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Carl Spencer - Cover Girl - Rust Promo

Carl Spencer

Cover Girl / Progress

Rust : R 51204 (45s)

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"...

Condition Report

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.

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.

Jades - Hotter Than Fire / Movin' and Groovin' - Cherry Red

Jades

Hotter Than Fire / Movin' And Groovin'

Cherry Red: HCR 144 J (45s)

Rarely encountered real-deal stomping Philly Northern Soul.

A vocal-group eruption of everything the classic style dancefloor craves.. Which begs the question why was this jangling-juggernaut never elevated to top 500 classic status from the Wigan / Mecca / Pier days. I can only put it down to it's absence from all but the most complete DJ boxes over the years, that has stunted it's growth into wider-known dancefloor request popularity.

Take a listen, this rare piece has everything required to detonate the dancefloor and much, much rarer than some of the recent stomping 45's that have made recent resurgence. Limitations - I'm Lonely I'm Troubled - jumps to mind as a comparable
for it's recent renaissance.

So listen to the ingredients poured into this cauldron of Northern Soul. A racing hand-clap intro whips up a storm of horns and squealing girls, whilst the lead singer hangs on tight as the rhythm tries to leave him standing.. but he's there at forefront of what evolves into a Northern Soul volcano, spitting out trumpet blasts, squealing choruses, rattling piano keys, piercing woo-woos... then comes one of the greatest instrumental inciters of all NOrthern XSoul creations, give just enough pause for the gang to explode fully active action..

This is a Vesuvius experience THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at it's most potent... make sure your not in Pompeii, when the value erupts..!

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl, just a few fine hairlines, just cosmetic it plays as you can hear, loud, clean and true. A-side label has 2 X's and a promo "Chips" sticker. The flipside label is Mint - not a blemish.

Fine clean vinyl, just a few fine hairlines, just cosmetic it plays as you can hear, loud, clean and true. A-side label has 2 X's and a promo "Chips" sticker. The flipside label is Mint - not a blemish.

Jackie DeShannon - Find Me Love - UK Liberty DEMO

Jackie DeShannon

Find Me Love / Come On Down (From The Top Of That Hill)

UK Liberty DEMO: LIB 66224 (45s)

From a lady with a Soulful streak, the gifted Jackie DeShannon gives up Northern Soul hidden away on the flipside of a non-hit. Presented here is a fine flawless 1967 UK Liberty Green & White Demo... of a record that was so popular at Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier it activated a horrid white USA Imperial bootleg promo (with poor sound quality) to meet demand. This UK press has magnificent fidelity.

Today it is an oldie that has escaped the over-exposure suffered by some of the "girl" dancer tunes that were played in the Golden Era of 1975 / 77 when Northern Soul was at it's 20th. Century peak. So refresh your memory and catapult you back to those times, click the soundfile and the "When You Walk In The Room" girl will whisk you back to when the "Girl-Sound" was "King"; Susan Coleman, Jeanette Harper, The Poppies etc ruled the all-night dancefloors..

This is it's rarest anmd most wanted format for a record that's long-overdue for an oldies reactivation.



Condition Report

Two promo labels, the white "A" side is totally clean. The "Find Me Love" side has a FEB 1967 date stamp left hand side (see scan). Both vinyl are unblemished Mint -, we've conservatively graded visually at Ex+ plays Mint. Afew mild hairline can be detected under he scrutiny of a bright light. Both sides play perfect, even the lead ins are both totally silent. A fabulously copy!

Two promo labels, the white "A" side is totally clean. The "Find Me Love" side has a FEB 1967 date stamp left hand side (see scan). Both vinyl are unblemished Mint -, we've conservatively graded visually at Ex+ plays Mint. Afew mild hairline can be detected under he scrutiny of a bright light. Both sides play perfect, even the lead ins are both totally silent. A fabulously copy!

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