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

Tamla Motown : TMG 521


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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: E+
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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British Tamla Motown Northern Soul at its most-brilliant, most enticing and certainly most-wanted, a NS anthem in standout condition.

One for the British collector who cannot resist the lure of near perfection. 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, when we are pretty certain, this anthem rang out through the various NS gatherings across the land.

Some classics never fade away, this one truly endures. Mainly because the creator Norman Whitfield conjures up a Whitfield signature, full orchestra production of massive presence. 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 best-loved 45 in immaculately clean condition.

Condition Report

two clean labels, other than a minuscule soft graze just left o the a-side logo, this my not show on the file images, but we can see it when angled in the light, otherwise perfect. 4 prong centre intact. (see images) This offering is near flawless. Full gloss, mint minus vinyl, still housed in original birth-sleeve. Looks stunning, sounds immaculate, 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