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Brenda Holloway

My Baby Moves Me

    Brenda Holloway was born in California, 26th June 1946, and while still a teenager she signed to Motown’s ‘Tamla’ label in 1963. Her first single for the label – “Every Little Bit Hurts” – was a huge hit reaching #13 on the Hot 100. However, her recording career for Motown was modest for such talent and her final single came in 1967, the Top 40 hit “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” which she co-wrote with her younger sister Patrice Holloway (see SEV005). The song would later reach #2 when it was covered by Blood Sweat & Tears. In more recent times many of Brenda’s previously unreleased Motown recordings have come to light and have proved to be amongst the finest of the labels recorded output. Here we present two stunning performances, “My Baby Moves Me” penned by Smokey Robinson and the infectious “Spellbound” written Billy Page and recorded circa 1966.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Spellbound
    2. My Baby Moves Me

    Geno Washington / Stuart Smith

    The Drifter / If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely)

      Geno Washington needs little introduction to the UK Soul/Mod scene. In his heyday, 1966-68, he was, reputedly, the highest-paid performer and certainly THE most in-demand live act in UK club-land. He was the closest you’d ever get to hearing Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding live.During his flurry of recording, Geno and the Band laid down their version of “If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely)”, originally cut by The Precisions earlier in 1967. The song probably came to their attention via one of the many publishers based on Denmark Street, London’s Tin Pan Alley, but, for whatever reason at the time, it remained in the can and has eluded a vinyl release ever since… UNTIL NOW! Which leads us nicely into our double-A side “The Drifter”, another Pye recording that has languished, unreleased, until now. The song, a true Northern Soul icon, was originally recorded in America in 1965 by Ray Pollard for United Artists. It scored a UK release the same year where it was picked up by Long John Baldry, who cut a very credible version on his album Looking At Long John Baldry and also a highly collectable United Artists single. This version was recorded by the unknown Stuart Smith, who has had to wait over 50 years for his 2 minutes and 54 seconds of fame!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. The Drifter
      2. If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely)

      Darrell Banks

      I'm The One Who Loves You

      Darrell Banks is a bona fide Northern Soul legend alongside the likes of Frank Wilson, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, Gene Chandler etc. His iconic 1966 Revilot single “Open The Door To Your Heart” / “Our Love (Is In The Pocket)” is one the most played, collected and revered 45s on the scene. In 2014 a black & silver UK London stock copy of the record was discovered and put up for auction. It had long been remoured to exist but had evaded every serious UK rare soul collector. It achieved a staggering £14,000 finishing price and further cemented the legendary status of both record and artist. In 1969 Banks signed to the Volt record label and recorded one album, Here To Stay, and two singles. Here we present his classy crossover 45 “I’m The One Who Loves You” in glorious stereo coupled with the album-only cut “Forgive Me” available for the very first time on 7-inch single. These recordings would be his last, within weeks of completing the album he was shot dead by off-duty police patrolman Aaron Bullock during an altercation with Banks’ former girlfriend Marjorie Bozeman.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. I'm The One Who Loves You
      2. Forgive Me

      Various Artists

      Mr M's Northern Soul

        The No.1 Oldies Room… The “nighters” at Wigan Casino initially ran from 2am-8am every Saturday night/Sunday morning. From midnight onwards, crowds would gather outside and spill over onto the road blocking the local traffic. As attendances grew the crowds became a problem, particularly to the local constabulary, and on the eve of the Casino’s 1st Anniversary – with a genuine threat of closure looming – a momentous decision was made. Gerry Marshall, the Casino’s owner, somewhat reluctantly decided to open the club’s adjoining cabaret lounge, known as “Mr M’s” (named after the man himself). That night Northern Soul history was made. It was the start of an era, the birth of the “club within a club” and, as it proved to be, a temple to fans of Northern Soul “oldies”. Eventually at 3am the black double doors – which separated Mr M’s from the upstairs balcony of the main ballroom – burst open, and a sea of soulies hit the dancefloor for the very first time to the banging sound of “Hey Sah-Lo-Ney” by Mickey Lee Lane, spun by DJ Alan Cain and featured here in all of its remastered glory (side 1, trk 1). Such was the incredible response to that first night in Mr M’s in 1974 that a petition did the rounds gaining over a thousand signatures demanding that it should continue every week! What had intended to be an emergency one-off event had unintentionally ended up being the longest, most popular “temporary” oldies venue EVER! M’s, as it was more affectionately known, soon became the No.1 oldies venue in the 70s. It was unashamedly “100%” oldies and “100mph” dance tunes!!! It was like an engine room churning out vinyl memories week in, week out and the atmosphere and sounds are captured here!

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE 1
        Mickey Lee Lane – Hey Sah-Lo-Ney
        FIRST RECORD PLAYED IN MR M’s (by DJ Alan Cain)
        The Human Beinz – Nobody But Me
        Chubby Checker – You Just Don’t Know (What You Do To Me)
        The Dalton Boys – I’ve Been Cheated
        The Dells – Run For Cover
        Jackie Trent – You Baby
        Bobby Sheen – Dr Love
        The Showmen – Our Love Will Grow

        SIDE 2
        Edwin Starr – Time
        The First Choice – This Is The House (Where Love Died)
        The Majestics – (I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me
        Earl Van Dyke And The Motown Brass – 6 By 6
        Bobby Hebb – Love, Love, Love
        Marlena Shaw – Let’s Wade In The Water
        Marie Knight – You Lie So Well
        Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons – The Night
        LAST RECORD PLAYED IN MR M’s (by DJ Steve Whittle)

        Jackie Trent / Lorraine Silver

        You Baby / Lost Summer Love

          Casino Classics! It all starts with a great song and “You Baby” has it all! Penned by husband and wife team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil with the magic touch of Phil Spector – what an awesome trio – and the bedrock of a future classic. The song was originally produced by Spector for the Ronettes, signed to his Philles label, and appeared on their 1964 breakthrough album ‘Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes’ featuring, of course, his wife to be Veronica Bennett. The song was also recorded in the U.S. by pop/rock band the Lovin’ Spoonful for their 1965 debut album ‘Do You Believe In Magic’. However, in January 1966 Pye Records unleashed Jackie Trent’s epic Northern Soul version produced by her husband Tony Hatch. Heralded by a pounding drum beat and trumpet blast it is no wonder that Jackie’s definitive cover shook the walls at Wigan Casino a decade later. And its popularity has never gone away, hence its current price tag of £300-400! Check out Jackie’s performance on the Morecambe and Wise Show on YouTube, what an intro! “You Baby” was also recorded in May ’66 by Cameo Parkway’s Lovenotes in a very similar vein and in November ’66 by the legendary Len Barry. Other notable cover’s include Sonny & Cher, the Bubblegum pop group Salt Water Taffy and, in 1975, John Holt’s reggae version.

          “Lost Summer Love” was originally recorded in 1964 by U.S. actress Shelley Fabares known for her long-running role as Mary Stone in the sitcom ‘The Donna Reed Show’ and as Elvis Presley’s leading lady in ‘Girl Happy’, ‘Spinout’ and ‘Clambake’. She also scored a No.1 pop hit in 1962 with the teen anthem “Johnny Angel”. But, as with our ‘A-side’, it was reborn as a Northern Soul classic when Pye Records picked the song up in 1965 and recorded it on their latest signing, teenager Lorraine Silver. Once again the stomping drum track, percussion and handclaps propel you to the dancefloor where you’re greated with an unforgettably catchy tune, a bevvy of backing vocals and Lorraine’s effervescent vocal. Two fabulous reasons to make this one of the top reissue 45s of 2020!

          Terrier Callier was born in Chicago in the shadows of Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance, Ramsey Lewis and his mentor Jerry Butler. He would become one of the greatest Soul/Jazz voices of all time, although he barely knew it in his own lifetime. Both his debut album ‘The New Folk Sound’ and single, “Look At Me Now” had failed commercially when he was contracted by Jerry Butler to his Songwriters Workshop. It was here that he wrote his timeless masterpiece “Ordinary Joe” which first appeared on Butler’s 1970 Mercury album ‘You & Me’. Butler’s version of the song has been largely overlooked, underrated and undervalued - until now, 50 years later, when it finally makes its 7-inch single debut!  Listeners can finally hear both versions of this timeless masterpiece back-to-back. A definitive soul essential, Callier’s rendition of “Ordinary Joe” appeared a couple of years later, in 1972, on the second of his three critically acclaimed Cadet albums ‘Occasional Rain’. The ’72 single was taken from the album and now commands a hefty £700+ price tag. 


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe
          2. Jerry Butler - Ordinary Joe

          Otis Clay

          The Only Way IS Up / Messing With My Mind

          "The Only Way Is Up” has long been regarded as a dancefloor anthem and with its uplifting lyric couldn’t be more appropriate as the soundtrack to current times as we slowly return to a more normal way of life. It has taken 40 years for this magnificent, original version of the song to finally see a reissue and our thanks go to Otis Clay’s daughter, Ronda, for helping to make this possible. The song was written by George Jackson and Johnny Henderson and originally recorded by Otis Clay in 1980 on his own Echo imprint. Incredibly it was a non-hit at the time and came towards the end of a long and prolific career for the Chicago R&B singer. Clay had previously recorded for the Leaner brothers at One-derful!’before moving on to Cotillion, Atlantic and Hi (amongst others). George Jackson also worked as a staff writer for Hi, after a successful run at Goldwax, but it was while he was with the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio that he wrote “The Only Way Is Up” for Clay. In 1988 Jackson hit paydirt when his song was reinveted by the dance duo Coldcut for Yazz and the Plastic Machine. It was an immediate hit and spent five weeks at the top of the U.K. pop charts. It also became a No.1 hit across Europe although barely scraped into the Hot 100 in the U.S.A. In recent times it has been used as the theme to the popular TV show The Only Way Is Essex. But, of course, it is Otis’ soulful original that we all want to hear and it is still packing the dancefloors across the country as witnessed at last years fabulous ‘International Soul Festival’ at the Blackpool Winter Gardens! With prices in 3-figures and rising its time to grab a bargain… ‘the only way is up’!

          TRACK LISTING

          1. The Only Way Is Up
          2. Messing With My Mind

          Jackie Edwards / Del Davis

          I Feel So Bad / Baby Don't Wake Me

          Rocksteady and reggae have long been a part of the rare soul scene, since its inception in the early sixties. It’s easy to hear the influence of early American R&B in the development of ska and as soul music took over as ‘the sound of young America’, in the mid-sixties, it too tinged the sound of Jamaica. No more so than our dance floor anthem “I Feel So Bad” by the legendary Jackie Edwards. Edwards was born Wilfred Gerald Edwards in Jamaica in 1938 and by the age of 22 had already scored a No.1 record on the island. He’d had four chart-topping hits before signing to Chris Blackwell’s new Island imprint in 1962. He became an integral part of Island Records, as a prolific artist, songwriter, producer and general helper. He wrote “Keep On Running” and “Somebody Help Me” for the British R&B band The Spencer Davis Group, both of which went to No.1 on the U.K. pop charts. “I Feel So Bad” was released on the distinctive red and white Island logo in 1967 and was adopted by the burgeoning U.K. underground soul scene, most notably at the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester. It has been played on the ever evolving Northern Soul scene ever since and, a half-century on, commands a price tag of £700+ for a mint original. Fortunately our devastingly good-looking official reissue can be bought for a more modest sum. Jackie Edwards is also responsible for flip-side “Baby Don’t Wake Me” which he wrote and produced for reggae singer Del Davis at the turn of the Seventies. The combination of Jackie’s well-honed soul-induced musicianship and Davis’ gravelly soulful vocals create the perfect Northern / crossover dancer. Two fabulous reasons to make this one of the top reissue 45s of 2020!

          TRACK LISTING

          1. I Feel So Bad
          2. Baby Don'y Wake Me

          Jerry Butler

          Moody Woman / Stop Steppin' On My Dreams

            Jerry Butler needs no introduction to UK soul fans and is a hero to the Northern Soul scene, not least for his stirring lead vocals with The Impressions alongside his school yard buddie Curtis Mayfield. After a successful solo career with Vee-Jay records Buter joined Mercury, on the advice of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and embarked on his Philly career. He was christened ‘The Ice Man’ by WDAS Philadelphia radio jock Georgie Woods and his Gamble–Huff produced album The Ice Man Cometh spawned the R&B #1 hit “Hey, Western Union Man” in 1968. The album Ice On Ice followed in 1969 and delivered the now iconic Northern Soul anthem “MOODY WOMAN” reissued here on 7-inch vinyl for the first time since 1972, almost 50 years ago! Our chosen flip-side, “STOP STEPPIN’ ON MY DREAMS”, is no slouch either. It first captured the imagination of the UK rare soul scene on the 1972 double-vinyl album The Spice Of Life produced by the ‘Iceman’ himself. It has been a firm favourite of the modern room ever since and is released here on 7-inch vinyl for the very first time!

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Stop Steppin' On My Dreams
            2. Moody Woman

            Betty Lavette / Nella Dodds

            (Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime / First Date

            o celebrate this historic landmark Outta Sight proudly present a unique 45 featuring two stunning sides by rare soul legends Betty Lavette and Nella Dodds. First under the spotlight is Betty Lavette with her 1964 recording of “One Thin Dime”, popularised on the Northern scene by Holly Maxwell. Ms. Lavette’s version, unreleased at the time, with its haunting brass and upbeat production is hands-down the superior version. It first came to light in 1993, thanks to Kent Records, on the rare sixties’ soul CD ‘Living The Nightlife’, and is now available, for the first time, on the premier division format… 7-inch single. Next up is Sixties Soul sweetheart Nella Dodds with her Philly dancer “First Date” produced by the legendary Dyno-Dynamic production team for Wand Records. It was written by James Bishop and originally intended for a mid-Sixties album entitled ‘This Girl’s Life’. The album was rejected at the time but finally surface on a Kent CD in 2007. However, like the A-side, “First Date” makes its first ever appearance on a much anticipated 7-inch single.

            TRACK LISTING

            First Date
            (Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime

            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.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Quick Change Artist
            2. Keep On Keeping On

            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.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Pneumonia
              2. Fever

              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.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Quit Twistin' My Arm
              2. Get It Baby

              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.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. It’s Your Voodoo Working
              2. I’m Going Home

              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.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Just A Little Bit
              2. Baby Please Don't Go

              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!

              TRACK LISTING

              1. I'm On My Way
              2. She'll Be Gone

              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

                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1: Are You Trying To Get Rid Of Me Baby - Candy & The Kisses
                Side 2: Mr. Creator - Val Simpson

                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.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. She Cried Just A Minute
                2. I'm Slowly Molding

                Various Artists

                OH YEAH! The Original Sound Of Rhythm & Soul

                  You could be forgiven for thinking that this compilation draws its name from Don Randi’s rare popcorn-oddity “Oh Yeah!” (side 1, track 8). But in fact, it is inspired by the opening lines of Bobby Mitchell’s legendary New Orleans R&B dancer (side 1, track 1)…

                  “Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah! Yeah, I done got over it.”

                  Mitchell’s epic fire starter was recorded in 1960 for Sho-Biz Records and has waited almost 60 years to be fully recognized as a truly awesome slice of R&B propelled along by Dr John’s piano and Hungry Williams’ rhythm section with a price tag in access of $500!

                  The set continues with Chuck Scratch Nolen’s signature guitar on his Federal rarity “The Way You Do” and the compelling R&B roller “Pack Your Clothes” by Hamp Jones. Dorothy Berry & Jimmy Norman raise the pace with HB Barnum’s production on his own Little Star label while Carol Fran terrifies everyone with her raucous R&B thumper “Knock Knock”. BK Anderson, Frank Minion and Don Randi round off side 1 with three storming popcorn favourites.

                  Side 2 is equally uplifting and kicks off with the insanley rare “Honey Bee” by Bethlehem recording artist Lenny Johnson. Look out too for Larry Bene’s in demander “Come Back” and Tony Allan’s harmony rarity “Little Lonely Girl” recorded for Art Laboe’s Original Sound label.

                  Oh Yeah Indeed!…

                  Various Artists

                  OKeh 'The R&B Years 1953-62'

                    The legendary Okeh Records needs little introduction to soul music fans around the world. It has been relentlessly plundered and treasured for its slue of Northern Soul classics produced by A&R manager Carl Davis and his songwriter Curtis Mayfield during the “soul years” 1963-70.

                    However, the imprint was originally launched 100 years ago in 1918 by Otto K. E. Heinemann who had already established a recording studio and pressing plant in New York City. The label name was derived from Heinemann’s initials O.K.E.H. From the very early years, Okeh issued records for minority audiences, such as its foreign language music, field recordings and Dixieland jazz. But perhaps the most significant recording was “That Thing Called Love” by Mamie Smith in 1920, the first ever by a black blues singer. The success of Mamie Smith led to Okeh’s 8000 series which ran until 1932.

                    In 1953, Okeh became an exclusive R&B label and it is the ensuing decade of recordings that form the focus of our collection, from Titus Turner’s raucous “Big Mary” in ’53 to Gerald Sims’ laid back “Cool Breeze” in ’62.

                    The Soul of the Big City…

                    Various Artists

                    Club Americana: All-Night Dancing At The Mapleton

                      THE MAPLETON HOTEL (now the Thistle Piccadilly), In the heart of London’s West End, was the original home of the legendary Flamingo Club (OSVLP014). However, it is a little known fact that there was a second club, cloistered in the basement of the Mapleton, the ‘Americana’. The club was run by the Gunnell brothers, Rik and Johnny, who would go on to manage the Flamingo when it moved to Wardour Street and the Bag O’Nails, in Soho, where Jimi Hendrix first played in 1966 and where Paul McCartney met his future wife Linda Eastman.

                      The Americana was named to cash-in on the obsession at the time for all things American – food, drink, fashion, film, music – and attracted a large contingent of G.I.’s, still stationed in the home counties after the war. The club opened in 1955 and hosted All-Night sessions for two years. A ‘ten bob’ note gave you passage to a secret, subterranean world filled with exotic sounds and cultures and a 3 course meal of tomato soup, chicken & chips and ice cream. You got to dance all-night long to live acts playing a fusion of R&B, blues, jazz, calypso and ska which, in the mid-fifties, was the hottest sound in the world and heralded the Mod generation.

                      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”.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. I'll Be Loving You
                      2. 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.




                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Tale)
                      2. A Little Bit Of Something

                      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

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Vernon Harrell - Slick Chick
                      2. Earl (Connelly) King - Every Whicha Kinda Way
                      3. Little Marie Allen - Humdinger
                      4. Teddy (Mr Bear) Mcrae - Hi' Fi' Baby
                      5. The Nightriders - Lookin' For My Baby
                      6. Little Luther - Steppin' High
                      7. Earl King - Darling Honey Angel Child
                      8. Lillian Vines And The Dynamics - I Dreamed About My Baby Last Night
                      9. Paul Perryman - Keep A'calling
                      10. Mike Robinson - Lula
                      11. Harold Jackson And The Jackson Brothers - Freedom Riders
                      12. The Drivers - Mr Astronaut
                      13. Gloria Irving - I Need A Man
                      14. Rudy Lambert - Jamboree
                      15. Jeanette B. Washington - Medicine Man
                      16. Rose Mitchell - Baby Please Don't Go

                      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!!!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Hey Girl
                      2. My Heart Cries For You 

                      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 


                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Black-Eyes Girl
                      2. I'm Your Yes Man 

                      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".

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. I’m Gonna Whale On You - Little Arthur Mathews With The Johnny Otis Band
                      2. I’m Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay - Willie Wright


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