Lou Johnson

Unsatisfied / A Time To Love, A Time To Cry

London : HL-X 9994

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  • Artist: Lou Johnson
  • A Side: Unsatisfied
  • B Side: A Time To Love, A Time To Cry
  • Label: London
  • Format: 45s



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

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This month saw the sad passing of a Northern Soul icon, a man described by Burt Bacharach & Hal David as the finest male vocalist they had the privilege to work with. Considered by many NS scholars as their favourite voice... his work for New York's Big Top label considered some of the best Beat Ballad Heaven sessions, ever recorded. A great loss to Soul music fans worldwide.

Here is our own personal tribute to this Soul crooner extraordinaire, would be to list for auction his best-loved Northern Soul offering from the desk of Bill Giant, Florence Kaye and Bernie Baum. That prolific trio who set Gold standards of Soul beat ballads from inside the Brill Building, New York.

We would think everyone, (certainly me) who attended a Northern Soul event, would vividly remember the moment they first heard this brass-booming-beater that started life as a flipside. Running against all the regular characteristics a Northern Soul 45 would require to become popular. It was unusually down tempo, but majestically stood out, among an evening of Motownesque dance recordings. Indeed a refreshing change-of-pace, memorable for its unprecedented power, that triggered the "special" bend-of-the-knees moments the NS dancer adopted on those thundering drum breaks.

A 45 that is part of the very fabric of the Northern Soul scene for 50 years or more, still today drawing appreciative applause when ever heard...

But this listing is not just only about nostalgic moments from our youth, it is also about a Soul Man of substance and a testament to his work; presented here in near "impossible" condition.

Condition Report

Two perfect labels no even a hint of turntable spindle intrusion, 4 prong die cut centre seemingly cocooned for 54 years. Vinyl reveals only sleeve contact minuscule hairlines. Stunning rare condition, you will not acquire a finer copy.

A Side

  • Title: Unsatisfied

    B Side

  • Title: A Time To Love, A Time To Cry
  • Year: 1965
  • City: United Kingdom