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Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone / Big Wheel - Amy 988 DJ

Lou Ragland

I Travel Alone / Big Wheel

Amy: 988 DJ (45s)

A Northern Soul trophy that requires not a word from us..

Just to say this is NOT an aged Northern Soul DJ copy.

As you are aware a 45 hard to acquire without cue burn, two clean labels. As you see, unblemished labels, as you can hear this baby plays loud, clean & true.

Investment quality Northern Soul at it's most desirable.

Listen, look and enjoy!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side surface does reveal multiple light hairlines. none of which react with the stylus. Visually vg+, audibly Mint - Flipside surface visually vg multiple light surface marks, gives up the occasional light tick.

Two clean labels, a-side surface does reveal multiple light hairlines. none of which react with the stylus. Visually vg+, audibly Mint - Flipside surface visually vg multiple light surface marks, gives up the occasional light tick.

The Mob - The "Abandoned" Album / 18/ 08 /1971 - Motown 201571 acetate

Mob

The "Abandoned" Album / 18/ 08 /1971

Motown: 201571 acetate (LP)

Here is the fabled unissued Motown album by James Holvay & The Mob, that I had heard tale of, but never, ever expected to meet up with this solitary copy. Here it is in the flesh! and boy does it give up some delicious tracks.

Before you is an uncredited August 1971, 11 track album session, split over two 12" acetates, recorded and shelved before the finishing mix was applied. After gaining such a huge reputation for their music and live performances around Chicago they must have hoped for a Motown contract. Although this 11 track LP is a real winner, the contract never materialized and they went to MGM where their career faltered.

To our knowledge so far, research reveals; not a single recording on this "Reference Only" album reached vinyl, although a version of "MOney" did appear on the Colossus label. This 11 track "try-out" was sadly abandoned and shelved. It would seem it was a test run, to ascertain which style the lead singer was most comfortable with, under Motown mentoring.

On this 11 track "mystery" session, The Mob record 4 Motown style winners, before moving on to a few standards like "Money" "I Can Feel The Earth Move" where the producer started to inject a "rock" element into the arrangements.
But there are, on this LP four totally standout recordings where James Holvay delivers 4 big vocal Northern Soul Crossover grooves. Hear the edited samples we have recorded for you.

Track 1 . is a silky version of Bettye Swann's "Make Me Yours" is special, then elevated to another level when a signature Jr. Walker saxophone break squeals into the production. A beautifully controlled version.

Track 2.an original recording "All I Need" is another fine example of early 70's NS Crossover. Subtle brass blows, enrich this finger-clicking

Track 3. "Where You Lead" starts with a Jackson Five "I Want You Back" styled intro, an upbeat dancer with full girl-group chorus and crashing cymbals throughout.

Track 4. "Move On" (my favourite) is a delicious down-tempo big production, showcasing sublime emotional vocal, backed up by a seamless MOB vocal group back-up choruses..

The rest of the LP seems to be a hybrid of Soul / Rock testing the style this supreme vocalist is most comfortable with.

NOTE this "lost" unissued session is a truly miraculous discovery, not had my pulse racing like this for a very long time... for Motown aficiandos and Rare Soul DJ's, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a part of Motown History and a piece of the life, of one of Chicago most exciting bands ever! That James Holvay sure had a one hell-of-a voice.

Condition Report

Two totally clean Motown logo'd labels, fully titled track listings. The acetate lacquer has some fine storage surface marks, there is light crackle on some tracks. listen to the impressive soundfile of the four we've chosen.

Two totally clean Motown logo'd labels, fully titled track listings. The acetate lacquer has some fine storage surface marks, there is light crackle on some tracks. listen to the impressive soundfile of the four we've chosen.

Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 Promo Copy - Casablanca NB 9002

Gloria Scott

What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 Promo Copy

Casablanca : NB 9002 (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 albums ever made. Former Sly Stone pupil and Ike & Tina Turner backing singer, Gloria Scott was the perfect voice for this magnificent journey into silky-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.

Condition Report

fine clean vinyl that reveals hardly a blemish, and plays beautifully, Two clean labels, with no sign of spindle trails. The promo sticker cover, has light storage rub both back and front, inspect images. This is very mild, no damage or splits to the seams. Florescent pink PROMOTION ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker top right corner.

fine clean vinyl that reveals hardly a blemish, and plays beautifully, Two clean labels, with no sign of spindle trails. The promo sticker cover, has light storage rub both back and front, inspect images. This is very mild, no damage or splits to the seams. Florescent pink PROMOTION ONLY NOT FOR SALE sticker top right corner.

Skip Layne Combo -  Let's Go Some Mo' / No Mo Ya Ya - Magnetic 550

Skip Layne Combo

Let's Go Some Mo' / No Mo Ya Ya

Magnetic : 550 (45s)

It's R&B Time.. with a difference!

Skip Layne takes inspiration from Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" to construct a insane unforgettable New York session.

Ideal for those innovative DJ's who like 'em unicorn-rare and memorable.

On the a-side " No Mo Ya Ya " Skip puts everything into this weird and wonderful recording, but on the flipside when Skip's energy is sapped and his vocal backs away from the microphone. Those addictive rhythms, rise in full force and a potential Monster emerges.

a mad spoken intro gives up to some fine n'tricky plectrum work, rhythmic drumming before jazz trumpeter takes stage and lifts the session to the roof. A the combos Saxophonist goes on a trip, then a again upsaged by a fabulous display of trumpeting and off we roll on a fusion of R&B/Jazz that left me breathless.

I adore these rare and imposing instrumentals, that run again the grain of the establish Northern Soul boundaries.. but just lately those NS parameter are being pushed wider by innovative DJ's - personally I love it. I also love this mfree-flowing sound, incorporating all the right instruments to make a Soul-boy / Soul-girl sit up and take notice.

Here's another blinding rarity to join Manny Cochado - Pow-Wow, Cozy Eggleton - Sun Ray, Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale on the roster of Northern Soul rule-breakers..

but much, much rarer than any of the afore mentioned


Condition Report

A flawless copy, most likely unplayed until I found it in unfiled stock.. nice find!

A flawless copy, most likely unplayed until I found it in unfiled stock.. nice find!

Maurice Williams - Being Without You / Baby Baby - Deesu 302

Maurice Williams

Being Without You / Baby Baby

Deesu : 302 (45s)

Click the soundfile and hold on for dear life, here come a slab of Real-Deal Proper-Northern-Soul. That simultaneously triggered dancefloor mayhem in the mid-70's at Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier.

As you're transported back and into the two most vibrant Soul allnighters of the time. Inside an heated space, records of this calibre elevated these rooms into explosive atmosphere's.
Hear that intense drum-roll intro, brushed aside by a brutal barrage of brass; rumbling across the A80 towards the M62 west to "The Casino" and rebounding back again.. Those Saturday nights in 1976 thru 78, the air must have been filled with stompin' Northern Soul music wafting from east to west, with only Long-Eared Bats picking up those vital vibrations..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL! encompassing everything we love about the sound. The classic style, at it's most imposing. From the first note to the last it's a tune that galvanized two clubs and 1000's of teenagers to a lifestyle never to be eclipsed...a culture that may never die...

Having said all that.. why did we miss the rather good flipside ? "Baby Baby" is also drenched in everything required to pump up a dancefloor... a recommended surprise drop for the enterprising NS DJ

Condition Report

Two clean Gold text labels. Fine clean vinyl only revealing the lightest of surface hairlines under direct light. Plays as you hear totally clean and true.

Two clean Gold text labels. Fine clean vinyl only revealing the lightest of surface hairlines under direct light. Plays as you hear totally clean and true.

High Voltage Band - Without You / Peanuts - The First Time Recording Co. EU 725049

High Voltage Band

Without You / Peanuts

First Time Recording Co. : EU 725049 (45s)

There are rare 45's the there are unicorn-Rare records. This 1976 private press that has eluded Rare Soul DJ's and aficionados for over 40 years, certainly one that has evaded our stock during all that time. No wonder really as this century there are only two documented sales, and the last one over 8 years ago. RARE INDEED !

This insanely rare mid-paced Soulful vocal-group dancer, on the aptly named "The First Time Recording Co." suggesting a very low initial pressing run, and the subsequent disappearance into the ether of record collecting Cosmos.

If it's about DJ exclusives and serious rarity, this is Soulful Dance at the very summit of rarity, but this 45 is so much more that just "impossible" to acquire it is also a fabulous vocal-group dancer.

Take a listen to this Bob Noble D.I.Y. adventure, an instant dancer as the jangling guitar intro, hits a muscular bass-line, before a silky sooth lead vocal takes flight. Later to be joined by an ice-cold falsetto. Harmonious delivering there anguish, as the bass-guitar pulses keep the dance rhythms present throughout.

Boogie/Funk fans will enjoy the unusual flipside "Peanuts" relentless Funky rhythms serve up a "Party" groove saturated wit good breaks beats and pauses. Right in the 1976 "Disco" groove..

where as the "Without You" side is pure Soul packing huge potential for the right DJ to elevate this in value and status, that truly rare 45's all it takes is the right man behind the turntables to create a "Rare Of The Rare" monster..

especially when a 45 has over 40 years of deep-obscurity and serious rareness on it's C.V.

Condition Report

Some light surface hairlines,

Some light surface hairlines,

Isley Brothers - Who's That Lady / My Little Girl - United Artists UA 714 DJ

Isley Brothers

Who's That Lady / My Little Girl

United Artists : UA 714 DJ (45s)

1963 first version of the Isley Brothers "Who's That Lady", shimmering with Latin pulses, fired from a relentless "Cowbell" as a droning Hammond snakes through the background, laying down a rich Latin-flavoured platform for the distinctive Isley vocals to wail upon. Killer Saxophone intrusion, superbly subtle guitar picks and Bert Berns brings the thronging streets New York to your feet.

A perfectly pitched mid-tempo mover, that has been receiving applause when ever played.

A very familiar tune, as the Isley Brothers revisited their writings a decade later, editing the title to "That Lady" updating the arrangement and turning it into a huge worldwide hit. No such luck in 1963 somehow this innovative Bert Berns/Isley collaboration missed out of radio airplay and flopped into obscurity, so obscure it made it ideal for the Northern Soul turntable as "Latin" is the flavour of the decade.

Condition Report

x on a-side label, flipside label is clean. vinyl is a clean Excellent + listen to the neat clean soundfile lifted. nice promo copy in UA sleeve.

x on a-side label, flipside label is clean. vinyl is a clean Excellent + listen to the neat clean soundfile lifted. nice promo copy in UA sleeve.

Norman Johnson - Our Love Will Grow / You're Everything - Action ACT 4529

Norman Johnson

You're Everything / Our Love Will Grow

Action : ACT 4529 (45s)

First press Red & yellow swirl Action 45, giving up two giant Philly Northern Soul winners, that also enjoyed cult status on the Pittsburgh scene. .

The top side, actually the B-side when issued in the UK in 1969 "Our Love Will Grow" has long been a Northern Soul dancefloor anthem, one that carries that rare quality of not ever becoming tiresome; it's uplifting qualities, fresh to the ear every-time. As that towering vocal of General Johnson, gargles his own lyrics, in a manner no other artist could. We think that's why Norman's Johnson's voice is always so well received whether it be with The Showmen or The Chairmen Of The Board. nobody has ever got close to mimicking his style or sound.

I'm actually surprised "Norman" is not regarded as one of the greatest male voices of the last century, for me he sits in my personal top five. On these two killer recordings his long-term backing vocalists Leslie Felton, Milton Wells, Gene & Dorsey Knight.. "The Showmen" give up a heavyweight vocal-group performance, the choruses elevating (if that were possible) to an even greater plateau. No wonder then, that "Our Love Will Grow" has lived in the hearts of the Northern Soul scene for literally decades.

But what is really surprising, the original a-side "You're Everything" has to date not emulated the other sides eternal status. It is after-all every note as good, with the backing perhaps even more muscular than "Our Love". Swirling strings, bongos, a soaring "General" lead vocal, "Yah Yah Yeah Yeah" choruses from the boys, meld into a monumental slab of real-deal Northern Soul. Today it's sounds utterly awesome, surely some enterprising turntable pilot will turn this side into a monster also... it is long overdue, undeniably one of the finest Northern Soul "under-played" masterpieces of them all.

Owning it on this first press, in that superior British vinyl in flawless condition is a temptation you just cannot ignore...

Condition Report

Vinyl inspection reveals full gloss surface, the merest of sleeve storage hairlines unveiled when angled under direct light.

Vinyl inspection reveals full gloss surface, the merest of sleeve storage hairlines unveiled when angled under direct light.

Dee Edwards - All The Way Home / Love, Love, Love - D-Town 1063.

Dee Edwards

All The Way Home / Love, Love, Love

D-Town : MA-505 (45s)

We are all drawn to classic Northern Soul 45's in seldom seen formats. This title especially so, as there is a 1977 WHITE PROMO bootleg of this classic, that often erroneously gets sold as an original, as the well printed labels are quite convincing.
But the Monarch pressing delta #103288 etched into the deadwax.

This copy is the stamped ZTSC 107623 Columbia records press, top quality mastering, crystal clear audio, even though there are surface hairlines.

So now prepare yourself for James Jamerson style bass guitar intro, an invitation to dance of cannonball volley proportions. What an intro for this Detroit Diva to thread her searing emotions through. Blasting trumpets pepper the arrangement, an unstoppable fanfare worthy of this rich Mike Hanks production. Adorned with girl group choruses, rattling percussion, crafting proper, fully revved up Northern Soul. A sound that will transport you back the Golden Days of Northern Soul.

A beautiful looking rare thing in this form and giving up classic sister Northern Soul at it's most effective..

The flip is worth a listen too, top-draw Motor city girl group groove.










Condition Report

Two rich yellow labels, revealing only minor signs of careful filing. Otherwise unblemished and retaining the richness you associate with this iconic label. Free of writing, aging, fade, stickers or any other flaw affecting value.

Two rich yellow labels, revealing only minor signs of careful filing. Otherwise unblemished and retaining the richness you associate with this iconic label. Free of writing, aging, fade, stickers or any other flaw affecting value.

Terrible Tom - We Were Made For Each Other / Lovin' Cup - Maverick MA 1001 DJ

Terrible Tom

We Were Made For Each Other / Lovin' Cup

Maverick: MA 1001 DJ (45s)

Watch out Tommy Bowden is comin' at 'Cha !!

The STOCK of the Northern Soul classic with "Lovin' Copy" on the flipside has been one of the most elusive NS originals to acquire for many decades... as the PROMO copy has only "We Were Made For Each Other" on both sides..

Or has it?

Here to my astonishment is a PROMO copy with "Lovin' Cup" on the flipside - a rare variation indeed.

For those of you who seek the rarest releases we can confirm the promo with two sides is dog-rare...

If you are over 55 years of age you will no doubt have the vision the "arm raising" effect this stomper had on the crowds at Wigan Casino still embedded in your head. This is the ultimate "Woo Woo" song, that had the dancefloor wigglin' like an anglers box of maggots as you peered down from that iconic balcony. As every gyrating body in timed unison lifted their arms aloft, on the girl chorus of "Wha-whoo, Wha-Whoo".

A floor destroyer of tsunami proportions. in it;s rarest for, a promo copy with TWO sides..

Condition Report

Light surface marks, none affecting play.

Light surface marks, none affecting play.

O. V. Wright - What Did You Tell This Girl Of Mine / What About You - SUE WI 4043

O. V. Wright

What Did You Tell This Girl Of Mine / What About You

Sue: WI 4043 (45s)

Amazingly this blinding slab of Northern Soul has stayed under the radar for decades whilst almost every other Sue Soul dance recording has risen to

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, no signs of a turntable spindle trails, or any fade in the richness of the yellow or red of this legendary design.

Two perfect labels, no signs of a turntable spindle trails, or any fade in the richness of the yellow or red of this legendary design.

Mack Brown  Mystery Mistress / same: instrumental - JMC 112

Mack Brown

Mystery Mistress / same: instrumental

JMC : 112 (12" Single)

As opposed to the 4:11 minutes long 7" press. Here is the very elusive full length 12" version of 6:07.

12" aficionados and European Boogie Jocks will be fully aware of how difficult it is to acquire this 1987 12" indie in flawless condition, with the birth-cover still encased in the original shrink wrap.
If perfection is your goal whilst collecting rare 12" Boogie, this is as good as it gets.

Classy Detroit 80's dance guided by the experienced hand of Rudy Robinson, but Rudy is not the only high profile Detroiter present on this session. Prolific Motown lyricist Finis Henderson added his weight to this impressive dance session, with Barrett Strong most probably around the studio with his wealth of expertise to pull from.

The result of this small labels impressive connections, is a strong precise Boogie dancer, that is a 100 times rarer as the full length 12", than the 2 minute shortened edited 7"

Seldom coming to market, especially in this pristine condition this is 12" collecting at it's most challenging.

Condition Report

A perfect a copy as you could ever hope to encounter 31 years old and still retains the original shrink wrap, two unblemished labels and vinyl to match.

A perfect a copy as you could ever hope to encounter 31 years old and still retains the original shrink wrap, two unblemished labels and vinyl to match.

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