Richard Caiton

I LIke To Get Near You / It's Been A Long Time

Up Tight : 151

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  • Artist: Richard Caiton
  • A Side: I LIke To Get Near You
  • B Side: It's Been A Long Time
  • Label: Up Tight
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this New Orleans "impossible". More collectors this century have asked me to find them for this 45 than possibly any other Northern Soul rarity.

Perhaps that's because I once found 8 copies in the wilds of a New Orleans ghetto, about 25 years ago, in the most horrid of cratediggin' conditions ever. Inside an outhouse full of bird droppings, there were 8 unsleeved copies; every copy was trashed, in varying conditions from barely playable to a crackle filled g+; being the very finest copy of that rare haul. We sold all 8 in a matter of 48 hours, nobody cared about the dreadful state they were in, the lust to own one of Northern Soul greatest creations was uncontrollable.

So when, after 25 years of being absent from our website offerings, an excellent copy surfaces, we consider this is a pulse-racing event for dedicated Northern Soul collectors to forward-plan ensuring this rare opportunity turns into a moment of joy, ending your decades of the tortured yearnings of ownership.

Now go listen to, what is for me and most everyone else on this wonderful scene that has brought “lost" masterpieces to the ears of the world, the greatest piece of Soul music to ever emerge from New Orleans or indeed anywhere else for that matter.

None of those malfunctioning, scared and battered "8" 45s, have ever come back to market, if any ever did though...It would be just like it was back in 1995. Triggering a Harrod's style New Year Day sale, a rampaging queue to purchase it.

Before you is the finest copy I've ever seen.... listen, weep and then plan!

Condition Report

Autographed by "Richard Caiton" at his appearance at Soul Essence on the front of a vintage poly-lined storage card sleeve. Two clean unscathed labels. The vinyl is for this disc nothing short of miraculous. There is one ting light mark that I detected a few very low-fi dull clicks about 50 seconds in. The rest of the vinyl surface reveals only very fine light hairlines.. listen to the full soundfile lifted from this more than special disc.

A Side

  • Title: I LIke To Get Near You

    B Side

  • Title: It's Been A Long Time
  • Year: 1968
  • City: New Orleans, La