David Ruffin

Action Speaks Louder Than Words / You Can Get What I Got

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  • Artist: David Ruffin
  • A Side: Action Speaks Louder Than Words
  • B Side: You Can Get What I Got
  • Label: Check-Mate
  • Format: 45s



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

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This week's rare Motown offering is David Ruffin's 2nd 45 release under the real name. Written by Roquel "Billy" Davis and Berry Gordy. Like many of Gordy's early "misses" this recording delightfully pulls influences from 50's group harmony whilst injecting Motown's innovative arrangements skills. A wealth of strings zip around has an uncredited male harmony, later to be honed for Eddie Holland's first Motown labelled 45 "Jamie" and of course a smash hit.
From, then on in, this style was the foundation of the emerging Motown sound. Rich choruses, a banks of violins enriching standout vocals and finger-clicking arrangements.

Flip it over the pace quickens, the male choruses more urgent, the strings cut sharper and deeper. You can hear that evolving sound, that set Marvin Gaye etc. on their way to hand-clapping Motown dance classics. This is early Motown genius in full swing. This disc also bristles with untapped Northern Soul potential, which ever side you drop the arm on.

Serious Motown scholars will know that the FIRST PRESS promo copy is one tough 45 to find. (it was bootlegged as this promo that counterfeit has a beveled edge run-in and pressed on flexible 70's vinyl, an obvious repro)

Before you today is the Monarch stamped April 1961 promo, showing off two pristine label and play perfect vinyl.

A rare tempting sight indeed...two strong songs from an icon of the Motown Sound, an historical disc without NS potential. It rare condition.. all those Motown collecting criteria-boxes are ticked.

Condition Report

Two perfect label, play perfect vinyl free of any marks, but does has a mild surface haze as you can hear it plays flawless, crisp & true.

A Side

  • Title: Action Speaks Louder Than Words

    B Side

  • Title: You Can Get What I Got
  • Year: April 1961
  • City: Detroit, Mich