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Mr. Flood's Party - Compared To What / Unbreakable Toy - GM 714

Mr. Flood's Party

Compared To What / Unbreakable Toy

GM : 714 (45s)

Original 1971 1st Detroit press of this favourite Northern Soul Wigan Casino anthem, that still today receives a highly appreciative response every time it;s dropped...

But DJ's beware the only really acceptable way to play this classic is from this original USA press or the 1971 UK Ember 45 and that has nothing to do with OVO guidelines.. the other releases range from an inferior version to a downright laughable press.

UK Bulldog release is a different mix to the 1975 UK reissue. The Soul City UK press is an utter joke, again a different version and awful sound quality complete with scratchy pops, ticks and crackles... amazingly shabby mastering.

So what ever your preference be for the USA or the UK original on GM or Ember, the first press is crucial to maintain DJ credibility.

This GM press has in more recent years disappeared from the market, now seldom surfacing for sale.

How pleasing to see this "yellow" delight again after a few years of absence from our website.

Condition Report

Stunning condition throughout flawless vinyl and labels.

Stunning condition throughout flawless vinyl and labels.

Kittie Doswell - Just A Face In The Crowd / This Can Only Happen To Me - HES H-2468

Kittie Doswell

Just A Face In The Crowd / This Can Only Happen To Me

HES : H-2468 (45s)

During the early 60's Kittie was a long term member of the Ray Johnson Jazz/Soul combo, cutting a several 45's earning her the name "Miss Soul" with her moody, Bluesy approach to Jazz becoming locally renowned.

After taking a lengthy break for releasing 45's, almost 10 years later the lady bounces back with this premiership example of the Soulful Crossover. A perfectly delivered example of California Rare Soul; Emerson Currethers captures Kittie's highly qualified vocal and blends it into a killer "Crossover" arrangement. You can hear all those years of experience with Ray Johnson, as Kittie manipulates the lyrics with her deliciously husky voice. Subtle horns take to the air, a relentless bass-guitar lays down the desire to dance, as Kittie just strolls through this high-calibre Crossover Northern Soul groove.

In recent years this disc has utterly disappeared, out=r first chance of auctioning for over 4 years, and a very challenging disc to acquired in tip-top condition. This disc is a strong Mint minus and will certainly be replacing our rather crackly copy that currently sits of our YouTube channel.

Top drawer Soulful Crossover from a lady saturated in style, class and charisma, in the condition ideal for the DJ to impress with.



Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, the vinyl reveals minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays strong, loud and clean.

Two totally clean labels, the vinyl reveals minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays strong, loud and clean.

Silky Hargraves - Keep Loving Me ( Like You Do ) / You're Too Good ( To Me Baby ) - Dearborn D-563

Silky Hargraves

Keep Loving Me ( Like You Do ) / You're Too Good ( To Me Baby )

Dearborn : D-563 (45s)

A chance for the NS DJ to secure a dancefloor favourite perhaps at a fraction of it's value, this copy has lightly worn labels (see images) vinyl with multiple light surface marks but as you can hear both sides of the Detroit Monster play really well. Much better than it's untidy appearance suggests.

On auction because the grooves give up two of my all tome favourite Northern Soul recordings.. utterly lush Northern Soul you can never tire of..


Also this song gets my vote for the greatest music video of rare-soul on You-tube, as those swirling strings take you through an aerial view of the Motor City, as the screen resounds to the tones of one of the city's finest Northern Soul moments.

If you feel you need an uplift, just go to you-tube and find Silky's song floating high above the buildings of Detroit, awesome.

The affect it has on a Northern Soul dancefloor is not far behind.. for decades this Silky Hargraves / Ron Dunbar collaboration has adorned many thinking DJ's play lists...

Your play list now and maybe at an affordable price..

Condition Report

Multiple light surface marks, visually vg plays much, much better. X on flipside label, mild storage ring wear on both labels

Multiple light surface marks, visually vg plays much, much better. X on flipside label, mild storage ring wear on both labels

Reactions - Live My Life For Myself / THe Rev. Martin Luther King - Sanfris SF 50 DJ

Reactions

Live My Life For Myself / The Rev. Martin Luther King

Sanfris : SF 50 (45s)

This highly sought after New York label owned by Miss Santa Friscia, has provided the Northern Soul and several other collectors scenes with several gems, this 45 #50 is the rarest in our experience only our 2nd. copy in 25 years or more... and certainly our first PROMO copy ever!

A huge variety of local genres from the extreme Garage sound of The "Tides In" group.To the excruciating Deep Soul sadness of the highly elusive and unknown artist Johnny Tipp. Sanfris covered all bases, here we have a tribute to Martin Luther King by Samuel Smith, hiding a killer vocal-group Northern Soul dancer on the flip. A dancer with an underground collectors following for those who delight in diggin's deeper .

A Gospel influenced (dead right for today's dancefloor tastes) the ringing vibes intro carries a pleading lead vocal, then a rich array of male tones take over. A male choir, with the lead vocal changing numerous times as it stides through a horn propelled backing track, lifted by heavy drumming. This a mid-tempo rarity to take notice of, far away from the norm; out their and ready to captivate you with it's Soulful presence. Check out those persuasive voices as the story unfolds, on how the man wants to free, live for himself, don't hold me down.. I'm a man.

A fabulous vibes interlude and the the voices are heading skyward on a wave of horns, enthusiasm for the narrative,,

Vocal group Northern Soul does not come any fuller, richer or more imposing than this. I've now played this disc 5 times on the trot, so my ears can absorb all tat's going on on the ultra-rare Horace Ott production!

Awesome tune!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side vinyl has a few light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays loud, clean and true. Please note the flipside is scratched and crackles most of the way through. To be honest in contrast the record is an insignificant "Elvis" styled big production, so nobosy

Two clean labels, a-side vinyl has a few light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays loud, clean and true. Please note the flipside is scratched and crackles most of the way through. To be honest in contrast the record is an insignificant "Elvis" styled big production, so nobosy

Case Of Tyme - Manifesto / Some call It Love - Legend L-1001

Case Of Tyme

Manifesto / Some call It Love

Legend : L-1001 (45s)

The greatest saxophone insanity ever committed to vinyl, inspiring Northern Soul with wonder-years flashbacks fully guaranteed.

When it comes to acquiring the real-deal Northern Soul originals wearing their rarest original clothes, this very first press of a timeless Wigan Casino anthem seldom surfaces for air.
But a true collectors-piece surrounded by much confusion, having been reissued, bootlegged, counterfeited in so many forms.

first press - is the styrene green label Legend L-1001 - before you here today.
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 black vinyl
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 blue vinyl
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 red vinyl
counterfeit is the vinyl green label Legend L-1001 multi-coloured vinyl
Bootleg vinyl press red label

Then there's the genuine 2nd press - pressed in vinyl, YELLOW label crediting James Lewis and The Case Of Tyme. When purchasing this affordable genuine reissue "original" Ensure the deadwax matrix reads L1014 A - flipside matrix reads L10 14 B the bottom of the "B" is scratched twice giving an transposed effect.
But BEWARE of Yellow label, Red logo, black text COUNTERFEITS with a scratched ZTSC matrix in the deadwax they are counterfeits of the 2nd. issue.
The bewilderment goes on and on; as there's a Yellow label black text bootleg; a white label, styrene bootleg also .. phew! This record over the years has attracted more illicit activity than most all other Northern Soul classics..

When I said confusing, it was an understatement...Today in the sweltering climate of OVO only events, this listing is the ONLY TRUE first press original. It turns up for sale vey rarely, especially in this exceptional condition..

So if you agree with and adhere to OVO guidelines and want to own the finest Northern Soul classics in the best possible condition .. do not pass this NS tsunami by..



Condition Report

Two perfect inviting green labels, utterly unblemished. The playing surfaces are likewise, only the merest surface blemish under close scrutiny, angled under direct light. Plays flawless, NO previous DJ ownership. <br /> This is as "fresh" as you could ever hope to own.

Two perfect inviting green labels, utterly unblemished. The playing surfaces are likewise, only the merest surface blemish under close scrutiny, angled under direct light. Plays flawless, NO previous DJ ownership.
This is as "fresh" as you could ever hope to own.

Kenny Hamber - These Arms Of Mine / Looking For a Love - Arctic 139

Kenny Hamber

These Arms Of Mine / Looking For a Love

Arctic : 139 (45s)

Deep Soul, Northern Soul, Philadelphia aficionados and Arctic label addicts.

This is Arctic 139 as the rarely encountered stock copy offering a Philly reworking of Otis Redding's timeless classic. On the original October 1968 press, light blue label dark blue text. A sight you very seldom see, one of those inexplicably rare #'s in the run of this highly desirable label.

One of only two 45's Kenny released for Arctic during those competitive late 60's. Today both 45's are highly prized, but "Looking For a Love" complete with a flipside is easily his rarest. An annoyingly elusive challenge for the dedicated Deep Soul collector to acquire. For the Northern Soul collector the a-side a thumping stompin' version of The Valentinos classic "Looking For For A Love" does turn up on the promo with the blank flip.

Whether you collect Deep Soul, Northern Soul, the Arctic label or just appreciate and recognize seriously rare 45's. This is a complete disc most-all Rare Soul collections are missing..

Check out Kenny's impressive vocal powers, on both fast and slow Soul recordings..

Condition Report

Superb clean vinyl, two clean Excellent labels, in that tempting ice-blue with dark blue text.

Superb clean vinyl, two clean Excellent labels, in that tempting ice-blue with dark blue text.

Yvonne Prenosilova - When My Baby Cries / Come On Home - Pye 7N 15775

Yvonne Prenosilova

When My Baby Cries / Come On Home

Pye: 7N 15775 (45s)

After several releases in here native Czechoslovakia a year earlier, Tony Hatch takes this impressive 18 year old, under his wing for one solitary session, but produces two top-drawer Girl recordings for British release in 1965.

The A-side is a fabulous Big-City-Beater from the pen from Dusty Springfield highly regarded back-up singer Lesley Duncan, masterfully conducted by Tony Hatch who constructs an inspiring song worthy of any Brill Building output.
An imposing burping brass intro, gives way to a beautifully controlled girl vocal, effortlessly lifting to the mountainous production as it begins to unfold. Tony Hatch was without question the greatest UK producer of the "Big Production" ; this beast of a mid-tempo again underlines his spectacular prowess in the studio.

Tony could compose a great tune also, especially those upbeat NS styled dancers like his " Life And Soul Of The Party " that Tina Mason recorded so brilliantly. Here he is again conducting a lively "Go-Go " Northern Soul dancer, fiery fast and furious a 1965 girl-stomper that the girl-sound collectors just adore.

Two strong sides on one very elusive disc that in recent times has garnered Northern Soul admiration, after sitting high on the girl-sound collectors lists for decades.

One of the harder mid-sixties NS dancers to acquire, we know very few collectors can boast ownership of this beauty.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels housed in birth-sleeve, as good as it gets condition.

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels housed in birth-sleeve, as good as it gets condition.

Equinox - It Is Love / Winter Storm - Encore 564

Equinox

It Is Love / Winter Storm

Encore : 564 (45s)

Oh how we adore, tiny local labels that debut these pages. Records we've never encountered before, always fire the enthusiasm for this never ending circle of discovery, obscure 45s there us always some that have eluded your searches for the unknown; this is one of them.

We were aware of a copy sitting in that most wonderful of Soul Group archives, that Soul historian Bob Abrahamian relentlessly accumulated during his short but highly influential lifetime. But this is the very first copy we have seen or had the pleasure of hearing. To the north west of Atlanta, Georgia sits the small town of Smyrna, where in the early 80's this town gave birth to this unlikely Jazzy / Soul dance groove. An uplifting easy going session led by a silky vocal, propelled by keyboard synth and harmony cooing..
Ideal for the European scene or those Soul Essence yearly gatherings, as the fusion of wah-wah guitar, considerate drumming, whirling keyboard and that gentle breeze of heavenly choruses, blowing through the whole session.

Bob, we hear particularly liked the flipside ballad, a slow-burn builder with strong piano rhythm before a male group chorus occasionally joins the proceedings.

Ridiculously RARE and we presume yet to make it's club turntable debut.. potential for exclusive rights is obvious..

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl under direct light reveals light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays a strong clean excellent.

Two perfect labels, vinyl under direct light reveals light surface marks, but as you can hear it plays a strong clean excellent.

Carl Carlton - I Can Feel It / You've Got So Much (Top Learn About Love ) - Back Beat 617

Carl Carlton

I Can Feel It / You've Got So Much (To Learn About Love )

Back Beat : 617 (45s)

A floor-filling Northern Soul monster, Joshie Jo Armstead yet again a creates foolproof dance experience with the capacity to trigger a rush for dancefloor space..

So uplifting, so positive, feelgood Northern Soul at it's best.

Condition is near perfect..

It's a no-brainer for the DJ box

Condition Report

A super clean copy, flawless vinyl two unblemished labels.

A super clean copy, flawless vinyl two unblemished labels.

Blues & Soul - Blues & Soul # 22 September 1969 / Aretha Franklin front cover  - Blues & Soul 22

Blues & Soul

Blues & Soul # 22 September 1969 / Aretha Franklin front cover

Blues & Soul : 22 (Magazine)

In the year the world lost the greatest ever Soul Sister, how poignant to look back 49 years and see Aretha Franklin adorning the front cover of September 1969 Blues & Soul. Just as much loved then as she was in 2018. Issue #22 has so much more than just the historical front cover.

Not one but two Dave Godin columns, both as controversial as ever as he destroys the lyrics of The Temptations "Cloud Nine"

In memory of Shorty Long who died in a boating accident, Godin laments what might have been. A stunning picture of Shorty accompanies the obituary.
In memory of Roy Hamilton who died from a stroke at the tender age of 40, image what his recording output would have grown to had he lived into old-age.

Centerfold is an essential pose from The Dells.

Full page picture of The Drifters, other small black & white's include. Jerry Butler, Temptations & David Ruffin.

Inc: 8 page ON DISC soul vinyl release supplement, which is usually "lost" discarded long ago.

I'm always enthralled by these early magazine, reflecting on attitudes of the day, but on this occasion I can't help but wonder the obituary Dave Godin would have written on the sad passing of The Queen Of Soul..

Condition Report

Light storage wear, corner-tip rub, the 8 page ON DISC supplement, has a coffee cup ring on the front page. check out all te scans it does look so authentically "lived-in". A beautiful piece of our past, to be treasured fir future generations, especially Aretha's pose and Dave Godin's musings.

Light storage wear, corner-tip rub, the 8 page ON DISC supplement, has a coffee cup ring on the front page. check out all te scans it does look so authentically "lived-in". A beautiful piece of our past, to be treasured fir future generations, especially Aretha's pose and Dave Godin's musings.

Willie Parker - I've Got To Fight It / Let's Start A Thing Now - M-Pac 7233

Willie Parker

I've Got To Fight It / Let's Start A Thing Now

M-Pac: 7233 (45s)

In the true tradition of the city, from the streets of Chicago comes a barrage of brass propelling a snarling beast of a vocal, unstoppable NORTHERN SOUL!.

You can almost hear Willie Parker announcing "Mr. Sayles You Ain't Half As Bad As Me" as Willie drives his voice right through the heart of his listeners. Ferocious, determined, relentless in getting his point over, Willie Parker on every recording threw his passion, weight and Soul into blowing you away; Eddie Silvers must have had a problem arranging the horns, just to keep up with the power this man emits. Together blasting brass and Willie's persuasive vocal forge an uncompromising attack on the denial lyrics that Willie is fighting. Crafting proper Northern Soul at it's most destructive.

Another 45 that has suffered over the decades from it's own scarcity. Our sales history of the M-Pac 45's suggests # 7233 is the rarest NS recording of all those fabulous releases.

Unparalleled brass, blues guitar, frantic percussion pushes the production to the very edge of Northern Soul understanding. Could it be any more imposing, more potent, more seismic than this..

We think not, but Willie on the flipside has a damn good go..

Two Northern Soul stompers on one disc, with few comparisons only the greats liker Johnny Sayles, Jimmy Robins, Otis Rush can be spoken of in the same breath..

A tip check out his other commoner 45's , they are all GREAT!!

Condition Report

Full gloss, flawless vinyl. Two clean labels.

Full gloss, flawless vinyl. Two clean labels.

Various Artists - The Motortown Revue Vol. 2 / autographed  by KIM WESTON - Motown 615

Various Artists

The Motortown Revue Vol. 2 / autographed by KIM WESTON

Motown: 615 (LP)

Not an easy Motown album to acquire as the authentic original 1964 press - add Kim Weston's dedication and autograph, bottom middle front and this LP becomes rather special indeed.

Live at Detroit's "Fox Theatre" The 16 cut track listing is impressive including The Temptations - I Want A Love I Can See -
Kim Weston herself does 3 of her first recordings for Motown 2 of which were her first two singles. 1. Love Me The Right Way 2. Just Loving You the 3rd track is the bonus of her contribution as 3. "He's Alright" never got issued as a 45, or indeed an album track other than this "Motown Revue" performance. An hipshaking Motown stomper, frantic, relentless, snappy slab of Motown with a full girl-group backup. Hear Kim manipulate a full house of Detroiters, she has them eating out of her hand with her sassy chat and emotional singing.

Berry Gordy was obviously expecting Kim Weston to become the next big Motown girl, giving her fully 3 songs to perform on the night. Noting Marvin Gaye ha only 2.

Likewise the Martha and the Vandellas performed the Impressions classic "It's Alright" no 45 was never issued as a 45.
This album unlike many "live" lp's before it, really does captures the theater atmosphere of the final show, in their hometown of the 1963 Motown Revue countrywide tour.

M.C. Bill Murrray builds up the acts, and it;s almost like you're there right in the cauldron of Motown hysteria.


Condition Report

Neat clean vinyl, a few mild surface marks, plays as you can hear, clean and true. Two unblemished labels all housed in original LP advert inner sleeve. The cover is exceptional with the only blemish be

Neat clean vinyl, a few mild surface marks, plays as you can hear, clean and true. Two unblemished labels all housed in original LP advert inner sleeve. The cover is exceptional with the only blemish be

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