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Image Auction: RSV-1561  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

BOBBY WILLIAMS


Title:

I've Only Got Myself To Blame


Label:

Sure-Shot 5031 (dj)


Condition: M-
This Detroit singer is still more or less unknown. He is unrelated to several other soulmen of the same name in Florida and Los Angeles. Five of his half dozen releases are on Don Robey’s Sure-Shot imprint and epitomise the fantastic Motor City soul that often came out on Robey’s Texas labels. This gem is the best of them and should have a home in every collection. Never booted/reissued.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1562  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

BOBBY REED


Title:

The Time Is Right For Love


Label:

Bell 888


Condition: M-
Sold this one to Richard Searling for a tenner in the mid-eighties – the rest, as they say, is history! He made it into an absolute crossover monster. Here we have a totally mint copy on a Bell silver issue that surely must be rarer than the promo. This is a 1970 release from the Washington singer, penned by Joe Cobb and the legendary Van McCoy.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1563  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

JOHNNY MOORE


Title:

How Did I Lose Your Love


Label:

United Technique acetate


Condition: VG++
Carrying on with the crossover theme and a total one-off gem from the great Johnny Moore. This came from the Dave Box collection but wasn’t from Johnny himself (who was a great friend of Dave’s). When the Grapevine CD of all Moore’s material came out this wasn’t on it because no-one knew about it! What is more, it’s a great track… check the soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £1,000.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1564  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

TOBI LEGEND


Title:

Time Will Pass You By


Label:

Mala 591 (dj)


Condition: VG++
This is Tobi Lark of course (and y’know, many years ago we suspected they might be the same). There isn’t much more to say about this classic – perhaps a note on condition, which is generally good but has three light scratches. Any doubts will be assuaged by the soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1565  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

OLIVER CHRISTIAN


Title:

Dissatisfied Man


Label:

Legrand 4000


Condition: VG++
Christian was a detective with the Norfolk police, accounting for his alter-ego ‘Soul Cop’. He made just three singles and an album and this is his first effort and, actually, his best. There is a fairly faint small letter ‘G’ stamped on the label and the vinyl has only light marks – at an allnighter would be regarded as virtually mint.
  
Reserve Price: £350.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1566  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE INSPIRATIONS


Title:

Your Wish Is My Command


Label:

Midas 9003


Condition: VG++
One of only three Chicago-label releases this Milwaukee group got involved in and dating from 1966; this great stomper turned up in the UK in ’78 just when the scene had a bit of a bad year (Muriel Day, Joe 90, etc, etc), as a new soul discovery it therefore stood out and has sounded wonderful ever since. Recent times have seen a few alternate takes of it crop up, but this is the original, and, for our money, the best.
  
Reserve Price: £750.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1567  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE PENETRATIONS


Title:

Sweet, Sweet Baby


Label:

Teri De 006


Condition: M-
Sir Leonard Jewell Smith’s label certainly turned out a bevy of beauties in the middle sixties (and again in the early seventies) and here is one of them. This is the original label before Highland and also came out as Chico Lamarr on Fuller. This is probably the genuine original.
  
Reserve Price: £500.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1568  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE TREY J'S


Title:

I Found It All In You


Label:

Tee Gem 4044


Condition: VG+
Recording for Tee Fletcher’s Atlanta label, the Trey J’s were a duo! (Trey being derived from the French tres i.e. 3). The two concerned on this rare 45 being James Binford and Joseph Smith (with manager Johnny Glover making the third ‘J’) and this would appear to be their only release. Scarce enough to make it as a Soul Junction reissue in 2014 this original label comes along very infrequently but has a scratch for ¼” at the intro (see soundbite).
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1569  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

ROSE BATTISTE


Title:

Hit & Run


Label:

Revilot 204 (dj)


Condition: VG++
Now, around 20 years ago when we had Goldmine Records, we hit a deal with Don Davis for release of all his productions on Solid Hitbound, Revilot, Ric-Tic, Thelma, etc, etc. Virtually all of this was done via the mastertapes (although the process was never 100% completed in terms of extracting material) and many situations cropped up including this. As I remember it, this take of ‘Hit & Run’ is actually the Debonaires, although the flipside ‘I Miss My Baby’ is Rose. We put out Battiste’s actual take of it on C.D. None of which deflects from a lovely white original promo with a few small marks deflecting it from mint status.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1570  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

JOHNNY DOLLAR


Title:

Your Love Has Got Me


Label:

Fised 711


Condition: VG+
This must be the most obscure version of ‘The Look On Your Face’ (John Edwards, James Phelps, etc) that there is – a tiny, tiny, Chicago label with the unknown artist (almost certainly a pseudonym ) claiming writing credits and song publishing for Floyd Smith’s song. The flipside is the instrumental. Certainly not a minter but it’s the first time ever on our list – don’t expect to see it again in a hurry.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1571  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

MR. CALDWELL


Title:

Love Bandit


Label:

Scorpio 104


Condition: M-
Most of the Stafford biggies have since gone on to provide material for the subsequent three decades but this superb track has never been accorded that kind of attention. Its difficult to understand why that is, as it has much to commend it – soulful, danceable, and altogether fabulous. Check the soundbite if mere words aren’t adequate. The artist was Roosevelt Caldwell – a Los Angeles Blues/Gospel singer who made one other 45 for the Scorpio label and clearly deserved rather better than his meagre track record.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1572  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

SIR HENRY IVY


Title:

He Left You Standing There


Label:

Future Dimension 479


Condition: M-
From 1977 and out of Memphis adding a southern horn-ridden aspect to a super Modern Soul dancer which has quite rightly had attention in the last few years. It is probably a scarce release and certainly didn’t come into the UK when it came out in the States, as this is exactly the kind of record I was looking out for at the time (as were others).
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1573  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE CONSTELLATIONS


Title:

I Don't Know About You


Label:

Gemini Star 30,008


Condition: M-
From December ’68, this was the second of the group’s two releases for the New York label shortly before they became Dionne Warwick’s backing singers (they had two decent releases on her Sonday label). In 1970 they had a weird 45 on Savage Records that claims to be from a film ‘The New Lifestyle’ and is backed by a Betty Barnes (RCA) song from the same… but we can find no trace of the movie. Back to the track in question then, and it turned into an absolute monster in the early noughties and still sounds tremendous today. Group members Bobby Earl Williams and Frankie Floyd both went on to have solo 45s on the IX Chains label.
  
Reserve Price: £500.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1574  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

FRANKIE ALEXANDER


Title:

No Seat Dancin


Label:

DeElegance 0102


Condition: M-
The second Modern Soul mover out of Memphis in the same auction – but haling from 1986 and with some of the production values of the time but without the synthesized excesses of the era. When we see the name of ex-Bar-Kay Ben Cauley on production (he survived the Otis Redding plane crash) it is perhaps no surprise that the disc has at least some values from an earlier era. The record itself has only come to light in recent (ish) times and is therefore not featured in the price guides.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1575  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

JACK MONTGOMERY


Title:

Don't Turn Your Back On Me


Label:

Barracuda 101


Condition: M-
Turn the clock back to 1980, and over in Toronto, Martin K was putting this record in soul packs! Having said that, by 5 years later he didn’t have one of them left! At the time it was thought of as a little too slow, nowadays it is quite simply a supreme beat ballad and one of four stone killers that Marvin Jones (Montgomery’s real name) recorded in Detroit. Soul packs 40 years ago or not – this is out first copy in quite a while.
  
Reserve Price: £400.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1576  Ends: 25/06/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE EMANON'S ORCHESTRA


Title:

Bird Walkin'


Label:

All Brothers 72869


Condition: VG
Not to put too fine a point on it… this copy of a super-rare original is wrecked, even worse than that it is cracked and sellotaped on the flipside. We offer it however, due to its singular uncommon-ness. It’s a true original with the pronounced concave in the centre of the label… and it plays, albeit quite crackly. Check the soundbite to see if you want to own an ultra-rarity.
  
Reserve Price: £100.00

Current Bid: £0.00

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