- Artist: Lynne Randell
- A Side: Stranger In My Arms
- B Side: Ciao Baby
- Label: CBS
- Format: 45s
Before you is rare but classic British release Northern Soul, so elusive, this is only our 3rd copy in the last 21 years. So please forget all the myths of it being an Australian recording and the Australian CBS press is the original and the rarest of its few locations of release.
The facts are, this timeless NS anthem was recorded, whilst Lynne took some time off from her 1967 tour of the US supporting The Monkees. Popping into the studio, going under the wings of legendary New York record makers. Bob Crewe, Gary Knight doing the lyrics, the great Herb Bernstein (a man guaranteed to give a production his full attention) doing the powerful arranging for producer Ted Cooper. Not an Aussie in sight... But after all that they unbelievably relegated this masterpiece to a B-side.
This Northern Soul classic has more than it’s fair share of “Fake News” none more than being the misconception that this 1967 Australian is it’s rarest form, far from it, as once we consult our precise 21 year sales data on this inspirational slab of Northern Soul. That first came to the fore as it’s rare British press played and made really oh so popular circa 1973. So to lift the fog surrounding "Stranger In My Arms" here is a JM table of it sales history spanning over two decades.
Australian 45 – 12 copies
USA 45 store release – 4 copies with picture cover (it's first release btw)
USA 45 Promo – 15 copies with or without Picture Cover
British 45 DEMO – 2 copies
British 45 store release copy – ZERO
Not forgetting the enviable durability of the UK or Australian vinyl as opposed to the frailties of the USA Columbia pressed styrene, makes this 1967 UK trophy even more desirable.
May we add to think Lynne Randell is even Australian, or misguidedly her Australian 45 is its rarest form is to completely “myth” the point. In reality this is surely the greatest Northern Soul 45 ever recorded by a "Scouser".
To consider this killer tune an Australia recording, or it's the "Oz" copy its rarest format and to christen Lynne Australian by birth is indeed wholly inaccurate.
The point here is a 1967 British Promo copy is a Beit "Holy Grail" that and rarely surfaces for sale.. here is a rare opportunity to acquire a legendary English Demo.
A thing of beauty..
Condition ReportVinyl reveals only the merest light hairline or two, a strong clean Ex+. Clean a-side label, "Stranger" label has a minuscule light stain left hand side NOT affecting text. Beautifully presented in the correct CBS sleeve
- Title: Stranger In My Arms
- Title: Ciao Baby
- Year: 1967
- City: United Kingdom