Fearns Brass Foundry

Don't Change It / John White

Decca: F 12721

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  • Artist: Fearns Brass Foundry
  • A Side: Don't Change It
  • B Side: John White
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: E+
  • Sleeve Condition: E+

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Elusive 1968 British Northern Soul gathering a huge Northern Soul reputation.

Hailing from Leicestershire, Fearns Brass Foundry were renowned for their authoritative stage presence, their bludgeoning brass, crisp harmony vocals. Pumping out R&B/Soul recordings, led by Steve Fearn's rich vocal.
The residents of Blaby, Leicestershire must have dreaded Thursday evenings as this band plied their trade in Soul Sounds, live at Blaby's Working Mens Club, where they amassed a serious fan-base.

Both sides written by their founder Steve Fearn who's taste for Soul is evident on both sides, with the A-side ticking all the boxes, for "Chapter 5" styled Northern Soul play, which it is currently receiving.

Signature FBF blasting brass kicks it all off, insistent percussion smacks out the dance rhythm, horn breaks add to it's dance pedigree; with the rest of 6 man team chanting shrill "Hey, Hey, Hey" you have an awesome tune that is so very British. Shimmering with all that late 60's inspiration, garnered from like Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, The Senate, The Action etc. who had already laid down the guidelines for standout British-Dance-Soul a few years earlier.

In recent times, this is a recording that the Northern Soul has been rediscovered through it's equally rare USA London release, credited as Fearns Foundry, erroneously appearing in record guides as a single artist "Foundary, Fearns". So it seems there is not much known about this lively band outside Leicestershire.

Here is their UK Decca release that only sold locally to the "Blaby" Thursday night trippers, consequently today, this is a hard disc to find in collectable condition..

Take a listen to that strapping lead vocal, the mountain of brass and backing vocal harmonies. you can easily imagine a Thursday night Working Mens Club in 1968 absolutely jumping to this uplifting sound...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals only fine sleeve storage hairlines, strong clean Ex + / Ex+ housed in birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Don't Change It

    B Side

  • Title: John White
  • Year: 1968
  • City: Leicester, England