Judy Freeman & Blackrock

Hold On / Walk A Mile In My Shoes

RCA : 74-0493 DJ


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  • Artist: Judy Freeman & Blackrock
  • A Side: Hold On
  • B Side: Walk A Mile In My Shoes
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: 45s



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

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A monster Richard Searling Wigan Casino play, that started life on the Northern Soul scene, in the "Highland Room" at the Blackpool Mecca, championed (I believe) by Colin Curtis; a DJ with an instinct for the very special "off the wall" Northern Soul tune. But the song was truly immortalized when Richard compiled his 20 track various artist album for RCA in 1976 "Jumping At The Go Go" a hugely popular 100% Northern Soul best-seller that gave easy access to every young soulie in the UK, the album was a bedroom hit across the country. Proper-Northern Soul starting with Dean Courtney - I'll Always Need You - finishing with Paul Anka - I Can't Help Loving You, 19 tracks later.

Every one a Northern Soul classic, with the screaming floor-shaking "Hold On" sandwiched in-between at track five - side "A". You are treated to a feast of top-quality Northern Soul, every track is a blinder. But for me, the searing power of Judy Freeman & Blackrock, is the most memorable experience of the 20 classic you are showered with.

Listening to it today, you can hear why. To me, just as earth-shattering as when I heard it in the Highland Room, having the same spine-tingling effect as Linda Jones - Just Can't Live My Life -. When played at The Casino it had the capacity of completely filling that cavernous soul-temple, with the resounding sensational vocal of Judy Freeman bouncing of all walls and the ceiling.

Judy a New Yorker kick-starting her career in Los Angeles, under David Blumberg & Ron Budnick, the pair brilliantly providing an immense production to match Judy's off-the-scale vocal.

Seismic Northern Soul, utterly stunning!

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage soft blemishes

A Side

  • Title: Hold On

    B Side

  • Title: Walk A Mile In My Shoes
  • Year: 1971
  • City: Los Angeles, California