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T. J. Williams and Two Shades Of Soul - Baby, I Need You / Since I Fell For You - Josie 45-1000

T. J. Williams and Two Shades Of Soul

Baby, I Need You / Since I Fell For You

Josie : 45-1000 (45s)

The attention seeking intro, instantly works its way into your heart, to be riveted there, the very moment Timmie Williams softly graveled vocal starts to take over.

A stunning autumn of 1968 creation, this New Yorker just oozes with cool! An intricate cocktail of Spanish guitar, Hammond keyboard enriched by gently blown horns gliding into the arrangement. The perfect foundation for a voice as expressive as Timmie Williams's, listen how he weaves his charm into proceedings. A killer sax break soon follows, again beautifully restrained to continue the relaxed mood T.J. has set in place.

It's just so classy, and should never be played on that cheap nasty bootleg on "Soul, why anyone would pollute the turntables or their collection with such a blatant bootleg is rather puzzling. Especially when the gorgeousness of the original is so very irresistible.

Top tune...and a head-turner is more ways that one.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, crisp full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing only the merest soft fine surface blemishes under light, plays beautifully crisp and clean. Still housed in birth.

Two flawless labels, crisp full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing only the merest soft fine surface blemishes under light, plays beautifully crisp and clean. Still housed in birth.

Saxie Russell - Psychedelic Soul / Psychedelic Soul part 2 - Thomas 1639

Saxie Russell

Psychedelic Soul / Psychedelic Soul part 2

Thomas: 1639 (45s)

Damn rare as a clean WHITE DEMO!

A timeless Northern Soul anthem that has been extinct in tyhe wild since the early 70's.

This 45 though could have easily been "passed off" as a virgin USA discovery, as it displays no indication whatsoever of being circulated around the UK for the last 45 years, most now suffering from stylus fatigue or even cue-burn. Like most every copy of the very few that come to market, these days.

A much-loved in Northern Soul circles for its blistering uniqueness. It is records like this that throw the "outsider" off the scent of what Northern Soul actually is. After all, when this record first came onto the scene, records like Christine Cooper - Heartaches Away My Boy, Jimmy Soul Clark - Sweet Darling. Where being spun in the same DJ's sets... they are poles apart musically but all having that exact same effect of jolting you off your seat and onto the dancefloor; into gymnastic action. It is after-all, just the greatest display of saxophone mastery on any NS recording you care to mention.

The "Psychedelic Soul" intro is like no other, as is "El Monkey" man's" manipulation of his reed, as Saxie Russell growls out the dance-craze instructions, and it's not until midway that an insane display of saxophone anarchy takes off. Whoever it was, who first played this to a Northern Soul dancefloor must have had the crowd stunned, in shock...as they collided with unparalleled sax-power.

The first time I experienced Saxie's mind-blowing antics, was in the low-ceiling confines of Temple Street, Wolverampton. The Catacombs and it's legendary hot n'steamy constricted space; was just perfect for that squealing Sax to reverberate from those condensation drenched walls. I instantly fell in love with that gnarled vocal and a rumbling dance beat.. a record you could really let yourself go to. Then a sax break that sent you skyward into orbit.

I mean, I thought Junior Walker was just the greatest Sax I'd ever heard.. but Saxie was off-the-scale.. from a burp, a whistle, to a squealing razor-edged scream. Saxie manipulated his instrument at will, as he whipped up a storm; eventually climaxing by shrieking alarm finale..

Wow! this was that the best, most memorable record of the night? At a time when you could here 20 records you'd never heard before and all of them were brilliant... not only the best record of the night, the best record of the year for me... so different, so exciting, proper Northern Soul that stood "head and shoulders" in my mind.

and it's still a standout drop today.. especially if the vinyl is a "newbie" to the scene...with no groove fatigue, the richness of that sax just drills through your body...

Northern Soul saturated in dynamic individualism... but check out "Part 2" surely the choice in 2024, as Saxie abandons the vocal instruction, so you can hear exactly this man's jaw-dropping mastery of brass & reed...

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, clean "play perfect" vinyl.

Two clean promo labels, clean "play perfect" vinyl.

Tommy Tate – I'm Taking On Pain / Are you From Heaven - Okeh 4-7242

Tommy Tate

I'm Taking On Pain / Are You From Heaven

Okeh : 4-7242 (45s)

Very rare Okeh STOCK copy! Giving up two stunning Northern Soul creations from an under-discussed writing team who have provided Northern Soul with a plethora of stunning Northern Soul dancers. So do "Investigate" Jackson, Mississippi brothers Cliff Thomas and Ed Thomas, often working with Bob McCree under the banner of "Mississippi Artists Corporation"

The Thomas's cut their teeth along with sister Barbara at 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee working and recording for the prolific Sam C. Phillips International label. Before concentrating on composing and producing. These two soulful concepts, underline their talents perfectly, two recordings benefitting from Tommy's exceptionally silky crooning.

As we are all well aware "I'm Taking On Pain" is a total killer, with the the Thomas' supporting Mr. Tate with a rich male group harmony choruses, relentless but sympathetic drumming, vibes, crashing cymbals, pattering piano notes, the whole is just gorgeously soulful.

The flipside giving up a sadly neglected masterpiece from one of my favourite soul voices, again directed by the soul intellectuals, brothers Cliff Thomas and Ed Thomas.
"Are you From Heaven" an immense as yet undiscovered slice of Beat Ballad Heaven, spine shivering stuff no matter which side you drop the arm on!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOR FOR SALE tag on a-side label, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest soft surface hairlines when angled in the light. Both sides play flawless (listen) still housed in Okeh birth-sleeve - irresistible!!

Two clean labels, DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOR FOR SALE tag on a-side label, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest soft surface hairlines when angled in the light. Both sides play flawless (listen) still housed in Okeh birth-sleeve - irresistible!!

Venturas - Heart Of Love / Calling You Baby - Green Light 832A-0001

Venturas

Heart Of Love / Calling You Baby

Green Light : 832A-0001 (45s)

Insanely RARE !

Top side is exquisite vocal group Northern Soul - the flipside is off-the-scale "Lowrider" supremacy.

phenomenal group soul - which ever side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

Label has artist title grazed over, otherwise two clean rich red labels, full gloss unblemished Mint vinyl. Plays perfect - listen

Label has artist title grazed over, otherwise two clean rich red labels, full gloss unblemished Mint vinyl. Plays perfect - listen

Delilah Moore - It Takes Love / Wrapped Up Tight - Middle Earth 001

Delilah Moore

It Takes Love / Wrapped Up Tight

Middle Earth: 001 (45s)

"Bright Lights" took a long time coming to Delilah Kennebruew, after her stint with The Triumphs on OKeh, her wonderful Loma 45 that still remains very elusive. Then a dormant period.

It all changed when she got wed, changing her name to Moore, then this Los Angeles songbird came into the view of Northern Soul collectors and DJ's once again with two worthy 45s on Money label, 3 years later her last 45 being her best and ironically by far her rarest.

Every 45 Delilah had an input in, came under the Northern Soul spotlight at some time or other. "It Takes Love" her last attempt at breaking through before evaporating into the L.A. scene.

Before you today is the authentic J. C. mastered self promoted D.I.Y. dancer written, arranged and produced by Delilah herself, a private press of immense quality that has kept it at the top of the most-sought after tree, almost 50 years. Remaining constantly rare and out of reach. Gracing all the exclusive turntables of Europe and a Soul Essence theme tune for much of the last century. Beautifully constructed with full horn backing, catchy piano pulses and a full blooded girl-group choruses, subtly partitioned by jazzy guitar breaks, what a turn to bow out with.

Do not over looked her readjusting of her 1972 first 45 for Money, "Wrapped Up Tight " a stunning downtempo stepper saturated in class, underling her effortless style of soul. Two, oh so very soulful tunes on one very rare disc!


Condition Report

Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl, just a few soft fine surface hairlines revealed when angled in the light. Plays flawless - listen!

Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl, just a few soft fine surface hairlines revealed when angled in the light. Plays flawless - listen!

Tommy Hammond - Devil On My Shoulder / The Girl I Love - Golden Eagle GE 204

Tommy Hammond

Devil On My Shoulder / The Girl I Love

Golden Eagle : GE 204 (45s)

Looking for bad girls, with the Devil on his shoulder, this attitude drenched, wailing harmonica decorated R&B Popcorn stalker. Evoking visions of a carefree wanderer going from town to looking for thrills, seeking women. Traveling dusty trails, imposing Saguaro, bars, sidewalks and impending trouble in the air. The way the man sings there is little doubt he will handle any problems he comes across whilst searching for love.

Blue-eyed Houston R&B man, the answer to Memphis' Charlie Rich, Tommy Hammond carries that same aura about him.

Label owner Charlie Booth stabled various styles of Southern artists; Tommy Hammond would have been rubbing shoulders with Johnny Copeland, Joe Hughes, Jannie Williams etc all seasoned Blues, Soul, R&B performers. Obviously these influences shaped Tommy's writings and singing style.

Tommy recorded two 45s "Golden Eagle" both of them snarling and wicked dance grooves. Both as sought after as each other, look out for "Turn That Frown Up Side Down" another winner from the man.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - top copy - rare record indeed

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - top copy - rare record indeed

Syng McGowan - That's What I Want / Peggy Did - Hope 551

Syng McGowan

That's What I Want / Peggy Did

Hope : 551 (45s)

The perfect Northern Soul storm...

Snarling, Stomping, Rampaging, merciless Northern Soul that refuses to take prisoners.

The prolific Thomas Kontos whips up a NS blizzard; producing yet another session to stir the minds and feet of the Northern Soul dancer. Better known to the 60's Soul collector as Tommy Kaye. The producers moves slightly south from his New York habitat to Baltimore assisting producer Bella Flowers with a muscular-musical arrangement that demands, you to get on that dancefloor.

Syng possesses the perfectly rasping snarl, made to ride the incessant kitchen-sink production of howling-horns, peppered with yelping girl-group choruses and ringing vibes, driving drums ensure the pace never falters.

Click the soundfile and prepare to be swept away by a torrent of...REAL DEAL NORTHERN SOUL!!

Condition Report

Promo FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY sticker on a-side label, otherwise two clean labels, beautifully unblemished vinyl is Mint - / Mint - near perfection

Promo FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY sticker on a-side label, otherwise two clean labels, beautifully unblemished vinyl is Mint - / Mint - near perfection

21st Century - Shadow Of A Memory / Coming Right Back - Dot 45-17190 DJ

21st Century

Shadow Of A Memory / Coming Right Back

Dot : 45-17190 DJ (45s)

Crazy about Crossover?

It matters not which side you drop the arm on, you and audience will be treated to an exquisite soaring, late 60s' Northern Soul vocal group dancer, with the power to lift your day!

"Shadow Of A Memory" also covered by Minnie Jones sits at the very pinnacle of the Northern Soul Crossover sound. Whilst the flipside "Coming Right Back" is a seamlessly flowing vocal-group Northern Soul in the classic NS style, superior harmony vocals are cradled by subtle horns, soaring trumpets, guitar rhythms, hanging backing harmonies...

Undeservedly over-shadowed by the brilliance "Shadow Of a Memory" I personally am unable to split the sides in order of preference.

Some records just speak for themselves, when a lone 45 gives up not one but two delicious examples of Rare Northern Soul as this one does.

Just a click of the soundfile and judge for yourself, the two songs will be enough to the alert you it's a "must have" qualities, for the thinking collector seeking top-quality records that offer real value for money. This is a two-for-the-price of opportunity, you chose which side you like the best...

You'll only change your mind tomorrow... like I have twice today, already.

Condition Report

Two bright clean promo labels, the vinyl is near pristine - a strong unblemished mint minus and as you can hear it plays perfect.

Two bright clean promo labels, the vinyl is near pristine - a strong unblemished mint minus and as you can hear it plays perfect.

Dottie & Millie - Talkin' About My Baby / Nothing In This World - Topper 1014

Dottie & Millie

Talkin' About My Baby / Nothing In This World

Topper: 1014 (45s)

David Hamilton's genius for creating marvelous Motor City movers, again comes to the fore, enlisting these two seasoned ladies who last recorded in 1955 as the "Two Sweethearts" on a R&B Jazz stroller written by Lincoln Chase. Their soulful synergy still firmly in place 11 years later when Dave took Dottie Hayes and Millie Weaver into the studio one one last time.

Serving up not one but two Northern Soul dancefloor winners, everyone has long been in love with. "Talkin' About My Baby" an instant finger-clicking dancefloor his at the Northern Soul allniters for decades now, with the other side "Nothing In This World" equally as motivating, sharing same backing track as Monique - If You Love Me / Never Let Me Go.

Dottie and Millie serve up two standout dancers sure fire "floor" igniters. On one of Detroit's most-collectable labels, in flawless condition

...what's not to love?

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - top copy, top condition.

Two totally clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - top copy, top condition.

Martha Star - No Part Time Love For Me / It's Too Bad Baby - Thelma 111 DJ

Martha Star

No Part Time Love For Me / It's Too Bad Baby

Thelma : T-111 DJ (45s)

Thelma white promo - irresistible eye-candy to the old school NS collectors.

To that group of collectors, the Thelma label is considered by many (including me) as one of the catalysts for the addictive rare-Soul curiosity we all suffer from today. Thelma's simple label design, easy to read credits, had me wondering who were these people I'd never heard of, making such forceful soul music.

As young-gun Soul enthusiast this label would crop up in sales boxes, sales lists and conversations during the very early 70's, begging the question why such a consistently impressive label with not a bad record among it's catalog would have had so few releases... most of my teenage years were spent accumulating as many Emanuel Lasky 45's I could find. I just loved his voice, then I discovered Billy Kennedy, then Martha Star.. I knew nothing about the label but it's stark black & silver simplicity really appealed to me...most of my acquisitions came from the legendary Brain 45 Phillips.. former "Twisted Wheel" DJ would mail highly anticipated sales lists of USA rarities.. it was an education to read and even more exciting buying "blind" on the word of his one line comments, I was rarely disappointed.

One day I bought what would turn out to be my Martha Star baptism, I was besotted by the way she pushed lyrics to the limits, accentuating the "Full Time" into a rasping attention-seeking scream, with subtle Mike Terry-esque saxophone prompts, silky girl-group choruses then embellished even further when the guys join in at the finale with their own rich vocal contribution.

During that magical pre-Wigan era the search for more NS stompers was my imperative, to lift my Kirby Lane, Youth Club DJ sets. The compelling Detroit sax supporting a femme-vocal dripping with attitude, strutting through that forest of instruments scything down all before her, oh that instrumental break...hurtling towards the final crescendo.

Brilliant Detroit.. raw and addictive.. passion from the streets. .
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As the more than desirable white demo is a Detroit trophy-indeed ...

Condition Report

X X on the b-side label, full gloss vinyl, reveals only the merest soft surface blemishes under light, both sides clean clean (listen) nice copy indeed.

X X on the b-side label, full gloss vinyl, reveals only the merest soft surface blemishes under light, both sides clean clean (listen) nice copy indeed.

Dean Courtney - I'll Always Need You / Tammy - RCA 47-9049 DJ mint

Dean Courtney

I'll Always Need You / Tammy

RCA : 47-9049 DJ mint (45s)

A listing for those of you, who are seeking perfection whilst collecting the Northern Soul anthems. This disc is in perfect archive condition.

Jimmy Wisner must have been impressed with the Len Barry original version he helped construct with Leon Huff, John Madara & David White at Bell Sound studios New York in late winter of 1966. Because less than a year later he had summoned Dean Courtney into the same studio using some of the same musicians to record this great Northern Soul anthem; that Decca decided not to release after Len Barry transferred his total allegiance to RCA and Jimmy Wisner. Leaving the guidance of his previously star-making team John Madara and David White and Decca records behind.

Dean Courtney was Jimmy's new project and this was chosen to back up the misfiring "Tammy" for his second release for RCA. the magnificent "I'll Always Need You" sadly relegated to a flipside, of a dreadful attempt at Len Barry-ism in the sickly song "Tammy" given the proper "Wiz" treatment with Dean in stunning voice with a full "Wisner" orchestra backing, but it never ever grabs the imagination. A poor attempt at wooing commercialism and a hit.

The flipside however is the very summit of uplifting Northern Soul, rightly considered an all-time anthem. Between Wisner and his ever present Dean Courtney producers Ray Fleming and John Mack Jr., they craft a joyous slab of 60's dance soul. How the hell "'ll Always Need You" was relegated to a flipside, is beyond belief.

Listen now what should have been Dean's first hit, but for a "sliding doors" moment of bad decision making, it was left to those British Northern Soul pioneers of the early 70s to blast its overwhelming powers of dancefloor-goodness to allniter congregation of England.

Listen now to be catapulted back to the every good time you ever had in 1970's dancing to superior Northern Soul.

Condition Report

STONE MINT!

STONE MINT!

Gene Chandler - I Can Take Care Of Myself/ I Can Save It - Constellation C-169 DJ

Gene Chandler

I Can Take Care Of Myself / I Can Save It

Constellation : C-169 DJ (45s)

An exceptional MINT minus promo copy of this Northern Soul double hitter, so classic it hurts!.

The boys at Constellation certainly employed the dream-team when they crafted this double-serving of Northern Soul delights.

Top side written by the genius of Van McCoy, produced by Carl Davis, Sonny Sanders, helmed by famous the Bunky Bill Sheppard first released in Chicago June 1966.

Flip it over and you're treated to "Shrine" cultivated Northern Soul from the pens of Carl Kidd & Keni Lewis!

Sublime NS no matter which side you drop the arm on!

I just adore the real classics in impeccable condition on an alluring white promo press...don't you?

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a real, real beauty

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a real, real beauty

Paul Anka - I Can't Help Loving You / Can't Get Along Very Well Without Her - RCA 47-8893 DJ

Paul Anka

I Can't Help Loving You / Can't Get Along Very Well Without Her

RCA : 47-8893 DJ (45s)

I never tire of relaying the story of this timeless Northern Soul anthem's discovery. Who's birth onto the Northern Soul scene undoubtably one of the greatest accidental NS discoveries of all time.

In the early 70's Simon Soussan was in New England looking for Northern Soul records, in Providence Rhode Island to be precise. Diggin' through one of the East Coast's finest hoards of 50s and 60s 45's at Big Al Records. Ran by Big Al (Pavlow) who was no ordinary record dealer. To this day since my first meeting with him in 1976 I have never encountered a more knowledgeable record-man across all genres than Al Pavlow. His stock was immense, his cataloguing was precision personified. His memory for detail second to none.

Simon was the complete opposite, perhaps the most untidy 45 digger of them all. There he was frantically ADH style ploughing through Al's mind-boggling vinyl array, making a mess of slopping piles, when he would constantly pause to play a few seconds of a 45, then straight back into his uncontrolled burrowing. Big Al had never seen such frenzied enthusiasm, which made him very curious. So he asked Simon "what was he doin' ...what was he looking for?".
Simon picked up a pile of selected keepers and showed them to Al. Even with Al's telephone directory brain, he was none the wiser; as the 45s were on all different labels, different artists, groups, male & female artists and instrumentals; with 60's pressings being the only common denominator, this was very confusing. Although he did notice the arranging name of Charlie Calello on more than one of Simon's "keepers". Big Al needed to investigate further. Simon explained it was the "sound" he was seeking, an up beat production close to the sound of Motown..
After listening to Simon playing a few examples of his "sound". Big Al said "ok I got it..." "I have a Paul Anka record I think you'll like.." Simon admitted afterwards he thought Al was an "idiot" with no conception of what he was looking for.
About 30 minutes later through the shop's speaker Big Al had turned up the volume and dropped "I Can't Help Loving You " onto the turntable. Soussan momentarily froze, then threw the pile of 45s he was holding, and literally sprinting to the shop counter screaming in his distinctive French / Arab accent.

"WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!!!"

Al with a satisfied grin... "IT'S THE PAUL ANKA 45 I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT"
This story was told to me by Big Al in 1977 when I found another copy in his house, a huge building racked wall to wall in 45's. One of the greatest Northern Soul 45's discovered by a man who did really know his stuff... the rest is chiseled in stone as a Northern Soul record that has set every NS dancefloor of the United Kingdom alight for over 50 years.

R.I.P. Big Al Pavlow, record collector, historian, writer, DJ and all round music genius; you were and still are the most knowledgeable record man I've ever met, your humour and story telling and of course your amazing stock will stay in my mind for ever.
Here's a wonderfully clean example of the timeless NS anthem, underlining why Paul Anka travelled to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, 3614 Jackson Hwy, Sheffield, AL 35660 to be enlisted by Rick Hall to partner the sublime voice of Odia Coates...

Rick recognised a special voice when he heard one... obviously the "Northern Soul" bigots, who through the decades didn't; as some of them label this masterpiece as "pop" music. Obviously they never read the label credits of the A-Team that constructed this slab of explosive Northern Soul - written by Artie Schoeck & Jet Loring produced by Charlie Calello.

AWESOME tune! I wonder how long it would have been hidden... undiscovered if it wasn't for Big Al Pavlow.

Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, still housed its birth sleeve, immaculate mint vinyl with a solitary soft "turntable retrieve brush" by a DJ in a hurry spoiling its pure perfectness.

Two flawless promo labels, still housed its birth sleeve, immaculate mint vinyl with a solitary soft "turntable retrieve brush" by a DJ in a hurry spoiling its pure perfectness.

Billy Keene - Wishing And Hoping / Cross My Heart - Vault V-943

Billy Keene

Wishing And Hoping / Cross My Heart

Vault : V-943 (45s)

Hugely sought-after, increasingly elusive dopuble header from L.A.

A consistent, highly regarded Los Angeles R&B vocalist who worked with such notable Californian Soul names as Bob Keene, Johnny Watson, Cliff Goldsmith, Ray Shanklin, during the early 60's eventually coming under the guidance of the great Arthur Wright in the summer of 1968.

Between them crafting two superior soul sessions; that have grown in reputation through the decades, from strong Northern Soul attention for the "Wishing And Hoping". An enchanting NS Crossover delicacy, driven by considerate horns, pounding piano notes prompting the dance pulses, lifted by relentless shaking of the subtle tambourine embellishments. The horns building in unison with Billy Keene's beseeching pleas to capture his girl's complete love; leading to a magnificent crescendo for everyone involved in this fabulous Kenny Seymour composition.

The other side which led the June 1968 release for this normally Surf/Jazz/Rock oriented Vault Records, was a killer Lowrider Soul ballad. A reworking of the 1953 Memphis ballad written by Johnny Ace and David James Mattis recorded by Johnny Ace and released on Duke Records. Whilst still retaining the beauty of the early 50's sentimental lyrics. Billy Keene elevates the song to new levels of male pleading and promise making. A killer remake that today is considered a distilled example of late 60's Los Angeles Soul.

The recordings did receive a second lease of life two years later after Vault folded in the fall of 1969, purchased by Milwaukee based National Tape Distributors, who got Shreveport, Louisiana based Paula Records to re-issue the record in 1970.

Here is the elusive FIRST PRESS in standout condition. Giving up two highly desirable recordings on one disc.

Two perfect labels, full gloss archive standard playing surfaces, a completely stunning copy. Giving up two killer sides, that just don't come to market any more.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Top copy!

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Top copy!

Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache /Christmas Time Is Here Again - Deram DM 216 DJ

Flirtations

Nothing But A Heartache / Christmas Time Is Here Again

Deram: DM 216 DJ (45s)

November 1968 British promo copy in stunning mint minus condition, eye-candy to this old vinyl digger.

It's that man again, the prolific Johnny "Lulu Theme" Harris who had more than a passing passion for soul music. His credits forever appearing of soul orientated British productions. Here he is acting as the musical director for also highly talented partnership Tony Waddington and Wayne Bickerton the main driving force behind The Flirtations rebirth in the UK during 1968.

After cutting some fabulous girl group 45s as "The Gysies" on Old Town, 4 45s in all. The four girls upscaled their name for the more alluring "Flirtations" two more Northern Soul killers would emerge "Change My Darkness Into Light" + "Stronger Than Her Love" before trying their luck in the UK with one member short, the trio became a "Supremes" soundalike gathering in November 1968 this their 2nd. British 45 " Nothing But A Heartache " and most famous, eventually becoming the girl's signature recording.

Again they deliver killer Northern Soul, now getting lots of turntable action, a huge crowd-pleaser up and down the land...

As a flawless DEMO this is this one very desirable 45, that seldom comes to market.

Listen now to our adopted answer to the Supremes, often touring with USA Soul stars visiting the UK.

A stunningly clean DEMO so very tempting...


Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve

Two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve

Invitations - What's Wrong With Me Baby / Why Did My Baby Turn Bad - Stateside SS 478 DJ

Invitations

What's Wrong With Me Baby / Why Did My Baby Turn Bad

Stateside : SS 478 DJ (45s)

The ultimate! British Northern Soul collectors Holy Grail, not only because this is one of the greatest Northern Soul recordings of all time...a benchmark moment in the history of The Twisted Wheel the club that incubation of the world's greatest underground music scene..

This 45 is also super "Holy Grail" because of the impossible mint minus condition it is presented in...

Owning this flawless red & white British demo - it's the stuff Northern Soul collecting dreams of made of...

A once in a lifetime opportunity...

Condition Report

Two flawless red & white labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in its birth-sleeve. Goose pimple inducing British collecting the pinnacle of UK soul 45s, it don't get any more satisfying than owning this legendary 45 as the ultimate red & white demo.

Two flawless red & white labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in its birth-sleeve. Goose pimple inducing British collecting the pinnacle of UK soul 45s, it don't get any more satisfying than owning this legendary 45 as the ultimate red & white demo.

Hy-Tones - You Don't Even Know My Name / Till You Break Up With Him - Bell 627 DJ

Hy-Tones

You Don't Even Know My Name / Till You Break Up With Him

Bell : 627 DJ (45s)

Rarest of the rare!

A much-loved Northern Soul Holy Grail, whether it be on the first Nashville label Southern Artists Records, or Bill Justis's failed 1965 launch on Bell 627. When he headed up this promo only with the rather drab "Till You Break Up With Him" - no wonder this 45 ended its life as being beyond-rare! The delicious "You Don't Even Know My Name" remaining hidden from view as a flipside.

We have often sung the praises of the creative prowess of Robert Holmes, thanks to ACE/Kent he is now a legendary soul lyricist and producer. Crafting important NS works with Peggy Gaines, Bill Brandon, Johnny Truitt, Jimmy Church, Freddie Waters, Wendell Watts, The Avons to name just a few.

His work with this silky smooth local harmony trio the Hy-Tones, blending the consummate vocals of Freddie Waters, "Skeet" Alsup, Eddie Frierson remaining under the radar for decades; until it, like so many Northern Soul Soul greats, awaiting discovery by those intrepid Northern Soul pioneers who strived to keep the scene fresh.

A fabulous offering of excruciating rarity and pure class..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, with strong bright silver text, still neatly, housed in birth-sleeve. Presents fine strong gloss vinyl, just a few soft blemishes under light, plays crisp clean and true. (listen)

Two clean labels, with strong bright silver text, still neatly, housed in birth-sleeve. Presents fine strong gloss vinyl, just a few soft blemishes under light, plays crisp clean and true. (listen)

Mike Stevens And The Shevelles - Go-Go Train / Cathy's Clown - Pye 7N 17243 DJ

Mike Stevens And The Shevelles

Go-Go Train / Cathy's Clown

Pye: 7N 17243 DJ (45s)

Proper MOD! in proper condition.

A pristine 27th January 1967, mint minus demo!

Mike shows off his MOD credentials as he name-checks all the scene's artists driving the scene in late 1966. His ideal for "Boo-Ga-Loo" growling vocal carrying edgy R&B emotions. Mike snarls the importance of the "in" artists of '66 Georgie Fame, Eric Burdon, Long John Baldry, Geno Washington, John Mayall, Chris Farlowe, Rod Stewart ad Zoot Money all getting on the Go-Go train.

Saturated in Memphis influences, a brief impersonation of Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas mention fits in nicely. Embellished with mentions of some of the iconic MOD hangouts; Digging the "Vagabonds" at The Marquee, The Ram Jam ...

Not forgetting the "Night Train" get on the "Go-Go Train" all you need is SOUL!

Muscular keyboard work, peppered with powerhouse percussion... encapsulates a period in history when to be a MOD was all that mattered to Youth Culture. More than just a dancefloor pleaser... this is also an crucial reference point in the history of what was musically important within the MOD scene.

Even Mike's version of "Cathy's Clown" the old Everley Brothers teen classic, has "edge"

Killer tune in exceptional condition!

Condition Report

Two perfect promo labels, date stamped 27 JAN on a-side label, vinyl is near perfect full gloss mint minus, still housed in birth sleeve.

Two perfect promo labels, date stamped 27 JAN on a-side label, vinyl is near perfect full gloss mint minus, still housed in birth sleeve.

Psychedelic Frankie - Putting You Out Of My Life / Donna - Hi-Speed 101670

Psychedelic Frankie

Putting You Out Of My Life / Donna

Hi-Speed Records: 101670 (45s)

Crazy about crossover? Here's "Crossover" at its outer most soulful and absolute very best!

Crossover? This is nothing short of a "HOLY GRAIL" to those who appreciate proper soulful rarities.

Lilting horns open the way to Frankie Snowden's demoralised state of mind, unfolding into one of the greatest soulful dance Northern Soul "sad songs" ever made. A convincingly down trodden vocal, strolls through his own sympathetic guitar picks bolstered by supportive horns, seeing Frankie Snowden pulling himself together as waves of pumping horns carry him to a better place.

An AWESOME tune that only a handful of A-list NS DJ's can boast of owning.

The flipside that's dedicated to "Donna" is the "instrumental" backing. Giving you the opportunity to fully appreciate the intricate arrangement Mr. Snowden put together, precisely blending his own classy plectrum work, puncturing controlled horns cradling the palpable hurt Frankie transmits. Showered with forceful percussion beefing up the irresistible dance proposal this tune makes.

Top Top tune - a proper "Grail"

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss on vinyl reveals only a few soft blemishes when angled in the light. A strong Excellent plus. Very nice copy...

two clean labels, full gloss on vinyl reveals only a few soft blemishes when angled in the light. A strong Excellent plus. Very nice copy...

Darlettes - Lost / Sweet Kind Of Lonliness - President PT 317 DJ

Darlettes

Lost / Sweet Kind Of Lonliness

President : PT 317 DJ (45s)

12 months before they updated their name to "The Sweet Things" becoming the darlings of 1972 Northern Soul with their smash hit at "The Golden Torch" with a 2nd Van McCoy composition "'I'm In A World Of Trouble" considered by all as girl-group Northern Soul perfection.

Here is the Washington, D.C. trio of Dyanne Stewart, Francine Barker, Nancy J. Johnson with their first encounter with a Van McCoy production "Lost" creating Girl-group Northern Soul at it's finest. Both sides are fabulous examples of the genre. This is the RARE UK promo press in totally pristine vinyl condition!

Ed Krassner was a record company CEO that really had his finger on the pulse of "USA soul" releasing a plethora of high-grade rare soul 45s before changing the whole landscape of Northern |Soul collecting when he launched the now legendary "Jay Boy" series.

This sultry girl-group floater is one of the classiest girl-sounds ever issued the UK. A heart-stopping production using Francine Barker's honeyed lead vocal cradled within sulking string section the Van McCoy manipulates to its full potential, as he brings palpable loneliness to life for the now captivated listener. A feat he repeats on the flipside "Sweet Kind Of Lonliness" another euphoric Van McCoy triumph as his simplistic arrangement works brilliant as the landscape for three sweet girl voices to pour out the fears into.

Rare soul girl-group excellence no matter which side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

see promo images, with notes by Radio Station "Caroline" on the a-side label, by DJ Paul Rushling, vinyl though is utterly flawless.

see promo images, with notes by Radio Station "Caroline" on the a-side label, by DJ Paul Rushling, vinyl though is utterly flawless.

Qunestine Strong - One Hundred Years From Now / Very Tender Moments - Raina 45-101

Qunestine Strong

One Hundred Years From Now / Very Tender Moments

Raina : 45-101 (45s)

A wonderful slab of edgy neighborhood soul with funky instrumentation, guiding talented a local sister "Qunestine Strong" on this D.I.Y. Phoenix, Arizona collaboration between Prince Shell (Chicago) supported by Lawrence Carroll band, two highly accomplished musicians.

Lyrics provided by Eddie Campbell, Ernie Johnson & Pete James. Form a solid moody crossover stroller lifted by trumpets and deliberate guitar picks, soon forming and emotional string n' horn assisted mover, which the "unknown" Qunestine harnesses to push it to its soulful limits. This is proper "Grand Canyon State" soul, impassioned in the extreme, an example to be held up, for all to hear what is possible using a local untested artist on stand material.

The real jewel though, is the flipside, a reworking of the version 1967 Ernie Johnson song, that Dee Clark also brilliantly covered on Columbia the same year. But neither male version gets even close to a song that grows in the hands of a beseeching sister, Qunestine's passion is palpable. Her deep emotions gliding on waves of blasting horns. This is truly spectacular Deep Soul.

And RARE too...

Condition Report

Two bright clean yellow labels, bright clean vinyl reveals soft surface marks, but plays strong and clean (listen)

Two bright clean yellow labels, bright clean vinyl reveals soft surface marks, but plays strong and clean (listen)

Sam & Kitty - I've Got Something Good / Love Is The Greatest - Four Brothers 452 DJ

Sam & Kitty

I've Got Something Good / Love Is The Greatest

Four Brothers : 452 DJ (45s)

THE REAL DEAL !!! in spectacular mint minus condition.

The genuine authentic 1966 Chicago press... from Leroy Dandridge & Edith Brown the duet that delivers of one of the most motivational Northern Soul dancefloor incendiary devices of all time!

How often does this come to market? and you can be 100% certain of its credibility, as a proper original press.

As an 18 year old no other record actually enslaved me to the Northern Soul scene more than Sam & Kitty.. the thrill sent through my body when Jeff "Swifty" Wheeldon dropped this bomb in the confined space of Select-A-Disc cellar; still lives with me today. It was the ultimate "music-rush". A feeling I've chased ever since and not too many times has it been replicated. I was young, impressionable and already captivated by the Sound of Soul...but such instant invitation to dance, I'd never heard the like of before.

A barrage of brass collides with a solid wall bold guitar rhythms, rumbling drums, then this excitable coupling of Leroy Dandridge & Kitty Grove "ping-pong" of each others explosive energy...the most potent display of Northern Soul vocal-volleyball ever delivered!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL .. the real-deal indeed but that from my point of view, a record that has suffered from it's own brilliance; becoming heard far too much... as dancers play-requests are invariably indulged..

Having said that, if you are a Northern Soul original classic collector, an OVO DJ, no collection can be taken seriously without an authentic 1966 original press filed in it...

for that "private time" when the house is empty, you may feel the need to make a little space on you record room floor; turn the volume up, drop the stylus and feel once again the hairs bristle on the back of your neck, your legs click into automatic mode and there you are 18 years of age again, using that indelible foot-work that impressed the locals so much back in 1972...

Not that I've ever done that of course...

Condition Report

Two totally clean promo labels, full gloss, play perfect mint minus vinyl, as good as it gets condition!

Two totally clean promo labels, full gloss, play perfect mint minus vinyl, as good as it gets condition!

Silky Hargraves - Keep Loving Me ( Like You Do ) / You’re Too Good ( To Me Baby ) - Dearborn D 563 DJ

Silky Hargraves

Keep Loving Me ( Like You Do ) / You’re Too Good ( To Me Baby )

Dearborn : D 563 DJ (45s)

So completely brilliant, a trafficjam of adjectives get stuck in my head..

This song always gets my vote for the greatest music video of rare-soul on You-tube as aerial views of the Motor City resound to the tones of one of the city's finest Northern Soul moments.

If you feel you need an uplift, just go to you-tube and find Silky's song floating high above the building of Detroit, awesome.

The affect it has on a Northern Soul dancefloor is not far behind.. for decades this Silky Hargraves / Ron Dunbar collaboration has adorned thinking DJ’s boxes as the Northern Soul classic drop that everyone adores. I’ve listened to it now for nearing 50 years and it still sends shivers of delight through me.

No matter which side you choose to play first

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl only reveals feeble surface hairlines under direct light. Please NOTE there is a minuscule flaw on the a-side run in that causes a few clicks in the beginning. The remainder of the disc is Ex+ you can hear it plays clean , listen carefully and judge, flipside vinyl is Ex+ throughout.

Two clean promo labels, vinyl only reveals feeble surface hairlines under direct light. Please NOTE there is a minuscule flaw on the a-side run in that causes a few clicks in the beginning. The remainder of the disc is Ex+ you can hear it plays clean , listen carefully and judge, flipside vinyl is Ex+ throughout.

Jimmy & Vella Cameron - Lovin' You Is Such A Groove / I Know A Place - Reprise 0483 DJ

Jimmy & Vella Cameron

Lovin' You Is Such A Groove / I Know A Place

Reprise : 0483 DJ (45s)

Currently one of the most explosive Northern Soul floor-packers on the scene today - incredibly popular.

Drop the arm on this Mr. DJ and the night is yours!

Pianist Mike Rubini and the master of the big L.A. orchestra, Mike Post summon up a tsunami of Gene Page percussion, whilst calling upon climbing horns, that are superbly partitioned Rubini's piano breaks. It's all in place, every component of this searing arrangement ready for Vella's soulfully squealing enthusiasm, as Jimmy and his girl celebrate the love they share. Boomeranging off each other's exuberance for the love they share.

Such togetherness!!

Proper foot-to-the-throttle high-octane Northern Soul that is destroying dancefloors across Europe.

Essential NS and some...

The flipside is no to be ignored either! Another stomping slab of insane Northern Soul!

Condition Report

Some soft age foxing to the white promo labels, otherwise clean, no writing, stickers or tears. fine clean Ex+ vinyl plays crisp, clean ad true. housed in birth sleeve - irresistible.

Some soft age foxing to the white promo labels, otherwise clean, no writing, stickers or tears. fine clean Ex+ vinyl plays crisp, clean ad true. housed in birth sleeve - irresistible.

Sandpipers - Lonely Too Long / I Really Love You - Giant G-705

Sandpipers

Lonely Too Long / I Really Love You

Giant : G-705 (45s)

We all adore the "Pied Piper" sound even when it's Detroit blue-eyed Northern Soul.

The blend of Sonny Holidae's smooth vocal team, Mike Terry's addictive direction and being showered with the "Pied Piper" magic fairy dust. That always lifts a recording into another stratosphere of Northern Soul. Making the "whiteness" so totally very acceptable.

Welcomed with open arms and so very popular at The 100 Club throughout the 90s, an integral part in the jigsaw of Northern Soul diversity.

Such a fabulous collectable floater in the same vein as those other oh-so loved white-boy NS floor-fillers Rock Candy - Alone With No Love, Main Change - Sunshine Is Her Way etc. I adore all these songs ever since cutting teeth on the Shakers - One Wonderful Moment -

This is "Blue-eyed" dance at its most adorable - with "Pied Piper" elevating it to "addictive"

This 5 x 45 only label, is one of the most collectable of Detroit labels of course...

Condition Report

# on flipside label, otherwise two clean bright yellow labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Top copy..

# on flipside label, otherwise two clean bright yellow labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Top copy..

Arcades - There's Got To Be A Loser / The Soul P. W. - Triad 502

Arcades

There's Got To Be A Loser / The Soul P. W.

Triad : 502 (45s)

A spectacular copy near perfect copy!

March 1966 Johnny Hartsman & Ron Badger's put together this take on the Jesse James "Grail" on Shirley, and for me every note as good and cut around the same time.

The Bay Area's main Jazz / Soul man Johnny was the driving force behind so many great Bay Area productions, on this 45 the added enterprise of local entrepreneur label owners Ron Badger and Jesse Mason. You have authentic Bay Area vocal group Northern Soul; featuring one of Lonnie Hewitt's Wee team Ernie Marbary, along with the lesser know Elzie Walker, Tommie Stevenson & Wendell Adams. The four man gathering ripple with vocal harmony prowess, whilst the "Triad" of Badger, Hartsman & Mason ensure a silky dance rhythms carry those creamy vocals along.

Top-drawer Northern Soul that has somehow lived in the shadows of its separated at birth, Jesse James - Are You Gonna Leave Me - today a rather expensive record indeed.

So now listen to a flawless version from a talent quartet and ask yourself can the "Shirley" release really be considered at 4 or 5 times it's value..?

Classy, uplifting and elusive.. currently under-valued? But surely not for too much longer... as your ears and feet will soon qualify.



Condition Report

A flawless mint minus copy perfect min ever way, Two clean labels, unblemished vinyl as good as it gets.

A flawless mint minus copy perfect min ever way, Two clean labels, unblemished vinyl as good as it gets.

Up-Tights - Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher - Alley 1045

Up-Tights

Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher

Alley : 1045 (45s)

The talented Ike Noble and team are here again serving up, another vocal-group harmony excursion into D.I.Y. Northern Soul. Written & arranged by Ike himself, this time utilizing Joe Lee's Arkansas based vanity label. That released less than a handful of 45s that can be remotely classed as Soul 45's.

From that wonderful Memphis based release by Noble and the Uptights - Don't Worry About It / Lonely Man - Action 6850 /6851 from just a year earlier. Ike again echoes that tight harmony-based mid-tempo Soul with an equally fine creation, giving up two bewitching street-level group-grooves; Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher.

We lead with the slightly more uptempo side "Just a Dream" with the beckoning blend of lilting guitar and considerate horn blows. Another "thankful" narrative of finding the right girl, which Ike's convincing indebted voice portrays so well, within a simplistic street-corner symphony that his grainy soulfulness is the star, only for his long-awaited rescue to be shattered .. as it's "Just a Dream".

Flip it over and the same ingredients bolster a totally different story, of loving a girl who doesn't love him. This brings forth Ike's inner determination , motivating himself to just move on...to just "Look A Little Higher"... hold your head high and keep on pushing. His expressive voice suiting this self-belief cradled by inspiring horns and approving guitar picking, welded and soothed by ghostly distant male group harmonies emphasizing he's not on his own, in his desire to pick himself up.

Two exquisite D.I.Y. soulful dance grooves, that will slowly but surely burrow their way into your heart..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss unblemished, mint vinyl - a beauty!

Two clean labels, full gloss unblemished, mint vinyl - a beauty!

Sunny & The Sunliners - If I Could See You Now / Should I Take You Home - RPR R-105

Sunny & The Sunliners

If I Could See You Now / Should I Take You Home

RPR : R-105 (45s)

Currently receive the turntable attention it has always long deserved... utterly uplifting Northern Soul.

A record that is currently starting to ignite the dancefloors, after snoozing for several decades.

Killer Tex-Mex Northern Soul taking inspiration from The Dells - Wear It On Your Face. Sonny Ozuna's impressive "nicotine-coated" vocal heads up a spectacular display of Texas horns, with 6 man "Sunliners" relentlessly decorating the background with silky smooth choruses and whooping vocal support woven into a persuasive dance arrangement.

The combination of the rich brass, the compelling sandpaper voice and the superlative male vocal harmony backdrop, makes for a five-star Northern Soul dancer that has bubbled away for over 40 years on the back-burner DJ's play lists, without ever coming to the forefront of Northern Soul public's attention. But in recent times this uplifting tune has at last received the exposure it has deserved for so along. An inspiring feel-good dance record you can't help but to fall in love with.

fine clean unblemished promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light

Flip it over, the mid-tempo "Should I Take You Home" is every note as impressive, another silky display of soulful vocal harmony, again enriched by highly accomplished brass backing, make for a premiere Crossover Northern Soul experience.

Check out the double soundfile and prepare to fall in love with a record that has become increasingly popular with the dancefloor in recent times.

Here's an elusive stock copy in fine clean condition.

Condition Report

Two bright clean labels, see images. full gloss vinyl reveals a few soft hairline no affecting play.

Two bright clean labels, see images. full gloss vinyl reveals a few soft hairline no affecting play.

Maxine Brown - One In A Million / Anything You Do Is Alright - Wand WND 1117 DJ

Maxine Brown

One In A Million / Anything You Do Is Alright

Wand : WND 1117 DJ (45s)

Maxine's most-loved, miraculous mint minus condition.

Giving up stunning fidelity.

It's a timeless floor packer, this copy very likely avoiding any previous history of meeting the stress and turmoil of the bustling Northern Soul DJ circuit.

You couldn't wish to own a finer copy, of this exquisite slab of Sister Northern Soul.

There is no need for us to remind you of the spectacular qualities of this standout recording - just click the soundfile - prepare to be catapulted back to your very best of times - resist if you can.

The flipside is irresistible "Maxine" also..

Condition Report

two perfect promo labels, NO bb drill, squeaky clean near Manship mint vinyl!

two perfect promo labels, NO bb drill, squeaky clean near Manship mint vinyl!

Jimmy James - This Heart Of Mine / I Don't Wanna Cry - Piccadilly 7N 35331

Jimmy James and the Vagabonds

This Heart Of Mine / I Don't Wanna Cry

Piccadilly : 7N 35331 (45s)

R.I.P. Jimmy James the most-soulful of all soul singers who made Great Britain their home. Pleasuring this island's youth with real-deal soul for over 6 decades!

Like many other seasoned Soul collectors I consider this 45 his finest Northern Soul moment, and the greatest Northern Soul British production. I can’t think of a British version of an American Soul recording that outstrips a USA constructed one. That’s one reason why I adore Soul music; those hugely thoughtful Orchestra driven productions made to sweep you off your feet. It was a craft the British producers never quite mastered. But this was a production fully deserving of Jimmy's authentic soulful vocal.

That was until Pye gave the production chair over to another Brit who really understood what a Soul recording should sound like.

Enter Guy Stevens already on the staff at Chris Blackwell’s Sue records, handpicked and given Carte Blanche to not only select Sue’s future releases his also was left alone to promote them. London’s no. 1 Soul & R&B DJ was given the challenge to produce Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and try to record a respectable version of The Artistics, one of the greatest Soul groups in the USA at the time; produced by the legendary Chicago team of studio geniuses. Could the fresh faced Stevens get anywhere near to the deft arranging of Sonny Sanders or the precise production skills of Okeh’s dynamic duo Carl Davis and Gerald Sims.

Young Gun Guy not only matched Carl Davis and Co. he outstripped the original version by quite some way. Creating, along with the arranging assistance of Tony King surely the greatest slab of homemade Northern Soul ever committed to vinyl. A soaring, inspiring, truly spectacular version of “This Heart Of Mine” leaving us with a legacy of Brit Northern Soul that no other British wannabe Soul producer, before or since, has bettered.

Click the sound file and be prepared to be swept away on a torrent of truly fabulous Northern Soul...

Condition Report

Good gloss of vinyl, reveals only a few light blemishes, as you can hear it plays loud, crisp and clean. All housed in birth sleeve

Good gloss of vinyl, reveals only a few light blemishes, as you can hear it plays loud, crisp and clean. All housed in birth sleeve

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