The beauty of the British Soul Demo, never ceases to send ripples of delight through my mind. Whether it be the simplicity of the EMI Red & White or the richly enticing yellow London Demo, a colour Decca wisely chose to capture the radio DJ or reviewers attention. It works, as it's captivated British 45 collectors for over 50 years now.
This listing is the perfect example of the pioneering club DJ's playing the b-sides, a MOD trait of one-upmanship, so important to drop into casual conversation "I Prefer The B-side" went hand in hand with highly polished Brogues, faded jeans, six button jacket cuffs, and the right make of shirt..
This was of course a Twisted Wheel floor-destroyer, that met every criteria amphetamine had raise the dance-bar to. The a-side is a seamless Philly mid-tempo that would pleasure the Sunday chill-sessions of today.. but back in 1966 when the audience was full of pent up youthful energy, heighten by their weekend treat. "Up And Down The Ladder" was the perfect vehicle to "just let it all go". Perfect Northern Soul Soul driven by those take for granted Intruder tight harmonies, hard drum whacks, jangling vibes, Leon Huff keyboard magic.. all added up to Wheel, Mojo., Nite Owl etc. dancefloor Heaven..
It of course sold nothing upon release, The Wheel DJ's loved that scenario as Decca was notorious for swift deletions, a rarity was born; like so many, to rise up as a British collectors trophy, even though the "silvertop" stock copy seems to be rare.. the Yellow Demo provides a handling experience like nothing else can.
Lead side vinyl is Ex, has a light surface mark, a couple of tiny blemishes but nothing that affect the stylus, as you can hear both sides play loud, clean and true. Flipside vinyl is a grade better at MInt - . Lead label has the Decca running time stamp of 2 50 + a file # left hand side. "United" label is flawless (see scans)