Roy Wright /James Robbins – Hook Line & Sinker / I Can't Please You - Mica

Hook Line & Sinker / I Can't Please You

Mica : 2016

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  • Artist: Roy Wright /James Robbins – Hook Line & Sinker / I Can't Please You - Mica
  • A Side: Hook Line & Sinker
  • B Side: I Can't Please You
  • Label: Mica
  • Format: 45s



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

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Jimmy Robbins - I Can't Please You - is one of my all-time favourite Northern Soul thumpers, whether it be the original restrained 1966 Los Angeles press on "Impression"; or the mighty, mighty Robert Lee same year upgrade on Chicago's "Jerhart" imprint, an incomparable horn-propelled floor-destroyer that has been igniting the soul clubs of the British Isles for 58 years, with its devastating power.

Besides the pumped-up Jerhart floor-ravaging version, Bob Lee produced this stripped back version on Mica, which I also love.

Coincidently backing it with another runaway-truck dancer by stable partner, Roy Wright gives up the shuddering "Hook Line & Sinker", originally briefly released on VICK another Robert Lee imprint, also carrying all those same "Jimmy Robbins" ingredients, Bob Lee is so skilled at creating; the snarling vocal elevated by a cavalcade of untamed horns, a blitzing production that fitted into the very essence of Stafford's TOTW uncompromising menu of new-breed Northern Soul in the early 80s. A secret society rare-soul devotees, that couldn't resist a mysterious cover-up.

Roy Wright - morphed into Bobby Lee & The Crash Sounds, a clever renaming as Bob Lee also owned the "Crash" label of Chicago, which Roy Wright also recorded on...

"I Can't Please You " speaks for itself, a different but truly great approach, treated in more reserved way, making 3 interpretations of this classic Northern Soul motivator., with "Hook Line & Sinker " underlining Mr. Lee's passion for emphatic horns and persistent dance pulses. A good choice as "back-up" as the first brief release of VICK sold nothing at all upon release, and is today insanely rare imprint to acquire it on.

Two impossibly potent Northern Soul thumpers on one disc...that has become increasingly elusive since those groundbreaking halcyon nights at Stafford's "Top Of The World".

Strap yourself in and listen to two powerhouses of Northern Soul storms back to back...!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl reveals only a couple of fine hairlines under light.

A Side

  • Title: Hook Line & Sinker

    B Side

  • Title: I Can't Please You
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Chicago, Illinois