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Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do / 1974 USA promo - Casablanca NB 9002 DJ

Gloria Scott

What Am I Gonna Do / Original 1974 USA promo album

Casablanca: NB 9002 DJ (LPs)

A year before the "Disco" explosion started to sweep America, Barry White, Tom Brock & Gene Page collaborated to craft one of the greatest 70's Soul albums ever made. Former Sly Stone pupil and Ike & Tina Turner backing singer, Gloria Scott was the perfect voice for this magnificent journey into sumptuous-Sister-Soul.

(A Case Of) Too Much Lovemakin' was of course a Richard Searling anthem throughout the last decades of the 20th Century, a crowd-pleaser with few equals. But this album is no "one track wonder”. For me and many other fans, "That's What You Say (Everytime You Are Near Me)” is every note as magnificent. Both tracks never achieving 45 release in the USA. Whilst the equally inspiring "What Am I Gonna Do" did get 45 issue, and is now considered a crucial 70's Soul collectors item.

An album that we consider in the top five Soul masterpieces of all time. Lack of awareness, promotion and radio exposure all contributed to this LP's failure to sell, but left the record collector with a real jewel of a rarity to acquire. If original first presses are your priority .

This is an album of such great esteem, it has won Gloria Scott cult status, worldwide fame and universal appreciation. So much so she is now a resident act at Europe’s greatest Soul Weekender, Dan Dombrowe's Baltic Soul, of Hamburg, Germany, where this charismatic lady now wows the crowd every year.

EWe have soundfiled 1.(A Case Of) Too Much Lovemakin 2. "That's What You Say (Everytime You Are Near Me)” 3. What Am I Gonna Do for instant impact. But the other tracks are also killer examples of pre-disco Sister Soul.

Condition Report

A fabulous clean cover, revealing only very soft signs of storage, it is a cover that so often suffers from ring wear. NO seam splits, sticker marks or writing. Strong clean Ex + cover. Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl we can locate only a couple of fine hairlines. Plays flawless. This is certainly the finest copy I've seen in decades. A real beauty.

A fabulous clean cover, revealing only very soft signs of storage, it is a cover that so often suffers from ring wear. NO seam splits, sticker marks or writing. Strong clean Ex + cover. Two perfect labels, full gloss vinyl we can locate only a couple of fine hairlines. Plays flawless. This is certainly the finest copy I've seen in decades. A real beauty.

Sweet Pearl - You Mean Everything To Me / While We Are Together - Leopard Head UR 2552

Sweet Pearl

You Mean Everything To Me / While We Are Together

Leopard Head : UR 2552 (45s)

Climbing back into big demand, this very scarce Memphis double hitter is back where it belongs, on the want-lists across the globe for modern rare-soul DJs and collectors.

Obscure in the extreme, a D.I.Y. project by the group themselves, creating two contrasting dance genres on one 1981 session. The mysterious G. Wright, J. Cole and C. Nelson

If any city was gonna resist the 80s trend of moving away from real instruments for the dreaded synthesizer, it was Memphis; a city who's streets seemed to be littered with talented horn blowers & bass guitarists by the dozen.

So how refreshing, in fact totally gratifying to encounter this 1981 sublime Bluff City double hitter.

You are about to listen to exactly the reason why, we all love soul in the first place. Gentle guitar opens for classy fluid understated horns set the tone for a beautifully delivered Soul Sister vocal crafting a Soulful-stepper of the highest quality. Dreamy, sultry sexy soul just perfect for devotees of the Soul Essence Weekenders or the much missed "Orwell" atmosphere.

Flip it over for a "Summer In the Parks" paced 80s runaway-train rhythm full-on Boogie dancer. Frantically overflowing with all the ingredients required to build a funk based dance 80s dance tune whilst still retaining all the soulful aspects of "You Mean Everything To Me" mid-paced masterpiece.

Its an awesome double-delight and of course a current play once again for the upfront rare-soul DJ who own this beauty.

Judging by the very few copies on YouTube, this record is rarely encountered in clean crisp playing condition. With the pure subtly of "You Mean Everything To Me" the last thing the collector or DJ needs is crackle & pops!

Condition Report

Two crisp clean powder-blue labels, full gloss mint minus, play perfect vinyl.

Two crisp clean powder-blue labels, full gloss mint minus, play perfect vinyl.

Brenda Holloway - When I'm Gone / I've Been Good To You - Tamla Motown TMG 508 DJ

Brenda Holloway

When I'm Gone / I've Been Good To You

Tamla Motown : TMG 508 DJ (45s)

Today I think you are possibly viewing the finest example of this most-coveted of "Red N' Whites" straight from an archived collection.

An utterly stunning example of TMG finery.

As we are all aware "When I'm Gone" was lined up to be Mary Wells's next big hit, to be released straight after the tidal-wave of worldwide sales of her biggest Motown hit "My Guy" had subsided. "When I'm Gone" was perfect for Mary Wells to repeat another million seller with. But Mary had been unhappy for quite some time, having the low royalties from her 1960 contract she had signed when she was only 17 years of age. Mary was determined to leave Motown, much to the disappointment of Berry Gordy who tried desperately to renegotiate her contract. But Mary had already had her head turned and she signed a lucrative deal with 20th. Century Fox. Allegedly with a verbal sugar-coated carrot of a possible movie appearances.

As expected Berry Gordy scrapped Motown's impending "When I'm Gone" release they had already printed a picture sleeves for. In typical unfazed Gordy style, he immediately replaced Mary's cancelled 45, with a 100% Smokey Robinson session that created what many consider Brenda's finest Motown moment. A recording that has remained deep in the hearts of British Motown and Northern Soul fans for over 56 years.

Today this iconic recording is presented here in by far and away its most desirable form - a TMG trophy of the highest order. Some consid#er the most-desirable, most-elusive Red N'White of them all.

Condition is eye-popping we are talking solid-investment-vinyl with this offering.

Do not ponder, we are not going to see a copy as fine as this one, any time soon.

Condition Report

Two utterly unblemished red & white promo labels, are only matched by the stunning full gloss impeccably mirror like mint minus vinyl. This Demo is as clean as we are ever going to be able to offer. Mint minus throughout - utterly stunning condition

Two utterly unblemished red & white promo labels, are only matched by the stunning full gloss impeccably mirror like mint minus vinyl. This Demo is as clean as we are ever going to be able to offer. Mint minus throughout - utterly stunning condition

Lonnie Brooks - Demonstrating / One Sunny Day - Chirrup 501

Lonnie Brooks

Demonstrating / One Sunny Day

Chirrup : 501 (45s)

Rare Chicago R&B thumper in sublime near perfect condition.

Lee Baker Junior, renowned Chicago Blues singer and formidable guitarist. Embarks on a convincing slab of snarling Soul/R&B, relentlessly growling window into Chicago dance Soul using his beautifully torn vocal to its fullest effect. Streets of Chicago NS at its most compelling... supported by mixed backing vocal choruses, driving percussion and Lonnie's guitar filling in any momentary space, with a great example of his guitar mastery with an impressive solo - resist its raw power if you can.

Lonnie's convincing "guttural" protests are supported by strong vocal group choruses, as rattling drums and bluesy guitar riffs pull you onto the dancefloor. Rarity was the only reason this Windy City "blinder", was missed back-in-the-day... As it was spilling over with all those "Southside qualities" that Johnny Sayles, Willie Parker, Harold Burrage etc. persuaded us all with throughout the earlier formative years of our Northern Soul experience.

Destructive NS that is currently getting the huge recognition it deserves...Distilled raw Chicago Northern Soul from the heart of the neighborhood, with a kick like a Mule...

a tune that will become an even bigger MONSTER when a few more NS Jocks own a copy.

Lonnie did have the authentic Chicago Blues flipside "One Sunny Day" released by Chess a year later in 1967, but Chess passed on the impressive "Demonstrating" leaving this eye-candy Chirrup label the one and only route to ownership.

Condition Report

Flawless in every way, check out label-art from the streets of Chicago, over 50 years old and totally unblemished. Check the soundfile on this "most likely" previously unplayed squeaky clean vinyl - it is perfection that you are unlikely to see again.

Flawless in every way, check out label-art from the streets of Chicago, over 50 years old and totally unblemished. Check the soundfile on this "most likely" previously unplayed squeaky clean vinyl - it is perfection that you are unlikely to see again.

Valentines - Breakaway / If You Love Me ( Really Love Me) - Sound Stage 7 SS7-2663

Valentines

Breakaway / If You Love Me ( Really Love Me)

Sound Stage 7 : SS7-2663 (45s)

A fine clean playing copy, and early in the run press. A record notorious for skips or distortionif you are unfortunate enough to acquire a copy late in tye pressing run. this the mid-west vinyl press is plagued with.

Here is a rare chance to own a PERFECT play original VINYL press, without any masterplate flaws that gave rise to some of the later copies in the run, skipping plus light sound distortion even though they look mint.

Rare indeed to find a perfect play copy, which is only possible to find, with the pressings from early on in the pressinng.

So now hear proper Northern Soul, emitting a combination of the soaring male-vocals from this tight Nashville quartet and the explosive fanfare from the Bergen White conducted horns, makes for the truly motivational NS experience. A timeless allnighter classic that has graced the turntables of every iconic venue throughout the history of the Northern Soul Soul scene. Still today nearly 50 years later it is the perfect incendiary bomb to launch a chattering crowd onto the dancefloor.

James Clemmons with his rich lead voice, supported by wave after wave of exhilarating choruses, partitioned by a barrage of brutal BW brass.

THIS IS CLASSIC NORTHERN SOUL!!

But in the excitement of this eternal classic's energy, spare a few minutes to hear the original a-side " If You Love Me ( Really Love Me)" that exquisitely showcases what a truly gifted vocal-group these boys really were. Slick, precise harmonies flood your space, for a second time, this time at a much more laid-back pace.

Condition Report

Two clean stock copy labels, full gloss VINYL not styrene. Reveals only a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under light. As you can hear, it plays rich and clean, both sides.

Two clean stock copy labels, full gloss VINYL not styrene. Reveals only a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under light. As you can hear, it plays rich and clean, both sides.

Len Jewell - Bettin' On Love / Paint Me - Fontana F-1599 DJ

Len Jewell

Bettin' On Love / Paint Me

Fontana : F-1599 DJ (45s)

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL in its purist form!

From the desk of one of the scene's true icons, the golden talents of Leonard Jewell Smith again craft the perfect dancefloor fuel, drenched in all the ingredients the Northern Soul dancefloor salutes.

A potent driving backbeat a cocktail of piano and horns, lays down a persuasive platform for blaring brass impregnated with high-hat girl choruses... beckoning your feet to give more. As Len Jewell's rich vocal assisted by and uncredited girls roll out spectacular 1967 Californian Soul. utilizing the same formula that Len used to the equally monumental "Too Much" on Gemini.

Everything we adore about real-deal vintage style Northern Soul is there, Len Jewell's gift "Tour De Force" is emphatically underlined ...yet again.

As if to prove his versatility, the flipside is a mix of Haight - Ashbury Psyche and electronic Funk. As far away from the a-side as it could possibly get, but certainly worth a listen so you can witrness another unheralded Northern Soul genius..

Long live the legacy of Leonard Jewell Smith, a never to be replicated talent.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint mint vinyl revealing just a few minuscule soft blemishes.

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint mint vinyl revealing just a few minuscule soft blemishes.

Danny Price - Come To Me / Lost Your Girl - United Artists UA 50506 DJ

Danny Price

Come To Me / Lost Your Girl

United Artists : UA 50506 DJ (45s)

In the words of legendary Northern Soul DJ Ian Levine "This is the absolutely rare and fantastic Danny Price on United Artists"

The joyous piano collides with a tsunami of horns for an explosive lift of uplifting Northern Soul, that Ian has made one of his signature tune. Wave after wave of surging horns decorated with celestial girls hangoing aloft with shrill choruses, bringing it all together is the seasoned relationship of Don Tweedy & Bobby Montgomery, firing-up the full orchestra and girl singers enriching this exhilarating dancer.

Levine was always a DJ who found a few tunes everybody else had undetected, and made his own.

This uplifting dancer, absolutely perfect for the "allnighter" crowd, brimming with optimism and drive.

Good find and spin Ian, and like you say "absolutely rare and fantastic"

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, full gloss previously unplayed mint vinyl

two clean promo labels, full gloss previously unplayed mint vinyl

Bernard Smith - Man Without A People / Never Gonna Let You Go - Spectrum S-111

Bernard Smith

Man Without A People / Never Gonna Let You Go

Spectrum : S-111 (45s)

A record of standout quality, not once but twice Bernard Smith's beseeching vocal and Joe Tate's mesmeric string filled arrangement captivates completely !

The labels says a "Joe Tate" conception, yet another superior Baltimore Crossover Northern Soul rarity from the man who gave us The Blendells, Contemplations, Rock Candy, Summits again offers the Northern Soul DJ a double blinder a two top truly Soulful gliders, only A-list DJ's seem to be dropping.

The beseeching "Man Without A People" a regular spin for Mick H. has his taste become firmly cemented in high quality "Crossover" my choice is the super-slick "Never Gonna Let You go" also saturated in beseeching male Soul showered with songbirds in chorus as Bernard Smith continues to elevate his pleas higher and higher.

TWO SIDES TO DIE FOR !

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a real beauty!

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a real beauty!

Edwin Starr - Scotts On Swingers / same: 2:08 mono version - Ric-Tic RT-109-X DJ

Edwin Starr

Scotts On Swingers / same: 2:08 mono version

Ric-Tic : RT-109-X DJ (45s)

A stunning example complete with and still housed in it's collectors cardboard cover purchased 1974.Perfect labels, full gloss vinyl mint minus vinyl. Absolutely NO Nortern Soul DJ circuit play.

The story of its being: Whilst since 1959 "Payola" rewarding radio DJ's with money or favours received an high profile investigation, and ended in the preventative measures of stripping the DJ's of the rights to choose their own plays.

But the savvy team at Wingate thought of another way to curry favour with radio stations and their DJ's. Ric-Tic gave Edwin Starr carte blanche for vrewriting "S.O.S." Stop Her On Sight with lyrics that paid homage to Detroit's most influential DJ Scott Regan "He Plays The Best Music In Town" just one of the lines of adulation heaped upon this famed DJ.

What a great idea reinforcing the bond between Scott Regan, The DJ and Ed Wingate's Ric-Tic label. Nothing illegal about massaging a DJ's shoulders and telling him how great he is.. It will have strengthened Ric-Tic's position in Detroit also, a very savvy move indeed. With the conclusion in the end, was Motown deciding to buy out this burgeoning independent, and enlisting Edwin Starr's services into the bargain.

Today this 45 is considered THE really cool way to play "S.O.S." Stop Her On Sight" for the UK DJ. It's not only a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, it is also a turntable head-twister for those dancers who haven't heard it before.. an explosive reaction assured at those oldies reunion nights.

This copy has two pristine white promo labels, vinyl reveals hardly a blemish, as you can hear it plays perfectly. Absolutely clear of any DJ fatigue whatsoever, as this beauty came directly from a old-school collection complete with it's lovingly designed and titled vintage white card cover.

Now click the sound file for a different, but blistering adjustment of a timeless classic that has crammed the dancefloors of the United Kingdom since 1966, reverberating one of Detroit finest vocals and also arguably the best sax-break of them all...

Condition Report

Two brilliantly clean labels, full gloss vinyl with hardly a blemish, as good as you could ever hope for in 2021

Two brilliantly clean labels, full gloss vinyl with hardly a blemish, as good as you could ever hope for in 2021

Becky Sharpe - They Say You Found A New Baby / Miss Me - Zodiac 802

Becky Sharpe

They Say You Found A New Baby / Miss Me

Zodiac : 802 (45s)

Get some twangy Sister R&B into your life, with this killer version of the Joy Johnston song ably covered by Susan Rewis, Rodge Martin, Mojos, a great song given even more attitude Texas gal Becky Sharpe.

All the A1 list R&B DJ's have been solidly behind this belter for over as decade, but it has proved mighty hard to find, you will only find it on a few selected DJ play lists. Whilst most DJ's have had to settle for much commoner versions, e.g. Sue Rewis was of course the "Stafford Top Of The World" cover/up "Denita James and the Wildsides" cover up for Guy Hennigan, But that 45 has never been a hard 45 to acquire; but this local Fort Worth label is a totally different story, seemingly the label's only 45 release... and it's a killer!

Shimmering with inquiring young girl doubt and worry, wrapped into an attractively crude Hammond driven arrangement, glistening with young Go-Go girl choruses. Split wide open by a fabulous saxophone intrusion. So raw, so cutting, not only a 100 times rarer than any other version, the rawness of youth lifts it above all the others. That's why high-calibre DJ's like Bill Kealy, Jon Clay and Matt Sneath have been solidly parading this hard-hitting local small label version, dripping with Texas temperament for so time now, with elusivity preventing more Jocks joining the "Becky" fan club.

Tough to find and in sublime condition.

Condition Report

Two clean, bright gold labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Vey nice indeed...

Two clean, bright gold labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Vey nice indeed...

Saxie Russell - Psychedelic Soul / Psychedelic Soul part 2 - Thomas 1639

Saxie Russell

Psychedelic Soul / Psychedelic Soul part 2

Thomas : 45-1639 (45s)

A timeless Northern Soul anthem that has long since stopped being found in the "wild", you would think.

But no, this is a recent USA find, elevating this listing above those few copies that have circulated around the UK for the last 45 years, most now suffering from stylus fatigue and even cue-burn.
Take a listen to this clean crisp playback, from a playing surface that has yet to meet a Northern Soul DJ.

A much-loved in Northern Soul circles for its blistering uniqueness. It is records like this that throw the "outsider" off the scent of what Northern Soul actually is. After all, when this record first came onto the scene, records like Christine Cooper - Heartaches Away My Boy, Jimmy Soul Clark - Sweet Darling. Where being spun in the same DJ's sets... they are poles apart musically but all having that exact same effect of jolting a dancefloor into action...

It is after the great display of saxophone mastery on an NS recording you care to mention.

The "Psychedelic Soul" intro is like no other, as is "El Monkey" man's" manipulation of his reed. As Saxie Russell growls out the dance-craze instructions, and it's not until midway that an insane display of saxophone anarchy takes off. Whoever it was, who first played this to a Northern Soul dancefloor must have had the crowd stunned, in shock...as they collided with unparalleled sax-power.

The first time I experienced Saxie's mind-blowing antics, was in the low-ceiling confines of Temple Street, Wolverampton. The Catacombs and it's legendary hot n'steamy constricted space; was just perfect for that squealing Sax to reverberate from those condensation drenched walls. I instantly fell in love with that gnarled vocal and a rumbling dance beat.. a record you could really let yourself go to. Then a sax break that sent you skyward into orbit.

I mean I thought Junior Walker was just the greatest Sax I'd ever heard.. but Saxie was off-the-scale.. from a burp, a whistle, to a squealing razor-edge scream. Saxie manipulated his instrument at will, as he whipped up a storm; eventually climaxing by shrieking alarm finale..

Wow! this was that the best, most memorable record of the night? At a time when you could here 20 records you'd never heard before and all of them were brilliant... not only the best record of the night, the best record of the year for me... so different, so exciting, proper Northern Soul that stood "head and shoulders" in my mind.

and it's still a standout drop today.. especially if the vinyl is a "newbie" to the scene...with no groove fatique, the richness of that sax just drills through your body...

Northern Soul saturated in dynamic individualism... but check out "Part 2" surely the choice in 2021, as Saxie abandons the vocal instruction, so you can hear exactly this man's jaw-dropping mastery of brass & reed..

Condition Report

Two crisp unblemished, rich flesh coloured labels, flawless, Almost a Manship Mint, full vinyl revealing only fine hairline upon forensic inspection. Play tested, playback is "as new" absolutely no Northern Soul circuit activity, this baby is as clean as you could dream of meeting.

Two crisp unblemished, rich flesh coloured labels, flawless, Almost a Manship Mint, full vinyl revealing only fine hairline upon forensic inspection. Play tested, playback is "as new" absolutely no Northern Soul circuit activity, this baby is as clean as you could dream of meeting.

Marvelettes - Knock On The Door / blank: - RCA custom 10" acetate DMV-065206

Marvelettes

Knock On The Door / blank:

RCA: DMV-065206 (10")

THE legendary 10" 1964 acetate from the vaults of Motown!

A session that has certain HIT! running right through it, recorded at the very height of the Marvelettes recording career. Maybe the decision makers at Motown thought "Too Many Fish In The Sea" "He's A Good Guy (Yes He Is) "As Long As I Know He's Mine" "You're My Remedy" was enough hits for the year of 1964. After all The Supremes were evolving into Motown's girl-group hitmakers with 5 releases and 4 hits. There was serious rivalry for these top-girls to get into pole position. "Knock On The Door" would almost certainly have notched up another chartbuster for Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Georgeanna Tillman, and Wanda Young against all the competition of the British invasion of pop and other girl-groups The Marvelettes were still among the very best seller.

in 1965 their output dwindled to just 3 45s in 1965. Quite why "Knock On The Door" never received album or 45 release is puzzling, as it just shimmers and ripples with Motown goodness from start to finish.

A Northern Soul floor-packing certainty, a unique one-off acetate that will send your rivals "green"

for the Motown scholars RCA recording reference R4KM-1866 - Motown library reference DMV-065206

Condition Report

Clean library label with all the relevant recording information

Clean library label with all the relevant recording information

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