Needle In A Haystack / Should I Tell Them

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  • Artist: Velvelettes
  • A Side: Needle In A Haystack
  • B Side: Should I Tell Them
  • Label: Stateside
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: E+
  • Sleeve Condition: E+

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Part of the very fabric of Britian's love for Motown & Northern Soul, a record that for over 3 generations was the very foundation of steering the young onto path of the love of

Norman Whitfield and William "Micky" Stevenson's collaboration forms a chain of timeless metaphors. 400 year old Cervantes phrases from Don Quixote, earlier coined by Thomas Moore as "Go Looking For a Needle In A Meadow". That timeless line, rang so true for the teenagers of 1964, seeking a partner. For the MODS who frequented "The Twisted Wheel" it became a Soul club anthem, that wasn't a hit the first time out in the UK, but by 1966 it was one of the best loved Tamla Motown records of the time. With EMI reissuing it on no less than 7 times through 4 decades up to the end of the century. Along with their equally adored "He Was Really Sayin' Something" "Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I" The Velvelettes were the girl group darlin's early Soul and youth club nights right across the UK.

Astonishingly Motown never rewarded the group with an album, allegedly the big decision makers were persuaded not to encroach of the soaring success of the Supremes, Marvelettes or Martha and the Vandellas. REad intio tat what you will, the fact remains these ladies under the guidance two of Motown's greatest writer/producers Whitfield & Stevenson never did get their uncompleted album to market.

Before you today is the beginning of England's love affair with Bertha Barbee, Carolyn Gill, Mildred Gill, Norma Barbee and the very rarest and most wanted form of this fabulous slab of Motown that started these ladies on a bitter sweet journey of serious Motown and Soul adulation but amazing this timeless classic never ever broke into the British top 40, indeed their only minor chart entry was "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You"

A super-clean 1964 Red & White demo is not only a thing of real beauty but also a euphoric reminder of our "roots"

Condition Report

Two clean labels merest printing smudge on the first S of the release number. Otherwise glossy clean promo labels, vinyl hardly has a blemish, just the finest of sleeve storage hairlines revealed when angled in the light.

A Side

  • Title: Needle In A Haystack

    B Side

  • Title: Should I Tell Them
  • Year: 27th. November 1964
  • City: United Kingdom