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Yum Yums - Gonna Be A Big Thing / Looky Looky ( What I Got ) - ABC Paramount 10697 DJ

Yum Yums

Gonna Be A Big Thing / Looky Looky ( What I Got )

ABC Paramount : 10697 DJ (45s)

THE REAL THING!
One of Northern Soul's most-wanted, a rarity that has over this century become one of record collecting's wisest investments.. nothing in my experience is more collectable than a Northern Soul real-deal classic rarity in tip-top condition.

This listing is of course the authentic 1965 promo, NOT the 1970's Nottingham commissioned counterfeit, that has over the years unfortunately caused a few to make a poor investment believing they were purchasing the original.

But fear not the difference between the real-thing and the fake are fairly easy to spot, we have even done a You Tube video on this very title and this flagrantly shameful counterfeit exposed with matrix images and deadwax pitting. Search for "Manship Bootlegs episode 3"

Meantime gaze upon this plain-face of gorgeousness that so many have dreamed of owning, but those opportunities are few and far between with competition mounting on the rare occasions it comes to market.

Both sides by this "one-shot" Philly girl-group who became the city's premier girl gathering as "Honey & The Bees". Jerry Ross along with Neil Brian, Joe Renzetti reactivated with "Gonna Be a Big Thing" with The Sapphires a little later. As did Johnny Pate with "Looky Looky" giving The Kittens a shot at the Ashford-Simpson-Armstead" dancer..

Few, if any Northern Soul collector or DJs want counterfeits, reissues, later versions, they want the real deal.. Ingrained into the very fabric of the Northern Soul devotee, is the need, dedication and motivation to own the real-deal first incarnation of the Northern Soul greats..

and this is it!!



Condition Report

Two flawless labels, fine clean impeccable vinyl

Two flawless labels, fine clean impeccable vinyl

Lonnie Lester - You Can't Go / You Choose - Nu-Tone 210

Lonnie Lester

You Can't Go / You Choose

Nu-Tone : 210 (45s)

The power of the dancefloor, the needs of the Northern Soul DJ plus this 45's growing elusiveness, have pushed the demand and value of this explosive slab of R&B skyward..

A droning whistling hum intro, hanging in the background. But not overwhelming the aggressive snarling, a spitting verbal attack that Lonnie Lester delivers with no mercy whatsoever. What a combination! Chuck Danzy's Funk inclination drives a wild uncompromising backing track, so in tune with Lonnie's attitude saturated style.

It's pure Chicago meat & potatoes R&B aided by Lonnie's Gary, Indiana formative years, the edginess of the neighbourhood hanging on his every phrase..

Northern Soul with balls, a dancefloor detonator... every time!

The Deep soul flip drips in emotion also - do not overlook it.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, flawless mint minus vinyl. As good as it gets...

Two clean labels, flawless mint minus vinyl. As good as it gets...

Strange - Madness / If You're So In Love - Cleveland Unlimited CU 502

Strange

Madness / If You're So In Love

Cleveland Unlimited : CU 502 (45s)

A 1978 Chris Spaggins D.I.Y. Cleveland neighbourhood project, erupting in irrepressible energy driven by convincing instrumentation.

A whirling synthesiser swings into the groove, partnered by jazzy keyboard pulses, the pairing rising aloft to be joined by outrageously squealing horns... enter the insistent group vocals all swirling round into a vortex of compelling small label dance Soul.

Big tune in Europe, where the more powerful 70's dance rarities are favoured. No nicey-nicey two-steppers in the heart of the night, for those vibrant clubs. Here's a tune to corral them into the danbce space, an instant dance-space igniter.

Rare, elusive sitting in the DJ boxes of only the elite..

Do not pass by if you like whipping up a storm of modern Soul.



Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light surface marks, none of which affect play.. listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light surface marks, none of which affect play.. listen to the soundfile lifted directly off this disc.

O'Jays - I Dig Your Act / I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow ( Than I Was Yesterday ) - Stateside SS 2073 DJ

O'Jays

I Dig Your Act / I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow ( Than I Was Yesterday )

Stateside : SS 2073 DJ (45s)

A Twisted Wheel favourite in it's most desirable seriously rare green and white Demo format.

There are classics and then there are a few records that become of part of your fabric, laying down your chosen musical taste that you’ve lived your life by. When dancing, listening or buying records that enhance your record collection, your time on the dancefloor or just 2 and a bit minutes of joy, hearing a record that catapults you back to your wonder years...

The genius of George Kerr meets one of the most accomplished Soul groups of all time. The result was the creation of a flipside that became a cornerstone of the Northern Soul Family. a real-deal timeless classic encapsulating everything that glues this scene together.

Those beautifully expressive voices, harmonising a sweet-revenge tale, when his previous girlfriend messed up, lost him to another girl and she’s now trying to win his back with “silly games”

Just brilliant, as uplifting today as it was when I first heard it as a 16 year old. And then there’s the original lead side that today greets my now maturer ears as another vocal group masterpiece to savour...

A listing of a proper British collectors jewel...

Condition Report

Two clean green and white promo labels, see images. Vinyl reveals fine surface blemishes, as you can hear it plays flawless.

Two clean green and white promo labels, see images. Vinyl reveals fine surface blemishes, as you can hear it plays flawless.

Big Jack Reynolds - I Had A Litttle Dog / You Won't Treat Mr Right - Hi-Q 5036

Big Jack Reynolds

I Had A Litttle Dog / You Won't Treat Mr Right

Hi-Q: 5036 (45s)

One of only two 45's this gargantuan of Motor City Blues released. Another killer Detroit R&B mover, a rattling slab of harmonica driven jump Blues; enriched by a full blooded snarling "Big Jack" vocal peppered with his searing signature harmonica breaks. "Big Jack" already revered by the R&B Jocks with his vital to own "Made t Up In Your Mind" his Mah's recording from one year earlier.

This 45 his second and last as far as we know, is equally as impressive, as again his attacking style instantly wins your attention. Potent percussion drives the pace, as Big Jack goes into combat mode, insistent delivery only pausing for searing harmonica breaks.

Why this great Blues talent on had two 45 release is puzzling, the man has presence, muscle and skill..

Flip it over for a Blues lament of enthralling quality.

A great seldom seen Detroit rarity in stunning condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, astonishingly unblemished previously unplayed vinyl. A real beauty!

Two clean labels, astonishingly unblemished previously unplayed vinyl. A real beauty!

Tony Middleton - Paris Blues / Out Of This world - Mala 544 DJ

Tony Middleton

Paris Blues / Out Of This World

Mala : 544 DJ (45s)

A stunning copy of this Cleethorpes ground-breaking Spin.

It seems today, that when you relive this giant of a NS classic, that it started life as an unlikely choice of all niter/weekend play.

The Northern Soul scene had just gotten over a servere fork in the road, a controversial time of the right-angle diversity created by Wigan Casino “pop stompers”, Blackpool Mecca passion for new disco releases, Cleethorpes liking for funk, along with DJ’s arranging and producing their own records with the guidance of experienced USA producers that even hit the UK charts... Northern Soul turntable pucks seemed to be encompassing every form of “dance”.

So how did this funeral paced Big City stroller capture the imagination of the Northern Soul dancer... after hearing this 45 at the house of a Belgium collector/DJ in Gent. I was so taken by it’s growling power, I set about trying to acquire a copy. Being unsuccessful at Al Pavlow’s unrivaled house full of 45’s in Rhode Island my go to place for “new wants”, thumbing through his jaw-dropping racks of 45’s. Eventually my Belgium friend parted with his 45..after I found him a few from his intriguing “Goldmine” wants list advert.

Fortunately I had the perfect opportunity to drop this off-the-wall grinder into my set; as Cleethorpes DJ’s adopted “a clear the dance floor” for the next DJ “Joke” taken in a light hearted manner by all involved.

I played “Paris Blues” as my last record for over 2 months. At first to stand-still gazes of bemusement from a static dance floor, until a few would shuffle around in self conscious politeness. Then one afternoon “Paris Blues” had the opposite affect. Instead of emptying the dance floor for the next DJ, this Winter Gardens Sunday afternoon, it filled the floor. With the jolly waiting figure of “Bub” chuckling away telling me can he’s “Starting my set with DescO’Conner, these fcukers will dance to owt!”

Claus Ogerman’s mighty, mighty production and Tony Middleton’s growling vocal, became a pace-changer for the Cleethorpes dancers, just as Arin Demain had also done. Both rising up from tongue-in-cheek bit of turntable “banter” from the Cleethorpes family of DJ’s, lovingly assembled by the parents of Cleethorpes Mary and Colin Chapman.

R.I.P. Colin and thank you both for the DJing break you gave to me 46 years ago.. this record review is written with you still bright in my memory.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest storage blemish from it's birth-sleeve. A top copy.

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest storage blemish from it's birth-sleeve. A top copy.

Wilson Pickett - Let Me Be Your Boy / My Heart Belongs To You - MGM 1286

Wilson Pickett

Let Me Be Your Boy / Your Heart Belongs To You

MGM: 1286 (45s)

When this 45 was issued in the UK in 1962 Wilson Pickett was an unknown artist to the British record buying public, consequently the 45 died an instant death selling nothing. Except for those Record Shops that religiously order ever 45 off the record industry release sheets. Determined to pull customers into their store with the boast.. we stock everything on release, no need to pre-order. This tactic certainly worked well in the "I want it now" record collector environment. Good for customers but very bad for cash flow. Very few shops carried this through with this sales tactic into the 70's. Only a limited amount of this 45actually left the confines of EMI..

Which is a shame as this debut single fir Wilson Pickett showcases the very essence of a burgeoning Detroit music scene, as every fledgling independent record company hustled to emulate Berry Gordy's success. Correc-Tone was one of those enterprises. In fact this recording launched William Golden's new label, as he lured Wilson Pickett away from Robert West's Lu Pine and their most successful group The Falcons.

It was only be 3 years later when Wilson Pickett become the idol of the MODS and a household name with his smash hit "In The Midnight Hour" considered at the time as a Soul club monster, the lyrics resonating so well with the "All-night" lifestyle. Leaving "Let Me Be Your Boy" well hidden..

More recent times Verve's 1965 attempt to piggyback on "Midnight Hour's" success allowed the Northern Soul DJ access to a great Northern Soul tune (The 1962 original Correc-tone 45 remaining to rare for a concerted mass turntable assault to happened.) But the Verve release did the trick, today "Let Me Be Your Boy" is a NS classic and fills he floor everytime...

But what about owning a UK copy is rather rare condition.. this is not a disc you encounter every day virtually unblemished...

and doesn't it catch the eye.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, see images. Vinyl is rather special, full gloss, only revealing the merest hairline under direct light. listen it plays flawless, a whisker away from mint minus

Two clean labels, see images. Vinyl is rather special, full gloss, only revealing the merest hairline under direct light. listen it plays flawless, a whisker away from mint minus

Edie Walker - Good Guys / Young Tears Don't Fall Forever - Rising Sons  RS 713 DJ

Edie Walker

Good Guys / Young Tears Don't Fall Forever

Rising Sons : RS 713 DJ (45s)

"The Good Old Days Of Northern Soul...When "You Can't Tell The Good Guys From The Bad"

A listing especially for those of you dedicated to the Northern Soul real-deal classics, the game-changers from the early 70's and want to o original first presses only.

Here is the extremely elusive November 1968 Promo label variation, that dispels all doubts of authenticity whilst giving you quite easily it's rarest format.

Let me explain..
In the early 70s whilst Simon Soussan was supplying the UK DJ's with his latest discoveries, his ingenious mind, had the bright idea of bootlegging the sure-fire futire monster "finds"; before anyone knew what the original was, or even looked like.

When Simon found this Florida lady's most brilliant NS dancer, he decided to rename the label from Rising Sons to "Real Soul". You see his tongue-in-cheek thinking R S; Rising Sons changes to "Real Soul". Pressed using that signature shocking-pink Los Angeles labelling so popular in the 60's. Changing Edie's name to Patience Valentine and retitling it as "You Can't Tell The Good Guys From The Bad".

An ironic title for Simon to invent, as we really couldn't tell "The Good Guys From The Bad"... The sting was now set, Patience Valentine was sent to the British DJ's, it was an instant success and Simon had 300 copies on hand to meet the demand... they were soon being sold at all Soul 45 shops throughout the UK.

But it gets worse, to muddy the waters ever further, when the original vinyl white promo was found on Rising Sons, within a short time, the white promo was convincingly counterfeited as an exact label replica. Flooding the market with no mention of it being a bootleg.

Let's face it, this Northern Soul collecting thing, was a minefield of deception throughout the 70's. It wasn't until a few years later that anybody noticed we'd all had our "pants pulled down" with a mountain of counterfeits slowly and steadily drip-fed into the market.. Darrell Banks - Angel Baby , Marsha Gee, Dalton Boys, Casanova Two, Fred Hughes, Sandy Wynns, Coasters, Carstairs, Joe Douglas... far too many to mention.. but all now all thankfully clearly documented.

So let's get back to Edie Walker, the original vinyl press white demo is RARE but devalued slightly by a convincing counterfeit that has fooled many collectors...Before you today is Edie's rarest by far, variation of this great song that made a few dishonest dealers a few "bob" back in the day..

FULL COLOUR West Coast November 1968 press, there's no confusion here, it's obviously stunning label-art quite stunning and 100x rarer than the original white promo pressed in vinyl..

Collecting authentic Northern Soul, is so very satisfying when you are the owner of such authentic label beauty...




You can't tell The Good Guys From The Bad"


Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals hardly a blemish

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals hardly a blemish

Lee Stone - What Is Life / Eyes Full Of Starshine - Break Out BO 1003

Lee Stone

What Is Life / Eyes Full Of Starshine

Break Out : BO 1003 (45s)

From the desk of Oliver Sain comes a chunk of real class, little wonder this groove is so seriously sought after, rare Jazzy/Soul dance groove from St. Louis.

Condition Report

Two clean labels fine clean vinyl only revealing the merest surface blemish under direct light

Two clean labels fine clean vinyl only revealing the merest surface blemish under direct light

Ray Pollard - It's A Sad Thing / All The Things You Are + autographed label - United Artists UA 50012

Ray Pollard

It's A Sad Thing / All The Things You Are + autographed label

United Artists : UA 50012 (45s)

A special Northern Soul icon with one of his greatest recordings, in fine condition, complete with his autograph on the a-side label. Signed after his legendary Wednesday Night 100 Club appearance, then a few days later appearing at the Cleethorpes Weekender. Giving the British Soul fan an unforgettable first hand experience of a seasoned Soul crooner at the very top of his game.

NOthing I can say will elevate the love & respect this man commands within tye Northern Soul community. Ray delivered a vocal that sent shivers through you, emotions only a truly great voice can trigger. A show-stopping vocal of mammoth proportions, with his seemingly effortless manipulation of the Big City Sound.. a Northern Soul legend indeed.

Here's a song that has lived in the shadows of "The Drifter" for arguably far too long. Listen to Mr. Pollard stroll through the opening bars, then as Jerry Granahan & Arnold Goland signal a quickening of the pace, an amplification of the horns. Ray's vocal responds in a heartbeat; just like the thoroughbred he is, instant acceleration of delivery and not an ounce of power dropped, as he tears into another Big City Beast Ballad.

Without question "The Drifter" is a masterpiece, but also undeniable is the quality that seeps from the grooves of this 1965 follow up to his greatest moment..

No forgetting an everlasting "Ray Pollard" autograph to cherish..

Condition Report

Date on label 4-8-66 + Ray Pollard autograph from his Cleethorpes appearance. Vinyl reveals only the merest surface blemish under direct light. All neatly housed in a birth sleeve

Date on label 4-8-66 + Ray Pollard autograph from his Cleethorpes appearance. Vinyl reveals only the merest surface blemish under direct light. All neatly housed in a birth sleeve

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