Marva Josie

Don't / I Love New York

United Artists: UA 888 DJ

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  • Artist: Marva Josie
  • A Side: Don't
  • B Side: I Love New York
  • Label: United Artists
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: fde
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Sister Beat Ballad Heaven at its most movin'.

Horace Ott's genius harnesses the dynamic versatility of the beautiful Marva Josie. Long term producer of Marva, Norman Blagman, surrounds her with a full-blown orchestra to match her undeniably powerful vocal presence. The original a-side is another great song "I Love New York" but more suited to a Broadway stage, than a motivational spin in an underground London Club. So it was "Don't" that resounded around the the subterranean "100 Club", rumbling deep below Oxford Street.

"Don't" had all the ingredients to become a 100 Club anthem, taking pride of place as the last track, side one on Kent's 1986 album "Kissing Her, Crying For You". Also featuring in more than one DJ set as it was used as their "ender" leaving lingering impression. Which is exactly what Marva does

An inviting simplistic piano leads you into what changes up to become a mountainous NS beater. Subtle trumpeting, punctuated by handheld rattling of a big bold casaba. Horace Ott directing Marva's warnings to rise and fall on waves of brilliantly conducted orchestration; pulling a masterstroke of ignoring the temptation of shrill girls, that so many of these styles call upon. Instead, Horace summons a deep mellow voiced male-choir to ring out the choruses, the effect is stunning.

Top-drawer, top of its genre, Northern Soul.

Condition Report

Some soft age browning on the otherwise clean promo labels, print unaffected, Full gloss on the vinyl, reveals only fine soft storage hairlines. both sides play bright and clean.

A Side

  • Title: Don't

    B Side

  • Title: I Love New York
  • Year: June 1965
  • City: New York, N.Y.