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Sonny Turner and Sounds Limited - Now That You're G one / Chicago Woman - Musicior MU 1459 DJ

Sonny Turner and Sounds Limited

Now That You're Gone / Chicago Woman

Musicior : MU 1459 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas.

Before you today is the most-divine, most-wanted slab of Northern Soul Beat-Ballad Heaven it is possible to experience, It just don't get any better than this!

In short, ex-Platters crooner Sonny Turner is about to turn your insides upside-down, clasp a vice around your heart, as he delivers the greatest mid-paced Big City Beater of IHMO, of all time..

An utterly gorgeous, utterly compelling, stunningly brilliant.. mood changer.

Invite Sonny into your life, this Christmas

Condition Report

MANSHIP MINT - a flawless promo copy!

MANSHIP MINT - a flawless promo copy!

Charades - The Key To My Happiness / Weeping Cup - MGM 13540

Charades

The Key To My Happiness / Weeping Cup

MGM : K13540 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINT - for Christmas - a perfect previously unplayed copy - still in birth sleeve

In short:

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!! at it's incomparable BEST! When you're on the dancefloor and this is dropped...it will most likely be the defining moment of your evening. Sounds like this, were the inspiration for droves of teenagers travelling 100's of miles a weekend for the chance to dance to these exceptional powerful productions. It is also why those same teens are still doing it 50 years further down the line.

Distilled vocal-group Northern Soul!! at its most-potent!

IN PERFECT MINT condition!

***Soundfiles lifted from a pervious mint minus copy - this copy remains unplayed***

Condition Report

MINT unplayed still housed in birth sleeve

MINT unplayed still housed in birth sleeve

Overtones - What Would I Do / The Gleam In Your Eye - Hip City Record Corp. HC-TOV-2

Overtones

What Would I Do / The Gleam In Your Eye

Hip City Record Corp. : HC-TOV-2 (45s)

An authentic 1970 neighborhood vocal-group masterclass from Wilmington, Delaware, giving up a heavenly Northern Soul Crossover experience, in the shape of "What Would I Do". An uplifting mid-tempo saturated in

Flipside is an exemplary falsetto led Lowrider group harmony masterpiece, featuring seamless lead vocal changeovers

A crucial disc, for scholars of seriously rare male vocal group delights, turn of the decade indie serves up a double helping of Soul that demands your attention.

We lead with the Northern Soul dancer, raw, compelling and utterly infectious emotional journey into Delaware Soul. An emotional lead, that cracks on all the right peaks, as his fellow vocalists cradle him through this 2.00 minute meltdown of Northern Soul, that rarity thus far, has deprived it of the turntable outings it so very much deserves.. Rarity again, has hampered it's recognition; as we know of only a handful of copies that have come to market in the last 20 years. and most staying in the USA for the incredible ballad side.. the time is now for Northern Soul to pay this 45 some attention.

Flip it over and we back our preceding enthusiasm with something truly special; A silky Low Rider/Sweet Soul delicacy drenched in falsetto exquisiteness. Prepare to listen and melt, as neighborhood street-corner Soul clasps your heart.. the impressive falsetto prolonged holding of every note perfectly, then from nowhere the lead vocal switches, then the falsetto bounces back in and the pair go tit-for-tat through the song gliding on a carpet of harmony support..to an majestic finale.

Of it's genre, the Sweet Soul side is an authoritative recording with all those beautiful rough edges that we adore, as the emotion seeps out, filling your space.. just awesome! The dance side benefitting from its addictive uniqueness and the malleable flowing harmonies woven into a NS dance beat.

Two remarkable sides one very rare 45 from the streets.. one side for the "All Niter" dancers, the other perfect suited for the Sunday chill-out sessions..

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Condition Report

NOTE, the 45 has double labels of the "The Gleam In Your Eye" "What Would I Do" is differentiated with a handwritten A - S (see images) ""The Gleam In Your Eye"" side has

NOTE, the 45 has double labels of the "The Gleam In Your Eye" "What Would I Do" is differentiated with a handwritten A - S (see images) ""The Gleam In Your Eye"" side has

Wade Flemons - That Other Place / I Knew You When - Vee Jay VJ 614

Wade Flemons

That Other Place / I Knew You When

Vee Jay : VJ 614 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

Mint unplayed - still housed in birth sleeve

rare condition indeed

Condition Report

Mint unplayed still in it's birth sleeve, a beautiful looking thing.

Mint unplayed still in it's birth sleeve, a beautiful looking thing.

Essex IV - My Reaction To You / My Heart Just Can't Take It - Wind Mill W-2001

Essex IV

My Reaction To You / My Heart Just Can't Take It

Wind Mill : W-2001 (45s)

Old school Northern Soul collectors will fondly remember those days when the intrepid Bay Area soul collector Bob Cattaneo from his Soul Odyssey mail order outlet in Day City, California, would visit Oakland's local distributor "Music People" and come home with a basket full of independent Soul 45's. Sadly those fruitful times have long since gone.

From 1974 thru 1978 I'd truly look forward to my monthly box of new release samples from "Daly City Bob", then order multiples of the ones I really liked. In 1975 the arrival of The Essex IV , I thought I had a totally exceptional 45, I adored both sides, and quickly put in an order for 50 copies. But unfortunately the time lapse of enthusiasm through air mail, often found Bob unable to source any more than the initial copies he'd purchased. Phone calls to the USA in 1975 were damn expensive. He did however send me a meagre handful, but was unable to get any more of this wonderful Bob Yorey and Richie Rome's East Coast creation.
It became an instant sought after 45, an overnight big tune for the "Modern" Soul DJs and collectors across the scene.

Now 40 years later it still shimmers with all the now seasoned qualities these two studio creators possessed Bob Yorey (The Glories etc.) and Richie Rome (If You Ask Me - Jerry Williams) and a truck load more. Two talented and experienced studio magicians in 1975 were still crafting gems, with Jack Perriocone superior string driven arrangement. Although a b-side for me, "My Reaction" is one of the greatest totally Soulful dancers of that time, so very classy, standing head and shoulders above the imminent East Coast "Disco Explosion" that eventually rinsed out all meaningful "Soul" content out of new East East dance productions.

Flip it over for the original a-side and hear "My Heart Just Can't Take It " another full orchestra production, the guys lay down a magic-carpet for the magnificent lead vocal to fly on. Heavenly full girl group assist, with other male vocals coming in to enrich this already lush landscape, crowned by a fabulous piano led, string saturated partitioned by a brass endorsed instrumental break.

Wonderful!

They just don't make records like this any more, two killer sides, that today still tower above it's contemporaries and so very hard to acquire in this stunning mint minus condition!

Do not ponder over such brilliance... this disc is already enjoying a second coming.

Condition Report

Perfect labels, unblemished vinyl gives up perfect sound. a glorious mint minus copy.

Perfect labels, unblemished vinyl gives up perfect sound. a glorious mint minus copy.

Vernon Garrett - If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time / You And Me Together - Stateside SS 2006 DJ

Vernon Garrett

If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time / You And Me Together

Stateside : SS 2006 DJ (45s)

A glorious Twisted Wheel anthem, in its most beautiful clothes. A February 1967 Stateside Demo !

A Los Angeles session driven by the signature potency that Arthur Wright injected into all his works.

Condition Report

Other than a soft sticker removal blemish top left ?(see image) this highly-prized promo is mint minus throughout. Vinyl is a flawless Mint minus both sides, 4 prong centre intact all housed in original birth-sleeve.

Other than a soft sticker removal blemish top left ?(see image) this highly-prized promo is mint minus throughout. Vinyl is a flawless Mint minus both sides, 4 prong centre intact all housed in original birth-sleeve.

Little Richie - Just Another Heartache / I Wish I Was A Baby - Sound Stage 7 2554

Little Richie

Just Another Heartache / I Wish I Was A Baby

Sound Stage 7 : 2554 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

Northern Soul ANTHEM!

A MANSHIP MINT!

A Northern Soul anthem - unbelievably UNPLAYED, perfect and still in birth sleeve

Condition Report

MINT UNPLAYED

MINT UNPLAYED

Rubaiyats - Omar Khayyam / Tomorrow - Action ACT 4516

Rubaiyats

Omar Khayyam / Tomorrow

Action : ACT 4516 (45s)

The rarest 45 on this most collectable of British labels, in astounding flawless condition.

Allen Toussaint's mysterious Bayou gathering "The Rubaiyats " gave birth in 1968, to this one-off recording, Sansu led with the b-side first "Tomorrow" a strong Southern Soul ballad. but hides on the flipside an inventive journey into the new Orleans world of Toussaint and his right-hand Marshall E. Seahorn a pairing that created so many classic Soul recordings. Whilst retaining all the characteristics of 60's NOLA the bludgeoning brass, the Bayou beat, liberally coated with strong male vocals, the subject matter is rather unique though, it works so well.

Toussaint and Seahorn transform the world's most famous poem "The Rubaiyat" a 1000 years old, so brilliantly highlighting its message of enjoy life to the full, the mantra is "Wine Women & Song".

before you today is quite simply this cherished UK label's rarest, most-valuable & most wanted 45. Accentuated by recent NS DJ attention, particularly the legendary but now retired DJ John Vincent who is spinning it to death - to a crushing dancefloor response. 100% New Orleans, featuring totally innovative lyrics lauding the virtues of “Wine, Women & Song”, can’t argue with that or it’s rarity endorsements. This is only our 4th. copy nearly 20 years. None of this previous copies anywhere near the spanking condition.

You could of course, always hold out for the USA Sansu press - but we have found that, even harder to find, but far less eye-catching. Unconventional in the extreme but saturated in all those infectious qualities that make it usually the most-memorable spin of any evening! The prolific Allen Toussaint & Marshal C. Seahorn again craft an unmissable tune…

Considering by the established elusivity of the USA press, with see this exceptional condition British press - an investment piece.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl is only the merest sign of sleeve contact hairlines, a strong brilliant mint minus

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl is only the merest sign of sleeve contact hairlines, a strong brilliant mint minus

Clara Wood - You're After My Guy / Old and Grey - Imperial 66122 DJ

Clara Wood

You're After My Guy / Old and Grey

Imperial : 66122 DJ (45s)

You are about to part of the genesis, that formed the sound of Philadelphia; as the great Bobby Martin collaborates with Phil Terry, who just one year later in 1966 would be a founding group member for the newly launched Gamble label, which was essentially the start of TSOP. As his four man team "The Intruders" kicked-off the now iconic Gamble label.

This divine example of sweet girl vocal Northern Soul from the mysterious Clara Ward flows with that seamless Philly "smooth". Clara delivers one of those voices you feel you should know already, equally stunning in its clarity as well as its familiarity, as Martin and Terry craft the age-old girl story of love-competition. Clara's shrill premonitions are beautifully delivered, as she warns her rival I know "You're After My Guy " but you are wasting your time. That honeyed voice does evoke visions of one beautiful lady, with cutting edge to her personality if provoked.

But this is so much more that just a tale of Soul sister strife, that was played out so often at The Greatstone Hotel in Manchester where this rarity was such a popular tune. The flipside packs a NS wallop also.

"Old and Grey" is the original 1965 version of the Marva Lee 1970 recording, that had Morris Bailey replacing Phil Terry and Dick De Marco &, Marty Dippolito replacing Bobby Martin, as this cool song is revamped on the Philly Rugby label. But loses that slick innocence and the superior vocal, leaves me with no hesitation declaring Clara Wood the best version by quite some distance.

Two great sides showcasing, early Philly shimmering in its slick, simple is genius glory.

Condition Report

clean a-side promo label, flipside label has a 12% label flake (see mage) good gloss vinyl, reveals only soft hairlines u#nder light.

clean a-side promo label, flipside label has a 12% label flake (see mage) good gloss vinyl, reveals only soft hairlines u#nder light.

Tommy Neal - Goin' To a Happening / Tee Ta - Vocalion V-L 9290 DJ

Tommy Neal

Goin' To a Happening / Tee Ta

Vocalion : V-L 9290 DJ (45s)

It matters not which label own this classic Northern Soul anthem on, whether it be Pameline (pink) , Palmer, Pameline (yellow) or Vault be it promo or stock copy no matter which way you juggle it...

This British the 8th. March 1968 VOCALION DEMO is its rarest clothes by a long, long way. An Iconic British Demo!

Before you today is one of the most challenging British Northern Soul classics to acquire as a DEMO copy. By far this timeless classic's most sought after, least seen format, especially if you are an old-school British Soul collector, for whom this promo label and birth sleeve combination will be pulse racing.

A timeless NS anthem in its British "grail" clothes! just listen to the music that catapults you back to your golden years, drool over that iconic label vista.

... then plan for it to be yours!

This DEMO just doesn't come to market often enough ... to give it as moment of pause..

Condition Report

Two totally clean red DEMO labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft hairlines when angled in the light. a strong Excellent plus.

Two totally clean red DEMO labels, 4 prong centre intact, full gloss vinyl reveals only a few soft hairlines when angled in the light. a strong Excellent plus.

Martha Reeves - No One There / I've Given You The Best Years Of My Life - Tamla Motown TMG 843 DJ

Martha Reeves

No One There / I've Given You The Best Years Of My Life

Tamla Motown : TMG 843 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

WOW! TMG stalkers a previously here is an unplayed promo copy, what an enticing proposition. February 9th. 1971 Green and White Demo, in irresistible perfect condition.

What a spectacular item, shimmering all over with gorgeousness, offering a 7" single that no other country in the world can. No USA release other than an album track. Such a very highly-sought after 45, even in its regular stock release format. BUt very rarely seen as the green and white promo.

Spy those label images, listen to the lush sound file with Martha's loneliness tugging away at your heart.

Resist if you can...

Condition Report

MANSHIP MINT previously unplayed archive copy. we have detect two very soft sleeve contact hairlines, neither affecting play.

MANSHIP MINT previously unplayed archive copy. we have detect two very soft sleeve contact hairlines, neither affecting play.

Barbara Cooper - What's One More Tear / The Playground - RCA 47-9048 DJ

Barbara Cooper

What's One More Tear / The Playground

RCA : 47-9048 DJ (45s)

a flawless promo copy, still housed in sleeve, you could hardly dream of acquiring a finer copy, of this dancefloor igniter...

In the very best of Northern Soul girl vocal traditions, Nashville produced Barbara Cooper nonchalantly shrugs off another heartache, serving up an inspired NS dancer. Part created by her long term writing partner Frank Catana. Frank is certainly no stranger to the Northern Soul rhythms having worked with Larry Santos, Shirley Ellis, Peggy March, Dana Valery, Kiki Dee to name just a few. Frank was certainly very at home with the upbeat feelgood 60's girl dance groove.

There's no denying Barbara has a beautifully controlled voice, reminiscent of Petula Clark, Evie Sands, Jackie DeShannon and other blue-eyed songbirds with enough texture in their voice to sound soulful, those ladies who have continually pleasured our ears, just like those aforementioned, Barbara also hits the big notes with consummate ease.

The finger-clicking arrangement guided by accomplish guitarist Walter Raim, builds the session up, with peaks perfectly placed to accentuate those glorious Northern Soul moments of euphoria.

A fabulous tune, that started life at Cleethorpes Pier circa 1976 always triggering strong dancefloor reaction; but is enjoying a much more recent NS renaissance with theDJ in the north of England lifting this disc into a floor-filling must-have, much, much bigger than it ever was the first time round some 25 years earlier. And rightly so, such a strong tune served up by a delicious voice.. for lovers of the Northern Soul girl-sound they don't come much more pleasing.

An essential DJ box resident when you need to get them off their seats.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in correct RCA company sleeve

Two clean promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in correct RCA company sleeve

Up-Tights - Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher - Alley 1045

Up-Tights

Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher

Alley : 1045 (45s)

The talented Ike Noble and team are here again serving up, another vocal-group harmony excursion into D.I.Y. Northern Soul. Written & arranged by Ike himself, this time utilizing Joe Lee's Arkansas based vanity label. That released less than a handful of 45s that can be remotely classed as Soul 45's.

From that wonderful Memphis based release by Noble and the Uptights - Don't Worry About It / Lonely Man - Action 6850 /6851 from just a year earlier. Ike again echoes that tight harmony-based mid-tempo Soul with an equally fine creation, giving up two bewitching street-level group-grooves; Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher.

We lead with the slightly more uptempo side "Just a Dream" with the beckoning blend of lilting guitar and considerate horn blows. Another "thankful" narrative of finding the right girl, which Ike's convincing indebted voice portrays so well, within a simplistic street-corner symphony that his grainy soulfulness is the star, only for his long-awaited rescue to be shattered .. as it's "Just a Dream".

Flip it over and the same ingredients bolster a totally different story, of loving a girl who doesn't love him. This brings forth Ike's inner determination , motivating himself to just move on...to just "Look A Little Higher"... hold your head high and keep on pushing. His expressive voice suiting this self-belief cradled by inspiring horns and approving guitar picking, welded and soothed by ghostly distant male group harmonies emphasizing he's not on his own, in his desire to pick himself up.

Two exquisite D.I.Y. soulful dance grooves, that will slowly but surely burrow their way into your heart..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, spectacular clean Mint minus vinyl, you couldn't hope to acquire a cleaner copy.

Two clean labels, spectacular clean Mint minus vinyl, you couldn't hope to acquire a cleaner copy.

Linda Jones - I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby / Hypnotized  - Warner Bros 2070

Linda Jones

Hypnotized / I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby

Warner Bros : 2070 (45s)

Considered by most-every classic era Soul scholar, Linda Jones is the most majestic voice of all the many Soul sisters who have at sometime during their career been crowned Queen, Princess or Goddess of the Soul sound.

Sadly Linda Jones has been noted on the some internet notations as a "one-hit" wonder, which is an horrifyingly shallow legacy to note this great lady as. For me Linda sits along side Aretha Franklin, Doris Duke, Barbara Hall, Irma Thomas in my top five "Queens" real Soul music. Listen to Hypnotized (one ad only hit) and the other side "I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby" her only Northern Soul dancer released in the UK - both performances validate her as the Queen Soul Sister of New York who sadly passed away at the tender age of 27 but not before leaving a treasure trove of recordings for real-soul fans to immerse themselves in. For me and many others Linda Jones is the uncrowned "Queen of Soul".

Before to today is the extremely elusive 1967 British orange stock copy, on which Linda "operatic standard" interpretation of Soul, booms out Charlie Harper & Ronnie Miller's optimistic lyrics, woven into Richard Tee & George Kerr's irresistible vibe and horn cocktail rhythms, that Linda bellows an extra dimension into. Listen how she embellishes the production with impossibly explosive but crystal clear singing that ranges from a soft purr to an almighty sonic-boom of Soul! As Richard Tee controls those ever prompting horns into the perfect Northern Soul Soul dance beat.

On the flipside of this compelling dancer, Gloria Spolan & Richard Poindexter write one of the greatest Soul ballads of all time "Hypnotized" was Linda's only real chart success, a stunning full orchestral production lavishly decorated with a girl and male vocal group choruses, laying down the rich carpet for Linda pneumatic powered voice, that could have only been born of Apollo. Not before and certainly not since has any Soul Sister come even close to emulating the inspirational voice of Linda Jones.

Listen to the astonishing Linda Jones deliver on two modes of 60's Soul, excelling in both styles, in a way only Linda ever could. On her only 60's British 45.


Condition Report

Two clean labels, only minuscule signs of careful storage, housed in birth-sleeve. A-side vinyl carries full gloss, just the merest sleeve contact hairlines detect under direct light. Strong clean Mint minus. Flipside vinyl has a small scratch that causes a momentary clicks on the " Hypnotized " listen to the soundfile and prepare for Linda to change your day.

Two clean labels, only minuscule signs of careful storage, housed in birth-sleeve. A-side vinyl carries full gloss, just the merest sleeve contact hairlines detect under direct light. Strong clean Mint minus. Flipside vinyl has a small scratch that causes a momentary clicks on the " Hypnotized " listen to the soundfile and prepare for Linda to change your day.

Jennifer Wells - Dining In Chinatown / For Some - Genuine 166

Jennifer Wells

Dining In Chinatown / For Some

Genuine : 166 (45s)

Super-rare, highly regarded New York "Popcorn/R&B" in rare clean condition.

A Belgium Popcorn anthem, that seldom comes to market - certainly our first copy for many years - and how wonderful it was, to be able to immerse myself again, in its addictive far-eastern powers. Flute, Big gong hamerings, The Ginqin or far Eastern Banjo, precise plucking of the Pipa transports you deep inside "Chinatown" to a secluded restaurant, to fall in love. Producer Frank Metis and his orchestra were obviously well versed in the art of the Chinese symphony.

The vocal style and the arrangement are the perfect marriage for conjuring up visions of not only 60's Lower Manhattan's Chinatown but also Belgium Popcorn clubs of the early 70's when this was such as popular tune. That eventually crossed over into Northern Soul, as it thankfully the DJ's spread their boundaries into other styles of dance. Little is know about Jennifer herself, other than her beckoning rich voice so ideally fits the atmosphere.

Listen to top drawer Popcorn/Northern Soul uniqueness and prepare to become absorbed in the recordings enthralling individuality.

A memorable tune and so tough to acquire.

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

Frank James - Sea Of Faces / The Story Of My Life - Tru-Sound 424

Frank James

Sea Of Faces / The Story Of My Life

Tru-Sound : 424 (45s)

This week's "Popcorn / R&B" offering comes from the jazz giant Prestige records, through Tru-Sound a subsidiary releasing recordings of Gospel as well as Jazz and some wonderful big vocal outings that just sat just left of their "Jazz" parameters.

This session was guided by the now iconic, but then 29 year old David Axlerod, a producing magician who has provided so many inventive beats, breaks within his huge volume of work, he has become an oasis for "Hip-Hop" producers to draw from.

Axlerod brilliantly ignites this session from the very first note, as dynamic fortissimo piano pulses, the perfect steppingstones for a brutal snarling vocal to stroll upon, a full throated search for his girl is decorated by a melancholy mouthorgan accompaniment. With Axelrod adding layer after layer of atmospheric inventiveness, a full vocal group harmonized chorus enriching his journey as his love-search unfolds in "A Sea Of Faces". A fanfare of trumpets take to the air at all the crucial moments. The mouthorgan still timing its wailings tom perfection in the background, this moody Popcorn stroller slowly but surely grabs you by the throat.

Throughout it all, are Axerod's thumping piano pulses, peppering the background, ensuring not for a moment are ever thinking of leaving the dancefloor, as this Popcorn-persuader stranglehold tightens its grip...

Narcotic Big City Beating Popcorn! in fabulous condition.

Condition Report

Clean a-side label, b-side label is absent, but the vinyl is immaculate, very unusual for this title to be witnessed with full gloss unblemished playing surface.

Clean a-side label, b-side label is absent, but the vinyl is immaculate, very unusual for this title to be witnessed with full gloss unblemished playing surface.

Calvin Turner & Bad News - I've Got To Have My Back / After All -  Lulu 200

Calvin Turner & Bad News

I've Got To Have My Back / After All

Lulu: 200 (45s)

This record has just stopped me in my tracks, I'm dropping everything to fully absorb its off-the-scale imploring need, tumbling from the speakers. .

In recent times, only a very few artists like Herman Hitson or McArthur have left me in mesmeric state of spellbinding Soul appreciation.

The combination of label owner and producer Jerry Herman skilled understated arrangement, allowing Calvin Turner's persuasive voice, to convey desperate hopelessness and pain, is the greatest slab of unadulterated street-level-Soul I've been able to immerse myself in, in quite some time.

Stop everything, plug the headphones in, click the soundfile and share this man's brokenhearted melody... listen and weep, this is beyond Deep Soul realism, it is actually an opportunity to escape from your own troubles no matter what they may be. Into this guys palpable pain.

Not overlooking the fact, that the flipside " After All " is top-drawer, highly sought-after Northern Soul Crossover that seldom turns up for sale... a big ticket item in its own right. Jerry Herman's working association with the Turner Brothers and his LULU adventure has now matured, gone are the inferior mastering and recording results. The team are nailing street-level Soul to the master of D.I.Y. excellence..

Killer 45 which ever side you drop the arm on, with "I've Got To Have My Back" quite simply my favourite tune of 2020 so far...






Condition Report

Two clean yellow labels, mint minus play perfect vinyl... a beauty!

Two clean yellow labels, mint minus play perfect vinyl... a beauty!

Dean Parrish - Determination / Turn On Your Lovelight - Boom BM 60, 016 DJ

Dean Parrish

Determination / Turn On Your Lovelight

Boom : BM 60,016 DJ MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas.

One of the most stunning pieces of Northern Soul eye-candy we've come across this year...

That man Richard Gottehrer and his New York team again produce a Northern Soul anthem that amazingly started life as a b-side, to become a Twisted Wheel anthem that still sets the room alight today!

Check out that image of gorgeousness and resist its perfection... if you can.

***Soundfiles lifted from a pervious mint minus copy - this copy remains unplayed***

Condition Report

MANSHIP Minnt - previously unplayed copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve

MANSHIP Minnt - previously unplayed copy still housed in it's birth-sleeve

Rita Wright - Touch Me Take Me / Love Is All You Need - Jet UP 36382

Rita Wright

Touch Me Take Me / Love Is All You Need

Jet: UP 36382 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas - the highly sought after 1978 soulful stepper, hidden on the flipside of a non-hit.

A Brit-produced stroller through soul-sister Heaven; from the desk of Steve Royal who in 1975 debuted the composition with Ester Bydie, a song that sneaked out on to the UK Crystal label, with few people noticing at the time.

In 1978 Mr. Royal revisited this stunning Sister glider for Rita Wright to sing her equally captivating version, to be Rita's only single 45 release. Even though it gave up rare 70's British Soul at it's utmost compelling... An amorous, sultry Soulful sashay of the sexiest kind, an alluring lead voice beckons for your attention, Rita pulling you into her tantalizing web of seduction. Assisted by sirenesque ladies, holding her irresistible tones aloft with their floating choruses.

British Soul has never been so seductive, whether it by Ester or Rita doing the ensnaring, you will be hooked, as the song slowly but surely intensifies, until the lady takes over your consciousness. Purring the "Touch Me - Take Me" so convincingly, impending arousal is just moments away..

This is British Soul at it's most exquisite, the immense Sister vocal is so beguiling, along with such a convincing arrangement; You mind may well be wafted towards the bedroom and not just with Rita... how could you possibly leave that girl choir behind...

This elusive Jet 45 is in spectacular previously unplayed condition, still housed in birth sleeve - as good as it gets.

Condition Report

Previously uplayed copy - still housed in it's birth-sleeve - a stunning MANSHIP MINT

Previously uplayed copy - still housed in it's birth-sleeve - a stunning MANSHIP MINT

Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over / Friday Night - Tollie 9012

Sam Fletcher

I'd Think It Over / Friday Night

Tollie : 9012 MANSHIP MINT (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS for Christmas

perfect unplayed copy still housed in birth-sleeve

When Johnny Pate weaves his magic through a production, you just know something special is about to unfold. Skillfully conducting his orchestra in the task of matching up to Sam’s booming-baritone.

Staccato violin plucking, opens the gates for muted trumpets, swirling strings, combining to lay down a moody carpet. The perfect platform for Sam’s imposing statue, delivering a barrage of advisory caution of impending perils for his girl.

“I’d Think It Over” is Sam’s sound advice, will she listen? The story takes shape and we are all captivated by his self assured warnings.

What is that quality a record has, that no matter how often or indeed how little you hear it. It immediately ignites an uplifting feeling inside.. not just you but the whole room the DJ is appealing to can feel.

Northern Soul / Popcorn classic that has had dancers on their feet for over 40 years ... and nobody’s tired yet!

Perfection awaits...

Condition Report

MINT unplayed still in birth sleeve.

MINT unplayed still in birth sleeve.

Gene Barbour and the Cavaliers - I Dig You Baby / I Need A Love - Hit H-101

Gene Barbour and the Cavaliers

I Dig You Baby / I Need A Love

Hit : H-101 (45s)

What a lovely problem .. which side do we lead with first?

"I Dig You Baby" currently a dancefloor and lockdown NS crowd favourite or the revamping of the Curtis Mayfield's composition by The Impressions "I Need You"; by retitling it then moving it up a notch into a strong NS dancer.

Whilst "I Dig You Baby" it right up there alongside Jerry Butler's & Lorraine Ellison; but only if you, like me, adore the warm breeze of Carolina horns, chirping girl group responses and the lazy blue-eyed lead singer, who effortlessly cruises in and out of the song, with carefree easiness.

Curtis Mayfield's "I Need You" is all the better for 7 young blue-eyed Soul boys, paying it homage, but adding youthful enthusiasm into their backing instruments and girl group friends. There are not many blue-eyed boys capable of givind a Mayfiel / Impressions classic, a run for its money.

Two really stunning Carolina Northern Soul dancers, offering a delicious a Crossover stepper one side, and a meatier horn driven Chicago influenced Northern Soul mover on the other.

A fabulous two for the price of one, NS rarity...

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Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing

Two clean labels, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing

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