Lou Rawls

When Love Goes Wrong / Show Business

Capitol : CL 15507

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  • Artist: Lou Rawls
  • A Side: When Love Goes Wrong
  • B Side: Show Business
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



Without question in my mind, Lou Rawls's finest Northern Soul 60's recording, hidden away as a flipside. Although quietly appreciated by the collectors for decades (mostly as the USA release). This song has never received any serious attention from the Northern Soul DJ's. But times are changing, the shifting sands of Northern Soul dancefloor styles, has heavily slid towards "Latin" flavoured Soul dancers, peppered by with Bongo rhythms and blasting brass.

Drop this beauty on the turntable straight after "Drown My Heart" or something similar and your floor will take-off. I do wish I'd taken this in my DJ box to forward thinking nights like Shirebrook's "Something Different" this is just as perfect tune for venues like that. Where Jazz, Popcorn, Northern Soul, R&B all go into thickening the motivational dance-broth.

Reading the studio pedigree of those involved on this session, you won't be surprised it is a standout recording for one of the world's greatest ever Soul/Jazz voices. You can tell Lou Rawls is revelling in the rich Jazz pulses guided by David Axlerod. The man blends a wall horns and percussion, then showers it with piano and bongo rhythms.. Lou's rustic voice rises to every key change, majestically lifting, then sinking into the exact mood required for James Woodie Alexander & Ben Raleigh's advisory lyrics.

Driving Soul/Jazz served up by one of the greatest of them all, a song that has slept for too long. The time is dead right for the Northern Soul scene to get right behind this irresistible dancer.. and of coarse it can do because the USA press is not to hard to track down..

This listing is for those of you who think British Promo 45's are works of art.. and when the grooves give up distilled brilliance, they are indeed masterpieces

Listen, you may well then wonder why this recording isn't already a Northern Soul anthem... I just adore it and slipped a USA copy into my box..

Condition Report

Two flawless promo labels, see images. Vinyl is sparkling is a mint minus, a solitary mild hairline reveals itself under direct light, does not affect play.

A Side

  • Title: When Love Goes Wrong

    B Side

  • Title: Show Business
  • Year: 1967
  • City: United Kingdom