Herb Ward

Strange Change / Why Do You Want To Leave Me

Argo : 5510 DJ


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  • Artist: Herb Ward
  • A Side: Strange Change
  • B Side: Why Do You Want To Leave Me
  • Label: Argo
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



Time to park your drink .. get on the dancefloor... find a little room... to immerse yourself into one of the most effective mid-tempo Northern Soul 45' ever made..
Be quick as nobody could ever resist that intro..

Essentially this Northern Soul classic could easily have been released on Philly's iconic Arctic label. With the players listed on the label bring this 45 together; Jimmy Bishop, Luther Randolph, Johnny Stiles & Kenny Gamble with the last 3 aided label owner Jimmy Bishop on many future Arctic recordings. But the deal of a national distribution came along and "Philly" hoped to benefit from the muscle Chess could provide. Unfortunately for all concerned the disc failed to get any reaction and today must be one of Argo's most elusive mid-60's releases.

Today this classic is rightly considered a DJ "statement" to play. As the obviously unofficial bootlegs and the kudos-losing British imprints, erode the reputations for any DJ's to present in their sets, unless it was the eye-catching Argo original. Before you today is a record that could hardly enhance a DJ's stature than this rare PROMO is flawless condition.

A record with an intro, that has been a call to dancefloor-action at every allniter across the land for decades. A simplistic but potent piano notes, supported by a murmuring bass-guitar plucks, set Herb Ward off on a most-momentous two and a half minutes Northern Soul has to offer. One of the all-time great-beginnings...then in true Philadelphia style this record showcases the embryonic TSOP; with a bevvy of girls relentlessly tweeting the chorus; then a bank of strings zip into play. THe 100% Philly influence is now complete.

A record you just cannot tired of hearing or dancing to, an original not many people can boast of owning. Not forgetting the flipside is a vocal-group masterpiece in it's own right.

This is Northern Soul at it's most gratifying..

Condition Report

Two clean labels - exceptionally spotless vinyl that only reveals the lightest of hairlines.

A Side

  • Title: Strange Change

    B Side

  • Title: Why Do You Want To Leave Me
  • Year: 1965
  • City: Philadelphia, Pa