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Omystics - (I'm So) In Love With You / (Crab-Grass) - Castle 104

Omystics

(I'm So) In Love With You / (Crab-Grass) Digitaria

Castle : 104 (45s)

Rarest of the rare vocal group Northern Soul dancer, absolutely dead-right for today's discerning dancefloor! And so very, very elusive, this is the first copy we've ever listed for auction.

The "Lowrider sound" enthusiasts will also be purring with delight, as soulful vocal-group-harmony does not come any finer than this falsetto led mid-tempo dance spectacle. From the home of such great Northern Soul classics, Castle Records of Camden, New Jersey an independent Bob Russen ran label, made famous on these shores by The Ellington's - (I'm Not) Destined To Become A Loser and The Millionaires - You've Got To Love Your Baby - both 45s simultaneously huge floorpackers at Cleethorpes Pier & Wigan Casino. Two stompers that took the NS dancer to the very limits of their footwork art.

This 45 however is much more subtle and 1000's of times rarer. The perfect drop for the NS DJ who revels in presenting superior soul music no-one else can, or is ever likely to. Stunning vocals woven into a steady but compelling easy dance pulses, a heavenly stepper both listeners and dancers will be swooning over.

We cannot stress enough, the acute unicorn-rarity. What I can certainly validate, is, if this record were mine, it would not ever be for sale. In the same class as The Answers on Scorpio but much rarer. It's a keeper for anyone who appreciates the value top-drawer vocal group Northern Soul that never comes up for sale.

You don't need to be advised by us.. do not pass by.

Listen and prepare to swoon..

Note if you're a fan of thumping funky-edged Northern Soul you need to hear the relentlessly destructive flipside.. a truly potent dancer indeed.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, beautifully flawless mint minus vinyl.

Two clean labels, beautifully flawless mint minus vinyl.

Charts - Livin' The Nightlife / Nobody Made You Love Me - Wand WND 1124

Charts

Livin' The Nightlife / Nobody Made You Love Me

Wand : WND 1124 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS!

In 1969 / 1970 The Charts 1966 Wand remake of their 1957 Doo-wop classic "Desiree" was one of the most-wanted Soul-allnite-club dance plays of the time. So much so Wand were commissioned to reissue it in 1972 to meet unprecedented demand. It was rumored, to be in line for a "Soul Sounds" repress if the label hadn't have been taken out of business.

At the time the Northern Soul scene had not encountered the group's, far superior 2nd single for Wand. It was so rare, it wasn't until March 1975 when the track was included within a raft of Wand rarities on UK Pye's "Disco Demand's Solid Soul Sensations" album, that the wider Northern Soul congregation got to really hear it, unless you visited the Blackpool Mecca "Highland Room" where this stunning dancer was one of "The Mecca's" proud "special reserves".

It's rarity through the decades has been legendary, puzzling collectors and DJs why "Desiree" was relatively obtainable but "Livin' The Nightlife" was proving a more-than-challenging problem to acquire. This was due to Wand's surprise R&B hit happening the same week with "Wand WND 1124" Roscoe Robinson's "That's Enough" was quickly climbing the charts. All in-house resources were channeled to "That's Enough" to ensure, not only the supply flow to record stores was seamless, but also their promotional focus was arrowed at Roscoe's NS classic reaching as high in the charts as possible.

So "Livin' The Nightlife" was now "lost", even though the recording shimmered with that slick Bert DeCoteaux expertise for a superior production. WND 1124 was simply neglected and a Northern Soul grail was born..

But the story doesn't stop there, the Northern Soul scene is also guilty of overlooking a jewel; the magnificent flipside "Nobody Made You Love Me " another fabulous down tempo vocal-group NS stepper benefitting from Bert's genius at the controls, has only in recent times been presented to the dancefloor by DJ's who dig a littler deeper than the obvious.

Two killer sides, both giving up top-drawer Northern Soul which ever side you drop the arm on this long-iconic label.

Noting this red text STOCK copy is MINT and incredibly elusive!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill but complete fee of writing, stickers or stains. The bright emblematic combination of black, gold, white and red is crisp sparklingly definition.

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill but complete fee of writing, stickers or stains. The bright emblematic combination of black, gold, white and red is crisp sparklingly definition.

Four Larks - I Still Love You (From The Bottom Of My Heart) / Groovin' At The Go-Go - Tower 402

Four Larks

I Still Love You (From The Bottom Of My Heart) / Groovin' At The Go-Go

Tower : 402 (45s)

The brilliance of The Harthon production team gave "The Torch" one of its most popular dancefloor stompers in the form of "Groovin' At The Go-Go". Those Stoke housed dancers responding to an inspiring cocktail of blaring horns, showered with ringing vibes. A combination the became a crowd-pleasing theme; as it was incorporated into more than a few other NS anthems. Great title, intantly welcomed and soon a classic, but unfortunately fell prey to an illegal reissue, as the west coast quickly bootlegged it on Canterbury records.

Back in the golden years, the A-list DJ's would instantly drop a record from their play list if it became reissued or bootlegged so "Groovin' At The Go-Go" quickly faded from memory. With the much superior "I Still Love You" lost before it had chance to make an equal impact on the scene.

Today though "I Still Love You" is the thinking DJ's oldie spin, that you can't help but want to dance to. It is seamless vocal group Northern Soul driven by Motown-esque rhythms. When Thom Bell "borrows" from Eddie Holland & Norman Whitfield's brilliant Temptations track - "Girl, (Why You Wanna Make Blue)" utilizing all those uplifted horns and dance riffs. With Vivian McDougal's sweet vocal pledging her undying love and husband Weldon McDougal ensuring his talent team make another silky Northern Soul irresistible...

Listen and wonder how big would "I Still Love You" have become if that side was consistently played at the Torch..?

Note this copy is the durable VINYL press, the much rarer stock copy.

Condition Report

two clean labels, strong gloss VINYL revealing just a few soft surface hairlines..

two clean labels, strong gloss VINYL revealing just a few soft surface hairlines..

Edwin Starr - Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.) / I Have Faith In You - Polydor BM 56702 DJ

Edwin Starr

Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.) / I Have Faith In You

Polydor : BM 56702 DJ (45s)

The ultimate British collecting Red & White Holy Grail !!! in spectacular condition!

A record woven into the very fabric of the Northern Soul psyche, with "Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)" the record our embryonic Northern Soul dance inspiration was nurtured by. Plus the flipside that many consider possible the greatest Northern Soul recording ever. Right up there alongside Darrell Banks's "Open The Door To Your Heart" to lift those internal emotions to the very elation.

This is the very pinnacle of collecting truly timeless Northern Soul in its rarest form.

A pulse-racing vinyl vista.

Condition Report

Two clean red & white labels, no writing, stickers or marks. With staggering full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing the merest soft sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light. Still housed in birth sleeve.

Two clean red & white labels, no writing, stickers or marks. With staggering full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing the merest soft sleeve storage hairline when angled in the light. Still housed in birth sleeve.

Four Tops - Ask The Lonely / 1965 USA music sheet - Jobette Music mar 6 chart

Four Tops

Ask The Lonely / 1965 USA 8" by 10" music sheet

Jobette Music : mar 6 chart (Magazine)

With Christmas just around the corner, we shall now be listing some enticing rare vinyl "Manship Mints" for Christmas, along with tempting "stocking fillers" like this gorgeous 1965 8" by 10" Motown music sheet of the Four Tops much-loved song "Ask The Lonely" .

Just imagine this eye-popping, authentic vista, neatly framed and hanging in your record den or adorning any of the walls in your house.

It is a transfixing Motown vista and conversation-piece in stunning unblemished mint minus condition.

Rarely seen for sale at this level of perfection.

Just utterly beguiling...

Condition Report

an unblemished mint minus throughout.

an unblemished mint minus throughout.

Garnet Mimms - Looking For You / More Than A Miracle - United Artists UA 951 DJ

Garnet Mimms

Looking For You / More Than A Miracle

United Artists: UA 951 DJ (45s)

A timeless Northern Soul anthems with flawless vinyl, that’s the new gold rush of record collecting today.

Although markerted in the UK as a flip side. "Looking For You" in the USA was the a-side, but discouraging USA sales, persuaded EMI to relegastre it to true B-side in the British marketplace.

From the very embryonic years of Northern Soul “Looking For You” has been a treasured dance floor classic. With that’s x-factor ingredient, that prevents it ever becoming played out.

Those desperate lyrics woven into Garry Sherman's mighty arrangement ; unwinding with a flurry of crashing piano notes, ringing vibes collide with bombardment of brass. Garry Sherman was a conductor who cut no corners, spared no expense to achieve his desired level of power... a true master of New York’s Big City sound.

As he did with Paul Anka's "I Can't Help Loving You" and 100's of other huge Brill Building sounds, he layers instrument upon instrument, in precise but persuasive order until a volcano of sound erupts, big enough to compliment the power of Garnet's voice.

This is what can happen, when accomplished studio members come together. Jerry Ragovoy, Garry Sherman and Garnet Mimms; a determined threesome pursuing perfection.

BIG, POWERFUL and IMPOSING! A top-drawer Northern Soul classic

A deep-rooted in our club-scene-history embedded in our psyche... proper Northern Soul that nobody ever tires of hearing! A proper tune in enviable condition.

Condition Report

Red X on label, small faded insignificant sticker residue stain, right hand upper middle. Vinyl is superb, a strong unblemished Mint minus.

Red X on label, small faded insignificant sticker residue stain, right hand upper middle. Vinyl is superb, a strong unblemished Mint minus.

Eddie Boyd - Come On / Ten - To - One - Push Records PU 1050

Eddie Boyd

Come On / Ten - To - One

Push Records: PU 1050 (45s)

Rare and thundering California R&B out of the "Bay" another dancefloor destroyer from a Jimmy McCracklin / Bob Geddins collaboration.

Bob Geddins was the street level driving force behind Blues, R&B and the beginnings of Soul in and around Oakland in the 50's and 60's working with local talent that became iconic stars of the Black Music scene across the USA. Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Johnny Fuller, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Etta James were his really successful students but Bob also worked with local hopefuls who got no further than the local Blues clubs and a couple of 45 releases.

Eddie Boyd went on to become a street Blues icon, this 45's is perhaps his rarest 60's creation. Both sides snarl, bite and growl their way into your heart, with "Come On" perched and ready to take the European R&B scene by the scruff of the neck and shake the audience headlong onto the dancefloor.

Distilled animalistic R&B POWER!

To acquire it in archive condition in 2021 is really more than remarkable!

Condition Report

An archive condition copy, two clean labels, bright crisp gold text black labels. As good as it gets condition.

An archive condition copy, two clean labels, bright crisp gold text black labels. As good as it gets condition.

Ronnie & Robyn - Sidra's Theme / Blow Out The Candle - Sidra S 9007

Ronnie & Robyn

Sidra's Theme / Blow Out The Candle

Sidra : S 9007 (45s)

MANSHIP MINTS FOR CHRISTMAS

The genius of Dale Warren and the engineering expertise of Robert d'Orleans craft a Northern Soul instrumental that after one it's first plays as a cover-up impacted so many young minds back in 1973..when the Explosions "End of the World' reverberated around the Highland Room, Blackpool Mecca.

A truly magical blending of the harp, horns, vibes, low key sax and that rhythmic Dennis Coffey-esque guitar driving the intro. Constant barrage of brass and magnificent percussion there was not anything else like it at the time and there's not been anything to truly compare it to, since.

A true classic instrumental that still crams the dancefloors today, with that unique quality of that never exhausts the ears.. or the feet.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL but with a difference in spectacular MINT condition

Condition Report

Full gloss unblemished vinyl, mirror-like surface, Two clean labels, whose only tiny flaw is a neatly executed bb drill.

Full gloss unblemished vinyl, mirror-like surface, Two clean labels, whose only tiny flaw is a neatly executed bb drill.

Lorraine Chandler - I Can't Hold On / She Don't Want You - RCA 47-8980 DJ

Lorraine Chandler

I Can't Hold On / She Don't Want You

RCA: 47-8980 DJ (45s)

Lorraine second solo 45, pound for pound her finest. giving up two total Northern Soul prizes, it was "I Can't Hold On" that rose to become a Northern Soul anthem; but it could just as easily been the Pied Piper's choice of "Plug Side" "She Don't Want You" which is every note just as dancefloor-inspirational!

It was the zenith of Pied Piper's creativity, their golden mid-60's years, when their handpicked team seamlessly jelled, to produce not only quintessential Detroit Northern Soul. But in our opinion the finest, tightest most ingenious 60's Soul productions ever fashioned. Now heralded as a lost-art among the followers of classic style Northern Soul.

Jack Ashford, Ray Monette & Lorraine Chandler combine their lyrical prowess to construct a despairing statement of "defeat" as Lorraine can hold on no longer. All crocheted into driven bass-guitar led honkin' horm production, with those compulsory celestial girl-group choruses hovering above. The dance beat is relentless, driving from one crest to yet another higher summit as the song becomes more and more soul-destroyer as Lorraine decides to give up on her relationship. One of the ultimate Northern Soul Sister classics, that stays with you long after the song has concluded...

Sure the other side can't be as inspiring..?

But it is! "She Don't Want You" from the first blasting of brass, song grabs you with another signature Pied Piper production. Soaring girl-choruses cradle Lorraine's searing truth-telling, a Mike Terry saxophone break elevates this experience even higher. Those girls raise the chorus bar even higher, with Lorraine proving her voice is right up their along side any other Detroit-diva you care to mention.

An immense double sider of infinite quality, underlining the 60's soul-collecting oneness, that Pied Piper was indeed the unassailable production team, that provided us with this lost-art of impeccable 60s Northern Soul dance.

Two sides to die for in near Manship Mint condition.



Condition Report

Almost a Manship Mint!. Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl where you have to forensically explore to find even the merest surface blemish.

Almost a Manship Mint!. Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl where you have to forensically explore to find even the merest surface blemish.

Calvin Grayson - Love Just Begun / You've Got To Be Willing - In Records In 6312

Calvin Grayson

Love Just Begun / You've Got To Be Willing

In Records : In 6312 (45s)

This snarling stomper I first heard played by the intrepid Blair Hayden at Cleethorpes Pier. Better known as the iconic DJ "Poke" a turntable revolutionary who always thought outside the box. This production didn't quite fit into the dancefloor rhythms of 1975 on the east coast. But in typical "Poke" single-mindedness for persisted playing this thumping slab of Bay Area Northern Soul. Eventually causing intense record-room-chatter within the glass-fronted dining room where everyone completely ignored the uninterrupted vista, of that scary power called an angry North Sea. Crashing against the stanchions of that hopefully sturdy pier.

Brilliantly constructed by label controller Ricardo Lewis, none of the Eddie Foster - I Never Knew - none of his piano subtly with this session. This time Ricardo goes all-out for a bludgeoning attack on the senses, Blaring brass, burping baritone sax open the gates for Calvin's "Niagara" level rumbling voice, bolstered by a muscular male vocal-group. With the middle passage delivery mouth opening magnificence whenm all the components converge with untold power raining down on the dancefloor!

PROPER REAL DEAL NORTHERN SOUL with an off-the-scale rarity reputation.

Today though, the string saturated flipside is triggering ripples of appreciation among the ranks, as "You've Got To Be Willing" becomes better known, courtesy of the worldwide web. Another overlooked flipside that never got considered in 1975 but sounds completely ideal for a head-turning spin in. Turntable voyeurs will jump to their feet..

Condition Report

This record would grade mint minus if it wasn't a lone soft scuff on the a-side that only reacts with the eye, NOT the stylus, if you listen intently there are a couple of low-fi, soft background pops lost in the power of the music 2/3rds through. Both labels are brilliantly glossy clean.

This record would grade mint minus if it wasn't a lone soft scuff on the a-side that only reacts with the eye, NOT the stylus, if you listen intently there are a couple of low-fi, soft background pops lost in the power of the music 2/3rds through. Both labels are brilliantly glossy clean.

Bobby Burn - I'm A Dreamer / I'm A Lonely Man - Chant CH 522 DJ

Bobby Burn

I'm A Dreamer / I'm A Lonely Man

Chant : CH 522 DJ (45s)

Recently hand-picked by Seam Hampsey for his superior, rigidly discerning UK Soul label "Diggin' Deep" where every choice of release, so far have been blindingly supreme.

Before today are two truly breathtaking Bill Haney productions out of Atlanta, Georgia, with both sides written by the artist "Bobby J. Wilburn" himself. Bill Haney did 3 years later persuade Philadelphia's Gamble label to release it after it passed by unnoticed throughout Georgia in 1968. But the 1971 reissue release under the name Bobby Wilburn met with the same response of zero sales. Presumably just too classy and way ahead of it's time. Genuinely extravagantly soulful which ever side you drop the arm on, not a commercial note to be heard anywhere.

Adored by the congregation at discriminating clubs like The Orwell, and always the top subject of conversation whenever superior Crossover rarities are the barstool subject at weekenders like "Soul Essence" Great Yarmouth or Sunday chill-outs at "Groovin' at the Tavern - Derby, "Feed Your Soul - Newark" or the original innovators of the Soulful Sunday chill-out day "The Horse and Groom - Doncaster" where outrageously unrivalled soulfulness rules.

Before you today is Northern Soul crossover so brilliantly delivered, it hurts, which ever side you drop the arm on.

Listen and swoon to an utterly elusive Northern Soul dreamscape of distilled quality, and frustrating rarity.



Condition Report

Two perfectly promo labels, full gloss unblemished mint minus vinyl.

Two perfectly promo labels, full gloss unblemished mint minus vinyl.

Sammy Williams - Nobody Loves Me / Gonna Let My Hair Down - Red Fire AD 1001

Sammy Williams

Nobody Loves Me / Gonna Let My Hair Down

Red Fire : AD 1001 (45s)

Off the scale UNICORN-RARE Bay Area Deep Soul - how rare?

Well our barometer of rarity, comes from the ultimate source of Deep Soul documenting "Sir Shambling" when that unparalleled site hadn't yet documented its existent and obviously no "Discogs" file when this copy turn up on my desk, we knew we had a real Deep Soul treasure on our hands.

1964 as San Francisco based "Dimples" ventured out with his new label "Red Fire" this was the first record he write and produced for this eye-catching label. Noting this Sammy Williams bears no relation to the iconic Sam Williams on Tower. But a mysterious prodigy of Richard "Dimples" Fields from we believe, Oakland. An artist, we can find no more releases by, even though he possessed the most imploring soulful vocal, that Richard Fields decorates with a classic style Deep Soul arrangement. Gentle guitar picks are the under-current for a heavenly breeze of horns, as Sammy strolls through his despairing confidence-shattered life, anguished by his lack of family support and the absence of a girlfriend.

Sammy makes sure you feel his pain... standout as rare as it gets Californian Deep Soul

flip it over a typically Bay Area R&B Northern Soul shaker unfolds, this time Dimples Fields embellishes the session with a snaking flute and bluesy guitar pulses. Killer R&B the preserve of a few A-List New York DJ's and few few others.

Two excellent sides shimmering and validated |"rarest" possible status, all in perfect condition.


Condition Report

A previously unplayed archive copy, in impossible condition, still housed in its birth sleeve, vinyl reveals the merest sleeve contact, storage hairlines. .

A previously unplayed archive copy, in impossible condition, still housed in its birth sleeve, vinyl reveals the merest sleeve contact, storage hairlines. .

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