Carl Spencer, an established as a New York author of the Big City Sound, collaborates with two other New York greats Bob Halley and Al Cleveland. Together the trio craft Carl's most popular Northern Soul 45 that's now considered a classic after it's first stumbling beginnings at Cleethorpes Pier, after Bay Area vinyl-hounds Rip Lay & Bob Catteneo discovered a copy on a mid-70s during a buying trip in Kansas City.
The story goes they were checking out the then legendary "Davison's" warehouse for rare 45's, they were thoroughly disappointed, as the record-locusts from all over the USA had already stripped it the building's bowels of worthwhile discs. Undeterred Bob & Rip kept digging, playing every 45 they didn't know, hoping for some gems of Doo-Wop, Soul, Garage etc. Rip was playing, Bob was digging when Rust 5104 blasted out just a few seconds to be instantly rejected by Rip.
"What Was That?" Bob called.. "Let It Play Through" after 2.28 mins Bob told Rip he thought those Brits would like that... "It's A Stomper" . The pair of them loved that word "Stomper" - "Found Any Stompers?" became an amusing catchphrase for Rip Lay for many years, as British collectors ploughed through his 4 million 45's warehouse in Concord California during the 70's and 80's.
Carl Spencer wasn't exactly and instant hit at Cleethorpes, just like "Arin Demain" it took time to capture the dancers imagination. But when it did, it was a hugely effective tune, it wasn't long before the Wigan Casino had themselves a copy and the rest is history.
I admire all Carl Spencer's work within the East Coast music scene, Bob Halley is an unsung NS Hero who was involved with a plethora of standout productions; Al Cleveland of course went forward to be a "wheel" at Motown.. but most of all I adore the stories of the vinyl-hounds of old and their undocumented contribution to the building of the Northern Soul scene.
This NS classic was just one of many tunes Daly City Bob and the effervescent Rip Lay unearthed for the Brits who just loved their "Stompers"...
Vinyl is close to a Manship Mint, in fact I'm unable to find even the mildest feeble surface blemish, the labels are free of sticker, writing, tear or stains. But there is some very light age spotting to the glossy white fginish. Which disqualified it from our annual "Manship Mint" Christmas bonanza. But you nor I, will possibly never encounter a finer copy. Mint - Mint minus. is what we've graded this previously unplayed disc at.