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JOE TORQUAY

John Manship Auction Results 29 - 10 - 2014

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Ad Libs Love Is Knocking At My Heart

UNISSUED and absolutely stunning!

Highly regarded New York group with what is unquestionably their finest Northern Soul offering and it never got released.

Take a listen, I’m rarely I’m lost for words.. this time I think the soundfile will impress so much .. no flowery speak from me could possibly enhance what you’re listening to, as ownership has the glaring potential to elevate any DJ set into greatness..

PERFECT NORTHERN SOUL… just perfect

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The winning bid was £ 682.00

 
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Out Of Sights For The Rest Of My Life C/w You Made Me Beg

Bongo’s lift the curtain on one of the finest vocal-group mash-ups ever to hit vinyl.

Shimmering with street-corner nativity and rippling with rough and ready enthusiasm, with seemingly all group members taking turn at the lead vocal, throughout this top-drawer Cleveland rarity.

Label owners Chuck Brown & Frank Key craft a backing track just perfect for the more soulful NS dancer, who feels his every move guided by totally focused vocal. Pace changes, horn breaks, lead vocal swaps, key moves… it’s ALL there, everything you want to hear in an rarely seen or heard tune.

The flipside Brown & Key again use every ounce of their imagination and provide the same full production this time injecting a FUNKIER edge to the proceedings.

Two highly innovative sides is mainly why this is such a treasured disc for those lucky enough to already own a copy - making this a 45 that very rarely comes to market. In fact our first copy in recent times…

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The winning bid was £ 1,438.00

 
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Daybreak I Need Love C/w Everything Man

From a profusion Patrick Adams guided 70s dance recordings, comes this his finest session.

Take bow Mr. Adams for giving the Northern Soul dance scene a deluge of discs to consider. But before us today is your finest days work, not one but two distinguished dancers in the form of the Unicorn-Rare Whiter Demo! Dispelling any confusion over the stock copy orange press, which was later reissued, this is the very elusive WHITE PROMO in utterly immaculate condition.

Classy a-side catches P.A. in mellow, mellow mood ignoring burgeoning 1977 frantic Disco-Sound and opting for the classy jazz slanted stroller controlled by sharp harmonies and a purring lead vocal - top quality arrangement with a magnificent jazz/funk instrumental break before the satin-coated vocal glides back in.

Flip it over and again your in for a equally enthralling treat with the lead vocal this time gently cracking with emotion, the backing is equally slick backing is stronger with horns and piano directing the dance beat…if anything this is the more soulful of the two sides…

But what great songs these two are, it would be tough to name a better 70s combination - surely a twinning of the very highest calibre, presented today in it’s by far rarest format…

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The winning bid was £ 964.00

 
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Delola Carmichael Leave That Boy Alone C/w I'm Gone So Long

One of Northern Soul’s most coveted 60s labels not only for it’s stunningly colourful design but also for it’s wealth of product, some of which rank as the rarest Northern Soul 45s on the planet. 45s by Tut Sutton, Intensions, Idols etc. have all added to this most sought after labels mystic.

May we now throw this sumptuous girl mid-tempo into the hat, by an equally mysterious Delola Carmichael who on both sides of this immaculate disc (with birth sleeve) gives up two Sultry-Sister-Soul dance grooves.

Top side is a fabulously uplifting Northern Soul featuring an highly inventive arrangement saturated in quirky horn rhythm. In the right hands we see no reason for this beauty to take off huge - especially already with a enviable “Rarity” status.

Flip it over and enjoy Delola giving an on-your-knees beseeching performance that Tut Sutton would have been proud of. Fabulous mid-paced Northern Soul

Somewhat a cult disc amongst collectors but this rarity has snooze for too long in collections - time for it to hit those Northern Soul circuit turntables. BOTH sides have everything to take his 45 to the top.

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The winning bid was £ 172.00

 
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Wall Street Let's Make Love

Super-Rare Bull City Soul ballad.

Vocal Soul harmony fans slip your headphones on and indulge yourself for the next 4 minutes. These guys will have you submerging slowly into a warm pool of extravagant Soul; that the top groups Delfonics, Stylistics, Manhattans would be delighted to call their own.

But this flawless 1980 recording is no known group but a one record only gathering from the streets of Durham, North Carolina. A. Abdulla Jones project that has the preciseness of Sweet Soul off to perfection.

Soaring, icicle sharp falsetto, a short rap at just the right time and a rich vein of harmony backing throughout. Simplistic arrangement enables those fine vocals to take center ground and serve up what is for me quite easily the “BEST” Sweet Soul experience I’ve encountered in memory.

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The winning bid was £ 67.00

 
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Grandy St. Redevelopment Plus Merrily Pick Jelly Roll

Wow! a Norfolk, Va. runaway truck is about to rumble into your life!

Strap yourself in - for a dancefloor journey into oblivion…get ready for an heady cocktail of sharp guitar, relentless percussion and wailing brass.. it will be just too much to ignore.

The insane mixing of Latin and Funk driven to the limit by drum whacking excellence and a crazed and lengthy sax break, the only pause for breath is when a Soulful Seductress injects a couple of sexy raps into the session…

outrageously powerful….I’m trying to imagine the affect it would have on a full Niter Dancefloor…?

FRIGHTENING!!

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The winning bid was £ 262.00

 
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The Quik Bert's Apple Crumble

The British MODS, the urban-culture who never received the credit of helping to save the weakening Northern Soul scene in the mid 80s, discovered their very own classics too. This long term MOD Anthem has more recently, stepped over the line onto Northern Soul all-niter territory, and boy does this sound awesome LOUD!

Twangy “fuzz”, thumpin’ piano, background chattering, rhythmic hand-clapping opening catches the ear. Then BANG - an almighty drum explosion, followed by an insane guitarist and blows everybody away!

The guitarist mad..? Wait till the Hammond kicks off.. utterly manic.. As instrumentals go this is not only different it is freaking BRILLIANT!

I love a Sean Chapman set, never quite know what your gonna be treated to.. this MOD classic is RARE and now Northern Soul has embraced it…watch the value rocket yet again

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The winning bid was £ 168.00

 
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Sherrys Put Your Arms Around Me

Can it be more important whilst chasing the real-deal Northern Soul classics than to own the very FIRST RECORD TO BE PLAYED AT WIGAN CASINO in it’s rarest form.

Joe Cook’s daughters grab and hang on to a careering Bob Martin arrangement that flies at the pace Wigan Casinos reputation was built on. Relentless and persuasive floorpacker that entirely fitted the amphetamine fueled atmosphere.

This example is the first press Philadelphia PROMO that Joe Cook decided to release on the HOT label - and change the label logo from J. J. for HOT with a marker pen also crossing out a defunct BMI publisher right of J. Little.

The silver label copies are of course bootlegs - before you is the authentic PROMO press of a history making 45 that just never comes to market.

Act accordingly…  

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The winning bid was £ 565.00

 
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Poppies Lullaby Of Love

Although nobody said so at the time, today many consider this the greatest 60s girl group album ever released… in 1966 it sold virtually nothing.

Northern Soul foragers soon corrected that oversight in the mid-70s then The Poppies became the darlings of Northern Soul.

Dorothy Moore, Petsye McCune & Rosemary Taylor a Southern Girl trio signed by Epic for Billy Sherrill to try and capture similar chart success “The Toys” had with “Lovers Concerto” first release “Lullaby Of Love” was a “Lovers Concerto” clone, far too twee for the Northern Soul crowd but a great tune which achieved moderate gain, that prompted Epic to release this album.

Are we glad they did because it is crammed with less “Pop” aimed recording that are just stunning Northern Soul. the pick of this 10 track LP are:

1 “The Love We Knew” - retitled for single release “There’s A Pain In My Heart” a Wigan Casino & Cleethorpes Pier ANTHEM!

2 “Spellbound” - played of this album at the same time as “There’s A Pain..” top tune that never achieved 45 release. So popular with the NS crowd it receive the honor of being bootlegged.

3/4/5/6 “Don’t Throw Our Love Away” “Sure Is Worth It” “Wonderful World Of Love” “The Love Song ” all non-commercial solid Northern Soul dancers all never achieved 45 release.

7 “He;’s Got Real Love” The Poppies other 45 that received strong Northern Soul action throughout the 70s.

After “Lullaby Of Love” the lack of 45 sales & the dismal response to the Album release. Epic dropped the trio, they never recorded for another label, with Dorothy Moore achieving Soul-Star status, Rosemary Taylor had a single for ABC the third member at the time Petsye McCune ..perhaps someone can inform us what direction this lady went in.

The Poppies were one of the finest girl-groups ever assembled, before you today is the PROMO album that is a fine example of their work. Vinyl and label are immaculate. Front cover is clean, couple of very minor “corner bumps”, back cover carries North Dakota Radio Station I.D. and a file number - see scans of the vital NS album. The soundfile no doubt will have already impressed!

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The winning bid was £ 54.00

 
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Prince George Wrong Crowd C/w I Love Too Hard

MONSTER moves from IRISH SEA to the NORTH SEA read all about it.

Colin Curtis was the man - the man who made this left-field Norfolk, Virginia record a top want for every UK NS DJ.

At the time in 1975 I didn’t know of anyone else who had a copy; So for what seemed an age I pestered Colin for his copy… I needed a record to sooth the agony of paying, a then record sum for James Fountain on Peachtree which within days came out on the Manchester based Cream label. I was a victim of insider trading.. I needed to bounce back..

Eventually Colin relented and said he would sell me “Prince George” .. without hesitation I jumped in my white Minivan and drove to Stoke On Trent clutching crisping £10 notes.. and wondering the whole journey whether it was coming out next week on Pye Disco Demand.

Cleethorpes Pier was tomorrow..

I got my disc, I paid too much of course..but the reaction at the Pier, for the regular punters to hear a Top Blackpool Mecca tune above the crashing waves of the North Sea was a real-coup. It fitted right into that legendary NS FUNK atmosphere “Ton Of Dynamite” “Cut Your Motor Off” “Summer In The Parks” an the like, “The Pier” created…

Today a Prince George “original” has stayed extremely hard to find! Here’s an authentic original copy - a 45 you just don’t encounter very often and a huge part of Northern Soul history.

PS thinking back I was a snotty nosed novice .. because I never ever played the flipside “I Love Too Hard” which today, many think (including myself) is the side that we should have played.

Two great tunes - one very rare disc..

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The winning bid was £ 202.00

 
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Gene Chandler Mr. Big Shot C/w I Hate To Be The One To Say

This weeks classic white demo in flawless condition comes in the form of a stomping Northern Soul classic…

But the main reason for this listing other than the eye-popping condition, is to raise awareness for the every note a good flipside…that has sat under the DJ radar for too long.

You cannot overlook the influence Motown has had the recording or in fact the similarities of the song to Norman Johnson’s Showmen recordings. But when you realize Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd of SHRINE fame wrote both songs, everything clicks into place.

The collaboration of Mr. Lewis & Kidd has been responsible for some of the most expensive rare Northern Soul 45s ever made.

“Mr. Big Shot” has it all, perfect dance rhythm, blaring horns, snarling vocal full vocal group back-up, insane sax break and a constant Mike Terry influenced low-blow sax stabs. BRILLIANT!

“Hate To Be The One..” has the classic one finger piano key pokes intro, then turns into perfect Northern Soul drenched in all the characteristics listed above.. not as fast but just a fantastic dancefloor inviter with a piano break to die for..

Consider this, if these two sides came out on Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd usual outlet of SHRINE records..what price today would this taste of double NS bliss be?

We repeat vinyl & labels are impeccable..

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The winning bid was £ 308.00

 
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Impressions Can't Satisfy C/w This Must End

Along with “You’ve Been Cheating” - “Can’t Satisfy” provided the 60s Soul dance fan with an alternative to Tamla Motown, as Curtis Mayfield aided by Johnny Pate recreated and arguably bettered the Motor City Sound.

A Twisted Wheel anthem that on it’s 1968 + 1970 reissues on Stateside enabled, The Impressions at their best, to ensnare more teenagers at British Youth Clubs into a life of Soul music, perhaps more than any other 45s.

So today, to be able to offer the opportunity of ownership to the coveted Red & White 1966 press is quite a joy, recalling as a 15 year I would unstitched my school blazer badge, so he could pretend to be a MOD on Friday night Kirby Lane Youth club…

To that generation the British 60s DEMO is still the ultimate vinyl-experience and “Can’t Satisfy” one of the ultimate tunes of the time…

Vinyl inspection only reveals only very light insignificant surface blemishes none whatsoever affect play and both labels are clean and free of any flaws.

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The winning bid was £ 144.00

 
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Margaret Lewis Something's Wrong Baby

It more than rare to find fabulous Louisianan R&B dancer hidden away as a flipside to a hillbilly country rocker.

The difference in styles reminds me of the great Wanda Jackson who could turn her style from Rock & Roll, Country & Western plus gritty Sister R&B. This lady has certainly got similar attitude.

Listen to the way Ms Lewis rips into the lyrics, her Southern-squealing style carried suits the dance rhythm perfectly… then the record becomes truly fabulous when a wild sax break blasts and seals this 45 as something special.

Seldom seen and gaining quite a reputation..

Clean vinyl with one mark, listen carefully you will maybe catch a click or two but nothing the detracts from the sassy lady’s spectacular delivery.

RARE btw

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The winning bid was £ 85.00

 
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Bessie Banks Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come C/w Try To Leave Me If You Can

12 years on the “Go Now” lady again flexes Sister vocal prowess with her most-sought after record, a haunting 70s dance groove of real stand-out qualities.

The lush arrangement is bolstered by a a sultry sax poking holes through the swirling string section, an occasional trumpet intrusion and the rich flowing backing gives up the perfect atmosphere for this great lady’s effortless vocal to soar.

Incredibly soulful mid-tempo stroller that’s been a dancefloor favourite for decades never ever out-wearing it’s welcome… but that is only 1/2 the story

This is the so seldom seen stock copy that offers up one of the greatest Sister Deep Soul ballads ever made - listen & weep this is PROPER SOUL - PROPER RARE SOUL again supported by a musical arrangement that screams class.

Weep also if you own the promo copy - because this masterpiece ain’t on the flipside.

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The winning bid was £ 466.00

 
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Various Artists New Faces From Hitsville

UK Tamla Motown rarest EP by quite some way.

Yes, the one most TMG addicts are missing in that colourful run of 18.

This copy is neat and tidy, there is one light small scuff on the a-side vinyl NOT affecting play as you can hear. Otherwise the vinyl is a neat clean EX+.

Check out those artists and tracks JIMMY RUFFIN before the “Brokenhearted” hit “As Long As There Is Love” CHRIS CLARK - Do Right Baby Do Right TAMMI TERRELL - I Can’t Believe You Love Me MONITORS - Say You

None of these tracks ever achieve UK 45 status - unique offering of 4 top-drawer Motown recordings from artists who were then unknown to the British public.

Looks beautiful doesn’t it…

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The winning bid was £ 271.00

 

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I have a memory of that Ad Libs song deep in the dark corners of my mind.....like I wad drunk or was it a wigan play or later? And drunk...Any one know about it.

I didn't know it, but thought it's a great track after playing the clip. I wish it had came out on general release!

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I know everyone has one of these sob stories but I sold that to Mick Smith for £100, I hadn't ever even heard of it and thought I'd done well!

Oh to be Mick Smith ...any relation or just a common name coincidence :)

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I have a memory of that Ad Libs song deep in the dark corners of my mind.....like I wad drunk or was it a wigan play or later? And drunk...Any one know about it.

 

It's been played out by one or two in the past.  there has been a recording about for soemtime, was said to be taken from the tapes, given to a few and played here and there.  I'd never seen nor heard of the acetate till it appeared on JM's facebook page.  Great record and surprised it went so cheap really, same for Out A Sights.

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I know everyone has one of these sob stories but I sold that to Mick Smith for £100, I hadn't ever even heard of it and thought I'd done well!

 

How long ago Pete,not one of my better moves,i turned one down early 90s at £70 as i thought it was too much :-(

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I'm amazed - I"ve got 2 copies of that!

 

You have 2 copies of the Poppies? And you normally sell about 50% of Mr M's prices don't you, I think we may have a deal. Just for one mind.

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Oh to be Mick Smith ...any relation or just a common name coincidence :)

 

I got about ten records off this chap, included was that Outasites but also Teresa Lindsay - It's Love, I was so excited to get that I didn't take any notice of the rest...I think Mick sold it to Keb for £400 the SAME NIGHT 

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Jim. Those links are to demo copies. Don't think I've seen a demo LP of those before only the issue

Steve

Ive had two Demo`s Steve, last one I got off here for £50 about 18 months ago.  

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Prince George..cheap maybe.... Bessie banks.. Not so cheap

Damn. I reluctantly sold my Bessie Banks stocker on here for, i think, about 200....sobs!

Mind you,...Try to Leave Me if You Can' came out on UK Contempo on the b-side of the fantastic, underrated 'Baby You Sure Know How...'About 30 quid for that future classic?

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Prince George..cheap maybe.... Bessie banks.. Not so cheap

Meant to bid on the Prince George, fancied that but distracted by life, and agree, think the buyer did ok at that price. Don't see them come up?

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