Kenny Smith

Lord What's Happened / The Same Old Story

Goldspot : 108328

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  • Artist: Kenny Smith
  • A Side: Lord What's Happened
  • B Side: The Same Old Story
  • Label: Goldspot
  • Format: 45s



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

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I wonder if any other rare music collecting scenes are littered with the plethora of so many assumptions, misinformation, guess work or perversions of the truth as the Northern Soul collecting obsession. Or indeed have so many devious deceptions that still plague the scene today.

Rumours, falsification of the facts especially when it surrounds it's most colourful character, the much maligned Simon Soussan.

Mostly by people who have never met him, dealt with him or even spoken to him. Whilst he was certainly the "naughtiest" Northern Soul pioneer of them all, with all manner of trickery accompanying vinyl dealings. People quickly forget that Simon was also the first man to discover an absolute plethora of Northern Soul anthems, no matter what recent writing may assume, during his record dealing career, his relentless hunt for the Northern Soul sound, was responsible for so many now classic rare NS records, it would take an alternative book dedicated to the man's colourful life to fully document his huge influence on the Northern Soul scene. Good and bad.

So to suggest, the fact that Simon Soussan had Kenny Smith "Lord What's Happening.." on Goldspot listed on one of his extensive rare-record sales lists, makes this highly elusive 45 a bootleg is utterly ludicrous. As this Goldspot press is the very first version the Blackpool Mecca anthem; Colin Curtis made into a countrywide classic after the legendary Rare-Soul DJ broke it single-handed; against all the odds. From raised eyebrow beginnings into a dancefloor monster in every NS Club in the UK.

The Goldspot 45 is not only it's first incarnation, it is (according to our 20 year old database) almost 10 times rarer than the General American original promo and 15 times rarer than the styrene bootleg. Which ironically Simon allegedly repressed at Monarch Recording in Los Angeles. All can be confirmed by any google method you care to use.

Before you today is the authentic FIRST incarnation of a "Lord What's Happening Too Your People" classic that has been woven into the very fabric of Northern Soul since Colin daringly backed his "outside the box" thinking and played it to an astonished Blackpool Mecca faithful in the first half of the 70's decade.

Simon was certainly not the "Messiah", he was a very naughty boy. But he also discovered more great Northern Soul recordings than he is given credit for. With the exception of John Anderson, more than any other Northern Soul rare vinyl dealer, period.

The ever vigilant NS Soul police and misinformed rumour mongers, please take note. This disc on Goldspot is by far the recordings rarest form, the very first mix of this revolutionary NS classic.

Can we now drop all charges on this disc, against one of the scenes most prolific contributors, with many other offences guilty as charged and a weighty file full of "taken into consideration".

Not many DJ's or collectors can boast of owning this highly elusive 45. The rush for ownership is now on, as today it is emerging "THE" version to play, with it's fresh rawness, being perfect to stir the crowd, in this ever-evolving Northern Soul scene.

Condition Report

Vinyl reveals some minuscule surface hairlines, but as you can hear it plays crisp and clean, even on the quite spoken intro. Visually EX play mint minus. A-side label has a couple of tiny sticker removal scars (see images)

A Side

  • Title: Lord What's Happened

    B Side

  • Title: The Same Old Story
  • Year: 1970
  • City: Cincinatti, Ohio