Johnny Adams and The Gondoliers

Come On / Nowhere To Go

Top Rank : JAR 192

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  • Artist: Johnny Adams and The Gondoliers
  • A Side: Come On
  • B Side: Nowhere To Go
  • Label: Top Rank
  • Format: 45s



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

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A listing for those of you serious about elusive British release Soul 45's. This one from all all-time master of soul. Delivering a finger-clicking New Orleans R&B dancer, presented here on the rarely seen 1959 UK press, still snugly sitting in it's birth-sleeve.

This 1959 New Orleans recording, released in the Britain by the one of the most prolific outlets for USA black music in the UK at the time. Top Rank between 1959 & 1962 built up an impressive catalogue of both USA and UK..
This particular 45 was a "RIC" recording, Johnny's 2nd for his hometown label, it was gonna be another 2 years before he achieved a minor "hit" with "Losing Battle.

Johnny developed into a commanding purveyor of the Deep Soul ballad, Johnny didn't record too many Soul/R&B dance 45's, we consider "Come On" as his best. An uplifting "Popcorn" flavoured R&B shaker, decorated with a background gathering of shrill girls "The Gondoliers" insistently chirping "Come On" "Come On" throughout this fabulous song. Whilst the cultured vocal of Johnny Adams scampers though the lyrics in true New Orleans style. . 100% Crescent City influenced, a collaboration between the city's finest wordsmiths; Joe Ruffio, Mac Rebennack, & Seth David create a real feel-good mover.

With the USA "RIC" recording getting turntable time at Northern Soul & R&B gigs, we think the frustratingly-rare UK press now carries even more appeal than just being a lifetime gap in most every British Soul 45 collection..

The flip as you'd expect, is a lush crooning "Johnny-type" ballad drenched in class, again lifted by the rich vocals in attendance.

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, spindle hole reveals very little or no turntable time. Vinyl reveals only ligh hairlines when angled in the light, plays superb (listen), all housed in it's original birth-sleeve. A very neat copy and so very elusive!

A Side

  • Title: Come On

    B Side

  • Title: Nowhere To Go
  • Year: 1959
  • City: United Kingdom