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Caressors - I Can't Stay Away / Who Can It Be - Ru-Jac RJ 0020

Caressors

I Can't Stay Away / Who Can It Be

Ru-Jac : RJ 0020 (45s)

Let's get serious!!

In the world of rare Northern Soul vocal-group recordings this mid-60's Baltimore

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl is impeccable, just revealing a couple of the briefest sleeve contact hairlines, so close to perfection! You will not meet a cleaner copy

Two clean labels, vinyl is impeccable, just revealing a couple of the briefest sleeve contact hairlines, so close to perfection! You will not meet a cleaner copy

Church - How Long / Da Da Song - Silas 8912

Church

How Long / Da Da Song

Silas: 8912 (45s)

Beyond RARE is this undocumented Bay Area soulful strutter..

A D.I.Y. Joseph Washington creation with striking Saxohpnone interludes, and sizzling vibes punctuating this group sweet vocal as the male / female interchanges ratchet themselves up to with this jazzy/soul arrangement as the Sax wails away in the background.

Truly classy stuff, perfect the burst the European scene wide open,

The flipside jumps into an unusual Funky groove, again offering up an inventive arrangement and urgent vocals leading the charge.

Top side for me, is drenched in huge potential to be elevated into big ticket territory as those rare ingredients of quality and genuine serious rarity, is their in abundance.

Future Top-Tune in influential hands..

Condition Report

Flawless! Two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl

Flawless! Two perfect labels, unblemished vinyl

C-Jam Blues - Candy / Stay At Home Girl - Columbia DB 8064 DJ

C-Jam Blues

Candy / Stay At Home Girl

Columbia : DB 8064 DJ (45s)

Very rare 1966 UK version of the Astors- Stax Northern Soul classic "Candy" written by Steve Cropper & Isaac Hayes and made a Twisted Wheel anthem from it's black Atlantic release, during the mid-60's.

Whether you be a British release "Soul" addict or are drawn to obscure 60's British "beat" and "MOD" bands the 45 will appeal to both camps.
There is very little known about the "C-Jam Blues" other than they did pull-off a great Brit version with tight harmonies giving up a Soulful aroma to the rare session, even without the luxury of The Memphis Horns or a Steve Cropper guitar solo. Theor daring take on this Stax classic it a darn worthy job for a gathering of British R&B inspired MODS. It will be a 45 that the majority of serious British 45 enthusiasts will not own, and in these clothes many will find it irresistible; as the lure of the EMI red & white demo, is an addiction that never leaves an old-school collectors veins.

This seldom seen 45's is particularly attractive and very clean indeed.

Check out the soundfile, gaze the label image.. a thing of beauty in IMHO

Condition Report

Two flawless Promo labels, push-out centre fully intact. Vinyl reveals only a few feeble hairline brushes, plays clean a strong Ex + all round., still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Two flawless Promo labels, push-out centre fully intact. Vinyl reveals only a few feeble hairline brushes, plays clean a strong Ex + all round., still housed in its birth-sleeve.

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)

One of the records that changed my whole life, lifting me out of my youth club Motown hit domain, into the world of Northern Soul. Even almost 50 years later I can remmber 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 to be. But that apprehension evaporated whilst queuing at the bottom of the wooden stairs, I could hear Soul music sent from God himself..

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 not a 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
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 into my psyche forever, that rich creamy vocal cradled by a bevvy of shrill girl 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 Builder" 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 chorus of the Drifters - "Under The Boardwalk"... now there's respect for you...

Label lovers, 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 MINT minus throughout - a flawless copy

in short MINT minus throughout - a flawless copy

Frank Beverly and the Butlers - If That's What You Wanted / Love (Your Pain Goes Deep) - Gamble G 220 DJ

Frank Beverly and the Butlers

If That's What You Wanted / Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)

Gamble : G 220 DJ (45s)

Of course this iconic Northern Soul anthem doesn't exist on a DJ copy, in the real sense of the word - but this example is the closest a dedicated collector could get to owning.

As the a-side originally - "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep) " has that elusive rubber-stamped D J COPY top left, with the "Y" just disappearing just under the gold promo "Chips" sticker. This is of course 100% genuine but it is the first copy I've encountered in quite some time. In 70's I did have a handful of these "Promo's" that filtered out into the scene decades ago.

A little different to those Northern Soul collectors seeking the finite differences and the rarest possible variations of the true classics.

Not that it matters, what really matters is, this disc is one of the greatest Northern Soul recordings of all time.
Responsible, perhaps above all others, for inspiring and totally diverting 1000's of teenagers away from humdrum music, onto a course of Northern Soul dedication. A lifetime glued to Northern Soul by the desire to feel that overwhelming sensation of euphoria that only records of this calibre can provoke..spine-chilling, goose-bump inducing, pulse racing ecstasy we all experience the first time this masterpiece of 60's Soul hit our ears. We all remember it well, and remember the longing for the weekend to return, so we could get another uplifting fix of Northern Soul and hopefully another new tune to ignite our senses.

"Since I've Been With You Darlin', I've Been Walkin' Into Close Doors.."

those opening words still 45 years later, Frankie Beverly lifts my day..

Condition Report

Light storage rub to a-side label (see image), DJ rubber-stamping and "Chips" gold promo sticker on flipside label. A-side vinyl hardly reveals a blemish and of course plays flawless (listen) flips ide vinyl reveals the merest brief surface blemishes but again plays crisp, clean and clear. Grading is Ex+ / Ex+/ sticker. Plays MInt minus

Light storage rub to a-side label (see image), DJ rubber-stamping and "Chips" gold promo sticker on flipside label. A-side vinyl hardly reveals a blemish and of course plays flawless (listen) flips ide vinyl reveals the merest brief surface blemishes but again plays crisp, clean and clear. Grading is Ex+ / Ex+/ sticker. Plays MInt minus

Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On / 1962 UK press - London HA-D 2457

Arthur Alexander

You Better Move On / 1962 UK press

London : HA-D 2457 (LP)

Arguably the most influential of all the early Soul artists who steered Britain's emerging R&B/Beat bands towards Soul. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones etc both held Arthur's output in high esteem. As did the early up and coming MOD culture.

Arthur 1st recording is now considered a valuable Northern Soul 45 as he recorded under the name June Alexander "Sally Sue Brown" / "The Girl That Radiates Charm" for Judd records. This 45 maybe sold zero but alerted this local boy's talent to FAME recordings. He was soon working with producer / engineer Rick Hall at the now legendary Muscle Shoals studios. It was to prove to be a collaboration that gave both Rick & Arthur their big break into the Billboard charts. Laying down a financial cornerstone for the Muscle Shoal Studio to spring from. Blossoming into one of the most famous recording studios in the world today, boasting a plethora of classic Soul, Blues & Rock recordings to it and Rick Hall's credit.

Arthur's vocal honesty, his easy style emitted from deep inside was rich, warm and convincing. His writing talents on "You Better Move On" was recorded 1961 at Muscle Shoals, Alabama but released from small-town Gallatin, Tennessee, by the Dot label. Small-town maybe, but already major force in the record industry. The disc received instant countrywide radio play; it became such a big hit, the 45 was released in no fewer than 5 countries around the world. From this remarkable success, this12 track album was born in early 1962.

Neither the 45 or this album were a hit in Great Britain, but the single did receive early Soul Club plays, slowly but surely Arthur Alexander became a respected name and an artist to follow. A small but dedicated following emerged, which included many British R&B orientated bands who covered his work. So check out why this Soulman from Sheffield, Alabama who captured the imagination of the MODS and the embryonic British R&B scene. It won't take a moment for you to, like many before you, to fall in love with this man's exquisite voice and the effortless manner he alerts your senses.

Without question one of the greatest "Black Artist" albums ever issued in the UK. Rare and highly coveted do not pass by a Muscle Shoals legacy that influenced so many collectors, DJ's and legendary artists in their infancy!

Look and listen and be prepared to fall in love, with this captivating talent.

Condition Report

A fine clean copy, two mint - labels, vinyl reveal an occasional light surface mark, retains good gloss plays mint - visually Excellent. The laminated cover is clean no writng, stain, rip, frays or tears. Upon forensic examination there are 4 minusucle pin-prick holes at the corner-tips. From this album being wall display in and early 60's Record Store (a common practice) this is so discreet that we doubt they will show up on listings images, and certainly dies nmo distract from the overwhelming desire for ownership.

A fine clean copy, two mint - labels, vinyl reveal an occasional light surface mark, retains good gloss plays mint - visually Excellent. The laminated cover is clean no writng, stain, rip, frays or tears. Upon forensic examination there are 4 minusucle pin-prick holes at the corner-tips. From this album being wall display in and early 60's Record Store (a common practice) this is so discreet that we doubt they will show up on listings images, and certainly dies nmo distract from the overwhelming desire for ownership.

Gene McDaniels - Walk With a Winner / A Miracle - Liberty LIB 55805 Australia

Gene McDaniels

Walk With a Winner / A Miracle

Liberty : LIB 55805 (45s)

A much-loved "Big City Beast Ballad" in a seldom seen form - an 1965 Australian sticker DEMO!

There are 3 countries in my opinion that consistently give up very zenith of 50's ad 60's vinyl and fidelity. They are France, Great Britain & Australia. With the USA copy mostly being pressed in styrene, what a wonderful way to own one of Northern Soul best-loved "last records".

A true powerhouse of the "Beat G+Ballad Heaven" genre, benefiting from a Jack "Spec" Nitzsche arrangement (boy Jack was a talent), produced by Joe Saraceno a New Yorker equally as prolific as "Specs", written by Larry Mannering, Ollie Jones between them, they conjure up an eternally cherished Beat Ballad only trumped by Jimmy Radcliffe's "Long After Tonight Is All Over" as the best known Northern Soul community sing-a-long.

Inspiring in the extreme, a cornerstone of the Northern Soul cult in a very elusive form indeed.

A Big City Beat Ballad at it's most potent!

Condition Report

There are 3 countries in my opinion that consistently give up very zenith of 50's ad 60's vinyl they are France, Great Britain & Australia. With the USA copy mostly being pressed in styrene, what a way to own one of Northern Soul best-loved "last records" . Vinyl is clean, a-side label has a light sticker removal blemish just above the LS in McDaniels. Flipside label is unblemished, Liberty Sleeve is the USA variation.

There are 3 countries in my opinion that consistently give up very zenith of 50's ad 60's vinyl they are France, Great Britain & Australia. With the USA copy mostly being pressed in styrene, what a way to own one of Northern Soul best-loved "last records" . Vinyl is clean, a-side label has a light sticker removal blemish just above the LS in McDaniels. Flipside label is unblemished, Liberty Sleeve is the USA variation.

Quantrells - Show Me The Game Of Love / Can't Let You Break My Heart  - Yambo 15

Quantrells

Show Me The Game Of Love / Can't Let You Break My Heart

Yambo : 15 (45s)

Whether your bag be vocal group Northern Soul dancers or the Sweeter Side of Soul. This piece of elusive Chicago R&B from the desk of Billy McGregor gives up both styles very nicely, thank you!

Two killer tunes from the streets of the Windy City; "The McGregors", George & Billy again offer the Northern Soul collector a strong, uplifting dance, with urgent vocal running through this horn driven mover. relentless piano fingering lead the rhythms. Then hard-hitting screaming horns, attack with a barrage brass. An fully urgent dancer, that so far hasn't received the DJ attention it deserves. Another cool disc, suffering from it's own obscurity.

Under the radar Northern Soul with something rather delicious on the flipside. A mid-tempo groove that sits between captivating Crossover and head-turning Low Rider. A mid-tempo harmony groove full of passion and skilled interchanges of teenage voices. The hurt and desire drips from every sentence, the lead voice so very convincing as he "walks away" to save his heart from impending pain. These young vocals work so well within the punchy Billy McGregor production, blistering horn do not daunt these enthisastic fresh voices.

Two great sides no matter your preference for Rare Soul styles, both sides deliver BIG!

Condition Report

Two flawless labels and vinyl match. Tip Top condition throughout

Two flawless labels and vinyl match. Tip Top condition throughout

Sam and Kitty - I've Got Something Good / Love Is The Greatest - Four Brothers 452 DJ

Sam and Kitty

I've Got Something Good / Love Is The Greatest

Four Brothers : 452 DJ (45s)

Is there a greater Northern Soul Weekender crowd-pleaser than Sam & Kitty, as the hoards relive the halcyon days of The Torch, Catacombs or The Mecca.

Or indeed is there a greater collection adornment, to have a top NS classic in it's least seen, most wanted label design.

A record that has been convincingly counterfeited on several occasion, so how reassuring to own the unmistakably July 1966 original, Los Angeles press that cannot be confused with any of the fraudulent variation.

A listing for the collector of Northern Soul anthems in their rarest clothes.

Condition Report

a few very fine, mild surface hairlines plays clean. White promo label with bars, has some mild age-spotting on the a-side (see image) free of writing, tears, stains or stickers. Good looking PROMO in it's rarest form.

a few very fine, mild surface hairlines plays clean. White promo label with bars, has some mild age-spotting on the a-side (see image) free of writing, tears, stains or stickers. Good looking PROMO in it's rarest form.

Al Greene - Don't Leave Me / Back Up Train - Hot Line Journal HLMJ 1233 DJ

Al Greene

Don't Leave Me / Back Up Train

Hot Line Journal : 1233 DJ (45s)

Here's one we've not knowingly encountered before today, never really knew of it's existence..
Before you is the pre-AMY/MALA/BELL distribution - FIRST PRESS PROMO - different label design - different release number.

It seems without exception the release number on the label is 15000 as a stock or the very rare Promo, this promo copy carries a #1233 release number, replicated into the deadwax.

A listing for those who not only appreciate the very rare oddities we occasionally trip over whilst searching for rare Soul, but also acknowledge unadulterated Soul brilliance when they hear it.
"Back Up Train" is recognized as one of the truly great "Deep Soul" vocal group assisted recordings of the 60's. A record that lifts your day as Al sweepingly portrays his gift for the emotional ballad.

In more recent times it is "Don't Leave Me" that's been taking a Northern Soul bow, to a most welcome response. Palmer Jones and label partner Curtis Rodgers craft sublime Michigan Northern Soul dancer, utilizing a vocal that only a few years later would rule Memphis and the worldwide Soul charts.

So was this 45 the beginning of Al Greene's journey to the pinnacle of his profession.

Checking the deadwax markings of the 1500 release, are different to this release. For whatever reason Rodgers & Jones abandoned this 1233 mix and went with the 8345 mix and a new release number of 1500. Why we don't know, but it sure has rewritten the notes on this brilliant 45. If your gonna own it (and every collector should) this is the superior way, we've have never seen a copy before. Rarity must be extreme, as google throws no light on it whatsoever,

Before you is a proper rare disc, from the fall of 1967 first press PROMO from ARP. I can't recognize any recording differences between 15000 label number with matrix 1233 scratched over and replaced by 8346 and and this the 1233 release & recordings, if there is one, it is minuscule. Perhaps this #1233 press, was a tester from ARP to be approved, we can only presume.

What is not in doubt is the quality that both sides offer, top-drawer Soul from a singer who has few, if any equals and this (1233) is his rarest single by a long, long way.



Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, flawless vinyl, Bell Aound and ARP stamped matrix reads 1233

Two flawless promo labels, flawless vinyl, Bell Aound and ARP stamped matrix reads 1233

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