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Bobby Hanna - Everybody Needs Love / Written On  The Wind - Decca F 12783 DJ

Bobby Hanna

Everybody Needs Love / Written On The Wind

Decca : F 12783 DJ (45s)

These pages do allow us to highlight a few interesting "sleepers" that will again have their day. This fabulous cover version of the Eddie Holland & Norman Whitfield collaboration for Gladys Knight and The Pips, later brilliantly covered by Jimmy Ruiffin. You would think an Englishmen couldn't do it justice, after those two greats had performed it. But couldn't be more wrong.

Take a strong experience Brit-vocal, put it before one of Britian's most gifted arrangers Mr. Charles Blackwell, it would be a breeze to compliment the "Motown Sound" after-all Charles was used to working of full theme scores like "What's New Pussycat?" "After The Fox" given the the thumbs up validation of Burt Bacharach, who worked closely with him. In The studio with him on this session was Tony Clarke, considered the most talented "in-house" producer Decca had on their team.

Motown had already laid down the way for Clarke & Blackwell to go, rich horns, relentless echoing chirping girl-group choruses captures the Motor City completely, the brass partition in the middle is nothing short of breathtaking. With Bobby Hanna having that soft growl at the back of his throat this production becomes arguably the best job "The Brits" ever did with a Motown recording.

Listen and prepare to be amazed, after hearing so many inferiors British works of Soul that came before it.. every note as good as those originals. Presented here as an irresistible May 1968 promo is just beautiful condition..

go on listen again, hearing is believing!

Condition Report

4 prong centre intact, two clean promo labels, vinyl has strong gloss revealing only soft hairlines hairlines, as you can hear it plays perfectly.

4 prong centre intact, two clean promo labels, vinyl has strong gloss revealing only soft hairlines hairlines, as you can hear it plays perfectly.

Ted Wilson - I Can't Take No More / My Aim Is To Please - Sierra T-267

Ted Wilson

I Can't Take No More / My Aim Is To Please

Sierra : T-267 (45s)

Not just Northern Soul trophy time... but here's proper real-deal NORTHERN SOUL time!

Lightning bolts of zipping strings open up this motivational Alniter moment, beautifully decorated with a silky rich voice who stunningly portrays "enough is enough" he ain't gonna put up with any more her lies. Supported by aerial girl choruses forming a torrential sound that just rolls out from the speakers. Crashing percussion, those relentless string just don't stop cutting the air, like razor sharp sabatiers scything the final strings of his love affair. you can hear the joy in his voice as he frees himself from the deceit.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!!

A mountainous production with delivering an uplifting message for the man who's ever been told a lie...

When two Brits, Les Reed and Barry Mason wrote this song in 1967, they never envisaged it to sound like this, in fact the British version by Jason Cord is drab, insipid and completely dull by comparison... Tom Sawyer and Bob Summers friom their Vine Street, Hollywood hideaway inspire a mysterious vocalist, then inject euphoric revenge into the proceedings. The result is stunning elated Northern Soul with the power to lift a dancefloor up and beyond to unprecedented levels of exhilaration...

I just need to say it one more time ...THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!





the .s of a Jimmy Seals sound

Condition Report

small encircled X on a-side

small encircled X on a-side

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 attention seeking intro, instantly works its way into your heart, to be riveted there, the very moment Timmie Williams softly graveled vocal starts to take over.

A stunning autumn of 1968 creation, this New Yorker just oozes with cool! An intricate cocktail of Spanish guitar, Hammond keyboard enriched by gently blown horns gliding into the arrangement. The perfect foundation for a voice as expressive as Timmie Williams's, 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 of the original is so very irresistible.

Top tune...and a head-turner is more ways that 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.

Steinways - You've Been Leading Me On / My Heart's Not In It Anymore - Oliver OLR 2002

Steinways

You've Been Leading Me On / My Heart's Not In It Anymore

Oliver : OLR 2002 (45s)

When it comes to Northern Soul classics with the bonus of a great B-side into the bargain, the genius of Charlie Calello and the Steinways ensures that box is well and truly ticked.

I'm pretty sure, I always mention my first introduction to this record, but it did have such a profound affect upon me in 1972. When Simon Soussan mail my friend MIchael Butcher a sales cassette. A C90 adorned with Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone, Willie Hutch - Love Runs Out, Sam Moutrie - I'll Always Love You, Major Harris - Call Me Tomorrow and the Steinways - You've Been Leading Me have now stayed in my head for 48 years, like it was yesterday. With a vivid picture of a battered white transit van chugging up the M6 towards the Blackpool Mecca, 12 not so cool Soul delinquents high on anticipation on what the Highland Room would bring into our lives this weekend, with this SS cassette setting the backdrop for a weekend of inspirational Northern Soul we were sure.

Most of this particular cassette's play list became Northern Soul monsters which were subsequently bootlegged, with two glaring exceptions Major Harris and The Steinways escaped that sad fate. Neither song, although much loved, never received the pinnacle of public demand.. then but through the decades have built up a strong respectful cult following. Which when the flipside "My Heart's Not In It Anymore " became recognized as being every note as good. It's countrywide admiration was set in stone, chiseled deep by the fact there was no easy access to a copy, no bootleg or reissue until well into this century.

It became a very wanted 45, through it's double-edged quality and annoying elusiveness.

Before you today, is neat clean copy, two bright crisp labels so often storage rub has took a toll on the vivid green, the neat clean vinyl a few light hairlines. that lead girl vocal still elevates my senses back to the northbound M6

do not pass by hours of listening and dancing pleasure await the new owner, and for me a transportation back to the best years of my youth....



Condition Report

Two clean labels, no little or no storage rub, good gloss revealing light hairlines, none of which

Two clean labels, no little or no storage rub, good gloss revealing light hairlines, none of which

Brenda Holloway - Stay In school / various celebrity advisory comments - Stay In School 0162

Brenda Holloway

Stay In school / various celebrity advisory comments

Stay In School : 0162 (45s)

Unissued and mostly undocumented Motown Northern Soul - from a Princess of the scene.

Insanely RARE PROMO ONLY "President's Committee On Youth Opportunity" Program. Used to played only in school assembly and classrooms

Extremely small run for this ARP manufactured promotional 45 and certainly Brenda's rarest vinyl 45 by quite some distance. The recording was also commissioned by the "Women's Ad Club Of Detroit" advertising agency of Detroit who also put their weight into the project of keeping youngsters in school and their need for the disc was promo'd on Tamla 206312 special projects. If you care to google "Stay In school" you will discover this "President's Committee On Youth Opportunity" 45 is unicorn-rare, whilst the Tamla promo 45 is incredibly rare also.

NOTE also the acetate that floated around a few years back on "Soundlab Reference Recording" is Northern Soul fakery at it's most cynical. With Chris Clark - Do I Love You - conveniently sitting on the b-side. is NOT authentic in any way.

Here is a mint minus vinyl listing for those of you serious about Northern Soul originals, serious about authentic unissued Motown, and deadly serious about owning the very "Rarest Of The Rare". Take a listen to this most-collectable of all this Los Angeles songbird's vinyl, from an early part of her career delivering sound advice to youngsters in school. Brenda is joined by celebrities of the time who do their own tiny snippets, as separate tracks of advise on the flipdside.
Baseball stars Jim Fegeosi, Brook Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, TV star Ivan Dixon, Jazz singer Tony Bennett, crooner Andy Williams all have their own dedicated tracks. For this project encouraging full tenure schooling.

Sound quality is crisp clean and loud, labels are flawless. Not only Brenda's rarest, but also fabulous Northern Soul presented as a part of educational history of the mid-60's.

A very special 45 indeed, for what ever part of collecting or DJing your passion lies.

So very, very rare!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, equally immaculate vinyl. As good as you could ever hope of seeing.

Two clean labels, equally immaculate vinyl. As good as you could ever hope of seeing.

Brian Stacy - I'm Leaving You / You Man Blue - Action 45-115

Brian Stacy

I'm Leaving You / You Man Blue

Action : 45-115 (45s)

You are viewing one very rare record indeed, on a small Memphis label, made ultra sought after by local artist 45's from Henry C and The Ivy Leaguers, Ike & The Nobles etc. All very rare, this example being by far the rarest of them all. We are personally aware of only two copies ever surfacing and this is one of those copies. Everyone missed it..

An addictive cocktail of Memphis influenced Soul/Garage kicks off with aggressive rattling drums, soon to be peppered by triumphant brass then further embellished with shrill girl choruses and a deliciously distant fuzz-guitar. This is so very different and so incredibly rare. It requires a DJ with an "ear" and a desire to push the boundaries.

We knew nothing whatsoever about Brian Stacy, but one of our vinyl-sleuths discovered Brian Stacy went on to record for Motown/Hitsville/Warnerr Brother as T. G. Sheppard from humble beginnings he became a best selling artist.

Other than this "vanity" label was used twice by Brian and writer/producers "The Fosters" to try and launch Brian's (T. G. Sheppard's ) career. They failed by not without giving it a damn good. They cut no corners in the invention and execution of this D.I.Y. dancer. Strong vocal cradled by haunting girl group support. The label didn't last long either, moving north from Memphis to small town Malden, Missouri to fade away without trace. but not before the participants left a trail of fabulous Soul & Garage treasures to be discovered much later on.

As rare as they come, crammed with of quirky inventiveness to catch your imagination!

additional information courtesy of Andy Rix




Condition Report

Vinyl reveals some light surface mark, but none that affect play. A-side label has a small sticker removal scar and an inner circle nibble that doesn't offend the eye.

Vinyl reveals some light surface mark, but none that affect play. A-side label has a small sticker removal scar and an inner circle nibble that doesn't offend the eye.

Johnny Robinson -  Gone But Not Forgotten / I Need Your Love So Bad - Okeh 4-7307 DJ

Johnny Robinson

Gone But Not Forgotten / I Need Your Love So Bad

Okeh : 4-7307 DJ (45s)

Johnny Robinson under the mastery of the boys from Detroit for his only Motor City influenced 45. And what a 45 it is, giving up not one but two recordings to-simply-die-for.

"Gone But Not Forgotten" is outrageously fine Northern Soul directed by Mike Terry; written by the equally productive minds of Don Mancha & Freddie Gorman. So the dream-team is all set to go, Johnny's emotive vocal guided by three production virtuoso's. The result is quite staggering, as scything strings cut a path through soaring horns for Johnny's beckoning voice to display distilled emotion within an uplifting dance production.

In recent times as the appreciation for the tortured Soul strollers has heightened; the flipside is equally coveted, Dee Dee McNeil's poetry brilliantly acted out, as Johnny convincingly falls to his knees begging and pleading for his girl's love. A recording that sends palpable signals of despair and hope as Johnny reminiscences about his lost love. A haunting cooing fills the air, then the choir swells to monumental proportions joined by strings and vibes decorating Johnny's journey as his voice cracks under pure emotion he is acting out.

Johnny Robinson is without question one of the finest voices of Soul (check out his other stuff) to be guided by 3 Detroit's doyens and the picture-painting poetry of Dee Dee McNeil is a match made in Heaven, that may leave you feeling a little cheated they didn't work together on more occasions.Thankfully, along with Okeh's Sandra Philips, this disc is one of the few true-greats that have escape bootlegging and over indulgence from the oldies DJ's.

Today just a fresh, just as impressive as the day I first heard it.. BOTH SIDES!

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, good gloss on the vinyl shows only a few light hairlines when angled ion the light. looking gorgeous complete with Okeh sleeve

Two clean promo labels, good gloss on the vinyl shows only a few light hairlines when angled ion the light. looking gorgeous complete with Okeh sleeve

Timi Yuro - I Ain't Gonna Cry No More / The Love Of A Boy - Liberty 45-LIB55519 DJ

Timi Yuro

I Ain't Gonna Cry No More / The Love Of A Boy

Liberty : 45-LIB55519 DJ (45s)

A more than challenging Red & White to acquire, a quick google will confirm this Latin saturated Big City production, as British red & white Demo is one of the very rarest belonging to this coveted colour combination.

Yet gain we need to mention one of the Big Apple's most productive lyricists. It's that man Bob Johnson aka "Joy Byers" layering the landscape for one of the greatest girl vocalists of the last century. Ed Silver guiding all the players through this New York Latino shaker.

A cocktail of Latin, Northern Soul, Popcorn and girl defiance fuse a truly addictive dancefloor favourite together. The vastly experienced Eddie Silvers pulls from his surrounding streets for finger-snapping rhythms to capture your attention. A strong girl group chorus, agrees with Timi's masculine attitude and delivery. A most recognizable voice, Northern Soul has grown to adore from her huge volume of work.(including many NS favourites).

This is one of her best, the greater than the sum of it's parts, when it all comes together, a monumental Latin/R&B/NS dancer, that's hard to grow tired of hearing.

This example I couldn't ever tire of looking at...

Condition Report

Two impeccable red & white labels, full gloss a-side vinyl is an immaculate mint minus. As good a copy that you could ever dream of owning. flipside "The Love Of A Boy" has a full width stylus skate mark, NOT affecting play, otherwise again full gloss. A beautiful example.

Two impeccable red & white labels, full gloss a-side vinyl is an immaculate mint minus. As good a copy that you could ever dream of owning. flipside "The Love Of A Boy" has a full width stylus skate mark, NOT affecting play, otherwise again full gloss. A beautiful example.

Determinations - Bing Bong / Girl, Girl, Girl - King 45-6297

Determinations

Bing Bong / Girl, Girl, Girl

King : 45-6297 (45s)

Does your changing musical tastes, also mark an improvement of yourself through the years?
I've always loved this song, a slick mid-tempo harmony stepper of distilled quality.

But when first owned a copy, way back into my first unwrapping of a Soul Pack from Daly City Bob... I wanted stompers!!! I The relentless pounding of the Northern Soul dancer. The Determinations was a beautiful song, but I couldn't DJ with it.

That was circa 1973, and i applied that mindset into most things I did. Things were so different back then. Everybody blinkered by backdrops, spins and illegal substances that kept you up all night, so much energy to burn; it took us onto a destination all-dayer in another part of the country the very next day. So, meaningful Soul-saturated mid-tempo floaters were just not my thing to ignite the weekend with.. .

Why would it be?Back then everything I wore was any shade of brown, I smoked 40 cigarettes a day, had an ego the size of a house. Even tough I had to park my 850cc black & yellow MIni on a hill so i could bump start it every morning. Dated as many girls as I could. My answer to all problems was a head-butt. and I stupidly thought I was the dogs bollocks, swanning around in my stinking nicotine-stained sheepskin coat.

How could I have possibly appreciate this double helping of vocal group Soul, that 47 years later I consider a masterpiece.

I have since 1973, had some sense knocked into me, from a few of my headbutt targets. A multitude girls more intelligent than me, and certainly fully aware of colours and dress sense. Some of them so much more intelligent than me, some with outstanding taste in music (not men).

I think most of us 50's children have taken similar journey, at what time in my life did sounds like "The Determinations" outweigh any Northern Soul stomper I care to mention, I'm not sure. What I do know today, is I don't smoke, I'm married, my clothes don't smell, they are coordinated (I think) and brightly coloured. My now completely bald head is only used for rubbing factor 25 on and bumping into low beams.

Stompers are good memories but now not my taste, which has improved in all areas. I'm so turned on by real-deal Soul music performed by people who had such a better handle on real life than I ever did. Performed with inner passion and like us all from life's experiences. Today I'm gonna use "Bing Bong c/w Girl, Girl, Girl" as my benchmark how I've become a slightly better person.. To me it is pure gold, and for all the twats like me, who never appreciated anything good; until life itself had sat me and my juvenile ego on it's arse too many times to remember. I fully appreciate some truly magnificent Soul music..

I also appreciate the beauty of a Yellow promo label, the gorgeousness of flawless labels and crispy clean vinyl..

Listening to this exquisite James Brown production, makes me, like most like every other man reading this review. Wince with embarrassment at some of the decisions we made and of the finer things in life we passed by. Never realizing some records are not ever to be sold, but cherished... this is a keeper if I ever heard one.

Condition Report

Two spotless label, immaculate vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve

Two spotless label, immaculate vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve

Bobbettes - Have Mercy Baby / Dance with Me Georgie - London HLU 9248 DJ

Bobbettes

Have Mercy Baby / Dance with Me Georgie

London : HLU 9248 DJ (45s)

An overlooked and highly elusive 1960 UK Demo of the Bobbettes New York reworking of The Dominoes 1952 R&B rocker on Federal.

These five ladies shot to success, when their debut single about a crush on their school teacher "Mr. Lee" became an R&B # 1 and a top 10 Billboard success. After that initial rocketing to fame, their impact for Atlantic Records diminished with each release, until they moved across town to Teddy Vann's newly established Triple X label. Where they had two releases. This was their 2nd. unfortunately also a non-hit but attracting interest by UK Decca who remembered their success with "Mr Lee".

In the UK this 45 never left the starting block and is now considered very rare indeed. Whether it be the elusive stock copy or this super-rare orange Demo; this record is an under-the-radar R&B tittyshaker, blessed with the snarling "Big Mama Thornton" inspired sister growl from Laura Webb? Backed up by a fully charged sister backing from Emma & Jannie Prought, Helen Gathers & Reather Dixon.

Girl group R&B at it's most intrusive, a least known

The flipside adds weight to it's desirability with a nearly as imposing R&B shaker featuring a killer sax-break..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, unblemished full gloss vinyl, a stunning copy.

Two flawless labels, unblemished full gloss vinyl, a stunning copy.

Madeline Wilson - Dail "L" For Lonely / Loving Him - Samar 115

Madeline Wilson

Dail "L" For Lonely / Loving Him

Samar : 115 (45s)

A record that has been highly regarded for nearly 5 decades among the serious Northern Soul collectors, but bemusedly neglected by NS DJs starving it of significant Northern Soul turntable action.

Recently though it is again being whispered about in the corridors of Northern Soul. Like all truly top quality NS tunes they bubble on back up to the surface by word of mouth or maybe an internet discussion, triggering the chase for ownership before some daring DJ makes it the monster it should have been back in 1974. I've always loved this New Yorker created by some of the Big Apple's most prolific creators of North Soul. Norbert "Super Hits" DeCoteaux has countless credits to his name, whilst Bob Schwaid worked on The Charts 60's revamp of "Desiree", a Twisted Wheel monster! He also guided Linda Elliott's "Last Night I Fell In Love With You Baby" proving "girls" were his forte. Whilst writer Bob Stone is a seasoned Northern Soul creator being the man behind The Unluv'd & the New Wanderers "Ain't Gonna Do You No Harm" This gathering had "form" for making a few good tunes..

Unlike the mysterious Madeline Wilson who cut this one and only 45, never to be heard of again . Maybe she was part of a group? or maybe this was a pseudonym for one of the ladies Bert and Bob had previously worked with? Madeline's vocal fully backed up by male harmony group, is convincingly saturated in "loneliness"; and she certainly doesn't come over as a "one recording" novice. Her expressive delivery, a huge part of the songs attraction, along with blaring but considerately supportive horns this song bristles with a fabulous NS dance feel. Non wonder this disc is again on the lips of those who just don't stop digging into our past to set free the wrongly convicted to a life sentence of snoozing; instead of waking up the crowd.

a killer tune, we know you can acquire as a scratchy has-been from abroad, pay the crazy postage and import duty for a copy that crackles.. if your gonna help revive a stunning Northern Soul sleeper, always strive to acquire two clean labels and scratch free playing surfaces... they hold their value so much better.

Get this beseeching songbird in your play box ASAP

Condition Report

Good gloss vinyl, just a few mild sleeve storage hairlines, two perfectly presented labels.

Good gloss vinyl, just a few mild sleeve storage hairlines, two perfectly presented labels.

Otis Rush - All Your Love (I Miss Loving) /  My Baby's A Good'un - Cobra 5032

Otis Rush

All Your Love (I Miss Loving) / My Baby's A Good'un

Cobra : 5032 (45s)

It matters not which side you drop the stylus on!

Two spectacular examples given up, within one of Otis Rush's most fearsome R&B dance sessions, naturally featuring heavy signature guitar manipulation, accompanying that gorgeously throaty vocal. this time peppered with a down and dirty sax, on the "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" lead side. A slow drag to begin with, that picking up fury and pace as the saxophonist approaches the mike. The combination lays down yet another irresistible session. A truly exemplary guitar partition, adds another level before being peppered with bluesy piano notes.. fabulous stuff yet again from this man who can do no wrong.

"My Baby's A Good'un" makes this 1959 45 a double-hitter that will leave you wondering which side you are enamored with the most. No saxophone show stealing antic this time, as if he could. Otis fuels his guitar liker a weaspon bout to go to war, relentless, ruthless, determined and unforgiving. This is proper R&B dance for grown ups.. destructive R&B machine swallowing up everything that stands in it's way. Although chosen as a flipside, again it underlines, that nobody set the Southside alight in 1959 quite like Otis Rush did.

Two thumpin' sides, you'd be very fortunate to find in this near perfect condition. Still housed in its serrated flipback seamed brown birth sleeve - a truly stunning copy.

Condition Report

Two super-clean labels (see images) so very fresh the original centre dinking process, still has the shards of the label cut hanging on the edge. , previously unplayed archive vinyl, just revealing a few feeble sleeve storage hairlines. from that birth sleeve.

Two super-clean labels (see images) so very fresh the original centre dinking process, still has the shards of the label cut hanging on the edge. , previously unplayed archive vinyl, just revealing a few feeble sleeve storage hairlines. from that birth sleeve.

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