Sammy Campbell

I Never Thought ( I'd Find Anybody Like You) / S.O.S. For Love

Queen City : 1601

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  • Artist: Sammy Campbell
  • A Side: I Never Thought ( I'd Find Anybody Like You)
  • B Side: S.O.S. For Love
  • Label: Queen City
  • Format: 45s



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

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Sammy Campbell has been set deep in the hearts of the British Northern Soul community ever since The Del-Larks - Job Opening - became a number one want and a dancefloor-filler since way back considered an all time great of extreme rarity.

Del-Larks founder member was so much more than just a lead voice for the Del-Larks, he also processed a gift for lyrics and arranging; underlined here with his only 60's 45 credited solely to him, before he revised his name to Tyrone Ashley in the early 70's..

But hold on there, can we hear a full vocal group harmony backing Sammy up on this session, was it The Del-larks ? Their background warbling is certainly slick enough for it to be them. Which now begs the question why "The Del Larks" is virtually priceless and this equally enthralling gem, remains out of sight, just over most DJ's and collectors horizons.

A street-corner born masterpiece shimmering with raw innocence and glimmering hope of success, that never came. These independent recordings of expectation are my favourite Northern Soul tunes.. The ones where you can hear the highly gifted members presenting you with real-deal from the heart Soul music; but in the background you can also pick up muted vibes of their struggle to achieve just one hit to help them pay the bills.

This 45 exemplifies how exceptional Soul music was born, from the streets, from struggle, from disappointment, from knowing you're so damn talented and that door to success is also, very unlikely to open... This time, this style of music, this level of musical strife, will never be repeated. Grab it while you can, extremely rare, with every note as good as The Del-Larks...some might say better, after the authenticity of this listening moment...sinks in.

Having said all that, do not pass by the excruciating Deep Soul flipside "S.O.S. For Love " again written by Sammy and delivered you'd imagine by personal experience, the pain being is so palpable.

In fact my despair, doing the work of reviewing brilliance, that receive little or no reward... is also evident.

Thank Heavens for Northern Soul keeping these magnificent recordings being kept alive...forever.

Condition Report

Two beautifully clean labels, vinyl with hardly a blemish. a few hairlines occasional muffled background if you listen intently enough..

A Side

  • Title: I Never Thought ( I'd Find Anybody Like You)

    B Side

  • Title: S.O.S. For Love
  • Year: 1964
  • City: Plainsville, N.J.