Duke & Leonard

Just Do The Best You Can / You've Lost Your Soul

Stomp Town : ST 101

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  • Artist: Duke & Leonard
  • A Side: Just Do The Best You Can
  • B Side: You've Lost Your Soul
  • Label: Stomp Town
  • Format: 45s



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

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A fabulous slab of Northern Soul that has far has escaped attentions of bootleggers, reissue labels etc. Mostly due too the mystic that surrounds the label & the artists; not too mention it's consistent exclusivity through the decades. This disc has never been easily available to serve several DJ's at one time. A factor that has determined the popularity and awareness and value of so many rare 45's that have sat on peripheral of Northern Soul only because there has never been enough to go round.

An essential piece in the jigsaw of those much appreciated "Rare And Underplayed" nights. Writers Jimmie Duke & but there is confusion as the "Leonard" actually Jewel Smith, but it matters not, as they rebound off each other on a wave of honkin' horns, in their unusual stop-start delivery of the advisory lyrics. It all unfolds into a dancefloor destroyer crammed with unique qualities, that have drawn several NS DJ's to its percolating quality in recent times.

Many in the past, have made the obvious comparisons with Sam & Dave, Sam & Bill, James & Bobby Purify etc. listening you can understand why. But you can't help but think Duke & Leonard must have some career history between them before this session. Their seamless vocal synergy stays amid a turbulent arrangement cradling their potent vocals, high above the barrage of brass. Would suggest not a one-off meeting, but a lengthy well honed partnership.

Such a great tune, always a welcome surprise drop inside a thoughtful DJ set and not just for those rare and unplayed evenings.. it is so much better than that.

Condition Report

A fine clean copy, two flawless labels, vinyl reveals only the merest sleeve contact storage blemishes under direct light. Top copy!

A Side

  • Title: Just Do The Best You Can

    B Side

  • Title: You've Lost Your Soul
  • Year: 1967
  • City: Stomp Town, 22 East 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016