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Image Auction: RSV-1673  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

TONY MIDDLETON


Title:

Paris Blues


Label:

Mala 544 (dj)


Condition: M-
Big-voiced Tony Middleton was based in France for a while in the 60s and ‘Paris Blues’ is his pounding lament for a love lost on the banks of the Seine (although some 2 years or so after his return to the U.S.). The label has a little staining, but the vinyl is virtually perfect – a tiny 4mm label tear on the flipside.
  
Reserve Price: £400.00

Current Bid: £450.00

Image Auction: RSV-1674  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

YOUNG LADIES


Title:

I'm Tired Of Running Around


Label:

Stang 5010


Condition: VG++
Possibly the rarest 45 on the entire All Platinum stable of labels and a ‘first’ for our list. Seriously scarce crossover soul you won’t see for sale in a hurry again. Would have listed it as a minter too save for a small 14mm ‘smudge’ that looks like someone handled the record after a kebab, but which won’t wipe off. Not the least affect on the sound however, check the soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £800.00

Current Bid: £800.00

Image Auction: RSV-1675  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

HERMAN LEWIS


Title:

Who's Kissing You Tonight


Label:

Mercury 73002


Condition: VG++
Has to be one of the rarest major label releases originally on Stone Blue with a poor duet version of ‘Right Direction’ on the flipside, the Mercury release has the neat crossover ‘Think Before You Walk Away’. In turn it is this side only on promo copies. Lewis was confused with producer Herman Griffin but as we remember it, was a Cincinnati artist despite the record’s Detroit production. A styrene copy, there is a one second cue burn (see soundbite).
  
Reserve Price: £650.00

Current Bid: £650.00

Image Auction: RSV-1676  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

SPIDER TURNER


Title:

Calling Girls


Label:

Master 65


Condition: VG++
And talking of Detroit, a rarity from Mr Turner that spells his name as per the arachnid – one of only two of his releases to do that. Really, he was Dwight Turner and a super singer who deserved more than the music business gave him. A 1965 mover that takes us into true soul very effectively. The flipside is Part 2 and Diana Warner has written her name on it for about a centimetre.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £338.00

Image Auction: RSV-1677  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

LES SEVEN SOULS


Title:

I Still Love You


Label:

French Epic 4-7289


Condition: M-
Beautiful French copy of the Okeh gem comes with a bizarre picture sleeve showing thistles! Amazingly the single also came out in Italy – so, releases in two European countries despite the fact that the original U.S. release sank without trace and has always been one of the rare Okeh items. Don’t ignore the official A-side ‘I’m No Stranger’ either, a nice piece of crossover soul.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £350.00

Image Auction: RSV-1678  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

LOVEMASTERS


Title:

If You See Kate


Label:

Universal Acetate


Condition: M-
The Chicago group on an unreleased acetate of a track that was destined for Jacklyn Records. It’s a Don Mancha song that was recorded by Buddy Lamp on Duke but The Lovemasters is certainly earlier and truly superb unissued soul music that could certainly go on certain dancefloors. The flipside ‘Let’s Stay Together’ (not the Al Green song) is also unissued.
  
Reserve Price: £1,000.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1679  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

JUDY FREEMAN & BLACKROCK


Title:

Hold On


Label:

RCA 740493 (dj)


Condition: M-
First encountered by many on the famous ‘Jumpin’ At The Go-Go’ RCA LP of 1976, in fact at the time a number of deejays played the track off the album because hardly anyone had an original copy. Whilst not a one or two-off today it has never been anything other than scarce and today it sounds ‘edgy’ and just right for the scene.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £350.00

Image Auction: RSV-1680  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE EXITS


Title:

Another Sundown In Watts


Label:

Kapp 2028 (dj)


Condition: VG++
Our old friend Jimmy Conwell, together with Esko Wallace, Louis Hendricks and Godoy Colbert combined to turn out three excellent releases as The Exits. This was their last release in 1969 and would appear to have gone no further than the promo stage (we say these things at our peril). Two excellent sides which make me think that Kapp Records didn’t know what they were doing!
  
Reserve Price: £350.00

Current Bid: £500.00

Image Auction: RSV-1681  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

EARL JACKSON


Title:

Soul Self Satisfaction


Label:

ABC 11142 (dj)


Condition: M-
Lovely mint styrene copy of one of the mystery records of Northern Soul, it has never been satisfactorily explained just who Jackson was – file alongside Rubin, Bobby Treetop, Joy Lovejoy and one or two others. The flipside ‘Lookin’ Through The Eyes Of Love’ was recorded by one Larry Marks but would appear to be nothing to do with the ABC release. We know of course of Johnny Pate, producer of this fabulous side, so we can safely assume the track to be of Chicago origin. After that, the trail goes cold (look well if its Bobby Treetop!).
  
Reserve Price: £750.00

Current Bid: £810.00

Image Auction: RSV-1682  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE SHERRELL BROS.


Title:

The Price


Label:

Currison 908


Condition: VG++
In 1976 I (TB) paid 25 pence for a copy of this record and was disappointed! Things look a little different today and they sound a little different too, with the track coming over as superb crossover. All copies have a stamped artist name so for sure there was only one pressing run. Very strong VG++ with only one or two very faint marks.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £350.00

Image Auction: RSV-1683  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE DMX AFFAIR


Title:

One Time To Make It Right


Label:

Creative Funk 1800


Condition: M-
In 1985 The DeBerry brothers in New York reactivated their excellent Creative Funk label of the seventies to come up with this now-scarce bassline mover. Despite the unpromising group name, the result was a great piece of eighties soul that is now nigh impossible to find.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1684  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

DOUG BANKS


Title:

I Just Kept On Dancing


Label:

Argo 5483


Condition: VG++
The eighties saw the Northern Soul scene turn the clock back to play earlier material than they ever had previously. It was a good call and opened up the doors to a whole new sound. Several of these records were amongst the most popular dancefloor sounds around and have maintained their popularity to the current day. Here is a classic example. Many folks go for the beat ballad flipside ‘Baby Since You Went Away’ and that side is unavailable on any reissue or bootleg.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £205.00

Image Auction: RSV-1685  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

EARL ROSS


Title:

Love Lawyer


Label:

Hell's 482


Condition: VG++
Very obscure sixties Northern Soul dancer is so obscure it has only ever appeared on EBay twice and is not listed as a release at all on other internet sales vehicles. The ballad side ‘I Pity The Fool’ proves that Hell’s spent a penny or two on the record and that Ross is a very decent singer, but the trail goes stone cold after that… they are still out there!
  
Reserve Price: £400.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1686  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

MIKE & RAY


Title:

If Only You Knew


Label:

Giant 706


Condition: M-
Michael and Raymond on a local Detroit release that has always been rare but even tougher to find in good condition like this copy. Every one we’ve ever seen (and it hasn’t been many) seems to have been beaten up. Sure, its blue-eyed, but the ‘Man Without A Woman’ guys… you can’t help but like ‘em!
  
Reserve Price: £400.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1687  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

THE APPOINTMENTS


Title:

Keep Away / Funny Feelin'


Label:

Redd Coach 732


Condition: VG++
The same group as the ultra-rare De-Lite release and, to be honest, this one on Gene Redd’s label is not far off being as tricky to find. Their third release on Dart! Is a great slowie. Quite why the group got absolutely nowhere is a mystery. For sure, there are two great sides on this 45.
  
Reserve Price: £500.00

Current Bid: £877.00

Image Auction: RSV-1688  Ends: 28/01/2021 18:00
Artist:

KENNY SHEPARD


Title:

What Difference Does It Make


Label:

Maxx 332 (dj)


Condition: M-
Let’s end with one phenomenal ‘ender’. When I (TB) first started putting out soul lists in the eighties, this one had just turned up via Martin Koppel (now part owner of this fine business). I recommended it as ‘The Drifter, walked with a winner ‘cos it was rough out there’. I can’t beat that description today. Ultimate Big City soul from the genius that was Van McCoy.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £400.00

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