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The Soul Twins / N F Porter

Quick Change Artist / Keep On Keeping On

The Soul Twins, real life siblings Hal and Harold Degraffenreid, were Detroit’s answer to Sam and Dave. “Quick Change Artist” thundered onto the U.K. Northern Soul scene at the Torch All-nighters in Stoke-on-Trent and little wonder since it was recorded by Johnny Griffith for Ollie McLaughlin’s Karen label and features the Funk Brothers on backing. N F Porter was born Nolan Frederick (NF) Porter in Los Angeles in 1949 and is best known for “Keep On Keeping On” his third and final single for Gabriel Mekler’s Lizard label. It was released in America in 1971 and found its way on to the U.K. Northern Soul scene via The Torch all-nighters in Stoke-on-Trent where it was first played as a new release, and later at the legendary Wigan Casino.

Joe Tex / Little Willie John

Pneumonia / Fever

    Joe Tex, born Joseph Arrington Jr, needs no introduction to the rare soul fan having enjoyed dance floor action over the entire history of the scene – who could forget the enormity of “Show Me” at Wigan Casino and the ever-popular “Under Your Powerful Love”. So, it is ironic that he would have to wait almost fifty years for one of his earliest recordings, “Pneumonia”, to be finally appreciated! It is of course an answer-song to “Fever” which was recorded earlier in the same year, 1956, by Little Willie John earning him a Gold Disc for a million-seller and a #1 on the R&B Chart. Peggy Lee would go on to popularise the song world-wide with her hit cover in 1958.

    Wigan Casino godfather Russ Winstanley opened and closed an incredible 546 All-Nighters at the fabled Hearty-Of-Soul between 1973 and 1981. Here we present 16 floorfillers, popular at the time, and ever since. PLUS… we also showcase an – unreleased at the time – Northern Soul winner by Casino legend Tommy Hunt! Our playlist rumbles into life with with one of Northern Soul’s true heavyweights: Lou Prides atmospheric “I’m Com’un Home In TheMorn’un”. A £4,000 sound that summed up the All-Nighter experience for many. In complete contrast, Side Two launches into action with Canadian group Rain and their iconic “Out Of My Mind” which took the Casino by storm and was immortalised in the 1977 documentary This England, along with Judy Street’s “What”, also featured here. Two contrasting tracks and styles that together encapsulate the sound of Northern Soul Survivors! “The Casino All-Nighter is part of our Northern Soul heritage, it is part of everyone who attended the Club; it is the Northern Dance Sound at its raucous best. Get it and share it! – Right On!”

    Lou Pride / Don Varner

    I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un / Tear Stained Face

    Lou Pride anoints the new mini-series with, appropriately, his debut 45 “I’m Com’un Home In TheMorn’un” from 1970. This is one of the true heavyweights of Northern Soul reaching a staggering $4,000 at auction. Lou was a Chicago born R&B and Soul singer and childhood friend of Natalie and Nat Cole. He sang in church before being drafted into the Army and relocating to El Paso, Texas. It was here that he recorded the legendary, although it was many years before he was aware of its success. Don Varner was a Southern soul singer born in Birmingham, Alabama, where recorded the superb Eddie Hinton produced floor-filler “Tear Stained Face” at Quinn Ivy’s studios in Sheffield, AL., in 1967.

    Stanley Mitchell

    Get It Baby / Quit Twistin' My Arm

    Stanley Mitchell was born in Detroit in 1935 and performed with a number of local bands in the mid to late fifties cutting wax for Chess and Gone records. But it is thanks to Richard “Popcorn” Wylie that his presence was ever felt on these shores when, in 1973, his atmospheric “Get It Baby” was championed in the early days of Wigan Casino by DJ Richard Searling. The song was originally relegated to the B-side of the altogether more catchy “Quit Twistin’ My Arm’, arguably the more popular side today. In the late seventies another track emerged from Detroit, “Down In The Dumps” by Tony Hester, which shared the same backing track as “Get It Baby” which further cemented the record in the annals of Northern Soul history.

    Mel Britt / The Group Feat. Cecil Washington

    She'll Come Running Back / I Don't Like To Lose

    Mel Britt was born Melvin Curtis Britt in Gary, Indiana and was affectionately known as “Cookie”. He was a one-time member of The Visitors who recorded for Bashie, Dakar and Tangerine, (“My Love Is Ready And Waiting”). But it’s Mel’s lone, solo, 45 for which he is revered in the U.K., the magnificent “She’ll Come Running Back”. With its searing strings and anguished vocal it is the complete deal, simply Northern Soul perfection. Cecil Washington takes second credit on the now iconic “I Don’t Like To Lose”, the spotlight being on the artist, The Group, a white garage band from Michigan. Washington was actually the co-producer of the track and was drafted in to sing lead at the last minute to add a more soulful edge. Thank goodness, because the end result became a Northern Soul monster for Richard Searling in 1979 at Wigan Casino.

    Charles Sheffield / Prince Conley

    It’s Your Voodoo Working / I’m Going Home

    Charles Sheffield was born in the appropriately named town of ‘Lake Charles’ in Louisiana and is best known for his regional hit “It’s Your Voodoo Working” released on Excello records in 1961. Little could he have known that some fifty years later his modest release would change hands for over £1,000 and attract over 350,000 views on YouTube!!! Prince Conley was a little known Memphis blues singer who exploded onto the U.K. rare soul scene with his R&B dancer “I’m Going Home” released on the fledgling Satellite imprint in 1961. The label would adopt the more familiar and now legendary Stax logo soon after its release. Of no significance at the time, the recording features a young Steve Cropper on his first session for Stax.

    Tiny Topsy / Jo Ann Henderson

    Just A Little Bit / Baby Please Don't Go

    Tiny Topsy was a big-voiced Chicago Blues singer born Otha Lee Moore in 1930. She signed to Federal records in 1957 and released 5 singles, the last and finest being our top choice “Just A Little Bit”. Roscoe Gordon would take the song to #2 on the R&B Chart in 1960. Jo Ann Henderson was also based in Chicago, but leant more to Jazz than the aforementioned Blues style. Little is known about her apart from her lone 45 for Paul Geallis’ short-lived Phonograph imprint featuring the mid-tempo jazzy “Just Leave Me Alone” and the thumping “Baby Please Don’t Go” which went on to become a U.K. hit for the group ‘Them’ in 1964.

    Celeste Hardie / Sandra Wright

    You're Gone / I Come Running Back

    Real Side Records, in association with Outta Sight, are back with a stunning double-sider that will have huge demand on both the Modern and Northern rare soul scene. The last Real Side 45 (RSR-112) was incredibly over 10 years ago in 2008: Gloria Shannon “Tears”, which now commands £100! Now, at last, by popular demand we are proud to present the next in the series featuring Celeste Hardie and Sandra Wright. Celeste Hardie recorded a couple of modest 45s for Walter Stone’s San Francisco Loadstone label but it is her debut for Reynolds Records in 1972, “You’re Gone”, that everyone wants to hear, dance to, and now can own! “You’re Gone” first came to our attention circa 1975 when it was championed ahead of its time at Blackpool Mecca by Ian Levine and it sounds even better today. Sandra Wright appears on our CD ‘Soul On The Real Side #8’ which features “Midnight Affair” and our chosen side “I Come Running Back”. This totally brilliant midtempo masterpiece is taken from her 1989 ‘Wounded Woman’ album.

    Chuck Jackson needs no introduction to fans of Sixties and Seventies soul music. He is a member of, if not the founding father of, the exclusive club of bastions of Northern Soul that includes the likes of Major Lance, Gene Chandler, Jackie Wilson, all enjoying a prolific and long-lasting career with a string of collectable 45s. Anyone wanting to explore Jackson’s body of work need look no further than Kent’s exhaustive roster of CDs including his eight Wand albums plus authoritative compilations from where we draw our featured sides available back-to-back on 7-inch vinyl for the first time. “The Silencer” is a killer Bond-esque production on a song originally recorded by Vikki Carr for the Dean Martin movie The Silencers. It was “silenced” at the time of recording and would have to wait almost thirty years for it to be rediscovered by Ace Records. “Little By Little” is yet another fabulous big city production that eluded release at the time of recording and is available here, on 7-inch vinyl, for the first time.

    Len Barry was born Leonard Borisoff on 12th June, 1942 in Philadelphia. He formed the million-selling doo-wop group the Dovells in the late Fifties and toured with James Brown. He also toured the UK with the Motown Revue which greatly influenced his passion for rhythm & blues during the crossover to soul music. His early solo career at Decca found him composing with the likes of Leon Huff and John Madara resulting in hits “1-2-3”, “Like A Baby” and “I Struck It Rich”. Barry also wrote and recorded “Keem-O-Sabe” a hit for the Electric Indian, an early incarnation of MFSB. Our two featured tracks are both true Northern Soul anthems known and loved for over forty years but by different artists. “I’ll Always Need You” was recorded by Dean Courtney for RCA records and “Love LoveLove” by Bobby Hebb for Philips. Barry’s excellent interpretations appeared on an obscure UK Brunswick LP It’s That time Of Year which also yielded his version of the Joey Heatherton classic “When You Call Me Baby” and “I’m In Love”. The LP, known from only a handful of copies, originally surfaced at The Torch before being passed to DJ Richard Searling who played “I’ll Always Need at Wigan Casino. However, Barry’s incredible version was short lived as Richard drove away from the Casino early one morning leaving the valuable album on the roof of his car never to be seen again!

    Etta James / Mary Ann Fisher

    Seven Day Fool / Put On My Shoes

    Etta James, born Jamesette Hawkins, passed away in 2012 leaving an enduring legacy of class R&B hits and wonderful rarities such as this anthemic dancefloor winner from 1961. In 2007 R&B singer/songwriter Jully Black took “Seven Day Fool” to #9 on the Canadian Hot 100 produced by Black Eyed Pea – Keith Harris. But it is Etta’s original masterpiece that has been elevated to the Northern Soul Hall Of Fame. Mary Ann Fisher was born in Henderson, Kentucky and her break came when she met Ray Charles at the USO Club in Fort Knox. She had a 3-year affair with Charles before establishing her own solo career.

    Barbara Dane / Betty O'Brien

    I'm On My Way / She'll Be Gone

    Barbara Dane was born and raised in Detroit in the late 1920s against a backdrop of deep depression and race riots, little wonder that she became a political activist. She used her folk/blues musicianship to spread her message in the coffee-houses of San Francisco where she relocated in 1949 and founded her own Blues Club… Sugar Hill. Betty O'Brian currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas, was managed by Clyde Otis who hit the big time with fellow Liberty artist TimiYuro. Unfortunately for Betty that was her only claim to fame until, finally, out of the blue, the big-voiced Country singer stole our hearts with this thumping slab of dancefloor R&B. It only took six decades to catch on!

    Mel Torme / Solomon Burke

    Comin' Home Baby / Cry To Me

    Mel Torme was born Melvin Howard Tormé in 1925. Known as “the Velvet Fog” he was the son of Russian immigrant parents who settled in Chicago. He aspired to be Frank Sinatra and could have been too! His 1962 vocalisation of “Comin’ Home Baby” earned him a Top 40 hit on both sides of the Atlantic and a permanent slot in any discerning R&B and Northern Soul playlist. Solomon Burke, preacher/singer was born in Philadelphia in 1936 and is regarded as the de facto Southern Soul singer who bridged the gap between R&B and Soul. He recorded “Cry To Me” in December 1961 and scored his second chart hit. The Bert Bernes song truly heralded the dawn of the soul era and it has been covered many times most notably by the Rolling Stones and Betty Harris.

    Candy & The Kisses / Val Simpson

    Are You Trying To Get Rid Of Me Baby / Mr. Creator

      Candy & The Kisses burst onto the Northern Soul scene with "The 81". This storming dancer was unreleased until released on a CD compilation, making this a first time 7" vinyl release. The B side is by Val Simpson, one half of Valerie & Simpson

      This time round, Outta Sight hit us with Milwaukee born Betty Moorer's sassy, Latin-influenced "Speed Up" a record that never fails to please the crowd. Listen carefully and you can hear the Esquires keeping it in the family and providing backing vocals - two of Betty's brothers were in the group. Flip it over for a low slung cover of Marva Whitney classic "It's My Thing" and you've got a winning pair. "Speed Up" was also recorded by The Impalas, but Betty's version is the definitive on the Northern Soul scene.

      The Just Brothers / The Honey Bees

      Carlena / Let's Get Back Together

      The Just Brothers were Jimmy and Frank Bryant and are best known for their throw-away instrumental “Sliced Tomatoes” that first graced the scene at Blackpool Mecca. “Carlena” is a different beast altogether, a powerful slice of gritty up-tempo soul propelled by various members of Motown’s Funk Brothers. A collector’s item that was first picked up by Wigan Casino DJ Richard Searling on a visit to Soul Bowl circa 1976-7, a trip that also produced the first copy of The Honey Bees’ “Let’s Get Back Together”, both on the Garrison label, reputedly part-owned by Mike Terry, and both incredibly rare, approaching a combined $5,000 in today’s market! The Honey Bees were an in demand, for-hire, backing vocal group working the New York circuit in the mid-Sixties and can be heard, in fine voice, supporting Jack Montgomery (real name Marvin Jones) on his superb Barracuda 45 “Don’t Turn Your Back on Me”. Here they deliver their own, much deserved, recording, co-written by Don Mancha and Wigan’s adopted son, the late, great Edwin Starr.

      Cody Black was born and raised in Cincinnati in the shadow of King Records where he cut this landmark Northern Soul 45 “I’m Slowly Molding” in 1968. However, it didn’t impact on the UK soul scene until the mid-Eighties when, at last, it finally hit at the ground-breaking ‘Top Of The World’ club in Stafford. Still a mainstay of the All-Nighter scene to this day and commanding prices in the region of $1,000. Black recorded a string of 45s for as many labels including the highly prized “It’s Our Time To Fall In Love” on ‘GIG’ and the sublime “Mr Blue” on ‘D-Town’. Charles Spurling was a fellow Cincinnati music hustler working as an A&R man at King Records when he cut this pounding Northern Soul dancer in 1967.

      Welcome to Wanted And Needed, a Northern Soul playlist befitting of any discerning DJ and one that would happily slot into any Soul Night, All-Nighter or Weekender today. Some of the discs were first spun as far back as the Twisted Wheel, such as The Precisions’ floorpacker “If This Is Love”. Others were unreleased at the time of recording and have found favour in more recent times, such as The Persianettes “Run Run” (originally covered up as “You Better Get Away” by The Sequins). Also unreleased at the time was Pearl Jones’ infectious “Give Me Another Chance”, a Sidra recording that finally surfaced in 2001 on a company acetate. Jones also appears here on her own composition “Let My Baby Go” as a member of the Embraceables. Another of our featured tracks that eluded the Northern Soul scene at the time is Joey Delorenzo’s feel-good “Wake Up To The Sunshine Girl” issued in 1973 on the tiny Mi-Val label but sounds much earlier and probably is. The unknown Delorenzo was reputedly a local car salesman with a passion to become a recording artist. He finally got his 3 minutes 15 seconds of fame in return for a generous deal down at the lot!

      The playlist kicks off with a real heavyweight of the UK Rare Soul scene, the title track, the legendary “Just Say You’re Wanted (And Needed)” by Gwen Owens. A flop in America, it wasn’t until 1976 that this – already rare – 45 finally made it to these shores and shook the Casino walls. The action is relentless with 100% floorpackers courtesy of The Precisions, Tony Galla, The Capreez, Ronnie And Robyn with their vocal to “Sidras Theme”, The Falcons, and Mickey Lee Lane (aka Sounds Of Lane) with his raucous instrumental “Tracks To Your Mind”. Wanted And Needed Indeed!

      Welcome to the third volume in the Wigan Casino mini-series exploring the diverse playlist of the world’s No.1 Northern Soul venue. The 23rd September 2018 marks the 45th Anniversary of the super club and these 18 tracks capture the unique atmosphere of the huge ballroom and the mesmerizing dance moves that held us spellbound all those years ago. WIGAN CASINO finally closed its doors in December 1981 after eight long years of weekly All-Nighters, during which time it came to define Northern Soul. The term had, of course, been coined years earlier, but it was the Casino Soul Club that established the style of music and the scene to the wider public. The Casino transformed the Northern Soul scene into a mass youth movement with its own sound track, uniform, cultural icons and a 100,000 strong membership. In reality, the stereotype of moustachioed young men in baggy trousers and vest tops, festooned with sew-on patches, was actually quite short lived. Northern Soul was ever evolving and as the Seventies progressed so did the music and the fashion, embracing soulful-disco and jazz-funk. Today, 45 years on, it is still evolving and attracts followers from all over the globe to its international Weekenders and Festivals. Right On!

      Renowned DJ and broadcaster Richard Searling revisits the records that helped define his career at the world-famous Wigan Casino Soul Club between the years 1973 to 1981. This fantastic 16 track - vinyl only - album is compiled from over 150 records profiled in Richard Searling’s 2018 book Setting The Record Straight and is an absolute must for any serious Northern Soul fan. It is the soundtrack, not only to the book, but to almost a decade of discoveries that shaped the sound of the might Casino Club. “The records I have included here are all ones I had the privilege of playing first at Wigan Casino, or in my short time behind the turntables at Va Va’s in Bolton. There are many others I helped create a demand for, all of which are detailed in my book. I’ve annotated any “cover-up” name changes that I might have used, and I’ve also tried to describe each 45 in the context of the time when it was garnering favour. I’ve also added as much background information as possible about the artists and how the records came to exist in the first place. As the book title - Setting The Record Straight – suggests, I have taken this opportunity to clear up once and for all some of the myths and unnecessary distortions of the truth surrounding Wigan Casino that have been circulating since the All-Nighters came to an end in late 1981.” Richard Searling

      Soul Brothers Six / Willie Tee

      I'll Be Loving You / Walkin' Up A One Way Street

      The Soul Brothers Six hailed from Rochester, New York and have played a part on the Northern Soul scene for over 50 years. Their first recording, for Lyndell Records in 1966, is now a 3-figure rarity, but it is their debut disc for Atlantic, “I’ll Be Loving You”, that first graced the decks at the Twisted Wheel, The Pendulum et al and has become a perennial Northern Soul favourite. At the time of release it was the B-side to “Some kind Of Wonderful” which took the disc to No.91 on the R&B charts. Willie Tee has also been a familiar figure on the rare soul scene since the early Mod clubs with his archetypal New Orleans mid tempo soul sound. His early recordings on Gatur rank as some of the most collectable 45s to emanate from the Crescent City. Here we feature his club classic from 1964, the anthemic “Walkin’ Up A One Way Street”.

      Little Richard

      Poor Dog / A Little Bit Of Something

      Little Richard needs “little” introduction the UK soul fan having enjoyed a string of Northern Soul collectables on Vee-Jay, Kent, Modern, Brunswick and, of course, Okeh. These two swinging Northern Soul classics are filled with all the nostalgia and groove to transport anyone back to the dancefloor. Both “Poor Dog” and “A Little Bit Of Something” have cult status having originally been spun on the embryonic Northern/Mod scene at the legendary Twisted Wheel club in Manchester. Wigan Casino DJ Dave Evison revived “Poor Dog” as a Mr M’s Oldie before taking it downstairs to the main ballroom where it cemented its ‘Hall Of Fame’ legacy.

      This unique set brings together a treasure trove of R&B rarities enshrined by the $3,000 “Lookin’ For My Baby”, recorded by The Nightriders in 1959 for Juggy Murray’s Sue imprint. Murray had co-founded Sue Records two years earlier with fellow New Yorker Bobby Robinson whose Fire label provides us with the equally compelling “Keep A’Calling” by Paul Perryman (side 1, track 1), a snip at only $300! The set bursts into life with Vernon Harrell’s hot dance ticket “Slick Chick”, currently commanding a cool $400 on its original Lescay label. Northern Soul fans will be interested to know that Harrell co-wrote “Seven Days Too Long” with J R Bailey (aka Chuck Wood) and “Sweet Sweet Lovin’” for The Platters. Mike Robinson (“Lula”) also has a tenuous Northern Soul connection, he was originally in Bobby Thomas’ Vibranaires before joining the Orioles alongside the legendary Sonny Til. BOTH Earl King’s make the playlist: Earl “Connelly” with his hard “Every Whicha Kinda Way” and the New Orleans native Earl King with “Darling Honey Angel Child”, an early prototype of the standard “Come On”. Look out too for rare soul sweetheart Baby Washington, “Medicine Man”. A Collection to Treasure…
      Over $6,000 worth of original vinyl now available - for the first time - on one collectable Long Play vinyl album

      Porgy And The Monarchs

      Hey Girl / My Heart Cries For You

      PORGY WILLIAMS and his Monarchs recorded a handful of singles in the mid-sixties on almost as many labels. They made their debut in ’63 on Mala Records before moving to Musicor where they scored two singles: “That Girl” / “If It’s For Real Baby” and “My Heart Cries For You” / “Think Twice Before You Walk Away”. Produced by Teddy Randazzo, all four sides are excellent but incredibly didn’t see any chart action at the time. Fortunately all was not lost and, almost a decade later, “My Heart Cries For You” became a much cherished dance floor anthem in the U.K. Our topside “Hey Girl” was recorded in New York for Musicor but was not released until 1975 when, quite by accident, it was wrongly pressed as the B-side to a reissue of “My Heart”. Musicor, realising the error, withdraw the disc… UNTIL NOW!!!

      Billy Thompson / Clarence Reid

      Black Eyed Girl / I'm Your Yes Man

      BILLY THOMPSON’s solo outing “Black Eyed Girl” was pressed twice in 1965, on the local Boston label Columbus and for national distribution on Wand. Despite the quality of the song, written by Barry Richards and “Boston’s No.1 Soul Man” Herschel Dwellingham, it came to nothing, leaving once again the U.K. soul scene to come to the rescue.

      By contrast CLARENCE REID recorded a slue of 45s from 1963 to ’76 including our mega rarity “I’m Your Yes Man”, produced by Buddy Killen.

      • All time Northern Soul Classic - Two fabulous sides

      • Over £1,000 of original vinyl 

      Booker T &The MGs / The Mar-kets

      Green Onions / Balboa Blue

      Booker T & The MGs will be forever synonymous with the sound of Memphis soul, as defined by Stax Records for whom they were the house band. In 1962 they made it to No.1 in the R&B charts and peaked at No.3 in Billboards Hot 100 with “Green Onions”. The classic 12-bar blues anthem features Steve Cropper on a Fender Telecaster and Booker T Jones’ rippling Hammond M3 organ. It's the ultimate R&B / mod soul instrumental, and one of the most recognisable tracks ever.The Mar-Kets (later The Marketts) were a California instrumental surf band best remembered for their 1963 million-selling album 'Out Of Limits'. “Balboa Blue” features on their debut LP 'Surfer’s Stomp' and first appeared on the northern soul scene at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club.


      I've Got The Need / Nine Times

      Next in their northern soul 45s reissue series Outta Sight feature two all-time classics from the New Jersey trio, The Moments, aka Harry Ray, Al Goodman and William Brown. The top-side, “I've Got The Need” is an original album-only cut taken from their 1975 Sharp LP on Joe and Sylvia Robinsons Stang label. The song, a massive Blackpool Mecca spin at the time of release, also enjoyed popularity at Wigan Casino by Chuck Jackson and Cleethorpes by Spooky & Sue.

      The flip side is no slouch either. “Nine Times” from 1976 is a true club-classic with its unforgettable “telephone” intro calling you onto the dance floor. Both sides remain floor fillers today and are available for the first time back-to-back.

      James Walsh Gypsy Band

      Cuz It's You Girl / Bring Yourself Around

      Outta Sight are back with another six sides of northern soul featuring new-to-vinyl couplings and rarities. Their bargain-friendly series includes over £1,000 worth of original northern soul 45s for the price of a night out.

      On this third instalment of the latest batch of 45s we have The James Walsh Gypsy Band and the their crossover classic, “Cuz It’s You Girl”, which has become a firm favourite in northern soul rooms in recent times. It's flipped with the soul / jazz-funk crossover smash 'Bring Yourself Around' which has enough of the soft-rock about it to become an underground gem on the yacht-rock / Balearic scene as well.

      Al Wilson

      The Snake / Show And Tell

      Outta Sight herald the new year with two fabulous floor-packers from the glory days of northern soul.

      Second on the list comes Al Wilson’s “The Snake”, perhaps THE most played northern soul oldie ever! It first came to prominence at Manchester's famed Twisted Wheel Club and is now embedded in the scene along with patches, talcum powder and baggy trousers. It has graced many a TV and film soundtrack and is currently on rotation in every TK Maxx store in the country. Love it, hate it, you can’t ignore it!

      Dobie Gray

      Out On The Floor / The 'In' Crowd

      Outta Sight herald the new year with two fabulous floor-packers from the glory days of Northern Soul.

      First up is Dobie Gray's “Out On The Floor”. This absolute classic has it all; the perfect lyric married to the perfect dance beat, and now made even better by having Dobie Gray’s perennial mod / soul anthem “The ‘In’ Crowd” on the flip side. These two icons of the scene are brought together for the first time… Northern soul heaven!

      Little Arthur Mathews / Willie Wright

      I'm Gonna Whale On You / I'm Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay

      Who needs the summer when the next three Outta Sight R&B collectables are as hot as these?

      The Northern end of R&B continues to pack the dancefloors across Europe and it is showcased - at its best - in these in-demand cuts. Six top tunes that would set you back a month’s wages if you’re lucky! All hard to find on their respective original labels which, incredibly, date from as early as 1952.

      On side A Little Arthur Mathews hooks up with the Johnny Otis Band for the horn honking skiffle-like cut "’m Gonna Whale On You". On the flip Willie Wright belts it out on rhythm & blues roller "I’m Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay".

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