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JOE TORQUAY

John Manship Auction Results 12 - 11 - 2014

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Topics Have Your Fun C/w A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry

PROPER REAL DEAL FLOOR-DETONATING NORTHERN SOUL.

This is very top-end of Rare Northern Soul vocal group stompers not only by rarity but also by it’s sheer quality.

Take a listen to what a authentic Northern Soul stomper should sound like. This 45 has THE LOT! Explosive horn intro, Woo-Woo girls arrow the perfect choruses though the impressive wall of sound.

Vocally exquisite with the lead voice cracking with that desirable nicotine-coated grit on the high notes, riding those blasting horns so comfortably until a thunderous instrumental break lifts the recording yet another notch.

Flip it over and all the same ingredients are again in place to serve up a beautiful mid-tempo Northern Soul stroller perfect for a surprise spin that not many of the crowd will know.

We have spoken before about real-rarity sometimes standing in the way of a records progress to a wider audience. Well, hear is another example, a better undiluted slab of Northern Soul would be hard to find only ingredient missing is a turntable outing or two at the bigger venues..

How totally refreshing would this be, to hear it played to a 2000 weekender crowd instead of Sam & Kitty for a change..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 1,600.00

 
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Jesse Johnson Left Out C/w A Hundred Pounds Of Clay

At last a copy that plays perfectly !!

The intimidating brass is the perfect match for Jesse Johnson’s pleading voice. Rattling drum work beats out the dance rhythm that takes on a Motown atmosphere as it build towards an almighty horn bridge.. killer stuff

But if you flip it over that’s when Mr. Johnson voice comes into it own with a his version of a New York Brill Building standard; A subtle take of “100 Pounds Of Clay” twists and turns into arguably the best version.

Two great sides and rarely witnessed in play perfect condition..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 633.00

 
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Royal ( Texas Slim ) Bell Sweet Little Girl C/w Just Can't Give Up Now

RARE Northern Soul double hitter from the streets of Compton, California..

Without n”name dropping” this is the type of tune you only hear at “Lifeline” and few other NS events that pride themselves of a menu of the very rare and decidedly good.

Another Big Man with an abrasive vocal generates snarling Northern Soul and still retains that feelgood steps to atmosphere within a horn-blasts. We have lead with “Sweet Little Girl” the labels choice of A-side but without doubt “Just Can’t Give Up Now” edges it into second place as the Northern Soul choice of play, for the very few eminent DJs lucky enough to own a copy.

Light surface marks but as you can hear is plays LOUD and clean, both labels are free of writing, stains or tears.

This is ONE VERY RARE 45 indeed…

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 436.00

 
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Marie Knight That's No Way To Treat A Girl C/w Say It Again

This weeks “Black Is Beautiful” is a top-notch Wigan Casino and Cleethorpes Pier classic.

The label credits are all too familiar as this 1965 is guided by New Yorks finest. Bob Elgin, Victor Milrose, Tony Bruno & Gary Sherman - Giants of the big production take an equally big Diva and smash it..

When this boomed across from the stage at Cleethorpes the response was huge, full orchestra production and Miss Knight ceiling buffeting high notes - inspiring Northern Soul..

Flip it over for a tune not played at either club because its a too slow but if you captivated by the Big City Soul this ballad will move you, Marie again flexes her muscular vocal on the high notes with immense power.

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The winning bid was £ 389.00

 
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Barbara Mcnair You're Gonna' Love My Baby

Attention TMG upgraders and seekers of perfection; this 500 series most-wanted is still snug and flawless sitting in its birth-sleeve.

A Top Northern Soul spin for decades now, no sign of it’s popularity every declining. That moody approach, the against the norm style of production, is always and always will be a pleasure to hear and dance to.

The gorgeous Barbara’s NS classic in this form is almost alluring as the lady herself..

We repeat condition is flawless..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 522.00

 
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Intruders ( You Better ) Check Yourself C/w It Must Be Love

Currently receiving a huge revival on Northern Soul turntables but note all you NS White PROMO addicts - this is no easy find - especially in spanking new condition!

One of the early works from the now legendary Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff partnership and in line with that mid-60s era - this is perfect Northern Soul from the pairs preferred group.

Click the sound file and hold on - you’ll immediately be aware of why this “Beast” is making an explosive comeback..

But on a White Demo - it is by far and away the rarest form you can own it in…but you WHITE DEMO fanatics will have fully known that already.

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 159.00

 
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Split Decision Band Watchin' Out C/w Dazed

1978 Des Moines, Iowa D.I.Y. Funk infused dancer that veers just far enough “left” of disco to deliver a muscular slab Soulful Dance.

This 45 has been a dancefloor igniter for several decades now without losing any of it’s instant appeal and benefiting hugely from escaping being bootlegged or reissuing of any kind.

So be prepared to be lifted by the mix of honkin’ horn relentless rhythmic cymbal brushing.. providing a seamless background for the harmonized vocal to weave their magic. This is modern DANCE at its most compelling..

So flip it over for an Ohio Players styled Hunk of Funk! Snarling angry vocals bulldoze their way this punchy groove with a mix of chants, squeals and rap punctuated by those already familiar horn blasts.. STRONG FUNKER!! 

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The winning bid was £ 286.00

 
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Jerry Mccain The Jig's Up

This weeks R&B thumper comes on one of R&B’s greratest labels from way back in 1957 and this PROMO copy is still utterly flawless.

A typical Keb Darge type spin; upbeat, raucous and uncompromising Jump-Blues dripping with power and attitude. You can’t help but want to move once this coveted tune blasts out.

Flip it over for the beginnings of the Deep Soul genre as a despairing Mr, McCain serves up a funeral paced story of being jilted at the alter.

Highly rated and never witnessed in this standard of condition.

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The winning bid was £ 56.00

 
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James Reese And The Progessions Jody's Freeze C/w Let's Go (it's Summertime)

Freaking awesome blending of Jazz, Latin & Funk are the ingredient for these two highly skilled instrumentals, evoking visions of dimly lit Big City streets, pimps, car chases and crooked cops.

Top side ripples with dancefloor inviting Funk riffs and breaks delivered by a gathering of razor sharp musicians displaying impressive dexterity on every note. Fabulous stuff… those trumpets soar..

Having said that I actually much-prefer the scintillating flipside as the arrangement travels down a more “Crossover” route serving up pure Soulful dance without a word being sung. Again the Latin influence is strong, spiced with savvy Jazz interventions but just shimmering with SOUL and offering up flawless trumpet playing that raises the hair..

Personally “Let’s Go (It’s Summertime)” has really got to me, in a way very few records do - totally STANDOUT dance music with blatant potential to do great things in the right hands..

This copy is flawless in every way.

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The winning bid was £ 105.00

 
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Mikki Farrow Set My Heart At Ease C/w Could It Be

PIED PIPER you’ve just gotta own them all…

Before you today is the authentic first press original - beware of counterfeits - this is the original MGM thin vinyl with sharp to the touch edge, deadwax carries the “Bed” stamped matrix.

The record itself is one of the finest examples of not only the “Pied Piper” sound but also as fine a double helping of Detroit Northern Soul, you could ever wish to hear.

Top side is consider “classic” with blaring horns right on the intro and Mike Terry’s Baritone Sax prodding away in the arrangement and all the right times. Pied Piper trademark girl choir adding a rich cloak to carry an impressive sax break and Mikki pleading vocal - truly awesome!

Today it is the slightly slower and classier flipside “Could It Be” embodies everything Pied Piper was, the emphasis on orchestral backing of Horns, strings, tambourines, a soaring mixed vocal choir and that Mike Terry Bari burping that precisely timed note.

PIED PIPER in my eyes unrivaled as a Soul production team - this 45 validates that statement twice over.

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The winning bid was £ 611.00

 
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Viola Wills You're Out Of My Mind C/w Any Time

The Big RED “A” was not an exclusive decoration for those gorgeous 60s British EMI labels; Also the UK based President Demo 45s look totally irresistible, decorasted with the “A” red carpet, clashing so conspicuously with the yellow background.

But this 45 is so much more than just a pretty face, it also offers up a vocal & instrumental delight for the Northern Soul dancers from its immaculate vinyl.

But the most important value-added factor to this Los Angeles creation from BRONCO Records is this recording is her hardest to secure Bronco recording. Amazing that this Barry White and Jim Ford collaboration hit in it’s homeland. With UK President Records trying to emulate the fabulous success they achieved with Felice Taylor’s - I Feel Love Coming On - UK Club hit.

Utilizing those shrill “Mustang” ladies for the choruses, woven into a thoroughly uplifting uptempo Northern Soul arrangement, this 1967 release had every chance of following Felice T. with All Nite Club spins - but it unfortunately was overlooked and fell into obscurity.

Full marks to President for digging deep into Bronco/Mustang catalog creating what is today an highly elusive British press with the USA counterpart being equally obscure.

This DEMO copy is a glittering Mint - in every way - click the soundfile for lift-off into Northern Soul Heaven…check out the label scan and ignore its beauty if you can..

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The winning bid was £ 144.00

 
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Executive Jam I'm Into Your Love C/w I Want You Back In My Arms Again

The blend of subtle Funk Wah Wah guitar, considerate soulful horns are just ideal for today’s Rare Soul Scene as it veers away from the silky smooth Soul towards the choppy, changey arrangements. This one boasts an amazing sax break, that is later mirrored by a similar trumpet response… impressive.

Catchy, infectious dancer that has been around for decades now, remaining elusive and highly thought of. Time is right for a revisited uprising of this style as the Top Dj’s seek out Soul with “edge”..

This late 70s New Orleans born is in just perfect condition - and we all know about the chances of locating clean New Orleans rarities are in 2014 in a flawless state…

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The winning bid was £ 168.00

 
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Steinways You've Been Leading Me On C/w My Heart's Not In It Anymore

How downright elegant does this PROMO in its company sleeve look?

So beautiful it has ignited euphoric recall, to when I first heard this delicious-delight of vocal-group Northern Soul.

The now legendary 1973 Simon Soussan sales cassette, this was one of the highlights of the C90, as the gang listened on that Transit van journey up the M6 to Blackpool. Fabulous selection.. Lou Ragland - I travel Alone, Billy Joe Young - I’ve Got You On My Mind Again, Country Store - Caught With My Heart Down along with this recording became earworms for the weekend.

So when I had the chance of a copy - I jumped at it - then I played the B-side (not on the tape) and I was in raptures… So much so when my friends wanted my 50 count carry-case of goodies to take to the local RAF base on a Thursday night I handed it over with the instructions “..get the DJ to play The Steinways..!”

Well my friends manage to lose the whole box of 45s by leaving it on the top of their car as they drove off - I never found them and have been waiting 40 years for my Steinways to turn up with my deadwax squibblings - John Manship, 25 Baldocks Labe, Melton Mowbray, Leics - firmly scratched into the run-out.

My copy by the way was a stock copy - no where near as ravishing as this PROMO that has set me off reminiscing..

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The winning bid was £ 211.00

 
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Workshop You're My Greatest Hit C/w Do It Yourself

This weeks Sweet Soul offering carries the power of the rare 70s Soul 45 as a stock copy offering two sides; instead of the promo counterparts single offering.

This glorious Jeff Lane production is as sweet as soul gets, a Stylistics clone with full orchestra arrangement of lush strings, clean piano work accompanies a silky smooth lead vocal, aided by a falsetto that takes flight at all the right times.

This has been a sought after Japanese want for as long ass I can remember, what I can’t remember is ever having the stock copy with a b-side.

The flipside is a Funk dancer that may not set the world on fire but what it will do is complete a collection of this groups only TWO recordings. For the serious about being complete, let me assure you the opportunity to do so with a STOCK copy of this just does not pop up.

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The winning bid was £ 50.00

 
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Cajun Hart Got To Find A Way

A British Demo Grail in astonishing MINT condition.

A Northern Soul monster that is tough to secure on the USA release, near impossible as the British press, but in this utterly flawless condition..ownership is imperative for the OCD vinyl hound or seeker of Northern Soul classic records in their rarest form; as you just never see this format for sale.

We doubt very much if we shall ever encounter the 45 year old in this condition ever again..

Click the memorable soundfile - then act accordingly…

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The winning bid was £ 511.0

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Anyone else remember the Simon Soussan 1973 sales cassette John mentions under the Steinways write up?

 

Interested to know what else was on it

 

Or anyone still have a copy? 

Be very cheap at £500 Carl. I got £600 for mine quite a few years ago.

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Texas Slim went for considerably more than that on ebay recently i thought? $1k wasn't it?

It did, but a few others have gone for less in the past too. Not a mainstream sound or instant floor filler but brilliant, I'd be right behind it if I had one

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Be very cheap at £500 Carl. I got £600 for mine quite a few years ago.

It went for £600 quite a few years ago Phil, but seems to have dipped slightly. When you look on popsike over the last 2 years all the decent copies range from 400 to 500 tops.  So, thought I was offering top end.   

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It did, but a few others have gone for less in the past too. Not a mainstream sound or instant floor filler but brilliant, I'd be right behind it if I had one

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Yes i've missed the majority of them as it's gone up in price - Spinologist had a copy on ebay with full sound file about 7 years ago and wanted it since then. Then when Andy started it playing it I knew i was going to struggle to get one. 100 % agree - brilliant r&s record and actually really really nice to dance to. Wish I'd bid on the JM one now. I like the other one by Andy Williams you see kicking about on the same label too.

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The Royal (Texas Slim) Bell tune went down really well at the last Solid Hit Soul when I played it - I think it's great!

 

Des

 

which side you playing Des?

Joel, which side you dancing to?!

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Sweet Little Girl - The other side doesn't do much for me at all

 

Des

 

thought so, I like the other side just as much though. just sell us that side then Des :-)

Gav's played that Andy Williams on dal sagno before, quite nice too

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Anyone else remember the Simon Soussan 1973 sales cassette John mentions under the Steinways write up?

 

Interested to know what else was on it

 

Or anyone still have a copy? 

Not sure if it the same sales tape, but Eddie Parker "I'm Gone" was on one around that time.

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