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For the very rarest, most sought after 45s and lp’s all the best soul vinyl deals, browse our ‘Ending This Wednesday’ Auction section, for the fully automated LIVE auction. for at least 20 rare and collectible discs. All available online at Rare Soulman. This section is always stocked with the coolest and rarest finds so be sure to keep coming back to check out our selection of stock. Add something different to your collection today.

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Ascots - Just A Few Feet From The Gutter / Mr. Fixit The Repairman - American Playboy 1007 DJ

Ascots

Just A Few Feet From The Gutter / Mr. Fixit, The Repairman

1007 DJ (45s)

Oh my, how much adore this slab of Texas vocal-group Northern Soul. Carved by the mind of Talmadge Armstrong, no stranger to crafting superior 60’s Northern Soul.

All the superlatives currently cluttering my head, seem inadequate. But every time I hear this tune. My insides turn upside down, similataneously the bristling the hairs on my neck, and flooding my vision, as my eyes well-up with emotion.

I've loved the sound of Northern Soul male-vocal group recordings a lifetime. As a NS pup, it was The Four Tops, Temptations, Impressions... progressing like we all did to The Servicemen, The Salvados, The Tomangoes, Masqueraders etc..

In short this Talmadge Armstrong creation sends shivers down my back.. like only the truly top sounds can..

For me it has everything it takes, for that goose-pimpling moment we have all encountered many, many times whilst listening to superior Northern Soul.

This one still does it for me... and no doubt everyone else who click into that inspiring soundfile..

Condition Report

Stunning condition, two flawless promo labels. Only the finest of sleeve storage hairlines revealed under direct light. Plays perfect !

Stunning condition, two flawless promo labels. Only the finest of sleeve storage hairlines revealed under direct light. Plays perfect !

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Ultimates - Girl I’ve Been Trying To Tell You / I Just Can’t Stand It - Br-Roma BRR 101

Ultimates

Girl I’ve Been Trying To Tell You / I Just Can’t Stand It

Br-Roma: BRR 101 (45s)

New York Soul dancer produced on the very cusp of that city’s disco-explosion. A truly wondrous slab of Crossover Soul that suffered from that seismic shift in Black music style, that buried all real-deal Soul dance productions under an avalanche of commerciality.

That definitive year of 1974, witnessed the near extermination of vocal group Soulful dance. The dance sound dominated by electric drums, wah-wah guitars as the disco crowd started to “Bump” and “Hustle” to synchronised rhythms, faster tempos and lush orchestral arrangements.

Lyrics portraying lost-love, despair, pain and heartache were now, so passé ; superior-soulful-shufflers now becoming an endangered species..

But not so in Europe, as appreciation of these decidedly moving grooves became the paramount choice of night-club DJs as Euro-crowd sought an antidote to the more obvious dance productions.

Here is one of the very finest Northern Soul crossover grooves ever made, a masterpiece lost in the midst of the Disco Explosion. Today 45 years later, The Ultimates still gives up that alternative sound, that beckons the Soulful Of Mind directly to the dancefloor.

Dance styles, changes, fads, a la mode, trends, fashions come and go. How refreshing that in depth emotion, woven into dance arrangement has been a constant within the Rare Soul Scene for decades.

This is Modern Soul Crossover at its finest... a style you that will always be so much more that just an inclination to dance.

PS the flipside will alert Sweet Soul scholars the 45 is no “one trick pony”

Condition Report

X X on a-side label, otherwise clean. Vinyl reveal some mild surface marks under direct light, on the short very quite intro there are a couple of light tics. After that it plays clean and true. Check out the captivating sound file.

X X on a-side label, otherwise clean. Vinyl reveal some mild surface marks under direct light, on the short very quite intro there are a couple of light tics. After that it plays clean and true. Check out the captivating sound file.

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Bobby Patterson - It’s Just A Matter Of Time / original 1972 USA press - Paula 2215

Bobby Patterson

It’s Just A Matter Of Time / 1972 original USA press

Paula: LPS 2215 (LPs)

An album currently featuring in several DJ sets as it gives yup a long line of neglected dance tracks, and killer Deep Soul tradegdies.

This is an LP for dedicated Soul fans, who feel that Bobby Patterson was certainly one of Soul music's greats that never received the level of public adulation his work most certainly deserved..along with Jerry Strickland he composed and produced every single track on this 12 cut LP, with the great George Clinton engineering the whole produceedings.

The Killer dance tracks
1. I Just Loved You Because I Wanted To
2. I Get My Groove From You
3. If You Took A Survey.

The Mood changing Deep Soul track 1. One Ounce Of Preventiion
Plus a smattering of fascinating Funkers..

A truly fabulous album, challenging to acquire a PAULA (not P-Vine Japanese reissue) first press at this level of unblemished condition.

Condition Report

Fine clean thick card cover - free of any flaws, no writing, stains, stickers , splits or tears. One minuscule corner-tip bump top right corner. Two perfect labels, vinyl that only reveals the finest of inner sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. As you can hear sound is impeccable.

Fine clean thick card cover - free of any flaws, no writing, stains, stickers , splits or tears. One minuscule corner-tip bump top right corner. Two perfect labels, vinyl that only reveals the finest of inner sleeve storage hairlines under direct light. As you can hear sound is impeccable.

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Jackie Trent - You Baby / Send Her Away - Pye 7N 17047

Jackie Trent

You Baby / Send Her Away

Pye 7N 17047: 7N 17047 (45s)

The much-covered Phil Spector, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil composition is given a spectacular British makeover, by a talented advocate of The “Soul Sound”, Johnny Harris and boy, what a stunning beauty emerges from his guidance.

One of England’s most accomplished female singers compliments the classic big production also recorded by The Ronettes, Len Barry, Lovenotes, John Holt, The Turtles to name but a few.

Right from the off you just know this is gonna be the best version. Certainly gives up the greatest Northern Soul impact, compared to all the takes of this great song.

A thundering drum onslaught collides with a regal fanfare of trumpets, immediately capturing your attention. It’s potency harnessed by Jackie’s rich voice displaying the ultimate control and clarity of the lyrics, and we have Northern Soul lift off.

No wonder this recording became an instantaneous Wigan Casino Monster! Imagine that hollowed hall resounded to fullness of Soulful Britishness.

But that is not all, turn it over for the genius of Tony Hatch who writes and produces a wicked girl “group” Northern Soul dancer for his future wife on the flipside.

Both songs strongly featured at all the 70’s Northern Soul all-nighters, so much so, in 1978 the Wigan dedicated label “Casino Classics” issued them both on release number 4.

Pye 7N 17047 is the only way to respectfully own it, very RARE in this exceptional, near perfect condition...

Do not pass by one of our greatest homegrown offerings to Northern Soul

Condition Report

Stunning condition, vinyl only reveals the merest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light, plays perfect. Two flawless labels still housed in birth-sleeve.

Stunning condition, vinyl only reveals the merest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light, plays perfect. Two flawless labels still housed in birth-sleeve.

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Gerri Thomas - Look What I Got / It Could Have Been Me - World Artists WA 1059 DJ

Gerri Thomas

Look What I Got / It Couldf Have Been Me

World Artists : WA 1059 (45s)

For those of you in pursuit of perfection, whilst foraging for Northern Soul classics..

Here is a Manship Mint that won’t wait until Christmas.

Before the Wigan Casino vs Cleethorthorpes Pier debate takes off, I’m pretty sure this was first aired on that Northern seafront, to rapturous response from the girl contingent at The Pier. If memory serves me right, I found it the same day I found Wakefield Sun - Trypt On Love - at Al Pavlow’s house full of records in Rhode Island. Wakefield Sun was of course Richard’s biggest Casino cover/up at the time; Eddie Jason - Take A Trip On Love - so I was pretty darn chuffed to return from only my 3rd USA adventure with two new 45s for “The Pier” faithful.

I’ve been informed Soul Sam purchased “Gerri” and played it covered up as “Zena Foster”.

Gerri Thomas was an instant dance floor success, so much so it was only a matter of months before it was bootlegged as a yellow label vinyl press..

Here is the unmistakable white promo copy, ready and waiting for those collectors who like to relive the halcyon days of Wigan vs Cleethorpes.

Without the worry of authenticity of the NS classics.

Condition Report

Vinyl MINT, Label MINT all housed in birth-sleeve

Vinyl MINT, Label MINT all housed in birth-sleeve

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Summits - l Can’t Get Over Losing You / same: instrumental - Dontee 102

Summits

I Can’t Get Over Losing You / Same: instrumental

Dontee: 102 (45s)

For over 40 years, perched and waiting for it’s moment in the sun. A record underlining the DJ possibilities, whilst seeking out the superior rare and underplayed Northern Soul contenders.

Slick Baltimore vocal group Northern that has bubbled under the public radar for over 4 decades without exploding into the dancefloor favourite, it must surely become; when more than one NS jock champions this winner at the same time.

The perfect example of a superior rarity, that has been denied to the majority of the all-nighter dance-crowd for one reason only. A reason that sadly befalls too many truly great records... Not enough copies have ever been available to supply the Northern Soul DJ’s to simultaneously give it that essential coordinated push towards NS stardom.

So take a listen to another class-act from Joe Tate and team. As beseeching male Soulful harmony is woven into a sympathetic subtle horn driven dance production.

Opening up with an impressive bass-vocal spoken intro, igniting into a fabulous mid-paced dance track as the lead voice changes. The new lead guy gives up an imploring performance, his voice suitably “cracks” as his lyrics of lost-love unfold.

This is real-deal SOUL with no attempt at being commercial, a recording aimed directly at the neighborhood The Summits sung in.. a truly standout dancer that must surely break though big.. at some point in Northern Soul’s history.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals multiple fine hairlines under direct light, none of which transfer to the stylus. It plays superb, listen and prepare to be bewitched.<br />

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals multiple fine hairlines under direct light, none of which transfer to the stylus. It plays superb, listen and prepare to be bewitched.

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Life - Tell Me Why / stereo 2:54 version - Reprise REP 1185

Life

Tell Me Why / Stereo 2:58 version

Reprise: REP 1185 DJ (45s)

There’s so much inaccurate information within this minefield of Northern Soul collecting; we often use these auction pages to clarify authenticating misconceptions. Especially in the cased of this killer Blackpool Mecca classic; counterfeited by those Bay Area master-forgers circa 1976, they even cheekily pressed an highly attractive red-vinyl repro.

Firstly the simple way to recognise this counterfeit, is not to play it, but just look at it. The word STEREO does not appear on either of the counterfeit’s labels. The MONO labels are on both sides. So easy-peezey validation is just a glance away. Obviously the counterfeit plays MONO both sides as the mastering of STEREO and MONO recordings for counterfeiting purposes, was considered an unnecessary expense for Daly City Bob.

I have always held this Philadelphia pre-disco recording as THE greatest vocal group dance record of the early 70s.
I came to that conclusion the first time I heard it and have heard nothing in 45 years since that compares with the crisp, fluid, seamless production Walter Kahn crafted in the shadows of the Gamble & Huff’s Sound Of Philadelphia dominated era.

This is a work of genius that neither Mr. Kahn or the group “Life” would ever repeat. Standing today as yet another inspired, outside-the-box Colin Curtis choice of play and another accolade for the Blackpool Mecca already unsurpassed contribution to SOUL. With the DJ’s pioneering tastes that changed the face of Northern Soul by widening the horizons.

“Tell Me Why” will always been for me, stand as a moment in 1974 when truly superior vocal-group dancers hit the Northern Soul airways...

Condition Report

This copy is housed in its correct birth-sleeve Warner/Reprise plain front, logo’d back. Not a sleeve casually pulled off, another record with no consideration for authencity. Two clean Stereo/Mono promo labels. The playing surface reveals only mild surface hairlines, plays beautifully.

This copy is housed in its correct birth-sleeve Warner/Reprise plain front, logo’d back. Not a sleeve casually pulled off, another record with no consideration for authencity. Two clean Stereo/Mono promo labels. The playing surface reveals only mild surface hairlines, plays beautifully.

Richard Wylie and his Band - Money ( That’s What I Want ) / I’ll Still Be Around - Motown M-1009

Richard Wylie and his Band

Money ( That’s What I Want ) / I’ll Still Be Around

Motown: M-1009 (45s)

The Detroit bandleading legend himself, revealing his mastery of the piano whilst demolishing the entire structure of Barrett Strong’s first Motown hit “Money ( That’s What I Want )” ....radically rebuilding it, as the great man saw fit.

A crazed statement, of this 21 year old’s gifts, as he gives up one of the greatest Rock & Roll performances that very few people have ever heard.

Wow! What a remake..

“Popcorn and His Mohawks” send strong signals of his genius to Berry Gordy, who afforded “Popcorn” a total of 3 45 releases. With piano prowess also featuring on some of the label’s biggest hits. “Shop Around” “Please Mr. Postman” etc. With his fellow “Mohawk” James Jamerson later becoming a defining component of The Motown Sound.

Unfortunately “Popcorn’s” tenure at Motown sadly only lasted a little more than 2 years, after a falling out between Popcorn & Berry. Wylie left Motown to join Epic, later coming back to the Motor City street-level music scene to write, produce, arrange and sing more truly great Detroit indies than arguably anyone else. His legacy to Northern Soul is unparalleled, one can only wonder what course Popcorn’s career would have taken had he remained at Motown through their Golden years.

Maybe, we could also surmise that without Popcorn leaving Motown, all those Northern Soul classics on small labels may never have been made.

Here is Richard Popcorn’s rarest Motown in “Impossibly” clean condition

Condition Report

Vinyl is free of hairlines, no surface marks, just a very fine storage misting. It plays as you can hear PERFECT! <br /> <br /> The all important pink label is immaculate, you could spend another lifetime searching for copy in equal condition.<br /> <br /> Yes, Impossibly clean.. listen and spy those beckoning label images.

Vinyl is free of hairlines, no surface marks, just a very fine storage misting. It plays as you can hear PERFECT!

The all important pink label is immaculate, you could spend another lifetime searching for copy in equal condition.

Yes, Impossibly clean.. listen and spy those beckoning label images.

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Holly St. James - That’s Not Love / Two Good Reasons - ABC 10996

Holly St. James

That’s Not Love / Two Good Reasons

ABC: 10996 DJ (45s)

For those elite DJ’s who have played the big Northern Soul venues from 1976 to present day, will confirm the vista of a 1/2 full floor, immediately turning into a heaving mass of rhapsodic dancers, is an inspiring moment they will always carry with them.

This record has that take-off power, to heighten the mood, to lift the night, to elevate a DJ set. Play Holly St. James to the big Northern Soul crowd the remainder of your set is easy...

The rumble of kettle drums and ripple of the boy-drummer is the signal to park your drink and join the mass-migration to find a scarce-space to -dance in.

This NS phenomenon has been set in stone for well over 40 years.. just click the sound file, if you need reminding of the effect Holly has on the big crowd at the big events..

Here’s a copy that may end at an affordable price, unlike the vast majority of the listings on these auctions, this 45 has multiple light surface marks. But plays with only the occasional hidden tic or pop looks vg+ plays a grade better.

A rare chance to own an iconic 45 at an affordable price, maybe?

Condition Report

Two clean labels, with only light storage wear. Vinyl reveals multiple light marks under direct light. Visually vg+ plays much better, check out the potent sound file lifted directly off this elusive disc.

Two clean labels, with only light storage wear. Vinyl reveals multiple light marks under direct light. Visually vg+ plays much better, check out the potent sound file lifted directly off this elusive disc.

Johnny Mathis - Evil ways / Everybody’s Talkin’ - CBS S 5283 DJ

Johnny Mathis

Evil Ways / Everybody’s Talkin’

CBS: S 5283 DJ (45s)

Clarence Henry’s Jazz groove, made cool by Willie Bobo, nailed by Cal Tjader. Elevated by Santana into a timeless classic.

Covered in 1970 by one of Jazz Music’s most respected vocalist. Produced in New York by the experienced hand of Jack Gold to be included in the Columbia album “The Long And Winding Road” from which the more innovative clubg DJ’s started to play it from.

What a killer version, one of the greatest black voices of the last century, seamlessly adjusts to Funky / Latin rhythms; as the booming drum pulses open up the way for Johnny’s velvet throat to glide into. Classy singing, as Jack Gold inspires a full orchestra backing into this Latin/Funk dancer..

Not what we usually expect from Mr. Mathis and that’s presumably why this 45 never sold either side of the Atlantic... acquiring it and DJing it from this eye-catching 1970 CBS PROMO is the ultimate way of owning a current dancefloor essential.

Serious British Soul 45 collectors will need no encouragement from me want to own this rarely see, unblemished DEMO!


Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl that only reveals light sleeve storage hairlines NOT affecting play. Plays perfect, housed in birth-sleeve

Two flawless labels, vinyl that only reveals light sleeve storage hairlines NOT affecting play. Plays perfect, housed in birth-sleeve

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T. L. Clemons with Medina Gon - It’s Been A Long Long Time / Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year - H C T 105

T. L. Clemmons

It’s Been A Long Long Time / Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year

H C T : 105 (45s)

This week’s rare Northern Soul R&B slammer is a seriously rare Los Angeles born Blues shaker on the insanely obscure D.I.Y label H C T. Which turned backwards - The Clemons Home - a label originating from the small house at 1246 West Manchester Avenue, South Los Angeles.

We have in the past only come across this artist once before when we sold his 1961 45 “Let’s Jerk” on Combo records, also very rare. BUt try as we might we can find out very little about this neighborhood Blues Man and even less about his partner “Medina Gon”. Surprising as the 45 gives up a masterclass in electric Blues guitar that should be documented. Anyone who can make a electric guitar mimick a “Big Boy Coast To Coast Steam Train” needs to be written about.

In homemade real-deal a snarling vocal bustles for supremacy within a masterclass of Blues guitar manipulation, a real rarity in the true sense of the word. An driving uncompromising R&B dancer featuring T.L.’s snarling vocal running against potent blues guitar dances rhythms.
A record we believe we shall never see again, certainly not in Mint minus previously unplayed store stock condition.

As T.L. Sings “I’m gonna Love You, ‘til I’m Dead In My Grave” ...but I’ve always loved seriously rare records that never come to market. Especially showcasing amazing previously undocumented talent.

Condition Report

Almost 60 years old and utterly unblemished, both labels and vinyl are immaculate. Astonishing condition for an indie R&B 45.

Almost 60 years old and utterly unblemished, both labels and vinyl are immaculate. Astonishing condition for an indie R&B 45.

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Timebox - Beggin’ / A Woman That’s Waiting - Deram DM 194

Timebox

Beggin’ / A Woman That’s Waiting

Deram: DM 194 (45s)

Condition! Condition! Condition!

Not too many British cover versions match or surpass their USA original counterparts, but, wow how, this MOD band from Southport capture the very essence of “The Jersey Boys” with their soaring version of Peggy Farina & Bob Guadio’s timeless Four Seasons anthem.

This was the group’s only minor success after several blue-eyed “Soul” recordings went unnoticed.

“Beggin’“ is certainly not a challenging 45 to acquire; what is very hard though, is owning a copy above vg+ condition. Our data reveals this is the only copy we have had this century in tip-top near perfect condition.

Two clean labels, the vinyl even under direct light reveals hardly a blemish.
This is a listing for those British collectors and DJ’s seeking near perfection when buying “British” which this 45 certainly is.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, both vinyl are a whisker away from mint. All housed in it’s birth-sleeve.

Two flawless labels, both vinyl are a whisker away from mint. All housed in it’s birth-sleeve.

Carol Anderson - Sad Girl / I’ll Get Off At The Next Stop - Fee FE 101

Carol Anderson

Sad Girl / I’l Get Off At The Next Stop

Fee: FE 101 (45s)

Surely everybody’s 70’s Detroit favourite, an irresistible Detroit delicacy with few comparables. Such an incredibly uplifting production pulling from the city’s long pedigree for enriching a girl vocal Soul with a male voice response, zipping strings and polite horns.

Does it get any better than this finger-clicking, arm-raising dancer, that flows free of any commercial additives. So inspiring, so Soulful.. a spine-tingling journey into a cautious young ladies mind

“can she believe what he’s saying?” “Why be a sad girl?”

Two experienced Motown hands collaborate to write this special song; John Henry Glover & James Dean pool their lyricist talent with words that hit home, when woven into a full string and brass Woody Wilson production.

The lead side is so darn good, many have overlooked a the Soulful Stepper on the flipside; that is begging for some Sunday chillout exposure. “I’ll Get Off At The Next Stop” is a masterclass of Detroit Soul in its own right. Mid-paced excellence also capable of sending shivers down your spine.

Two heart-stopping examples of street-level Detroit Soul.
Records of this calibre, ensures this worldwide Rare-Soul-scene; constantly seeking those truly magnificent records the general public missed, is universally recognized worldwide as the saviours of a lost-art.

The ‘Lost-Art” of making of a timeless Soul music that makes you tingle inside..


Condition Report

Two flawless labels, immaculate vinyl, that’s only reveals a few fine sleeve contact hairlines. A real play perfect beauty

Two flawless labels, immaculate vinyl, that’s only reveals a few fine sleeve contact hairlines. A real play perfect beauty

Kool and Together - Black Snow / His Beginning Is My End - Magic 1001

Kool and Together

Black Snow / His Beginning Is My End

Magic: 1001 (45s)

Very rare Texas indie Soul giving up two compelling styles.

Funk on the lead side, with a stunning Sweet Soul journey on the flip.

It goes without saying, this double helping, is one extremely sought after disc.
Both sides illuminated by celestial harmonies, delivered with both emotion and precision. This gathering are truly standout harmonizers.

The patient intro of the Funk side, is blown aside as the melding vocals entwine with the wah-wah guitar rhythms. With hints of Norman Whitfield influences driving the dance pulses as the teamwork voices weld the lyrics.

Strong Funk dancer..

Flip it over for a super classy ballad, as Kool and Together underline the impact the productions of Curtis Mayfield had on up and coming young Soul groups . As the lead voice at times captures the very essence of “SuperFly”.

Beseeching pleas try to avoid the impending closure of a serious love affair. A spectacular sympathetic sax break ratchets up the mood even further; then the lead vocal, breaks down in realisistic despair... transmitting one of the very greatest vocal group ballads of all time.. sung with realistic pain.

Condition Report

Light storage rub wear to the labels, but both clean. (See images)

Light storage rub wear to the labels, but both clean. (See images)

Mr. Flood’s Party - Compared To What / Unbreakable Toy - Ember EMBS 312

Mr. Flood’s Party

Compared To What / Unbreakable Toy

EMBS 312 (45s)

The now elusive 1971 British press giving up the original version of the song.

Over the years there has a considerable reissuing of this Wigan Casino anthem. And boy what a mess they made of it the unofficial Soul City UK press will have you in tears or laughing your head off when you hear it.

The Bulldog UK reissue is inferior in every way, the bootleg is poor sound quality. So the only way to own this dancefloor detonator is either on the Detroit GM label vinyl press, or on this scare 1971 British press on Ember. Rich sound, perfect fidelity and a good looker also.

This Original 1971 UK press is a favoured NS Wigan Casino anthem, that still today receives a highly appreciative response every time it is 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 versions 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 GM or the UK Ember; first press issue is crucial to maintain DJ credibility.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals only the merest surface hairline under direct light, close to mint minus and plays so. All housed in an original Ember sleeve. What a stunning image that presents

Two perfect labels, vinyl reveals only the merest surface hairline under direct light, close to mint minus and plays so. All housed in an original Ember sleeve. What a stunning image that presents

Bobbie Smith - Walk On Into My Heart / Miss Stronghearted - American Arts AA 2 DJ

Bobbie Smith

Walk On Into My Heart / Miss Stronghearted

American Arts: AA 2 DJ (45s)

Bobbie Smith, lead vocalist of the Dream Girls, an highly regarded Detroit girl group during the early 60’s. Goes it alone in 1964 under the reliable guidance of Barney Duke Browner and Harry Balk and his Embee production team. They create two impassioned girly Northern Soul dancers.

We lead with the original flipside “Walk On Into My Heart”. Bobbie’s searing vocal imploring her man to take her heart. A performance underlining Miss Smith’s reputation as Detroit’s “lost” Diva, for those collectors who have taken the time to listen to her impressive body of work..

Balk lays out a heavy percussion and brass arrangement, the perfect platform for her passionate pleas to be heard. Her edgy gravel-coated young voice transmitting “need” so exquisitely.

Flip it over for the side Harry thought gave him the biggest chance of commercial success. Bobbie again catching your imagination, as she attacks another muscular production with her gift for convincing the listener she’s a young girl in despair.

Bobbie has just the perfect voice for a “sad song” she could effortlessly hit all those vocal-keys that were sure to tug at a man’s heartstrings.

Enjoyed not only by the Northern Soul scene, but also appreciated as a Belgium Popcorn winner; triggering a convincing vinyl bootleg of the white promo with the black text.

The seldom-seen red text variation, not only the more attractive voice but also another scenario of the rarer label eliminating counterfeit-confusion that the plausible white label black text repro promo, has done in the past.

A record that has left many collectors wondering what actually became of this exceptional Motor City diva in later years.. what indeed would Motown have elevated her status to...we wonder.


Condition Report

Two flawless Red Text labels. Vinyl reveals light surface hairlines under direct light, plays a strong impeccable Ex +

Two flawless Red Text labels. Vinyl reveals light surface hairlines under direct light, plays a strong impeccable Ex +

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

Ritchie Adams

I Can’t Escape From You / Road To Nowhere

Congress: CG 256 DJ (45s)

in 2018, 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.

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 dropped the stylus on it.

Condition Report

Near perfection, two totally clean labels. Play perfect vinly that only reveals the merest of hairlines under direct light. All house in the nearly as rare Congress company sleeve.

Near perfection, two totally clean labels. Play perfect vinly that only reveals the merest of hairlines under direct light. All house in the nearly as rare Congress company sleeve.

O. T. Sykes - Stone Crush On You / My First  Love - Fun City FC 330

O. T. Sykes

Stone Crush On You / My First Love

Fun City: FC 330 (45s)

Now here’s a record you don’t see every day in 2019. The former Verdel Watts - I Giot a Stone Crush - sounds perfect for a long overdue renaissance with the niter-crowd.

It’s driving upbeat guitar pulses perfect for the dancers to get gather feet into. Classily softened with sweet girl-group choruses, whilst “The Dentist’s” urgent vocal admits he has a stone-crush.

As rare 70’s 45s go, this is one uncompromising pulsating dancer just perfect for a timely resurgance onto the scene.

Always elusive, what a refreshing choice this would be, dropped within any uptempo combination you care to play.

Alternatively the flip side is an under exposure Soulful stepper saturated in potential for an head-turning debut on the turntables..

Two strong sides from a 45 that left the sales boxes decades ago..

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, fine clean vinyl that reveals only light surface marks under direct light. As you can hear both sides play <br /> <br />

Two perfect labels, fine clean vinyl that reveals only light surface marks under direct light. As you can hear both sides play


Mixed Generation Enterprise - Take To The Sky / Feel So Good Inside - Blast Off CSS 175

Mixed Generation Enterprise

Take To The Sky / Feel So Good Inside

Blast Off: CSS 175 (45s)

Seriously RARE New England D.I.Y. private press Modern Soul Funk infused dancer, that very few DJ's can boast of owning. A Soul Sam spin, perched and ready to take off. Just perfect for the European scene, silky Funk qualities seep from every note. An Earth, Wind and Fire inspired dancer crafted by two "unknowns"

Rare in the extreme and dripping with "Blastoff" potential. Intricate guitar riffs make for an easy opening, then the subtle horns pout and blow their way in. The group Enter with soaring harmonies, searing voices punctuating the funky rhythms.. the long vocal note holding, is very reminiscent of an Earth Wind and Fire production, with EWF styled stabbing horns, wah-wah and shrill screaming when only required. This is very impressive Rare Soul Dance near 5 minutes of a compelling fusion of Soul, Funk and Jazz...

Flip it over for a Lowrider delight, as the "Mixed Generation Enterprize " lead you into a contrasting but equally impressive Soul territory; delivering the Sweetest of Soul harmony stroll. Icy-cold falsetto cradled by a silky arrangement featuring a super-sexy-sax, behind those silken harmonies. The lilting harmony propelled by the gentlest of piano tinkles and that considerate saxophonist enriching the background. A wealth of male vocals seamlessly fuse into one curtain of Soul.. this is Sweet Soul at it's most convincing..

Two truly Brilliant sides, one extremely RARE disc from Connecticut.

Condition Report

Two clean labels revealing on the mildest storage rub. Vinyl has multiple light hairline surface marks, plays well. Check out the double sound file lifted directly off this rare disc.

Two clean labels revealing on the mildest storage rub. Vinyl has multiple light hairline surface marks, plays well. Check out the double sound file lifted directly off this rare disc.

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