Only occasionally do Northern Soul collectors and DJ's encounter something so obscure it's origin and make-up force it's attentions upon you.
The label is an eye-catcher, certainly one even an amateur vinyl-digger would pause to investigate. A private vanity press of extremely low amounts, friends and family and patrons of the local bar were most probably the only recipients of this slice of Beat Ballad Heaven sprinkled with Popcorn. Sadly relegated to the flipside, and most probably never heard by anyone other than the engineer twiddling his knobs.
We all adore the mystery of the obscure artist, even though 99 times out of a 100 the music falls way short of the hopes the label image has sparked..
I must say on this occasion "Paul Bruno's" cabaret crooning excursion into D.I.Y. promotion, has accidentally tweaked the ears and mind of this reviewer. As unwittingly the production ripples with "Popcorn" atmosphere blended into the Big City Sound of "Beat Ballad Heaven" has become addictive, to this fan of the style, on my fourth play as I write.
Northern Soul collecting is the search for the unknown, the obscure and the endless hope that something will trigger your psyche into another listen. Because the tune has that "something".
The Northern Soul "something" in the form of extreme rarity, nativity, and the fortuitous event of crafting something "different"; that decades after it's birth is provoking delight to the listener.. Northern Soul encompasses so many conflicting styles, Beat Ballad Heaven being just one of them.
That's Northern Soul to me, and I can hear this tune massaging the minds of the "Sunday Chill Out" "Carib Soul" at first causing a few ripples, that grow into a surging swell..
If as a DJ or collector you are seeking "different" "serious rarity" and the calming class Beat Ballad Heaven / Popcorn radiates.. you will not find a more mysteriously rare 45 than this emerging flipside.
A flawless copy - mint before my loving 5 plays on the trot. Two perfect, attention seeking yellow labels.