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Sweet - Slow Motion / It's Lonely Out There - Fontana TF 958

Sweet

Slow Down / It's Lonely Out There

Fontana : TF 958 (45s)

Let's get serious!

A beyond RARE 1968 British press in impeccable, near impossible Mint minus condition.

This July 1968 release, was the quiet beginning that would explode just a few years later; after a few band member changes, the Sweet under "Chinn and Chapman" guidance rose to be the United Kingdom's most influential Glam Rock band of them all.

The lineup for this debut single is a little cloudy but with think it was most likely to have been Brian Connolly, Michael Tucker, Steve Priest and Frank Torpey. Produced by the talented Phil Wainman who himself, released his own highly collectable 45 the same year on the same label.

This 45 is a tale of two sides, "Slow Motion" is a somewhat "play safe" Pyschedelic Rock mid-tempo benefitting from a gravel coated lead vocal, but backed up by a low key piano driven backdrop, and some laidback backing harmonies from the other members. Capable but predictable Brit-Rock that all falls nicely in to place with setting light to anything...

The flipside however "It's Lonely Out There" featuring some monster fuzz guitar work by Frank Torpey, is a totally different story. Killer Brit Freakbeat, giving up frantic torrent of rousing 1968 garage. An upbeat stomper, driven by rushing percussion, showered with maverick "Torpey" fuzz-guitar validated by urgent harmony vocals from the rest of the band.

Sadly for the obviously talented Frank Torpey he left the band just two years before The Sweet signed for RCA and the ensuing Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman years transformed them into chart-topping Glam Rock superstars.

Fontana TF 958 is not only an important piece of British Rock history, the the flipside a hidden Freakbeat jewel. A trait that the band carried forward, their RCA releases with the self-=composed flipsides being heralded by many as Heavy Rock masterpieces.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl

Rudy Mills - John Jones / Place Called Happiness -  Big Shot BI 509

Rudy Mills

John Jones / Place Called Happiness

Big Shot: BI 509 (45s)

An uplifting dancefloor favourite collaboration between Derrick Harriott & Rudy Mills. A Jamaican Move ad Groove project, that is hard to acquire in this premiership condition as the high fidelity UK press.

A 1968 press offering two strong driving Reggae dance grooves on one disc. Derrrick Harriott ensures both sides move along at a most inviting pace with sing-a-long goodtime lyrics. "John Jones" provokes your vocal participation, narcotic rhythms, irresistible Reggae pulses litter the arrangement backdrop. NO wonder this tune has been a club dancefloor perennial for near 5 decades.

But do not overlook the more than smooth flipside, shimmering with rich vocals harmonizing, through a mix of beating percussions, keyboard synthesizer oscillations and throbbing guitar pulses. Actually for me "Place Called Happiness" is my preference, maybe not such an obvious party tune, but rippling with class throughout.

Condition is impeccable, a very though 45 to find in such attractive condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, although the a-side reveals a soft and very forgivable sticker residue shadow. The vinyl shows off full gloss, with only the merest of fine hairlines visible when angled in the light. "John Jones" a strong Ex+ , Place Called Happiness" a spectacular Mint minus

Two clean labels, although the a-side reveals a soft and very forgivable sticker residue shadow. The vinyl shows off full gloss, with only the merest of fine hairlines visible when angled in the light. "John Jones" a strong Ex+ , Place Called Happiness" a spectacular Mint minus

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited / Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? - Italian CBS 1900 PS

Bob Dylan

Highway 61 Revisited / Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?

CBS : 1900 PS (45s)

1966 Italian press, complete with original spindle insert, picture cover, two clean labels, full gloss vinyl that reveals just a few soft, fine hairlines when angled in the light.

Nice copy, a 45 notoriously hard to acquire in collectable condition with sleeve intact.

The title track from his iconic August 1965 Columbia album, "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" was not on this album.

As a 45 in Italy CBS switched the lead side so many other countries led with from "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" to "Highway 61 Revisited" as the preferred "A"

A tough 45 to find in anything but badly worn condition, the accompanying picture cover, even more so.

Condition Report

A clean picture cover with only moderate storage wear, (see images) two clean labels complete with original spindle insert, full gloss vinyl that reveals just a few soft, fine hairlines when angled in the light. Nice copy

A clean picture cover with only moderate storage wear, (see images) two clean labels complete with original spindle insert, full gloss vinyl that reveals just a few soft, fine hairlines when angled in the light. Nice copy

Bunny & Ruddy / Monty Morris - On The Town / Simple Simon - Nu Beat NB 011

Bunny & Ruddy / Monty Morris

On The Town / Simple Simon

Nu Beat : NB 011 (45s)

Fabulous double-sider of Skinhead Reggae from 1968.

Topside is a Bobby "Blacker Black" Kalphat composition, again on this session also displays bobby's mastery of the keyboard, as soulful male duo weave their way through this horn and organ driven dance tune. A raw uncomplicated session that benefits from its no frills approach, relying on the happy-go-lucky pulses driving the session up to and tthrough a swirking Hammond break.

Flip it over and seasoned performer Eric "Humpty Dumpty" Morris switches into nursery rhyme mood again, as he runs through a gamut of clichés neatly woven into a strong dance cocktail of steel drums, Hammond manipulation, bongos, abnd as it did with "Humpty Dumpty" it totally works as his sleepy style glides effortlessly through the lyrics.

Two highly rates sides on this much-loved UK PAMA imprint.

Condition Report

Four prong centre intact, two clean labels, vinyl have good gloss reveals light surface hairlines.

Four prong centre intact, two clean labels, vinyl have good gloss reveals light surface hairlines.

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