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Image Auction: RSV-1609  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

SUGAR and the SPICES


Title:

Have Faith In Me / Teardrops


Label:

Swan 4208 (dj)


Condition: VG++
We couldn’t’ be absolutely sure that this is the same group as recorded on Stacy and VeeJay – 50/50 on that one. Whoever they were they came under the wing of Gene Dozier, whose real name, Billy Jackson, not surprisingly gets confused with another Philadelphian of the same name (Frank Beverley, Yvonne Baker, etc.). It has been written in some quarters that Gene Dozier is also Lamont Dozier… this absolutely is not correct. Girl group aficionados may also like ‘Teardrops’ on the flipside, so we have recorded that one too.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £250.00

Image Auction: RSV-1610  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

JIMMY CHURCH


Title:

Thinking About The Good Times


Label:

Peachtree 101


Condition: VG++
Strong VG++ on this very rare record that we have had only once before. Nashville artist Jimmy Church went over to Atlanta and William Bell’s Peachtree label to record this stormer which has scarcely ever been played… possibly because few deejays have/had a copy! If you don’t know it – check out the soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £750.00

Current Bid: £755.00

Image Auction: RSV-1611  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

JOHN SIMMONS


Title:

Ain't Nothing Like The Love


Label:

Sabrina 106


Condition: M-
Great Modern Soul mover out of the Detroit suburbs in 1981 and Simmons’ only release (save for a retro 45 of previously unissued material a year or two back), it’s astounding that music of this quality failed so heavily and also that the tune avoided Britain as a new release at the time. Amazingly it is co-written by the old Blues & Soul scribe (based in America) David Nathan.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £333.00

Image Auction: RSV-1612  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

JOE HICKS


Title:

Don't It Make You Feel Funky / Soul Meetin'


Label:

AGC 0001


Condition: M-
Anyone who was around the scene in the middle seventies can’t fail to have been disturbed from their slumbers by this one! Later recording as Mighty Joe Hicks, this was his first record and came out with two different B-sides, here we have ‘Soul Meetin’, a beaty tribute to the recently departed Otis Redding that has its fans. We’ve included it on the soundbite. Producer Pat Vegas was in the group Redbone who hit with ‘The Witch Queen Of New Orleans’.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £295.00

Image Auction: RSV-1613  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE FOUR PERFECTIONS


Title:

I'm Not Strong Enough


Label:

Party Time 1001 (dj)


Condition: VG++
Much has been written about Party Time Records (which basically ended with The Showstoppers ‘Ain’t Nothing But A House Party’), producer Kip Gainsboro (who takes his name from the label owner’s dog and the address of the same label owners) and the Steals brothers who were one half of the Four Perfections – all of which combined into a true classic for the UK some 8 years later than the original 1967 release. But we would just like to mention how rare the promo copy is as offered here. Again, only the second copy we’ve ever had.
  
Reserve Price: £800.00

Current Bid: £933.00

Image Auction: RSV-1614  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

EBONYSTIC


Title:

Ain't It Good To You


Label:

Scream 101


Condition: VG+
A Blackpool Mecca ‘last hour’ play that always was hard-to-find, even back then. Just two 45s and, surprisingly, an album from Calvin Arnold’s Atlanta label. Both singles are tough, with the Billy Byrd fetching four figures – to be honest Ebonystic’s release is probably just as rare. This is one of those copies that has some wear but plays very well, just check the soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £350.00

Image Auction: RSV-1615  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

JOE WALKER


Title:

Faking Love


Label:

Nifty 600


Condition: VG+
Incredibly rare… we know of only one other copy to be honest, and they both came from the artist. He is/was a Louisiana Blues singer trying for a soul style back in 1972 – even then it was in a throwback style more suited to the sixties. Hard edged, raw and rare – what more could a soul collector want? Again, not a perfect copy but one which plays well and search the internet, you won’t find any sign of it at all – not many soul records you can say that about!
  
Reserve Price: £1,500.00

Current Bid: £0.00

Image Auction: RSV-1616  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

ANDY FISHER


Title:

My Heart's Beating Stronger


Label:

Fat Fish 8009 (dj)


Condition: M-
Part of the Vault setup of labels out of Los Angeles, Fat Fish Records released eleven singles (given that one number is blank or unknown) and this is the rarest one of the lot. Fisher is a totally mysterious figure but he co-wrote the song with Lester Carr who was something of a West Coast music veteran and he sings well, so it is a surprise that all investigation leads nowhere – as ever, if you’ve anything to contribute let us know. Brilliant midtempo of course, but the flipside ‘A Wee Bit Longer’ has more pace and we are surprised it’s never been played (to our knowledge). It’s on the soundbite.
  
Reserve Price: £800.00

Current Bid: £999.00

Image Auction: RSV-1617  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE ELLINGTONS


Title:

(I'm Not) Destined To Become A Loser


Label:

Castle 102


Condition: VG+
Soul Sam ’77! And it has been a rare one ever since, it must be 25 years since we had a copy. Out of Camden, New Jersey (the other side of the river from Philadelphia actually) Rob Russen’s label had a surprising number of releases, but only this and the Millionaires are for soul fans. The Ellingtons were a five-piece group who actually included label owner Russen, they used to kick up a storm at Lombardi’s Tavern in Pennsauken, NJ and, influenced by blue-eyed soulsters such as The Magnificent Men and the Soul Survivors, amended their act accordingly.
  
Reserve Price: £300.00

Current Bid: £300.00

Image Auction: RSV-1618  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

MEL WILLIAMS


Title:

Burn, Baby, Burn


Label:

Star 704


Condition: VG++
Mel was a veteran of the Los Angeles sixties soul scene and has a number of collectable releases but none are rarer than this one, it shares the same backing track as Delilah Kennebruew’s ‘Bright Lights’ on Loma (itself not a single we find too much). We’ve never had a pink issue before, just one white promo copy. Typical of the many great Northern Soul tracks yet to have their day in the limelight really.
  
Reserve Price: £750.00

Current Bid: £765.00

Image Auction: RSV-1619  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

Z.Z. AND COMPANY


Title:

Gettin' Ready For The Getdown


Label:

Columbus 51679


Condition: M-
Played almost as a new release by Richard Searling, it had already sunk without trace in less than a year and was part of the new wave of modern spins that came in at the very end of the Casino’s lifespan. In his book ‘Setting The Record Straight’ Richard relates that this one always reminded him of the all-dayers at the Bay Horse in Todmorden – we can see the place if we look up the hillside from our premises! A wonderful piece of southern soul that always stood apart from the other modern spins of the time. This is the kosher release on the label with a stamp in the deadwax and a strongly etched, long, matrix number.
  
Reserve Price: £200.00

Current Bid: £202.00

Image Auction: RSV-1620  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE CONQUISTADORES


Title:

Sadness And Madness / Lonely Was I


Label:

Signett 9609


Condition: VG++
One of the legions of great harmony soul groups following in the footsteps of The Impressions back in the sixties years of Chicago. Comprised of John Wynn, Ron McLaughlin, Tyrone McCullough, Roger Phillips and Irving Coleman they were a band as well as a group. Two fabulous sides for your money here, with ‘Lonely Was I’ easily equalling our nominated side (above), obviously we’ve ‘soundbitten’ it.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £400.00

Image Auction: RSV-1621  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

THE YOUNGHEARTS


Title:

Little Togetherness


Label:

Canterbury 506 (dj)


Condition: M-
Well after all the hoo-hah of ‘what is the original?’ there can be little doubt about a mint perfect styrene promo. Note too, that on this particular press the title omits ‘A’ (i.e. ‘A Little Togetherness’). There is nothing more that can be added to the music itself… this is Northern Soul!
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £315.00

Image Auction: RSV-1622  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

DAMN SAM THE MIRACLE MAN


Title:

Damn Sam The Miracle Man


Label:

Tayster 0003


Condition: M-
An absolute mass of contradictions on this release. For a start it’s a Detroit address and Jack Taylor’s Tayster label was almost the epitome of New York. The singer is O.C. Tolbert, who was Detroit based, so perhaps the reason is there. And both sides seem to have no artist actually named… make little wonder that it’s rare. It’s a great example of the kind of funky-edged Northern that has become popular in recent years. The vinyl is great on this copy with just some slight discolouration on the white label.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £250.00

Image Auction: RSV-1623  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

AL CHRISTIAN


Title:

I'm A Lonely Man


Label:

Chant 527 (dj)


Condition: M-
Superb version (for our money just about superior) of the Bobby Burn (later Bobby Wilburn) song on the same label offering up some truly soulful downtempo crossover from Bill Haney’s Atlanta-based label.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £300.00

Image Auction: RSV-1624  Ends: 24/09/2020 18:00
Artist:

CAROL ANDERSON


Title:

Sad Girl


Label:

Fee 101


Condition: M-
Northern Soul’s greatest throwback sound? Released in 1979, it sounds as if it is from a dozen years earlier. Funnily enough, although it was played as a new release, it wasn’t particularly easy to obtain – a fact that was confirmed by a Grapevine release shortly after. A floorpacker for any day. Great ballad flipside.
  
Reserve Price: £250.00

Current Bid: £390.00

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