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Finishing Touch - Have Yourself A Lovely Day / ? ?  /  Cover-Up

Finishing Touch c/u

Have Yourself A Lovely Day / ? ?

? ? : 141412 (45s)

It's not often we ever auction a cover-up, in fact we can't remember doing it is recent times. But this 1977 soulful dance beauty is currently making big waves on the scene, and out of respect for the DJs currently
playing it cover-up

"Have Yourself A Lovely Day " is causing little confusion as three very capable DJ's have it covered up as two different artists, Andy Burns dropped it this weekend as Foster & Stevens, whilst Steve Johnson DJ FYS Newark chill-outs and discerning DJ Russ Vickers have it credited as a "secret sound" the same what Soul Sam disguised as "The Finishing Touch", so we're gonna go with "Finishing Touch". But I'm sure Andy Burns caused a stir at the latest "Dab Of Soul"

For most of you who have been out and about during the last two years you will have heard it. An instantly persuasive 70's vocal-group dancer that is triggering lots of NS collectors whisperings and dancefloor appreciation.

Out of respect for those forward thinking DJ's only the winner will know the identity once it drops through their letterbox.

NOTE: there is NO USA or UK release for this memorable dance tune.

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl the disc will be supplied with two vintage Music City labels for neat covering up purposes.

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl the disc will be supplied with two vintage Music City labels for neat covering up purposes.

Dee Dee Warwick - Worth Every Tear I Cry / Lover's Chant - Mercury MF 909

Dee Dee Warwick

Worth Every Tear I Cry / Lover's Chant

Mercury : MF 909 (45s)

Delia Warrick better known as Dee Dee Warwick with her finest Northern Soul offering! So sought after as there is absolutely NO USA release as a 7" 45. We present you with the extremely elusive rare April 1966 UK press in just sublime condition!

Yet another Horace Ott triumph, showcasing this 21 year old's vocal powers to the max! With a beseeching mid-tempo drenched in real-deal emotion Dee Dee was so at ease delivering. Her sister Dionne described Dee Dee's beckoning style, as a singer with an Angel's voice. Whilst Dionne travelled a different landscape, with her impeccable middle-of-the-road Bacharach & David guided serenading. Dee Dee's imploring work was much more suited to real-soulfulness, as the truth in her vocal brought emotion out in everyone who ever heard her .

Amazingly "Worth every Tear I Cry" was relegated to a b-side at the time, before those Northern Soul investigators took hold and started spinning it. First from the 1967 USA album, then on this highly prized UK 45 where it gives up the rich, crisp volume only a British 45 can. (no styrene fragility here)

Producer Robert Bateman draws upon all his experience with Motown in the early 60's, now transferring his partnership ad location from Detroit and Brian Holland to Ronald Moseley in New York. Just a year earlier the pair were creating such masterpieces as Lenny Curtis - Nothing Can Help You Now, Luther Ingram - Ain't That Nice etc. With a trio of Horace Ott, Ronald Moseley, Robert Bateman guiding Delia something very special was likely to be born - here it is - Worth Every Tear I Cry - Dee Dee Warwick finest single, UK only and utterly essential to all collectors of rare soul.

Listen and drool.

Condition Report

Two clean label, 3 prong centre intact intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl, all housed in its birth sleeve. A beauty!

Two clean label, 3 prong centre intact intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl, all housed in its birth sleeve. A beauty!

Isonics - Sugar / He Needs Her - Kammy K-369

Isonics

Sugar / He Needs Her

Kammy : K-369 (45s)

A rich ensemble of exuberant soulful voices, elevate this most-popular of Northern Soul dancers from a basic 1-2-3 intro, up and away, transforming it into a potent cocktail of exciting harmony. Relentlessly peppered with enthusiastic chants, muscular mantras and celebratory tongue-trills showering this kitchen-sink production with amazing vocal unity. Brilliantly partitioned by rattling piano breaks, offering up spectacular stand-alone moments that drive this irresistible compulsion to dance, lifted on high to yet another level, as those aerial voices return to soar yet again.

Awesomely different, the complete Northern Soul floor-packer. So very memorable, you will find that no matter how many records you've danced to that evening, this is the one you take home in your head.

The ultimate blending of 60's Soul, Latin, Tex-Mex and vocal group vitality...

Resist it's charismatic charms if you can...

But do not pass by, the equally unusual flipside, different but the snarling lead voice is still there; cradled by full male group choruses, horns, plucking guitar pulse. A fabulous stroller far too good to overlook, this too will have its day in the sun!



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Condition Report

two clean labels, crisp sharp silver text, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light. Top copy!

two clean labels, crisp sharp silver text, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light. Top copy!

Cresa Watson - Salvation / If You've Stopped Loving Me - Charay C-90

Cresa Watson

Salvation / If You've Stopped Loving Me

Charay : C-90 (45s)

Not only a Northern Soul holier than holy grail, it comfortably sits in the category of one of the rarest 45's John Manship Records has sold over this century or the last!

To put that statement into stark perspective, this is the very FIRST time we have listed it for sale since I started record dealing in the same year (1969) that Major Bill Smith pressed and withdrew this disc. Changing the artist label credits by hand to Rita Lee. The reasons for this are obscure, as Major Bill and the Charay label, on the very next catalog number C-91, credited Cresa in full on her wonderful version of Carolyn Sullivan's 1967 "Dead".

Before you today is the mind-warping Sister version of Robert Thomas's dancefloor destroyer "Salvation", released just 3 numbers after Robert's. A record that Major Bill Smith reissued as Rita Lee on the white label with pink text in the late 70's when Northern Soul stalwart "Brad" requested a limited reissue. That reissue itself today is extremely elusive today.

With Robert Thomas again receiving strong Northern Soul turntable time, the realisation started to hit home just how seriously rare thel Cresa Watson copy was. Supremo Northern Soul DJ Mark Dobson (Butch) backtracked through his unrivalled collection to a copy of "Cresa" he found 30 years earlier. Its debut night at the 100 Club took it by storm, as the familiar horn & vibe intro filled the air, but then a soaring girl voice broke forth. Again Butch had floored his 100 Club devotees. Becoming one of the most wanted Northern Soul 45s on the planet.

Our investigations point to maybe as little as 4 known copies and absolutely the first copy we have ever had for sale. Remembering we have sold Frank Wilson twice this century and unlike Frank Wilson, Cresa Watson has not become the over-exposed public property of the British Soul fan.

An already beyond-rare pedigree, made spectacularly sought-after when "Butch" first introduced it into his revered DJ sets...a collection and DJ elevator like no other.

Condition Report

Credit adjustments, Cresa Watson text has been redacted, but Cresa Watson is still full readable under the now dwindling marker. Rits Lee credit added in fine fountain pen, which has now fading. See label images provided. VInyl is full gloss, giving up just the merest blemishes when angled in the light. Listen playback unlike the Rita Lee reissue is rich, full and loud!

Credit adjustments, Cresa Watson text has been redacted, but Cresa Watson is still full readable under the now dwindling marker. Rits Lee credit added in fine fountain pen, which has now fading. See label images provided. VInyl is full gloss, giving up just the merest blemishes when angled in the light. Listen playback unlike the Rita Lee reissue is rich, full and loud!

Frankie (Love Man) Crocker - Ton Of Dynamite / Confession Of Love - Turbo 0001

Frankie (Love Man) Crocker

Ton Of Dynamite / Confession Of Love

Turbo : 0001 (45s)

The from the same era when the diversity of the Northern Soul scene was never more apparent than in 1974 when the Blackpool Mecca was spinning "A Ton Of Dynamite" and Wigan Casino was spinning "Footsee". The line in the sand was drawn with The Mecca going more and more "Funky" and Wigan Casino DJ's momentarily veering towards "pop".

Ton Of Dynamite was a ground-breaking "hunk of funk" that took no prisoners on the Northern Soul dancefloor. As Blackpool Mecca started winning the street kudos. As time has proved beyond debate as "Footsee" will never grace a Northern Soul turntable again and Frankie Crocker still triggers allniter pandemonium when dropped.

What a record to launch your label with ... influential radio DJ Frankie “Love Man” Crocker aided by Willie Feaster, Benny Johnson and Sylvia Robinson certainly chose the right style and title for "Turbo’s" blast off.

Even though the early years of Turbo were quite unproductive. With all five of their 1969 45’s falling on hard ground with only meagre sales, this would later change when “Dynamite” sparked interest across Europe for everything “All Platinum & Turbo”

Whilst us mere mortals were listening to Mike Raven’s BBC radio one Soul show for our Soul educational fix. Ian Levine and Colin Curtis were listening Frankie Love Man Crocker on WBLS radio on cassette tapes Ian had brought back from his USA holidays. The turbulent sound “Ton Of Dynamite” stuck in their minds, then a few original 45s were located. The Blackpool Mecca’s boundaries were already widening; Levine and Curtis decided this frenetic edgy cocktail of Funk & Northern Soul was ready for a Highland Room airing. It was of course an instant success with the "Highlanders" receptive tastes. A record that has been ingrained into the Northern Soul psyche ever since. Even near 5 decades after those two audacious Blackpool Mecca DJ’s discharged it’s power onto a now expectant Highland room throng.

It is records of this ilk, and DJs who think outside the box that has kept the rich tapestry of Northern Soul music fresh, open-minded and addictive for all this time. Thank you Ian and Colin for pushing the boundaries.

Before you today, encapsulated in near 3 minutes of “dynamite” is a seldom-seen top drawer NS classic that pushed the envelope.

Condition Report

Clean a-side label, flipside label has a small name in marker. Strong gloss on vinyl, reveals only soft fine hairlines when angled in the light. listen to the clean soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Clean a-side label, flipside label has a small name in marker. Strong gloss on vinyl, reveals only soft fine hairlines when angled in the light. listen to the clean soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Johnny Lonesome - Doctor Heartache / Marie, Marie - H. M.V. 45-POP 837 DJ

Johnny Lonesome

Doctor Heartache / Marie, Marie

H. M.V.: 45-POP 837 DJ (45s)

Just like the British Northern Soul DJ & collectors curiosity found the scene some of the world's "lost" club music, at the same time, just across the North Sea in Belgium and France Club DJs thirst for something obscure, were foraging for new music to pleasure the burgeoning Popcorn scene with. Some of their finds were staggeringly rare and most everything carrying an additive haunting atmosphere as R&B, Jazz, Soul & Pop merge into one. Of course that unique Euro scene has long since spread its influence into the British Northern Soul club culture. Making it all the richer, as "Popcorn" seamlessly dovetails into rare Northern Soul sets without so much as a pause or sideways glance; The Brits are lapping up that Popcorn mood.

Before you today is irresistible "Popcorn" by the mysterious one record only Johnny Lonesome. Serving up killer British only release "Popcorn" hidden away on the flipside of a non-selling yawn of a crooning ballad.
Superbly moody "Fever" inspired, Bobby Hart composition mid-tempo presented here as the beyond rare 1961 British red and white demo.

Jazz & Blues meld as the slowly plucked Double Bass intro pulls you into its web of mystic, jazzy Bongo pulses pelt on the mix, along with moody well timed occasional thwacks of the drum, jazzy guitar decorates the background as Johnny's soft warnings of despair await you if you ever meet "Doctor Heartache" rhythms mingle with narcotic effects that quickly burrow into your psyche.

Far superior and decidedly more addictive than Tommy Sand pacier 1960 original, which doesn't capture the same irresistible mood the British "Fever" clone does.

UK ONLY and off the scale rare promo, as this totally seductive UK deconstruction out-sulks its USA counterpart.

LOVE IT!

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss excellent plus vinyl

two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss excellent plus vinyl

Darrow Fletcher - The Pain Gets A Little Deeper / My Judgement Day - The Groovy Label G 3001 DJ

Darrow Fletcher

The Pain Gets A Little Deeper / My Judgement Day

The Groovy Label: G 3001 DJ (45s)

WHITE DEMO ALERT! so though to acquire a clean copy as a promo of one of the all-time NS greats!

"The Pain Gets A Little Deeper"... and nobody portrays "Pain" quite like Darrow Fletcher.

A soul artist who has never recorded a record I don't adore, I like every single he has ever made. Then, when I witnessed him live on stage at Cleethorpes weekender in 2006; he cast his spell over everybody present, elevating himself into my all-time favourite Soul vocalists. Watering my eyes in the process, sending shivers down the back of my neck, with his unique manner of subtly delivering despair, hurt and hopelessness with a tender but totally convincing touch. That comes through to be equally moving, on vinyl as well as on stage.

"The Pain Gets A Little Deeper" is this "child prodigy's" first recording, when he collaborated with Ted Daniels and Maurice Simpkins, a powerful Chicago session, painting a poignant picture of a young man's heartbreak. This son of the Detroit Ghetto was only 14 years old when he created this blinding 45. That went on to become a Twisted Wheel favourite and now heralded as a Northern Soul timeless classic across the world. So incredibly attractive and super-scarce as a clean white demo!

Criminally neglected in his homeland, Darrow and his music is held in such high regard in the UK, that most all 60's Soul fans, can sing this anthem out loud. Here is Darrow's first 45, that introduced him to our shores in February 1966.

Listen and weep ... but do not overlooked the flipside, yet another "Darrow" masterpiece "My Judgement Day" just as poignant all his other word awaits...

Condition Report

Two total clean white promo label, strong gloss mint minus vinyl, a few soft sleeve storage blemishes, when angled in the light none of which transfer themselves to the stylus a strong mint minus; there just a solitary tiny light mark on the final turn, that causes a light click on the very last note, and the run-off. otherwise a pristine copy. <br /> <br /> A stunning example. .

Two total clean white promo label, strong gloss mint minus vinyl, a few soft sleeve storage blemishes, when angled in the light none of which transfer themselves to the stylus a strong mint minus; there just a solitary tiny light mark on the final turn, that causes a light click on the very last note, and the run-off. otherwise a pristine copy.

A stunning example. .

Chet Davenport - Just A Poor Boy / blank: - Hertz Recording Studios acetate

Chet Davenport

Just A Poor Boy / blank

Hertz Recording Studios : acetate (45s)

One of the most exciting unissued one-off acetates we have ever listed this century.

An unreleased New Jersey session, from the infancy of Chet's career, before he moved south to Miami, Florida to become involved in some of rare-souls most sought-after 70's grails at Toeholt Records. Where Chet wrote and produced some real standout Soul recordings.

"Just A Poor Boy " most probably written by Chet himself, gives up full blown, real deal 60's Northern Soul dancer. Chet's reaching vocal propelled by relentless blasting brass, burping saxophone, bongos, piano and persistent guitar pulses driving the pace. The low-blown saxophone is the cue for a muscular full-on brass section to lift their horns carrying Chet to ever increasing vocal-heights. A mighty strong production matched by his rich uplifting voice. A fabulous previously unknown "lost" recording from the vaults.

A perfect capture for the DJ seeking opportunities for exclusives to elevate his or her set.

A thumping unissued debutant to all internet auctions and totally unknown to us before today.

A real NS trophy for those serious about exclusivity.

Condition Report

clean attractive studio label

clean attractive studio label

Bobby Hebb - You Want To Change Me / Dreamy - Philips BF 1702

Bobby Hebb

You Want To Change Me / Dreamy

Philips : BF 1702 (45s)

This awesome Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff is so very frustrating, as the August 1968 styrene USA press offers notoriously flawed fidelity. Unless you are lucky enough to find a very early copy in the run the USA copies are invariably distorted, hissy to to varying degrees.

On the other hand the September 1968 British press gives up total clarity on the incomparable Philip VINYL. Now listen to this classic, crystal clear, rich and beautiful as the lucidity of Bobby's voice in front of a full Richie Rome conducted orchestra floods your space.

What a stunner...Bobby Hebb in Philadelphia, under the eyes of a blossoming partnership just before they set up the “Gamble” label. 3 years later bursting onto the international scene with CBS distributing the Philadelphia International Records. In1968 Gamble & Huff came under the umbrella of John Madara and David White’s publishing arm “Double Diamond” the guys responsible for all those addictive Len Barry recordings. This recording also carries so much of that late 60’s Philly personality; ultimately becoming a stepping stone for Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff to branch out on their own.

A perennial Northern Soul favourite, that we’ve never tired of hearing. Presented here today, as the UK perfect sound mint minus VINYL press!

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Two totally clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

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