- Artist: Vibrations
- A Side: The New Vibrations
- B Side: 1966 British press
- Label: Columbia
- Format: LP
In 1966 most British Soul enthusiasts were only just beginning to realize the significance the USA Okeh label would have on the development of Northern Soul in the UK. The Vibrations were an virtually an unknown group in the UK with only a solitary one of their 11 USA Checker 45s ever achieving British release "The Watusi" in 1961 on Pye International. and just one Atlantic 45 "My Girl Sloopy" sneaking out on UK London in 1964. For such a healthy discography 2 releases out of 13 45 in their earlier years. But these five Chicago guys were slowly but surely going to make their mark on British Soul DJ's and the All-night clubs. This 1966 explosive album went a long way to them becoming a Northern Soul favourite act.
At first it would have only been the animated five man cover alerting the more investigative Soul DJ / Collector to check out the tracks. They would have been blown sideways, by the energy the studio gathering of Manny Kellum, Carl Davis, Teach Wiltshire, and Riley Hampton injected into this snarling quintets recordings.
Many of it's tracks never having a UK release as a 45.
1. Gonna Get Along Without You Now* - absolutely a Northern Soul classic that was first DJ'd from this album, later the USA import came into play, eventually demand was so high, it received both a bootleg and a Okeh re-issue. oin the early 70's
2. Soul A Go-Go - again a stomping club-spin from the embryonic days of Northern Soul - likewise no UK release as a 45.
3. Everybody Loves A Lover - would have been instantly liked, with it's familiar rhythms of Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Lose" blasting your into your sdpace.
4. Sloop Dance - no UK 45, dance-craze USA
5. Secret Love - following Billy Stewart's route of deconstructing Doris Day's 1953 from "Calamity Jane" and turning it into frenetic Northern Soul stomper - no UK or USA release as a 45.
6. Talkin' About Love - solid Northern Soul mid-tempo groove - released in the UK on COLUMBIA 8318 a year after the album.
7. One Mint Julep - a destructive stomping dancefloor destroyer for this amphetamine fueled nights at the "Twisted Wheel"
8. Forgive and Forget - a stunning mid-tempo vocal-group experience that is still today held in high regard by soulful-vocal-group soul scholars
Those standout dance tracks broken up by silky vocal group harmony ballads.
Just imagine you being a young MOD dropping this platter onto your Dansette, eventually getting to the penultimate track on side B. and "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" assaulting your ears, utter killer Northern Soul featuring one of the greatest Soul sax-breaks of all time.. vocals riding foot-to-the-floor blasting brass and this scowling-signature lead vocal.
TOP NORTHERN SOUL you could only obtain on this album at the time. I bet it blew The Twisted Wheel's roof of as many would have already been aware of Tracy Dey's version on Stateside, so tame, insipid by comparison!
A groundbreaking UK press album, in magnificent condition. A step back into those magical time of discovery, whilst being an investigative MOD visiting the all-night Soul clubs of great Britain.
Condition ReportTwo clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing only the merest fine fine hairline under light. Clean laminated cover, no writing, stains, sticker or tears. Or even significant laminate ceasing, strong EX+ cover soft crease bottom right corner is thge only flaw we can locate.
- Title: The New Vibrations
- Title: 1966 British press
- Year: 1966
- City: United Kingdom