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Big Jim Signs Of Changes - Stone Born Country Boy / Anna Belle Jones - Tri-Spade 9 1103

Big Jim Signs Of Changes

Stone Born Country Boy / Anna Belle Jones

Tri-Spade : 9 1103 (45s)

A spectacular MINT MINUS copy, of this rare 45 that seems to be near impossible to acquire in clean condition.

The blistering R&B roar from Big Jim Cartwright and the equally intimidating rasping Harmonica and the cutting twang of the slide guitar make for heavy-duty R&B dance groove you just can't ignore. Cartwright wallows in his abrasive style, ramping up the croaky vocal, hatchets past the Harmonica's comfort level. Producing hard-edged R&B with cutting-edge arrogance.

"An intoxicating tune" one reviewer described it, a session the dancers could certainly get plastered by.

Rare in he extreme, especially in this mirror-like condition, carrying the bonus of another snarling Big Jim performance on the flipside, this time a mood-stroller you can actually stretch your legs out to... and absorb the stinging cocktail of Harmonica / guitar whilst Big Jim spits out his well written lyrics.

Condition Report

Two clean orange labels, no fade or stains. Telephone contact number 464-1218 at the bottom of the a-side label. Vinyl is immaculate, an archive copy thathas certainly not met a DJ yet.

Two clean orange labels, no fade or stains. Telephone contact number 464-1218 at the bottom of the a-side label. Vinyl is immaculate, an archive copy thathas certainly not met a DJ yet.

Billy Prophet - What Can I Do / Sad Sam - Sue 133 DJ

Billy Prophet

What Can I Do / Sad Sam

Sue: 133 DJ (45s)

Beyond RARE! actually beyond Rarest Of The Rare! This is the fabled August 1965 Los Angeles press - delta no. 58579 - 1/2 a lifetime has passed since we sold our last copy.

It has been nearly 30 years since we last encountered this legendary variation of a Northern Soul classic - that imprisoned the dancers at Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier & The Blackpool Mecca mid-70s but invariably it was the 1965 vinyl press out of New York that was played. I don't recall anybody who actually owned the authentic original Monarch Records pressing, back in those heady spoilt-for-choice days yore.

A listing that will alert those of you who are vigorously hunting-down the rarest incarnations of the real-deal Northern Soul anthems. An alert that should be acted upon, as the opportunity of ownership is unlikely to present itself many more times during my lifetime.

NOTE this disc is a USA find, it has had no experiences in the hands of a DJ or ever been subject to the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit. consequently not even an hint of stylus fatigue or play. Light surface marks but stunning crisp and loud playback.

Listen ad relive the golden days of our youth... but do not overlook the flipside "Sad Sam" another strong NS dancer that has also received some spins by the more adventurous DJs over the decades.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, playin surface carries strong gloss, revealing light surface hairlines

Two clean promo labels, playin surface carries strong gloss, revealing light surface hairlines

Eddie Foster - I Never Knew / I Will Wait - In 6311

Eddie Foster

I Never Knew / I Will Wait

In : 6311 (45s)

An authentic 1967 original Oakland press, another 45 that Soul Sam first introduced to a stunned Welsh boarders audience on his Thursday night Northern Soul shindigs for the locals. Martin Barnfather notches up another birth of a Northern Soul monster.

Condition Report

two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing a few soft surface hairlines, plays

two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing a few soft surface hairlines, plays

Tommy Navarro - I Cried My Life Away / Club Of Broken Hearts- De Jac 1253

Tommy Navarro

I Cried My Life Away / Club Of Broken Hearts

De Jac : 1253 (45s)

One of those uncommon Northern Soul classics, that you just can't ever tire of hearing or dancing to...

Driven by mood changing Latin rhythms, decorated with beseeching lyrics beautifully sung by a man in pain.

A New York, Phil Medley & Doug Morris collaboration that just fizzes the senses; with Tommy's silky vocal, "Cha-Cha-ing" his way through, on a wave of Bongos, Latin guitar, and cow-bell thwacks before the Matt Parson's directed barrage of brass bursts into action; the starting pistol for a bevvy of shrill girls to enter the proceedings... this adorable, huge kitchen-sink production with a wealth of dance-delights to get your body motivated.

For decades now a record you always take home, ricocheting around inside your head, with no signs of its addictive percolating "Latin" appeal ever diminishing, I'm as hooked on it today, just as much as I was the first time I heard it... many decades ago.

A Northern Soul evergreen guaranteed to jam up the dancefloor. Even if your DJ set drops into a lull, go and drop Tommy on the turntable and the the rest of night, Mr. DJ will be yours.

No forgetting the thumping stomping flipside is also worthy of your attention.

Condition Report

two clean labels, glorious full gloss mint minus vinyl. A real nice copy, seldom surface in this clean condition nowadays.

two clean labels, glorious full gloss mint minus vinyl. A real nice copy, seldom surface in this clean condition nowadays.

George Wydell - From Out Of Nowhere / I'm Gonna Cut You Loose - Tangerine Records Corporation 45-TRC-964 DJ

George Wydell

From Out Of Nowhere / I'm Gonna Cut You Loose

Tangerine Records Corporation : 45-TRC-964 DJ (45s)

A recording way ahead of it's time - made in July 1966 - it's subtleties would not be out-of-step with the finest gliding Crossover creations from beginnings of the 1970's decade. The highly accomplish right-hand man of Maxwell Davis at Kent/Modern records certainly knew how to bring together seemingly unapparent parts into one fully glorious classy floating production.

George's effortless crooning glides on a raft of shrill girl choruses, understated horns, a discreet piano all pulling you into mid-tempo gorgeousness. An awesome tune that creeps up and entraps you without warning.

The flipside comes from an opposite standpoint, same components but rattling percussion, thumping piano, squealing ladies are now right upfront, those horns now booming hard-blown and uncompromising. This is distilled Northern Soul are more used to hearing on this exciting Ray Charles imprint. a signature orchestral partition adds to the hustle and bustle of this impressive stomper. Two completely contrasting productions both with plenty to offer the NS DJ.

But for me personally "From Out Of Nowhere" is something special, drenched in unexpected quality, that in the confines of a Soul Club just perfect to submerge yourself into..

Two great sides, one elusive disc.

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest whisper of a soft hairline when angled in the light. as you can hear both sides play crisp and clean

two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest whisper of a soft hairline when angled in the light. as you can hear both sides play crisp and clean

Willie Mitchell - That Driving Beat / Everything Is Gonna Be Alright - London HLU 10004 DJ

Willie Mitchell

That Driving Beat / Everything Is Gonna Be Alright

London : HLU 10004 DJ (45s)

A timeless Twisted Wheel classic in by far it's rarest clothes.

Condition Report

Two clean yellow demo labels, with running times 220 on the original a-side (see images), "Driving Beat" has a stamp free label. Immaculate mint minus vinyl still housed in birth-sleeve

Two clean yellow demo labels, with running times 220 on the original a-side (see images), "Driving Beat" has a stamp free label. Immaculate mint minus vinyl still housed in birth-sleeve

Joey Delorenzo - Wake Up To The Sunshine Girl / Lost My Sense Of Direction - Mi-Val MV 001

Joey Delorenzo

Wake Up To The Sunshine Girl / Lost My Sense Of Direction

Mi-Val: MV 001 (45s)

RAERST OF THE RARE!

Authentic original press

Condition Report

two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing only a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays, crisp loud and clean

two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl revealing only a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays, crisp loud and clean

Art Freeman - Slipping Around  / Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - Atlantic 584053

Art Freeman

Slipping Around / Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

Atlantic : 584053 (45s)

A Twisted Wheel anthem from the desk of Dan Penn & Andrew Spooner Oldham, most-wanted least seen British red Atlantic of them all.

Funny how records generate memories that lay best dormant. I was lucky enough the find a copy of this "unknown" to me at the time, red Atlantic on Jim's record stall on Leicester market. His lunchtime record stall watering hole, as usual was surrounded by young vinyl junkies jostling to drink. There was a voluptuous young Leicester girl slightly older than me, who was a regular at the stall; she took my eye, when she beat me to a Billy Butler - Right Track on Soul City a few weeks before. The hurt inflicted by that, strangely attracted me to her. When arriving late at Jim's this time, she asked what she had missed, had I found anything good?

Proudly I showed her my couple of blue Stax's, a Stateside Martha Reeves - Dancing In The Street - (I was really pleased with that one) and this red Atlantic that was new to me.

Keeping a poker-face, she said "Oh, I collect Atlantic, I don't have that one". I admitted I didn't know it until today but I thought it was very good. With rather gorgeous beckoning face and a warm hug she asked "Can I buy it off you for my Atlantic collection". That's when "willie" made yet another disastrous decision for me. I let her have it for exactly the few pence I paid for it. She did seem very happy at my kind gesture. Which had been totally driven by my lusting 16 year old motivations, thinking I need to get a closer relationship with this vision of beauty.

She wasn't there the next week, but what I did hear was one of the older Leicester soul boys asking Jim, "Which dickhead sold Art Freeman - Slipping Around - to Samantha last week?"

Fortunately my embarrassment was rescued when Jim said he hadn't seen the deal go down but had heard about it, and he didn't even remember having the record for sale. I found out later Samantha had been a regular at the Nite Owl Leicester, The Dungeon and The Beachcomber Nottingham and for a girl apparently, had a reputation for great knowledge of Soul records.

Ouch!!

It has been a grave failing of mine being far too kind to luscious smiling ladies, who freely hand out warming hugs. I only saw Samantha once after that, as Southfields college broke up for the summer and she faded away from the Thursday record stall gathering. She did however, on our last encounter offer one more enchanting smile, but she wasn't gonna look in my records in the closely clenched paper bag again...no way Jose!

Swapping Art Freeman for a hug and few pennies, should have been a lesson well learned, but it wasn't. It wasn't until I was entering my 60's, with my libido now slowing coming under control, that horny girls asking for vinyl deals, got exactly the same deal as burly bearded miners from Barnsley. The thought that stays with me, is from those apprentice days of 1970 I have never found an Art Freeman - Slipping Around - in the wild ever again. Still only Samantha knows who the dickhead was, who let her have, perhaps the biggest bargain of her collecting career. A record that was easily worth two weeks of my wages in early summer 1970.



Condition Report

Two clean label, tiny near invisible blemish right hand middle, otherwise totally clean. 3 prong centre intact. Full gloss vinyl reveal only the softest of surface hairlines. Strong Ex+

Two clean label, tiny near invisible blemish right hand middle, otherwise totally clean. 3 prong centre intact. Full gloss vinyl reveal only the softest of surface hairlines. Strong Ex+

Herbert Hunter - I Was Born To Love You / Push Away From The Table - Spar 9009

Herbert Hunter

I Was Born To Love You / Push Away From The Table

Spar : 9009 (45s)

An immaculate copy of this timeless NS anthem!

Not since I stood on the Cleethorpes stage having just finished my set, the legendary "Pier" DJ Poke dropped the arm of this Northern Soul juggernaut for the first time, has a record impacted my emotions quite like Herbert did that night... in 1974
What a way to start your 60 minutes in front of a packed house..

What an intro, those drum rolls that triggered instant jealousy from me and the other mingling DJ's awaiting their turn; then Herbert sang; the onlookers, the dancers and DJ's were all astonished. With the stage entourage near clashing heads in the rush to spy an immediate monster! " what the hell was this? " spinning on the desks.. an instantaneous dance-floor HIT giving up a monumental vocal, riding blaring horns, with humming, hanging trumpet notes, sending chills through everyone present.

I for one couldn't believe my ears, "Play it again Poke.." I couldn't wait to hear a replay of such an incredible tune.. There I was waiting, standing directly in view, as he casually pulled his treasure from his DJ box, the next week to wow us all over again...today 47 years later, the same euphoria has just rushed through me again..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Today, though some forward thinking NS DJ's are dropping the needle on the flipside " Push Away From The Table " another rush inducing big-bollock dancefloor experience, of immense power!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss Mint minus vinyl, revealing only the merest, softest hairlines under light. A top copy!

Two clean labels, full gloss Mint minus vinyl, revealing only the merest, softest hairlines under light. A top copy!

Brenda Holloway - When I'm Gone / inc: A Favor For A Girl - 1965 4 track French EP  - Tamla Motown TMEF 508 EP PS France

Brenda Holloway

When I'm Gone / inc: A Favor For A Girl - 1965 4 track French EP

Tamla Motown : TMEF 508 EP PS France (EP)

The iconic pose of Motown Diva Brenda Holloway her extremely elusive 1965 French EP in spectacular mint minus condition!

A1 When I'm Gone 2:05 *
A2 Suddenly 2:54 *
B1 Sad Song 2:35
B2 A Favor For A Girl ( With A Love Sick Heart ) 2:34 *

In our opinion the most attractive picture of Motown's favourite girl.

This EP is so much more than just stunning piece of Motown art; it also gives up one of her best Northern Soul dancers "A Favor For A Girl ( With A Love Sick Heart ) ". A killer album track, that was only made available in 7" format during 1965 in Mexico, Argentina and France.

A seductive Motown rarity, in tip top condition.. resistance is futile!

Condition Report

Mint minus, full gloss, unblemished cover. Two totally clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing a few soft hairlines on side a-side Mint minus. Flipside vinyl shows a very soft turntable retrieve graze on track 1, does not affect play, otherwise a mint minus grade would have bee in order. The laminated front cover is immaculate, full gloss, not a hint of a crease (see images) back cover is totally clean, no writing, stickers or stains. Very soft storage ring if yu look hard enough. A real beautiful example of a highly desirable Motown artefact.

Mint minus, full gloss, unblemished cover. Two totally clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing a few soft hairlines on side a-side Mint minus. Flipside vinyl shows a very soft turntable retrieve graze on track 1, does not affect play, otherwise a mint minus grade would have bee in order. The laminated front cover is immaculate, full gloss, not a hint of a crease (see images) back cover is totally clean, no writing, stickers or stains. Very soft storage ring if yu look hard enough. A real beautiful example of a highly desirable Motown artefact.

Van Dykes - Save My Love For a Rainy Day / Tears Of Joy - Mala 584

Van Dykes

Save My Love For a Rainy Day / Tears Of Joy

Mala: 584 (45s)

A fabulously clean copy of this timeless Northern Soul classic, with that stampede inducing intro!

It is not often you can say, a record producer takes a Motown recording and makes it superior to the original. This Norman Whitfield composition never achieved more than album track recognition in 1967. Until a quick on the draw Charles Stewart saw potential for his four man Texas Soul gathering to revamp it into a hit.

Rondalis Tandy, Wenzon Mosley, Eddie Nixon and James Mays with his rich baritone. Do such a beautiful job on pouring out vocal-group "Motown", whilst still retaining a strong sense street-corner teamwork. Sprinkling the "edges" with a seamless flood of harmony Soul, as that icy-cold lead falsetto completely wins you over..

Charles Stewart's thundering bass-line intro, peppered with chiming vibes, blasted into orbit by a barrage of brass, colliding is met head-on by Ron Tandy's searing falsetto.

It is one of the most motivational intros of them all - park your drink and dash to the dancefloor, it is a record you can really dig your feet into. Driven to the brink of dancefloor elation by a torrent of male voices..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at it's most exhilarating

But do not overlook the flipside, a delicious top drawer Sweet Soul harmony. That showcases one of the most gifted Soul groups, who sadly failed to make worldwide fame.. The Impressions, Manhattans, Dramatics, Temptations, The Dells would not have sung "Tears Of Joy" better than the fabulous Van Dykes. A group who never quite reached the dizzy heights their talents so richly deserved.

THIS IS SWEET SOUL at it's most exquisite, backing up a Northern Soul Anthem

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, with NO ink fade, so rarely encountered without that ugly storage rub. The play perfect full gloss vinyl only reveals the merest soft hairline when tilted under direct light. Plays mint, visually gorgeous.

Two flawless labels, with NO ink fade, so rarely encountered without that ugly storage rub. The play perfect full gloss vinyl only reveals the merest soft hairline when tilted under direct light. Plays mint, visually gorgeous.

Chubby Checker - You Don't Know ( What You Do To Me Girl ) / Two Hearts Make One Love - Cameo Parkway P 965

Chubby Checker

You Don't Know ( What You Do To Me Girl ) / Two Hearts Make One Love

Cameo Parkway : P 965 (45s)

Released in the UK only as a 45 in 1965 is still today rated as Britain's "Most Wanted"!

Remembering this Northern Soul classic was never issued in the USA and to make things even more challenging for the serious NS hunter. In the USA it was only promo'd as a styrene DJ copy in California & a solitary vinyl test-press file copy for the Cameo archives on the East Coast (so far only 1 copy known)

So when a Brit-legend surfaces, it is a listing every dedicated Northern Soul collector will sit up and take notice of.

A Northern Soul anthem, in it's most desirable, most durable most spectacular form.

Do not pass by, opportunities like this by, this copy is not our usual impeccable mint minus or Ex+ that we strive to preset on these pages, but this disc is so important in the history of the scene and sio hard to capture, even a vg+ copy of this iconic 45, do not present themselves often enough to be become really excited about the prospect of listing it!

As you really "Just Don't Know" when you'll see another...

For NS historical reference, this Northern Soul anthem was first discovered by Brian Tompkins who ran the "George" at Wilby near Wellingborough and also the legendary "Bletsoe" allnighter, a once sleepy village in Bedfordshire. Glen Bellamy was the first DJ to play It at Bletsoe circa 1970 -72.

Condition Report

Read carefully for an indepth condition report. There is soft no. 26 on flipside 4 prong centre, a small area of rub on the flipside also (see B-side label images) a-side on close inspection has a soft unreadable biro squiggle and surface graze (right hand of Checker). Vinyl carries strong gloss, some soft surface marks, but as you can hear "Chubby" plays loud, clean and clear, some soft ticks right at the very end. OCD perfectionists will maybe ponder and pause, but for the normal Northern Soul collector this demands ownership, an iconic 45 that still many have never had the joy of owning.

Read carefully for an indepth condition report. There is soft no. 26 on flipside 4 prong centre, a small area of rub on the flipside also (see B-side label images) a-side on close inspection has a soft unreadable biro squiggle and surface graze (right hand of Checker). Vinyl carries strong gloss, some soft surface marks, but as you can hear "Chubby" plays loud, clean and clear, some soft ticks right at the very end. OCD perfectionists will maybe ponder and pause, but for the normal Northern Soul collector this demands ownership, an iconic 45 that still many have never had the joy of owning.

Una Valli - Why Don't I Run Away From You / Try To Understand - Philips SSP 940 Rhodesia

Una Valli

Why Don't I Run Away From You / Try To Understand

Philips : SSP 940 Rhodesia (7")

A Great Find!! A killer version of Tami Lynn's timeless Northern Soul classic from Rhodesia. With an equally enthralling rendition of Little Hank's "Try To Understand" on the flipside. Two clean labels, tri-centre intact, strong gloss on vinyl revealing a few fine sleeve contact hairlines under light, still housed in its birth sleeve, a heart-stopping thing of beauty, a vista those of you entangled in the search for "foreign" Northern Soul "impossibles".

But this 45 is so much more than just a pretty face, I'm of the mind this reworking of Bert Berns's "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" brilliantly subtle, as multi-talented South African Grahame Beggs constructs a production to compliment this timeless song. With it's softened undertones woven into a really captivating change of pace, with a more rounded silkier vocal. Relentless bopping girl-group support, with the horn propelled brass instrumental breaks allowing Una Valli to express herself.

Listen this is seriously good, seriously rare and stunningly attractive. I envisage NS DJ's like Ginger Taylor, Sean Chapman or Nige Brown wallowing in the satisfaction of dropping this onto an unsuspecting weekender crowd; it would certainly cause a buzz in the bar afterwards.

But now, let's move onto the flipside another standout Pamela Sawyer & Lori Burton composition, recorded by Cindy Malone, Little Hank & Lulu. Una Valli's version is ever note as impressive, with Grahame Beggs again upping the game with a fabulous piano interlude 1/2 way through.

A super-rare double helping of two reworked Northern Soul beauties, deconstructed, rebuilt and not diminished in a jot from being recorded in the middle of Africa in January 1967.

SO RARE like we suggested earlier, I'd love to see this dropped upon a full weekender dancefloor and witness the reaction..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, tri-centre intact, strong gloss on vinyl revealing a few fine sleeve contact hairlines under light, still housed in its birth sleeve.

Two clean labels, tri-centre intact, strong gloss on vinyl revealing a few fine sleeve contact hairlines under light, still housed in its birth sleeve.

Ronnie McNeir - Sitting In My Class / Isn't She A Pretty Girl - De.To DS 2878

Ronnie McNeir

Sitting In My Class / Isn't She A Pretty Girl

De.To : DS 2878 (7")

Whilst "Sitting In My Class" is of course a timeless Northern Soul classic of the very highest standing...does it seem possible a 15 year old could compose and convey such focused love on his classmate. It does convince us all as a personal experience he was going through. His need and wanting draws you into one of those unforgettable dancefloor classics. A monster tune for the mid-70's "Tri-Clubs" of The Mecca, The Casino and The Peir" Simultaneously a monster at all three... today for so many a chance to relive those wonder years.

but mine and many others preference of this 45 is the magnificent "Isn't She A Pretty Girl" flipside. Northern Soul Detroit mid-tempo Crossover, that is again on the comeback trail... not many spins back the mid-70's but today it is a floor detonator of pure class.

For the "big" side, Floyd Jones and Billy Kyle's inspired "School Bell" intro, provoked a dance-floor feast at all the leading All Nighters circa 1977/78. With Ronnie's hopefully charged vocal dreaming of making love to the girl in the next row... (something we are all guilty of) whilst for me at school it was always gonna be the teacher.. This was a record we could all relate to, having not been too long before, when we sat there wishing, in that exact same situation. Such was the attraction of this innovative song singing about something we could all relate to. Among all the passion for the a-side the spectacular flipside somehow got overlooked..

So step forward the side which most now consider the "play" side today.. the gently jangling intro lasts but a few seconds, before big bold bold brass explodes onto the scene.. girls jostle for position, the horns blast even louder, the ladies follow the hint, lifting the arrangement another notch and brilliance unfolds.. whilst Ronnie keeps up the beseeching stance of "Sitting In My Class", as his vocal states an even stronger case. Ronnie you constructed just too much Soul!!

Two sides to die for, remembering the legal reissue that follow it's success in the UK was a remixed version. The song suffering, a sad weakening the whole arrangement and it's overwhelming Soulful opulence, were lost! So the only way to play this spectacular tune, is in it's authentic original form.. unless spinning a bootleg doesn't concern you..

Here is a glorious rich Red first press offering up two sides of the original mixes; and it matters not which side you drop the stylus on the result will be exactly the same... dancefloor devastation followed by heavy ripples of applause.

Condition Report

Check out that flawless rich red label, this 45 has hardly seen the light of day. A-side vinyl has full gloss and is spanking new except for a few soft hairlines if you search hard enough. Flipside vinyl is a near perfect Mint .

Check out that flawless rich red label, this 45 has hardly seen the light of day. A-side vinyl has full gloss and is spanking new except for a few soft hairlines if you search hard enough. Flipside vinyl is a near perfect Mint .

Flowers - For Real / For Real part 2 - LA Xpressio LAX 101

Flowers

For Real / same: instrumental

LA Xpressio : LAX 101 (45s)

BOOM!

In short a breathtaking, incomparable journey into mid-70's soulful dance; epitomising possibly the most haunting experience only the very finest independent Soul 45's can deliver.

N. F. Porter associate, Los Angeles craftsman Richard Flowers, constructs a wondrous orchestral intro that instantly demands your attention, nobody has bettered this approach to Soul music before or since.

Tranquil gliding of the harp, melds with two sighing lovers, creating a serene floating platform, for fully loaded strings to zip into a skyward journey of overwhelming euphoria. Then in steps the fully at-ease rich vocal of Richard Flowers. Such a commanding presence, whilst simultaneously giving up a nonchalant performance saturated in love. Enriched by shrill harmonies from the equally unhurried choruses. Relentless celestial strings dart in and out, cutting a swath through this misty-masterpiece as you fall deeper and deeper entranced with its Soulful mystery...

Flowers - For Real - sits high in my personal top five favourite records of all time... yet again I'm transfixed by its second-to-none mesmeric powers...

VINYL ECSTASY!!



Condition Report

two totally clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, an absolutely immaculate copy!

two totally clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, an absolutely immaculate copy!

Arthur Alexander - I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem - Monument 45-1060 DJ

Arthur Alexander

I Need You Baby / Spanish Harlem

Monument : 45-1060 DJ (45s)

Listen and absorb every word, you are about to experience not only one Soul's most vivid voices. Most expressive, most poignant, most believable.

Lyrically brilliant, with Deep South conductor Bill Justus drawing every spec of "need" from Arthur

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, not for sale text has been neatly removed (see images) it is unnoticeable, unless forensically inspected

Two clean promo labels, not for sale text has been neatly removed (see images) it is unnoticeable, unless forensically inspected

T. J. Williams and Two Shades Of Soul - Baby, I Need You / Since I Fell For You - Josie 45-1000

T. J. Williams and Two Shades Of Soul

Baby, I Need You / Since I Fell For You

Josie: 45-1000 (45s)

The seductive guitar and Hammond keyboard beckon you to the dancefloor; where you are hit by powerhouse horns and a gravel-coated pleading vocal. A stunning combination that instantly works its way into your heart and feet. To be pleasure there, as Timmie Williams's softly-sanded delivery takes over, then the crowning moment of that killer saxophone intrusion.

A stunning autumn of 1968 creation, a slick New Yorker just oozes cool! An intricate cocktail of Spanish guitar, Hammond keyboard enriched by hard-blown horns gliding into the arrangement. The perfect foundation for a voice as expressive as Timmie Williams is, listen how he weaves his charm into proceedings. A killer sax break soon follows, again beautifully restrained to continue the relaxed mood T.J. has set in place.

It's just so classy, and should never be played on that cheap nasty bootleg on "Soul, why anyone would pollute the turntables or their collection with such a blatant bootleg is rather puzzling. Especially when the gorgeousness label artwork of the original is so very irresistible.

Top tune...and a head-turner is more ways than one.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, crisp full gloss vinyl revealing hardly a blemish, beautifully displayed in the elusive company cover. As good as it gets for such a popular dancefloor tune.

Two flawless labels, crisp full gloss vinyl revealing hardly a blemish, beautifully displayed in the elusive company cover. As good as it gets for such a popular dancefloor tune.

Johnny Summers - I'm Still Yours / Prove It To Me  - Yorktown 1008

Johnny Summers

I'm Still Yours / Prove It To Me

Yorktown : 1008 (45s)

So brilliantly written, it feels like this song convey a very personal experience for label owner Harry Bowen. With the expert support from great Miles Grayson, a truly magnificent Northern Soul masterpiece unfolds.

Obviously Harry Bowen and Miles Grayson had great faith in this overwhelming production, as they utilized the same backing track and approach on Johnny's other killer Yorktown dancer "I Can't Let Go" one release later, with Harry still entrapped by his problematic love affair. .

This Miles Grayson NS dancer injects penetrating girl-group affirmation answering Johnny's beseeching words of despair. Even though his anguished situation builds and builds. With those dispiriting Bowen lyrics, deliberately softened by a searing girl-group chorus, as his pain swells. The combination with brilliantly times key changes is inspiring Northern Soul.

Not to often does such deep seated misery, get so deliciously woven into such a muscular Northern Soul dance production.

This copy is in stunning near perfect condition.

Magnificent Northern Soul classic, a huge play for the legendary NS DJ John Vincent circa 1983,

Do not overlooked the moving Deep Soul ballad that lies hidden away on the flipside

Condition Report

Two bright clean solid silver labels, no fade or ring wear. Vinyl is a full gloss unblemished mint minus, a top copy!

Two bright clean solid silver labels, no fade or ring wear. Vinyl is a full gloss unblemished mint minus, a top copy!

James Phelps - The Look On Your Face / You Were Made For Love - Apache AP959

James Phelps

The Look On Your Face / You Were Made For Love

Apache : AP959 (45s)

Crazy about Crossover?

Here Northern Soul Crossover at its sublime finest, two X over. This most-desirable Chicago "impossible", a record so doubly delicious it rarely, if ever, leaves collections or surfaces for sale, exstinct in the wild for several decades. But here it is a superbly clean example of Chicago's finest example of the NS Crossover sound.

The Windy City's most talented Richard Tufo & Floyd Smith collaborate to construct not one, but two sublime soulful strollers that have pleasured the attendees of the most discerning Soul clubs across Europe for nearly 4 decades. leading from the front in the mid-80s as the more carefully-considered "Crossover" sound began to emerge. The top side "The Look On Your Face" also recorded by Nate Evans & John Edwards; with this James Phelps version for me securely holding top-spot; with the contrast of his gravel-coated vocal and those heavenly sweet girl choruses is a stunning realization of how very moving mid-tempo NS grooves can be. When Mr. Phelps's voice cracks with emotion as truth unfolds that his girl is lying. James enacts the part of the despairing partner so convincingly. Hitting notes that just drill right down into your heart.

Flip it over, James falls to his knees again, with an impassioned portrayal of being rescued by love; My God, this man is saturated in SOUL, dripping it out on every note! What a singer, what a voice, his skill for driving his feelings right through to the insides of the listener is a rare thing indeed. Tufo & Smith pull out the very best of him, leaving his and your heart gasping for air, as he his the very floor, of soulful emotions.

TUNE! x two...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl carries full gloss revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays totally mint!

Two clean labels, vinyl carries full gloss revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays totally mint!

Mark IV - Signs Of A Dying Love / Signs Of A Dying Love part 2 - O T B Records OTB 1007

Mark IV

Signs Of A Dying Love / Signs Of A Dying Love part 2

O T B Records : OTB 1007 (45s)

A classy 1977 vocal-group dancer, that undeservedly lived in the shadows of the much-rarer "f You Can't Tell Me Something Good" on Brite Lite. But now "Signs Of A Dying Love " has become much rarer itself the two songs match up to each other in quality, class and dance-ability.


Drummer Otis Brown's own label, co-produced with Donald Shaw guided the season

Condition Report

Two clean yellow labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a standout copy!

Two clean yellow labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a standout copy!

Jimmy Ruffin - Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got / World So Wide, Nowhere To Hide (From Your Heart - Tamla Motown TMG 603 DJ

Jimmy Ruffin

Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got / World So Wide, Nowhere To Hide (From Your Heart)

Tamla Motown : TMG 603 DJ (45s)

Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield collaboration creates Jimmy Ruffin's most imploring Motown / Northern Soul offering

Condition Report

two clean demo labels, 4 prong centre intact, still housed in 603 birth-sleeve

two clean demo labels, 4 prong centre intact, still housed in 603 birth-sleeve

Barbara Lewis - I Remember The Feeling / Baby What Do You want Me To Do - Atlantic 584061

Barbara Lewis

I Remember The Feeling / Baby What Do You want Me To Do

Atlantic: 584061 (45s)

What are the chances in 2021 of acquiring an archive condition copy of Barbara's rarest 45 still sitting in its birth-sleeve.

To be honest this, you hardly ever see a copy of Van McCoy B-side in any condition as the January 1967 British release. Somehow this beauty passed us all by in our formative years. But revived and nurtured by those quizzical 100 Club DJs who gave it the belated love and attention it so deserves. Before long it had swept the country on a wave of adoration, that turned into idolization when this Motor City Diva came to tour the England to perform live at The 100 Club & Cleethorpes Pier, her singing and grace making grown men cry.

"I Remember The Feeling " brings together for the 2nd time in 1965; the studio nous of Ollie McLaughlin and the story telling lyrics of Van McCoy who always paints a vivid picture of the singers emotions. A great cross-country partnership that encountered far too few times.

A great, great song, a Northern Soul favourite, in by far and away it's most desirable, least-seen clothes... full marks to the 100 Club team for helping it blossom into an all-time classic.

The other side "Baby What Do You want Me To Do" originally the lead side, gives up a moody, subtle horn and string soulful stroller that must be revisited also..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing on sleeve contact storage hairlines under light. still house in wavy-top birth sleeve

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing on sleeve contact storage hairlines under light. still house in wavy-top birth sleeve

Larry Santos - You Got Me Where You Want Me Now / Tomorrow Without Love - Evolution 1007 DJ

Larry Santos

You Got Me Where You Want Me Now / Tomorrow Without Love

Evolution : 1007 DJ (45s)

Simultaneously a dancefloor destroyer at Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier & Yate etc. A proper Northern Soul monster circa 1977.

That three-way combination of the guitar, swirling strings colliding with a snarling vocal, was the green light for a NS dancefloor F.A. Cup semi-final styled pitch invasion!

High up on the Cleethorpes Pier DJ podium or peering down from Wigan Casino's balcony, witnessing the euphoric migration from the hall's perimeter of the dancefloor; joining the ever swelling throng of human gyrations, was a vision still crystal clear in my mind today. One of the many memorable events the old-school Northern Soul all-nighter would present you with.

Some records emitted such a powerful torrent of instruments on the intro, you had no choice but to hurl yourself into action. "Larry Santos" intro is almost incomparable, with his insistent voice and the addition horns, crafts one compelling slab of Northern Soul. A timeless NS classic that seldom surfaces in today's market.

Here's a chance to relive those thrilling times of our youth... with a copy the most-popular of tunes.

Condition Report

Two flawless PROMO labels, not a blemish. The a-side vinyl is flawless, full gloss and plays perfect, only revealing a few fine hairlines when angled in light, visually Mint minus playback is likewise. Flipside vinyl is visually Ex+.

Two flawless PROMO labels, not a blemish. The a-side vinyl is flawless, full gloss and plays perfect, only revealing a few fine hairlines when angled in light, visually Mint minus playback is likewise. Flipside vinyl is visually Ex+.

Cavaliers - Popcorn Baby  / Ham And Bread - Ailes SRP 7167

Cavaliers

Popcorn Baby / Ham And Bread

Ailes : SRP 7167 (45s)

For those pioneering DJ's who scourer the "outer-limits" of 60's dance music, seeking the raw, the street level, backroom recorded music from the roots of neighborhood, by artists hoping to strike accord with the locals.

For raw primitive Soul energy "Popcorn Baby" ticks all the boxes of extreme rarity. Little or no information on the sparse label design to help us in any way, to pinpoint its origin. Void of writer/producer credits, copyrights or publisher, address. From the catalogue number, we could surmise it to be the date of production 1st. July 1967. The music certainly fits in with that era. No identifiable deadwax matrix to give us the smallest clue for place of birth.

OBSCURE is not a strong enough adjective to chronicle this weird but wonderful experience from the streets.

A gruff vocal, bellowing rap, rides a bass guitar pulses, extra strumming guitars rhythms, enriched the relentless background drumming of cymbals and skin drive the backup. Beautifully sparse and crude but utterly addictive. As the lead voice works through the local stores who are stocking "Popcorn".

An in-your-face, no frills funky rap that piques your interest from the very first note, with its off-the-cuff D.I.Y. mentality. It reminds me of the local Deep Soul 45s, that John Ridley (Sir Shamblinng) meticulously researched only to find out it was a 50 copy only run, for friends and giveaways for the meagre audiences groups like these would most likely be entertaining. The only shot at releasing a record of their work, that the artists could afford.

Beyond-Rare, ridiculously obscure and so primitive it draws you in with its hope, innocence and ingenuity.

After The Cavaliers had been shopping for "Popcorn", flip it over to hear how they went out, to get some "Ham And Bread"... Brilliant!

If you like 'em RARE and authentic this Funky/R&B Soul shaker gives up al of that intrigue and more.

Condition Report

Two labels, super soft signs of storage, but no fade of the rich red. Vinyl has surface marks, but nothing deep that reacts with the stylus, as you can hear the strong gloss vinyl playback is loud and clear.

Two labels, super soft signs of storage, but no fade of the rich red. Vinyl has surface marks, but nothing deep that reacts with the stylus, as you can hear the strong gloss vinyl playback is loud and clear.

Nella Dodds - Come See About Me / You Don't Love Me Anymore - Pye International 7N 25281 DJ

Nella Dodds

Come See About Me / You Don't Love Me Anymore

Pye International : 7N 25281 DJ (45s)

Dare we say this 1964 UK DEMO press is a MANSHIP MINT! Wel not quite but so darn close - it as as near as it gets, but we'll say Mint minus still in birth-sleeve.

Nella Dodds the Maryland teenager, who for 2 years took Philadelphia by a storm, here is her debut record as a 14 year old that so easily could have taken her to worldwide fame and a #1 hit record. If Motown hadn't have retaliated to Nella's luscious version of the then Supremes album track only; But Berry Gordy swiftly released it as The Supremes 12th 45. The rest, of course is history...

Nella herself released 7 excellent honeyed Soul 45's, unfortunately no album, before retirement at tender age of 16 years, to concentrate on her school education. That was after working for and with some of the greatest music minds Philadelphia has ever produced. Kenny Gamble, Luther Randolph, Jimmy Bishop, Frank Virtuoso, Johnny Stiles and the DYNODYNAMIC production team.

For this her first British 45 release of just two, Nella was of course an unknown at the time, subsequently this wonderful 45 sold nothing in the UK. The Supremes stealing all the limelight and sales releasing their original version just 7 days before Pye got their press onto the release sheets, another case Berry Gordy's hit machine's impeccable and ruthless timing.

A rare DJ copy but in this so near Manship Mint condition - a beautiful rarity indeed!

Condition Report

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve-contact hairline blemishes. still housed in birth sleeve - an absolutely top-notch copy!

Two perfect promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve-contact hairline blemishes. still housed in birth sleeve - an absolutely top-notch copy!

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On / I Wish It Would Rain - Tamla Motown TMG 868 DJ with ltd. promo  info cover.

Marvin Gaye

Let's Get It On / I Wish It Would Rain

Tamla Motown : TMG 868 DJ with ltd. promo info cover. (45s)

TMG TOTAL COMPLETENESS!

The VERY LAST British Tamla Motown DEMO copy to have a "Green & White" promo label, a few got mailed out with an EMI promo boast promo cover of "TWO MILLION SOLD IN 6 WEEKS" that boast of course refers to USA. This UK alert sleeve is extremely rare, and if you are seeking TMG completeness you need it ASAP as it just never surfaces for sale. Just like "The Onion Song" 1969 TMG 715 promo only art-cover cover. This too is a glaring void in all but the most complete run of UK Tamla Motown.

One of Marvin's best selling recordings, riding on a wave of his undeniable sexuality. In an era when male Soul vocalists had a free license to seduce the listening, along with Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass...Marvin's sexual purring fired his record sales up onto another stratosphere.

This was his most notable, a best seller as the sleeve confirms.

But today we are selling, a real elusive part of the TMG jigsaw, if you want to "complete"

Condition Report

Two perfect DEMO labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, clean promo/info cover no writing, seam splits or stains. An altogether Mint minus package of completeness. TMG collectors delight.

Two perfect DEMO labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, clean promo/info cover no writing, seam splits or stains. An altogether Mint minus package of completeness. TMG collectors delight.

Diane Renay - Can't Help Loving That Man / It's A Good Day For A Parade - D-Man D-101

Diane Renay

Can't Help Loving That Man / It's A Good Day For A Parade

D-Man : D-101 (45s)

"Fish Gotta Swim - Bird's Gotta Fly"

The fabled "Laura Green" Richard Searling Wigan Casino cover-up - an instantaneous dancefloor success, as the Northern Soul fraternity were already familiar with this 1927 Moms and Dads Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein favourite from the the racially tense musical stage hit "Showboat". First sung operatic style by the sultry Helen Morgan. Later brilliantly sang "bluesy" style by Annette Warren dubbing Ava Gardner's wistful portrayal in the 1951 blockbuster movie.

But it was Ian Levine at the Blackpool Mecca who took a "show-tune" reinterpreted by a young former backing group member for Clara Ward, Staple Singers and Sam Cooke. Child prodigy Ila Vann, who under the guidance of Gene Redd whipped some life into this timeless ballad, producing what was to become a huge Northern Soul anthem.

So just imagine the stunned dancefloor, first time another previously unheard of "Can't Help Loving That Man" was dropped on the Wigan Casino crowd. Long after Ila's version had sold heavily in the UK NS reissue market on the Pye Disco Demand series. It was the "tune" on the night, everyone knew the words off by heart, announced as Laura Greene, it was the "talk" of the scene for months. It took a little while, but Stoke's relentless record-hound Tim Ashibende found a copy and the secret was out.

It was blonde bombshell Diane Renay saccharin voice dazzling us all; teaming up with one-off Herb Bernstein session that produced this special take. Renee Kushner aka Diane Renay was a big name in girl-vocal recordings, with several highly regarded 20th Century 45's, clocking up a no. 1 with "Navy Blue" along with several smaller hits before moving across town to Bob Crewe & Charlie Calello's burgeoning New Voice label for two releases, that didn't do so well. It was at New Voice where she met Herb Bernstein who cut this one-off 45 with her. A small run that sold virtually nothing. Diane's career faltered leaving her to rise up for one last time as "Laura Greene" in 1979 with a 45 in the UK due to its popularity on John Anderson's RCA distributed "Grapevine" label.

Before you today is the seldom-seen 1968 original imprint, that Richard Searling would have dropped at Wigan Casino instantly wowing the whole place - with a brilliant cover-up everybody adored from the first line of the song..

Condition Report

Small X on two otherwise clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light. Plays perfect.

Small X on two otherwise clean labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light. Plays perfect.

Mel London - Doggin' Me Round / The Man From The Island - Chief 7000

Mel London

Doggin' Me Round / The Man From The Island

Chief : 7000 (45s)

The hideously rare 1957 vinyl 7" 45, of the 10" 78rpm shellac; the first record released by Mel London on his highly regarded "Chief" label.

R&B fans and DJ's with an appreciation for Mel's contribution to late 50's and 60's Chicago R&B will know how elusive and desirable this disc is, especially in it amazingly cocooned mint minus condition.

Mel serves up a moody, dismissive snarling mid-pace R&B growler. The combination of the bluesy guitar riffs, melding with simplistic lazy piano notes, enlivened by a squealing, snarling saxophone is the ideal backdrop for Mel's discontentment, makingn his point of being "Dogged around" loud and clear. Gristle filled street-level R&B stroller, giving notice of what was to unfold later in his career.

The A-side we assume Mel had an eye on making some money off his record label venture, as he left his Blues roots to deliver a novelty Caribbean Calypso flavoured hipshaker. That doesn't fit in any collectable genre our members would be rushing to own. But the failure of "The Man From The Island " not only created a real scarcity, but alsio set Mel LKondon firmly focused on writing, prodi=ucing, singing and releasing authentic Chicago R&B in the future, just like the powerful "Doggin' Me Round".

For many serious collectors an essential piece finishing off the jigsaw of this talented artist's all too short but colourful career.

Condition Report

two primitively printed, but totally clean labels, astonishing full gloss mint minus vinyl. AS good as you could ever dream of acquiribg for this very scarce street level

two primitively printed, but totally clean labels, astonishing full gloss mint minus vinyl. AS good as you could ever dream of acquiribg for this very scarce street level

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