She's So Fine / I Don't Have To Cry

Carnival : CAR 520

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  • Artist: Topics
  • A Side: She's So Fine
  • B Side: I Don't Have To Cry
  • Label: Carnival
  • Format: 45s



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

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The authentic original 1966 press in immaculate condition.

An extremely talented New York vocal group who found themselves meeting stumbling blocks along their bumpy road to stardom. But only to find it through the UK's underground music scene Northern Soul.

The foundation of the crew, Ronald McCoy and Vaughn Curtis wrote both sides of this impressive double hitter on Joe Evans's burgeoning label; with The Manhattans regularly hitting the Billboard charts.
The original flipside the Motownesque "She's So Fine" was such an instant Northern Soul hit, it was bootlegged almost from the moment it got played on the NS scene circa 1973/4, the bootleg though, gave up dreadful sound quality, leaving the original's value intact, but demand evaporated when the DJ's dropped it off their play lists, to acquire more exclusive discs.

In 1967 The Topics came to England to endure an horrid experience of being asked to tour under a fake name. They were billed as "The Impressions" and had to learn The Impressions songs as promoter Roy Tempest raked in the proceeds. The Topics did a good job with their impersonation, as they knew and loved all The Impressions recordings. It is such a shame they couldn't perform their own work, and pull from their Chadwick, Carnival and Heavy Duty recordings. They did however return to the UK for a second tour, this time as "The Topics", but it wasn't as successful as being The Impressions.

Upon returning home one member Charlie Stodghill joined the Persuaders and was part of that huge hit "It's a Thin Line Between Love and Hate."

Before you today is their first 45, a double sider that offers, lasting recognition for these boys. A killer Northern Soul dancer with full crisp fidelity and high volume, plus a Low-rider flipside to-die-for, silky seamless vocals crocheted into a steady-stepper arrangement, perfect Sunday Chillout food the authentic Soul fan.

Two great sides in spectacular condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, partial bb drill on flipside only (see images) Full gloss, flawless mint minus vinyl. as good as it gets.

A Side

  • Title: She's So Fine

    B Side

  • Title: I Don't Have To Cry
  • Year: 1966
  • City: 234 West 56th Street. New York, N.Y.