Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher

Alley : 1045

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  • Artist: Up-Tights
  • A Side: Just A Dream
  • B Side: Look A Little Higher
  • Label: Alley
  • Format: 45s



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

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The talented Ike Noble and team are here again serving up, another vocal-group harmony excursion into D.I.Y. Northern Soul. Written & arranged by Ike himself, this time utilizing Joe Lee's Arkansas based vanity label. That released less than a handful of 45s that can be remotely classed as Soul 45's.

From that wonderful Memphis based release by Noble and the Uptights - Don't Worry About It / Lonely Man - Action 6850 /6851 from just a year earlier. Ike again echoes that tight harmony-based mid-tempo Soul with an equally fine creation, giving up two bewitching street-level group-grooves; Just A Dream / Look A Little Higher.

We lead with the slightly more uptempo side "Just a Dream" with the beckoning blend of lilting guitar and considerate horn blows. Another "thankful" narrative of finding the right girl, which Ike's convincing indebted voice portrays so well, within a simplistic street-corner symphony that his grainy soulfulness is the star, only for his long-awaited rescue to be shattered .. as it's "Just a Dream".

Flip it over and the same ingredients bolster a totally different story, of loving a girl who doesn't love him. This brings forth Ike's inner determination , motivating himself to just move on...to just "Look A Little Higher"... hold your head high and keep on pushing. His expressive voice suiting this self-belief cradled by inspiring horns and approving guitar picking, welded and soothed by ghostly distant male group harmonies emphasizing he's not on his own, in his desire to pick himself up.

Two exquisite D.I.Y. soulful dance grooves, that will slowly but surely burrow their way into your heart..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, spectacular clean Mint minus vinyl, you couldn't hope to acquire a cleaner copy.

A Side

  • Title: Just A Dream

    B Side

  • Title: Look A Little Higher
  • Year: 1969
  • City: Jonesboro, Arkansas