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Ila Vann - You Made Me This Way / MY Mother Said - P.I.P. 8933

Ila Vann

You Made Me This Way / My Mother Said

P.I.P. : 8933 (45s)

One of those few Northern Soul "elusives" that have never been bootlegged, adding to it's kudos, that is already pushed high by the fact it does not exist as a PROMO copy. So the prolific Helen Miller & her writing partner Estelle Levitts beseeching work can only be found as this uncommon stock copy.

A long time personal favourite of mine, and many other collectors I imagine. As swirling strings lay down a carpet for Ila Vann to state her frustrastion against her lovers bullying mind games. Not a subject often that appears in song very often, but when you give those lyrics to craftsman like Charlie Calello, Gene Redd guide by Helen herself the result is dazzling; A truly outstanding song, production and performance.

You don't need me you remind you, that this treasure seldom comes to market, and each time I hear it I think it's better than the last.

What a tune, that will have it day in the Sun after decades of flirting with the big-ticket.

Condition Report

Beautiful condition, absolutely no DJ action, straight from a pile of disc hoarded away for many years. Strong clean Mint minus, both labels are unblemished..

Beautiful condition, absolutely no DJ action, straight from a pile of disc hoarded away for many years. Strong clean Mint minus, both labels are unblemished..

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

Maurice Williams

Being Without You / Baby Baby

Deesu : 302 (45s)

Real Deal Proper Northern Soul that simultaneously triggered dancefloor mayhem in the mid-70's at Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier. You could almost hear that intense drum-roll intro, brushed aside by a barrage of brass; rumbling across the A80 towards the M62 west to The casino and rebounding back again.. Those Saturday nights in 1976, 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.



Condition Report

A solitary fine hairline pen stroke on the a-side label is the only flaw on either of these gold text adorned New Orleans labels. A-side vinyl is a strong clean immaculate Mint -. Flipside vinyl has a few light blemishes none of which affect play zstrong EX+ with Mint - sound. Beware of the Red label with gold text bootlegs and the green

A solitary fine hairline pen stroke on the a-side label is the only flaw on either of these gold text adorned New Orleans labels. A-side vinyl is a strong clean immaculate Mint -. Flipside vinyl has a few light blemishes none of which affect play zstrong EX+ with Mint - sound. Beware of the Red label with gold text bootlegs and the green

Mickie Champion - What Good Am I (Without You) / The Hurt Still Lingers On - Musette 76-9151

Mickie Champion

What Good Am I (Without You) / The Hurt Still Lingers On

Musette : 76-9151 (45s)

A dancefloor torpedo that caused underwater tremors in the Northern Sea every Saturday throughout that hot summer 1976 and beyond.

The moment the stylus touch the grooves it was a Cleethorpes dancefloor-detonation; as Mary Chapman's congregation stampeded for floor space. Who could resist that tantalizing drum-roll intro, colliding with a belching saxophone; then Mickie's dentist-drill vocal takes to the air. Potent in the extreme, one of the most muscular Northern Soul "gal" recordings of all time... penetrating to the core, then, as if it could be possible, a precision timed Saxophone break ratchets it up yet another notch..

Breathtakingly commanding, Mickie's performance ties your insides up in knots, spellbound by the sweet guttural-bondage Mickie inflicts...you just don't want it to end..

Go on tell me a better experience than this juggernaut baring down on 1000+ dancers and the Cleethorpes Pier shuddering under your feet.. follow by Lou Pride and the Pier was mayhem..

To relive those moments just click the soundfile and prepare to be catapulted back..

But hang on for the B-side, overlooked back in the day. But now so very right for today's love of Beat-Ballad-Heaven

Condition Report

Almost totally flawless, just a few very fine hairline sleeve contact blemish visible under strong

Almost totally flawless, just a few very fine hairline sleeve contact blemish visible under strong

Rubin - You've Been Away / Baby You're My Everything - Kapp K-869 DJ

Rubin

You've Been Away / Baby You're My Everything

Kapp: K-869 DJ (45s)

WIGAN CASINO ANTHEM with few rivals for TOP-STOMPER spot

Condition Report

a chance to acquire a Northern Soul classic top 50 all time great at an affordable price. Multiple light surface marks but plays well and both promo labels are free of any major flaws.

a chance to acquire a Northern Soul classic top 50 all time great at an affordable price. Multiple light surface marks but plays well and both promo labels are free of any major flaws.

Tams - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy / The Same Old Song - Stateside 2123 DJ

Tams

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy / The Same Old Song

Stateside : 2123 DJ (45s)

The seldom seen FIRST PRESS green & white demo of a Northern Soul classic.

In August 1968 the 45 release passed almost unnoticed, except those alert club DJ's who hammered it, until to became one of the best-loved Soul Club tunes of the late 60s. EMI subsequently reissued it in 1970 on the same release number. The stock copy of course brandished the "Sold in the U.K. subject to.." text across the centerpiece. The 1970 press's label has 1968 date but " or this rare Demo. The 16th. of August 1968 release as a DEMO is a timeless classic in it's rarest form.

So let's take a journey back to the Youth Club in 1970 where this was a number one tune. Or if you were really "hip" and went to The Twisted Wheel, Mojo, Nite Owl etc. the sundfile will catapult you into a bygone age of 1968 when everything was fresh exciting and lead vocals like Charles Pope already an icon with "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" stayed with you forever..

Part of our Northern Soul apprenticeship, offered here is a very desirable rarely seen form.

Condition Report

Neat clean vinyl, two tiny marks a very light pop can be detected if you listen very carefully. not affecting play. (check sound-file) A-side label has a faded unobtrusive initial on the centerpiece (see scan)

Neat clean vinyl, two tiny marks a very light pop can be detected if you listen very carefully. not affecting play. (check sound-file) A-side label has a faded unobtrusive initial on the centerpiece (see scan)

Joe White - Rodie All Around / Bad Man - Doctor Bird DB 1069

Joe White

Rodie All Around / Bad Man

Doctor Bird : DB 1069 (45s)

One of the rare 45's on this highly collectable label. With the UK based misspelling "Rudie's" for "Rodie". A 1967 feelgood mid-tempo groove Joe sings about "Rude Boys" being everywhere whilst Lynn Tait and team back up the session with tight harmony choruses they repeat on the flipside.

"Bad Man" is arguably the stronger of the two sides, with rattling rhythms a shade faster than the a-side. Enriched with a searing harmony background, whilst a relentless rhythm propels the session.

Two nice sides, on the hard to acquire 45, especially in this clean condition.

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl with no distracting surface marks worth mentioning, strong Excellent. Three prong center fully intact, a-side label has a tiny name on it ROB, flipside label is clean.

Fine clean vinyl with no distracting surface marks worth mentioning, strong Excellent. Three prong center fully intact, a-side label has a tiny name on it ROB, flipside label is clean.

Monique - Never Let Me Go / I Wouldn't Believe - Maurci 108

Monique

Never Let Me Go / I Wouldn't Believe

Maurci : 108 (45s)

# 108 release giving up two Maurice Jackson guided dancers..

The sultry horns set the tone for this imploring session, as Monique pleads for promises of never ending love. Shrill girl group choruses endorse her overtures for "True True Love That Will Last For Evermore" .. vibes, subtle horns, tinkling piano notes, the whole performance pulls you right into her overwhelming desire.. truly gorgeous charismatic Chicago Soul.

Flip it over Maurice uses the same ingredients again, but magnifies every element. A relentless searing girl-group chorus, brutal brass, howlin-Hammond, Bluesy guitar rhythms are met head-on by Monique's authoritative voice. This girl can really sing, with the ability to switch from merciless attitude to tenderness at the flick of a lyric..

Top drawer Sister Northern Soul from the streets of Chicago....twice over!

Condition Report

Almost a Manship Mint! I'm failing in my search for even a hairline blemish, vinyl is as close to mint as you could ever wish to see. Both labels are likewise, totally flawless.

Almost a Manship Mint! I'm failing in my search for even a hairline blemish, vinyl is as close to mint as you could ever wish to see. Both labels are likewise, totally flawless.

Jay Griffin - Lucky Me / How Sweet It Is - Now Records YB 345

Jay Griffin

Lucky Me / How Sweet It Is

Now Records : YB 345 (45s)

From the same guy who gave the Northern Soul scene William Cummings - Make My Love A Hurting Thing - com,es another driving slab of Nortthern Soul so very similar in make up. As Washington's premier session Funk band Zeke & The Soul Setters back up Jay Grifin's pleading vocal with urgent guitar and frantic horns dance rhythms.

Condition Report

High quality "Capitol" pressed vinyl. A few fine hairlines revealed under direct light on both sides, but as you can hear the both play clean and

High quality "Capitol" pressed vinyl. A few fine hairlines revealed under direct light on both sides, but as you can hear the both play clean and

Miracles - The Feeling Is So Fine / You Can Depend On Me - Tamla 54028

Miracles

The Feeling Is So Fine / You Can Depend On Me

Tamla : 54028 (45s)

RARE!!! - very rare

For USA release there are no fewer than 12 different variation of this 45 when you include reissues.

This is the FIRST 1959 press and easily the rarest of all the Tamla 54028 45s; featuring "The Feeling Is So Fine" which was quickly withdrawn and replaced with "Way Over There" as the a-side with the flipside title shorten from "You Can Depend On Me" to "Depend On Me"

This disc is the ultimate release and sits comfortably in the Top 10 rarest Tamla releases.

Whilst Berry Gordy & Smokey strove for perfection the duo often mixed, remixed, withdrew and repromoted many of their early recording "Shop Around" being the obvious example.

This first press, first recording of YOU CAN DEPEND ON ME "matrix 54028 A" c/w THE FEELING IS SO FINE "matrix 54028 B" is making it's raresoulman auction debut, it is seriously that rare!

Do not ponder we will NOT be lucky enough to list this 45 again.

Please be aware of reissues with beveled edge run in on the vinyl, and text blur of the smaller letters on the reissue label. Example on 45cat.com or Google images under 1st. press files
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Condition Report

Multiple light surface marks, plays well for vg (listen) Tamla striped label has light ring wear (see scan) is the finest example on the net.

Multiple light surface marks, plays well for vg (listen) Tamla striped label has light ring wear (see scan) is the finest example on the net.

Features with Sammy O'Banion - Cause It Hurts / Laugh It Off - Delphi 382

Features with Sammy O'Banion

Cause It Hurts / Laugh It Off

Delphi : 382 (45s)

We have spoken before about my personal interest in the elusive Georgia connected "Delphi" label. Ever since as a young man I found records by The Prophets, Pallbearers, Roy Smith, Wain Randell etc. and how the label numbering system left gaps which had my mind imagining all sorts of treats where in store if I could find something else on the mysterious Albany, Ga imprint. As I was sure there was more great records to be found on Delphi. So when The Oxford Nights was discovered my interest was reignited into what else Delphi would throw at us as the years passed.

Not much else really as the Delphi product remained super-rare, so elusive in fact from the estimated at least 16 releases I've only ever encountered 9 of them.

So this ultra- rare 45 by "The Features" again triggers my long-term Delphi interest; and it's no surprise it is just as enthralling as other releases on the label. Predominately blue-eyed Soul dancers, with th\at "Carolina" dance production that Northern Soul has always warmed to.

So lets check out this obscure gathering and their two "Soul" offerings.
Top side is an "O'Banion" composition, a delicious mid-tempo groove a Crossover delight peppered with a lilting guitar riff, an expressive lead vocal and strong male group choruses. Really fine mid-tempo who's rarity pedigree is 2nd. to none. When Sammy O'Banion was contacted he said the so few of the 1000 45 press sold, in frustration he dumped 950 of them off a bridge into the Savannah River bordering Georgia with South Carolina. Where the remaining 50 went to he doesn't have a clue.. Rarity indeed on 50 making it into the wild, no wonder I've never seen or heard it before.

To make matters even more enticing the flip side is a great version of The Tams "Laugh it Off" solid Northern Soul groove with group harmony backing.

This is a listing for the collector who's serious about real-obscurity and like me captivated by the plausible rarity of records made by such a consistently good label..

Delphi I'm sure you have more gems to hidden away somewhere in the depths of the Georgia countryside... unless throwing records of the bridge was a popular activity back in 1968 ..

Condition Report

Light storage wear to the yellow labels, minuscule age-browning. Vinyl gives up light surface marks under direct light, but plays clean & true.

Light storage wear to the yellow labels, minuscule age-browning. Vinyl gives up light surface marks under direct light, but plays clean & true.

Ron Harrington - It Happened To Me Again / Out Of The  Night - Hillside 837H -1013

Ron Harrington

It Happened To Me Again / Out Of The Night

Hillside: 837H -1013 (45s)

Prepare yourself for deliciously persuasive Northern Soul Crossover

From the sidewalks of Columbus, Ohio comes the "unknown" Ron Harrington; such a convincing "loser" in love, as he gives up an "on his knees" performance; pouring out the despair of rejection from a personal standpoint.

This is real-deal proper Soul; that has featured over the years at Rare Soul events focused on obscure standout Soul grooves. By booking DJ's who own such jewels of our music, regarding this emotive Crossover style as their first choice of play.
A Soul Essence spin for many years, but rarely seen for sale; thus sadly depriving some Sunday chill-out action, that is sweeping the England at the moment

The whole experience drips with hopelessness, riding a tight mid-tempo Soulful-Stepper groove. Persistent guitar riff sprinkles the dance arrangement as Ron Harrington bares his disillusionment with love..

A perfect rarity to set your DJ hour apart from the rest, they don't come much rarer or more Soulful than this..

Listen and weep


Condition Report

The vinyl has good gloss, a few minuscule hairlines but as you can hear it plays beautifully. Both labels are totally clean, just very mild sign of storage. (see scans)

The vinyl has good gloss, a few minuscule hairlines but as you can hear it plays beautifully. Both labels are totally clean, just very mild sign of storage. (see scans)

Groovettes - Think It Over Baby / Ain't A Thing You can do About It - Reness RRC 109

Groovettes

Think It Over Baby / Ain't A Thing You can do About It

Reness: RRC 109 (45s)

Philadelphia's finest collaborate in Los Angeles to craft haunting girl-group Northern Soul, drenched in addictive individualism and beseeching vocals.

Billy Jackson & Ugene Dozier again flex their dynamism with telling lyrics woven into a perfect mid-paced dance arrangement.

This 45 was slow to emerge onto the Northern Soul scene when the first known copy only surfaced as Ian Levine started to sell parts of his huge collection off circa 1980. This record entered the Northern Soul circuit, alerting all collectors and DJ's of it's spectacular Northern Soul qualities. The search was on!

It then took several years more, for a couple of more copies to be unearthed; bolstering it's turntable presence, and it's status as a "Rarest Of The Rare" was then set in stone.

Today this 45, still sends shivers down my spine. Just like in did in Levine's steaming hot attic, Andy Cox my portable record player DJ. As it was a label you just could not pass by. In that cramped attic with wall to wall 45's giving off that familiar pulse-racing aroma of old-sleeves and dusty vinyl. The low-fi sound sent me bolt upright rushing straight to the player to see what it was. A gorgeous label, emitting a most stunning slab of Northern Soul; I couldn't wait to get it home and play it full-blast on a proper system..

Today nearly 40 years later, it has again sparked that same euphoric adrenaline rush, a standout Northern Soul "unknown" always triggered.

in 2018 it's a 45 that few DJ's can boast of owning, but when you do hear it.. my last time was a few years ago in the wondrous confines of Ben Hall, Rugby where I could experience what it may have been like if Ian Levine had launched it at the Blackpool Mecca in 1973 .. it sounded awesome in Rugby's authentic atmosphere.

A set-welding record, a seldom heard 45 all the seasoned NS DJ's should have in their box...

Condition Report

Label has light age "browning" and light rub but is totally clear of significant flaws like tears, stickers, writing or water damage. The gloss finish eye-catching label design, still catches your imagination with creative 60's label art with it's "rocket" and "Saturn" images set onto a high quality gloss finish paper with the red logo and text adorning a rich blue labelscape. An unforgettable "Rarest Of The Rare" design.<br /> <br /> Vinyl is used, carring light surface hairlines revealed when angled in the light, check out the double soundfile lifted directly off this highly elusive disc.

Label has light age "browning" and light rub but is totally clear of significant flaws like tears, stickers, writing or water damage. The gloss finish eye-catching label design, still catches your imagination with creative 60's label art with it's "rocket" and "Saturn" images set onto a high quality gloss finish paper with the red logo and text adorning a rich blue labelscape. An unforgettable "Rarest Of The Rare" design.

Vinyl is used, carring light surface hairlines revealed when angled in the light, check out the double soundfile lifted directly off this highly elusive disc.

Lattimore Brown - I Will / Sweet Desire - Renegade R-1201

Lattimore Brown

I Will / Swee Desire

Renegade: R-1201 (45s)

A real treat for the Deep Sou aficionados by a man considered a true "Soul Great" who never got a breakthrough his talent truly deserved.

Appearing with all the top names of his age sharing the stage with Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Etta James to name but a few. Whilst enjoying one or two minor hits along the way it was left to the serious Soul collectors & fans to sing his praise along the way. Recording for legendary labels like Excello, Sound Stage 7 (simply love his "So Say My Heart) stunning Northern Soul although his expressive voice and unashamed emotion was more than special when he dealt out a sad song.

He retired in 1980 after so how missing out on the Big Time.. another sad story of a Soul master-craftsman not achieving fame.

He's your chance to listen and absorb a sublime Deep Soul ballad, that of course never made it..

The piano sets the scene, for a tortured Soul to plead his desires. Hanging horns, plodding keyboard is all this man needs to tear the listeners heart from his chest.. a virtuoso of the "Sad Song" but the real sad aspect hear not enough people heard his performances until after his death in 2011..

Be prepare for a purveyor of despair deliver by a voice who knew pain..

Condition Report

Flawless in every way, unplayed before we lifted the double soundfile, labels are perfect also

Flawless in every way, unplayed before we lifted the double soundfile, labels are perfect also

Towanda Barnes - You Don't Mean It / ( You Better ) Someone To Love - A&M 1141 DJ

Towanda Barnes

You Don't Mean It / ( You Better ) Someone To Love

A&M : 1141 DJ (45s)

Potent Northern Soul that no Soul Sister to date has out-powered.

Relentless, forceful, determined, ruthless interpretation of the Ohio Players song... a classic dancefloor anthem.

Unstoppable Northern Soul that just keeps on giving..

especially as the flipside has now begun to be noticed. Explosive Funky Northern Soul, with full male vocal chorus backing arguably the most impressive gal voices of them all... pelted with a barrage of brass.. which her mighty vocal harnesses to drive the message home.

Two killer sides, with a huge cult appreciation.

Condition Report

I've looked hard and long of this disc, and all I could find was two feeble hairlines blemishing an otherwise perfect play surface. Top condition throughout.

I've looked hard and long of this disc, and all I could find was two feeble hairlines blemishing an otherwise perfect play surface. Top condition throughout.

Velvet Satins - Nothing Can Compare To You / Up On The Roof - General American GA-006 DJ

Velvet Satins

Nothing Can Compare To You / Up On The Roof

General American : GA-006 DJ (45s)

No possible confusion with this label image of a Northern Soul anthem. It the least seen, never bootlegged label design.

For the serious Northern Soul classic stalker; this May 1965 press, conceived at Monarch Recording Los Angeles. It in our experience the least seen variation.

Click the soundfile to be jetted off to Wigan Casino 1973 / 74 when this was a complete floor-destroyer that has never faltered an iota from inflicting euphoria on the unwary for over 40 years.

Real deal Northern Soul in it's rarest clothes...

Condition Report

Beautifully clean styrene with no sign of DJ outings. A-side label is also blemish free. Flipside label which was push as the A-side in the USA has two biro "circle" indicators to the DJ which side to play.

Beautifully clean styrene with no sign of DJ outings. A-side label is also blemish free. Flipside label which was push as the A-side in the USA has two biro "circle" indicators to the DJ which side to play.

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

Dean Parrish

I'm On My Way / Watch Out!

Laurie : LR 3418 (45s)

Original FIRST press still in birth sleeve..

We think our heavily referenced 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 as a set-sale 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 copy on that file. To clear the differences up we have taken the extra step of adding a 3rd label scan of the reissue for you to compare and note for future reference. This excerise will be an ongoing mission within the auction as both Discogs and 45cat have a few "reissue" label images sitting on original press files. ie. the recent Gerri Thomas listing. So when necessary we shall be using "originals" to turn some auction listings into a "Bootleg Guide" blog.

Not detracting from the auction status of the 45. Before you today is the highly coveted 1967 VINYL press that in recent times has become increasingly challenging to acquire. A record ingrained into the very fabric of the Northern soul scene since 1972. A record that signaled the drawing to a close another ecstatic night at Wigan Casino. A record that ignites 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

Condition Report

Two clean labels, small bb drill in label. Close inspection of the vinyl only reveals a couple of very fine hairlines. Both sides very close to a marvelous mint minus.

Two clean labels, small bb drill in label. Close inspection of the vinyl only reveals a couple of very fine hairlines. Both sides very close to a marvelous mint minus.

Supremes - Fully autographed 7" x 12" Motown promo pic + promo only 45  dedicated to the Motown Appreciation Society

Supremes

Fully autographed 7" x 12" Motown promo pic / promo only 45 dedicated to the Motown Appreciation Society

Motown: Autographs (45s)

Motown collectors, archaeologists, historians and archivists... let's get serious.

Presented to Shelia & Clive Stone October 9th. 1964 when Clive and his wife represented Dave Godin and the British Tamla Motown Appreciation Society on a visit to Hitsville Detroit.

Front picture is signed by all three Supremes Mary (Wilson), Diana (Ross), Flora (Florence Ballard).

Then on the reverse adding unparalleled Motown authenticity are three bonus signatures.
1. Best wishes from Margaret Phelps, Esther Edwards secretary and president of the Hitsville International fan club; Dave Godin's direct contact with Motown.Helping to organize this inaugural trip to Hitsville, for Clive and Shelia Stone.
2. "Dear Clive We Love You So Much - Mrs Esther Edwards, Berry Gordy's elder sister and creator of the Motown Museum
3. Lastly and most important is "Shelia & Clive Thanks For Everything" Berry Gordy X

This is a two fold auction as it comes with a MINT unplayed 1964 MINT Motown Appreciation Society 45 still housed in it's original blue birth sleeve.

This has to be the most important Motown validation to Dave Godin's work at raising awareness of the Motown Sound in the UK. This picture and those rare signatures validate the huge gratitude given by Motown to this small band of MOtown pioneers in England.

Just holding this treasure, makes me tingle.. an unsurpassed antiquity of this unique Motown - Brit alliance .



Condition Report

As you can see from the two scans of the back and front of this Motown Souvenir presented by Berry Gordy himself is UNIQUE and comes with a MINT unplayed Motown Appreciation Society 45 still housed in it's birth sleeve.

As you can see from the two scans of the back and front of this Motown Souvenir presented by Berry Gordy himself is UNIQUE and comes with a MINT unplayed Motown Appreciation Society 45 still housed in it's birth sleeve.

Ronnie & Robyn - Sidra's Theme / Blow Out The Candle - Sidra S 9007

Ronnie & Robyn

Sidra's Theme / Blow Out The Candle

Sidra : S 9007 (45s)

The genius of Dale Warren and the engineering expertise of Robert d'Orleans craft a Northern Soul instrumental that one it's first plays as a cover-up impacted so many young minds back in 1973..when the Explosions "End of the World' reverberated around the Highland Room, Blackpool Mecca.

A truly magical blend of harp, horns, vibes, low key sax and that rhythmic Dennis Coffey-esque guitar driving the intro. Constant barrage of brass and magnificent percussion there was not anything else like it at the time and there's not been anything to truly compare since.

A true classic instrumental that still crams the dancefloors today, with that unique quality of that never exhausts the ears.. or the feet.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL but with a difference

Condition Report

Two clean labels, not fade to the rich red shade. Minuscule rub in places, hardly noticeable. Vinyl has some wispy fine sleeve contact hairlines, as you can hear it plays beautifully. NO DJ fatigue, nice copy that has not been around the circuit.

Two clean labels, not fade to the rich red shade. Minuscule rub in places, hardly noticeable. Vinyl has some wispy fine sleeve contact hairlines, as you can hear it plays beautifully. NO DJ fatigue, nice copy that has not been around the circuit.

Eddie Bishop - Call Me / What Did He Say? - ABC 10799

Eddie Bishop

Call Me / What Did He Say?

ABC : 10799 (45s)

Bill Ramal & Marty Wilson gave the Northern Soul scene two top Northern Soul 45's from there New York office..

Eddie Regan - Playing Hide And Seek - jumps to mind. Then there's this floor-packing instrumental monster of the British born "Call Me". What a visionary choice to do, Tony Hatch's enslaving hook-lines give the dancers a chance to sing out-loud or in their head as they move to its hypnotic rhythms. Accentuated by Eddie Bishop's highly honed saxophone skills.

Northern Soul has always loved a good instrumental but most constantly pop in and out of vogue. "Call Me" has for decades engulfed dancefloors throughout the scene. With no sign of it's mesmeric qualities ever diminishing.

For DJ's who care about the sound quality of their plays, this copy is a flawless, impeccable, immaculate example of an elusive Stock copy.

You won't locate a more perfect example in a hurry.





Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, near perfect labels. This example is a truly stunning copy

Flawless vinyl, near perfect labels. This example is a truly stunning copy

Ernestine Anderson - Keep An Eye On Love / Continental Mind - Sue WI 309

Ernestine Anderson

Keep An Eye On Love / Continental Mind

Sue : WI 309 (45s)

Whilst collecting the UK's most loved homegrown record company, condition is everything..

You will not acquire or have the chance to acquire a finer copy of this magnificent 45.

Glorious New York Sister Northern Soul in it's rarest most wanted form.

Drool, listen... then resist if you can.

Condition Report

Look carefully at the spindle hole, there is still an original paper fragment hanging from the hole after the die-cut factory process. It don't get not MINTER than this when it comes to Sue 45s. Unplayed until we carefully lifted the soundfile for this listing. Perfection awaits the new owner.

Look carefully at the spindle hole, there is still an original paper fragment hanging from the hole after the die-cut factory process. It don't get not MINTER than this when it comes to Sue 45s. Unplayed until we carefully lifted the soundfile for this listing. Perfection awaits the new owner.

Patti Young - Head And Shoulders (Above The Rest) / The Valiant Kind - Ernstrat 495

Patti Young

Head And Shoulders (Above The Rest) / The Valiant Kind

Ernstrat : 495 (45s)

Rarest Of The Rare Detroit in just the finest possible condition.

A sumptuous Motor City twist on Marlina Mars's Bert DeCocteaux New York project, bringing the talents of Mike Theodore & Fred Saxon to the table, lifting and already superb song into the realms of Northern Soul greatness.

That as early as the Golden days of "The Torch" it had a hold on the Northern Soul psyche. The Blackpool Mecca, later Wigan Casino rocked to it's instantaneous intro that demanded a dancefloor reaction.
Patti's "Nella Dodds" style innocence is carried along on a wave of crashing cymbals, squealing Sister choruses, rattling drums rhythms and subtly restrained "Mike Terry-style" saxophone prompts that pepper the backing;
The Sax-Man can be shackled no longer, as the interlude explodes into a momentous bombardment of Saxophone prowess! As he starts with a classic style break, but soon taking on "Bari-Track" characteristics bellowing out one of Detroits most memorable sax-moments.

Bert DeCocteaux & Clyde Otis were surely talented writers and producers but they didn't have a saxophonist, or the backing band that Patti's version is blessed with.

This record has be registered on the super-elusive NS radar now for over 45 years with no sign of it getting any easier to add to collection. So when near perfectness presents itself.. do not pass by.

Over the years I've grown to really like the war-cry song "The Valiant" kind on the flipside which also gives up a saxophone performance to take notice of.

TUNE!!!



Condition Report

The most beautiful copy I've encountered in memory. Two perfect labels and vinyl that reveals no visible blemishes. Strong Mint minus / Mint minus staggering condition for this elusive title, that if it ever turns up it is invariably in "Detroit used"condition.

The most beautiful copy I've encountered in memory. Two perfect labels and vinyl that reveals no visible blemishes. Strong Mint minus / Mint minus staggering condition for this elusive title, that if it ever turns up it is invariably in "Detroit used"condition.

Terri Goodnight - The Victory Song / What Else Can Happen To Me - Phelectron PH 702

Terri Goodnight

The Victory Song / What Else Can Happen To Me

Phelectron : PH 702 (45s)

The word RARE is an over-used term, as in 2018 most independent Soul record are "rare"

This 45 is BEYOND RARE it is as rare as a Northern Soul can be. It is the ONLY copy I've ever seen, or likely to ever see.

Born in the Fall of 1965, onto an iconic Los Angeles label. That had just one release earlier had spawned one of the rarest, most-wanted Northern Soul Records; Phelectron 701 another Terri Goodnight 45 "They Don't Know" today considered a Northern Soul trophy with few equals. Then of course there's the immortal Jackie Day - Naughty Boy - making it only three releases for this short-lived enterprise, that has tantalized the Northern Soul collector for almost 4 decades.

Neither of those two's rarity gets even close to this 45, which was unknown to exist until 2013.

A record that makes the word "rare" a meaningless adjective.

A listing for those collectors who really want to own "The Rarest Of The Rare"

Condition Report

A few fine hairlines revealed when angled under a light. Strong clean Ex + with two perfect labels.

A few fine hairlines revealed when angled under a light. Strong clean Ex + with two perfect labels.

Ray Pollard - This Time ( I'm Gonna Be True ) / No More Like Me - Shrine SR0103

Ray Pollard

This Time ( I'm Gonna Be True ) / No More Like Me

Shrine : SR0103 (45s)

SHRINE TIME!

Eddie Singleton and Raynoma Liles Gordy craft not one, but two pilgrimages deep into BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN and beyond.

The only problem I have is which side to play first?

"This Time" has been a Northern Soul masterpiece for near 4 decades now. As the fusion of Ray's bludgeoning voice is caressed by highly charged male vocal-group "Wee Ooo's" a tapestry of falsetto squeals and booming bass wov en together by razored strings.

Flip it over Ray drifts into cultured Soul giving up one of finest mid-tempo recordings ever committed to vinyl. A slick, silky, highly polished, velvet-voiced testament to connoisseur Sunday chill-out supremacy.

Two sides to die for, condition to strive for, a record live by....

Condition Report

Breathtaking, heart-stopping, knee-trembling CONDITION! It was like being stun-gunned when I gingerly slip this disc from it;s birth sleeve. The label electric blue and the rich red flame had already indicated to me this was gonna be a special experience. But nothing could have prepared me for the rapid-pulse inducing flawlessness of this 45. I had to angle and re-angle in direct light to pick up even the lightest a sleeve contact brushes from a lifetime being cocooned in a non-believers collection. Maybe it got play onc e when found, but this direct from the USA has certainly never met a dedicated enthusiastic Soul collector before, let alone a discerning DJ. <br /> <br /> I will never encounter a finer copy, as expect this disc plays utterly PERFECT.<br />

Breathtaking, heart-stopping, knee-trembling CONDITION! It was like being stun-gunned when I gingerly slip this disc from it;s birth sleeve. The label electric blue and the rich red flame had already indicated to me this was gonna be a special experience. But nothing could have prepared me for the rapid-pulse inducing flawlessness of this 45. I had to angle and re-angle in direct light to pick up even the lightest a sleeve contact brushes from a lifetime being cocooned in a non-believers collection. Maybe it got play onc e when found, but this direct from the USA has certainly never met a dedicated enthusiastic Soul collector before, let alone a discerning DJ.

I will never encounter a finer copy, as expect this disc plays utterly PERFECT.

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee / 1960 UK 4 track EP - Vocalion EPV-F 1279 EP PS

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee / 1960 UK 4 track EP

Vocalion: EPV-F 1279 EP PS (EP)

I have to admire the enthusiastic cult collectors who are attempting to collect British EPs. Because when you encounter Decca's subsidiary Vocalion, which released so many beautifully exciting EPs. You will be challenged to find any!!

Every Vocalion EP is RARE!! AS I found out to my frustration cost when I embarked on a search for the Bobby Bland's, Ernie K. Doe EPs.

Before you today is another rarity from the dynamic duo, who paired up together in the early 40's to carve out a huge reputation of fusing Blues with Folk for a unique sound; that became appreciated over the decades with a worldwide following.

The blend of Deep South and Tennessee roots triggered this wonderful partnership at ease with country Blues & spinkling of Folk..

One seriously Rare EP in fine clean condition.

Condition Report

Two immaculate labels, not a blemish. Vinyl reveals a few fine hairlines under light. Plays clean. Flipback picture cover is free of any notable flaws. Faded 11/5 og the back cover top seam. We've left it tyhere as 11 shillings 5 penny provenance. We can easily remove this on request. But I rather like those price throwback to their original shop shelve time. Free of tears, stickers, scars, creases of any other devaluing EP cover flaw. Minuscule front cover laminate bubble just on black to blue line (see scan) but be prepared to take some time locating it. <br /> <br /> A fine copy of a very RARE EP.

Two immaculate labels, not a blemish. Vinyl reveals a few fine hairlines under light. Plays clean. Flipback picture cover is free of any notable flaws. Faded 11/5 og the back cover top seam. We've left it tyhere as 11 shillings 5 penny provenance. We can easily remove this on request. But I rather like those price throwback to their original shop shelve time. Free of tears, stickers, scars, creases of any other devaluing EP cover flaw. Minuscule front cover laminate bubble just on black to blue line (see scan) but be prepared to take some time locating it.

A fine copy of a very RARE EP.

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Betty Lloyd - I'm Catching On / You Say Things You Don't Mean - BSC 401

Betty Lloyd

I'm Catching On / You Say Things You Don't Mean

BSC : 401 (45s)

A flawless example of this congestion causing 45; a perennial dancefloor favorite, with the flipside that is slowly but surely having it's long overdue day in the sun.

Two great sides, one a reliable drop, to reignite any flagging DJ set. The flipside woud be a stunning choice of play. An educated thinking man's spin, that surely would trigger a united gaggle of approving nods from those sitting down stroking their chins..

So let's talk about the B-side as we all know what the standout qualities of "I'm Catching On" provokes.

Flip it over to dowse yourself in Betty Lloyd's pleading vocal style. Perfectly suiting those bruising lyrics, woven into an inventive Ed Boozer arrangement, utilizing a flute to great effect within a compelling Motor City mid-tempo dance beat. This recording in itself, carries huge value. Imagine, if it was a stand-alone 45; it would without doubt attain similar values on the open market as "Catching On". As it is, it's a magnificent flipside that is emerging from the shadows of "I'm Catching On". Allowing the owner two bites at pleasing the crowd, one side a highly respected Northern Soul anthem. The other bristling with all the qualities to add a little spice and imagination into a Jocks set.

Just like Dena Barnes on Inferno, this is the pinnacle of Detroit girl Northern Soul with the bonus of a B-side of considerable significance.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl is totally unblemished on both sides. Locate a finer copy if you can

Two perfect labels, vinyl is totally unblemished on both sides. Locate a finer copy if you can

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Willie Tee - First Taste Of Hurt / Funky, Funky Twist - Gatur 509

Willie Tee

First Taste Of Hurt / Funky, Funky Twist

Gatur : 509 (45s)

New Orleans rare soul excellence it just the finest possible condition

Condition Report

Not a blemish on either label or vinyl. As good as it gets,

Not a blemish on either label or vinyl. As good as it gets,

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Martiniques - You Want To Call Me / My Baby She Can't Dance - Me-O 1002

Martiniques

You Want To Call Me / My Baby She Can't Dance

Me-O : 1002 (45s)

Sheer vocal-group excellence that has been pleasuring dancers who frequent the up-front clubs for decades.

Rarely if ever comes to market, why would anyone sell a 45 of this calibre?

A chance to own distilled rare-soul..

Condition Report

Stunning, as good as it gets, glorious unblemished Mint minus condition throughout. Not even a hairline to detect. Perfection throughout.

Stunning, as good as it gets, glorious unblemished Mint minus condition throughout. Not even a hairline to detect. Perfection throughout.

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Various Artists - New Faces From Hitsville / featuring Tammi Terrell, Chris Clark, Jimmy Ruffin, The Monitors - Tamla Motown TME 2014

Various Artists

New Faces From Hitsville / featuring Tammi Terrell, Chris Clark, Jimmy Ruffin, The Monitors

Tamla Motown : TME 2014 (EP)

Without question the rarest British Tamla Motown EP the one most avid UK Motown collectors are missing.

It is the one the general public just did no buy. After all who were Tammi Terrell, Chris Clark, Jimmy Ruffin, The Monitors in 1965 none of these 4 artists had achieved a British 45 release. In fact The Monitors never ever did and "Say You" is such a stunning slab of classic style Motown.

Fpor those of you who have waited what seems to be a lifetime to file that glaring void number 2014 EP left, here your chance to own a copy that looks magnicent..

Drool the scan listen to the impressive soundfile, then try and recollect the last time a complete, clean copy came to market.

Do not pass by..

Condition Report

Fine clean cover with no flaws, just a few very fine laminate veins at the right hand opening (see scan and squint). Two beautifully clea labels, with hardly a sign of spindle trails. Four prong small hole center fully intact. VINYL please read carefully A-side would me Mint minus but for a couple of turntable retrieve fingernail slips one is visually obvious but does NOT affect play. The A-side plays perfect. The second marks is just a faint one slip reveal when angled in the light. The reszt of the vinyl is visually Mint minus. The flipside vinyl is a strong clean Mint minus throughout; no marks whatsoever.<br /> <br /> The only blemish the whole EP is a regrettable retrieve fingernail slip. NOT AFFECTING play in the slightest. The rest of this precious rarity is mint -

Fine clean cover with no flaws, just a few very fine laminate veins at the right hand opening (see scan and squint). Two beautifully clea labels, with hardly a sign of spindle trails. Four prong small hole center fully intact. VINYL please read carefully A-side would me Mint minus but for a couple of turntable retrieve fingernail slips one is visually obvious but does NOT affect play. The A-side plays perfect. The second marks is just a faint one slip reveal when angled in the light. The reszt of the vinyl is visually Mint minus. The flipside vinyl is a strong clean Mint minus throughout; no marks whatsoever.

The only blemish the whole EP is a regrettable retrieve fingernail slip. NOT AFFECTING play in the slightest. The rest of this precious rarity is mint -

Soul Agents - I Just Want To Make Love To You / Mean Woman Blues - Pye 7N 15660

Soul Agents

I Just Want To Make Love To You / Mean Woman Blues

Pye: 7N 15660 (45s)

Although so much more than just Rod Stewart's backing band. The Soul Agents were perfect platform for Rod The Mod's penchant for R&B, as you'll hear listening to this group's hard-driven temprement.

1964 was the same year the Rolling Stones covered Etta James's adored R&B screamer. The Soul Agents did their interpretation also; crafting a more rounded, not as angry as Mick Jaggers take on Willie Dixon's much recorded composition. The Mod's just loved this adaptation the best dance version of the trio for the Mod Hipshakin' style.

The flipside is another pointer to how "R&B" fixated The Soul Agents were, in a 60's atmosphere of Black American Music flooding through England's nite-clubs. "Mean Woman Blues" is a killer take on a much recorded R&B groove that Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley & Roy Orbison were all compelled to do their versions of. The Soul Agents whip up a frenetic storm with their wild take on Claude DeMetrius composistion.

Two strong sides, but again it's the uncommonly fine condition that brings this disc to the auction table. Try locating a 1964 copy with hardly a blemish still housed in it's birth sleeve..uncommon indeed

Condition Report

Two crisp clean labels, fully intact 4 prong small hole die-cut center with no sign of spindle trails. Spotless vinyl without a blemish whatsoever, housed in birth sleeve. We are not likely to encounter such perfectness again

Two crisp clean labels, fully intact 4 prong small hole die-cut center with no sign of spindle trails. Spotless vinyl without a blemish whatsoever, housed in birth sleeve. We are not likely to encounter such perfectness again

Topics - Hey Girl ( Where Are You Going? ) / If Love Comes Knocking - Chadwick CH 102

Topics

Hey Girl ( Where Are You Going? ) / If Love Comes Knocking

Chadwick : CH 102 (45s)

Part of the short-lived branch of Joe Evan's magnificent Carnival label that had already given the Soul collector so many finely crafted Soul 45's to lust after.But no many as rare and frustratingly elusive as this one.

When Joe Evans decided on another label, he chose a name close to home; his next label named after the busy Chadwick Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. Simplistic but memorable in design that promised so much before being abandoned after just two releases. With group members Ronald McCoy & Vaughn Curtis writing both sides (and boy what sides they are)

The Topics had also recorded "She's So Fine" another stand out Ronald McCoy song. But their Chadwick 45 hit home Northern Soul brilliance no matter which side the stylus clashed with.

I do remember "Hey Girl ( Where Are You Going? ) being one of my all-time personal favorites with my heavy bias towards male vocal-group Northern Soul dancers, so blinkered was I; I had never even played the B-side, until by mistake I queued up the flip announced it as "Hey Girl" then this amazing record thundered from the speakers, what an happy error that was; as the crowd at The Attic, Mansfield ( a true champion of Rare & Underplayed) caused a shoulder to shoulder mini-jam at the turntable to see what it was. Since then "Love Comes Knocking" as been my first choice of play. With "Hey Girl" always at the ready for a refreshing change and a certain dancefloor response.

Rarely seen for sale and offering up two side of distilled vocal-group Northern Soul at it most impressive.

Condition Report

Fine clean labels, vinyl reveals some surface hairlines but as you can hear both sides play clean, loud and true.

Fine clean labels, vinyl reveals some surface hairlines but as you can hear both sides play clean, loud and true.

Derrick Morgan - In My Heart / Kingston 13 - Blue Beat 100

Derrick Morgan

In My Heart / Kingston 13

Blue Beat : Derrick Morgan - In My Heart / Kingston 13 - Blue Beat BB100 (45s)

number 100 in this unparalleled series of Jamaica music for Britain music enthusiasts.

Condition Report

nice gloss, a few very light

nice gloss, a few very light

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Prince Buster - King, Duke, Sir / I See them In  My Sight - Blue Beat  BB163

Prince Buster

King, Duke, Sir / I See them In My Sight

Blue Beat : BB163 (45s)

Rare 1963 UK press with fine clean vinyl.

Cecil Campbell vocal command just struts through the lyrics with the prowess we've come to expect from Jamaica's greatest exponent of the SKA sound.

But the star of the show on this "Buster" uplifting recording is surely the manipulation of the saxophone that embroiders the whole song with moments of inspiration, as Prince Buster sashays his way through his own composition. That always sent a message, presumably referring to 3 big play makers in the Jamaican scene of the time. He is eager to announce his predictions came true.

He does it is a fun way, and uplifting SKA dance tune, domination by Prince Busters narration, adorned with that stabbing saxophonist cutting through the irresistible dance rhythms. .

Another memorable "Buster" strut..

Condition Report

A light scoring out on the a-side label left hand middle, is this listing only flaw. 4 prong center fully intact, fine clean vinyl with full gloss, light hairlines revealed under direct light.

A light scoring out on the a-side label left hand middle, is this listing only flaw. 4 prong center fully intact, fine clean vinyl with full gloss, light hairlines revealed under direct light.

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

Sherrys

Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl

J.J. : 1002 DJ (45s)

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

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

THIS REST IS HISTORY!!

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

An offering not to be mulled over! Records of this Northern Soul kudos rarely, if ever surface for sale in 2018

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

Condition Report

Two clean labels, free of X's, writing, stickers. Just mild age "browning" to the white. All text sharp, crisp and clear. Vinyl is whisker away from Mint minus, just a few very fine hairlines can be seen

Two clean labels, free of X's, writing, stickers. Just mild age "browning" to the white. All text sharp, crisp and clear. Vinyl is whisker away from Mint minus, just a few very fine hairlines can be seen

Justine - Right Now / The Place Where Sorrow Hides - Buffalo BFS 1001

Justine

Right Now / The Place Where Sorrow Hides

Buffalo : BFS 1001 (10")

They don't come much more elusive than this 1969 British indie press of a small label USA press.

First emerging as "Justin" on the New York born "Down East" label. Part of the Ben Boyce enterprises that were responsible for all those killer Connie Questell 45's on Decca, the Boston based "Intrigues" on Port and Johnny & The Expressions on Josie.

This "Justin" 45 is actually Ben Boyce himself singing, writing and producing this D.I.Y. journey into Soul. Ben utilizes the same approach he used with the "Questell" recordings. Brutal brass, searing girl choruses, rattling drums, bongos, accompanying his expressive vocal. Which comes into its own on the Deep Soul flipside.

Strong Northern Soul from any under-the-radar talent, that most all serious British Soul 45 collectors don't own.

This is the first release, on the short lived Buffalo label. Which only had two releases before disappearing from view. Both releases are extremely rare, this one carrying the big value because of it's Northern Soul pedigree, huge rarity and British" kudos.

Very seldom seen for sale - this copy is perfection.

Condition Report

Just impeccable throughout. Pristine vinyl, 4 prong die-cut center fully

Just impeccable throughout. Pristine vinyl, 4 prong die-cut center fully

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Rick St. John - One Heart Hurting / You've Got To Fall In Love - part 3 Independent102-RSJ

Rick St. John

One Heart Hurting / You've Got To Fall In Love - part 3

Independent: 102-RSJ (45s)

Extremely obscure Sweet Soul at it's most imploring! Hidden away on the flipside..

100% D.I.Y. local street-corner session constructed by the singer himself. The mysterious Rick St. John (real name Jiles Edwards credited at the foot of the label) writes, arranges and produces this beseeching episode.

But isn't that how we like our rare-Soul, seriously RARE much of a clue to hang on to, to locate it's birthplace. I was kinda drawn to Cleveland, Ohio with the name Brinson as an engineer. But it happens to be from Los Angeles, I'm reliably informed. So know doubt the Low Rider community will already be hooked into the beauty of this one.

So here's a listing for test your investigative powers, trying to find out who the uncredited but delicious vocal-group backing could have been delivered by? As truly remarkable Sweet Soul must have a harmony-group presence. I've drawn a blank on all my usual sources of sleuthing. What is now clear us, this is one Unicorn-rare 45. That drips with an emotional naivety you can't guard against... it will creep up on you and grip your aorta.

Listen to Rick St. John bathe himself in falsetto despair, as his broken heart fails to heal. Completely baring his soul cradled by an uncredited background male-harmony, stumbling in a beautiful pouring out of pain, as he raps just how he feels. then returns with his falsetto invigorated for a tortured climax.

Lovers of the really obscure Sweet Soul, Low-Rider, Deep, Harmony or just memorable vocals this 45 has the lot!

Condition Report

Fine clean labels, flawless in every way. Vinyl reveals only the lightest occasional surface blemishes & hairlines under direct light. Nothing affecting play. Listen to the impressive soundfile.

Fine clean labels, flawless in every way. Vinyl reveals only the lightest occasional surface blemishes & hairlines under direct light. Nothing affecting play. Listen to the impressive soundfile.

Sharon Tandy - I've Found Love / Perhaps  Not Forever - Pye 7N 15939 DJ

Sharon Tandy

I've Found Love / Perhaps Not Forever - Pye

Pye : 7N 15939 DJ (45s)

Sharon Tandy the South African girl who made her mark in London singing Soul and Psychedelia as the MOD scene boom so did her career.

This is her 2nd. single for Pye and like her first so very seldom comes to market. Here is a rare 1965 British Promo copy of a MOD/Northern Soul Hipshaker recording hidden away on the flipside of a typically British "Dusty" influenced floater. Atmospherically haunting but no as strong as the flip also written by Billy Kimber.

An explosive girl Hipshaker, with a lengthy whiny girl holding on the lyrics, that really enhances the production. Already benefiting from strong chorus, rhythmic guitar pumping horns and you've got a great Brit-Soul production driven by relemntless percussion.

Sharton was vocally perfect for blending Blue Eyed Soul with the upcoming Psychedelic scene..

A song that encompasses everything MOD, Carnaby Street, Flares, Union Jacks and Mini Cooper's etc. whilst today also being chased on it's brief USA ABC 10742 1965 release. Not an easy find.. but asa flawless 1965 Britrish Denmo it's a prize for the British Soul/Mod collector.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, date stamped 17 SEPT 1965 on the A-side label. Vinyl is unblemished, clean Mint minus throughout.

Two clean labels, date stamped 17 SEPT 1965 on the A-side label. Vinyl is unblemished, clean Mint minus throughout.

Gerri Thomas - Look What I've Got / It Could Have Been Me - World Artists WA 1059

Gerri Thomas

Look What I've Got / It Could Have Been Me

World Artists : WA 1059 (45s)

What a great source of information at your fingertips, when you go long distance surfing on the internet. But be careful as inaccurate information can become "gospel" if entered into marketplaces holding infinite information.

For example, take this 1965 STOCK copy of an old Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier anthem..
our data suggest the yellow stock copy is incredibly rare, validated when you google; to find it not an easy image to locate. When you eventually do it, shows a 1977 vinyl "bootleg" sitting in the 1965 original file on "discogs";usually such a reliable source of information. So you look further and harder. The yellow image of the genuine stock copy is no easy image to find...

When the worldwide community of record collectors, can't offer much in the way of a genuine original 1965 release image, you begin to wonder is this rarer than I first thought.

We think it is a very seldom encounter Northern Soul classic as a yellow stock copy still snug inside it's birth sleeve.

One for NS collectors who desire the rarest form possible whilst collecting classics

Condition Report

Both sides of this Bell Sound stamped styrene surface are flawless, hardly a surface blemish anyway. Plays crisp, clean and true. The very rare labeling has a very light "browning" on the a-side, just under the World Artists logo. Flipside label has slightly wider spread "browning" and a few minuscule flakes. All text is unaffected on both sides, yellow finish is free of fade. Check out the sound and the label images, of this seldom seen disc.

Both sides of this Bell Sound stamped styrene surface are flawless, hardly a surface blemish anyway. Plays crisp, clean and true. The very rare labeling has a very light "browning" on the a-side, just under the World Artists logo. Flipside label has slightly wider spread "browning" and a few minuscule flakes. All text is unaffected on both sides, yellow finish is free of fade. Check out the sound and the label images, of this seldom seen disc.

Jackie Wilson - Live Tiffanys Newcastle Under Lyme / Tuesday 26th. September 1972 - Tiffanys

Jackie Wilson

Live Tiffanys Newcastle Under Lyme / Tuesday 26th. September 1972

Tiffanys: Poster 2 (Book)

Continuing our auctioning of "impossible" poster depicting the history of Northern Soul.

Here is a unique huge 1972 poster, JACKIE WILSON live at Tiffany's, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffs. An impressive 30" x 20" (76x51cm) large.

Fully Autographed and one of only two ever printed for is Tuesday night appearance at this legendary club.

WOW! Just gaze on the vista of the immortal Jackie Wilson, his autograph from a club that still hold jam-packed revival nights to this day.

Remembering Jackie Wilson, you could possible have a finer example!

Condition Report

Autograph is still crisp and clear from careful positioning. Dimensions of the poster are 30" x 20" (76x51cm). Historical horizontal fold across centre, general creasing and authentic grubbiness throughout, single pin hole to each corner, one tiny tear/fold to the pinhole in top left corner, when it was taken down from the entrance wall on that legendary Tuesday in 1972

Autograph is still crisp and clear from careful positioning. Dimensions of the poster are 30" x 20" (76x51cm). Historical horizontal fold across centre, general creasing and authentic grubbiness throughout, single pin hole to each corner, one tiny tear/fold to the pinhole in top left corner, when it was taken down from the entrance wall on that legendary Tuesday in 1972

Esther Philips - Just Say Goodbye / I Could Have Told You - Atlantic AT 4077

Esther Phillips

Just Say Goodbye / I Could Have Told You

Atlantic : AT 4077 (45s)

Condition! Condition! Condition!

Slowly but surely being recognized as one of the greatest "last" records of all time. Standing rubbing shoulders with "Go Now" "Long After Tonight Is All Over" "The Drifter" as an iconic Northern Soul adieu song.

but also saturated in those magical qualities, that transcend into a 45 you can drop at anytime during your set for a guaranteed bustling dancefloor.

Amazingly starting life as a B-side, here's another Soul "Tour De Force" given exposure by the relentless NS curiosity, seeking out something we may have missed along the way..

This 45 is nothing short of awesome, so when a 52 year old British example surfaces in virtually unplayed condition it is not to be pondered over.

AS we doubt we'll ever encounter a finer example...

Condition Report

Stunning in every way. Two flawless labels, vinyl surface that only reveals a lifetime of storage in it's birth sleeve. A strong unblemished Mint minus throughout

Stunning in every way. Two flawless labels, vinyl surface that only reveals a lifetime of storage in it's birth sleeve. A strong unblemished Mint minus throughout

Tony Clarke - (They Call Me) A Wrong Man / (No Conception) No Sense Of Direction - M-S 206

Tony Clarke

(They Call Me) A Wrong Man / (No Conception) No Sense Of Direction

M-S: 206 (45s)

No only a wrong man, but the moodiest man in town...

Stalking Northern Soul at it's most menacing.

Condition Report

Without hesitation the finest cleanest copy, we've encountered in memory. Strong squeakiy clean Mint minus vinyl, two flaw-free labels

Without hesitation the finest cleanest copy, we've encountered in memory. Strong squeakiy clean Mint minus vinyl, two flaw-free labels

Paul Bruno - Man Without Pride / Afraid - Bee-Zee BZ 1002

Paul Bruno

Man Without Pride / Afraid

Bee-Zee : BZ 1002 (45s)

Only occasionally do Northern Soul collectors and DJ's encounter something so obscure it's origin and make-up force it's attentions upon you.

The label is an eye-catcher, certainly one even an amateur vinyl-digger would pause to investigate. A private vanity press of extremely low amounts, friends and family and patrons of the local bar were most probably the only recipients of this slice of Beat Ballad Heaven sprinkled with Popcorn. Sadly relegated to the flipside, and most probably never heard by anyone other than the engineer twiddling his knobs.

We all adore the mystery of the obscure artist, even though 99 times out of a 100 the music falls way short of the hopes the label image has sparked..

I must say on this occasion "Paul Bruno's" cabaret crooning excursion into D.I.Y. promotion, has accidentally tweaked the ears and mind of this reviewer. As unwittingly the production ripples with "Popcorn" atmosphere blended into the Big City Sound of "Beat Ballad Heaven" has become addictive, to this fan of the style, on my fourth play as I write.

Northern Soul collecting is the search for the unknown, the obscure and the endless hope that something will trigger your psyche into another listen. Because the tune has that "something".

The Northern Soul "something" in the form of extreme rarity, nativity, and the fortuitous event of crafting something "different"; that decades after it's birth is provoking delight to the listener.. Northern Soul encompasses so many conflicting styles, Beat Ballad Heaven being just one of them.

That's Northern Soul to me, and I can hear this tune massaging the minds of the "Sunday Chill Out" "Carib Soul" at first causing a few ripples, that grow into a surging swell..

If as a DJ or collector you are seeking "different" "serious rarity" and the calming class Beat Ballad Heaven / Popcorn radiates.. you will not find a more mysteriously rare 45 than this emerging flipside.

Condition Report

A flawless copy - mint before my loving 5 plays on the trot. Two perfect, attention seeking yellow labels.

A flawless copy - mint before my loving 5 plays on the trot. Two perfect, attention seeking yellow labels.

Iron Virgin - Jet / Midnight Hitcher - Deram DM 408 DJ

Iron Virgin

Jet / Midnight Hitcher

Deram : DM 408 DJ (45s)

The first of two Deram releases the 5 man Scottish Glam-Rock exponents released. Both 45s are very elusive, and sought after.

Their 1974 debut for Deram is a potent power-Glam version of the Paul & Linda McCartney collaboration, featuring powerful guitar breaks and backing. Seamless harmonies and keyboard solos provide you with a grerat take of the McCartney's classic.

Flip it over again skilled plectrum work feature, in an original piece written by Scottish record engineer Gordon Nicol. Producer Nick Tauber had just finished a lengthy production stint with Thin Lizzy, which most likely influenced the end product for this under-recorded 5 man group.

Brit-Rock aficionados will no doubt already be appreciating these guys, both sides certainly give up a highly honed Rock experience, from over the border.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, radio station Promo reveals station I.D., received date and file numbers on the labels (see scans) Housed in correct Deram sleeve.

Flawless vinyl, radio station Promo reveals station I.D., received date and file numbers on the labels (see scans) Housed in correct Deram sleeve.

Dice The Boss - Brixton Cat, Big And Fat / Solitude - Joe DU 50

Dice The Boss

Brixton Cat, Big And Fat / Solitude

Joe: DU 50 (45s)

Joe Mansano again delivers muscular late 60's classic style Skinhead Reggae, dominated by the hammond organ.

Entrepreneur Joe record Record Shop owner and distributor of "Trojan" Records. He soon turned record producer and record label owner. Owner of the highly coveted Brixton, London based Blue Cat label, as well as the "Joe" label. Coined the word "Brixton Cat" that became a by word in local speak. Spawning a year later the iconic "Brixton Cat" album on Trojan.

Here is Joe at work writing and producing his most important work, featuring a swirling Hammond organ presence; whilst a rap/shout vocal style delivers the lyrics. For a highly effective skank session..

The flipside is nothing more than a vanity instrumental displaying the talents of the keyboardist whilst he plays out a nothing "lift" music experience rather weak and meaningless. BUT the a-side more than makes up for it.. a pumping dance tune with bundles of attitude.

Condition Report

Multiple light surface marks, some light ticks along the way, but the music wins through strong. 4 prong die-cut center is fully intact

Multiple light surface marks, some light ticks along the way, but the music wins through strong. 4 prong die-cut center is fully intact

Lil' Son Jackson - Rockin' An' Rollin' / 1961 original USA press - Imperial 9142

Lil' Son Jackson

Rockin' An' Rollin' / 1961 original USA press

Imperial : 9142 (LP)

Rare 1961 original USA press

Showcasing moody, Sleazy New Orleans Blues from the streets. The album released on the back of the popularity of "Rockin' An' Rollin'" but gives up 11 more equally enthralling Crescent City R&B grooves. Every track enriched by Li' Son' soulful approach to the Blues; decorated by consummate guitar riffs, tinkling but restrained New Orleans piano accompaniment . Sultry Saxophone all feature strong through this impressive album.

RARE and certainly extremely rare in this stunning condition. (read report)

A record so rarely available this side of the Atlantic. Not one to think about, as we certainly do not expect to ever see another.

Condition Report

Spectacular vinyl, two perfect labels, housed in original polythene inner. Cover is free on tears, stickers, writing and splits. Note there is a light h2o stain bottom front and back (see scans)

Spectacular vinyl, two perfect labels, housed in original polythene inner. Cover is free on tears, stickers, writing and splits. Note there is a light h2o stain bottom front and back (see scans)

Burning Spear - Lion / Door Peep - Island WIP6346

Burning Spear

Lion / Door Peep

Island : WIP6346 (45s)

Winston Rodney's 2nd 45 for UK Island records and significantly rarer the first.

Both sides penned by the man himself a Grammy award winning master of "Roots" teaming up with another extreme talent in the form of Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo who together crafted his "Man In The Hills" album from wi=hich these two top-sides were lifted.

This listing is primarily about the condition of a 42 year old 45 being unearthed in unplayed flawless condition. This is no easy 45 to acquire in any state; but in impeccably cocooned in it's birth-sleeve without ever meeting a turntable is something very scarce indeed.

Check out two standout sides from two men at the top of their game..

Condition Report

Astonishing condition, previously unplayed before we lifted the double sound file. Two prefect labels housed in it's black birth-sleeve

Astonishing condition, previously unplayed before we lifted the double sound file. Two prefect labels housed in it's black birth-sleeve

Bobby Darin - For Teenagers Only / 1960 UK EP + picture cover - London RE-K 1286

Bobby Darin

For Teenagers Only / 1960 UK EP + picture cover

London : RE-K 1286 (EP)

A flawless 1960 4 track EP complete with an impeccable laminated cover. Uncommon condition indeed.

A different track listing to the USA release "I Ain't Sharin' Sharon" never appeared on the USA press. Different front cover also.

4 tracks inc:
1. I Want You With Me
2. Keep A-Walking
3. You Know How
4. I Ain't Sharin' Sharon*

Condition, Condition, Condition one of his harder to acquire offerings in the condition standard that rarely surfaces.

Condition Report

Not a blemish on the a-side vinyl, a solitary hairline on the flip, only revealed when angling under direct light. Laminated cover is immaculate, free of creases, writing, splits, stickers, stains. Back cover has minimal age browning.

Not a blemish on the a-side vinyl, a solitary hairline on the flip, only revealed when angling under direct light. Laminated cover is immaculate, free of creases, writing, splits, stickers, stains. Back cover has minimal age browning.

Socialites - You're Losing Your Touch / Jive Jimmy - Warner Bros WB 148 DJ

Socialites

You're Losing Your Touch / Jive Jimmy

Warner Bros : WB 148 DJ (45s)

Avid collectors and scholars of British release Soul 45s will know this 1964 girl-group Northern Soul dancer, is so very hard to acquire on it's UK DEMO press.

The Socialites were a highly talented 5 girl gathering from the Bronx who achieved a minor success in 1962 with their first 45 "Jimmy". But it wasn't a springboard for greater things; these Brill Building ladies Lorraine Anthanio, Eloise Covington, Kym Trant, Delores Rainey, Gloria Meggett only went on to release 3 more 45s, their 2nd. release on Mercury was credited to Lorraine & The Socialites as Lorraine Anthanio stepped up to head the group.

So this group only UK release a UK flipside with a rattling rhythm and crisp, sharp girl harmonies. From the tireless pens of Jerome Jackson, Joe De Angelis, Robert Steinberg who were kept busy with their attempts to break into New York's Girl-Group phenomena; writing songs for The Shangri-las on Red Bird, Shirelles on Scepter etc.

The flipside of a Van McCoy is a typical East Coast girl-girl group session trying to catch attention b y using "Jimmy" in the title. This failed and the USA release fell into obscurity but was surprisingly picked up by British Decca and givem a release. This too failed t sell or achieve Radio station attention. Today it is one of the "under-the-radar" British treasures.

A 45 that not many British Northern Soul or girl group fans will own, especially as an immaculate promo with Mint - labels, original birth-sleeve and vinyl that was possibly unplayed before we lifted the soundfile.

You will not locate a finer example of "lost" UK Northern Soul..

Condition Report

Blinding condition, flawless throughout not a blemish or hairling on the vinyl, labels or sleeve. A stunner!

Blinding condition, flawless throughout not a blemish or hairling on the vinyl, labels or sleeve. A stunner!

Lee Moses - Bad Girl / Bad Girl part 2 - Musicor MU 1242

Lee Moses

Bad Girl / Bad Girl part 2

Musicor : MU 1242 (45s)

Dead right for today's Northern Soul scene is the original version of the blistering Herman Hitson track on Minit.

Condition Report

Stunning vinyl NOT a blemish to be seen, a glaring flawless copy house in birth sleeve. Crisp clean labels with only a tiny bb drill spoiling total perfection!

Stunning vinyl NOT a blemish to be seen, a glaring flawless copy house in birth sleeve. Crisp clean labels with only a tiny bb drill spoiling total perfection!

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