Only Time Will Tell / Cowboys To Girls

Apache : 9612

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  • Artist: Ripples
  • A Side: Only Time Will Tell
  • B Side: Cowboys To Girls
  • Label: Apache
  • Format: 45s



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

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Very tough to acquire in play clean condition.

Rated by many, as the very smoothest Chicago born sweet soul floaters, rated by me as certainly the very finest. Both sides offer up searing icy vocals, cutting like a razor into the aorta as a young streetwise gathering, take you on visual journey to a neighbourhood corner, under the streetlamp to witness them plying their passion for real-soul! Both sides are such authentic performances.

The "Lowrider" preferred side, (is I believe) because of one CD comp. "Cowboys To Girls" the original choice for the a-side for this single. A killer deconstruction of the Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff composition, of reminiscing school playground love. "Ripples" craft a much rawer and soulful than The Intruders 1968 Philadelphia hit. Ceaselessly soaring from one plane to a higher one, never for a moment pausing the seamless glide to perfection.

Sweet soul at its most beautiful.

"Only Time Will Tell" is to my ears simply to the greatest possible example of the genre. Floods of aching love, cascade from the young lead voice, that digs deep into your own emotions pulling out the many regrets we also carry; just as we are weathering our on personal storm, the group suddenly hit you with a change of lead vocal. Then it to late to resist the sadness it is drowning you in. "Only Time Will Tell" took my breath away...totally mood-changing brilliance.

Deliciously haunting, excruciatingly RARE!

Condition Report

Two clean labels full gloss mint minus vinyl, the occasional soft sleeve storage blemish. plays flawless

A Side

  • Title: Only Time Will Tell

    B Side

  • Title: Cowboys To Girls
  • Year: 1971
  • City: Harvey, Illinois