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Booker T. and the M.G.s - Green Onions / Behave Yourself - London HLK 9595 DJ

Booker T. and the M.G.s

Green Onions / Behave Yourself

London : HLK 9595 DJ (45s)

It was an epiphany for the British MOD culture, when the sound of Memphis hit the Jazz Clubs of London during the early 60's.

A Musical revolution was starting to happen in Tennessee led by the brother / sister team of Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton. They had created in Memphis a new blending of R&B and Jazz at Satellite Records, before progressing to the now legendary Stax label.
Already releasing killer instrumentals in 1961 like the Mar-keys "Last Night", then just a few months later Booker T. and the M.G.s - "Green Onions" . A captivating sound that led those European Modern-Jazz revolutionaries away from straight Jazz headlong into R&B dance. Laying the foundations which would later, slowly but surely evolved into the Northern Soul movement as we know it today..

"Green Onions" was one of the major catalysts for the all-night Soul clubs, to rise to the dizzy heights of popularity. "Green Onions" was also a major ingredient, driving the MOD movement, a new sound providing a springboard for every all-night DJ and fledgling R&B band.

So to own this iconic cornerstone of our history, as a 1962 London yellow demo, is owning a huge part of Northern Soul's colourful history. Not many records released in the UK could claim responsibility for fuelling an embryonic club culture into the worldwide fan-base it enjoys today.

It was also an inspiring starting point for bands like Graham Bond Organization, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, Zoot Money’s Big Time Roll Band etc. Stax could hardly have envisaged the effect that Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson & Lewie Steinberg could have had on the trendsetting youngsters of England, when they knitted together the infectious rhythms of Hammond, brass & guitar into irresistible dance music.
For the Northern Soul scene, for MOD culture this 45 is an historical disc, here in its rarest form.

Condition Report

4 prong centre fully intact , an indecipherable signature on a-side label, see image. Otherwise those beautiful both yellow promo labels are clean. Vinyl has good gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines when angled in the light, as you can hear it plays crisp bright and strong, all housed in original London sleeve.

4 prong centre fully intact , an indecipherable signature on a-side label, see image. Otherwise those beautiful both yellow promo labels are clean. Vinyl has good gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines when angled in the light, as you can hear it plays crisp bright and strong, all housed in original London sleeve.

Bits'N Pieces - Keep On Running Away / Sinner ( Have You Been There )  - Nasco 033

Bits'N Pieces

Keep On Running Away / Sinner ( Have You Been There )

Nasco : 033 (45s)

If you search Facebook and check out "Cleethorpes Memories" there are pages of reminiscing of those fables Saturday night and all-day Sunday's when we were absorbed and overwhelmed by an avalanche of of truly awe inspiring rare Soul recordings.

For me this 45, with it's unforgettable vocal style, stands out in my crystal clear euphoric recall of those heady days on the East Coast Soul scene.

A listing in honour of Mary and Colin Chapman, East Coast King & Queen Of Soul who orchestrated those legendary mid-70's allniters, that had hundreds of dedicated Northern Soul fans travelling those long and winding roads to the very edge of the North Sea. The following swelled to unmanageable crowds so very quickly, that Mary hired the Winter Gardens down the road apiece, to accommodate the overspill... who could ever forget leaving the steaming cauldron of the Pier for that near 1 mile walk in January to follow your favourite DJ for his 2nd set of the evening. That biting wind, spitting sea spray plus the freezing temperature change was an experience that will never thaw from your memory.

So listen now why these youngsters made that pilgrimage every Saturday night for year on year.. this was a Cleethorpes Pier anthem!!

a floor-filler that had the place a stomping... and it was all started as Mary's brainchild back in 1973.. with a Sunday all dayer in a small top room in the Winter Gardens..

Todaty the place and the Chapman husband and wife team, are true legends within the strange world of Northern soul...

Condition Report

Two crisp, clean label, mint minus vinyl, all still housed in birth-sleeve

Two crisp, clean label, mint minus vinyl, all still housed in birth-sleeve

Holy Disciples - Trying To Make A Hundred / Peace Of Mind - Song Bird 1208 DJ

Holy Disciples

Trying To Make A Hundred / Peace Of Mind

Song Bird : 1208 DJ (45s)

The moment world-renowned DJ Greg Belson broke the mold of Soulful Dance music by investigating every aspect of Gospel music, discovering some awesome dance gems along the way. The chase was on to acquire 45s from this previously neglected style that today fit so comfortably into Northern Soul nights.

Before you, is one of the very finest and most elusive examples of this hard to capture genre.

An ear-opening vocal, driving funky-edged guitars provide the landscape for a deliciously gravelled voice, to inspiringly sing about his quest for longevity. With the whole choir in full agreement, a torrential downpour of Soul fills your space. Vocally uplifting, instrumentally motivating, dancefloor filler. Hugely sought after, as copies rarely come to market, especially in this fine clean condition.

A killer tune, showcasing how over the decades, dedicated cratediggin' DJ's and collectors have maintained Northern Soul freshness and vibrancy. By following all those spokes of diversity, that keep springing up from that central hub of Northern Soul.

This recording is a superb example of just how Northern Soul continually twists, turns and shifts minds, opinions and styles. Long may the likes of Greg Belson, Mark Dobson, Soul Sam, Fonsoul Bcn, Billy Kealy etc. keep pushing the boundaries far and beyond the expectations we clung on to during the previous century.

Long may it continue.. now listen to a standout reason for my enthusiasm.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels. Vinyl carries full gloss and plays perfectly.

Two clean promo labels. Vinyl carries full gloss and plays perfectly.

Sweet Things - I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue - Date 2-1522

Sweet Things

I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue

Date : 2-1522 (45s)

If your introduction to Northern Soul was in the first years of the 70's, pre-Wigan Casino. It was a teenage awakening, a Soul music baptism by fire, when every weekend your mind was sent into a spin, by an unparalleled amount of previously unheard 60's dance Soul.

An adventure into new music you'd never heard before, set up a tantalizing anticipation of planning your weekend with like-minded friends. Was it to be The Catacombs in Wolverampton, Va Va's in Bolton, The Highland Room at the Blackpool Mecca, Leeds Central, The Torch in Stoke On Trent or maybe more local, The Brit in Nottingham. All these places were in fierce competition with each other to play the best discoveries, if it was an "exclusive" that was even better. To travel 200 / 300 miles to hear an "exclusive" new tune, was never considered too far.

In California there was Simon Soussan unearthing mind-blowing previously unknown 60's Soul dance 45's. In Canada Martin Koppell's legendary trips over the border to Detroit, John Anderson's forays into most every USA major city, Ian Levine's family holidays to Florida. All contributed to triggering an avalanche of spectacular Northern Soul discoveries, on the home front there was Bostock's of Bradford and their unbelievable haul of over a 1,000,000 USA 45's to trawl through. It was all happening in the first few years of the 70's decade.

Being fed of a diet of Rod Stewart, Mud, T. Rex, Sweet, Mungo Jerry with little teasers by The Tams hey Girl Don't Bother Me and Supremes - Stoned Love reminding us where our true musical passions lie.

It is records like the genius of Van McCoy guiding Francine "Peaches" Barker and her two friends Dyanne Stewart, Nancy Johnson replicating the "Motown Sound" just transported us away from the radio bombardment of British pop tedium into an nirvana of escapism into USA Soul.

For me and many others "The Sweet Things" epitomises that unrepeatable pre-Wigan experience, that hit you right between the eyes on the very first hearing, so very Motownesque instant girl group Northern Soul that just kept yo dancing.

It was of course one of thodse titles that came over from L.A. on the "Soultown", bootlegs that would later also become so very collectable..

Here's an anthem dripping in euphoric recall, presented in impeccable condition - still housed in its birth sleeve - note this example is the particularly rare VINYL press NOT the styrene.

Condition Report

Two pristine labels, vinyl that reveals only the merest sign of warehouse sleeve storage. all housed in an impeccable birth-sleeve

Two pristine labels, vinyl that reveals only the merest sign of warehouse sleeve storage. all housed in an impeccable birth-sleeve

Reuben & Alfonso Ramos - Slip Away / You Can Make It If You Try - Capri Records CA-130 DJ

Reuben & Alfonso Ramos

Slip Away / You Can Make It If You Try

Capri Records : CA-130 DJ (45s)

A listing for those of you who read this Blog/Auction every week in the hope of encountering something weird, wonderful and decidedly rare. Well how bout this delicious hideously rare piece Tex-Mex Soul from Dallas.

Reuben Ramos takes Jimmy Hughes's classic Muscle Shoals statement, giving it an uplift raising the pace from a pleading ballad, into a mid-paced Northern Soul cruiser. Staying true to the authenticity to Alabama Southern Soul but lifting the pace, adding extra horns, bringing the guitar upfront for full effect. It is rare indeed for a Muscle Shoals classic to be bettered by anyone, but the Ramos's delivers a killer take on the MS anthem. The accomplish "Southern" guitar opening gives way to an on his knees plea for his girl to slip away late at night for an illicit meet up. His desire is palpable his voice stretching out in yearning... drenched in Soul, portrayed by a aching need.

Vocally superb, instrumentally authentic.. a very rare tune by two "unknown" Texas Soul Boys.

Flipside is a Deep Soul conversation of Gene Allison's Vee Jay recording "You Can Make It If You Try" perhaps Ted Jarrett's most telling composition. Reuben & Alfonso craft a very convincing remake, utilizing beseeching horns, whirling Hammond decorated by considerate guitar picking. A killer Deep Soul update with the same redeeming features as the a-side, these guys from Texas have distilled Soul running through their veins...

A dog-rare disc, giving up two great sides.

Condition Report

Full gloss vinyl revealing on the merest storage hairlines, both sides play mint...Two clean and very attractive labels, a-side label has a tiny nimble nibble area just left of the text "Slip" see images. Flipside label is flawless

Full gloss vinyl revealing on the merest storage hairlines, both sides play mint...Two clean and very attractive labels, a-side label has a tiny nimble nibble area just left of the text "Slip" see images. Flipside label is flawless

Little Johnny Allen - Throw Away Your Troubles / She's The Girl For Me - Bullseye B-105

Little Johnny Allen

Throw Away Your Troubles / She's The Girl For Me

Bullseye : B-105 (45s)

Another really rare disc for the R&B Jump Blues DJ's to ponder over.

We notice that irrepressible international DJ Fonsoul Bcn has been championing this for a couple of years, with nobody seemingly challenging his exclusivity, having himself won the only copy to ever appear on popsike..

Although this "vinyl-unicorn" is not in our usual impeccable condition for listings on these pages; the sheer weight of its rarity comes down on the side of ownership first, then the unenviable task of locating an upgrade, with which we wish you luck.

"Little Johnny" composed the a-side himself, we are veering towards thinking this artist is the same Johnny Allen, as the creator of "The Theme from Shaft" and Motown "Big Wheel of creativity". As that Johnny Allen was an highly accomplished pianist, and this 1956 session brandishes a rather nimble piano break in the middle. A potent Black Rocker that was probably never issued by dart-playing Englishman Woody Hinderling owner of New York based "Bullseye" label. Woody would pull in recordings countrywide, so Detroit resident Johnny Allen could easily got this into the local New York market.

Any info unveiling who the "Bullseye" "Jimmy Allen" really is, would be most welcome on this very mysterious disc. What is no mystery though, is that this tune thumps out R&B dance by the truckload, with the flipside is nearly as good; it offer two huge slices of R&B that is currently the preserve of one of Europe's most inventive DJ's.

Condition Report

Two promo labels carry mild storage browning two faded red X's, see images. The vinyl has multiple light surface hairlines, nothing deep or clicky. Visually vg but plays a grade better (listen)

Two promo labels carry mild storage browning two faded red X's, see images. The vinyl has multiple light surface hairlines, nothing deep or clicky. Visually vg but plays a grade better (listen)

Bill Johnson Quintet - Traveling Stranger / So Sweet Of You - Baton 239 DJ

Bill Johnson Quintet with Luther Dixon

Traveling Stranger / So Sweet Of You

Baton : 239 DJ (45s)

This week's Popcorn Prowler is a persuasive 1957 New York creation from the pen and the voice of Luther Dixon.

This is the original version, from the man who wrote it, played at the correct 45rpm speed not a tampered with, speeded up or slowed down. Unlike the files you may encounter on YouTube. This is the real deal, that recently received a reissue on the flipside of the girl version by Ann Leonardo, also the poorer for the artificially adjusted RPM. Check out this mighty, moody monster benefitting from Luther Dixon booming vocal, that surely should never be diluted by the slider pitch adjustment.

Down n' dirty, super-cool tune, fully supported by a soaring male group chorus and a snappy enticing dance beat. The saxophonist grabs the mood, serving up a snarling interlude that will have you snaking around the room.

This is R&B/Popcorn at it's most addictive, a crowd pleaser of huge proportions.

Seldom seen for sale in such fine clean condition.





Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals just the merest of storage hairlines, as you can hear it plays crisp, clean, loud and true.

Two clean promo labels, vinyl reveals just the merest of storage hairlines, as you can hear it plays crisp, clean, loud and true.

Ted Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying / Top Of The World - Okeh 4-7198

Ted Taylor

Somebody's Always Trying / Top Of The World

OKeh : 4-7198 (45s)

In short, surely this is the most explosion piece of Northern Soul R&B, setting fires across the dancefloor's of Europe today...

Seems strange this potent screamer was written by a man who went on to lift Bob Dylan to stardom.. but Columbia's in-house writer/producer Bob Johnston (aka Joey Byers) who from 1965 was a driving force behind Dylan's success.

"Somebody's Always Trying" underlines Bob Johnston' versatility, his creativity providing a string of "frustration" phrases for that sizzling Ted Taylor vocal, to shred up with blistering intensity.

Wow! this is Northern Soul R&B at it most inspiring - no wonder the dancefloor becomes overload the moment Ted's intimidating vocal starts...

The tough-guy end of NS R&B at it's most scintillating.

Condition Report

A stunning copy, archive condition, labels, vinyl housed in birth sleeve

A stunning copy, archive condition, labels, vinyl housed in birth sleeve

Jerry Williams - If You Ask Me (Because I Love You) / Yvonne - Calla 116

Jerry Williams

If You Ask Me (Because I Love You) / Yvonne

Calla : 116 (45s)

"If You Ask Me Pebble - I Would Give You a Mountain Top"
"If You Wanted To Hear Love Music - I Would Get All The Angels Pluck Their Harps"
"If You Asked For A Glass Of Water - I Would Run All The Rivers Dry"
"If You Wanted Someone Else - I Would Gracefully Step Aside"

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled teleportation back to the most exciting days of your life! When I sung the above lines at the very top of my voice, a few words wrong, but I didn't, neither did the person next to me, equally engrossed belting out his version of the lyrics.

Jerry Williams is all set to deliver the finest example of the BIG Soul production, ever committed to vinyl. No one could ever forget the galvanising effect of dancing (and singing along to) this NS anthem. Sounded by others in the same hypnotic trance of elatedness. That moment you knew you belonged to an exclusive club of like-minded youngsters with "Soul" running through their veins.

Jerry's passion for his partner seeps from every word, with Richie Rome encapsulating that burning love with a celestial girl-choir emitting soaring "Doo Da Do, Da Dooo I Love You". The combination of distant horns and in those zipping strings culminating into a monumental break, just long enough for Jerry to catch his breath, returning at full-throttle bringing the song to it's climax.

This 1966 testament of love from Jerry Williams to his wife Yvonne, has gone down in Northern Soul history as being one of the most influential NS classics of all time. Completely and unconditionally loved by every Northern Soul pupil who has ever heard it inside any of the many Northern dance cathedrals that resounded to it...

In short it changed the destiny of countless teenagers, who are still today chasing that "high" of hearing Jerry Williams for the first time...

PS the flipside is damn good also..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, the red is rich and free of fade. There is a soft storage graze over the Y in the bracketed last line of the title. See images. Vinyl carried bright glossy surface, a few storage

Two clean labels, the red is rich and free of fade. There is a soft storage graze over the Y in the bracketed last line of the title. See images. Vinyl carried bright glossy surface, a few storage

Perfections - So Lonely / Baby Don't You Go - Big "B" 851N-800

Perfections

So Lonely / Baby Don't You Go

Big "B" : 851N-800 (45s)

It's taken some decades for this rare disc to climb to its rightful position, perched and ready for the big-ticket, only reserved for records of this top quality.

Enjoying current "Niter" spins that are triggering huge demand for ownership. Now is the time to catch this spectacular slab of vocal group Northern Soul on the rise, presently picking up enviable NS DJ attention, with 1000's of you yet to own a copy...the value can only go one way. Especially when the flipside is equally coveted by those devotees to male-vocal-group-harmony strollers. Here we have another two-way winner.

We lead with the soaring dance experience "So Lonely". Triumphant horns and pattering drums are the starting-pistol for a tapestry of male-vocals to embroider a rich platform for a merciless icy-cold falsetto to cut through the lilting harmonies adding edgy dance qualities as it takes control of the arrangement. Soaring voices are partitioned by this searing lone voice, as his teammates paint a landscape of heavenly harmony. The relentless highly pitched "Baby Baby" is the glue for the brass and chanting backing to hold together as one... a 45 that has always had the potential to become a monster, now in the hands of a few A-list trendsetters we can see nothing stopping this tune climbing the heights sitting alongside any 4-figure vocal-group Northern Soul dancer you care to mention... this is every note as good.

With the bonus of a standout Lowrider sweet-harmony ballad hidden away on the other-side, there's a really good chance it may never come into Northern Soul ownership... both camps poised for competition for a real rarity giving up two fabulous sides. "Baby Don't You Go " is a masterclass in street-corner harmony with a cutting gravelled soulful lead, laying back into rich harmonies, bolstered by a falsetto, enriched with a booming baritone's well-timed walk-in parts. This is late 60's Soul-group harmony at its exquisite best!

"You Know I'm Gonna Make You Mine" that's what 3 corners of the globe will be whispering.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, showing only light signs of caring storage... Vinyl has a few very soft blemishes available eye but not the ear.

Two clean labels, showing only light signs of caring storage... Vinyl has a few very soft blemishes available eye but not the ear.

Larnelle Harris - Give Me More Love In My Heart / same: 3:49 stereo version - Benson 5330

Larnelle Harris

Give Me More Love In My Heart / same: 3:49 stereo version

Benson : 5330 (45s)

Hideously rare 1980 7" 45 used to promote Larnelle's album of the same name. Before you today is an off the scale RARE 7" 45 of this killer Gospel Soul dancer... insanely hard to find.

This is listing for those of you serious about collecting and DJing with "impossible" rare-soul-dance 7" singles.

Listen to an instantly inspiring "Gospel" dance recording. With a Stevie Wonder "Another Star" beginning, gliding into a swirling "Jacksons-style" zipping strings intro enriched by a full blown brass prompting, wah-wah guitar pulses cradling Larnelle's impressive vocal you have on-the-spot Soulful-Dance. An immediate dancer that never relents its motivational rhythms carrying that flawless vocal. One damn good tune, you can't help but fall in love with its full production involving a girl Gospel choir backing, a recording filled with joyous, hopefulness and spirit.

A really strong Soulful dance tune, in it by far it's rarest form,.

Now go find another 7" single if you can...

Condition Report

Light h2o stain text is unaffected, vinyl reveals some light surface marks,

Light h2o stain text is unaffected, vinyl reveals some light surface marks,

Kenny Smith - Lord What's Happened / The Same Old Story - Goldspot 108328

Kenny Smith

Lord What's Happened / The Same Old Story

Goldspot : 108328 (45s)

I wonder if any other rare music collecting scenes are littered with the plethora of so many assumptions, misinformation, guess work or perversions of the truth as the Northern Soul collecting obsession. Or indeed have so many devious deceptions that still plague the scene today.

Rumours, falsification of the facts especially when it surrounds it's most colourful character, the much maligned Simon Soussan.

Mostly by people who have never met him, dealt with him or even spoken to him. Whilst he was certainly the "naughtiest" Northern Soul pioneer of them all, with all manner of trickery accompanying vinyl dealings. People quickly forget that Simon was also the first man to discover an absolute plethora of Northern Soul anthems, no matter what recent writing may assume, during his record dealing career, his relentless hunt for the Northern Soul sound, was responsible for so many now classic rare NS records, it would take an alternative book dedicated to the man's colourful life to fully document his huge influence on the Northern Soul scene. Good and bad.

So to suggest, the fact that Simon Soussan had Kenny Smith "Lord What's Happening.." on Goldspot listed on one of his extensive rare-record sales lists, makes this highly elusive 45 a bootleg is utterly ludicrous. As this Goldspot press is the very first version the Blackpool Mecca anthem; Colin Curtis made into a countrywide classic after the legendary Rare-Soul DJ broke it single-handed; against all the odds. From raised eyebrow beginnings into a dancefloor monster in every NS Club in the UK.

The Goldspot 45 is not only it's first incarnation, it is (according to our 20 year old database) almost 10 times rarer than the General American original promo and 15 times rarer than the styrene bootleg. Which ironically Simon allegedly repressed at Monarch Recording in Los Angeles. All can be confirmed by any google method you care to use.

Before you today is the authentic FIRST incarnation of a "Lord What's Happening Too Your People" classic that has been woven into the very fabric of Northern Soul since Colin daringly backed his "outside the box" thinking and played it to an astonished Blackpool Mecca faithful in the first half of the 70's decade.

Simon was certainly not the "Messiah", he was a very naughty boy. But he also discovered more great Northern Soul recordings than he is given credit for. With the exception of John Anderson, more than any other Northern Soul rare vinyl dealer, period.

The ever vigilant NS Soul police and misinformed rumour mongers, please take note. This disc on Goldspot is by far the recordings rarest form, the very first mix of this revolutionary NS classic.

Can we now drop all charges on this disc, against one of the scenes most prolific contributors, with many other offences guilty as charged and a weighty file full of "taken into consideration".

Not many DJ's or collectors can boast of owning this highly elusive 45. The rush for ownership is now on, as today it is emerging "THE" version to play, with it's fresh rawness, being perfect to stir the crowd, in this ever-evolving Northern Soul scene.

Condition Report

Vinyl reveals some minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays crisp and clean, even on the quite spoken intro. Visually EX play mint minus. A-side label has a couple of tiny sticker removal scars (see images)

Vinyl reveals some minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays crisp and clean, even on the quite spoken intro. Visually EX play mint minus. A-side label has a couple of tiny sticker removal scars (see images)

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