Jimmy Helms

Romeo And Juliet / Ragtime Girl

Pye: 7N 45440

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  • Artist: Jimmy Helms
  • A Side: Romeo And Juliet
  • B Side: Ragtime Girl
  • Label: Pye
  • Format: 45s



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

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New York knowhow meets British orchestral elevation!

A UK produced masterpiece of 70's dance Soul from a man who's origins were firmly entrenched at the cutting edge of the New York Big City sound!

It never ceases to amaze me how the decision-makers at Record companies, can be so blinkered that they relegated this dancer to the flipside of schmaltzy ballad that so obviously could never have become a hit..

As on countless previous occasions it was left to the British Northern Soul investigative team to uncover its brilliance. When presented to the Rare-Soul crowd "Romeo & Juliet" became a huge tune for Ian Levine, Mr. Mischief, and a few other adventurous down-south jocks. Taking no time at all to take-off as a NS dancefloor delight.

No USA release and a flop upon its initial UK release in 1974, the challenging chase was on to own a copy. These 70's Brit 45's that never sold a bean on the first place, are darn tricky to acquire. This pre-Disco Explosion beauty was no exception. Obscured by being a b-side, made it the perfect Northern Soul candidate, a position it gratefully accepted with Ian Levine's attentions, it grew into a major want for DJ's up and down Britain.

Hearing it again today, none of 's magic has faded. The masterful Jimmy Helms vocal crooning his own well constructed lyrics sail on a Johnny Worth full orchestra production... Inspiring stuff! Perfect Northern Soul dancefloor fuel.

Perched perfectly for a Northern Soul comeback ... the renaissance is long overdue... now remind yourself of its brilliance!

Condition Report

Fine clean vinyl, hardly a blemish, strong mint minus. both labels have very light sparse spotting, see images.

A Side

  • Title: Romeo And Juliet

    B Side

  • Title: Ragtime Girl
  • Year: 1974
  • City: United Kingdom