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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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Carrie Riley and the Fascinations - Super Cool / Living In A Lonesome House Without You - Music City Records Inc. MC CF 073

Carrie Riley and the Fascinations

Super Cool / Living In A Lonesome House Without You

Music City Records Inc. : MC CF 073 (45s)

Beyond rare neighborhood soul from small town central Florida, that just never turns up for sale; this is the first clean copy to come to auction anywhere om the planet for over 10 years, and unashamedly our first copy ever!

Huge collector and DJ demand build up, triggered a reissue just 6 months ago on Symphonical Records. This listing is for DJs' and collectors who would never dream of playing a second press, no matter how rare the original is, and believe us this disc is sasquatch-rare; giving up two differing but equally brilliant sides, shimmering with "local" artist authenticity as "The Riley Family" pool their resources, and craft two homegrown killers.

We lead with superior street-level funk, benefitting from Carrie's defiant advice, served up with such convincing passion, leaving you thinking it is sung not only from the heart, but also from her personal experience. The "other" Riley's back her up with their potent support propelled by unrelenting wah-wah guitar pulses, keyboard and an onslaught of horns. Carrie struts through it all Betty Wright style, counselling other ladies how to tame their man by being "Super Cool"

In contrast the flipside "sweeter than sweet" a vocal-group harmony "lowrider" experience of the very highest order. Carrie takes herself into the backing, whilst a male lead captures another type of mood to move you. Restrained horns open up for a grief-stricken male furnishing the intro with pleas of ending his loneliness; whilst his teammates cradle his pain, cradling him with aerial harmony and falsetto cooing. Just one of the very finest Harmony group homemade ballads ever committed to vinyl. Listen and prepare for wave after wave of mood-shifting harmonics to luxuriate your day...

Two absolutely killer tunes on one "impossibly challenging" disc to acquire!

Condition Report

two clean labels, date 1975 handwritten both sides

two clean labels, date 1975 handwritten both sides

Furys - I'm Satisfied With You / Just A Little Mixed Up - Jay Boy BOY 68 DJ

Furys

I'm Satisfied With You / Just A Little Mixed Up

Jay Boy : BOY 68 DJ (45s)

Jay Boy's most elusive Northern Soul promo's and of course one of the great NS offerings. Both sides are utterly stupendous..

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Chet Davenport - Just A Poor Boy / blank: - Hertz Recording Studios acetate

Chet Davenport

Just A Poor Boy / blank

Hertz Recording Studios : acetate (45s)

One of the most exciting unissued one-off acetates we have ever listed this century.

An unreleased New Jersey session, from the infancy of Chet's career, before he moved south to Miami, Florida to become involved in some of rare-souls most sought-after 70's grails at Toeholt Records. Where Chet wrote and produced some real standout Soul recordings.

"Just A Poor Boy " most probably written by Chet himself, gives up full blown, real deal 60's Northern Soul dancer. Chet's reaching vocal propelled by relentless blasting brass, burping saxophone, bongos, piano and persistent guitar pulses driving the pace. The low-blown saxophone is the cue for a muscular full-on brass section to lift their horns carrying Chet to ever increasing vocal-heights. A mighty strong production matched by his rich uplifting voice. A fabulous previously unknown "lost" recording from the vaults.

A perfect capture for the DJ seeking opportunities for exclusives to elevate his or her set.

A thumping unissued debutant to all internet auctions and totally unknown to us before today.

A real NS trophy for those serious about exclusivity.

Condition Report

clean attractive studio label

clean attractive studio label

Finishing Touch - Have Yourself A Lovely Day / ? ?  /  Cover-Up

Finishing Touch c/u

Have Yourself A Lovely Day / ? ?

? ? : 141412 (45s)

It's not often we ever auction a cover-up, in fact we can't remember doing it is recent times. But this 1977 soulful dance beauty is currently making big waves on the scene, and out of respect for the DJs currently
playing it cover-up

"Have Yourself A Lovely Day " is causing little confusion as three very capable DJ's have it covered up as two different artists, Andy Burns dropped it this weekend as Foster & Stevens, whilst Steve Johnson DJ FYS Newark chill-outs and discerning DJ Russ Vickers have it credited as a "secret sound" the same what Soul Sam disguised as "The Finishing Touch", so we're gonna go with "Finishing Touch". But I'm sure Andy Burns caused a stir at the latest "Dab Of Soul"

For most of you who have been out and about during the last two years you will have heard it. An instantly persuasive 70's vocal-group dancer that is triggering lots of NS collectors whisperings and dancefloor appreciation.

Out of respect for those forward thinking DJ's only the winner will know the identity once it drops through their letterbox.

NOTE: there is NO USA or UK release for this memorable dance tune.

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl the disc will be supplied with two vintage Music City labels for neat covering up purposes.

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl the disc will be supplied with two vintage Music City labels for neat covering up purposes.

Bobby Williams - I've Only Got Myself To Blame / I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow - Sure-Shot 5031

Bobby Williams

I've Only Got Myself To Blame / I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow

Sure-shot : 5031 (45s)

Detroit - Houston connection again gives birth to celebrated Northern Soul!

The Lu-Pine partnership create the uncompromising "I've Only Got Myself To Blame" that has destroyed

Condition Report

Soft storage ring wear to both labels, see images. Good gloss on vinyl, reveal some light surface hairlines but plays loud and true audio grading excellent. The Deep Soul flipside is a shade more marked, gives up light crackle in places, grading at vg+.

Soft storage ring wear to both labels, see images. Good gloss on vinyl, reveal some light surface hairlines but plays loud and true audio grading excellent. The Deep Soul flipside is a shade more marked, gives up light crackle in places, grading at vg+.

Chandlers - Your Love Makes Me Lonely / I Need Your Love - Col Soul HR 1152

Chandlers

Your Love Makes Me Lonely / I Need Your Love

Col Soul : HR 1152 (45s)

Local Columbus, Ohio label owner, writer, arranger, producer Jeff Smith, guided the Chandlers through four top-drawer vocal-group killers on their only two 45's. Soul-Group-Harmony-Heaven greets you, no matter which side you drop the arm on, on either of their magnificent 45. Before you today is their most-wanted, Northern Soul anthem with a sweet soul masterpiece bringing up the rear..

Columbus, Ohio throughout the 60's & 70's provided rare Soul scholars with many recordings to consider, this example from the talented Jeff Smith arguably being the finest. Offering riveting Northern Soul one side and sublime harmony Soul the other. As it also does with their super-rare Bleu Rose 45.

From the very outset The Chandlers take you on a moody, sulking journey, conveying "loneliness" that burrows its way deep into your Soul psyche. The lead vocal drags the depths of rejection, whilst simultaneously lifting your senses into a tempting mid-paced dance rhythm slowly releasing its hypnotic charms. The vocal purrs its low tones, as the dismal situation is lifted slightly by some delicious falsetto harmony flitting in and out of a sultry production that evolves into one truly spectacular Northern Soul mover, with a difference.

Flip it over, to be treated to Low Rider excellence, searing falsetto floats on a wave of doo-wah's and choruses.. something The Dells would have been proud to put their name to. Making this a double-header shimmering with pure quality which ever side is you choose to spin.

A Northern Soul classic of huge reputation, backed with a Lowrider sweetener of distinction.

Condition Report

Strong gloss EX+ vinyl, plays crisp and clean (listen). Light storage rub to a-side label but totally clean with no text fade. flipside label has a ballpoint signature "Kathie Bailey" otherwise clean (see images)

Strong gloss EX+ vinyl, plays crisp and clean (listen). Light storage rub to a-side label but totally clean with no text fade. flipside label has a ballpoint signature "Kathie Bailey" otherwise clean (see images)

Cresa Watson - Salvation / If You've Stopped Loving Me - Charay C-90

Cresa Watson

Salvation / If You've Stopped Loving Me

Charay : C-90 (45s)

Not only a Northern Soul holier than holy grail, it comfortably sits in the category of one of the rarest 45's John Manship Records has sold over this century or the last!

To put that statement into stark perspective, this is the very FIRST time we have listed it for sale since I started record dealing in the same year (1969) that Major Bill Smith pressed and withdrew this disc. Changing the artist label credits by hand to Rita Lee. The reasons for this are obscure, as Major Bill and the Charay label, on the very next catalog number C-91, credited Cresa in full on her wonderful version of Carolyn Sullivan's 1967 "Dead".

Before you today is the mind-warping Sister version of Robert Thomas's dancefloor destroyer "Salvation", released just 3 numbers after Robert's. A record that Major Bill Smith reissued as Rita Lee on the white label with pink text in the late 70's when Northern Soul stalwart "Brad" requested a limited reissue. That reissue itself today is extremely elusive today.

With Robert Thomas again receiving strong Northern Soul turntable time, the realisation started to hit home just how seriously rare thel Cresa Watson copy was. Supremo Northern Soul DJ Mark Dobson (Butch) backtracked through his unrivalled collection to a copy of "Cresa" he found 30 years earlier. Its debut night at the 100 Club took it by storm, as the familiar horn & vibe intro filled the air, but then a soaring girl voice broke forth. Again Butch had floored his 100 Club devotees. Becoming one of the most wanted Northern Soul 45s on the planet.

Our investigations point to maybe as little as 4 known copies and absolutely the first copy we have ever had for sale. Remembering we have sold Frank Wilson twice this century and unlike Frank Wilson, Cresa Watson has not become the over-exposed public property of the British Soul fan.

An already beyond-rare pedigree, made spectacularly sought-after when "Butch" first introduced it into his revered DJ sets...a collection and DJ elevator like no other.

Condition Report

Credit adjustments, Cresa Watson text has been redacted, but Cresa Watson is still full readable under the now dwindling marker. Rits Lee credit added in fine fountain pen, which has now fading. See label images provided. VInyl is full gloss, giving up just the merest blemishes when angled in the light. Listen playback unlike the Rita Lee reissue is rich, full and loud!

Credit adjustments, Cresa Watson text has been redacted, but Cresa Watson is still full readable under the now dwindling marker. Rits Lee credit added in fine fountain pen, which has now fading. See label images provided. VInyl is full gloss, giving up just the merest blemishes when angled in the light. Listen playback unlike the Rita Lee reissue is rich, full and loud!

Sam The Sham - Wooly Bully / Ain't Gonna Move - M.G.M. 1269 DJ

Sam The Sham

Wooly Bully / Ain't Gonna Move

M.G.M. : 1269 DJ (45s)

The extremely rare May 1965 Red & White promo copy, of this timeless Memphis "party animal - club classic". Dropped at the right time in the right set - mayhem ensues

Condition Report

two clean red & white visions of beauty, strong gloss still housed in birth sleeve

two clean red & white visions of beauty, strong gloss still housed in birth sleeve

Chandley Duffus and the Focus - Tribute To The children / Tribute version - C.O.D. CD-6518

Chandley Duffus and the Focus

Tribute To The children / Tribute version

C.O.D. : CD-6518 (45s)

This elusive 1982 Roots is rarely encountered in such clean bright condition.

Chandley gravel-coated battle-worn vocal sits in stark contrast to the lilting backing and cries of a child, the gentle arrangement disparity works for well.

Flip it over to fully appreciate joyous backing track and its sound effects.

A cool tune is unusually fine condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, bright gloss vinyl, revealing only a few soft hairlines when angled in the light. Plays nice and clean.

Two clean labels, bright gloss vinyl, revealing only a few soft hairlines when angled in the light. Plays nice and clean.

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Luckey Jamal Davis -  Love Is Better / Vacate - Big City BC 2001

Luckey Jamal Davis

Love Is Better / Vacate

Big City : BC 2001 (45s)

It matters not, which side you drop the arm on, Luckey serves up definitive D.I.Y. Northern Soul Crossover, written, arranged ad produced by Luckey Jamal himself. Both recordings pleasuring the dancer with a classy fusion of guitar licks, understated stabbing horns, synth-strings giving attention-seeking early 70's Los Angeles Soulful Crossover benefitting from Luckey's rich vocal, heavenly girl-group responses. and of the highest order.

We'll start with the side that "Luckey" considered was the best by the X on the label, but today I'm wavering which is my preferred side, after being deprived of hearing either in recent times of Covid 19 and lockdown stopping me visiting my favourite discerning Soul clubs and hearing astute A-list DJ's that just may own a copy, I can request.

After a cautious intro "Love Is Better" picks up pace as the opening vibes start to evaporate, replaced by tricky guitar, steady drum pulses, considerate horn fill the air leaving Luckey's rich vocal to express his feelings. Resulting is a fluid dreamy journey into mid-tempo paradise. Everything fusing together, escalating into an impressive dance experience.

The flipside "Vacate" is more instant dancefloor igniter, as proved by being the preferred DJ choice earlier this century when I'd hear it at places like Soul Essence, or where the leading crossover DJs performed. A punchier production whilst staying within the boundaries of the seriously-soulful parameters. A snappy, happy-go-lucky production as Luckey joyfully dumps his girlfriend, the prospect of a new start seems to excite him.

I really relish both sides, I'm already regretting listing it for sale... as both sides tick all the boxes for entry into my fussy-handpicked play list.

Condition Report

X on a-side label is the only blemish on the faces of this rarity. Vinyl carries full clean gloss revealing just a few soft hairlines under light, both sides play crisp and clean (listen)

X on a-side label is the only blemish on the faces of this rarity. Vinyl carries full clean gloss revealing just a few soft hairlines under light, both sides play crisp and clean (listen)

Larry Wright - Sweet, Sweet Kisses / It's Okay With Me - A-Go-Go AG-345

Larry Wright

Sweet, Sweet Kisses / It's Okay With Me

A-Go-Go : AG-345 (45s)

Thumping Motown inspired NS dancer crafted by the distinguished teamwork of Richard Popcorn Wylie, Tony Hester, Mike Terry who constructed this Rarest-Of-The-Rare Detroit Northern Soul stomper with a huge reputation. Not only dazzling DJ's and collectors for the uncompromising powerhouse on the a-side. But also for the highly sought-after (by those collectors fortunate enough to have heard it) "It's Okay With Me" a mid-tempo Motor City masterpiece shimmering from everything you'd expect from a Wylie, Hester, Terry collaboration.

A signature production, featuring a waterfall of vibes, gentle waves of horns, a bubbling baritone sax, a soaring celestial girl choir...flowing like only a 1966 Detroit production can. Then the trio enrich the proceedings even further by adding male vocals most probably including Hester, Wylie themselves.

This is the very pinnacle of Soulful Detroit, a Northern Soul floater of the very highest calibre.

The lead side "Sweet, Sweet Kisses " speaks for itself, proper real-deal utterly explosive Northern Soul, at its relentless BEST!

Two killer sides and oh so very rare!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, mint minus vinyl, a lovely copy.

Two clean labels, mint minus vinyl, a lovely copy.

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Helen Shapiro - He Knows How To Love Me / Shop Around - Columbia DB 7340 sticker DJ

Helen Shapiro

He Knows How To Love Me / Shop Around

Columbia : DB 7340 sticker DJ (45s)

We all cherish Helen and her NS offerings.

It seems impossible that the Mediterranean velvet-huskiness of this iconic British girl’s voice comes from a 17 year old or indeed the brilliant lyrics came from her pen. A sound and delivery way beyond her tender years, yet so incredibly captivating.

After Helen’s meteoric rise to fame, from her school band “Susie and the Hula Hoops” that featured Marc Bolan on guitar. To her 2 number 1 solo hits at the age of 14, voted “Best British Female Singer at the age of 16. Helen followed her attraction to USA R&B in 1964. But failing to achieve a hit or even break into the top 30 for that year or any year that followed there after.

Both sides of this her rarest 45, underline Helen’s powerhouse vocal drenched in that personal love for the emerging soul sound. Her 14 track album for 1964 “Helen Hits Out” was sadly an ironic title, as Helen was totally now out of “hits” as she moved in her “soul” era. “Helen Hits Out” is an album crammed with soul covers, inc: “Shop Around” but no sign of her brilliant own composition “He Knows How To Love Me” which remained 45 only.

Her producer Ivor Raymonde, jazz pianist, arranger. Was already guiding Dusty Springfield to her own meteoric rise to fame and fortune, whilst the incredibly talented Helen’s career was in decline. Two polar opposites, but Ivor’s output with both ladies was of the highest quality.

On this seldom seen 45, her sublime almost spoken intro immediately captures your attention, with her beautifully mysterious dusty-throat delivery ensuring you must hear more. Then Ivor rolls out a fabulous dance arrangement; a cocktail of Latin influenced cowbells start to shower the intro, before accelerating triumphant trumpets lift the session into an irresistible NS dancer. Helen’s presence is then enhanced further by swirling strings, but still pelted by those relentless dance-inducing cowbell pulses. Raymonde then goes for the crescendo by adding choir choruses into the background. A magical instrumental break incorporating all the Latin influenced instruments already in place, a nonchalant Helen strolls back for the classy piano tail off from the fingers of the producer… closing a truly memorable session.

Throughout all that capitivating musicianship, the over-riding pleasure is the magnificent teenage vocal of an apparently “in love” Shapiro.

It is purely academic that her version of ‘“Shop Around” is also exceptional. Two great sides!

In a conversation I had decades ago, with Helen’s recording engineer Terry Tompkins. Terry’s thoughts were “If it wasn’t for Helen’s natural shyness coupled with her unwillingness to be part of the high pressure fakery of show business. Helen would have rose to become one of the world’s greatest female singers ever”. Instead Helen chose her work carefully, doing only what she loved whether it be stage, TV or fronting top British jazz bands in small personal venues. Or touring with her own one woman show “Simply Shapiro” Helen is without question one of the greatest female voices ever to emerge from these shores.

“He Knows How To Love Him” is by far her classiest Northern Soul offering.

Looking stunning, in archive condition, with sticker promo, dated ad funning time removable wax pen.


Condition Report

A beauty ! Archive copy, previously unplayed vinyl, 4 prong centre intact, with sticker promo, dated ad funning time removable wax pen. Still housed in birth-sleeve. <br /> <br /> <br />

A beauty ! Archive copy, previously unplayed vinyl, 4 prong centre intact, with sticker promo, dated ad funning time removable wax pen. Still housed in birth-sleeve.


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Chet Davenport - Can't Get Over You / The Presidential Song - Toeholt TH-1361

Chet Davenport

Can't Get Over You / The Presidential Song

Toeholt : TH-1361 (45s)

The multi-talented Chester Davenport was hoping to ride the wave of Bi-centennial euphoria, by achieving a hit with his uplifting, highly political funky dancer "The Presidential Song". Which he wrote, arranged and produced himself. It is a fine disco-dance groove supporting Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale to be voted in as President in 1977 campaign. Of course Chet's song rang true locally helping with Jimmy becoming President and Walter his VP. But a record that was soon forgotten...as most political songs are.

It was the brilliant flipside, that showcased the real side of the truly soulful Mr. Davenport, exposed when the British rare soul clubs, rocketed Chet Davenport to fame with his persuasive "Can't Get Over You". An emotional tale of rejection and loneliness as Chet struggles to recover on his loss.

His expressive vocal convincing the listener this man is struggling with his heart's regeneration, after desertion of his girl. Chet weaves his words of pain, on a flow of poignant lyrics into a subtle horn, percussion, flute and guitar arrangement, brilliantly decorated a haunting flute driving home his hopelessness.

Such a convincing 70's rare-soul dance groove. Leaving with empathy for Chet - but what a persuasive song totally essential dancefloor fuel for the great venues that bathe in this style of dance-soul. Great Yarmouth's Soul Essence was the first place I was pleasured by Chet outpourings - it has been a persomnal favourite ever since.

He is a impeccable copy!

Condition Report

Two bright clean yellow labels, mint minus throughout. Full gloss perfect vinyl and flawless playback.

Two bright clean yellow labels, mint minus throughout. Full gloss perfect vinyl and flawless playback.

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C.O.D's - It Must Be Love / Coming Back Girl - Kellmac 1012

C.O.D's

It Must Be Love / Coming Back Girl

Kellmac : 1012 (45s)

The trio of Larry Brownlee, Carl Washington and Robert Lewis last 45 for Kenny Well's revered Chicago imprint Kellmac, a label littered with Rarest Of The Rare Northern Soul vocal group delights. That went into decline soon after the huge hit from C.O.D's "Michael"... that "lover" sold a ton. But head-boy Leon Singleton was never able to repeat the feat of vocal-group harmony becoming a hit.

Leon Singleton tried a different approach to get another hit after "I'm A Good Guy" and "I'm Looking Out For Me" failed to register and the over frantic "She's Fire" totally bombed and became the ultimate Kellmac rarity . Leon called upon Sunny Sawyer down at Apex studio to see what see had to offer, Billy McGregor's "Coming Back Girl" was exciting, pumping upbeat dance-soul and not too fast. So he took that recording from Bonomo publishing along with the sublime mid-tempo "It Must Be Love" to back it up.

Sadly for Kellmac this 45 also failed miserably in sales, hurtling Kellmac Records into an abrupt end. The fickle record buying public after enthusatically supporting the C.O.D's dullest recording and rejecting all pof the 4 follow ups. Creating some of Northern Soul rarest 45's. But this release is also frustratingly elusive offering up two superb examples of Windy City vocal group Soul with a pinch of "edge"

My personal preference is the seductive mid-tempo "It Must Be Love" a beyond-splendid soulful stepper, but it if I was just a few years younger the exciting drive of "Coming Back Girl " would be in pole position.

Glorious mint minus condition giving up two essential Chicago winners.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines

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Chi-lites - Pretty Girl / Love Bandit - Beacon BEA 119 sticker DJ

Chi-lites

Pretty Girl / Love Bandit

Beacon : BEA 119 sticker DJ (45s)

I've always adored this 1966 Chicago double-hitter produced by Marshall Thompson's cousin James Shelton. Released on the Daran or Daren label as “Marshall and The Chi-lites”. Today an under-valued Chicago double-hitter that has become rather elusive over the years.

It was not until the very height of the British Soul music movement in 1969 that EMI delved into their archive to pull this double-dance session out for UK release. It is the then “unknown” Chi-lites very first UK single, with the flipside “Love Bandit” a frantic Northern Soul vocal-group stomper as the preferred DJ and collectors play.

Both sides arranged by the then leader of The Chi-lites Marshall Thompson, before the extreme vocal and lyricist talent Eugene Record became the glue for The Chi-lites impeding worldwide fame, putting their own Chicago vocal-group harmony stamp on Soul, after The Impressions and Curtis Mayfield had already blazed the trail. Eugene wrote and sung lead on “Pretty Girl” whilst Marshall Thompson did the same for “Love Bandit”.

Eugene of course is now heralded, second only to Curtis Mayfield for his legacy of Chicago Soul, a bequest of some of Soul’s all-time most brilliant ballads. I witnessed them in action, as a teenage soul-fledgling circa 1970 at Leicester Top Rank, before it became “Bailey’s” nite club in the Haymarket. The indelible vision of the horn player’s near to bursting, in-season Bullfrog puffed-out cheeks, will stay with me forever. It was my Chicago Soul baptism. I was permanently affected by their super-slick soulful professionalism, the like of which, I’d never seen before.

So I write this review, drenched in the same bias I call upon when discussing Leicester City’s football premiership triumph 2nd of May 2016.

A mint archive, sticker promo copy, found in Iceland 51 years after its birth, is a UK soul collector’s treasure that reminds me of just how fundamental this group and their commander in chief were in shaping my life.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side label enhanced with the EMI SAMPLE COPY NOT FOR SALE sticker. Archive condition vinyl, no previous signs of turntable action, just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines revealed when angled in the light. 4 prong centre intact, two bright clean grime free white labels, sharp, crisp black text. Still housed in its mint birth sleeve.

Two clean labels, a-side label enhanced with the EMI SAMPLE COPY NOT FOR SALE sticker. Archive condition vinyl, no previous signs of turntable action, just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines revealed when angled in the light. 4 prong centre intact, two bright clean grime free white labels, sharp, crisp black text. Still housed in its mint birth sleeve.

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Isley Brothers - This Is The End / Don't Be Jealous - Cindy C-3009

Isley Brothers

This Is The End / Don't Be Jealous

Cindy: C-3009 (45s)

Having left Cincinnati for fame in New York during 1957, here is the colourful 1958 press of their seldom seen Cindy 45, in amazing archive condition!

Having located the successful vocal-group producer Richard Barrett, they were soon moving in the right circles to get a 45 released. This Cindy 45 sporting the ungraded 1958 Cindy logo followed their unsuccessful "Rockin' MacDonald" on Mark-X and "The Cow Jumped Over The Moon" on Teenage Records. This silky smooth double helping of group harmony faired little better but did open the way for their 1959 contract with RCA, their journey to become one of the most successful black groups in history, had started. With a monster hit "Shout" in 1959 there was no looking back/.

Cindy 3009 gives up two beautiful Platters styled harmony ballads; with the stunning "Don't Be Jealous" used as the flipside from their earlier Mark-X label release. "Jealous" is a real bonus showcasing late 50's soul-harmony at its most accomplished.

This listing though is for collectors who not only appreciate fine vocal-group excellence, but also for Soul historians and compleatists; But especially aimed at 45 collectors who appreciate just how elusive the impossibly rare condition of archive Mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve actually is...

most likely a once in a lifetime window, when it come to records like this in 2022.

Read the eyebrow raising condition-report then enjoy a very young Isley Brothers ply their trade..

Condition Report

a perfect archive copy, still housed in serrated seamed, flipback scalloped top opening brown paper birth-sleeve. Full glow silver logo and text, with the attractive red on silver C Y in the gleaming CINDY logo. As good as it gets, do not pass by.

a perfect archive copy, still housed in serrated seamed, flipback scalloped top opening brown paper birth-sleeve. Full glow silver logo and text, with the attractive red on silver C Y in the gleaming CINDY logo. As good as it gets, do not pass by.

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Gloria Jones - Tainted Love / My Baby Boy's Coming Home - Champion 14003 DJ west coast press

Gloria Jones

Tainted Love / My Baby Boy's Coming Home

Champion : 14003 DJ west coast (45s)

Beyond timeless, in fact an immortal Northern Soul anthem in it's least encountered format, a West Coast PROMO copy delta no. 56260 , the rare spring of 1965 "barred" white label design; totally clean and free from any X's, writing, stains or stickers. Two glorious utterly unblemished labels, fine clean playing surfaces.

This is emblematic Northern Soul, so very classic, even people outside the Northern Soul scene know every word off by heart. A stomping, hand-clapping, sing-a-long dancefloor classic with few equals. For instant reaction on the thumping opening bars. before Gloria's powerhouse vocal collides with you head-on.

The music speaks for itself, the vision of the label, condition and design, says much more than we ever could...to elevate it's already gigantic NS kudos. If yuou are going to own an anthem acquire one in its most attractive least seen form.

We would also like to point out, do not overlook the fantastic flipside that has sat in the shadows of "Tainted Love" for far too long.. and is at long last raising it's head in some of the more adventurous DJ sets..

Condition Report

Two clean, black text promo labels, free of writing, stains, X's, stickers or any other label scar to spoil the view. Fine clean vinyl, but revealing soft soft surface hairlines, no indication of previous turntable action, playback is flawless.

Two clean, black text promo labels, free of writing, stains, X's, stickers or any other label scar to spoil the view. Fine clean vinyl, but revealing soft soft surface hairlines, no indication of previous turntable action, playback is flawless.

Carlyle - Shot Down ( - 2 rpm ) / Is It? - Stephens on Recordings RI 2746

Carlyle

Shot Down ( - 2 rpm ) / Is It?

Stephens on Recordings: RI 2746 (45s)

Just imagine the mayhem this play would have triggered Wigan Casino or Cleethorpes Pier circa 1974

Here's a listing for those of you who love a real obscurity, especially if it's an uncompromising stomping floor-destroyer like this "find".

Get ready a juggernaut is about to crash into your life. This extremely rare 60's Northern Soul pounder out of Raleigh, North Carolina is an uncompromising off-the-wall explosion of NS. From the very first note a typically brazen Carolina horn section blasts its way through the production; with a stabbing barrage of brass prompting Carlyle Williams to strut his way through the session with his off-beat but confident vocal delivery. His intentional hiccupping urgency, is weirdly effective as he pumps out his own lyrics whilst relentless Gatlin Gun drumming drives the pace. Hanging horns and Carlyle's booming voice is an unconventional combination, but it works so well.

Proper full-throttle 400 rounds a minute Allniter Northern Soul, genetically designed for the amphetamine fueled dancer to let rip to. Note the optimum DJ setting is 43 rpm (listen to the soundfile file we've recorded at 43 rpm) At 45 rpm the DJ may trigger a few dancefloor casualties with its ferocity.

Some may also like the brass driven mid-tempo flipside, which certainly carries some level of bizarre charm, unfortunately I found his singing style ruined, what was an impressive backing arrangement. Weird but wonderful, it will demand a second listen from you.

Ridiculously RARE! One of only 3 we've ever seen... in over 50 years.

Condition Report

soft label wear, but all text clear and legible. vinyl carries light surface marks, but plays loud and clear!

soft label wear, but all text clear and legible. vinyl carries light surface marks, but plays loud and clear!

Bobby Hebb - You Want To Change Me / Dreamy - Philips BF 1702

Bobby Hebb

You Want To Change Me / Dreamy

Philips : BF 1702 (45s)

This awesome Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff is so very frustrating, as the August 1968 styrene USA press offers notoriously flawed fidelity. Unless you are lucky enough to find a very early copy in the run the USA copies are invariably distorted, hissy to to varying degrees.

On the other hand the September 1968 British press gives up total clarity on the incomparable Philip VINYL. Now listen to this classic, crystal clear, rich and beautiful as the lucidity of Bobby's voice in front of a full Richie Rome conducted orchestra floods your space.

What a stunner...Bobby Hebb in Philadelphia, under the eyes of a blossoming partnership just before they set up the “Gamble” label. 3 years later bursting onto the international scene with CBS distributing the Philadelphia International Records. In1968 Gamble & Huff came under the umbrella of John Madara and David White’s publishing arm “Double Diamond” the guys responsible for all those addictive Len Barry recordings. This recording also carries so much of that late 60’s Philly personality; ultimately becoming a stepping stone for Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff to branch out on their own.

A perennial Northern Soul favourite, that we’ve never tired of hearing. Presented here today, as the UK perfect sound mint minus VINYL press!

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Two totally clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Gamins - Freeway / Ridin' High - Soma 1459

Gamins

Freeway / Ridin' High

Soma: 1459 (45s)

1966 instrumental cocktail of Hammond and guitar, a "Tittyshaker" that bridges the boundaries of Surf, MOD, Exotica on the word famous Minneapolis, Minnesota SOMA label that gave us so many great groups and music. Castaways - Liar Liar - always jumps to my mind; but you also have a plethora of standout tunes from Del Counts, The Underbeats, Gestures, The Trashmen etc. etc.

Soma was christen after Amos Heilicher, "Amos" spelled backwards, his brother Dan his partner. It was for several years the major force in Minnesota, whilst giving local bands a chance to be heard.

"The Gamins" as an instrumental band, are are mostly undocumented, we advise you don't do an investigative google for this rare record unless you want to be swamped with x-rated date sites and not so soft porn.

The gamins are obscure, and only released just this solitary 45 for Soma, which of course failed to register.

Click the sound now to unleash rattling drums, swirling organ antics and persuasive plectrum flicking. Some fabulous breaks in among the atmospheric whirlpool of sounds..

A Tittyshaker that ticks all the boxes.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss reveals only

Two clean labels, strong gloss reveals only

Billy Wallace and the Bama Drifters - That's My Reward / What'll I Do - Mercury 70876X45

Billy Wallace and the Bama Drifters

That's My Reward / What'll I Do

Mercury : 70876X45 (45s)

1956 Oklahoma Hillbilly Rocker in exceptional condition, still housed in its original birth-sleeve.

Both sides written by a disgruntled Billy Wallace, who on the a-side glides through foot-tap inducing jangling guitar rhythms, with only a simplistic but constant drumstick clicking - but it works so well. allowing Billy to get his cantankerous reflections off his chest. "You Lead Me By The Nose, and My Nose Is Getting Sore" a brilliant narrative of the a downtrodden husband, not about to tolerate much more...

The same ingredients of the guitars and clicking drumsticks decorate another mid-paced Hillbilly stroller, Billy's bemoaning singing wondering what is he gonna do when she leaves him... well Billy you seen to have been a miserable complainer whatever you sing about, so who can blame vher?

This is the first of only two 45s Billy Wallace and the Bama Drifters released in 1956, both exemplary Hillbilly rockers, this one being in unprecedented flawless condition.


Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, crystal clear fidelity, still housed in its birth sleeve.

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, crystal clear fidelity, still housed in its birth sleeve.

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Moonlighters - Going Out / Hold My Hands - Island WI-043

Moonlighters

Going Out / Hold My Hands

Island : WI-043 (45s)

DOO-WOP alert!

A fabulous and rare Jamaican Doo-Wop R&B session from the desk of Clement Coxsone Dodd, copyrighted by Clement's mother Doris Darling. As he steps left again with this fine Jamaican harmony gathering, pausing for a moment from his mission on dominating the Jamaican Ska scene, to produced two authentic vocal group Doo-Wop beauties NOT issued in the USA.

A record that will spark interest with serious vocal-group collectors, Island label completests' and the Coxsone appreciation society.

Two excellent Doo-Wop rarities on one very elusive disc. As with their previous highly-sought-after disc "Julie" on the Wirl label. This is West Indies Doo-Wop at its very finrest!

Condition Report

very faint discreet fine ballpoint initial on a-side label (see images) otherwise two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, vinyl reveals multiple soft surface hairlines, some soft background crackle in places.

very faint discreet fine ballpoint initial on a-side label (see images) otherwise two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, vinyl reveals multiple soft surface hairlines, some soft background crackle in places.

Dee Dee Warwick - Worth Every Tear I Cry / Lover's Chant - Mercury MF 909

Dee Dee Warwick

Worth Every Tear I Cry / Lover's Chant

Mercury : MF 909 (45s)

Delia Warrick better known as Dee Dee Warwick with her finest Northern Soul offering! So sought after as there is absolutely NO USA release as a 7" 45. We present you with the extremely elusive rare April 1966 UK press in just sublime condition!

Yet another Horace Ott triumph, showcasing this 21 year old's vocal powers to the max! With a beseeching mid-tempo drenched in real-deal emotion Dee Dee was so at ease delivering. Her sister Dionne described Dee Dee's beckoning style, as a singer with an Angel's voice. Whilst Dionne travelled a different landscape, with her impeccable middle-of-the-road Bacharach & David guided serenading. Dee Dee's imploring work was much more suited to real-soulfulness, as the truth in her vocal brought emotion out in everyone who ever heard her .

Amazingly "Worth every Tear I Cry" was relegated to a b-side at the time, before those Northern Soul investigators took hold and started spinning it. First from the 1967 USA album, then on this highly prized UK 45 where it gives up the rich, crisp volume only a British 45 can. (no styrene fragility here)

Producer Robert Bateman draws upon all his experience with Motown in the early 60's, now transferring his partnership ad location from Detroit and Brian Holland to Ronald Moseley in New York. Just a year earlier the pair were creating such masterpieces as Lenny Curtis - Nothing Can Help You Now, Luther Ingram - Ain't That Nice etc. With a trio of Horace Ott, Ronald Moseley, Robert Bateman guiding Delia something very special was likely to be born - here it is - Worth Every Tear I Cry - Dee Dee Warwick finest single, UK only and utterly essential to all collectors of rare soul.

Listen and drool.

Condition Report

Two clean label, 3 prong centre intact intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl, all housed in its birth sleeve. A beauty!

Two clean label, 3 prong centre intact intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl, all housed in its birth sleeve. A beauty!

Magic Sam - Blue Light Boogie / You Don't Have To Work - Chief C-7033

Magic Sam

Blue Light Boogie / You Don't Have To Work

Chief : C-7033 (45s)

This week's R&B/Blues blaster comes from that busy desk of Mel London on his highly regarded Chief label. A cool slab of 1960 Chicago R&B, Magic Sam's 2nd of 4 x 45s released on Chief, a short-lived but highly productive imprint.

The main aspect of this listing, is the very remarkable archive condition! Perfect labels, mint minus previously unplayed vinyl still housed in it's birth-sleeve. You don't need us to remind you, just how rare this level of perfectness is, whilst acquiring 50's/60's Chicago Blues.

Our lead side is growling R&B Boogie shaker; enriched and driven by a horn and honky-tonk piano. A strong foot-stomper classily softened by shrill girl choruses. The flipside is a moody Magic Sam penned "You Don't Have To Work" a slow drag Blues again decorated with girl-group responses as Samuel Gene Maghett's bluesy vocal is peppered by dominant guitar riffs; Those constant guitar picks adding to the session before a sulking saxophone bursts in action. Typical 1960 Southside Chicago R&B which ever side you drop the arm on...

but more importantly, we repeat you will never find a finer copy..

After leaving the famed Cobra label, "Chief" was Magic Sam's first stop off, joining Mel London's growing stable of Chicago hopefuls, besides Magic Sam there was such notables as Junior Wells, Elmore James, Lillian Offitt, Earl Hooker etc. under Mel's influence, Magic Sam was in good company indeed... but unfortunately even with all that great talent the label folded a year later in 1961.

But it is all about the impossible condition - try finding any late 50's / 60's authentic original Chicago label Blues in this super-fine archive condition 45s, again. It's not gonna happen...

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, previously unplayed vinyl, revealing only very fine sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light, this beauty still housed in its original birth-sleeve.

Two perfect labels, previously unplayed vinyl, revealing only very fine sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light, this beauty still housed in its original birth-sleeve.

Anthony Hall - Baby Girl Of Mine / My Yiddishe Momme - Virtue 8500

Anthony Hall

Baby Girl Of Mine / My Yiddishe Momme

Virtue : 8500 (45s)

A superior version of Bobby Sharp's 1956 "Clippity clop" cowboy campfire inspired original, that Ruth Brown much-improved the same year on Atlantic, giving it a much harder R&B edge.
Of the 3 versions this later revamp by Anthony Hall, is not only, by far the rarest, but also easily the most effective take.

Just killer Popcorn by an under-the-radar Philly crooner with the booming bottomless voice, with the Keffer Sisters embroidering their shrill girl-group choruses behind Anthony's pleading vocal. Far more effective when played at 45rpm, as is the screeching saxophone drilling into the mood. Compared with the lone YouTube offering that is slowed down by a marginal rpm's, I much prefer this recording at the prescribed 45rpm..

I could see this Popcorn cruiser, with a more concerted club exposure, or in the capable hands of Lady Jodie Lamb becoming an absolute monster… it certainly riveted my attention after just the opening bars.

Mesmerising, sulking Popcorn I've found utterly captivating from the very first note.


Condition Report

two clean labels, flawless archive vinyl, mint minus throughout

two clean labels, flawless archive vinyl, mint minus throughout

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Jimmy McFarland - Lonely Lover / Let Me Be Your Man - R P R  R-108 DJ

Jimmy McFarland

Lonely Lover / Let Me Be Your Man

R P R : R-108 DJ (7")

A huge Northern Soul favourite for over 4 decades, without ever succumbing to bootlegging or counterfeits. Holland - Dozier - Holland gets a fabulous Los Angeles makeover from seasoned arranger Jack Eskew, certainly no stranger to the Californian Northern Soul sound with Rita and The Tiaras, Sandy Wynn already coming under his commanding arrangements.

Previously recorded for Motown by Marvin Gaye in 1966, it was one of his many standout sessions that never reached vinyl. But caught the ear of artists recognising the potential by doing their own version.

Apparently this L.A. version of "Lonely Lover" was also a previously unused 1966 session, scheduled for Los Angeles based Venus records who released Karen Small etc. it too got left on the shelf, for 3 years until R P R Records came along. A wise choice from producers Steve Benson and Wayne Martin to head up their reissue of his 1966 single " Let Me Be Your Man " with the previously unheard "Lonely Lover" even though is sold virtually nothing for R P R. It became a Northern Soul dancefllor favourite throughout the late 70's and beyond.

The R P R label were constantly seeking other independent releases to promote, but their venture also failed by 1970 they had ceased business. Leaving this 45 as Jimmy McFarland's last contribution to the L.A. public.

A stunning piece of elusive Northern Soul that Jack Eskew ensured stayed true to it's Motown roots.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, spectacular full gloss mint minus vinyl. a very impressive copy.

Two clean promo labels, spectacular full gloss mint minus vinyl. a very impressive copy.

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

Maurice Williams

Being Without You / Baby Baby

Deesu : 302 (45s)

Prepare to be catapulted back those never-to-be-repeated golden years of Northern Soul; when this 45 was simultaneously swamping the dancefloors of Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier, St. Ives, Yate .. it was the most popular of countywide NS monsters. That again today is igniting all and every Oldies Night that employ OVO DJs to deliver the Northern Soul greats.

Click the soundfile, then hold on, strap yourself in, here comes a slab of Real-Deal Proper-Northern-Soul from the streets of New Orleans. As the music transports you from the colourful city, back and into all the most vibrant Soul allnighters of the mid-70s. Inside an heated space, records of this calibre elevated these rooms into explosive cauldrons of Soul-dance..

Hear that intense drum-roll intro, brushed aside by a brutal barrage of brass; rumbling across from Lincolnshire's 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, north to south with only maybe Long-Eared Bats picking up those vital nS 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 all the clubs and 1000's of teenagers to a lifestyle never to be eclipsed...a culture that may never be replicated.

Having said all that.. how did we back in the day, 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

MINT! Two clean labels, full gloss like new vinyl. As good as we've seen this century.

MINT! Two clean labels, full gloss like new vinyl. As good as we've seen this century.

Phillis Dillon c/w Tommy McCook and The Supersonics - Don't Stay Away / What Now ? - Doctor Bird DB 1061 noc

Phillis Dillon c/w Tommy McCook and The Supersonics

Don't Stay Away / What Now ?

Doctor Bird : DB 1061 noc (45s)

After being locally "discovered" by Lynn Taitt, she was introduced to Duke Reid and the Treasure Isle label where Phillis Dillon cut the legendary "Don't Stay Away", her first 45.

From the lady who gave us a wonderful take on Bettye Swann's "Make Me Yours", here is one of the very sought-after Doctor Bird's from the beautiful soulful voice of Ms. Dillon.

A Duke Reid production, of Phillis's own composition, drawing from her love of soul, she glides through this uplifting Rock Steady stepper, superbly orchestrated with the easy-going backdrop prompted by subtle saxophone notes and a melodica break. A mesmeric Rock Steady floater of extreme quality. That will I'm sure draw keen interest from the Soul fraternity as well as dedicated Reggae harvesters.

A truly addictive tune reminding the listener why so many seek ownership.

The flipside by Tommy McCook and The Supersonics is a deconstruction of a classic Gilbert Bécaud love theme, with interjections of extreme trumpet musicianship. Rather cool, I think.

Listen to the fine clean, squeaky-clean vinyl that plays without a murmur, stand out playback.

Condition Report

Tiny writing on a-side label " If You Knew" , original push-out 3 prong has been removed. Vinyl shows off fully gloss vinyl, but covered with multiple fine hairlines, as you can hear it plays crisp, loud and clean.

Tiny writing on a-side label " If You Knew" , original push-out 3 prong has been removed. Vinyl shows off fully gloss vinyl, but covered with multiple fine hairlines, as you can hear it plays crisp, loud and clean.

Max Romeo ‎– Johosaphatt The Lost Valley / Dub in Johosaphatt - Black World BW020

Max Romeo ‎

Johosaphatt The Lost Valley / Dub in Johosaphatt

Black World: BW020 (45s)

Plays much better that is looks, top draw horn saturated Roots from 1975.

Written, arranged and produced by Max Romeo himself, a well respected dance tune harking back to the classic style horns, with touches of Ska mixed into the rhythms. Max's seasoned, battle worm vocal is the vocal compliment to the persistent rattling percussion cradling the vocal group's hanging harmony responses. A mid-70's masterpiece, compellign and totally addictive.

flip it over, for an equally enthralling dub version, rolling out more of those narcotic pulse with some well timed vocal partitions.

Two killer sides, that ride the surface marks with no

Condition Report

Label tear far left of a-side label, see image. flipside label shows soft storage rub, vinyl reveals multiple surface hairlines but as you can hear they do not overwhelm the massive enjoyment this song delivers. (listen) yto both sides

Label tear far left of a-side label, see image. flipside label shows soft storage rub, vinyl reveals multiple surface hairlines but as you can hear they do not overwhelm the massive enjoyment this song delivers. (listen) yto both sides

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

Frankie (Love Man) Crocker

Ton Of Dynamite / Confession Of Love

Turbo : 0001 (45s)

The from the same era when the diversity of the Northern Soul scene was never more apparent than in 1974 when the Blackpool Mecca was spinning "A Ton Of Dynamite" and Wigan Casino was spinning "Footsee". The line in the sand was drawn with The Mecca going more and more "Funky" and Wigan Casino DJ's momentarily veering towards "pop".

Ton Of Dynamite was a ground-breaking "hunk of funk" that took no prisoners on the Northern Soul dancefloor. As Blackpool Mecca started winning the street kudos. As time has proved beyond debate as "Footsee" will never grace a Northern Soul turntable again and Frankie Crocker still triggers allniter pandemonium when dropped.

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

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

Whilst us mere mortals were listening to Mike Raven’s BBC radio one Soul show for our Soul educational fix. Ian Levine and Colin Curtis were listening Frankie Love Man Crocker on WBLS radio on cassette tapes Ian had brought back from his USA holidays. The turbulent sound “Ton Of Dynamite” stuck in their minds, then a few original 45s were located. The Blackpool Mecca’s boundaries were already widening; Levine and Curtis decided this frenetic edgy cocktail of Funk & Northern Soul was ready for a Highland Room airing. It was of course an instant success with the "Highlanders" receptive tastes. A record that has been ingrained into the Northern Soul psyche ever since. Even near 5 decades after those two audacious Blackpool Mecca DJ’s discharged it’s power onto a now expectant Highland room throng.

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

Before you today, encapsulated in near 3 minutes of “dynamite” is a seldom-seen top drawer NS classic that pushed the envelope.

Condition Report

Clean a-side label, flipside label has a small name in marker. Strong gloss on vinyl, reveals only soft fine hairlines when angled in the light. listen to the clean soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Clean a-side label, flipside label has a small name in marker. Strong gloss on vinyl, reveals only soft fine hairlines when angled in the light. listen to the clean soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Barbara McNair - You're Gonna Love My Baby / The Touch Of Time - Tamla Motown TMG 544 sticker DJ

Barbara McNair

You're Gonna Love My Baby / The Touch Of Time

Tamla Motown : TMG 544 sticker DJ (45s)

TMG 544 one of the iconic British Tamla Motown releases..

Absolutely no introduction required for this British Motown TMG Grail!

..or indeed a review on its extreme sorrowful qualities, may also be redundant. For TMG 544 is a universally revered 45, held in the same unrivaled esteem by all Tamla Motown followers and the Northern Soul congregation alike. It is in most collectors opinions, one of the most important and best loved British Tamla Motown releases of them all; But it didn't start like life that, being completely outside the Motown style, in make up and delivery, this recording took time rise through the ranks of most-popular Motown dancefloor enticers; but those stark differences over the decades have set "You're Gonna Love My Baby" apart from the rest of the British Tamla Motown TMG releases, finding a place in the hearts of all Soul fans, from no matter what persuasion.

Before you today is a EMI stickered NOT FOR SALE promo of this coveted 45. Strong gloss vinyl, revealing some fine time-served surface hairlines under direct light, two exquisitely clean labels, 4 prong centre intact. all housed the original Tamla Motown sleeve, adorned with that attractive FACTORY SAMPLE sticker used for quality control, sound-testing, record reviewers etc.

Look, listen and be prepared to fall in love all over again, with the alluring Barbara McNair and her finest recording, a masterpiece showcasing Tamla Motown's mastery of all styles.

In recent times I've also begun to be drawn to the excellent "The Touch Of Time" a fine journey into "Beat Ballad Heaven"

Condition Report

Visually under light a strong vg+, multiple soft hairlines, audibility a loud crisp Mint minus.

Visually under light a strong vg+, multiple soft hairlines, audibility a loud crisp Mint minus.

Patsy (Millicent Todd) with the Count Ossie Band - Pata Pata Rock Steady / Nyiah Bongo - Doctor Bird DB 108

Patsy (Millicent Todd) with the Count Ossie Band

Pata Pata Rock Steady / Nyiah Bongo

Doctor Bird : DB 108 (45s)

A fabulous version of Miriam Makeba's African Soul classic. A huge Soul club spin in the same year of 1968.

Bongo backed Jamaican rhythms from the Gayfeet in-house band, carrying Miss Todd's shrill vocal through a vibrant Ossie Williams arrangement, as he serves up an addictive cocktail of Africa & The West Indies dance.

A club classic from this prolific lady...challenging to find in fine clean condition.

Flip it over for more Bongo driven pulses, as Oswald Williams goes it alone with an haunting mid tempo groove, that'll creep under your skin. As his eerie vocal cradled by a harmonized male vocal group takes to the air.

Two strong sides, on one very elusive disc on one of the UK's best loved labels.

Condition Report

vinyl reveals only some very light surface hairlines, but plays clean and strong. 4 prong die-cut centre fully in place. Tiny dsicreet name in biro right/hand bottom a-side (see images)

vinyl reveals only some very light surface hairlines, but plays clean and strong. 4 prong die-cut centre fully in place. Tiny dsicreet name in biro right/hand bottom a-side (see images)

Dandy & His Group / Honeyboy Martin  - In The Mood (Rock Steady) / Dreader Than Dread - Caltone 103AX

Dandy & His Group / Honeyboy Martin

In The Mood (Rock Steady) / Dreader Than Dread

Caltone : 103AX (45s)

Two fine 1967 Rock Steady dancers back to back!

From the starting point of the prolific Dandy Livingstone's fruitful career, comes this inventive conversion of the Glen Miller Orchestra anthem, into a delightful Jamaican influenced Rock Steady instrumental for this highly collectable label. No vocals, with a cruising saxophone taking the lead, lifting the session up into active Rock Steady rhythms that build layer upon layer as the instrumental powers on through.

The flipside

Condition Report

two clean labels no writing, stickers just some soft ageing a little storage rub (see images) Vinyl has multuple light surface marks, occasional soft background ticks or pops, not affecting play.

two clean labels no writing, stickers just some soft ageing a little storage rub (see images) Vinyl has multuple light surface marks, occasional soft background ticks or pops, not affecting play.

Wild Cherries - I Don't Care / Theme For A Merry-Go-Round - Festival FK 2535

Wild Cherries

I Don't Care / Theme For A Merry-Go-Round

Festival : FK 2535 (45s)

1968 Australian pyche/rock/garage session written by legendary Queensland Australia guitarist Barry Lyde ( Lobby Lloyd), former member of the highly regarded Brisbane based "Purple Hearts"

Lyde, like he did for most of The Wild Cherries recordings, wrote both sides, assisted by Danny Robinson on the a-side big production "I Don't Care". Not as "wild" as some of his other work, this experimental production brings together a girl-choir, heavy duty Hammond keyboard, making this track more like a "Bowie" experience. Not a production that required a "Lobby" display of plectrum wizardry, instead the finale brings in a Psyched-up keyboard ending.

The flipside however is really cool, investigative psychedelic music, featuring the same keyboard liberty, full of weirdness and atmosphere, the rich Robinson lead vocal is always ahead of any guitar assistance. Showcasing The Wild Cherries diversity, as they serve up an imaginative psyche/garage mid-tempo that demands far more than just one play, as it stays in your head long after the final turn in the deadwax.

As always impregnated by Lobby's distinctive guitar work, supporting his signature snarling lead vocal, partitioned by a killer guitar solo from (Lobby), With the rest of the group enhancing the vocal contribution in the last third. Resulting in a fabulous pyche/garage down-under non-hit, no so very collectable.

Two strong sides, heavily showcasing one of Australia's most respected guitar stalwarts; John Baslington Lyde affectionately known and highly respected as "Lobby Lloyd" not only a genius with the plectrum but also a highly skilled lyricist. Showing he can change his style and still deliver.. big time! On this one of the group's most difficult 45's to acquire

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in company sleeve.

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in company sleeve.

Bongo Herman / Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny - African Breakfast / Chairman Of The Board - Green Door GD 4049

Bongo Herman / Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny

African Breakfast / Chairman Of The Board

Green Door : GD 4049 (7")

A previously unplayed archive copy still housed in its wavy-top birth sleeve, vinyl only giving up some micro-sleeve storage-hairline blemishes. Rare condition indeed.

Herman Davis has been festooning Jamaican recording sessions with his palms since the early 60's. Deservedly elevating himself to releases records under the Bongo Herman his instantly recognisable style being the inspiration for later groups to mimic his style, UB40 backbeats and pulses very reminiscent of Herman's captivating style, dance-rhythms just firing from his palms.

"African Breakfast" is the perfect example of his skills, as he weaves in and out of the bass-guitar and keyboard backing, then the horns come in, lifting the session to yet another level; brilliantly simplistic but saturated in that ability to creep under your skin.

on the flipside "Chairman Of The Board" composer Harry Johnson rewinds 3 years to the "Liquidator" for an intro that instantly pins your ears back in anticipation, Herman is joined by Les and Bunny. Harry J.'s team do not disappoint giving up a vibrant instrumental spattered with vocal whoops, chants and shouts as they lift their recreation of "Liquidator" into an almost unrecognisable goodtime.

Two great sides drenched in feelgood enthusiasm.

Condition is sublime, still sitting in its now aged birth-sleeve.



Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairlines under light. Plays flawless...

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairlines under light. Plays flawless...

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Isonics - Sugar / He Needs Her - Kammy K-369

Isonics

Sugar / He Needs Her

Kammy : K-369 (45s)

A rich ensemble of exuberant soulful voices, elevate this most-popular of Northern Soul dancers from a basic 1-2-3 intro, up and away, transforming it into a potent cocktail of exciting harmony. Relentlessly peppered with enthusiastic chants, muscular mantras and celebratory tongue-trills showering this kitchen-sink production with amazing vocal unity. Brilliantly partitioned by rattling piano breaks, offering up spectacular stand-alone moments that drive this irresistible compulsion to dance, lifted on high to yet another level, as those aerial voices return to soar yet again.

Awesomely different, the complete Northern Soul floor-packer. So very memorable, you will find that no matter how many records you've danced to that evening, this is the one you take home in your head.

The ultimate blending of 60's Soul, Latin, Tex-Mex and vocal group vitality...

Resist it's charismatic charms if you can...

But do not pass by, the equally unusual flipside, different but the snarling lead voice is still there; cradled by full male group choruses, horns, plucking guitar pulse. A fabulous stroller far too good to overlook, this too will have its day in the sun!



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Condition Report

two clean labels, crisp sharp silver text, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light. Top copy!

two clean labels, crisp sharp silver text, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light. Top copy!

Lopez Walker - Jah Jah New Garden / Garden In Dub - Phase 1 Records RF 1998

Lopez Walker

Jah Jah New Garden / Garden In Dub

Phase 1 Records : RF 1998 (45s)

A spectacular copy of this killer 1975 Roots cruiser, written by Lopez Walker himself, produced by Roy Francis .

1975 was a busy year for Lopez with 3 x 45 releases; one at Phase 1 Records, the other two allegedly came out on Rasta label, but are near impossible to find. This 45 "Jah Jah New Garden " has always been frustratingly elusive, with demand triggering a British reissue in 2005, the reissue is an easy spot, as it carries a red label logo rather that the plain white logo original of 1975 (see images)

The talented writer producer Lopez Walker delivers top-draw Roots, that enthusiastically bounces along on heavy-duty bass pulsse and highly pitched keyboard rhythms. Special-effect echoing percussion adds another level to this atmospheric dance groove.

Condition could hardly be finer, do not pass by.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. exceptional condition.

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. exceptional condition.

French Fries - Danse A La Musique / Small Fries - Epic 5-10313 DJ

French Fries

Danse A La Musique / Small Fries

Epic : 5-10313 DJ (45s)

45's like this, make it so difficult when an “outsider” asks you to "Define Northern Soul?"

I was part of that more than inventive Northern Soul DJ movement in 1974/75 that made this and many other unconventional dance recordings became monster Northern Soul dancefloor favourites!

The diversity, craft and imagination of Daly City born (schoolmate of the famed Bob Cattaneo). Sly Stone’s work was the perfect fit for the equally diverse and experimental Northern Soul DJ.

Sylvester Stewart took his original Daly City tapes for "Dance to the Music" stripped out the vocals, added a new exciting lyrics, sung in French; over an outrageous detonation of fuzz guitar insanity . A remix that just blew everybody away, The club classic “Dance to the Music" relegated to an out-of-vogue used-to-be, tumbling from the dizzy heights of a timeless soul-club anthem. Remixes of classics in 1968, was something completely innovative and alien to Northern Soul ears.

Sly could be considered the Soul Godfather of the "remix" and the effect on the Northern Soul dancers was seismic, this original dancefloor-shaker, had gatecrashed the scene with its unprecedented nonconformity, opening the way for Black Nasty - Cut Your Motor Off, Babe Ruth - Elusive, Andre Maurice - Cream Of The Crop and many others to momentarily reshape Northern Soul and its previous conventional turntable choices.

The French Fries - Danse A La Musique - is surely crying out for a Northern Soul renaissance to completely blow those fleet-footed dancers away for a second time around…


Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, reveals light suface hairlines, none affecting play.

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, reveals light suface hairlines, none affecting play.

Billi Welles and the Outer Realm Unlimited - Date With Destiny / Trying To Keep From Crying  - Mercede JM 3000

Billi Welles and the Outer Realm Unlimited

Date With Destiny / Trying To Keep From Crying

Mercede : JM 3000 (45s)

This colourful independent label is from an unlikely source, a relocated (from Connecticut) husband and wife team, now residents of sunny Florida, craft an obscure vocal-group stepper, backed up by a Norman Whitfield inspired Funker. Two impressive sides...

Both, well worthy of its growing reputation among scholars of the classier obscure rare-soul creations. The a-side fast becoming an essential soulful stroller after exposure at such highly regarded events like "Color One Tear Black" from hugely respected, investigative DJ's like Jim Edwards, Thierry J Cochet etc. This captivating style of the mournful outlook, delivered by seamless harmony vocals over an imaginative arrangement is a style that's really taking hold across Europe. Premiership soulful harmony that demands your attention.

But this 45 is much more than a one-side wonder. The flipside borrows heavily from Norman Whitfield innovation that completely changed the course of The Temptations style. "Trying To Keep From Crying" incorporates all those successful ingredients. Fuzz guitar displays of the highest calibre support, gliding psychedelic voices, as they soar high on the intricate funky arrangement.

You would expect an attempt by a white married couple supporting their daughter's (Nancy Mercede) musical ambitions, would steer away from Motown's most-innovative style of success, for something slightly easier to replicate than Norman Whitfield's genius. But no, they reproduced the vocal-group "Psyche sound" brilliantly without flaw or pause. This is top-drawer 1971 vocal group Funk that either The Undisputed Truth or The Temptations themselves would have been happy to put their name to.

Two sides of real-deal turn-of-the-decade Soul, avant-garde, effective and memorable, that many of the worlds visionary Soul Jocks are sourcing to improve their sets with.

Condition Report

Two mint labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish, when angled in the light. Both sides play flawless (listen)

Two mint labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish, when angled in the light. Both sides play flawless (listen)

King Perry and the Soulettes / Soul Brothers - Rub and Squeeze / Here Come The Minx - Island WI-292

King Perry and the Soulettes / Soul Brothers

Rub and Squeeze / Here Come The Minx

Island : WI-292 (45s)

The late great Lee Scratch Perry R.I.P., the visionary boss of Jamaican music, who sadly past away leaving an unrivalled legacy of innovative, ground-breaking writing and productions that altered the face of Jamaican music.

This 13 Brentford Road recording no way totally reflects his genius, but offers an opportunity to acquire one of his fast disappearing early sessions from his younger days, a recording full of fun, cheekiness, sexiness gliding on compelling dance rhythms, that he built his unrivalled career upon.

The 30 year old "Scratch" pulls into this innuendo saturated session, double-entendre filled joyous session, classic SKA hiccup rhythms adorned with the most delicious of girl group decoration. A sessio tyhatslowly but surely creeos under your skin as those addictive girl pull you into their mood.

The flipside by The Soul Brothers "Here Come The Minx" is a sulking Clarinet dominated Jazzy mid-tempo instrumental, ticking some boxes of Ska influences but is essentially superb Island Jazz. DEmonstrating the wealth on talent at Studio one records. Again elevates The Soul Brothers to another level of coolness, again that meandering clarinet manipulation steals the show.

Two killer tunes on one elusive and highly sought after disc.

Condition Report

X on label, 4 prong centre intact, see images. strong gloss on a-side vinyl revealing 3 surface marks, besides that there are some very fine sleeve storage hairlines no affecting play. some light ticks towards the ending (listen). B-side vinyl is a grade higher only soft hairlines, none affecting play.

X on label, 4 prong centre intact, see images. strong gloss on a-side vinyl revealing 3 surface marks, besides that there are some very fine sleeve storage hairlines no affecting play. some light ticks towards the ending (listen). B-side vinyl is a grade higher only soft hairlines, none affecting play.

Tobi Legend - Time Will Pass You By / Heartbreaker - Mala 591 DJ

Tobi Legend

Time Will Pass You By / Heartbreaker

Mala : 591 DJ (45s)

A gloriously clean promo copy, playing a clean mint minus copy, with no indication of turntable action.

The ultimate Northern Soul anthem! with a flipside you can't ignore either..

One of Northern Soul's most important records

Listen and be transported to just the best of times...



Condition Report

Two totally clean promo labels, no writing, stickers or stains. Full gloss Ex + playing mint minus a-side vinyl revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairline under light. Housed in the correct company sleeve!

Two totally clean promo labels, no writing, stickers or stains. Full gloss Ex + playing mint minus a-side vinyl revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairline under light. Housed in the correct company sleeve!

Billy Rocka - Listen Pretty Baby / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry - Brunswick 9-55049 DJ

Billy Rocka

Listen Pretty Baby / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry

Brunswick : 9-55049 DJ (45s)

Rare 1958 Rockabilly, that never came out in the UK. But did make a surprising and brief appearance on Australian Brunswick. But remained Billy Rocka's only USA 45, and perhaps promo only.

Two raw D.I.Y. rockers with that primitive appeal but showcasing some fabulous twangy guitar riffs, supporting the hopeful voice of the mysterious "Billy Rocka"... one of 100's of optimistic teen-rockers of the late 50's given colourful rebel-esque name to attract the young girls to buy their 45's.

Sadly for Billy this was his only 45 release, Brunswick led with "Listen Pretty Baby" and it failed, but they could have just as easily gone with "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry" just as fiery a cool bopper with an impressive guitar break towards the end. Two great sides thjat have fell ionto obscurity.

Here is the elusive USA original promo in fine clean condition, play perfect conditioon.

Condition Report

The only pimple on this beautiful 45's face is a radio station file number, that has been crossed out. Vinyl is full gloss mint minus vinyl still housed in its birth-sleeve.

The only pimple on this beautiful 45's face is a radio station file number, that has been crossed out. Vinyl is full gloss mint minus vinyl still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Johnny Osbourne - Purify Your Heart / Purify version - Riley Inc. DSR 6129

Johnny Osbourne

Purify Your Heart / Purify Your Heart version

Riley Inc.: DSR 6129 (45s)

Exceptionally clean condition for this "Techniques" limited repress.

Produced by labels owner Winston Riley, Johnny Osbourne was prolific under Riley's guidance this recording ome of his most wanted.

Cool Roots, wah-wah bolstered with skillfully blown horns and male vocal harmony choruses. A classy mid-pace dance groove with Johnny's fluid vocal riding the arrangement on wave after wave of rich male vocal back up.

a quality slick tune, you will instantly understand why it is so wanted.

Condition Report

Two totally clean label, full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing hardly a blemish.

Two totally clean label, full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing hardly a blemish.

Johnny Lonesome - Doctor Heartache / Marie, Marie - H. M.V. 45-POP 837 DJ

Johnny Lonesome

Doctor Heartache / Marie, Marie

H. M.V.: 45-POP 837 DJ (45s)

Just like the British Northern Soul DJ & collectors curiosity found the scene some of the world's "lost" club music, at the same time, just across the North Sea in Belgium and France Club DJs thirst for something obscure, were foraging for new music to pleasure the burgeoning Popcorn scene with. Some of their finds were staggeringly rare and most everything carrying an additive haunting atmosphere as R&B, Jazz, Soul & Pop merge into one. Of course that unique Euro scene has long since spread its influence into the British Northern Soul club culture. Making it all the richer, as "Popcorn" seamlessly dovetails into rare Northern Soul sets without so much as a pause or sideways glance; The Brits are lapping up that Popcorn mood.

Before you today is irresistible "Popcorn" by the mysterious one record only Johnny Lonesome. Serving up killer British only release "Popcorn" hidden away on the flipside of a non-selling yawn of a crooning ballad.
Superbly moody "Fever" inspired, Bobby Hart composition mid-tempo presented here as the beyond rare 1961 British red and white demo.

Jazz & Blues meld as the slowly plucked Double Bass intro pulls you into its web of mystic, jazzy Bongo pulses pelt on the mix, along with moody well timed occasional thwacks of the drum, jazzy guitar decorates the background as Johnny's soft warnings of despair await you if you ever meet "Doctor Heartache" rhythms mingle with narcotic effects that quickly burrow into your psyche.

Far superior and decidedly more addictive than Tommy Sand pacier 1960 original, which doesn't capture the same irresistible mood the British "Fever" clone does.

UK ONLY and off the scale rare promo, as this totally seductive UK deconstruction out-sulks its USA counterpart.

LOVE IT!

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss excellent plus vinyl

two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss excellent plus vinyl

Darrow Fletcher - The Pain Gets A Little Deeper / My Judgement Day - The Groovy Label G 3001 DJ

Darrow Fletcher

The Pain Gets A Little Deeper / My Judgement Day

The Groovy Label: G 3001 DJ (45s)

WHITE DEMO ALERT! so though to acquire a clean copy as a promo of one of the all-time NS greats!

"The Pain Gets A Little Deeper"... and nobody portrays "Pain" quite like Darrow Fletcher.

A soul artist who has never recorded a record I don't adore, I like every single he has ever made. Then, when I witnessed him live on stage at Cleethorpes weekender in 2006; he cast his spell over everybody present, elevating himself into my all-time favourite Soul vocalists. Watering my eyes in the process, sending shivers down the back of my neck, with his unique manner of subtly delivering despair, hurt and hopelessness with a tender but totally convincing touch. That comes through to be equally moving, on vinyl as well as on stage.

"The Pain Gets A Little Deeper" is this "child prodigy's" first recording, when he collaborated with Ted Daniels and Maurice Simpkins, a powerful Chicago session, painting a poignant picture of a young man's heartbreak. This son of the Detroit Ghetto was only 14 years old when he created this blinding 45. That went on to become a Twisted Wheel favourite and now heralded as a Northern Soul timeless classic across the world. So incredibly attractive and super-scarce as a clean white demo!

Criminally neglected in his homeland, Darrow and his music is held in such high regard in the UK, that most all 60's Soul fans, can sing this anthem out loud. Here is Darrow's first 45, that introduced him to our shores in February 1966.

Listen and weep ... but do not overlooked the flipside, yet another "Darrow" masterpiece "My Judgement Day" just as poignant all his other word awaits...

Condition Report

Two total clean white promo label, strong gloss mint minus vinyl, a few soft sleeve storage blemishes, when angled in the light none of which transfer themselves to the stylus a strong mint minus; there just a solitary tiny light mark on the final turn, that causes a light click on the very last note, and the run-off. otherwise a pristine copy. <br /> <br /> A stunning example. .

Two total clean white promo label, strong gloss mint minus vinyl, a few soft sleeve storage blemishes, when angled in the light none of which transfer themselves to the stylus a strong mint minus; there just a solitary tiny light mark on the final turn, that causes a light click on the very last note, and the run-off. otherwise a pristine copy.

A stunning example. .

Mark Valentino - The Push And Kick / inc: Penny For Your Thoughts + 3 / French EP - Columbia ESDJ 1456

Mark Valentino

The Push And Kick EP / inc: Penny For Your Thoughts + 3

Columbia : ESDJ 1456 (EP)

1973 French only as a 7" a 45

Pow Wow Club

A1. Walking Alone
A2. Penny For Your Thoughts *
B1. The Push and Kick,
B2. Fabulous Night

Condition Report

Two clean labels, flawless previously unplayed mint vinyl, unblemished laminated picture cover retaining the coveted re-order tag.

Two clean labels, flawless previously unplayed mint vinyl, unblemished laminated picture cover retaining the coveted re-order tag.

Lou Etta Terry Singers Of Buffalo New York feat: George Calvin Austin - Who Do You Turn To / Prayer Is The Answer - Designer PAG 7240

Lou Etta Terry Singers Of Buffalo New York feat: George Calvin Austin

Who Do You Turn To / Prayer Is The Answer

Designer: PAG 7240 (45s)

How powerful is this, stunning 70's dancer?

A muscular 1975 Memphis Gospel influenced dance session, led by the mighty vocal of George Calvin Austin, underpinned by a sea of Sister vocals hitting glorious heights of choir soulfulness. Propelled by a funky Hammond keyboard, layered with beautifully raw and authentic voices reaching out with glass-shattering peaks or seamlessly falling back with booming note-holding valleys. So damn impressive!

I could easily imagine, back in the hot-summer of '76, this stunning 45 in the maverick hands of Colin Curtis; The Highland Room, Blackpool Mecca magician who pushed the envelope of Northern Soul with every set he did. Today this style maybe not as "maverick" as it would have been back then, but utterly saturated in all those punchy ingredients that makes a tune standout above the rest.

or indeed make a DJ standout above the rest...

Condition Report

Full gloss flawless mint vinyl, bright clean labels, flipside label has a crease, see images.

Full gloss flawless mint vinyl, bright clean labels, flipside label has a crease, see images.

Wilson Pickett - Let Me Be Your Boy / My Heart Belongs To You - MGM 1286 DJ

Wilson Pickett

Let Me Be Your Boy / My Heart Belongs To You

MGM : 1286 DJ (45s)

A GLORIOUS ARCHIVE CONDITION RED & WHITE DEMO carrying extreme desirability.

When this 45 was promoted by MGM in October 1965 UK MGM still left its original recording date of 1962 on the label. In 1962 Wilson Pickett would have been an unknown artist to the British record buying public, consequently was never issued that year. But in 1965 he was currently enjoying a smash hit with "In The Midnight Hour". MGM were never a record company to pass over an opportunity to cash-in. .

Which is a shame as this debut single for Wilson Pickett showcases the very essence of a burgeoning early 60's Detroit music scene, as every fledgling independent record company hustled to emulate Berry Gordy's success. Correc-Tone was one of those enterprises. In fact this recording launched William Golden's new label, as he lured Wilson Pickett away from Robert West's Lu Pine and their most successful group The Falcons.

It was only 3 years later when Wilson Pickett become the idol of the MODS and a household name with his smash hit "In The Midnight Hour", considered at the time as a Soul club anthem. The lyrics resonating so well with the "All-night" lifestyle. But leaving "Let Me Be Your Boy" well hidden, away on the flipside.

More recent times Verve's 1965 attempt to also piggyback on "Midnight Hour's" success allowed the Northern Soul DJ access to a great Northern Soul tune (The 1962 original Correc-tone 45 remaining too rare for a concerted mass turntable assault to ever happened.) But the Verve release was ubiquitous enough to fill demand, today "Let Me Be Your Boy" is now a NS classic and filling the dancefloor every time...

But what about owning a UK DEMO copy in spectacular archive condition. This is not a disc you are ever encounter in virtually unblemished condition...

and doesn't it catch the eye and fire up that "red n' white" lust that rushes through veins of time-served Northern Soul "old-schoolers"

This is a proper British Northern Soul trophypiece.

Condition Report

Two totally clean red and white promo labels, see spectacular images. Vinyl is previously unplayed mint minus condition, full gloss, only revealing the merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light. Still housed in titled library MGM birth sleeve. You will never find a finer example.,

Two totally clean red and white promo labels, see spectacular images. Vinyl is previously unplayed mint minus condition, full gloss, only revealing the merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light. Still housed in titled library MGM birth sleeve. You will never find a finer example.,

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