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Laura Lee - To Win Your Heart / So Will I -  Tamla Motown TMG 831 DJ

Laura Lee

To Win Your Heart / So Will I

Tamla Motown : TMG 831 DJ (45s)

A squeaky clean 1972 green & white promo copy of this much-loved Northern Soul anthem, that pleasured the pioneering MODS at The Twisted Wheel during the birth of this timeless scene.

Towards the end of 1971 EMI were becoming fully aware of the now emerging above ground Northern Soul scene and the passion for back-catalog and rare USA 45's that they had under their control. EMI had already release the instrumebtal after-thought "Festival Time" which Ric-Tic released straight after Laura Lee's magnificent vocal version of Joanne Bratton and Linda Bunten's portrayal of a girl's desperation to win her chosen man. An unusual thing for a record company to do, release a vocal take, then the very next moment release the instrumental backing track. But it happen to be a stroke of genius as both 45;'s were very well received. Both 45 enjoying raptuous response in the English all-nighters of the time.

The instrumental is today considered a Northern Soul theme tune of huge repute. With Laura Lee's original vocal version a guaranteed floorpacker for over five decades. Such was the magic the sound of Ric-Tic was delivering. Little wondr Bery Gordy decided to buy them out, not only because they were racking up,strong sales. But also some of their artists were becoming big stars of the soul sound.

Before you today is a classic in gorgeous green & white clothes, that triggers the very finest Northern Soul euphoria every time.

Condition Report

Fine clean unblemished green and promo labels, vinyl has reveals good gloss ad only the merest sleeve storage hairlines, looks and plays beautiful.

Fine clean unblemished green and promo labels, vinyl has reveals good gloss ad only the merest sleeve storage hairlines, looks and plays beautiful.

Attractions - You Don't Know Boy? / Think Back - June Bug YB 697

Attractions

You Don't Know Boy / Think Back

June Bug : YB 697 (45s)

A 45 that offer Chicago girl-group Soul at its most impressive.

The top-side belts out fearsome girl-group harmony Northern Soul woven into a killer NS dance arrangement. Typically assembled by those talented guys at Trans World Sound under the guidance of Claude Johnson. A team who provided so many enviable Northern Soul tracks for The Mandells under the gifted guidance of Claude Johnson. Syvester Richardson, Wilbur Johnson all pulled together on this one-off "June Bug" tribute to the tragic death of Claude "June Bug" Johnson. No other 45 was released on this imprint to my knowledge, presumable out of great respect for Claude.

"You Don't Know Boy" takes to the air on a whirlwind of strings, punchy drumming, smooth but potent brass. Invites a begging sister vocal to explain why her constantly AWOL boyfriend had to be let him go. Her beseeching vocal rides a pacey dance production enriched by the rest of The Attractions team cooing in agreement, rested by a killer honking-horn break bridging this top-flight dancer together.

The flipside "Think Back" is a harmony group delicacy saturated in sultry girl vocals who's presence demands your full attention. Cutting strings again stir up an atmosphere of young girl's despair, so distressed at her impending break-up, her voice quavering as she pleads for a reconsideration. After all the trust she put in him. One of the most mood changing girl-group steppers of them all. NO wonder this disc is so very sought-after, a double helping of girl group Chicago, with few comparisons.

TOP-DRAWER... which ever side you choose to spin...


The flipside "Think Back" a glorious Sister harmony stepper was written by Wilbur's brother Claude, you can imagine that devastating blow losing Claude to the very existence of The Mandells and indeed the Trans World Sound label. after 1974 the Trans World Sound set-up went dormant.

Condition Report

Just stunning, perfect condition. As good as it gets.

Just stunning, perfect condition. As good as it gets.

Jackie Lee - Darkest Days / One For the road - ABC 11146 DJ delta 73393

Jackie Lee

Darkest Days / One For The Road

ABC: ABC 11146 DJ delta 73393 (45s)

One of my all-time personal favourite Northern Soul evergreens! Guaranteed to give the listener an uplift.

From Los Angeles where this masterpiece failed to register to surface in the West Midlands of England to receive the adulation it so deserved. A Carl "farmer" Dene discovery that swept the country, rising to become an anthem at all the leading clubs of the time.

It was inspired determination after some dark times & barren years that crafted this blinding recording.

After riding a crest of wave in the late 50's thru to the mid-60' Earl Nelson experienced rather testing times at Mirwood Records, where between himself & Bob Relf they racked up hit after hit, allegedly with very little recompense for their huge contribution. In the autumn of 1968 Jackie Lee was indeed in his "Darkness Days". in limbo after Mirwood Records ha drw=awn it's last breath. With the label winding down to only a one solitary release in 1967 and only two in 1968, none of them Jackie's. 1965/66 being Mirwood's golden years & Jackie their golden boy.. the whole of 1967 and most of 1968 Mirwood hit a drought of material.

On the back of this, allegedly Charles Jones pulled together lyrics, that reflected Jackie's situation. Collaborating with partner Bob Relf and the two greatest Soul producing talents Los Angeles had to offer. Fred Smith and the gifted James Anthony Carmichael pooled resources to craft a Northern Soul masterpiece. That became a Golden Torch anthem; so much so Nottingham's "Select-A-Disc" on Arkwright Street, the Cellar Record bar an oasis for Soul collectors throughout the early 70's commissioned ABC/Dunhill for a re-issue.

The reissue carried a new delta # of 85897, but still today still commands a 3 figure sum even though it was pressed 3 years after the original..

So before you today is a stunning Northern Soul created by L.A.'s finest, with their back's to the wall, in search of a resurrection. But sadly it never happened.. another gem that fell through the cracks into neglected obscurity..

Listen to hear what teetering on the brink of possible career ending times, how talented people rise again when determined talents meet in one room.

Ear-pricking solitary guitar plucks, castanets make for an iconic intro.. a pleading Jackie Lee serves up a determined beseeching performance; softened by shrill girl choruses that fill your being with inspirational thoughts. A bank of strings lift the song into the Heavens, the studio girls rain sympathetic choruses upon Jackie Lee's cutting-edge vocal before it fades away!

UTTERLY BRILLIANT!! and this is the piannacle choice to own it in; First press promo from September 1968 ABC 11146 DJ delta no. 73393

Condition Report

A-side label has the tiny word "soul" just under the release number otherwise two clean promo label. Vinyl revealing only minuscule signs of sleeve storage, NO stylus fatigue from the NS circuit, a fine clean copy from a collector..

A-side label has the tiny word "soul" just under the release number otherwise two clean promo label. Vinyl revealing only minuscule signs of sleeve storage, NO stylus fatigue from the NS circuit, a fine clean copy from a collector..

Debbie Dean - Stay My Love / Why Am I Loving You - V.I.P. 25044 DJ

Debbie Dean

Stay My Love / Why Am I Loving You

V.I.P.: 25044 DJ (45s)

Before you is the 1968 RCA mastered promo copy that gives up the killer flipside "Stay My Love" as well as the much-loved"Why Am I Lovin' You" one of the first non-British released Motown dancers to capture the imagination of the Northern Soul scene.

The stock copy of V.I.P. 25044 was at the time so rare "Stay My Love" never got played, "Why Am I Loving You " featured on Simon Soussan sales cassette whilst "Stay My Love" didn't, it was not until the late 70s that I ever knew "Stay My Love" existed, let alone heard it. The strange thing was 90% of the promo copies do not feature this stunning flipside, so "Stay My Love" would stay off the radar of the Northern Soul dancer. Since those pre-internet days it has become something of a cult Motown treasure. From the first white lady to ever have a release a single for Motown Records.

Jimmy Dean & the Dennis Lussier (aka Deke Richards) combine on both sides encapsulating the Motown Sound completely. We know Discogs credit Debbie Dean as the writer, I for one think it's James Anthony Dean not Debbie who collaborated with Lussier on Debbie first Motown release for 5 years. Most likely her long absence, prevented Motown putting any promotional muscle behind this 45, even omitting the best side from the vast majority of the promo's sent out to radio stations, this was sadly to be Debbie's swansong for Motown, but what a way to go...

Leaving true Motown maniacs and Northern Soul addicts, with not one but two sides to lust after. Now listen to archetypal Motown that will pull on all your inbred Motown yearnings..

Surely "Stay My Love" only requires a few Northern Soul outings to be sitting up there alongside, the other NS Motown greats... Whilst "Why Am I Loving You" always without fail sets my spine tingling...

Condition Report

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, very nice coopy indeed

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, very nice coopy indeed

Sunday - Where Did He Come From / Ain't Got No Problems - Alteen AL 9631

Sunday

Where Did He Come From / Ain't Got No Problems

Alteen : AL 9631 (45s)

The ultimate girl vocal Sunday chill-out groove, backed up by a fabulous horn propelled Northern Soul dancer. Two killer Chicago sessions on one 45.

We're not just listing this disc on these pages because it's on the first Chicago label, before Chess 2074 . We are also not listing this double-hitter because it is very challenging to acquire a clean copy. We have listed this 45, because the shifting-sands of the Rare Soul scene has elevated the beautiful flipside to the play-side of choice for the DJ to spin. Rather like The Webs on Popside 4595 becoming Carib/Island/Low Rider preference, interest has rocketed in this sensual Sister stroller too that instantly grabs at your heart.

Considerate horns open the way for voice from Soul Heaven. Subtle horn, gliding trumpet notes cradle Sonday Williams's delicate pleas, until the whole recording is lifted yet again by her teammates silky choruses. , elevate the session into Soul greatness. A Sunday-chill anthem of the highest quality.

"Ain't Got No Problems" has of course been a well respected Northern Soul tune for decades, without anyone really taking much notice of the flip... but as the Rare Soul scene spreads it's wings worldwide and different styles from dedicated DJ start to enjoy cult-followings at ground-breaking clubs like Carib Soul, Diggin Deeper, Tuff Love etc. both sides can now be equally appreciated.

This style of Soul is starting to blossom in the Sunday chill events.. but if the crowd start to feel a little sleepy, just drop on the other side.. electric Northern Soul dancer from the delicious voice of Sonday Williams willl soon have them up on their feet. Two very classy sides from Chicago.

Condition Report

unusually clean "pink" colour schemed labels. Vinyl carries good gloss, revealing some light storage blemishes on the "Where Did He Come From" plays superbly clean. Flip it over for the dance side has a a tiny scuff on the intro, a couple of click on the intro, the rest of the disc is mint minus and plays so.

unusually clean "pink" colour schemed labels. Vinyl carries good gloss, revealing some light storage blemishes on the "Where Did He Come From" plays superbly clean. Flip it over for the dance side has a a tiny scuff on the intro, a couple of click on the intro, the rest of the disc is mint minus and plays so.

Jimmy Mack - My World Is On Fire / Go On - Palmer P-5019 DJ

Jimmy Mack

My World Is On Fire / Go On

Palmer : P-5019 DJ (45s)

Whilst "My World Is On Fire" has since 1973 been heralded a Northern Soul trophy, a timeless anthem that epitomizes the challenges the serious Northern Soul collectors have to overcome during the journey of amassing an enviable collection of the "classics" but also is the perfect example of the extreme energy showered upon the crammed dancefloors, during those NS golden years of the 70's.

"My World Is On Fire" encapsulates ever ingredient truly great Northern Soul should be made up of.. lift off, is an explosion of insistent girls group choruses, welcoming JImmy Mack's snarling desperation, landscaped with swirling high octane strings section, relentless rattling drums. Milke Terry pulls in the kitchen-sink for this one, fusing it all together into a torrent of Detroit exuberant enthusiasm.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at its most magnificent! but..

In total contrast the cult followed flipside "Go On" sends shiver straight through me, an infinitely superior Michigan mid-tempo. That stands up against any of the most desirable, mid-paced gut-wrenchers the scene can offer. For me, easily in the same class as Jimmie Bo Horne - Just Can't Speak, Johnnie Mae Matthews, Buddy Smith, George Lemons or anything else you care to mention. "Go On" also shimmers with that inspirational quality only a few recordings can trigger.

Mike Terry calls upon a sympathetic guitar intro, to prepare us for a defiant vocal; as Jimmy's patience snaps, challenging his girl's threatened departure, with the ultimate response.

"Go On" walk out the door, "Go On" Baby I Don't Love You No More ... just "Go On" ... "Girl There's Something I Want To Tell You ! Don't Move!" he commands... the story has by now completely shackled your attention, painting a picture of a man who's utterly had enough, you can't help but admire his long overdue decision and the final outcome. Soulful storytelling at it's most riveting.

Mike, as always liberally decorates the background with the popping precision with his saxophone, blown in unison with a constant drumstick rim-shot, dance pulses just ripple on through. This is Northern Soul genius at work crafting an awesome piece of work, that just seeps deep into your head.

AWESOME ! in fact AWESOME x 2

Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, super clean cherished vinyl revealing only the merest, occasional sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light. As you can hear fidelity is flawless.

Two flawless promo labels, super clean cherished vinyl revealing only the merest, occasional sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light. As you can hear fidelity is flawless.

Sam Moore - Give You Plenty Lovin' / Tennessee Waltz - Atlantic 45-2762

Sam Moore

Give You Plenty Lovin' / Tennessee Waltz

Atlantic : 45-2762 (45s)

RAREST OF THE RARE!

The very rarest Atlantic Soul 45 by quite some distance and it is utterly BRILLIANT!

Way beyond rare! Initially thought to be unreleased, with promo only "Tennessee Waltz" mono / stereo both sides being pressed. Recorded at Muscle Shoals 1970 by three of the studios stalwarts Dave Crawford, Brad Shapiro and Wade Marcus. As Muscle Shoals Alabama leaves the 60's decade with Sam Moore at the mike and these three virtuoso's constructing the most perfect Northern Soul dancer featuring the hints of the 70's Soul this legendary studio were about to create.

Subtle bongo intro, squealing Soul Sisters choruses, a full string section, horns, relentless guitar pulses, screaming saxophone intrusions; all woven together to accommodate that rasping seasoned know-how from Sam Moore. Be prepared to be carried away on wave of joyous Soul of the like you may not have encountered before, as Sam rises to the occasion becoming more and more persuasive as the session unfolds. Building up momentum that leaves the dancer or the listener in a state of Northern Soul bliss, by the finale of this astonishing recording.

WHAT A TUNE!! an off-the-scale rarity and insanely good and this is one of only a handful known. IT ticks all the boxes.
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Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl, to locate the few blemishes you will need to angle in the light.

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl, to locate the few blemishes you will need to angle in the light.

Ruby Winters - Better / I Want Action - Diamond D-230 DJ

Ruby Winters

Better / I Want Action

Diamond : D-230 DJ (45s)

After the promise Ruby displayed with her first recording in 1966 "In The Middle Of a Heartache" born of her hometown Cincinnati, Ohio, Diamond' Records assembled an impressive in-house studio team, benefiting from the addition of Los Angeles wonder-arranger Rene Hall. Together they construct two real winners for 25 year old Ruby to launch herself into. The chosen A-side was the vibrant "I Want Action" that received a lot of club attention in the early days, from it's very elusive and all too brief British Stateside release.

"I Want Action" is real-deal girl Northern Soul, a potent production full of girl choruses helping the raucous-Ruby to scream her way through this bludgeoning full orchestra supported dancer. You can hear why it was much-loved back-in-the-day. A proper sister-stomper!

But it was the much classier flipside that caught the dancefloor's imagination a decade later with "Better" quickly hitting the heights of "timeless NS classic" acclaim. As brutal power neatly folded into a sophisticated meandering brass-saturated Rene Hall arrangement. A mid-pace marvel of Hall's conducting skills. You can't help but fall in love with "Better" as it glides from the speakers boosted by thundering booming horns. Cooing girls, a throaty Ruby convinces with her womanly advice. "Better To Be A Poor Man's Joy, Than A Rich Man's Toy".

Subtly magnificent Northern Soul, that you can never tire of encountering its addictive seamless flow.

But then if you require being jolted back into stompsville.. just flip it over.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, a Chicago distributor label on the "I Want action" plug side. "Better" label is clean. Vinyl is carries good gloss, revealing light storage hairlines that do not show in the recording. plays as you can hear crisp clean and LOUD!

Two clean promo labels, a Chicago distributor label on the "I Want action" plug side. "Better" label is clean. Vinyl is carries good gloss, revealing light storage hairlines that do not show in the recording. plays as you can hear crisp clean and LOUD!

Barbara Banks - Ain't I Worth A Dime / blank - Stea-Phillips acetate no. 1  + Barbara Banks - L:ivin' Love / blank - 2 x Stea-Phillips 10" acetates.

Barbara Banks

1. Ain't I Worth A Dime / blank / 2. Livin' Love / blank

Stea-Phillips : 2 x Stea-Phillips 10" acetates. (10")

Two unique 1965 10" acetates from Bob Crewe sent to British EMI with a few to enticing a 45 release or at least EMI present it to one of their artists to do a cover version of either of these two sumptuous New York recordings. Neither of these two intended offerings happened. Here they are still housed in the protective 10" EMI poly-lined sleeve they were archive in in 1965. Needless to say the both acetates are in miraculous mint minus condition. Two breathtaking artifacts that rise up into the realms brilliance once the needle is dropped onto their previously neglected surfaces.

ACETATE ONE Barbara Banks - Ain't I Worth A Dime - has in recent times found new adulation among discerning DJs and serious collector, another New York songbird under the guidance of Bob Crewe and his dream team. Here with her debut 45, the original version of Laine Hill's "Ain't I Worth A Dime". A mid-paced Soulful floater of the highest quality; considered an "Island Soul" "Beat Ballad Heaven" Grail with Herb Bernstein's calculated arrangement the perfect beseeching backdrop for Ms Banks to stroll through. Bernstein's genius of guiding celestial girl choruses through a maze of strings, horns, plucking notes of Harp, suddenly bombarded with a crashing kettle drum outburst; Bernstein then contrasting the crescendo with a swirling clarinet breeze, lifting this session into true greatness. As an exasperated girl asks her boyfriend "Ain't I Worth" - the heartbreaking realization - the cost of a phone call.

A shade better than Laine Hill's second take on this great song a year later, Barbara's original is drenched in subtleties that bring you back for more than one listen, as this atmospheric stepper washes its charm all over you.

One of my all-time favourite Soul Girl moments created by a gifted New Yorker who never fails but to impress.

ACETATE TWO is another subtle girl stroller "Livin' In Love" from the pen of Tash Howard, with again Herb Bernstein taking charge of studio proceedings and again serving up a classy example of the new York girl-sound that was copied the world over. Again fully cradled by a gentle wave of girl-group choruses. Plucking violins, a breezy flute takes to the air, a tinkling piano layers the flow; with Barbara's consummate vocal sounding every note a superstar as she strolls through another full orchestra arrangement with majestic ease...

TWO ACETATES to be sold as a pair in archive condition, still housed in the original EMI 10" poly-lined sleeves they were foiled away in in 1965.

To be sold as a unique pairing that should never be parted. A testament to an era that will never be repeated, and to a arranger/producer who has lived in the shadows of Bob Crewe for too long.

Condition Report

totally immacuate in every way...

totally immacuate in every way...

Eddie Boyd - Hush Baby, Don't You Cry /Came Home This Morning - Chess 15873

Eddie Boyd and his Chess Men

Hush Baby, Don't You Cry / Came Home This Morning

Chess: 1573 (45s)

Elusive Jumpin' Chicago Blues from 1954, an elusive 45 that has been finding it's way onto the playlists of a few of the most influential European R&B DJs.

Both sides written by the talented pianist Eddie Boyd, who opens this session with a deceptively lazy tickling of the keys, but soon piano that picks up the pace, with His Chess Men injecting a swinging Saxophone, double-bass pulses force their way through, Eddie ratchets up the piano rhythms, the sax goes starts to take centre-stage and it all starts to Rock. Unstoppable, joyous upbeat R&B dancer just built to bring the house down.

The flipside also showcase Eddie's driving piano skills, the same intrusive saxophone, with Eddie this time becoming much more expressive with his voice, deliberately snarling and intrusive. A killer break involving the happy marriage of the piano and the saxophone is torn apart by a virtuoso display of Blues guitar.

Two cool sides on one disc.

Finding these early 50's Chicago 45s is clean condition, is not only extremely challenging, but also pleasing to acquire vintage Chess, clean and free of background hiss. This disc was a great warehouse find.

We doubt you'll locate as finer copy, anytime soon.. do not pass by if you fully appreciate early 50s R&B dance.





Condition Report

Strong clean labels, no storage fade to the silver-top, no ring wear that can plague these early 50's Chess 45s. Astonishing vinyl, still carries full gloss revealing only feeble fine sleeve storage hairlines. As you can hear it plays beautifully clean. A standout copy, still housed in it's original birth-sleeve.

Strong clean labels, no storage fade to the silver-top, no ring wear that can plague these early 50's Chess 45s. Astonishing vinyl, still carries full gloss revealing only feeble fine sleeve storage hairlines. As you can hear it plays beautifully clean. A standout copy, still housed in it's original birth-sleeve.

Sly & The Family Stone - Dance To The Music / Let Me Hear It From You - Columbia DB 8369

Sly & The Family Stone

Dance To The Music / Let Me Hear It From You

Columbia : DB 8369 (45s)

WITHDRAWN first mix!

1968 UK release press that was withdrawn by EMI within a few days. CBS took over the "disputed" rights to be moved onto the burgeoning "Soul" market with their R&B dedicated label "Direction" on which "Dance To The Music" became a monster Soul Club hit, Youth Club favourite and mobile-Disco smash!! But using a revamped version, NOT this original take.

Anybody over the age of 50 will be rocketed back to euphoric recall of their formative years the moment those explosive horns unleash the intro, for insane guitars and exuberant chants and screams as "The Family Stone" inflame a barrage of Californian Bay Area Funk/Soul the like of which had never been heard before!!

But wait ..!! This British EMI withdrawn "Dance To the Music" is a completely different mix to the Direction "hit" that CBS put out.

Not only the British first press, not only withdrawn after just a few days BUT A TOTALLY different mix to the one we all know and grew up with.

Little wonder this 45 is considered a top-collectors-piece by dedicated British Soul scholars.

Click the soundfile and taste the difference!!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact. vInyl reveals multiple light surface marks, but as you can hear the music powers through loud and clear. visually vg+ plays much, much better.

Two clean labels, 4 prong die-cut centre intact. vInyl reveals multiple light surface marks, but as you can hear the music powers through loud and clear. visually vg+ plays much, much better.

Jack Montgomery - Don't Turn Your Back On Me / Never In a Million Years - Barracuda WO 2-8030

Jack Montgomery

Don't Turn Your Back On Me / Never In a Million Years

Barracuda : WO 2-8030 (45s)

A superb example of this dark and lonely journey into Detroit Northern Soul, delivered by the most magnificent voice of Marvin Jones, one of the great losses to Soul when he died at the tender age of 40.

Having said that Don Mancha's prodigy released far too few 45's considering his undeniable vocal-prowess. Only 3 three times in the 60's his first in 1966 through 1969 he was captured on 45. Frustration against this bewildering isolation, triggered him to finance, produce, arrange, write and sing his own D.I.Y. disc on Auston's in the early 70's, the poignant "Beauty Isn't Born" was to be his final of his meager 45 releases.

4 45's and this man is heralded as a Northern Soul icon, every 45's a treasure and a benchmark for other Soul vocalists to be measured by, very few come even close to comparing to his ability to convey beseeching despair in such a rich flow of need. Listen and weep as "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" paints a picture of a man in urgent need of reconciliation.

Witness this rich, now matured 25 year old vocal, conjuring up vision of a broken man on his knees, imploring forgiveness. Who could not forgive that voice? Pouring out the most beseeching message imaginable, when the brief male vocal group response, comes in right at the end, we hear a stroke of studio genius from Don Mancha, Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey .

This is the very pinnacle of Detroit Northern Soul but not as we usually know it... not overlooking the slick archetypal Motor City instrumental underlining Dennis Coffey's talent sitting on the flipside

Condition Report

two clean bright yellow labels, the strong gloss vinyl has only very fine soft multiple hairlines revealed when angled under direct light. S you can hear both sides play crisp and clean.

two clean bright yellow labels, the strong gloss vinyl has only very fine soft multiple hairlines revealed when angled under direct light. S you can hear both sides play crisp and clean.

Andrea Henry - I Need You Like a Baby / The Grass Is Greener - MGM K 13895

Andrea Henry

I Need You Like a Baby / The Grass Is Greener

MGM : K 13895 (45s)

An opportunity to acquire a sizzling-sister Northern Soul anthem for an affordable price. As condition is not up to our usual high scrutiny entry level. Please check soundfile and images carefully, you could very well end up with a Detroit delight for a fraction of it's perceived value. The OCD Northern Soul collectors will certainly give this one a swerve. (see condition report)

Producer Herman Griffin revisits his 1967 session with Ja Neen Henry the "Janice" 45, that slipped out unnoticed in New York on the Roulette label. But Griffin having faith in the this great song from the desk of Dale Warren. Herman summoned up a remake again using a hopeful Detroit songbird Ja Neen, who sadly only released 3 45's of her own. The second attempt at this great song is truly stunning, but Herman decided on releasing "I Need You Like a Baby" on the flipside of another typically Detroit Northern Soul groove. In fact back at the beginning for Andrea's British Northern Soul journey "The Grass Is Greener" was the chosen side to play, with "I Need You Like a Baby" only coming through as tastes leaned more towards silkier Northern Soul grooves.

and "silky" this certainly is, Griffin conjures up a cocktail of simplistic piano notes, triumphant horns and swirling strings to build a lush landscape for Ja Neen to weave her sweet voice into, elvated even further when Griffin adds the starkly contrasting male-vocal choruses; the whole recording unfolds into NS brilliance.

Both sides sashay with class, "The Grass Is Greener " would be an eye-brow raising choice for a lockdown-internet display of pushing the boundaries. A long forgotten tune that certainly deserves a way overdue NS renaissance.

Two really cool tunes, underling the wealth of talent on hand in Detroit during the 60's Motor City Soul explosion.



Condition Report

Two clean stock copy labels, no writing, stickers, tears or any other devaluing flaws other than mild storage. A-side VINYL has some masterplate surface flaws, a small area of surface spotting that doesn't spoil the sound as the stylus glides through with just the occasional dull background pop, that becomes totally lost in the music. towards the end there is another masterplate "bump" that gives up a dull thuds as the ending draws in. Listen carefully as there are some light light ticks triggered by the surface marks also. but to be honest none of these many marks does not spoil my enjoyment or indeed likely to spoil the dancefloor's reaction to a truly superior Detroit delicacy. B-side VINYL has a flaw free masterplate, has multiple light marks tat causes occasional light background ticks.

Two clean stock copy labels, no writing, stickers, tears or any other devaluing flaws other than mild storage. A-side VINYL has some masterplate surface flaws, a small area of surface spotting that doesn't spoil the sound as the stylus glides through with just the occasional dull background pop, that becomes totally lost in the music. towards the end there is another masterplate "bump" that gives up a dull thuds as the ending draws in. Listen carefully as there are some light light ticks triggered by the surface marks also. but to be honest none of these many marks does not spoil my enjoyment or indeed likely to spoil the dancefloor's reaction to a truly superior Detroit delicacy. B-side VINYL has a flaw free masterplate, has multiple light marks tat causes occasional light background ticks.

Little Stanley - The Stran / Wanted - Vance DV 00111

Little Stanley

The Stran / Wanted

Vance: DV 00111 (45s)

HIgh-Octane growling Northern Soul from the "Bay"

The summer of 1967 Stanley Lippet recorded his third 45 with Oakland's entrepreneurial music man Dick Vance for his Vance Record Co.

Just like his previous sessions with Dick, "Out Of Sight Loving" etc, again Vance summons up explosive horns filling the space with barrages of brass, driving ittle Stanley snarling enthusiasm at foot-to-the-floor pace. Dick Vance attempted to catch hold of USA "Dance Craze" phenomena with a "new Dance" called "The Stran". Like all "Vance" 45's this received only limited promotion and meager pressing numbers. Another Bay Area rarity was born, on his eye catching yellow label that always causes a flutter of the heart on the few occasions the bname Vance surfaces.

This is uncompromising battle-cry Northern Soul from start to finish this is a take no prisoners stomper, ratcheted up yet another notch by a pumping bass-guitar pulse in the mid-flow.

Proper Northern Soul, on a proper rare label just shuddering with power, attitude, angst and determination.. a destroyer of NS allniter floors, every time!

PS the flipside is considered a Deep soul treasure.. as a breathless Stanley lays bare his loneliness wandering through a maze of vibes...

Condition Report

Two bright clean yellow labels, both totally unblemished. Vinyl has full gloss, just a couple of fine storage hairlines reveled when angled in the light. strong mint minus.

Two bright clean yellow labels, both totally unblemished. Vinyl has full gloss, just a couple of fine storage hairlines reveled when angled in the light. strong mint minus.

Michael D. There Ain't Nothing To It / All Is Lost - Key 101

Michael D.

There Ain't Nothing To It / All Is Lost

Key : 101 (45s)

R&B dance motivator at it's very rarest. A torrent of Hammond and saxophone driven Texas R&B is about to gatecrash your space.

An extremely rare, cult appreciated Tittyshaker of immense power. From the streets of Houston, a hideously elusive local D.I.Y project from Michael D. Perkins; who ensures he crams every possible component into the production, lifting his writing with a rumbling keyboard display, embellished by insistent call and response choruses, brilliantly bridged by a wicked saxophone break; whilst that relentless Hammond whirls away in the background. An explosive fusion, that s you just can't ignore, the extreme energy injected into this unique session is near overpowering.

Popcorn flavoured R&B don't get no more powerful than this. The muscular landscape is brilliantly rained upon by both girl & male choruses, answering Michael D.'s insistent lead. A down n' dirty saxophone is the perfect compliment to that dark cavernous keyboard mastery. Unlike any other R&B tune I've heard before, completely capturing my attention as I can only imagine the effect it would have within a packed R&B dedicated club. As it mercilessly bludgeoning the dancers with its booming presence. Such an incendiary dancefloor device I've not had the likes of hearing before.

Another recording of extreme qualities hidden away on the flipside of a non-starter, which has over the years made 45 an off-the-scale R&B rarity.

Do not pass by, play again if the soundfile has left you, like me, totally breathless!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing just a few sparse sleeve storage surface hairlines under light. plays crisp, clean and true.

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing just a few sparse sleeve storage surface hairlines under light. plays crisp, clean and true.

Patrick Allen - Groovy Feeling / same: instrumental - K&B KB 5540

Patrick Allen

Groovy Feeling / same: instrumental

K&B : KB 5540 (45s)

Very elusive 1977 session from Reggae producer Wesley Brooks.

Both Wesley Brooks & Patrick Alley in 1977 were heavily entrenched into Reggae & dub. Briefly crossing over into Soul, deciding to implement a slight name adjustment from Alley to Allen. For two guys who had been concentrating their in Jamaican music, they sure had a solid handle on the modern Soul dance sound.

Blasting brass kick starts this muscular 70's dancer, persistent tricky guitar pulses drive the modern soul vibes, with Patrick Allen's reaching vocal is peppered with stabbing horns.Joyful 70's dance music overwhelms the speakers. On it's low-run Jamaican import label it is seldom seen for sale. Even less so on this Reggae dedicated UK counterpart with self-distribution this 45 hardly left the building. Near every release on K&B is rare.

For those of you seeking seldom-seem UK 45's or indeed elusive and compelling 70's dancers, this fabulous easy-going 70's dancer born from a Wesley Brooks & Patrick Alley collaboration.. give up British high quality fidelity in its rarest form...
just like Jimmy Helms "Romeo And Juliet" here's another mid 70's British vinyl “Big Foot” to consider hunting down.

Condition Report

two perfect labels, vinyl reveals some light surface blemishes but none affecting plays. listen to the crisp, clean soundfile

two perfect labels, vinyl reveals some light surface blemishes but none affecting plays. listen to the crisp, clean soundfile

Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 USA promo - Casablanca NB 9002 DJ

Gloria Scott

What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 USA promo

Casablanca : NB 9002 DJ (LP)

A year before the "Disco" explosion started to sweep America, Barry White, Tom Brock & Gene Page collaborated to craft one of the greatest 70's Soul albums ever made. Former Sly Stone pupil and Ike & Tina Turner backing singer, Gloria Scott was the perfect voice for this magnificent journey into sumptuous-Sister-Soul.

(A Case Of) Too Much Lovemakin' was of course a Richard Searling anthem throughout the last decades of the 20th Century, a crowd-pleaser with few equals. But this album is no "one track wonder”. For me and many other fans, "That's What You Say (Everytime You Are Near Me)” is every note as magnificent. Both tracks never achieving 45 release in the USA. Whilst the equally inspiring "What Am I Gonna Do" did get 45 issue, and is now considered a crucial 70's Soul collectors item.

An album that we consider in the top five Soul masterpieces of all time. Lack of awareness, promotion and radio exposure all contributed to this LP's failure to sell, but left the record collector with a real jewel of a rarity to acquire. If original first presses are your priority .

This is an album of such great esteem, it has won Gloria Scott cult status, worldwide fame and universal appreciation. So much so she is now a resident act at Europe’s greatest Soul Weekender, Dan Dombrowe's Baltic Soul, of Hamburg, Germany, where this charismatic lady now wows the crowd every year.

EWe have soundfiled 1.(A Case Of) Too Much Lovemakin 2. "That's What You Say (Everytime You Are Near Me)” 3. What Am I Gonna Do for instant impact. But the other tracks are also killer examples of pre-disco Sister Soul.

Condition Report

A fabulous clean cover, revealing only very soft signs of storage, it is a cover that so often suffers from ring wear. NO seam splits, sticker marks or writing. Strong clean Ex + cover. Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl we can locate only a couple of fine hairlines. Plays flawless. This is certainly the finest copy I've seen in decades. A real beauty.

A fabulous clean cover, revealing only very soft signs of storage, it is a cover that so often suffers from ring wear. NO seam splits, sticker marks or writing. Strong clean Ex + cover. Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl we can locate only a couple of fine hairlines. Plays flawless. This is certainly the finest copy I've seen in decades. A real beauty.

Googie Rene - Firebird / Keep The Soul Baby -  New Bag N-102 DJ

Googie Rene

Firebird / Keep The Soul Baby

New Bag : N-102 DJ (45s)

Googie Rene the iconic stalwart of Los Angeles Jazz/ R&B for so long, famous with the Northern Soul scene for his classics "Smokey Joe's La La" "Chica-Boo"Twisted Wheel anthem in their own right. Plus of course producing Buster & Eddie on his own Class label, that also launched the meteoric career of Bobby Day.

Rafael Leon Rene better known as Googie, was a talent indeed underlined by this double serving of Latin/Boogaloo/Funk/Northern dance 45; Googie knew exactly how to incorporate as many dance genres as possible into a potent cocktail of dance, he's done it before.

In 1966 shortly after the releases of his two MOD/Northern classics "Smokey Joe's La La" and "Chica-Boo". Googie sought to launch a new venture and his "New Bag" records was born. A most colourful label compared to the plainly potrated Class imprint. New Bag was to release some real Soul, Funk, Jazz winners all carrying the Rene's stamp of inventiveness.

This eye catcher only released a handful of 45s, notably Kell Osbourne's "Small Things" and this spectacular double-display of what Rene was capable of. He leads the release with "Keep The Soul Baby" pulling from "Chica-Boo" with a brazen brass blowing, peppered by Jazz piano riffs and squealing girt responses of chanting "Keep The Soul Baby". This is every note as good as anything Ramsey Lewis ever pleasured the Northern Soul with, this session ticks all the boxes demanded for turntable action.

But for me and most other devotees of the genre "Firebird" is not only the side that demands "club" play, it is also so very "out there" outrageously inventive, it harks back to none of Googie previous classics. Giving you a refreshing this 1966 Soul /Jazz dancer so way ahead of it's time. Foot-To-The-Floor percussion, bongos, keyboard pulse fly through the air, joined by insistent vibes. Before a magical "Herbie Mann-esque" flute glides into the mix then brilliance unfolds..

A fabulous double-serving of Googie Rene a most talented writer, producer, record label owner with his most-wanted least seen 45...and I LOVE IT!

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl carries full gloss with just the odd storage blemish, plays flawless.

Two perfect labels, vinyl carries full gloss with just the odd storage blemish, plays flawless.

Ray Myers and the Shades - That's Boss / Got My Mojo Working - Gold Standard 141

Ray Myers and the Shades

That's Boss / Got My Mojo Working

Gold Standard : 141 (45s)

Seriously Rare twin-tittyshaker, on one the the record worlfd least understood labels.

From 1966 thru 1969 Zeke Clement's Nashville Gold Standard label, released a plethora of 45's for hopeful artists from all over the USA with all different styles and genres catered for. Leaving his discography littered with rare, interesting and sometimes impossible 45's to hunt. Zeke even released Edward Hamilton and the Arabians - Let Me Try - on the flipside of a Billy Joe Burnette 45. This is one very puzzling label, irresistible for the digger not to delve into.

Arguably the Gold Standard discography presents more "unknown" hopeful artists than any other 60's independent label, Zeke invited every genre and style onto his "vanity" label, with minimal pressing runs.

We are presenting today a recent "find" that instantly caught my eye with the tile "That's Boss" with "Got My Mojo Working" sitting on the flip I was hoping for an obscure R&B session. Rarity was assured this is one of the missing numbers from Zeke's label run. Number 141 seems to have no google history whatsoever.

Whether saxophone wielding Ray Myers is the same guy who ended up in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of a 7 piece heavy funk band "The Sidewinders" is unclear. What we do know is his bad in 1966 "The Shades" were rich in horns abd guitar talents. as on this "impossible" they give up two thumping example of 60's R&B Boo-Ga-Loo, deliciously crude, naive and potent.

Here's a real obscurity for those collectors and DJs seeking street level Funky/Tittyshakers with as little history as possible.

One of the very rarest 45's on a very mysterious label of over 100 different 45 releases.

Condition Report

two clean labels revealing light storage wear but all text and gold landscape clear and unfaded no ring wear. Vinyl has some multiple light hairlines, one discernible scratch that does interfere with play, occasional soft crackle, listen to the soundfile. the flipside has light hairlines but not scratches.

two clean labels revealing light storage wear but all text and gold landscape clear and unfaded no ring wear. Vinyl has some multiple light hairlines, one discernible scratch that does interfere with play, occasional soft crackle, listen to the soundfile. the flipside has light hairlines but not scratches.

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