A rare record with huge MOD appeal, twice over.
We could quite easily have dropped this serious UK rarity into the Soul auction side, as it carries Northern Soul symptoms on both sides also..
A rare 1969 UK press in flawless condition. Giving up on the a-side are The Cats of "Swan Lake" fame in a completely different mood. "Don't Mess With Cupid" is a fusion of everything "London" in the late 60's as the horns blare out, cradling a strong lead vocal. Completely in the vein of Geno Washington & Ram Jam Band, Zoot Money, Georgie Fame etc. and anyone other. This 45 was probably the last throw of the dice for this MOD styled 60's Brit-Soul, and without dpubt the rarest example of this genre.
Flip it over to hear an impressive cocktail of Rock Steady collide with Soul, with percussionist Ray Pereira taking on Jamaican rhythms and injecting a fabulous vocal performance backed up with group choruses, skilled guitar riffs, whirling Hammond, and a uniquely addictive session unfolds.
Everything on this label is obscure, with varying degrees of impossibility, # 5 is a very tough 45 to acquire, in flawless mint minus condition, incredibly so.
Two perfect labels, vinyl with hardly a blemish. Spectacular condition for this 50 year old.