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Ja Neen Henry - Baby Boy / Love Is What You Make It - Blue Rock 4010 DJ

Ja Neen Henry

Baby Boy / Love Is What You Make It

Blue Rock : 4010 DJ (45s)

The a-side label credits read like a who's-who of Detroit Soul music..

First recorded a year earlier by Juanita Williams with Richard Popcorn Wylie at the helm, but certainly not one of Golden World's best sellers, as Ed Wingate chased the early in 1964 success of Reflections - Romeo & Juliet - . Juanita was quickly passed over and forgotten.

But it a great song from the pens of Al & Bob Hamilton, Ronnie Savoy. It needed another shot, as success was surely only a break away. This time the prolific Andre Williams teams up with Dale Warren to make the dream-team complete. Bring in young hopeful Janeen Henry, a the beckoning siren-vocal, with added horns, Mike Terry burping sax, shrill girl-group background cooing and the compulsory Sax-brerak.. Some tune this is.

But this Blue Rock version suffered an even worse fate, not receiving any Radio Station support, it sank without trace. as is Janeen Henry who took fully 3 years to resurface on MGM as Andrea Henry. That honeyed vocal was never to be relee on a 45 again. A sad waste of talent.. as the Northern Soul community just adore this style of sweet-girl pleading.

This 45 has always been elusive enough, to have not yet receive the turntable activity it so obviously deserves and is this week's candidate for the under-played, under-valued listing, that is currently snoozing on a few DJ boxes...we are tipping it to yawn, stretch and emerge a winner with the dancefloor.

For too long it's just been a winner with the collectors..

PS do not overlook the Van McCoy written dancer on the flipside, giving up all the same ingredients as the A-side, with exactly the same personnel, plus and even bigger Sax break from MT.

Condition Report

A fine clean promo copy, no writing, tears, stains or stickers on the labels (see scans). This is a vinyl press, with a few very mild hairlines, as you can hear it plays complete clean, loud and true. Neither side giving up even the lightest murmur of a mark.

A fine clean promo copy, no writing, tears, stains or stickers on the labels (see scans). This is a vinyl press, with a few very mild hairlines, as you can hear it plays complete clean, loud and true. Neither side giving up even the lightest murmur of a mark.

Calvin Williams - Let's Dance / It Don't Mean A Thing - Target 501

Calvin Williams

Let's Dance / It Don't Mean A Thing

Target : 501 (45s)

Is there a better Rare Soul investment than Detroit Northern Soul in unblemished condition...

Here is a double-helping of quintessential Detroit,with an exceptional lead vocal, squealing girl chorus, burping Saxophone, blaring horns all in full attendance on both sides.

Great production by Marshall & Harvey (Marshall Chess & Harvey Fuqua?) more info invited. Who ever the duo are, they certainly knew how to build up a Soul dance tune. Both sides are straight out the blocks, becoming more muscular
as the session unfolds.. hanging sax, guitar solo and a vocal that leaves you wondering why Calvin released so few 45s. His Johnnie Mae Matthews collaboration "It Won't Matter At All" is now at last receiving Rare Soul turntable action it has always deserved.. but this "Target" 45 being so very much rarer and dare we say hardly known.

Flip it over, listening, will most probably split your decision on which side you prefer. As "It Don't Mean a Thing" carries the same "Detroit" elements that have addicted us all to everything "Motor City". A lifetime of devotion to it's music and still I'm hearing things that make me question, whether I have actually dug long enough or deep enough.. as this side has again awoken me to hidden Detroit delicacies, that on the rare previous occasions we've met I've not paid pull attention to it's qualities.. in fairness our last copy was nearly 10 years ago when I was entrench in mid-tempo NS Crossover..

So check out, that phenomenal voice Calvin Williams has, an unrecorded artist indeed... but console yourself with the fact Target 501 captures him in top form.. giving up proper Northern Soul twice over.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, both free of any off-putting flaws, even the Red is deep and rich with no signs of fade that so often besets the 60's red label, clean crisp & bold.

Two clean labels, both free of any off-putting flaws, even the Red is deep and rich with no signs of fade that so often besets the 60's red label, clean crisp & bold.

Eddie Holman - Hold Me In Your Arms / Diggin' It - Grapevine acetate

Eddie Holman

Hold Me In Your Arms / Diggin' It

Grapevine acetate: no # (45s)

This truly awesome "Dynodynamics" 60's Philly creation liberated from solitary confinement by the intrepid Grapevine label, has over the last decade risen from a must own new release. Up into an appreciated DJ drop, as it's instant bass-line and prodding piano demands DANCE, as the silky Eddie Holman vocal beckons you to the floor.

The demand for the vinyl single is stronger than ever, as it receives an inevitable second lease of life! As copies have long evaporated into collections

An original direct cut 7" acetate with unbeatable fidelity, and so attractive to the many "Grapevine" completists lining up for anything "different" and rare within Grapevine enviable two catalogs..

Philadelphia's "Dynodynamic" machine of Eddie Holman, Johnny Stiles, Luther Randolph, Weldon McDougal was a conveyor-belt of standout Soul delights during the 60's serving up a plethora of Northern Soul greats. This addictive song somehow was left to hibernate in the vaults.. perhaps a little too "different" at the time; but today, so deliciously different and perfect Northern Soul food.

This is a listing aimed at dedicated British & Grapevine collectors and DJ's who want to elevate a dancefloor, but also to add to the interesting tapestry of our weekly auction that we hope makes for good reading, exciting listening and of course suiting all the pockets of our members.

We love the song.. and we adore genuine acetates..





Condition Report

Looks like this copy only received a cursory play from the privileged DJ who was given it to promote has the look, the feel and the smell of a record that has just lay filed and forgotten for the last 16 years. Just a solitary minuscule blemish, otherwise flawless. Both labels are likewise.

Looks like this copy only received a cursory play from the privileged DJ who was given it to promote has the look, the feel and the smell of a record that has just lay filed and forgotten for the last 16 years. Just a solitary minuscule blemish, otherwise flawless. Both labels are likewise.

Smoke - Risin' / inc: So Glad You Came Along - J.Bridge 7544

Smoke

Risin' / inc: So Glad You Came Along

J. Bridge : 7544 (LPs)

Today's challenge is to find a track on this Kansas City platter that doesn't send chills through you..

Condition Report

Two Perfect labels, vinyl with hardly a blemish, flawless audio. Cover still retains it's birth shrink wrap.

Two Perfect labels, vinyl with hardly a blemish, flawless audio. Cover still retains it's birth shrink wrap.

Masterminds with Lady Bianca - Stop Telling Me Lies / We Got Go Get Together - Reynolds PR 401

Masterminds with Lady Bianca

Stop Telling Me Lies / We Got Go Get Together

Reynolds : PR 401 (45s)

Not the "Undercover Brother" reissue but the silly rare 1970 Reynolds original.

Yes the same Bay Area label that gave us, Celeste Hardie, Lillian Alexander, Steve Marshall etc. Private indie enterprise from which Paul E. Reynolds only released top quality material.

Little wonder the Low Rider scene has been so dynamic through the decades; as California carriers such a rich vein of independent record productions, drawing from Soul and Jazz influences that flood the Golden State. No for the first time spawning seamless harmonies woven into skilled instrumentation, Bianca Thorton's keyboard gifts guide this classy floater along.

This rarity is another example of the seriously obscure giving up a heart-stopping session, drenched in Soul. A song that offers up the right ingredients for not only California, but only the east of England. This slower experience would be a sensation at Soul Essence, Feed Your Soul, Carib Soul, flipside etc. venues that dedicate their output to be as Soulful as possible.

But dancers don't despair, as the flip is an up beat Funky Soul groove, that has it's own following.. for the same reasons. Searing vocals, horns, piano breaks, sizzling harmonies woven into a driving dance production.

Sasquatch-Rare with two imposing sides..

Condition Report

Hardly a blemish to be found anywhere on this rare 45. Showing off two perfect labels and vinyl that reveals only a couple of minuscule hairlines when angled under direct light.

Hardly a blemish to be found anywhere on this rare 45. Showing off two perfect labels and vinyl that reveals only a couple of minuscule hairlines when angled under direct light.

Ronnie Milsap - Ain't No Soul ( Left In These Ole Shoes ) / Another Branch From The Old Tree - Pye International 7N 25392 DJ

Ronnie Milsap

Ain't No Soul ( Left In These Ole Shoes ) / Another Branch From The Old Tree

Pye International : 7N 25392 DJ (45s)

JOey Levine & Artie Resnick really started something in 1966 when they wrote this iconic set of lyrics, that were recorded y four different artists on major in that very year..

Whether it be Major Lance, Ray Paige, Corvairs, or Huey Meaux's meaty Houston, Texas romp with that coolest of vocals, from the Ronnie Milsap. It was one recording that took the Twisted Wheel by a storm, receiving the dubious honor of a Soul Sounds bootleg in 1968.

Here is the 45 that every MOD dreamed of owning in 1966 but very few did.. the 1966 British press on Pye International is eye-popping condition!

Condition Report

Magnificently unblemished in every way!

Magnificently unblemished in every way!

Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl / The Story Of Our Love - Red Coach RC 802 DJ

Carstairs

It Really Hurts Me Girl / The Story Of Our Love

Red Coach : RC 802 DJ (45s)

GAME CHANGING NORTHERN SOUL?

It has dismayed me over the years that a few NS dealers, even fewer collectors in the past, have tried to rewrite the facts surrounding this Soul masterpiece. When some declare a copy with a etched in STERLING matrix is also an original, when blatantly it's a counterfeit (although it maybe a convincing one)

Before you today is the coveted authentic STERLING STAMPED original PROMO vinyl press. The scratched in STERLING matrix copies are counterfeits, which everybody and his dog by now knows. So why anybody would ever try and convince the NS collecting public otherwise; that there was two legitimate promo presses of this Blackpool Mecca anthem is quite puzzling.. the STERLING STAMPED original promo copy is the ONLY original DJ copy. The others are unfortunately fakes.

Having said that, the power of this monumental 45 had such an impact when John Anderson of Soul Bowl imported it into England circa 1974.

It's exquisite qualities triggered many different but captivating tales on how it was found; a much more exciting adventures on how it was first discovered, actually not by a that dedicated Scottish vinyl-guru. But by a British DJ criusing the streets of The Big Apple. Already incorrect recall, of a now an utterly twisted tale by the time I heard it down in the backwoods of the East Midlands.

The version of the story, I heard went something like this:

This, now fabled tale tells of a DJ hearing it first on his car-radio in New York, (actually Miami) and was so blown away by it, he made it his vacation mission to track the group down, to get a copy, just a solitary copy mind, not a handful. (he actually called the Radio Station)

The story triggered visions of this great song transforming a British Bunter-esque
figure into Warren Beatty as "Dick Tracey" trying to track down a 45 in a concrete jungle, and with so little time to do it in.

How exciting!!!

As he trawled through telephone directories, made endless investigative calls. Before setting out into the labyrinth of pre-GPS New York on the trail of "The Carstairs" with relentless Private Dick zeal and determination...

A real epic adventure .. whispered through the halls of Northern Soul for decades..embellished every time in it's telling, eventually bearing no resemblance to the truth.. (whatever that may be) but adding to it's already legendary mystique.

On the other-hand John Anderson was undoubtedly for decades, the catalyst for the vast majority Northern Soul discoveries coming into the United Kingdom. I personally think, not as exciting but certainly more accurate, that John can add this classic to his already unsurpassed list of Northern Soul finds. I do love the comic strip styled exploits "first heard on the radio" "Then The Chase Was On". "Hello Gentlemen where are The Carstairs" visions these stories ignite.

In defense of our intrepid hero, he was the first DJ to champion this "outside the NS box" recording, at the legendary Blackpool Mecca and it became an absolute dancefloor monster, to be still heralded today as not only an all-time NS great; but also for many, a "litmus-test" validating who among us, had real-Soul running through their bones..

After all if this record does not take you to a place, where you might be tempted to dream up your own fantasies of discovery .... then Soul could only be a thin lacquer on your being..

It was a trendsetter, a game-changer, a life affirming moment, a transporter of emotion.. a record worthy of differing fables, tales and ever-changing bar-stool recollections.

Condition Report

Just the merest occasional surface hairline, audio plays Mint - (listen) Two unblemished mint PROMO labels.

Just the merest occasional surface hairline, audio plays Mint - (listen) Two unblemished mint PROMO labels.

Icemen - ( I Wonder ) What It Takes / ( My Girl ) She's A Fox - Samar 111

Icemen

( I Wonder ) What It Takes / ( My Girl ) She's A Fox

Samar: 111 (45s)

Besides having two top-drawer examples of Rare Soul as James Stokes and Gino Armstrong team up with the Poindexter Twins and craft two stunning slabs of Soul.

A compelling Northern Soul dancer on one side and a riveting Sweet Soul vocal group harmony ballad on the other. This elusive 45 is also hunted worldwide because the then unknown James Marshall (Jimi Hendrix) was performing on the session. Taken into the studio by the arranger Lonnie Youngblood who also collaborated with Jimi on his Fairmount 45 releases.

No outrageous guitar solos, quite the opposite, but you can certainly hear Jimi's signature guitar attacks on the intro of the hard-hitting sledgehammer Northern Soul dancer. Throughout the 2:25 seconds he supports an equally reactionary Saxophonist... With Stokes & Armstrong in a combative mood, Sam & Dave style the pairing slashes out dance-soul with attitude.. at last this intrusive tune is getting some long-overdue Northern Soul action.. and it rising fast up the in-demand ratings.. time secure this 45 is now, before it becomes really hot!

Flip it over for a contrasting, silky smooth harmony ballad; saturated in Soulful admiration for a girl.. a mid-tempo stroller perfect for that Sunday afternoon chill-out. Hendrix is not evident on this song as things are kept mellow and emotional..

Love both sides, with the Hendrix devotees draw to it's frustrating rarity.. expect competition on this one.



Condition Report

two totally clean labels,

two totally clean labels,

Chico Leverett - Solid Sender / I'll Never Love Again - Tamla 54024

Chico Leverett

Solid Sender / I'll Never Love Again

Tamla : 54024 (45s)

Committed Motown collectors will not need us to remind you, Motown records of this calibre of rarity are mostly likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to claim. Proud ownership of could possibly be the finest copy to ever come to market.

The world's record community certainly seems unable to come up with a label scan that isn't near unreadable.

So do not pass by, as this opportunity to own the only copy I've ever seen in acceptable condition, to a discerning collector.

Chico's only single for Motown, a kind of tester for this singled out member of the Satintones; both sides endorse his fine voice, as well as his composing talents. As the Rayber Singers once again amplify the arrangement with their enriching harmonies. On the a-side Robert Bateman's baritone prescence steals the show with his delightfully imposing "Doo Ba Di Ba's" booming through blanket of vices, at all the right times.

Flip it over for a worthy vocal-group ballad, in fact a damn fine one. Where Chico sounds very much in the vein of Eddie Holland (maybe young Eddie's guidance was creeping in)

Chico wrote both sides, Miss Ray keeping the harmony arrangement seamless.. and all those dreamy Soul vocals fusing into whirlpool of the early Motown Sound.

A historical Motown treasure, a museum piece at investmet level of condition..

Condition Report

The label image is by far the cleanest, to have ever come to market,two fine red X's on label is it's only pimple. All text crisp and clear (see scans). Vinyl has some mild surface marks, but plays booming, louder, clean and clear. Listen to Motown R&B without a single commercial note being played.

The label image is by far the cleanest, to have ever come to market,two fine red X's on label is it's only pimple. All text crisp and clear (see scans). Vinyl has some mild surface marks, but plays booming, louder, clean and clear. Listen to Motown R&B without a single commercial note being played.

Sam Dees - Lonely For You Baby / I Need You Baby - SSS International SSS 732

Sam Dees

Lonely For You Baby / I Need You Baby

SSS International : SSS 732 (45s)

A rhythmic drum tapping blends seamlessly with booming bass guitar rhythm, beckoning the pianist to stroke some arousing key notes.. for the most-inviting of Northern Soul intros For a dancefloor-detonator elevate your set, just in time as the room becomes a heaving mass of shoulder to shoulder euphoria..Sam Dees's commanding gnarled vocal shudders the speakers..

After that....Mr. DJ the room is yours..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL !!!

and some..

Deep Soul devotees will already of course, be aware of the vital flipside.

Condition Report

As perfect a copy that you could ever dream of seeing - FLAWLESS in every way!

As perfect a copy that you could ever dream of seeing - FLAWLESS in every way!

Luther Ingram - If It's All The Same To You Babe / Exus Trek - HIB Records 698

Luther Ingram

If It's All The Same To You Babe / Exus Trek

HIB: 698 (45s)

A chance to own a Northern Soul anthem, that has sparked off more gymnastic dancefloor moves, than any other.. at possibly a very affordable price

It's a master-class in Detroit Soul, a record so superior of anything that went before it or since.

So no words from me can elevate this disc any higher than it already sits.

Before bidding read the CONDITION report carefully..

there is also a You Tube video being prepared to highlight the minuscule repaired hairline

Condition Report

Two flaw-free labels, tiny BB drill (see scan) Two clean vinyl sides, BOTH side play perfect. There is however the tightest tiny hairline crack on the run-in. very fine and very difficult to find. After some time of angling under the light, it does reveal itself but DOES NOT react with the stylus. It is the finest, lightest hairline you can image. See the pro-repair and video on YOU TUBE going live this weekend.

Two flaw-free labels, tiny BB drill (see scan) Two clean vinyl sides, BOTH side play perfect. There is however the tightest tiny hairline crack on the run-in. very fine and very difficult to find. After some time of angling under the light, it does reveal itself but DOES NOT react with the stylus. It is the finest, lightest hairline you can image. See the pro-repair and video on YOU TUBE going live this weekend.

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