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Prophets - I Got The Fever / Soul Control - UK Mercury MF 1097 DJ

Prophets

I Got The Fever / Soul Control

Mercury : MF 1097 DJ (45s)

For lovers of the red & white..

Classic Northern Soul Club dancer in it's rarely seen attire. An enticing Red & White PROMO copy.

Quite a few Soul Jocks were so relieved when the inferior 1971 remake came out on Stateside. As the 1969 "Prophets" original was already a "Twisted Wheel" monster that few had in their collections. The "Creations" remake soon became the "poor man's" and DJ's must-play, a floor-packer, hugely popular All-niter/Youth Club sound. Throughout the 70's, which even triggered reissues from Nottingham based labels Black Magic & Destiny.

Few DJ's or collectors actually owned this Albany, Georgia first recording from the desk of the gifted Roy Smith. Could anyone in 1969 have known of Roy Smith's influence on Georgia blue-eyed Soul music, his "Chantain" music publishing the driving force behind the fabled and long time mysterious "Delphi" label. Oxford Nights, Prophets, The Pallbearers, O'Banion & The Features all came from the same stable, Delphi Records of Albany, Georgia. With Roy Smith being the catalyst for it's wealth of product that has teased Northern Soul collectors for decades.

This Mercury MF 1097 was Delphi's only UK release, and it took "The Wheel" by a storm. A tsunami of dance Soul, of the like never heard before... too potent for words..

In 1969 UK releases were quickly deleted, The Prophets soon followed The Flamingos, Alexander Patton, Rufus Lumley etc into the Wheel folklore of outrageously dance tunes.

Before you today is a legendary Northern Soul dance tune, in it's most desirable form, a British Red & White DEMO! In flawless condition

...just click the soundfile for your time-machine ticket to "The Wheel" and beyond.

"I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, Yes I Do"

Condition Report

two flawless Promo labels, vinyl could hardly be finer, hardy a blemish anywhere to be found. A strong Mint - / Mint -

two flawless Promo labels, vinyl could hardly be finer, hardy a blemish anywhere to be found. A strong Mint - / Mint -

Reuben Howell - You Can't Stop A Man In Love - Motown M 1274F DJ

Reuben Howell

You Can't Stop A Man In Love / same: 2:40 stereo version

Motown: M 1274F DJ (45s)

Motown does Muscle Shoals and the result is stunning..

Still my favourite version of this fabulous Terry Woodford, Clayton Ivey, George Soule creation, as the arrangement skills of the prolific Mike Lewis & Charles Chalmers levitates the whole song above, the drizzle of brilliance to saturate you..

Simplistic laid back piano intro, prepares you for a strolling masterpiece that slowly blooms into a full-blown Northern Soul classic; currently on the comeback trail. As DJ's begin to revisit and the dancefloor positively responds , as you'd expect when encountering such a "Soul" excellence. A male vocal delight, adorned with shrill girl choruses, strings, subtle horns and positive lyrics.

Condition could not be finer, previously unplayed.. perfection awaits the lucky new owner.

Condition Report

Totally MINT previously unplayed warehouse find. Vinyl Mint, Promo labels perfect. The elusive picture cover has a tiny nimble just over the BE in Reuben on the flipside cover. Opening has light wear (see all 4 scans)

Totally MINT previously unplayed warehouse find. Vinyl Mint, Promo labels perfect. The elusive picture cover has a tiny nimble just over the BE in Reuben on the flipside cover. Opening has light wear (see all 4 scans)

Little Johnny Clarke - Black Coffee / Now Now Now - Sherwood 600

Little Johnny Clarke

Black Coffee / Now Now Now

Sherwood : 600 (45s)

RARE Northern Soul R&B two times over.

Snarling, harmonic enriched, Texas R&B Northern Soul. Relentless from start to finish, an insistent dancer from the desk (or should I say bed) Jack Rhodes a prolific songwriter who crafted both sides of this imposing rarity.

Both sides are equally impressive but we lead with "Black Coffee" heavily influence by Chicago R&B Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters etc. But this is far more "Northern" than those two greats delivered to us. The perpetual foot-stomping rhythm is brutal R&B dance at it's most persuasiveness. From start to finish nothing wavers from serving up floor-destroying rhythms. Little Johnny's vocal seamlessly fits the arrangement, with the harmonica cementing the whole thing together..

BOTH SIDES are as good as each other in their quest for convincing dancefloor R&B..

WE LOVE IT!!

Condition Report

AS the two flawless labels suggest, both sides of the vinyl are unblemished, clean Mint minus. Plays perfect

AS the two flawless labels suggest, both sides of the vinyl are unblemished, clean Mint minus. Plays perfect

Skull Snaps - My Hang Up Is You / It's A New Day - GSF GSZ 7

Skull Snaps

My Hang Up Is You / It's A New Day

GSF : GSZ 7 (45s)

Collaborating with George Kerr the showstopping transformation of the highly regarded New York Soul group The Diplomats, Four Puzzles into the Skull Snaps is complete; (via being The Puzzles on Fat Back)

By 1973 Sam Culley, Erv Waters were seasoned Soul performers who required a change of direction, which the George Kerr and his team provided; with arguably one of the most imaginative Soul albums of the 70's..
Although not a rewarding seller at the time. The Skull Snaps album gathered a strong cult following from the Northern Soul plays of two tracks "I'm Your Pimp" "My Hang Up Is You". Then later into the 80's & 90's other mid-tempo delights where being noticed by collectors & DJ's as lost gems; whilst the FUNK fraternity adored "It's A New Day"

Sadly even though the album was a masterpiece of trailblazing Soul, there was no follow ups, or more sessions with George Kerr.

The reputation of this session is huge, every track has some special about it..So take a listen to this 1973 British release that shared the same fate of poor sales, thus no LP ever appear for release in the UK..

Top side is relentless break-crammed, driving, diverse Funky Northern Soul, the flipside being a harder uncompromising full-bore FUNK dancer with it very own appreciation society..

Two really strong sides, in it's most elusive form, the brief 1973 UK press, on view here, in totally inconceivable condition.

Condition Report

FLAWLESS - 45 years old unblemished and still sitting inside it's birth sleeve, dream condition that we believe we'll never be able to rival again.

FLAWLESS - 45 years old unblemished and still sitting inside it's birth sleeve, dream condition that we believe we'll never be able to rival again.

Ed Bruce - It's Coming To Me + 3 - Disques Vogue EPL 8153 EP PS

Ed Bruce

It's Coming To Me + 3 / 1963 4 Track EP with cover

Disques Vogue: EPL 8153 EP PS (EP)

For lovers of Beat Ballad Heaven, The Big City Sound and French EP's, this listing gives it all up.

1963 French 4 track with every track a booming-vocal-shaker all shimmering from a Bill Justis full orchestra arrangement.

1. It's Coming To Me
2,. The Greatest Man
3. See The Big Man Cry
4. I Won't Cry Anymore

The early 60's Brill Building model of the emotional crying man, was so popular. The more colossal the voice, the more he cried the better. Ed Bruce certainly possessed that convincing gnarled vocal, a strong man beaten by his despair..

With this elusive French EP, you are treated to not one but 4 beaters from a man who was vocally right up there along side the best.

Listen and weep.. big boy!

Condition Report

3 prong tri-center fully intact, 2 perfect labels,

3 prong tri-center fully intact, 2 perfect labels,

Cindy Scott - I Love You Bay / In  your Spare Time - Veep V 1253 DJ

Cindy Scott

I Love You Bay / In your Spare Time

Veep: V 1253 DJ (45s)

Before Leon Huff teamed up with Kenny Gamble he was part of another productive gathering ..

The gang known as "Double Diamond" publishing. A Philly team of inventive young writer/producers who provided the Northern Soul scene with some timeless greats. John Madara, David White, Len Barry, Leon Huff, Joe Renzetti all added weight to their vibrant productions. Which have included Johnny Caswell, Bunny Sigler, Sweet Three, Len Barry's Parkway & Decca releases. These guys were the springboard for the burgeoning sound of Philadelphia..

"I Love You Baby" is a timeless Anthem that has detonated dancefloors in the UK for well over 40 years. For most of that time "In Your Spare Time" has lived in the shadows of that well earned "classic" badge "Love You Baby" wears. But over the last few years the "Sun" has been shining on this fabulous flipside too. As it gives up a little more Soulful class, at a pace so right for today's dabncefloor... as the "smart" DJ's track back over a few previously neglected/hidden masterpieces.. "In Your Spare Time" seems to be the side to chase these days.. with the bonus a a real-deal NS anthem on the flip.

Don't forget the unbeatable condition, making ownership a no-brainer

Condition Report

A fabulous copy, two gleaming unblemished White Promo labels housed in birth-sleeve. Very clean, play perfect playing surfaces that have NEVER seen a Northern Soul turntable or as yet made the acquaintance of a Rare Soul DJ. A couple of ultra fine hairlines on the a-side, flipside surface is utterly immaculate. As good as it gets, when it comes to buying the classics. a NS virgin straight from the USA..

A fabulous copy, two gleaming unblemished White Promo labels housed in birth-sleeve. Very clean, play perfect playing surfaces that have NEVER seen a Northern Soul turntable or as yet made the acquaintance of a Rare Soul DJ. A couple of ultra fine hairlines on the a-side, flipside surface is utterly immaculate. As good as it gets, when it comes to buying the classics. a NS virgin straight from the USA..

Sparkles - Try Love (One  More Time) / That Boy Of Mine - Old Town 1160

Sparkles

Try Love (One More Time) / That Boy Of Mine

Old Town: 1160 (45s)

New York's master of the girl-group sound Herb Bernstein (of Flirtations - Stronger Than Her Love) teams up again with Sidney Barnes crafting serious 1964 Big Apple Northern Soul that crossed the boundaries of Popcorn to become a major want both sides of the channel.

A sulking, pleading lead Sister vocal carries the mood perfectly, as her girlfriends fill the air with scything choruses; with a simplistic but highly effective piano breaking up flow. Adding to the off-beat atmosphere accurately aimed percussion and the whole thing thaws into a "Popcorn/Northern Soul" delight.

Vocally haunting, memorable in the extreme it is a song, you will be taking home in your head if you're lucky enough to hear it out and about. Rarity doers restrict it turntable outings, but boy when you do hear it, heads-turn, the dancefloor fills and the applause ripples.. every time!

Never been bootlegged or counterfeit, exclusivity is proven.. truly remarkable record that encompasses two of the world's great underground music scenes..

Condition Report

Fine clean labels, solitary red marker stroke on flipside label. Both sides of the vinyl only reveal te merest surface blemishes strong clean EX +. Playing loud clean clear and true. Nice copy

Fine clean labels, solitary red marker stroke on flipside label. Both sides of the vinyl only reveal te merest surface blemishes strong clean EX +. Playing loud clean clear and true. Nice copy

Lucille Mathis - I'm Not Your Regular Woman / Am I Asking Too Much - A-Bet 9427

Lucille Mathis

I'm Not Your Regular Woman / Am I Asking Too Much

A-Bet : 9427 (45s)

Yet another outstanding Ted Jarrett production.. this time Ted delivers a message of a lady living in the realization of being used.. and how Lucille brilliantly portrays indignation whilst still delivering a killer NS dancer driven by Mr. Jarrett's thumping production. Honkin-horns, rattling drum-rhythms fire off throughout this lady's displeasure, creating a potent girl statement from a equally powerful vocal.

From the same gathering that crafted standout tunes like Frank Howard' "Judy" this 45 too transcends some of the feeble girl Soul outings, this is a dancer with bollocks. Carruing a message from a girl who's just about had enough... leabving you in no doubt about her feelings..

Love it, real Soul, real Northern Soul arrangement, crafted by one of the true greats of Soul, Nashville's Ted Jarrett a consistently brilliant studio motivator..

Deep Soul fans.. just flip it over to hear Lucille spill out her ongoing despair..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, near perfect vinyl no a mark, all housed in birth sleeve. Not unplayed but as near as damn it.

Two flawless labels, near perfect vinyl no a mark, all housed in birth sleeve. Not unplayed but as near as damn it.

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