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Vibrations - The New Vibrations / 1966 British press - Columbia SX 6106

Vibrations

The New Vibrations / 1966 British press

Columbia : SX 6106 (LP)

A fabulously clean and rare 1966 British 12 track compilation of the Vibrations Okeh recordings.

In 1966 most British Soul enthusiasts were only just beginning to realize the significance the USA Okeh label would have on the development of Northern Soul in the UK. The Vibrations were an virtually an unknown group in the UK with only a solitary one of their 11 USA Checker 45s ever achieving British release "The Watusi" in 1961 on Pye International. and just one Atlantic 45 "My Girl Sloopy" sneaking out on UK London in 1964. For such a healthy discography 2 releases out of 13 45 in their earlier years. But these five Chicago guys were slowly but surely going to make their mark on British Soul DJ's and the All-night clubs. This 1966 explosive album went a long way to them becoming a Northern Soul favourite act.

At first it would have only been the animated five man cover alerting the more investigative Soul DJ / Collector to check out the tracks. They would have been blown sideways, by the energy the studio gathering of Manny Kellum, Carl Davis, Teach Wiltshire, and Riley Hampton injected into this snarling quintets recordings.

Many of it's tracks never having a UK release as a 45.
Notably:
1. Gonna Get Along Without You Now* - absolutely a Northern Soul classic that was first DJ'd from this album, later the USA import came into play, eventually demand was so high, it received both a bootleg and a Okeh re-issue. oin the early 70's
2. Soul A Go-Go - again a stomping club-spin from the embryonic days of Northern Soul - likewise no UK release as a 45.
3. Everybody Loves A Lover - would have been instantly liked, with it's familiar rhythms of Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Lose" blasting your into your sdpace.
4. Sloop Dance - no UK 45, dance-craze USA
5. Secret Love - following Billy Stewart's route of deconstructing Doris Day's 1953 from "Calamity Jane" and turning it into frenetic Northern Soul stomper - no UK or USA release as a 45.
6. Talkin' About Love - solid Northern Soul mid-tempo groove - released in the UK on COLUMBIA 8318 a year after the album.
7. One Mint Julep - a destructive stomping dancefloor destroyer for this amphetamine fueled nights at the "Twisted Wheel"
8. Forgive and Forget - a stunning mid-tempo vocal-group experience that is still today held in high regard by soulful-vocal-group soul scholars

Those standout dance tracks broken up by silky vocal group harmony ballads.

Just imagine you being a young MOD dropping this platter onto your Dansette, eventually getting to the penultimate track on side B. and "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" assaulting your ears, utter killer Northern Soul featuring one of the greatest Soul sax-breaks of all time.. vocals riding foot-to-the-floor blasting brass and this scowling-signature lead vocal.

TOP NORTHERN SOUL you could only obtain on this album at the time. I bet it blew The Twisted Wheel's roof of as many would have already been aware of Tracy Dey's version on Stateside, so tame, insipid by comparison!

A groundbreaking UK press album, in magnificent condition. A step back into those magical time of discovery, whilst being an investigative MOD visiting the all-night Soul clubs of great Britain.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest fine fine hairline under light. Clean laminated cover, no writing, stains, sticker or tears. Or even significant laminate ceasing, strong EX+ cover soft crease bottom right corner is thge only flaw we can locate.

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest fine fine hairline under light. Clean laminated cover, no writing, stains, sticker or tears. Or even significant laminate ceasing, strong EX+ cover soft crease bottom right corner is thge only flaw we can locate.

Dorothy Berry -You Better Watch Out /  Ain't That Love - Planetary 101

Dorothy Berry

You Better Watch Out / Ain't That Love

Planetary : 101 (45s)

One of three 45's that Richard Berry's wife Dorothy recorded, under the influence of the young up and coming studio fledgling David Gates, who was about to become a world famous writer / producer.

This Los Angeles session for Dot Records in October 1964 initially choses the upbeat R&B shaker "Ain't That Love" as the a-side; a heavily influenced by "High Heel Sneaker" type rhythms, that were so successful for Motown and other companies of the 1964 era. Although "Ain't That Love" has over the years received occasional Northern Soul club attention, the frantic pace is now out of kilter with today's dancefloor styles.

Now entering into the Northern Soul arena is the hypnotic finger-clicking Latin pulses of "You Better Watch Out", David Gates capturing the very essence of hip-shaking Californian Latin Soul rhythms; for Dorothy and her supporting girls to brilliantly sashay through; an inventive instrumental partition in the middle throws some light on things that were to come from the 24 year old virtuoso.

Dorothy of course has never disappointed no matter what she sings. For me, Dorothy carries the same joyous optimistic persona, as our own Dusty Springfield would inject into her sessions. Singing saturated in sister enthusiasm that transfers to the dance-floor. With David Gates at the helm, a song is always going to shimmer with the power to uplift...

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, looking so attractive in that Dot company cover

Two flawless labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl, looking so attractive in that Dot company cover

Kris Peterson - Just As Much / Unbelievable - Top Dog 102

Kris Peterson

Just As Much / Unbelievable

Top Dog : 102 (45s)

The perfect example of underplayed NS excellence that should be peppering the Northern Soul clubs with it's brilliance, every weekend.

This talented blue-eyed songbird with her 2nd recording in 1967 on one of Detroit's most prestigious labels. From the very start of her career Kris was drawn to Soul music. Unsuccessfully covering Wilson Pickett's "Land Of A Thousand" & Muddy Waters "I Got My Mojo Working"

This song though, is much more cultured, riding the crests of soaring horns, suspended by the cooing from an elevated girl-group back-up. Rhythmic bongos patter out the delicious dance rhythms, complimented by Kris's gentle but throaty vocal. Guided by the great Mike Terry who considered, this superior song has no need for his burping baritone-saxophone prompting. As you can hear it's hard to imagine how this NS dancer could be improved upon, even with Mike's reed embellishments.

Sleeping Detroit Northern Soul, that has long enjoyed a huge appreciation from it's sadly meagre turntable outings. It ever there was Northern Soul 45 that comes under the umbrella of "neglected" this superb tune, is surely it!

Listening takes me back, to when many tunes like this got lost in an avalanche of top-drawer Northern Soul that swamped Britain during the mid-70s..the time is now, for a panting St. Bernard with a barrel of reviving restorative to pull Kris Peterson free from being snowed under from unimaginative Northern Soul mediocrity, that unfortunately floods the scene from time to time.
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I'm already suffering from pangs of seller regret...

Condition Report

two clean yellow labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve storage hairline, strong play flawless mint minus.

two clean yellow labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve storage hairline, strong play flawless mint minus.

Johnnie Taylor - Blues In The Night / Watermelon Man - Atlantic 650147 PS France

Johnnie Taylor

Blues In The Night / Watermelon Man

Atlantic : 650147 PS France (45s)

Both sides of this French only 45, were lifted from Johnnie's highly regarded 1967 album "Wanted One Soul Singer" many consider his finest LP of them all. no UK or USA release as a 7" for these two perfectly paired Northern Soul dancers.

That legendary Memphis creative combination of Isaac Hayes & David Porter conjure up the most enslaving rhythms and pulses for JT to whoop, scream and punch the lyrics into, the result of course is absolutely stunning.

"Blues In The Night " is a sulking mid-tempo dance groove that just gets everybody up on their feet, it's irresistible qualities gushing from every guitar pick, driving JT's wide ranging vocal onward. Howling, whooping, snarling in his relentless pursuit to do this astounding recording justice. Then an authoritative saxophone enriches the session, raising the bar yet again, crafting a record that just stays with you long after the evening is over.. addictive is an understatement.

For another Memphis marvel, flip it over as this trio of Memphis Magicians deconstruct Herbie Hancock's anthem "Watermelon Man" again serving up absorbing, off-beat cocktail of Jazz, R&B and Soul.

Two standout sides, French only as a 7" - listen and prepare to become messed into its alluring charms.

I adore both sides... you will to.

Condition Report

two clean flawless labels, Vinyl has full gloss, revealing only minuscule soft sleeve storage hairlines under light. Cover is also clean, free of writing, sticker, stains or tears. light storage creasing soft rub, see images, back and front.

two clean flawless labels, Vinyl has full gloss, revealing only minuscule soft sleeve storage hairlines under light. Cover is also clean, free of writing, sticker, stains or tears. light storage creasing soft rub, see images, back and front.

Little Walter - The Toddle / Confessin' The Blues - Checker 890 D J

Little Walter

The Toddle / Confessin' The Blues

Checker : 890 D J (45s)

What are the chances in 2021 to find a MINT previously unplayed R&B Chicago stomper still housed in its serrated bottom flip-over seam brown paper birth-sleeve.

I find it quite astonishing when this level of condition presents itself over 60 years after its birth!

But this listing is so much more than just the miraculous condition we found it in. It is just as much about the mesmeric Harmonica work from Marion Walter Jacobs, that has received appreciative airing at dedicated R&B Mod clubs. WE noticed nEil Henderson imaginatively opened his impressive set several years ago, at the Hideaway Club, Manchester with "The Toddle" setting the scene for a magnificent excursion into underplayed toip quality R&B dance grooves.

The opening choice of Little Walter's searing Harmonica signaling exactly what the next hour was about to bring. Great choice to captivate an club audience from the get-go, an imprisoning slab R&B dance experience, a statement making turntable drop. .

Flip it over for another archetypical slice of Southside Chicago from the King Of Blues Harpists, featuring his scorching Harmonica solo, after you've been treated to a display of intricate blues guitar picking and Little Walter's snarling confirmation of love, validated by that most-magnificent Harp manipulation.

Impossible condition, remarkable preservation of Little Walter R&B/Blues we are unlikely to reencounter whilst on impromptu crate-dig..

50's R&B 45s in this immaculate condition are long-gone..


Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, Previously unplayed vinyl, revealing only minuscule sign of being cocooned in its birth-sleeve for spanning 8 decades.

Two flawless promo labels, Previously unplayed vinyl, revealing only minuscule sign of being cocooned in its birth-sleeve for spanning 8 decades.

Leroy Taylor - Oh Linda / Nobody Can Love You - Decca ME 356 PS

Leroy Taylor

Oh Linda / Nobody Can Love You

Decca : ME 356 PS (45s)

For those of you who stalk those wonderful Northern Soul classics in their least seen, most-attractive, most unusual releases. How about this head-turning 1967 tri-centre Spanish Decca release complete with the unique picture cover.

100% Washington D.C. Northern Soul from the desk of the prolific Rosco Bowie. It had been two years since Leroy had released a 45, his solitary release for the fabled Shrine label with Eddie Singleton, only had mild local sales from that outing, no follow up for the Shrine consequently ever happened.

Leroy surfaced with this 45, he wrote himself; the uplifting "Oh Linda" that had been presumed many times in the past, that the "Linda" referred to was the lady who fronted "The Vistas" at Shrine and "The Pretenders" on Assault. That could well be true, but what is not in doubt is that Leroy was certainly in love "Linda". Rosco Bowie presses home that point, with some exemplary horn work bolstering Leroy's singing. Just as Rosco had done two years earlier with "his friends" with those two impressive Tec 45s. Rosco again wields his saxophone, conducts his "Friends" lavishly blown horns to interrupt at all the right times, as a subtle piano work paces out the dance irresistible dance pulses.

Leroy had one superb singing voice, adding Rosco Bowie's Band into the background promotes this song even higher.

Killer NS that is thankfully underplayed, a classic Northern Soul experience nobody has had the chance to grow tired of. Certainly those turntable cams at the weekenders would adore to focus upon this being cued up. Check out the tempting images, listen to that beckoning vocal, ride that muscular horn backing track! Ownership of it's rarest, most gorgeous format awaits



Condition Report

Two clean labels, tri-centre intact. Unblemished picture cover. Strong clean mint minus, play perfect vinyl.

Two clean labels, tri-centre intact. Unblemished picture cover. Strong clean mint minus, play perfect vinyl.

Masqueraders - Do You Love Me Baby / Sweet Lovin' Woman - Wand WND 1172

Masqueraders

Do You Love Me Baby / Sweet Lovin' Woman

Wand : WND 1172 (45s)

A highly sought-after Northern Soul floor-filler and a knee-taking heart-breaker on one very elusive disc!!

This gargantuan vocal group dancer, a long term Northern Soul classic from one of the heroes of our scene. This is of course currently their most-wanted 45... a guaranteed dancefloor detonator, backed up with a perfectly executed Memphis Deep Soul ballad, showcasing why this group are universally considered one of the greatest Soul teams ever to perform..

"Do You Love Me Baby" encompasses all their varied vocal tones and pitches, welling up into a wall of harmony with Soulful snarls accentuating the high points, and rich bass voice adding extra depth and meaningful Soul
This is truly a masterclass in vocal-group NS dance... heralded for decades as a must-own.

As is the sublime cocktail of Memphis Deep Soul blended with Chicago styled harmonies, a flipside of distilled harmony class with the power to change your mood.

Putting this level of talent in a studio with the two Memphis magicians Chips Moman & Tommy Coigbill, there could only be one outcome. Soul Heaven awaits, which ever side you drop the stylus on..




Condition Report

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing only a few very soft hairlines. A-side has a low split second crackle on the lead in, then plays loud clean and true. The delicate ballad flipside plays perfect.

Two clean labels, tiny bb drill, vinyl carries strong gloss, revealing only a few very soft hairlines. A-side has a low split second crackle on the lead in, then plays loud clean and true. The delicate ballad flipside plays perfect.

Gino Washington - So In  Love / Not Me - ATAC studio acetate

Gino Washington

So In Love / Not Me

ATAC : studio acetate (45s)

"More Is Less" on this occasion here is the original unissued "I'm So In Love" that Gino later revisited enlisting the Davis Sisters on Atac AT 2828 adding to the production but imho diluting its affect.

This is a raw, meaty studio cut, with no frills and all the better for it. Not as sweet as the Davis Sisters collaboration, in fact more soulful, edgy simplistically distilled with Gino going solo with the vocal and hitting it out the park as the finale is embellished with a rich horn solo break, that leaves you wanting more.

The labels hint with the 1. and 2. sides denoted, that Gino put his faith in the stunning mid-tempo stroller "Not Me", which did see release on Atac AT 2878 with "Hey I'm A Love Bandit " on the flip. "Not Me" was a composition Gino wrote himself and he certainly gives up a seriously pleading display for a sumptuous soul; swaddled in Mike Theodore strings and Dennis Coffey subtly "Not Me" is a heartrending Motor City experience of the highest order, but sadly never caught the attention of the Detroit public, today consider a Detroit rarity.

Gino decided "So In Love" was to be shelved, leaving an opportunity here today for an enterprising Northern Soul DJ with a desire to present exclusive recordings, to a surely appreciative British Northern Soul crowd. I'm not sure Gino's attempt to improve his composition with shrill girl choruses, zipping strings on this occasion actually improves the original, dulls the authenticity of the "street" version as Gino expresses his own lyric so very convincingly.

A brilliant tune begging for a Northern Soul hearing... or a collection with suitably amassed Detroit "impossibles" surrounding it.

Two great sides, possibly "one of a kind"

Condition Report

hand written labels "From Ron", acetate surface reveals only a few soft blemishes, as you can hear it plays stronng abd clean.

hand written labels "From Ron", acetate surface reveals only a few soft blemishes, as you can hear it plays stronng abd clean.

Roy Hamilton - The Panic Is On / There She Is - MGM 1251

Roy Hamilton

The Panic Is On / There She Is

MGM : 1251 (45s)

The unicorn-rare October 1964 UK STOCK copy! In miraculous MINT - condition!

There was not a more recorded artist better equipped for portraying New York's Latino rhythms woven into a Big City Sound Soul production than Roy Hamilton. Equally there was not a more talented N.Y. writing trio than Bill Giant, Florence Kaye, Bernie Baum for reproducing spectacular Northern Soul Big City beaters, the three extensively with worked with Lou Johnson and not just on the legendary "Unsatisfied", Gerry Granger, Chantels, V.I.P.'s, Millionaires, Johnny Nash, Persians and 100's more singers benefitted from a Giant-Baum- Kaye creation.

A brief crashing kettle-drum intro, triggers hovering horns signaling impending doom, as Roy reevaluates the strength of his girls love for him. The perfect Bert Keyes set-up for Roy Hamilton questioning heavy-weight vocal to show palpable "Panic". The soaring Bert Keyes conducted horns, spine-tinglingly swathed by a heavenly girl choir levitating above. Then Roy's rich but deeply concerned vocal bringing it all back down to Earth.

Listening to this masterpiece of a Northern Soul anthem will catapult most NS faithful down those hallowed flights of stairs to the early days of The 100 Club, Oxford Street, when that underground space often reverberated to the colossal vocal-presence of Roy Hamilton. The ultimate Soul crooner, this time witnessed at his very most-potent!

To find this disc in by far its rarest form, 1964 UK STOCK copy (yes much rarer than the red and white promo). In flawless, birth-like unblemished state, in 2021 is beyond imagination, for even our ever optimistic thoughts of vinyl-discovery.

An anthem in near Manship-Mint condition; do not pass by, this a listing for the British 45 collector who finds glowing comfort in knowing he'll never be seeking an upgrade for his very rarest-of-the-rare Brit trophies.

Condition Report

Astonishing MINT minus condition, flawless throughout , still housed in birth-sleeve. Every part of this seriously rare 45, is immaculate!

Astonishing MINT minus condition, flawless throughout , still housed in birth-sleeve. Every part of this seriously rare 45, is immaculate!

Nolan Porter - If I Could Only Be Sure / Work It Out In The Morning  - Probe PRO 580 DJ

Nolan Porter

If I Could Only Be Sure / Work It Out In The Morning

Probe : PRO 580 DJ (45s)

Extremely sought 23rd of February 1972 British demo! A Brit Soul vinyl trophy!

A Northern Soul dancefloor packer, for a few decades now, with no signs of its narcotic qualities ever fading even after more than 30 years of life as a NS DJ essential, "If I Could Only Be Sure" still triggers constant requests from the dancefloor.
It is after all saturated in all the qualities a Northern Soul dancefloor monster requires... addictive, persuasion rhythms, memorable arrangement, an urgene vocal that penetrates your heart. So very easy to dance to, with mountainous peaks of inspiration that lift your dance moves into hand-raising appreciation.

Just brilliant, and the crowd reaction every time it's dropped confirms this as a Northern Soul timeless classic, that sounds as fresh today as it did back when you first heard it.

Here's a super clean, incredibly desirable, British PROMO copy - sitting beautifully snug inside its birth sleeve.

A vinyl-vista just as irresistible as the music it gives up.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, vinyl reveals only a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays crisp, loud and impressively clean.

Two clean promo labels, 4 prong centre intact, vinyl reveals only a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays crisp, loud and impressively clean.

Lee Roye - Tears ( Nothing But Tears ) / Who Am I - Decca 32356 DJ

Lee Roye

Tears ( Nothing But Tears ) / Who Am I

Decca : 32356 D J (45s)

Pretty in Pink!

a flawless 1968 Promo copy - in sparkling MANSHIP MINT condition.

This time-warping experience is about to catapult you back in time, to your very own Northern Soul Golden Years experience.

Where that will be, depends on where you where and when you first danced to this epitome of our music. After all, it was a simultaneous NS Monster at The Blackpool Mecca, Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier, Yate, Peterborough Wirrina Stadium, St. Ives, Samantha's Sheffield. Clubs spanning the length and breadth of England, its dancefloor longevity as strong as ever throughout the whole of the 70's decade.

"Tears (Nothing But Tears)" encapsulates the true meaning of what a Northern Soul anthem is, may that feeling of first hearing and dancing to records of this hypnotic quality, never leave you.

The supreme condition of this listing, we are unlikely to ever match again...

Totally immaculate... as are the memories this classic sparks.

Condition Report

Impeccable no matter what aspect of this record I scrutinize. Mint labels, Mint birth-sleeve, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve contact hairline under light and intense forensic inspection. Plays flawless! As good as it gets condition.

Impeccable no matter what aspect of this record I scrutinize. Mint labels, Mint birth-sleeve, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve contact hairline under light and intense forensic inspection. Plays flawless! As good as it gets condition.

Stevie Wonder - Nothing's Too Good For My Baby / With A Child's Heart - Tamla Motown TMG 558 D J

Stevie Wonder

Nothing's Too Good For My Baby / With A Child's Heart

Tamla Motown : TMG 558 D J (45s)

Soon to be added to Stevie's powerhouse album "Uptight", this is his best-loved British Northern Soul dance 45, presented here as the beyond desirable April 1966 Red and White DEMO!

In utterly immaculate Mint minus dream-condition.

"Nothing's Too Good For My Baby" gives up Stevie Wonder at his most urgent, his most energetic with this dancefloor classic, that has pleasured the Northern Soul scene since its debut at the Twisted Wheel and every other Soul/MOD club in the UK in the spring of 1966 right up to present day it is still igniting the dancefloors..

The frantic intro still springs you to your feet, pummeling percussion, blasting brass, all constructed to drive to drive the session to the outer-limits of studio power, with Stevie, an artist so comfortable with "pacey" Motown; his panting urgency never out-of-step. His ever reaching reaching vocal, grasping at every word, accentuating the message "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby" with "The Originals" along with "The Andantes and Pat Lewis" providing all the background voices during this the very "richest" of Motown productions. A collaboration between William "Mickey" Stevenson & Henry Cosby, with Sylvia Moy adding the finer touches, enlisting all the right personnel to deliver Motown at its most explosive.

Stevie hitting home his fevered vocal, whilst riding riding a magnificent "Funk Brothers" backing track - has Motown dance music ever been more convincing than this?

The flipside over the decades has been elevated by dedicated fans to something of a "cult" recording; with William "Mickey" Stevenson & Henry Cosby changing direction, enlisting the supreme artistry of the "Detroit Symphony Orchestra " to cradle the beautifully poignant "With A Child's Heart " underlining Stevie's versatility, switching over to a Deep Soul ballad of infinite charm, as Stevie brilliantly portrays a heartrending narrative.

Breathtaking Motown in the finest possible, most likely never to be repeated condition.

Condition Report

Two flawless red & white labels, vinyl is as fine as you could ever dream of owning, perfect!. This is British Tamla Motown collecting at it's most challenging.

Two flawless red & white labels, vinyl is as fine as you could ever dream of owning, perfect!. This is British Tamla Motown collecting at it's most challenging.

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