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Connie Stevens - Tick-Tock / Keep Growing Stronger - Bell 922

Connie Stevens

Tick-Tock / Keep Growing Stronger

Bell : 922 (45s)

Take a multi-talented 32 year old blonde bombshell, Actress,TV and movie star, Actress, director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and put her under the guidance of two of Philadelphia's most gifted lyricists/producers and the result is towering Northern Soul.

Thom Bell and long term partner Linda Creed, give Connie Stevens the opportunity to record their new creation "Keep Growing Stronger", which turns out to be the very first incarnation of "Betcha By Golly Wow" which two years later Bell and Creed guided the Stylistics to a worldwide hit. The lead side "Keep Growing Stronger" never sold a bean for Connie, instantly falling away into the record industry ether. So much so when The Stylistics version became a world wide hit, not a single person I know said "Hey, Connie Stevens" recorded that song first? A nice bit of Northern Soul trivia, but nothing to do with it's current high demand and value.

It is the original flipside that is making all the waves, within the Northern Soul circuit. Thom Bell cradles Connie's beguiling baby-doll voice with a fanfare of trumpets, a bank of soaring Philly strings and rhythmic drumming. It drips with that "Magic Carpet Ride" persona that has elevated all the British Allniters, it seems for ever. Thom Bell's mastery of the soulful crescendo, lifts Connie's voice skyward ending with a colossal full orchestra instrumental break that perfectly delivers everything special about the Philly sound...

A full dance guarantee with this song - I Betcha By Golly Wow!

Condition Report

Two bright sparking silver labels with not a hint of storage rub. Flipside label has a "record man" promoters sticker. Both sides of the vinyl are impeccable, a flawless Mint minus. All in all a good as it gets condition, immaculate in every way.

Two bright sparking silver labels with not a hint of storage rub. Flipside label has a "record man" promoters sticker. Both sides of the vinyl are impeccable, a flawless Mint minus. All in all a good as it gets condition, immaculate in every way.

Mickie Champion - What Good Am I ( Without You ) / The Hurt Still Lingers On - Musette 76-9151

Mickie Champion

What Good Am I ( Without You ) / The Hurt Still Lingers On

Musette : 76-9151

A dancefloor torpedo that caused underwater tremors in the Northern Sea every Saturday night throughout that long hot summer 1976...and beyond.

The moment the stylus touches the grooves it was a Cleethorpes dancefloor-detonation; as Mary Chapman's faithful congregation stampeded for floor space. Who could resist that tantalizing drum-roll intro, colliding with a belching saxophone; then Mickie's dentist-drill vocal takes to the air. Potent in the extreme, one of the most muscular Northern Soul "gal" recordings of all time... penetrating to the core, then, as if it could be possible, a precision timed Saxophone break ratchets it up yet another notch..

Breathtakingly commanding, Mickie's performance ties your insides up in knots, spellbound by the sweet guttural-bondage Mickie inflicts...you just don't want it to end..

Go on tell me a better experience than this juggernaut baring down on 1000+ dancers and the Cleethorpes Pier shuddering under your feet.. follow by Lou Pride and the Pier explodes into mayhem..

To relive those moments just click the soundfile and prepare to be catapulted back in time..

But hang on for the B-side, overlooked back in the day. But now so very right for today's Northern Soul love-affair with Beat-Ballad-Heaven..."The Hurt Still Lingers On" is a mighty example of that in-vogue genre.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, immaculate unblemished mint minus vinyl BOTH sides

two flawless labels, immaculate unblemished mint minus vinyl BOTH sides

Henry C and the Ivy Leaguers - Country Girl / I Can't Do Without Her - Action 117

Henry C and the Ivy Leaguers

Country Girl / I Can't Do Without Her

Action : 117 (45s)

This Killer Memphis rarity has featured in only the most premier of DJ sets over the last couple of decades, supremely rare and giving up two jaw-dropping examples of rare-soul.

We lead with the Northern Soul dance side ripples with the rhythms of Memphis. Opening with an insistent bass guitar, immediately sparking intentions to dance, quickly joined by a pouting saxophone, hard blown horns, shrill girl-group choruses all enriching this rare session in signature Memphis mode. Dance pulses dominated by Henry Thomas consummate vocal. A whistling Sax break, cuts in; backed up by a wall of blaring brass. Echo effect vocal-group backing harmony, the full-on rare Northern Soul experience sweeps your mind and feet away.

WHAT DANCE A TUNE! The preserve of Europe's most influential Jocks.

But there's more... flip it over for another real masterpiece of the Memphis Sound. This time Henry's vocal is cradled by a fluid male-group chorus as the "Ivy Leaguers" pour comforting emotion all over the arrangement, the horns sympathetically take to the air, cradling the vocals as Henry Thomas falls to his knees, rinsing himself of all emotion; then genius takes over, in the form a trumpet solo that elevates an already stunning record, into true greatness, listen and weep!

For the Northern Soul all nighter "Country Girl" is the perfect head -turning rare drop...but for the Sunday Chill Out, Soul Essence Saturday afternoon or the burgeoning "Lowrider" scene, that is now sweeping across the world of Rare Soul with DJ's and clubs from all country's influenced by it's "cholesterol lowing" properties. "Can't Do Without Her" stands as one of the most brilliant "Sweet Soul" strollers ever committed to vinyl.. truly awesome tune.

A record that gives up Soul brilliance twice over

Condition Report

Two perfect labels. A-side vinyl reveals a few fine hairlines under light, plays a strong clean Ex+. Flipside vinyl, is a strong clean Mint minus.

Two perfect labels. A-side vinyl reveals a few fine hairlines under light, plays a strong clean Ex+. Flipside vinyl, is a strong clean Mint minus.

Combinations - Why / Come Back - Kellman 1007

Combinations

Why / Come Back

Kellmac: 1007 (45s)

maybe not their priceless other 45 for Kenny Wells's label, but we feel a vastly under-valued sleeper living in it's shadows.

Arranged by the prolific and talented Johnny Cameron, produced by Leon Singleton & Bill Cody this session was bound to be more than special.

Starting with Kenny Wells studio band, delivering a barrage of brass, trumpeting a concrete foundation of horns into place, for this gifted vocal group to parade their harmonizing prowess upon.
A silky smooth rebounding of voices portraying despair in the most delicious way. Cameron's direction builds up the emotion, as he keeps a rein on the pace of the song. resisting all temptation to quicken it up, a real soulful delight unfurls; a decidedly superior vocal-group stroller from the streets, creeps under your skin.

A controlled, impassioned, truly soulful dancer, underlining that there are still some truly great rare tunes just waiting to have their day with dancefloor.

Flip it over and the group treat you to another beseeching journey, again transmitting male despair of a lost love affair. This gathering do that so well, with "Come Back" being of the finest Deep Soul experiences to emerge of Chicago at the time.
Underplayed, under-valued, under-the-radar, but at last under-scrutiny from those DJ's looking for those tasty vinyl-morsels they've missed, after decades of scoffing on the smorgasbord of USA Rare-Soul.

Condition Report

two clean labels, very light occasional age-spotting to the sky-blue (see images) minuscule flawing. Vinyl reveals only a few fine surface hairlines under direct light, As you can hear it plays beautifully clean

two clean labels, very light occasional age-spotting to the sky-blue (see images) minuscule flawing. Vinyl reveals only a few fine surface hairlines under direct light, As you can hear it plays beautifully clean

Ritchie Adams - I Can't Escape From You / Road To Nowhere - Congress CG 256 DJ

Ritchie Adams

I Can't Escape From You / Road To Nowhere

Congress : CG 256 DJ (45s)

A chance to acquire a stomping Wigan Casino anthem for perhaps an attractive price, as unlike our last "Ritchie Adams" listing that was a flawless mint minus, that triggered bidding uproar, last time out. This copy has surface marks and light label rub. See images, listen to the sound-file lifted directly off this elusive disc.

the last two copies ended after an cyberspace dog-fight to the death. We imagine this listing will be met with similar fervour, but at a more affordable price, maybe.

Putting three of New York's most-creative music-men in one room was always gonna produce something very special. Richie Adams, Jerry Ragovoy & Artie Butler conjure up one of the most instantly recognizable Northern Soul stompers of all time.

Ragovoy summons up a searing girl-group chorus, Ritchie attacks his own lyrics with screaming enthusiasm; whilst Artie Butler's mastery of the piano, blasts holes in a relentless arrangement. This is an awesome session lifted yet another level by an lip-busting saxophone break, then Artie Butler is off again, racing into a highly effective piano solo with few equals.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL and some... a driving force, a call to the dancefloor that has inspired the Northern Soul disciple for over 4 decades..



Condition Report

Light shelf wear to labels, a-side label has a gold "Weldon McDougal" "Chips" promo sticker. Flipside label is clrean. Vnyl

Light shelf wear to labels, a-side label has a gold "Weldon McDougal" "Chips" promo sticker. Flipside label is clrean. Vnyl

Force - Children Of Our World / Get Up And Get Down - Bandolier 102

Force

Children Of Our World / Get Up And Get Down

Bandolier : 102 (45s)

From the Soul-desert of Tucson, Arizona, hidden away on the back of a local Funk groove, lies a stunning slab Sweet Soul.

Benefitting from the technical experience of two of the states up n'coming producers Bill Poutinen & Jim Bastin, who ensure a rich backing worthy of cradling a searing falsetto, is in place.

Although it seems to be this group's only 45 under this credit, there are no signs inexperience; as this self-authored song rises up on a flood of seamless voices blending with authoritative class.

Silky smooth group-oohing opens the proceedings, then an icy cold falsetto razors it's way through the warmth of the harmony. A searing vocal, slices a path into an ever-increasing blanket of saccharin. The lead falsetto, is joined by a distance voice of the same scything pitch; the effect is stunning, as it mingles with the caramel vocals. A bass vocal rap, talks it's way into proceedings as Lowrider Soul unfolds...

Perhaps the hunt for rare-funk clouded the view away from the brilliance of the flip? But for me the qualities of "Children Of Our World" far outstrip the power of the Funky lead side.

An elusive Sunday chill-out groove, perfect for dreamy sunny days and long cold drinks..

Condition Report

two flawless labels, unblemished vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

two flawless labels, unblemished vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

Dean Courtney - ( Love ) You Just Can't Walk Away / Betcha Can't Change My Mind ( Good Time Baby ) - Mgm K13776 DJ

Dean Courtney

( Love ) You Just Can't Walk Away / Betcha Can't Change My Mind ( Good Time Baby )

Mgm : K13776 DJ (45s)

Even the standard of the mighty signature sounds of 60's New York, this session goes far and beyond, up and over the bar set by all those superior writing, arranging and producing residents of the "Brill Building"

Constructed by Ray "Beau" Fleming & Lockie Edwards, woven into place by the brilliant musical note crocheting of Jimmy "The Wiz" Wisner, written by Dean Courtney himself, aided by drummer extraordinaire Joe Mack. The five-a-side team pulling together tom craft one of the great "Big City Sounds" of the last century.

Out of all the enormous Beat Ballad's played at Cleethorpes over it's lifespan including Arin Demain - Silent Treatment, Tony Middleton - Paris Blues etc. Aired only because of a set in stone tradition to finish your set with an almighty strolling beater.. I think the crowd-appreciation was strongest from Dean's singular performance on MGM. A record that was desperately wanted by every DJ on the circuit. So desperately in fact; one DJ spread a rumour of a 100 count box "find" in the USA that was soon to be brought home to England by a new-kid-on-the-block dealer from Bedford? or was it Cambridge? Anyhow, this "Fake News" did the trick and a few copies changed hands...

Of course there was never a 100 count box find; today this disc is still an annoying difficult 45 to corner. Especially in this tip-top condition...

click the sound-file to unleash a New York Godzilla of a tune! That sounds just as inspiring today, as it did in 1976...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, immaculate vinyl with hardly a blemish, strong clean Mint minus. all housed in an original company sleeve. A vision of beauty..

Two clean labels, immaculate vinyl with hardly a blemish, strong clean Mint minus. all housed in an original company sleeve. A vision of beauty..

Volcanos - ( It's Against ) The Laws Of Love / blank - Arctic 115 DJ

Volcanos

( It's Against ) The Laws Of Love / blank

Arctic: 115 DJ (45s)

When I was a young lad, a naïve-sponge discovering new Soul sounds to feast upon, circa 1972, I heard this Philadelphia juggernaut of vocal-group Northern Soul...for the very first time.

Wow, I thought I'd just witnessed the greatest record ever made...

Earl Young's crashing drum rolls collide with the most spectacular barrage of "vibes" ever recorded. A starting pistol for this recently formed quintet to launch an onslaught of silky smooth Soulful vocals.

I was totally blown away by its unforgiving power, whilst still retaining flawless harmony, peppered with searing crescendos. Then of course there's the Mike Terry burping Baritone Saxophone constantly prompting more and more energy from the guys. Another life-changing moment, that elevated Northern Soul into the most important influence in my life.. more important than football, fishing and flirting... I was more focused on hearing more music like this, than anything else in my life.

I was 3 years later, fortunate enough to get a birds-eye view of these guys when Mary Chapman booked the "Trammps" to appear at Cleethorpes Pier and I was the next DJ on after they finished. The place was jam-packed, a record attendance and Earl Young, Stanley & Harold Wade, John Hart etc. were brilliant.. but not once did they go back and sing any of their Volcanos recordings.

You can guess what I had lined up for my first record. With the volume pushed to the max "The Laws Of Love" exploded, the moment the encore subsided. The Pier erupted in gymnastic mayhem, the vista is still one of the most-treasured memories of my youth..

There could not be a more obvious turntable drop, nor a more potent intro to ignite the touchpaper for one of Cleethorpes Pier's greatest evenings ever..

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl, that only reveals the merest surface hairlines under direct light. Plays loud clean , crisp and true. White promo label has a tiny i.d. name just under the "not for" text bottom right. See images

Fine clean vinyl, that only reveals the merest surface hairlines under direct light. Plays loud clean , crisp and true. White promo label has a tiny i.d. name just under the "not for" text bottom right. See images

Wallace Petty - Roping Okra / Petty Cash - Lo-Lace 707

Wallace Petty

Roping Okra / Petty Cash

Lo-Lace : 707 (45s)

This week's MOD/R&B offering comes in the form of this unicorn-rare December 1964 instrumental on it's first label "Lo-Lace". Issued 18 months later on Leon Gardner's Igloo label. But that surely doesn't matter too much as the Igloo press is insanely rare also. Both sides giving up an instrumental dance-cocktail of Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk & Soul.

Both sides written by this neighbourhood guitar wizard and both offering up killer Hammond/Guitar dance pulses, so fine you'll be constantly changing your mind which side is the best? Don't worry just get both on the turntables, they work equally well as extracting the MOD in you...

"Roping Okra" is the more subtle side, showcasing the most of Wallace's silky guitar manipulation; as it glides through on a wave of pouting saxophone blows and Hammond organ rhythms. A thoroughly addictive, classy D.I.Y. release for the locals.. This is perhaps Wallace's only 45 release and so darn rare we can find no evidence of any other sales..

ungoogablely RARE!

The flipside most DJ's may consider the best dance session, with a more aggressive approach, the same ingredients roll out a compelling R&B dance instrumental that will have the crowd jumpin'. A more brutal approach with the addition of a throbbing bass-guitar, high Hammond organ profile and Wallace's impeccable guitar riff stepping up another gear, then there's that provocative Saxophone adding another level to this multi-layered winner.

So it you'd like your DJ set decorated with tunes, no other DJ owns... may we suggest Wallace Petty has two creations here, on one disc.. that fill that exclusivity desire perfectly... on the first label too..

SO RARE!

Condition Report

Two clean labels,

Two clean labels,

Saundra Mallett & The Vandellas - Camel Walk / It's Gonna Be Hard Times - Tamla 54067

Saundra Mallett & The Vandellas

Camel Walk / It's Gonna Be Hard Times

Tamla : 54067 (45s)

Saundra Mallett with The Vandellas was a one-off coupling, being Saundra's only Motown credit and The Vandellas' debut credit as they changed their name from "The Vells" after one failed single on Motown's subsidiary "Mel-O-Dy" records.
The Vandellas talent was soon to be recognized, when they were enlisted for the backing vocal on Marvin Gaye on "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow". A disheartened Gloria Williams left the Vells, leaving a void for Martha Reeves to become the lead singer
.
Soon, the Vandellas were of course "Dancing In The Street"..

For Saundra Mallet it was a different journey, as she became the female element of the 3-man "Downbeats" on the V.I.P. label, after their Tamla 45 "Request Of A Fool" failed to take off. The trio's name was quickly upgraded to "The Elgins", a Motown group name that had been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years already; and her career was up and running. As Saundra Edwards she cut a few highly regarded acetates and was an integral part of the group that were so very popular in Britain. Although The Elgins cut some classic tunes, their career was short, they split in 1967 and Saundra retired from singing. Then ironically they hit big in Great Britain, the Northern Soul 60's scene prompted EMI in 1970 to reissue "Heaven Must Have Sent You". A huge club tune, it broke into the top 5 of the pop-charts. The Elgins were back in business, but Saundra resisted all attempts at a recall, another Detroit NS icon was drafted in and Yvonne Vernee was her replacement for the European tours that ensued, with USA Motown reissuing "Heaven Must Have Sent You" on V.I.P. in 1971. But still Saundra stayed away, never singing for The Elgins again.

Such an important RARE 45 charting the path of both failure and success of some of Motown's intrinsic artists.

The rich but contrasting tapestry of The Motown Story depicting glittering success and sad isolation and failure all on one very RARE disc..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some surface hairlines under light, very light scuffing NOT affecting play. Listen to a part of Motown history, play clean and true

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some surface hairlines under light, very light scuffing NOT affecting play. Listen to a part of Motown history, play clean and true

Albert Washingtion and the Kings - I'm The Man / These Arms Of Mine - Fraternity 1002

Albert Washingtion and the Kings

I'm A Man / These Arms Of Mine

Fraternity : 1002 (45s)

A crowd pleasing floor-filler - in just flawless condition.

A DJ life-saver if things starting to flat line..

Drop Albert on... to get those pulses racing again

Condition Report

Spectacular condition, as good as it gets. Unblemished in every way.

Spectacular condition, as good as it gets. Unblemished in every way.

Beverly Ann - You've Got Your Mind On Other Things  / Until You - RCA 47-9468 DJ

Beverly Ann

You've Got Your Mind On Other Things / Until You

RCA : 47-9468 DJ (45s)

Another great Lee Porter and Ronnie Miller Northern Soul classic, so very classic in fact, it requires no lengthy review from us..

The moment you clicked the soundfile - visions of vested muscular dancefloor gymnasts invade your head with backdrops, spins and splits. Igniting lustful-recall of spiralling circle skirts making their ascent up the young thighs of Soul girls in rapture..

... was it only me in the 70's who went to the allniters for more than just the music?

A record with the power to paint vivid dancefloor memories of tangible Northern Soul dancefloor euphoria ..and all the fashions, style and exuberance that went with it.

Condition Report

two clean labels, flawless vinyl.. almost a Manship Mint.

two clean labels, flawless vinyl.. almost a Manship Mint.

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