Youngblood Smith

You Can Split / Mr. Bright Times

Verve : VK 10416

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  • Artist: Youngblood Smith
  • A Side: You Can Split
  • B Side: Mr. Bright Times
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: 45s



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

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A Northern Soul anthem, classic style NS that took The Torch, Wigan Casino and every other NS club by a storm from 1972 onward.

Killer Philly Northern Soul that was so perfect for the time, the first copies to come to the UK were actually represses, via the incredibly invented brain, of the legend that was SImon Soussan.

Having discovered this instant NS Monster. Simon reinvented the 45 as "Walk On Baby" by Youngblood Smith on the "Soul World" label. One of the first instances of the "bootleg" coming to England before the original, this practice was repeated several times with other Simon Soussan finds like Edie Walker - Good Guys, Charmaines - Eternally. Which first entered the country as Patience Valentine & The Sweet Things respectively...

To be fair, Simon had a great "ear" for Northern Soul and recognized an instant "NS Hit" the moment he heard it. He also recognized that finding more copies of standout records was hard work and time consuming. So he reinvented the surefire dancefloor destroyers, pressed up a few hundred with psuedonyms, all the DJ's got supplied first and he had the demand ready and waiting to sell the others.

Soul World 45 was the blueprint he later used with the more famous Wigan Casino launch Frank Wilson (Eddie Foster) - Do I Love You - . It was a formula that worked every time... but he only did it with the "fail-safe" outstanding tunes.

That is exactly what "You Can Split" is "a surefire standout tune"; and Simon was so right with his other calculation, it would be real hard work to find another copy..

PS the flipside is now starting to rise up as a contender, quite right too, it's another All Niter dancefloor slayer!!

Condition Report

A whisker from being a Manship Mint, two flawless promo labels, with unblemished vinyl that was probably unplayed until we lifted the soundfile.
As good as it gets condition!

A Side

  • Title: You Can Split

    B Side

  • Title: Mr. Bright Times
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Phil