Stubborn Heart / How Do You Like It

Mirwood: 5534 mint unplayed

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  • Artist: Sheppards
  • A Side: Stubborn Heart
  • B Side: How Do You Like It
  • Label: Mirwood
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



It matters not what which side you drop the arm on, with this wonderful Chicago born, Los Angeles licensed double helping of proper vocal group Northern Soul awaits you.

Eddie LaShea composed both sides for this much-recorded 6 man gathering, who's experience shines through from the very first line to the last.

Vocally more subtle than Ernest Mosely's rasping version. LeShea gently guides this seasoned gathering in on Kermit Chandler's rippling guitar pulses, inviting Murrie Eskridge higher pitched vocal to lead the way for O. C. Perkins, Mill Evans, James Issac and James Allen to cradle his reaching vocal through a truly beseeching song.

It is too easy to lead by raving about "Stubborn Heart" as the trail has already been ridden by Ernest's much loved NS anthem. Which tends to leave a superb slab of vocal-group Northern Soul on the flipside in undeservedly partly hidden from the NS dancers. The flip "How Do You Like It" another Eddie LaShea creation is for me one of those neglected tunes that underline the unnecessary tunnel-vision Northern Soul DJs have always suffered from. If today "How Do You Like It" had only just been discovered the asking price would be beyond eye-watering.

Take a listen to a stirring Northern Soul flipside begging to add an element of surprise to any Northern Soul set. It is a record that shimmers with an additive zipping string arrangement coupled with an insistent percussion beating out the time, fabulous "Kirmit" bass guitar bridges, tight as a drum harmonies meld seamlessly into a classy Northern Soul dancer. An overlooked recording that is right up there with Chicago's best.

You will find a couple of plays is not enough for this gem, as the swirling string section will imprison you completely, sounding more like a Don Davis Groovesville production than an Eddie LaShea choice of Chicago flipside.

Two superb tunes, topside already a fully appreciative dancefloor pleaser, the flipside saturated in undeniable brilliance, begging for long overdue concerted NS attention.

Condition Report

We kid you not this disc is in perfect virginal "never been played" MINT conidiation. In 2024 an impossible find!

A Side

  • Title: Stubborn Heart

    B Side

  • Title: How Do You Like It
  • Year: January 1967
  • City: Los Angeles, California