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Mary Wells - My Guy / Oh Little Boy - Stateside SS 288 DJ

Mary Wells

My Guy / Oh Little Boy

Stateside : SS 288 DJ (45s)

RARE very rare, red & white DEMO o0f Mary's biggest hit.

The scholars of the British red & white demo, will not need me to remind them the rarest ones, the ones that so seldom come to market asare the "hits". "Baby Love" is a prime example, as a red & white demo it is dog-rare. As is this vision of beauty, "My Guy" demo.

Just when Mary hit the pinnacle of her career, her head was turned by the meagre returns she was receiving from this smash hit that went to no. 1 on both the Billboard & the R&B charts. 20th Century Fox were quick to sign her, with dreams of movie parts and promises that she'd still be working with talented Detroit bred writers and producers. Mary's last release for Motown was "My Guy" with "When I'm Gone" shelved and later handed over to Brenda Holloway.

Mary's signature song, one that everyone born before 1969 knows the words to. Her biggest British hit reaching no. 5 in the charts.

But as a Red & White it is unicorn-rare, staggeringly beautiful and a number so many have missing frim their treasured runs.


Condition Report

Very clean vinyl, revealing only a fine sleeve storage hairline or two. Two clean labels, no writing, no sticker no tears. Check out left side area by the centre prong, there is small area of h2o to the red. hardly noticeable,

Very clean vinyl, revealing only a fine sleeve storage hairline or two. Two clean labels, no writing, no sticker no tears. Check out left side area by the centre prong, there is small area of h2o to the red. hardly noticeable,

Stridells - The Power To Dream / Stick-Em Up kind Of Lovin' - Morgan YDY 369

Stridells

The Power To Dream / Stick-Em Up kind Of Lovin'

Morgan : YDY 369 (45s)

Independent but beautifully rich Sweet Soul from a five man Washington, D.C. gathering, guided by Bob Morgan and "Shrine's" Karl Kidd, released on Morgan's own D.I.Y. label.

Their very first 45 together is a dreamily constructed Sweet Soul stroller, with Charles Blagmon's beseeching lead voice, carefully cradled by wealth of harmony voices. A cutting falsetto pierces the air, a booming bass vocal raps etra love into the proceedings, silky tenors, all meld into a cloud of Soulful harmony.

This highly talented group went on to form the foundations for "The Choice Four" who flourished so well, under the stewardship of Van McCoy and Joe Cobb with 3 strong albums and several highly regarded singles.

This 45 is a tough one to acquire, a sweet soul experience with every component riveted in place, this is a song that rivals the great-groups of the time. The East Coast giants like The Delfonics, Manhattans, Blue Notes etc. could not have executed it better.

This is what independent Soul is all about, a team of young hopeful recording brilliance and moving on to bigger and better things..

Killer tune..

Condition Report

Light label nibbles to the perimeter , see label images. Vinyl is clean, revealing only light surface hairlines under light, playing flawlessly throughout. <br /> <br />

Light label nibbles to the perimeter , see label images. Vinyl is clean, revealing only light surface hairlines under light, playing flawlessly throughout.


Frankie Kah'rl - Don't Fan The Flame / I'm In Love - Equador Tamla Motown 29040

Frankie Kah'rl

Don't Fan The Flame / I'm In Love

Equador Tamla Motown : 29040 (45s)

We and all dealers in collectable goods use the word "rare"so very often. That word becomes meaningless when you list records of this calibre from far off destinations, very few of us will ever witness.

This 1976 Los Angeles Motown recording, was pressed on GORDY with the a-side being "I'm In Love". The promo copy had "I'm In Love" on both sides. The stock copy is one rarest 45's within the whole Motown catalogue, the stock copy sold nothing and is insanely RARE!

But it's rarity pales in comparison to this colourful 1977 Tamla Motown 45 from Equador; where someone at the Ecuadorian record company quickly worked out "Don't Fan The Flame" was by far the better side.

For decades now this elusive recording has been long admired, glowingly talked about in the halls of Northern Soul gathering. Few own a release copy on USA Gordy, few even less collectors even knew it came out in Equador. (I certainly didn't)
So, here it is an insanely obscure 43 year old, pressed in high quality vinyl, top fidelity and reproduction. Presented on what has to be one of MOtown's most colourful incarmations, snug in it's original plythene company sleeve.

So now listen to a "lost" Motown treasure that few have ever heard, because so vey few own a copy. This is top-drawer, this is beyond rare and salivatingly good..

Expect competition for this beauty.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels still housed in unique company sleeve

Flawless vinyl, perfect labels still housed in unique company sleeve

Gloria & The T-Aira's - I'm Satisfied / Running Out Of Time - Betty 1204

Gloria & The T-Aira's

I'm Satisfied / Running Out Of Time

Betty: Betty 1204 (45s)

Young Guns, here's an opportunity to embarrass the establishment, by giving this double slab of NS brilliance the air-time it should have received over 4 decades ago.

An invitations to those young Northern Soul DJ's seeking classic style Northern Soul, those old Jocks unbelievably neglected.

Motivated by Chicago's relentless quest to emulate "The Detroit Sound" comes this in dependent label double helping of girl-group Northern Soul. Today of course we know, that Windy City crusade often sparked a sound surpassing the Detroit's charismatic dancers, with stunning D.I.Y. recordings from the streets, often made by virtual unknowns. Like this example.

Jerry Mundo & Sunny Sawyer's 1967 venture into the record business was a serious well thought out process. Even making sure they designed one of the most beautiful and memorable labels of rare Soul you could ever wish to see. Enlisting a studio full of talented musicians on the only 3 recordings of this pairings work, I've ever heard.

They started the label with a Blue-eyed "Garage Mover" before moving on to this Motownesque girl-group dancer that screams the words "real-deal Northern" no matter which side you drop the needle on

Gloria and her girls attack a muscular saxophone saturated dance arrangement laid down by Mundo's studio band "The Hounds". Together the gathering whip up a whirlwind performance of perfect Northern Soul. Giving the serious collectors a real gem to consider on the rare occasions it comes to market.

To be fair, Wigan Casino did give this torrent of girl attitude, some spins but it got lost in the downpour of top-tunes that were entering the country during the mid-70s. Then for some inexplicable reason it got forgotten as the wealth of rare spins to pick from became overwhelming; with the 45rpm floodgates from Los Angeles and Kings Lynn wide open.. it was a case of arm fulls of new exciting tunes every week. With no other DJ's outside presumably owning a copy, this record became another victim of "real-rarity" hindering it's NS progress.

Never mind, at least it prevented it ever being bootlegged and today provides us with a B-side that very few dancers or collectors have ever heard played out..

Two killer girl-tunes, that will surely have their day... especially now there are growing hoards of young enthusiastic Northern Soul DJ's just gagging for the chance to embarrass the DJ establishment.. by reminding them of the real rarities they somehow neglected "back in the day"..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals just a few fine hairlines from sleeve storage. A top copy!

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals just a few fine hairlines from sleeve storage. A top copy!

Sleepy Summers - Strange Cargo / EVerybody's Happy - Gold Leaf 207

Sleepy Summers

Strange Cargo / Everybody's Happy

Gold Leaf: 207 (45s)

Extremely rare downright dirty R&B / Popcorn instrumental that will seep into you consciousness and never leave..

An highly charged narcotic Hammond groove blitzed by brass, evoking visions of mysterious happenings in a far off place. A spy chase scene through darkened streets full of danger.. or a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, a fugitive being pursued by the cops through the streets of Morocco..

That's what Popcorn does to me, it whisks my mind off to places I've never been, into situations I've never experienced. Here is a tune, with the power to spark the imagination, taking you on a journey of wicked adventure!

The real adventure though is being the DJ to first drop this bomb into an unsuspecting "allniter" crowd.. it's a show-stopping instrumental with no comparisons. Bristling with unstoppable monster power, that just grows and grows on wave after wave of intrusive horns, swirling Hammond work and a huge pair of balls. Forming the most memorable slab of Northern Soul/Popcorn/R&B I've heard in recent times...

Awesome tune seeking a home with a DJ who likes to trigger a storm!

Condition Report

A-side label has a couple of light

A-side label has a couple of light

New Sound - Daddy Rap / Na Na Na - Turbo TU 027

New Sound

Daddy Rap / Na Na Na

Turbo : TU 027 (45s)

Super Rare Deep Funk produced by George Kerr, neither side appeared on their massively sought after 1970 album.

This 9 man New York gathering with a 1972 post-album 45 release that sold absolutely nothing, disappearing into the New York ether without a even a hint of ever existing. Amazing as this is a funker with considerable muscle, which ever side yo drop the needle onto.

A snarling lead vocal, spits out grizzly attitude, whilst the shrill male harmony back-up to their utmost to smooth the jagged edges with honed-harmony choruses. What a great job they do melding hard-hitting attitude with subtle harmony and blaring projectile brass.

We start with the insistent Funky flipside "Daddy Rap". Hovering horn hang aloft, as the lead raps his warnings as the JB influenced pulses pump out. Strong, beefed up seriously rare Funk. Flip it over the original a-side nothing changes, the stabbing Funk continues. This time a gargling screams kick start the intrusive rhythms, but again these are ingeniously mingled with shrill choruses and explosive brass.

Both sides are off-the-wall and superb, to seamlessly meld male harmony into a frantic thumping Funk takes serious acumen.

Two killer tunes, one seriously rare disc.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only a few fine hairlines, none affecting play.

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only a few fine hairlines, none affecting play.

Jack Hammer - Ode To A Discotheque / Joe Poor Love Daphne Elizabeth Rich - Polydor 56158

Jack Hammer

Ode To A Discotheque / Joe Poor Love Daphne Elizabeth Rich

Polydor : 56158 (45s)

Polydor 56158's rarity is legendary, after a few spins at the 100 Club, Oxford Street. There has been a few connoisseur whisperings about it's rarity. This is only the 2nd copy I've seen in my lifetime! Its British Soul collectors underground reputation is huge. The need for an influential MOD DJ ownership is overwhelming, after all this would be a MOD anthem, if anyone actually owned a copy.

This 1967 45's story unfolds, this completely off-the-wall release was withdrawn by UK Polydor after a fateful release and the meagre remaining copies shipped to Scandinavia. That does seem to be the only area of the world that has found a copy, excepting to wild outposts of Lincolnshire, where Norsemen used to rampage.

With the original a-side "Joe Poor" whilst perfecting showcasing Jack Hammer's juggernaut vocal, it falls short of being "club material". But the insane flipside is drenched in addictive weirdness and character.
A preaching Jack Hammer's guttural voice takes on a "King Coleman" persona, as he struts through a mix of swirling Hammond, guitar, wailing trumpet intrusions and rhythmic handclaps with Jack evangelises the virtues of the 60's "love" discotheque... an absolutely unique performance of Soul/Psychedelia delivered in pile-driver attitude. You cannot help but play it again.

You are listening to and viewing without question one of the VERY RAREST of all the 60's British 45's ever made.

Dripping with untold MOD kudos, it awaits the next owner of this "Tutankhamun mask" of British Soul vinyl...

Condition Report

Blinding flawless condition, an unblemished Mint minus

Blinding flawless condition, an unblemished Mint minus

Bits'N Pieces - Keep On Running Away / Sinner ( Have You Been There )  - Nasco 033

Bits'N Pieces

Keep On Running Away / Sinner ( Have You Been There )

Nasco : 033 (45s)

A listing in honour of Mary Chapman, East Coast Queen Of Soul who orchestrated those legendary mid-70's allniters, that had hundreds of dedicated Northern Soul fans travelling those long and winding roads to the the very edge of the North Sea.
The following swelled to unmanageable crowds so very quickly, that Mary hired the Winter Gardens down the road to accommodate the overspill... who could ever forget leaving the steaming cauldron of the Pier for that near 1 mile walk to follow your favourite DJ for his 2nd set of the evening. That biting wind, spitting sea spray plus the freezing temperature change was an experience that will never thaw from your memory.

So listen now why these youngsters made that pilgrimage every Saturday night years.. this was a Cleethorpes Pier anthem!!

a floor-filler that had the place a stomping... and it was all started as Mary's brainchild back in 1973.. with a Sunday all dayer in a small top room in the Winter Gardens..

Mary Chapman a true legend in the world of Northern soul.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl only reveals some ultra fine sleeve contact hairlines under direct light.

Two flawless labels, vinyl only reveals some ultra fine sleeve contact hairlines under direct light.

Blues & Soul - Issue 12 September 1968 / Monthly Music Review - Contempo Publications 12

Blues & Soul

Issue 12 September 1968 / Monthly Music Review

Contempo Publications: 12 (MAG)

Formerly "Home Of The Blues" with their 12th. issue in this coveted series, that just happens to be one of the rarest and full of interest information that today is ungooglable.

The Valentinos featured on the front cover, with a write up inside as an introduction to the Chicago Focus inside covering 8 Chess / Checker new releases. Plus a new release focus of USA Bell inc: amazingly covering Scotty Williams - Fear - MOna-Lee + 9 more.

Biography and artist pictures of O. C. Smith. Plus Bio and artist picture of The Dells. Bio and artist picture of Vivian Reed. Bio and artist picture of Aaron Neville. Bio and artist picture of Sari and The Shalimars a short lived girl-group who recorded on Veep and were just having their one and only UK release reviewed. A rare artist picture of Lisa Richards - Jovial/Sure-shot recording artist - who's 1965 UK Vocalion release had just caught the attention of columnist Dave Godin as the flipside had a hidden Deep Soul side "Let's Take a Chance" he had been raving about in his inimitable way.

An interesting live review of The Temptations with Martha Reeves & The Vandellas live at Westbury Fair, Long Island, New York.

At the time all this was groundbreaking journalism, proven by the fact today most of it, remain undocumented.

Condition Report

Fabulous clean condition throughout. Strong Mint minus with no teasrs, frays, writing or stains.

Fabulous clean condition throughout. Strong Mint minus with no teasrs, frays, writing or stains.

Moments - On Top / 1971 USA press - Stang ST-1002

Moments

On Top / 1971 USA press

Stang: ST-1002 (LP)

Most Sweet Soul scholars universally consider Al Goodman, Billy Brown & Harry Ray as the most-polished harmony trio of them all.

Here is a 1971 9 track album that underlines that belief. This is their rarest album that just never surfaces at this level of condition. Still in it's original shrink wrap, NO bb drill and previously unplayed.

Littered with sweet soul excellence and hiding an overlooked Northern Soul harmony dancer that is so completely right for today.

Sweet Soul fans will be familiar with the silky Low-Rider grooves " All I Have" "I Can't Help It" "To You With Love" etc. etc. See cover images for the full impressive array of emotional ballads.

But far fewer Sweet Soul a scholars will know ""Candy Shack" " which never achieved 45 release. Another session highlighting the tender approach to their material, that the Moments served up every time... ensuring Sweet Soul at it most moving!

More importantly, few Northern Soul aficionados will have heard the killer vocal-group dancer "The Ice Is Melting" . A recording perched perfectly for Sunday Chill Out play. Gerald Harris & Wilbur Henry's poetry is given a lush string based arrangement with constant dance pulses driving the rhythms on a rich wave orchestral backing ; whilst a pleading falsetto falls to it's knees awaiting his teammates to join in with soaring harmony assistance. Shimmering with vocal perfectness, elevated by numerous crashing crescendos, ideal to lift he Northern Soul dancefloor.. it's utter class awaiting a classy DJ to present it.

An album that has been highly coveted in Japan for over nearly 50 years, reissued over there in 1989. Here is a rare opportunity to own the elusive original 1971 press in perfect condition..

Condition Report

Impossible condition! Cover still retains original shrink wrap

Impossible condition! Cover still retains original shrink wrap

Kim Weston - I'm Still Loving You / Go Ahead And Laugh  - Tamla TM 54110 DJ

Kim Weston

I'm Still Loving You / Go Ahead And Laugh

Tamla : TM 54110 DJ (45s)

Here's the 45 that epitomises Northern Soul perhaps more than any other Motown release. In spectacular condition.

Two unblemished white demo labels, and vinyl that only reveals the merest sleeve storage hairline under direct light.

Distilled dance Motown at it's most magnificent. Vibrant, ferocious, uncompromising with hardly a commercial note or word to spoil the perfectness of this soaring Mickey Stevenson, Joe Hunter and Sylvia Moy creation.
Tamla Motown that sounds like it came straight from the streets of Detroit, commercialism cast to the wind, as Kim Weston lives her finest Northern Soul moment.

Certainly Motown at it's best, Northern Soul at it most monumental, all in dream condition!

Do not pass by, we're unlikely to be able to better this eye-popping VINYL press in the future, .

Condition Report

Two unusually unblemished labels, vinyl reveals only fine hairlines under direct light. Plays as you can hear, loud, crisp clan and true.

Two unusually unblemished labels, vinyl reveals only fine hairlines under direct light. Plays as you can hear, loud, crisp clan and true.

Marlyn Barbarin - Just a Teenager / One Little Word - Nola 741

Marlyn Barbarin

Just a Teenager / One Little Word

Nola : 741 (45s)

Hold on tight! you are about to be taken of a white-knuckle ride of real-deal New Orleans Northern Soul! The blistering Andy Rix's prized "Ginger Logan" cover/up "I Know What I Want" is about to invade your calm...

You are not only viewing New Orleans rarest girl-vocal Northern Soul creation but also certainly one of the most elusive of all the Sister vocal Northern Soul 45's ever made. Holding a cult-reputation among the dedicate DJ's and collectors seeking the real-deal rarities, hardly anyone owns.

Again the imaginative writings of George Davis & Lee Diamond whip up a horn driven storm of 60's dance Soul. Blaring horns, persistent piano and squealing girlfriend choruses hit the air, delivering relentless combative Northern Soul riddle with girl defiance.

Marilyn is a girl who knows what see wants giving up statement after statement of independence, self assurance spilling out of ever note... this is powerful stuff. A proper allniter tune that take no prisoners.

Flip it over Deep Soul aficionados will adore the tortured flipside..Deep Soul don't come no rarer than this...

A title that has graced the legendary play boxes of Andy Rix then sold to mighty Kenny Burrell.. after that not many other DJ can boast of ever owning a copy.


Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals on a few surface haiorlines. As you can hear both sides will blast you out the room, with clean precisuion!

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals on a few surface haiorlines. As you can hear both sides will blast you out the room, with clean precisuion!

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