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Jimmy Rogers - What Have I Done / Trace Of You - Chess 1687

Jimmy Rogers

What Have I Done / Trace Of You

Chess : 1687 (45s)

A double helping of Margaret Whitfield's writing prowess, as she crafts not one but two blinding R&B Popcorn dancers for Chicago guitar and harmonica maestro Jimmy Lane aka Jimmy Rogers.

One of the most-wanted of all the late 50's Southside Chicago blues movers. The Jimmy was a former valued member of Muddy Water's team before he branched out achieving some R&B chart with "That's All Right" in 1950 and "Walking By Myself" in 1954 but neither of those sides match up the the addictive brilliance, that mesmeric voodoo influences drill through you during the "What Have I Done" or "Trace Of You" brutal transmission.

The choice is up to you which side to drop the arm on, the result is the same. Moody, lounge "Walk" styled R&B stroller littered with 50's descriptiveness "You got me koo-koo Baby, koo-koo in My Head" woven into a backdrop of searing harmonica, hard-hit drumming and beckoning bass guitar pulses. It's a dancefloor igniter, a beguiling R&B stroller of the highest order.

Flip it over for "Trace Of You" gives up deliberately aggressive poking of the piano keyboard, the perfect intro for Jimmy's grizzly vocal, the call is answered every time by shrill jumping girl choruses; sizzling hot harmonica bears down on the arrangement, slicing the song in two with a brutal break, adding yet another edge to this savage R&B dancer.

Which side do we prefer? I've change my mind 4 times, whilst writing this review, shall we say both sides are equally towering with those distilled Southside influences just jumping out at you, every chance they get..

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Condition Report

two clean labels, unblemished archive condition vinyl - a remarkable copy.

two clean labels, unblemished archive condition vinyl - a remarkable copy.

Edward Hamilton and The Fifes - I'm Gonna Love You / Call Me - Jameco 2008

Edward Hamilton and The Fifes

I'm Gonna Love You / Call Me

Jameco : 2008 (7")

One of the last still affordable, truly great Detroit double-hitters.

A beautifully clean copy of the New York press of this fabulous vocal-group double from the desk of Melvin Davis, arranged by the legendary L.P.T's. Johnny Mills hitting through that attention seeking drumming on the intro, Billy McCoo on bass, Curtis Trusell on guitar and the gifted Fred Bridges hammering out that relentless piano backing.

The silky "Hamilton" vocal with his signature, slightly panting, reaching out style. Receives huge support, from frantic heavy-duty-horns and a rich male-group harmony (The Fifes) and enthusiastic studio sound effects. Really inspiring Northern Soul fills your space. Jubilant trumpets blast the way, constant drum pulse driving the arrangement, with occasional well timed "whip cracks" for added effect, whilst the exuberant male harmony chorus drive home Edward's promise of love!

The not as obvious flipside is every note as good, with the "Fifes" again delivering harmonic perfection. Subtle horns allowing every syllable of Edward's desperation to "hear from his girl" to ring through crystal clear. His need is palpable, underpinned by some of the finest male-harmony you could ever wish to hear.

Two great sides, a hard disc to find in such clean condition.

Giving up, as you already know, not one but two killer Motor City Northern Soul dancers.

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, bight glossy mint minus vinyl

Two totally clean labels, bight glossy mint minus vinyl

Rotations - We Want Freedom / When He Slowly Moves Away From You* plays "Don't Ever Hurt Me" - Emandolyun EM 12224

Rotations

We Want Freedom / When He Slowly Moves Away From You* plays "Don't Ever Hurt Me"

Emandolyun : EM 12224 (45s)

From the same guys who crafted the modern soul monster by The Nu-Rons - All My Life - Emanuel Milton Campbell Jr. & Charles Bowen give us two vocal group winners from the highly accomplished Rotations.

"We Want Freedom" was a previously unissued track made available in minuscule ltd press of 200 circa 1992. Today these "special" discs are very seldom seen for sale, with "We Want Freedom" being held in high regard among vocal group harmony and rare soulful dance connoisseurs.

"When He Slowly Moves Away From You" was an error on "Manny's" part side is a miss-press, that plays their Law-Ton recording "Don't Ever Hurt Me". The lost recording of the rather fine intended recordinng, eventually got a long over due issue, when it was released in 2009 on the Roxanne label, after the wonderful ground work from Dave Thorley to make it available.

Underlining the pure vocal group quality that The Rotations have crafted through the years. Their six 45s all highly collectable, sought-after and valuable. All of the transmit seamless male harmony dance soul.

Two great sides, you also need to track down the real "When He Slowly Moves Away From You" before it's too late.

Now listen to two real vocal group winners.

Condition Report

Two Clean label, full gloss mint minus vinyl. A beauty!

Two Clean label, full gloss mint minus vinyl. A beauty!

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

Maurice Williams

Being Without You / Baby Baby

Deesu : 302 (45s)

Click the soundfile, then hold on, strap yourself in, here comes a slab of Real-Deal Proper-Northern-Soul from the streets of New Orleans. That simultaneously triggered dancefloor mayhem in the mid-70's at Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier.

As you're transported back and into the two most vibrant Soul allnighters of the time. Inside an heated space, records of this calibre elevated these rooms into explosive atmosphere's.
Hear that intense drum-roll intro, brushed aside by a brutal barrage of brass; rumbling across the A80 towards the M62 west to "The Casino" and rebounding back again.. Those Saturday nights in 1976 thru 78, the air must have been filled with stompin' Northern Soul music wafting from east to west, with only Long-Eared Bats picking up those vital vibrations..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL! encompassing everything we love about the sound. The classic style, at it's most imposing. From the first note to the last it's a tune that galvanized two clubs and 1000's of teenagers to a lifestyle never to be eclipsed...a culture that may never die...

Having said all that.. how did we back in the day, miss the rather good flipside ? "Baby Baby" is also drenched in everything required to pump up a dancefloor... a recommended surprise drop for the enterprising NS DJ

Condition Report

two clean labels, strong bright gold text, rich unfaded full depth green landscape. full gloss vinyl revealing just a couple of superficial sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light.

two clean labels, strong bright gold text, rich unfaded full depth green landscape. full gloss vinyl revealing just a couple of superficial sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light.

Rita Dacosta - Don't Bring Me Down / The Golden Days Of Now - Pandora M-7050

Rita Dacosta

Don't Bring Me Down / The Golden Days Of Now

Pandora : M-7050 (45s)

The first copy ever discovered of this Northern Soul anthem first label was found whilst rummaging through a box of unsleeved 45's in a Salvation Army store in Clearwater, Florida in 1976. making its debut at Cleethorpes Pier within days of its unearthing; as my prize disc came home in my luggage, excitedly unpacked and off to the east coast that weekend.

This find was the then unknown Weybridge production, first mix before it was remixed and issued by New York Mohawk label with a new "Spice Production" personality. Besides being ridiculously rare the Pandora first label also is much more subtle in its approach to Rita booming vocal.

What the actual connection with the St. Petersberg / Clearwater / Tampa Bay area was, I don't know, but over the decades the only rare finds of this disc, seemed to have been consistently around that area of Florida. Now there's a puzzle, because arranger, producer Bert Keyes had his roots firmly planted in New York. At the time of its unveiling at Cleethorpes, I was very excited and expected a mad rush to see this new version, from inquisitive collectors ad DJs. The opposite happened, although the dancefloor filled to tipping point, as Rita's potent outbursts always triggered dancing mayhem. Hardly anybody notice the vasat difference between the known version and this subtly served NS delight.

Other the years though, free of distractions from enhancing drugs, the bustle of the crowd, this seriously rare 45 has become a top-want for those seeking out tge rarest versions of the top NS classics.

Unlike my 1976 find, this copy is in full gloss mint minus condition, with two perfect labels, that stood out like a sore-thumb that day it was crammed haphazardly in a large cardboard box with only Art Freeman on Jumbo and Delorise Berry on Gator for a soulful companions.

A good day's junking in a charity shop that was...

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest fine sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light.

Two totally clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest fine sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light.

Johnny Maestro & The Crests - I'm Stepping Out Of The Picture / Afraid Of Love - Scepter SRM 12112

Johnny Maestro & The Crests

I'm Stepping Out Of The Picture / Afraid Of Love

Scepter : SRM 12112 (45s)

BOOM! A MABNSHIP MINT in mid-summer!

The Northern Soul anthem that defines the 100 Club's passion for the BIG PRODUCTION.

A 100 Club signature tune with few, if any comparable challenger's!

There is always a slot in any NS DJ set, to drop this colossal production in to, changing the mood, upscaling the moment, as Johnny's anguished but resolved voice soars on a wave of full orchestral triumph! As he decides it's time to "Step Out The Picture" although she has had him "Fooled For Such A Long, Long Time" he's made up his mind, he's now leaving a selfish love affair. (proud of himself as he reflects upon her unnecessary indifference)

We are so used to the Soul Man in denial, as he apologetically begs for his girl's return, how uplifting it is to hear a jubilant “enough is enough” decision being made by one of New York's greatest ever vocalists. Not for the first time the brilliantly storytelling lyrics from Mark Barkan and Ben Raleigh, are set to a Northern Soul Brill Building production, but for me and most everyone else this is the greatest of them all.

The combination of Johnny's muscular key-changing vocal, The Crests lush harmony support, the intricate orchestral arrangement carrying those picture-painting lyrics, heralds this NS beater head & shoulders above all-challengers for No. 1 Northern Soul big-production of them all.

LOVE IT!





Condition Report

Two clean stock copy labels, tiny bb drill, vinyl is immaculate a so very near Manship Mint!

Two clean stock copy labels, tiny bb drill, vinyl is immaculate a so very near Manship Mint!

Epitome Of Sound - You Don't Love Me / Where Were You - Sandbag S 101 DJ

Epitome Of Sound

You Don't Love Me / Where Were You

Sandbag: S 101 DJ (45s)

Some records need not a word from us, to elevate already loftiest status or indeed their huge desirability or reputation.

Except to say this authentic original WHITE PROMO is 100's yes 100's of times rarer than the stock copy. Currently change hand for eye-waterinng sums.

If you are going to take ownership of one of the greatest Northern Soul creations ever made... make it the rarely encountered WHITE PROMO!

Respect and love, Robert Paladino..

you and your team have sent 1000's of young British Northern Soul fans into ecstasy for over 5 decades..

Condition Report

Clean labels no writing, tears, stickers or stains, see images. Vinyl reveals some very light surface hairlines, none affecting play.

Clean labels no writing, tears, stickers or stains, see images. Vinyl reveals some very light surface hairlines, none affecting play.

Philip James - Keep On Loving / Keep On Loving part 2 - Longwood 1908

Philip James

Keep On Loving / Keep On Loving part 2

Longwood: 1908 (45s)

Produced My kind of modern dance soul, meaty, muscular production utilizing a deluge of horns, a barrage of shrill girl choruses.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, only the finest of hairlines visible when angled in the lights, play perfect.

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, only the finest of hairlines visible when angled in the lights, play perfect.

Otis Smith - Let Her Go / Alley Full Of Trash And Bottles - Perception 4 DJ

Otis Smith

Let Her Go / Alley Full Of Trash And Bottles

Perception : 4 DJ (45s)

Prepare to be catapulted back to the very best of times circa 1972 / 73 the very top allniter play of that time.

Or if your name is Dave Rivers, you'll be catapulted back to your cratediggin' youth when you discovered more new Northern Soul monsters, whilst vinyl 45 foraging in and around London. You'll also remember taking Otis Smith on a journey north to "The Torch" in Tunstall. Persuading Keith Minshull to play it, the instantly besotted Keith was then drove crazy, by your reluctant to sell.
Eventually Dave, you allegedly gave in when Keith's offer reached the insane sum of £40.00; an unheard of price for a previously unknown song. Keith of course played 3 or 4 times a set that night. By "going home time" Otis Smith was the most wanted Soul 45 in the country and Dave had renewed cashflow to go and find more records to tempt the Northern Soul DJ's with, as his relentless searches began again on the Monday.

Just imagine the "Torch" congregation when that mix of booming bassline and chiming vibes hit the air, then Otis's velvet-voice reverberated around those hallowed walls.

Let Her Go...You Don't Really Love that Girl,
Can't You See, That She Believes You Do
Why Keep Her Hanging On, When There's Nothing To Hang On To
Why Do You Tell Her Things, That You Know Won't Come True..

Let Her Go ... Do The Right Thing
Let Her Go...Be a Friend...
Let Her Gooowaoh, Let Her Go, You, Just Got To Let Go..
I Can't Help But Love Her So...

These lines mean more to the disciples of The Torch than most all Northern Soul records ever made. Go on tell me you've not sang it out loud as you danced...

IMMORTAL NORTHERN SOUL ... that will live forever...taking you to places.. that were just the very best of times.

Thanks Dave..

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, a minuscule sticker mark just over the "e" in perception, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline when angled in the light. still housed in birth-sleeve

two clean promo labels, a minuscule sticker mark just over the "e" in perception, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline when angled in the light. still housed in birth-sleeve

J. J. Barnes - Our Love Is In The Pocket / All Your Goodies Are Gone - Revilot 222

J. J. Barnes

Our Love Is In The Pocket / All Your Goodies Are Gone

Revilot : 222 (45s)

It's a Northern Soul anthem, which ever of the two Detroit maestro sings it.

A hard 45 to acquiire in nice condition.

Revilot's foundational 45 for Darrell Banks sitting on the flipside of "Open The Door To Your Heart" as this iconic label kicked off with one of Northern Soul greatest ever double siders. But of course "Our Love Is In the Pocket" was always far to good, to ever just be a flipside. Enter the label's other iconic male vocalist J. J. Barnes to rival the original. As you can hear this song is again elevated into Northern Soul perfection. A song that has got EVERYTHING sung by an artist that portrays it in it's finest light, partitioned by a sax-break to die for.

Their has always been controversy surrounding this iconic record. Do you prefer the original take by Darrell? Or does J. J. lift it just a little bit higher? My personal preference is for J J.'s silkier delivery and the celestial girl choir held high on the power of Mike Terry's booming baritone blasts. But the debate doesn't stop their. Do you prefer the gorgeous multi-colored Revilot label prone to storage wear and fade or does your eye like the fleshiness of the pink label vista that this Revilot gives up.

Choices, choices, choices?

But all this debate is pointless when to the reality is the PINK is pressed in durable VINYL and the multi-coloured alternative is pressed in fragile styrene.

and of course all these points are totally irrelevant when you are presented with this 56 year old, the memories release by the soundfile will be the deciding factor.

Detroit Northern Soul at its most motivational. and do not overlooked the fabulous Northern Soul instrumental on the flipside..."All Your Goodies Are Gone" this needs to be heard! Pattering Bongos, triumphant trumpets, Dennis Coffey-esque guitar riffs, peppered allover with glorious burping saxophone interrupts... a brilliant instrumental that screams DETROIT ... this has slept for too long.

Condition Report

two clean label, with not for sale sticker on a-side label, strong gloss vinyl, there is a tiny mark in the last 1/3 rd. You may be able to detect a few of low-fi tcks as it passes over it. all lost in the musuc

two clean label, with not for sale sticker on a-side label, strong gloss vinyl, there is a tiny mark in the last 1/3 rd. You may be able to detect a few of low-fi tcks as it passes over it. all lost in the musuc

Mary Love - Lay This Burden Down / Think It Over Baby - Modern 45xM 1029 DJ

Mary Love

Lay This Burden Down / Think It Over Baby

Modern : 45xM 1029 DJ (7")

Label purists may not be attracted to the two promo labels, PROMOTION COPY NOT FOR SALE text has been redacted on both sides. A-side label has a worn FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker strategically placed. Flipside label has a soft 20% h2o stain coming down from the top (see images).

But NS DJ and sound conscious collector, will love the super clean vinyl, strong gloss on both sides, revealing just a few fine surface hairlines under light. PLays loud, crisp and clean.
So very importaht when it is exploding with proper Northern Soul on every note, driven by the production power of Arthur Wright, the ideal backdrop for the unrelenting vocal potency of Mary Love's impassioned delivery, you have destructive top-drawer "Northern Soul" presented here in seldom seen October 1966 Los Angeles promo copy.

Listen to an unparalleled sister dancefloor destroyer that has demolished British dancefloors since the infancy of Northern Soul "The Twisted Wheel" "King Mojo" etc. the top 60s allnite clubs this song was an anthem. Giving up the perfect inspiration for the amphetamine fueled dancers. This is not only devastating Northern Soul dance at it very finest, it is also Mary Love at her most-tortured. Listen as she peppers a monumental Arthur Wright dance creation with despairing, desperate "Gospel" inspired lyrics. Strangely contradicting the joy and inspiration you experience whilst dancing, Mary Love is purging herself of all her ever-mounting pain.

A thundering girl-NS-Anthem, with few, if any equals.

listen and prepare to be inspired..

Condition Report

PROMOTION COPY NOT FOR SALE text has been redacted on both sides. A-side label has a worn FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker oin place. Flipside label has a soft 20% h2o stain coming down from the top (see images). Vinyl is super clean, strong gloss, revealing just a few fine surface hairlines under light.

PROMOTION COPY NOT FOR SALE text has been redacted on both sides. A-side label has a worn FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker oin place. Flipside label has a soft 20% h2o stain coming down from the top (see images). Vinyl is super clean, strong gloss, revealing just a few fine surface hairlines under light.

Sebastian Williams - Get Your Point Over / I Don't Care What Mama Said ( Baby I Need You) -= Ovide 249 DJ

Sebastian Williams

Get Your Point Over / I Don't Care What Mama Said ( Baby I Need You)

Ovide : 249 DJ (45s)

Do you want what everybody else wants? You're crazy about Crossover? Seeking only the impossibly rare promo copy. Want it in mint condition? And you like records with the flipside to be almost as good as the "A"

The Houston, Texas Northern Soul brilliance ticks all those boxes and more.

Condition Report

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss Manship mint vinyl. as good as it gets condition.

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss Manship mint vinyl. as good as it gets condition.

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