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Flirtations - Stronger Than Her Love / Settle Down - Festival F-705 DJ

Flirtations

Stronger Than Her Love / Settle Down

Festival : F-705 DJ (45s)

The seldom seen authentic January 1967 West Coast promo in truly spectacular condition.

New York's finest come together to shape one of Northern Soul's great girl-sounds. But you wouldn't expect anything else when Sidney Barnes, Horace Ott & Herb Abramson breaking bread.

Rattling piano keys meld with searing vibes, due for a head-on collision with hard-blown horns. ..

WHAT AN INTRO!!

The starting pistol for a mass migration from the carpet to the wooden floor of soul-dance expression. The girls elevate those boasting lyrics on almost every word, as the lead singer becomes intent on breaking the sound barrier... the expected crescendo does not disappoint either! Burping "Terry-type" sax, again those resounding vibes, carrying a determined lead voice that is just not gonna be defeated... the tsunami of sound drives the dancefloor mood up and beyond all that the night has brought you, so far.

THIS IS GIRL GROUP NORTHERN SOUL at its most potent!

Totally brilliant, but do not overlooked the delicious mid-tempo flipside that has lived in the shadows of the lead side Soul-blitz for too long..
Then there's that stunning label-vista of brilliant white to consider... does Northern Soul collecting get any more satisfying than this 45?
A listing that delivers on every aspect you would consider, whilst chasing the real-deal NS classics..

"Stronger Than Her Love, My Love Is Stronger Than Her Love..." sweet music to our ears..

An opportunity to own a timeless classic in archive condition, stunning perfection..



Condition Report

two pristine promo labels, pristine throughout. Vinyl is in archive condition. Full gloss ad totally unblemished. Absolutely no previous contact with the Northern Soul scene. Rare condition indeed!

two pristine promo labels, pristine throughout. Vinyl is in archive condition. Full gloss ad totally unblemished. Absolutely no previous contact with the Northern Soul scene. Rare condition indeed!

Masqueraders - Do You Love Me Baby / Sweet Lovin' Woman - Wand WND 1172 DJ

Masqueraders

Do You Love Me Baby / Sweet Lovin' Woman

Wand : WND 1172 DJ (45s)

A highly sought-after Northern Soul floor-filler and a knee-taking heart-breaker on one very elusive disc! What's not to love?

This gargantuan vocal group dancer, a long term Northern Soul classic from one of the heroes of our scene. This is of course currently their most-wanted 45... a guaranteed dancefloor detonator, backed up with a perfectly executed Memphis Deep Soul ballad, showcasing why this group are universally considered one of the slickest, most emotive Soul teams ever to perform; being close friends who have stayed together 5 decade...their mastery of Soulful harmony rivalled only by world renowned groups like The Dells, Manhattans, Dramatics etc

"Do You Love Me Baby" encompasses all their varied vocal tones and pitches, welling up into a wall of harmony with Soulful snarls accentuating the high points, and rich bass voice adding extra depth and meaningful Soul. Crocheted into a blistering Northern Soul dance arrangement by Tommy Cogbill. "Do You Love Me Baby" is truly a masterclass in vocal-group NS dance... heralded for decades as a DJ must-own.

As is the sublime cocktail of Memphis Deep Soul "Sweet Lovin' Woman" blended by Chips Moman with Chicago styled harmonies, a heart-rendering sees ion of distilled harmony, saturated with the class and power to change your mood.

Putting this level of team-talent in a studio with the two Memphis magicians Chips Moman & Tommy Cogbill, there could only be one outcome.

Soul Heaven awaits, which ever side you drop the stylus on..




Condition Report

not for sale promo text has been redacted by a black marker. Otherwise two clean labels, NO bb drill, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing only a few very soft hairlines. both side plays loud clean and true. Both sides,

not for sale promo text has been redacted by a black marker. Otherwise two clean labels, NO bb drill, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing only a few very soft hairlines. both side plays loud clean and true. Both sides,

Darrow Fletcher - It's No Mistake / Try Something New - Crossover 980

Darrow Fletcher

It’s No Mistake / Try Something New

Crossover: 980 (45s)

MINT!

Back in time, as a teenager, we would all be looking forward to the weekend's adventure, solely to dance to soul records you couldn't hear anywhere else. Now I'm a pensioner I'm still doing the same thing, travelling to Great Yarmouth's annual Soul Essence weekender because I know I'm gonna hear records of this quality. Currently the preserve of discerning on-line DJ sets, or those much-missed chillout Sundays, where tunes like Darrow Fletcher's - It's No Mistake - make the lazy day go so swimmingly well.

After decades of being highly coveted by collectors and one of the finest examples of the soulful dance genre, it still hasn't yet crossed over to the NS mainstream. But received huge exposure in the North at places like The Orwell, Canal Tavern at Thorne etc. Venues where discerning DJs served up Michelin star dance soul. Some records are possibly too darn Soulful grab the attention of the masses.

Surely not!

As how could anybody not adore Darrow Fletcher and not be totally in love with this song. To be fair "It's No Mistake" is pretty elusive, as it is only available as the non-selling store copy. So maybe not too many NS mainstream DJ's own a copy? Whatever the stumbling-block for this 45 not being one of the most-wanted rare-soulful-dance 45s's on the scene. That will change at some point, as it is just one of the most sublime NS modern dancers of them all, and the reason this pensioner and his missus travel to places, we would never normally go to.

To hear Darrow in full flow, cradled by soaring strings, is a blissful experience.

It's a MASTERPIECE that every NS DJ should strive to have in their box - listen and float away on the warm thermals of a "Northern SOUL Giant" who made us all cry when he graced the stage at Cleethorpes Weekender and made us dream of owning his cancelled Crossover album, that these two tracks would have been part of.

Listen and weep, then listen and swoon, then listen and dance... you know ownership in the right hands is gonna make this awesome tune, leap to the next level.

Condition Report

Mint unplayed still housed in birth sleeve.

Mint unplayed still housed in birth sleeve.

Donald Height - Talk Of The Grapevine / There'll Be No Tomorrow - UK London HLZ 10062

Donald Height

Talk Of The Grapevine / There'll Be No Tomorrow

London: HLZ 10062 (45s)

Not only a timeless Twisted Wheel anthem, but also undoubtedly one of the greatest 60's Soul dance recordings ever issued in the United Kingdom! No wonder in more recent times, this classic it has made a strong NS turntable resurgence, as DJ's rightly dig back into our beginnings for the "real-deal" soul dance tunes.

I can't help imagining what it must have been like, in the summer of 1966 to be a MOD standing on the Twisted Wheel dancefloor and to have this relentless avalanche of Soul dropped on you. Wow! it would have blown the dancers minds. As it demands "dance!" on every note, with every squawking girl chorus the session builds into tsunami of sound, and then as if those New Yorker's somehow knew what the young mid-sixties Brit would crave next, an intrusive Sax Break mounts an attack on the senses.

JUST BRILLIANT!

Does Northern Soul get any more motivational than this? ... perfectly crafted dancer in every way.. so impressive I've even forgot to mention that the condition is pefect!

Click the soundfile, you will like me, will be beamed back to that fabled dancefloor in your mind, where we can only imagine what effect this style had upon a teenager fed on a weekday radio diet of The Beatles - Yellow Submarine, Jim Reeves - Distant Drums, Tom Jones - Green Green Grass of Home..... the effect was of course, the launching pad to ignite, what is today the most investigated underground music scenes in the world - THIS NORTHERN SOUL!

PS The flipside "There'll Be No Tomorrow" is for Beat Ballad Heaven fans to check out, an overlooked piece of Brill Building influenced Soul-March of real quality.

Condition Report

Miraculous condition, two totally clean labels, full gloss previously unplayed archive, still housed in birth sleeve, as good as it gets

Miraculous condition, two totally clean labels, full gloss previously unplayed archive, still housed in birth sleeve, as good as it gets

James Walsh Gypsy Band - 'Cuz It's You Girl / Bring Yourself Around - RCA PB 1403 DJ

James Walsh Gypsy Band

'Cuz It's You Girl / Bring Yourself Around

RCA : PB 1403 DJ (45s)

Easily the most desirable way to own this fabulous moder soul dancer..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing the merest signs of careful sleeve storage.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing the merest signs of careful sleeve storage.

Billy Prophet - What Can I Do / Sad Sam - Sue 133 DJ

Billy Prophet

What Can I Do / Sad Sam

Sue: 133 DJ (45s)

Billy Prophet has the power to transport you to a place in time...

A superlative Northern Soul anthem, that imprisoned those on the dancefloors of Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier & The Blackpool Mecca during the early to mid-70s, those ringing vibes, carrying Billy's rich vocal amounted to Sidney Barnes & Jerome Louis Jackson crowning Northern Soul creation, only arguably equaled by the majestic "I Hurt On The Other Side". Two defining Northern Soul 45s.

A real-deal Northern Soul classic that ignites those nights of wonderment at any of the above listed places. Euphoric recall will wash over you the moment you hit the "play" button. So damn good not an iota of magic has fade over the decades.

Listen and relive the golden days of our youth...

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

but do not overlook the flipside "Sad Sam" another strong NS dancer that has received some enthusiastic spins from the more adventurous DJ's over the decades.

Condition Report

a fine discreet no. 46 a very faint red tinge to the white on the a-side label, flipside label is totally clean (see images). otherwise two clean promo labels, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing only feeble soft surface hairlines under light, as you can hear, the fidelity is superb, loud crisp and clean, both sides

a fine discreet no. 46 a very faint red tinge to the white on the a-side label, flipside label is totally clean (see images). otherwise two clean promo labels, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing only feeble soft surface hairlines under light, as you can hear, the fidelity is superb, loud crisp and clean, both sides

King Size Taylor - Thinkin' / Let Me Love You - Polydor 56152

King Size Taylor

Thinkin' / Let Me Love You

Polydor : 56152 (45s)

A flawless archive copy!

Even though King Size Taylor was the dominant "Merseybeat" vocal when he was with Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers, he surprisingly only had two solo singles.

This is King Size's 2nd UK R&B 45, 3 years after that juggernaut version of Ted Taylor's " Somebody's Always Tryin'" this 1967 Polydor rarity also frames Edward Taylor's beautifully rasping, scouse vocal. On this 45 he delivers not one but two great "made in Britain" Mod dancers.

Garnett Mimms was gathering an enthusiastic Brirtish fanbase, his pre-summer tour of the UK was in the pipeline. Polydor "R&B" orientated producer Fred Lloyd (Longboatmen, Linda Kendrick, The Carrols etc) presented Kingsize Taylor with the Garnet album track "Thinkin'". A Jerry Ragovoy and Chip Taylor New York composition for Kingsize to mold with his impressive vocal. It works so well, a great soul recording right on the money, aimed at influencing the MOD soul-wave that was sweeping the country, unfortunately like so many Polydor 45s on the mid-60's it got "lost" through lack of promotion and failed miserably.

Which was a waste of a great UK session, especially when the flipside was another fabulous Chip Taylor creation "Let Me Love You " with the Nicky Welsh orchestra summoning up honkin' horns, coated with exceptionally shrill girl-group choruses and swirling banks of strings. On this side King Size's sandpaper lined throat, sounded even more effective than usual.

Two great sides by a British artist that never broke through with his two killer singles but found a cult following through the 60's Mod club scene.

This March1967 45, in our experience even rarer than his so sought after, Decca release.

RARE and UK only.

Condition Report

Archive condition, library date 14/3/67 on the a-side 3 prong centre, Flawless vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Archive condition, library date 14/3/67 on the a-side 3 prong centre, Flawless vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Incredibles - There's Nothing Else To Say / Heart And Soul - Stateside SS 2053

Incredibles

There's Nothing Else To Say / Heart And Soul

Stateside : SS 2053 (45s)

Coincidently released in the UK the same week as the first Blues & Soul no.1 was launched, changing its name from Home Of The Blues. Interestingly the early review of The Incredibles a brand new group to Home of The Blues readers. The reviewer thought it was "a great "modern" soul record for people who like the modern soul beat". Modern it certainly was in October 1967. Perhaps that is why this contemporary Los Angeles creation, has stood the test of time.

Now considered a Northern Soul classic, that nobody I know, has ever grown weary of hearing or dancing to.

But don't you just love the real-deal Northern Soul anthems, in their original British attire, just as it would have appeared on the turntables of the allnite MOD clubs in late 1967. The birth-sleeve though would probably have been thrown away by now. As in the 60's company sleeves for many were deemed to be an hindrance, to the quickfire loading on those hideous multi-stack Dansette record players, that kept the house parties in full swing right into the early part of 1970's.

For those who grew up with Sue, Stateside, Tamla Motown, red Atlantic, light blue Stax 45 strewn on the carpet at young "soulies" get-togethers. This vision of SS 2053 is just beautiful, a sight that takes every Northern Soul fledging back to his junk-shop, market stall, jumble-sale diggin' days. Stateside's, TMG's, blue Stax, red Atlantic, all vinyl vistas we all optimistically carried around in our head every day we set out on a hunt. For me the hope of finding an Incredibles or Hoagy Lands on Stateside was an indelible driving force of hope. That I still foolishly carry with me still today!

I never have of course found either 45 in the wild even after over 50 years of stalking every possible vinyl hideaway on my travels. Most every day of my life.. it's the hope, the search, the junkie addiction of the chase, knowing the adrenaline rush will be supreme; if I ever found it or its equal in the wild... it would be worth every second wasted in thousands and thousands of fruitless hours of pursuit. Remembering there is an army of eager British Soul Boys still taking part in this addictive vocation every weekend..

But more than beauty on the eye, this release, is in fine complete condition, that is what brought these words of memories and vinyl-love out of me today.

Take another spy at one of the Stateside "greats" in it's full glory, then take a well earned listen to the soundfile... there is of course "......Nothing Else To Say!"

except that, it is records like this, that the Northern Soul scene was build upon.

Condition Report

Two clean labels 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing just a few soft hairlines under light, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Two clean labels 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing just a few soft hairlines under light, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Gladys Knight & The Pips - No One Could Love You More / Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me - Tamla Motown TMG 864 DJ

Gladys Knight & The Pips

No One Could Love You More / Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me

Tamla Motown : TMG 864 DJ (45s)

Along with the slightly earlier TMG 843 (Martha Reeves - No One There) this July 1973 UK Promo is the most sought after TMG Northern Soul spin outside the coveted TMG 500 series. As the magnificently explosive "No One Could Love You More" and of course Martha's "No One There" were never issued in the USA as 7" 45s.

Previously only an album track, to help fill the demands of a record that has been consistently filling the dancefloors up and down the country, for two decades, this 45 is the only way to play it, as the full volume richness making itself a NS DJ essential, above the timid album track.

An afterthought by EMI to back the Gladys classic "Take Me In Arms And Love Me" reissue with an album track, giving birth to another Northern Soul monster previously unissued as a 7" 45.

"No One Could Love You More" has been pleasuring the NS dancefloors across Europe for quite a few years now, with no signs of it's popularity ever fading. In 1971 the writing combination of Pamela Sawyer and Gloria Jones crafted an album track for Gladys's "Standing Ovation" LP, which was wisely spotted by an EMI executive and then scheduled for release to fill in the flipside void.

It was to be years later for the Northern Soul scene to latch onto this inviting anomaly, but once those turntable outings began, there was no stopping it's progress to the top of the Motown NS choice of plays. Gladys's imposing Diva-level voice, raps an unforgettable piano led intro, engaging the crowd to stroll onto the dancefloor, before her voice takes flight into a full-blown aerial presence hitting all those glass-shattering notes we have grown to expect from this all-time-great.

fully orchestrated by Johnny Bristol and the underrated Clay McMurray, erupting in a full big-bollock production, complimenting Gladys every step of the way.

Impossible to self-distance to, as everyone loves dancing to this morsel of Motown magic! But what better way to own it, than this eye-catching rare and immaculate Green & White 1973 UK Demo!

Condition Report

A close - "Manship Mint" Two totally clean green and white demo labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl reveals hardly a blemish on the vinyl, that has never encountered a Northern Soul DJ in its lifetime as a captive in a record librar near perfect. Still housed in its birth-sleeve.

A close - "Manship Mint" Two totally clean green and white demo labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl reveals hardly a blemish on the vinyl, that has never encountered a Northern Soul DJ in its lifetime as a captive in a record librar near perfect. Still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Various Artists - Motown 7s Box - Rare Unreleased Vinyl / 7 x singles - Tamla Motown 534 542-5 still sealed

Various Artists

Motown 7s Box / Rare Unreleased Vinyl / 7 x singles

Tamla Motown : 534 542-5 still sealed (Book)

limited 2000 only 2013 UK release STILL SEALED!

Single One
A Marvin Gaye–This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me)
B The Spinners– What More Could A Boy Ask For
Single Two
A Frank Wilson– Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
B The Originals– Suspicion
Single Three
A Diana Ross & The Supremes*– Stormy
B Stevie Wonder– Just Enough To Ease The Pain
Single Four
A Four Tops– Clip My Wings
B Tammi Terrell– All I Do Is Think About You
Single Five
A Barbara McNair– It Happens Every Time
B David Ruffin– I Can't Be Hurt Anymore
Single Six
A The Temptations– Forever In My Heart
B Kim Weston– You Hit Me Where It Hurt Me
Single Seven
A Chris Clark (2)– Something's Wrong
B The Isley Brothers– My Love Is Your Love (Forever)

limited no. 01102 / 2000 7 absolute Motown Northern Soul winners - even single offering dynamic Northern Soul dancers - 14 killer in total.
The above title listing speaks for itself. A crucial DJ tool set, 7 knock 'em dead singles.

Condition Report

still sealed

still sealed

Vibrations - 'Cause You're Mine / I Took An Overdose - Epic 5-10418

Vibrations

'Cause You're Mine / I Took An Overdose

Epic : 5-10418 (45s)

Does this perennial Northern Soul monster need any introduction from us..?

After that crazed piano intro ...followed by those howling group vocals..

total dancefloor mayhem explodes ..

everytime!

Condition Report

Two flawless label, play perfect vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact blemishes under direct light. A beautiful copy

Two flawless label, play perfect vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact blemishes under direct light. A beautiful copy

Fantasy - I'll Call You Every Morning / I Can't Let Her Go - R G & Curia 8206

Fantasy

I'll Call You Every Morning / I Can't Let Her Go

R G & Curia : 8206 (45s)

An authentic 1981 original press!

A dancefloor monster for A-list DJ's like Soul Sam, Ted Massey, Mick Taylor over the last few years, a proper 80's crowd-pleaser with immense powers to lift the room.

A optimistic Latin arrangement seems at odds with Joel's lyrics of being abandoned, but he turns his unforeseen desertion into a magnificent Latin/Soul dancer. The showering Conga pulses, are riddled with incessant Cowbell thwacks, cooking up a captivating invitation to dance, as the group-choruses send out uplifting embellishments.

Stunning dancefloor fuel, that has been cramming the floors at every event it's been played at.

OVO DJ's and promotors note this is the 1981 original press, that only a privilege few own. Accept no less...

A guaranteed set-save when your choices hit a lull, spin this tune, this Mr, DJ and the crowd is yours, uplifting in the extreme.

Condition Report

signed by the writer, producer Joel Ramirez on the a-side label, flipside label is clean. Strong gloss vinyl, reveals multiple soft surface hairline when angled in the light. As you can hear it plays a totally clean Ex+.

signed by the writer, producer Joel Ramirez on the a-side label, flipside label is clean. Strong gloss vinyl, reveals multiple soft surface hairline when angled in the light. As you can hear it plays a totally clean Ex+.

Marcia Hines - You Gotta Let Go / Don't Let The Grass Grow - Wizard ZS 157 Tony Bowd

Marcia Hines

You Gotta Let Go / Don't Let The Grass Grow

Wizard : ZS 157 (45s)

First surfacing as an LP track on Marcia's "Marcia Shines" album. This Teddy Randazzo & Victoria Pike composition became firm 70's dance lovers favourite. I was delighted to scoop up some copies on my first ever trip to Australia, in thge mid-90's. "I gotta let go" was becoming a huge tune..

I also remember the rumors of a 45 existing, then to great excitement across the scene, a 7" turned up, the value of the album plummeted and the chase for the coveted ownership of the louder, deeper 45 cut, was full on.

But no-one could have imagined just how scarce the original 7" was gonna prove to be.

A highly elusive top-want for all 7" orientated Rare Soul DJ's, a highly prized collectors 45 for several decades now. A fabulous uncomplicated 70's Northern Soul dancer, that Teddy Randazzo & Victoria Pike never seemed to utilize themselves; We can find no evidence at the moment of a Teddy / Victoria session in the USA, no other version of "You Gotta Let Go". A great choice from label owner Robie G. Porter to produce this one; but surprisingly failed to receive airplay or sell, even though her album "Marcia Shines" put Marcia into the Australian public's eye just the year before.

A rare sought-after 45, sewn into the curious tapestry of rare Northern Soul 45's from around the world.

Condition Report

discreet soft name in ballpoint on a-side label, see images. Otherwise two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, plays crisp loud and clean, giving up, only the occasional soft tick that is hardly noticeable.

discreet soft name in ballpoint on a-side label, see images. Otherwise two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, plays crisp loud and clean, giving up, only the occasional soft tick that is hardly noticeable.

Si-Berians - Crying Won't Help The Hurt / This Is The Ending Of Our Love /  - Ricardo R42972

Si-Berians

Crying Won't Help The Hurt / This Is The Ending Of Our Love

Ricardo: R42972 (45s)

This week's elusive Sweet Soul showcasing comes from this seldom-seen Chicago street-level D.I.Y. project from Ricardo and team including The Scott Brothers associate Tommy Willis arranging the seamless flow.

Two truly blissful harmony gliders, current spins for a few highly-respected DJ's like Arthur and most of Sweden's groundbreakrers;

I can't decide which side absorbs me the most, as the lead-side is every note a compelling sweet soul masterpiece, a delicate dressing of intricate guitar plucking lays down the carpet to weave again one man's hurt with his friends gathering round to dull the pain, with subtle freewheeling symphony of support, for the brilliantly beseeching falsetto reaching out to your inner emotions.

the backup-side typically featuring the deep-rich solo vocal rap partitioning the discharge anguish his girl is causing, midway-rap was the height of Soul ballad fashion in the early 70's, The Si-Berians pulling it off smoothly, but not so smoothly that it loses that glorious edge from "The Street-corner", still filtering through that authentic neighborhood atmosphere. As the lead singer convinces us with real-hurt, as he recognizes his precious love affair is about to end. His pain is quite palpable, with his voice gently cracking at the most poignant moments.

This is top quality vocal-group harmony Soul journey into the Lowrider Heaven not once but twice over..

Elusive Chicago is superb condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss previously unplayed mint minus vinyl, both sides play beautifully clean (listen)

Two clean labels, full gloss previously unplayed mint minus vinyl, both sides play beautifully clean (listen)

Smoke Inc. - Waitin' For Love / It's The Same Old Song - Smoke Records Inc. 461

Smoke Inc.

Waitin' For Love / It's The Same Old Song

Smoke Records Inc. : 461 (45s)

1977 Bay Area "Modern Soul Grail hidden" on the flipside of a rather poor attempt at the Four Tops classic; little wonder this 45 is Unicorn rare.

The Bay Area's ability to fused Jazz and Soul has over the decades crafted some of the Rare Soul scene's rarest, most-wanted 45s. This one, from the affluent area of Marin County (DJ Shadow territory) has remained excruciatingly elusive, whilst demand and awareness has steadily built up through the years. Until reaching its zenith recently with only less than 56 copies surfacing over the last 30 years or so.

Rare indeed, and it's so damn good. I adore the classy "bar" that Bay Area artists set when they blend Soul/Jaz/R&B together, no region does it better.

This beyond rare example is one of the finest. Swirling organ, gentle piano, subtle drumming, accomplished guitar riffs are the perfect platform for the softly rasping lead vocal to glide through. His teammates' on hand to add a rich "da da doo" chorus at every opportunity. A fabulous flute solo, cushioned by impressive cymbal tickling is is the highpoint as the vocal takes pause, the group enrich this already impressive session into to rare soul greatness.

A superior journey into Soul/Jazz/fusion in stunning condition

Condition Report

two clean labels, flawless mint minus vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

two clean labels, flawless mint minus vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

Marva Josie - Don't / I Love New York - United Artists UA 888 DJ

Marva Josie

Don't / I Love New York

United Artists: UA 888 DJ (45s)

Sister Beat Ballad Heaven at its most movin'.

Horace Ott's genius harnesses the dynamic versatility of the beautiful Marva Josie. Long term producer of Marva, Norman Blagman, surrounds her with a full-blown orchestra to match her undeniably powerful vocal presence. The original a-side is another great song "I Love New York" but more suited to a Broadway stage, than a motivational spin in an underground London Club. So it was "Don't" that resounded around the the subterranean "100 Club", rumbling deep below Oxford Street.

"Don't" had all the ingredients to become a 100 Club anthem, taking pride of place as the last track, side one on Kent's 1986 album "Kissing Her, Crying For You". Also featuring in more than one DJ set as it was used as their "ender" leaving lingering impression. Which is exactly what Marva does

An inviting simplistic piano leads you into what changes up to become a mountainous NS beater. Subtle trumpeting, punctuated by handheld rattling of a big bold casaba. Horace Ott directing Marva's warnings to rise and fall on waves of brilliantly conducted orchestration; pulling a masterstroke of ignoring the temptation of shrill girls, that so many of these styles call upon. Instead, Horace summons a deep mellow voiced male-choir to ring out the choruses, the effect is stunning.

Top-drawer, top of its genre, Northern Soul.


Condition Report

Some soft age browning on the otherwise clean promo labels, print unaffected, Full gloss on the vinyl, reveals only fine soft storage hairlines. both sides play bright and clean.

Some soft age browning on the otherwise clean promo labels, print unaffected, Full gloss on the vinyl, reveals only fine soft storage hairlines. both sides play bright and clean.

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