Billy Thompson

Black-Eyed Girl / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Columbus : CO 1043


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  • Artist: Billy Thompson
  • A Side: Black-Eyed Girl
  • B Side: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • Label: Columbus
  • Format: 45s



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

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A listing for those Northern Soul collectors who delight in owning those highly elusive first local presses of NS classics.

Here's a scarcely seen example; The local Boston, Massachusetts press of a record that got only a sparse national release on the East Coast by New York's iconic Wand label.

Let's be right about this, the Wand 45 in 2020 is a very elusive 45, one hard record to acquire, seldom surfacing for sale. But this colourful local Boston first press, is not only a stunner looker, it has over the years become seriously challenging hard to come by.

Top side is relentless stomping Northern Soul that in the "early-days" graced the turntables of the Blackpool Mecca, ultimately finding it's way onto the 1975 Ian Levine compiled Pye Disco Demand "Solid Soul Sensations" album. Giving most collectors their only chance of owning the song. Which until 2016 recently escaped all forms of bootlegging or reissue. Leaving the Wand issue a NS treasure in it's own right.

Click the soundfile and prepare yourself for a bass-guitar salvo that sets the scene for unrelenting Northern Soul to unfold. A barrage of brass, squealing Soul Sister choruses and a muscular snarling vocal from Mr. Thompson.
Boom! This is potent Northern Soul that has remained rare for over 45 years.. keeping it sounding fresh and exciting. An "oldie" that has not suffered from over overplay or heavy compilation outings.

This first press 1965 Columbus release, is obviously the "one" to own if you want to relive the halcyon days of the Blackpool Mecca, when everything was fresh, inspiring and a challenge to find. But do expect some competition from the other side of the globe from Deep Soul aficionados, Billy's version of Danny White's New Orleans Frisco label ballad is nothing short of stunning.. .Flip it over to experience a gut-wrenching Deep Soul masterpiece layered with both a glorious trumpet fanfares and cooing vocal harmony backing cradling that beseeching vocal.

Two great local sides from Beantown...

Condition Report

Vinyl is clean, good bright gloss, revealing only light surface hairlines when angled in the light. as you can hear both sides play clean. The "Black-Eyed Girl" label is brilliantly clean, bright and unblemished. flipside label (the original a-side has two neat "finger pointing" rubber-stamps to guide the radio station DJs towards ballad the producers thought would hit... see images

A Side

  • Title: Black-Eyed Girl

    B Side

  • Title: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • Year: 1965
  • City: Boston, Massachusetts