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Miracles - I'll Try Something New / blank - Tamla 54059 DJ PS autographed

Miracles

I'll Try Something New / blank

Tamla : 54059 DJ PS autographed (45s)

The Miracles - I'll Try Something New as a PROMO copy is one of the rarer Motown DJ copies to find. Add to that the even more elusive picture cover you are looking at a nice seldom seen pairing.

Then add to that combination the Smokey Robinson signature "Happiness from Smokey Robinson" we are now looking at something unique.

A listing for those serious Motown scholars seeking the one-off window opportunity to acquire something special.

The song itself I personally consider lyrically as one of Smokey's finest, soul poetry at it's most fluid. The way Smokey as early as 1962 he knitted words together, with silky comparisons was itself breath-taking. I'm surprised that this Smokey creation isn't considered by all, as arguably his finest work. Perhaps because it wasn't a big hit, it has slipped past everyone . Here's a chance to absorb Smokey's gifts taking it's first baby steps towards full-blown genius.

Smokey Robinson was unquestionably a wordsmith without peers.

The promo record it's is only visually VG plays much better, the white label has a biro pen ring at the perimeter, otherwise clean. The very rare picture cover is clean, full strength signature (no fade) on the flipside see images there is very mild storage ring wear to the b-side cover. a-side cover is crisp and clean.

As a package of single sided PROMO, complete with picture cover and Smokey's dedication. This is a Motown treasure, you are unlikely to ever seen again.

Condition Report

As described above:

As described above:

Fred Hughes - I Keep Trying / We've Got Love - Exodus EX 2006

Fred Hughes

I Keep Trying / We've Got Love

Exodus : EX 2006 (45s)

In the Northern Soul world of collecting authentic originals. None have given up more disappointment than this thumping slab of NS savagery. In recent years we discovered to our dismay a sneaky 70's counterfeit that crept onto the market, one of those "Wobbly Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport.." pressings, with convincing labels.

So here to the rescue is the RARE gloss paper label west coast press, so just as glance is required to validate it's authenticity, instead of wading through our price guide for definitive information.

This rarity was pressed July 1966 at Monarch plant, carries an encircle MR stamp and a light scratched in Delta #62599, other than the elusive white promo press, this is the safest way of owning this dancefloor favourite.

So now click the soundfile to unleash an almighty juggernaut of belligerent Northern Soul. The great Arthur Wright's input is evident as aggressive guitar pulses reverberate, snappy handclaps decorated the insistent rhythms and Freddie's imposing vocal takes the reigns and real Northern Soul drives in through. A record that leaves the listener shell-shocked, the dancer breathless and the DJ very smug as the dancefloor fills to overflowing.

A chance to own any oddity from all it's various garb, and a certainty that you own the real deal.

Buckle up before clicking the soundfile.

Condition Report

Two clean "gloss" finish

Two clean "gloss" finish

Lynn Sherman & Brandy - Farewells / All Alone Again - Olam 6024

Lynn Sherman & Brandy

Farewells / All Alone Again

Olam : 6024 (45s)

From the Detroit label that gave us the Tyrone Edwards rarity, comes an ungooglable 1981 Motor City sweet-soul floater.

A listing for lovers of seriously rare soulful-steppers, as this D.I.Y. projects serves up warming rhythms of aching soul. Ideal for a Sunday-chill exclusive, Lynn's imploring vocals exquisitely supported by girl-vocal group "Brandy" with their piercing choruses, lifting the ballad every time they chirp in their replies .

I know nothing about Lynn Sherman or his girl group backing, but isn't that how we all like to collect our 45's? No information always supports true rarity. But we always grateful for anyone who can tell us something about the artist and label.

Meantime, fans of the low-rider, sweet-soul and chill-out candidates listen to this "unknown" beautiful delivery of his own song, authentic D.I.Y. Soul.

Condition Report

a-side label autographed by the artist, flipside label is Mint -. Vinyl reveals only a few, of the lightest fine hairlines under direct light. Plays crisp and clean.

a-side label autographed by the artist, flipside label is Mint -. Vinyl reveals only a few, of the lightest fine hairlines under direct light. Plays crisp and clean.

Chuck Jackson - What's With This Loneliness / Surf And Soul - Kent 6 T8 DJ

Chuck Jackson

What's With This Loneliness / Surf And Soul

Kent : 6 T8 DJ (45s)

1992 100 Club 13th Anniversary Special Promo 45. Only available to 100 club members who were there on the night. Since that night all those years ago, this 45's reputation has matured into cult status.

"Chuck" of course is considered by all as Northern Soul Royalty, his rich vocals massaging the feet of 1000's over the decades as his Northern Soul classics rang out every weekend. It is no exaggeration to suggest there may have never been a classic Northern Soul event, where "Chuck" has not featured... booming out a Wand or Motown Northern Soul dancers.

But before you today is a different kettle-of-NS-classic, one that many a DJ and collector has been deprived of owning by the simple fact, only enough copies were pressed to meet those attending the 100 club that night, and these 100 club 45's are so very cherish, nobody want to part with them. Or indeed certainly not part with this prestigious label's finest release. Lifted from the Wand vaults, featuring on the Kent 935 CD release 3 years earlier. The congregation were begging Kent for a vinyl release...

No release happened, but a masterstroke in event marketing, was to create one of Britain's most wanted 45's.

Take a listen to a man at ease with himself, as he emotionally croons over a meandering flow, of guitar strokes with humbled-horns softly blowing in the background...

This is not only Northern Soul, it is the type of Northern Soul that you can lose yourself in... bathe in an abyss of Chuck's warming vocal, words that pierce your very being.. as you relive all your own times of "loneliness"

"Soul" can do that to you, and Chuck does "Soul" like no other male vocalist..

Brilliant, is too weaker word for this masterpiece.. but we are sure you will think of some other adjective to describe this fleeting Chuck Jackson moment that epitomizes, distilled Northern Soul.



Condition Report

Flawless unblemished vinyl, two clean labels. Very fine condition indeed

Flawless unblemished vinyl, two clean labels. Very fine condition indeed

Jerry Jackson - It's Rough Out There / I'm Gonna Paint A Picture - Packway P-100

Jerry Jackson

It's Rough Out There / I'm Gonna Paint A Picture

Packway : P-100 (45s)

The unicorn-rare STOCK COPY in just wonderful condition.

Beat Ballad Heaven - an area of Northern Soul appreciation that just everybody has adored since the beginning of Northern Soul, when records like; Jimmy Radcliffe's - Long After Tonight Is All Over & Bessie Banks's - Go Now - gave the club goer some respite from the rigors of the "speeding" dancefloor. The sound of the Big production "Beat Ballad" has always been held in special place in the hearts of the NS congregation and still a massive part of what actually encompasses the term "Northern Soul".

The "Brill Building" of New York the driving force behind these kitchen-sink productions using only the mightiest of voices to spearhead their work. Here is one of those classic beaters that started life in those legendary 60's clubs, played from that highly coveted British release, that occasionally surfaces to be fought over. But strangely enough over the decades I've found the USA press promo almost as rare it's UK counterpart. With the USA STOCK copy the most elusive format of all.

So now listen to one of the greatest male Soul vocals of the 60's decade captures on this Parkway #100, are his two finest recordings.

Both sides of this disc are truly monumental mid-tempo's crafted by that reliable coupling of Buddy Kaye & Phillip Springer, seasoned purveyors of the "Big City Sound". So much so, it matters not a jot which side you drop the stylus onto, a rich seam of Soul will cast your mind adrift on a rolling wave of the Big City Sound nailed by consummate Jerry Jackson crooning.

serving up two of the finest examples of the "Beat Ballad Heaven" genre.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals only the merest surface blemish from sleeve storage. Sill housed in birth-sleeve.

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals only the merest surface blemish from sleeve storage. Sill housed in birth-sleeve.

Seven Souls - I Still Love You / I'm No Stranger - Okeh 4-7289

Seven Souls

I Still Love You / I'm No Stranger

Okeh : 4-7289 (45s)

The top side is a NS Anthem of huge proportions, whilst the flipside is now deservedly picking up plays as DJ's begin to realize it is a far superior take to the later recorded "Sunny & The Sunliners" Tex-Mex take on Henry Moore and Bob Welch's addictive song.

So here we have a double edge sword of quality, two very DJ-able sides on one disc.
One a perennial crowd-pleaser of real status; then the emerging flipside, that will trigger conversation and questions, as it's instantly recognizable lyrics take to the air in a far superior way.

The attractive Okeh promo copies with the bold pink A's have long been the staple diet of collecting rare Soul this 45's. This release sits comfortably in Okeh's the top five best-love and most wanted..
but do note the purple STOCK copy is rarer by a ratio of almost 3 to 1

Act accordingly as this is one really nice example, clean labels ad may wed repeat, no previous Northern Soul experience.

Do check the soundfile to refresh yourself on how excellent "I'm No Stranger" sounds, and the clarity of the soundfile.

Condition Report

Two fine clean labels, still housed in birth-sleeve. Vinyl has never encountered a Northern Soul turntable in it's life. This 45 is fresh from the USA. Playing surface reveals only very light surface hairlines, fidelity is strong, crisp loud an clean. Unlike the many copies that have endured 4 decades of Northern Soul anthem status

Two fine clean labels, still housed in birth-sleeve. Vinyl has never encountered a Northern Soul turntable in it's life. This 45 is fresh from the USA. Playing surface reveals only very light surface hairlines, fidelity is strong, crisp loud an clean. Unlike the many copies that have endured 4 decades of Northern Soul anthem status

Hound Dog Taylor - Take Five / My Baby Is Coming Home - Key 112

Hound Dog Taylor

Take Five / My Baby Is Coming Home

Key : 112 (45s)

An unfindable R&B rarity, impossible to acquire in anything but trashed condition - this listing is an incredible MINT MINUS!

Killer Northern Soul R&B Jump Blues in dream-condition, a Blues cult shaker, shimmering with muscular charm!

Snarling, growling imposing Chicago Blue dancer, featuring magical moments exploding from "Hound Dog's" low-budget guitar, that he had mastered to highest degree of manipulation. His sizzling use of the slide made his guitar sing. Then elevated yet again by his raucous vocal delivery rasping through...the mayhem.

This is the real-deal go-for-the-throat Chicago Blues, taking no dancefloor prisoners; just perfect for today's rare R&B DJ's to tear the house down with. DJ's who can't afford to play a crackling beaten up copy, which is what only seems to come to market on rare occasions, even in that condition..

Not an opportunity to pass by, Mint minus just do not turn up...ever!

Condition Report

Still house in its flipback seamed birth-sleeve, two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl. Perhaps unplayed before we lifted the destructive sound-file.

Still house in its flipback seamed birth-sleeve, two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl. Perhaps unplayed before we lifted the destructive sound-file.

Silhouettes - Not Me Baby / Caucho Serenade - Goodway G101 DJ

Silhouettes

Not Me Baby / Caucho Serenade

Goodway : G101 DJ (45s)

BOOM!! Now that's what I call an intro.. a brass bombardment that has guaranteed a dancefloor invasion for over 4 decades..

A short burst of Soul-power that propels you back 40 years and more. For me, it evokes treasured memories of the windswept North East Coast arrival, trying to keep your footing, as our small soul-boy-posse from Pork Pie land, gingerly trod the icy wooden gradient you encountered on the way to the heaving, body-jam at Cleethorpes Pier's entrance door. Once there, the biting North Sea chill crystallized to tops of your ears, a small discomfort worth experiencing; as you could hear Northern Soul thumping through this noble-hall's wooden shell, competing with the sound of the crashing waves below as they were sliced aside by those majestic limpet festooned iron stanchions.

Northern Soul was all your mind was hearing..inside this steaming club of 85 degrees or more, the electric atmosphere seeped into your being, as you had arrived safe and were now in the comforting arms of "The Pier" .

Just imagine 1200 or so, young soul fans dancing, stomping in the long anticipated revelry that only Northern Soul could ignite in 1975. Having suffered the truly awful sounds of Brit Pop that the radio had spoon fed you all week. It is near indescribable the burst of frustration that was released when records of this calibre hit your ears on a Saturday night, surrounded by 100's of dancing-dedicates igniting an electric atmosphere of release and excitement.

So imagine a working week of horrid sounds of The Sweet, Status Quo, Alvin Stardust, Showaddywaddy, Abba, Dana and worse.. invading your personal space, then comes the weekend.. and Philadelphia crafted vocal-group serenading, lifts you off your feet; as it collides with burping horns opening the floodgates for the Otis Lewis's rich baritone to evade your space.. as John Wilson, Cornelius Brown, Richard Lewis meld their vocals into a wave of warm harmony cradling Otis's lead..

Click the soundfile, to relive that indelible experience of relief, emotional outpourings that lifted the young of Soul-Boy for two days, in the mid-70's. Only for that depressing syndrome of "Living For The Weekend" struck you hard again on the Monday..

One of the many reasons Northern Soul in the 70's was a way of life for 1000's of youngsters and why still today those not so young are still chasing that "dragon" called "euphoric recall" that for many only the Northern Soul can deliver..

THIS IS REAL-DEAL NORTHERN SOUL and some..

Condition Report

NOTE the brilliantly crisp label definition, superb clean vinyl I'm struggling to locate a blemish on. Strong Mint minus throughout. A BEAUTY!

NOTE the brilliantly crisp label definition, superb clean vinyl I'm struggling to locate a blemish on. Strong Mint minus throughout. A BEAUTY!

Lanier - Blinded ( By The Qualities Of You) / 25 Hours - Clarence Music SU 2020

Lanier

Blinded ( By The Qualities Of You) / 25 Hours

Clarence Music : SU 2020 (12" Single)

A stunning original copy - in flawless condition - most likely unplayed until this listing.

One of the 12" Holy Grails that's enjoyed huge demand for decades; so much so in 2016 Andy Davis's "Street Soul Records" released a limited press 7" 45 of this classy Soulful stepper.

You are listening today to the FULL 6:00 version of Bobby Pearson wonderful creation "Blinded" the Street Soul 45 was edited to 4:56 long. The equally soulful flipside "25 Hours" is the full "6:00" version as apposed to the edited "4:25" version

The only way to own the full version of these two Soulful dance delights is ownership of this ultra-rare 12".

Condition! Condition! Condition!

Condition Report

Flawless throughout, previously unplayed excellence.

Flawless throughout, previously unplayed excellence.

Tojo - Broken Hearted Lover / Blue Lover - Tec 3011

Tojo

Broken Hearted Lover / Blue Lover

Tec: 3011 (45s)

A wonderful vocal group tune zipping along on Northern Soul comeback trail.

It seems like forever that this Washington D. C. Freddie Perrin session has sat on the threshold on Northern Soul success but never quite receiving enough plays from enough jocks at the same time, to go nationwide BIG. But always massively appreciated and much talked about. Tat is now changing.. So it seems, at this time a wider audience is at last opening up. As soon as you hear the thumping horn intro, you'll be wondering what took 'dem DJ's so long. This is a typically uplifting Freddie Perrin dance Soul winner; with a back-beat rippling with vibes, twanging guitar rhythms, poking through a wall of brass. All adorned with a word perfect vocal that cuts clean through all the pounding dance-intended arrangement.

Killer Northern Soul that has sat on the subs-bench for far too long. It now carries all the right credentials required to detonate the scene and of course explode in value..

But wait!

Whilst the Northern Soul DJ's have pontificated over "to play or not to play" While the collectors have stroked their chins unsure whether to buy or not to buy. The worldwide "Sweet Soul" scene has been busy acquiring all and any copies that have ever surfaced for over the last 3 decades. Making this disc now a Rare 45 to find, as the "Low Rider" "Harmony-Haulers" have filled their boots upon the NS family indecision...You will understand why when you hear the flipside "Blue Lover". As Tojo emits an absolutely deluge of "Sweet Soul" in a fllood of seamless harmony . A recording that screams "buy me" before everyone else discovers what lay hidden on the b-side of this Northern Soul sleeper.

Pause no more Soul Scholars worldwide, otherwise this Freddie Perrin masterpiece, will fly out of reach, ye again.

Two top tunes on one disc.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, vinyl only reveals the merest storage hairline under direct light, very nice copy.

two flawless labels, vinyl only reveals the merest storage hairline under direct light, very nice copy.

Star-Treks - Gonna Need Magic / Dreamin' - Veep V 1254 DJ

Star-Treks

Gonna Need Magic / Dreamin'

Veep: V 1254 DJ (45s)

Listen and prepare to be lured in by Philly sirens..

Early December of 1966 two Philly boys got together and crafted one of the finest Northern-Soul girl-group dancers of all time, but amazingly has yet to break through the underplayed barrier and hit the NS classic status it so deserves.

Bob "Girl Across The Street" Finiz such a gifted lyricist, is joined by former teen-idol Neil Brian. Between them they conjure up lyrics of girl rivalry, transmitting smug confidence her boy is not gonna take a blind bit of notice of her opposition; no matter how hard she tries to look gorgeous. The song is littered with cutting lines, girl-bitchiness and outrageous self-belief. Running at the same pace and rhythms as "Girl Across The Street" Finiz lifts the production yet another notch with scything strings and battering percussion. Finiz and his huge contribution to Northern Soul with his skill for building an arrangement above and beyond expectations is again evident.

This is absolutely brilliant Northern Soul that has snoozed for too long; the occasional stirring or lifted it's head off the pillow is not enough for this wonderful tune. It require a DJ with influence and persistence and this tune will be a monster at the Weekender and niters across the country.

Who actually are the Star-treks has never been made clear to me, but they are, on this showing (their only 45 release) certainly every note as accomplished as the Sapphires, Three Degrees, Sherrys etc or any other girl-group from the city of Brotherly (not sisterly) Love.

PS the flipside is great also..

Condition Report

Tiny date on flipside labels, a-side label is clean. Vinyl reveals only the merest of sleeve storage hairlines, as you can hear it plays beautifully clean.

Tiny date on flipside labels, a-side label is clean. Vinyl reveals only the merest of sleeve storage hairlines, as you can hear it plays beautifully clean.

Orlons - Wah Watusi / Holiday Hill - Columbia DB 4865

Orlons

Wah Watusi / Holiday Hill

Columbia : DB 4865 (45s)

"Baby, Baby When You Do The Twist... Never, Never Do You Get Yourself Kissed.."

absolutely one of the greatest lines ever added to a dance craze recording; also playing a major part in the one the most memorable scenes of British cinema; immortalized by "Sting" as he robotically danced to The Kingsmen "Louie Louie" whilst "Jimmy" desperate to impress "Steph" danced freestyle on the balcony railings before hurling himself off into the crowd below..

AS mayhem broke "Jimmy" was immediately ejected by security, leaving "Sting" to carry on peacocking in his mohair suit and winning the girl, as The Orlons "Wah Wausi " rang out across the floor...

A worldwide classic dance 45 saturated in the power to catapult you back to 3-button suits, weekend scooter ride-outs to coastal towns, parkas, French-crops and hidden alleyways for unforgettable illicit liaisons..

A tune to make your knees-tremble...

As the original British 1962 press, you don't need us to remind what a very tough to 45 this is to acquire..

Condition Report

two clean label, vinyl play flawless only revealing very fine sleeve contact hairlines under direct light.

two clean label, vinyl play flawless only revealing very fine sleeve contact hairlines under direct light.

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