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Image Auction: RSV-1705  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

JOHNNY GILLIAM


Title:

Find Yourself Another


Label:

Bo Mar 5004 (dj)


Condition: VG++
Nice white promo copy (on small labels promos are frequently rarer, whilst on majors the converse is true) doesn’t crop up too often. Apparently the Belgian Popcorn scene was first with this one, but it became popular in the UK in the eighties too. Super vocal performance from Gilliam who once shared centre stage with two of the Four Perfections in Dewi, Cheetum and Howe on Thomas.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1706  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

SAM NESBIT


Title:

Black Mother Goose / Chase Those Clouds Away


Label:

Amos 154 (dj)


Condition: M-
When this one was taken to the Twisted Wheel by Dave Godin it was virtually a new release but still proved impossible to obtain. In fact, it was just about the rarest import 45 spun there. It has always been difficult to find. Eventually the emergent taste for ‘crossover’ pointed to the other side ‘Chase Those Clouds Away’, and a double-sided gem was born. A super mint condition promo is on offer here.
  
Reserve Price: £350.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1707  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

JUST BOBBY


Title:

I'm A Winner


Label:

R/R 101


Condition: VG++
Just like the above Sam Nesbit this record was impossible to find even a year later than its 1975 release. Ginger tried to play it a little at that point (cue a long-winded explanation that it wasn’t by ‘Bobby’ and that he didn’t mean just ‘Bobby’ it was actually Just Bobby – phew!) but its rhythm was a bit too tricky and subtle for the time. From the album ‘Love Is Powerful’ (which almost certainly does not exist sadly), the singer is the song’s writer Robert E. Murray.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £250.00

Image Auction: RSV-1708  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

BIG FRANK AND THE ESSENCES


Title:

I Won't Let Her See Me Cry


Label:

Blue Rock 4012


Condition: VG++
Almost a plethora of discs that changed the face of Northern Soul in the eighties was this great piece of Uptown Soul from Big Frank Murphy aka Frank Dell, it had the cover-up title of Big Joe’s Ivory Brass (a bit silly, what on earth could ‘Ivory Brass’ be?) and was one of Stafford’s biggies. One of the few never to really go again in truth. This is the first label before a second release on Philips, although both discs are rare in truth.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1709  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

WADE FLEMONS


Title:

Two Of A Kind


Label:

Ramsel 1002


Condition: M-
One of two releases by the ex-Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist (‘71/’72) on Ramsey Lewis’ label. Actually, this one is quite a bit rarer than ‘Jeanette’ and wasn’t ever available at sixty pence as that one was. Takes a different approach and proves that Flemons was quite a singer being light and tuneful rather than down home and gritty. Just as great sound in its own way.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £350.00

Image Auction: RSV-1710  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE NATURAL FOUR


Title:

Hanging On To A Lie


Label:

Boola-Boola 1001


Condition: VG+
The Oakland group made this one after their short ABC career in 1971 and despite the label number (1001) this was a re-formed Boola-Boola some two years after the group’s first releases on the label. The whole ‘crossover’ thing (which started in the UK in the mideighties) really brought great tracks such as this one to the fore.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1711  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

GWEN & RAY


Title:

Build Your House On A Strong Foundation


Label:

Bee Bee 223


Condition: VG++
Such a rare original, slightly lighter orange than the boots and an 8mm wide dead wax is the clincher. 100% guaranteed. In fact, I’m still mystified as to why this one was booted two, if not three, times. For sure it was a popular early Wigan spin, but was never part of the oldies scene that soon came along back then (possible because hardly any deejay had an original copy). A very nice copy with just two faint marks relegating it from mint. Great Deep Soul flipside.
  
Reserve Price: £850.00

Current Bid: £850.00

Image Auction: RSV-1712  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

EDWARD HAMILTON and THE ARABIANS


Title:

Baby Don't You Weep


Label:

Mary Jane 1005


Condition: M-
Edward Hamilton passed away only last year, leaving behind a fantastic legacy of Detroit sixties soul. Having left the business in 1969 to work in a car factory, eventually he got to know how revered his old recordings are in Britain. Many regard ‘Baby Don’t You Weep’ as his greatest moment and, for sure, it is difficult to argue against its essential quality!
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £350.00

Image Auction: RSV-1713  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE OTHER BROTHERS


Title:

I'm Gonna Find Love


Label:

Pet 73267


Condition: M-
An accomplished five-man group who had a ten-year recording career including two releases in 1969 and 1970 for Bill Petty’s Dallas label Pet. This particular title is so obscure that certain online music websites don’t even list it. It combines a great Northern dancer with a tremendous slow side – given the interest in group ballads these days, we have ‘sound-bitten’ the slow flipside too.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1714  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE PROCEDURES


Title:

Give Me One More Chance / Magic Mirror


Label:

Tra Mor 1925


Condition: VG++
Talk of group harmony soul leads us to this rarity featured for the first time ever on our list. Top rate midtempo 1975 Chicago soul with a brilliant ballad flip (soundbite). One of two 45s the group did for Tra Mor and very much the rarer of the pair. PLEASE NOTE this is the genuine original, NOT the Numero reissue lookalike, which has lighter colouration and different matrix numbers in the dead wax.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1715  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

ANDY FISHER


Title:

My Heart's Beating Stronger


Label:

Fat Fish 8009


Condition: VG++
Recorded in 1967 at Hollywood’s TTG Studios, this 45 has been elusive ever since the first copy turned up in the UK courtesy of Simon Soussan’s collection (perhaps earlier?). Fisher and his Encores have remained unknown; however, co-writer Lester Carr wrote a few other things for the likes of Lou Rawls and Frank Polk. Probably a little rarer on a stock release rather than the promo, it is a certain rarity on either to be honest.
  
Reserve Price: £800.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1716  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

CAROL MOGAN


Title:

I've Got Everything


Label:

Born 409


Condition: VG+
Any collector of Chicago soul will vouch for the obscurity of this track and the infrequency with which it crops up for sale. Amazingly, it actually came out on both red and blue labels, with the red one probably being the first one… certainly it is the rarer one on a generally rare record. Not a minter for sure – check our soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1717  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

COMMANDS


Title:

I've Got Love For My Baby


Label:

Dynamic 123 (dj)


Condition: VG++
Of the five releases from this air force group on Abe Epstein’s San Antonio label, this one is the rarest. When it is espied it is, in fairness, usually a promo as offered here (which has no B-side). The flipside however, came out on the other side of ‘A Way To Love Me’ anyway. The song itself is a version of The Younghearts gem on Minit and this rarer take stands up well alongside it. Strong VG++, just a few tiny marks.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1718  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

CRYSTAL'S IMAGE


Title:

A Friend


Label:

Crystal's Image 81958


Condition: VG+
Superior Modern Soul mover on a tiny label out of Washington D.C. that was actually the group’s own, with the track itself being recorded at Beltway Studios in Silver Springs, Maryland. They are the same group who recorded ‘Gonna Have A Good Time’ on Mainline (later IX Chains) and in actual fact they originated from Benton Harbor, Michigan.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1719  Ends: 25/03/2021 18:00
Artist:

CAROL FREDERICK


Title:

I Couldn't Care Less


Label:

Stonel 1003 (dj)


Condition: VG+
Rare promo copy of a 1966 release from the obscure Ms Frederick. She released two singles on Lee Stone’s Stonel label that share the same ‘Where I Oughta Be’ on both issues. Stone brought in the talents of New York singer/writer/producer Chris Towns to supervise arrangements on the 45s – which did indeed sink faster than a stone!
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £0.00

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