Jacki Ross

Hard Times / Hold Me

SAR Records: 129 DJ


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  • Artist: Jacki Ross
  • A Side: Hard Times
  • B Side: Hold Me
  • Label: SAR Records
  • Format: 45s



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

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A young 16 year old Jaculyn Ross first 45 and by far her rarest contribution to the 3 rare-scenes that appreciate it's quality.

"Hard Times" ticks all the boxes for the "Popcorn" DJ collector, whilst "Hold Me" has long been a New York "Island Soul" favourite, transferring over to "Carib Soul" acknowledgement. With both sides suitable for any Northern Soul meeting. Not overlooking that it's this iconic Sam Cooke label SAR Records, most elusive rare-soul 45 to acquire.

We lead with the male bass-vocal assisted R&B/Popcorn groove written by a young 16 year Jaculyn, featuring some truly inventive lyrics "The Last I Had a New Pair Of Shoes, Nat Cole Was Still Singing The Blues" woven into a petulant but haunting "Popcorn" landscape enhanced by a well timed booming male bass vocal. Severe rarity again has hindered the 45's exposure into the Northern Soul arena, where surely it would flourish along with all the R&B Sister movers before her. .

Label owner Sam Cooke's choice for the lead side is the delicious "Hold Me". (Earlier recorded by Kylo Turner, titled as "I'll Keep Thinking Of You" " a song Sam wrote and produced along with close associate gospel stalwart James Woodie Alexander. This more commercial song totally failed to sell; with the store copies being ultra-scare. Surprising, as this side shimmers and jingles with Sam Cooke "cool", a silky vocal seamlessly laced through a xylophone embroidered arrangement, raised up by simple but genius castanet clicks and a young voice sent from heaven. Both the Jacki Ross & the Kylo Turner are regarded as "Carib / Island Soul" anthems. Truly stunning soulful crooners, glowing with Sam's "cool".

Two great sides giving up more reasons than one for DJ and collector to seek ownership..

For the Northern Soul scene "Hard Times" has been a cult appreciated sleeper, for "Hold Me" it been long held up in the "Carib Soul" underground as a much wanted "classic". for the SAR collector it's a frustratingly challenging number to acquire. For me it's been a record I've loved since I first encountered this double hitter, way back in my embryonic years as a record dealer.

For me it's one of only two clean copies we've encountered in recent decades and I just adore both sides equally.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, revealing only the faintest a light storage "foxing" upon close inspection.

A Side

  • Title: Hard Times

    B Side

  • Title: Hold Me
  • Year: April 1962
  • City: Los Angeles, California