Van Dykes

Save My Love For a Rainy Day / Tears Of Joy

Mala: 584

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  • Artist: Van Dykes
  • A Side: Save My Love For a Rainy Day
  • B Side: Tears Of Joy
  • Label: Mala
  • Format: 45s



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

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A fabulously clean copy of this timeless Northern Soul classic, with that stampede inducing intro!

It is not often you can say, a record producer takes a Motown recording and makes it superior to the original. This Norman Whitfield composition never achieved more than album track recognition in 1967. Until a quick on the draw Charles Stewart saw potential for his four man Texas Soul gathering to revamp it into a hit.

Rondalis Tandy, Wenzon Mosley, Eddie Nixon and James Mays with his rich baritone. Do such a beautiful job on pouring out vocal-group "Motown", whilst still retaining a strong sense street-corner teamwork. Sprinkling the "edges" with a seamless flood of harmony Soul, as that icy-cold lead falsetto completely wins you over..

Charles Stewart's thundering bass-line intro, peppered with chiming vibes, blasted into orbit by a barrage of brass, colliding is met head-on by Ron Tandy's searing falsetto.

It is one of the most motivational intros of them all - park your drink and dash to the dancefloor, it is a record you can really dig your feet into. Driven to the brink of dancefloor elation by a torrent of male voices..

THIS IS NORTHERN SOUL at it's most exhilarating

But do not overlook the flipside, a delicious top drawer Sweet Soul harmony. That showcases one of the most gifted Soul groups, who sadly failed to make worldwide fame.. The Impressions, Manhattans, Dramatics, Temptations, The Dells would not have sung "Tears Of Joy" better than the fabulous Van Dykes. A group who never quite reached the dizzy heights their talents so richly deserved.

THIS IS SWEET SOUL at it's most exquisite, backing up a Northern Soul Anthem

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, with NO ink fade, so rarely encountered without that ugly storage rub. The play perfect full gloss vinyl only reveals the merest soft hairline when tilted under direct light. Plays mint, visually gorgeous.

A Side

  • Title: Save My Love For a Rainy Day

    B Side

  • Title: Tears Of Joy
  • Year: 1967
  • City: Fort Worth, Texas