- Artist: Fi-Dels
- A Side: Try A Little Harder
- B Side: You Never Do Right ( My Baby )
- Label: Keymen
- Format: 45s
There are times Northern Soul anthems can tire your mind, some of them overplayed so very much, even their unique greatness can begin to diminish.
This Jackie Lee & Bob Relf moment of genius has never-ever had that affect on me. I recall as a fledgling 18 year old Soul collector at college in Leicester, along with a class mate, we'd read Blues & Soul, check out the new releases then go down to Ainley's Record store, near the clock tower. We'd order anything recommended by Dave Godin in his must-read column and also anything Jay Boy was releasing. It was our favourite label of the moment. We'd already secured "The Cats" monster by Richard Temple, a record I hadn't heard until it arrived on special order.. it of course completely blew me away. As did Philip Mitchell's - Free For All, Jackie Lee's - Oh My Darlin' . Then there was two released in the same week The Furys - I'm Satisfied With You & The Fi-Dels - Try A Little Harder...in July 1972
As an 18 year to acquire two records of this calibre, at the same time, was more than magical; traveling home on the train I was in a state high anticipation, rushing to your bedroom at 25 Baldocks Lane and dropping them onto the turntable one after the other was an exhilarating experience that will never leave me. It was just the most inspiring Soul dance music I'd ever heard. I remember my Mum wondering what all the commotion was about, as I stomped around my bedroom like a teenager possessed, in the "Exorcist" Movie was only a year away...my head didn't turn 360 degrees on my shoulders, but my brain certainly did.
But I was now utterly bewitched, enthralled... totally consumed by the tumultuous effect Northern Soul was having on me.. I was of course hooked and I still am.. before me today are not only the delights of holding a near perfect vinyl of an influential classic. It is also an euphoric moment of time-travel, an experience back to my formative years of Northern Soul... I was of course just one of 1000's of youngsters up and down the country living this investigative musical experience...
For me "Try A Little Harder" is one of the most superlative NS tunes of them all .. but also giving up a flipside, every note as good, a down-tempo masterpiece that is starting to pick up action in the clubs 48 years after my initiation, from those DJ's who dig deeper than the obvious. Northern Soul DJ's seeking something imaginative, excitingly fresh, a head-turner of powerfully haunting qualities check out the previously neglected flipside.. again utterly captivating Northern Soul from the creative mind of Bob Relf.
Noting here is timeless NS anthem, has previously unplayed vinyl still snugly sitting in it's birth-sleeve
Condition ReportMANSHIP MINT for Christmas, previously unplayed vinyl, some soft age-browning on the promo label inspect images.
- Title: Try A Little Harder
- Title: You Never Do Right ( My Baby )
- Year: 1966
- City: Los Angeles, Cal