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Ebony Keyes - If You Knew / Sitting In a Ring - Piccadilly 7N 35358

Ebony Keyes

If You Knew / Sitting In a Ring

Piccadilly : 7N 35358 (45s)

Very elusive 1966 UK press of a record that graced the surrounds of the Twisted Wheel when "Sitting In a Ring" was a popular club spin. More recently though it is the flipside triggering all the attention. Picked up by several influential DJs by the likes of Ginger Taylor, who are spinning the far superior "If You Knew" .

Old School will remember the screaming brass-pumped "Sitting In A Ring" the original A-side, now only suitable for "Twisted Wheel" trips down memory lane, or authentic MOD revival gatherings. Amazingly for all those decades hidden away on the flipside was "If You Knew" a self penned dancer, absolutely perfect for today's scene, which Ginger Taylor (a dedicated British label Soul collector) was quick to pick up on.

British producer with a penchant for R&B, John Schroeder; guides Kendrick Pitt's (Ebony Keyes) rich vocal reinforced by razor-sharp zipping strings, blaring brass, and a rattling drum rhythm, that'll have you wondering why Pye would ever have relegated such a tune to a B-side...with "Sitting In a Ring" being rather-crass from today's viewpoint.

A current dancefloor pleaser with one of the most venerable Northern Soul Jocks firmly behind it. For this eternally rare British 45 the value can now only head one way..

"If You Knew" bristles with Britishness, vocally superb, with a production that stays with you... top drawer tune for those of you who appreciate it's charms and the beauty of a 1966 45 everybody missed at the time.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl with hardly a blemish. very nice copy.

Two flawless labels, 4 prong centre intact, fine clean mint minus vinyl with hardly a blemish. very nice copy.

Archie Williams - Wait She's Coming / Wait She's Coming  part 2 - A & W PP71-189

Archie Williams

Wait She's Coming / Wait She's Coming part 2

A & W : PP71-189 (45s)

An elusive double helping of haunting Soulful Crossover as Archie's D.I.Y. project crafts an atmospheric stroller at it's most addictive.

1971 Chicago production surrounded by mystique, as we are unable to trace any other material by the makers of this addictive song. Both Archie Williams & James Parnell draw blanks on www searches... who were these guys?

It always bemuses me why two people can construct such a super-cool tune, but never break surface again with a follow up release, or at least a credit as a member of a group or another assist with the writing or producing of another indie session. But with "Wait She's Coming" it seems it was their solitary contribution to the rare-soul scene... but what a fabulous contribution it is.

Simplistic guitar opens up, before being swallowed up by a wave of vocal group voices, setting the scene for Archie's open-armed beseeching hopes. AS he tells of his ladies anticipated arrival. Rich vocal-group backing provide the convincing background for Archie's yearnings. Unfolding into an addictive recording just drenched in Soul.

A record that has had everybody regretful of not buying a copy at the beginning of the century, when we had a tiny handful for sale. In recent times this record never turns up for sale, and that itch for ownership is now stronger than ever. It is obviously the perfect Sunday chill-out spin, but also far beyond that; as the few times I heard it always travels home with me, rattling around my head. It's narcotic qualities firmly soaked into my brain.

Fabulous tune, that I just can't put down

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl just a few hairlines revealed on forensic inspection.

Two flawless labels, fine clean vinyl just a few hairlines revealed on forensic inspection.

Rhythm & Soul USA - RHYTHM & SOUL USA # 1 / 1966 UK fanzine - F.O.A.R.B.S

Rhythm & Soul USA

RHYTHM & SOUL USA # 1 / 1966 UK fanzine

F.O.A.R.B.S: 1 (MAG)

A very rare 1966 British debut new series Dave Godin project, no. 1 of Dave adventure after the Motown Appreciation Society.

Having read the contents you can’t help but feel, and not for the first time. This Soul fanzine should have been the springboard for a major music magazine that preceded what was to become the world’s leading black music news source, “Blues and Soul”. It’s content certainly outweighs those early “Home Of The Blues” the steppingstone to B&S.

Why this legendary journalist abandoned this idea, is unclear. Other than Dave joining the Blues and Soul team himself. Business drive and business acumen were not Dave's strongest points but his knowledge ad passion for Soul music was second to none. Perhaps he became too involved with other business ideas. The record label Soul City was already a seed in his fertile brain. Some records reviewed in this project became Soul City releases ie Shirley Lawson. So now check out Dave’s early work when he branched out from Motown Appreciation Society into a wider spectrum of USA Soul music.

This addition includes a wealth of Soul History and information a unique window into Great Britain 1966 and the Soul fans tastes ad preferences that subscribed to the readership.

includes "Soul City" very first advert, the Music Shop not the label. 9 pages of new Soul 45's / LP `reviews both UK and import.

Full page black & white pics & bio's of Aretha Franklin, Darrell Banks, Garnet Mimms, Solomon Burke.

A mountain of information gathered by Dave and presented in his precise, clear writings.

Today, 54 years later it could have been Dave Godin who was in charge of the world’s largest black music publication. Instead there are only 3 editions of Dave’s Soul sapling; today providing us with a window into the mind and times when Dave, almost single-handed strived to bring Soul to the British music lover.

What a fabulous artefact to own, the early works of our hero. The greatest Soul journalist of them all. His passion, love and selflessness just seeps from the pages.

Condition Report

Excellent condition throughout, no tear, writing, stains or loose pages.

Excellent condition throughout, no tear, writing, stains or loose pages.

Eloise Laws - Love Factory / Stay With Me - Music Factory MS 1013

Eloise Laws

Love Factory / Stay With Me

Music Factory : MS 1013 (45s)

The record that in one swift swoop joined The Blackpool Mecca, Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier into a united front of rare Soul. No matter what era, no matter what style; Northern Soul was now on an upward trajectory of welcoming with open arms the genius of Holland - Dozier - Holland and anything similar. HDH and their cocktail of "Whitfield" inspired rock-guitar, brilliantly contrasting against a wave of scything strings, and for perhaps it's debut in a soul recording, the "slide whistle" takes to the air.

The beautifully defiant Eloise Laws' message rings out through this most inventive production, piercing it with frustration and pain. The result being instantaneous dancefloor invasion, as her pulses of rejection seep into the dancer's psyche... a record you could get "lost" in, an indelible experience, so uplifting it is never gonna be forgotten or indeed be overplayed; some records you just can't grow weary of. A moment in time that opened the floodgates of diversity and enriched the Northern Soul scene forever.

One of my all time favourite Sister recordings, crafted by three geniuses. So uplifting, every emotion can run through you during this 3 minutes 24 seconds of ecstasy.

This is the durable VINYL stock copy, as opposed to the usually encountered delicate styrene press.

Condition Report

two flawless labels, immaculate vinyl shows just the merest of sleeve storage hairlines. plays flawless. still housed in birth-sleeve.

two flawless labels, immaculate vinyl shows just the merest of sleeve storage hairlines. plays flawless. still housed in birth-sleeve.

David & Ruben - (I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me / Girl Of My Dreams - Warner Bros 7316

David & Ruben

(I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me / Girl Of My Dreams

Warner Bros : 7316 (45s)

The Robles Brothers with the launch of a record they first recorded in 1965. This time without the composer Arthur, the 1969 Warner Bros release credits just David and Ruben with an updated version carrying every bit as much charm as the original, and perhaps just as rare, as this seldom seen green stock copy.

An eye-catching example of this perennial Northern Soul dancefloor favourite. That's been triggering the dancefloor-dash for over 4 decades with no signs whatsoever of it becoming stale.

And it's never likely to. Even the remake, the starting-gun fanfare of trumpets is instantly recognised as a NS call to arms, rise to your feet and find some space to express yourself. So uplifting, so instant, a driving force propelled by a barrage of brass and soaring group vocals melding into one completely unforgettable slab of Northern Soul by the zipping strings. It is a tune you take home in your head every time the DJ refreshes your memory of its explosive qualities, blasting you onto your feet.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL - timeless Northern Soul.

If you love old-style transitional vocal-group ballads take a listen to the rich silky vocals of the brother on the flipside "Girl Of My Dreams " is saturated in Low Rider romance.

Condition Report

Two fine clean green stock copy labels, tiny bb drill. vinyl reveals only very light sleeve storage hairlines. as you can hear it p[lays perfectly!

Two fine clean green stock copy labels, tiny bb drill. vinyl reveals only very light sleeve storage hairlines. as you can hear it p[lays perfectly!

Wanda McDaniel and The Ultimate Choice - Gangster Boy / All You Need Is Time - Appleray AR77101 DJClassy

Wanda McDaniel and The Ultimate Choice

Gangster Boy / All You Need Is Time

Appleray: AR77101 DJ (45s)

Classy Sister-Funk , from the streets of Pittsburgh, an indie with a huge reputation for instant dancefloor reaction.

Young Wanda sounding so much like Brenda Jones on her "Big Mistake" recording. A tune that has simultaneously ignited the Soul crowds across the Europe has the love for gravel coated girl voice woven into tricky Soulful Funky pulses, is the flavour of the moment. A huge tune for the A-list DJ's who have featured it at those highly respected Soul clubs and weekenders like Soul Essence - Great Yarmouth, Tuff Love - Liverpool, Spirit Of The Orwell, Feed Your Soul - Newark and other discerning promotions.

DJ's like Brian Flanders, Soul Sam, Pat Bleasdale etc. have all championed it's addictive rhythms lifting it from a discarded unknown into a monster tune, as they recognised the shifting sands of "Rare Soul dancers£ tastes was ripening towards D.I.Y. productions with attitude.

This is one of the styles finest examples, so in-demand "Gangster Boy" has received the dubious honour of being reissued. This of course is the rarely seen original press for DJ's and collectors who would never allow a 2nd. press anywhere near their DJ set.

Down n' dirty, utterly addictive funky Sister rare soul dancer, drenched in quality.. listen and prepare to fall in love.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, promo not for sale rubber stamped. Vinyl reveals only light hairlines when angled in the light, plays loud crisp and clean as you can hear.

Two clean labels, promo not for sale rubber stamped. Vinyl reveals only light hairlines when angled in the light, plays loud crisp and clean as you can hear.

Tommy Lewis - Willow Brook / Angel - Cenco 115

Tommy Lewis

Willow Brook / Angel

Cenco : 115 (45s)

Highly explosive & very rare Los Angeles harmonica driven R&B instrumental featuring a blistering display of Harmonica mastery from Kid Thomas. A Mississippi migrant who honed his skills in Chicago, before moving to California famously making that wild Black-Rocker "Rockin' This Joint To-nite" in 1960.

Here he is again, recording under the pseudonym of Tommy Lewis with his rarity on the highly collectable Cenco imprint from Hollywood. Both sides written by Tommy himself, performed with the kind of instinctive passion, reserved only for your own work.

Top side is a much-sought-after R&B/MOD dancefloor-destroyer currently spun by some highly respected Rare Soul/R&B DJ's. All at the top of their game Bill Kealy, Ash Pedrick, Neal Youdale, Mace etc. Who seem to play this juggernaut quite early in their sets. As a wake-up call, a statement piece to shake them off their seats.. as a tornado of Harmonica blows in. From the very first blow this "sucker" captures your attention with an invitation to move. As a free-spirited Joe Bennett guitar peppers the production. R&B instrumentals don't get much more persuasive than this!

Flip it over "Kid Thomas" delivers Blues, sculptured from a lifetime of travels; delivering a street-corner Blues lament, as his struggle-torn vocal serves up proper real deal blues from the heart, following Lloyd Glenn's sympathetic piano notes with guttural groans and convincing squeals.

A truly great 60's R&B single - in perfect previously unplayed condition.




dancer Blues

Tommy Lewis – Angel/Willow Brook – Cenco 115. Mississippi-born singer/harmonica player Lou Thomas Watts, aka Tommy Lewis/Louis and Kid Thomas. Tough 1960s blues recorded in Los Angeles. "Willow Brook" is an instrumental. Band includes Lloyd Glenn on piano and Joe Bennett on guitar. Near mint copy.

Only 4 years after making the fabulous 45, Tommy Lewos was shot dead by the father of a young boy killed in a traffic accident that allegedly involved Tommy Lewis..

Condition Report

Flawless copy still housed in birth-sleeve, a previously unplayed copy.

Flawless copy still housed in birth-sleeve, a previously unplayed copy.

Cleveland Martin and the Soul Sets - I Don't Want To Slip Away / Soul Train That's It - Single B 120

Cleveland Martin and the Soul Sets

I Don't Want To Slip Away / Soul Train That's It

Single B : 120 (45s)

WOW!

Born in Detroit Soul-drenched real-deal Northern Soul Crossover, a classy cruiser currently making waves among discerning DJ and collectors. O'Dell Bailey and Cleveland Martin collaborate to create an exquisite emotion saturated journey into Soulful Crossover. Bailey utilizes a sweet girl group chorus to cradle "Cleveland's" beseeching outpourings, that gradually heighten as his pain persists. Cleveland hitting spine tingling notes along the way, as O'Dell makes sure the backing arrangement is just as impressive as the heart-tearing singing.

The perfect fuel for those superior Soul-Sunday chilling afternoons or those indulgent original Soul Essence Weekender thinking man's Saturday interludes. So Soulful it hurts... but in a good way!

..but not overlooking the persuasive Funk dance track hidden away on the flipside. Validating this rarity as a Detroit double-hitter of real substance.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, with vinyl to match. an unblemished mint minus throughout.

Two flawless labels, with vinyl to match. an unblemished mint minus throughout.

Three Pieces - VIbes Of Truth / 1975 USA press - Fantasy F-9476 DJ

Three Pieces

Vibes Of Truth / original 195 USA press in gatefiold cover

Fantasy: F-9476 DJ (LP)

One of the finest 70's Soul albums ever made, but bemusing sold so few copies..

The opening track "I Need You Girl" however did reach 45 status both sides of the Atlantic, ripples with the fluid togetherness Lincoln Ross, Andre Richardson, Jerry Wilder give up and is the perfect taster for what's about to come.

Recorded right on the cusp of the disco explosion; which maybe explains the lack of interest at the time. As the trio meld Jazz/Soul/Funk into a showpiece of it's time. Underlined by the next track "Back Up Against The Wall" a Gil-Scott Heron styled dancer featuring a full orchestra backing, blaring brass and a magnificent Lincoln Ross trombone solo, to just die for. The album is now in full flow, the anticipation of what comes next is starting to make you impatient. Next is a stunning ballad used as the title track "Vibes Of Truth" a flute lifted Jazzy stroller. Last track side one is a finger-clicking feel-good instrumental Jazz-funker rounding off the diversity of this talented threesome.

The cocktail of Jazz/Soul/Funk continues of the flipside especially with the social comment within the "Concrete Jungle" session. Then comes the jewel in the crown of the whole album "If Only I Could Prove To You" a stunning Soulful mid-tempo stepper elevated by lush strings, bongo rhythms, tricky guitar riffs, flute solo assisting a flirting Trombone. Allows a beseeching lead voice to convince you with his need. A killer non-45 experience., a thinking DJ's must-own.

Followed another fine Jazz/Funk instrumental of "cool", with the Three Pieces leaving you begging for another run through the album as they depart with a strong blast of "Funk" with the tracktrack entitled "Virtue"

One elusive Washington, D.C. born masterpiece, leaving you wondering how talent of this calibre can release only a solitary album and a 45 during the 70's decade.

Condition Report

Light storage wear to the outside of the gatefold cover, but nothing serious enough to deter the collector.

Light storage wear to the outside of the gatefold cover, but nothing serious enough to deter the collector.

Vel-Vets - I Got To Find Me Somebody / What Now My Love - 20th Century Fox 6676 DJ

Vel-Vets

I Got To Find Me Somebody / What Now My Love

20th Century Fox : 6676 DJ (45s)

In February 1967 Kent Harris's sister Marcene "Dimples" Harris, along with James Anthony Carmichael and Jackie "Call Me Tomorrow" Mills. Crafted the most uplifting Northern Soul experience of them all; witnessing a full Northern dancefloor galvanized by the dropping of this 45 onto the soul-club turntable.

Only the truly superlative 45's have the power to provoke a crowd into spontaneous, united in hand-claps & screaming WHOOPS!!!

This 1967 Los Angeles creation has that power, to bring the whole Soul family together, dancing, raising arms saluting this girl-group's yowling chorus..
"I Got To Find Me Somebody" whoop! "I Got To Find Me Somebody" Whoop! This is the ultimate woo-woo song of all-time.
To peer down from the lofty safety zone of Wigan Casino's balcony in 1974 and watch sea of arms acknowledge the high point of this song, is a memory nobody will ever forget.

A record that bonds lifetime friendships, branding red-hot searing memories in your brain, everybody bonding with the common interest of dancing to Northern Soul the everlasting glue.

The Vel-Vets is not only timeless, The Vel-Vets is also a portal for your mind's time-machine, catapulting you back to the wonder-years of Northern Soul, with all comradeship and endless good times it showered you with..

The Vel-Vets is euphoric recall at it's most-momentous ...

Condition Report

Two clean promo label, very mild age browning (see image). VINYL not styrene, reveals some surface hairlines, plays loud, crisp and clean

Two clean promo label, very mild age browning (see image). VINYL not styrene, reveals some surface hairlines, plays loud, crisp and clean

Chris Clark - From Head To Toe / The Beginning Of The End - Tamla Motown TMG 624 DJ

Chris Clark

From Head To Toe / The Beginning Of The End

Tamla Motown : TMG 624 DJ (45s)

The delectable Chris Clark, with her most-wanted British single in it's rarest form and most impressive condition.

A flawless October 1967 British green & white promo, launched to coincide with her fabulous "Soul Sounds" album. The blonde bombshell from California explodes onto the UK Motown map after the disappointing reception "Love's Gone Bad" received a year earlier. This Smokey Robinson composition up until now, just an album track for The Miracles but already familiar to the MODS of the day as the Liverpudlian group had covered it on Columbia a year earlier. But of course Chris Clarks and Smokey's production prowess blows that version out of the park.

The simplistic guitar / drum intro is very "Smokey" reminiscent of his finger clicking earlier compositions, clever sing-a-long poetry rings out in feel-good Motown rhythms at their most addictive. This is Motown dance at its best, as it builds into a crash-back-wallop experience as layer upon layer of instrumentation, backing vocals, and Chris's sweet voice becoming more and more decisive.

Classic Northern Soul Motown as an irresistible green & white Demo in near perfect condition.. resist if you can!

Condition Report

Two flawless demo labels, utterly unblemished vinyl both a * b-side, still housed in birth-sleeve. Real-deal vinyl gorgeousness.

Two flawless demo labels, utterly unblemished vinyl both a * b-side, still housed in birth-sleeve. Real-deal vinyl gorgeousness.

Satan's Breed - Road Runner / Since You Left Me - Jenges J-4551

Satan's Breed

Road Runner / Since You Left Me

Jenges : J-4551 (45s)

Looking for a record to elevate your DJ or collections status?
Here's an current “Holy Grail” perched at the very pinnacle of rare Northern Soul DJing kudos. A record hardly any Rare-Soul collector owns or indeed has seen in the flesh.

This copy being the finest condition example known. Two immaculate labels, vinyl revealing only a few wispy hairlines.

What a spectacular slab of independent Philadelphia Northern Soul it is. Not only an absolute eye-popping vinyl, it is also unicorn-rare; with it's reputation blossoming on both sides of the Atlantic. As it matters not which side you drop the arm on. Topside you're treated to joyous Northern Soul, with the flipside offering up a Philadelphia vocal group sweet soul cruiser of stunning proportions.

So before you today is one of Northern Soul’s rarest of the rare, one of the most-wanted, kudos saturated 45's it is possible to own.
So now listen to the accomplished skills of George Guess as he writes, arranges and produces plus most probably sings on this mesmerizing vocal group harmony dancer. One of the very finest 45's I've had the pleasure of hearing in a very long time. A beseeching lead voice, sails on a wave of finely tuned harmony choruses. The backing track epitomizing the slickness of The Sound Of Philadelphia leaving the turbulent 60's, seamlessly flowing over into the next decade. Just brilliant !

Lowrider and Sweet Soul devotees will also be bowled over by the tight mid-paced mournful despair served up on the flipside. Underlining once again this gatherings ability for impeccable vocal harmonizing. Two impeccable sides on a seriously unattainable 45, that so very few collectors have ever owned, as the sky blue authentic original 1971 press, not on the banished red labelled counterfeit.

This is Northern Soul DJing and collecting at its utmost challenging...way beyond Rarest Of The Rare .. far past being good.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only faint wispy hairlines under direct light. plays crisp, clean and perfect.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only faint wispy hairlines under direct light. plays crisp, clean and perfect.

Blues & Soul - # 6 March 1968 / inc: Al Greene, Wilson Pickett, Troy Keyes  - Blues & Soul 6

Blues & Soul

# 6 March 1968 / Al Greene, Wilson Pickett, Troy Keyes

Contempo Publications: 6 (Magazine)

In our experience this is one of the rarest Blues & Soul editions, no. 6 in the series. Announcing the Soul Poll Results for 1967. Listing top positions for 60 R&B vocalists. 30 favourite female R&B vocalists. 20 favourite R&B instrumentalists. 30 favourite Soul groups. 50 favourite Soul recordings. An unparalleled insight into the Soul fans taste in 1967.

Plus the usual fascinating array of artist pics and bios include.

1. Full page artist photo and bio full page bio of artist of a man that would become a Soul icon Al Greene with interesting facts he used to sing with The Creation on Zodiac. Born in Memphis now recording in Grand Rapids Michigan. On the success of his "Back up Train" success he was soon to return to Memphis to become a super-star under the guidance of Willie MItchell
2. Bio (no pic) of Barbara Mason with her UK Action releases under scrutiny
3. Black & White pics of Booker T. Jones, Bobby Bland, Lou Rawls and Felice Taylor
4. Wilson Picket full page bio and full page picture
5. Pyramids - picture and bio

The much loved Record Company adverts - I particularly love the SUE -PER-SOUL-IC-SOUNDS new catchphrase for SUE records and the now incredibly rare Albums advertised. Also Bell records support for Oscar Toney Jr, James Carr, James & Bobby Purify plus their impressive new compilation album "Bell's Cellar Of Soul". Soul City with their consistently looked forward to advert. Full back page spread of Tamla Motown album releases and latest singles...

A timey reminder that it was just The nite-clubs and the DJ's that inspired the British Soul scene Blues & Soul played a crucial part in its meteoric rise through the decades.

Essential reading and preservation of our history and culture.

Condition Report

Light graze (repaired) on the front cover running from the top of the E to the top of the U see images. Rest of the magazine is Excellent condition, all pages intact and clean.

Light graze (repaired) on the front cover running from the top of the E to the top of the U see images. Rest of the magazine is Excellent condition, all pages intact and clean.

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