- Artist: Charles Johnson
- A Side: Never Had A Love So Good
- B Side: Baby I Cried, Cired, Cried
- Label: Alston
- Format: 45s
We ordered a box full, upon Record Corner's recommendation. In just one week from John Manship Records, 33 Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray sold 25 copies from it's new release page at £1.25p each.
The raw quality of this Horace Straws and Snoopy Dean composition immediately caught the attention of the Northern Soul DJ's. Then word of mouth and a sales c90 cassette recording, saw us quickly run out of stock. The next week we put in a re-order for 50 but Record Corner were completely sold out. In less than 7 days Charles Johnson had become the most in-demand new release on the scene. Our phone was ringing off the hook as Dj's pushed this addictive Miami dancer. The Northern Soul crowd were loving it and demand was hotting up.
Record Corner and every other Soul dealer were trying to get this 45 back into stock. We even tried calling TK Productions but the warehouse was empty of this title and they never repressed. So from humble beginnings a Northern Soul rarity was born, rising in value and demand year on year ever since.
Today it rockets me back to those exciting days when new releases were sometimes just a fleeting moment of opportunity, you had to be quick and order the optimum amounts the first time round. As a second chance to re-order was often not available.
In recent times finding this 45 in the wild, is an almost unheard of event, even the single sided stereo/mono promo "Baby I Cried, Cired, Cried " is a tough disc to find. But the Deep Soul fans adore the "Sam Dees-esque" ballad that was unsuccessfully pushed as the a-side.. today this side sounds like a Sunday chill-out essential.
Read the condition report as this may be an opportunity to own a massively wanted classic at an affordable price. There is a dull background thud at 1 minute 20 seconds caused by a mild pressing flaw, this does NOT detract from enjoyment of this magnificent song and we doubt the dancefloor or the DJ would ever noticed. But if you are OCD about fidelity check out the soundfiles lifted directly off this disc.
Condition ReportRead careky and liste ti the sound file . Althoungh the vinyl is flawless, NOTE There is a dull background thud at 1 minute 20 seconds caused by a mild pressing flaw, this does NOT detract from enjoyment of this magnificent song and we doubt the dancefloor would ever noticed. But if you are OCD about fidelity check out the soundfiles lifted directly off this disc presented in its birth sleeve.
- Title: Never Had A Love So Good
- Title: Baby I Cried, Cired, Cried
- Year: 1980
- City: Miami, Fla