plays clean & true, revealing only the light fine occasional hairline under direct light. A strong Ex +

Two blank labels Muzik City stamped on the a-side. A + B sides denoted in pencil which can easily be erased if you wished. Vinyl as you can heard plays clean & true, revealing only the light fine occasional hairline under direct light. A strong Ex +

H.B. Barnum - The Great: inc: It Hurts Too Much Too Cry  / 1963 UK 4 track EP with cover - RCA RCX 7147 EP PS

H.B. Barnum

The Great: inc: It Hurts Too Much Too Cry / 1963 UK 4 track EP with cover

RCA: RCX 7147 EP PS (EP)

WOW! Serious about condition? serious out British Soul rarities? Serious about Northern Soul Big productions?

This listing ticks all those boxes. Spectacular flawless condition, of a seldom encountered 1963 British EP that includes H. B.'s most-wanted recording "It Hurts Too Much Too Cry"

Even back in 1963 at the tender age of 27 this Soul veteran had already earned the right to be christened "The Great". After spending his childhood acting in movies and TV. Moving into singing as a young man he was part of highly regarded Los Angeles Doo-Wop groupThe Dootones. In 1960 he released a "swing" album released by RCA and from then on in his producing skills were in big demand. Also launching his RCA career this talented pianist was also running his own label. Arranging, producing, starting up the L.A. based label "Little Star" imprint. Guiding up and coming young stars like The O'Jays, Jimmy Norman, Dorothy Berry etc. Later becoming a Northern Soul icon with his recording & producing output when he graduated to Capitol Records.

But before his influential Capitol work, came this now Northern Soul classic written of course by H.B. himself. "It Hurts Too Much Too Cry" underlines H. B.'s early mastery of the big production, as kettle drums, violins, marching percussion collide, fusing the perfect vehicle for H.B.'s rich but beseeching vocal to journey through. Then he brings in the "girls", a masterstroke, as shrill choruses take to the air and a Northern Soul monster is born.

The USA single is no easy find these days. A 45 of "It Hurts Too Much Too Cry" was never released in the Europe, so for British rare Soul collectors this EP is the only way to own this truly magnificent song. There can be no better way to add it to your collection. Condition is simply stunning, you will not find a more perfect example of this prestigious EP anywhere....




Condition Report

Mint -, unblemished vinyl, two perfect 4 prong centre labels. Picture cover is sublime, not a wrinkle, hairline or fade to see. The finest picture cover condition yo could ever dream of owning. As good as it gets..

Mint -, unblemished vinyl, two perfect 4 prong centre labels. Picture cover is sublime, not a wrinkle, hairline or fade to see. The finest picture cover condition yo could ever dream of owning. As good as it gets..

Blues & Soul - # 14 - November 1968 / inc: Cliff Nobles Bobby Womack - Blues & Soul 14

Blues & Soul

# 14 - November 1968 / inc: Cliff Nobles Bobby Womack

Blues & Soul : 14 (Magazine)

A neat clean copy, complete with the 1968 entry form, almost always missing or filled in. Intact an looking flawless.

But what an array of artist pivs & bios..

Full page artist photo and bio full page bio of artist of a man that would become as icon Bobby Womack, his UK Minit releases largely going unnoticed, his Valentinos session on Soul City brought only fleeting cult-success. Bobby's time would come in the early 70's until his death in 2009 when he would be considered by all as one of the greatest Soul talents ever.

Full page artist photo and bio full page bio of artist of the moment Cliff Nobles "The Horse" going on to be a club monster! A countrywide floor-filler, certainly our local youth club, coffee bar, school dance vibrated to to the tones of Jesse James and the burping sax of Mike Terry (an unknown in the UK then)

A fabulously nostalgic "Action Label Album Advert", a full page of Baby Washington black & white 4 in total.

This month's full page centerfold is Otis Redding. Back Page full artist pose is Edwin Starr.

Top of reader wants list, in 1968 was The Flamingos - Boogaloo Party . With all the usual 45 and LP reviews along with unmissable Dave Godin column..

Blues & Soul # 14 is without doubt one of the most desirable in the early series..

Condition Report

A neat clean copy, complete with the 1968 entry form, almost always missing or filled in. Not writing, tears or stains through the magazine. Minuscule "nibble" top right hand side of the front cover (see scan)

A neat clean copy, complete with the 1968 entry form, almost always missing or filled in. Not writing, tears or stains through the magazine. Minuscule "nibble" top right hand side of the front cover (see scan)

Gillettes - Same Identical Thing / 24 Hours A Day - J&S 1391

Gillettes

Same Identical Thing / 24 Hours A Day

J&S : 1391 (45s)

A record that has been bubbling under Northern Soul dancefloor-explosion for decades now, it's a record I keep coming back to as its addictive pomposity cannot be ignored.

A lot of DJ's chasing this one for obvious reasons, it carries all those ingredients that easily travels through all the provincial events, onto weekender greatness. All that ever been missing is enough copies to ignite a "Mexican Wave" of appreciation.

"Catch That Teardrop" 5 Royales was struggling to go nationwide until 25 copies emerged from the "Oakland Find", then as it entered more DJ sets it exploded into one of the biggest dancefloor favourites of the century. On the other hand "The Gillettes" has availability has been limited to just an occasional sighting, but this 45 is saturated in those qualities that transform a record from a "local" spin into a countrywide monster.

Transitional Doo-Wop to Soul most likely directed by the great Horace Ott, infectious, narcotic Northern Soul that you just can't ignore. Another Stafford era slab of "alternative" Northern Soul perched perfectly for a Northern Soul renaissance..

You have been tipped off..

Not that you didn't already know..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only a few mild sleeve storage hairlines, plays clean, loud and true!

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only a few mild sleeve storage hairlines, plays clean, loud and true!

Rufus Lumley - I'm Standing / Let's  Hide Away ( Me and You ) - Holton H-5001

Rufus Lumley

I'm Standing / Let's Hide Away ( Me and You )

Holton : H-5001 (45s)

I was 18 years of age when I first heard this torrent of Northern Soul, from a man with blue-eyes, sweeping blonde hair and wide, whiter than white bleached tombstone smile.

An unlikely source you'd think for a mountainous vocal, fully capable of riding the barrage of brass, and those relentless shell-shocking rapid fire piano keys. It was after-all Rufus himself who who wrote, arranged and produced this rumbling slab of Northern Soul. Rufus crafted the perfect ride for the uncompromising vocal, he knew he had..

Instant Northern Soul just add stylus..

First discovered when Martin Barnfather, after his weekly browse through "Record Mirror's" new release reviews; noticed, the reviewer thought, the then unknown Rufus Lumley sounded a "bit like Elvis". Martin certainly appreciated a bit of "The King" so he ordered a copy blind. Wow.. how pleased was he, when Rufus worked his gatecrashing charm, emitting dance-power of such magnitude.
Martin wisely didn't tell too many people about his "vinyl-jackpot", EMI quickly deleted the 45 that never received any Radio attention and a legend was born..

It was 7 years later, was when I first heard it, down that fabled cellar-of-Soul our regular Saturday afternoon rendezvous inside an "Aladdin's Cave" at "Select-A-Disc"Arkwright Street, Nottingham.
Northern Soul records in that tiny space had the power the take you off your feet. Imagine me and my buddies, having that intro blasted in our ears for the first time.

WOW what THE ... is this! I instantly stretched my neck over the turntable, in was on Stateside.. it looked magnificent, it sounded spellbinding..

"Is this fir sale" I asked. It was "but it's gonna cost you a tenner" that was 8 times more than I'd ever paid before, and £10 was all I had left from my £14 gas fitting apprentice brown-envelope.

But I had to own it, I was now penniless but I felt like Royalty... what a tune to own, it soon became a Kirby Lane Youth Club anthem, as every Friday night I would proudly play it.. it was the greatest record I'd ever owned...

The power of Northern Soul and Rufus Lumley had embedded another indelible NS memory in my head, that still sparks those shivers down the neck, every time I encounter that thumpin' intro and that booming vocal... that sounds absolutely nothing like Elvis.. btw.

Condition Report

Vinyl reveals only a few surface hairines, as you can hear none affect play. Both labels are squeaky clean. A fabulous example of this legendary classic.

Vinyl reveals only a few surface hairines, as you can hear none affect play. Both labels are squeaky clean. A fabulous example of this legendary classic.

Kenny Lynch - Movin' Away / Could I Count On You - HMV POP 1604

Kenny Lynch

Movin' Away / Could I Count On You

HMV : POP 1604 (45s)

Kenny Lynch that jovial British TV personality, singer, joker and big buddy of all the big stars of the 60's. Never ever quite received the recognition his huge talents deserved. Composer, arranger, producer, lyricist brought together by the rich-silkiness of his Soulful voice.

"Moving Away" is a British masterpiece of the Big City Sound, my own totally biased opinion is; it is ever note as convincing as the Beat Ballad greats that are now changing hands for eye-watering sums. "The Drifter" "It'll Never Be Over For Me" "Walk With A Winner" etc those tunes that trigger an eruption of emotion when ever heard in a room full of "Soulies" towards the climax of the night.

"Movin' Away" for me and many others ignites all the same inner emotions, the before mentioned do.. passion and power just spill out on every word, as we ride a wave of trumpets heralding Kenny's beautiful vocal. Gentle girl-group "BabY, BAvby" steer his words to a higher plane. For a Brit, Kenny crafted a truly amazing achievement to take on the sound of "The Brill Building" and surpass most of it's impressive output.

Am I gushing too much about this master-class in Brit-Soul, directed by "Brit-Soul-Boy" Johnny Harris? I don't think so, every time I hear it, my estimation of the quality it serves up, swells to even greater adulation.

Brilliant!! not a word I use too often, but only that superlative along with "Awesome" do this production justice

Condition Report

In condition that would be very hard to ever upgrade. After intense scrutiny the vinyl reveals just a few of the finest surface hairlines under direct light. Flipside vinyl is again unblemished. Vinyl is "as good as you could ever hope for" Both Labels are near perfection, no spindle trails in sight. All housed in the original birth-sleeve.

In condition that would be very hard to ever upgrade. After intense scrutiny the vinyl reveals just a few of the finest surface hairlines under direct light. Flipside vinyl is again unblemished. Vinyl is "as good as you could ever hope for" Both Labels are near perfection, no spindle trails in sight. All housed in the original birth-sleeve.

Sam Dees - Lonely For You Baby / I Need You Baby - SSS International SSS 732

Sam Dees

Lonely For You Baby / I Need You Baby

SSS International : SSS 732 (45s)

A record that needs no introduction from us.. it'A rhythmic drum tapping blends seamlessly with booming bass guitar rhythm, beckoning the pianist to stroke some arousing key notes.. for the most-inviting of Northern Soul intros For a dancefloor-detonator elevate your set, just in time as the room becomes a heaving mass of shoulder to shoulder euphoria..Sam Dees's commanding gnarled vocal shudders the speakers..

After that Mr. DJ the room is yours..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL !!!

and some..

Condition Report

Beautiful condition, not a sin of any previous NS DJ activity. Plays perfect, vinyl is mint - and plays so. labek is a strong clean EX+

Beautiful condition, not a sin of any previous NS DJ activity. Plays perfect, vinyl is mint - and plays so. labek is a strong clean EX+

Blues & Soul - Blues & Soul # 22 September 1969 / Aretha Franklin front cover  - Blues & Soul 22

Blues & Soul

Blues & Soul # 22 September 1969 / Aretha Franklin front cover

Blues & Soul : 22 (Magazine)

In the year the world lost the greatest ever Soul Sister, how poignant to look back 49 years and see Aretha Franklin adorning the front cover of September 1969 Blues & Soul. Just as much loved then as she was in 2018. Issue #22 has so much more than just the historical front cover.

Not one but two Dave Godin columns, both as controversial as ever as he destroys the lyrics of The Temptations "Cloud Nine"

In memory of Shorty Long who died in a boating accident, Godin laments what might have been. A stunning picture of Shorty accompanies the obituary.
In memory of Roy Hamilton who died from a stroke at the tender age of 40, image what his recording output would have grown to had he lived into old-age.

Centerfold is an essential pose from The Dells.

Full page picture of The Drifters, other small black & white's include. Jerry Butler, Temptations & David Ruffin.

Inc: 8 page ON DISC soul vinyl release supplement, which is usually "lost" discarded long ago.

I'm always enthralled by these early magazine, reflecting on attitudes of the day, but on this occasion I can't help but wonder the obituary Dave Godin would have written on the sad passing of The Queen Of Soul..

Condition Report

Light storage wear, corner-tip rub, the 8 page ON DISC supplement, has a coffee cup ring on the front page. check out all te scans it does look so authentically "lived-in". A beautiful piece of our past, to be treasured fir future generations, especially Aretha's pose and Dave Godin's musings.

Light storage wear, corner-tip rub, the 8 page ON DISC supplement, has a coffee cup ring on the front page. check out all te scans it does look so authentically "lived-in". A beautiful piece of our past, to be treasured fir future generations, especially Aretha's pose and Dave Godin's musings.

Isley Brothers - Who's That Lady / My Little Girl - United Artists UA 714 DJ

Isley Brothers

Who's That Lady / My Little Girl

United Artists : UA 714 DJ (45s)

1963 first version of the Isley Brothers "Who's That Lady", shimmering with Latin pulses, fired from a relentless "Cowbell" as a droning Hammond snakes through the background, laying down a rich Latin-flavoured platform for the distinctive Isley vocals to wail upon. Killer Saxophone intrusion, superbly subtle guitar picks and Bert Berns brings the thronging streets New York to your feet.

A perfectly pitched mid-tempo mover, that has been receiving applause when ever played.

A very familiar tune, as the Isley Brothers revisited their writings a decade later, editing the title to "That Lady" updating the arrangement and turning it into a huge worldwide hit. No such luck in 1963 somehow this innovative Bert Berns/Isley collaboration missed out of radio airplay and flopped into obscurity, so obscure it made it ideal for the Northern Soul turntable as "Latin" is the flavour of the decade.

Condition Report

x on a-side label, flipside label is clean. vinyl is a clean Excellent + listen to the neat clean soundfile lifted. nice promo copy in UA sleeve.

x on a-side label, flipside label is clean. vinyl is a clean Excellent + listen to the neat clean soundfile lifted. nice promo copy in UA sleeve.

Supersonics - Red Ash / Blue Bird - Treasure Isle 2417

Supersonics

Red Ash / Blue Bird

Treasure Isle : 2417 (45s)

Different press to Treasure Isle matrix TT 0010 deadwax. This oddity has the 2417 matrix carrying "Blue Bird" on the flipside instead of "Hash"

Lead side is a strong "Skinhead" dance groove, blending potent percussion and wailing horns, peppered with ring the wailing before a wild keyboard break, cemented by a a skilled Trumpet intervention. A standout instrumental, full of all the right ingredients. Sultry Saxophone whines,

Flipside goes "vocal" but retains the urgent dance rhythms, wailing horns, whilst the sparse lyrics "Blue Birds Over" make an occasional appearance. A killer Tommy McCork keyboard break, again cemented by a skilled Trumpet intervention.

Two strong sides, the rare alternative #2417 matrix press

Condition Report

clean vinyl with just a few light hairlines revealed under direct light, light visual "misting" to the surface. Flipside vinyl is similar. label has light writing correcting the titles. (see scans)

clean vinyl with just a few light hairlines revealed under direct light, light visual "misting" to the surface. Flipside vinyl is similar. label has light writing correcting the titles. (see scans)

Jackie Mittoo c/w Trevor Clarke - Hi Jack / Sufferation - Studio 1 SO 3085

Jackie Mittoo c/w Trevor Clarke

Hi Jack / Sufferation

Studio 1 : SO 3085 (45s)

Hear former "Skatalite"Jackie Mitto backed by his reliable Sound Dimensions, giving up a demonstration of his fluid keyboard abilities, with a strong dance instrumental, peppered with the occasional well-timed chants of "HI-JACK!" Pure Skinhead Reggae dancer, perfect for the golden-year of 1969.

Flip it over, for a 100% Trevor Clarke session , as he writes and arranges a vocal session with some background assistance from an uncredited group. For the year 1969 this is quite a lengthy session, fully 3.22 seconds of smooth vocals resounding off each other; as they ride the rhythms of dance, horn breaks, pulsating keyboard work become the perfect base for all this vocal activity. Good tune!

Two strong sides, one elusive disc.





Condition Report

Multiple light surface marks on botrh sides. A-side "Hi Jack" plays much better than the flip. Listen to the double soundfile lifted from this disc. Both labels have a red tinge on the white, but no writing, tears, stickers or h20 flake. See scans

Multiple light surface marks on botrh sides. A-side "Hi Jack" plays much better than the flip. Listen to the double soundfile lifted from this disc. Both labels have a red tinge on the white, but no writing, tears, stickers or h20 flake. See scans

Norman Johnson - Our Love Will Grow / You're Everything - Action ACT 4529

Norman Johnson

You're Everything / Our Love Will Grow

Action : ACT 4529 (45s)

First press Red & yellow swirl Action 45, giving up two giant Philly Northern Soul winners, that also enjoyed cult status on the Pittsburgh scene. .

The top side, actually the B-side when issued in the UK in 1969 "Our Love Will Grow" has long been a Northern Soul dancefloor anthem, one that carries that rare quality of not ever becoming tiresome; it's uplifting qualities, fresh to the ear every-time. As that towering vocal of General Johnson, gargles his own lyrics, in a manner no other artist could. We think that's why Norman's Johnson's voice is always so well received whether it be with The Showmen or The Chairmen Of The Board. nobody has ever got close to mimicking his style or sound.

I'm actually surprised "Norman" is not regarded as one of the greatest male voices of the last century, for me he sits in my personal top five. On these two killer recordings his long-term backing vocalists Leslie Felton, Milton Wells, Gene & Dorsey Knight.. "The Showmen" give up a heavyweight vocal-group performance, the choruses elevating (if that were possible) to an even greater plateau. No wonder then, that "Our Love Will Grow" has lived in the hearts of the Northern Soul scene for literally decades.

But what is really surprising, the original a-side "You're Everything" has to date not emulated the other sides eternal status. It is after-all every note as good, with the backing perhaps even more muscular than "Our Love". Swirling strings, bongos, a soaring "General" lead vocal, "Yah Yah Yeah Yeah" choruses from the boys, meld into a monumental slab of real-deal Northern Soul. Today it's sounds utterly awesome, surely some enterprising turntable pilot will turn this side into a monster also... it is long overdue, undeniably one of the finest Northern Soul "under-played" masterpieces of them all.

Owning it on this first press, in that superior British vinyl in flawless condition is a temptation you just cannot ignore...

Condition Report

Vinyl inspection reveals full gloss surface, the merest of sleeve storage hairlines unveiled when angled under direct light.

Vinyl inspection reveals full gloss surface, the merest of sleeve storage hairlines unveiled when angled under direct light.

Soul Sensations - A Man That Is Not Free / When I Had You, Baby - Music City MC 892

Soul Sensations

A Man That Is Not Free / When I Had You, Baby

Music City : MC 892 (45s)

Prepared to be moved by this seamless salute to Sweet Soul Heaven - Low Rider Paradise...

From this Oakland Girl harmony gathering of Soul.

A spine-tingling lead vocal cuts like a razor, as a wealth of voices poised in the background to add depth and intensity at exactly the right times on this utterly imploring performance. It is hard to imagine Sweet Soul better than this..but if yo flip it over the same lady is again in convincing despair.

A simplistic Ray Dobard production allows the authenticity of the lead singer's "pain" to play out, no needless studio frills added to this masterpiece of it's genre.. just a voice in anguish, supported by sympathic friends.

This is Sweet Soul at it;s finest, not once but twice over.

Condition Report

Flawless, unplayed before we lifted the impressive soundfile. Found in a dark corner of the warehouse, untouched, cocooned

Flawless, unplayed before we lifted the impressive soundfile. Found in a dark corner of the warehouse, untouched, cocooned

Jay D. Martin - By Yourself / Hold On To your Heart - Tower 403 DJ

Jay D. Martin

By Yourself / Hold On To Your Heart

Tower: 403 DJ (45s)

If like me you absorb yourself in label credits; producers, writers, arrangers the fascinating credits of Thomas, McRee & Thomas you will have noticed countless times adorning more than a few rare Northern Soul originals. The trios output during the 60's was quite staggering. Clifton Thomas, Bob McRee & Eddie Thomas were responsible for countless Northern Soul classics, as their style of song was exactly what we needed from a 60's dance recording.

Upbeat, thumping, persuasive uplifting production decorated with honkin' horns, rattling percussion, well timed instrumentalist breaks. Their connections with producers waiting for their latest creation was countrywide, but they seemed to enjoy a "special" relationship with the esteemed Huey P. Meaux perhaps not the most good-humored man but certainly one hell of a record producer. A master of the Texas sound, also a master of the ways of the record business.

This is a tune that transports me straight back to 1974/75, it was a huge all-nighter classic in those days. But today I ask you to listen more closely to the production of this song. Especially Huey's direction the horns section. Back in the day we were so immersed in the all-nighter atmosphere and the driving need to dance. I feel I missed what is, on reflection a most intricate of horn arrangements to support this unknown singers rich vocal. The horns start is a soft considerate background support, then at the halfway mark get louder, stronger, the piano pumps out the dance rhythms those controlled horns now stabbing the arrangement at every opportunity. The Hammond whirls, the piano is punch-drunk from being slapped so hard; the drummer has tennis-elbow, the trumpeter has a swollen top lip. Only the lucky guy whacking the triangle could have gone for more then the allotted 2:19.

We all swoon over the intricacies of a Motown production, but this Houston, Texas orgy of instruments captures a moment in time when everybody in the studio seamlessly jelled into musical-force of Northern Soul. It's amazing what a great song, expert direction and accomplished musicians can achieve when they are enjoying themselves.

Back in 1975 under the influence, I only heard a muscular vocal and a stomping beat... this classic is so much more than that, take time for a more focused listen.

Another phenomenal session from Huey P. using Bob, Eddie's & Clifton's writing skills.. Top Northern Soul in tip-top condition, giving up so much more than i noticed in my misspent youth...

Condition Report

Find Northern Soul classics in near perfect condition in 2018 is more than challenging.. this copy as near perfection as you're ever likely to see..

Find Northern Soul classics in near perfect condition in 2018 is more than challenging.. this copy as near perfection as you're ever likely to see..

Willie Parker - I've Got To Fight It / Let's Start A Thing Now - M-Pac 7233

Willie Parker

I've Got To Fight It / Let's Start A Thing Now

M-Pac: 7233 (45s)

In the true tradition of the city, from the streets of Chicago comes a barrage of brass propelling a snarling beast of a vocal, unstoppable NORTHERN SOUL!.

You can almost hear Willie Parker announcing "Mr. Sayles You Ain't Half As Bad As Me" as Willie drives his voice right through the heart of his listeners. Ferocious, determined, relentless in getting his point over, Willie Parker on every recording threw his passion, weight and Soul into blowing you away; Eddie Silvers must have had a problem arranging the horns, just to keep up with the power this man emits. Together blasting brass and Willie's persuasive vocal forge an uncompromising attack on the denial lyrics that Willie is fighting. Crafting proper Northern Soul at it's most destructive.

Another 45 that has suffered over the decades from it's own scarcity. Our sales history of the M-Pac 45's suggests # 7233 is the rarest NS recording of all those fabulous releases.

Unparalleled brass, blues guitar, frantic percussion pushes the production to the very edge of Northern Soul understanding. Could it be any more imposing, more potent, more seismic than this..

We think not, but Willie on the flipside has a damn good go..

Two Northern Soul stompers on one disc, with few comparisons only the greats liker Johnny Sayles, Jimmy Robins, Otis Rush can be spoken of in the same breath..

A tip check out his other commoner 45's , they are all GREAT!!

Condition Report

Full gloss, flawless vinyl. Two clean labels.

Full gloss, flawless vinyl. Two clean labels.

Eddie Reeves - Talk Talk / Cry Baby - London HL 9548 DJ

Eddie Reeves

Talk Talk / Cry Baby

London : HL 9548 DJ (45s)

VERY RARE!

1962 London Promo of this highly regarded Teen-bopper, Buddy Holly inspired rockers that achieved a brief but unnoticed USA release on Warwick.

Despite being a handsome young singer with impressive picture sleeve poses. Eddie's intended "heartthrob" career never took off as hoped, as "Beatles Mania" "British Invasion" was the beginning of the end of the Teen music era. He then turnerd his talents to composing, writing many great songs with the highly talented Jimmy Holiday.

This PROMO variation just never surfaces for sale especially in this impressive condition.

The record give up not one but two strong "Teeners". Top side is a strong rocker "Talk Talk" capturing all the "Rockabilly" ingredients required for dance. Whilst the flipside is a cultured mid-pacer, slow start but then bursts into life with Eddie warbling "Holly-like" through a full orchestra production.

Two great sides, one very elusive disc.

Condition Report

Two beautifully clean yellow promo labels, with no Decca running time rubber-stamping. Vinyl reveals some light surface marks, but that trusty

Two beautifully clean yellow promo labels, with no Decca running time rubber-stamping. Vinyl reveals some light surface marks, but that trusty

Various Artists - The Motortown Revue Vol. 2 / autographed  by KIM WESTON - Motown 615

Various Artists

The Motortown Revue Vol. 2 / autographed by KIM WESTON

Motown: 615 (LP)

Not an easy Motown album to acquire as the authentic original 1964 press - add Kim Weston's dedication and autograph, bottom middle front and this LP becomes rather special indeed.

Live at Detroit's "Fox Theatre" The 16 cut track listing is impressive including The Temptations - I Want A Love I Can See -
Kim Weston herself does 3 of her first recordings for Motown 2 of which were her first two singles. 1. Love Me The Right Way 2. Just Loving You the 3rd track is the bonus of her contribution as 3. "He's Alright" never got issued as a 45, or indeed an album track other than this "Motown Revue" performance. An hipshaking Motown stomper, frantic, relentless, snappy slab of Motown with a full girl-group backup. Hear Kim manipulate a full house of Detroiters, she has them eating out of her hand with her sassy chat and emotional singing.

Berry Gordy was obviously expecting Kim Weston to become the next big Motown girl, giving her fully 3 songs to perform on the night. Noting Marvin Gaye ha only 2.

Likewise the Martha and the Vandellas performed the Impressions classic "It's Alright" no 45 was never issued as a 45.
This album unlike many "live" lp's before it, really does captures the theater atmosphere of the final show, in their hometown of the 1963 Motown Revue countrywide tour.

M.C. Bill Murrray builds up the acts, and it;s almost like you're there right in the cauldron of Motown hysteria.


Condition Report

Neat clean vinyl, a few mild surface marks, plays as you can hear, clean and true. Two unblemished labels all housed in original LP advert inner sleeve. The cover is exceptional with the only blemish be

Neat clean vinyl, a few mild surface marks, plays as you can hear, clean and true. Two unblemished labels all housed in original LP advert inner sleeve. The cover is exceptional with the only blemish be

Mr. Flood's Party - Compared To What / Unbreakable Toy - GM 714

Mr. Flood's Party

Compared To What / Unbreakable Toy

GM : 714 (45s)

Original 1971 1st Detroit press of this favourite Northern Soul Wigan Casino anthem, that still today receives a highly appreciative response every time it;s dropped...

But DJ's beware the only really acceptable way to play this classic is from this original USA press or the 1971 UK Ember 45 and that has nothing to do with OVO guidelines.. the other releases range from an inferior version to a downright laughable press.

UK Bulldog release is a different mix to the 1975 UK reissue. The Soul City UK press is an utter joke, again a different version and awful sound quality complete with scratchy pops, ticks and crackles... amazingly shabby mastering.

So what ever your preference be for the USA or the UK original on GM or Ember, the first press is crucial to maintain DJ credibility.

This GM press has in more recent years disappeared from the market, now seldom surfacing for sale.

How pleasing to see this "yellow" delight again after a few years of absence from our website.

Condition Report

Stunning condition throughout flawless vinyl and labels.

Stunning condition throughout flawless vinyl and labels.

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

Silky Hargraves

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

Dearborn : D-563 (45s)

A chance for the NS DJ to secure a dancefloor favourite perhaps at a fraction of it's value, this copy has lightly worn labels (see images) vinyl with multiple light surface marks but as you can hear both sides of the Detroit Monster play really well. Much better than it's untidy appearance suggests.

On auction because the grooves give up two of my all tome favourite Northern Soul recordings.. utterly lush Northern Soul you can never tire of..


Also this song gets my vote for the greatest music video of rare-soul on You-tube, as those swirling strings take you through an aerial view of the Motor City, as the screen resounds 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 buildings 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 many thinking DJ's play lists...

Your play list now and maybe at an affordable price..

Condition Report

Multiple light surface marks, visually vg plays much, much better. X on flipside label, mild storage ring wear on both labels

Multiple light surface marks, visually vg plays much, much better. X on flipside label, mild storage ring wear on both labels

Dee Edwards - All The Way Home / Love, Love, Love - D-Town 1063.

Dee Edwards

All The Way Home / Love, Love, Love

D-Town : MA-505 (45s)

We are all drawn to classic Northern Soul 45's in seldom seen formats. This title especially so, as there is a 1977 WHITE PROMO bootleg of this classic, that often erroneously gets sold as an original, as the well printed labels are quite convincing.
But the Monarch pressing delta #103288 etched into the deadwax.

This copy is the stamped ZTSC 107623 Columbia records press, top quality mastering, crystal clear audio, even though there are surface hairlines.

So now prepare yourself for James Jamerson style bass guitar intro, an invitation to dance of cannonball volley proportions. What an intro for this Detroit Diva to thread her searing emotions through. Blasting trumpets pepper the arrangement, an unstoppable fanfare worthy of this rich Mike Hanks production. Adorned with girl group choruses, rattling percussion, crafting proper, fully revved up Northern Soul. A sound that will transport you back the Golden Days of Northern Soul.

A beautiful looking rare thing in this form and giving up classic sister Northern Soul at it's most effective..

The flip is worth a listen too, top-draw Motor city girl group groove.










Condition Report

Two rich yellow labels, revealing only minor signs of careful filing. Otherwise unblemished and retaining the richness you associate with this iconic label. Free of writing, aging, fade, stickers or any other flaw affecting value.

Two rich yellow labels, revealing only minor signs of careful filing. Otherwise unblemished and retaining the richness you associate with this iconic label. Free of writing, aging, fade, stickers or any other flaw affecting value.

Terrible Tom - We Were Made For Each Other / Lovin' Cup - Maverick MA 1001 DJ

Terrible Tom

We Were Made For Each Other / Lovin' Cup

Maverick: MA 1001 DJ (45s)

Watch out Tommy Bowden is comin' at 'Cha !!

The STOCK of the Northern Soul classic with "Lovin' Copy" on the flipside has been one of the most elusive NS originals to acquire for many decades... as the PROMO copy has only "We Were Made For Each Other" on both sides..

Or has it?

Here to my astonishment is a PROMO copy with "Lovin' Cup" on the flipside - a rare variation indeed.

For those of you who seek the rarest releases we can confirm the promo with two sides is dog-rare...

If you are over 55 years of age you will no doubt have the vision the "arm raising" effect this stomper had on the crowds at Wigan Casino still embedded in your head. This is the ultimate "Woo Woo" song, that had the dancefloor wigglin' like an anglers box of maggots as you peered down from that iconic balcony. As every gyrating body in timed unison lifted their arms aloft, on the girl chorus of "Wha-whoo, Wha-Whoo".

A floor destroyer of tsunami proportions. in it;s rarest for, a promo copy with TWO sides..

Condition Report

Light surface marks, none affecting play.

Light surface marks, none affecting play.

O. V. Wright - What Did You Tell This Girl Of Mine / What About You - SUE WI 4043

O. V. Wright

What Did You Tell This Girl Of Mine / What About You

Sue: WI 4043 (45s)

Amazingly this blinding slab of Northern Soul has stayed under the radar for decades whilst almost every other Sue Soul dance recording has risen to

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, no signs of a turntable spindle trails, or any fade in the richness of the yellow or red of this legendary design.

Two perfect labels, no signs of a turntable spindle trails, or any fade in the richness of the yellow or red of this legendary design.

Mack Brown  Mystery Mistress / same: instrumental - JMC 112

Mack Brown

Mystery Mistress / same: instrumental

JMC : 112 (12" Single)

As opposed to the 4:11 minutes long 7" press. Here is the very elusive full length 12" version of 6:07.

12" aficionados and European Boogie Jocks will be fully aware of how difficult it is to acquire this 1987 12" indie in flawless condition, with the birth-cover still encased in the original shrink wrap.
If perfection is your goal whilst collecting rare 12" Boogie, this is as good as it gets.

Classy Detroit 80's dance guided by the experienced hand of Rudy Robinson, but Rudy is not the only high profile Detroiter present on this session. Prolific Motown lyricist Finis Henderson added his weight to this impressive dance session, with Barrett Strong most probably around the studio with his wealth of expertise to pull from.

The result of this small labels impressive connections, is a strong precise Boogie dancer, that is a 100 times rarer as the full length 12", than the 2 minute shortened edited 7"

Seldom coming to market, especially in this pristine condition this is 12" collecting at it's most challenging.

Condition Report

A perfect a copy as you could ever hope to encounter 31 years old and still retains the original shrink wrap, two unblemished labels and vinyl to match.

A perfect a copy as you could ever hope to encounter 31 years old and still retains the original shrink wrap, two unblemished labels and vinyl to match.

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