Ray Pollard

The Drifter / Let Him Go ( And Let Me Love You )

United Artists: UA 916

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  • Artist: Ray Pollard
  • A Side: The Drifter
  • B Side: Let Him Go ( And Let Me Love You )
  • Label: United Artists
  • Format: 45s



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

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The extreme talents of writing / producing trio Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer knew no boundaries. The 3 collectively known as The Strangeloves "Cara-Lin" "I Want Candy" "Night Time" etc. step into the world of BIg City Beat Ballad and write arguably the greatest of the all. Guided by two other greats of the New York 60's scene, Gerry Granahan & Arnold Goland, five blue-eyed maestros enlisting one of the most potent black voices available on the east coast. The "Wanderers" lead voice - Ray Pollard.

Together this unlikely team crafted one of the greatest Northern Soul strollers of all-time, today considered a quintessential Northern Soul "last record"

Almighty vibes mingle within the controlled droning horns, opening the gates for Ray's charismatic voice, to do this monumental production justice.

Bring in the percussion, crank up the strings, let those ladies loose on the chorus, ratchet up every verse.. then repeat.. the vibes sending shivers through you, as Ray takes his vocal to unparalleled heights...

Can you think of a more powerful performance of Soul... no we can't either..

This is Northern Soul - the other side of Northern Soul - that embraces greatness..

No wonder "Rugby Ben Hall" the most-authentic Northern Soul All-nighter on Planet Earth ends every exhausting night with the thundering tones of Ray Pollard - The Drifter

Condition Report

It is unusual for us to auction any record less than visually excellent, this copy is vg+ a-side - flip is vg. Multiple light surface marks, but it plays bright, clean and true. Check out the soundfile, strong and imposing. Just the occasional light background click, lost in the overall power of the production. labels have light storage rub (see images). Most probably an opportunity to own an essential disc at a reasonable price.

A Side

  • Title: The Drifter

    B Side

  • Title: Let Him Go ( And Let Me Love You )
  • Year: 1966
  • City: New York, N.Y.