Tony Colton and the Big Boss Band

I Stand Accused / Further On Down The Track

Pye : 7N.15886

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  • Artist: Tony Colton and the Big Boss Band
  • A Side: I Stand Accused
  • B Side: Further On Down The Track
  • Label: Pye
  • Format: 45s



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

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A legendary Nev Wherry signature spin from those halcyon days of mid-week NS nights in those pockets of clubrooms across North Nottingham/Derbyshire at Inkersall Road Miners Welfare during the 70s it was a particular "Nev" favourite. A record that he transferred the bigger stage of Cleethorpes Winter Gardens circa 1976/77. From those humble beginnings, into the minds of every British vinyl hound across the country. Nev just had that belief in British production ttat credited him a string of British produced Northern Soul rarities. Exposed for the Junk Shop, Market Stall, Jumble Sale diggers to hunt for.

The talented Tony Colton led one of the many mid-sixties British R&B/Soul bands, but this one had the distinction of actually capturing the real "Soul" sound of the USA with this understated mid-tempo beater.

I love this recording so much, I rate it as arguably the finest English endeavor to replicate "Soul" whilst still retaining its "Britishness".

Tony Colton & Ray Smith were a truly gifted writing team, prolific producer Alan A. Freeman with years of experience producing Petula Clark's early recordings. Guided the "Big Boss Band" to deliver a stunning understated brass backdrop for Tony's poignant confessional to be carried on. He is so much in love his girl it "disturbed his balance of mind"... maybe inspired by Jerry Butler's "I Stand Accused" in sentiment, but lyrically unique and brilliant.

A record that seeps into your psyche, its simplicity additive, demanding more than one play, certainly becoming your "earworm" for the day, with those sympathetic horns warmly displaying despair and regret. Well written, dazzlingly portrayed and superbly produced. Yes one of the finest homegrown "soul" recordings ever.

The flipside is rather cool also, a Jazzy Georgie Fame styled R&B jerk, with those horns again decorating the landscape with the choppy Jazz lead voice delivering coherent Jazzy/R&B. Finished off with the compulsory whirling Hammond adornment.

Two great sides, the a-side of course a real homeland jewel.

Another truly great turntable choice of Nev Wherry...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, 4 prong centre intact, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing only a few soft hairlines, plays crisp clean true.

A Side

  • Title: I Stand Accused

    B Side

  • Title: Further On Down The Track
  • Year: 2nd July 1965
  • City: United Kingdom