Jack Montgomery

Dearly Beloved / Do You Believe It - MANSHIP MINT

Scepter : SCE 12152 DJ

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  • Artist: Jack Montgomery
  • A Side: Dearly Beloved
  • B Side: Do You Believe It - MANSHIP MINT
  • Label: Scepter
  • Format: 45s



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

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Maturing tastes, was so good for Northern Soul.

Funny how the ever evolving Northern Soul tastes, eventually brought "Dearly Beloved" up front into our previously uneducated ears; creating a Northern Soul all-time-great. When throughout the early 70's "Do You Believe It" dominated our sales list pitches and NS DJ's turntable choices. After all, in our Northern Soul youth the gymnastic triggering "stomper" was "King". The younger version of "us" did prefer a Bernie Inn "Steak" to Nouvelle Cuisine morsels. The sprinting ability of the Mini Cooper to the comfort of the Ford Capri. A tight wet tee-shirted blonde bombshell to an intelligent spectacled slim-line damsel presenting the weather forecast. So it is no surprise that the cultured B-side passed us by virtually unnoticed.

I'm perhaps more guilty than anyone, as I watched my 25 count box become emptier and emptier as each sales list arrived on collectors doormats. We had of course sold out way before the B-side rocketed into Northern Soul success. I must have played it, but what the hell was I thinking? We were all, so entrenched into the upbeat, back-drop inducing world of the fast and furious Northern Soul. A monumental Soul treasure had slipped past, without so much as a 2nd play... by me anyway.

Today this recording sits comfortably as one of the very finest creations to emerge from the Motor City. Now loved by us all, possessing that rare quality of never tiring your mind from the overplays that have "jaded" so many masterpieces of our past.

I couldn't help playing both sides today, for comparison. It did catapult me back to amphetamine fuelled nights when "Dearly Beloved" just would not have done it for me...But then again in 1974 I had no class... or taste.

Now take a listen one more time, to the most exquisite Northern Soul records ever made...

Condition Report

MINT! still housed on birth-sleeve

A Side

  • Title: Dearly Beloved

    B Side

  • Title: Do You Believe It - MANSHIP MINT
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Detroit, Mich