H.B. Barnum

The Great: inc: It Hurts Too Much Too Cry / 1963 UK 4 track EP with cover


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  • Artist: H.B. Barnum
  • A Side: The Great: inc: It Hurts Too Much Too Cry
  • B Side: 1963 UK 4 track EP with cover
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: EP



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

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WOW! Serious about condition? serious out British Soul rarities? Serious about Northern Soul Big productions?

This listing ticks all those boxes. Spectacular flawless condition, of a seldom encountered 1963 British EP that includes H. B.'s most-wanted recording "It Hurts Too Much Too Cry"

Even back in 1963 at the tender age of 27 this Soul veteran had already earned the right to be christened "The Great". After spending his childhood acting in movies and TV. Moving into singing as a young man he was part of highly regarded Los Angeles Doo-Wop groupThe Dootones. In 1960 he released a "swing" album released by RCA and from then on in his producing skills were in big demand. Also launching his RCA career this talented pianist was also running his own label. Arranging, producing, starting up the L.A. based label "Little Star" imprint. Guiding up and coming young stars like The O'Jays, Jimmy Norman, Dorothy Berry etc. Later becoming a Northern Soul icon with his recording & producing output when he graduated to Capitol Records.

But before his influential Capitol work, came this now Northern Soul classic written of course by H.B. himself. "It Hurts Too Much Too Cry" underlines H. B.'s early mastery of the big production, as kettle drums, violins, marching percussion collide, fusing the perfect vehicle for H.B.'s rich but beseeching vocal to journey through. Then he brings in the "girls", a masterstroke, as shrill choruses take to the air and a Northern Soul monster is born.

The USA single is no easy find these days. A 45 of "It Hurts Too Much Too Cry" was never released in the Europe, so for British rare Soul collectors this EP is the only way to own this truly magnificent song. There can be no better way to add it to your collection. Condition is simply stunning, you will not find a more perfect example of this prestigious EP anywhere....

Condition Report

Mint -, unblemished vinyl, two perfect 4 prong centre labels. Picture cover is sublime, not a wrinkle, hairline or fade to see. The finest picture cover condition yo could ever dream of owning. As good as it gets..

A Side

  • Title: The Great: inc: It Hurts Too Much Too Cry

    B Side

  • Title: 1963 UK 4 track EP with cover
  • Year: 1963
  • City: United Kingdom