Sweet Thing / How Can I

Tamla Motown : TMG 514


This auction has ended.

Listen Now


  • Artist: Spinners
  • A Side: Sweet Thing
  • B Side: How Can I
  • Label: Tamla Motown
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



One of the most-wanted least seen of all the first 500 British Tamla Motown 45's, the much-loved Northern Soul Motown classic "Sweet Thing".

Here is an immaculate copy of the seldom seen 1965 store release, that EMI arguably blindly credited as The Spinners ignoring the fact, that there was already a group called "The Spinners" doing rather well in the British Isles release 45s & Albums on Fontana, a popular and well know folk group who were regularly on the TV and placed high in the charts. Many feel the release and sales of TMG 514 suffered from the fact "The Spinners" were a folk group and Friday release sheet scanners will have passed over the release, first time round, release-sheet scholars looking for "soul" music.

An EMI oversight that happened again 9 releases later on TMG 523 with "I'll Always Love You"; now whether EMI decided a belated name change would benefit sales, or whether it was, as the preferred story suggests, that Philips Phonograph objected to the name clash of another "Spinners" perhaps hitting the charts, and asked for some other name for the Motown group to avoid confusion.

EMI withdrew TMG 523 as The Spinners and hastily relaunched it as The Detroit Spinners. Did they receive a polite reminder from Philips Phonograph? That is unclear but the name The Detroit Spinners was born, a christening the group carried over when they signed for Atlantic Records.

Before you today is the very rare TMG 514, the Spinners very first UK Tamla Motown release, in sparling full gloss vinyl, perfect labels still housed in its birth sleeve. A spectaculsar copy of The Spinners finest Northern Sou early 45, giving up a flipside that is almost as impressive.

If your priority whilst collecting the rare TMG's, look no further, or this thought of owning one of the very rarest Tamla Motown 45's in the level of condition you are unlikely to better.,..do not pass by

Condition Report

Two perfect labels, 4 prong centre intact. Full gloss vinyl reveals only the merest soft sleeve contact hairline brushes under direct light, both sides play flawless, still housed in its birth-sleeve. Here is a "good as you could dream of owning" copy.

A Side

  • Title: Sweet Thing

    B Side

  • Title: How Can I
  • Year: 1965
  • City: United Kingdom