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Don & Debbi - I Can Be Happy / Shut Out - Amos AJB 142

Don & Debbi

I Can Be Happy / Shut Out

Amos: AJB 142 (45s)

Dripping with SOUL!! a really elusive 45 for the Soul DJ dedicated to seldom heard or seen Northern Soul crossover.

On highly regarded label that has given the rare Soul collector/ DJ Sam Nesbit, Ebony Jam and this the rarest 45 of them all, by the mysterious Don & Debbie, playing verbal volleyball, as they exchange independence, defiance and self esteem.
As two strong vocal fight it out for the upper-hand of survival after a love-breakup.

Strings cradle a shrug the shoulders of Don's indifference. Whilst Debbi hits back with a mighty Sister voice, echoing she feels exactly the same. For me, this is one of the greatest Soul duets ever committee to 45 release.. urgent, insistent and utterly compelling; giving up an unparalleled display of earth shattering vocals.

Flip it over and the pairing underline their vocal prowess, with a Funkier dance tune in which Debbi comes to the fore. Flexing her mighty vocal across some telling lyrics..

Two strong sides, one hard disc to acquire... perfect for the DJ wanting to inject "punch" and "Real Soul" into the mainline of his set.

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl, two equally clean

Fine clean vinyl, two equally clean

Jackie Lee - Darkest Days / One For The Road - ABC 11146 DJ

Jackie Lee

Darkest Days / One For The Road

ABC : 11146 DJ (45s)

From Los Angeles to the West Midlands of England to receive the adulation it so deserved. A Carl "farmer" Dene discovery that swept the country, rising to become an anthem at all the leading clubs of the time.

It was dark times & barren years that crafted this masterpiece.

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Delta # 73393 Promo copy.
After his rather testing time at Mirwood Records, where between himself & Bob Relf they racked up hit after hit, allegedly with very little recompense for their huge contribution. In the autumn of 1968 Jackie Lee was indeed in his "Darkness Days". in limbo after Mirwood Records releasing life, had just drawn to a close, after only the label had only one release in 1967 and only two in 1968, none of them Jackie's. 1965/66 being Mirwood's golden years & Jackie their golden boy.. the whole of 1967 and most of 1968 were barren times.

On the back of this, allegedly Charles Jones pulled together lyrics, that reflected Jackie's situation. Collaborating with partner Bob Relf and the two greatest Soul producing talents Los Angeles had to offer. Fred Smith and the gifted James Anthony Carmichael pooled resources to craft a Northern Soul masterpiece. That became a Golden Torch anthem; so much so Nottingham's "Select-A-Disc" on Arkwright Street, the Cellar Record bar an oasis for Soul collectors throughout the early 70's commissioned ABC/Dunhill for a re-issue.

The reissue carried a new delta # of 85897, but still today commands a 3 figure sum even though it was pressed 3 years after the original..

So before you today is a masterpiece created by L.A.'s finest, with their back's to the wall, in search of a resurrection. But sadly it never happened.. another gem that fell through the cracks intro obscurity..

Go click the soundfile and see what teetering in despondency creates, when great talents meet in one room.

Solitary guitar plucks, castanets make for an iconic intro.. a pleading Jackie Lee serves up a determined beseeching performance; softened by shrill girl choruses that fill your being with inspirational thoughts. A bank of strings lift the song into the Heavens the girls pour out sympathy, as Jackie Lee's cutting vocal fades away!

BRILLIANT!!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, play perfect hardly spun styrere, crystal clear fidelity delivers goosebumps, not matter how many times you've heard it before.

Two clean labels, play perfect hardly spun styrere, crystal clear fidelity delivers goosebumps, not matter how many times you've heard it before.

Joey Gilmore - Joey Gilmore / inc: Funny Feeling - Blue Rock 55059

Joey Gilmore

Joey Gilmore / inc: Funny Feeling

Blue Rock : 55059 (LP)

Rare Miami album featuring the highly elusive LP only dance track "Funny Feeling". An uplifting dancer that never made it to 45. In fact Joey only had 2 Blue Candle 45 releases and amazingly his finest recording for the company never achieve 7" status. Leaving this album so desirable, especially as "Funny Feeling" is conveniently place as first track, easy set up for the Rare Soul DJ.

The whole album a mix of 70's Soul and Southern Funk crafted by the two prolific Florida producer / lyricists Snoopy Dean & Horace Straws; a pairing that has a plethora of standout Soul songs to their credit. They surely must have hoped for "Funny Feeling" would catch T.K.'s and Henry Stone's ear, I hear a "hit" dancer over the airwaves it it ever achieved airplay. But it didn't, the album flopped and had to wait for European vinyl-archaeologists to discover another hidden gem

They recording drips with potential, for an enthusiastic Jock to give it more than a cursory push.

Click the soundfile, an underplayed jewel awaits a DJ scholar or discerning collector of rare LP's

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl, perfect labels, unblemished cover. Mint - / Mint - / Mint -

Fine clean vinyl, perfect labels, unblemished cover. Mint - / Mint - / Mint -

Fourmyula - I Dig Your Act / Alice Is There - HMV 334 New Zealand

Fourmyula

I Dig Your Act / Alice Is There

HMV New Zealand: HR 334 New Zealand (45s)

How records have the power to trigger precious memories.

Let's take you back to the seaside town of Cleethorpes and the Northern Soul invasion it experienced in 1973 when Mary Chapman first started a her occasional Sunday afternoon Northern Soul all-dayers in an small elongated room upstairs at the seafront dance palace the "Winter Gardens"

Even though Cleethorpes was the very edge of the British Soul movement universe, Mary was able to gather up a roster of up and coming DJ's. Poke, Dave Appleyard, Rick Scott, Chris Dalton, Dick Jervis and Johnny Manship. Soon they would be joined by Ginger Taylor, Soul Sam and Mary's first All nighter at "The Pier" was only months away.. the rest of course is history..

But there was a second wave of Cleethorpes influence on the scene towards the later part of the 70's, when Mary enlisted two charismatic DJ's to the line-up, both became Cleethorpes legends and arguably the most popular of all the resident DJ's who played the "Cleethorpes" scene.

Who could ever forget "BUB" the larger-than-life Disc-Jockey, who told hilarious jokes in-between records, and could be witnessed carefully aiming a spray of spit onto his vinyl, before cleaning them on that vast expanse of tee-shirt front. This Jolly figure was a true connoisseur of clean vinyl, in his quest for a dust free playing surface. The man was infectious cheering up the most miserable days & nights the North-Sea weather could blast that exposed cavernous dance hall with.

Then of course was the equally engaging presence of Nottingham's relentless hand-shaker Nev Wherry. His tall convivial figure, peering down from the stage, enthusiastically playing an endless stream of envy-inducing British release 60's Demo's mixed with all manner of off-the-wall Northern Soul dancers..

Before you today is a rare Nev Wherry discovery and constant play in his sets; the previously unknown and rare New Zealand version of the O'Jay's classic "I Dig Your Act"

Every time I hear William Bell's "Happy" I affectionately think of BUB!

But I haven't heard this "I Dig YOur Act" southern hemisphere style in decades, "The Fourmyula" on my turntable today, catapulted me back 40 years to a Nev Wherry DJ set and the joy he took in playing truly surprising records, that left you wondering how the hell did this guy from the suburbs of Notts, keep coming up with these weird and wonderful Northern Soul offerings..

This record has just ignited my Saturday morning into a warming renaissance with two of Cleethorpes & Northern Soul's great DJ's ever.. both sadly, no longer with us on stage... but certainly with us, in our hearts...


Condition Report

Stunning vinyl, close to perfect MINT, two clean labels

Stunning vinyl, close to perfect MINT, two clean labels

Donna Colman - Your Loves Too Strong / If You want Me - Avin 102

Donna Colman

Your Loves Too Strong / If You want Me

Avin : 102 (45s)

Step aside here comes steamrollering Chicago Northern Soul from a the pen that delighted the British allniter congregation from the start.

David Wilkerson had the knack of creating the all powerful Northern Soul song. Classics like The Duettes - Every Beat Of My Heart - pleasured The Wheel, The Torch, Mr. M's at Wigan and most selective oldies events ever since. Plus the obscurity seekers thought his session with Perk Lee - The Docks on USA records was a real winner too.

But surely this solitary session with the mysterious Donna Colman, is Wilkerson's best-loved & most-wanted..

His penchant for the beseeching lyrics for potent productions, couldn't be more visible of this double helping of driving Northern Soul.

The topside enthralls as it drones on a wave of male-vocal harmony, creating a steady pontoon for Donna shrill vocals to spring from. Bass drum rhythms, an insistent piano, tambourines shake to the beat; just motivational Northern Soul that drill a hole straight through you. The guys take a pause, allowing Donna to drive home her desire with only the support of drums and piano. Her vocal performance is so very impressive.

But do not, in your mind-dancing euphoria of the a-side overlook the flip; as this disc delivers twice over.

The guys have left the building, and Donna takes her opportunity to prove what a muscular voice she can deliver. Projecting another musclebound Northern Soul dancer, that is surely worthy of surprise spins.

Two great sides - one elusive 45 - especially in this tip-top condition.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals hardly a blemish. Really nice copy..

Two flawless labels, vinyl reveals hardly a blemish. Really nice copy..

Fascinations - Lucky (instrumental) / Say It Isn't So - Mayfield 7711 DJ

Fascinations

Lucky (instrumental) / Say It Isn't So

Mayfield : 7711 DJ (45s)

Are you ready to hear what a genius writer / producer Curtis Mayfield was. Here's a rare chance to hear a backing track he created pressed in error..

This is the Rarest Northern Soul instrumental 45 of them all!

For many years this 45 was almost a figment of the Northern Soul scene imagination, it had been seen apparently, even a few said they'd heard it at a club. But it was not until "Butch" played this magnificent PROMO ONLY miss-press INSTRUMENTAL version of the Curtis Mayfield's "I'm So Lucky (She Loves Me)" that collectors & DJ's started to truly believe it really did exist.

A stunning Curtis Mayfield production just playing the backing track! and what a backing track it is too. Spilling over with Northern Soul excellence, as a barrage of horns, is skillfully soothed by the genius of Mayfield, as vibes, strings and drums weld together in a flood of distilled Northern Soul.

This pressing "mistake", when spotted as immediately replaced by the correct promo with the sweet vocals of the Fascinations on both sides. This DJ copy has only The Fascinations singing on the other side.

In my experience this is the rarest Northern Soul instrumental 45 possible to play. In my life I've only ever had this 45 twice, and that is the exact same copy recently returned home in a hard fought trade deal.

Personally I love the mystique of a master tape error, their has been a few examples of that in the Northern Soul collecting scene. Some of the best, never really existed. In some collectors minds this is a fabled 45, so elusive that back in the day it was talked about in record bars but nobody seemed to own a copy. Occasionally mentioned in the same breath as "My Room Is 6 by 6" the vocal version on Musicor Or Bob Relf's "Reachin' For The Best"

Sasquatch-rare and just bloody fantastic; all we need now is an instrumental of "You've Been Cheatin'" or "Girls Are Out To Get You" ..

If your wondering why this 45 escaped the chop and sneaked out it was sent out to a British DJ Roger St. Pierre presumably before the pressing error was spotted..

Condition Report

Vinyl has a few surface hairlines a strong clean Excellent and plays flawless, the label has had the Roger St. Pierre treatmebt of "label scoring" which was suppoosed to stop records slipping if you piled them up on top of each other, the days of the "Dansette" and little respect for label-art. All text is clear as you can see.

Vinyl has a few surface hairlines a strong clean Excellent and plays flawless, the label has had the Roger St. Pierre treatmebt of "label scoring" which was suppoosed to stop records slipping if you piled them up on top of each other, the days of the "Dansette" and little respect for label-art. All text is clear as you can see.

Pic & Bill - AlI I Want Is You / It's Not you - Page One POF 024 DJ

Pic & Bill

AlI I Want Is You / It's Not You

Page One : POF 024 DJ (45s)

Red & White fanciers, here's a truly rare one! The stock copy is elusive, but according to our 20 year data, and all the usual googlin' destinations the DEMO is a confirmed serious rarity.

Red & white addicts will find it hard to resist as we are presuming very few of you actually own a copy.

Pic & Bill (Billy Mills & Charlie Pickens) were Texas's answer to Sam & Dave who's out put for Fort Worth's Charay label was quite considerable. Many of which are very elusive and command healthy prices on the open market. Charay was a very disorganized label, with label numbers constantly duplicated or omitted completely. With Pic and Bill's complete discography often at odds with each other.

Their British releases there is no confusion, the pairing had 3 Page One 45's all of which are not very common, this # 024 in our experience being the rarest and the DEMO copy seemingly extremely rare!

We adorn the Red & White vision, but we love the two oh-so Soulful sides better, as Pic & Bill roll out an abyss of silky Deep Soul on the A-side. Then get into dance-mode on the flipside, as growling brass is matched by the synchronized snarks of of a perfect partnership. One thumping dancer and a sultry ballad awaits..

Pic & Bill were a coupling drenched in Soul but sadly never receiving a jot of recognition in the UK until it was all too late..

Listen and wonder why?


Condition Report

Small bb drill in label see scan (just noticeable by the "G" in the logo), vinyl is beautifully clean. All housed in Page One company sleeve.

Small bb drill in label see scan (just noticeable by the "G" in the logo), vinyl is beautifully clean. All housed in Page One company sleeve.

Jesse Thomas - Bases Are Loaded / Should I Pay Dues - Tail-Gate 1002

Jesse Thomas

Bases Are Loaded / Should I Pay Dues

Tail-Gate: 1002 (45s)

New Orleans Northern Soul screamer with an enviable rarity pedigree.

Shimmering with all those atmospheric New Orleans characteristics Wardell Quezergue builds into every one of his arrangements. Nothing is spared in this wall of sound NS dancer. Sweet shrill girl choruses pepper the blaring horns, as rattlinng drum rhythms drive the pace. With Jesse Thomas's typically curled-top-lip vocal punches out the lyrics, comparing his new love-affair to a baseball play.

Blaring horns, rasping lead vocal, razor sharp girl-group back-up, blues guitar and a brass storm of biblical proportions..

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL..!

For real-deal Deep Soul, just flip it over. The horns change their mood as a despondent Jesse Thomas serves up a philosophical performance, being used and abused he's now thinking what the hell, what has he got to lose..?
A despairing stroller so perfect for his life-torn vocal cradled by a perfectly pitched brass and blues guitar..

Convincing Northern Soul backed up with mood-changing Deep Soul all made possible, by this seriously rare 45 turning up on my desk for only the second time this century.

Condition Report

biro intials on labels. Vinyl has some hairline surface marks, but as you can hear both sides play clean & true

biro intials on labels. Vinyl has some hairline surface marks, but as you can hear both sides play clean & true

Fascinations - Girls Are Out To Get You / You'll Be Sorry - Stateside SS 594

Fascinations

Girls Are Out To Get You / You'll Be Sorry

Stateside : SS 594 (45s)

1966 first British label in glorious condition, set free after an old Soul-Boy ventured into his loft..

This Twisted Wheel anthem from the desk of Curtis Mayfield was quickly deleted, as were so many EMI 45's when it became blatantly apparent it was not destined for the charts. A bit premature by EMI as it this disc became as popular as "Open The Door To Your Heart" which EMI kept on their catalog selling 1000's over it almost 6 years of availability. It of course because a 60's club favourite. Triggering a 1968 UK SUE reissue, just before the infamous "Soul Sounds" were able to get in there first.

This record has lived in the hearts of Northern Soul fans for over 50 years, and today still ignites the same response it did back in 1966. A Twisted Wheel, Mojo, Dungeon, Nite Owl, monster that became the staple for all Soul clubs in the UK when Island's SUE records made it available, for a few months in 1968

This is Mayfield out Motowning, Motown as he did so many times before with The Impressions "Can't Satisfy" "You've Been Cheatin'" ..

A record from the Golden Age of Northern Soul, a record that helped lay the cornerstones for The Torch, The Catacombs, Wigan Casino to build upon.

An auction record today, because the timeless classic rarely surfaces in such fine, hardly played condition.

Condition Report

Two very clean labels, four prong die-cut center fully intact. Just very few fine sleeve contact blemishes revealed under direct light. OPlays perfectly with a play grade of Mint - / visually sits between Ex + / Mint - . A fine clean copy in rare condition for a must play 60's club anthem. Al housed in an original correct era lighter blue Stateside sleeve. Top copy!

Two very clean labels, four prong die-cut center fully intact. Just very few fine sleeve contact blemishes revealed under direct light. OPlays perfectly with a play grade of Mint - / visually sits between Ex + / Mint - . A fine clean copy in rare condition for a must play 60's club anthem. Al housed in an original correct era lighter blue Stateside sleeve. Top copy!

Tommy & The Derby's - Don't Play The Role / Handy Andy - Swing 1001

Tommy & The Derby's

Don't Play The Role / Handy Andy

Swing: 1001 (45s)

One of the greatest Northern Soul records to be played of this century, first coming from that commander of all things Rare-Soul DJ "Butch" and causing quite a sensation with that silky superior vocal of Tommy Tate backed by the power of Tim Whitsett's Imperial show band! What a formidable combination they made especially when performing another in a long line of Clifton Thomas's compositions; always a lyricist able to cultivate meaningful lyrics.

The result is a very special NS dance tune indeed. An atmospheric, seamless song that tells a story (all the truly great records do)

Just a low run local press from Jackson, Mississippi that lay hidden away from Northern Soul glory years of the 70's, to emerge like a breath of fresh air in the DJ sets of perhaps the most influential NS DJ of all time.

Today this is a top drawer collectors-piece, that the ND DJ can also have an ego-massaging drop to an always appreciative audience. After all just how many jocks can boast this masterpiece in their DJ box...

Outstanding Northern Soul, drenched in huge street-cred, collectors kudos and rarity assurance.

Condition Report

Two spotless labels, play perfect vinyl that reveals some light surface marks and a single turntable retrieve mark, a fingernail slip. None of which affect play.

Two spotless labels, play perfect vinyl that reveals some light surface marks and a single turntable retrieve mark, a fingernail slip. None of which affect play.

Ann Perry - That's The Way He Is / same instrumental - Theoda T 120

Ann Perry

That's The Way He Is / same: instrumental

Theoda : T 120 (45s)

Do Northern Soul classics come any more motivating than this Sister-slab of real-deal NS.

The bulldozing intro fanfare of wake-up trumpets, without fails to generate the dancefloor dash. Very few, if any Northern Soul girl dancers offer such a potent backing track as "That's The Way He Is" which Ann addresses with an equally muscular
vocal performance aided by a room full of Detroit gals zinging out the choruses.

Matchless intensity, energy and vitality ride one of the greatest NS backing tracks of all time. It's a room filling volume of dancefloor goodness.. that just explodes with the feel-good factor..

THIS IS PROPER NORTHERN SOUL

a record to change the opinions of those who consider NS oldies are for the past.
I was one of those smug curmudgeons who have frowned upon the Northern Soul top 500 and it over exposure to this inventive scene.. but I must admit on playing it again for review. It just sent shivers down my back, the hairs on my arms bristled alerting me to reaffirming moment, as why Northern Soul was my chosen way of life ..

Ann Perry it don't get any more uplifting than this!!!

This copy has flawless vinyl, APR and Bell Sound stamps in the deadwax.

Condition Report

Near perfect vinyl, strong unblemished Mint minus on both sides, with two labels to match.

Near perfect vinyl, strong unblemished Mint minus on both sides, with two labels to match.

Ellusions - You Didn't Have To Leave / You Wouldn't Understand - Lamon 2004

Ellusions

You Didn't Have To Leave / You Wouldn't Understand

Lamon : 2004 (45s)

Perfectly paced pumping percussion, catches a wailing Saxophone as it meanders along for a meeting with an inviting boom of a lead vocal. Cradled by a delicious raft of vocal-harmonies, falsetto crescendo's cut the air before the BEST SAX BREAK ever summonses the dancers to up their game with enthusiastic footwork. The seamless vocals come back in, then that incredible Sax blows the finale!

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!!!

A top Northern Soul classic that seldom surfaces for sale - hardly surprising, as this calibre of Northern Soul, is not one a collector would ever consider parting company with.

Not just because of the memories this evokes when played (it just rocketed me back in time, to the an East Coast, All niter record basr and buying a copy from respected veteran record hound Steve Cooper from Bedford; who had been fortunate to find a few, circa 1977). That was 41 years ago and from that "find" the Ellusions went on to be one of the biggest NS spins for the next 18 months. Then the inevitable bootleg happened, pressed in horrid styrene; that put the brakes on it's turntable appearances.

Since those glory days when it was possible to unearth truly great records, there has been hardly a sighting in the wild of this standout vocal-group slab of Northern Soul. Not many relentless cratediggers can boast of turning a copy up in the last 40 years; that's why this 45 is now an investment level disc. Escalating in value year on year, as each decades passing, endorses it's extreme rarity.

Northern Soul, the truly great ones, is there a sounder asset?

I can't think of one..

and this is a "true great"

Condition Report

a few mid hairlines, plays clean. Two unblemished labels

a few mid hairlines, plays clean. Two unblemished labels

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