Patti Young

Head And Shoulders (Above The Rest) / The Valiant Kind

Ernstrat: 495


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  • Artist: Patti Young
  • A Side: Head And Shoulders (Above The Rest)
  • B Side: The Valiant Kind
  • Label: Ernstrat
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: E+
  • Sleeve Condition: E+

Key: View



It's not very often Detroit looks to New York for inspiration, but this rarely encountered Northern Soul trophy did just that, when in 1965 Mike Theodore rearranged the Clyde Otis & Norbert DeCoteaux composition recorded on MGM by Marlina Mars. Whilst Marlina's version is a wonderful piece of Northern Soul, Patti Young's infinitely rarer take, carries that irresistible Detroit dominance, Al Saxon & Mike Theodore construct around Patti's bewitching vocal; sweetened by shrill backing girls.. bolstered by honkin' horns, crafting distilled girl Northern Soul at it's most persuasive..

The in New York / Detroit hybrid works perfectly. A record owned by very few DJ's and since it's bootlegging on the infamous Out-Of-The-Past label in the early 70's, this Ernstrat original comes intoi view...

But for the Detroit devotees the overlooked flipside is pure Motor City magic, written & arranged by the gifted Mike Theodore the ingenious "The Valiant Kind" with it's exploding bomb intro, is saturated in homegrown inventive Detroit styling...fabulously simplistic piano intro moves to the side, for a bevvy of Soul Sister to deliver a patriotic message when from nowhere explodes a saxophone solo to elevate the session to another level.. more exploding bombs, machine guns as the heroic-war-backdrop is emphasized, but all you'll remember from this directive is the spectacular saxophone intrusion and those silky girl vocals.

Insanely rare in this fine clean condition, and a record that only a dedicated few, can boast of ever owning..

Condition Report

White on the label has very light storage "spotting" in places, scrutinize the label scans. The vinyl under light reveals only a few very fine hairlines and plays flawless ((listen)

A Side

  • Title: Head And Shoulders (Above The Rest)

    B Side

  • Title: The Valiant Kind
  • Year: 1965
  • City: Detroit, Mich