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Four Pro's - Just Another Girl / There Must Be A Reason - Carla 2531 DJ

Four Pro's

Just Another Girl / There Must Be a Reason

Carla: 2531 DJ (45s)

Relentless, rasping n' driving Northern Soul, enriched and elevated by Mike Terry's spellbinding saxophone expertise.

Between Mike and the gifted label owner and esteemed record producer Ollie McLaughlin they create real-deal Northern Soul dancefloor dynamite. From the fleeting intro of rattling percussion, colliding with keyboard and saxophone stabs, rolling out a carpet for an aggressive snarling lead vocal that rips into the lyrics. With his teammates softening his intimidating singing with cooing and oohing choruses. Nobody in the studio, for a moment never once easing off the breakneck trajectory, heading toward the inevitable show-stopping Mike Terry sax-break.

Pulsating piano, join the burping sax, an intimidating scary lead vocal spouts the narrative, as the pin is pulled on this muscular Northern Soul hand-grenade...for an explosive dancefloor reaction, every time!

The flipside from the pens of Johnny Griffith, Richard Greene and Freddy Butler is a hidden, sadly overlooked mid-tempo Motor City jewel. Involving the same team that later fuelled the Soul Twins "Quick Change Artist" assemble a stunning mid-tempo saturated in the very best of Detroit influences of the time! Listen and prepare to be impressed by a stunning Northern Soul stroller. Sitting on the flipside of a "handle with care" Northern Soul combustible...

Condition Report

Storage dulled promo labels, the flipside sporting a tiny release 10.10.66 see images. Vinyl revealed some battle scars of soft surface marks, but as yo can hear it plays beautifully clean

Storage dulled promo labels, the flipside sporting a tiny release 10.10.66 see images. Vinyl revealed some battle scars of soft surface marks, but as yo can hear it plays beautifully clean

Ann Sexton and the Masters Of Soul - You've Been Gone Too Long / You're Letting Me Down - Impel SS-AS-103

Ann Sexton and the Masters Of Soul

You've Been Gone Too Long / You're Letting Me Down

Impel : SS-AS-103 (45s)

A beauty copy of this timeless Northern Soul sister anthem from one of rare-soul's richest sister vocals cradled by intricate guitar rhythms and triumphant trumpets.

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing of the softest of sleeve contact blemishes, plays a flawless mint minus.

two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing of the softest of sleeve contact blemishes, plays a flawless mint minus.

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, with 6 button cuffs, weekend scooter ride-outs to coastal towns, parkas, French-crops and hidden alleyways for unforgettable illicit liaisons of teenage lust.

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... this listing is a fine example of bygone days that will go done in the history of the embryonic beginnings of the Northern Soul culture.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing only soft sleeve storage surface blemishes when angled in the light. Strong clean EX+

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing only soft sleeve storage surface blemishes when angled in the light. Strong clean EX+

Poppa Hop (Wilson) - My Woman Got A Black Cat Bone / I'm A Stranger - Ivory 127

Poppa Hop (Wilson)

My Woman Got A Black Cat Bone / I'm A Stranger

Ivory Records: 127 (45s)

An elusive Texas R&B shaker from the highly regarded Poppa Hop Wilson, with arguably his finest Blues dance recording.

Label owner Ivory Lee Semiens on drums, Poppa Hop skillfully picking on his steel guitar, from honing his expertise in his home town of Grapeland, Texas. He began playing as a boy eventually hooking up with percussionist Ivory Lee Semiens in the late 50's; previously travelling to Lake Charles, Louisiana recording for Eddie Shuler's prolific Goldband label in 1958.

This is certainly one of Hop’s very best sides, “My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone" where he demonstrates he is so much more than just the master of his steel guitar, he was also an expressive Blues singer with a soften lingering growl that pulled you right into his emotions. Joined by relentless keyboard notes, sympathetic drumming the three elements meld into one highly engaging R&B strutter!

You will not ever encounter a finer copy!

PS the original A-side "I'm A Stranger " is totally killer Texas mournful Blues. Two great sides, from one highly talented Bluesman.



Condition Report

Two perfect labels, full gloss archive vinyl. a perfectly cocooned for 61 years sleeping unplayed, untouched, as if Tut Ankh Amun was the previously owner.

Two perfect labels, full gloss archive vinyl. a perfectly cocooned for 61 years sleeping unplayed, untouched, as if Tut Ankh Amun was the previously owner.

Topics - She's So Fine / I Don't Have To Cry - Carnival CAR 520

Topics

She's So Fine / I Don't Have To Cry

Carnival : CAR 520 (45s)

The authentic original 1966 press in immaculate condition.

An extremely talented New York vocal group who found themselves meeting stumbling blocks along their bumpy road to stardom. But only to find it through the UK's underground music scene Northern Soul.

The foundation of the crew, Ronald McCoy and Vaughn Curtis wrote both sides of this impressive double hitter on Joe Evans's burgeoning label; with The Manhattans regularly hitting the Billboard charts.
The original flipside the Motownesque "She's So Fine" was such an instant Northern Soul hit, it was bootlegged almost from the moment it got played on the NS scene circa 1973/4, the bootleg though, gave up dreadful sound quality, leaving the original's value intact, but demand evaporated when the DJ's dropped it off their play lists, to acquire more exclusive discs.

In 1967 The Topics came to England to endure an horrid experience of being asked to tour under a fake name. They were billed as "The Impressions" and had to learn The Impressions songs as promoter Roy Tempest raked in the proceeds. The Topics did a good job with their impersonation, as they knew and loved all The Impressions recordings. It is such a shame they couldn't perform their own work, and pull from their Chadwick, Carnival and Heavy Duty recordings. They did however return to the UK for a second tour, this time as "The Topics", but it wasn't as successful as being The Impressions.

Upon returning home one member Charlie Stodghill joined the Persuaders and was part of that huge hit "It's a Thin Line Between Love and Hate."

Before you today is their first 45, a double sider that offers, lasting recognition for these boys. A killer Northern Soul dancer with full crisp fidelity and high volume, plus a Low-rider flipside to-die-for, silky seamless vocals crocheted into a steady-stepper arrangement, perfect Sunday Chillout food the authentic Soul fan.

Two great sides in spectacular condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, partial bb drill on flipside only (see images) Full gloss, flawless mint minus vinyl. as good as it gets.

Two clean labels, partial bb drill on flipside only (see images) Full gloss, flawless mint minus vinyl. as good as it gets.

Tony Galla - "In Love" / Girls Go For Boys - Swan S-4275-I yellow & blue

Tony Galla

"In Love" / Girls Go For Boys

Swan : S-4275-I yellow & blue (45s)

The much rare YELLOW label wiuth BLUE text.

Before we start our rave about this perfect-storm, of Northern Soul. Let us again reiterate that, The "Southbound Freeway" "Revelations" Swan S-4272 that plays "Tony Galla - In Love" is a tragic case of Swan Records "MIS-LABELLING" at the pressing plant. Not the first issue at all, in fact "Southbound Freeway" are a totally different band from Michigan featuring Lenny Somberg, Marc Chover, Marty Somberg & Jimmy Moller "Revelations" is a stand-alone recording, that has nothing to do with this Buffalo, New York based Tony Galla, Anita Galla or band manager / radio DJ Joey Reynolds.

So if you're happy to own a miss-pressed 45 with the wrong labelling, read no further. As before you today, is the real-deal lounging in its rarest attire, the coveted yellow label. The correct release, pressed once the pressing plant "work-experience" apprentice got his act together and placed the correct labels in the hopper.

Before you today, is the most devilish-dancefloor-detonator in its most-elusive form. An uncompromising production of the meanest kind, brutal piano and Hammond organ rumblings, with feet twisting instrumental breaks support Tony's ferocious vocal, a booming voice matched up to the immense hammering clout of his surroundings. An explosive cocktail of clobbering piano keys and whirlwind Hammond whips up into an exemplary slab of Northern Soul Dance. Bristling with power, matched by a bellowing vocal that multiplies his muscular presence, with each verse he sings. Tony Galla's insistent torrent of love sweeps away all before it...then there's that unparalleled piano break lifting the session into one of the purest Northern Soul dancers ever made...

THIS IS REAL NORTHERN SOUL!

Condition Report

Small name BRESKY on a-side label, otherwise two clean yellow labels with crisp dark blue text. vinyl inspection reveals multiple soft surface hairlines, none of which react with the stylus, no click, crackle or pops. check out the strong beautifully clean sound fidelity. crisp, rich and clean

Small name BRESKY on a-side label, otherwise two clean yellow labels with crisp dark blue text. vinyl inspection reveals multiple soft surface hairlines, none of which react with the stylus, no click, crackle or pops. check out the strong beautifully clean sound fidelity. crisp, rich and clean

Preston Love - Tough Walk / Omaha Mash - Mexie 103

Preston Love

Tough Walk / Omaha Mash

Mexie : 103 (45s)

In July 1962 Booker T. and the Memphis Group recorded a groundbreaking R&B instrumental that took the dance clubs of the world by a storm, to remain a timeless R&B anthem that still packs the floors today.

On the West Coast a few months later in November 1962, L.A's premier sax-man collaborated with the celebrated Johnny Otis to try and emulate Stax's feat of worldwide success with "Green Onions". Although this meaty equally convincing R&B journey, plays out the same persuasive ingredients, it fell flat on its face to become one of the rarest R&B instrumentals, it is humanly possible to own.

Johnny Otis's street-level label "Mexie" was only able to achieve a meagre 3 releases in 1962 before going defunct, every record after the first hopeful release by "Hannibal" is on the "vinyl impossible" list, even Johnny's daughter Laura was unable to achieve Radio airtime or distribution for her only 45, number two in the series and dog rare!

This Preston Love recording was Mexie's no. 3 and last release, an awesome runaway-truck, fully loaded Hammond R&B, pelted with blues guitar pulses, with a magnificent Preston Love saxophone intrusion, that blows a crater of inspiration right in the middle of this already invasive tune. Dare we say it's a stronger dancer than "Green Onions? I dare, but nobody can deny it is at least every note as good, even if Johnny & Preston arguably plagarised Jackson, Booker T. Jones, Steinberg, Steve Cropper's monumental jam session.

"Tough Walk" didn't sell a bean, now sitting in obscurity, in the rarest of the rare category, waiting for a DJ with enough nous to recognize its glaring potential for a massive dancefloor reaction and immediate DJ kudos.

Our first copy ever, and it's blown me out of my seat! Listen and prepare to be amazed...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss, play perfect mint minus vinyl. an archive copy.

Two clean labels, full gloss, play perfect mint minus vinyl. an archive copy.

Chris Clark and The Four Tops- Sweeter As The Days Go By / 1965 10" Jobette acetate - Motown acetate

Chris Clark with The Four Tops

Sweeter As The Days Go By / blank:

Motown: 10" acetate (10")

Motown scholars here is a fabulous pierce of Hitsville history!

Unissued December 7th. 10" Motown studio acetate by the Motown's blonde bombshell from Los Angeles.

Recoat x 4 written on the December 1965 dated label, as the Motown Friday review board dismiss this stunning girl-version Marc Gordon and Frank Wilson composition that Frank himself and The Four Tops recorded.

Exemplary girl vocal Motown, produced most likely by Berry Gordy himself, who took personal charge of Chris Clark's early recording sessions. It was considered for possible V.I.P. release after the Los Angeles office prepared the song, Hal Davis and Marc Gordon constructed this gorgeous floater for Chris's expressive vocal, brilliantly cradled by considerate silky Four Tops male-harmony vocals, then elevated by a searing sax-break. A typical Motown approach..

Classic style seamless Motown, a briefly scheduled V.I.P. release that just never materialized.

Condition Report

Recoat x 4 written on the label, direct cut playing surface is a strong clean mint minus, revealing only the merest soft storage hairlines when angled in the light.

Recoat x 4 written on the label, direct cut playing surface is a strong clean mint minus, revealing only the merest soft storage hairlines when angled in the light.

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