Otis Smith

Let Her Go / Alley Full Of Trash And Bottles

Perception : 4 DJ

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  • Artist: Otis Smith
  • A Side: Let Her Go
  • B Side: Alley Full Of Trash And Bottles
  • Label: Perception
  • Format: 45s



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

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Prepare to be catapulted back to the very best of times circa 1972 / 73 the very top allniter play of that time.

Or if your name is Dave Rivers, you'll be catapulted back to your cratediggin' youth when you discovered more new Northern Soul monsters, whilst vinyl 45 foraging in and around London. You'll also remember taking Otis Smith on a journey north to "The Torch" in Tunstall. Persuading Keith Minshull to play it, the instantly besotted Keith was then drove crazy, by your reluctant to sell.
Eventually Dave, you allegedly gave in when Keith's offer reached the insane sum of £40.00; an unheard of price for a previously unknown song. Keith of course played 3 or 4 times a set that night. By "going home time" Otis Smith was the most wanted Soul 45 in the country and Dave had renewed cashflow to go and find more records to tempt the Northern Soul DJ's with, as his relentless searches began again on the Monday.

Just imagine the "Torch" congregation when that mix of booming bassline and chiming vibes hit the air, then Otis's velvet-voice reverberated around those hallowed walls.

Let Her Go...You Don't Really Love that Girl,
Can't You See, That She Believes You Do
Why Keep Her Hanging On, When There's Nothing To Hang On To
Why Do You Tell Her Things, That You Know Won't Come True..

Let Her Go ... Do The Right Thing
Let Her Go...Be a Friend...
Let Her Gooowaoh, Let Her Go, You, Just Got To Let Go..
I Can't Help But Love Her So...

These lines mean more to the disciples of The Torch than most all Northern Soul records ever made. Go on tell me you've not sang it out loud as you danced...Colin Curtis fondly remembers the dancefloor impact it had on the Highly Room, when it’s magic was transferred to The Blackpool Mecca ,when The Torch sadly closed its doors shortly after Otis had made his floor-shaking-sing-along debut.

IMMORTAL NORTHERN SOUL ... that will live forever...taking you back to places.. that were just the very best of times.

Thanks Dave..

Condition Report

two clean promo labels, a minuscule sticker mark just over the "e" in perception, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest soft hairline when angled in the light. still housed in birth-sleeve

A Side

  • Title: Let Her Go

    B Side

  • Title: Alley Full Of Trash And Bottles
  • Year: 1970
  • City: New York, N.Y.