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Little Henry Lee - Better Use Your Head /  I Want Somebody - Gismo GO-1077 DJ

Little Henry Lee

Better Use Your Head / I Want Somebody

Gismo : GO-1077 DJ (45s)

"Better Use Your Head" a song long carved in the hearts and soul of the Northern Soul faithful. Here comes a truly rare version that will knock you dead.

History showcases a farmer who accommodated a Northern Soul happening 1969 / 1970 in Bedfordshire! But "never used his head", as he got fined £50 with costs, his allniter closed down and "Better Use Your Head" was never to be heard again, as a dawn chorus wafting its way across the stillness of Bedfordshire countryside.

Until, the now legendary 25p entry fee Northern Soul allniters in the unlikely wooden "Chicken Shack" in Bedfordshire farmyard, hidden away in a tiny Bedfordshire village, called "Bletsoe". The location when NS disciples first heard Little Anthony's "Better Use Your Head" from the ever fascinating play list of avant-garde Kettering Soul DJ Glen Bellamy.

The whole of the country's soul community at the time was clambering for Little Anthony's "Gonna Fix You Good". Glen changed all that with his relentless support for "Better Use Your Head" lifting it into the realms of NS Anthem, which it has remained to this day.

Over the decades there has been a few truly great versions of "Glen Bellamy's" Northern Soul diversion from "Gonna Fix You Good" the Little Anthony dancefloor monster at the Twisted Wheel. Glenn started to play "Better Use Your Head". Soon every NS DJ followed suit with USA Veep or the UK United Artists copy gracing the NS turntables for what now seems an age.

Other versions such as Marion Ryan's, very worthy sister take on UK Philips or for the very privileged Dennis D'Ell 1967 version on CBS was the ultimate play at Cleethorpes Pier spin in 1975. But neither reached the inventiveness of this "Texas" arrangement by an uncredited San Antonio studio team, a take on Teddy Randazzo & Victoria Pike's classic this is about to blown you away with a quirky vocal, a jaw-dropping instrumental break and finale that will leave you begging for more.

WE LOVE IT!

Looking for something completely off most NS DJs radar, this outrageously raw version of "Better Use Your Head" - is about swipe you sideways.
Listen and prepare to be mesmerised.

Another killer tune from the "Key-Loc" stable that just keeps on giving.

Condition Report

Two clean, typically "arty" San Antonio, Texas labels, strong gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish when angled in the light. Plays crisp and clean flawless (listen)

Two clean, typically "arty" San Antonio, Texas labels, strong gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish when angled in the light. Plays crisp and clean flawless (listen)

El Corols - Chick, Chick / You Gotta Be An Angel - Rouser 2954

El Corols

Chick, Chick / You Gotta Be An Angel

Rouser : 2954 (45s)

I recently witnessed a dancefloor rupture with overwhelming enthusiasm when this tune was dropped at "Crossfire" MOD pilgrimage on Saturday night, a record bursting with energy matching those young MODS that destroyed the dancefloor that evening.

Tiny "Butterfly" Barge's Washington based band, go to Tommy Rouse not once but twice, to get his collaboration with the beautiful Fangette Willett released two times over on the same release number. They obviously believed "You Gotta Be An Angel" had what it takes to become at least a local hit. They were unfortunately wrong, both presses failed to sell. Although both issued on the same Rouser number BUT only one press has the magnificent Northern Soul stomper "Chick Chick" on the flipside.

Setting this offering up, deep into "must-own" territory, boasting the rare flipside "Chick, Chick" and exhausting, frantic real-deal stomper. Relentless barrage of brutal brass, racing bass-guitar pulses spell out the compelling dance rhythms whilst the lead male voice pants out an urgently insistent stomper. Serious old-school Northern Soul for those All-Nighter folk, who can really dance-the-dance.

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL and relentless MOD fuel!

But actually I love both sides of this elusive vocal-group 45. "You Gotta Be An Angel" which Barge & Willett really had faith in, and only pales living in the shadow of the mighty "Chick, Chick". A much more restrained session, but again fully brassed-up to the hilt; this time though a bank of strings and heavenly girl choruses glide through the production. Whilst tight vocal harmonies sail on a steady course of Northern Soul dance a silky production, so do not overlook this side in your anticipation of being smacked in the face by "Chick Chick" .

Both sides are well worthy of your attention... rare and very in-demand... and that "Ain't No Brag"...

Be proud, the organisers of "Crossfire", without doubt the most vibrant soul evening I've attended this century!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Listen, look and prepare to be exhilarated of wave after wave of fevered passion!

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl. Listen, look and prepare to be exhilarated of wave after wave of fevered passion!

Four Tops - It's The Same Old Song / You Love Is Amazing - Tamla Motown TMG 528 DJ

Four Tops

It's The Same Old Song / You Love Is Amazing

Tamla Motown : TMG 528 DJ noc (45s)

A chance to "steal" an iconic red & white in spectacular mint minus condition - exception for the 4 prong centre removal.

I've done my crying, now it's for sale.

This disc is so much more than just a 1965 British red & white demo. A song that showcases an episode in the history of Motown, that underlines Berry Gordy's single-minded determination to eliminate completion, no matter how much he was bullied by autocratic national record companies. His past experiences with New York's "End" label, United Artists, Chess etc. stood him in good stead for the challenge the first week of July 1965 was about to throw at him.

The Four Tops were essentially a "Supper-club" Jazz vocal group act trying to break into recording. They were unsuccessful with only two 45 releases as the Four Tops for Riverside and Columbia, both discs failing to sell.. The July 1960 seasonal release "Lonely Summer / Ain't That Love" Columbia 4-41755 was their only 45 with a national label.

In 1963 Roquel Davis saw them as a perfect act for Berry's "pet" project the "Jazz Workshop" label. They recorded an 8 track acetate album in preparation for their first releases for Motown's Jazz label. But the visionary Holland-Dozier-Holland thought them also ideal personnel to deliver their new creation; a Big City production "Baby, I Need Your Loving", an all powerful mid-paced masterpiece that gave "The Tops" chart success for the very first time. HDH followed this with "Without The One You Love" which was only a mild success. Then "Ask The Lonely" that also hit the charts. So Motown honoured them with their very first album. The Four Tops were indeed becoming a force and people were starting to take notice.

This finger clicking, foot-tapping "It's The Same Old Song" that spent five weeks in Radio London's Fab 40, peaking at Number 7 on 26th Sep 1965. Not just ridimng on the wave of "I Can't Help Myself" TMG 528 shone another a bright light down the tunnel of the amazing success story that was about to unfold.


Then with typical record company sleaze; Columbia thought this was the ideal opportunity to cash-in by piggybacking on Motown's success. Making a few updating tweaks they prepared the corporate launch of their "new" Four Tops 45 on Columbia 4-43356 scheduled for 12th July 1965.

But, the now very well connected Berry Gordy was tipped off Columbia were about usurp him with a Four Tops launch of their own. Even though "I Can't Help Myself" had only just left the Billboard charts, Motown decided to move fast to challenge this unsolicited usage of the Four Tops fame. A new song and a great one was needed FAST and to be marketed before the mighty machine of Columbia promotion could steal the Four Tops thunder; causing possible damage to their reputation with a vastly inferior song..

Berry Gordy commanded "ALL HANDS TO THE PUMP" to extinguish this uninvited opportunistic and unethical capitalisation on the Four Tops fame.


TIMELINE . Bob Dennis was at the ready to engineer whatever HDH could construct at short notice. 3 pm 7th July HDH met with Lawrence Horn, they wrote the song with all haste. Four Tops took their place in the studio and by 5 pm the first mix was ready for an acetate to be cut. By 6 o'clock 7th July a temporary master "strike" was made. Copies pressed they were in the hands of prominent DJ's by Friday 9th July. That weekend "It's The Same Old Song" the follow up to The Four Tops recent no. 1 was ringing out from radio stations across the USA.

"It's The Same Old Song" reached no. 5 in the billboard national charts. no. 2 in the R&B charts. Columbia's attempt to take advantage of Motown and reached no. 93 in the billboard charts.

Four Tops - It's The Same Old Song - what a story of Gordy's business nous an determination to take on all-comers and win! A testameht to the Motown machine and its industrious teamwork to defy those corporate bandits.

Mint minus red & white DEMO is a thing of beauty, even with a 4-prong amputation... I still want to kiss it!


Condition Report

Two flawless labels, likewise mint minus vinyl, housed in birth sleeve, 4 prong centre removed time to acquire a giant of a record at an affordable price!

Two flawless labels, likewise mint minus vinyl, housed in birth sleeve, 4 prong centre removed time to acquire a giant of a record at an affordable price!

Ed (Super) Gooch - Sweet Dreams Come True / All Is In The Past - Recordland Record Corp RRC 1050

Ed (Super) Gooch

Sweet Dreams Come True / All Is In The Past

Recordland Record Corp : RRC 1050 (45s)

Incredibly Rare Soul from Detroit, 45 detectives here's a puzzle for you... could this be Jack Montgomery's first 45, maybe but we think not.

In 1981 I found a copy of this 1966 "soaring" soulful chill-out glider, reminiscent of "Porgy & The Monarchs - Is This For Real" anothers soul crooning masterpiece in Detroit; within Bob Mayes' overwhelming mountain of 45s. If I recollect our conversation right, when remarked "I've Never Heard Of This Guy, Great Voice Though" Bob seemed to think "Ed (Super) Gooch" was actually 24 year old Marvin Jones, a Motor City vocal prodigy soon to be christen as "Jack Montgomery" by Don Mancha. The Montgomery in the case is the totally obscure Wardell Montgomery another Detroit mystery yet to unfold.

Now whether Bob came to that conclusion because the writer credits of both "Jones Jr" and "Montgomery Jr." he never said but the rich voice points to an accomplish Detroit crooner under supervision of the same team who conjured up that timeless Detroit NS classic by Silky Hargraves – Keep Loving Me (Like You Do) / You're Too Good (To Me Baby) Ed Kaplan and Stan Cleveland partnered on this double helping glorious soul down tempo Sunday chill time also. Blessed with a full orchestra and a rich girl-choir...

I never gave Bob's assumption any further thought until today, I would dearly love to know if anyone else out there has thought the same, or if they know different. Discogs have Ed Gooch recorded as a Trombone player & vocalist. I prefer Bob Mayes assumption much more, with just a thin thread of tenuous "names" enough to give it consideration for a forensic investigation.

One thing that is certainly not in doubt, is this Detroit artist has a superior male vocal, that gives up a dreamy floater "Jack" could easily have hung his hat on...

I absolutely adore it, noting few, if any 45s could ever be compared to the majestic "Porgy & The Monarchs - Is This For Real" - Beat Ballad Heaven indeed!

Condition Report

Two bright, crisp clean and glossy yellow labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Two bright, crisp clean and glossy yellow labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Cashmeres - Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back / blank - Edgewood Recording Studio acetate

Cashmeres

Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back / blank

Edgewood Recording Studio : acetate (7")

Unique!

The embryo of a definitive example of superior male vocal-group Northern Soul, in its pre-birth form acetate.

In the beginning it was the gracefulness of those seamless males voices delicately woven into a constantly pulsating dance rhythm that seduced us all "Showstopper" . Captivating the scene so much that the DJ's amazingly passed over the just as impressive, arguably more "Northern" "Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back" with its beckoning lead vocal again cradled by gliding harmony choruses as a now apathetic lead voice.

Produced by the gifted Freddie Perren who moved onto much bigger things with The Jackson Five, Gloria Gaynor etc etc. You can hear in his early work, a mastery of vocalisation and dance 60s rhythms. So very superior male-group performances, in this session with Eddie Jefferson. A trophy-piece Northern Soul hits you square in the face every time.

Two sides to die for! "Show Stopper" has always been a timeless NS anthem that always pulls the crowd onto the floor. This far more muscular, persuasive "Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back" a current choice spin for the NS DJs fortunate enough to own a copy.

Pure Northern Soul - presented here in its unique direct Edgewood cut "birth" format.

Irresistibly historical NS artifact!

Condition Report

Typed info filled label, announcing the backing band as Steve Charles and The Statics, these 3 "Cashmeres" consisted of Edward Jefferson, Brown and Busby. Arranged by Freddie Perren. Light storage wear on label, see images, lacquer surfaces, have surface marks but play through clean (listen) lacquer free of surface lift, hairline cracking or deep marks, no skips, stocks or hiss.

Typed info filled label, announcing the backing band as Steve Charles and The Statics, these 3 "Cashmeres" consisted of Edward Jefferson, Brown and Busby. Arranged by Freddie Perren. Light storage wear on label, see images, lacquer surfaces, have surface marks but play through clean (listen) lacquer free of surface lift, hairline cracking or deep marks, no skips, stocks or hiss.

James Phelps - The Look On Your Face / You Were Made For Love - Apache AP959

James Phelps

The Look On Your Face / You Were Made For Love

Apache : AP959 (45s)

Crazy about Crossover?

Here Northern Soul Crossover at its sublime finest, two X over. This most-desirable Chicago "impossible", a record so doubly delicious it rarely, if ever, leaves collections or surfaces for sale, extinct in the wild for several decades. But here it is a superbly clean example of Chicago's finest example of the NS Crossover sound.

Two of the Windy City's "most talented" Richard Tufo & Floyd Smith collaborate to construct not one, but two sublime soulful strollers that have pleasured the attendees of the most discerning Soul clubs across Europe for nearly 4 decades. leading from the front in the mid-80s as the more carefully-considered "Crossover" sound began to emerge. The top side "The Look On Your Face" also recorded by Nate Evans & Buss & John Edwards; with this James Phelps version for me securely holding top-spot; with the contrast of his gravel-coated vocal and those heavenly sweet girl choruses is a stunning realization of how very moving mid-tempo NS grooves can be. When Mr. Phelps's voice cracks with emotion as truth unfolds that his girl is lying. James enacts the part of the despairing partner so convincingly. Hitting notes that just drill right down into your heart.

Flip it over, James falls to his knees again, with an impassioned portrayal of being rescued by love; My God, this man is saturated in SOUL, dripping it out on every note! What a singer, what a voice, his skill for driving his feelings right through to the insides of the listener is a rare thing indeed. Tufo & Smith pull out the very best of him, leaving his and your heart gasping for air, as he his the very floor, of soulful emotions.

TUNE! x two.

Condition Report

Circular red sticker on flipside label, otherwise two clean labels, vinyl carries full gloss, revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays totally mint both sides!

Circular red sticker on flipside label, otherwise two clean labels, vinyl carries full gloss, revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. As you can hear it plays totally mint both sides!

Tempos - I'll Never Forget / Disc Jockey Paradise - Diamond Jim DR 8792 2328 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206

Tempos

I'll Never Forget / Disc Jockey Paradise

Diamond Jim : DR 8792 (45s)

From the hot seat at 12328 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206 James "Diamond Jim" Riley crafted some of Detroit's finest offerings to Northern Soul.

This 1968 release by The Tempos being IMHO his very best record on the label, ironically the last outing the Tempos had with this James Riley. After their first release as The Moments 4 years earlier Bufford Glatton, Ben Knight, Herschel Hunter, Sam Pearson and James Davis dispersed into the Detroit music scene.

So where did that attractive rasping vocal of Herschel Hunter move on to? I don't know, but vocals of that remarkable character are rare and unforgettable. Listen how he gently conducts the vocal proceedings. Dictating the lush atmosphere of this haunting slab of quality Northern Soul. His exquisitely scraping voice, perfect to deliver the despair of a love affair turned untrue. The stunning horn instrumental break, lifts the bar even higher whilst creating Northern Soul perfection.

Emotionally elegant as his convincing delivery hits home hard, whilst his teammates enrich his torment.

In a city heavily populated with accomplished male Soul groups...

THIS IS SERIOUSLY RARE DETROIT NORTHERN SOUL AT IT'S VERY FINEST

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals a few fine surface hairlines, under direct light but has you can hear it plays loud clean and true.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals a few fine surface hairlines, under direct light but has you can hear it plays loud clean and true.

Julien Covey and the The Machine - A Little Bit Hurt / Sweet Bacon - Island WIP 6009 1st press

Julien Covey and the The Machine

A Little Bit Hurt / Sweet Bacon

Island : WIP 6009 1st press (45s)

A fine clean May 1967 first press from the drummer-boy of Sherwood, Nottingham.

R&B / Soul ran through Robert Anson's veins, appearing in such fabled Brit soul/jazz/R&B gatherings as Brian Auger and the Trinity, Graham Bond Organization and the cool jazz of Don Rendell featured in his history. Even a very brief , one-time stint with the "The Who" when Keith Mood was out of action.

Hooking up with Island's stalwart producer Jimmy Miller and some very talented musicians in "The "Machine" the coming together surprisingly only spawned this one-off single. Even though it sparked an instant dancefloor candidate. The musical hydrolysis sparked by John Holiday bass guitar, quickly followed by Peter Solley's piano switching to the swirling Hammond, relentless drumstick beats the time. A curled-up-lip lead vocal spits out his admission of "Hurt" but only a "little bit". His pride spouting contemptuous lines of bravado, within the roaring foot-to-floor high-octane production.

A perfect dancefloor power-source...
very faint small circular sticker residue shadow on a-side label, otherwise two bright cleabn pink labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl. a fine copy

But do not overlook the heavy-duty Hammond instrumental on the flipside, featuring Peter Solley with insane keyboard manipulation, John Moreshead wild guitar work, pulsating bass guitar from John Holiday, and and additional drummer in the form of Keith "The Baron" Webb... the team rip it up again, in "Wynder K. Frog" style with "Sweet Bacon"... a flipside just bleeds MOD!

Two killer sides, encapsulating mid-60's, a goodtime dancer which ever side you drop the arm on - it's total MOD

Condition Report

very faint small circular sticker residue shadow on a-side label (see images) otherwise two bright clean pink labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl.. a fine clean copy, still housed in its birth-sleeve.

very faint small circular sticker residue shadow on a-side label (see images) otherwise two bright clean pink labels, 3 prong centre intact, full gloss mint minus vinyl.. a fine clean copy, still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Mike Patto - Can't Stop Talkin' About My Baby / Love - Columbia 8091 DJ

Mike Patto

Can't Stop Talkin' About My Baby / Love

Columbia : DB 8091 DJ (45s)

No matter which side you drop the arm on, both recordings give up mid-sixties MOD by the bucket full. To be expected really as Mike Patto had already mingled deep within the MOD music scene, as the frontman for the Bo Street Runners before spreading his wings for this solo single, shimmering with MOD and cool attitude. With subtle "soul" rhythms and lyrics perfectly fitting the mood of '66, subdued horns and brief moments of growling soulful vocal extensions;

Unfortunately lack of airplay, led to it failing to sell, leaving it considered as one of the finest rare British blue-eyed moments attempting to replicate "soul" and all it represented inside the MOD culture of the day.

Today extremely rare and so very sought after.

The Barry Dean who co-wrote the two songs with the artist also had the recognition of featuring on the "Bo Street Runners" 2014 "Never Say Goodbye" CD. All these artists and group's and artists inter-mingling in 1964 - 1966 with " Chicago Line Blues Band" later Mike Patto moved in with "The Timebox" recording several renowned 45s "Soul Source" "I'll Always Love You" "Beggin'" etc rubberstamping Mike as a full fledged exponent of the MOD movement.

This 45 is right up their in the same league as John Drevar's, Chapter Five, Steve Aldo or any other mid 60's soul inspired MOD 45 you care to mention, the only difference being for us, it proves to be rarer than of the aforementioned, when referencing our 25 years of precise sales data.

Mike Patto later achieved well deserved with fame within the Prog Rock scene with Spooky Tooth, Patto and Boxer. Sadly this talented musician with the fimne voice died at the young age of 36 from leukemia, but his work lives on... listen and relive 1966 a pinnacle time to be a MOD.

Noting this rarity is in truly beautiful condition.

Condition Report

Two unblemished green and white promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in wavy-top birth-sleeve.

Two unblemished green and white promo labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, housed in wavy-top birth-sleeve.

Charmels - As Long As I've Got You / Baby Come And Get It - Volt 45-155

Charmels

As Long As I've Got You / Baby Come And Get It

Volt : 45-155 Manship mint (45s)

Starting their Stax career as the girl trio "The Tonettes" they fell into dormancy, after two spectacular 45 failures in 1962. Then in 1966, a rename and adding another vocalist , The "Charmels" bounced back with this awesome double Isaac Hayes & David Porter creation that created one of the soul scene's most wanted girl-group 45's, in fact, an amazing over a 2000 "want" on Discogs files and none in acceptable condition available worldwide.

This copy is MINT!

Spanning several rare-soul scenes across the globe, Lowrider, Island, Sunday Chill and the main Northern Soul connoisseur fraternity all scrambling for ownership. It's a tune, once heard, completely hooks your attention, driving an unscratchable itch for ownership.

Decidedly brilliant, completely addictive, and so damn elusive; besides being arguably the most-wanted of all girl-group 45s on the rare-soul scene today.

Act accordingly...

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, full gloss previously unplayed Monarch pressed styrene Vinyl has a mirror finish, just gorgeous!

Two perfect labels, full gloss previously unplayed Monarch pressed styrene Vinyl has a mirror finish, just gorgeous!

Younghearts - A Little Togetherness / Beginning Of The End - Canterbury C-506 DJ

Younghearts

A Little Togetherness / Beginning Of The End

Canterbury : C-506 DJ (45s)

Here is the seldom encountered west coast PROMO press, that eradicates any confusion of authenticity, unlike the confusion that has tarnished the yellow stock copy for decades. As the promo label has never been counterfeited or bootlegged as the rarely seen styrene White Demo! Completely dispelling all label comparisons, as a needless exercise.

Before you today is the January 1967 Northern Soul anthem, burying all confusion away, from the authenticity of this much misunderstood Northern Soul anthem, that has continuously suffered from being bootlegged and counterfeited through the years. But if you're lucky enough to own this January 1967 monarch pressing delta # 64811 there is never any discussion on it not being the real-deal, and we've found over the decades, this PROMO format is one challenging disc to acquire.

A listing for those who have often hesitated in the buying a copy of this timeless classic floor-packer, for fear of buying a "dud". Here today the real deal awaits. With two preferred white demo labels. playing surface has no styrene fatigue, having come direct from the USA having never been active of the Northern Soul circuit.

Do not pass by, they don't come to market very often these days, as owning any of those influential "The Torch" monsters, makes it a 45 that anyone is gonna part with in a hurry, the Northern Soul top 500 at present, being undoubtedly the most competitive market of Northern Soul collecting.

PS Do not allow the intensive power of the swirling strings and menacing horns showered with soaring male harmony vocals let you overlook the fabulous Billy Page crafted mid-tempo flipside, that too is vocal-group delight, perched and dead-right for today's dancefloor.

Two killer sides, wearing those clinical white clothes that validate it very RARE and utterly authentic!

Condition Report

Two unblemished, totally clean white promo labels, vinyl has strong gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines a couple of mark trigger a soft background tick or two, listen carefully through that blitzkrieg of distilled Northern Soul!

Two unblemished, totally clean white promo labels, vinyl has strong gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines a couple of mark trigger a soft background tick or two, listen carefully through that blitzkrieg of distilled Northern Soul!

Wade Flemons - That Other Place / I Knew You When - Vee Jay VJ 614

Wade Flemons

That Other Place / I Knew You When

Vee Jay : VJ 614 mint (7")

A pristine previously unplayed archive copy still housed in its birth-sleeve.

Born in Kansas 1940 made his name in Chicago at the age 17 writing himself a regional hit "Here I Stand". Six years later releasing his the first of a string of floor-packing Northern Soul favourites.

A fanfare of trumpets summon up Wade's rich vocal to glide into "Beat Ballad Heaven" cradled by a glorious male-vocal harmony choruses, holding him aloft.

My type of Northern Soul, mood-changing mid-tempo carrying an almighty dancefloor presence.

Obviously his later recordings on Ramsel are his most-prized 45s but this one emotionally moves me the most. His voice and delivery are second to none, but that some times clouds the fact he was a lyrical genius writing over 200 songs, often partnered by Maurice White, with Wade Flemons the pair where the cornerstone for Earth, Wind and Fire success

Condition Report

Mint unplayed - rare condition indeed - still housed in its birth-sleeve - a completely gorgeous vinyl drool.

Mint unplayed - rare condition indeed - still housed in its birth-sleeve - a completely gorgeous vinyl drool.

LaBrenda Ben -  Congratulations - 2:24 1st take / blank - Jobette acetate

LaBrenda Ben

Congratulations - 2:24 1st take / blank

Jobette Music Company Inc. : acetate (7")

1963 unissued Motown, a typical reflective Motown sad song of a rejected girl

Produced by George Fowler, Robert Gordy written by George Fowler

George was the main man in charge of Berry Gordy's Gospel arm, Divinity Records; a talented keyboardist, writer, producer George Fowler... in August 1963 took a brief break from religion to create this full choir backed, heartbroken stroller of sadness, staturated with similar sentiments as Norman Whitfield's "It Should Have Been Me" spill from her accomplished vocal.

LaBrenda Ben only released 2 45s for Motown, both the highly regarded Northern Soul / Popcorn dance groove "Chaperone" "Jus Be Yourself" with the mysterious LaBrenda Ben for years thought to be a pseudonym for a better known Motown sister. But no, this searing vocalist was real but only got the chance of two 45's. Both of which fell by the wayside, failing to make a impact with at least 6 more George Fowler sessions staying in the can.

The pretty LaBrenda was destined to fail, as the avalanche of Motown hits rumbled over the top of her... George Fowler left to concentrate of the Divinity division this too would cease to exist by 1964... with Divinity artists like Liz Lands moving over to Gordy.

It seems to be the luck of the draw, if you became a Motown star or not, nobody could ever deny LaBrenda had one hell of a voice and indeed the shrill Beljeans had all that Motown chorus delivery exactly right. It was to no avail. George left on the Motown peripherals, picking up some work with the multitude of local labels in need of his expertise. LaBrenda however completely disappeared, becoming one of those mysteriously undocumented Motown artists.

Thank heavens for the European rare soul scene and Motown scholars always seeking out the unissued discarded discs, that today are so highly prized by "Hitsville" archaeologists. Northern Soul scene, played its part with the undeservedly passed over.. "The Chaperone" is one super-cool early Motown dancer shimmering with all the qualities for dancefloor take-off. Currently enjoying the peak of Northern Soul popularity, huge demand for that 45 in Europe has guaranteed both George Fowler and LaBrenda Ben will never be forgotten.

Condition Report

Two clean acetate labels, strong full lacquer no lift, hairlines or chips.

Two clean acetate labels, strong full lacquer no lift, hairlines or chips.

Frank Tenella & The Years People - You Came Along And Changed My Whole Life, And Made It Worth Living / Funky Drop Pt. 1 - Odex  133-or-1067

Frank Tenella & The Years People

You Came Along And Changed My Whole Life, And Made It Worth Living / Funky Drop Pt. 1

Odex : 133-OR-1067 (45s)

We promise you, you will not hear a more tortured soul stroller this year, universally recognised as one of the greatest, most soulful, gut wrenching slowies of all time..

Beyond magnificent, way beyond RARE! Right at the very pinnacle of the greatest deep soul recordings ever committed to vinyl.

Just listen, Frank will say far better than I ever could; as with the few times, I have the pleasure of hearing this masterpiece, I'm again utterly awestricken.

Flip is over to be awakened from your dream, for explosive Deep Funk will surely swipe you across the face.

x x on a-side label. Both sides of the vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks, plays through fine, no disturbing moments spoiling this man's palpable rescue from despair, cradled by sympathetic horns ... the combination will crush you.

Listen and weep..

Condition Report

x x on a-side label. Both sides of the vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks, plays through fine, no disturbing moments spoiling this man's palpable rescue from despair.

x x on a-side label. Both sides of the vinyl reveals multiple light surface marks, plays through fine, no disturbing moments spoiling this man's palpable rescue from despair.

Tobi Lark - Happiness Is Here / Talkin'About Love - Topper1011

Tobi Lark

Happiness Is Here / Talkin'About Love

Topper: 1011 (45s)

The much-loved Detroit sister, delivering Northern Soul excellence from the office of George McGregor & Dave Hamilton, one of two 45's released by on Dave's short-lived but world renowned "Topper" label.

Both her 45s for Topper highly sought-after Motor City movers from a Northern Soul Goddess, who can do no wrong.

"Happiness Is Here" a snappy George McGregor project with Tobi skipping through accomplished jazz-grounded instrumentation with Hamilton's studio guys who had honed their skills, 'cross town at Motown's Jazz Workshop. You can hear that top quality musicianship on everything Dave Hamilton was involved with.

Killer Sister Northern Soul dancer that triggers feel-good elation, right from the opening barrage of horns, the perfect platform for Tobi's heavenly voice to soar high over the peppering piano notes, cradle by archetypical Detroit girl choruses. This song could not be more "Detroit" than it is. All the ingredients on Detroit musicians can mobilize .

The flip "Talkin' About Love" is darn fine Detroit dancer also, but not quite in the class of the uplift that "Happiness Is Here" brings.

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels (see images). Full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairlines when angled in the light. (listen)

Two totally clean labels (see images). Full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairlines when angled in the light. (listen)

Derrick Harriott - Together / Mama Didn't Lie - Island WI-245

Derrick Harriott ‎

Together / Mama Didn't Lie

Island : WI-245 (45s)

A double helping of superior 1965 Jamaican soul in stunning mint minus archive condition!
Rare, brilliant which ever side you drop the arm on, in eye-popping mint minus condition.

The a-side is unique Derrick Harriott composition, that ticks all the boxes of "Beat Ballad Heaven" and "Sunday afternoon chill-out" a more than powerful Jamaican Soul stroller. Glenn Miller level potential to seeps out on every note. Listen now, to soaring potent soul, far too good now to go bigger than just its already solid "Carib Soul" admiration. Lifts this into a fabulous double helping of Jamaican Soul that has so far, it seems to have not caught the attention of serious British 45 collectors. It's extreme qualities, have long needed to be documented and brought British collectors attention, as well as "Beat Ballad Heaven" scholars.

The over side showcases Curtis Mayfield's 1963 composition delivers strong Northern Soul, as Derrick Harriott revamps the Curtis Mayfield composition that became a local Chicago hit for Jan Bradley. Even though The Fascinations recorded it first on ABC in 1962.

Originally recorded the same year in Kingston, Jamaica with the Audley Williams Combo brilliantly backing up Derrick's Soulful tones. Producing not one but two proper strong Soul recordings. The flipside showcases the 24 year old artist's searing falsetto style, cradled by shrill girl-group choruses, delivered at a slightly faster pace than the original making it an ideal MOD/CLUB Soul drop. But I can't ever recollect hearing "Mama Didn't Lie" played out anywhere, over the years, so did this release sailed under the watchful eye of the Twisted Wheel era completely? Today this would be a wonderful surprise drop for the investigative MOD DJ.

With the bonus of a unique slab of "Beat Ballad Heaven" heading up the a-side.

We love both sides!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss unbelievable mint minus vinyl.

Two clean labels, full gloss unbelievable mint minus vinyl.

John Roberts - I'll Forget You	/ Be My Baby - Action ACT 4511

John Roberts

I'll Forget You / Be My Baby

Action: ACT 4511 (45s)

One of this iconic labels most challenging to capture!

Totally elusive foot-to-the-floor, high octane Northern Soul, from Houston, Texas. Presented here as a flawless 1968 British "Action" 445.

One of the finest and hardest to acquire, dancefloor destoryers on this much-loved label.

A 45 to reckon with..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss near mint minus vinyl

Two clean labels, full gloss near mint minus vinyl

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