Short Kuts

Your Eyes May Shine / Letting The Tears Tumble Down

United Artists : UP 2233 DJ

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  • Artist: Short Kuts
  • A Side: Your Eyes May Shine
  • B Side: Letting The Tears Tumble Down
  • Label: United Artists
  • Format: 45s



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

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Although British United Artists were very excited when this Memphis "Sam & Dave" styled Soul dance record came under their administration for promotion. Promote it they did, but it sold very little indeed in the UK. likewise it has taken even the investigative Northern Soul scene over 50 years to embrace its full dancefloor potential. Recently an enterprising DJ up North has turned the uplifting thumper into one of the "IN" NS sounds of the last few years.

The ingredients of the Eddie Harrison assembled his seven man team from his circle of university friends. Attracted the attentions of Memphis based record label Pepper, label owner Marty Lacker then set about sourcing a team to get these guys up and running. Eddie had sourced a dormant composition from school friend Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Then Pepper secured the services of Quinvy & Muscle Shoals stalwart saxophonist, arranger Charles Chalmers; Then the group were ready for their debut single. All was ready to go, with easily enough talent within the gathering, to emulate the "Memphis Sound".

As you'd expect Chalmers was the perfectly placed arranger to guide the soul-septet, with Jimmy Brasher on saxophone, Eddie Harrison & Randy Shelton on Trumpets, Paul Cannon on Guitar, Wally Wright on Organ, Robert Murray on Drums, Jim Johnson on Bass. Charles Chalmers set about bringing the recording up to his high levels of Quinvy studios or Muscle Shoals excellence. He does that brilliantly by lavishly festooning the background with searing girl-group replies, as the lead vocals bounce off each in seamless harmony.

Pepper Records released a further 4 more 45's by the Short Kuts, in a short-lived 18 month period but they never hit the heights of this their finest and first record. The Short Kuts released Pepper's penultimate 45 in 1969 before the group and the label releasing 45's. With the demise of Pepper the Short Kuts also sadly stopped recording; Eddie Harrison however carried on his singing career performing throughout and is now considered a Memphis Soul legend. "Your Eyes May Shine" being their lasting legacy to Northern Soul.

Before you today is the ultimate way to own this current Northern Soul floor-filler, an extremely elusive July 1968 British DEMO!

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, vinyl show off full gloss, with a fine soft needle skate mark, preventing a mint minus grade, giving up just a rare occasional soft tick or two, check out the impressive sound file.

A Side

  • Title: Your Eyes May Shine

    B Side

  • Title: Letting The Tears Tumble Down
  • Year: 12th July 1968
  • City: United Kingdom