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Rain - Out Of My Mind / same: 2:21 version - Bell 45142 DJ

Rain

Out Of My Mind / same: 2:21 version - MANSHIP MINT

Bell : 45142 DJ (45s)

A MANSHIP MINT !

Synonymous with Wigan Casino as it featured in the "This England" ATV documentary, but few people are aware it started life at Cleethorpes Pier long before destroying the dancefloor at the Casino.

The highly regarded "Pier" DJ "Poke" was the first DJ to spin it; covered up as "Joan Moody - I'm Comin' Home". But nobody, not even "Poke" himself knew the real identity of what the song nor the artist actually was.
The record he had, was wrongly labelled as "Vicki Anderson" "I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff" on Brownstone, which it clearly wasn't. Just like most of "Poke's" turntable choices of the day, it soon became a Pier monster dancefloor favourite. When it's true status became known, it soon became Wigan Casino anthem. So much so, it featured in that 1977 wonderfully unbiased Tony Palmer "This England" TV documentary about Wigan Casino.

The discover this NS classic in perfect condition is a discovery indeed.

On auction today, not just because we love repeating the story of Poke and his "unknown", that somebody somewhere still owns today as "Vicki Anderson" "I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff" mispress that played a pounding slab of girl-vocal Northern Soul, going viral across the allniters of England.

A listing for those of you accumulating the NS anthems in the best possible condition. They don't come no cleaner than this slab of perfection.

Condition Report

A flawless Manship Mint.

A flawless Manship Mint.

Charles Farren - You've Changed My Whole Life Around / A Girl Like You - Hawk  200

Charles Farren

You've Changed My Whole Life Around / A Girl Like You

Hawk: 200 (45s)

One of Chicago's unsung Soul-maker "greats" Bob Lee. With his neighbourhood label, that has provided the Northern Soul collector with some seriously rare teasers to chase over the years. His penchant for the strong production is underlined by this snarling statement from a reformed man. Charles Farren has had his life turned around, and although his growling delivery does sound very joyous, he has found a woman's love, so good, he's stopped "Playing Around"..

The signature "Chicago" male vocal presence, had the bar already set high by Johnny Sayles, Syl Johnson, E. Rodney Jones etc. who's gnarled growls have became part of the Northern Soul allniter fabric. Charles Farren on this street-level session matches any booming voice you care to mention, magnificently propelled by honkin' horns makes for a truly imposing dancer... A 45 that is slowly but surely making an impact on the scene, after snoozing as an occasionally played choice to spice up an imaginative DJ set.

Today this Chicago statement has disappeared from view some years ago, now ideally perched for huge comeback. There is certainly no need to air inferior Northern Soul dancers whilst Chicago Soul-Salvos of this calibre wait in the wings..

Check out this potent onslaught of Northern Soul that would ignite such places as the trailblazing "Grumpy Soul" events into pandemonium...

If you love your Northern Soul with "Meat & Potatoes before you today is REAL DEAL NORTHERN SOUL that lovers of the Johnny Sayles style will not be able to resist!

Condition Report

Two flawless yellow labels, no fade, writing, or tears. Vinyl is very close to Mint minus, strong light reveal a few sleeve contact blemishes that do not affect plays. Visually EX+ plays Mint minus

Two flawless yellow labels, no fade, writing, or tears. Vinyl is very close to Mint minus, strong light reveal a few sleeve contact blemishes that do not affect plays. Visually EX+ plays Mint minus

Beverly Ann - You've Got Your Mind On Other Things  / Until You - RCA 47-9468 DJ

Beverly Ann

You've Got Your Mind On Other Things / Until You - MANSHIP MINT

RCA : 47-9468 DJ (45s)

MANSHIP MINT FOR CHRISTMAS

Another great Lee Porter and Ronnie Miller Northern Soul classic, so very classic in fact, it requires no lengthy review from us..

The moment you clicked the soundfile - visions of vested muscular dancefloor gymnasts invade your head with backdrops, spins and splits. Yet again igniting lustful-recall of spiralling circle skirts making their ascent up the young thighs of Soul girls in rapture..(I know I should stop mentioning it)

... was it only me in the 70's who went to the allniters for more than just the music?

A record with the power to paint vivid dancefloor memories of tangible Northern Soul dancefloor euphoria ..and all the fashions, style and exuberance that went

Condition Report

MINT previously un played vinyl, nice clean labels, just the merest of tiny sticker residue darkening on the a-side top left. Scrutinize the label image for this freckle on it's glorious perfection.

MINT previously un played vinyl, nice clean labels, just the merest of tiny sticker residue darkening on the a-side top left. Scrutinize the label image for this freckle on it's glorious perfection.

Joe Bataan - Subway Joe / Nuevo Jala Jala - Fania 455

Joe Bataan

Subway Joe / Nuevo Jala Jala - MANSHIP MINT

Fania: 455 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS

No introduction needed for this Joe's most-wanted dancefloor favourite...

except this copy is a miraculous MINT unplayed ... still housed in birth-sleeve.

Condition Report

MINT unplayed ... still housed in birth-sleeve.

MINT unplayed ... still housed in birth-sleeve.

Sue Lynne - Don't Pity Me / You - RCA 1822

Sue Lynne

Don't Pity Me / You

RCA : 1822 (45s)

Listen...and now you're catapulted back to a mid-seventies dancefloor, surrounded by nubile soul-girls spinning around, circle skirts propelled up to their waist. A sight that has never left the euphoric recall from my youth. This UK only 45, is still is a trigger for enthusiastic exuberance today, as Chris Andrews again proves himself one of Britain's most capable writer / producers ever.

This 1969 Brit 45, completely failed upon release, only to be discovered during the frenzied rifling of market stalls, second hand shops in Manchester where Dave McCadden & Steve "Sis" Sayle accually found a copy each at different locations. It was taken to Wigan Casino that weekend for it's first airing. A few others were discovered as word spread, by those relentless countrywide hoards trying to discover the next big tune for the scene that was an exclusive English release. Joining Jason Knight - Love Is Getting Stronger, Kiki Dee - On A Magic Carpet Ride, Tammy St. John - Nobody Knows What's Going On In My Mind But Me, Lorraine Silver - Lost Summer Love, Jackie Trent - You Baby etc. etc. British built songs that nose-dived upon release but had become Northern Soul club favourites, they were out there, they just had to be found. The rest is NS history.

The Sue Lynne "find" was an instant allniter hit...to witness drinks parked on the tables, seats vacated and the dancefloor swell to the point of spilling over on the carpeted perimeter.. was a sight to behold. But nothing like the gaggle of beautiful girls elevating their skirts in spinning delight... arms raised and those spinning dolls of desire concentrated every man's eyes in the room.

Near 45 years later this 45 has become a very challenging disc to find, especially in fine clean condition...those hoards of crate-digging optimistic Soulies have long since been dispirited by 10,000th orange RCA by the Archies or Elvis 45 they have momentarily paused over..

Today this is a RARE offering but still provokes the same explosive dancefloor response...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre still intact, vinyl reveals only the merest of sleeve contact hairlines.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre still intact, vinyl reveals only the merest of sleeve contact hairlines.

Soul Twins - Quck Change Artist / blank - RCA 10" acetate

Soul Twins

Quck Change Artist / blank - MANSHIP MINT

RCA : 10" acetate (10")

RCA Grapevine UK released 4 Northern Soul classics during their fledgling year of 1977. This title was the second 45 in the series, helping launch one of Britain's most respected Northern Soul dedicated labels; with only Kent Ace with their City and Town series getting anywhere near to it's collectability. It is of course a polarizing subject, reissuing Northern Soul classics. But with RCA firmly behind this new label, it was instantly accepted into the Northern Soul family, heralded from the start as a label to buy every release on.

It is now a badge of honour to be able to crow, you own a "full set" of this most-attractive of late 70's labels.

So when an original 10" RCA studio acetate surfaces, reverberating with direct-cut sound quality. It's beyond-rare status and desirability will spark interest across the board.

A Detroit delight that was Golden Torch / Catacombs / Blackpool Mecca signature play.

A record that epitomized the very style of Northern Soul that allowed the caged Soul-Boy's heart to run-free; on an amphetamine driven frenzy dance-floor gymnastics. "Quick Change Artist" was the starting pistol for a spectacular vista of Northern Soul dancefloor athleticism. Head-grabbing spins, shoulder high backdrops, circle-skirt twirls and wide arm hand-clapping; jelled the dancers into one foaming mass of gyration.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL !

Detroit Northern Soul at it's most unforgiving, an unstoppable torrent of dance Soul. Then again, what would you expect from a Mike Terry and Ollie McLaughlin blowout.

This 1976 RCA 10" is it's rarest UK form... an rare opportunity to add to your "complete" Grapevine collection.

Condition Report

MINT!

MINT!

Wade Flemons - Jeanette / What A Price To Pay - Ramsel 1001

Wade Flemons

Jeanette / What A Price To Pay

Ramsel : 1001 (45s)

Mr. DJ you know "Jeanette" triggers a herd of docile-dancers up n' off their seats, for wildebeest style migration to the dancefloor!.

Electric Chicago Northern Soul with the power to change an evening..

Take "Jeanette" out with you tonight...and the crowd is yours.

One of the most explosive Northern Soul dancefloor detonators it is possible to drop..

BOOM!

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels. A-side vinyl reveals some light surface marks under direct light. As you can hear it plays perfect, crisp, loud and true strong EX+ Flipside vinyl has some light scuffing..vg+

Two totally clean labels. A-side vinyl reveals some light surface marks under direct light. As you can hear it plays perfect, crisp, loud and true strong EX+ Flipside vinyl has some light scuffing..vg+

Anthony & The Imperials - It's Not The Same / Down On Love - Veep V 1248

Anthony & The Imperials

It's Not The Same / Down On Love - MANSHIP MINT

Veep : V 1248 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Little Anthony's most wanted, in perfect condition still inside birth-sleeve.

A floor-packer one in a long line of Northern Soul delights this man has given us.

Condition Report

MINT

MINT

Various Artists - Wigan Casino 25th. Anniversary / 10 x 7" singles - Goldmine Soul Supply GS1000X

Various Artists

Wigan Casino 25th. Anniversary / 10 x 7" singles MANSHIP MINT

Goldmine Soul Supply: GS1000X (Book)

MANSHIP MINT!

a flawless example of this 1998 10 x 45 box set offering 20 Northern Soul monsters back to back still in their perfect untouched picture covers.

Condition could not be finer, fir this 21 year old collectors piece.

See images for the complete track listing.

Condition Report

Mint unplayed vinyl, untouched picture covers, pristine unplayed vinyl. The box is as good as it gets revealing just he merest sign of careful storage.

Mint unplayed vinyl, untouched picture covers, pristine unplayed vinyl. The box is as good as it gets revealing just he merest sign of careful storage.

Holly St. James - That’s Not Love / Two Good Reasons - ABC 10996 DJ

Holly St. James

That’s Not Love / Two Good Reasons - MANSHIP MINT

ABC : 10996 DJ (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS!

an astonishing previously unplayed copy!

Beyond RARE!

Condition Report

MINT

MINT

Jerry Cook - I Hurt On The Other Side /  Take What I've Got - Capitol P 5981 DJ

Jerry Cook

I Hurt On The Other Side / Take What I've Got

Capitol : P 5981 DJ (45s)

Inspirational times...

An utterly iconic slab of Northern Soul in it's least seen most wanted format...

A legendary 45 that inspired gymnastic overload on the dancefloors of The Catacombs, The Torch, The Mecca and every other pre-Wigan Casino Club with a DJ lucky enough to own a copy. It was at one stage the best loved stomper on the scene. Not only to dance to, but also on those lengthy forays north in our white transit, it triggered the Pork Pieville choir to bust into caterwauling choruses accompanied with synchronised arm waving in the cram-packed, mattress lined acoustic space called the back of our van.

Not exactly Carnegie Hall but we considered our singing along to" Simon Soussan's sales tape to be pure Northern Soul opera!

No other song at the time triggered this affect of near Welsh Male Voice Choir comradeship, it was not only an unforgettable Northern Soul moment, it actually became a Saturday excursion ritual. Nobody ever grew tired of hearing Jerry Cook's blistering voice, defiantly resounding Sidney Barnes & J. J. Jackson's man-in-denial lyrics.

" I Hurt On The Other Side, But I Cry In Solitude"

" I Hurt On The Other Side, But I Keep My Tears From View"

Northern Soul poetry riding a fanfare of brass and Arthur Writing insistent guitar pulses..

This is why 1000's and 1000's of teenagers travelled 100's of miles every weekend to hear this spine-tingling Soul music.. and have now spent the rest of their lives dedicated to it..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!... something unforgettably inspirational!


Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals only fine soft surface hairlines under direct light. Plays crisp, clean loud and true.

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals only fine soft surface hairlines under direct light. Plays crisp, clean loud and true.

Sunlovers - You'll Never Make The Grade / This Love Of Ours - Mutt & Jeff 18

Sunlovers

You'll Never Make The Grade / This Love Of Ours - MANSHIP MINT

Mutt & Jeff : 18 (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas

Mint Unplayed

Perfect Vinyl

Perfect Labels

Condition Report

MINT

MINT

Thelma Houston - Baby Mine / The Woman Behond Her Man - Capitol 5767

Thelma Houston

Baby Mine / The Woman Behond Her Man - MANSHIP MINT

Capitol : 5767 (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas

Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl

Perfect Labels

Condition Report

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Leon Haywood - Baby Recnsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans - Fat Fish FT 8011 DJ

Leon Haywood

Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans

Fat Fish : FT 8011 DJ (45s)

Set firmly in the history of Northern Soul as being the very first £10 Northern Soul record ever sold. A record that set the very first hotly debated "it's not worth that!" benchmark that has since raged on every day for the last 50 years.

Today to acquire "Baby Reconsider in Mint minus condition is rare achievement indeed. Here is a stunning copy, unlike the very few copies we have seen this century. This 45 has no turntable fatigue from challenging rigors from decades of gracing the Northern Soul circuit or indeed any signs of handling on that iconic white promo label. Check out the perfect crisp, clean high fidelity soundfile lifted directly from this near perfect disc. Just a mere whisker away from being a Manship Mint!

Our emphasis is rarity and condition. As the 70s vinyl counterfeit promo, the sound quality is truly awful reproduction. The UK Fantasy press is a different mix and the variously other reissues "Soul Sounds" "Vault" etc. would maybe disqualify them from the officious scrutiny of an OVO event. With most all of the few originals out there, spending decades running the gauntlet of multiple different turntable arms, varying styli quality and some even tortured by weighted cartridges; an all too common hazard of the Northern Soul DJ in the 60's ad 70's. This is a record is so rarely found in the wild, the vast majority of known copies know have been residents of the UK for an age.

Those of you dedicated to collecting the very finest Northern Soul classics, here is a seldom encounter with the real-deal. A chance to trap a glorious copy of one of the Northern Soul greats!

Now play the soundfile to instantly understand why in 1968, this was the "Twisted Wheel's" top-sound, the country's most-wanted record. Revealing why a teenager would sacrifice 2 weeks wages for such a highly prized 45. 15 seconds in and you would have willing paid a month's wages, given the chance in 1968.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at it's goose-pimple inducing best.

Condition Report

On the cusp of the year 2020 this copy is as immaculate as you could ever dream of capturing. Mint minus, Mint minus unblemished with perfect sound playback. A stunning copy, a jaw-dropper. .

On the cusp of the year 2020 this copy is as immaculate as you could ever dream of capturing. Mint minus, Mint minus unblemished with perfect sound playback. A stunning copy, a jaw-dropper. .

Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man / Be My Lawyer - Midas 9006

Big Daddy Rogers

I'm A Big Man / Be My Lawyer - MANSHIP MINT

Midas : 9006 (45s)

IMPOSSIBLE!

Manship Mint

An unplayed copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve.

One of the great Northern Soul R&B plays of all time!

Condition Report

MINT

MINT

Johnny Mae Matthews - I Have No Choice / That's When It Hurts - Big Hit TZ 105

Johnny Mae Matthews

I Have No Choice / That's When It Hurts

Big Hit : TZ 105 (45s)

Nothing we can say could possibly make you want this 45 more than yo already do, one of the essential Northern Soul great it is crucial to own.

In short, simply one of the most magnificent Northern Soul recordings of all time! Now wove into the very fabric of the scene.

Click the soundfile prepare to shiver, swoon, shudder and salivate under overwhelming emotion Johnny Mae effortlessly emits. ..

Vinyl-regret awaits anyone not willing to go the extra mile to own this superlative masterpiece...

Northern Soul does not get any better than this...but you knew that already...

Soul Sam's last record at Great Yarmouth Soul Essence weekenders ... perfect ender as this surely epitomises "The Essence Of Soul"

Condition Report

Two clean labels, see images.. Vinyl reveals light surface marks but plays clean, crisp and clean. See images, listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc. Visually vg+ plays EX+, .

Two clean labels, see images.. Vinyl reveals light surface marks but plays clean, crisp and clean. See images, listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc. Visually vg+ plays EX+, .

Patterson Twins - Gonna Find A True Love / same: 3:17 stereo version - Commercial CDC 00042 DJ

Patterson Twins

Gonna Find A True Love / same: 3:17 stereo version

Commercial : CDC 00042 DJ (45s)

Killer Southern dance Soul from the Twins.

Produced by early 60's teen idol Troy Shondel in 1978, Troy expanded his successful recording past in 1969 as he started to become involved in arranging and producing. In search of success the Patterson Twins, Estus & Lester, chose a Motown flipside from 1974 to record; after a string of non-hits on various labels through the 70's. This choice being and their solitary Malaco 45 being by far their most-wanted 45s and for very good reason. "Gonna Find A True Love" is hailed by rare-soul academics as a timeless dancefloor classic that has always been frustratingly hard to acquire.

Refresh your mind and feet with one of the finest rare-soul-dance tunes of that fruitful decade. As these Mississippi Twins inject momentarily "edgy" Funk into the Bottom & Co. original, before Troy sweeps the session off into pure-dance territory. Swirling strings, stabbing horns, squealing girl choruses, lay down an uplifting dance-landscape for two Gospel cultured voices to elevate the session to yet another level.

A RARE AND TOP DANCE TUNE...

in superb unblemished condition.


Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, vinyl reveals only the merest of sleeve storage hairlines under direct light.

Two flawless promo labels, vinyl reveals only the merest of sleeve storage hairlines under direct light.

Bobby Williams - I've Only Got Myself To Blame / I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow - Sure-Shot 5031

Bobby Williams

I've Only Got Myself To Blame / I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow - MANSHIP MINT

Sure-Shot : 5031 (45s)

Manship Mints for Christmas!

MINT UPLAYED COPY!

Unbelievable!

Condition Report

MINT UNPLAYED still House in birth-sleeve

MINT UNPLAYED still House in birth-sleeve

Danny White - Cracked Up Over You / Taking Inventory - Decca 32048 DJ

Danny White

Cracked Up Over You / Taking Inventory MANSHIP MINT

Decca : 32048 DJ (45s)

Pretty In Pink!

a MANSHIP MINT especially selected for those of you stalking Northern Soul classic perfection.

a perfect copy of this timeless Memphis made Northern Soul monster

Condition Report

Two bright crisp flawless pink labels, unblemished vinyl revealing only forensic sleeve storage traces...

Two bright crisp flawless pink labels, unblemished vinyl revealing only forensic sleeve storage traces...

Main Change - Sunshine Is Her Way / Life - Nebula NB 0001

Main Change

Sunshine Is Her Way / Life - MANSHIP MINT

Nebula: NB 0001 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Former Wigan Casino cover-up "Rock Candy - Make Me Feel This Way" ... in flawless UNPLAYED condition still retaining the lyric sheet sent out wit the first 50 off the press.

A perfect virgin copy!

Condition Report

MINT + lyric sheet

MINT + lyric sheet

Ann Heywood - Crook His Little Finger / Everything Under The Sun - Hondo H 100

Ann Heywood

Crook His Little Finger / Everything Under The Sun - MANSHIP MINT

Hondo: H 100 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Two great sides - top drawer girl Northern Soul - which ever side you drop the arm on.

In Mint unplayed condition.. two perfect labels still housed its in birth-sleeve.. it don't get no better than this!

Perfection!

Condition Report

Mint unplayed!

Mint unplayed!

Seattle Pure Dymomite - I Wonder Love / I Wanna Love You (Let Me Love You) - One World Records no #

Seattle Pure Dymomite

I Wonder Love / I Wanna Love You (Let Me Love You)

One World Records : no # (45s)

I just adore this tine, presented by an 8 man gathering from Seattle. written by a young hopeful called Paul Anderson. Pre-disco explosion this tune drifts subtly of a breeze of pour Soul leaving you wating another listen, because something about it is addictive.

The group's debut single, was such a naïve affair as they dipped their toes into releasing their very own 45. The band completely forgot the to give the release a label number, with little idea of how to promote it. This fabulous disc just fell through the cracks of the music world into instant obscurity. Today it is rarely heard or seen for sale. But we consider it as a sleeping giant...a snoozing jewel just waiting for the right DJ to present it.

A classy blend of Crossover Northern Soul with hints of it's more modern roots. The pleading lead vocal is cradled by a gathering of shrill girls as the quintet enrich proceedings with subtle horns and Jazzy/Funk guitar interludes.. this is real CLASS! Bravely ignoring all the disco influences flooding North America the end product leaves you crabbing for another listen. I'm on my 4th consecutive play and I'm loving it more and more on ever drop.

Perched and ready for Sunday chill exposure and beyond... after far to little exposure when first discovered for such Soulful quality...

Condition Report

Two clean labels a light biro tick on the official a-side for Radio Station direction, vinyl reveals light surface marks, causing an occasional light tick, but certainly nothing to dissuade ownership.

Two clean labels a light biro tick on the official a-side for Radio Station direction, vinyl reveals light surface marks, causing an occasional light tick, but certainly nothing to dissuade ownership.

Greater Experience - Don't Forget To Remember / Carol's Carol's - Colony 13 2572

Greater Experience

Don't Forget To Remember / Carol's Carol - MANSHIP MINT

Colony 13: 2572 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas...

Extra strong MINT!

An Arthur Fenn discovery that remains as wanted today as when it first emerged at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens near 4 decades ago.

Proper Northern Soul in perfect condition

Condition Report

Totally flawless mint unplayed, still housed in birth-sleeve

Totally flawless mint unplayed, still housed in birth-sleeve

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

Paul Anka

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

RCA: 47-8893 (45s)

A timeless Northern Soul anthem. Who's birth onto the Northern Soul scene is one of the greatest accidental discoveries of all time.

In the early 70's Simon Soussan was in New England looking for records. Providence Rhode Island to be precise. Diggin' through one of the East Coast's finest hoards of 45's at Big Al Records.
Big Al (Pavlow) 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 ploughing through Al's mind-boggling 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 really knew his stuff... the rest is chiselled in stone as a Northern Soul record that has set every NS dancefloor of the United Kingdom alight for over 45 years.

R.I.P. Big Al Pavlow, record collector, historian, writer, DJ and all round 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.

One of the greatest Northern Soul 45's discovered by a man who really knew his stuff... the rest is chisseled in stone as a Northern Soul record that has set every NS dancefloor of the United Kingdom alight for over 45 years.


Condition Report

Two clean black stock copy label, vinyl reveals only the merest hairline whisker under direct light.

Two clean black stock copy label, vinyl reveals only the merest hairline whisker under direct light.

Willie Kendrick - Change Your Ways / What's That On Your Finger - RCA 47-9212

Willie Kendrick

Change Your Ways / What's That On Your Finger - MANSHIP MINT

RCA : 47-9212 (45s)

Manship Mints for Christmas!

MINT UPLAYED COPY!

One of Detroit greatest ever double helpings of Northern Soul on one disc.

Condition Report

MINT UNPLAYED still House in birth-sleeve - minuscule storage foxing on the label - please scrutinise label images.

MINT UNPLAYED still House in birth-sleeve - minuscule storage foxing on the label - please scrutinise label images.

Dan Greer - Love Is The Message / Old Rivers - Beale Street BSR -PR 103

Dan Greer

Love Is The Message / Old Rivers

Beale Street : BSR -PR 103 (45s)

One of the doyens of the Memphis Soul family, Dan Greer pulls in a "Bluff City" dream-team to construct one of his few 45 releases, during his glittering career as a writer, arranger and producer. Carryigng huge consequence within the epicentre of the Memphis Music scene. Particularly a major player at the iconic Goldwax label.

This time collaborating with Willie Mitchell's associate Earl Randle, Dan Greer constructs a Gospel inspired funky dancer showcasing Dan's magnificent voice, and his ability to control and under-stated the usually brutal Memphis Horns, instead of overpowering, they elevate the rich male background harmony choruses, as Dan Greer's rasping vocal flies aloft.

Considered one of the finest and rarest 45's of this sought-after genre that DJ Greg Belson has so successfully championed across the globe. This is "Gospel flavour Modern Soul dance" at it's most impressive. A most-important play for some UK based DJ's also with "Tats" Taylor and other forward thinking Modern Soul DJ's getting behind this classy dancer..

Noting this copy is utterly flawless!

Condition Report

A near perfect MINT minus throughout!

A near perfect MINT minus throughout!

Bob Kelly and the Bob Kats - She's My Baby / Malinda - Bango BA 501

Bob Kelly and the Bob Kats

She's My Baby / Malinda - - MANSHIP MINT

Bango : BA 501 (45s)

Original copy of this 1962 Detroit R&B shaker, currently proudly appearing on Europe's elite R&B DJ play lists... the highly respected Bill Kealy, Marco Starri, Jon Godden, Tim Jessop have all dropped the arm on this beast to explosive dancefloor response.

A wonderful wailing intro momentarily keeps the dancers on hold , then a searing Harmonica breaks in, the Blues guitar decorates the background and Bob Kelly's voice sets off in praise of his woman. Highly authentic Blues guitar breaks vibrate through the session until the inevitable solo guitar rushes spectacularly into action.

Killer street-level Motor City R&B mover, saturated in neighbourhood angst, Bob's convincing wailing warbles are perfectly punctuated creating a convincing slab of Jump Blues.

Recent heavy demand for this title did trigger a European bootleg in July 20129. No need for you to worry though. The original is a "Rite Sound" pressing with the trademark dip just before the centre-hole. So easy to distinguish from the wishy-washy blue repro label. Everybody loves those sturdy built to last "Rite Sound" pressings.
RARE and seldom seen for sale - real deal awaits you in fine clean condition, still in it's birth-sleeve.

Flipside is another cool R&B groove, displaying rhythmic guitars duelling for position..

Condition Report

X on the otherwise clean deep blue labels, vinyl is a strong clean Excellent plus, just a few very light storage hairlines revealed under light. Check out the crisp clean soundfiles of this play perfect 58 year old.

X on the otherwise clean deep blue labels, vinyl is a strong clean Excellent plus, just a few very light storage hairlines revealed under light. Check out the crisp clean soundfiles of this play perfect 58 year old.

Michael & Raymond - Man Without A Woman / Walking The Dog - RCA 47-9244

Michael & Raymond

Man Without A Woman / Walking The Dog

RCA : 47-9244 (45s)

The lure of the rare BLACK RCA stock copy presents itself again - an area of Northern Soul collecting dedication, that even after 40 and more years is stronger than ever.

The quest to acquire these works of art, these masterpieces of label design, is all the more difficult; as unlike the PROMO copies, when between 20 / 30,000 promotional copies were mailed across America and the world for review and play at radio stations. (I've found as many as 10 copies of the same promo, filed inside Radio Station libraries" so do the math.

But the STOCK copies of these Northern Soul 45s that never received airplay, were only purchased by the most fastidious of Record stores, who ordered everything from the release sheets. Hence the desire to own your Northern Soul classics in their rarest form, has never wavered through the decades. RCA Blacks are invariably the rarest format for these RCA 45's.

This is of course a Pied Piper production, who are in many collectors opinions the greatest Soul production machine of all time. The beginnings of Ray Monette & Michael Campbell with Ray becoming a founder member of Motown's Rare Earth group. And of course timeless NS classic, but also so much more than that wearing these black clothes. It's a work of art, a thing of beauty, that could spend more time in the palm of your hand than on the turntable..

click the soundfile to be transported back to the Golden Age of Northern Soul, and into the studio of the greatest provider of top quality Northern Soul recordings..
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Condition Report

An impeccable, flaw-free mint minus copy, revealing just a few fine hairines under direct light. Still housed in RCA birth sleeve.

An impeccable, flaw-free mint minus copy, revealing just a few fine hairines under direct light. Still housed in RCA birth sleeve.

Young Jessie - Brown Eyes (Come On Home) / Make Me Feel A Little Good - Vanessa 101

Young Jessie

Brown Eyes (Come On Home) / Make Me Feel A Little Good

Vanessa : 101 (45s)

WARNING HIGHLY ADDICTIVE VINYL - one listen and you're hooked!

Born February 1961 emerging from the streets of Los Angeles, comes this seldom seen and highly sought after, sulking-slab of R&B / Popcorn. A tune who's rarity and demand prompted a recent European bootleg.

BUT THIS IS THE REAL-DEAL FIRST PRESS (MR) stamped delta # 38102

Unlike some sites suggest this rare 45, has nothing to do with Oliver Sain's St. Louis imprint, this is a barely distributed Los Angeles creation supported by the local Junior Rodgers Orchestra, who's brooding arrangement gives this a session the quality of utter craving, for more than just one listen. This is top-drawer Popcorn at it's most-moody, soon becoming an ear-worm you can't put down. Atmospherically narcotic in the extreme... .

I just love this genre with more and more Northern Soul dance-floors warming to those irresistible tones. Rare Popcorn is so "cool" and now universal. Here Young Jessie offers one of the finest examples of the sound... Northern Soul exotica

SO BE WARNED once you allow top quality "Popcorn" into your life, it's there forever...saturated in a seductive temperament that'll will become so hard to resist..

I don't mind admitting, I'm a long lost junkie when it comes to rare "Popcorn / R&B"

Condition Report

a MANSHIP MINT previously unplayed still housed in birth-sleeve. there may be some light sleeve contact hairlines revealed when we've pro-cleaned it.

a MANSHIP MINT previously unplayed still housed in birth-sleeve. there may be some light sleeve contact hairlines revealed when we've pro-cleaned it.

Gloria Irving and the Swinging Sax Kari Orchestra - Daughter (That's Your Red Wagon) / Down For Debbie - States S-115

Gloria Irving and the Swinging Sax Kari Orchestra

Daughter (That's Your Red Wagon) / Down For Debbie

States : S-115 (45s)

Very elusive 1953 Big Gal Chicago R&B shaker, rarely encountered as a 7" 45.

Sax Kari dismissive composition, warning his daughter to stay from her "no good man" who has latched onto her, the snarling voice of Gloria Irving tells the story of "Dad" advice to his offspring. Not my problem, that's your "Red Wagon Now". A really cool message, delivered by one very sassy lady.

Gloria went on to record that heavy big money R&B want "I Need A Man" on Cobra, much commoner than this release from 4 years earlier. So get a listen European R&B DJ's, this rare shaker has the potential to emulate her more-available Cobra 45 is glaring. As Gloria displays her ability to strut and boom a tune.

The lyrics "That's Your Red Wagon" comes from the habit of young children pulling "Tin Red (trollies) Wagons" behind them through the neighbourhood filling them up with worthless things to take home. Sax Kari lyrics are hit home good and hard by his brazen vocalist, paused by a killer sulking saxophone break from the great man himself. Swinging Sax Kari knows how to weald an instrument. Underlining Gloria's error of filing her life with useless things.

VERY RARE 45 in standout condition - saturated in untapped potential.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, the 66 year old vinyl is amazing glossy clean, revealing only very fine

Two clean labels, the 66 year old vinyl is amazing glossy clean, revealing only very fine

Tammi Terrell - Irresistible / 1968 USA white demo - Motown MS 652 DJ

Tammi Terrell

Irresistible / 1968 USA white demo

Motown : MS 652 DJ (LP)

Motown's most gorgeous of Sisters with her magnificent solo album in its rarest format by far. A 1968 white demo in fine clean condition.

This much-loved and solitary Tammi Terrell album released less than 2 years before her tragic, untimely death at the tender age of 24 years of age. Robbing the Soul World and Motown their most photogenic and sincere female vocalist. Her death sending Marvin Gaye into a deep mourning that triggered one the greatest albums ever made, when he created "What's Going On" with Tammi very much in his mind.

This LP leaves all other Motown vocalists in the shade of has the pureness of her voice demands your 100% attention. With Harvey Fuqua & Johnny Bristol rich productions cradling this lady from one standout tune to another.

From as Northern Soul standpoint there are few better Motown NS dance tune than the LP only; "Tears At The End Of A Love Affair" or the slick "Come On And See Me", her electrifying version of "This Old Heart Of Mine" or her least known Northern Soul dancer "I Can't Stop Now" plus the stunning mid-paced NS stroller "Just Too Much To Hope For" beautifully dovetailing into the next two tracks..with "I Can't Go On Without You" a killer sad song to finish this magnificent album with.

making it truly ... IRRESTISTIBLE!

Condition Report

Two clean white PROMO labels, vinyl reveals only the merest storage hairline under direct light. Mint minus vinyl that plays completely flawless all housed in the original inner sleeve. The heart-stopping cover, reveals only light storage rub. scrutinized the images provided. if you can take your eyes off that rare vista of the promo label.

Two clean white PROMO labels, vinyl reveals only the merest storage hairline under direct light. Mint minus vinyl that plays completely flawless all housed in the original inner sleeve. The heart-stopping cover, reveals only light storage rub. scrutinized the images provided. if you can take your eyes off that rare vista of the promo label.

Ernestine Eady - The Change / That's The Way It Goes - Junior 1007 DJ

Ernestine Eady

The Change / That's The Way It Goes - MANSHIP MINT

Junior : 1007 DJ (45s)

Manship Mints - for Christmas

55 years of age - UNPLAYED MINT WHITE LABEL PROMO - still in birth-sleeve!

First label, two killer sides of Philadelphia Northern Soul..

A double serving of top-drawer girl group Northern Soul in "impossible" condition

Condition Report

MINT unplayed - perfect pristine labels

MINT unplayed - perfect pristine labels

Jackie Trent - You Baby / Send Her Away - Pye 7N 17047

Jackie Trent

You Baby / Send Her Away

Pye : 7N 17047 (45s)

The much-covered Phil Spector, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil composition is given a spectacular British makeover, by a talented advocate of The “Soul Sound”, Johnny Harris and boy, what a stunning beauty emerges under his guidance.

One of England’s most accomplished female singers compliments the classic big production also recorded by The Ronettes, Len Barry, Lovenotes, John Holt, The Turtles to name but a few. Right from the off you just know this is gonna be the best version. Certainly gives up the greatest Northern Soul impact, compared to all the takes of this great song.

A thundering drum onslaught collides with a regal fanfare of trumpets, immediately capturing your attention. It’s potency harnessed by Jackie’s rich voice displaying the ultimate control and clarity of the lyrics, and we have Northern Soul lift off. No wonder this recording became an instantaneous Wigan Casino Monster! Imagine that hollowed hall resounded to the fullness of Soulful Britishness.

But that is not all, turn it over for the genius of Tony Hatch who writes and produces a wicked girl “group” Northern Soul dancer for his future wife on the flipside. Both songs strongly featured at all the 70’s Northern Soul all-nighters, so much so, in 1978 the Wigan dedicated label “Casino Classics” issued them both on label's 4th release.

Pye 7N 17047 is the only way to respectfully DJ or collect it and very RARE in this exceptional, near perfect condition...

Do not pass over, this is one of our greatest home-grown offerings to Northern Soul.

Condition Report

Exceptional condition, vinyl only revealing the merest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays perfect. Two unblemished labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Exceptional condition, vinyl only revealing the merest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light, as you can hear it plays perfect. Two unblemished labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Lou Ragland - Since You Said You'd Be Mine / I Didn't Mean To Leave You - Warner Bros K 16312 DJ

Lou Ragland

Since You Said You'd Be Mine / I Didn't Mean To Leave You

Warner Bros : K 16312 DJ (45s)

Very rare British non-seller from 1973, when most all British soul collectors had never experienced any of Lou Ragland and his wonderful singing and writing talents.

Even though, the USA Warner Bros the release met a similar fate, with the ridiculously rare release copy with two sides being one of the very hardest 70's 45's to acquire. Thus making this British promo particularly desirable as it offers not only the fabulous "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" but also the even better "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" on the flip. "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" only appeared on the "impossible" stock copy USA as the promo was a mono/stereo single sider.

An unknown guy from Cleveland at the time, only received a passing listing in Blues & Soul and that was it; soon disappearing into the abyss of new releases never receiving any Northern Soul recognition, until after its swift deletion. Even after that it was the livelier "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" that received all the attention. "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" quality was yet to be disclosed.... but as time as moved on, tastes have matured and sharpened towards the more Soulful sides. This recording is now considered a cult item in the thinking DJ's armoury. A Sunday chill-out gem!

An utterly brilliant soulful stepper, headed up by a wonderful horn propelled dancer. Both sides Lou Ragland incorporates full male group chorus, both sides are pure distilled 70's Soul. Set at different paces but just as good as one another. If you're seeking ownership of it's USA counterpart you may wait a lifetime until one turns up.Today here is the highly attractive British promo with the TWO sides, crucial to every Soul collector / DJ.

Just dripping in class, no matter what side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

4 prong centre intact, two clean red and white promo labels. Vinyl reveals only mild hairlines under light. as you can hear it plays superbly clean. all housed in birth sleeve.

4 prong centre intact, two clean red and white promo labels. Vinyl reveals only mild hairlines under light. as you can hear it plays superbly clean. all housed in birth sleeve.

LaBrenda Ben and The Beljeans - The Chaperone / Camel Walk - Gordy G-7009

LaBrenda Ben and The Beljeans

The Chaperone / Camel Walk

Gordy: G-7009 (45s)

The man in charge of Berry Gordy's Gospel arm, Divinity Records the talented keyboardist, writer, producer George Fowler... took a brief break from religion to create a fine Northern Soul / Popcorn dance groove with the mysterious LaBrenda Ben for years thought to be a pseudonym for a better know Motown sister. But no, this searing vocalist was real but only got the chance of two 45's. Both of which fell by the wayside.
Destined to fail, as the avalanche of Motown hits rumbled over the top of her... George Fowler left to concentrate of the Divinity division this too would cease to exist by 1964... with Divinity artists like Liz Lands moving over to Gordy.

It seems to be the luck of the draw, if you became a Motown star or not, nobody could ever deny LaBrenda had one hell of a voice and indeed the shrill Beljeans had all that Motown chorus delivery exactly right. It was to no avail. George left on the Motown peripherals, picking up some work with the multitude of local labels in need of his expertise. LaBrenda however completely disappeared, becoming one of those mysteriously undocumented Motown artists.

Thank heavens for the Northern Soul scene, always on the lookout for a great tune undeservedly passed over.. "The Chaperone" is one super-cool early Motown dancer shimmering with all the qualities for dancefloor take-off. Currently enjoying the peak of Northern Soul popularity, huge demand for this 45 in Europe has guaranteed both George Fowler and LaBrenda Ben will never be forgotten.

BUt there's more history puzzles if you flip it over for a quick remake of Saundra Mallett's and The Vandellas "Camel Walk" Tamla 54067 which never really made it past the pressing plant door. As Sandra went on to better things, to become an integral part of The Elgins. Leaving Martha Reeves to take over the Vandellas-baton and run with it.

Two great sides one elusive disc.

Condition Report

Two squeaky clean labels, no bb drill. Flawless play perfect vinyl that only reveals the merest of storage hairlines under direct light. NIce copy indeed.

Two squeaky clean labels, no bb drill. Flawless play perfect vinyl that only reveals the merest of storage hairlines under direct light. NIce copy indeed.

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