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Joey Heatherton - When You Call Me Baby / Live & Learn - Decca 31962 DJ

Joey Heatherton

When You Call Me Baby / Live & Learn

Decca: 31962 DJ (45s)

The recent sad passing of David White has prompted me to highlight this man's glittering career with and equally spectacular picture cover and promo 45 of the stunning girl who came under the guidance of the "Double Diamond" team of John Madara, David White, Leon Huff and Len Barry with a typically inspirational slab of Northern Soul that White & Madara seemed able to effortlessly create.

The partnership of David White & John Madara started when John was co-writer with fellow Philadelphian Artie Singer on the smash hit "At The Hop" for Danny & The Juniors. Later, David White & John Madara formed one of the greatest writing relationships of the 60's, not only building up a mountain of hits for Len Barry whilst also creating some of the greatest Northern Soul recordings from their work at the Bell Sound studios in New York.

Their work was always optimistically uplifting, featuring driving big productions that ticked all the Northern Soul boxes. Having built up relationships with some of the most gifted young talents of the area. Noteably Leon Huff, Len Barry, Joe Renzetti amd Jimmy The Wiz Wisner. Leon Huff on keyboards, Bobby Greg on drums, Joe Mack on bass, Vinnie Bell & Trade Martin on guitars with percussion supplied by the great Panama Francis; with Artie Kaplan directing the horms..
This was surely the dream team of the time.

Adding girl vocal choruses by Little Joe Cook's daughters The Sweet Three and the gorgeous New Yorker Joey Heatherton; making up a gathering that could have maybe laid claim to the now familiar strapline "The Sound of Philadelpia".

"When You Call Me Baby" was of course a huge Cleethorpes Pier & Wigan Casino favourite, a floorfilling dancer that triggered an MCA reissue to meet the demand.

Before you today is an irresistible 1966 "pink" promo complete with a tantalizing picture cover capturing the ravishing Ms Heatherton in provocative pose..

surely one of Northern Soul's most alluring collectables..

Condition Report

Two flawless pink promo labels, unblemished vinyl, clean picture sleeve just very light storage ring rub. See images

Two flawless pink promo labels, unblemished vinyl, clean picture sleeve just very light storage ring rub. See images

Johnny Mae Matthews - I Have No Choice / That's When It Hurts - Big Hit TZ 105

Johnny Mae Matthews

I Have No Choice / That's When It Hurts

Big Hit: TZ 105 (45s)

In short, simply one of the most magnificent Northern Soul recordings of all time!

Click the soundfile prepare to shiver, swoon and shudder under overwhelming emotion served up by Johnny Mae..

Vinyl-regret awaits anyone not willing to go the extra mile to own this superlative masterpiece...

Northern Soul does not get any better than this...




Condition Report

Two clean labels, a very mild surface ripple just under the a-side title text. Vinyl reveals surface marks but plays clean. See images, listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Two clean labels, a very mild surface ripple just under the a-side title text. Vinyl reveals surface marks but plays clean. See images, listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Walter Jackson - It’s An Uphill Climb To The Bottom / Tear For Tear - Columbia DB 7949 DJ

Walter Jackson

It’s An Uphill Climb To The Bottom / Tear For Tear

Columbia: DB 7949 DJ (45s)

A glorious British rarity from one of the greatest black voices of the last century.

Walter Jackson the celebrated Detroit/Chicago crooner with his most-desirable recording in its rarest format. A red & white British DEMO in near perfect condition.

Just to underline where Walter Jackson’s standing in Soul fan’s estimation was, can I relay a story told to me decades ago, when I used to visit one of the greatest record stores in the USA. John Goddard’s “Village Music” in the “Back To The Future” town of Mill Valley, California. Not only the most beautiful setting for a record shop, ever. But John Goddard’s store was festooned with original Bay Area concert posters, gig flyers & events he’d attended. Plus the wonderful array of 45s and albums that was quite staggering.

There I was digging for 45’s, I put a Walter Jackson on Okeh in my pile, and said to John, “Walter was my all-time favourite singer.”

John replied he saw him live in small club in San Francisco before Walter was known, he had only a couple of singles for Columbia at the time and John wasn’t sure what to expect. But he went along because the advert mentioned Chicago and Soul singer..

In a small atmospheric Jazz club, the MC with sparkling enthusiasm introduced Walter Jackson, who to the audience’s amazement entered the stage on crutches. There was no mention of Walter being a victim of Polio.

Under the spotlight of the darkened nite-spot Walter’s celestial voice soared across the space. John’s face lit up as he retold the experience. He had never heard a voice anything like it before. The whole audience was transfixed for nearly an hour, as Walter crooned out heartstopping standards plus his only two recordings so far.. finishing with “Then Only Then”. The crowd gave up thunderous applause... then the lights came on..

John recalled how relieved he was, that everyone else in the room was weeping and it wasn’t just him. Streaming red eyes, salting water-trails down their faces from secretly wiping away the emotion Walter’s unique performance triggered.

Walter Jackson, whether it be on vinyl or seeing this Soul Giant live has the power to wring emotion out from deep within.

I of course was never fortunate enough to experience Walter live.. but before you today is perhaps the next best thing; owning this spectacular, seriously rare 45.

Listen and weep...

Condition Report

A-side vinyl has full gloss with just a solitary brush blemish not affecting play, the rest of the playing surfaces A & B are beautifully clean Mint minus. Both of those gorgeous promo labels are flawless.

A-side vinyl has full gloss with just a solitary brush blemish not affecting play, the rest of the playing surfaces A & B are beautifully clean Mint minus. Both of those gorgeous promo labels are flawless.

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Glen Miller - Where Is The Love / Funky Broadway - Stag 3168

Glen Miller

Where Is The Love / Funky Broadway

Stag : 3168 (45s)

In short one of my all time favourite 45's..

Staggeringly good - spectacularly rare!

A listing for those of you determined to own the top end Northern Soul 45 to DJ with. A record that never fails to draw applause, from the few DJ who can play it.

Click the soundfile and drool...

this is just STUNNING NORTHERN SOUL!

miss this opportunity and live a lifetime of vinyl-regret.

Condition Report

Ting fade name

Ting fade name

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Lil Gray - Are You Fooling / I Want To Tell - Jerma 101

Lil Gray

Are You Fooling / I Want To Tell

Jerma: 101 (45s)

A seriously elusive 1965 authentic original press, of this addictive Chicago Northern Soul R&B mover, delivered by the searing Sister vocal of Leoncy Lloyd.

Opening up with the pulsating guitar rhythms of Ulyesses Warren inviting Leoncy’s convincing voice to step into this compelling mid-tempo dancer, quickly enhanced by the addition of subtly stabbing horns. The three components fuse togerther beautifully, into a convincing dance session; saturated in everything we adore about Chicago.

Even the neighborhood printing of the labels has it’s charms, when after two attempts to get the typesetting right. This press comes out with the first “O” in FOOLING appearing as the number “0”. With the another adjustment to the letters they reset the label, but failed to notice “You” was set in lower casing.

Personally I’m drawn to these D.I.Y. street-level anomalies on these irresistible labels. Nothing like, though, as irresistible as “Lil Gray’s” singing style. Her uncanny ability to hold a note with that stinging vocal, then slowing transforming a word into a soothing hum... once again U.S. Warren steps in to strut his prowess with the guitar, fabulous stuff!

A captivating example of urban Chicago Soul/R&B by a lady who unfortunately only recorded 3 45’s in all, all in sequence for label owner Mr. Warren. Then sadly she disappeared off the recording scene... Leaving the rare soul collector and the DJ with much to seek out...

Condition Report

Two bright clean ice-blue labels, minuscle flake on the a-side bottom of the centre-hole dink (see image) b-side label is perfection.<br /> <br /> Vinyl is a strong clean, previously unplayed Mint minus, only revealing the finest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. Plays perfect, looks stunning.

Two bright clean ice-blue labels, minuscle flake on the a-side bottom of the centre-hole dink (see image) b-side label is perfection.

Vinyl is a strong clean, previously unplayed Mint minus, only revealing the finest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. Plays perfect, looks stunning.

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Chuck Wright - The Palm Of Your Hand / Don’t Play That Dance - Ember E-1091

Chuck Wright

The Palm Of Your Hand / Don’t Play That Dance

Ember: E-1091 (45s)

The rarely encountered BLACK stock copy in spectacular condition.

This 1963 New Yorker bristles with all those characteristics of 1963 Latin infused, big production beaters benefitting from influences of the “Brill Building” this 45 incorporating 3 of it’s graduates.

Jeff Barry, Artie Resnick & Bert Keyes all contribute to this potent mid-tempo Northern Soul winner. Rippling with all the ingredients that make a Northern Soul hipshaker great. Amazing though they trio decided the “Dance Craze” recordsing “Don’t Play That Dance” was the side to lead with. Big mistake as it fell flat, with the sing of the tedium of the “Mash Potato”.

Like so many times, it’s the far superior flipside that was picked up by the Northern Soul & Popcorn scenes. Perfect fuel for both establishments.

Today Chuck Wright is still bubbling away in the minds of collectors... with DJ’s looking for something to reactivate.. “the Palm Of Your Hand” is the perfect candidate. Real quality never fades, it still ripples with the “Monster” dancefloor potential it just missed out on first time round..

I just love this record, the richness of the vocal, imprisoned in Latin rhythms, sizzling girl choruses, swirling Hammond break, encouraging handclaps, enthusiastic Tambourine shaking..

so MOD, so Northern, so Popcorn.. it ticks all the boxes

Condition Report

Two clean labels, beautiful Mint minus unblemished vinyl. Rare condition indeed for this disc.

Two clean labels, beautiful Mint minus unblemished vinyl. Rare condition indeed for this disc.

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Ted Cassidy as LURCH - The Lurch / Wesley - Capitol CL 15423 DJ

Ted Cassidy as LURCH

The Lurch / Wesley

Capitol : CL 15423 DJ (45s)

From the desk of Gary Paxton, to the turntables of the equally legendary Nev Wherry; this Northern Soul spin was such a novelty at the time when Nev amazingly dropped it at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens one day. It became, like most of Nev's off-the-wall play choices, a record room topic of conversation and subsequently a cult item. For the obvious reasons of being utterly different to anything the Winter Gardens congregation had ever heard before..

Gary Paxton was the "King" of novelty already smashing the Billboard and worldwide charts with "Monster Mash". But Gary also had a ear and talent for a Northern Soul tune or two. Thelma Houston's - "Baby Mine", Mary Saxton's - "Losing Control" just two that jump to mind. But also had a gift for a crafting a hit. He saw in the Addams Family star "The Lurch" a chance for another "Monster Mash". This time his inspiration missed the mark, and fail to sell. The USA counterpart also on Capitol record is no easy find either.

But as a British Red & White Demo this is a serious 45 with not only the attraction of rarity but also the attraction of being a cool collectors piece not too may UK collectors can boast of owning. Especially in flawless condition.

so cum'on do "The Lurch", search YouTube " Ted Cassidy" "The Lurch" and the super-hip dance craze that only just failed to sweep across America! But for a short while grabbed the full attention of Cleethorpes faithful.

"The Lurch" a legacy of Nev Wherry's diversity behind the decks, and memories of an initially startled crowd, that in the end took "The Lurch" into their hearts.

Condition Report

A flawless red & white Demo, with impeccable like new vinyl, strong clean Mint minus. Unblemished

A flawless red & white Demo, with impeccable like new vinyl, strong clean Mint minus. Unblemished

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Fork In The Road - I Can't Turmn Around / Skeletons In My Closet - Ember EMBS 311 DJ

Fork In The Road

I Can't Turn Around / Skeletons In My Closet

Ember: EMBS 311 DJ (45s)

An alert fir those of you serious British vinyl. As far as we are aware, this 45 is PROMO ONLY NEVER ISSUED!!

In 1970 British Ember Records acquired the rights to the East Detroit, "GM" recording label. Handpicking the finest new releases from their extensive catalogue notable choices were; Mr. Flood's Party, Tony & Tyrone, Eddie Robinson, Jones Girls Mary Fraser Jones and this stunning vocal group slab of Four Tops inspired Northern Soul by "Fork In The Road"

In-house producer Larry Douglas crafts a fabulous Four Tops-esque Northern Soul dancer, that has turned out to be one of the very rarest Britain's Soul 45's of all-time. Written by superior vocalist Eddie "Hey Blackman" Robinson, a man with such a seasoned vocal, we can talk about him in the same breath as the Four Tops.

Click the impressive soundfile and wonder why "Fork In The Road" hasn't become a Northern Soul classic decades ago. The only thing preventing it doing so, was the GM 45 was never quite rare enough to massage a DJ's ego; whilst the British release is so damn rare, nobody has hardly ever owned a copy.

By comparison the UK Ember promo copy, we only know of 3 sales this century. BY comparison if the USA GM 45 was a 3 copy only 45, the price would have hit a 4 figure sum, long, long ago.

We consider this 1971 British release sits without question in the top 10 rarest British release Northern Soul 45's of all time, perhaps even sneaking into the top 5....so very rare indeed

And it's bloody brilliant!.. vocally immense, woven into a fanstastic muscular production that screams "Northern Soul!!!" drenched in spine-tingling quality.

So far beyond the status of "rare", we'll probably never ever be able to list another... certainly not in this completely perfect condition.

A breath-taking 45...


Condition Report

two flawless labels, truly impeccable vinyl, all housed in birth-sleeve

two flawless labels, truly impeccable vinyl, all housed in birth-sleeve

Tripps - Give It Back / Here Comes Those Heart'aches - Victoria VR 1003

Tripps

Give It Back / Here Comes Those Heart'aches

Victoria: VR 1003 (45s)

A listing for discerning Northern Soul collectors willing to go to the nth degree for completeness - "completeness" we are always thrilled to list and highlight. Rare label variations, odd-ball first presses, different coloured vinyl etc.

In the case of this Los Angeles vocal group Northern Soul double hitter, it's the "impossible" titled, new release promo sleeve that captures our imagination.

Usually a gifted five man gathering includes such L.A. luminaries as Leanard Jewel Smith, Jimmy Conwell, Jackie Lee lus the Colbert Brothers Harry & Paul. A line-up you just know is gonna deliver irresistible Northern Soul, not once but two times over. With both sides steered by top-arranger Arthur Wright and written by James Cleveland. But I feel this group had a slightly different personel to the members listed above, but it's still top-drawer.

Topside is classic style thumping vocal-group Northern Soul, a tune tyat only just missed out during te 70's of becoming a classic as it got "lost" in the avalanche of great discoveries during that fruitful era. Listening to it today it gives up every aspect of real-deal Allniter Northern Soul, Ideal for a surprise drop, that certainly would not interrupt a vibrant dancefloor.

Even though the a-side is classic style NS, for me the gem lies on the flip. As th gathering slow things down and produced a brilliant example of the BIg City Sound, not usually associated with Los Angeles. A big bold meaty production, crammed with emotion. A beseeching lead vocal, soothed by celestial girls calming chorus and muscular but considerate backing.

Beat Ballad Heaven awaits you...

But as weird as it may seen to some less fanatical Northern Soul collectors.. that sleeve is the star of the show. It is only the 2nd. time in my life I've had it for sale, in 50 years of messing around with vinyl.

Rare completeness indeed... a listing for those of you, very serious about collecting Northern Soul.



Condition Report

X on a-side label, flipside label is clean. Both sides o the vinyl have full gloss, just a couple of very mild hairlines

X on a-side label, flipside label is clean. Both sides o the vinyl have full gloss, just a couple of very mild hairlines

Georgous George - Get Up Off It / It's Not A Hurting Thing - Peachtree 105

Georgous George

Get Up Off It / It's Not A Hurting Thing

Peachtree : 105 (45s)

The sight of some labels just send seismic shivers through the veins and crate-diggers and collectors alike; William Bell's Atlanta based "Peachtree" is one those rare labels, where every record is sought after and valuable. Invariably offering a thumping cultured dance session one side and in true William Bell style a despairing journey into distilled Deep Soul on the other. An iconic label especially in Japan.

The multi-talented Theo George Odell, tailor to the stars and acclaimed throughout Georgia and beyond, for his rasping expressive vocal and his haute couture artistry. Whilst also earning a living as Atlanta's top MC, with his sparkling charismatic style in constant demand, a style that also came across on the far too few studio recordings.

This one, his 4th 45 release he gives up explosive Northern Soul and beseeching Deep Soul .

So buckle up, the tailor is about to take you on an explosive helter-skelter ride of p[roper-real-deal Northern Soul. A bombardment of brass clears the way for George's James Brown inspired snarling passion, demanding his girl "GETS UP OFF" driven by William Bell's Memphis experience of the "horn section" amplified to another level of ferocity, sweeping you along by a torrent of brutal enthusiasm.

THIS IS PROPER NORTHERN SOUL - unforgiving and relentless!!

Flip it over for a Deep Soul masterpiece, as George spills his insides out onto the floor; painting a picture of his own experience of love. Considered by Deep Soul scholars as one of the purest recordings of despair ever committed to vinyl. George's exquisitely painful screams controlled to the nth degree, tearing at the listeners heart with his palpable misery.

Two killer sides, on a label only marginally more desirable than "Shrine"

Condition Report

Light label storage rub, a-side has initial DB left hand bottom, see image. Flipside label is clean, but reveals light surface wear. Vinyl carries multiple light surface marks,

Light label storage rub, a-side has initial DB left hand bottom, see image. Flipside label is clean, but reveals light surface wear. Vinyl carries multiple light surface marks,

Rain - Out Of My Mind / same: 2:21 version - Bell 45142 DJ

Rain

Out Of My Mind / same: 2:21 version

Bell: 45142 DJ (45s)

A record so synonymous with Wigan Casino, few people are aware it started life at Cleethorpes Pier long before destroying the floor at the Casino.

The highly regarded "Pier" DJ "Poke" was the first DJ to spin it; covered up as "Joan Moody - I'm Comin' Home". But nobody, not even "Poke" himself knew the real identity of what the song nor the artist actually was.
The record he had, was wrongly labelled as "Vicki Anderson" "I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff" on Brownstone, which it clearly wasn't. Just like most of "Poke's" turntable choices of the day, it soon became a Pier monster dancefloor favourite. When it's true status became known, it soon became Wigan Casino anthem. So much so, it featured in that 1977 wonderfully unbiased Tony Palmer "This England" TV documentary about Wigan Casino.

It is not too often a nice clean copy surfaces, unblemished promo labels and squeaky clean vinyl.

On auction today, mainly because I love to tell the story of Poke and his "unknown", that somebody somewhere still owns today as "Vicki Anderson" "I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff" mispress that played a pounding slab of girl-vocal Northern Soul, going viral across the allniters of England.

A listing for those of you accumulating the NS anthems as eye-candy promo's in as clean condition as possible.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, fabulously clean vinyl, that only reveals the merest hairlines under direct light.

Two clean labels, fabulously clean vinyl, that only reveals the merest hairlines under direct light.

Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is / Why Worry - Stateside SS 584 DJ

Aaron Neville

Tell It Like It Is / Why Worry

Stateside : SS 584 DJ (45s)

A double helping of New Orleans Northern Soul from the productive desk of George Davis & Lee Diamond.

Whilst "Tell It Like It Is" is universally considered one of the finest "Last Record" Soul spins, it's superior character has somewhat obscured the Northern Soul qualities of the sizzling b-side "Why Worry".

The Beat Ballad is a session sodden in "Truth" an advisory recording on the virtues of "being straight" the no "bullshit" approach is so eloquently portrayed by that goose-pimple raising vocal of a the 25 year old singer making a record of a lifetime. The beauty being the simplistic genius of the arrangement's intro, of just a guitar, cymbal and the caressing of the piano keys. Allowing the hypnotic lone voice of Aaron Neville to seep into your consciousness, to stay there forever, as hanging horns kick in to cradle the imploring vocal. An unforgettable experience the first and last time you hear this poignant session, such a classy a "last song".

In total contrast the flipside Aaron's unique voice is joined by an uncredited vocal group, as George & Lee mimic the sound of Chicago, with a thumping Carl Davis styled Northern Soul dancer, that today is receiving lots of Northern Soul turntable action; and rightly so, it doesn't have to be an expensive disc, to serve up top-drawer Northern Soul.

So here's a 45, that as a green & white UK Demo is very elusive indeed, giving up not one but two real winners of two differing but equally compelling genres...


May I dedicate this 45 to one of my greatest friends Pete Wright who died suddenly at the tender age of 48, "Tell It Like It Is" was his no. 1 favourite Soul 45. You're a long time gone now Pete, but I don't think I ever drink a pint of Guinness without you entering my thoughts, you were a giant with impeccable taste in music.

Condition Report

Two bright clean green & white labels

Two bright clean green & white labels

Cooperettes - Shing-A-Ling / ( Life Has ) No Meaning Now - Brunswick 55329

Cooperettes

Shing-A-Ling / ( Life Has ) No Meaning Now

Brunswick : 55329 (45s)

Black is beautiful, especially in this spectacular MINT minus condition!

The captivating sound of Philadelphia's most productive sixties Soul team HARTHON again weaving girl-group magic, as the Four Cooper Sisters give up a timeless Northern Soul anthem, direct from the pen of Mum, Mrs Ethyl Cooper.

"Shing-A-Ling" was of course a pre-Wigan Casino monster, Catacombs, Torch, Mecca, Va Va's etc. would all resound to those compelling dance-craze lyrics, stamped into a typically potent George Wilson production.
Today this 45 is rightly considered as one of the top 500 NS greats... an area of collecting which is the proving where the smart vinyl investors money is being targeted in recent times.

Northern Soul classics in tip-top condition is a rising market, there just isn't enough to meet the overwhelming demand and there certainly isn't enough out there, still in so close to perfect condition.

Here's your chance to own an anthem, in it's most desirable clothes; Mint minus BLACK stock copies do not surface every day, and they look so cool.

Click the soundfile to be transported back to the days when Northern Soul was recruiting every teenager who ever ventured into any of the above clubs, on lifetime membership.

Condition Report

Almost a Manship Mint - utterly flawless condition.

Almost a Manship Mint - utterly flawless condition.

Clyde Milton - I'd Rather Leave On My Feet / same: instrumetal - Disco Tac CM 101

Clyde Milton

I'd Rather Leave On My Feet / same: instrumental

Disco Tac : CM 101 (45s)

The much rarer and original press and version of a song so ably covered by Emanuel Laskey, this is Detroit Soulful dance at it's very finest.

Note this is it's first neighbourhood incarnation of the 45, with no mention of "Detroit" on the label, just the street number and street address.

A stunning recording that Milton wrote himself, telling the story of family struggle, pride and determination. The wonderfully descriptive lyrics are cradled by swirling synth, a fanfare of lush horns; delivered by a persuasive vocal supported by a razored girl-group chorus response. A searing slab of late 70's dance Soul.

So what happened to Clyde Milton? For us it's a complete mystery, as surely a man with such an impressive voice and the gift to conjure up poetic lyrics like "I'd Rather Leave On My Feet, Than Live On My Knees" couldn't have just had this singular release, then vanish into Motor City music wilderness.

This tune is top-drawer, a rare mix a poignant lyrics embroidered into a fabulous dance arrangement, elusive, under-played and memorable..

What's not to love?

Condition Report

Two clean light blue labels, vinyl reveals only light surface hairlines,

Two clean light blue labels, vinyl reveals only light surface hairlines,

Herb Ward - Strange Change / Why Do You Want To Leave Me - Argo 5510 DJ

Herb Ward

Strange Change / Why Do You Want To Leave Me

Argo : 5510 DJ (45s)

Time to park your drink .. get on the dancefloor... find a little room... to immerse yourself into one of the most effective mid-tempo Northern Soul 45' ever made..
Be quick as nobody could ever resist that intro..

Essentially this Northern Soul classic could easily have been released on Philly's iconic Arctic label. With the players listed on the label bring this 45 together; Jimmy Bishop, Luther Randolph, Johnny Stiles & Kenny Gamble with the last 3 aided label owner Jimmy Bishop on many future Arctic recordings. But the deal of a national distribution came along and "Philly" hoped to benefit from the muscle Chess could provide. Unfortunately for all concerned the disc failed to get any reaction and today must be one of Argo's most elusive mid-60's releases.

Today this classic is rightly considered a DJ "statement" to play. As the obviously unofficial bootlegs and the kudos-losing British imprints, erode the reputations for any DJ's to present in their sets, unless it was the eye-catching Argo original. Before you today is a record that could hardly enhance a DJ's stature than this rare PROMO is flawless condition.

A record with an intro, that has been a call to dancefloor-action at every allniter across the land for decades. A simplistic but potent piano notes, supported by a murmuring bass-guitar plucks, set Herb Ward off on a most-momentous two and a half minutes Northern Soul has to offer. One of the all-time great-beginnings...then in true Philadelphia style this record showcases the embryonic TSOP; with a bevvy of girls relentlessly tweeting the chorus; then a bank of strings zip into play. THe 100% Philly influence is now complete.

A record you just cannot tired of hearing or dancing to, an original not many people can boast of owning. Not forgetting the flipside is a vocal-group masterpiece in it's own right.

This is Northern Soul at it's most gratifying..

Condition Report

Two clean labels - exceptionally spotless vinyl that only reveals the lightest of hairlines.

Two clean labels - exceptionally spotless vinyl that only reveals the lightest of hairlines.

Jimmy Thomas - Everyday ( I Wake Up Crying ) / Pocket Change -  Soto Play SO 0026

Jimmy Thomas

Everyday ( I Wake Up Crying ) / Pocket Change

Soto Play : SO 0026 (45s)

This weeks obscure R&B romp comes out of Los Angeles; from the rasping vocal of a young 23 year old Jimmy Thomas, his first solo recording whilst Jimmy was an integral part of the Ike Turner's "Kings Of Rhythm". Before advancing into a team member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue; here his the talented Thomas on Nathaniel McCoy's highly regarded "Soto Play" label the home of so many highly prized 45s. George Allen, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton jump to mind.

The side we lead with was written by Jimmy Thomas himself, drawing heavily from Memphis Slim's " Everyday I Have The Blues ". GIven more pace, passion and drive; elevated by a full-on Bluesy/Jazz backing most likely provided by his buddies at in the "Kings Of Rhythm". A barrage of brass, rattling percussion and wild blues guitar that comes to the fore with a magnificent solo part. Really strong L.A. R&B dance groove, for the lovers of undiluted R&B this is an uncompromising bomb!

Flipside is a Blues wailer featuring some screaming guitar riffs, as Jimmy "gives up a fall on his knees" performance. Considered a fabulous early 60's Blues outing by the connoisseurs of the sound.

Jimmy a year later following Tina Turner onto Juggy Murray's Sue label but failed to hit, then of course went on to provide the Northern Soul scene with "Where There's A Will" for Mirwood, a much-loved classic.

Before coming to England to settle in late 60's to record one of the finest UK Soul 45's ever for Parlophone.

This Soto Play 45 is in our experience his rarest 45 of all his releases, his first, a potent slab of R&B with no frills or pretension. Straight from the streets of Los Angeles, 58 years ago..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl is unblemished. A fine clean copy.

Two flawless labels, vinyl is unblemished. A fine clean copy.

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Tan Geers - Let My Heart And Soul Be Free / What's The Use Of Me Trying - Okeh 4-7319 DJ

Tan Geers

Let My Heart And Soul Be Free / What's The Use Of Me Trying

Okeh : 4-7319 DJ (45s)

In the world of superior Northern Soul 45 double siders this disc reigns supreme. One of the finest "two for the price of one" NS recordings ever committed to vinyl.

You could blindfold DJ with records of this calibre, as both sides have the power to lift any DJ set with their rich productions, enhanced by vocal-group harmony excellence. Both sides written by the mysterious "Plato" with the spine-tingling arrangements crafted by Nick Barker for a perfect blending of Baltimore & Philadelphia influenced Northern Soul.

Don't take our word for it, click the double soundfile to unleash two dancefloor classics of equal magnificence.

Then think about, how and where you could acquire two wondrous Northern Soul dancers of this quality for the price..

May we suggest ....nowhere I know of..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side just reveals the merest residue stain (see images), vinyl is clean, some light hairlines foiund under light light. Plays beautifully.

Two clean labels, a-side just reveals the merest residue stain (see images), vinyl is clean, some light hairlines foiund under light light. Plays beautifully.

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