Clara Wood

You're After My Guy / Old and Grey

Imperial : 66122 DJ

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  • Artist: Clara Wood
  • A Side: You're After My Guy
  • B Side: Old and Grey
  • Label: Imperial
  • Format: 45s



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

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You are about to part of the genesis, that formed the sound of Philadelphia; as the great Bobby Martin collaborates with Phil Terry, who just one year later in 1966 would be a founding group member for the newly launched Gamble label, which was essentially the start of TSOP. As his four man team "The Intruders" kicked-off the now iconic Gamble label.

This divine example of sweet girl vocal Northern Soul from the mysterious Clara Ward flows with that seamless Philly "smooth". Clara delivers one of those voices you feel you should know already, equally stunning in its clarity as well as its familiarity, as Martin and Terry craft the age-old girl story of love-competition. Clara's shrill premonitions are beautifully delivered, as she warns her rival I know "You're After My Guy " but you are wasting your time. That honeyed voice does evoke visions of one beautiful lady, with cutting edge to her personality if provoked.

But this is so much more that just a tale of Soul sister strife, that was played out so often at The Greatstone Hotel in Manchester where this rarity was such a popular tune. The flipside packs a NS wallop also.

"Old and Grey" is the original 1965 version of the Marva Lee 1970 recording, that had Morris Bailey replacing Phil Terry and Dick De Marco &, Marty Dippolito replacing Bobby Martin, as this cool song is revamped on the Philly Rugby label. But loses that slick innocence and the superior vocal, leaves me with no hesitation declaring Clara Wood the best version by quite some distance.

Two great sides showcasing, early Philly shimmering in its slick, simple is genius glory.

Condition Report

clean a-side promo label, flipside label has a 12% label flake (see mage) good gloss vinyl, reveals only soft hairlines u#nder light.

A Side

  • Title: You're After My Guy

    B Side

  • Title: Old and Grey
  • Year: 1965
  • City: Philadelphia, Pa.