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Dramatics - Toy Soldier / Hello Summer - Crackerjack 4015

Dramatics

Toy Soldier / Hello Summer

Crackerjack : 4015 (45s)

So completely Detroit, with Motor City movers and shakers coming together on this free-flowing double-helping of vocal-group Northern Soul featuring Joe Hunter (Motown), Harry Gates (Starmaker) & Fred Brown (Mickay's) collaborate on both sides of this vocally delicious mid-paced dancer.

Just as they did soon after, when they changed their name to "The Legends" to record on the coveted Mickay's label, not forgetting the great work the threesome did with J. J. Barnes before he joined Ric-Tic. This recording involving many future Detroit-doyens who went onto greater things, shortly after. With Mike Terry's subtle blows evident throughout, but more noticeable on the almost as good flipside "Hello Summer". Each team member splitting to follow successful careers elsewhere in the city. The 1964 identity change, allowing Ed Wingate to use the "vacant" name with a different gathering on the Wingate label, which launched the careers of one of the greatest soul-vocal groups of all-time The Dramatics under Don Davis & Tony Hester.

So here are the "first" Dramatics, coincidently displaying the same luxurious harmony fluidity as their namesakes. Listen to an impressive piece in the jigsaw of early sixties Detroit Northern Soul. Two finger-popping uplifters saturated in the addictive charms, that sets this city apart, when it comes to creating soul music. This is a glorious Motor City street-corner symphony on the march, the voices lifted by magnificent arrangement of the horns, dripping with the quality that helped all the contributors move on to better things.

I adore BOTH sides, an elusive 45 that is so challenging to acquire as a clean play perfect copy.




Condition Report

Two clean labels, fine clean strong gloss vinyl, rare condition for this record a strong Ex+. Plays superbly clean.

Two clean labels, fine clean strong gloss vinyl, rare condition for this record a strong Ex+. Plays superbly clean.

Johnny Nash - ( I'm So ) Glad You're My Baby / Stormy - MGM 1480 DJ

Johnny Nash

( I'm So ) Glad You're My Baby / Stormy

MGM : 1480 DJ (45s)

The lure of the "Pink" and "Silver" MGM demo! always a head-turning vista to resist.

Top side has recently enjoyed Northern Soul turntable outings, with it's fabulous intro instantly pulling you towards the dancefloor. A very special production indeed, one you just can't ignore as Johnny again confirms himself as one the greatest "soul" voices of the last century! Supported by a full male-group chorus and a fully stock orchestra. This recording seamlessly flows right through you, inspiring stuff that is long overdue for Northern Soul acclaim. As Mickey Stevenson uses all of his Motown experience to conjure up a mountain arrangement to match this crooner's velvet vocal.

Also check out the wonderful big production "Stormy" not the Buddy Buie & James Cobb composition that makes us all swoon when the Supremes purr out those lyrics; but an equally captivating presentation of Detroit poetry by Leon Ware & Vicki Basemore that you will find yourself submerging into its irresistible charms. "Stormy" is an overlooked masterpiece of the "Soul" big production. A surprise candidate for the last record of the night, such a stirring atmosphere it creates.

Two wonderful sides, just like the label...a memorable standout, all round Northern Soul treasure... especially in these clothres and in such pristine condition.

Condition Report

Two clean promo label, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve, a magnificent copy.

Two clean promo label, full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth sleeve, a magnificent copy.

Austin Taylor - Why O Why / Can't You See I'm Busy - Sprout Artist 731

Austin Taylor

Why O Why / Can't You See I'm Busy

Sprout Artist: 731 (45s)

Beyond Rare! Big voiced New York thumper, the first copy we've ever listed.

With the prolific J. R. Bailey under the eye of lady label entrepreneur Zelma Sanders, the same combination that served up that impressive Sity and James on Sprout. "Why O Why" also sits under the radar of New York obscurity. This Austin Taylor session is even rarer than that! No confirmed information on this artist with the brazen-booming voice, only his early 60’s Sam Cooke inspired mid-tempo grooves.

Now, some years later, he is in very good company with Zelma & Jimmy guiding things. Summoning up a hard-blown saxophone display to enrich and match up to Austin’s snarling vocal. A muscular background, then the sax-man gets the opportunity halfway through, to leave his mark. Letting rip with an imposing solo, which he repeats just before the end. A fabulous compliment to Austin Taylor throaty crooning.

Meaty Northern Soul of a the very rarest kind.

Flip it over Deep Soul scholars with really appreciate Austin's strapping approach to this imploring "Zelma Sanders" created ballad, lifted by girl-group choruses and again the the sax-man bolsters the background. Strong tune!

Two sides previously unknown to us, street-level Big Apple soul, with neighborhood edge and attitude ... we love it twice-over.

The lead side is as featured on the 2013 Kent CD that was crammed with serious rarities - "New Breed Blues with Black Popcorn" a 24 track journey into the rarest of the rare...

As a vinyl 45, we think this is an "impossible" rarity.



Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, giving up just very fine sleeve contact hairline under light!

Two clean labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, giving up just very fine sleeve contact hairline under light!

Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You / Why Weren’t You There - Magic City MC 006/5 DJ

Thelma Lindsey

Prepared To Love You / Why Weren’t You There

Magic City : MC 006/5 DJ (45s)

It matters not a jot, which side you drop the stylus on, the result will be exactly the same. you collide head-on with dynamic Detroit-Diva Northern Soul, riding a muscular horn production. Explosive Motor City excellence awaits.

Two spectacular Detroit-diva delights hit you smack between eyes, the is heavy-duty Northern Soul at its most powerful. It's a hard choice which side is the superior-stomper. After more than 45 years, I still can't decide.

As you will hear both sides give up quintessential Northern Soul, real deal dance recordings presented on one of Detroit’s most attractive labels.

This delicious double helping of top drawer Northern Soul is just as click away...

sending out a far more persuasive message for ownership ... than wordy superlatives from us ever could.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Condition Report

The rarely seem promo labels, reveal writing and X X nothing too distracting (see images). Vinyl gives up multiple light surface marks, none of which react with the stylus, as you can hear it plays a strong true ecxcellent. listen to the impressive double soundfile listed directly ace emitting perfect true sound!

The rarely seem promo labels, reveal writing and X X nothing too distracting (see images). Vinyl gives up multiple light surface marks, none of which react with the stylus, as you can hear it plays a strong true ecxcellent. listen to the impressive double soundfile listed directly ace emitting perfect true sound!

P. P. Arnold - Everything's Gonna Be Alright / Life Is But Nothing - Immediate IM 040 autographed

P. P. Arnold

Everything's Gonna Be Alright / Life Is But Nothing

Immediate : IM 040 autographed (45s)

Nothing short of a British collectors Holy Grail, on the rarely seen solid centre press autographed and dedicated by P. P. herself.

Mint minus super clean vinyl.

One of the least seen, most wanted of all the UK created Northern Soul recordings and certainly the best!

Act accordingly the opportunities of owning this disc are so few and far between.

Yes, a British Holy Grail and some... especially with P. P. 's hand on it.

Condition Report

Autographed and dedicated a-side label, fine clean vinyl, full gloss revealing the merest soft hairlines under light.

Autographed and dedicated a-side label, fine clean vinyl, full gloss revealing the merest soft hairlines under light.

Patty Stokes - Is It True / Good Girl (Can You Be) - Mir-A-Don M-D 1005

Patty Stokes

Is It True / Good Girl (Can You Be)

Mir-A-Don : M-D 1005 (45s)

Since those Golden Years of Wigan Casino to today's eclectic scene of wider tastes, the sands of Northern Soul's musical styles have shifted so many times. Ending up in today's diet of the well trodden paths of NS Classics, a cheeky flirt with Funk, Beat Ballad Heaven making an occasional but very welcome appearance in the more cultured DJ sets. To the super-Soulful crossover grooves saturated in emotion and class in equal amounts that seem to top the charts of dancefloor demand today.

BEFORE YOU TODAY IS THE MOST WANTED GIRL VOCAL NORTHERN SOUL CROSSOVER TUNE OF THEM ALL.

The reason I say this, here's a double-delight of Northern Soul I first heard in circa 1977 when I found a handful of Mir-A-Don 45s about 7 different 45's a few copies of each. But this one stood out as being a different label colour and by a girl at the time I'd never heard of.. Just imagine my delight when it turned out to be classic style Northern Soul.. "Good Girl (Can You Be)" was an unknown and a killer. I considered dead-right for Wigan Casino was my first thought, so I rang Richard Searling and played him it down the phone. Sounded absolutely brilliant, whether he bought a copy, I can't remember; but Soul Sam certainly did. Closely watching his reactions as he played it, the barometer for the asking price went full circle. His hands started twitch and twiddle the controls of the record player (good sign), then his shoulders started to move (very good sign), then I got the ultimate vote of YES!
When Soul Sam's hips started wriggle ever so slightly...(the best sign) I knew he loved it.

After that Soul Sam wiggle-dance, his poker face was an utterly useless bargaining tool, when he lifted the record off the decks and pronounced "Not Bad" and casually threw the record of a pile of "Maybe's". He of cause went home with a copy, at a "Not Bad" price..

But through this journey not once, did I or anyone else playing the disc notice the utterly breathtaking excursion into Northern Soul Crossover that "Is It True" s[pills from the speakers.. not until after the millennium did those "shifting sands" start to move towards superior mid-paced Soulful dancers like "Is It True", today it's the stomping "Good Girl" that nobody seems to mention or play..

For me personally, "Is It True" today is a huge part of my DJ set, it is without question one of the ultimate Sister mid-tempo grooves of all-time.. and seems to be getting bigger and bigger by the day.. Without exception when I drop it, somebody will come to the stage and ask "what is this...?" I have recently been asked by several DJs seeking ownership of this crucial Crossover spin, to sell it.

Click the soundfile and take a deep breath, Patty Stokes is about to hit you with impeccable Northern Soul Crossover, followed by a top-drawer, classic style Northern Soul girl dancer, backed beautifully by "The Ascots" vocal group harmonies.. this too is a fantastic tune that may yet have it's day again.. when the sands shift back the quality Northern Soul 45s that haven't been played to death.

Two great sides, one very elusive disc, now perched at the very pinnacle of the NS femme-crossover-tree.

Condition Report

Good gloss, just a few fine soft hairlines revealed when angled in the light. As you will hear none affecting play on either side. Both labels are clean, with full depth blue, no fade or rub, totally clean; no X's, writing, stickers, tears or stains. A very fine copy indeed

Good gloss, just a few fine soft hairlines revealed when angled in the light. As you will hear none affecting play on either side. Both labels are clean, with full depth blue, no fade or rub, totally clean; no X's, writing, stickers, tears or stains. A very fine copy indeed

Cookie Jackson - Do You still Love Me / Blind Love - Progress 912

Cookie Jackson

Do You Still Love Me / Blind Love

Progress : 912 (45s)

Mighty, mighty Los Angeles, Sister R&B screaming that demands a reaction!

Intimidating Northern Soul that started life "covered up" as "Mickie Champion - I've Gotta Know" an instant NS dancefloor hit.

A vortex of sister attitude that smacks you between the eye, an explosion of driving percussion, heavy-duty keyboard, twangy blues guitar decorates the session throughout. Squealing girl-choir affirming Cookie's question "Do You Still Love Me?" with bruising "I Got To Know" chants; before sliding back into seamless cooing of vocal support throughout.

A young future Motown hitmaker James Anthony Carmichael, under the experienced wing of Zeke Strong, the pair whipping up the perfect storm, to carry Cookie's heavy-handed appeals to her man.

A totally killer dancer, delivered by one sassy lady, her girlfriends guided by a pupil and his master...

Stand still if you can when this baby lifts off..

Condition Report

Two clean gold labels, vinyl reveals multiple soft surface hairlines, as you will hear it loud and clear, occasional low tick. Sound crashes through loud ad clear.

Two clean gold labels, vinyl reveals multiple soft surface hairlines, as you will hear it loud and clear, occasional low tick. Sound crashes through loud ad clear.

Gene Woodbury - Ever Again / That's Not Half Bad - Del-Val 1005

Gene Woodbury

Ever Again / That's Not Half Bad

Del-Val : 1005 (45s)

This Northern Soul song everybody adores. Reliably triggering ritual dancefloor hand-claps when ever it's played; inspired handclaps timed to perfection, it's a lump in the throat experience watching or participating in Northern Soul unity that this "Ever Again".

A divisive song for some. Only because the scene is equally split trying to decide which version is better, which version is the one to own. Bernie Williams on Bell or Gene Woodbury on Del-Val.

Ever since Colin Curtis circa 1973, first played this irresistible take by Bernie Williams, the chase was on to own a copy was on. But the extreme rarity, validated throughout the years pushed the Bernie Williams demand and value to the outer limits of most collector's budgets. What a collectors relief when, in the late 70s the intrepid vinyl-hunter John Anderson R.I.P. discovered another version, surfacing for a brief tome in small quantities. On its attractive "mother" label Joe Stevenson's local Del-Val, the company that licensed the Bernie Williams to Bell in the first place..

So the debate begins and seems to be a 50% 50% split on which version is the best, which one is the best to own?

My opinion is Bernie Williams is infinitely rarer the Gene Woodbury but is a styrene press, Gene Woodbury was scarce but is now much rarer as nobody seems to want to sell a copy they may own.

The scenario at the moment is Gene Woodbury's value has rocketed 5 fold in recent times, with no sign of it slowing down. Bernie Williams value currently simmering over £4k, it is still beyond most collectors budgets. If your a NS DJ "Ever Again" is a crucial 45 to own, vinyl press at a 1/4 of the price.. seems an investment no-brainer opportunity.

Here is Gene Woodbury which 50% of the scene think is the best version, pressed in vinyl in superb condition. At this level of condition and we have a notion the values between "Bernie" and "Gene" will one day maybe nearly sit in parity.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals some soft surface marks, only the briefest of hairlines under direct light. Playback is totally clean, which ever side you drop the arm on.

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals some soft surface marks, only the briefest of hairlines under direct light. Playback is totally clean, which ever side you drop the arm on.

Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man / Be My Lawyer - Midas 9006

Big Daddy Rogers

I'm A Big Man / Be My Lawyer

Midas : 9006 (45s)

For the last 3 decades arguably the most influential of all the R&B Northern Soul dance recordings, this one in particular stomping out a path for others to follow..

Written by the prolific Chicago lyricist Verlie Rice, who's work with the M-Pac/One-der-Ful/Mar-V-Lus grouping of colourful labels is legendary.

When in 1968 those iconic labels finally folded, Verlie's presence was still being felt across the Windy City when this Goliath was let loose...

whether by design or coincidence rhythms from Mel Torme's addictive "I'm Coming Home" were replicated in the background whilst the "Big Daddy" did exactly what it said on the can...The "big man" he strode out, he stalked and he threatened, whilst demolishing everything before him; until those hints "Coming Home Baby" evaporated, laying down a ferocious track of R&B dance. Aided by an angry saxophonist, giving his instrument an unforgiving slapping, making it squeal for mercy; as all this time Big Daddy's gnarled voice is growling like a Grizzly Bear who's dropped his prize Salmon back in the river.

High octane adrenaline is injected into it's veins, right from the very start, as a droning bass guitar drags you onto the dancefloor.. then the Big Daddy goes to work on you...

Check out Verlie's lyrics; full of spectacular one-liners, like "She's Got A Sweet Tooth And She Loves My Jelly Roll" and "I Will Hurt You, I'm Gonna Take You To The Wood Shed And Drop A Couple Of Planks On You " This guy has to be taken seriously.

This is real-deal R&B Northern Soul, a classic that without exception ignites the atmosphere, just like a huge angry Bear has just gatecrashed your room..,

Condition Report

X on a-side label, glorious mint minus vinyl. Top copy, straight from the USA absolutely no Northern Soul circuit outings,

X on a-side label, glorious mint minus vinyl. Top copy, straight from the USA absolutely no Northern Soul circuit outings,

Rufus Lumley - I'm Standing / Let's  Hide Away ( Me and You ) - Holton H-5001

Rufus Lumley

I'm Standing / Let's Hide Away ( Me and You )

Holton : H-5001 (45s)

Perhaps this record above all others, is the ideal example to demonstrate the imagination of the 60's underground movement ; when a whole generation abandoned the offerings UK radio, TV and provincial DJ's were airing at local dances, an city night club. A generation who turned their backs on the Beatles, Hollies, Cliff Richard and all other Brit artists, in search of their own music to dance too, why should I pick out this particular Northern Soul classic?

It is because this was a 100% Rufus Lumley creation, composed, arranged and produced himself and was never intended at any point to be dance to or considered to be Soul. It was the burgeoning all-night club culture of the late 60's that deemed it perfect to dance to. That culture of course found 1000's more b-sides that nobody had ever heard of or thought were ever records anybody would be inspired to dance to... but the infancy of Northern Soul was relentless in seeking out new material, to set their club or themselves apart. Rufus Lumley fitted that remit perfectly.

I was 18 years of age when I first heard this torrent of Northern Soul, from a man with blue-eyes, sweeping blonde hair and wide, whiter than white bleached tombstone smile.

An unlikely source you'd think for a mountainous vocal, fully capable of riding the barrage of brass, and those relentless shell-shocking rapid fire piano keys. It was after-all down to Rufus himself the crafting of this rumbling slab of Northern Soul. Rufus's uncompromising booming vocal, riding a production of equal menace. Instant Northern Soul just add the stylus...

First discovered when Martin Barnfather, after his weekly browse through "Record Mirror's" new release reviews; noticed, the reviewer thought, the then unknown Rufus Lumley sounded a "bit like Elvis". Martin certainly appreciated a bit of "The King" so he ordered a copy blind. Wow.. how pleased was he, when Rufus worked his gatecrashing charm, emitting dance-power of such magnitude.
Martin wisely didn't tell too many people about his "vinyl-jackpot-win", EMI quickly deleted the 45 that never received any Radio attention and a legendary tune was born..

It was 7 years later, was when I first heard it, down that fabled cellar-of-Soul our regular Saturday afternoon rendezvous inside an "Aladdin's Cave" at "Select-A-Disc" Arkwright Street, Nottingham.
Northern Soul records in that tiny space had the power the take you off your feet. Imagine me and my buddies, having that intro blasted in our ears for the very first time.

WOW what THE %*&! ... is this! I instantly stretched my neck over the turntable, in was on Stateside.. it looked magnificent, it sounded spellbinding.."Is this for sale" I asked. It was "but it's gonna cost you a tenner" that was 8 times more than I'd ever paid before, and £10 was all I had left from my £14 gas fitting apprentice brown-envelope.

But I had to own it, I was now penniless but I felt like Royalty... what a tune to own, it soon became a Kirby Lane Youth Club anthem, as every Friday night I would proudly play it.. it was the greatest record I'd ever owned...

The power of Northern Soul and Rufus Lumley had embedded another indelible NS memory in my head, that still sparks those shivers down the neck, every time I encounter that thumpin' intro and that booming vocal... that sounds absolutely nothing like Elvis.. btw.

Just one of many examples of the embryonic British Northern Soul culture, that picked their own music to dance to, from wherever they could find, with no prejudices, preconceptions or boundaries. If it moved you inside and made you want to dance it was a candidate for the turntable as long as it crossed the line from pop to soul...

This B-side became a monster, the Northern Soul movement became the biggest underground music collectors scene on the planet, an evolution driven by youngsters rejecting conformity by discovering their own music - Rufus Lumley - I'm Standing - a flipside that nobody would have ever heard or danced to, if it wasn't for those young 60's music pioneers from Great Britain.

Condition Report

Vinyl reveals only a few light marks, some soft surface hairlines, as you can hear none of which affect play. Both labels are squeaky clean, a tiny bb drill its only flaw. A fabulous example of this legendary classic.

Vinyl reveals only a few light marks, some soft surface hairlines, as you can hear none of which affect play. Both labels are squeaky clean, a tiny bb drill its only flaw. A fabulous example of this legendary classic.

Ken Boothe - Is It Because I'm Black / version - Splash 7631

Ken Boothe

Is It Because I'm Black / version

Splash : 7631 (45s)

A record that has in recent times crossed over the Reggae / Soul precincts fitting perfectly into Sunday chill-out Soul sessions, after featuring for decades on the diverse international Reggae circuit.

Ken Boothe convincing version of the Syl Johnson Chicago civil rights anthem, Ken rendition carries dance pulse of considerable weight and passion, giving it a whole new dimension. The Jamaican treatment, for me, taking this seminal song to yet another level.

That's why we have decided to list it on the "Soul" pages rather than with the Reggae listings, as at this momet in time it is having a profound affect over through on-line DJ set and the impending Sunday chills that reverberated with Ken's magnificent interpretation before lockdown.

Listen and prepare to be mesmerized by this deconstruction of a timeless song, that amazing trumps the original!

Very hard to acquire in clean condition.

Condition Report

a minuscule x on a-side label, otherwise two clean faces. vinyl carries full gloss revealing only a few soft surface hairlines.

a minuscule x on a-side label, otherwise two clean faces. vinyl carries full gloss revealing only a few soft surface hairlines.

Verma Lewis - You Do / Somebody Help Me - Gold Token GT 103

Verma Lewis

You Do / Somebody Help Me

Gold Token : GT 103 (45s)

This 1966 triumphant Northern Soul west coast sister dancer from the one solitary 45 “Verma”, so seldom comes to market. So when an immaculately labelled disc, with bright unblemished mint minus vinyl surfaces, do not pass by.

Opening up with barrage of triumphant trumpets, joyous vocal group choruses cradle Verma through this solid upbeat Northern Soul dancer, that few DJs own. We know very little about the singer, and would suggest the creators could easily have credited it to a girl group, as the persistent girl choruses amount to an enthusiastic uplifting girl group session.

Written by the mysterious Verma herself, produced by the Larry Johnson and his team; who created a huge output of indie soul releases through his Hollywood based “Vended” and associated labels. Larry calling upon Bettye Swann’s about to become arranger Hank Jernigan, for the finishing touches.

Another soul obscurity from Larry’s workplace, an enterprise that spawned great Northern Soul contributing acts, like the Bobby Mac, Lashons, Del-Rays, Ruby Sherry, Gene Carter, Resonics etc etc.

Who ever “Verma” was, she sure had a commanding voice, but no more 45s of her own, to our knowledge. Proper sister Northern Soul for those collector / DJ’s who likes a little mystery in their play sets and collections.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under light. Plays flawless.

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, revealing just a few soft sleeve storage hairlines under light. Plays flawless.

Paramount Four - Sorry Ain't The Word / Baby Without You - Kent 6T 26

Paramount Four

Sorry Ain't The Word / Baby Without You

Kent : 6T 26 (45s)

My absolute favouite release, out of that wonderful array of classy previously unissued, Northern Soul Kent anniversary 45s. spanning over 40 years. Kindly gifted on the door by the 100 Club, Oxford Street, once a year, on their much anticipated anniversaries. This one being their 31st event in 2010.

With total bias, driven by my obsession with male vocal group soul harmony, especially if it's woven into an irresistible Northern Soul dance production... "Sorry Ain't The Word" the finest example of my first love in music.

Tennessee soul craftsman Robert Holmes once again delights with a seamless production right in the shadow of the mighty DOT records company of Gallatin, Tennessee. Making us again wonder why Dot rtecords never noticed such superior recordings on their doorstep.

This is a silky smooth, string cradled soulful glide into vocal-group excellent; The lead voice admitting his mistakes but realizes a simple apology isn't sufficient. "Sorry Ain't The Word", he is searching for something much more meaningful, to right his wrongs. The group play it out beautifully, tight seamless sweet harmonies. Caldwell Jenkins Jr.,William Earl ‘Cat’ Turner, James Wallace Simpson, and William Ellis Johnson draw heavily from the influences of soul gatherings of the time, hints of The Impressions, The Dells, The Vanguards melt into an understated cocktail of strings, muted horns, tingling keyboard and soft considerate drumming.

This is so classy, so memorable, for me NS vocal-group perfection. Bob Riley's arrangement full of creative, unusual dance rhythms that set it apart from the standard mid-60's male group dancers...

In all the glory of the a-side's brilliance, do not overlook the flipside, another spectacular "from the vaults" by Ace/Kent's detectives, an unissued duet version of Danny Monday's "Baby Without You"

What's no to adore about this 45...?



Condition Report

MINT!! Previously unplayed perfection.

MINT!! Previously unplayed perfection.

Brenda Holloway - When I'm Gone / I've Been Good To You - Stateside OSS 173 DJ Australia

Brenda Holloway

When I'm Gone / I've Been Good To You

Stateside Australia: OSS 173 DJ Australia (45s)

Collecting Tamla Motown has been at the forefront of my life since I left school. So there are few Motown records, that make this old-timer's pulse quicken. Also Being a condition freak, a truly MINT 45 does excite me, after all they are well over half a century old. To locate perfection in 2021 of a Tamla Motown anthem, in its rarest clothes has completely uplifted my working day.

A thing of real beauty! A true rarity! Immaculate beyond imagination!

The history of "When I'm Gone" also piques my interest, just as much as Brenda's sumptuous performance. "When I'm Gone" of course was lined up to be Mary Wells's next big hit, to be released straight after the tidal-wave of worldwide sales of her biggest Motown hit "My Guy" had subsided. "When I'm Gone" was perfect for Mary Wells to repeat million seller with. But Mary had been unhappy for quite some time, having the low royalties from her 1960 contract she had signed when she was only 17 years of age. Mary was determined to leave Motown, much to the disappointment of Berry Gordy who tried desperately to renegotiate her contract. But Mary had already had her head turned and she signed a lucrative deal with 20th. Century Fox.

As expected Berry Gordy scrapped Motown's impending "When I'm Gone" release they had already printed a picture sleeves for. In typical unfazed Gordy style, he immediately replaced Mary's cancelled 45, with a 100% Smokey Robinson session that created what many consider Brenda's finest Motown moment. A recording that has remained deep in the hearts of British Motown and Northern Soul fans for over 55 years.

Today this iconic recording is presented here, in by far and away its least encountered format, a perfect 1965 Australia promo, a Motown/Northern Soul collectors trophy of the highest order.

Do not ponder, we are not going to see a copy as perfect as this one - most likely ever!

Condition Report

A perfect archive copy, utterly flawless still housed in its original birth-sleeve, most like unplayed, so we have lifted the soundfile from a previous British copy listing. So you receive a virgin-unplayed copy.<br /> Pulse racing condition, a vinyl-vista I'll never experience again!

A perfect archive copy, utterly flawless still housed in its original birth-sleeve, most like unplayed, so we have lifted the soundfile from a previous British copy listing. So you receive a virgin-unplayed copy.
Pulse racing condition, a vinyl-vista I'll never experience again!

Ritchie Adams - I Can’t Escape From You / Road to Nowhere  Name - Congress CG 256 DJ

Ritchie Adams

I Can’t Escape From You / Road to Nowhere Name

Congress: CG 256 DJ (45s)

in the year 2021, what are the chances of acquiring this 1965 Northern Soul anthem at this level of condition...?

Very remote, so we are surprise to be able too offer a near perfect example for the 2nd. Time in 12 months, the last copy ended after an cyberspace dog-fight to the death. We imagine this listing will be met with similar fervor.

Putting three of New York's most-creative music-men in one room was always gonna produce something very special. Richie Adams, Jerry Ragovoy & Artie Butler conjure up one of the most instantly recognizable Northern Soul stompers of all time.

Jerry Ragovoy summoning up a searing girl-group chorus, Ritchie attacks his own lyrics with screaming enthusiasm; whilst Artie Butler's mastery of the piano, blasts holes in a relentless arrangement. This is an awesome session lifted yet another level by a a strapping saxophone break, then Artie B. is off again, racing into a piano solo with no equals.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL !!

.. at it's most compelling... a driving force that has inspired the NS dancefloors of Britain for decades..

How great to hear it again.. and adrenaline rush I thought I'd forgotten, when i found it, repeated when I dro

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels. Play perfect vinyl that only revealing soft surface hairlines, a small superficial graze, all cosmetic as it plays mint. All housed in the nearly as rare, highly coveted authentic Congress company sleeve.

Two totally clean labels. Play perfect vinyl that only revealing soft surface hairlines, a small superficial graze, all cosmetic as it plays mint. All housed in the nearly as rare, highly coveted authentic Congress company sleeve.

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