Hey Girl / Checkin' Out

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  • Artist: Festivals
  • A Side: Hey Girl
  • B Side: Checkin' Out
  • Label: Blue Rock
  • Format: 45s



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

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A fine Chicago vocal-group double-header that has bubbled away on the Northern Soul back-burner for decades now, all the time becoming more appreciated by the "Diggin' Deeper" connoisseurs whilst steadily becoming more and more elusive.

Northern Soul has committed the Festivals the same fate as the American public did throughout the 60's. Most all of their recordings have either been taken for granted or missed altogether. The recent resurgence of "You've Got The Makings Of A Lover" has put this vocal-group back into the NS Soul collectors eye. But "Hey Girl" is certainly their finest Northern Soul creation, with "Checkin' Out" coming in a close second. It is bemusing how a record of this dance quality has been neglected by the DJ's for so long.

Take a listen to the relentless gifts of Earl Moss the driving force behind this 4 man band, together with Leon Thomas, they craft not only two intricate vocal-harmony arrangements. But set them into a sizzling battery of horns, with a racing Northern Soul back beat.

Yes "Hey Girl" is by far their finest and hardest to find Northern Soul session. The exuberant brass section, just blasts you into a dancefloor direction, with so skilfully crafted vocals relishing the challenge to ride the dance-storm created.

A record that underlines, the age old debate, that there is no need to play inferior Northern Soul whilst records of this impeccable calibre are to still have their day..

Be a leader not a follower, lets shower the NS allniters with sounds of this level of excellence..

Not forgetting if you flip it over, the b-side is very almost as good...

Condition Report

Two bright crisp clean white promo labels, fine clean vinyl revealing only fine surface hairlines under direct light.

A Side

  • Title: Hey Girl

    B Side

  • Title: Checkin' Out
  • Year: 1968
  • City: Chicago, Il