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Herbert HunterNorthern Soul Legend – Original Recordings From The Spar/Poncello & Ref O Ree Labels & More ... CD
Superbird (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $3.99
Great soul singles cut by Herbert Hunter in the 60s for the Spar, Poncello and Ref O Ree labels/imprints in the 60s – plus a handful of previously unissued number – excellent stuff recorded with legendary Nashville R&B guru Ted Jarrett as songwriter and producer! 15 of the 20 tracks were produced by Jarrett, who also wrote the majority of songs on here – giving the material a remarkably consistent (and consistently excellent) feel – but it's the gritty, charismatic and soulful vocals of Herbert Hunter that lead the way. Wonderful! Includes "Happy Go Lucky", "Diddlin' And Daddlin'", "La La La La", "I Was Born To Love You", "Don't Pity Me", "I Was Born To Love You", "I'm So Satisfied", "Big Oak Tree", "Oh Baby", "Don't Pity Me", "Somebody Somwhere" and more. CD

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VariousAndy Smith's Northern Soul – A DJ Andy Smith Turntable Mix ... CD
BGP (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A wicked little collection of rare soul singles – all hand-picked by Andy "The Document" Smith, with an equal focus on Northern dancefloor numbers and harder funkier tracks! The set's a nice contrast to other collections on the market, because Andy's coming at the music from a different direction – one that's a bit less concerned with the tracks' presence (or non-presence) on the UK scene, and which is more focused on the overall sound and grooves of the tunes! The CD features a non-stop 25 track mix by Andy – one that changes things up a bit on the segues, but still really maintains the overall integrity of the tunes. Titles include "Baby Without You" by Danny Monday, "Talkin About My Baby" by Dottie & Millie, "The New Breed" by Jimmy Holiday, "He's Alright With Me" by The Mirettes, "That's Enough" by Roscoe Robinson, "On Top Of The World" by SOUL, "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels, "Shotgun & The Duck" by Jackie Lee, "My Little Girl" by Bob & Earl Band, "Cigarette Ashes" by Jimmy Conwell, "Mine Exclusively" by The Olympics, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by Lee Moses. CD

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VariousCapitol Northern Soul (7 x 7 inch single box set – with download) ... 7-inch
Universal (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 7 x 7 inch ... $79.99
A stunning selection of Northern Soul tracks from Capitol Records – a label that's mostly known for bigger hits by The Beatles and Beach Boys in the 60s, but a surprisingly strong powerhouse of soul as well! The package brings together specially-pressed 45s in a very limited box – and focuses on the kind of rare, obscure tracks that are currently burning big in the global Northern Soul scene – all upbeat groovers that you'll have a pretty hard time finding on original 45s! Titles include "True Love" by Alexander Patton, "I Hurt On The Other Side" by Jerry Cook, "Stolen Hours" by Patrice Holloway, "By Yourself" by Jay D Martin, "Love Slipped Through My Fingers" by Sam Williams, "Say You'll Be Mine" by The Rosebuds, "A Lonely Man" by The Outsiders, "I Walked Away" by Bobby Paris, "Sweet Sweet Love" by Bobby Sheen, "Keep On Climbing" by Magnificent Men, "Come Go With Me" by Gloria Jones, "So Is The Sun" by The World Column, "The Girl's Got It" by Billy Preston, and "Face Up To The Truth" by Doris Troy. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Numbered, limited edition of 2250 – plus download for all the tracks in the set!)

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VariousDJ Andy Smith's Jam Up Twist USA – R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul, & Sleazy Shakers ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
A great US take on the Jam Up Twist sound of DJ Andy Smith – the groove he explored on a previous compilation in the UK – now served up here in a different lineup for the states! The music is a mad mix of R&B, jump blues, rockabilly, and other raw sounds from the tail end of the 50s – very much like the sort of territory that Keb Darge has explored on his excellent sets with Little Edith – and the kind of sounds that go way way beyond well-known hits from the period! Smith digs very deep in the crates, and gets some help with selections from Deano Sounds as well – on this smoking set that includes "Honey Child" by Johnny Williams, "What's My Chances" by Chuck Flamingo, "Thanks Mr Postman" by Bobby King, "Lonesome Shack" by Ernie Washington, "Doing All Right" by Eddie Cash, "Swingin & Surfin" by Les Brown Jr, "Ever Again" by Gene Woodbury, "High School Caesar" by Reggie Perkins, "Monkey's Uncle" by Ray Sharpe, and "Pack Shack & Stack" by Billy Nelson. CD

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VariousKing Northern Soul ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Excellent rare soul from King Records – and almost none of it reissued since it was originally on 45s! King is more famously known as the home of James Brown during the 60s – but this set shows what a wealth of great work was going on at the label at the same time, and even though we've been digging for records for years, we have to admit that we've really never seen most of these singles. Some of the tracks are funky, some are smoother and more uptown, and the bulk of the material is appealing to any fan of 60s northern soul. Titles include "Try Me For Your New Love" by Junior McCants, "Why Am I Crying" by Shirley Wahls, "Baby You've Got Me" by The Emeralds, "I Won't Have It" by The King Pins, "Prove It" by Pat Lundy, "Never Find A Love Like Mine" by The Brownettes, "You Got Me Diggin You" by Roosevelt Matthews & The Upsetters, "Bing Bong Goes My Heart" by The Determinations, "I Enjoy Being Loved By You" by The Fabulous Denos, "These Tears" by Mary Johnson, "Why, Why, Why" by Mill Evans, "I'm Slowly Molding" by Cody Black, and "Saving My Love For My Baby" by Marva Whitney. CD

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VariousKing Northern Soul Vol 2 ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A side of King Records you'll probably not hear otherwise! The King label is famous for 50s R&B, 60s James Brown, and countless great country recordings – but they've also got a huge legacy of soul work by obscure and underground artists, many of whom never cut a full LP, and only ever got issued on singles for King, and subsidiaries like DeLuxe, Hollywood, or Federal. The set features 24 gems of this nature, most of which fall into the uptempo Northern Soul mode – including a few unreleased tunes, and plenty more rare ones! Titles include "Ain't You Glad" by Mill Evans, "I Don't Have To Worry" by Lori & Lance, "Mr Goodtime" by James Duncan, "Let Me Be (A Steppin Soul)" by Charles Spurling, "So Many Days" by The Vonns, "They're Trying To Tear Us Apart" by Mary Moultrie, "Daddy's House" by Marie Queenie Lyons, "What Can I Do" by Donnie Elbert, "She Made A Mistake" by Connie Austin, "One Hundred Years" by Freddie King, "Here's My Heart" by The Solars, and "Your Love" by The Stratoliners. CD

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VariousNorthern Soul – The Soundtrack (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Harmless (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
A stunner of a soul set – put together to support the film on England's Northern Soul scene! The selected tracks stand together as one of the sweetest Northern Soul collections we've seen in years – a really great choice of material that mixes classics from the scene with the sort of newly-discovered gems that have really kept the scene going for far longer than anyone might have expected back in the 60s and 70s. All work here is of late 60s vintage, and titles include "I Gotta Find Me Somebody" by The Vel Vets, "Crying Over You" by Duke Browner, "Exus Trek" by Luther Ingram Orchestra, "Your Autumn Of Tomorrow" by The Crow, "Come On Train" by Don Thomas, "Time" by Edwin Starr, "Suspicion" by The Originals, "Seven Day Lover" by James Fountain, "Gone With The Wond Is My Love" by Rita & The Tiaras, and "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend. The vinyl version includes 27 incredible tunes on 2LPs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Really nicely done – on heavy 180 gram vinyl!)

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VariousNorthern Soul's Classiest Rarities Vol 5 – A Spicy Mix Of Unissuded, Collector's Items, Super Rarities & Hard To Find Favourites ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare soul, with a really great approach – cuts that aren't the usual hits or Northern Soul rarities – and which instead lie in a special space of their own! The title's a reference to the care with which these cuts were put together – not just in the vocals, but also the arrangements – which are usually a cut above, and manage to groove while still adding in larger charts and fuller backings – often at a level that reflects the California origin of many of these tracks, but also echoed by artists from other scenes as well! All of the tracks are super-rare – and a good number are issued here for the first time – handled with that perfect Ace/Kent style, right down to the detailed liner notes too. Titles include "Just Another Smile" by Mel Davis, "When The Boy That You Love" by The Avons, "Hang Around" by Marva Holiday, "They Didn't Know" by Terri Goodnight, "Losing Control" by Mary Saxton, "If You Don't Know" by The Dialtones, "Do The Popcorn" by Little Johnny Hamilton, "Break Someone Else's Heart" by Jeanette Jones, "This Man Wants You" by Jesse Cowan, "It Ain't No Achievement" by The Millionaires, "Butterfly" by The Ballads, and "I'm Sending Vibrations" by The Webb People. CD

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VariousRare Collectable & Soulful Vol 1 – Northern Soul's Holy Grail ... CD
RCA/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-overdue look at the rich soul legacy of RCA Records in the 60s – a label that may well be known for its big pop hits, or its achievements in Nashville – but also a surprising powerhouse of of upbeat, uptempo soul when it came to their singles! For some special reason, RCA really seemed to allow a hell of a lot of creative freedom in the soul department – unlike their country, which was often very strictly controlled in terms of production – and the result is a huge amount of extremely creative, extremely groovy, and pretty damn soulful tracks that come together beautifully on this set! Many singles were pressed in small numbers, and hardly ever circulated or promoted at the time – which means that the whole thing definitely lives up to the "rare collectable" in the title – and the set also features some tracks that appear here for the first time ever! Titles on this first volume include "Ooh It Hurts Me" by The Cavaliers, "Change Your Ways" by Willie Kendrick, "Take Me Away" by Carolyn Cooke, "Today Is My Day" by Dean Courtney, "I'm Just A Man" by The Insiders, "Having Fun" by The Bobbettes, "Push A Little Bit Harder" by The Metros, "It Didn't Take Much To Fall In Love" by Percy Wiggins, "I'll Never Forget You" by The Metros, "Love Sick" by The Dynamics, and "Mend The Torn Pieces Of My Heart" by Lorraine Chandler. CD

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VariousRare Collectable & Soulful Vol 2 – Northern Soul's Holy Grail ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1997. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-overdue look at the rich soul legacy of RCA Records in the 60s – a label that may well be known for its big pop hits, or its achievements in Nashville – but also a surprising powerhouse of of upbeat, uptempo soul when it came to their singles! For some special reason, RCA really seemed to allow a hell of a lot of creative freedom in the soul department – unlike their country, which was often very strictly controlled in terms of production – and the result is a huge amount of extremely creative, extremely groovy, and pretty damn soulful tracks that come together beautifully on this set! Many singles were pressed in small numbers, and hardly ever circulated or promoted at the time – which means that the whole thing definitely lives up to the "rare collectable" in the title – and the set also features some tracks that appear here for the first time ever! Titles on this second volume include "Dance Little Girl" by The Cavaliers, "Love Is So Wonderful" by Dean Courtney, "Movin' Too Slow" by The Exciters, "You Only Live Twice" by Lorraine Chandler, "My Imagination" by The Metros, "Can't Let You Go" by The Geminis, "American Dollar" by Willie Kendrick, and lots lots more. CD

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VariousRenfro Soul Story – Priceless Los Angeles Northern Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Overlooked Northern Soul from LA's Renfro label – one of the smaller indies of the 60s, but a real treasure trove of high-quality material! The work here was mostly issued on small Renfro label releases, and a few more were leased to bigger labels like Amy or Bell – but overall, the collection of tracks is nicely obscure, but has a top-shelf level of performance all the way through! And like other LA soul of the period, there's a special sort of vibe going on that's different than Philly, Chicago, or Detroit – grooves that soar, but in a slightly different way – a real professionalism to the presentation, but never in a too-commercial way. The opener "Handwriting On The Wall" by Bobby Wisdom has one of the strangest, coolest bass lines we've heard on 60s soul single in a good little while, and this set's got a number of similarly winning numbers! 24 tracks in all – including "That Girl" by Carl Henderson, "Why Shouldn't A Man Cry" by the Attractions, "He's A Flirt" by The Sequins, "Nobody But Me", "Life Is Love" by Sam Cox, "Love Line" by Luke Day, "Just Believe" by John Westley, "The Tears" by Little Tony & The Hawks, "Nobody But Me" by the Stunners and lots more! CD

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VariousChess Northern Soul Vol 2 (7 x 7 inch single box set – with download) ... 7-inch
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... About August 19, 2016
7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousJust Keep On Dancing – Chess Northern Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... About August 1, 2016
Killer compilation of rare 45s from the Chess label, with many tracks by artists you know that weren't on LPs! The centerpiece is "Look At Me Now", by the young young Terry Callier, and other cuts include "Fat Boy Can Cry" by Billy Stewart, "I Just Kept On Dancing" by Doug Banks, "Thinkin' About You" by The Dells, "In Orbit" by Joy Lovejoy, "Sweeter Than The Day Before" by The Valentinos, and "The Devil Made Me Do It" by The Natural Four (pre-Curtom!). Lots more cool stuff by The Kittens, Eve Barnum, Maurice McAlister, Gene Chandler, Eddy Jacobs, Greg Perry, and other artists who recorded obscure singles for the label! CD

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VariousOnce Upon A Time In Wigan – 24 Classic Northern Soul Hits ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... About August 1, 2016
A collection of rare Northern Soul tunes – packaged to accompany a play of the same name currently making a splash in the UK! But even if you can't see the play, the set itself is a great sampling of music that made the 70s Wigan scene groove – 24 tracks that include some great obscure singles, a few rare Stax tracks, and more uptempo, upbeat soul tunes than you could ever hope to find at one time! Titles include "Oh My Darlin" by Jackie Lee, "I Surrender" by Eddie Holman, "Try My Love" by Toni & The Showmen, "So Is The Sun" by World Column, "Breakaway" by Steve Karmen Band with Jimmy Radcliffe, "I'm Comin Home In The Morning" by Lou Pride, "Elijah Rockin With Soul" by Hank Jacobs, "Loving By The Pound" by Otis Redding, "That Beatin Rhythm" by Richard Temple, "My Little Girl" by Bobby Garrett, "A Case Of Love" by The Sequins, and "I'm On My Way" by Dean Parrish. CD

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✨✧ VariousNorthern Soul – Keep The Faith – 61 Allniter Classics (3CD set) ... CD
Sony (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mighty nice collection of Northern Soul gems – all pulled from the vaults of Columbia, CBS, Epic, Okeh, RCA, and related labels – and stuffed together in a package that's a hell of a bargain for all these rare tracks! And when we say "stuffed", we don't mean that the tracks are crammed thoughtlessly together – because there's a really wonderful sense of timing to the whole thing – a groove that starts out strong, and keeps going long! There's also a nicely updated feel to the selections, too – lots of tracks you wouldn't have found on a 60s soul collection 20 years back – partly because the cuts have only been uncovered in recent years, or because they fit well into the ever-evolving understanding of Northern Soul. 61 tracks in all – and titles include "Paris Blues" by Tony Middleton, "Temptation Is Calling My Name" by Lee David, "Moonlight Music & You" by Laura Greene, "I'm Not Ready" by Ujima, "Everybody's Going To The Love-In" by Bob Brady & The Con-Chords, "I'll Always Need You" by Dean Courtney, "That's What I Want To Know" by James Carr, "I Don't Want To Talk About It" by Nancy Ames, "He's Coming Home" by Beverly Ann, "I Still Love You" by Seven Souls, and "Born A Loser" by Don Ray. CD

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✨✧ VariousOkeh – A Northern Soul Obsession – Vol 1 ... CD
Okeh/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A definite obsession for fans of Northern Soul in the 60s – the mighty Okeh label, an imprint of Columbia Records that was reactivated for a few key years, to become a hotbed of Chicago soul! Okeh's efforts were often headed by legendary producer Carl Davis – who had an amazing ear not just for important new artists, but also for finding ways to change up the groove in the hippest way possible – often with some of the more sophisticated touches that represent just how special Chicago soul was at the time, in ways that are very different even from nearby Detroit! Some Okeh artists scored big, but the label also recorded many more who never hit the charts – but who turned out some incredible singles that are still the gold standard for collectors. Lots of that work is featured here – in a great package that's overflowing with rare tracks, presented with detailed notes as well. Titles on this first volume include "You're Gonna Make Me love You" by Sandi Shelton, "I'm Coming To Your Rescue" by the Triumphs, "I Still Love You" by the Seven Souls, "Bring It Back Home" by the Chymes, "Somebody's Always Trying" by Ted Taylor, "You Don't Want Me No More" by Major Lance, "This Heart Of Mine" by The Artistics, "So Glad Your Love Don't Change" by The Little Foxes, "He Who Picks A Rose" by The Carstairs, "I'm So Afraid" by The Opals, "A Quitter Never Wins" by Larry Williams & Johnny Watson, and "I Can Do It" by the Autographs. CD

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✨✧ VariousOkeh – A Northern Soul Obsession – Vol 2 ... CD
Okeh/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A definite obsession for fans of Northern Soul in the 60s – the mighty Okeh label, an imprint of Columbia Records that was reactivated for a few key years, to become a hotbed of Chicago soul! Okeh's efforts were often headed by legendary producer Carl Davis – who had an amazing ear not just for important new artists, but also for finding ways to change up the groove in the hippest way possible – often with some of the more sophisticated touches that represent just how special Chicago soul was at the time, in ways that are very different even from nearby Detroit! Some Okeh artists scored big, but the label also recorded many more who never hit the charts – but who turned out some incredible singles that are still the gold standard for collectors. Lots of that work is featured here – in a great package that's overflowing with rare tracks, presented with detailed notes as well. Titles on this second volume include "End Up Crying" by The Vibrations, "Let Me Show It To You" by The Fundamentals, "You Can't Take It Away" by Azie Mortimer, "Yesterday Is Gone" by The Variations, "Hello Heartaches, Goodbye Love" by Joyce Davis, "Can't Live Without Her" by Billy Butler, "You're Gonna Be Sorry" by The Opals, "Cool Breeze" by Gerald Sims, "Memories" by The Triumphs, and "After You There Can Be Nothing" by Walter Jackson. CD

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✨✧ VariousWigan Casino – The Heart Of Northern Soul ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest showcases for American soul music in the UK – an important 70s dancefloor that was responsible for breaking countless underground cuts, and ensuring that they'd live a long life for decades – thanks to the power of the Wigan Casino DJs! The music here is mostly from the late 60s, but didn't get big exposure until a few years later – when UK Northern Soul collectors were digging for rare American tracks, and brought them across the Atlantic for big play to a fresh audience. Some of the best cuts from those years are collected here – in a sweet set that includes "What" by Judy Street, "Night Owl" by Bobby Paris, "Turnin My Heartbeat Up" by The MVPs, "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" by Dana Valery, "So Is The Sun" by The World Column, "Ton Of Dynamite" by Frankie Crocker, "You Didn't Say A Word" by Yvonne Baker, "I'll Always Need You" by Dean Courtney, "Girl Don't Make Me Wait" by Bunny Sigler, "I'm Com'Un Home In The Morn'Un" by Lou Pride, "Long After Tonight Is All Over" by Jimmy Radcliffe, "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend, and "I Can't Help Loving You" by Paul Anka. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAndy Smith's Northern Soul ... LP
BGP (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... Out Of Stock
A wicked little collection of rare soul singles – all hand-picked by Andy "The Document" Smith, with an equal focus on Northern dancefloor numbers and harder funkier tracks! The set's a nice contrast to other collections on the market, because Andy's coming at the music from a different direction – one that's a bit less concerned with the tracks' presence (or non-presence) on the UK scene, and which is more focused on the overall sound and grooves of the tunes! The 2LP set features the unmixed versions of all the 25 tunes used in the CD mix version – and titles include "Baby Without You" by Danny Monday, "Talkin About My Baby" by Dottie & Millie, "The New Breed" by Jimmy Holiday, "He's Alright With Me" by The Mirettes, "That's Enough" by Roscoe Robinson, "On Top Of The World" by SOUL, "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels, "Shotgun & The Duck" by Jackie Lee, "My Little Girl" by Bob & Earl Band, "Cigarette Ashes" by Jimmy Conwell, "Mine Exclusively" by The Olympics, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by Lee Moses. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Andy Smith's Northern Soul – A DJ Andy Smith Turntable Mix ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ VariousFor Northern Soul Collectors Vol 1 ... CD
EMI (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A sprawling, double-sized set of Northern Soul singles – compiled by Richard Searling and with a focus on the pivotal mid 60s period – from the vaults of labels/imprints both big and small! It's got great singles issued at the time on Roulette, Capitol, United Artists, Sue, Veep, Minit, Liberty and more – mostly from '65-'68 – with some fairly famous names and comparably forgotten ones. Most of these tunes became rarities quite soon after they appeared – and it's s a massive set, too – with 50 tracks on 2CDs! Includes "Better Use Your Head" by Little Anthony & The Imperials, "Dance Dance Dance" by The Casualeers, "I'll Do Anything" by Doris Troy, "He Always Comes Back To Me" by Clydie King, "Movin' Away" by Kenny Lynch, "The Drifter" by Ray Pollard, "Breakout" by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, "My Dear Heart" by Shawn Robinson, River Of Tears" by by Barbara Banks, "She Blew A Good Thing" by The Poets, "I'm On My Way" by Dean Parrish and more. CD
 
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Carol AndersonSad Girl – The Legacy Of Detroit's Lost Soul Sister ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
The complete recordings of a wonderful soul singer who never fully got her due – Detroit diva Carol Anderson, best known for a few tracks that broke big on the UK Northern scene – but finally presented here with the full scope of her work in one set! Carol had a great approach that was very much in keeping with changes in the Detroit sound of the 70s – vocals that often shared a sense of personal, heartfelt delivery with southern soul of the period – but a tighter, more swinging approach to instrumentation that was still keeping up the Detroit groove of earlier years. The tunes here nicely skirt a distance between Memphis and Motortown – delivered with a rich, expansive heart that should have made Carol a bigger singer than she was a the time. A few of the tracks on the set are nice dancefloor groovers – both in an older style of Northern soul, and in a late 70s/early 80s boogie-styled groove – and as usual, the folks at Grapevine have done a tremendous job with the notes! CD features every single track ever recorded by Carol – 17 titles that include "Sad Girl", "You Boy", "We've Got Enough", "You've Got It Coming", "Party People", "Holding On", "Taking My Mind Off Love", "You Want It", "Ain't Giving Up", "Tomorrow Is Not A Promise", "Come On Over Tonight", and "Master Plan". CD

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Chuck ArmstrongShackin Up ... CD
R&R/Essential, 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
An obscure album of southern funky soul from Chuck Armstrong – an artist we know from his earlier funky 45 work in Chicago, but who sounds quite different on this set! The album was produced by George Kerr in New Jersey, but it's got a rolling, vamping approach on most cuts – a sound that's somewhere between Muscle Shoals and the nascent Jackson style of the 70s – a bit smoother than 60s deep soul, but still with a mighty nice edge – and handled perfectly by Kerr! Chuck's vocals are well-suited to the set, and a few numbers bear traces of his earlier more northern sound – and the whole thing's the kind of rare soul killer that only turns up once in a blue moon. Titles include "Sweet Foxy Woman", "You Got To Deal With It", "Shackin Up", "Goodness Gracious", "I'm A Lonely Man", "She Had The Right", and "Nightmare". CD

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Billy Butler & InfinityHung Up On You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99
A gem of a record from the great Billy Butler – brother of better-known Jerry from the Chicago scene, and maybe best known for his northern soul work of the 60s – but a hell of a great artist here in a rare group soul date from the 70s! Billy's lead vocals are supported by the Infinity trio of Phyllis Knox, Errol Batts, and Larry Wade – who glide and soar wonderfully alongside Butler – with a style that's got all the best charms of group soul work from Philly or New Jersey at the time, but an approach that's maybe even deeper and more righteous too – with arrangements from Jerry Long, and tracks produced in both Memphis and Chicago. A record we love to death, and have treasured for years – with tracks that include "I'm So Hung Up On You", "Storm", "Free Yourself", "When Your Baby's Gone", and "You Can't Always Tell". CD features bonus tracks – "Get On The Case", "Keep It To Yourself", and "That Ain't Water That's Pollution". CD

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Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw vocal power that easily rivaled, if not beat, that of Etta James – her labelmate at Chess, and partner on a few duet tracks here! The collection's a non-stop soul party throughout – as upbeat as Northern Soul, but with plenty of deep soul elements as well – and it's the first time many of these cuts have been brought together on CD, and certainly never before as wonderful as this. Kent serves up some great notes and vintage photos with the package – the latter of which show Sugar Pie in action on stage, clearly one of the sexiest singers to work the circuit back in the 60s! Titles include "In The Basement (parts 1 & 2)", "Soulful Dress", "Witch For A Night", "Ask Me", "Good Timin", "Mr & Mrs", "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools", "Crazy Lovin", "There's Gonna Be Trouble", "Jump In My Chest", "Somewhere Down The Line", "Use What You Got", "Never Love A Stranger", "I Love You So Much", "Go Go Power", and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". CD

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Glories/OpalsI Worship You Baby/You're Gonna Be Sorry ... 7-inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy ... $9.99
Two girl soul rarities – back to back on a single 45! "I Worship You Baby" is one of the best cuts ever from The Glories – an upbeat Northern Soul number that has the harmonies really moving along with the groove! The Opals are maybe even better on the flipside – working with Curtis Mayfield, who wrote "You're Gonna Be Sorry" – in this loping midtempo mode that's Windy City 60s soul at its best! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Tommy HuntSign Of The Times – The Spark Recordings 1975/1976 ... CD
Spark/Shout (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $3.99
Rare 70s work from the great Tommy Hunt – a singer who's best known for his Scepter Records solo work of the 60s, or his early days in The Flamingos – but who steps out here with a completely different groove! The material here was cut at a time when Hunt was gaining new fame on the UK Northern Soul scene – and the first half of the disc features a studio album that Tommy cut with the northern-centric Spark label – a killer date that holds onto older 60s soul grooves, but which warms things up with a bit of modern soul production that really brings out a whole new side of Hunt's voice. Titles include "Sign Of The Times", "Sign On The Dotted Line", "Sunshine Girl", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "A Miracle Like You", and "Loving On The Losing Side". The second half of the set is an even more direct demonstration of Hunt's role in the UK scene – a live performance at the Wigan Casino – home to a host of very enthusiastic Northern Soul fans, who spur Tommy on in a performance that includes "Crackin Up", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Get Ready", "My Girl", "Knock On Wood", and "Baby I Need Your Loving". CD

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Herbert HunterRockin' Spar Masters ... CD
Superbird (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
Early 60s recordings by Herbert Hunter, a number of which are recorded with pseudonyms – rollicking & rockin' number that preceded the Spar singles that still fire up the Northern Soul connoisseurs – his earliest recordings for Spar! Hunter never had a smash breakout hit, but he did find one heck of a solid soul groove with Nashville producer Ted Jarrett in later years. Here he's trying out dance craze numbers and other trendy styles from the period, and they're pretty much nailing each, track after track! It's a blueprint for better things to come, and still a worthy batch of tunes. Titles include "The Twist" & Twistin' USA" as Johnny Keaton & The Twisters, "Dr Feelgood", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "I Can't Help It" and more billed to Herbert Hunter, "Peppermint Twist", "Now Let's Popeye", "Slow Twisting" and more as Leroy Jones, "Big Split Twist" and more as Marty & The Merits, "Bring It Home To Me" as The Now Generation and more. 20 tracks in all. CD

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Lew KirtonJust Arrived ... LP
Alston, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Great work from this oft-overlooked smooth soul singer! Lew Kirton was part of the Miami soul scene that centered around TK Records in Florida – but he has a smooth sexy style that reminds us a lot more of northern modern soul singers – especially the most sophisticated side of the New York scene! This debut could easily stand next to late 70s material by Roy Ayers, or some of the best by Leroy Hutson – with some slight deep soul elements that might recall material by Sam Dees or Prince Phillip Mitchell. Like all those references, Kirton has a great way of grooving, but still hanging onto a deeper, more personal style in the lyrics. The songwriting is wonderful, a perfect match for Lew's deep vocals – and titles include "Something Special", "Why Should I Get Jealous", "Love I Don't Want Your Love", "Time To Get With It", and "Love Secret Agent". LP, Vinyl record album

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ManhattansDedicated To You ... LP
Carnival, 1965. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the greatest indie soul albums of the 60s – a hell of a debut from The Manhattans, who were singing with an incredible style even at this early point in their career! The album cooks seriously on all burners – and features both sweet harmony numbers and more upbeat Northern-styled tracks – all of which are recorded in sublime simplicity, so that the group's vocals dominate with a near doo wop approach to the tracks – yet have a fresh 60s crackle that never sounds hokey! Titles include "Follow Your Heart", "Can I", "The Boston Monkey", "Manhattan Stomp", "Searchin For My Baby", "What's It Gonna Be", and "Teach Me The Philly Dog". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japnese pressing, on CBS – with great vinyl, cover, and obi!)

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Shane Martin/Taj MahalI Need You/A Lot Of Love ... 7-inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $9.99
A great bit of blue-eyed Northern Soul from Shane Martin – a tune that mixes upbeat rhythms and a touch of strings – in a mode that might have been more popcorn a few years before, but which here really takes off with a lot of Detroit energy in the groove! And on the flipside, Taj Mahal sounds a lot more soulful than usual – with some tight production that makes "A Lot Of Love" step out with kind of a Stax Records vibe – instead of Taj's usual blues! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". Great reissue – fully remastered from the original tapes – with new liner notes too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Jack MontgomeryDearly Beloved/Do You Believe It ... 7-inch
Scepter/Outta Sight (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $8.99
A gem of a single from Jack Montgomery – both sides are great! Jack's got a rich vocal style on "Dearly Beloved" – almost in an early Garland Green style, which turns out to be a perfect foil for the stepping rhythms and soaring strings of the groove! "Do You Believe It" steps out with a stronger Northern Soul groove – and Jack really pushes his vocals to fit the pace, which punches up the lyrics in a really great way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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PlattersMusicor Years ... CD
Musicor/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The Platters reached their greatest fame at the end of the 50s – but we've always been much bigger fans of their mid 60s work for Musicor, sides that took the group into much stronger soul territory – and featured some tremendous tunes in both sweet and Northern soul styles! By the time of these tracks, lead singer Tony Williams – the group's "voice" in their classic years – had long since departed, and in his place was the rougher, more soul-styled vocalist Sonny Turner – a great singer who really transformed the group's sound, along with producers Luther Dixon, Popcorn Wylie, and others, who cooked up The Platters' groove with plenty of Detroit and New York soul touches of the time! Given the initial sophistication of The Platters sound, the group were a perfect choice to take on some of the classier modes of 60s soul – and as you'll hear on this set, they had an incredible way with a tune that really pulled out the hooks and set a personal edge on their tunes, even when they were working with tracks done by other artists. And despite a few standout hits from this stretch, most of the group's work is far lesser-known – making this overstuffed CD a great discovery in 60s soul – a much-needed look at some excellent tunes that really slipped through the cracks over the years, most likely because of a focus on the group's bigger early hits. 28 tracks in all, with great notes on the music – and a set list that includes "Sweet Sweet Lovin", "Goin Back To Detroit", "Devri", "Doesn't It Ring A Bell", "With This Ring", "I Love You 1000 Times", "Baby Baby", "Singalingaloo", "Get A Hold Of Yourself", "Washed Ashore", "Sonata", "Why", "What Name Shall I Give You My Love", and "Think Before You Walk Away". CD

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Wendy ReneAfter Laughter Comes Tears – The Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964 to 1965 ... CD
Stax/Light In The Attic, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Massive soul from Wendy Rene – one of the lesser-known talents from the Stax Records scene of the 60s, and an artist who's finally getting her due! We're not sure why Wendy never hit bigger at the time – because her singles here are wonderful – excellent female soul that not only ranks with the best of the Stax sound of the time, but which also challenges the bite of some of the best Motown music too – thanks to a particularly northern groove on some of the best cuts here! In fact, it may well be this style – often closer to Detroit soul than the usual Memphis bag at Stax – that might have held Wendy back. But that's hardly an issue all these many years later – and our hat's off to the folks at Light In The Attic for not only bringing together her rare singles, but also collecting unreleased songs, other rarities, and even material performed with the group The Drapels – all recorded in the years 1964 and 1965, and supported by some great notes too. Titles include "Bar B Q", "I Wish I Were That Girl", "What Will Tomorrow Bring", "Last Love", "Crowded Park", "Give You What I Got", "Deep In My Heart", "Wondering", "First Kiss", "Reap What You Sow", "After Laughter Comes Tears", and "He Hasn't Failed Me Yet". CD

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Reparata & The DelronsPanic/Captain Of Your Ship ... 7-inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $8.99
A great soulful cut from Reparata & The Delrons – a group who could skirt both sides of the fence with their excellent 60s style! "Panic" soars with a mix of Northern Soul groove and popcorn production – in a perfect balance between Reparata's lead and support from the group! "Captain Of Your Ship" is a bit more complicated at the start, but has a really great payoff overall – a groove that's almost more Sunshine Pop overall, with a hook that steps out wonderfully from the very groovy arrangements! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VibrationsNew Vibrations ... LP
Okeh, 1966. Very Good+ (reissue)... $4.99
Killer Okeh soul by this great group from the 60s! The record covers both sides of The Vibrations' bag – from mellow moody vocal group standards, to uptempo groovers – of the sort that have always made the group a favorite with the Northern Soul scene! The album's a nice departure from the group's earlier work, as it shows them really locking in some great harmonies on the mellower cuts – but still able to really let loose when they want to! Titles include great versions of the cuts "Secret Love" and "Everybody Loves A Lover" – plus the tracks "Soul A Go Go", "Gonna Get Along Without You Now", "Forgive & Forget", and "For Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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VolcanosGotta Be A False Alarm/Movin & Groovin ... 7-inch
Record Shack (Austria), 1965. New Copy ... $8.99
A killer Northern Soul single from the Volcanos – a group who definitely earn their explosive name with "Gotta Be A False Alarm"! The tune runs off tight right from the start – with this mighty Detroit-styled groove, and rock-solid vocals that have the lead singer trading lines beautifully with the harmonies from the group! "Movin & Groovin" does exactly what the title promises – and kicks into gear with this wonderful horn part over triple-time drums – all instrumental, and delivered at a level that hardly makes you miss the vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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James WellsMy Claim To Fame/Explosion – Disco Recharge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99
A pair of lost club classics from James Wells – back to back, with a lot of bonus tracks too! My Claim To Fame is the first album from Chicago soul singer James Wells – an artist with vocals that often run much deeper than some of his disco contemporaries at the time, and which really get a showcase here on some of the longer songs! There's often a lot of disco at the start of the records – long tunes that build the rhythms slowly, then layer in other elements before the vocals – but when James emerges on vocals, things really take off – and the singer is very well suited to the more upbeat backgrounds. Ian Levine – of UK Northern Soul fame – wrote and arranged the set – and titles include "I Guess That's Life", "True Love Is My Destiny", and "That's The Way The Wind Blows". The second album is an Explosion of soul from singer James Wells – and a tight follow-up to his previous disco outing with Ian Levine! Wells has roots in older soul styles than disco – and really makes his presence felt here on some of the album's best tracks – even amidst the sometimes stronger focus on high-stepping rhythms, percussion jams, and other instrumentation. Tracks include "Explosion", "More To Me Than Meets The Eye", "Double Dose Of Love", "There's Nothing Sweeter Than Success", and "A Case Of Mistaken Identity". CD features loads of bonus tracks – not just remixes, but a 12 completely different numbers, including a few duets with Susen Wells. Titles include "RSVP", "Baby I'm Still The Same Man", "All I Ever Need Is Music", "No Cure For Me", "Never Let Go", "My Days Are Numbered", "Great Minds Think Alike", and "Mirror Image". CD

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Various6T's Rhythm N' Soul Society – In The Beginning ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Mod jazz and socking soul – a wicked little collection of 60s groovers, put together by the folks at London's 6T's Rhythm & Soul Society! The sound here is quite different than that of compilations by UK Northern Soul clubs and DJs – with an overall groove that's rougher, deeper, and more open to tracks from a variety of different genres. If we had to come up with our own tag, we'd almost call the sound here "early mod" – that keen British appreciation of all things American soul and R&B, but in the years before that love of the music had become too easily stereotyped. But whatever the genre, the set's a really great one – with a sweet Soul Cargo sort of groove that's presented with high fidelity and great notes on the club and its music! Titles include "Two Stupid Feet" by Chuck Jackson, "Zig Zag Lightning" by Little Johnny Taylor, "All About My Girl" by Jimmy McGriff, "Tell Me What You're Gonna Do" by James Brown, "Opportunity" by The Jewels, "Forget About Me" by Carolyn Crawford, "It's Me" by Johnny Copeland, "He's A Lover" by Tutti Hill, "Chica Boo" by Googie Rene Combo, and "The Hoochi Coochi Coo" by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. CD

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VariousBig In Wigan – 20 Northern Mammoths: From The Wheel To Keele ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 9.99
Big in Wigan, but big at Dusty Groove too – as the collection's a wonderful batch of rare soul cuts from the 60s! The set's self-described as "a collection of shameless oldies played in the golden era of Northern Soul" – but that's only part of the picture, as it's got a lot more to offer than that. The CD features 20 tracks that broke big at the Wigan Casino – home to some of the most fervent action on the UK soul scene back in the late 60s – and as such, it's kind of an "instant classics" set that shows how even rare numbers could become super-huge with the UK soul dance set! Titles include "Little Miss Soul" by The Lovettes, "Till You Give In" by Bobby Patterson, "Sweet Sherry" by JJ Barnes, "It's A Woman's World" by The Gypsies, "Baby Reconsider" by Leon Haywood, "With My Love & What You've Got" by Jean Wells, "Mother Of Shame" by Loleatta Holloway, "Running Away From Love" by Skip Mahoney & The Casuals, "Ain't That Good Enough" by John Edwards, "Baby I Need You" by Lorraine & The Delights, and "Can It Be Me" by Mel Williams. CD
 
 
 



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