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Jimmy Preacher Ellie - I'm Gonna Do It By Myself / Go Ahead On - Movin' M-136

Jimmy Preacher Ellie

I'm Gonna Do It By Myself / Go Ahead On

Movin': M-136 (45s)

Fats Washington's long standing association with Shreveport's Jewel label saw this Compton, California R&B juggernaut emerge 1600 miles east on Stan Lewis's R&B influenced Jewell label.
But here is the very rarely encountered Compton, California local press from the summer of 1966. Giving up two imposing R&B dancers, shimmering with slick ghetto-attitude and muscle.

As with all Fats Washington projects, he lays down an intimidating backdrop for Jimmy's sometimes guttural snarls, sometimes aerial and smooth vocal as he changes his pitch at will, whilst riding a Hammond keyboard rhythms of dance. Steady percussion, a discreet saxophone lies in wait for the chance to instill even more persuasion into the session. As Jimmy The Preachers start to wail, in a most inspiring way.

This is moody but totally classy R&B dancer, showcasing smooth expressive vocal changes, riding a rich tapestry of the brass, keyboard, drumming and that bonus of the killer sax break.

The flipside should not be overlooked, as it is every note as impressive. Fats works his magic again this time using blasting horns, plus his now warmed sax-man pushing the limits with squealing intrusions which Jimmy responds with more cultured wailing. To be honest I'm struggling to make my mind up which is the better side. Both encapsulate everything that is great about R&B Northern Soul.

A listing for those of you who delight in owning those FIRST BORN records on their neighborhood labels, giving up value for money two for the price of one!.

Condition is superb

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a the promo "pointing finger" rubberstamp indicating Mr. DJ you need to play both sides. Vinyl carries full gloss, with just a few soft surface hairlines revealed under light. Strong play perfect mint minus.

Two clean labels, a the promo "pointing finger" rubberstamp indicating Mr. DJ you need to play both sides. Vinyl carries full gloss, with just a few soft surface hairlines revealed under light. Strong play perfect mint minus.

Shirley Johnson - Too Big To Cry / same: instrumental - Lashawn LA 010

Shirley Johnson

Too Big To Cry / same: instrumental

Lashawn : LA 010 (45s)

Only Lynn Vernado's "Wash And Wear Love" gets even close to this Diva-delight, .

Masterful Sister Northern Soul crossover of the very highest order! From the desk of accomplished Norfolk soulman Wilson Williams, who himself has showered his lyrical prowess with his ABC album and his highly sought after local "How Big" 45 releases.

What a perfect marriage Shirley Johnson and Wilson make. Shirley's commanding vocal, sounding like Denise LaSalle or Betty Wright (high praise indeed) as she dismisses love-inflicted pain, brushing it off with a "I'm Too Big To Cry". Shirley certainly is "big"! Big in presence, big in delivery and huge in her convincing inner strength, as she plays out the "My man has done me wrong" lyrics; with poise, calm and soul sister class.

A recording, that epitomizes female Northern Soul crossover, a total dancefloor floor winner, suffering from only one thing...

EXTREME RARITY!

Condition Report

Tiny name "Ray" on a-side label, otherwise clean. vinyl reveals multiple soft suface hairlines

Tiny name "Ray" on a-side label, otherwise clean. vinyl reveals multiple soft suface hairlines

Jay Player - Love Is The Answer / Love Is The Answer part 2 - Bevnik JP 556

Jay Player

Love Is The Answer / Love Is The Answer part 2

Bevnik : JP 556 (45s)

Seldom see for sale, major want for most everybody!

When extreme talent get together in one room, exceptional music is sure to be created.

Back in 1982 Billy Butler, Alan Harris an Al Johnson collaborated in Baltimore, Maryland. Bringing together three great musical minds, crafting stunningly uplifting 80's soulful dance.

To compliment Jay's urgent vocal delivery, the trio pull together a crew of provocative girls enriching the arrangement, opening the proceedings as they glide on warm thermals of considerate horns, keyboard, and unstated guitar picking, as glorious strings fill the air. All classily presented as a Jazz/Soul recording, brilliantly avoiding all temptations to fall into a crass cliché-crammed disco crowd-pleaser.

Totally soulful, as Jay Player's vocal darts in and out hitting the high notes when necessary but nothing is strained or forced. This is free flowing fluid soulful dance at its most exhilarating; all the elements seamlessly complimenting each other, as you'd expect from three soul men who know exactly how to create a superior dance recording and choosing the perfect voice to carry out their vision, putting the emphasis on soulful-dance.

Thankfully this inspirational dancefloor journey is extended on the flipside, including a most-magnificent bongo/string instrumental break, that those girls deliciously exploit all your erogenous zones with celestial choruses.

Two great sides, from Baltimore's finest guys at the controls.



Condition Report

Two flawless

Two flawless

Magnetics - Count The Days / When I'm With My Baby - Sable 101

Magnetics

Count The Days / When I'm With My Baby

Sable : 101 (45s)

Top-Of-The-Scene vocal-group Northern Soul - HOLY GRAIL!

First discovered in the autumn of 1977 under a piano in a house in Columbus, Ohio to grace the turntables of Cleethorpes Winter Gardens, but not as the truly awesome "Count The Days" but as the magnificently motivating "When I'm With My Baby".

In those heady days of the upbeat dancer, the beauty of "Count The Days" somehow passed me by. That actually the song was a complete masterpiece of the Chicago vocal-group sound. A glorious showering of male voices, woven into a haunting arrangement constructed by one of the Chicago genius conductors, Richard Evans. Richard also presided over the group's other magnificent Sable 45 "I'll Keep Holding On". Richard Evans is now becoming an often noted musical director on these pages for crafting standout Northern Soul.

After years of being a blinkered Northern Soul DJ, seeking only dancefloor energy to drop onto the turntables. "Count The Days" has since been elevated to the dizzy heights, of my all-time top 10 Northern Soul singles.

The subtle softness of the bass guitar intro, drifts ghost-like, on a wave of vocal group cooing, opening up the way for Lee McKinney's edgy vocal to cut its path through, to those heart-rending lyrics. Considerate percussion invites you onto the dancefloor. Then Richard Evans gently dresses-up the landscape with heavenly horns and the scene is now set for you to absorb those beseeching lyrics. Lee counts the days of the week, affirmed by his teammates as they glide skyward on a now blasting brass thermal.

This seamless flowing cocktail of group vocals and instruments digs deep into your senses, as does singer's intense urgency to get back home to his girl. Presumably after a gruelling tour of duty in Vietnam.

The side that took Cleethorpes by storm on its debut is pure undiluted vocal-group Northern Soul, an instantaneous dancefloor incendiary-device saturated with everything we love, to be able to fully express yourself on the Northern Soul dancefloor.

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL. which ever side you drop the arm on! A seriously rare 45. A GRAIL, saturated in the ability to lift your day, your week, your year - actually your life - as this is a must own before you die Northern Soul experience.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, bright crisp vinyl revealing only soft background crackle on the run-in of "Count The Days"

Two clean labels, bright crisp vinyl revealing only soft background crackle on the run-in of "Count The Days"

Edwin Starr - Time / Running Back And Forth -  Tamla Motown TMG 725 DJ

Edwin Starr

Time / Running Back And Forth

Tamla Motown : TMG 725 DJ (45s)

A two prong attack of euphoric Northern Soul! as a gorgeous perfect January 1970 British green and white DEMO!

Condition Report

Two perfect green and white promo labels, flawless full gloss mint vinyl!

Two perfect green and white promo labels, flawless full gloss mint vinyl!

Father's Angels -  Bok To Bach / Don't Knock It - MGM 1459 DJ

Father's Angels

Bok To Bok / Don't Knock It

MGM: 1459 DJ (45s)

British collecting Holy Grail!
a Keith Minshull play, that became a "The Golden Torch" anthem circa 1972, when the Northern Soul instrumental was "King" before you today in the "King Of Those Kings".

Released by MGM in the UK only, with Jerry Ross not releasing his own production from his "Heritage" catalog. But MGM being under a contractual distribution commitment to Heritage. Ensuring they released more than just The Show Stoppers, Bill Deal and The Rhondels, Cherry People, Duprees etc. MGM chose this previously unissued track by The Father's Angels to reach their release quota, of "Heritage" offerings.

Jerry Ross told John Stratton of Select-A-Disc in 1975, when John was securing the "Bok To Bach" rights for the "Black Magic" label, that the Father's Angels were band of traveling Pennsylvania "Monks" all of whom were proficient musicians. Nobody was quite sure whether it was true at he time, but recent research seems to suggest they were indeed a largest gathering who were recommended to Ross by an Allentown priest.

With no writer credits seems this was a "Jam" session produced by Jerry Ross that coincidently just ticked all the Northern Soul boxes. So when the "two Dave's" from Manchester sold Steve Glover a copy of their new find, "Bok To Bach" was on its way to becoming the biggest most-wanted Northern Soul instrumental dancefloor destroyer in the UK circa 1972/73.

In 2021 this beyond-rare and utterly gorgeous Pink & Silver vision is still held in the highest esteem, so many old-school collectors have still yet to own a copy of, the most-influential Northern Soul instrumental of them all!

And it was issued in the UK Only!



Condition Report

Two bright clean pink demo labels, full gloss super clean vinyl.

Two bright clean pink demo labels, full gloss super clean vinyl.

Barbara Lynn - Movin' On a Groove / Disco Music - Jetstream JS 829

Barbara Lynn

Movin' On a Groove / Disco Music

Jetstream : JS 829 (45s)

The R&B Queen of Texas with her biggest contribution to the Northern Soul dancefloor.

The gifted Barbara Ozen writes both sides of this delicious modern Soul dance experience. Her rich gravelly vocal the ideal contrast to her mentors, Huey P. Meaux's the silken arrangement heavily featuring Barbara prowess with the guitar, peppering a whirling keyboard backdrop, whilst pattering bongos pulses, driving Barbara into a seamless mood of highly accomplished soulful multi-tasking. An irresistible 70's dance giant unfolds.

Amazingly "Movin' On a Groove" started life as a flipside, another inspired Northern Soul turntable choice that unveiled its true potential, this record in the 90's the most-wanted of 70's dancers, that elevated it into classic NS position. A floor-filler back then and still a floor-filler today.

The flipside (the original A-side) is a delight also, a jerky jazzy/funky stroller rippling with class! Deceptively entitled "Disco Music" but is much more a jazz/funker than "disco" a slick stepper benefitting from Barbara's maturity with the mike, and fabulous hard-blown Houston-Horns that hang in the air throughout.

A spectacular double sider with "Movin' On a Groove" guaranteed just the very best of dancefloor reactions.

Condition Report

two clean labels, mint minus unblemished vinyl. Top copy..

two clean labels, mint minus unblemished vinyl. Top copy..

Wally Cox - This Man / I've Had Enough - Wand WND 11233 DJ

Wally Cox

This Man / I've Had Enough

Wand : WND 11233 DJ (45s)

A lesson in how to elevate a soul session, with the brilliant manipulation of a contrasting girl-group, against an anguished male vocal.

Another wonderful example of Chicago Soul productions upping their game towards the end of the 60’s decade and the beginning of the 70’s. As Gene Chandler pulled together some of the city’s most progressive writers and arrangers into his fold.

Again we are talking about Gene enlisting the head of Cadet’s house-band Richard Evans weaving together a creative landscape for Wally’s battle-worn, jagged-edge vocal, making a delicious contrast to the Richard Evans blending of the piano / bongo intro, simultaneously decorated with beckoning celestial girls soaring overhead, brilliantly opening the way for Wally to stride on in.

Yes, what a team “The Duke” has again assembled, headed up by the creative Evans, a real-professor of jazz/soul, summoning up relentless barrage of swirling strings, peppered by a hailstorm of bongos - announcing those immortal opening words

“They Say You Have Lot Experience Baby - With A Lot Of Ups And Downs” - “But You Won’t Give Me Your Heart Little Girl - Now You Don’t Want
Me Around”

This is one of the ultimate Northern Soul male-rejection songs, lifted further into frustration and despair by those urgent girl choruses; ratcheting the pain of the “knock-back”, as Wally unashamedly reveals his desperation for her love. So exquisitely executed from both the male and female standpoint. One of those dance records you can’t avoid immersing yourself in, as you immediately feel his pain…

“This Man Wants You, This Man Needs You, Give Him A Chance”

First gracing the Northern Soul scene in the early 70’s. Made to the available later by Pye to become of of their best selling “Disco Demand” 45’s, also adorning the best selling 1975 Pye compilaztion album "Greatest Disco Demands”

But as the elusive December 1970 UDSA promo housed in its original Wand sleeve, is a such thing of beauty, the UK Pye reissue being rebuffed by NS DJs quicker and harder than Wally was in the song.

Truly inspiring Northern Soul in its rarest clothes..

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing only some soft surface blemishes from a lifetime snug in its birth-sleeve.

Two clean promo labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing only some soft surface blemishes from a lifetime snug in its birth-sleeve.

Darrow Fletcher - It's No Mistake / Try Something New - Crossover 980

Darrow Fletcher

It's No Mistake / Try Something New

Crossover : 980 (45s)

MINT!

Back in time, as a teenager, we would all be looking forward to the weekend's adventure, solely to dance to soul records you couldn't hear anywhere else. Now I'm a pensioner I'm still doing the same thing, travelling to Great Yarmouth's annual Soul Essence weekender because I know I'm gonna hear records of this quality. Currently the preserve of discerning on-line DJ sets, or those much-missed chillout Sundays, where tunes like Darrow Fletcher's - It's No Mistake - make the lazy day go so swimmingly well.

After decades of being highly coveted by collectors and one of the finest examples of the soulful dance genre, it still hasn't yet crossed over to the NS mainstream. But received huge exposure in the North at places like The Orwell, Canal Tavern at Thorne etc. Venues where discerning DJs served up Michelin star dance soul. Some records are possibly too darn Soulful grab the attention of the masses.

Surely not!

As how could anybody not adore Darrow Fletcher and not be totally in love with this song. To be fair "It's No Mistake" is pretty elusive, as it is only available as the non-selling store copy. So maybe not too many NS mainstream DJ's own a copy? Whatever the stumbling-block for this 45 not being one of the most-wanted rare-soulful-dance 45s's on the scene. That will change at some point, as it is just one of the most sublime NS modern dancers of them all, and the reason this pensioner and his missus travel to places, we would never normally go to.

To hear Darrow in full flow, cradled by soaring strings, is a blissful experience.

It's a MASTERPIECE that every NS DJ should strive to have in their box - listen and float away on the warm thermals of a "Northern SOUL Giant" who made us all cry when he graced the stage at Cleethorpes Weekender and made us dream of owning his cancelled Crossover album, that these two tracks would have been part of.

Listen and weep, then listen and swoon, then listen and dance... you know ownership in the right hands is gonna make this awesome tune, leap to the next level.

Condition Report

MINT in birth-sleeve - previously unplayed perfection

MINT in birth-sleeve - previously unplayed perfection

Rubin - You've Been Away / Baby You're My Everything - Kapp K-869 DJ

Rubin

You've Been Away / Baby You're My Everything

Kapp : K-869 DJ (45s)

In September 1967 just a couple of months earlier, Bob Schwartz and Randy Irwin had created one of the most powerful Northern Soul records ever made. Chuck Wood - Seven Days Is Too Long - still stands as one
of the biggest NS dancefloor m,otivators of them all.

By November 1967 they repeated that feat, by producing the other ultimate dancefloor destroyer. Rubin - You've Been Away - the two ultimate Northern Soul stompers that will libe in the heart of the Northern Soul scene forever.

Both tunes WIGAN CASINO ANTHEMS with few rivals, both from the desk of Bob Schwartz and Randy Irwin.

Do not overlook Rubin's heartfelt version of Jerry Williams's "Baby You're My Everything" a mighty New York beast-ballad well worthy of your attention

Condition Report

An opportunity to acquire a Northern Soul classic top 50 all time great at an affordable price. Multiple light surface marks but plays well and both promo labels are free of any major flaws.

An opportunity to acquire a Northern Soul classic top 50 all time great at an affordable price. Multiple light surface marks but plays well and both promo labels are free of any major flaws.

Helen Shapiro - He Knows How To Love Me / Shop Around - Columbia DB 7340

Helen Shapiro

He Knows How To Love Me / Shop Around

Columbia : DB 7340 (45s)

It seems impossible that the Mediterranean velvet-huskiness of this iconic British girl’s voice comes from a 17 year old or indeed the brilliant lyrics came from her pen. A sound and delivery way beyond her tender years, yet so incredibly captivating.

After Helen’s meteoric rise to fame, from her school band “Susie and the Hula Hoops” that featured Marc Bolan on guitar. To her 2 number 1 solo hits at the age of 14, voted “Best British Female Singer at the age of 16. Helen followed her attraction to USA R&B in 1964. But failing to achieve a hit or even break into the top 30 for that year or any year that followed there after.

Both sides of this her rarest 45, underline Helen’s powerhouse vocal drenched in that personal love for the emerging soul sound. Her 14 track album for 1964 “Helen Hits Out” was sadly an ironic title, as Helen was totally now out of “hits” as she moved in her “soul” era. “Helen Hits Out” is an album crammed with soul covers, inc: “Shop Around” but no sign of her brilliant own composition “He Knows How To Love Me” which remained 45 only.

Her producer Ivor Raymonde, jazz pianist, arranger. Was already guiding Dusty Springfield to her own meteoric rise to fame and fortune, whilst the incredibly talented Helen’s career was in decline. Two polar opposites, but Ivor’s output with both ladies was of the highest quality.

On this seldom seen 45, her sublime almost spoken intro immediately captures your attention, with her beautifully mysterious dusty-throat delivery ensuring you must hear more. Then Ivor rolls out a fabulous dance arrangement; a cocktail of Latin influenced cowbells start to shower the intro, before accelerating triumphant trumpets lift the session into an irresistible NS dancer. Helen’s presence is then enhanced further by swirling strings, but still pelted by those relentless dance-inducing cowbell pulses. Raymonde then goes for the crescendo by adding choir choruses into the background. A magical instrumental break incorporating all the Latin influenced instruments already in place, a nonchalant Helen strolls back for the classy piano tail off from the fingers of the producer… closing a truly memorable session.

Throughout all that capitivating musicianship, the over-riding pleasure is the magnificent teenage vocal of an apparently “in love” Shapiro.

It is purely academic that her version of ‘“Shop Around” is also exceptional.

In a conversation I had decades ago, with Helen’s recording engineer Terry Tompkins. Terry’s thoughts were “If it wasn’t for Helen’s natural shyness coupled with her unwillingness to be part of the high pressure fakery of show business. Helen would have rose to become one of the world’s greatest female singers ever”. Instead Helen chose her work carefully, doing only what she loved whether it be stage, TV or fronting top British jazz bands in small personal venues. Or touring with her own one woman show “Simply Shapiro” Helen is without question one of the greatest female voices ever to emerge from these shores.

“He Knows How To Love Him” is by far her classiest Northern Soul offering.


Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, still housed in birth sleeve.

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, still housed in birth sleeve.

Preston Love - Ali Baba's Boogie / That's All Right Baby - Ultra 103

Preston Love

Ali Baba's Boogie / That's All Right Baby

Ultra : 103 (45s)

RARE! and utterly mesmeric 1955 Los Angeles, Popcorn / R&B, in equally entrancing flawless condition!

Preston Love the master of the Sax!

As a young man he played with Count Basie's Orchestra, forming his own band in the early 50's working with jazz greats like Biullie Holiday, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Wynonie Harris etc. This heavy weight R&B Popcorn vocal/instrumental was born when he teamed up with his friend and fellow Californian Johnny Otis. With Johnny's Show adding the the vocal element whilst Preston Love wielded his sax-power and directed the interjections of the haunting flute, Johnny directed the vocal support.

Pressed in March 1956, the rarity features a glorious cocktail of R&B, Jazz and Swing - perfect Popcorn dancefloor fuel. Flute intro sets the Far East backdrop in place, male vocal chants of "Ali" are gatecrashed by Preston Love's blow-hard Saxophone, momentarily stealing the show; until a blues plectrum cuts the song into ribbons by some magnificent slide-guitar intrusions. The flute snakes its way back in, followed by more chants of "Ali" and you cannot prevent this narcotic creation from creeping under your skin.

A killer tune, underlining the addictive dancefloor possibilities that an accomplished Jazz/R&B gathering can create, when friends get together and jam!

The flipside requires some appreciation also, the backing arrangement credited to "The Love Bugs" but is essentially his close friend Johnny Otis and team.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, archive condition vinyl, revealing just soft signs of a lifetime in its brown-birth-sleeve.

Two flawless labels, archive condition vinyl, revealing just soft signs of a lifetime in its brown-birth-sleeve.

Sandy Hadley - Since I Found A Love / I'll Never Try To change You - So-Char SC 12000

Sandy Hadley

Since I Found A Love / I'll Never Try To change You

So-Char : SC 12000 (45s)

RAREST OF THE RARE!

You are viewing in my opinion one of the very RAREST of Northern Soul originals, not many can boast ownership of an authentic original. This Bobby Martin Philly creation as an authentic original so very seldom comes to market.

In the world of internet record dealing, only a handful have surfaced this century. Underlined by DISCOGS "never" in the previous sales notation. Until recently only showing the "bootleg" copy, this first press "Bell Sound" stamped copy, is super-rare and in dream pristine archive condition, dare we say "impossible"

If you were not around in 1975/76 you need to take a listen to the genius of Robert L. Martin aided by Steve Schulman molding distilled stompin' Northern Soul. After Bobby Martin's piano builds, calling in a barrage of horns, punctuated by a Mike Terry style low-blow saxophone, carrying Sandy's expressive vocal along on a wave of Philly enthusiasm. Caressed by a shrill girl-group chorus, carrying the song headlong into a screaming saxophone break, ratcheting the session up and beyond!

Backdrop & spin time.. proper real-deal Northern Soul... with Bobby Martin adding layer after layer of Philly punch into the mix, up and up it soars, until you are swept away on complete torrent of pure Northern Soul ... until breathless the session gently trickles away...

This 45 was of course a simultaneous Wigan Casino and Cleethhorpes Pier smash in the mid-70's, that gave rise to a horrid vinyl bootleg.

But under today's OVO scrutiny you just don't hear it played.. begging the question "just how many DJ's presenting a Wigan Casino or Cleethorpes Pier oldies tributes, actually own a proper Sandy Hadley"? We're presuming hardly any of today's Niter-Jock's can boast ownership of a Bona-fide, authentic original first press.

Having raved about its unquestionable Northern Soul pedigree, we must mention a rather wonderful Beat Ballad flipside, with Bobby Martin & Steve Schulman incorporating a full orchestra for a fantastic "Beast Of A Stroller" showcasing what a seamless but muscular vocal Sandy gives up ...

Sunday chill-out material at it's most powerful - Those Carib Soul boys get a listen I think you may appreciate it. Two great sides so rarely encountered as the authentic original - and never at this level of perfection!

Condition Report

A perfect archive copy - utterly flawless - previously unplayed - MINT!

A perfect archive copy - utterly flawless - previously unplayed - MINT!

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