Vince Apollo

I Bear Witness / I Can't Turn My Back

Pentagon : 1112

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  • Artist: Vince Apollo
  • A Side: I Bear Witness
  • B Side: I Can't Turn My Back
  • Label: Pentagon
  • Format: 45s



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

Key: View



From the same stable as Bernie Williams, Gene Woodbury, Casinos & Dynamic Three etc. comes this Northern Soul Philly-Prowler..

A magnificent booming, big-bollock vocal from the mysterious Vince Appollo, who I think may have also recorded under the names Joe Adams and Lawson James whilst crafting releases for this highly regarded Philly indie outfit.

A label that consistently produced impressive big productions, which Joe Stevenson liberally enriched with a honkin' horns and squealing sisters, adding handpicked rumbling-raw lead vocal. You get truly impressive, magnificently-muscular Northern Soul time and time again.

This is a record that just keeps on giving, from the blasting brass into, a yelping Saxophone peppers the proceedings. The Okay Sisters serve up approving choruses, as they also do on the Lawson James track on Del Val 1013. Lifting this recording from impressive to brilliant... as everything aspect compliments each other..

Flip it over and you'll find "Vince Apollo" on an unstoppable roll and he assaults another big bold brass arrangement, again riding the Sax-man's prompts...with Joe Stevenson throwing everything at the production.. which ignites Vince into action, as he gradually ratchets up his enthusiasm, until a magnificent bass guitar breaks sends the whole thing into overdrive... a consumed Vince seems to refuse to bring the session to a close..

"Get that microphone off Vince" he's going into raptures, spiting out the lyrics like a man possessed, under the influence of Mr. Stevenson's cauldron of sound

TWO TOP DRAW examples of give-it-all Northern Soul!

Condition Report

As good as it gets Manship Mint condition (well almost) because I could resist playing it more than once.. ,

A Side

  • Title: I Bear Witness

    B Side

  • Title: I Can't Turn My Back
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Philadelphia, pa