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Bob & Fred / The Volumes

I’ll Be On My Way / I’ve Never Been So In Love

    Two colossal floor fillers from the late 1960s.

    ‘I’ll Be On My Way’ is not only a staggeringly beautiful song, it’s also a super rare side filled with those strings that recall the echoey ceiling of Wigan Casino.

    A supremely soulful cut with a sturdy beat from 1966, with a classic vocal to fall in love with.

    Originally on Big Mack and going for over two grand, even the re-issue on Goldmine fetches 75 quid, it’s such a stormer.

    Cut with The Volumes’ funky floor surfer ‘I’ve Never Been So In Love’.

    Filled with horn slurps over a crazed organ anchor, it chugs into a singalong chorus that’s impossible to forget.

    From 1969 and originally on the obscure Garu label, it goes for between 40 and 140 pounds if you can find a copy.


    Bob & Fred - I’ll Be On My Way
    The Volumes - I’ve Never Been So In Love

    Darrow Fletcher

    What Good Am I Without You / That Certain Little Something

      Two classic sides from the Michigan soul singer with a stash of soul goodies in his repertoire.

      The original pressing of ‘What Good Am I Without You’ from 1967 on Jacklyn Records goes for just over £200 and one listen explains why.

      Featuring an emotional, heart-wrenching vocal soaked with flying strings over an impulsive rhythm, it’s a lovelorn anthem; an emotional rollercoaster.

      Backed with ‘That Certain Little Something’ from the Groovy label 12 months earlier.

      A funky guitar-led scorcher with a bluesy brass break and a spin and drop chorus aided by a rampaging drummer.

      Two must-have sides from Fletcher, a child prodigy, who found success in Chicago in the mid- 1960s which led to shows with Stevie Wonder and BB King, among others.


      Darrow Fletcher - What Good Am I Without You
      Darrow Fletcher - That Certain Little Something

      Sebastian Williams

      Get Your Point Over / I Don't Care What Mama Said (Baby I Need You)

        Originally released on the Ovide label from Houston, Texas in 1970 and currently going for around £175, if you can find a copy.

        Get Your Point Over is a brass-led funky dancer that beautifully compliments Sebastian Williams’ soulful vocal style, while the flipside, I Don't Care What Mama Said (Baby I Need You), is a slower groove that lets that vocal really soar, arriving complete with a groovy psychedelic guitar break before Williams testifies to his lady amid some punchy brass stabs.

        Two stellar tunes from Sebastian Williams (aka Roger Williams of no-hit wonders The Quarter Notes), whose solo recording career amounted to just three 45s, all five years apart, along with a couple of releases as Sebastian And The House Rockers and finally, in 1975, just Sebastian.

        Imagine vintage Tavares lead singer Chubby Tavares at his gritty best with a funky brass section in a soulful Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes- styled blast. Both tracks mastered from the original sound source for maximum soul sound


        1. Get Your Point Over
        2. I Don’t Care What Mama Said (Baby I Need You)

        The Soul Stirrers / Spinners

        Don’t You Worry / Memories Of Her Love Keep Haunting Me

          Two more stormers from Deptford Northern Soul Club. Floor fillers primed for the DJs returning to the club circuit.

          Featuring The Soul Stirrers’ funky, backbeatthumping classic ‘Don’t You Worry’, with gorgeous harmonies and a tortured lead vocal.

          A gem filled with the kind of soulful positivity we need right now. In every sense, an upbeat classic that fetches around £200 on 7” on the original Checker imprint out of Chess back in 1969.

          Backed with The Spinners’ ‘Memories Of Her Love Keep Haunting Me’, an essential piece of lost Tamla Motown from the late 1960s that’s never been officially released as a single before.

          Powered by that Motown slap drum sound and a conga player on uppers, it’s a stomping tale of love lost with a super Motown production and a great horn break.

          Both mastered from the original sound source for maximum soul sound.


          The Soul Stirrers - Don’t You Worry
          Spinners - Memories Of Her Love Keep Haunting Me

          The Ballads

          I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt. 1 / Pt. 2

            A classic Vee-Jay side from 1965 that originally sneaked out on the Bay Area Wee label. The original goes for around £100, the second Wee press for £75, while the Vee-Jay version is 50 quid a throw. That said, copies are few and far between these days.

            Featuring an upbeat, brass-powered Temptationslike harmony with a call and response, a deep sax wail and a piano motif pushing it forward towards a glorious middle eight that breaks into a Gospel roll out.

            Powered by Ric-Tic-like drum rolls; a euphoric soulful classic split into two essential parts.

            The Ballads were a four-piece from Oakland, across the bridge from San Francisco, featuring Freddie Hughes, who would later sign to Wand. The band themselves almost made it, charting in 1968 with the Willie Hutch-produced ‘God Bless Our Love’ but this earlier recording is the business.

            Both sides remastered from the original sound source.

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            I Can’t See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt.1
            I Can’t See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt.2

            Doris Willingham / Pat Hervey With The Tiaras

            You Can’t Do That / Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind

            Two classic cuts from the President catalogue.

            Doris Willingham ‘You Can’t Do That’ - A big Northern floorfiller from a renowned soul backing singer who cut her own material later as Doris Duke. Her only release under the Willingham name, originally out on the super cool UK Jay Boy imprint in 1968 (the label’s debut release - BOY1).

            Produced by Bernard Purdie (Funky Donkey label) who was at the controls for a number of super rare Northern sides. An early gem from the artist who ended up working with the legendary Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams) charting with the ballad ‘To the Other Woman (I’m The Other Woman)’.

            Pat Hervey With The Tiaras ‘I Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind’ - An anthemic, handclap-friendly gem that goes for anywhere between £50 to £100. Released on the UK President label from 1966.

            Blue-eyed Canadian soul backed by black Canadian harmony group The Tiaras (not to be confused with the LA harmony outfit). A slow burner that ramps up the horns and strings behind some funky guitar chops and Hervey’s euphoric vocal, her one-off stab at the soul charts guaranteeing obscurity and legendary status.

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            Doris Willingham - You Can’t Do That
            Pat Hervey With The Tiaras - Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind

            Sue Lynne

            Don't Pity Me / Don't Pity Me (Mono)

              Classic 1969 blue-eyed soul monster that was the flipside of Sue Lynne’s ‘You’ single on RCA.

              Huge at Wigan Casino back in the day.

              Original copies now go for a huge £700 apiece.

              A brass-powered stomper with a funky rhythm and backbeat that leads to a euphoric chorus and instrumental break.

              Expertly remastered from the original sound source.

              Two stellar versions; both mono and stereo for maximum dancefloor impact.

              Written by Chris Andrews, who also penned Chris Farlowe’s mod anthem ‘Out Of Time’.

              Sue Lynne (AKA Sue Vanner) quit the music business after the single’s failure to chart and ended up in the Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Love Me’, as well as a host of TV shows.

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              Sue Lynne - Don’t Pity Me
              Sue Lynne - Don’t Pity Me (Mono Version)

              Tyrone Davis / Gene Chandler

              Slip Away / There Was A Time

                Two great Brunswick sides on one disc, from two of the greatest soul vocalists. The A side features Tyrone Davis’ version of Clarence Carter’s ‘Slip Away’ from his essential ‘Can I Change My Mind’ album, which has never previously been available as a single. A mid-tempo toe tapper with a mid-section brass build that’s underpinned by a funky groove. The flipside cranks up the action with Gene Chandler’s riotous take on James Brown’s anthem ‘There Was A Time’. Worth the entry for the horn stabs alone, it’s an expressive slice of sharp-edged driving funk.

                TRACK LISTING

                Tyrone Davis - Slip Away
                Gene Chandler - There Was A Time

                Jackie Wilson / Doris & Kelley

                Because Of You / You Don’t Have To Worry

                  Soul legend Jackie Wilson’s 1973 Brunswick single is a smooth, hook-laden, vibe-driven classic that goes for £80 and upwards. In typically fine voice, Jackie’s ‘Because Of You’ is an aching tale of the power of love that’s irresistible. Backed with Dorian Burton and Herman Kelley’s brooding ‘You Don’t Have To Worry’ from 1967; a snip at $400 these days. It was a Brunswick oneoff from the duo that plays off their falsetto and baritone vocals and his been sampled by both Common and 50 Cent among others.

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                  Jackie Wilson - Because Of You
                  Doris & Kelley - You Don’t Have To Worry

                  Garnet Mimms

                  As Long As I Have You

                    Two versions of this much-loved gem (covered by Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey from The Who more recently), ‘As Long As I Have You’ was the title track of Garnet Mimms’ first solo album from 1964 which made a brief appearance as a seven inch and now goes for £500.

                    The slightly longer ‘Single Version’ made it to demo-only in France in 1967 and is a super rare cut - an edited live version with brass courtesy of The Senate that goes for around £400 if you can find a copy. Remastered here from the original sound source.

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                    As Long As I Have You
                    As Long As I Have You (Single Version)

                    Willi J & Co. / Rare Function

                    Boogie With Your Baby / Disco Function

                      Two rare and mystery-shrouded party-in-the-house sides from 1976. Willi J Coe’s Cleethorpes anthem ‘Boogie With Your Baby’ was a no-hit wonder that goes for around £100 if you can find a copy on the original shortlived Ki Ki label.
                      Produced by Willie J Key and arranged by Bob Holmes (Joe Tex / Freddie North / Slim Harpo) it’s a slice of funky party disco. A proper floorshaker. V Rare Function’s ‘Disco Function’ was originally on Soul Unlimited in 1976 and fetches around £50 a copy these days.
                      Sampled by Luke Vibert in more recent times, it’s a brass-stabbed party anthem with a nod to Kool And The Gang when they were funky.

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                      Willi J & Co. - Boogie With Your Baby
                      Rare Function - Disco Function

                      Marvin Gaye / Shorty Long

                      This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me) / Don't Mess With My Weekend

                        Two monster slices of Motown magic, straight from Detroit to the dancefloor.

                        The legendary Marvin Gaye’s super rare anthem – recorded in late 1967 - that appeared on 1995’s ‘Rare And Unreleased’ CD. Copies of the original single go for around £650 if you can find one.

                        A fantastic floor filler with that unmistakable Tamla backbeat and a euphoric chorus.

                        Backed with the ‘Here Comes The Judge’ hitmaker’s magnificent ‘Don’t Mess With My Weekend’ - which was only ever previously released by Motown in Australia in 1969.

                        A funky ‘getting ready’ groove with Shorty’s expressive vocal to the fore and a telegraph guitar holding it all in place.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Marvin Gaye - This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me )
                        Shorty Long - Don't Mess With My Weekend

                        Herb Ward / Bob Brady & The Con Chords

                        Honest To Goodness / Everybody's Goin' To The Love-In

                          Two classic floor fillers from the DNSC record label.

                          Featuring Herb Ward’s 1968 RCA release that goes for around £200 if you can find a copy.

                          A Catacombs Club favourite that emphasizes Ward’s deep soulful vocal with a gorgeous call-andresponse bridge that leads into a truly uplifting chorus.

                          Backed with Bob Brady And The Con Chords’ blueeyed soul classic from the same year.

                          Often compared in style to Smokey Robinson, ‘Love In’ is a brass-led scorcher with a pulsating back beat that could have been a Motown 45.

                          Both tracks remastered from the original sound sources for maximum dancefloor effect.

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                          Herb Ward - Honest To Goodness
                          Bob Brady & The Con Chords - Everybody's Goin' To The Love - In

                          Jimmy James & The Vagabonds / Sonya Spence

                          This Heart Of Mine / Let Love Flow On

                            Two more floor-friendly 45s from the Deptford Northern Soul Club’s record box. Includes Jimmy James & The Vagabonds’ super rare £100-valued 45, written by Motown’s Barrett ‘Money’ Strong. A great version of The Artistics’ track on what is an obscure gem from 1966 from the latter-day soul and ska hit maker. Backed with the often-sampled smooth soul of reggae singer Sonya Spence on a Sonia Pottinger- produced track from her £70 album ‘Sings Love’. First time on seven-inch for this class slice of funky soul.

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                            Jimmy James & The Vagabonds - This Heart Of Mine
                            Sonya Spence - Let Love Flow On

                            Lou Courtney / Lee Dorsey

                            Trying To Find My Woman / Give It Up

                              Two more floor-friendly 45s from the Deptford Northern Soul Club’s record box.

                              Featuring fifty quid’s worth of excellent brasspowered psyche soul that originally turned up on Buddah Records in 1969. An absolutely huge Blackpool Mecca 45 with a backflip moment at around 40 seconds that repeats for all stomping excessives.

                              Backed with the legendary Lee Dorsey’s mighty ‘Give It Up’ from the same year. A swampy soul stew with a funky feel by the hugely underrated singer. An Allen Toussaint

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Lou Courtney ‘Trying To Find My Woman’
                              Lee Dorsey ‘Give It Up’

                              The Delreys Incorporated / Oscar Wright

                              Destination Unknown / Fell In Love

                                Two super rare sides, both remastered for added dancefloor punch. The Delreys Incorporated on original Tampete goes for close to £1.5K (often a bootlegged copy). This release is from the original master, licensed from source. A huge Blackpool Mecca sound and big at Cleethorpes after that. “It's the best record I ever played at Blackpool Mecca! I mean, how an artist like that can make one record and then nothing?” - Colin Curtis, 2019

                                Backed with Oscar Wright’s 1966 Hemisphere flipside, a notoriously rare and, when found, in poor condition 45. Taken from the original sound source, it goes for anywhere between £150 and £300. A funky northern gem with a Hendrix break - one of the great brass-led soul tearjerkers.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                The Delreys Incorporated - ‘Destination Unknown’
                                Oscar Wright - ‘Fell In Love’

                                Candi Staton / Chappells

                                Now You've Got The Upper Hand / You're Acting Kind Of Strange

                                  Northern Soul 45 featuring two super-rare sounds. The A side features Candi Staton’s ‘Now You’ve Got The Upper Hand’, a record that goes for over £2000. Released briefly in 1969, it was soon withdrawn as Candi went on to top the charts around the world with a string of hits. A gorgeous upbeat gem that’s gained a huge reputation on the Northern scene, remastered for maximum effect. A must have for any Candi fan ahead of her UK dates in 2020. The flipside features another super rare side, Chappells’ ‘You’re Acting Kind Of Strange’, which is out there for around £350 if you can find a copy. Features the non-strings version from 1969. An emotional rollercoaster from the East Baltimore quintet, remastered for maximum effect.

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                                  Candi Staton ‘Now You’ve Got The Upper Hand’
                                  Chappells ‘You’re Acting Kind Of Strange’

                                  Lester Tipton / Edward Hamilton And The Arabians

                                  This Won’t Change / Baby Don’t You Weep

                                    This is the debut 7” single from DJs Deptford Northern Soul Club featuring two classic floor fillers from mid-60s Detroit. It includes the late Detroit soulman Lester Tipton’s one and only release ‘This Won’t Change’ from 1966, original copies of which go for a staggering $5000. Plus, from 1967, Edward Hamilton and the Arabians’ superb ‘Baby Don’t You Weep’ which the one-time member of The Falcons recorded for Lou Beatty’s Mary Jane label, originals of which go for a paltry £250.

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                                    Lester Tipton - This Won’t Change
                                    Edward Hamilton And The Arabians - Baby Don’t You Weep

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