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Lovelace Watkins - I Apologise Baby / You Can't Stop Love - Fontana TF 879 Ady crosdell

Lovelace Watkins

I Apologise Baby / You Can't Stop Love

Fontana : TF 879 (45s)

A very rare 1967 British only production that created huge demand in the "Popcorn" and USA East Coast "Island" music scenes.

An Island Grail, on one side. An under-the-radar big production Northern Soul stomper on the other.

The "Popcorn" DJs do tend alter the speed pitch to suit on the "I Apologise Baby" side but we feel a speeded up version loses the richness of Lovelace's, Roy Hamilton style vocal, that has had those Jamaican "Island Music" enthusiasts hooked for the last 3 decades, so we've recorded at its authentic 45rpm.

It's off-the scale rarity and the Popcorn/Island demand has blocked the pathway for obvious Northern Soul potential of "You Can't Stop Love" to break through. But now the word is out, this inspirational British only flipside is now also hot-property in the UK .Pulsating Northern Soul driven by racing percussion, crashing cymbals, zipping strings, bl;aring brass and girl-group choruses ringing out glorious affirmation of Lovelace muscular singing.

Two great UK ONLY sides wanted on 3 different rare Soul scenes written, arranged and produced by those prolific Brit-boys Les Reed, Barry Mason & Gordon Mills.

So extremely difficult to acquire, we are not ashamed to admit, this frustratingly rare disc, is our first copy for sale this century and it's in stunning mint minus condition!

Do not pass by, the likelihood of us finding another is beyond remote.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact. Full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact. Full gloss mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve

Intensions - Love Is Blind / Ugly Girl - Moneytown SK3M 1209

Intensions

Love Is Blind / Ugly Girl

Moneytown: SK3M 1209 (45s)

RAREST OF THE RARE!

Rare-Soul scholars we already be fully aware of this more-than extremely hard-to-find Chicago vocal-group Northern Soul, that just never surfaces for sale.

"Love Is Blind" is one year before their highly sought after "I Feel So Good" single. With "Love Is Blind" witnessed "Moneytown" owner writer producer George Redman first coining of the phrase "I Just Can't Win". The Intensions team of Sammy Tate, Jimmy Jordan and Eddie Moore received little or no airplay with "Love Is Blind" falling into instant rarity. But undeterred, the guys quickly moved on, rebadging "Ugly Girl " as "She's My Baby" releasing it on the Bluelight label, which did receive a modicum of local Chicago success.

A gorgeous floating Northern Soul cruiser featuring a tortured male lead, who vows to "Never Love Again" as his sympathetic team cradle his every beseeching exposure of his hurt. Redman bridges the familiar tale of "male rejection" with a sulking saxophone. Leaving you wanting to investigate Rredman's and this vocal group's other work. I can assure you it all perfectly depicts Chicago "street-corner-symphonies" that Bob Abrahamian dedicated his life to document and air on his radio show "Sitting In The Park".

One of, Kansas resident, Redmon's early excursions into Chicago Soul, "Love Is Blind" was considered by Bob Abrahamian, the world's leading expert of Chicago Soul groups, as rare, if not rarer than their Holy Grail "She Needs Me" on U.S.A. When I purchased it off him over a decade ago, that was Bob's "Sales Pitch" but true to his word we have had 2 copies of their USA 45 this century and just this solitary "Love Is Blind" remain the only we have ever had.

A real-deal listing for those collector / DJ's dedicated to the rarest of the rare.

Redman's contribution to rare soul music was immense, he was sadly murdered in the mid-eighties with his life's work uncompleted.

Condition Report

Two clean labels reveal light surface ring wear, but clean (view images). Vinyl revealing light surface marks but strong gloss, playback gives up a few soft background pops along the way. "List)

Two clean labels reveal light surface ring wear, but clean (view images). Vinyl revealing light surface marks but strong gloss, playback gives up a few soft background pops along the way. "List)

Raphael Saadiq  - The Way I See it - 7 x 7" boxset album / inc: Love That Girl - Columbia ‎– 88697 36976 7

Raphael Saadiq

The Way I See it 7 x 7" boxset album / Love That Girl

Columbia ‎: 88697 36976 7 (LPs)

The coveted 2008 7 x 7" boxset album Raphael Saadiq ‎– The Way I See It - that includes the sophisticated soulful stepper " Love That Girl" harking back to the days of "Smokey" Robinson coolness. A slice of finger-snapping gliding dance soul that grabbed the world's attention with countless Motown great mid-tempos.

Understated strings, subtle choruses sashaying on soulful thermals, Raphael's consummate "Marvin-esque" vocal strolling through that magnificently savvy arrangement.

TOP TUNE only available with this 7xdisc 7" box set album. Of course the rest of the records are super-cool also - but "Love That Girl" is utterly standout.

7 disc a side and b sides are:
1-A Sure Hope You Mean It / 1-B Just One Kiss
2-A 100 Yard Dash / 2-B Calling
3-A Keep Marchin' / 3-B Let's Take A Walk
4-A Big Easy / 4B Sometimes
5-A Love That Girl / Oh Girl *
6-A Staying In Love / 6-B Never Give You Up
7-A Oh Girl / 7-B - Seven


Condition Report

Still in opened shrink wrap, mint minus throughout - see images - hear the sound file.

Still in opened shrink wrap, mint minus throughout - see images - hear the sound file.

Timi Yuro - It’ll Never Be Over For Me / As Long As There Is You - Liberty LBF 15182

Timi Yuro

It’ll Never Be Over For Me / As Long As There Is You

Liberty: LBF 15182 (45s)

British Only!

Utterly essential Northern Soul…from one of the last century’s greatest female voices.

Made in the UK, produced by Timi Yuro and Marshall Leib under their partnered banner of ROMA Productions. Taking two letters from each names Time YuRO / MArshall Leib. They upscale Baby Washington’s 1964 New York sister sledgehammer beat ballad at Wessex Sound Studios in London, December 1968. Pulling in some notable assistance from the great Les Reed, along with Ian Green (Rosetta Hightower’s partner) another soul orientated arranger, between them pumping up this almighty production way beyond any of their previous work.

The resulting in the most-wanted, best-loved female vocal 45 ever released in the UK.

Listen, take a deep breath and ensure this NS masterpiece does not pass you by.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, fine clean, full gloss, play perfect excellent plus vinyl, revealing only fine soft surface hairlines under light, still housed in birth sleeve - this is a top-copy!

Two clean labels, 3 prong centre intact, fine clean, full gloss, play perfect excellent plus vinyl, revealing only fine soft surface hairlines under light, still housed in birth sleeve - this is a top-copy!

Buddy Lamp - Save You Love / I Wanna Go Home - Wheelsville 122

Buddy Lamp

Save You Love / I Wanna Go Home

Wheelsville : 122 (45s)

It has been an age since we've had the pleasure of presenting Buddy's most-wanted, least-seen Northern Soul powerhouse stomper.

A snarling, growling thumping slab of proper Northern Soul, the type that ignites allniters to the max, as it draws the highly skilled dancers to join the throng.

This is a NS stomper of real pedigree, it has always been more than elusive, even back in the early 70's this disc seldom came to market. Caused in part, by Wheelsville's overload for "I Wanna Go Home" which was released fully 3 times, with different flips. This example no.122 being the companies last attempt at a hit for "I Wanna Go Home" sadly it hardly sold a bean. Thus "Save Your Love" becoming Buddy's rarest 45 by a long way.

Listen now to one of those intimidating voices drenched in passion and power, a gargling roar the Northern Soul fans adore whether it be Geater Davis, Little Milton or Bobby Blue Bland; formidable vocals sit at the top of the Northern Soul prerequisites for the dancer and the collector.

This disc gives it up twice over, "Save You Love" & "I Wanna Go Home" are fabulous examples of this potent style that drives the dancefloor. With "Save You Love" being the big prize, as so few NS DJs can boast of owning a copy... if you require an incendiary bomb to set your DJ performance on fire...

Buddy is the perfect choice.

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - rare condition indeed for this Detroit rarity.

Two totally clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - rare condition indeed for this Detroit rarity.

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George Kirby - What Can I Do / Good Night Irene - Cadet 5523 mick taylor

George Kirby

What Can I Do / Good Night Irene

Cadet : 5523 DJ (45s)

A marvelously moody 1965 Esmond Edwards, Chicago project, made extra special by the presence of the talented Jazz Bassist and arranger extraordinaire Richard Evans.

The contrasting combination of booming double bass, plucking violins, aerial horns, experimental jazzy Hammond organ notes; A cocktail enhanced to the maximum when those songbird glide in with a shrill choruses of "What Can I Do". All this cradling George Kirby "The Showman's" expressive voice as it weaves it's way through this deliciously sulky groove. Then suddenly changing through the gears as it powers its way up, towards an awesome fanfare of trumpets, an instrumental break of real muscle.

Proper Northern Soul, a brooding mid-paced dancer, you can never tire of hearing..

Such a fantastic tune, personally I adore it. Especially in clean play perfect, condition.

Condition Report

date 65 in marker left hand middle a-side label, otherwise two clean labels, no drill hole. Strong gloss on the vinyl, revealing a few soft blemishes, as you will hear it plays beautifully clean.

date 65 in marker left hand middle a-side label, otherwise two clean labels, no drill hole. Strong gloss on the vinyl, revealing a few soft blemishes, as you will hear it plays beautifully clean.

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Lorraine Ellison - Stay With Me / I Got My Baby Back - Warner Brothers WB 5850 DJ

Lorraine Ellison

Stay With Me / I Got My Baby Back

Warner Brothers : WB 5850 DJ (45s)

More despairing passion than any other female Soul record ever committed to vinyl.

When New York's finest came together in 1966 they produced what many consider the greatest female Soul ballad of all time. A collaboration between Jerry Ragovoy, Larry Weiss, Garry Sherman culminated in Lorraine Ellison's mighty Gospel trained vocal being pushed through the soul-sister-sound-barrier. Delivering a beseeching ballad that has yet to be matched.

A gentle piano intro does not prepare you for the build up of the spine-tingling, mood-changing female vocal-power, that is about to explode into your day. An all time great, that set the bar for all Soul Sister "heartbreaker ballads" to be compared to, for the last near 6 decades.

Jerry had already penned the magnificent almost unbeatable "Time Is On My Side" for Irma Thomas; the zenith of his writing career until "Stay With Me" was recorded, a year later he would also co-pen "Piece Of My Heart" for Erma Franklin elevating Jerry into cult status, and recognition as being one of the greatest producer lyricist for the big-production Soul impact recording.

For "Stay With Me" Jerry knew he needed a mature voice to pull off the extreme power, to send a message of an anguished woman in distress, pain, sorrow, grief, misery, agony, woe, torment and indescribable heartache and suffering. Lorraine delivers it all, in one almighty outpouring of inner-crucifixion by the fear of losing her man.

Utterly convincing, brilliantly distinctive, simply a Deep Soul masterpiece that may never be surpassed. But I feel Jerry Ragovoy wanted to tell a story with this groundbreaking 45, as the flipside seems to be a sequel to the impending doom of the lead side. As if it's part 2 to Lorraine's story "I Got My Baby Back" is a uplifting tale of joy as a relationship is repaired. With the added bonus of it being brilliant Northern Soul.

Two awesome sides of contrasting soul, delivering two opposite narratives that take you through an incredible mood shifting script.

As a flawless 1966 British white demo housed in store-stamped birth-sleeve this record is a real-deal Brit collectors trophy!

Condition Report

A glorious flawless, two clean promo labels, full gloss unblemished mint vinyl, still housed in a store-stamped birth-sleeve this record

A glorious flawless, two clean promo labels, full gloss unblemished mint vinyl, still housed in a store-stamped birth-sleeve this record

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7 Dwarfs - Stop Girl /One By One - Ideal 1168 Mick Taylor

7 Dwarfs

Stop Girl / One By One

Ideal : 1168 (45s)

THE REAL DEAL!

The ORIGINAL first press of The 7 Dwarfs - Stop Girl - which sadly the owners of the blatant "heavy-weight" counterfeit are still trying to convince anybody who will listen, that their copy is an original by any means of misinformation they can lay their hands on. Over the years several collectors have been stung with a "fake" and it's still happening, as the unscrupulous still try and cash in on the lack of knowledge that flood this collecting scene.

The authentic thin flexible vinyl first press is RARE, the thick vinyl counterfeit are not rare by comparison. Below the matrix info to recognise the difference. Here are the correct matrix details, for future reference for collectors; as the counterfeit does turn up occasionally, whilst by comparison the authentic original is a rare piece indeed.

ORIGINAL copy has a 2 turn 10.90mm wide deadwax with an etched matrix 1168 A . The "8" is top-heavy and lopsided, much larger top circle to the bottom, resembling a "0" with a tiny rounded triangle attached. Holding the 1168 in the 6 o'clock position an upside down etched in F/W sits in the 11 o'clock position. The disc is pressed thin lightweight flexible vinyl. A-side labels can be pressed slightly off-center but that is not definitive. The writer credit text is crisp, clean and clear.

COUNTERFEIT x 2 different presses, repro'd twice in 2 different vinyls. 1. deadwax matrix reads 1168 A deadwax width is 10.21mm - look carefully at the run out 3 turn grooves, noting the deadwax run-off grooves have occasional pitting and tiny dimples. Vinyl is heavier than the flimsy vinyl original press. The label text the "e" at the end of the writer credit is "Dame" on the a-side is smudged slightly.

Killer Northern Soul is and equally sought after Garage flipside. We've lifted a double soundfile so you can hear both.

Condition Report

X X on a-side label, flipside label is clean, bright clean full gloss play mint minus vinyl, reveals some soft hairlines when angled in the light some soft hardly audible ticks along the way. Listen it a beauty!

X X on a-side label, flipside label is clean, bright clean full gloss play mint minus vinyl, reveals some soft hairlines when angled in the light some soft hardly audible ticks along the way. Listen it a beauty!

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M.V.P.s - Turnin' My Heartbeat Up / same: 2:16 mono version - Buddah BDA 262 DJ

M.V.P.s

Turnin' My Heartbeat Up / same: 2:16 stereo version

Buddah : BDA 262 DJ (45s)

Most likely sitting in the Top 10 of the most regular attendees of Wigan Casino or Cleethorpes Pier; as this was and still is a Northern Soul anthem that triggers euphonic recall every time you hear those jangling vibes ring. "Listen To The sound of a drummer... as it picks up pace wafting yo back nearly 50 years when this was the most inspirational sound of the all. Your mind flashes back to the first recognition TV ever bestowed on the NS scene. When ITV 's 1977 "THIS ENGLAND" used the intro as the music for that cauldron of molten iron spilling forth... few intros to a Northern Soul documentary could have done it better.

There is so very little we can say that will elevate this timeless classic any higher... catapults me back to Dave Wither's priceless analogy of why he was drawn into Northern Soul, a piece of historical comment, never to be forgotten.

The most important aspect of this listing is: It is NOT a record that has wandered through the trauma Northern Soul DJ circuit since the mid-70's. As you can hear from the sound file provided this copy play beautifully clean. From an aged collection not a DJ it has no sign turntable fatigue that unfortunately plagues the veteran copies that have resided in the boxes of UK NS DJs for decades.

Fresh, clean and ready for ownership to those of you dedicated to owning the Top NS anthems in the finest possible condition. This plays as clean as a whistle...

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, cherished vinyl with only the merest fine sleeve storage hairlines visible when angled in the light. Coming home 46 years after I first sold it.

Two clean promo labels, cherished vinyl with only the merest fine sleeve storage hairlines visible when angled in the light. Coming home 46 years after I first sold it.

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Leon Antoine - I Love You For This Reason / I'm So Into Your Love - Demo S-31279  Mick H

Leon Antoine

I Love You For This Reason / I'm So Into Your Love

Demo : S-31279 (45s)

A proven rarity currently gracing a few of the top-jocks sets. Soul Sam, Mick H two A-list DJ who have been wowing the crowd with this decidedly classy tune.

A slice of beseeching late seventies jazzy/soul, a stepper steeped in quality, that you just can't stop from creeping under your skin. From the beautiful coastline town of Goleta, California. The composition reflects the carefree vibe of this beautiful Southern California enclave by the sea.

Leon's adoration for his lady-friend "Cassandra" spawns a stunning blend of Jazz and Soul, his soaring vocal perfectly suited to his message. A sophisticated floater, ideal for those who like the serious hard to find, with a special ambience reserved for more discerning rare soul hangouts like Feed Your Soul, Soul Essence, Horse & Groom, Orwell reunions etc. etc.

I'm unfamiliar with Leon Antoine but vocally he is immense, hitting vocal peaks with consummate ease, as James Hales session takes shape building up on every chorus under it becomes irresistible. I'm on my third play already and loving it more every time.

An addictive slice of superior 70's soul!

Condition Report

Two clean label, full gloss vinyl, revealing on light surface hairlines when angled in the light. Audio giving up just a few soft crackles towards the ending.

Two clean label, full gloss vinyl, revealing on light surface hairlines when angled in the light. Audio giving up just a few soft crackles towards the ending.

TSU Toronadoes - Please Heart Don't Break / Ain't Nothing Nowhere - Rampart Street RSRS-0644

TSU Toronadoes

Please Heart Don't Break / Ain't Nothing Nowhere

Rampart Street : RSRS-0644 (45s)

Currently again pleasuring Northern Soul dancefloors is this top-drawer vocal group dancer from Houston, Texas. The young 7 man Ovide label studio band who progressed from session work to releasing some of the tightest vocal group Soul ever to emerge from the Lone Star state.

This is a TSU Toronados D.I.Y. project written by band member Will Thomas produced by the TSU Tornados themselves and what a very cool result they come up with.

A whispering brush of the cymbals and a sympathetic guitar, calming horns introduce the beseeching line "Please Heart .. don't break", with that killer momentary pause in the middle of the phrase. Then the male-vocal harmony chorus glides into place. Opening up for the despairing lead voice, to tell his story. Convincingly he relays with caution, he has had his heart broken in the past. His hopes and pain unfold, cradled by the most-deliciously cutting vocal choruses ringing out; as a silky simplistic guitar drives the rhythm. Well timed hand-claps adding another layer to this very classy groove.

Texas Funk fans will adore the flipside, but it pales completely to the brilliance of the Soulful Northern cut we lead with. A slice of real quality that is currently again wowing the Northern Soul dancefloors, after snoozing for over 3 decades.. it's back! and it can only become bigger as plays become more frequent. After being revived by those discerning Sunday chill-out afternoons (myself included), it has now crossed over into main allnighter halls with the same welcoming effect.

Do not pass by, this is a killer tune, you will be hearing a lot more of, as it's long overdue resurgence about to get into full swing.




Condition Report

Two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve contact hairlines when angled in the light.

Two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl revealing only the merest soft sleeve contact hairlines when angled in the light.

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Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now / The Prophet - Pye International 7N 25276 DJ

Chuck Jackson

Any Day Now / The Prophet

Pye International : 7N 25276 DJ (45s)

an immaculate 1964 British demo!

For the adulation of Chuck Jackson - for the irresistible lure of the British demo 45.

Two killer sides - Hear Chuck at his dominating best!

Resist if you can…

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, pristine mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Two clean promo labels, pristine mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve.

Stars Of Harmony - Old Lady / Born Again - Star Star 100

Stars Of Harmony

Old Lady / Born Again

Star: 100 (45s)

This 45 is gonna stir the emotions of the real "black music" dedicates who religiously read this weekly blog of rare Soul vinyl, a 45 that sits at the crossroads of Deep Soul and Gospel, brilliantly defining both genres.

The original a-side "Born Again" is a vibrant foot-stomping, handclapping, full-throttle Gospel, hiding something really special on the flipside.

"Old Lady" is a most unusual composition giving up extremely rare deep n'moody Gospel/Soul with a difference!

"Old Lady" propelled by a haunting funeral-paced Hammond keyboard, guiding the path for some amazing celestial group singing, a saturated display of despairing Gospel/Soul. The mournful alto male lead cradled by a sympathetic choir emphasizing the mood of total despair. As this rarity unfolds, laying down the foundations for some of the most impressive gospel/soul blending you are ever likely to hear.

Incredible voices entwine, leaving you feeling moved by the anguish within this most unusual Gospel outing, serving up off-the-scale mood-changing "Black Music"

Very Rare!



Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl reveals only the merest soft surface hairline when angled in the light. both sides play totally clean

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl reveals only the merest soft surface hairline when angled in the light. both sides play totally clean

Otto & The Sensation - Girl We Can Make It / Keep Only Lovin' You - C T I 2000 andy felts

Otto & The Sensations

Girl We Can Make It / Keep Only Lovin' You

C T I : 2000 (45s)

Here's a record that will sort out the progressive DJs, the ones with a clear ear for a possible emerging monster; from the NS DJ's who like to play and buy tried & tested, already broken by pioneering DJ's way before them. The obvious potential for this obscure Wisconsin D.I.Y. vocal group dancer has yet to be tapped into.

Listen to this beauty from Milwaukee, then try and tell me this session doesn't have everything it takes to go huge!

A beseeching Otto vocal slips seamlessly into an attention seeking cocktail of swirling Hammond, pounding bass guitar... preparing fertile ground for a team of shrill girls cradle his pleading voice with rich harmony. The relentless marriage of guitar and keyboard drives the convincing dance rhythm, the girls demand “Come On Baby - I Love You” Otto’s reaching voice underlines his need, the background vocals hammering home his determination to make it with his girl...

Perhaps the flipside is a even superior tune, a heavenly Lowrider experience; also yet to emerge from under its obscurity. Every note finely delivered as any big-ticket San Antonio rarity you care to mention. The quality is right up there, along side the harmony Soul grails; ready and waiting to cause a sensation to those who have not encountered its premier qualities before.

Both sides are spectacular examples of their genres, seriously rare... just begging for a visionary DJ to whack it out of the park...

Condition Report

Two beautifully clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only minuscule sleeve storage hairline or two under light. Both sides play flawless.

Two beautifully clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only minuscule sleeve storage hairline or two under light. Both sides play flawless.

Sherrys - Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl - J.J. 1002 DJ

Sherrys

Put Your Arms Around Me / Happy Girl

J.J. : 1002 DJ (45s)

unimaginably MINT!

Can Northern Soul anthems be any more vital than the FIRST RECORD ever played at Wigan Casino..

On an Autumn night in 1973 at precisely 2 a.m. on Sunday, 23 September . Russ Winstanly launched this torrent of Philly girl-group Northern Soul on a comparatively small but eager attendance..

THIS REST IS HISTORY!!

Here's a rarely witnessed genuine original promo of the recording that started it all.

An offering not to be mulled over! Records carrying this level of Northern Soul kudos rarely, ever surface for sale in 2022

Click the soundfile and be prepared for a Northern Soul Back To The Future experience. As Joe Cook's daughters take you on a joyride through euphoric "Wigan" recall.

Condition Report

So darn close to being a MANSHIP MINT, a whisker off total perfection!

So darn close to being a MANSHIP MINT, a whisker off total perfection!

 Eddie Hope & Manish Boys – A Fool No More / Lost Child -	Marlin 804

Eddie Hope & Manish Boys

A Fool No More / Lost Child

Marlin: 804 (45s)

The much-wanted authentic original 1956 Miami born R&B Blues dance monster!

Considered by many as the greatest Florida R&B/Blues dance 45 ever, with two sides that deliver "big".

A snarling, growling vocal coated with an insistent but nasty "harp" presence, heavy guitar pulses, layering its infectious street-level rawness. A Henry Stone project on his 4 x 45 Marlin 800 series. But Henry retained his "fish" label, that later became an imprint for many more of his releases in the 60's & 70's.

But number 804 the last in the 1956 run, and the only release for this belligerent gathering of Blues artists, delivering that all too familiar message of " I Loved You Baby - But I Ain't Gonna Be A Fool No More" her lies and unfaithful intentions being the final straw, the inspiration for John "Rootman" McArthur scornful words.

On the flipside "Rootman's" writings on "Lost Child" are much more hopeful, but without losing any of the growling "muscle". Again the searing Harmonica dominates with Eddie Hope's bawling rasping voice cutting through the guitar and Harp to get his message out there, loud n'clear.

Two killer mid-50's Blues movers on one elusive disc.

Condition Report

A little worse for it's life in the ghetto, storage wear on the labels, see images. Vinyl reveals multiple surface hairlines but plays strong n' loud with no off-putting deep scratch ticks.

A little worse for it's life in the ghetto, storage wear on the labels, see images. Vinyl reveals multiple surface hairlines but plays strong n' loud with no off-putting deep scratch ticks.

Esther Philips - Just Say Goodbye / I Could Have Told You - Atlantic 45-2324 DJ  andy felts

Esther Philips

Just Say Goodbye / I Could Have Told You

Atlantic : 45-2324 DJ (45s)

A record first championed by the late great Roger Stewart. Rare Soul DJ and legendary lifetime servant of the Northern Soul scene, remembered for his impeccably selective DJ sets. Roger's support for Esther Philips - Just Say Goodbye - travelled from the iconic confines of the 100 Club on Oxford Street to become one of Northern Soul's evergreen anthems. The perfect "last" record, that can be played at any time of an event and still trigger the exact same affect of appreciation. A dancefloor applause catalyst every time...

"Just Say Goodbye" starting life with the Mongo Santamaria group's pianist, the band performed a fine instrumental version. A lyrical collaboration came from Rogers & Ruth Grant, with Rogers Grant rolling out the simplistic but narcotic off-beat piano pulses. Partnered by another inventive Jazz artist/producer saxophonist Oliver Nelson; outstripping Mongo's arrangement on Columbia, bedecking the production with rich brass whilst "Rogers" piano decoration leads the way, Nelson ramps up the session when a full brass section elevates the song yet again. A finally laced with Oliver Nelson flute adornments.

But overriding even this highly accomplished ensemble of Jazz musicians, who are careful not to detract the song from one of R&B's most memorable voices. Miss Esther Phillips her shiver-inducing quavering throaty vocal, so unique, so intensely attractive, a songbird who's incomparable mood-changing powers elevate this song right up into Soul Heaven.

One of Northern Soul's indelible offerings; absorbing, unforgettable blending of R&B and Jazz, that today certainly stands as one of my all time Northern Soul favourites, a record I never ever tire of hearing.

Thank you Roger for your investigative enthusiasm and impeccable taste, and everything you brought to the Northern Soul scene. .

Before you today, an immaculate 1965 USA Promo copy, a 45 to treasure, we think.

So rare as a flawless White Promo, a record that could so easily have been "lost" as Atlantic unbelievably hid this masterpiece away on the flipside of a bland non-hit. . An eternal testament to Roger Stewart and his impeccable taste, thank you Roger.

Condition Report

near MANSHIP MINT - a pristine - utterly unblemished promo copy -

near MANSHIP MINT - a pristine - utterly unblemished promo copy -

Sy Hightower - The Carmen Recordings / Untited, Unissued, 6 track test press only album - Monarch Recording JP 2002

Sy Hightower

The Carmen Recordings / Untited, Unissued, 6 track test press only album

Monarch Recording : JP 2002 (LP)

HOLY GRAIL TIME!

This Los Angeles test press album from 1975 one of only 3 known copies - this is not only "THE" ULTIMATE Rare Soul album of all time. It is also one of the very finest examples of 70's independent Soul, you could ever dream of hearing

The 6 exceptional tracks are:

1.Go Back Baby take 1 (killer rare soul dance, at the correct speed)
2 Go Back Baby take 2 (killer rare soul dance, at the correct speed with slight variations)
3. I've Been Thinking About You (a premier sweet soul harmony ballad, with group harmony of the highest calibre)
4. I Know You're Leaving Me (no introduction required)
5. I Wonder Why (his most wanted recording, at the correct speed)
6. Wild Love (an inventive stop-start mid-tempo dancer)

The other two known copies currently reside in two of the world's top Soul collections, and are never expected never come to market.

A unique opportunity to acquire the rarest, greatest, most revered LP of the 70's decade.

If you are the type of collector or DJ who only settles for true authenticity, please note the unofficial 2006 UK 45 on Hayley was pressed at the WRONG SPEED!

Now enjoy snippets of the glorious emotion emitted by Sy Hightower and hear the tracks as producer Jerry "Pynes" P

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl.

Detroit Soul - All Of My Life / Mister Hip - Music Town MTR 502

Detroit Soul

All Of My Life / Mister Hip

Music Town: MTR 502 (45s)

I do remember having a light chuckle to myself whilst reading a dealers mailshot back in to 80's, when the seller noted this 45 as "Killer Motor City Northern Soul dancer" and it was even bootlegged with the Detroit Executives "Cool Off" sitting on the flipside, also disgracefully counterfeited in the 70's ansold as originals..

We all now know, this was 45 was crafted 700 miles east of Detroit in New Britain, Connecticut. But this local white band certainly had an appreciation of the music the Motor City was producing in 60's.

Lead singer Sal Lanares and co-writer of "All Of My Life" had a New England reputation for his Soulful vocal, honed whilst being a member of "The Soobes" a short-lived but visually exciting band, who covered the work of Wilson Picket, Tom Jones etc so Sal's rasping vocal had to be up to that task. So good was his voice he moved on to formed his own "Soul" band. "Detroit" before the name "Soul" certainly caught the audiences imagination.

This timeless Northern Soul classis was the group's first 45, recorded in 1968 at the famous Syncron / Trod Nossel studios, just like their rival "Blue-eyed" Connecticut band "The Wildweeds" the five to seven man gathering concentrated on upbeat Dance-Soul. With their manager Ed Read being a disc-jockey for New Haven Radio Station WACZ there was high-hopes of a "hit" as airplay was guaranteed, but this never happened to the level where it would break south, down the East-coast on into New York and beyond. Their follow-up 45 "Does Your Mind Go Wild" another good Northern Soul offering, suffered the same fate.

A disillusioned Sal Lenares, Bill Durso, Angelo MIriani, P. Valano & T. Wright (the author of the insane MOD instrumental flipside "Mister Hip") split, leaving only guitarist Bill Durso continuing his recording career with "US 69" and "The Mustard Family" his guitar skills utilized on Psyche/Rock album and a single for Buddah.

But "Detroit Soul" did leave a lasting Northern Soul legacy that has stood the test of time for well over 4 decades, even overcoming that particularly deceptive counterfeit in 1974. This copy is of course the original with FRANKFORD & WAYNE stamped first press.

Sal your soulful vocal lives on, every weekend in the United Kingdom, as dancers clamor for space on Northern soul dancefloors..

Today considered a real-deal Northern Soul anthem, that rarely surfaces for sale, this clean.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, reveals some soft surface hairlines only. Both sides play clean.

Two clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, reveals some soft surface hairlines only. Both sides play clean.

Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You / Why Weren't You there - Magic City MC-006 Leigh Smart

Thelma Lindsey

Prepared To Love You / Why Weren't You there

Magic City: MC-006 (45s)

It matters not a jot, which side you drop the stylus on, the result will be exactly the same. You about to collide head-on with the dynamic rich vocal of Detroit-Diva of Northern Soul. Thelma rides a muscular horn production whilst her backup girls whip up a storm behind her.

A double helping of explosive 1967 Motor City from Ernest Burt awaits your approval.

Two spectacular sister-delights hit you smack between eyes, the is heavy-duty Northern Soul at its most powerful. It's a hard choice which side is the superior-stomper. After more than 45 years, I still can't decide which side I'd play first, to ram the floor with.

As you will hear both sides give up quintessential Northern Soul, real deal dance recordings presented on one of Detroit’s most attractive labels.

This delicious double helping of top drawer Northern Soul is just as click away...sending out a far more persuasive message for ownership ... than wordy superlatives from us ever could.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL!

Condition Report

soft discreet faded X on IC of "MAGIC" on the a-side label, otherwise those spectacular "art" labels are like new, bright clean and unblemished. Vinyl is mint minus with only a few wispy hairlines revealed when angled in the light, both sides play flawless. Looks beautiful, plays gorgeous..

soft discreet faded X on IC of "MAGIC" on the a-side label, otherwise those spectacular "art" labels are like new, bright clean and unblemished. Vinyl is mint minus with only a few wispy hairlines revealed when angled in the light, both sides play flawless. Looks beautiful, plays gorgeous..

Sheila Anthony - Livin' In Love / Woman To Woman - Buttercup 45-007 DJ

Sheila Anthony

Livin' In Love / Woman To Woman

Buttercup : 45-007 DJ (45s)

A timeless Wigan Casino anthem, that seldom comes to market, recently rising right back up to it's former top-tune glories, on the back of the more imaginative oldies DJs that grace the scene.

Another standout 1970 New York creation from Teddy Randazzo & Victoria Pike. A fruitful collaboration that crafted so many truly great songs for Little Anthony and the Imperials, Royalettes, Porgy & The Monarchs, Derek Martin etc. The pairing invariably producing hugely uplifting creations, with smooth potent vocals and full orchestra support. Typically New York and typically Randazzo & Pike.

Starting life as a flipside "Livin' In Love" it didn't take long for this failed Buttercup release, the only release credited to this mysterious lady, to find its way into heart of the Northern Soul scene. Similtamneously played at The Casio, The Pier to rapturous dancefloor response, it was the perfect dancer for the 1975/76 NS generation.

A listing for those many of you who have dedicated their collecting focus, on the records that rammed the dancefloor full in those golden years from 1971 to 1979. Years that truly defined the classic Northern Soul sound.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, bright glossy vinyl revealing some soft surface hairlines, occasional soft background tick along the way.

Two clean promo labels, bright glossy vinyl revealing some soft surface hairlines, occasional soft background tick along the way.

Cashmeres - Show Stopper / Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back - Hem 1000

Cashmeres

Show Stopper / Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back

Hem : 1000 (45s)

The definitive example of superior male vocal-group Northern Soul, an highly regarded timeless classic, that has been annoyingly rare now, since the early 70's.

In the beginning it was the gracefulness of those seamless males voices delicately woven into a constantly pulsating dance rhythm that seduced us all. Captivating the scene so much that the DJ's amazingly passed over the just as impressive, arguably more "Northern" "Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back" with its beckoning lead vocal again cradled by gliding harmony choruses.

Both sides produced by the gifted Freddie Perren who moved onto much bigger things with The Jackson Five, Gloria Gaynor etc etc. You can hear in his early work, a mastery of vocalisation and dance 60s rhythms.
So very superior male-group performances, is this session with Eddie Jefferson. It matters not a jot which side you drop the arm on. Trophy-piece Northern Soul hits you square in the face both times.

Two sides to die for! "Show Stopper" a timeless anthem that always pulls the crowd onto the floor. The more muscular, persuasive "Don't Let The Door Hit Your Back" a current choice spin for the NS DJs fortunate enough to own a copy.

Pure Northern Soul - twice over

Condition Report

Two clean labels, only tiny flaw is the flipside label has a soft graze just under the HEM logo, see images. Fine clean strong gloss on vinyl, some soft surface hairlines visible when angled in the light, as you hear, both sides play crisp and clean. Listen you'll be impressed..

Two clean labels, only tiny flaw is the flipside label has a soft graze just under the HEM logo, see images. Fine clean strong gloss on vinyl, some soft surface hairlines visible when angled in the light, as you hear, both sides play crisp and clean. Listen you'll be impressed..

Gents & The Lady – I Can Feel The Tears / Died Inside - Hue Records H-112

Gents & The Lady

I Can Feel The Tears / Died Inside

Hue Records : H-112 (45s)

This week's "Sweet Soul" Lowrider delight is a melting-heart experience from Memphis,

This D.I.Y. 1971 project by Gents & The Lady, better known as Donnie & Fonnie Harley & Lavorn Smith a more than proficient sweet soul trio. With Fonnie Harley learning his trade alongside Percy Millen as an integral part of Goldwax's slick 5 man harmony band "The Lyrics".

Adding sister element with Lavorn Smith the stage is set for a beseeching Lavorn rap, drawing you into a stunning "Hurt So Good" style sweet ballad, cradled by two soulfully rich male vocals. A top-drawer mood-changer.

flip it over for an impressive funky edged shouter, again Lavorn's expressive voice elevates the arrangement as Memphis horns and potent percussion drive the jerky stop start arrangement, dissected by vicious stabbing horns. Marked with Memphis traits, befitting from the accumulation a decade of Soul music that drenched the city during 60's.

Rare, very tough to acquire and giving up two magnificent sides.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, a beautiful copy.

Two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl, a beautiful copy.

Sweet Things - I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue - Date 2-1522 DJ  Paul Marsden

Sweet Things

I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue

Date : 2-1522 DJ (45s)

Prepare yourself to be take back to the very groundbreaking days, when it seemed every Northern Soul spin, was a life-changing magical moment of ecstasy.

For those of you who covert the timeless Northern Soul classics, the pre-Wigan foundation laying cornerstone tunes of Northern Soul, building a collection of dilstilled euphoric m,emories. How about this reminder of your teenage NS awakening, a Soul music baptism of fire, when every weekend your head was sent spinning by an unparalleled avalanche of previously unheard 60's dance Soul.

A weekly adventure into new music you'd never heard before, set up the tantalizing anticipation of planning your weekend with like-minded friends. Were you going to spend the weekend at The Catacombs in Wolverampton, Va Va's in Bolton, The Highland Room at the Blackpool Mecca, Leeds Central, The Torch in Stoke On Trent or maybe more local, The Brit in Nottingham. All these places were in fierce competition with each other to play the best discoveries. If a DJ at a certain club had just discovered an "exclusive" the word quickly spread and that club became the destination. To travel 200 / 300 miles to hear an "exclusive" new tune, was never considered too far, we'd scan the club adverts in Blues & Soul for anything we had not heard of, those names Richard Temple, Butch Baker, Sweet Things, Dynamics would appear in the adverts and off you went on a journey of discovery, full of expectations of hearing records that sent shivers through you.

In California there was Leeds exile by the name of Simon Soussan. Vinyl digging every day, unearthing mind-blowing previously unknown 60's Soul dance 45's. In Canada Martin Koppell's legendary trips over the border to Detroit, John Anderson's forays into most every USA major city, Graham Warr's USA trips feeding the soul-lust of The Catacombs, Ian Levine's family holidays to Florida. All contributed to triggering an avalanche of spectacular Northern Soul discoveries. On the home front there was Bostock's of Bradford and their unbelievable haul of over a 1,000,000 USA 45's to trawl through in Yorkshire. Alice Clark, Salvadors, Tymes, Superiors, Triumphs, Charades and 100's more were all found in Bradford to enrich the Northern Soul scene every week. It was all happening in the first few years of that fruitful 70's decade.

After being force-fed of a diet of Rod Stewart, Mud, T. Rex, Sweet, Mungo Jerry with little teasers by The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me and Supremes - Stoned Love reminding us where our true musical passions lie.

It is records like this, emitting the genius of Van McCoy as he guides Francine "Peaches" Barker and her two friends Dyanne Stewart, Nancy Johnson replicating the "Motown Sound". That just transported us away from the radio bombardment of British pop tedium into a nirvana of escapism we embraced as USA Soul.

For me and many others "The Sweet Things" epitomises that unrepeatable pre-Wigan experience, that hit you right between the eyes on the very first hearing, so very Motown-esque instant girl group Northern Soul that just kept you dancing. Check out that Van McCoy intro of ringing vibes, crashing drums and explosive horns.. then Francine's searing lead vocal just pulls you right in.. followed by a saxophone interlude
to-die-for.. Northern Soul music became the greatest thing in your life at the weekends.

It was of course one of those titles that came over from Mr. Simon Soussan in L.A. who saw the opportunity to bootleg the Date 45 on the "Soultown" label, bootlegs that fill met the demand of the British market these 45s too, would later also become so very collectable..

Here's an anthem dripping in euphoric-recall... if you were there in 1972 you're probably struggling with the emotion this record fires up - everytime!

Condition Report

Radio Station green tick denoting the programmers had listened to each side. Glossy surface, reveals multiple hairlines none of which react with the

Radio Station green tick denoting the programmers had listened to each side. Glossy surface, reveals multiple hairlines none of which react with the

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