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Marsha Gee - Baby, I Need You / I'll Never Be Free (Because I Love You So) - Uptown 704

Marsha Gee

Baby, I Need You / I'll Never Be Free (Because I Love You So)

Uptown : 704 (45s)

Buyer beware! but first strap yourself in, for an high-octane, turbo-charged journey into girl-group NS classics. Unfortunately this title is one of the most-often discs, to be erroneously sold as a Northern Soul collectable, the counterfeit copy from circa 1974/75 has often caught collectors unaware, sadly paying original press prices for 45 year old counterfeit replicas.

An essential timeless Northern Soul girl anthem from the golden years of The Torch, Mecca, Va-Va's etc. that today is an highly elusive original to acquire.

Edward Wright and Harry Hanson fresh from their exploits with The Springers lead vocalist Jeff Dale who released three wonderful Atco 45. Showcasing their writing and producer prowess. In 1965 decided to move into the sister Soul vocals with their sessions with The Deletts on Blue Rock and this killer with the mysterious Marsh Gee; as the duo try and emulate "Motown" with the "Smashville" productions so closely mapping "Hitsville" in make-up and delivery.

The pair had quite a gift for emulating the "Motown Sound" as displayed with this foot-stomping, hand-clapping, finger-popping, horn-powered NS classic. Girl group backing doo-wahs fill the air as Marsha boosts here considerable vocal-force to elevate the song to new peaks throughout the song. Laying down one of the best loved NS classics that decorated that early 70's pre-Wigan Casino era of cornerstone Northern Soul.

I feel this recording could easily have been credited to the girl group Deletts, as the similarities are stark; or was Marsha a Delett? Were the girls in the background the foundation of the Deletts? This is of course, essentially a girl-group recording... that interesting links the two artist credits. Any extra info would be most welcome as we try to document those dark recesses of Northern Soul's greatest recordings.

But do not overlook the classy mid-tempo flipside, also more than worthy of you attention.

And be assured this is the authentic 1965 "daisy" etched authentic press!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals light surface marks but as you can hear it plays clean.

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals light surface marks but as you can hear it plays clean.

Temptations - 2 x 45 70's UK Demo's with Promo Sheets attached - Masterpiece / same: instrumental + Smiling Faces Sometimes / Mother Nature -   Tamla MOtown TMG 832 DJ + TMG 854 DJ

Temptations

Masterpiece / same: instrumental + Smiling Faces Sometimes / Mother Nature / 2 x 45 70's UK Demo's with Promo Sheets attached

Tamla Motown : TMG 832 DJ + TMG 854 DJ (45s)

It is not very often we would auction a "bundle" or a "pair" of anything, but this double DJ offering has 4 clean clean promo labels, all vinyl is an impeccable Mint minus. Both discs carry the EMI promo mail-out pasted to the back cover of the birth-sleeves. From the very heart of the groundbreaking Norman Whitfield era this 23 record offering should not in our opinion, be split.

Check out those EMI promo reviews on the back of each cover, capturing the very essence of the Norman Whitfield / Temptations marriage.

These pasted-up promo info sheets are highly coveted by serious TMG collectors, they are elusive, as not many actually left the building, it was an in-office exercise done by hand, and reserved for radio station DJ's for info to read out on air, including impending release dates.

This pairing highlights an important transformation of The Temptations style and of course underlines the genius of a man who changed the face of The Motown Sound.

An irresistible package for any Motown scholar to want to own.

Listen, read, admire and enjoy.

Condition Report

4 clean clean promo labels, all vinyl is an impeccable Mint minus. Both disc carry the EMI promo mail-out pasted to the back cover of the birth-sleeves.

4 clean clean promo labels, all vinyl is an impeccable Mint minus. Both disc carry the EMI promo mail-out pasted to the back cover of the birth-sleeves.

Clyde McPhatter - Lavender Lace / Sweet And Innocent - Stateside SS 592 DJ

Clyde McPhatter

Lavender Lace / Sweet And Innocent

Stateside : SS 592 DJ (45s)

The Muscle Shoals team brilliantly borrow from Bert Berns and the atmosphere of the Brill Building output. Crafting two fabulous mid-tempo beaters.

"Stand By Me" rhythms percolate the landscape, for that velvety McPhatter delivery to freewheel between the blows of "Latin" inspired horn pulses. Shrill girls decorate with a heavenly chorus. An easy plucked throbbing guitar, draws you into this Drifters-esque Soulful stroller, reveling in the lyrical genius of Bob Montgomery & Rick Hall's Alabama poetry.

A truly fabulous tune, one of my favourite McPhatter songs, complimented by an almost as enchanting flipside, with the backing girls again in full voice. Subtle Muscle Shoal horns, and again the easy-going plectrum-plucks unfold into another addictive Soulful cruise.

Presented here as a gorgeous archive level green & white demo, adorn with the much loved "Soul Supply" logo

In this condition, very elusive indeed!.

Condition Report

Two flawless green and white promo labels, utterly perfect full gloss archive condition vinyl, all housed in its birth-sleeve. A stunning example!

Two flawless green and white promo labels, utterly perfect full gloss archive condition vinyl, all housed in its birth-sleeve. A stunning example!

Albert Washington - A Case Of The Blues / One More Chance  Rye 11238

Albert Washington

A Case Of The Blues / One More Chance

Rye : 11238 (45s)

We did point out a couple of years ago this Cincinnati-Sizzler would break BIG!

Since then demand has sky-rocketed on the back of the few lucky DJ owners who have championed it's persuasive raw qualities commanding you to dance..

Taking over from where his Northern Soul Monster "I'm Your Man" left off starting to cram the dance-floors and rattle a few ceilings further afield than it's launchpad around the Manchester area a few years back. Every note and snarl is just as intimidatingly motivating as "I'm Your Man" but 50 times rarer. We were anticipating big things from this 45 and now it's happening... there's a buzz as we receive PM's and phone requests seeking a copy.. and that buzz is gonna build into a deafening drone of wanting..

The rap intro is bulldozed by a deluge of horns that Albert's roaring vocal is so very capable of riding.. those rolling bursts of brass punctuated by rattling piano notes. Gravel-coated tonsils spout a case for the Blues.. oh and how..

Looking for a showstopping slab of Northern Soul? At this moment "A Case Of The Blues" is the most compelling piece of R&B you could ever drop the arm on...

SO VERY POWERFUL!!! and it's ceiling has not yet been reached, it's can only get BIGGER!!!

Condition Report

two clean labels, strong gloss on the vinyl, a few light surface marks, occasional soft background totally drowned by the explosive bras and his growling vocal.

two clean labels, strong gloss on the vinyl, a few light surface marks, occasional soft background totally drowned by the explosive bras and his growling vocal.

Joe  Walker - This Is My Last Goodbye / To Spend My Life With You - Bold 1004

Joe Walker

This Is My Last Goodbye / To Spend My Life With You

Bold : 1004 (45s)

When it comes to truly magnificent Crossover Northern Soul this Lake Charles, La rarity sits right up there alongside of the likes of Willie Wade, Chuck Cockerham, Frederick Hymes III etc.

"This Is My Last Goodbye" drenched in so much potential for the value to fly off the scale, as the handful that surfaced earlier this century have long since been cocooned in dedicated Soul collections or a few imprisoned by discerninng DJs in their carry-cases. It is the pleading, sorrowful finality convincingly conveyed by a tearful man. All his sadness meshed into a wonderfully enticing mid-tempo Soul filled dance arrangement.

Top-quality Northern Soul crossover at the moment is riding the crest of a wave, with previous "sleepers" like Patti Stokes, Willie Wade busting all previous records, as the demand within the UK, all across Europe and deep into Scandinavia hits an all-time high.

So now listen to Joe Walker - This Is My Last Goodbye - like me you'll instantly realize it's on a matter of time before this elusive winner is joining Willie, Chuck & Frederick in the ranks of the most-wanted.

But also check out the flipside, a superior-Soul journey into a beseeching request from a man in need. Joe gives-up an on-his-knees imploring Deep Soul stroller, a flip-side is just as saturated in distilled need.

Condition Report

Mint minus throughout, unblemished vinyl and labels

Mint minus throughout, unblemished vinyl and labels

Three Jades -  I Care For You / Makes My world Go Round -  Maurci 102

Three Jades

I Care For You / Makes My world Go Round

Maurci : 102 (45s)

An utterly sublime double helping vocal-group Northern Soul excellence. Two gliding strollers from this two 45 only Chicago gathering, led by composer of both sides Oliver Locke, assisted by Michael Hiller and Dennis Turner.

From the golden year of 1966 this highly cultured threesome, guided by the socially conscious Jacklyn artist and arranger Joe Savage. On their first release for Maura and Maurice Jackson's highly sought after Maurci label. Known for not only its magnificent contribution to rare Northern Soul e.g. Paulette, Monique etc. but also for their inventive "Funk" recordings from the streets.

It is hard to decide which side to lead with: Both tunes for me, are goose-pimple inducing delights of pure neighborhood vocal-group Northern Soul. So tight, so fluid, so united in their three-way quest for perfection.

After a short deliberation, we plumb for the same side that Maura and Maurice thought would get their new group off the ground; the splendid "I Care For You" is coated with lofty horns, hanging over this sweet session. From under that rich-ray of sound, the front vocal rolls out his burning desire to get to know a girl on the street that has caught his eye. The dreamy harmonies jell to form a fabulous NS shuffler of the highest calibre. When he realizes seeing her with another guy, he is actually in love with her. His convincing secret pleas for make her acquaintance so beautifully drawn out by these glorious voices.

TOP DRAWER Chicago Northern Soul shuffler.

The flipside is a pace quicker and arguably the finer Northern Soul offering. But I'm still to-ing and fro-ing between these two dancer offerings. "Makes My world Go Round" sees a change in the lead voice but retains that rich landscape of harmony that bedeck the a-side. Making this 45 a real-deal double-sider of distilled quality. No doubt by tomorrow my favourite between the two will havve change. A sign of a top-flight NS 45 when it matters not which side you play, and the thrill is just as powerful.

Two NS beauties... I'm currently really enjoying.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, the forgotten release number neatly rubber-stamped at the bottom of thelabel. Fine clean vinyl, revealing only the finest of sleeve storage hairlines, not affecting play.

Two clean labels, the forgotten release number neatly rubber-stamped at the bottom of thelabel. Fine clean vinyl, revealing only the finest of sleeve storage hairlines, not affecting play.

Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm  - Much Later / Mistreater - Federal 12291 DJ

Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm

Much Later / Mistreater

Federal : 12291 DJ (45s)

Ike Turner & Jackie Jackie Brenston heal the wounds inflicted by "Rocket 88" 6 years earlier. "Rocket 88" became such a Blues hit, it allegedly financed Sam Philips Memphis Sun studio to get started. A collaboration with Ike Turner that saw Brenston paid almost $ 1000 and Ike just $20 as a session man, with Ike suffered a double dishonor as his "Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm" were rechristened as "The Delta Cats" cutting IKe out the deal completely.

But Ike forgave the former Saxophonist of "Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm" to write him two more songs, but this time got his groups credits on the label.

Here before you today is an Authentic 1957 ORIGINAL promo - Of this raucous double helping of thumping 50's R&B brilliantly backed by Ike's team and spectacularly fronted by his former Sax player with an intimidating growling voice.

One listen and you will fully understand why this disc has been bootlegged, as both a black stock copy and the white promo replicating the label designs. Wanted on several different scenes, it's unrelenting power ripping up R&B / Rock N' Roll clubs across the globe for many decades. It also matters very little, which side you drop the stylus on, both sides explode with raw energy. Ike Turner's band whipping up a storm with blues guitar, wailing saxophone and rattling piano notes. bridged by a legendary free-style Ike Turner guitar break. Real-deal Black Rocker with immense power. "Much Later" is a breathless foot-to-the-floor stomper from the first note to the last.

whilst the flipside has it's R&B rebellion quantities also. "Mistreater" is also a fabulous screamer once again framing Jackie Brenston's snarling style. A pace slower maybe but also an imposing R&B mover, brandishing a killer Saxophone partition half way through.

Both sides benefiting from the Jackie & Ike reunion, with Jackie's snarling style and Ike Turner's band rich full-on backing bringing together two real-deal St. Louis R&B, recorded in Cincinnati.

FIRST PRESS identifier notes for those of you who will most like have the repro - The ORIGINAL PRESS is pressed in rigid non-flexible 1957 vinyl, giving up a deep-cut F - 45 - 1230 - 1 matrix sitting between the wide 1st turn and 2nd revolution of the 1.60 cm wide 3 Turn deadwax.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals multiple light surface hairlines, bit as you ca hear it plays loud, crisp and clean.

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals multiple light surface hairlines, bit as you ca hear it plays loud, crisp and clean.

Jason Knight - Our Love Is Getting Stronger / Standing In My Shoes - Pye 7N 17399

Jason Knight

Our Love Is Getting Stronger / Standing In My Shoes

Pye : 7N 17399 (45s)

A 1967 D.I.Y. British project by Derek Knight production aided by Pye's rising star producer John Schroeder with the experienced Les Reed conducting. Resulting in a non-hit but the birth of a Northern Soul classic! Seldom seen clothing., a solid centre that sold virtually nothing upon release. This became Derek Knight's one and only solo single.

Having already cut his recording teeth as a member of the Pye's 4 man R&B slanted group "The Loving Kind" and sang upbeat cover versions of "Ain't That Peculiar" etc. John Schroeder was quite happy producing two songs Derek had written. John Schroeder himself was heavily in favour of Soul & R&B and produced perhaps more homegrown "Soul" 45's than any other British producer during the mid 60's thru to early 70s. A "Brit" the Northern Soul fraternity should maybe paying homage to, his output for UK "Soul" was truly astonishing.

On this Jason Knight recording, Schroeder together with Les Reed summon up and blend the forces of blaring brass, pumping Sax; accompanying the muscular vocal of an enthusiastic Jason Knight. The result is just perfect Northern Soul, beat for beat, bristling with all the credentials of a USA production. So good in fact, it has remained a Northern Soul classic to this day and is currently enjoying a welcomed renaissance with the dancefloor.

It was a title that was burned into the minds of every young Northern Soul fan during the early 70's, as the hope of finding a copy during a local vinyl-dig was the dream, every time you walked into the corner junk shop or ran to the local market stall to see what was new.. it was records like this that drove the desire to get there first...

OMG I would have died a horrible death if anyone ever found a copy of this in Melton Mowbray when I was a kid.

Now before you is the extremely elusive 1967 solid centre UK press..to me and all other vinyl-veterans, a thing of real beauty!

Now unleash that floor-demolishing soundfile!

Condition Report

Spectacularly clean vinyl, sparkling Mint minus, two clean labels no writing, no stickers

Spectacularly clean vinyl, sparkling Mint minus, two clean labels no writing, no stickers

Teddy Randazzo - You Don't Need A Heart / As Long As I Live - DCP 1134 DJ

Teddy Randazzo

You Don't Need A Heart / As Long As I Live

DCP : 1134 DJ (45s)

From 50's Teen-idol to one of New York's most respected singer, writer, producers of the sixties. Presented here with his most wanted creation in collaboration with Bobby Hart a booming Northern Soul juggernaut that encapsulates everything that Teddy Randazzo stood for.

The consummate master of the the New York Big Production, perfectly pausing that calming slow-down before the big explosion lift-off of soaring horns, zipping strings, celestial girls, crashing cymbals and booming brass. The perfect platform for his silky Brooklyn-brogue and Italian charm to glide right into the heart of the NS dancefloor with.

Currently sleeping after it's Northern Soul peak earlier this century, but now starting to break surface again, as NS quality of this calibre cannot snooze for too long. A Randazzo awakening is perched and ready to fly thanks to "lockdown" home DJing exposure. Also the DCP promo being a tempting vinyl-vista; especially as this tune has escaped any significant bootlegging over the years. Just a brief "Stardust" label outing. An imprint few DJ's would be blatant enough to grace their turntables with.

Before you today is the 1965 VINYL promo, an exceptional gleaming condition copy of this superior "Big City" beater

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, VINYL press offering full gloss playing surfaces, a couple of minuscule sleeve storage hairlines - strong MINT minus still housed in birth-sleeve. A standout copy!

Two clean promo labels, VINYL press offering full gloss playing surfaces, a couple of minuscule sleeve storage hairlines - strong MINT minus still housed in birth-sleeve. A standout copy!

Sound-Masters - Lonely Lonely / I Want You To be My Baby - Julet JU 102

Sound-Masters

Lonely Lonely / I Want You To be My Baby

Julet : JU 102 (45s)

You cannot possibly talk about "Rare and underplayed" Northern Soul without mentioning this awesome NS vocal group dancer featuring the dulcet tones of Northern Soul hero, Morris Chestnut. it's just too good to pass any rare-vinyl conversation by

Morris Chestnut was part of this five man team but the lead voice was provided by a similarly silky pitched vocalist Roy Haggins, supported by David & Robert Jones along with Morris Chestnut who together weave a pulsating Northern Soul dance groove, backed up with a soulful mid-tempo delicacy that has yet to get the turntable attention, it too surely deserves. All guided by the skilled hand of top L.A. arranger and future Motown-wheel James Anthony Carmichael, for Herman Allen label in L.A.

Sound-Masters write their own composition, kick-started by a subtle guitar intro, before James Carmichael summons up an almighty horn propelled arrangement. Lifting it up and away into breath-taking high-octane moments, with crashing crescendos complimented by rich harmony vocals, soaring from one glorious peak to another.

This is real-deal Northern Soul begging the question why this pulsating masterpiece hasn't taken hold of the Northern Soul scene decades ago? The simple answer is, there was never been a consistent DJ push in the past. But now there's the internet to help get it started. A Northern Soul rarity of this quality should never just be hidden away in collections... when it shimmers with blatant power capable of igniting any all-nighter dancefloor.

Then there's the Sweet Soul harmony flipside with a different lead voice, this time David Jones took pole position. to consider, that has again caught my attention and blown me away, after a while of not hearing it.

so now listen to two top-drawer sides begging for some up and coming DJ's with the insight to remind us old-schoolers, how it used to be done..

Condition Report

Two clean pink labels, full gloss vinyl reveals only the merest

Two clean pink labels, full gloss vinyl reveals only the merest

Herb Ward - Honest To Goodness / If You Got To Leave Me - RCA 47-9688

Herb Ward

Honest To Goodness / If You Got To Leave Me

RCA : 47-9688 (45s)

The RARE ORANGE STOCK COPY for the many devotees of Northern Soul's rarest least seen formats.

A timeless Northern Soul classic, catapulting the old-school back to those wonder-years of pre-Wigan Casino when the scene was still relatively "underground". When the youngsters of England traveled 100's of miles a weekend to get their "fix" of
electrifying dance-Soul you could here nowhere else but the dedicated clubs of the time. The Torch, Va Va's, Blackpool Mecca, Leeds Central or Crewe's Up The Junction etc. Destination were you were guaranteed "The Buzz" of rare Northern Soul to fill your mind and ignite your feet.

It was after all cutting edge sounds like this that sent you into weekly-orbit, after a working week of Soul-starvation. Helplessly mired in the banal music BBC radio One was force feeding us. It was no wonder at all, that the escapism of high-octane Northern Soul fueled the scene onto greater things.

100% Philadelphia, from the pen of the prolific Jerry Akines, arranged by the gifted Thom Bell with this muscular session sewn together by DJ Sonny Hopson's "Mighty Burner" production.And what a "burner" Sonny conjures up. Ideal for burning up those recreational "uppers" through the perspiration of dance-release. Along with all those other energizing Soul recordings did.. "Honest To Goodness" will trigger unequivocal euphoric recall to anyone lucky enough to experience those unrepeatable times.

Those were the days, when not only everything played was a new experience, but you also had the chance to hear a record, that would ultimately change the course of your life.

Interestingly was this another Philadelphia session that Mike Terry popped in on to embellish with his burping Baritone, neatly prompting the ferocious barrage of brass, the perfect pulpit for Herb Ward's beseeching adulation to reach out from. ,

It's a NS ANTHEM! that you just don't hear often enough, with an almost as good flipside hidden from our ears for year 50 years, another frantic stomper that apparently had the occasional turntable out at Stafford's "Top Of The World" All-Nighter But I don't think I've ever heard it played out at any other Northern Soul event, certainly has the credentials for a very cool candidate to NS reactivation.

This disc is a two for the price of one, thumping Northern Soul, at it's most exhilarating, whilst wearing it's rarest clothes.

Condition Report

Good gloss vinyl, reveals a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays a crisp clean mint minus both sides. The orange label has some light storage rub, but otherwise, totally clean.

Good gloss vinyl, reveals a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays a crisp clean mint minus both sides. The orange label has some light storage rub, but otherwise, totally clean.

Bobby Shannon - I Get My Groove From You / You're An Uplift - To-Mar 0011

Bobby Shannon

I Get My Groove From You / You're An Uplift

To-Mar : 0011 (45s)

Arguably the finest 70's Rare-Soul-Dance flipside ever made.

An artist that so little is known about, other than he takes Bobby Patterson's sublime composition and lifts the song yet another layer, with his imploring statement of how this girl affects his mood.

He gets "A Groove" from loving her, Europe's Rare-Soul scene enjoys an ever higher groove from dancing to this exquisite mid-tempo masterpiece. With Bobby seamless voice, reaching into another stratosphere, perfectly hitting the high notes as his convincing plaudits for his girl, roll out thick and fast on a wave of hard-blown horns. Everything falling into place for the perfect dance-experience.

Some tune this is, just total class which Bobby replicates on the original a-side "You're An Uplift" with a similar message propelled on a raft of lilting guitar again cradled in a blanket of hanging-horns. This girl rescued him from apathy, making everything he does now so worthwhile. His whole is now an "uplift" for a man who was going "Down Down Down".

Two killer tunes, one very hard 45 to acquire... real-class is so irresistible.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline under light. Plays clean

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline under light. Plays clean

Ray Pollard - Soulmate? / I Am Now - Omnipotent 1001

Ray Pollard

Soulmate? / I Am Now

Omnipotent : 1001 (45s)

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Condition Report

date stamped a-side label, flipside

date stamped a-side label, flipside

Sugar and the Spices  - Have Faith In Me / Teardrops - Swan S-4208-T DJ

Sugar and the Spices

Have Faith In Me / Teardrops

Swan : S-4208-T DJ (45s)

This immensely popular Northern Soul dancefloor-igniter throughout the 90's, has again dropped right-back into favour with its swirling charismatic Philadelphia girl-group charms, oozing out of every aerial phrase emitted from that heavenly lead vocal.

A record saturated in the power to trigger uplift to everyone within range of its graceful invitation to dance. Classy Northern Soul bouncing right back into big demand. Surprising nobody really as it's spellbinding charms have been sorely missed.

Whether these girls are the same gathering Al Casey guided in Chicago with two earlier 45 releases, is unclear but they are certainly a seasoned girl team equipped with an ease for tight flowing harmonies as proven on the flipside "Teardrops" another fabulous mid-60's recording saturated in seductive witchery, but lacking the magical entrancing qualities Ugene Dozier fosters in just 2:30 seconds of pure girl-group joy with "Have Faith In Me".

Dozier of course was one a willing pupil of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff era, one of the many writer/producers feeding of the Philly feeding frenzy to create Soul hits. Ugene Lloyd Dozier aka Billy Jackson or when in Detroit "Billy The Kid" traveled the length and breadth of the USA learning his trade. Spending time in Los Angeles making that immortal Northern Soul rarity by The Groovettes on Reness or co-writing material for The Blossoms. Or in Detroit working with George Clinton at Golden World and Solid Hit Eugene Dozier was gathering a lifetime of experience and knowledge of his craft in a short time span. In 1965 it all dropped into place with this simplistic, but enthralling girl group masterpiece. That never hit , but grabbed the imagination of Europe Northern Soul scene years later.

So very addictive, it was a real pleasure today, listening to it 3 times in a row.

Top-drawer mid-sixties Philadelphia Northern Soul that has been on furlough for far too long.

Condition Report

X X with soft faint stain close by, text is unaffected (see images) on a-side. Vinyl glows with a vision of full gloss unblemished mint minus play surfaces. a beautiful copy.

X X with soft faint stain close by, text is unaffected (see images) on a-side. Vinyl glows with a vision of full gloss unblemished mint minus play surfaces. a beautiful copy.

Hoagy Lands - The Next In Line / Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone -  Laurie LR 3381 DJ

Hoagy Lands

The Next In Line / Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

Laurie : LR 3381 DJ (45s)

not only an immortal piece in the jigsaw of Northern Soul

One of the records that changed my whole life, lifting me out of my youth club Motown hit dominated Friday nights. Into Saturday night the world of Northern Soul. Even 50 years later I can remember my first Northern Soul experience like it was yesterday, when Top-MOD Decky Stevens escorted me by bus from Melton Mowbray to Trent Bridge. Then a short stroll along the riverbank, for an unpleasant experience for dedicated young Leicester City fan, I was in the shadow of Nottingham Forest's "Trent End". A place I did not feel comfortable eing. But that "footy"apprehension evaporated whilst queuing at the bottom of the wooden stairs, I could hear Soul music, but not just any Soul music.. I thought God must be behind the turntables, every one goose-pimple inducing a winner, I couldn't wait to get inside THE BRIT..

I'd never heard anything remotely like Al Kent's - The Way You've Been Acting Lately.. I wasn't even inside the club and I was buzzing..
I sat in awe of the dancers, the music and the fact I didn’t know a single record that was played. The DJ didn't say a word, it was a night of endless Soul.dance tunes with no pause between them. I can remember the tunes that instantly buried themselves into my impressionable brain. They are still lurking there today, every time I hear one, it catapults me back into 1969 and The Brit dance-space.

Al Kent's - The Way You've Been Acting Lately
Len Barry - Somewhere
Jackie Edwards - I Feel So Bad
Spinners - She's Gonna Love Me At Sundown
Jimmy Thomas - Where There's A Will
Dean Parrish - Determination
Jimmy McCracklin - The Walk
Incredibles - There's Nothing Else To Say
Invitations - What's Wrong With Me Baby
Major Lance - Everybody Loves A Good Time

and it took me over a year to even find out what these mind-blowing tunes were called, I had to ask the DJ on return revisits to that amazing club....

..and last but not least Hoagy Lands - The Next In Line - bedded deep into my psyche forever, that rich creamy vocal cradled by what seemed a Grandstand of shrill girls, chirping the choruses. Utterly brilliant, and it affected me in a big way. I was a Northern Soul inductee from the moment Hoagy hit my ears. Still for me, perhaps the greatest "Big City Builders" of all time. Thumping production matched only by one of the most effective Soul voices of all time..

So effective Bert Russell Berns enlisted Hoagy especially to add "depth" in the choruses of the Drifters - "Under The Boardwalk"... now there's respect for you...

NS label seekers and promo addicts.. will not need reminding of how stunning this rare PROMO copy is; a timeless classic, that’s gonna look so cool, snug next to your Dean Parrish Promo in your treasure trove of NS vinyl.

Condition Report

in short a spotless MINT minus copy throughout - just like Hoagy's voice - totally impeccable!

in short a spotless MINT minus copy throughout - just like Hoagy's voice - totally impeccable!

Enchanted Five - Darling, I Need You Now / Your Love Comes Slower Than Ever -  CVS 1003

Enchanted Five

Darling, I Need You Now / Your Love Comes Slower Than Ever

CVS: 1003 (45s)

I'm currently bathing in Vocal Harmony Heaven!

From the desk of Connie Questell's gifted writer/producer Ben Boyce crafts his last foray into the world of east coast Soul.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, perfect archive condition vinyl

Two clean labels, perfect archive condition vinyl

Little Jr. Jesse and his Tear Drops - Little Playgirl / Cry Baby - Metro-Dome ME 1001

Little Jr. Jessie and his Tear Drops

Little Playgirl / Cry Baby

Metro-Dome : ME 1001 (7")

This eminently regarded 10 member Texas outfit, under the experienced eye of San Antonio most prodigious label owner Abe Epstein; the man who first gave Little Jr. Jessie his first break on that city's most prestigious label "Dynamic" with a fabulous version of The Radiants "Ain't No Big Thing" & Jerry Butler's "Giving Up On Love , two rarely seen Northern Soul want.

Just as rare but far less known is their other Northern Soul winner "Little Playgirl", again dazzling with all the same Tex-Mex characteristics that so much of San Antonio's vinyl is drenched in. Top-drawer Chicano Northern Soul featuring a swirling Hammond doused with pumping brass and rattling percussion. Flowing Northern Soul reminiscent of a dance session from Carolina, a recording that grabs your attention from the first note, then developing into you just can't put down. Ideal all-nighter tune that will still be ringing in your head the next morning - feelgood, addictive groove with adorned with slick vocals.

The flipside is an unusual Deep Soulful ballad that Little Jr. flies solo, with that beseeching Hammond keyboard ensuring his advice his set into a beseeching mode. again a fabulous example of Chicano Soul, served up like only the Latinos can.

Their was in the 50's & 60's something magical about San Antonio a music-town with a scene all of it's own, liberally shower with Soul cove version along with standout original tunes like "Little Playgirl "

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus play perfect vinyl. As good as it gets when your hunting

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus play perfect vinyl. As good as it gets when your hunting

Ernie Washington - Lonesome Shack / How About You - Chattahoochee CH 673

Ernie Washington

Lonesome Shack / How About You

Chattahoochee : CH 673 (45s)

A rare and flawless authentic original.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals

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