Jimmy James and The Vagabonds

This Heart Of Mine / I Don't Wanna Cry

Piccadilly : 7N 35331 DJ

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  • Artist: Jimmy James and The Vagabonds
  • A Side: This Heart Of Mine
  • B Side: I Don't Wanna Cry
  • Label: Piccadilly
  • Format: 45s



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

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I can’t think of a British version of an American Soul recording that outstrips a USA constructed one. That’s one reason why I adore Soul music; those hugely thoughtful Orchestra driven productions made to sweep you off your feet. It was a craft the British producers never quite mastered.

That is until Pye gave the production chair over to a Brit who really understood what a Soul recording should sound like.

Enter Guy Stevens already on the staff at Chris Blackwell’s Sue records, handpicked and given Carte Blanche to not only select Sue’s future releases his also was left alone to promote them. London’s no. 1 Soul & R&B DJ was given the challenge to produce Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and try to record a respectable version of The Artistics, one of the greatest Soul groups in the USA at the time; produced by the legendary Chicago team of studio geniuses. Could the fresh faced Stevens get anywhere near to the deft arranging of Sonny Sanders or the precise production skills of Okeh’s dynamic duo Carl Davis and Gerald Sims.

Young Gun Guy not only matched Carl Davis and Co. he outstripped the original version by quite some way. Creating, along with the arranging assistance of Tony King surely the greatest slab of homemade Northern Soul ever committed to vinyl. A soaring, inspiring, truly spectacular version of “This Heart Of Mine” leaving us with a legacy of Brit Northern Soul that no other British wannabe Soul producer, before or since, has bettered.

Click the sound file and be prepared to be swept away on a torrent of truly fabulous Northern Soul… presented here as the pinnacle of UK collecting, a neat clean WHITE DEMO!

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, no writing, tears, stains or stickers. Vinyl reveals only a few light surface hairlines plays beautifully.

A Side

  • Title: This Heart Of Mine

    B Side

  • Title: I Don't Wanna Cry
  • Year: 1966
  • City: United Kingdom