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Second Re$surrection - You Done Let Daylight Catch You / Smoke In The Disco - Stanson SS 541

Second Re$surrection

You Done Let Daylight Catch You / Smoke In The Disco

Stanson : SS 541 (45s)

JUST AWESOME!

When you get the likes of these old-school L.A. soul-stalwarts in the same room, you can expect great things to happen. Time served studio maestros Henry Hank Graham and Sonny Craver, former associates of the Leonard Jewel Smith team of mastercraftsmen do not disappoint as they weave their magic.

But this hidden flipside is so much more than just "special", to the Northern Soul "ear". It is unquestionably one of the greatest Northern Soul Crossover dance 45's ever committed to vinyl!

Triumphant horns open the way for understated pattering bongo pulses, warming the studio atmosphere. The is soon lifted by soulful thermals of stabbing vocal-group harmony. Cradling the silky smooth lead voice through 3 and a half minutes of Northern Soul ecstasy. The lead vocal glides beautifully along a carpet of tricky plectrum picks, persistent bongo rhythms, those considerate horns keep reaching out, delivering more and more breathtaking peaks, ever rising on wave after wave of feelgood joyousness, as all these components seamlessly blend.

Utterly uplifting Northern Soul! The lyrics encapsulating exactly how the Northern Soul dedicate has felt returning in the dawning hours. Only this song reveals it was more that just the pull of the dancefloor that has kept this lady out all night...

Such an amazing song, delicately produced, carefully constructed; resulting in an happily accidental crafting of Northern Soul brilliance.

Hidden on a flipside as they chase the $$ with a Funky Disco dancer a-side "Smoke In The Disco". But even when this team pursue the Disco craze with a "Kool And the Gang" inspired dancer, they do tight, crisp and inspiring highly honed SOLID FUNK!

Two beyond great sides, one very elusive disc for the DJ/Collector who would not lower themselves to buy and play a re-issue... that would just dilute the experience this spine-tingling masterpiece presents..



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Condition Report

Two bight clean labels, full gloss final, revealing just a few soft hairlines.

Two bight clean labels, full gloss final, revealing just a few soft hairlines.

Case Of Tyme - Manifesto / Some call It Love - Legend L-1001

Case Of Tyme

Manifesto / Some call It Love

Legend: L-1001 (45s)

A bright fresh copy, that has side-stepped the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit.

This is of course the authentic FIRST press and by far it's rarest incarnation, and the least confusing to authenticate. Styrene, press green label, is the FIRST press original - simples.

A disc that offers up the most motivating display of saxophone insanity ever heard on the Northern Soul dancefloor triggering a flood of vivid wonder-years flashbacks as you embarrassingly remember one of the nights highlights was a jubilant two arm air-shot as the chorus "MANIFESTO" was replaced by a bellowing "SHOP AT TESCO'S!" complete in time with that psychotic saxophonist.

What fun that was.. for the usually very serious Northern Soul dancer.. always so respectful of their music...

Today I'm singing along with the nearly as motivating "Some Called It Love" unable to find a supermarket slogan replacement..

When it comes to acquiring the real-deal Northern Soul originals wearing their rarest original clothes, this very first press of a timeless Wigan Casino anthem that seldom surfaces for air.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing some soft hairlines when angled in the light, plays superbly crisp and clean. A copy that has side-stepped the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing some soft hairlines when angled in the light, plays superbly crisp and clean. A copy that has side-stepped the rigors of the Northern Soul circuit

Soul Majestics - Missing You / I Done Told You Baby - Chicago Music Bag B-1001

Soul Majestics

Missing You / I Done Told You Baby

Chicago Music Bag : B-1001 (45s)

Not for the first time, a standout song has flirted with spiraling into unstoppable demand, but has just sat on the peripheral of Rare Soul fame for decades. Awaiting the right DJ to light the touchpaper and whoosh... everybody wants a copy. As a part time mess-around DJ, I should feel rather ashamed not to have championed this exquisite tune, seeing as, every working day I was less than 10 feet from a copy. But that was 3 years ago, any spare copy has long gone, and now demand is at its peak. Not surprising really as both sides are truly graceful rare soul experiences.

The Scott Brothers, Howard and Walter together with Ira Gates honed an impressive triangle of ideas, styles and tunes during the late 60's whilst working under George Leaner's Toddin' Town banner. A place where they could bounce off and warm themselves on the exuberance of Alvin Cash, James "Bull" Parks etc. Today bring all their experience to the table joining Johnny Cameron to tightly tailor group Soul excellence.

It seems almost like a weekly blog, we are singing the praises of Johnny Cameron's arranging skills, both sides shimmer with his unrestrained approach to a pleading production; crafting two delicious helpings of distilled vocal-group Chicago male vocal-group harmony floaters. But the real star of the show is the young beseeching lead voice, so convincing in his need for love.

The a-side does it dance style, the flipside is an equally calculated floater of immense charm... Which side I prefer, I keep changing my mind... both are equally sublime.. so click the prepared soundfile; you decide which side knocks you over the hardest... as the soaring in despair voice pulls you into his heartfelt predicament. His pain is palpable..

BRILLIANT which ever side you drop the arm on.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. A beauty!

two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. A beauty!

Youth Opportunity Program - Of Dreams Hopes And Tombstones / same instrumental - Columibia 4-43407 DJ

Youth Opportunity Program

Of Dreams Hopes And Tombstones / same: instrumental version

Columbia : 4-43407 DJ (45s)

An eye-watering vision of utter completeness.

A MINT minus VINYL press, not styrene. Complete with with glossy info sleeve plus the seldom-seen introduction letter from the White House from Eugene J. Weiss director of the "Youth Opportunity Program" a democrat promotion October1965.

It does NOT get any better than this, in the quest for ownership of this Northern Soul floor-destroying anthem! With another Johnson family triumph from husband and wife team of Joy & Bob Johnston. preparation of Democrat promotion for awareness not to "Drop Out Of School" a message that appears with several Northern Soul Records but not as electrifying as Jimmy Fraser's potent "nothing spared" delivery, hitting the message home.

The "Do Not Drop Out" directive sleeve hardly ever turns up, occasionally a world-weary insert does but not the cover. To have everything complete, intact and immaculate really is a rare sight.

Powerhouse Northern Soul with the choice of a vocal side or the straight instrumental backing track. Both sides inflicting guaranteed dancefloor destruction from the every note. The rasping advisory vocal from Mr. Fraser, supported by an enthusiastic Harmonica accompaniment peppering that bludgeoning brass laden dance-beat.

"Of Dreams Hopes And Tombstones" is an instant club incendiary device, that sets your play-list alight, whether it be with the straight instrumental or with Jimmy Fraser's ear-blasting snarling vocal.

A fabulous and complete offering in its rare 1965 promo entirety. Raising up from an educational tool, that become a Northern Soul monster!

Click the soundfile and unleash a certified leviathan of the Northern Soul scene.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, fine glossy VINYL (not styrene) reveals only the faintest of hairlines when angled under light, plays rich, loud and true. Both the promo White House letter is clean tiny neat invisible repair and the glossy promo sleeve are a flawless mint minus. Utter completeness in the finest shape I'v ever encountered!

Two clean promo labels, fine glossy VINYL (not styrene) reveals only the faintest of hairlines when angled under light, plays rich, loud and true. Both the promo White House letter is clean tiny neat invisible repair and the glossy promo sleeve are a flawless mint minus. Utter completeness in the finest shape I'v ever encountered!

Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before / Let's Get Together - Chess 1977

Valentinos

Sweeter Than The Day Before / Let's Get Together

Chess : 1977 (45s)

When a record has been part of the Northern Soul staple diet since 1970, it's not easy to add anything to enhance this records already humongous reputation...50 years of packing the dancefloors across Britain you'd think this classic would have become tiresome at some point during our lifetime. But not at all, it still ignites frenetic dancefloor excitement every time it hits the turntable.

So much going on, to partner that vibrant growling lead vocal. The rattling drum intro collides with a bombardment of brass, burping saxophone intrusions pepper the production about to be taken to another level by one of the most exhilarating sax-breaks of all-time. Male vocal choruses chime their approval at ever opportunity, decorating the fuller than full backing.. . a truly glorious example of the finest Northern Soul has to offer.

In more recent times, NS DJ's a have also taken to spinning the nearly as good "Let's Get Together" flipside.

Enough of my take on it... just click the sound file... for an out of your body experience that will take you back to every Northern Soul club that you have ever visited.

When a 45 is as classic as this guaranteed perennial floor-destroyer...you knew all of the above, already didn't you.

Condition Report

Clean a-side label, flipside label reveals some some insignificant light numbers/writing on flipside label (see images), good gloss on vinyl, some light surface blemises but as you can hear it plays, proper impressive loud and totally clean.

Clean a-side label, flipside label reveals some some insignificant light numbers/writing on flipside label (see images), good gloss on vinyl, some light surface blemises but as you can hear it plays, proper impressive loud and totally clean.

Jack Hammer - What Greater Love / The Mason Dixon Line - United Artists UP 35029

Jack Hammer

What Greater Love / The Mason Dixon Line

United Artists : UP 35029 (45s)

There was considerable in this excellent but under-exposed Northern Soul UK produced 45 when we listed a promo copy in December. For those of you who were out-battled foir ownership, we though a fine clean mint minus stock copy would offer up another chance for a friendly scrap for the freehold of this almighty now wider known tune.

A turbo-powered Brit-Soul juggernaut!!

You would think nobody could produce a stronger recording than the great Teddy Randazzo, but this Noel Walker & and Mike Vickers late August of 1969 Brit session, upstages the big sound of New York, that Teddy Randazzo, Victoria Pike & Richie Adams conjured up for Little Anthony and the Imperials a year earlier.

Recap: Whilst Little Anthony's is a magnificent recording of a monumental "Big City" "Randazzo" recording. That two Brits actually bettered in August 1968. The producing duo of Mike & Noel chose the mighty vocal of Jack Hammer to deliver those earth-shaking lyrics, a choice that ratcheted the whole landscape of the song up yet another gear. Mick Vickers & Noel Walker knew how to deliver Brit Soul to the max. Having between them, already worked with Eyes Of Blue, Fearns Brass Foundry, Truly Smith, with Mike constructing his own Northern Soul masterpiece "On The Brink" . The collaboration ignites one of the Britain's weightiest Soul recordings.

Jack Hammer's mean and mighty New Orleans born bellow, is the perfect partner for the full orchestra sonic boom about to be unleashed by Mick Vickers & Noel Walker kitchen-sink approach...a brutal kettle drum attack, leads full voiced choir into the fray, vibes, piano, horns, keyboard, strings, guitar ... the whole works are discharged, launching Jack's rich booming vocal on the unsuspecting listener....

AWESOME! ... in fact truly AWESOME!

Not often the Brits upstage the boys from New York, is it?

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, bright full gloss vinyl revealing only the lightest of hairlines.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, bright full gloss vinyl revealing only the lightest of hairlines.

Ray and The Bel-Aires - The Blame Is On You / I Wish I Could - ARV International A-5008

Ray and The Bel-Aires

The Blame Is On You / I Wish I Could

ARV International: A-5008 (45s)

You cannot get a record more Tex-Mex than those 60's records produced by the wonderfully eclectic ARV International Records, set up in the most southerly Texas city possible, right on the very border with Mexico.

The label had a voracious appetite for recording and releasing local music. In among the Country & Western, Mexican mariachi band singles, were some great local Garage band, and off course Soul from the like of George Jay, Ray & The Beliares, Ray and The Blue Satins, Steve Jordan etc. they had a great in-house writer Ruben Peña who understood the "Soul-Sound" completely, he put together some killer tunes. Unlike many Tex-Mex soul recordings of the 60's, his style never involved over-powering Mexican brass that diluted the atmosphere. .

All his creation were drenched in real-deal Soul this one "The Blame Is On You /" is a moody honkin' horn production elevated by the growling deep throated "Ray" who is pointing the finger at his lady, for his dismay. his bad mood cradle by muscular brass. The combination of the gravel coated enraged vocal and the just as angry brass, make this a stand sound. Unique in make-up, a voice that demands your attention, lifted up by a blizzard of brass.

Rare and sounding just as great as it did back in 1977 on the chilly East Coast nights, snuggled between Arin Demain, Tony Middleton, Ronnie Forte etc.... time to make a comeback..

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Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl, has some soft surface blemishes, none of which affect play.

Two clean labels, strong gloss vinyl, has some soft surface blemishes, none of which affect play.

Gladys Tyler with Ray Scott and the Scottsmen - A Little Bitty Girl (With A Great Big Mountain Of Pride) / OnlyThe One You Love - Decca 31991 DJ

Gladys Tyler with Ray Scott and the Scottsmen

A Little Bitty Girl (With A Great Big Mountain Of Pride) / Only The One You Love

Decca: 31991 DJ (45s)

A match made in heaven when Chicago self-taught multi-musician Walter Spriggs brought the sassy big-voiced New Yorker Gladys Tyler under the wings of his production team and band.

Walter by the close of the 50's was recording under the name Ray Scott. This versatile entertainer could play most anything, had already written and guided crafted some great vocal-group R&B monsters with the likes The Flamingos and released some muscular R&B material himself on Apollo, Blue Lake and then in the late 50's killer rockers on Atco. and earned himself a huge reputation as a must-see club act.

So what a perfect fit Ray Scott and his team made, when fronted by the sassy Gladys Tyler. Gladys came from the same mold as Big Maybelle, Pearl Woods, Katie Webster, Carl Fran etc. The imposing feline roar of Ms Tyler was never intimidating, as she gracefully hit the high notes, whilst retaining seamless control, at all times.

WHAT A VOICE!

"A Little Bitty Girl" written by Gladys herself, a veiled self-portrait sending a message, that even though she may have been diminutive in stature, but she was a mountain of a girl in self belief. This potent R&B dancer goes all way to make sure we believe it so, this gal is not taking any disrespect from her man. With Walter Spriggs leading at the piano, belting out a relentless bluesy dance rhythm and his Scottsmen horn section blasting through a barrage of horns. The combination is an explosive but totally controlled Sister R&B dance session of the highest order. For their next recording Walter Spriggs took Gladys to Memphis to record another potent dancer under guidance of Gene Bowlegs Miller "Mr. And Mrs Green" adding another layer to her Northern Soul standings.

But to hear what Walter Spriggs was really all about, check out his other Ray Scott and the Scottsmen New York recordings "Love Piled On Top Of Love" and the equally highly combustible "Right Now"

"A Little Bitty Girl" is another 1966 New York Sister-strutter, from a team who never released enough 45's and surely should have been a bigger force across the USA.

Where Spriggs garnered his musical prowess is a mystery, as he sang and played piano, guitar, bongos, and drums. Spriggs recorded several records for Apollo, Blue Lake & Atco and should be always be remembered for his Northern Soul contribution with and without Gladys, the gal with a mountainous voice.

Condition Report

Two clean pink promo labels, music publisher Hal Fein moniker sticker on the flipside. A-side is spotless, both sides of the vinyl both sides are strong full gloss mint minus revealing only a few soft sleeve storage blemishes. Housed in correct vintage sleeve.

Two clean pink promo labels, music publisher Hal Fein moniker sticker on the flipside. A-side is spotless, both sides of the vinyl both sides are strong full gloss mint minus revealing only a few soft sleeve storage blemishes. Housed in correct vintage sleeve.

Patti & The Emblems - I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time / My Heart's So Full Of You - Kapp K-987

Patti & The Emblems

I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time / / My Heart's So Full Of You

Kapp: K-987 DJ (45s)

WHAT A TUNE!!! a Northern Soul emblematic anthem! Here today as the REAL-DEAL March 1968 original promo copy with the PINK "A" indicator on the "My Heart's So Full Of You" label.

Leading lady Patty Russell supported by her trio of guys The Emblems Eddie Watts, Vance Walker, Alexander Wilde. Together they epitomise the late 60's Philly sound; with another Northern Soul anthem from the office of Leroy Lovett and Frank Bendinellil. Two guys who provided the Northern Soul scene with so many Philly delights, as they progressed through the 60's recording NS sounds other fabulous tunes from Patti & The Emblems on Kapp. With "I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time" being the apex of their work in 1968 but received such disappointing sales the black store copy has long been recognized as one of the rarest of all the coveted "black" stock 45s.

This dynamic duo Leroy Lovett and Frank Bendinellil work was sadly obscured by other great Philadelphia writing teams, Ironically Gamble & Huff had just launched the beginnings of TSOP pushing this talented twosome even further into the shadows. This soaring crash-bang-wallop production ticks all the boxes; so much so when original "A" "My Heart's So Full Of You" failed in the market. Kapp quickly switched the a-side to "I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time" but unfortunately this side also fell through the cracks, with lack of radio airplay.

The unforgettable Cape Canaveral launch of Patti's vocal, rocketing skyward on an high-octane whoosh of male vocals, is one of the most instantly motivational Northern Soul intros all them all! Propelled by g-force horns, pattering bongos, crashing cymbals, searing strings; with those triumphant male group vocals increasing in intensity, whilst being occasionally peppered by the inspired inclusion glockenspiel chimes. Launch pad genius is not too strong a word for this opening! This is instantaneous Northern Soul, that Leroy & Frank have been working towards in the battle to head-up the 60's sound of Philadelphia.

Flip it over for the original A-side "My Heart's So Full Of You " you are again treated to a mountainous production, featuring a magnificent full orchestra and seamledss harmony vocals. Philly does the "The Brill Building" sound, is not to be passed by.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, bright clean gloss, multiple soft hairtline soft crackle on the run-in then BOOM! loud, crisp and clean playback.

Two clean promo labels, bright clean gloss, multiple soft hairtline soft crackle on the run-in then BOOM! loud, crisp and clean playback.

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On /God Is Love - Tamla Motown TMG775 DJ

Marvin Gaye

What's Going On / God Is Love

Tamla Motown : TMG 775 DJ (45s)

The very Apex of Marvin Gaye illustrious career, a game changer not only for Marvin but also for Motown.

Condition Report

Two clean green and white promo labels, 4 prong centre intact,

Two clean green and white promo labels, 4 prong centre intact,

Artistics - I'm Gonna Miss You / Hope We Have - Coral Q.72488 DJ

Artistics

I'm Gonna Miss You / Hope We Have

Coral : Q.72488 DJ (45s)

RARE December 1966 DEMO!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 pronng centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing just te merest sdoft sleve contact hairlines

Two clean labels, 4 pronng centre intact, full gloss vinyl revealing just te merest sdoft sleve contact hairlines

Little Sonny Warner - Bright Light / My Love For You - 4 Bees Productions 220

Little Sonny Warner

Bright Light / My Love For You

4 Bees Productions : 220 (45s)

Label owner William Boskett certainly had a thing about "Bees" and also releasing tiny run local releases on utterly obscure labels. Even though this former son of New Orleans had cutting edge music industry experience, finding himself in partnership with the prolific Lloyd Price and Harry Logan in the late 50's on the KRC Records of Washington. Before venturing out on his own in the Washington / Baltimore area. Releasing one of Northern Soul's legendary rarities Gwen & Ray "Build Your Love On a Strong Foundation" on Bee Bee records. Now for the very first time, certainly in my diggin' career we are presented with another even rarer Bill Boskett project on "4 Bees" by Little Sonny Warner.

This is my first encounter with this 45, although I did know of his other recording with Bee Bee, another potent Washington R&B winner.

Little Sonny followed William to record, he was employed as valet for the executives of KRC records whist still plying his trade as a accomplished Blues singer around D.C. Getting his break with Big Jay McNeely in California on the "Swingin'" label. Before joining back up with Bill Boskent for two more sessions.

Before you today is by far, Sonny's rarest 45, his travel-weary vocal, emitting beautifully gnarled pleadings; suitably supported by blaring brass and chirping songbird choruses, guided by another familiar Northern Soul contributor Jesse Herring. .Jesse working up three simplistic components, building up a powerful statement of a lost-love. This is real-deal from the streets classic style SOUL! You'd expect from Conley, Pickett, Redding etc.

The flipside, is one for the Deep Soul aficionados to take notice of, Deep as rare as you like it. As Sonny brings a little of California to the East Coast as he changes his persona, lamenting in smooth Sam Cooke style with Jess Herring replacing bludgeoning horns to silky strings "His Love For His Girl" so very Cookesque.

Two sides saturated in the sound of the streets, from two old friends trying to make a living from music. Two sides that paint a picture of exactly how difficult it was to break a hit, this 45 sold nothing and today remains Sonny Warner's and Bill Boskent's "ghost" 45, that never surfaces for sale...

BEYOND RARE!

Condition Report

Two clean but softly worn labels, vinyl carries nice gloss, multiple light hairlines when angled in the light, graded vg+ strong volume. with only occasional soft distant tick on the intro.

Two clean but softly worn labels, vinyl carries nice gloss, multiple light hairlines when angled in the light, graded vg+ strong volume. with only occasional soft distant tick on the intro.

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