Lonely Lonely Girl Am I / I'm The Exception To The Rule

Tamla Motown : TMG 521 DJ

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  • Artist: Velvelettes
  • A Side: Lonely Lonely Girl Am I
  • B Side: I'm The Exception To The Rule
  • Label: Tamla Motown
  • Format: 45s



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

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British Tamla Motown Northern Soul at its most-brilliant, most enticing and certainly most-wanted!

One for the British collector who cannot resuist the lure of the red & white! Especially if it is one of the finest Motown creations adopted by the Northern Soul scene; a classic for decades, right from its debut at The Twisted Wheel through to last weekend of lockdown; when this anthem would surely have rung out from the NS gatherings across Britain.

Some classics never fade away, this one truly endures. Mainly because the creator Norman Whitfield conjures up a Whitfield signatured full orchestral production of massive power. A crowded string tsunami, pummeling-percussion, peppered with hard-blown horns. Not to mention those oh-so-sweet Velvelettes vocals. A group that went seemingly under-appreciated by the Motown executives who astonishingly deprived the girls of their much deserved album. That would have undoubtedly have dulled some of The Supremes prestige as many Motown scholars feel The Velvelettes were vocally superior and infinitely more fluid in the harmonies.

This recording goes some way in strengthening that argument, as Norman Whitfield shepherds the trio through intricate, pacey but crystal clear phases, whilst riding the most powerful of productions...Originally issued as a flipside, is a studio session that certainly underscores their vocal prowess. The wonderful ballad flipside "I'm The Exception To The Rule" also magnificently recorded by The Temptations, again showcases their impeccable close harmony expertise.

Only the powers at Motown knows why these ladies were limited to only 5 singles and denied an album release.. but before you today is their rarest 45 in unicorn-rare DEMO in fine clean condition.

Condition Report

two clean demo labels other than a minuscule white square on the a-side left hand middle just above 521 (see image) This offering is near flawless. Full gloss vinyl revealing only some soft sleeve storage blemishes. Housed in original period sleeve. Look stunning sounds, plays perfect.

A Side

  • Title: Lonely Lonely Girl Am I

    B Side

  • Title: I'm The Exception To The Rule
  • Year: 9th July 1965
  • City: United Kingdom