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

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

Busty & Cool - Mr. Policeman / What A World - Blue Beat 45/BB 144

Busty & Cool

Mr. Policeman / What A World

Blue Beat : 45/BB 144 (45s)

Arthur Robinson and Noel "Scully" Simms with one of Blue Beat's hard numbers to find, originally from Doris Darling's Jamaican label.

Doris Darling was Clement "Coxsone" Dodd mother's label, making this 45 rich in SKA history and pedigree; with Busty & Cool recording under several different names during their SKA and Rock Steady partnership. The two school friends formed during the 50's.

First known as Simms and Robinson, later Bunny & Skully. A talented duo, singers and lyricists as well as being multi-musicians. Skully in particular being heralded as one of Jamaica's most accomplished percussionists.

"Mr. Policeman" written by Arthur Robinson is a typically uplifting SKA experience with the two smooth vocals weaving seamlessly through the lyrics, cradled by a subdued saxophone background. A truly delightful, jazzy SKA stroller.

The flipside "What A World" steps up the pace, driven by a meatier arrangement, featuring an impressive trumpet solo, a relentless honky-tonk piano, with the same considerate saxophone and again the duet vocals gloriously tight and together,

Two great tunes, one very elusive disc...especially in this fabulous condition.

Condition Report

4 prong centre intact, two clean labels, unblemished vinyl, with no indication of use. A beauty!

4 prong centre intact, two clean labels, unblemished vinyl, with no indication of use. A beauty!

U. Roy - Rock To The Beat / Love Is Not A Gamble - Duke Reid DR 2520

U. Roy

Rock To The Beat / Love Is Not A Gamble

Duke Reid : DR 2520 (45s)

A fine clean copy of the 1972 British release, revealing hints of the very beginnings of dub from an innovated artist who would become a major influence on other genres and artists through the following decades.

"Rock To The Beat " is an addictive beating stroller, prompted throughout with narcotic dance pulses, before U. Roy's ground-breaking vocal delivery captures your attention. Enriched by echoing background vocals this irresistible recording creeps under your skin, demanding more than just one play.

flip it over, to be uplifted again, this time by a superior vocal-group-harmony performance as another quality soulful/reggae mid-tempo enters your life. As U. Roy squeals, screams and chants pepper the seamless supporting voices. Elevating the song to another levels.

Two cool tunes with "Love Is Not A Gamble" being deceptively classy!



Condition Report

Two neat clean labels, vinyl reveals only light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. Perhaps previous unplayed as the centre-hole seems not t have ever encountered a spindle. A finer copy would be hard to find.

Two neat clean labels, vinyl reveals only light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. Perhaps previous unplayed as the centre-hole seems not t have ever encountered a spindle. A finer copy would be hard to find.

Vel-Vets - I Got To Find Me Somebody / What Now My Love - 20th Century Fox 6676 DJ

Vel-Vets

I Got To Find Me Somebody / What Now My Love

20th Century Fox : 6676 DJ (45s)

In February 1967 Kent Harris's sister Marcene "Dimples" Harris, along with James Anthony Carmichael and Jackie "Call Me Tomorrow" Mills. Crafted the most uplifting Northern Soul experience of them all; witnessing a full Northern dancefloor galvanized by the dropping of this 45 onto the soul-club turntable.

Only the truly superlative 45's have the power to provoke a crowd into spontaneous, united in hand-claps & screaming WHOOPS!!!

This 1967 Los Angeles creation has that power, to bring the whole Soul family together, dancing, raising arms saluting this girl-group's yowling chorus..
"I Got To Find Me Somebody" whoop! "I Got To Find Me Somebody" Whoop! This is the ultimate woo-woo song of all-time.
To peer down from the lofty safety zone of Wigan Casino's balcony in 1974 and watch sea of arms acknowledge the high point of this song, is a memory nobody will ever forget.

A record that bonds lifetime friendships, branding red-hot searing memories in your brain, everybody bonding with the common interest of dancing to Northern Soul the everlasting glue.

The Vel-Vets is not only timeless, The Vel-Vets is also a portal for your mind's time-machine, catapulting you back to the wonder-years of Northern Soul, with all comradeship and endless good times it showered you with..

The Vel-Vets is euphoric recall at it's most-momentous ...

Condition Report

Two clean promo label, very mild age browning (see image). VINYL not styrene, reveals some surface hairlines, plays loud, crisp and clean

Two clean promo label, very mild age browning (see image). VINYL not styrene, reveals some surface hairlines, plays loud, crisp and clean

Jimmy Lloyd - Where The Rio De Rosa Flows / (We've Reached) The Beginning Of The End - Roulette RCW 7001 DJ

Jimmy Lloyd

Where The Rio De Rosa Flows / (We've Reached) The Beginning Of The End

Roulette : RCW 7001 DJ (45s)

Condition! Condition! Condition!

An amazingly clean 1957 Rockabilly promo, still housed in its original birth-sleeve. Rare condition indeed.

Kentuckian Country artist with a penchant for a lively dance recording, with his first rocker. A twangy guitar led bopper, with piano pulse decorating the background. Jimmy's gritty upstretched vocal is at ease with the pace, as his words flow with ease as the backing build. A marvellous guitar break then adorns this already attractive Rockabilly romp.

A year later Jimmy would co-write the Rockabilly classic "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket," again released on the Roulette label, but this rocker was his first for the label.

A real down country artist with two seriously appreciated rockers on the same label.

This listing in real standout condition.

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, vinyl is beautifully clean revealing only fine light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays flawless. still housed in it's original birth sleeve

two clean promo labels, vinyl is beautifully clean revealing only fine light sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays flawless. still housed in it's original birth sleeve

Shorty - President Mash Up Resident / version - Green Door GD 40443

Shorty

President Mash Up Resident / version

Green Door: GD 40443 (45s)

This 1972 British dancefloor-detonator, is in spectacular store copy, in unplayed condition. A rare state indeed!

Derek Thompson's first UK 45 and what a debut it is. A vibrant flood of electrifying vibes, ground-breaking whistle effects, fill the background whilst "Shorty" delivers exhilarating Patois lyrics peppering the unusual but highly effective arrangement.

Certainly not a tune you'd forget in a hurry, uplifting, un-understandable but brilliant. No wonder this song hold cult-status among dedicated Reggae collectors and DJ's.

It would be challenging to acquirer a cleaner copy than this listing.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, previously unplayed near unblemished vinyl, revealing only ultra fine sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light

Two perfect labels, previously unplayed near unblemished vinyl, revealing only ultra fine sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light

Rhythm & Soul USA - RHYTHM & SOUL USA # 1 / 1966 UK fanzine - F.O.A.R.B.S

Rhythm & Soul USA

RHYTHM & SOUL USA # 1 / 1966 UK fanzine

F.O.A.R.B.S: 1 (MAG)

A very rare 1966 British debut new series Dave Godin project, no. 1 of Dave adventure after the Motown Appreciation Society.

Having read the contents you can’t help but feel, and not for the first time. This Soul fanzine should have been the springboard for a major music magazine that preceded what was to become the world’s leading black music news source, “Blues and Soul”. It’s content certainly outweighs those early “Home Of The Blues” the steppingstone to B&S.

Why this legendary journalist abandoned this idea, is unclear. Other than Dave joining the Blues and Soul team himself. Business drive and business acumen were not Dave's strongest points but his knowledge ad passion for Soul music was second to none. Perhaps he became too involved with other business ideas. The record label Soul City was already a seed in his fertile brain. Some records reviewed in this project became Soul City releases ie Shirley Lawson. So now check out Dave’s early work when he branched out from Motown Appreciation Society into a wider spectrum of USA Soul music.

This addition includes a wealth of Soul History and information a unique window into Great Britain 1966 and the Soul fans tastes ad preferences that subscribed to the readership.

includes "Soul City" very first advert, the Music Shop not the label. 9 pages of new Soul 45's / LP `reviews both UK and import.

Full page black & white pics & bio's of Aretha Franklin, Darrell Banks, Garnet Mimms, Solomon Burke.

A mountain of information gathered by Dave and presented in his precise, clear writings.

Today, 54 years later it could have been Dave Godin who was in charge of the world’s largest black music publication. Instead there are only 3 editions of Dave’s Soul sapling; today providing us with a window into the mind and times when Dave, almost single-handed strived to bring Soul to the British music lover.

What a fabulous artefact to own, the early works of our hero. The greatest Soul journalist of them all. His passion, love and selflessness just seeps from the pages.

Condition Report

Excellent condition throughout, no tear, writing, stains or loose pages.

Excellent condition throughout, no tear, writing, stains or loose pages.

Upsetters / J. R. Byles - Earthquake / Place Called Africa -Upsetter US 365

Upsetters / J. R. Byles

Earthquake / Place Called Africa

Upsetter : US 365 (45s)

Another Lee Perry gem, this tome a 1971 UK press, that is proving very challenging to find in acceptable condition.

Top side is an highly addictive but simplistic instrumental giving up all manner of inventive instrumentation. highlighted by rich keyboard pulses, peppered throughout with unusual vibes, occasional weird studio sound effect, underlining "Scratch Perry's" willingness to experiment to broaden his musical acumen. Searing Hammond notes take to the air, designed to captivate and entrance.. and it works so well.

flip it over to hear long-term Lee Perry collaborator Junior Byles add his silky vocal to another Lee Perry project, which many consider as the "value" side. Perry harks back to his ancestry in Africa crafting a stunning mid-paced social message. Byles's understated approach works so well on the historical statement.

Two strong sides, highly sought after and so challenging to acquire in tip-top condition.
Do not pass by...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centrepiece intact. vinyl is beautifully clean, revealing only the merest surface hairlines under direct light. as you can hear both sides play clean. an outstanding example.

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centrepiece intact. vinyl is beautifully clean, revealing only the merest surface hairlines under direct light. as you can hear both sides play clean. an outstanding example.

Trade Martin - She Put The Hurt On Me / Son Of A Millionaire - Stallion 1003

Trade Martin

She Put The Hurt On Me / Son Of A Millionaire

Stallion: 1003 (45s)

PROPER REAL-DEAL NORTHERN SOUL! A CLASSIC ALLNITER TUNE!

Driving, uncompromising bulldozer of a production, the perfect vehicle for Trade Martin's snarling presence as he builds a New York wall of sound. As he sings, arranging and produces this tsunami of Northern Soul; that he ratchets up to explosive proportions as he vents his pain.

The dancefloor inviting bassline intro, immediately enriched by scything strings, endowed with both a male vocal group choruses elevated yet again by echoing girl choir. The two groupings combine forces, melding together; lifting an already muscular production into a total floor-destroying journey. As that now enhanced string section cuts its way through the turbulent torrent.

The sonic-boom of this Northern Soul bomb, still triggers memories of shoulder to shoulder dance floor memories at both Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier, where "She Put The Hurt On Me" ruled the mid-70's with it's unparalleled power!

Before you is an elusive "Bell Sound" stamped authentic 1965 original.

The Big City flipside dancer is also well worth taking notice of..

Condition Report

Two rich red labels, no light exposure fade. Vinyl reveals only

Two rich red labels, no light exposure fade. Vinyl reveals only

Chris Farlow and The Thunderbirds - Itty Bitty Pieces / GIrl Trouble - Columbia DB 7237

Chris Farlow and The Thunderbirds

Itty Bitty Pieces / GIrl Trouble

Columbia : DB 7237 (45s)

Considered by us all as the finest R&B white singer the English music-scene had produced during the 60's, so convincing was his rasping voice led everybody to be under the impression he must be a black artist.

This 1964 was his third 45 and his first recording that was not written by himself. Instead Mike Collier took him under him wing; a Brit producer who went to the USA to work some years earlier presented Chris with a New York crafted song from the pen of the prolific and ultimately mysterious Rudy Clark. A gritty R&B hipshaker that suited Farlow's style perfectly, with The Thunderbird's embellishing the session with bluesy guitar riffs.

With Collier's new connections in the USA Collier presented another Stateside song on the flipside for Chris to snarl his way through. Written by the emerging talents of Gary Paxton, Johnny McCrae & Collier himself. NOw a seasoned producing Mike Collier steered both sides, hoping to catch the MOD culture's attention. Unfortunately this never happened, the record sold "nothing" and a Brit R&B shaker was born.

Two strong MOD sides encapsulating everything 1964 turning into, the birth of the allniters, the Soul DJ's, the amphetamine fuelled weekends.

This 45 is so MOD but also so rare, many may have never heard I before, many more do not own it, especially in this fine clean condition. Take yourself "Out Of time" click the soundfile to be catapulted back to the beginnings of the allnight soul clubs that set the seeds for the Northern Soul scene today..

No other Brit at the time, could have represented this sub-culture better that the growling "black" vocal of a young man who would become an household name..

Condition Report

4 prong centre intact, two clean labels. full gloss vinyl reveals only brief light surface hairlines under light. Plays flawless, strong clean Ex +. all housed in birth sleeve.

4 prong centre intact, two clean labels. full gloss vinyl reveals only brief light surface hairlines under light. Plays flawless, strong clean Ex +. all housed in birth sleeve.

Three Pieces - VIbes Of Truth / 1975 USA press - Fantasy F-9476 DJ

Three Pieces

Vibes Of Truth / original 195 USA press in gatefiold cover

Fantasy: F-9476 DJ (LP)

One of the finest 70's Soul albums ever made, but bemusing sold so few copies..

The opening track "I Need You Girl" however did reach 45 status both sides of the Atlantic, ripples with the fluid togetherness Lincoln Ross, Andre Richardson, Jerry Wilder give up and is the perfect taster for what's about to come.

Recorded right on the cusp of the disco explosion; which maybe explains the lack of interest at the time. As the trio meld Jazz/Soul/Funk into a showpiece of it's time. Underlined by the next track "Back Up Against The Wall" a Gil-Scott Heron styled dancer featuring a full orchestra backing, blaring brass and a magnificent Lincoln Ross trombone solo, to just die for. The album is now in full flow, the anticipation of what comes next is starting to make you impatient. Next is a stunning ballad used as the title track "Vibes Of Truth" a flute lifted Jazzy stroller. Last track side one is a finger-clicking feel-good instrumental Jazz-funker rounding off the diversity of this talented threesome.

The cocktail of Jazz/Soul/Funk continues of the flipside especially with the social comment within the "Concrete Jungle" session. Then comes the jewel in the crown of the whole album "If Only I Could Prove To You" a stunning Soulful mid-tempo stepper elevated by lush strings, bongo rhythms, tricky guitar riffs, flute solo assisting a flirting Trombone. Allows a beseeching lead voice to convince you with his need. A killer non-45 experience., a thinking DJ's must-own.

Followed another fine Jazz/Funk instrumental of "cool", with the Three Pieces leaving you begging for another run through the album as they depart with a strong blast of "Funk" with the tracktrack entitled "Virtue"

One elusive Washington, D.C. born masterpiece, leaving you wondering how talent of this calibre can release only a solitary album and a 45 during the 70's decade.

Condition Report

Light storage wear to the outside of the gatefold cover, but nothing serious enough to deter the collector.

Light storage wear to the outside of the gatefold cover, but nothing serious enough to deter the collector.

Glen Miller - Where Is The Love / Funky Broadway - Stag 3168

Glen Miller

Where Is The Love / Funky Broadway

Stag: 3168 (45s)

Goose-pimple inducing Soul from Jamaica, with the power to change your mood, day & your life. It certainly changes the dancefloor when the needle is dropped.

Right up there with the very greatest Northern Soul strollers of all time, Johnny Mae Matthews, Buddy Smith, Jimmie Bo Horne, James Lately, Chuck Holiday, George Lemons etc. high praise indeed but this sends record sends shivers right through me every time! In short one of my all time favourite 45's.. so staggeringly good - spectacularly rare!

A listing for those of you determined to own the top end Northern Soul 45s to DJ with. A record that never fails to draw applause, for the few DJs who are able to play it.

Click the soundfile and drool... this is just STUNNING NORTHERN SOUL!

that very seldom comes to market, only listed here today after last years non-paying winning bidder, with his endless promises of payment that never ever materialized...

Looking on the bright side, it allowed me to Wow! a few crowds with it, when I felt the my DJ set needed a lift.. boy and what a lift it gave it!

Condition Report

Full gloss vinyl, revealing only light surface hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays crisp clean and true. Labels are clean, except for a fine, faded name right hand side on the a-side label. Minuscule and not distracting.

Full gloss vinyl, revealing only light surface hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays crisp clean and true. Labels are clean, except for a fine, faded name right hand side on the a-side label. Minuscule and not distracting.

Chris Clark - From Head To Toe / The Beginning Of The End - Tamla Motown TMG 624 DJ

Chris Clark

From Head To Toe / The Beginning Of The End

Tamla Motown : TMG 624 DJ (45s)

The delectable Chris Clark, with her most-wanted British single in it's rarest form and most impressive condition.

A flawless October 1967 British green & white promo, launched to coincide with her fabulous "Soul Sounds" album. The blonde bombshell from California explodes onto the UK Motown map after the disappointing reception "Love's Gone Bad" received a year earlier. This Smokey Robinson composition up until now, just an album track for The Miracles but already familiar to the MODS of the day as the Liverpudlian group had covered it on Columbia a year earlier. But of course Chris Clarks and Smokey's production prowess blows that version out of the park.

The simplistic guitar / drum intro is very "Smokey" reminiscent of his finger clicking earlier compositions, clever sing-a-long poetry rings out in feel-good Motown rhythms at their most addictive. This is Motown dance at its best, as it builds into a crash-back-wallop experience as layer upon layer of instrumentation, backing vocals, and Chris's sweet voice becoming more and more decisive.

Classic Northern Soul Motown as an irresistible green & white Demo in near perfect condition.. resist if you can!

Condition Report

Two flawless demo labels, utterly unblemished vinyl both a * b-side, still housed in birth-sleeve. Real-deal vinyl gorgeousness.

Two flawless demo labels, utterly unblemished vinyl both a * b-side, still housed in birth-sleeve. Real-deal vinyl gorgeousness.

I. Roy / Skatalites - War And Affection / Franco Nero - Caribbean CBN 305

I. Roy / Skatalites

War And Affection / Franco Nero

Caribbean : CBN 305 (45s)

1976 Bunny Lee project, killer Roots with the Satellites coming in on the b-side with a ghostly instrumental version.

Both sides lifted from his highly regarded album "Bald Head Dread" from the same year. This is the elusive British 7" 45 release in spectacular condition.

A haunting floater benefitting from the flute caressed trippy arrangement, effortlessly cradling Roy Reid's message through this narcotic experience. Eerie Roots at it's most effective..

Flip it over to fully appreciate the skill involved building up the backing track.

Two strong tunes on a very elusive 7" 45. In rather special condition..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centrepiece intact. Vinyl has full gloss, revealing only the merest blemishes under light/. Looks and plays mint minus.

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centrepiece intact. Vinyl has full gloss, revealing only the merest blemishes under light/. Looks and plays mint minus.

David & Ruben - (I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me / Girl Of My Dreams - Warner Bros 7316

David & Ruben

(I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me / Girl Of My Dreams

Warner Bros : 7316 (45s)

The Robles Brothers with the launch of a record they first recorded in 1965. This time without the composer Arthur, the 1969 Warner Bros release credits just David and Ruben with an updated version carrying every bit as much charm as the original, and perhaps just as rare, as this seldom seen green stock copy.

An eye-catching example of this perennial Northern Soul dancefloor favourite. That's been triggering the dancefloor-dash for over 4 decades with no signs whatsoever of it becoming stale.

And it's never likely to. Even the remake, the starting-gun fanfare of trumpets is instantly recognised as a NS call to arms, rise to your feet and find some space to express yourself. So uplifting, so instant, a driving force propelled by a barrage of brass and soaring group vocals melding into one completely unforgettable slab of Northern Soul by the zipping strings. It is a tune you take home in your head every time the DJ refreshes your memory of its explosive qualities, blasting you onto your feet.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL - timeless Northern Soul.

If you love old-style transitional vocal-group ballads take a listen to the rich silky vocals of the brother on the flipside "Girl Of My Dreams " is saturated in Low Rider romance.

Condition Report

Two fine clean green stock copy labels, tiny bb drill. vinyl reveals only very light sleeve storage hairlines. as you can hear it p[lays perfectly!

Two fine clean green stock copy labels, tiny bb drill. vinyl reveals only very light sleeve storage hairlines. as you can hear it p[lays perfectly!

Pat & The Blenders - Just Because / same: instrumetal  - Fast Eddie 102

Pat & The Blenders

Just Because / same: instrumental

Fast Eddie : 102 (45s)

Addictive Philadelphia Northern Soul that has been filling the dancefloors of Europe for more years than I care to remember, but with no signs of the crowd-delight it triggers ever beginning to fade.

Play this Mister DJ and the room is yours..

This copy is in stunning unblemished condition, with no signs of it ever being DJ'd with before. Perfect for the NS Jock who appreciates the necessity of playing perfect sounding records.

Click the sound file and resist its narcotic charms if you can.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, bright, crisp Mint minus vinyl.

Two flawless labels, bright, crisp Mint minus vinyl.

Satan's Breed - Road Runner / Since You Left Me - Jenges J-4551

Satan's Breed

Road Runner / Since You Left Me

Jenges : J-4551 (45s)

Looking for a record to elevate your DJ or collections status?
Here's an current “Holy Grail” perched at the very pinnacle of rare Northern Soul DJing kudos. A record hardly any Rare-Soul collector owns or indeed has seen in the flesh.

This copy being the finest condition example known. Two immaculate labels, vinyl revealing only a few wispy hairlines.

What a spectacular slab of independent Philadelphia Northern Soul it is. Not only an absolute eye-popping vinyl, it is also unicorn-rare; with it's reputation blossoming on both sides of the Atlantic. As it matters not which side you drop the arm on. Topside you're treated to joyous Northern Soul, with the flipside offering up a Philadelphia vocal group sweet soul cruiser of stunning proportions.

So before you today is one of Northern Soul’s rarest of the rare, one of the most-wanted, kudos saturated 45's it is possible to own.
So now listen to the accomplished skills of George Guess as he writes, arranges and produces plus most probably sings on this mesmerizing vocal group harmony dancer. One of the very finest 45's I've had the pleasure of hearing in a very long time. A beseeching lead voice, sails on a wave of finely tuned harmony choruses. The backing track epitomizing the slickness of The Sound Of Philadelphia leaving the turbulent 60's, seamlessly flowing over into the next decade. Just brilliant !

Lowrider and Sweet Soul devotees will also be bowled over by the tight mid-paced mournful despair served up on the flipside. Underlining once again this gatherings ability for impeccable vocal harmonizing. Two impeccable sides on a seriously unattainable 45, that so very few collectors have ever owned, as the sky blue authentic original 1971 press, not on the banished red labelled counterfeit.

This is Northern Soul DJing and collecting at its utmost challenging...way beyond Rarest Of The Rare .. far past being good.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only faint wispy hairlines under direct light. plays crisp, clean and perfect.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only faint wispy hairlines under direct light. plays crisp, clean and perfect.

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

Yvonne Prenosilova

When My Baby Cries / Come On Home

Pye: 7N 15775 DJ (45s)

After several releases in her native Czechoslovakia a year earlier, Tony Hatch takes this impressive 18 year old, under his wing for this one solitary session, producing two top-drawer Northern Soul girl-vocal recordings for British release in 1965.

The A-side is a fabulous Big-City-Beater from the pen of Dusty Springfield's highly regarded back-up singer Lesley Duncan, masterfully conducted by Tony Hatch who constructs an inspiring song worthy of any New York Brill Building output you care to mention.

An imposing burping brass intro, gives way to a beautifully controlled girl vocal, effortlessly lifting up to the mountainous production as it begins to unfold. Tony Hatch was without question the greatest UK producer of the "Big Production" ; this beast of a mid-tempo again underlines his spectacular orchestral prowess in the studio.

For proof of Tony's talent, he composed the flipside, a great tune also. Especially one for those upbeat NS styled dancer fans. Remember Tony's " Life And Soul Of The Party " that Tina Mason recorded so brilliantly. Here he is again conducting a lively "Go-Go " Northern Soul dancer, fiery fast and furious a 1965 girl-stomper, with that sound girl-group collectors just adore.

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

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

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, immaculate vinyl, housed in birth sleeve. you could dream of owning a finer copy

two clean promo labels, immaculate vinyl, housed in birth sleeve. you could dream of owning a finer copy

Berry Street Station - Soho / Karla - Zuma LC 645

Berry Street Station

Soho / Karla

Zuma: LC 645 (45s)

Totally weird and hideously rare Major Bill Smith cocktail of Funk/Popcorn/Exotica complete with a clean picture cover... so very sought after for more reasons than just being impossible to find.

Haunting, groovy, psychedelically addictive instrumental with a young lady's vocal writhing in pleasure or is it pain? Whilst a laidback guitar peppers the blanket of strings as the harmonica intrusions add another layer to this instrumental's intriguing uniqueness. As "Karla" captivates your mind... just so far off-the-wall it becomes a real killer session that demands 3, 4 or even 5 plays before you can put it down.

Flip it over for more weirdness, an instrumental that purports to be a soundtrack for a B-movie "Karla" that most scholars think does not exist... or could it be the 1969 Porn movie, starring Joe Sarno. More devilish intrigue piles up with the lady on the cover, stretched out on the carpet. What a cool picture cover tease it is, for that movie or maybe not.. nobody seems quite sure.

What we do know is.. this is insanely RARE and "Soho" is an addictive slab of "Strange" and we love doing serious weird rarities on this page..

Condition Report

Flawless clean bright crisp sky-blue labels. Vinyl is unblemished, picture cover is a clean EX +.

Flawless clean bright crisp sky-blue labels. Vinyl is unblemished, picture cover is a clean EX +.

Lloyd Charmers - Soul Of England / Shang I - Escort ES 820

Lloyd Charmers

Soul Of England / Shang I

Escort : ES 820 (45s)

1970 Skinhead Reggae in near perfect condition.

An iconic stalwart of Jamaican music, aka Lloyd Tyrell. Writer, singer, producer. During 1968 thru 1971 his recording output was huge. A "a tour de force" during the "skinhead" Reggae boom of 1969 / 1970. Before you today are two of his finest compositions, back to back on one disc.

Shimmering with inspiring dance rhythms and enticing moans, groans, "Cockney" chants littered with innuendos peppering that infectious arrangement. An attention-seeking feel-good Skinhead romp.

Flip it over "Shang I" provides the dancefloor with another fabulous piano led instrumental, this time no gimmicks, no nonsense. Underlining Lloyd Charmers composing talents, as he constructs an addictive instrumental that builds up into a rousing finish..

two great TUNES ... proper dancefloor pleasers which ever side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

Stunning condition, just a solitary light brief sleeve brush blemish on the a-side. Otherwise perfect,. 4 prong centre intact and those iconic "Pama art" labels

Stunning condition, just a solitary light brief sleeve brush blemish on the a-side. Otherwise perfect,. 4 prong centre intact and those iconic "Pama art" labels

Wanda McDaniel and The Ultimate Choice - Gangster Boy / All You Need Is Time - Appleray AR77101 DJClassy

Wanda McDaniel and The Ultimate Choice

Gangster Boy / All You Need Is Time

Appleray: AR77101 DJ (45s)

Classy Sister-Funk , from the streets of Pittsburgh, an indie with a huge reputation for instant dancefloor reaction.

Young Wanda sounding so much like Brenda Jones on her "Big Mistake" recording. A tune that has simultaneously ignited the Soul crowds across the Europe has the love for gravel coated girl voice woven into tricky Soulful Funky pulses, is the flavour of the moment. A huge tune for the A-list DJ's who have featured it at those highly respected Soul clubs and weekenders like Soul Essence - Great Yarmouth, Tuff Love - Liverpool, Spirit Of The Orwell, Feed Your Soul - Newark and other discerning promotions.

DJ's like Brian Flanders, Soul Sam, Pat Bleasdale etc. have all championed it's addictive rhythms lifting it from a discarded unknown into a monster tune, as they recognised the shifting sands of "Rare Soul dancers£ tastes was ripening towards D.I.Y. productions with attitude.

This is one of the styles finest examples, so in-demand "Gangster Boy" has received the dubious honour of being reissued. This of course is the rarely seen original press for DJ's and collectors who would never allow a 2nd. press anywhere near their DJ set.

Down n' dirty, utterly addictive funky Sister rare soul dancer, drenched in quality.. listen and prepare to fall in love.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, promo not for sale rubber stamped. Vinyl reveals only light hairlines when angled in the light, plays loud crisp and clean as you can hear.

Two clean labels, promo not for sale rubber stamped. Vinyl reveals only light hairlines when angled in the light, plays loud crisp and clean as you can hear.

Nolan Chance - Just Like The Weather / Don't Use Me - Constellation C 161

Nolan Chance

Just Like The Weather / Don't Use Me

Constellation : C 161 (45s)

The much rarer CURVED logo design, giving up the genius of RICHARD PARKER and BUNKY BILL SHEPPARD.

A Quintessential slab of Northern Soul a real deal classic that seldom leaves the confines of the lovingly compiled Northern Soul collection, that has taken a lifetime to amass. Certainly a record that most would rather take to the grave than sell.

We think the sound file attached will say all about it's magic qualities, catapulting the "Old-School" back to their finest of Northern Soul times... ignite your own personal superlatives for what is unquestionably one of Northern Soul greatest ever classics. A record I've certainly never tired of hearing or Dad-dancing to.

A top drawer classic this certainly is but do not overlook Bunky Bill Sheppard's penchant for the moody Northern Soul wailer that lay on the flipside. Drenched in Chicago horns, squealing girls and whirling keyboards,. killer Popcorn flavoured darkly haunting Northern Soul.

A timeless classic that has always sat in my top ten of all time favourite Northern Soul songs. A record with the power to trigger euphoric recall every time I hear.

NOITE: here is a chance to own an anthem at an affordable price, as condition is not as clean as our normally impeccable entry levels.

This copy reveals multiple hairlines that have dulled the visual aspect, but as you can hear both sides play really clean.

Condition Report

encircled X X on both labels, light storage rub along the top of the curved logo on the a-side but all silver text bright and clean, no text deterioration. (see images) Vinyl reveals multiple surface marks looks vg but plays two grades better!<br /> <br />

encircled X X on both labels, light storage rub along the top of the curved logo on the a-side but all silver text bright and clean, no text deterioration. (see images) Vinyl reveals multiple surface marks looks vg but plays two grades better!


Willie Tee - Teasing You Again / Your Love, My Love Together - Gatur 512

Willie Tee

Teasing You Again / Your Love, My Love Together

Gatur : 512 (45s)

Willie Tee's MOST-WANTED !

Currently the preserve of the world's "A-list" rare-soul DJ's, a current floor-filling favourite for Soul Sam etc.

As Willie Tee updates and considerably improves on his 1965 hit, lifting it into Northern Soul Crossover Heaven!

Wilson Turbinton's understates his considerable piano skills, providing the perfect landscape for his nonchalant dismissal of the competition for his girl's love. "She's Just Teasin' You" is his mantra, the confidence in his girl's fidelity oozes from every syllable, as Willie convincing conveys the strength of their love.

Simplistic genius from one of Northern Soul most loved performers.

So very rare it hurts, so good ownership is the only cure..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, beautiful clean labels, Clean vinyl

Two clean labels, beautiful clean labels, Clean vinyl

Ronnie Love - Always Be Good / Deed I Do - D-Town DT 1027 DJ

Ronnie Love

Always Be Good / Deed I Do

D-Town : DT 1027 DJ (45s)

Even a cursory google will confirm this 45's long-standing rarity.

A stunning and highly elusive Detroit Northern Soul stroller featuring a full vocal group harmony backing. Rarity and previous demands by the dancers for rampant stompers, has kept this beauty under the radar for far too long. But times have changed, the mid-paced floater is now the order of the day, and this beauty ticks all the boxes.

Magnificent Northern Soul from Detroit that deserves to be heard. Meticulously crafted by Ron Dunbar (aka Ronnie Love) who later became an integral part of the Invictus label with Holland - Dozier - Holland.
A hidden gem sitting at the top-end of early Motor City productions, ensuring it will certainly have its day, if rarity doesn't impede its journey to the right DJ's box, as it has in the past!

Listen and prepare to be as impressed as the crowd will be.

Condition Report

two clean, "Disc Jockey Not For Sale" stamped labels. (we've never seen a texted promo copy) now thought not to exist. Vinyl is a superbly clean Mint minus throughout.

two clean, "Disc Jockey Not For Sale" stamped labels. (we've never seen a texted promo copy) now thought not to exist. Vinyl is a superbly clean Mint minus throughout.

Eloise Laws - Love Factory / Stay With Me - Music Factory MS 1013

Eloise Laws

Love Factory / Stay With Me

Music Factory : MS 1013 (45s)

The record that in one swift swoop joined The Blackpool Mecca, Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier into a united front of rare Soul. No matter what era, no matter what style; Northern Soul was now on an upward trajectory of welcoming with open arms the genius of Holland - Dozier - Holland and anything similar. HDH and their cocktail of "Whitfield" inspired rock-guitar, brilliantly contrasting against a wave of scything strings, and for perhaps it's debut in a soul recording, the "slide whistle" takes to the air.

The beautifully defiant Eloise Laws' message rings out through this most inventive production, piercing it with frustration and pain. The result being instantaneous dancefloor invasion, as her pulses of rejection seep into the dancer's psyche... a record you could get "lost" in, an indelible experience, so uplifting it is never gonna be forgotten or indeed be overplayed; some records you just can't grow weary of. A moment in time that opened the floodgates of diversity and enriched the Northern Soul scene forever.

One of my all time favourite Sister recordings, crafted by three geniuses. So uplifting, every emotion can run through you during this 3 minutes 24 seconds of ecstasy.

This is the durable VINYL stock copy, as opposed to the usually encountered delicate styrene press.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, immaculate vinyl shows just the merest of sleeve storage hairlines. plays flawless. still housed in birth-sleeve.

two flawless labels, immaculate vinyl shows just the merest of sleeve storage hairlines. plays flawless. still housed in birth-sleeve.

Ebony Keyes - If You Knew / Sitting In a Ring - Piccadilly 7N 35358

Ebony Keyes

If You Knew / Sitting In a Ring

Piccadilly : 7N 35358 (45s)

Very elusive 1966 UK press of a record that graced the surrounds of the Twisted Wheel when "Sitting In a Ring" was a popular club spin. More recently though it is the flipside triggering all the attention. Picked up by several influential DJs by the likes of Ginger Taylor, who are spinning the far superior "If You Knew" .

Old School will remember the screaming brass-pumped "Sitting In A Ring" the original A-side, now only suitable for "Twisted Wheel" trips down memory lane, or authentic MOD revival gatherings. Amazingly for all those decades hidden away on the flipside was "If You Knew" a self penned dancer, absolutely perfect for today's scene, which Ginger Taylor (a dedicated British label Soul collector) was quick to pick up on.

British producer with a penchant for R&B, John Schroeder; guides Kendrick Pitt's (Ebony Keyes) rich vocal reinforced by razor-sharp zipping strings, blaring brass, and a rattling drum rhythm, that'll have you wondering why Pye would ever have relegated such a tune to a B-side...with "Sitting In a Ring" being rather-crass from today's viewpoint.

A current dancefloor pleaser with one of the most venerable Northern Soul Jocks firmly behind it. For this eternally rare British 45 the value can now only head one way..

"If You Knew" bristles with Britishness, vocally superb, with a production that stays with you... top drawer tune for those of you who appreciate it's charms and the beauty of a 1966 45 everybody missed at the time.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl with hardly a blemish. very nice copy.

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl with hardly a blemish. very nice copy.

Blues & Soul - # 6 March 1968 / inc: Al Greene, Wilson Pickett, Troy Keyes  - Blues & Soul 6

Blues & Soul

# 6 March 1968 / Al Greene, Wilson Pickett, Troy Keyes

Contempo Publications: 6 (Magazine)

In our experience this is one of the rarest Blues & Soul editions, no. 6 in the series. Announcing the Soul Poll Results for 1967. Listing top positions for 60 R&B vocalists. 30 favourite female R&B vocalists. 20 favourite R&B instrumentalists. 30 favourite Soul groups. 50 favourite Soul recordings. An unparalleled insight into the Soul fans taste in 1967.

Plus the usual fascinating array of artist pics and bios include.

1. Full page artist photo and bio full page bio of artist of a man that would become a Soul icon Al Greene with interesting facts he used to sing with The Creation on Zodiac. Born in Memphis now recording in Grand Rapids Michigan. On the success of his "Back up Train" success he was soon to return to Memphis to become a super-star under the guidance of Willie MItchell
2. Bio (no pic) of Barbara Mason with her UK Action releases under scrutiny
3. Black & White pics of Booker T. Jones, Bobby Bland, Lou Rawls and Felice Taylor
4. Wilson Picket full page bio and full page picture
5. Pyramids - picture and bio

The much loved Record Company adverts - I particularly love the SUE -PER-SOUL-IC-SOUNDS new catchphrase for SUE records and the now incredibly rare Albums advertised. Also Bell records support for Oscar Toney Jr, James Carr, James & Bobby Purify plus their impressive new compilation album "Bell's Cellar Of Soul". Soul City with their consistently looked forward to advert. Full back page spread of Tamla Motown album releases and latest singles...

A timey reminder that it was just The nite-clubs and the DJ's that inspired the British Soul scene Blues & Soul played a crucial part in its meteoric rise through the decades.

Essential reading and preservation of our history and culture.

Condition Report

Light graze (repaired) on the front cover running from the top of the E to the top of the U see images. Rest of the magazine is Excellent condition, all pages intact and clean.

Light graze (repaired) on the front cover running from the top of the E to the top of the U see images. Rest of the magazine is Excellent condition, all pages intact and clean.

Brenda Holloway - The Artistry Of... / 1968 UK stereo press - Tamla Motown STML 11083

Brenda Holloway

The Artistry Of... / 1968 UK stereo press

Tamla Motown : STML 110893 (LP)

EMI's stereo tribute to this much-loved Motown Diva, an album that surprisingly never achieved release in the USA. In November of 1968, almost in shock at Brenda's departure. EMI afforded this great Soul Queen fully 16 tracks covering 1964 through 1967; when Motown inexplicably ceased releasing this accomplished songbird's recordings.

Considered in the UK one of the greatest Soul Sisters of all time, discarded by Motown but given a second lease of life by Holland Dozier Holland on the Music Merchant label.

This is an album perfectly portrays this lady's never unwavering quality she injected into every session.
Check out the 16 long track listing on the reverse LP cover. Every one a winner,

A cover notes by her Los Angeles "Jobette" mentor Marc Gordon are an essential read. Making it even more incomprehensible why Motown would put all their promotional power behind inferior female voices, leaving voices like Brenda's out in the cold.

This is crucial Soul album to own and a Motown collecting must! asking a few questions as well as giving up one of the most magnificent Sister vocals Motown ever had the privileged to record.

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, vinyl reveals only a few light hairlines when angled in the light. still housed in original inner sleeve. Cover back and front are free of any flaws. NO writing, tears, stains or stickers. All round excellent example.

Two totally clean labels, vinyl reveals only a few light hairlines when angled in the light. still housed in original inner sleeve. Cover back and front are free of any flaws. NO writing, tears, stains or stickers. All round excellent example.

Marvin Gaye - Ain't That Peculiar / 1965 4 track French EP wth cover - Tamla Motown TMEF 519 EP PS

Marvin Gaye

Ain't That Peculiar / 1965 4 track French EP wth cover

Tamla Motown : TMEF 519 EP PS (EP)

In our experience Marvin's least seen EP, 1965 4 track French 4 track extended play giving up a fabulous Marvin in "retrospective" pose. A uniquely gorgeous picture cover!

All 4 chose tracks are stunning examples of Marvin's mid-sixties work.

1. Ain't That Peculiar
2. She's Got To Be Real
3. Pretty Little Baby
4. Now That You've Won Me

every one a winner, presented in an irresistible cover in what we feel in Marvin's rarest, of it's type.

Condition Report

Two flawless red French Tamla Motown labels. fine clean vinyl with hardly a blemish. Unique laminated cover frontage in mint minus, back cover carries a tiny signature and a small red . X. see back cover image.

Two flawless red French Tamla Motown labels. fine clean vinyl with hardly a blemish. Unique laminated cover frontage in mint minus, back cover carries a tiny signature and a small red . X. see back cover image.

Exciters - Blowing Up My Mind / You Don’t Know What You’re Missing ( Unitl It’s Gone ) - RCA 47-9723 DJ

Exciters

Blowing Up My Mind / You Don’t Know What You’re Missing ( Unitl It’s Gone )

RCA: 47-9723 DJ (45s)

Original first press, promo!

Herb Rooney leads his three ladies through their most potent Northern Soul offering. Which is saying something if you glance back over the previous 5 years, this group only gave up highly charge performances of pure dance.

Their biggest hit, Bert Russell Bern’s “Tell Him” placed them firmly into the headlights of the USA Soul/R&B fan. Their prestigious move from Roulette to RCA should have elevated them to greater success. Although Rooney’s craft with the pen was immense they failed to emulate their success of 1964.

With the exception being the British passion for the fired-up Soul dancer, made “Blowing Up My Mind” was a monster all nite club favourite. So much so, just like Roy Hamilton’s “Crackin’ Up Over You”; Select-A-Disc of Nottingham commissioned a limited press of the two current inter-tunes to service UK demand circa 1972. Fortunately for the serious Northern Soul collector these two reissues carried a different release numbers of 48-1035 and 48-1034 respectively.

Before you today of course is the original 1969 promo release number RCA 47-9723 in stunning flawless condition

Spy the beautiful image, then unleash a tsunami of Soul Sister energy that Herb Rooney instilled into his ladies on all his creations.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at its most vibrant...

Condition Report

beautifully flawless mint minus throughout.

beautifully flawless mint minus throughout.

Harmonica Harry - Nothing But The Blues / Rampart Ramblers - Soulin' SR 100

Harmonica Harry

Nothing But The Blues / Rampart Ramblers

Soulin': SR 100 (45s)

Elmon Mickle aka Model "T" Slim with another strong Los Angeles, street-Blues mover this time under cover as Harmonica Harry on an extremely rare label neighbourhood label produced by Jack "Moon" Elliott. In our experience this is Model T's rarest 45.

Written by the highly regarded "Hooks Brothers" of Los Angeles., a partnership that crafted so many street-level Blues/Soul/R&B production during the 60's. All on colourful,, independent labels, all so highly sought after.

This example having only one other recorded listing this century, but in rather horrid condition. This copy is a beauty, two flawless labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest hairlines under direct light. An impossible find"

So now listen again to Model T's harmonica prowess as his rips into Mickel Hooks aggressive creation. Searing Harp notes will ring your ears, whilst tricky guitar rhythms lay down the pulses for this Jump Blues" winner, an imposing dance experience.

Noting hardly anyone can boast of owning this relentless L.A. R&B Tittyshaker, leaving an opening an enterprising R&B DJ to break some new ground.

The flipside adds a crazed saxophone into the mix, making this a fabulous double-helping of seriously RARE R&B that just never comes to market.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest hairlines under direct light.

two flawless labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest hairlines under direct light.

Archie Williams - Wait She's Coming / Wait She's Coming  part 2 - A & W PP71-189

Archie Williams

Wait She's Coming / Wait She's Coming part 2

A & W : PP71-189 (45s)

An elusive double helping of haunting Soulful Crossover as Archie's D.I.Y. project crafts an atmospheric stroller at it's most addictive.

1971 Chicago production surrounded by mystique, as we are unable to trace any other material by the makers of this addictive song. Both Archie Williams & James Parnell draw blanks on www searches... who were these guys?

It always bemuses me why two people can construct such a super-cool tune, but never break surface again with a follow up release, or at least a credit as a member of a group or another assist with the writing or producing of another indie session. But with "Wait She's Coming" it seems it was their solitary contribution to the rare-soul scene... but what a fabulous contribution it is.

Simplistic guitar opens up, before being swallowed up by a wave of vocal group voices, setting the scene for Archie's open-armed beseeching hopes. AS he tells of his ladies anticipated arrival. Rich vocal-group backing provide the convincing background for Archie's yearnings. Unfolding into an addictive recording just drenched in Soul.

A record that has had everybody regretful of not buying a copy at the beginning of the century, when we had a tiny handful for sale. In recent times this record never turns up for sale, and that itch for ownership is now stronger than ever. It is obviously the perfect Sunday chill-out spin, but also far beyond that; as the few times I heard it always travels home with me, rattling around my head. It's narcotic qualities firmly soaked into my brain.

Fabulous tune, that I just can't put down

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl just a few hairlines revealed on forensic inspection.

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl just a few hairlines revealed on forensic inspection.

Kiki Dee - On A Magic Carpet Ride /  Now The Flowers Cry - Fontana TF 983

Kiki Dee

On A Magic Carpet Ride / Now The Flowers Cry

Fontana : TF 983 (45s)

Starting her penchant for Soul music as a young Bradford Modette, Kiki’s exceptional vocal prowess took her all the way to Detroit and a Motown contract, that saw her release, one highly acclaimed album and a couple of strong 45s, as Berry Gordy attempted to cash in on the USA curiosity surrounding the Brit-Girl vocal.

Before you today is Kiki's most-wanted, so very wanted, that in is century it very rarely surfaces for sale. A Northern Soul all-niter anthem that simultaneously rocked all the major clubs of the mid-seventies.

The combination of Kiki's soaring vocal, the writings of Teddy Randazzo and Victoria Pike and the Mike Vickers bombardment of brass inside his kitchen-sink production; makes for perfect Northern Soul dance fuel. Mike Vickers pulls in male vocal "de-dum-dums", penetrating piano notes, hand-claps, erupting horns lifting you up into an out-of-body after midnight experience..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL! at it's most-exhilarating, catapulting you back in time, reigniting visions of circle-skirted girls spinning like tops, as this uplifting song elevated those dancefloor ladies into a higher state of euphoria.

“NorthErn Soul Classic” gets nowhere near to describing the 45's status, as euphoric recall triggers good times that can never be repeated. Sung by one-of-our-own directed by one of Britain’s all-the-great producers.









Condition Report

Three prong centre full intact, clean a-side label. "Carpet Ride" label has a tiny sticker removal scar on middle left (see images). Vinyl is beautifully clean, hardly a blemish on the playing surface, plays crisp, clean and full. there is a minuscule edge bump first turn of the run-in affecting nothing but the eye.

Three prong centre full intact, clean a-side label. "Carpet Ride" label has a tiny sticker removal scar on middle left (see images). Vinyl is beautifully clean, hardly a blemish on the playing surface, plays crisp, clean and full. there is a minuscule edge bump first turn of the run-in affecting nothing but the eye.

Temptations - The Tempton' Temptations / 1965 UK mono press - Tamla Motown TML 11023

Temptations

The Temptin' Temptations / 1965 UK mono press

Tamla Motown : TML 11023 (LP)

The 2nd album the Temptations released in the UK seldom seen in this fine clean unblemished condition.

Berry Gordy's determination to lift his album releases above the industry standard of 4 good tracks and 8 fillers in underlined on this, arguably the finest Temps finest album.

Track after track showcases Motown vocal-group Soul at it most impressive.

1. Since I Lost My Baby"- still considered today a timeless Temps masterpiece
2. The Girl's Alight With Me - ditto
3. Just Another Lonely Night - the Temps at the most Soulful - NO 45 issue.
4. My Baby - finger-clicking neglected Northern Soul dancer
5. You've Got To Earn It - ditto
6. Everybody Needs Love - mid-tempo vocal-group excellence - NO 45 issue
7. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue ) - considered by many as The Temps greatest NS recording.
8. Don't Look Back - a timeless seldom heard classic.
9. I Gotta Know Now - brilliant album only Northern Soul dancer - just one of their greatest ever
10. Born To Love You - their least known recording on the album and of course it's a killer NS tune!
11. I'll Be In Trouble - another unforgettable Temps NS dancer.
12. You're The One I Need - hand-clapping uplifting vocal group toe-tapping dancer.

Is this the best 60's Motown ever? No filler, just killer!
as is the condition!

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest light hairlines when angled in the light. Both front and back of the laminated flipback cover are clean (see images)

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest light hairlines when angled in the light. Both front and back of the laminated flipback cover are clean (see images)

Billy Mitchell - Song Of The Woodpecker / Ice Man - Blue Records 101

Billy Mitchell

Song Of The Woodpecker / Ice Man

Blue Records : 101 (45s)

So far the oldest 45 we've auctioned on these pages, in our attempts to keep this auction as varied and interesting as possible. We have no hesitation in presenting this off-the-scale elusive 71 year old "Adult X-rated Negro Jazz" 7".

Condition is impeccable (no pun intended). Billy Mitchell glides through his tongue -in-cheek repertoire merrily querying how Mr. Bird how he keeps his pecker stiff. Risqué "Black" Jazz adult with Billy asking near to the knuckle questions and coming up with double-entendre replies.

Really cool novelty 45 in museum condition, showcasing Negro Jazz humour that should really be housed in the "Smithsonian", so saturated in the post-war history, so very much "of it's time"

The record itself is in superb condition. If you ever see another copy, which is very doubtful; we are betting, it ain't gonna be as clean as this beauty!

Condition Report

Two amazingly clean labels, no fade rub or loss of definition to the silver text or fade to the rich blue background. Vinyl reveals only the merest hairlines under light. a strong clean Excellent plus

Two amazingly clean labels, no fade rub or loss of definition to the silver text or fade to the rich blue background. Vinyl reveals only the merest hairlines under light. a strong clean Excellent plus

Velours - I'm Gonna Change / Don't Pity Me - MGM K13780 DJ

Velours

I'm Gonna Change / Don't Pity Me

MGM : K13780 DJ (45s)

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Is there more influential intro to a 60's dance recording than this?
It's pumping bass-line, haunting-horns, tubular bells set the scene for some exhilarating Northern Soul dancing. An intro that would be repeated two more times through the song, as the crescendo is met again by the returning compelling bass-line, signalling ghostly horns to levitate above and those insporing bells to ring out.. those unforgettable breaks would soon inspire testosterone fuelled dance-floor synchronization, as back drops, spins and hand-claps "Mexican-waved" through the NS throng.

For onlookers, it was an awesome like-minded routine of Soul Boy camaraderie, taken home in your head, to be set into those solitary bedroom dance-step practice sessions. At the bigger clubs, Wigan Casino etc the ritual became competitive as the desire for the longest spin, highest backdrop, the loudest hand-clap sparked friendly combat between those vested Adonis's, with glistening sweated bodies. Some of the extravagant spins, even had the "wet-dog" effect as perspiration sprayed out from the performers foreheads and hair. "I'm Gonna Change" demanded exaggeration in your dance performance, your wide-arm handclaps were fully stretched arms coming down from aloft with an almighty thwack! all timed to perfection, Northern Soul dressage at its most

Not many records had the power to ignite such floor-euphoria, or indeed such disappointment as a collector, if you got fooled into buying a counterfeit promo, as many collectors did and still do...

Be assure this beautiful promo is 100% authentic first press, a real deal Northern Soul classic in fine clean condition...

A classic still saturated in the ability to send old-timers into a spin... even though those now yellowing, outgrown vests have long been discarded.

Do do not overlook the flipside "Don't Pity Me" is now picking up Northern Soul turntable time also... and is eclipsing the classic side in some clubs.. we expect a price hike on this rarity, especially with it's new lease of life for the flip.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals some mild surface marks, none affecting play. all housed in birth-sleeve

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals some mild surface marks, none affecting play. all housed in birth-sleeve

Ervin Rucker & His Blue NighthaOrch. - So Good / No More Rivers To Cross - Duplex 9006

Ervin Rucker & His Blue Nighthawk Orchestra

So Good / No More Rivers To Cross

Duplex : 9006 (45s)

Ervin's least seen R&B thumper!

RARE and flawless 1960 Los Angeles R&B shaker backed up with a fabulous Deep Soul ballad. Rarely, if ever being found in this spectacular mint minus condition.

Take a listen to an accomplished California R&B Blues man who never fails but to wow the crowd, with his potent portrayals of Jimmy Liggins compositions... Ervin's association with the prolific "Liggins" took him countrywide, making and performing some of the most powerful of early 60's street-level R&B.

This example in our experience is his rarest 45, and in this impeccable condition, a R&B impossible!

Check out Ervin's imposing vocal strolling through a brass laden orchestral arrangement backed up with the Nighthawks male vocal choruses, softening those with mighty brass-bombs raining down throughout the production.

Ervin is the consummate R&B performer, demonstrating how to make the biggest impact with a booming at ease vocal, that just glides through the full throttle backing.

Don'tcha just love am unhurried artist at the top of his game, meandering through punchy R&B softly growling for your attention, his understated approach works so well.

Killer R&B dancer, his least seen most sought after 45 in eye-popping condition.
Do not pass by.





Condition Report

Two utterly clean labels, fine clean unblemished vinyl, revealing only the merest hairlines from lifelong storage in its birth-sleeve. an immaculate copy.

Two utterly clean labels, fine clean unblemished vinyl, revealing only the merest hairlines from lifelong storage in its birth-sleeve. an immaculate copy.

Choice Of Colour - Your Love / You're Twenty-One Today - APT 26011

Choice Of Colour

Your Love / You're Twenty-One Today

APT : 26011 (45s)

Spectacular New Orleans vocal-group Northern Soul Crossover from Ron Henderson only available as the rarely seen STOCK copy.

Condition Report

Two clean store copy labels, impeccably clean mint minus vinyl.

Two clean store copy labels, impeccably clean mint minus vinyl.

Blenders - Your Love Has Got Me Down / Love Is a Good Thing Goin' - Mar-V-Lus

Blenders

Your Love Has Got Me Down / Love Is a Good Thing Goin'

Mar-V-Lus : 6010 (45s)

As apposed to the 1962 / 63 "other" Chicago gathering of the same name, made up of two guys & three girls. This is now 1966, the group guided by Jimmy Leonard Jones not Hilliard Jones and there is no sign of any girl voices on this double helping of dramatic male-group Northern Soul. Whether any of the "old" blenders group help performing on this solitary Mar-V-Lus release is unclear to me at the moment. But what is clear is the stride forward the group has made omitting the shrill ladies, to conjure up two muscular male dominated Northern Soul at it's most magnificent. Dominating classic style Northern Soul that has been held in high regard for decades.

I've always adored the uninterrupted flow of "Your Love Has Got Me Down"; instantaneous crowd-pleaser, silky lead voice is elevated by his teammates seamless choruses. Jimmy Jones punctuates the lyrics with blaring brass blows whilst the boys gallop along in high spirits, delivering Northern Soul as we all love it. Real deal soulful voices riding a persuasive dance backing track.

Although the lead side has always been a personal favourite of mine, today my allegiances have switch to the flipside. A darker, more meaningful performance that manages to blend moodiness with uplifting lyrics. It could only be made in CHICAGO! Just like those other Windy City NS masterpieces Jimmy Burns, Don Gardner, Del-Tours etc. absolutely no attempt at a commercial note is administered. From the streets, from the heart, from experience.. for me "Love Is a Good Thing Goin' " is a lost Chicago-choker of the highest order.

Check out these two imposing sides, both are truly fabulous undiluted Northern Soul with "Love Is a Good Thing Goin' " screaming out for some long overdue "allnighter" exposure..

Condition Report

Two clean label, full depth colour NO fade. Tiny bb drill near the S in Mar-V-Lus. See images. Vinyl revealing only fimne sparse hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays clean, clear and true.

Two clean label, full depth colour NO fade. Tiny bb drill near the S in Mar-V-Lus. See images. Vinyl revealing only fimne sparse hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays clean, clear and true.

Embers - Where Did I Go Wrong / You Got What You Got - Atlantic 2627 DJ

Embers

Where Did I Go Wrong / You Got What You Got

Atlantic : 2627 DJ (45s)

One of the pleasing aspects of this weekly auction page for me, is we can showcase under-estimated, under-valued, under-exposed Northern Soul brilliance for our now over 60,000 customers to hear in the comfort of their own home.

This spring of 1969 Carolina D.I.Y. production, written, arranged by integral band member Jackie Gore, then collectively produced by The Embers themselves is the perfect example. The Embers of course, considered the greatest Blue-eyed "Soul" gathering of all time; with this 45 is for me, their finest Northern Soul creation. But has never broken through to the dancefloor adulation enjoyed by "Watch Out Girl".

Although heralded by serious collectors and the more adventurous DJ's for decades, I'm still baffled why this recording isn't a Northern Soul timeless classic, already.

Today listed to create that little bit of extra enlightenment that may lift it into some young-gun's DJ box, who may elevate this song to where it belongs. Leaving us old-buggers ashamed of not blasting ot out at every available opportunity we've had behind the turntable.

Listen, it'll take all of 20 seconds before the Northern Soul old-guard are charged with dereliction of duty for allowing this brilliant disc to lie fallow for so long..

Guilty as charged M'Lord ..

Condition Report

Superb mint minus vinyl, unblemished a-side promo label, flipside label has a small black circle

Superb mint minus vinyl, unblemished a-side promo label, flipside label has a small black circle

Prince Ella and Sidney Jones - Baby Sugar I Love You / Baby I Got To Cut You Loose - Prince P-711

Prince Ella and Sidney Jones

Baby Sugar I Love You / Baby I Got To Cut You Loose

Prince : P-711 (45s)

Two uncompromising Los Angeles R&B thumpers that Simon Soussan first discovered and thought so outstanding it was bootlegged before it had even been played at The Wigan Casino, he was supplying weekly with all his new Northern Soul finds.

Unfortunately "Baby Sugar I Love You" only received a brief Casino airing as it was dropped from the Casino play lists when DJ's realize it was pre-bootlegged ready to flood the UK when it became "big".
At the time, it was "Baby Sugar I Love You" that was played, the most obvious Northern Soul side, with its easy on the ear lyrics, driven by rasping horns and heavyweight percussion. The male / female vocals duet just ripped into this wicked arrangement, leaving you to wonder how huge this tune would have been at Wigan Casino it the DJ's hadn't have shunned Simon's marketing deceit.

But having said that, by today's dancefloor demands and tastes, "Baby Sugar" comes in second behind the ravaging powers of "Baby I Got To Cut You Loose" surely the most destructive Soul duet ever committed to vinyl. More muscular, more vengeful, more ferocious than any other R&B duet you care to mention. A merciless dancefloor devastator with few comparisons. Click the soundfile and unleash not one but TWO dancefloor scatter bombs, with "Cut You Loose" perched to take the R&B scene by a storm in the right hands.

This "impossible" bright pink labelled original, as opposed to the drab yellow label bootleg; is not only extremely elusive, it is in fact one of Los Angeles's RAREST OF THE RARE with only one awful G+ condition "cracked" copy surfacing in the last decade or two.

If you're an OVO only Northern Soul DJ and you want to strip paint off the walls of your club, drop the needle on "Baby I Got To Cut You Loose " then seek out the nearest fire extinguisher... fearsome, fiery, unstoppable R&B .. that has yet to be dropped on your unsuspecting, dreamy public.



Condition Report

Two clean labels, remembering the only other copy to come to market in recent times was cracked, scratched with faded worn labels. Ti,e to get serious because this copy has strong gloss, the surface reveals only light surface hairlines, none that dare to react with this runaway train's potency.

Two clean labels, remembering the only other copy to come to market in recent times was cracked, scratched with faded worn labels. Ti,e to get serious because this copy has strong gloss, the surface reveals only light surface hairlines, none that dare to react with this runaway train's potency.

Major Lance - I'm The One / Pride And Joy - Columbia DB 7609

Major Lance

I'm The One / Pride And Joy

Columbia : DB 7609 (45s)

Easily the Major's RAREST British 45 and there was NO USA release.

This is not only as collectable as a UK Soul 45 can be, it also gives up a stunning Northern Soul dance tune that is starting to feature in the more imaginative NS DJ sets.

"I'm The One" Curtis Mayfield's masterpiece recorded in 1962 by The Impressions, now considered a "lost" Northern Soul gem; as ABC Paramount relegated it to a flipside. The consequent poor sales resulting in scarce availability, make this tune now a strong Northern Soul want.

EMI excelled themselves with this one, lifting "I'm The One" & "Pride And Joy" off his 1964 UK "The Rhythm Of Major Lance" album. Making a unique 45 giving up two magnificent sides. Although "Pride and Joy" is not in today's dancefloor style "I'm The One" is perfect NS dance fuel, and DJ's are hunting..

Condition Report

EMI "Factory Sample NOT FOR SALE" sticker on the a-side label. 4 prong centre fully intact. Vinyl is very close to Mint minus, revealing just a few fine sleeve storage blemishes when angled in the light. plays, as you can hear, a crisp clean flawless.

EMI "Factory Sample NOT FOR SALE" sticker on the a-side label. 4 prong centre fully intact. Vinyl is very close to Mint minus, revealing just a few fine sleeve storage blemishes when angled in the light. plays, as you can hear, a crisp clean flawless.

Jay Boys - African People / African (version) -Harry J HJ 6644

Jay Boys

African People / African (version)

Harry J : HJ 6644 (45s)

A perfect copy, still housed in its 1972 wavy-top birth sleeve. As good as it gets condition!

Two perfect unblemished labels, vinyl perhaps previously unplayed (it looks that clean!

Another magnificent Harry Johnson production utilizing his star studded studio band. made up of Winston Wright on keyboards, Val Bennett, wielding his saxophone). Aston Barrett plucking his bass, with the prolific Boris Gardiner doing the same, Jackie Jackson make up the 3rd bass the gives these guys a deep potent dance pulses, with Carlton Barrett with his considerate percussion. Conjure up a magnificently ghostly mid-tempo.

A shiver inducing mid-paced journey in to "Black" history and culture.. utterly additive and unforgettable Reggae. In the finest possible condition.

Condition Report

a described above - mint minus throughout

a described above - mint minus throughout

Little Janice - Since You've Been Gone / I Am A Soul - Pzazz 034

Little Janice

Since You've Been Gone / I Am A Soul

Pzazz : 034 (45s)

Today's rare Northern Soul Crossover delight comes from Janice Tyrone; a young lady with firm Gospel roots and a talent for writing her own material, to be accompanied by her lilting guitar skills. A blending proven throughout her highly sought after Pzazz album.

Here is her finest NS offering, a beautifully understated Jazz/Soul glider, decorated with heavenly girl-group cooing, cradling Janice's irresistible young-girl beseeching vocal.

One of three 45's and a solitary album label owner, producer Paul Gayten cut with this talent from L.A. central. That will leave you asking what happened to this standout Soul girl who's recording career came to an inexplicable abrupt end. Surely there was so much more to come from this young lady shimmering with musical talent.

The flipside is cool, also both recordings perfect to elevate a Sunday Chill set, or a session at the more discerning rare-soul venues.
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Condition Report

Light writing on label, "Plug" notes (see images), vinyl shows of full gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines. plays clean as you can hear.

Light writing on label, "Plug" notes (see images), vinyl shows of full gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines. plays clean as you can hear.

Delano Stewart - Wherever I Lat My Hat / Don't Believe Him - High Note HS 039

Delano Stewart

Wherever I Lat My Hat / Don't Believe Him

High Note: HS 039 (45s)

Sonia Pottinger guides a fabulous Jamaican version of the 1964 Marvin Gaye Motown favourite, that started life as a LP track only. Tamla however wisely placed it on the flipside of his 1969 hit "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" which alerted Jamaica to it's potential to be Reggae-fied. and boy what a fine job they did of it.

Delano Stewart's sweet voice is the perfect conduit to carry the "Travelin' Romeo's" honesty, Pottinger's laid back arranging creates the fluidity for Delano to do this Motown classic real justice.

A stunning version and one difficult disc to acquire in clean condition.

Condition Report

x x on labels, 4 prong centre fully intact. Vinyl has some light surface ,marks, but as you can hear there's only a few mild ticks along the way, mostly plays a clean excellent.

x x on labels, 4 prong centre fully intact. Vinyl has some light surface ,marks, but as you can hear there's only a few mild ticks along the way, mostly plays a clean excellent.

Tyrone Thomas - You're Hardly Gone / No Good Man - Polydor PD 2146

Tyrone Thomas

You're Hardly Gone / No Good Man

Polydor : PD 2146 (45s)

Polydor perhaps more than any other major label, has the frustrating reputation for the single-sided 70's Soul promo copy, that never received radio station attention. So when the stock copy, if and when it received the green light for release with two different sides, more often than not they completely failed to sell.

Whether it be coincidence or just poor marketing, the non-promo Polydor flipside were more often than not truly magnificent modern Soul dancers. The list of stock copies to chase on Polydor 45s reads like an impossible wants list from the relentless chaser of vinyl-dreams.

Mojoba, Chrystal Clear, New World, Dynamics, Fredde Lowe, Reason Why, Samson & Delilah to name but a few, that have all exasperated the dedicated modern-soul collector.

None more so than Tyrone Taylor, a Polydor flipside, that in our experience, has been easily the hardest Polydor stock copy to acquire. Hiding the seriously soulful dancer "You're Hardly Gone" on the backside.

A long-term want for too many collectors, many may have given up on the chase, with no end in sight to corner a stock copy. Well here is one at long last, after a 20 year absence from our auction... here's a 1980 dance-delight of the very rarest kind..

Rarest Of The Rare Soulful 80's, a ghost, that needs to be caught.. before it disappears for another 2 decades.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, plays crisp, clean and clear. housed in birth-sleeve.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, plays crisp, clean and clear. housed in birth-sleeve.

Hugh-Roy-Henry - Baby / Version - Opportunity Blank RE 5745

Hugh-Roy-Henry

Baby / version

Opportunity Blank : RE 5745 (45s)

1971 Rupie Edwards production, that featured as the last track of 16 on the 2001 compilation "Rupie's Scorchers: Classic Early Success Productions 1969-1971" but so very rare as the original 45 blank that suffered from mastering problems. This copy is an original blank with the label with erroneous crediting. To the Righteous Flames.

A session notable for the weird amplifier adjustments that sound more like a recording flaw than the weird sound effect being sought. A unique experiment that didn't quite work as intended, but Rupie went to press anyway. Making this disc an extremely elusive 45, matrix DSR RE 5745. Manufactured and distributed by Success Records of Kingston.

This copy has MINT minus vinyl and clean labels.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, the echoing muffle is in the mastering. fine clean labels.

Flawless vinyl, the echoing muffle is in the mastering. fine clean labels.

Lorenzo Holden - Whipped Cream / Stella By Starlight - Mambo 103

Lorenzo Holden

Whipped Cream / Stella By Starlight

Mambo : 103 (45s)

Very rare 1955 Los Angeles Saxophone driven "Tittyshaker" is about the gate-crash your life.

Well before "The Wig" but just as impressive, Lorenzo Holden the tenor Sax wizard, writes, produces and perform the wild display of R&B. From the first note, a screaming saxophone display impales your attention as rockin' piano pulses drive the background, then the keyboard goes solo, to be joined by an out-of-control Blues guitar. The session takes to the air, then the tenor Sax bursts back on...to complete a breath-taking recording of breakneck power and drive.

Filthy, relentless and unforgiving ...real-deal rockin' R&B instrumental with muscle.

65 years of age, in flawless condition still snug in its birth-sleeve.

Condition Report

A flawless copy, still housed in the flip-back serrated cut brown sleeve it was born in.

A flawless copy, still housed in the flip-back serrated cut brown sleeve it was born in.

Cleveland Martin and the Soul Sets - I Don't Want To Slip Away / Soul Train That's It - Single B 120

Cleveland Martin and the Soul Sets

I Don't Want To Slip Away / Soul Train That's It

Single B : 120 (45s)

WOW!

Born in Detroit Soul-drenched real-deal Northern Soul Crossover, a classy cruiser currently making waves among discerning DJ and collectors. O'Dell Bailey and Cleveland Martin collaborate to create an exquisite emotion saturated journey into Soulful Crossover. Bailey utilizes a sweet girl group chorus to cradle "Cleveland's" beseeching outpourings, that gradually heighten as his pain persists. Cleveland hitting spine tingling notes along the way, as O'Dell makes sure the backing arrangement is just as impressive as the heart-tearing singing.

The perfect fuel for those superior Soul-Sunday chilling afternoons or those indulgent original Soul Essence Weekender thinking man's Saturday interludes. So Soulful it hurts... but in a good way!

..but not overlooking the persuasive Funk dance track hidden away on the flipside. Validating this rarity as a Detroit double-hitter of real substance.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, with vinyl to match. an unblemished mint minus throughout.

Two flawless labels, with vinyl to match. an unblemished mint minus throughout.

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