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Charles Spurling - She Cried Just a Minute / Don 't Let Him Hurt You Baby - King 6115 DJ

Charles Spurling

She Cried Just a Minute / Don 't Let Him Hurt You Baby

King : 6115 DJ (45s)

A meagre five 45s output for this talented Soul man released for King, whilst being a highly valued team member of James Brown's team. It would have been so much more, if JB hadn't had recognized Charles's writing, coaching and organizational prowess wasn't more valuable to him than releasing his consistently good 45's. So this throaty Soul singer, was more valued in administration and as a lyricist; so he took a desk job with JB's .

Before you today is Charles Spurlings most sought after 45 for more reasons than just being it being a rare clean PROMO copy.

Both sides underline Spurling's writing and arranging, guitar playing capabilities with a killer piece of Northern Soul that will be carrying a much heavier price tag as it starts featuring more often in Top DJ sets, consequently more and more Soul fans begin to hear this fantastic dancer's qualities. Flowing lyrics supported on a bed of guitar rhythms and honkin' horns.. brilliant key changes keep up the driving pace, as the strident tune works it's magic on you. Insistent girls squeal out the choruses accentuating that increasingly combative vocal. This really is top-drawer Northern Soul ticking all the boxes to become huge when plays really take off...

As if to emphasize what a loss to Soul music Charles was when he gave up the microphone for the pen. The flipside is considered by soul-scholars a Deep Soul ballad of immeasurable proportions! Listen to Charles again writing advisory lyrics on lost-love, interlocked with hope, as he dreams of her coming back to him. A song utilizing dreamy girls in the backing, his own emotional vocal riveting your attention to one of the greatest Deep Soul performances ever captured on vinyl!

Two stunning Soul sides, both of which have the qualities that can only push it upwards in the valuation stakes... as appearing on the record market becomes more and more infrequent.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing just a few soft surface hairlines.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing just a few soft surface hairlines.

Gay Poppers - I Want To Know / I've Got It - Fire 1026

Gay Poppers

I Want To Know / I've Got It

Fire : 1026 (45s)

Original July 1960 press.

Seismic Northern Soul R&B shaker from the prolific New Yorker Bobby Robinson who's production seldom fell below formidable as he guided the likes of Wilbert Harrison, Gladys Knight, Tarheel Slim, Bobby Marchan, Elmore James, Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford to name but a few that are grateful for Bobby reliable uncompromising approach to writing and producing.

This 5 man vocal group from Charlotte North Carolina are one of his least know among his stable of artists spread across his Fire, Fury, Everlast and Enjoy labels. To say Bobby Robinson was industrious is an massive understatement. His labels are littered with marvelous R&B shakers, this one being one of the obscurer ones in his vast array of productions.

Local NC lyricist Nathaniel Black prepared both sides for this quintets much anticipated summer of 1960 debut for Bobby's label. Unfortunately sales suffered slightly from Fire 1026 being a duplicated release number for some of the labels of Elmore James And His Broomdusters - Rollin' And Tumblin' - Fire 1026 it should have read Fire 1024. How much that hindered distribution is debatable, but it certainly didn't help.

So here is one of this great label's obscurities, a relentless vocal-group stomping R&B shaker with huge dancefloor appeal, a floorpacker for several years, bootlegged, reissued to meet demand, but nothing beat the rich sound of the elusive original. Five guys benefitting from rattling percussion, rasping saxophone, blues guitar decoration welding a cocktail of infectious R&B dance.

I also really like the shouty "Isley Brothers" inspired flipside making, a foot-stomping journey into 1960 party-starting handclapping screamer, that was original chosen as the aside. But it is "I Want To Know" that ticks all the boxes and more for today's vibrant R&B Club scene.



Condition Report

Small signature on label (see images), vinyl reveal multiple soft surface hairlines that don't affect play. AS you will hear both sides play, loud clean and true,

Small signature on label (see images), vinyl reveal multiple soft surface hairlines that don't affect play. AS you will hear both sides play, loud clean and true,

Clydie King - Soft And Gentle Ways / He Always Comes Back To Me  - Imperial 66172

Clydie King

Soft And Gentle Ways / He Always Comes Back To Me

Imperial : 66172 (45s)

so nearly a MANSHIP MINT

The Page Boys, Billy & Gene once again deliver spectacular girl vocal Northern Soul from California. So good it matters not which side you chose to drop the stylus on first. Both sides give up ravishing girly NS, as this L.A. songbird and former "Raelette" flexes her mesmeric voice. Clydie is today recognized as one of the most talented girl backing singers in the business. But the Rare Soul collectors are enamored with all her work she did as a solo artist, with every 45 she released being held in very high regard. This is the 3rd. of her highly coveted Imperial releases; this time working under the part-guidance of Gene & Billy Page with Marshall Leib at the helm.

Both sides are potent big production Northern Soul beauties, as "Motown" influenced Los Angeles wanted a piece of the "Girl Sound" phenomena of Detroit. Sadly for her, all 3 of Clydie's superior 45's on Imperial failed to score in the USA and again it was left to the Northern Soul scene to bring them to life, presenting them to a very appreciative British audience.

So now click the soundfile and prepare yourself for two slick full orchestra productions of immense presence. The side we lead with is the captivating "Soft And Gentle Ways" a string filled production with full girl group choruses, creating an absorbing Soulful abyss you just fall into, there's no way once you resurface from its charms, you won't to play it again.Before the inevitable "flip" over to hear the equally spellbinding flipside "He Always Comes Back To Me", which again encapsulates everything we seek in a Sister Northern Soul experience.

Clydie King a Soul princess with the voice of an Angel.

Here is a top value 45, offering not one but two treasures of our scene, from a lady with the voice with a voice that descended straight from Heaven.

Condition Report

two flawless promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve contact hairline or two.

two flawless promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve contact hairline or two.

Cashmeres - Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back / Show Stopper  - Hem 1000

Cashmeres

Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back / Show Stopper

Hem : 1000 (45s)

Mr. DJ it matters not a jot which side you drop the arm on, trophy Northern Soul fire a cannonball across the dancefloor.

Two explosive vocal group dancers to die for!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl, revealing some soft surface hairlines. as you will hear it plays clean

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl, revealing some soft surface hairlines. as you will hear it plays clean

Kim Weston - You're Just The Kind Of Guy / Nobody - MGM 1382 DJ

Kim Weston

You're Just The Kind Of Guy / Nobody

MGM : 1382 DJ (45s)

When Kim Weston left Motown, she still had the fortune to have hitmaker and long-term mentor William "MIckey" Stevenson still guiding her every move.

For the Northern Soul fan it will be hard to understand why MGM or Mickey Stevenson would choose "Nobody" as the a-side for this Kim's 3rd MGM 45 in 1967. The moody full-throated "Nobody" is certainly a strong example of Kim's singing prowess produced by Stevenson, written by his soon to be teammates at Venture Records a soul-dedicated MGM offshoot that Stevenson would manage for the conglomerate.

It is, as if Stevenson wanted to distance himself and Kim away from the "Motown" sound that had served the partnership so well for the previous 4 years, “Nobody" is a very strong soul tune...offering Kim in a different style.

But the flipside is an utterly awesome dance session that outstrips many of her Motown greats, it is for me astonishing "You're Just The Kind Of Guy" was not the lead side and indeed a huge hit for Kim, Mickey and the collaborator on the production, the writer being the exceedingly gifted Willie Hutch!

So now listen to Kim out-Motown, Motown itself, with sing-a-long lyrics just as memorable as anything the lady had ever emitted earlier in her career. The genius poetry of Willie Hutch, magnificent building production so reminiscent of Mickey's assembled "Funk Brothers" and Kim's soulful bellowing demanding you take to the dancefloor.

To underline how the "Motown-sound" for Mickey, record critics and the record label executives were becoming a little samey, a tad tired. "Nobody" delivered a new powerful dimension to 1967 Soul music.

In February 1968 two music Brit music magazines, Record Retailer & Record Mirror scored "Nobody" an 8 whilst giving "You're Just The Kind Of Guy" a 2 out of 10. None of the reviewers had obviously ever been to a Soul Club in their lives and had no understanding whatsoever of those electrifying dance rhythms, powerhouse Soul voices or intricate driving dance productions.

To me, "You're Just The Kind Of Guy" is an easy 9/10 and on some days when I've not heard it for a while, like today.. it’s a 10/10 !

The perfect Northern Soul Sister dancer that nobody at the time, (except maybe Willie Hutchinson) appreciated its huge significance to a packed Northern Soul dancefloor.

I could have actually condensed the review of this 1968 British Demo into two words "Brilliant & Gorgeous"

Condition Report

A soft sticker removal blemish on the "Nobody" side, see images, otherwise two glorious PINK promo labels.

A soft sticker removal blemish on the "Nobody" side, see images, otherwise two glorious PINK promo labels.

Moses Dillard and The Dynamic Showmen - Pretty As A Picture / Go 'Way Baby - Mark V MV-40-26

Moses Dillard and The Dynamic Showmen

Pretty As A Picture / Go 'Way Baby

Mark V : MV-40-26 (45s)

Formerly a legendary Wigan Casino secret sound, as Little Richie - Pretty As A Picture

Condition Report

Two clean label, fresh clean strong gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairines when angled in the light. very clean example indeed

Two clean label, fresh clean strong gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairines when angled in the light. very clean example indeed

James Weeks and the Fabulous Inspirations - Maybe Tomorrow / Shotgun - Goodtime 286

James Weeks and the Fabulous Inspirations

Maybe Tomorrow / Shotgun

Goodtime : 286 (45s)

Rarest Of The Rare Northern Soul vocal-group Crossover

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing only soft surface hairlines

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing only soft surface hairlines

Earl Grant - House Of Bamboo (record 1) / Two Loves Have I (record 2) - Brunswick 11431 DJ x 2 45s

Earl Grant

House Of Bamboo (record 1) / Two Loves Have I (record 2)

Brunswick : 11431 DJ x 2 45s (45s)

Just when you thought you had seen most everything there was to own on British release Soul 45; something else beyond-rare breaks surface, demanding even those British-vinyl-lifers' undivided attention.

Extremely RARE April 1960 British Decca manufactured two record PROMO set, here is the complete 2 x 45 pairing of two solid centre pink promo 45's of the MOD anthem "House Of Bamboo"

2 x gorgeous promo singles as the extremely rare and eye-catching pink promo labels, running times neatly written right hand side middle, rubberstamped release number 05824 left hand side. master plate numbers printed left hand side L 11431 & 108067 respectively

Written by two Brits Bill Compton & Bill Murrells, capturing the essence of The Soho Coffee Bar scene of the late 50's depicting the place to hang out, is the place with the bamboo door. Completely aimed at the vibrant English Jazz scene but to my knowledge no British artist ever recorded it. Before Andy Williams picked it up to fill a b-side on a 1958 Cadence 45.

Earl's jazz prowess beefs up the original arrangement, giving up hard infectious cha-cha rhythms with rattling bongos pulses driving home the "china-town" vision . This tune has of course been a Belgium Popcorn anthem forever. Andy Williams's B-side from 1958 also receiving DJ turntable attention. But it is Earl Grant's revamps, injecting strong black-jazz elements that elevate the song to yet another level.

Painting a vivid picture of an out-of-the-way 50's coffee bar in London's most notorious playground.

Utterly brilliant Popcorn, a real classic in by far its rarest most attractive form, two single-sided pink labelled disc in jus fabulous condition. British 45 collecting at its most challenging, the two disc format that I personally have never encountered before..

I just adore everything about this listing, the killer song, brilliantly improved by master of black jazz, beautifully presented by Decca as 2 separate promo discs...


Condition Report

Two clean pink promo labels, running times neatly written right hand side middle, rubberstamped release number 05824 left hand side. master plate numbers set left hand side L 11431 & 108067 respectively. Stunning full gloss mint minus archiver level vinyl

Two clean pink promo labels, running times neatly written right hand side middle, rubberstamped release number 05824 left hand side. master plate numbers set left hand side L 11431 & 108067 respectively. Stunning full gloss mint minus archiver level vinyl

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