Crown Four

Love For My Girl / A Birth Of A Playboy

Lee John : 619

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  • Artist: Crown Four
  • A Side: Love For My Girl
  • B Side: A Birth Of A Playboy
  • Label: Lee John
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



Gerald Perry and team have sure provided some treats for the World Of Northern Soul. With the Adventurers they crafted on Compass (Easy Baby) Blue Rock (Something Bad) and on Music World (I Caught You Cheating). As the Chosen Few on Maple & Canyon (A Birth Of A Playboy, I Can't Take No Chances & Taking All The Love I Can) not to mention their highly sought after album.

Every one of the above is a rare Northern Soul 45 with a passionate following but none of the above get any where near to the desirability of this their rarest offering, this seriously rare 45 on Lee John.

Both sides are a Gerald Perry & Eddie Johnson collaborations that appeared later on the seldom seen Maple 6000 album, a 1972 compilation of their best work.

So take a listen to this group with a penchant for changing their name whilst probing for a break..

"Love For My Girl" is a swirling force of falsetto vocals riding on the back honkin' horns. A rich group session with wave after wave of vocals ricocheting off a barrage of brass, pinging bongos, rhythmic drums and tricky plectrum work. This is a tine to sweep you to your feet.. hardly ever heard "out" rarity again stunting it's opportunity to be heard.

The flipside is a wholly different matter as "Birth Of A Playboy" is a huge tune, bristling with haunting Saxophone, snappy vocals and relentless piano.

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL! and immensely appreciated by the dancers, so knock the collectors dead, those turntable voyeurs who want to know have you got the Maple or The Canyon...

Well no, actually I own it in it's rarest first format on LEE JOHN

I have heard it said, "Manship needs one shoving up him..." or did someone mention "One-up-manship" a hugely popular Northern Soul pastime..

Two killer tunes - one very rare disc.

Condition Report


A Side

  • Title: Love For My Girl

    B Side

  • Title: A Birth Of A Playboy
  • Year: 1969
  • City: new york, n.y.