Edwin Starr

If My Heart Could Tell The Story / blank:

Tamla Motown : TMG 692 DJ

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  • Artist: Edwin Starr
  • A Side: If My Heart Could Tell The Story
  • B Side: blank:
  • Label: Tamla Motown
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: #ol
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Prepare to be moved by a Motown flipside - that is still flooring Soul fans more than 50 years after its birth

FACT 1. Before you today is British Tamla Motown's RAREST 60's 45.
FACT 2. The unissued TMG 720 Promo Holy Grail copy does not even compare with over 22 recorded auction listings the century
FACT 3 TMG 692 single-sided Promo copy has only 4 recorded auction sales this century.

Rarer by over 5 to 1 than the fabled British Tamla Motown TMG 720, and may we say 50 times a finer record than "Oh How Happy"

I've always had a loving passion for this standout flipside of "Way Over There", introduced to me and my mates by our very "hip" local DJ Terry Muse, who would play it on a Friday Night at the Kirby Lane Youth Club, Melton Mowbray; as did a few more pioneering Soul DJ's in the early 70s up and down the country. Which we believe prompted EMI to press this single-sided promo for special radio play; as "Way Over There" surprising failure to stir the Brit-Motown fans to push another Edwin recording into the charts.

A more than marvelous Motown mover, spilling over with real-class, as the James Dean & William Weatherspoon partnership yet again crafts something very special indeed. Marvelettes "Reachin' For Something I Can't Have" Jimmy Ruffin "World So Wide, Nowhere To Hide (From Your Heart)" & "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" Frances Nero "Keep On Lovin' Me) are my memorable Dean & Weatherspoon creations. But my deep seated bias will always be with "My Heart Could Tell The Story " a magical Motown dancer, tenderly soaring into your heart the moment the needle is dropped into the grooves. A recording you could imagine The Four Tops producing a career personal best if they sung it, a song to even rival "Ask The Lonely" as the contradiction of palpable sadness, strangely inspires and lifts you into Motown dance heaven!

But it's not the Four Tops of course, it is the Northern Soul legend Edwin Starr performing at his most convincing, taking me back to my fledgling years of dancing to Soul - standing as my all-time favourite Edwin Starr performance - pure genius from everyone involved in producing this all-consuming 2:20 mins of Motown Magic.

Remembering that this disc is the RAREST UK Tamla Motown label 45 of them all - FACT.

Condition Report

running time 2.20' on the 4 prong centre is the label's only freckle on its beautiful green & white face. Vinyl shows off full gloss with just a few minuscule sleeve storage blemishes revealed when angled in the light.

A Side

  • Title: If My Heart Could Tell The Story

    B Side

  • Title: blank:
  • Year: 13th June 1969
  • City: United Kingdom