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Tommy Neal - Goin' To a Happening / Tee Ta - Vocalion V-L 9290 DJ

Tommy Neal

Goin' To a Happening / Tee Ta

Vocalion : V-L 9290 DJ (45s)

It matters not which label own this classic Northern Soul anthem on, whether it be Pameline (pink) , Palmer, Pameline (yellow) or Vault be it promo or stock copy no matter which way you juggle it...

This British the 8th. March 1968 VOCALION DEMO is its rarest clothes by a long, long way. An Iconic British Demo!

Before you today is one of the most challenging British Northern Soul classics to acquire as a DEMO copy. By far this timeless classic's most sought after, least seen format, especially if you are an old-school British Soul collector, for whom this promo label and birth sleeve combination will be pulse racing.

A timeless NS anthem in its British "grail" clothes! just listen to the music that catapults you back to your golden years, drool over that iconic label vista.

... then plan for it to be yours!

This DEMO just doesn't come to market often enough ... to give it as moment of pause..

Condition Report

Two totally clean red DEMO labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft hairlines when angled in the light. a strong Excellent plus.

Two totally clean red DEMO labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft hairlines when angled in the light. a strong Excellent plus.

Jackie Wilson - It Only Happens When I Look At You / Just As Soon As The Feelings Over -  - UK Brunswick BR 43 DJ

Jackie Wilson

It Only Happens When I Look At You / Just As Soon As The Feelings Over

Brunswick : BR 43 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS

15th. July 1977 British promo in previously unplayed condition.

What is it exactly about a Jackie Wilson recording that makes you never grow tired of hearing it? - no matter what he sings.

But when he's performing one of his greatest of offerings to the Northern Soul scene which amazingly was never issued in the USA you have just gotta sit up and take notice..

It's been a hugely popular tune for many, many years now and I still can't wait to strip off it's sleeve and drop it on the turntable. But not this copy though, as it is MINT unplayed archive copy. Carl Davis and Sonny Sanders elevate and already fabulous song; Crafted in Britain the gifted pairing of Ken Gold & Mickey Dene a prolific writing team with a penchant for the USA Soul sound.

If you've been living in Siberia the last 20 years take a listen and prepare to be warmed right through. Or if your every Saturday is spent at a Northern Soul event, take another listen to Jackie in full flow to remind yourself why you're addicted to the Northern Soul Sound..

A record you can never tire of hearing - in it's most desirable form - in the finest possible condition.

Condition Report

MINT previously unplayed

MINT previously unplayed

Generation - Hold On / The Lonely Sea - Mockingbird MR 10108

Generation

Hold On / The Lonely Sea

Mockingbird : MR 10108 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas

Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl

Perfect Labels

A timeless Richard Searling Northern Soul Wigan Casino anthem in unbeatable condition.

It's popularity triggering a UK Grapevine reissue in 1979

Condition Report

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Darrow Fletcher - 1966 promo artist photo attached to Groovy Records introduction letter + the promo 45 - Groovy 3007 DJ + Photo 7 promo Letter - Groovy 3007 DJ + letter + photo

Darrow Fletcher

1966 promo artist photo attached to Groovy Records introduction letter / Gotta Draw The Line

Groovy: 3007 DJ + letter + photo (45s)

SPECTACULAR! and unique combination of 15-year-old Darrow Fletcher's promo 45 complete with Darrow's Groovy Records promo photo, accompanied by his record company introduction letter.

Most likely a world one-off, it is improbable that any other copies of this complete 1966 promo package still exist.

Detroiter Darrow born of Inkster, went on to become a Prince of Northern Soul crowned by his emotional live appearance at Cleethorpes Weekender in the summer of 2006. His natural on-stage persona and gift for portraying convincing despair, had the crowd in emotional rapture with grown men unashamedly shedding tears.

To the Northern Soul scene worldwide, Darrow Fletcher is an undisputed icon, a child prodigy with all the attributes to become a world Soul star. But sadly those required breaks went against him, even when he cut an album for Ray Charles's Crossover label in Los Angeles the release never came to fruition. Until the standard-bearers for "lost-Soul", Ace/Kent of London released his material on a CD in 2012.

Before you today is a fundamental part of Northern Soul history, the beginnings of a quintessential Soul Man depicted with a unique promo mailing from his record label in 1966.

Just begging to be in a classy frame, hanging in a man-cave or lady record room of exquisite taste..

You'll never see another - so bid like you long to live with it!

Condition Report

The Sam Goldner Groovy Records introduction letter, with attached artist promo photo are in the same condition they were mailed out in 1966. The promo 45 has two clean labels, vinyl reveals just a few light hairlines.

The Sam Goldner Groovy Records introduction letter, with attached artist promo photo are in the same condition they were mailed out in 1966. The promo 45 has two clean labels, vinyl reveals just a few light hairlines.

Unknown Artist (Ed Silvers) - I Don't Need No Doctor / blank - Flomar Music 10" acetate

Unknown Artist (Ed Silvers)

I Don't Need No Doctor / blank:

Flomar Music : 10" acetate (10")

Killer version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" sung with "Who Who Song" style and verve. Comes complete with song-sheet, produced by Ed Silvers no artist credit - but boy is it good!

A really smooth version of the Nick Ashford classic, relentless piano pulses pump out Northern Soul dance perfection. Decorated by an echo-chamber gathering of soulful girls; shrill but silky, the perfect condiment for what is a cutting edge vocal.

There is no artist credit on the label, but this soul crooner is beyond good, a soft snarl starts to develop within the delivery, as he gets immersed in the lyrics.. those affirming girls creep under your skin..,and top drawer Northern Soul unfolds..

For me , it is the best interpretation I've heard of this this timeless collaboration between Valerie Simpson, Josie Jo Armstead & Nick Ashford guided by the great Ed Silvers in New York. A version just begging for an "A" list DJ attention, to lift it up where the song belongs...wrongfully ignored NS dancer by the upper echelons of the scene, maybe the Nick Ashford (Verve) & Ray Charles (ABC) versions are perhaps a little too mainstream for the driven by rarity jock..

but this take, is EXCLUSIVE! IMHO the best and comes complete with the music-sheet...

do not pass by, this assured dancefloor pleaser ...

Condition Report

Label is clean credit stamped as an Ed Silvers production, playing surface is flawless!

Label is clean credit stamped as an Ed Silvers production, playing surface is flawless!

Jennifer Wells - Dining In Chinatown / For Some - Genuine 166

Jennifer Wells

Dining In Chinatown / For Some

Genuine : 166 (45s)

Super-rare, highly regarded New York "Popcorn/R&B" in rare clean condition.

A Belgium Popcorn anthem, that seldom comes to market - certainly our first copy for many years - and how wonderful it was, to be able to immerse myself again, in its addictive far-eastern powers. Flute, Big gong hamerings, The Ginqin or far Eastern Banjo, precise plucking of the Pipa transports you deep inside "Chinatown" to a secluded restaurant, to fall in love. Producer Frank Metis and his orchestra were obviously well versed in the art of the Chinese symphony.

The vocal style and the arrangement are the perfect marriage for conjuring up visions of not only 60's Lower Manhattan's Chinatown but also Belgium Popcorn clubs of the early 70's when this was such as popular tune. That eventually crossed over into Northern Soul, as it thankfully the DJ's spread their boundaries into other styles of dance. Little is know about Jennifer herself, other than her beckoning rich voice so ideally fits the atmosphere.

Listen to top drawer Popcorn/Northern Soul uniqueness and prepare to become absorbed in the recordings enthralling individuality.

A memorable tune and so tough to acquire.

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

Unity - Too Young / We Can Make It - Apex AP 483

Unity

Too Young / We Can Make It

Apex : AP 483 (45s)

Extremely RARE 1973 Newark, New Jersey vocal-group Soul fully firing on two fronts.

We lead with the soaring harmony Soulful dancer "Too Young", an impressively tight knit, from this under-the-street lamp gathering, brilliant guided by composer Fred White.

It feels like the group and Fred grew up, listening to Manhattans on the streets of Newark, their seamless vocal-volleyball so reminiscent of the areas premier Soul boys. Falsetto lead rises to bank of zipping strong, soon to switch lead, then the teen falsetto bounces back into the flow. Swirling strings fill the air, but still the major force are those unified vocals... that suddenly fade away to leave you thinking "Oh No" they've gone.. but then they reignite themselves for a much appreciate encore! Wow what a tune.. and a very rare tune that seldom surfaces for sale. After 3 listen I'm in love with it's youthful optimism, glorious production and searing vocals.. A WINNER!!

Flip it over, the group drill down into a glorious Sweet Soul ballad that's surely going to alert all vocal group ballad fans. As again, these Brick City Soul-boys blend themselves into a string and considerate brass landscape. Premium grade Sweet Soul fills your space. Two great sides...

One of the seriously rare vocal-group double-helpings of harmony Soul, that has eluded most collectors, coupled with a killer rare-soul-dance that has given the slip to many dedicated European Soul DJ's, also.

Condition Report

Two clean but lightly age-browned labels, vinyl on the a-side has light surface marks but plays crisp and clean, only an occasional low tick or two. The quieter ballad flipside#, has a few clicks on the intro that get overwhelmed once the singing starts. <br /> Grading EX for the A-side vg+ for the flip

Two clean but lightly age-browned labels, vinyl on the a-side has light surface marks but plays crisp and clean, only an occasional low tick or two. The quieter ballad flipside#, has a few clicks on the intro that get overwhelmed once the singing starts.
Grading EX for the A-side vg+ for the flip

Charades - The Key To My Happiness / Weeping Cup - MGM 13540

Charades

The Key To My Happiness / Weeping Cup

MGM : K13540 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINT - for Christmas - a perfect previously unplayed copy - still in birth sleeve

In short:

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!! at it's incomparable BEST! When you're on the dancefloor and this is dropped...it will most likely be the defining moment of your evening. Sounds like this, were the inspiration for droves of teenagers travelling 100's of miles a weekend for the chance to dance to these exceptional powerful productions. It is also why those same teens are still doing it 50 years further down the line.

Distilled vocal-group Northern Soul!! at its most-potent!

IN PERFECT MINT condition!

***Soundfiles lifted from a pervious mint minus copy - this copy remains unplayed***

Condition Report

MINT unplayed still housed in birth sleeve

MINT unplayed still housed in birth sleeve

Inuz Moore - If It Ain't One Thing It's Another / Trouble - Gardin 45X501

Inuz Moore

If It Ain't One Thing It's Another / Trouble

Gardin : 45X501 (45s)

It matters not a jot, which side you drop the arm on this heavyweight Northern Soul wrecking ball. Both sides explode with Inglewood area street-level R&B angst. A more potent dancefloor experiences from a D.I.Y. label you could not wish to encounter.

"If It Ain't One Thing It's Another" is a jumping, brass peppered NS dancer (a classic Bill Kealy) spin. This is crunching mover of the most persuasive kind, with Inuz ratcheting up the session with a caged animal snarling delivery, you just can't evade, it's there right in your face, commanding you to get up and dance, incessantly prompted by stabbing horns, rattling percussion, enthusiastic piano rhythms push Inuz to another level of invasive Soul!

But it doesn't end there... ""Trouble" is just around the corner, as the same guys whip up another fearsome storm on the flipside; bulldozing their way through another "Inuz Moore" creation with a deceptive slow intro, that suddenly collides with hard-blown horns, the ideal vehicle for the seasoned Inuz's gnarled vocal to imbed itself into, then the battle begins for prominence. As bass guitar pulses pump away in the background, and "Spitfire" horns swoop in attacking from above.. .

Proper Street-level dance, not once but twice over...

You could spend a few lifetimes trying to find this seriously rare Los Angeles Stomper, in this flawless, near perfect condition. Another MANSHIP MINT most likely previously unplayed copy, revealing just a couple of minuscule sleeve storage blemishes.

AS good as it gets in more ways than one..

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl reveals nly the merest soft sleeve blemish upon forensic scrutiny

Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl reveals nly the merest soft sleeve blemish upon forensic scrutiny

Clara Wood - You're After My Guy / Old and Grey - Imperial 66122 DJ

Clara Wood

You're After My Guy / Old and Grey

Imperial : 66122 DJ (45s)

You are about to part of the genesis, that formed the sound of Philadelphia; as the great Bobby Martin collaborates with Phil Terry, who just one year later in 1966 would be a founding group member for the newly launched Gamble label, which was essentially the start of TSOP. As his four man team "The Intruders" kicked-off the now iconic Gamble label.

This divine example of sweet girl vocal Northern Soul from the mysterious Clara Ward flows with that seamless Philly "smooth". Clara delivers one of those voices you feel you should know already, equally stunning in its clarity as well as its familiarity, as Martin and Terry craft the age-old girl story of love-competition. Clara's shrill premonitions are beautifully delivered, as she warns her rival I know "You're After My Guy " but you are wasting your time. That honeyed voice does evoke visions of one beautiful lady, with cutting edge to her personality if provoked.

But this is so much more that just a tale of Soul sister strife, that was played out so often at The Greatstone Hotel in Manchester where this rarity was such a popular tune. The flipside packs a NS wallop also.

"Old and Grey" is the original 1965 version of the Marva Lee 1970 recording, that had Morris Bailey replacing Phil Terry and Dick De Marco &, Marty Dippolito replacing Bobby Martin, as this cool song is revamped on the Philly Rugby label. But loses that slick innocence and the superior vocal, leaves me with no hesitation declaring Clara Wood the best version by quite some distance.

Two great sides showcasing, early Philly shimmering in its slick, simple is genius glory.

Condition Report

clean a-side promo label, flipside label has a 12% label flake (see mage) good gloss vinyl, reveals only soft hairlines u#nder light.

clean a-side promo label, flipside label has a 12% label flake (see mage) good gloss vinyl, reveals only soft hairlines u#nder light.

Thelma Houston - Baby Mine / The Woman Behind Her Man - Capitol 5767

Thelma Houston

Baby Mine / The Woman Behind Her Man

Capitol : 5767 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Manship's Mints for Christmas

Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels

Still housed in its birth-sleeve

Condition Report

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels - stil housed in birth sleeve

Manship's Mints for Christmas - Mint Unplayed - Perfect Vinyl - Perfect Labels - stil housed in birth sleeve

Rubaiyats - Omar Khayyam / Tomorrow - Action ACT 4516

Rubaiyats

Omar Khayyam / Tomorrow

Action : ACT 4516 (45s)

The rarest 45 on this most collectable of British labels, in astounding flawless condition.

Allen Toussaint's mysterious Bayou gathering "The Rubaiyats " gave birth in 1968, to this one-off recording, Sansu led with the b-side first "Tomorrow" a strong Southern Soul ballad. but hides on the flipside an inventive journey into the new Orleans world of Toussaint and his right-hand Marshall E. Seahorn a pairing that created so many classic Soul recordings. Whilst retaining all the characteristics of 60's NOLA the bludgeoning brass, the Bayou beat, liberally coated with strong male vocals, the subject matter is rather unique though, it works so well.

Toussaint and Seahorn transform the world's most famous poem "The Rubaiyat" a 1000 years old, so brilliantly highlighting its message of enjoy life to the full, the mantra is "Wine Women & Song".

before you today is quite simply this cherished UK label's rarest, most-valuable & most wanted 45. Accentuated by recent NS DJ attention, particularly the legendary but now retired DJ John Vincent who is spinning it to death - to a crushing dancefloor response. 100% New Orleans, featuring totally innovative lyrics lauding the virtues of “Wine, Women & Song”, can’t argue with that or it’s rarity endorsements. This is only our 4th. copy nearly 20 years. None of this previous copies anywhere near the spanking condition.

You could of course, always hold out for the USA Sansu press - but we have found that, even harder to find, but far less eye-catching. Unconventional in the extreme but saturated in all those infectious qualities that make it usually the most-memorable spin of any evening! The prolific Allen Toussaint & Marshal C. Seahorn again craft an unmissable tune…

Considering by the established elusivity of the USA press, with see this exceptional condition British press - an investment piece.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl is only the merest sign of sleeve contact hairlines, a strong brilliant mint minus

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl is only the merest sign of sleeve contact hairlines, a strong brilliant mint minus

Overtones - What Would I Do / The Gleam In Your Eye - Hip City Record Corp. HC-TOV-2

Overtones

What Would I Do / The Gleam In Your Eye

Hip City Record Corp. : HC-TOV-2 (45s)

An authentic 1970 neighborhood vocal-group masterclass from Wilmington, Delaware, giving up a heavenly Northern Soul Crossover experience, in the shape of "What Would I Do". An uplifting mid-tempo saturated in

Flipside is an exemplary falsetto led Lowrider group harmony masterpiece, featuring seamless lead vocal changeovers

A crucial disc, for scholars of seriously rare male vocal group delights, turn of the decade indie serves up a double helping of Soul that demands your attention.

We lead with the Northern Soul dancer, raw, compelling and utterly infectious emotional journey into Delaware Soul. An emotional lead, that cracks on all the right peaks, as his fellow vocalists cradle him through this 2.00 minute meltdown of Northern Soul, that rarity thus far, has deprived it of the turntable outings it so very much deserves.. Rarity again, has hampered it's recognition; as we know of only a handful of copies that have come to market in the last 20 years. and most staying in the USA for the incredible ballad side.. the time is now for Northern Soul to pay this 45 some attention.

Flip it over and we back our preceding enthusiasm with something truly special; A silky Low Rider/Sweet Soul delicacy drenched in falsetto exquisiteness. Prepare to listen and melt, as neighborhood street-corner Soul clasps your heart.. the impressive falsetto prolonged holding of every note perfectly, then from nowhere the lead vocal switches, then the falsetto bounces back in and the pair go tit-for-tat through the song gliding on a carpet of harmony support..to an majestic finale.

Of it's genre, the Sweet Soul side is an authoritative recording with all those beautiful rough edges that we adore, as the emotion seeps out, filling your space.. just awesome! The dance side benefitting from its addictive uniqueness and the malleable flowing harmonies woven into a NS dance beat.

Two remarkable sides one very rare 45 from the streets.. one side for the "All Niter" dancers, the other perfect suited for the Sunday chill-out sessions..

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Condition Report

NOTE, the 45 has double labels of the "The Gleam In Your Eye" "What Would I Do" is differentiated with a handwritten A - S (see images) ""The Gleam In Your Eye"" side has

NOTE, the 45 has double labels of the "The Gleam In Your Eye" "What Would I Do" is differentiated with a handwritten A - S (see images) ""The Gleam In Your Eye"" side has

Linda Jones - I Just Can't Live My Life ( Without You Babe )  / My Heart ( Will Understand ) - Warner Bros 7278

Linda Jones

I Just Can't Live My Life ( Without You Babe ) / My Heart ( Will Understand )

Warner Bros : 7278 (45s)

A recording that clicks your "flashbulb" memory into action, as surely you remember every detail of when and where you first heard those chromatic notes of the harp glide skyward before the majestic vocal of the world's greatest ever female Soul Queen takes control, with her dramatic, unequaled vocal presence.

Pure genius from George Kerr to open with the harp, as an intro for Linda's spine-tinging vocal to awaken your senses. Standing on the carpet next to the dancefloor I was instantly stunned, when Ian Levine dropped it on the "Mecca" turntables circa 1973. Ironically, when weeks later as this record rose to the "No. 1 NS tune" in the country, a close friend in our travelling gang of Melton Mowbray & Stamford, was killed in a car accident travelling home from an allnighter. It was her favourite record, a heart-breaking tribute of flowers spelled out " I Just Can't Live My Life, Without You Babe " from all her NS friends.

This is an iconic recording that means so many different things to so many people, not least of all a testament to the irreplaceable voice of Linda Jones, surely the greatest Soul Sister vocal that the world of Northern Soul adored, but the rest of the world never got to know.

An incomparable Northern Soul anthem, that still today makes the hairs on my arms bristle, my pulse quicken, my eyes moisten... whilst an inner warmth, glows inside of me.. as I feel so blessed to have been part of a musical movement that was forever discovering afro-american genius, that altered the course of our lives.

This posting is in the memory of Stamford soul girl Pauline Jarvis who tragically had her life cut short in 1973...still fondly remembered by all who knew her, especially for being the young girl with outstanding taste and dedication to Soul music..

You've not got a Northern Soul collection of completeness, unless this masterpiece is nestled on your shelves, at hand, ready to change your mood upon request.

Condition Report

Two clean green stock copy labels, soft storage rub on flipside label. Strong gloss on vinyl reveals multiple fine sleeve storage hairlines, when angled under direct light. NOTE this is, the first trip over the pond for this disc, it has never seen England before, consequently a NS virgin, that has not suffered the demanding rigors, multiple stylus fatigue, that many copies of this NS anthem have endured over the near five decades this timeless classic has pleasured the NS faithful.

Two clean green stock copy labels, soft storage rub on flipside label. Strong gloss on vinyl reveals multiple fine sleeve storage hairlines, when angled under direct light. NOTE this is, the first trip over the pond for this disc, it has never seen England before, consequently a NS virgin, that has not suffered the demanding rigors, multiple stylus fatigue, that many copies of this NS anthem have endured over the near five decades this timeless classic has pleasured the NS faithful.

Essex IV - My Reaction To You / My Heart Just Can't Take It - Wind Mill W-2001

Essex IV

My Reaction To You / My Heart Just Can't Take It

Wind Mill : W-2001 (45s)

Old school Northern Soul collectors will fondly remember those days when the intrepid Bay Area soul collector Bob Cattaneo from his Soul Odyssey mail order outlet in Day City, California, would visit Oakland's local distributor "Music People" and come home with a basket full of independent Soul 45's. Sadly those fruitful times have long since gone.

From 1974 thru 1978 I'd truly look forward to my monthly box of new release samples from "Daly City Bob", then order multiples of the ones I really liked. In 1975 the arrival of The Essex IV , I thought I had a totally exceptional 45, I adored both sides, and quickly put in an order for 50 copies. But unfortunately the time lapse of enthusiasm through air mail, often found Bob unable to source any more than the initial copies he'd purchased. Phone calls to the USA in 1975 were damn expensive. He did however send me a meagre handful, but was unable to get any more of this wonderful Bob Yorey and Richie Rome's East Coast creation.
It became an instant sought after 45, an overnight big tune for the "Modern" Soul DJs and collectors across the scene.

Now 40 years later it still shimmers with all the now seasoned qualities these two studio creators possessed Bob Yorey (The Glories etc.) and Richie Rome (If You Ask Me - Jerry Williams) and a truck load more. Two talented and experienced studio magicians in 1975 were still crafting gems, with Jack Perriocone superior string driven arrangement. Although a b-side for me, "My Reaction" is one of the greatest totally Soulful dancers of that time, so very classy, standing head and shoulders above the imminent East Coast "Disco Explosion" that eventually rinsed out all meaningful "Soul" content out of new East East dance productions.

Flip it over for the original a-side and hear "My Heart Just Can't Take It " another full orchestra production, the guys lay down a magic-carpet for the magnificent lead vocal to fly on. Heavenly full girl group assist, with other male vocals coming in to enrich this already lush landscape, crowned by a fabulous piano led, string saturated partitioned by a brass endorsed instrumental break.

Wonderful!

They just don't make records like this any more, two killer sides, that today still tower above it's contemporaries and so very hard to acquire in this stunning mint minus condition!

Do not ponder over such brilliance... this disc is already enjoying a second coming.

Condition Report

Perfect labels, unblemished vinyl gives up perfect sound. a glorious mint minus copy.

Perfect labels, unblemished vinyl gives up perfect sound. a glorious mint minus copy.

Frank James - Sea Of Faces / The Story Of My Life - Tru-Sound 424

Frank James

Sea Of Faces / The Story Of My Life

Tru-Sound : 424 (45s)

This week's "Popcorn / R&B" offering comes from the jazz giant Prestige records, through Tru-Sound a subsidiary releasing recordings of Gospel as well as Jazz and some wonderful big vocal outings that just sat just left of their "Jazz" parameters.

This session was guided by the now iconic, but then 29 year old David Axlerod, a producing magician who has provided so many inventive beats, breaks within his huge volume of work, he has become an oasis for "Hip-Hop" producers to draw from.

Axlerod brilliantly ignites this session from the very first note, as dynamic fortissimo piano pulses, the perfect steppingstones for a brutal snarling vocal to stroll upon, a full throated search for his girl is decorated by a melancholy mouthorgan accompaniment. With Axelrod adding layer after layer of atmospheric inventiveness, a full vocal group harmonized chorus enriching his journey as his love-search unfolds in "A Sea Of Faces". A fanfare of trumpets take to the air at all the crucial moments. The mouthorgan still timing its wailings tom perfection in the background, this moody Popcorn stroller slowly but surely grabs you by the throat.

Throughout it all, are Axerod's thumping piano pulses, peppering the background, ensuring not for a moment are ever thinking of leaving the dancefloor, as this Popcorn-persuader stranglehold tightens its grip...

Narcotic Big City Beating Popcorn! in fabulous condition.

Condition Report

Clean a-side label, b-side label is absent, but the vinyl is immaculate, very unusual for this title to be witnessed with full gloss unblemished playing surface.

Clean a-side label, b-side label is absent, but the vinyl is immaculate, very unusual for this title to be witnessed with full gloss unblemished playing surface.

Calvin Turner & Bad News - I've Got To Have My Back / After All -  Lulu 200

Calvin Turner & Bad News

I've Got To Have My Back / After All

Lulu: 200 (45s)

This record has just stopped me in my tracks, I'm dropping everything to fully absorb its off-the-scale imploring need, tumbling from the speakers. .

In recent times, only a very few artists like Herman Hitson or McArthur have left me in mesmeric state of spellbinding Soul appreciation.

The combination of label owner and producer Jerry Herman skilled understated arrangement, allowing Calvin Turner's persuasive voice, to convey desperate hopelessness and pain, is the greatest slab of unadulterated street-level-Soul I've been able to immerse myself in, in quite some time.

Stop everything, plug the headphones in, click the soundfile and share this man's brokenhearted melody... listen and weep, this is beyond Deep Soul realism, it is actually an opportunity to escape from your own troubles no matter what they may be. Into this guys palpable pain.

Not overlooking the fact, that the flipside " After All " is top-drawer, highly sought-after Northern Soul Crossover that seldom turns up for sale... a big ticket item in its own right. Jerry Herman's working association with the Turner Brothers and his LULU adventure has now matured, gone are the inferior mastering and recording results. The team are nailing street-level Soul to the master of D.I.Y. excellence..

Killer 45 which ever side you drop the arm on, with "I've Got To Have My Back" quite simply my favourite tune of 2020 so far...






Condition Report

Two clean yellow labels, mint minus play perfect vinyl... a beauty!

Two clean yellow labels, mint minus play perfect vinyl... a beauty!

Little Richie - Just Another Heartache / I Wish I Was A Baby - Sound Stage 7 2554

Little Richie

Just Another Heartache / I Wish I Was A Baby

Sound Stage 7 : 2554 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Northern Soul ANTHEM!

A MANSHIP MINT!

A Northern Soul anthem - unbelievably UNPLAYED, perfect and still in birth sleeve

Condition Report

MINT UNPLAYED

MINT UNPLAYED

Barbara Cooper - What's One More Tear / The Playground - RCA 47-9048 DJ

Barbara Cooper

What's One More Tear / The Playground

RCA : 47-9048 DJ (45s)

a flawless promo copy, still housed in sleeve, you could hardly dream of acquiring a finer copy, of this dancefloor igniter...

In the very best of Northern Soul girl vocal traditions, Nashville produced Barbara Cooper nonchalantly shrugs off another heartache, serving up an inspired NS dancer. Part created by her long term writing partner Frank Catana. Frank is certainly no stranger to the Northern Soul rhythms having worked with Larry Santos, Shirley Ellis, Peggy March, Dana Valery, Kiki Dee to name just a few. Frank was certainly very at home with the upbeat feelgood 60's girl dance groove.

There's no denying Barbara has a beautifully controlled voice, reminiscent of Petula Clark, Evie Sands, Jackie DeShannon and other blue-eyed songbirds with enough texture in their voice to sound soulful, those ladies who have continually pleasured our ears, just like those aforementioned, Barbara also hits the big notes with consummate ease.

The finger-clicking arrangement guided by accomplish guitarist Walter Raim, builds the session up, with peaks perfectly placed to accentuate those glorious Northern Soul moments of euphoria.

A fabulous tune, that started life at Cleethorpes Pier circa 1976 always triggering strong dancefloor reaction; but is enjoying a much more recent NS renaissance with theDJ in the north of England lifting this disc into a floor-filling must-have, much, much bigger than it ever was the first time round some 25 years earlier. And rightly so, such a strong tune served up by a delicious voice.. for lovers of the Northern Soul girl-sound they don't come much more pleasing.

An essential DJ box resident when you need to get them off their seats.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in correct RCA company sleeve

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in correct RCA company sleeve

Martha Reeves - No One There / I've Given You The Best Years Of My Life - Tamla Motown TMG 843 DJ

Martha Reeves

No One There / I've Given You The Best Years Of My Life

Tamla Motown : TMG 843 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

WOW! TMG stalkers a previously here is an unplayed promo copy, what an enticing proposition. February 9th. 1971 Green and White Demo, in irresistible perfect condition.

What a spectacular item, shimmering all over with gorgeousness, offering a 7" single that no other country in the world can. No USA release other than an album track. Such a very highly-sought after 45, even in its regular stock release format. BUt very rarely seen as the green and white promo.

Spy those label images, listen to the lush sound file with Martha's loneliness tugging away at your heart.

Resist if you can...

Condition Report

MANSHIP MINT previously unplayed archive copy. we have detect two very soft sleeve contact hairlines, neither affecting play.

MANSHIP MINT previously unplayed archive copy. we have detect two very soft sleeve contact hairlines, neither affecting play.

Dean Parrish - Determination / Turn On Your Lovelight - Boom BM 60, 016 DJ

Dean Parrish

Determination / Turn On Your Lovelight

Boom : BM 60,016 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas.

One of the most stunning pieces of Northern Soul eye-candy we've come across this year...

That man Richard Gottehrer and his New York team again produce a Northern Soul anthem that amazingly started life as a b-side, to become a Twisted Wheel anthem that still sets the room alight today!

Check out that image of gorgeousness and resist its perfection... if you can.

***Soundfiles lifted from a pervious mint minus copy - this copy remains unplayed***

Condition Report

MANSHIP Minnt - previously unplayed copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve

MANSHIP Minnt - previously unplayed copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve

Sonny Turner and Sounds Limited - Now That You're G one / Chicago Woman - Musicior MU 1459 DJ

Sonny Turner and Sounds Limited

Now That You're Gone / Chicago Woman

Musicior : MU 1459 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas.

Before you today is the most-divine, most-wanted slab of Northern Soul Beat-Ballad Heaven it is possible to experience, It just don't get any better than this!

In short, ex-Platters crooner Sonny Turner is about to turn your insides upside-down, clasp a vice around your heart, as he delivers the greatest mid-paced Big City Beater of IHMO, of all time..

An utterly gorgeous, utterly compelling, stunningly brilliant.. mood changer.

Invite Sonny into your life, this Christmas

Condition Report

MANSHIP MINT - a flawless promo copy!

MANSHIP MINT - a flawless promo copy!

Rita Wright - Touch Me Take Me / Love Is All You Need - Jet UP 36382

Rita Wright

Touch Me Take Me / Love Is All You Need

Jet: UP 36382 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas - the highly sought after 1978 soulful stepper, hidden on the flipside of a non-hit.

A Brit-produced stroller through soul-sister Heaven; from the desk of Steve Royal who in 1975 debuted the composition with Ester Bydie, a song that sneaked out on to the UK Crystal label, with few people noticing at the time.

In 1978 Mr. Royal revisited this stunning Sister glider for Rita Wright to sing her equally captivating version, to be Rita's only single 45 release. Even though it gave up rare 70's British Soul at it's utmost compelling... An amorous, sultry Soulful sashay of the sexiest kind, an alluring lead voice beckons for your attention, Rita pulling you into her tantalizing web of seduction. Assisted by sirenesque ladies, holding her irresistible tones aloft with their floating choruses.

British Soul has never been so seductive, whether it by Ester or Rita doing the ensnaring, you will be hooked, as the song slowly but surely intensifies, until the lady takes over your consciousness. Purring the "Touch Me - Take Me" so convincingly, impending arousal is just moments away..

This is British Soul at it's most exquisite, the immense Sister vocal is so beguiling, along with such a convincing arrangement; You mind may well be wafted towards the bedroom and not just with Rita... how could you possibly leave that girl choir behind...

This elusive Jet 45 is in spectacular previously unplayed condition, still housed in birth sleeve - as good as it gets.

Condition Report

Previously uplayed copy - still housed in it's birth-sleeve - a stunning MANSHIP MINT

Previously uplayed copy - still housed in it's birth-sleeve - a stunning MANSHIP MINT

Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over / Friday Night - Tollie 9012

Sam Fletcher

I'd Think It Over / Friday Night

Tollie : 9012 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

perfect unplayed copy still housed in birth-sleeve

When Johnny Pate weaves his magic through a production, you just know something special is about to unfold. Skillfully conducting his orchestra in the task of matching up to Sam’s booming-baritone.

Staccato violin plucking, opens the gates for muted trumpets, swirling strings, combining to lay down a moody carpet. The perfect platform for Sam’s imposing statue, delivering a barrage of advisory caution of impending perils for his girl.

“I’d Think It Over” is Sam’s sound advice, will she listen? The story takes shape and we are all captivated by his self assured warnings.

What is that quality a record has, that no matter how often or indeed how little you hear it. It immediately ignites an uplifting feeling inside.. not just you but the whole room the DJ is appealing to can feel.

Northern Soul / Popcorn classic that has had dancers on their feet for over 40 years ... and nobody’s tired yet!

Perfection awaits...

Condition Report

MINT unplayed still in birth sleeve.

MINT unplayed still in birth sleeve.

Gene Barbour and the Cavaliers - I Dig You Baby / I Need A Love - Hit H-101

Gene Barbour and the Cavaliers

I Dig You Baby / I Need A Love

Hit : H-101 (45s)

What a lovely problem .. which side do we lead with first?

"I Dig You Baby" currently a dancefloor and lockdown NS crowd favourite or the revamping of the Curtis Mayfield's composition by The Impressions "I Need You"; by retitling it then moving it up a notch into a strong NS dancer.

Whilst "I Dig You Baby" it right up there alongside Jerry Butler's & Lorraine Ellison; but only if you, like me, adore the warm breeze of Carolina horns, chirping girl group responses and the lazy blue-eyed lead singer, who effortlessly cruises in and out of the song, with carefree easiness.

Curtis Mayfield's "I Need You" is all the better for 7 young blue-eyed Soul boys, paying it homage, but adding youthful enthusiasm into their backing instruments and girl group friends. There are not many blue-eyed boys capable of givind a Mayfiel / Impressions classic, a run for its money.

Two really stunning Carolina Northern Soul dancers, offering a delicious a Crossover stepper one side, and a meatier horn driven Chicago influenced Northern Soul mover on the other.

A fabulous two for the price of one, NS rarity...

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Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing

Two clean labels, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing

Linda Jones - I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby / Hypnotized  - Warner Bros 2070

Linda Jones

Hypnotized / I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby

Warner Bros : 2070 (45s)

Considered by most-every classic era Soul scholar, Linda Jones is the most majestic voice of all the many Soul sisters who have at sometime during their career been crowned Queen, Princess or Goddess of the Soul sound.

Sadly Linda Jones has been noted on the some internet notations as a "one-hit" wonder, which is an horrifyingly shallow legacy to note this great lady as. For me Linda sits along side Aretha Franklin, Doris Duke, Barbara Hall, Irma Thomas in my top five "Queens" real Soul music. Listen to Hypnotized (one ad only hit) and the other side "I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby" her only Northern Soul dancer released in the UK - both performances validate her as the Queen Soul Sister of New York who sadly passed away at the tender age of 27 but not before leaving a treasure trove of recordings for real-soul fans to immerse themselves in. For me and many others Linda Jones is the uncrowned "Queen of Soul".

Before to today is the extremely elusive 1967 British orange stock copy, on which Linda "operatic standard" interpretation of Soul, booms out Charlie Harper & Ronnie Miller's optimistic lyrics, woven into Richard Tee & George Kerr's irresistible vibe and horn cocktail rhythms, that Linda bellows an extra dimension into. Listen how she embellishes the production with impossibly explosive but crystal clear singing that ranges from a soft purr to an almighty sonic-boom of Soul! As Richard Tee controls those ever prompting horns into the perfect Northern Soul Soul dance beat.

On the flipside of this compelling dancer, Gloria Spolan & Richard Poindexter write one of the greatest Soul ballads of all time "Hypnotized" was Linda's only real chart success, a stunning full orchestral production lavishly decorated with a girl and male vocal group choruses, laying down the rich carpet for Linda pneumatic powered voice, that could have only been born of Apollo. Not before and certainly not since has any Soul Sister come even close to emulating the inspirational voice of Linda Jones.

Listen to the astonishing Linda Jones deliver on two modes of 60's Soul, excelling in both styles, in a way only Linda ever could. On her only 60's British 45.


Condition Report

Two clean labels, only minuscule signs of careful storage, housed in birth-sleeve. A-side vinyl carries full gloss, just the merest sleeve contact hairlines detect under direct light. Strong clean Mint minus. Flipside vinyl has a small scratch that causes a momentary clicks on the " Hypnotized " listen to the soundfile and prepare for Linda to change your day.

Two clean labels, only minuscule signs of careful storage, housed in birth-sleeve. A-side vinyl carries full gloss, just the merest sleeve contact hairlines detect under direct light. Strong clean Mint minus. Flipside vinyl has a small scratch that causes a momentary clicks on the " Hypnotized " listen to the soundfile and prepare for Linda to change your day.

Vernon Garrett - If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time / You And Me Together - Stateside SS 2006 DJ

Vernon Garrett

If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time / You And Me Together

Stateside : SS 2006 DJ (45s)

A glorious Twisted Wheel anthem, in its most beautiful clothes. A February 1967 Stateside Demo !

A Los Angeles session driven by the signature potency that Arthur Wright injected into all his works.

Condition Report

Other than a soft sticker removal blemish top left ?(see image) this highly-prized promo is mint minus throughout. Vinyl is a flawless Mint minus both sides, 4 prong centre intact all housed in original birth-sleeve.

Other than a soft sticker removal blemish top left ?(see image) this highly-prized promo is mint minus throughout. Vinyl is a flawless Mint minus both sides, 4 prong centre intact all housed in original birth-sleeve.

Up-Tights - Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher - Alley 1045

Up-Tights

Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher

Alley : 1045 (45s)

The talented Ike Noble and team are here again serving up, another vocal-group harmony excursion into D.I.Y. Northern Soul. Written & arranged by Ike himself, this time utilizing Joe Lee's Arkansas based vanity label. That released less than a handful of 45s that can be remotely classed as Soul 45's.

From that wonderful Memphis based release by Noble and the Uptights - Don't Worry About It / Lonely Man - Action 6850 /6851 from just a year earlier. Ike again echoes that tight harmony-based mid-tempo Soul with an equally fine creation, giving up two bewitching street-level group-grooves; Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher.

We lead with the slightly more uptempo side "Just a Dream" with the beckoning blend of lilting guitar and considerate horn blows. Another "thankful" narrative of finding the right girl, which Ike's convincing indebted voice portrays so well, within a simplistic street-corner symphony that his grainy soulfulness is the star, only for his long-awaited rescue to be shattered .. as it's "Just a Dream".

Flip it over and the same ingredients bolster a totally different story, of loving a girl who doesn't love him. This brings forth Ike's inner determination , motivating himself to just move on...to just "Look A Little Higher"... hold your head high and keep on pushing. His expressive voice suiting this self-belief cradled by inspiring horns and approving guitar picking, welded and soothed by ghostly distant male group harmonies emphasizing he's not on his own, in his desire to pick himself up.

Two exquisite D.I.Y. soulful dance grooves, that will slowly but surely burrow their way into your heart..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, spectacular clean Mint minus vinyl, you couldn't hope to acquire a cleaner copy.

Two clean labels, spectacular clean Mint minus vinyl, you couldn't hope to acquire a cleaner copy.

Wade Flemons - That Other Place / I Knew You When - Vee Jay VJ 614

Wade Flemons

That Other Place / I Knew You When

Vee Jay : VJ 614 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

Mint unplayed - still housed in birth sleeve

rare condition indeed

Condition Report

Mint unplayed still in it's birth sleeve, a beautiful looking thing.

Mint unplayed still in it's birth sleeve, a beautiful looking thing.

Blinky and Edwin Starr - Oh How Happy / Ooo Baby Baby - Tamla Motown 720 DJ

Blinky and Edwin Starr

Oh How Happy / Ooo Baby Baby

Tamla Motown : TMG 720 DJ (45s)

"THE" British Tamla Motown Holy Grail - TMG 720 DEMO - withdrawn and wickedly RARE and never issued!

One unconfirmed theory was EMI "shelved" TMG 720 January 1970 promotion due to the serious illness of Tammi Terrell; Motown were reputedly mulling over the possibility of filling the impending Motown duet void with Blinky and Edwin Starr. But the timing had to be right, and not conflicting in any way with Motown's most successful girl/boy partnership. Especially if they could hit with their re-promoted "Oh How Happy" some 28 Tamla Motown releases later on 21st. August 1970 TMG 748. It has never been confirmed exactly why EMI took this action but that "theory" could well hold more than some truth in it. But was is absolutely the truth, the withdrawal of TMG 720 certainly created an annoyingly elusive number in the series, that is now considered a TMG Grail, utterly crucial to own, before you can complete the TMG challenge..

Frank Wilson & Barbara J. Borde affectionately known as B.J. pull from Edwin's pre-Motown past for a song that he wrote, that became a hit for Detroit blue-eyed boys "The Shades Of Blue", also covered by Percy Sledge when Marlin Greene, Quin Ivy down Muscle Shoals way, thought it a song deserving of a Southern Soul vocal.

On this version Edwin teams up with Sondra Williams (Blinky), producer Frank Wilson enlists from the Los Angeles office, friend and long time associate Jerry Long to create an uplifting full orchestra production blessed with a bank of strings and two magnificently matched voices. You could easily imagine this singing marriage filling the vacuous gap left by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's finale. That gap was of course later filled by Diana Ross with Marvin taking second billing in the credits..

An interesting back story, but the most important aspect of this listing - is the fabled TMG 720 - is here and ready in stunning condition, for the best Christmas present any British Tamla Motown dedicate could ever wish to take ownership of.

Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline or two when angled in the light, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Two flawless promo labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline or two when angled in the light, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Jack Hammer - Brave New world / inc: Down In The Subway -  Polydor 582001

Jack Hammer

Brave New world / inc: Down In The Subway, Switch Blade Operator

Polydor : 582001 LP (LP)

An exile from New Orleans, La, who came to Europe as the 50's era ended. Here's Jack with this UK ONLY 1966 LP that everybody missed upon release - that today's 60's Soul album aficionadas herald as a lost gem; after Pye rejected it as, not commercial enough, Polydor took up the reigns and then bizarrely failed to promote it.

This very rare Jack Hammer album gives up his most sought after recordings including "Down In the Subway" "Switch Blade Operator" "Love Ladder" hear an inventive compilation of this creative Soul Man with the growling vocal.
What a massive talent Jack Hammer was, his writing prowess jumping of the stylus on every track on this track album. Serving up an uncompromising diversity of 60's Soul, Big City Boom, R&B, Jazz, Popcorn and social comment. A mind-bending 1966 cocktail, spiked by his controlled, but snarling vocal delivery. An album littered with killer dance tunes, and confrontational jazz poetry; addressing the age-old resistance to racism, war and bigotry, screaming the mid-60's protest, right at you.

A stunning album on so many levels, involving an huge team accomplished musicians inc: Acoustic Guitar – Brian Daley, Alto Saxophone, Flute – Ray Swinfield, Bass – Spike Heatley, Conductor – Johnny Hawkins., percussion – Kenny Clare
Lead Guitar – George Kish, Organ – Roger Coulam, Piano – Laurie Holloway, Tenor Saxophone – Art Ellefson, Trombone – Johnny Marshall (3), Trumpet – Kenny Wheeler, Vibraphone – Jim Lawless. All skillfully produced by Richard Hill.
A carefully constructed team effort, a12 track album that totally missed out of any promotion or sales when Polydor UK surprisingly sneaked it onto the market with no fanfare other than a a cursory 45 "Love Ladder" that met the same fate.

listen to "Down In The Subway" a MOD Monster. "Love Ladder" frantic Northern Soul "Switch Blade Operator" "Brave New World" 2. "J.C." an energetic Jazz jumper.."From The Womb To The Tomb" racing jazz poetry, are the stand out sixties dance tracks. Do not overlook another also top Jazz tracks are "Black Snow"

ONLY ISSUED in the UK seemingly abandoned by Pye in the "cutting room" as the very last track on their unique acetate inexplicably cuts off halfway through. To be re-cut by UK Polydor, remastered and half-hearted release by the company, leaving the Soul fan with one of the UK's most elusive LPs.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, fine clean Mint miinus vinyl revealing just a few wispy soft storage hairines when angled in the light; plays beautifully. Unblemished laminated cover, is clean, uncreased laminate and gleaming. A very solid Mint minus throughout.

Two clean labels, fine clean Mint miinus vinyl revealing just a few wispy soft storage hairines when angled in the light; plays beautifully. Unblemished laminated cover, is clean, uncreased laminate and gleaming. A very solid Mint minus throughout.

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