- Artist: Eyes Of Blue
- A Side: Super Market Full Of Cans
- B Side: Don't Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart
- Label: Deram
- Format: 45s
Surely the most unlikely title for a stunning piece of Northern Soul. But it's no surprise that "Eyes Of Blue" deliver another outstanding NS dancer as their version of "The Parliaments" "Heart Trouble" is truly staggering.
It's all down to a man called Noel Walker a young gifted writer producer who had a penchant, like some many at the time, for the sound of USA Soul.
He had already honed his skills on British R&B artists like Bournemouth's, Zoot Money, Liverpool's, Big Three and Leicester's, Fearns Brass Foundry. So Noel's passion for Soul was already in place when he discovered a six man gathering from Wales, who fitted the bill with their slant towards black music. Giving them the opportunity of recording George Clinton's Parliaments Golden World masterpiece "Heart Trouble" and what a stunning job they did. Still ranks as one of the greatest Northern Soul recording ever made in the British Isles.
Less than a year later Noel presented these talented boys with a unique composition by Bill Martin & Phil Coulter ( we are all aware of Phil's bias towards "Soul" music ). Martin & Coulter crafted those magnificent lyrics, enhanced by ringing vibes, thumping percussion, Bongos, echoing male-group choruses make up the perfect Northern Soul atmosphere. This unlikely but fabulous dance creation, was amazingly repeated on the flipside.
This time it's Noel himself, along with Dusty Springfield's producer Ivor Raymonde who co-wrote standout lyrics and helped produce the group; crafting another fabulous tune, again groaning from all those Northern Soul ingredients pumped into it.
Unfortunately this was to be the only two "NS" 45's this gifted harmony gathering were to record. In the same year Noel Walker had a hit with a novelty record on Deram. The dreadful Whistling Bill Smith's " I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" Noel seemed to turn his back on "Soul" and the Eyes Of Blue moved with the times, towards the R&B/Psychedelia having signed for Mercury and releasing two highly regarded albums.
In those Mercury recordings you can still hear great vocals and whirling Hammond displays..underlining their prowess.
But their two debut 45's on Deram are a small but amazing tribute to Noel Walker and the six boys he recorded back in 1966 / 1967
Condition ReportTwo totally clean labels, housed in birth-sleeve. Full gloss vinyl has a-side has a very light brush-scuff that does NOT affect the audio in the slightest. Flipside vinyl is an unblemished Mint minus Both sides play a flawless Mint minus.
- Title: Super Market Full Of Cans
- Title: Don't Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart
- Year: 1966
- City: United Kingdom