- Artist: Herb Ward
- A Side: Honest To Goodness
- B Side: If You Got To Leave Me
- Label: RCA
- Format: 45s
A timeless Northern Soul classic, catapulting the old-school back to those wonder-years of pre-Wigan Casino when the scene was still relatively "underground". When the youngsters of England traveled 100's of miles a weekend to get their "fix" of
electrifying dance-Soul you could here nowhere else but the dedicated clubs of the time. The Torch, Va Va's, Blackpool Mecca, Leeds Central or Crewe's Up The Junction etc. Destination were you were guaranteed "The Buzz" of rare Northern Soul to fill your mind and ignite your feet.
It was after all cutting edge sounds like this that sent you into weekly-orbit, after a working week of Soul-starvation. Helplessly mired in the banal music BBC radio One was force feeding us. It was no wonder at all, that the escapism of high-octane Northern Soul fueled the scene onto greater things.
100% Philadelphia, from the pen of the prolific Jerry Akines, arranged by the gifted Thom Bell with this muscular session sewn together by DJ Sonny Hopson's "Mighty Burner" production.And what a "burner" Sonny conjures up. Ideal for burning up those recreational "uppers" through the perspiration of dance-release. Along with all those other energizing Soul recordings did.. "Honest To Goodness" will trigger unequivocal euphoric recall to anyone lucky enough to experience those unrepeatable times.
Those were the days, when not only everything played was a new experience, but you also had the chance to hear a record, that would ultimately change the course of your life.
Interestingly was this another Philadelphia session that Mike Terry popped in on to embellish with his burping Baritone, neatly prompting the ferocious barrage of brass, the perfect pulpit for Herb Ward's beseeching adulation to reach out from. ,
It's a NS ANTHEM! that you just don't hear often enough, with an almost as good flipside hidden from our ears for year 50 years, another frantic stomper that apparently had the occasional turntable out at Stafford's "Top Of The World" All-Nighter But I don't think I've ever heard it played out at any other Northern Soul event, certainly has the credentials for a very cool candidate to NS reactivation.
This disc is a two for the price of one, thumping Northern Soul, at it's most exhilarating, whilst wearing it's rarest clothes.
Condition ReportGood gloss vinyl, reveals a few soft surface hairlines, as you can hear it plays a crisp clean mint minus both sides. The orange label has some light storage rub, but otherwise, totally clean.
- Title: Honest To Goodness
- Title: If You Got To Leave Me
- Year: 1968
- City: Philadelphia, Pa.