Elastic Band

It's Been A Long Time Baby / Think Of You Baby

Decca: F 12763 DJ

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  • Artist: Elastic Band
  • A Side: It's Been A Long Time Baby
  • B Side: Think Of You Baby
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: 45s



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

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After taking an investigative interest in British release 45's all my life, I'm amazed this Northern Soul groove has flown under my British 45 radar for fully 50 years, this week was the very first time I've heard this memorable b-side that has escaped me all my adult life. Saturated in all the potential to alert the senses of British collectors / DJs looking for something they may have missed throughoput their dedicated lifetime searches.

But just checking over the personnel that put this recording together, it all becomes obvious, why this tune is so appealing to my thirst for "the UK new". Composed by band members guitarist Andy Scott future member of The Sweet, and the multi-talented Jazz percussionist Ted Yeadon. All knitted together by producer Noel Walker; a name we all recognised as a "Soul fan" from his guidance given to The Eyes Of Blue 45s on Deram .

Ted Yeardon's gives up a Georgie Fame styled, softly purring vocal with an attractive rough edge. Maybe comes from a mutual admiration for Georgie, as Yeadon was also an accomplished keyboard player with leanings towards Jazz. The flute, harmonica, congas also in his musical armoury. You can hear his careful stroking of the organ, as his gracefully sings throughout this seamless Northern Soul groove. Brilliantly decorated with high-pitched male vocal "Do-wahs" as a most effective chorus.

Hidden away on the flipside of an eerie Psyche a-side that was to give indications of their future highly regarded Prog album that was only a year away. Both sides carry rich vocals laced into swirling keyboard backing..

This is way above the normal British blue-eyed attempt at "Soul", it is much better than other examples, it's vocally strong and brilliantly constructed by it's "Soul" orientated contributors..

If you collect British release "Soul" rarities, it will be more that likely you don't own or even know this rare 45, but you certainly need to before word gets out..

Condition Report

4 prong centre full intact, both promo labels totally clean. Vinyl reveal light hairlines under direct light, but as you can hear playback is totally clean, crisp and true.

A Side

  • Title: It's Been A Long Time Baby

    B Side

  • Title: Think Of You Baby
  • Year: 1968
  • City: United Kingdom