Sweet Things

I'm In A World Of Trouble / Baby's Blue

Date : 2-1522

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  • Artist: Sweet Things
  • A Side: I'm In A World Of Trouble
  • B Side: Baby's Blue
  • Label: Date
  • Format: 45s



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

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If your introduction to Northern Soul was in the first years of the 70's, pre-Wigan Casino. It was a teenage awakening, a Soul music baptism by fire, when every weekend your mind was sent into a spin, by an unparalleled amount of previously unheard 60's dance Soul.

An adventure into new music you'd never heard before, set up a tantalizing anticipation of planning your weekend with like-minded friends. Was it to be The Catacombs in Wolverampton, Va Va's in Bolton, The Highland Room at the Blackpool Mecca, Leeds Central, The Torch in Stoke On Trent or maybe more local, The Brit in Nottingham. All these places were in fierce competition with each other to play the best discoveries, if it was an "exclusive" that was even better. To travel 200 / 300 miles to hear an "exclusive" new tune, was never considered too far.

In California there was Simon Soussan unearthing mind-blowing previously unknown 60's Soul dance 45's. In Canada Martin Koppell's legendary trips over the border to Detroit, John Anderson's forays into most every USA major city, Ian Levine's family holidays to Florida. All contributed to triggering an avalanche of spectacular Northern Soul discoveries, on the home front there was Bostock's of Bradford and their unbelievable haul of over a 1,000,000 USA 45's to trawl through. It was all happening in the first few years of the 70's decade.

Being fed of a diet of Rod Stewart, Mud, T. Rex, Sweet, Mungo Jerry with little teasers by The Tams hey Girl Don't Bother Me and Supremes - Stoned Love reminding us where our true musical passions lie.

It is records like the genius of Van McCoy guiding Francine "Peaches" Barker and her two friends Dyanne Stewart, Nancy Johnson replicating the "Motown Sound" just transported us away from the radio bombardment of British pop tedium into an nirvana of escapism into USA Soul.

For me and many others "The Sweet Things" epitomises that unrepeatable pre-Wigan experience, that hit you right between the eyes on the very first hearing, so very Motownesque instant girl group Northern Soul that just kept yo dancing.

It was of course one of thodse titles that came over from L.A. on the "Soultown", bootlegs that would later also become so very collectable..

Here's an anthem dripping in euphoric recall, presented in impeccable condition - still housed in its birth sleeve - note this example is the particularly rare VINYL press NOT the styrene.

Condition Report

Two pristine labels, vinyl that reveals only the merest sign of warehouse sleeve storage. all housed in an impeccable birth-sleeve

A Side

  • Title: I'm In A World Of Trouble

    B Side

  • Title: Baby's Blue
  • Year: 1966
  • City: New York City, N.Y.