Barbara Mason

Yes I'm Ready / Keep Him

London : HL 9977 DJ

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  • Artist: Barbara Mason
  • A Side: Yes I'm Ready
  • B Side: Keep Him
  • Label: London
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: E+

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The crowned Princess of Philly Soul with her first "hit" in the USA, presented here as the exceedingly desirable 1965 British yellow Demo!

An eye-catching rarely witnessed yellow demo in tip-top pristine condition, the springboard for this Soul Divas career in the USA, who as a gifted 17 year old who had already composed, recorded several songs, before “Yes I’m Ready” hit big, triggering her highly regarded album of the same name.

But in Great Britain Barbara was a complete unknown, the 45 sold nothing even though the Mary Wells styled stroller were so popular, radio play never happened.

“Yes I’m Ready” is now considered a U.K. collectors treasure, especially as a promo. But not only for the magnificent a-side, but also for the Northern Soul flipside “Keep Him” which enjoyed strong MOD scene plays in the 90’s becoming the “valued” side that lifted the relatively available 1965 USA Arctic release into the eye of the NS collector.

A fabulous double sider from a much-loved artist in by far it’s most coveted format. Few collectors own a copy in this seriously rare vista, in blinding near perfect condition.

British rare soul collecting at its most challenging.

Condition Report

Two beautifully clean promo labels, vinyl is as near perfect as you could ever wish to see. Just one solitary light small blemish on the flipside vinyl, otherwise we would be very tempted to give this the rare grade of MINT.

A Side

  • Title: Yes I'm Ready

    B Side

  • Title: Keep Him
  • Year: 1965
  • City: United Kingdom