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Prophets - I Got The Fever / Soul Control - UK Mercury MF 1097 DJ

Prophets

I Got The Fever / Soul Control

Mercury : MF 1097 DJ (45s)

For lovers of the red & white..

Classic Northern Soul Club dancer in it's rarely seen attire. An enticing Red & White PROMO copy.

Quite a few Soul Jocks were so relieved when the inferior 1971 remake came out on Stateside. As the 1969 "Prophets" original was already a "Twisted Wheel" monster that few had in their collections. The "Creations" remake soon became the "poor man's" and DJ's must-play, a floor-packer, hugely popular All-niter/Youth Club sound. Throughout the 70's, which even triggered reissues from Nottingham based labels Black Magic & Destiny.

Few DJ's or collectors actually owned this Albany, Georgia first recording from the desk of the gifted Roy Smith. Could anyone in 1969 have known of Roy Smith's influence on Georgia blue-eyed Soul music, his "Chantain" music publishing the driving force behind the fabled and long time mysterious "Delphi" label. Oxford Nights, Prophets, The Pallbearers, O'Banion & The Features all came from the same stable, Delphi Records of Albany, Georgia. With Roy Smith being the catalyst for it's wealth of product that has teased Northern Soul collectors for decades.

This Mercury MF 1097 was Delphi's only UK release, and it took "The Wheel" by a storm. A tsunami of dance Soul, of the like never heard before... too potent for words..

In 1969 UK releases were quickly deleted, The Prophets soon followed The Flamingos, Alexander Patton, Rufus Lumley etc into the Wheel folklore of outrageously dance tunes.

Before you today is a legendary Northern Soul dance tune, in it's most desirable form, a British Red & White DEMO! In flawless condition

...just click the soundfile for your time-machine ticket to "The Wheel" and beyond.

"I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, Yes I Do"

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, free of writing, stickers, tears or stains, strong gloss on vinyl, minimal vinyl surface blemishes on the a-side, plays loud crisp and clean. (listen) The insignificant flipside, the vinyl has a few visible soft hairlines and some soft background.

two clean promo labels, free of writing, stickers, tears or stains, strong gloss on vinyl, minimal vinyl surface blemishes on the a-side, plays loud crisp and clean. (listen) The insignificant flipside, the vinyl has a few visible soft hairlines and some soft background.

Little Joe Romans - When You're Lonesome (Come On Home) / You've Got A Love - Tuff 419 DJ

Little Joe Romans

When You're Lonesome (Come On Home) / You've Got A Love

Tuff : 419 DJ (45s)

This is a 45 that sits at the absolute apex of Northern Soul White Demo collecting, a hideously RARE Northern Soul Holy Grail!

Boy oh boy, does Northern Soul anthem hunting get any more exciting than this?

No it certainly doesn't!

Especially in near perfect "impossible" condition.

Condition Report

Spectacular condition! Two immaculate white promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing on a few soft sleeve storage blemishes when angled in the light.

Spectacular condition! Two immaculate white promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing on a few soft sleeve storage blemishes when angled in the light.

Jimmy Mack - A Woman Is Hard To Understand / Hard To Understand - Hamster H 4541

Jimmy Mack

A Woman Is Hard To Understand / Hard To Understand

Hamster : H 4541 (45s)

You are viewing one of the very rarest Northern Soul originals it is possible to own... Originally a "last-hour" Blackpool Mecca spin, quickly turning into monster for the whole year; before it's untimely counterfeiting.

Right in that modern soul dance groove, that was sweeping the country; with tunes like Willie Brown - Get Out And Get It, Nate Evans - This Time With Feeling etc. that dance beat that ignore all those New York disco influences. Brave meatier productions, honkin horns, wah-wah guitar rhythms, cooing girls, subtle drum rhythms and a truly "Soulful" vocal spitting out his experiences with that unpredictable gender.

It was of course the main pulse-raiser of The Blackpool Mecca, DJ Colin Curtis who first dropped the arm on this instant Highland Room favourite; busting the place up by dropping Delray's Incorporated - Destination Unknown - straight after it..
Maybe the vision of two rare "green" labels on the turntables at the same time, was another one of Colin's teases, boggling the minds of the rubber-neckin' voyeurs trying to catch a glimpse of his relentless parade of exclusives of the time.

Maybe Soul Sam was the only Cleethorpes jock to be able to spin this one, it was silly rare in 1976... today it is Unicorn rare. Giving me so much please this week; both visually and audibly. As I can't remember the last time I heard or saw an authentic original..

The horrid low hi-fi repro copy is traceable, but let me assure you the authentic first press is beyond rare and always has been...

Condition Report

Immaculate! tip top Mint minus condition throughout reveals on the merest soft sleeve storage hairlines. Two rich green labels, no fade, just a beautiful copy.

Immaculate! tip top Mint minus condition throughout reveals on the merest soft sleeve storage hairlines. Two rich green labels, no fade, just a beautiful copy.

Sidney Hall- I'm A Lover / The Weekend - Shrine SR 109

Sidney Hall

I'm A Lover / The Weekend

Shrine: SR 109 (45s)

SHRINE TIME!

A record that really so often splits opinion, on which side to play, when and where.

Stockholm Soul Weekender DJ Karl Marthon likes to "warm up" with "I'm A Lover" - a mountainous vocal mobilisation of Sidney's "Pollard-esque" booming voice supported by Dale Warren's insistent but Heavenly girl choruses hovering aloft, soaring high above the heavy-duty, solo-stick drumming, beating time, propelling the doomed horns;, so very effective it elevates those cooing girls, from angelic songbirds into squealing, near hysteria choral responses, as Sidney turns up the power of his commanding voice.

BEAT BALLAD HEAVEN AND MORE

Whilst the renowned Midlands time-served and highly respected NS Jock, Rob Gray goes hard with a traditional Northern Soul stomper again Dale Warren enlists those highly strung ladies and pumping horns and quick-fire rattling piano keys to drive the dance pulses, whilst the Sidney Hall's snarling vocal makes sure nobody is sitting down.

Two fabulously raw "Shrine" styled Northern Soul winners on one extremely desirable disc.

For me though, it is "I'm A Lover " coming through on top, as one of the finest "NS Beat Ballads" of that era.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, see images, clean bright vinyl with hardly a blemish

Two clean labels, see images, clean bright vinyl with hardly a blemish

Carl Douglas - Serving A Sentence Of Life / Nobody Cries - United Artists UP 1206 DJ

Carl Douglas

Serving A Sentence Of Life / Nobody Cries

United Artists : UP 1206 (45s)

After honing his trade with the likes of J. J. Jackson, Sidney Barnes, Pierre Tubbs returned to the UK to work with the likes of Jess & James on MGM, Carl Douglas on Go & United Artists. With Carl in 1967 he released two 45's, that enjoyed USA release on the illustrious Okeh label. A year later, as far as the Northern Soul scene is concerned; he wrote, arranged and produced a timeless Northern Soul classic that not only did Pierre consider only worthy of a B-side slot, it also was a UK only release. (no USA release)

It didn't take long for those young NS investigators playing anything and everything they could find on British vinyl, in search of lost gems. So that new discoveries like "Serving A Sentence Of Life" would received the attention it so deserved. Soon becoming an early 70's UK Grail, high on the "dream list" of every junior-digger on his weekend vinyl truffling-trips.

I do remember those days, when countrywide, now famed diggers like Steve Glover (covering Birmingham), Tony Ellis (covering the South East), The Frost Brothers covering Leicester, Joey Dunlop covering Wales, Bunny Hewitt (covering the North East..) Dickie Watt methodically scouring the North West and beyond the Scottish borders; then there were literally hoards of others in hot pursuit of the intrepid Brian "45" Philips pillaging the shops in Greater Manchester.

Britain's market stalls, second hand shops, cut-out bins, the 100's of established TV / Electrical outlets who used to stock records were under daily siege from these young dedicates of Northern Soul.

This merry band of countrywide "diggers" were hard at work trying to discover records of this calibre. Where the production smashed home, with every dancefloor-criteria met, triggering backdrops, spins and trickery of foot whilst still sending out a Soulful message of hurt, despair, hopelessness, struggle; essential wording to be considered "Soul" sung by an admirable vocal..

Who exactly was the first person to discover this torrent of Northern Soul hidden away on a flipside, I don't know. But he knows, he will always know, the discovery records like this, hearing them for the very first time. Is for a lifelong Northern Soul digger, akin to your first time fishing with your Dad, your debut under-age pint or that first "Bike Shed" experience with Lucy Packworth...

Moments that will stay with you for life... even if a despondent Carl Douglas is serving the sentence of life, the thrill of it's discovery must have been immense... for some young chap.

Top drawer, legendary UK only Northern Soul, that started with a cursory spin of a flipside!!

Beat ballad scholars you may like to hear the big white "A" side Pierre chose to lead with...

Condition Report

Two totally clean solid centre labels, not a blemish to spoil that heart-fluttering glossy vista. Housed in a correct "Emitex" logo'd United Artists sleeve. This is a sight that many of us early 70's apprentice "diggers" dreamed of encountering, but of course I never did.

Two totally clean solid centre labels, not a blemish to spoil that heart-fluttering glossy vista. Housed in a correct "Emitex" logo'd United Artists sleeve. This is a sight that many of us early 70's apprentice "diggers" dreamed of encountering, but of course I never did.

Detroit Lad Apples - I Need Help / Precious Memories - Shotgun 203

Detroit Land Apples

I Need Help / Precious Memories

Shotgun: 203 (45s)

Yes a real one!

Only an authentic original copy, if it has a stamped in "NASHVILLE MATRIX"

A Torch & Cats total monster, that also lit up the early days of Wigan Casino, a real-deal Northern Soul instrumental.

No wonder when spoke to George Soul(e) the writer of "I Need Help" if there was ever a vocal version? He knew not a thing of what I was talking about. Mainly because he didn't write it, George Soul was a pseudonym for Carl Spelbring the composer. Who used it as a flipside for Robbie D. and The Robbettes - "Precious Memories" - the only release on J. Paul Henderson's "Shotgun" label. Utilizing both Golden, Ric Tic and Don Davis influence as he used his fluent DJ voice to rap away over the Fantastic Four's "Girl Have Pity"

"I Need Help" did originally have vocal but according to "Mr. Shotgun" himself "Paul Henderson" that was never pressed onto vinyl and the he used on his radio show tapes were lost a long long time ago.

Listen now to a heart-stopping Motor City piano pulses lay down the base for percolating horns and an intrusive rasping saxophone to move it to yet another level.

One of the most memorable real-deal Northern Soul instrumentals of them all, an emblematic NS instrumental and so damn hard to acquire as "The Real-Deal" original.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, good gloss on vinyl reveals on a few soft surface hairlines.

Two clean labels, good gloss on vinyl reveals on a few soft surface hairlines.

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

James Weeks and the Fabulous Inspirations

Maybe Tomorrow / Shotgun

Goodtime: 286 (45s)

Check this out, if you are crazy about "Crossover" and drawn to Rarest Of The Rare, here's ac mysterious Northern Soul vocal-group style.

We know so very little about the artist, the label, its origins or the year of release. The ultimate test of a truly rare 45. We presume the disc was pressed in Nashville, Tennessee circa 1970 when the prolific Precision Record pressing plant was utilizing their rich "gold" labels. But recorded in North Carolina where producer Clark Tutt stayed true to that Carolina sound, that us Northern Soul Brits so adore.

Written by the James Week himself, crafts a lilting Crossover stroller saturated with D.I.Y. authenticity and charm. James reaching vocal is cradled by an haunting distant girl-group coos hanging in the air enriching the beseeching lone voice. Simplistic but classy, as it rides an understated pulses of a bass guitar and a sympathetic Hammond organ. The intended evocative approach pulls you in as the ingredients fuse in a rippling wave of desire be home, telling his girl not to "give up" maybe tomorrow you'll see, our love is destined to be. James's own words, leave you with a sense they have come from personal experience.

Silky, simplistic North Carolina NS Crossover that has been a "ghost" on the rare-soul scene all its life - a hyper-rare recording you'll discover creeping under your skin from the first note.

Do not pass , this 45's reputation and rarity is growing by the day.

The flipside is a version of Junior Walker "Shotgun" classic, that sadly suffers from unnecessary "canned live" sound effects.. shame I bet this guy and his team would have whipped up a storm on this Jr. Walker anthem.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, plays perfect

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, plays perfect

Bobby Decker - Where Quiet Waters Flow / Where I Long To Be - Nebo Records UR-750

Bobby Decker

Where Quiet Waters Flow / Where I Long To Be

Nebo Records: UR-750 (45s)

A Pat Bleasdale spin, underling her incredibly alert awareness to give a rare 70s sleeper, a lifts.

Today an army of like minded Rare Soul DJ's are chasing this ghost. Pat knows a good one when she hears it.

Condition Report

Some mild label fade, vinyl carries strong gloss revealing only a a few soft surface blemishes

Some mild label fade, vinyl carries strong gloss revealing only a a few soft surface blemishes

Marilyn Calloway and the - Shut Up / My Lover - Ajax 200

Marilyn Calloway

Shut Up / My Lover

Ajax : 200 (45s)

Now a signature play for one of the world's most renowned young Northern Soul Jocks Jordan Wilson; now rightly considered an A-list NS DJ. Who over a decade ago brought a breath of fresh air to an almost starting to stutter scene. Along with Charles Simpson, Tom Page and other young-guns, they bring a youthful vigour to whichever club they play at, with great taste and determined selective presentation.

Jordan championing this muscular Los Angeles (Compton area) sister stomper, created by one of L.A.'s most forthright producer / writers and label owner Mel Alexander a man behind so many Los Angeles standout creations; along with talented associates like James Anthony Carmichael, Fats Washington etc. This 45 was an amalgam of artists already known to Mel Alexander but never to headline on a 45 again, so the player's identity is not so obvious. But the music created is blindingly brash Northern Soul.

After working with the likes of Frank Foster And The L.A. Untouchables, B.B. Carter, Lee Harvey, Lorenzo Manley, Billy Williams, Jimmy Preacher Ellis. It was to create a thumping application of uncompromising horns, searing girl choruses, punchy piano pulses serving up proper floor-trembling Northern Soul currently decorating so many wants lists...

"Shut Up " is killer destroyer, explosive sister Northern Soul, but do not overlook the flipside "My Lover" also drenched in that authentic local Compton, L.A. soul goodness as Marilyn lets loose once again.

Some double header this is, becoming increasingly challenging to acquire, as the ceiling of its huge potential has nowhere near been reached.

Time for ownership is now!

Condition Report

Two mint labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl - and immaculate copy

Two mint labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl - and immaculate copy

Brothers Of Soul - Hurry, Don't Linger / Can't Get You Off Of My Mind - Criss-Cross 1001

Brothers Of Soul

Hurry, Don't Linger / Can't Get You Off Of My Mind

Criss-Cross: 1001 (45s)

The rarely encountered CRISS-CROSS press

The genius of Bobby Eaton, Fred Bridges, Richard Knight

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

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