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Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789 /Someday Someway - Oriole 45-CBS 1764

Marvelettes

Beechwood 4-5789 / Someday Someway

Oriole : 45-CBA 1764 (45s)

For the dedicated British Tamla Motown collector, who thrives on the delicious torture of the waiting game.

Seekiing out rare 45's that they won't require an upgrade at some time in the future. It is a lifetime quest to amass all the British release vinyl in the correct condition, on Columbia, London., Fontana, Oriole, Stateside before Tamla Motown released their debut single of their own label. The Supremes "Stop In The Name Of Love" on UK Tamla Motown with that iconic prefix TMG followed by 501 so the 500 series began. Many collectors have achieve a full set of TMG's in varying condition, then starts the quest of replacing the ones below Mint minus, with superior copies; that's when it starts to becoming a challenge.

But what has always been very difficult is to acquire are the pre-TMG 45's. All those 45's that trickled out before Tamla Motown became a household name, to rule the UK pop charts from 1965 through to the early 70's.

Out of all the early releases the Oriole "TAMLA SERIES" has always been my favourite with it's 60's geometric art-design lines and stark black and white landscape, adorned with the bright silver text information, brilliantly enveloped in the contrasting circular yellow sleeve;

This is British 60's pop-art at it's most eye-catching. Plus the prominently placed typeset, of that silver "TAMLA" left hand side, which triggered in our minds as "Buy me or you will regret it.." Decades down the line, how true that reaction has proved to be. These alluring Orioles have never been so elusive!

This copy is up for auction not just for its spectacular art-work, but mostly because it has most spectacularly fine vinyl, only revealing the merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light, it is an amazing mint minus throughout. The only pimple on this gorgeous artefacts face, is an unobtrusive "blue tick" just under the "American" logo on the a-side, flipside label is perfect. (see images)

Even after 51 years of stalking rare-=vinyl, the Oriole Tamla Motown 45 in your hands in near perfect condition is a vinyl-thrill that never diminishes, that's if you care about condition, Tamla Motown and British Pop-art that set this label apart in the hearts of all the TMG junkies.

Condition Report

as described above.

as described above.

Bessie Banks - I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You - Verve VS 563 DJ

Bessie Banks

I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You

Verve: VS 563 DJ (45s)

If there ever was any doubt in these pages constantly billing Bessie Banks as the "lost" Soul Diva that cruel fate took away from the public eye. And consequently stole a "Soul Angel" away from the catalogue of recordings that should have utilized that most magnificent of voices. Go validate our claim for the last time we present this double helping of her extreme talent.

3 years after disappointment of "Go Now" New York arrangers and producers were still striving to get this Soul Sister into the charts. Husband Tony May and the masterful Horace Ott guide Bessie through to thundering sessions that only the immortal Linda Jones could have hoped to equal. The slow mournful intro, is perfect for the monumental Bessie-boom to spring from. Drum-roll and Horace brings in the horns, Tony weaves in the vibes, guides the girl chorus, blaring brass builds and Bessie just gets stronger and stronger. The sound of New York, the Big City Build-up compliments this lady's uncompromising needs as she delivers an avalanche of emotion whilst out-performing the whole orchestra with that almighty voice.

Big play in the early days of Cleethorpes Pier for "Poke" always a DJ for the dramatic Soul tune... and always good for an understatement as he said to me, the b-side ain't bad either.

Flip it over, to hear yet another testament of "Diva" status, an unquestionable validation, as the simplistically titled "Need You" grabs you by the balls and drags you into her palpable pain, desperation and need.

There you have it, one of the greatest Sister voices of all time, no album, no hits, although "Go Now" did have her brushing fame in 1964. But isn't that why we all collect, desire and continually seek out Soul recordings. They are heart rendering reminders of lost talents, missed chances, twists of fate all brought home by magnificent voices and tumultuous productions..

After listening to these two Bessie-broadsides, resist this 1967 British Pink & Silver demo is you can..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, immaculate unblemished as-good-as-it-gets vinyl, housed in a rather tired birth-sleeve.

Two clean labels, immaculate unblemished as-good-as-it-gets vinyl, housed in a rather tired birth-sleeve.

Bessie Banks - Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come / Try To Leave Me If You Can - Quality QA 593

Bessie Banks

Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come / Try To Leave Me If You Can

Quality : QA 593 (45s)

The elusive stock copy - with the two awesome sides!

We have spoken of the "lost" talent of this New York Diva before, a lady who could easily have become a household name, a Soul Queen right up there with the greatest ever. Unfortunately the music industry breaks never quite fell in the right direction for this vocally gifted Songbird.

Here she is with her most-valued Northern Soul contribution, just like "Go Now", it's another New York session of the highest order over 10 years down the line. None of her Soulful prowess diminished in that time of only a few record releases. But this sultry 1976 dance session was well worth the wait. A Detroit / New York collaboration between two prolific writer / producers Herman Kelly and Clyde Otis. Bessie glides through this haunting composition drenched in strings and tricky guitar plucking with the occasional flurry of vibes and lofty horns.

WHAT A TUNE soaked in atmospheric intention to move your mood... which you can't help but respond to.

But hidden on the flipside of this rare stock copy is an equally impressive journey into real-deal 70's Diva Soul. Yes! one of the greatest female ballads ever performed, another validation that the USA was deprived of an exceptional talent when British Decca had the temerity to let 4 boys from Birmingham perform a weak version of the brilliant "Go Now" stealing Bessie's thunder and completely changing her destiny!

Go now Moody Blues let's hear you perform "Try To Leave Me If You Can" ...if you dare!

Two awesome recordings, that so far nobody has been brave enough to plagiarise...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, the play-crisp vinyl reveals a few light surface marks, none of which react with the stylus. Listen to the double sound-file lifted from this disc and prepare to fall in love wuith Bessie like I have...

Two clean labels, the play-crisp vinyl reveals a few light surface marks, none of which react with the stylus. Listen to the double sound-file lifted from this disc and prepare to fall in love wuith Bessie like I have...

Kenny Bernard - What Love Brings / Nothing Can Change This Love - Pye 7N 17131 DJ

Kenny Bernard

What Love Brings / Nothing Can Change This Love

Pye : 7N 17131 DJ (45s)

The diminutive British Soul Man with the big, big voice and the personality to match.

Pye International bravely tried to cash in on the "Deep Soul" wave of appreciation sweeping the UK at the time, with Percy Sledge, Otis Redding etc. all registering healthy sales with soulful ballads. Kenny was chosen to sing a fabulous version of Sam Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love" with the Pye Studio band doing a fabulous job replicating a Soulful arrangement. Kenny rendition of "Nothing Can Change This Love" could be argued as being Britiain's finest homegriown Deep Soul recording, but it failed to sell. With his 3rd record in row to suffer from lack of radio airplay. It was not until the beginning of the 70's when a few enterprising Soul DJ's flipped it over, It became a very sought after current club play.

After a mention in Blues & Soul on current club play lists, the hunt was on. For this uplifting Northern Soul dancer, hidden way on a b-side. Opening with a fanfare of trumpets met head on by Kenny enthusiasm, encapsulating all that optimism that flooded Britain during the swinging mid-sixties. So very MOD, so very Northern Soul, a potent dance tune from start to finish. A record that triggered a countrywide search of all the Market stalls, Junk Shops, and deleted stocks for a copy. Sadly I had one in my collection, but decided to sell a large proportion off to Select-A-Disc, to fund the £10 purchase of Rufus Lumley "I'm Standing". The week after, I read Blues & Soul horrified to see "What Love Brings" was on play lists.

The next day I was frantically driving to Arkwright Street Nottingham, down those precariously steep cellar steps I knew so well at Select-a-Disc. Diggin' in their sales bins to buy it back. Of course it wasn't there.

Years later "Hector From Selecta" told me how the counter staff were jumping up and down with joy as I left the building not because I's spent £10 on one disc. But because some youngster from the sticks had just handed it over the counter, one of the country's most-wanted for pennies. Oh how Hector must have laughed... It was a pink stock copy though...NOT like this beautifully "impossible" white demo...in near perfect condition. Surely I would never have sold a white promo for 20p, or would I?

only 5 years later I was selling Don Gardner's Cheating Kind for £3.00 ... reminding me, of my "English teacher" Mr. Green saying to me at school.. "Manship... I Believe You'll Never Learn From Your Mistakes"

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, vinyl a strong flaw free, mint minus

Two clean promo labels, vinyl a strong flaw free, mint minus

Johnny Howard - The Chase Is On / I Miss My Lady - Bashie 45-101 DJ

Johnny Howard

The Chase Is On / I Miss My Lady

Bashie: 45-101 DJ (45s)

A timeless northern Soul classic that in all the decades it's been so loved, it has never been anything but very elusive.

The Chi-Town boys get down to work revamping The Artistics song from 2 years earlier.

Tom Tom Washington's runaway-train Bongos, meld with guitar and horns, rolling out a platform for the mysterious Johnny Howard growling intent to spring from. The full Dakar squad are present giving this flipside their full attention... Marvin Smith, Billy Butler, Carl Smith , Willie Henderson and the meticulous attention to detail Mr. Tom Tom Washington. The dream team coat the arrangement in scything strings, honkin's horns, battered bongos then the injection of the killer sax break and we have lift-off for

REAL-DEAL PROPER NORTHERN SOUL!!!

Nuff' said .. now let Johnny Howard do the talking.

You may be wondering why such an uplifting tune, could ever be stranded on a b-side. The original lead-side "I Miss My Lady" is well worth your attention also...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl very close to mint minus. a very neat copy indeed, still housed in its birth-sleeve

Two clean labels, vinyl very close to mint minus. a very neat copy indeed, still housed in its birth-sleeve

Ballads - I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) / I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes)  part 2 - Vee Jay VJ 714 DJ

Ballads

I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) / I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) part 2

Vee Jay : VJ 714 DJ (45s)

This highly recorded male-group's first 45, a 1965 project from the desk of jazzman Lonnie Hewitt of Oakland, California vocal-group stomper that has took decades to reach the high state of alert, that recent DJ plays have triggered. Whilst you have every right to be bemused, as this disc received only sparse NS plays through decades, even though, this is archetypal vocal-group Northern Soul bristling with every ingredient the dancer seeks to inspire their moves.

A deceptive tinkling piano intro, collides with a barrage of blaring brass, seamless soaring vocals, key changes, crescendos that peak at exactly the right moments, counter-balanced by low-blown horns ... Real-deal Northern Soul that Bay-Area writer producer Lonnie Hewitt crafted so precisely. Giving The Ballads a foothold to release 14 more 45's and 2 albums during their 20 year + career, that also gave Freddie Hughes the springboard for his solo adventures.

Arguably the most accomplish gathering to emerge from Oakland, Cal their consistency of high-quality recordings is 2nd. to none, with this 1965 session transferred from Lonnie's base at Wee Records, 988 42nd. street, Oakland to William "Bunky" Sheppard's Chicago outlet, then going another notch up for Vee Jay to handle National distribution, but only for it to received a cool reception, sales wise.

PS don't overlook the interesting part 2 version with an organ replacing the vocals, the voices coming back in again, laying out sa mish-mash that actually work, quite well.

A huge tune of this very moment, a crowd pleaser that snoozed for far too long.

Condition Report

Flawless Mint minus vinyl - clean promo labels - except for a round sticker residue stain on the a-side label text not affected, no label damage.

Flawless Mint minus vinyl - clean promo labels - except for a round sticker residue stain on the a-side label text not affected, no label damage.

Willie Tee - First Taste Of Hurt  / Funky. Funky Twist - Gatur Record Company 509 1005

Willie Tee

First Taste Of Hurt / Funky. Funky Twist

Gatur Record Company : 509 1005 (45s)

THE VERSION TO OWN!

Not only because it is significantly rarer than the green label release, more importantly a totally different version to the green label release even though the labelling carries the same release number 509 release number and oddly master number1005 also .

This release is even more unimaginably brilliant, thoughtfully considered, a softer take, with a different vocal, than the muscular Hammond organ propelled version on the later green label release; was preceded by mesmerising piano and horn alchemy, brought down into an awesome flood of beseeching Northern Soul, sublimely filled with warnings of impending "hurt".

Preeminent New Orleans Northern Soul with few comparisons; Willie knew he had written something very special, indeed lyrically remarkable, unadulterated Soul poetry drenched in the irony of karma. One of the greatest records ever to emerge out of The Crescent City, we think inexplicably revamped and re-promoted by Willie Tee. But he knew he had written a gem but he didn't feel it carried enough "funk" to capture the public's attention. So he abandoned his first draft and re-recorded it for release on the more familiar green Gatur label take. Leaving the original "session" adrift, to be discovered by dedicated European Soul Scholars and DJ's who still swoon in its soulful purity today.

For me no superlative is too strong, to clothe this record in, utterly brilliant, frustratingly rare and seldom if ever encountered in anything but poor condition.

Today is an opportunity to acquire a masterpiece with hardly a blemish revealing it's near 50 years of age..

Condition Report

Two very clean crisp bright light blue labels, vinyl shows only the merest hairline or two, very close to Mint minus. A spectacular copy, the only way to own this unparalleled Northern Soul experience.

Two very clean crisp bright light blue labels, vinyl shows only the merest hairline or two, very close to Mint minus. A spectacular copy, the only way to own this unparalleled Northern Soul experience.

Alice Clark - You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)  / Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed ) - Warner Bros 7270 DJ

Alice Clark

You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me) / Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed )

Warner Bros: 7270 DJ (45s)

The storyline on this Northern Soul discovery, is worth telling again, just case you haven't heard it before. A Bradford Market discovery by Peter Kendall, a Leeds University student from Melton Mowbray. First played at the "Torch" when the "Poke" borrowed my copy and got it played by fabled DJ Martyn Ellis, to rapturous response I'm told.

So impressive was this pure Northern Soul experience, Peter couldn't wait to play it for me when he returned home on his Christmas break.. I was knocked out.. proper Motown style Northern Soul with an instantaneous effect from the very first notes. I just had to own it, I was a novice DJ at a Northern Soul gathering at Kirby Lane Youth Club, Melton Mowbray on a Friday night, my need was real. I wasn't gonna give up, at Easter 1972 I eventually took ownership of "You Hit Me" with an offer Peter couldn't refuse.. £3 and a beautifully used Levi Jacket, in a lightly distressed state of fade, that signalled you were a MOD of long standing. Levi Jackets with genuine wear were indeed highly sought after..

There was a downside to my irresistible trade off. I did have to listen to my brother moaning and groaning around the house for weeks, "Mam where's my Levi Jacket?” - "Where you last put It, “ was my Mum's standard reply for anything we mislaid.. this relentless gripe hit its peak, when Martyn was preparing his MOD/Skinhead excursion to "Skeggy" he really needed his treasured Levi jacket... when he asked me where it was.. "Why Would I Know?" was my poker-face response..

Unfortunately "Karma" sprang into action, placing Pete Kendall, The Levi Jacket and Martyn Manship in the same bar at the same time, that night ... I saw them talking, Martyn fingering the collar of his beloved jacket; then Pete pointing in my direction..

That's the day I witnessed the other side of my placid brother... it was then my Mum's turn to keep asking about missing "articles" around the house..

"Martyn where's your brother, he's never home anymore..." I was on the run, avoiding Big Brothers fists and Doc Marten size 9's....

but I still had "Alice" and the honor of "Poke" taking it to debut at the Torch, it was for both of us, our first rung on the ladder of Northern Soul notoriety, soon after we were DJing together at "The Stonehouse" on the A1 and from there sprung forward to Cleethorpes and the rest is history... it could have been so different, my brother could have beaten me to death..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl has multiple light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays well. a chance to acquire a timeless classic with cosmetic flaws, that hardly affect play.

Two clean labels, vinyl has multiple light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays well. a chance to acquire a timeless classic with cosmetic flaws, that hardly affect play.

Barbara Lynn - I Don't Want A Playboy / A New Kind Of Love - Tribe 8324 DJ

Barbara Lynn

I Don't Want A Playboy / A New Kind Of Love

Tribe : 8324 DJ (45s)

Undisputedly the Texas Soul Queen's rarest 45 and also her finest Northern Soul offering.. seldom seen for sale, seldom heard but ALWAYS fills the floor.

Personally I've always been inspired by this 45, Barbara's most muscular recording by far; since I heard Colin Curtis play it at the Blackpool Mecca circa 1973. To my disappointment I only heard it played sporadically over the next 4 decades, it's unavailability playing a huge part in it's veiled existence. Over the last 10 years I've personally dropped it into as many sets as I can, always with a positive dancefloor response followed by crooked necks trying to read the label as it revolves... it sure is an attention seeking tune. Her unmistakeable voice and style an instant hit with punters.

As usual, written by Barbara herself, produced by the prolific Huey Purvis Meaux; a collaboration that ensured high quality, finest Texas Soul recordings everytime...

Take a listen, you will, like me be reminded and somewhat surprised this 45 did not rise up to become a timeless Northern Soul classic, after the Prince of the Blackpool Mecca first dropped it on those sacred turntables. A case of elusiveness halting its progress, but now allows today's DJ's to spin a neglected treasure that instantly wow's the crowd with it's penetrating dance pulses, met head-on by that awesome Sister vocal and her skilled twanging guitar rhythms.

Distinctive Northern Soul thundering down the comeback trail...

Condition Report

a flawless, as good as it gets copy.

a flawless, as good as it gets copy.

Dynamics - Yes, I Love You Baby / Soul Sloopy - Top Ten TT 100 DJ

Dynamics

Yes, I Love You Baby / Soul Sloopy

Top Ten : TT 100 DJ (45s)

Crafted by one of the most productive partnerships ever to combine their writing, arranging & production skills, consistently creating the very finest Detroit Soul Music..

Label owner George Stratton had an eye skilled local talent, he had already employed Joe Hunter to guide the Dynamics through their only other “Top Ten” release, another closely harmonized Northern Soul session. But not as instantly danceable as the inspiring “Yes, I Love You Baby”

February 1966 California had a chance to encounter the gifted Richard Popcorn Wylie & Tony Hester, but missed the opportunity to uplifting, irresistible dance record from Detroit as it lay hidden on the flipside of a moody attempt at "Dance Craze" that failed. No radio airplay and it passed everybody by unnoticed, although the rumbling bass-line intro peppered with cymbal smacks, would surely more likely have caught the listener's attention. Neatly decorated with intricate guitar riffs before the silky lead voice confirms his love for his girl. Tight highly pitched male harmonies coast along in the background whilst hand-clapping, finger-popping energy ratchets those dance pulses up, even higher. So very infectious but still Wylie & Hester had to wait again before California recognised their talents.

It is one of the less frequently heard but truly great Northern Soul recording with the power to still trigger goose-bumps and the need to dance . Hearing records like this, transports me back to 1973/74 and the Golden Years of Northern Soul. Fortunately this is one of my all-time favourites that thankfully has not been overplayed by the crowd-pleaser DJs thus today it is still sounding so fresh and inspiring; just like it did way back when... Surely today a tune crying out to be dropped an imaginative oldies set, in the knowledge none of the audience will be muttering ...surely not this again. An under-played classic saturated in pedigree. #

Not to mention as the west coast promo so very collectable.

A classic I’ll never tire of hearing and I suspect you won’t either... but "Soul Sloopy" is ripe for an hearing.. moody, down n' dirty with a squealing saxophone, snarling vocal making it dead right for today... surely carries the potential to turn a few heads.

Condition Report

Two clean, rare promo labels, bright clean full gloss vinyl revealing only light hairlines under light.

Two clean, rare promo labels, bright clean full gloss vinyl revealing only light hairlines under light.

Sebastian - I'll Still Be Loving You / Reach A Little Higher - Rivermont  V 1782

Sebastian

I'll Still Be Loving You / Reach A Little Higher

Rivermont : V 1782 (45s)

Now receiving strong DJ attention and collector's talk. So let's journey into the extremely obscure, weird and wonderful world of D.I.Y. Soul. Get ready for something completely different, from a small Georgia private press, that has in recent in months has received spins from some of the world's top Rare Soul jocks.

Written and produced by the mysterious Sebastian, who draws from various fine-art music forms, Jazz, Soul, Afro all collide in this classy session, that knows no boundaries.

A Sebastian's silky lone vocal "skats" through the expressive lyrics of loyalty, whilst Bongo rhythms fill the air and the need to dance takes over.

Ideal for those European jocks who push boundaries. Personally I really love it and its stand alone inventiveness but I've always be a sucker for the artist who creates their music from outside music the box.

So very different, so addictive, a narcotic slab of Soul / Jazz fusion that imprisons your imagination for fully 4:33 minutes..

One for the DJ's who want there sets to be different

Condition Report

A flawless labels, vinyl reveals a tiny mild scuff, and a few light hairlines.

A flawless labels, vinyl reveals a tiny mild scuff, and a few light hairlines.

Fables with Slim Gaillard - Cleopatra 30 B. C. / Angel - Elgo XEL 3001

Fables with Slim Gaillard

Cleopatra 30 B. C. / Angel

Elgo: XEL 3001 (45s)

The enviable reputation of the Pow Wow Club for spinning ground-breaking sounds has made it a must-go-to venue for many years.

I just love their policy - to quote "The POW WOW CLUB is an irregularly occurring club night specialising in badass vintage music from the 'golden era' of the mid 50s to the early 70s. We sit right at the point where record-digging meets dancing, and see both as equally important parts of vintage music culture".

As I dig around the warehouse for rare 45's, I can most always guarantee if I find a thumping "Baddass" tune, it will have featured on their extensive DJ play lists at some point.

This elusive 1962 San Diego, California has swerved past many R&B scholars as the flipside is strong vocal-group Doo-Wop, with no mention in the E-Bay listings of "Popcorn or R&B" allowing it to sail under the radar on occasions. Direct searches has off course have brought an avalanche of bids, all on the back of DJ's spinning records of this ilk .

The end of year party 2019 at POW WOW the faithful were given a rude awakening when DJ Christopher Stukenbrock blasted this runaway R&B train out early in his session. No derailment here, it was the ideal play to set the tone for his floor-destroying display that followed.

Spokesman Jazzman Slim Gaillard booms out the lyrics enveloped inside an Egyptian mood, cut in two by a sizzling burst of saxophone anarchy. The Fables keep the Pharaoh atmosphere bubbling with rich harmony murmurings in the background whilst the star of the session delivers his commanding vocal.

Flip it over to hear why the Doo-Wop guys are enamoured by the smooth harmony ballad on the flip.

Long live POW WOW the perfect example how to turn a passion into a major dance event...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl is an unblemished mint minus. very fine copy indeed

Two flawless labels, vinyl is an unblemished mint minus. very fine copy indeed

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