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Maurice Williams - Being Without You / Baby Baby - Deesu 302

Maurice Williams

Being Without You / Baby Baby

Deesu : 302 (45s)

Real Deal Proper Northern Soul that simultaneously triggered dancefloor mayhem in the mid-70's at Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier. You could almost hear that intense drum-roll intro, brushed aside by a barrage of brass; rumbling across the A80 towards the M62 west to The casino and rebounding back again.. Those Saturday nights in 1976, the air must have been filled with stompin' Northern Soul music wafting from east to west. With only Long Eared Bats picking up those vital vibrations..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL! encompassing everything we love about the sound. The classic style, at it's most imposing. From the first note to the last it's a tune that galvanized two clubs and 1000's of teenagers to a lifestyle never to be eclipsed. A culture that may never die...

Having said all that.. why did we miss the rather good flipside ? "Baby Baby" is also drenched in everything required to pump up a dancefloor.



Condition Report

A solitary fine hairline pen stroke on the a-side label is the only flaw on either of these gold text adorned New Orleans labels. A-side vinyl is a strong clean immaculate Mint -. Flipside vinyl has a few light blemishes none of which affect play zstrong EX+ with Mint - sound. Beware of the Red label with gold text bootlegs and the green

A solitary fine hairline pen stroke on the a-side label is the only flaw on either of these gold text adorned New Orleans labels. A-side vinyl is a strong clean immaculate Mint -. Flipside vinyl has a few light blemishes none of which affect play zstrong EX+ with Mint - sound. Beware of the Red label with gold text bootlegs and the green

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 (45s)

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

The moment the stylus touch the grooves it was a Cleethorpes dancefloor-detonation; as Mary Chapman's 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 was mayhem..

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

But hang on for the B-side, overlooked back in the day. But now so very right for today's love of Beat-Ballad-Heaven

Condition Report

Almost totally flawless, just a few very fine hairline sleeve contact blemish visible under strong

Almost totally flawless, just a few very fine hairline sleeve contact blemish visible under strong

Jay Griffin - Lucky Me / How Sweet It Is - Now Records YB 345

Jay Griffin

Lucky Me / How Sweet It Is

Now Records : YB 345 (45s)

From the same guy who gave the Northern Soul scene William Cummings - Make My Love A Hurting Thing - com,es another driving slab of Nortthern Soul so very similar in make up. As Washington's premier session Funk band Zeke & The Soul Setters back up Jay Grifin's pleading vocal with urgent guitar and frantic horns dance rhythms.

Condition Report

High quality "Capitol" pressed vinyl. A few fine hairlines revealed under direct light on both sides, but as you can hear the both play clean and

High quality "Capitol" pressed vinyl. A few fine hairlines revealed under direct light on both sides, but as you can hear the both play clean and

Features with Sammy O'Banion - Cause It Hurts / Laugh It Off - Delphi 382

Features with Sammy O'Banion

Cause It Hurts / Laugh It Off

Delphi : 382 (45s)

We have spoken before about my personal interest in the elusive Georgia connected "Delphi" label. Ever since as a young man I found records by The Prophets, Pallbearers, Roy Smith, Wain Randell etc. and how the label numbering system left gaps which had my mind imagining all sorts of treats where in store if I could find something else on the mysterious Albany, Ga imprint. As I was sure there was more great records to be found on Delphi. So when The Oxford Nights was discovered my interest was reignited into what else Delphi would throw at us as the years passed.

Not much else really as the Delphi product remained super-rare, so elusive in fact from the estimated at least 16 releases I've only ever encountered 9 of them.

So this ultra- rare 45 by "The Features" again triggers my long-term Delphi interest; and it's no surprise it is just as enthralling as other releases on the label. Predominately blue-eyed Soul dancers, with th\at "Carolina" dance production that Northern Soul has always warmed to.

So lets check out this obscure gathering and their two "Soul" offerings.
Top side is an "O'Banion" composition, a delicious mid-tempo groove a Crossover delight peppered with a lilting guitar riff, an expressive lead vocal and strong male group choruses. Really fine mid-tempo who's rarity pedigree is 2nd. to none. When Sammy O'Banion was contacted he said the so few of the 1000 45 press sold, in frustration he dumped 950 of them off a bridge into the Savannah River bordering Georgia with South Carolina. Where the remaining 50 went to he doesn't have a clue.. Rarity indeed on 50 making it into the wild, no wonder I've never seen or heard it before.

To make matters even more enticing the flip side is a great version of The Tams "Laugh it Off" solid Northern Soul groove with group harmony backing.

This is a listing for the collector who's serious about real-obscurity and like me captivated by the plausible rarity of records made by such a consistently good label..

Delphi I'm sure you have more gems to hidden away somewhere in the depths of the Georgia countryside... unless throwing records of the bridge was a popular activity back in 1968 ..

Condition Report

Light storage wear to the yellow labels, minuscule age-browning. Vinyl gives up light surface marks under direct light, but plays clean & true.

Light storage wear to the yellow labels, minuscule age-browning. Vinyl gives up light surface marks under direct light, but plays clean & true.

Groovettes - Think It Over Baby / Ain't A Thing You can do About It - Reness RRC 109

Groovettes

Think It Over Baby / Ain't A Thing You can do About It

Reness: RRC 109 (45s)

Philadelphia's finest collaborate in Los Angeles to craft haunting girl-group Northern Soul, drenched in addictive individualism and beseeching vocals.

Billy Jackson & Ugene Dozier again flex their dynamism with telling lyrics woven into a perfect mid-paced dance arrangement.

This 45 was slow to emerge onto the Northern Soul scene when the first known copy only surfaced as Ian Levine started to sell parts of his huge collection off circa 1980. This record entered the Northern Soul circuit, alerting all collectors and DJ's of it's spectacular Northern Soul qualities. The search was on!

It then took several years more, for a couple of more copies to be unearthed; bolstering it's turntable presence, and it's status as a "Rarest Of The Rare" was then set in stone.

Today this 45, still sends shivers down my spine. Just like in did in Levine's steaming hot attic, Andy Cox my portable record player DJ. As it was a label you just could not pass by. In that cramped attic with wall to wall 45's giving off that familiar pulse-racing aroma of old-sleeves and dusty vinyl. The low-fi sound sent me bolt upright rushing straight to the player to see what it was. A gorgeous label, emitting a most stunning slab of Northern Soul; I couldn't wait to get it home and play it full-blast on a proper system..

Today nearly 40 years later, it has again sparked that same euphoric adrenaline rush, a standout Northern Soul "unknown" always triggered.

in 2018 it's a 45 that few DJ's can boast of owning, but when you do hear it.. my last time was a few years ago in the wondrous confines of Ben Hall, Rugby where I could experience what it may have been like if Ian Levine had launched it at the Blackpool Mecca in 1973 .. it sounded awesome in Rugby's authentic atmosphere.

A set-welding record, a seldom heard 45 all the seasoned NS DJ's should have in their box...

Condition Report

Label has light age "browning" and light rub but is totally clear of significant flaws like tears, stickers, writing or water damage. The gloss finish eye-catching label design, still catches your imagination with creative 60's label art with it's "rocket" and "Saturn" images set onto a high quality gloss finish paper with the red logo and text adorning a rich blue labelscape. An unforgettable "Rarest Of The Rare" design.<br /> <br /> Vinyl is used, carring light surface hairlines revealed when angled in the light, check out the double soundfile lifted directly off this highly elusive disc.

Label has light age "browning" and light rub but is totally clear of significant flaws like tears, stickers, writing or water damage. The gloss finish eye-catching label design, still catches your imagination with creative 60's label art with it's "rocket" and "Saturn" images set onto a high quality gloss finish paper with the red logo and text adorning a rich blue labelscape. An unforgettable "Rarest Of The Rare" design.

Vinyl is used, carring light surface hairlines revealed when angled in the light, check out the double soundfile lifted directly off this highly elusive disc.

Eddie Bishop - Call Me / What Did He Say? - ABC 10799

Eddie Bishop

Call Me / What Did He Say?

ABC : 10799 (45s)

Bill Ramal & Marty Wilson gave the Northern Soul scene two top Northern Soul 45's from there New York office..

Eddie Regan - Playing Hide And Seek - jumps to mind. Then there's this floor-packing instrumental monster of the British born "Call Me". What a visionary choice to do, Tony Hatch's enslaving hook-lines give the dancers a chance to sing out-loud or in their head as they move to its hypnotic rhythms. Accentuated by Eddie Bishop's highly honed saxophone skills.

Northern Soul has always loved a good instrumental but most constantly pop in and out of vogue. "Call Me" has for decades engulfed dancefloors throughout the scene. With no sign of it's mesmeric qualities ever diminishing.

For DJ's who care about the sound quality of their plays, this copy is a flawless, impeccable, immaculate example of an elusive Stock copy.

You won't locate a more perfect example in a hurry.





Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, near perfect labels. This example is a truly stunning copy

Flawless vinyl, near perfect labels. This example is a truly stunning copy

Ernestine Anderson - Keep An Eye On Love / Continental Mind - Sue WI 309

Ernestine Anderson

Keep An Eye On Love / Continental Mind

Sue : WI 309 (45s)

Whilst collecting the UK's most loved homegrown record company, condition is everything..

You will not acquire or have the chance to acquire a finer copy of this magnificent 45.

Glorious New York Sister Northern Soul in it's rarest most wanted form.

Drool, listen... then resist if you can.

Condition Report

Look carefully at the spindle hole, there is still an original paper fragment hanging from the hole after the die-cut factory process. It don't get not MINTER than this when it comes to Sue 45s. Unplayed until we carefully lifted the soundfile for this listing. Perfection awaits the new owner.

Look carefully at the spindle hole, there is still an original paper fragment hanging from the hole after the die-cut factory process. It don't get not MINTER than this when it comes to Sue 45s. Unplayed until we carefully lifted the soundfile for this listing. Perfection awaits the new owner.

Terri Goodnight - The Victory Song / What Else Can Happen To Me - Phelectron PH 702

Terri Goodnight

The Victory Song / What Else Can Happen To Me

Phelectron : PH 702 (45s)

The word RARE is an over-used term, as in 2018 most independent Soul record are "rare"

This 45 is BEYOND RARE it is as rare as a Northern Soul can be. It is the ONLY copy I've ever seen, or likely to ever see.

Born in the Fall of 1965, onto an iconic Los Angeles label. That had just one release earlier had spawned one of the rarest, most-wanted Northern Soul Records; Phelectron 701 another Terri Goodnight 45 "They Don't Know" today considered a Northern Soul trophy with few equals. Then of course there's the immortal Jackie Day - Naughty Boy - making it only three releases for this short-lived enterprise, that has tantalized the Northern Soul collector for almost 4 decades.

Neither of those two's rarity gets even close to this 45, which was unknown to exist until 2013.

A record that makes the word "rare" a meaningless adjective.

A listing for those collectors who really want to own "The Rarest Of The Rare"

Condition Report

A few fine hairlines revealed when angled under a light. Strong clean Ex + with two perfect labels.

A few fine hairlines revealed when angled under a light. Strong clean Ex + with two perfect labels.

Sherrys - Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl - J.J. 1002 DJ

Sherrys

Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl

J.J. : 1002 DJ (45s)

Can Northern Soul anthems be any more vital than the FIRST RECORD ever played at Wigan Casino..

On an Autumn night in 1973 at precisely 2 a.m. on Sunday, 23 September . Russ Winstanly launched this torrent of Philly girl-group Northern Soul on a comparatively small but eager attendance..

THIS REST IS HISTORY!!

Here's a rarely witnessed genuine original promo of the recording that started it all.

An offering not to be mulled over! Records of this Northern Soul kudos rarely, if ever surface for sale in 2018

Click the soundfile and be prepared for a Northern Soul Back To The Future experience. As Joe Cook's daughters take you on a joyride through euphoric "Wigan" recall.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, free of X's, writing, stickers. Just mild age "browning" to the white. All text sharp, crisp and clear. Vinyl is whisker away from Mint minus, just a few very fine hairlines can be seen

Two clean labels, free of X's, writing, stickers. Just mild age "browning" to the white. All text sharp, crisp and clear. Vinyl is whisker away from Mint minus, just a few very fine hairlines can be seen

Rick St. John - One Heart Hurting / You've Got To Fall In Love - part 3 Independent102-RSJ

Rick St. John

One Heart Hurting / You've Got To Fall In Love - part 3

Independent: 102-RSJ (45s)

Extremely obscure Sweet Soul at it's most imploring! Hidden away on the flipside..

100% D.I.Y. local street-corner session constructed by the singer himself. The mysterious Rick St. John (real name Jiles Edwards credited at the foot of the label) writes, arranges and produces this beseeching episode.

But isn't that how we like our rare-Soul, seriously RARE much of a clue to hang on to, to locate it's birthplace. I was kinda drawn to Cleveland, Ohio with the name Brinson as an engineer. But it happens to be from Los Angeles, I'm reliably informed. So know doubt the Low Rider community will already be hooked into the beauty of this one.

So here's a listing for test your investigative powers, trying to find out who the uncredited but delicious vocal-group backing could have been delivered by? As truly remarkable Sweet Soul must have a harmony-group presence. I've drawn a blank on all my usual sources of sleuthing. What is now clear us, this is one Unicorn-rare 45. That drips with an emotional naivety you can't guard against... it will creep up on you and grip your aorta.

Listen to Rick St. John bathe himself in falsetto despair, as his broken heart fails to heal. Completely baring his soul cradled by an uncredited background male-harmony, stumbling in a beautiful pouring out of pain, as he raps just how he feels. then returns with his falsetto invigorated for a tortured climax.

Lovers of the really obscure Sweet Soul, Low-Rider, Deep, Harmony or just memorable vocals this 45 has the lot!

Condition Report

Fine clean labels, flawless in every way. Vinyl reveals only the lightest occasional surface blemishes & hairlines under direct light. Nothing affecting play. Listen to the impressive soundfile.

Fine clean labels, flawless in every way. Vinyl reveals only the lightest occasional surface blemishes & hairlines under direct light. Nothing affecting play. Listen to the impressive soundfile.

Gerri Thomas - Look What I've Got / It Could Have Been Me - World Artists WA 1059

Gerri Thomas

Look What I've Got / It Could Have Been Me

World Artists : WA 1059 (45s)

What a great source of information at your fingertips, when you go long distance surfing on the internet. But be careful as inaccurate information can become "gospel" if entered into marketplaces holding infinite information.

For example, take this 1965 STOCK copy of an old Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier anthem..
our data suggest the yellow stock copy is incredibly rare, validated when you google; to find it not an easy image to locate. When you eventually do it, shows a 1977 vinyl "bootleg" sitting in the 1965 original file on "discogs";usually such a reliable source of information. So you look further and harder. The yellow image of the genuine stock copy is no easy image to find...

When the worldwide community of record collectors, can't offer much in the way of a genuine original 1965 release image, you begin to wonder is this rarer than I first thought.

We think it is a very seldom encounter Northern Soul classic as a yellow stock copy still snug inside it's birth sleeve.

One for NS collectors who desire the rarest form possible whilst collecting classics

Condition Report

Both sides of this Bell Sound stamped styrene surface are flawless, hardly a surface blemish anyway. Plays crisp, clean and true. The very rare labeling has a very light "browning" on the a-side, just under the World Artists logo. Flipside label has slightly wider spread "browning" and a few minuscule flakes. All text is unaffected on both sides, yellow finish is free of fade. Check out the sound and the label images, of this seldom seen disc.

Both sides of this Bell Sound stamped styrene surface are flawless, hardly a surface blemish anyway. Plays crisp, clean and true. The very rare labeling has a very light "browning" on the a-side, just under the World Artists logo. Flipside label has slightly wider spread "browning" and a few minuscule flakes. All text is unaffected on both sides, yellow finish is free of fade. Check out the sound and the label images, of this seldom seen disc.

Socialites - You're Losing Your Touch / Jive Jimmy - Warner Bros WB 148 DJ

Socialites

You're Losing Your Touch / Jive Jimmy

Warner Bros : WB 148 DJ (45s)

Avid collectors and scholars of British release Soul 45s will know this 1964 girl-group Northern Soul dancer, is so very hard to acquire on it's UK DEMO press.

The Socialites were a highly talented 5 girl gathering from the Bronx who achieved a minor success in 1962 with their first 45 "Jimmy". But it wasn't a springboard for greater things; these Brill Building ladies Lorraine Anthanio, Eloise Covington, Kym Trant, Delores Rainey, Gloria Meggett only went on to release 3 more 45s, their 2nd. release on Mercury was credited to Lorraine & The Socialites as Lorraine Anthanio stepped up to head the group.

So this group only UK release a UK flipside with a rattling rhythm and crisp, sharp girl harmonies. From the tireless pens of Jerome Jackson, Joe De Angelis, Robert Steinberg who were kept busy with their attempts to break into New York's Girl-Group phenomena; writing songs for The Shangri-las on Red Bird, Shirelles on Scepter etc.

The flipside of a Van McCoy is a typical East Coast girl-girl group session trying to catch attention b y using "Jimmy" in the title. This failed and the USA release fell into obscurity but was surprisingly picked up by British Decca and givem a release. This too failed t sell or achieve Radio station attention. Today it is one of the "under-the-radar" British treasures.

A 45 that not many British Northern Soul or girl group fans will own, especially as an immaculate promo with Mint - labels, original birth-sleeve and vinyl that was possibly unplayed before we lifted the soundfile.

You will not locate a finer example of "lost" UK Northern Soul..

Condition Report

Blinding condition, flawless throughout not a blemish or hairling on the vinyl, labels or sleeve. A stunner!

Blinding condition, flawless throughout not a blemish or hairling on the vinyl, labels or sleeve. A stunner!

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