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Connie Clark My Sugar Baby Vocal / Instrumental

In short…

From the pen of Frank Wilson, comes one of the greatest female Northern Soul recordings EVER!

Forget Cleethorpes Pier - this was an historic Wigan Casino ANTHEM!

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 1,413.00

 
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Martells Where Can My Baby Be

For those seeking to own very seldom seen, this ridiculously RARE ORIGINAL in flawless condition fits the bill perfectly.

Tennessee’s premier Soul Man Clifford Curry writes for his Knoxville hometown band The Martells, who deliver a moody Northern Soul groove, that builds on the back of humming horns and burping trumpets, then those compulsory girls step up to serve us with a finely tuned squealing response, making this recording after it’s laid back intro…

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL.

Original first press Northern Soul not come any more tempting than this 7” Pimpernel…

Just one very light DJ retrieve surface slip blemish on the a-side, otherwise vinyl is PERFECT just like the labels.

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 849.00

 
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Lou Pride With Bobby Gamble & Oliver Lady Your Love Is Fading C/w Lonely Room

Unicorn-Rare Memphis Crossover Northern Soul dancer, backed with the Killer Deep Funk flip.

Although considered precious, this serious rarity was not quite the right style to follow Lou’s “I’m Coming Home In The Mornun” into Northern Soul immortality, but did however steadily grow in reputation due to extreme rarity and shifting sands of Northern Soul tastes, as the upfront and decidedly more discerning Jocks gave it turntable time at venues like Great Yarmouth Soul Essence etc. Then there was Keb Darge’s Deep Funk revolution to expose the flipside and this 45 ascended to double-Grail status.

Even over four decades of being pursued by most-every serious Soul collector worldwide still only an handful are known.

This copy has a few light surface, but as you can hear in their entirety both sides play loud clean and true….

when will another opportunity arise to corner this endangered species again?

..do not pass by.

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 1,869.00

 
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Earl Connelly This Girl

Wicked Philadelphia Popcorn flavoured Northern Soul, infectious to the point of being mood challengingly dangerous!

Captivating arrangement of sultry sax blows, tingling piano and skilful guitar picking, blend seamlessly into a tantalizing stroller; conjuring up visions of murky backstreet Nite-Clubs decorated with tasseled Go-Go dancers and mean-faced whiskey drinking gangsters.

Right “Under-your-skin” groove, itching for the right DJ who’s not afraid of the Popcorn Sound to spice up his/her set!

note: This is the acetate for the rare first press on on Master Sound 12 not the Maycon release. Fidelity of this direct studio cut could not be finer..

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 391.00

 
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Little Richie Just Another Heart Break

The rare, in fact very rare, “Heart BREAK” miss title of this timeless Northern Soul classic.

A symbolism of Wigan Casino in it’s embryonic years, underlining why this club grew so rapidly to become Northern Souls no. 1 choice of Saturday destination. With the Blackpool Mecca giving this iconic disc an unhindered Casino “exclusive run” after one of its DJ was quoted in print for allegedly saying “Little Richie - sucks”

When it became a hugely requested NS tune, The Mecca relented, Cleethorpes Pier snagged a copy and we had countrywide lift-off.

Then some collector much-smarter than me, noticed there was a rare variation with a typo title…and what is before you today is a universal Northern Soul anthem in its least seen, most wanted form..

Gorgeous isn’t it !

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 785.00

 
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Ollie Jackson The Day My Heart Stood Still C/w Gotta Wipe Away The Teardrops

Los Angeles “Motown” from the desk of Brenda Holloway’s discoverer Kent Harris, Jobette West Coast producer Hal Davis, the great Willie Hutch and Royce Esters all join forces and make not one but TWO spectacular Northern Soul dancers. The topside joying huge Wigan Casino popularity, so much so, it was annoyingly swiftly bootlegged.

The flipside had been a passed over sleeper until a few years back and “Butch” gave is a long overdue turntable outing and then it became a universal major want.

Check out the sheer excellence that either side gives up - you can choose Motowneqsue Northern Soul or flip it for a giant production to pin you ears back.

Condition is blinding - in fact so near to Mint we almost gave it that coveted grade.

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 323.00

 
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Epics Stop To Turn Around C/w Party Time

This weeks RARE Sweet Soul offering, is way beyond rare and debuting the auction.

The ambitious “Big Important Record Company” from the streets of Tucson, Arizona release scintillating Sweet Harmony Soul spiked with an icicle sharp falsetto on their tiny label with the quirky logo.

Slow pace intro almost immediately kicks in with sky-high notes which the backup enriches with silky slick choruses, whilst the aching falsetto sets the scene. A lengthy piano break and a swirling synth all fuse into one dreamy session, with impeccable timing and pitch creating a super-rare seamless ballad.

The flip will interest those chasing urban-Boogie - with a primitive but interesting dance tune.

Like many Europeans the complexity and seemingly endless discoveries of serious rarities of this genre, is starting to pique my interest; an interest that has been so very strong within the USA for 50 years or more.. 

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 170.00

 
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New Younger Brothers Keep It Together C/w You Gave Me The Feeling

For those of you seeking RARE and looking for something new to hit the crowd with - this is a must-consider.

From the streets of Buffalo, New York comes this obscure D.I.Y. double-hitter from the Younger Brothers who completely change styles from floating 70s Northern Soul on the lead side to punchy electric FUNK on the flip.

Topside is really strong, featuring a fabulous Sister lead vocal gliding on a persistent guitar rhythm, soaring synth and potent backing vocals keep the session uplifting and fully stoke… tremendous dancefloor possibilities.

POTENTIAL IS GLARING for the NS Jock seeking a new tune..

For the FUNK aficionado, the imaginative flipside also benefits from that same Soulful lady’s vocal, rich backing vocals and a wild Wah-Wah underpinned by a twangy Bass guitar Funky dance riff.

Condition is flawless, apart from the sticker removal mark on the flipside label..

The obscure - who can resist them?

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The winning bid was £ 221.00

 
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Sy Hightower I Know You're Leaving Me C/w Wild Love

The label is stunning but dreary when compared to the Soul that hides in the grooves!

What a soulful month November has been for the auction - with The Hamilton Movement laying down a monumental piece of beseeching vocal-group Soul. Now Sy Hightower keeps up the lofty standard with this imploring masterpiece.

Listen and weep, as Sy pleads with a vocal that tears at your heart, the girls in the background don’t help lighten the atmosphere with their celestial vocal backing. But that skilled plectrum work, the lush strings and discreet horns elevate this session into Soulful Dance Heaven.

Sy’s gravel-coated despair woven so skilfully within a dance groove.. oh what a joy it is, to hear& view records of this calibre…

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 638.00

 
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Kurtis Scott Build, Build, Build Part 1 & 2

Thoroughly uplifting string drenched rare 70s Soulful dance!

This 1976 production manages to avoid all Disco cliches of the area & time, instead cultivating a huge backdrop of soaring girl vocals, lush persistent strings, driven by a rattling rhythm. Robert Banks in his trademark style again crams everything possible into the arrangement.

A very individual recording with no comparable jumping to mind, this is a “stay in your mind” tune underlining the versatility of the broad boundaries the Northern Soul scene boasts; as the record hurtles to an ending of a powerful bass guitar rhythm that becomes a bridge for part 2.

Extremely hard to find, due a “falling out” between artist and label owner , who allegedly failed to distribute this single as a result. Extremely hard to forget… as this is “Emperor Of My Baby’s Heasrt” Kurt Harris singing under his more familiar name .. 

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The winning bid was £ 162.00

 
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Dean Parrish Bricks, Broken Bottles And Sticks

This weeks “Black Is Beautiful” offering is a thing of beauty!

Scholars of the “Big City Sound” will be all too familiar with the credits of the label and the booming powerful of Dean Parrish’s voice.

When a New York’s studio gathering includes Tony Bruno, Victor Milrose, Bert Keyes, Stanley Kahan and Bill Stanley collaborate only one outcome is possible - Sheer POWER awaits your ears.

As Dean paints a vivid picture of returning to his home-ground to be greeted with the decline of his neighborhood, in less than three minutes you can see every demolished brick, every discarded broken bottles and unswept sticks everywhere..

A Northern Soul classic that tells an absorbing story whilst you dance.. for the collector the story is impeccable condition and the captivating vista White, Red & Black… 

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 189.00

 
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Connie Francis It's Gonna Take Me Some Time

Some records just get to you … even more so when they come in the form of a gorgeous Red & White DEMO with the major value added factor of there being NO USA release for Connie’s Northern Soul offering

This versatile lady with the voice of an Angel was just as comfortable singing Teen, Pop, Country or Rock & Roll; and as she demonstrated with her Popcorn/Northern Soul killer “Fallin’” she quite happy delivering R&B flavoured shakers.

On this exclusive 1962 British flipside Connie travels the same route as “Fallin’” with a totally infectious R&B/Popcorn stroller driven by burping horns, twangy guitar and a cheesy smooth male vocal-group chorus of “Bap Do Dap Bap Bap Do Dap”

INFECTIOUS!!

But as with all Connie Francis recordings, it’s her extraordinary vocal style that lifts this quirky production into greatness. Her talent to deliver lyrics with a quirking “Southern” twang contradicting her “New Joyzee” roots, adds the final ingredient to this most-unusually irresistible disc.

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The winning bid was £ 45.00

 
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Kenny Hamber Let's Do The Camel Walk C/w Camel Walk

Philadelphia Northern Soul does not come any harder to find than this avalanche of dance.

Jesse James borrows Kenny Hamber from Arctic Records to work on another of his “Horse” “Camel” “Judge” styled vocal/instrumental dancers that were sweeping the USA scene during the later part of the 60s.

Jesse had some substantial hits with his penchant for power, but not is this case. This example hardly got past the promo stage. Surprising because it ripples with that trademark horn arrangement, with sax-God Mike Terry inserting some low-blow baritone sax (as he did on “The Horse”)

Kenny Hamber’s vocal struts large, as he screams and squeals his way through this juggernaut of a production. To fully appreciate the depth of the studio musicians present, horns check out the instrumental side for the wealth of horns and Mike Terry’s patience, as always only blowing when it really counts!

PROPER NORTHERN SOUL and BEYOND-RARE!

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The winning bid was £ 365.00

 
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Barbara Randolf I Got A Feeling C/w You Got Me Hurtin' All Over

An head-turning Green & White DEMO!

One of two releases The Los Angeles crew “borrowed” from Holland - Dozier - Holland, this one creating a Northern Soul timeless classic! As the wonderful Four Tops original is given the Hal Davis treatment. A reworking that became a hugely popular British all Niter favourite and for many a Youth Club steppingstone into a full-blown Northern Soul lifestyle.

Before you today is the so seldom and highly coveted Green & White DEMO in fine clean condition, with only a minuscule blemish on the flipside label (see scan) being it’s only flaw.

Iconic is not too strong of a word to use in this case - it was after all a record that influenced and captivated so many Northern Soul recruits.

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The winning bid was £ 97.00

 
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Thrills What Can Go Wrong C/w No One

Google all you want - this 45 with Mint minus vinyl as a British Red & White DEMO is UNICORN-RARE!!!!

Absolutely our first copy this century, before that the only other copy I remember having was the one sitting in my “English Collection” in the early 1980s - this is a rare piece indeed.

Not only rare but also giving up two spectacular girl-group Northern Soul recordings. We lead with the side the Grapevine label, decided to reissue in 1979 prompted by Wigan Casino reactivation. Typically relentless stompin’ classic style Northern Soul that fitted the Casino dancefloor criteria perfectly. Trademark full throttle Bert Keyes arrangement, pulled together by Capitol Records console wizard Marvin Holtzman crafts magical Northern Soul.

The flipside however has never received any form of reissue and will delight devotees of the “Brill Building Sound” as the girls turn out an equally fine Sister Beat Ballad that remains mostly-overlooked. Check out this beseeching Northern Soul stroller driven by a full orchestra arrangement, with the lead vocalist turning out an on-your-knees performance with her besties adorning the song with ever soaring choruses.

Both sides are stand-out tunes of their genre, and to be presented in this more-the-rare format is not an opportunity to dwell on…When will you see another Red N’ White.. in this condition?

Vinyl is totally impeccable, labels are clean except for a very faint (scrutinize the scan) DELES written on the centerpiece. Collecting British does not get anymore satisfying than this..

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The winning bid was £ 350.00

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I had a mint Lou Pride "Your Love Is fading" original back in the 1990's.

I offered it to a very well known record dealer for £30 over the phone, he turned me down and said it was to slow!!!

I bet he would not turn it down now for £30!

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connie clark went for a good price imo,

 

i used to have a yellow boot back in the 70's at least i thought it was a boot ??.

I think the yellow label boot has "exclusively released by Soul Galore" written on the right hand side of the label.

Or am I getting mixed up with something else?

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I think the yellow label boot has "exclusively released by Soul Galore" written on the right hand side of the label.

Or am I getting mixed up with something else?

I had a yellow boot too, it never had that written on the label.....unless I had a real one....gulp.

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I had a mint Lou Pride "Your Love Is fading" original back in the 1990's.

I offered it to a very well known record dealer for £30 over the phone, he turned me down and said it was to slow!!!

I bet he would not turn it down now for £30!

 

There's two slightly different versions of "Your Love Is Fading" on Suemi. This release has "Lonely Room" on the flip, and the sales blurb states Keb darge played this as a funk spin? Pretty sure that was "It's A Man's World" - the flip of the other release. Mind you, never actually heard "Lonely Room" - maybe it's a funk killer too...

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There's two slightly different versions of "Your Love Is Fading" on Suemi. This release has "Lonely Room" on the flip, and the sales blurb states Keb darge played this as a funk spin? Pretty sure that was "It's A Man's World" - the flip of the other release. Mind you, never actually heard "Lonely Room" - maybe it's a funk killer too...

The best one is with mans world on the b side Lonely room is an average ballad. this copy looks like the one I sold soul sam he bought it cause he wanted to own both. if it is the one he obviously rates the other more highly

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I didn't know there were reserves on John's auctions.

 

And if that were the case you wouldn't know if any 45 was actually sold.

 

However auction  does say item "already been won" and gives winning bid ?

 

ROD

You answered your own question Rod!.. :) ....you are allowed to set a reserve and also allowed one bid yourself! :shhh:

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A friend of mine has put stuff on with a reserve, which it didn't reach. It showed on the site as being won. 

Blimey! Be careful Tony. Last time we had this debate and I eluded to that fact I received PM's threatening me with legal action.

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There's two slightly different versions of "Your Love Is Fading" on Suemi. This release has "Lonely Room" on the flip, and the sales blurb states Keb darge played this as a funk spin? Pretty sure that was "It's A Man's World" - the flip of the other release. Mind you, never actually heard "Lonely Room" - maybe it's a funk killer too...

That's right, it's the other issue that has the funk track so this blurb is just wrong. Suppose the buyer didnt buy it for the funk side, but you'd sure rather have it if you were paying that money, a great version of the james brown song.

some of these prices, like the earl connelly, you'd be laughed at if you put them up at set sale for that, and definitely never sell them, so what happens - is there something about the fact of appearing on the auction that makes records loads more desirable than they are any other time, all the talk of investment and history make the things seem rarer and grander than they are, elevating it to a status where £100 seems like peanuts, when actually it is a lot of money

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To be fair this auction phenomena happens far more widely on EBay where 45s [in any condition] attract really high bids.

 

Having examined factors such as rarity, demand, bidder location, socio-economic groupings and ad formatting, the graph I drew up has led me to conclude that the answer is morons.

 

ROD

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That's right, it's the other issue that has the funk track so this blurb is just wrong. Suppose the buyer didnt buy it for the funk side, but you'd sure rather have it if you were paying that money, a great version of the james brown song.

some of these prices, like the earl connelly, you'd be laughed at if you put them up at set sale for that, and definitely never sell them, so what happens - is there something about the fact of appearing on the auction that makes records loads more desirable than they are any other time, all the talk of investment and history make the things seem rarer and grander than they are, elevating it to a status where £100 seems like peanuts, when actually it is a lot of money

 

Wouldn't have thought the Earl Connelly acetate came along very often.Whats your value on the issue,Master Sound or Maycon.?

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Wouldn't have thought the Earl Connelly acetate came along very often.Whats your value on the issue,Master Sound or Maycon.?

In the real world, and with the exception of iconic northern soul tracks, which this definitely isn't, I've never known an acetate to be more desirable than a normal release, if it's the same mix / version. Any time I've had an acetate and a release, I've always kept the normal record. A real fan might pay a bit more, but double the value? With r&b records, I've never even known much price difference between local and major label releases. I mean, djs dont particularly care about that stuff do they?

that earl connelly passes through ebay a few times a year, my mate got one on master for around £100 last year. It's been known a while and its never sold for more than 200, I guarantee it.

Same thing happens on ebay of course, people clearly in the grip of impatience, desire, bidding crazy prices

not just moaning for the sake of it, these people actually should listen sometimes, there cannot be anyone who really wants to pay 3 or 400 quid far a record they could get for 100.

There's another earl connelly that is 10 x rarer than that that I'm after, and even though it's good and rare, it's still only a 150 record, and that's all I'd pay. I wouldnt just throw 500 quid at it to get it, just not that desperate.

That is actually how it used to work, you'd figure out a value based on rarity and demand and pay it, and you'd most times be up against someone operating in a similar way, not just saying 'I want it, therefore I'll pay ten thousand quid'.

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A friend of mine has put stuff on with a reserve, which it didn't reach. It showed on the site as being won. 

 

Looks like JM may have been watching (as always), listening and taking on board.

 

Interesting bidding status today on the newly displayed Ward Burton. Presently the high bidder is 'reserve not met' ... humorous (ho ho ?!?) user name of an early punter, or new site descriptor?

 

http://www.raresoulman.co.uk/index.php/auction/9546/sweet-temptation

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Looks like JM may have been watching (as always), listening and taking on board.

 

Interesting bidding status today on the newly displayed Ward Burton. Presently the high bidder is 'reserve not met' ... humorous (ho ho ?!?) user name of an early punter, or new site descriptor?

 

http://www.raresoulman.co.uk/index.php/auction/9546/sweet-temptation

No comment, but I'll be watching Wess Oliver with interest as I've got a copy of that gathering dust!

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No comment, but I'll be watching Wess Oliver with interest as I've got a copy of that gathering dust!

 

And, again interestingly, the current highest bidder on the Wess Oliver (after only one increment, high bid at £13), and all other latest additions, is not listed as 'reserve not met'.

 

So quite possibly 'reserve not met' is indeed a punter having a laugh.

 

Cue several more bidders, highly amusingly, changing their user names to the likes of 'reserve pending', 'more money needed', 'higher bid required' etc. ...

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connie clark went for a good price imo,

 

i used to have a yellow boot back in the 70's at least i thought it was a boot ??.

just got a blue lable one now.

I now have a black labelled boot (?). I remember selling the yellow one and getting the black one 'cos I thought it looked more authentic!

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I now have a black labelled boot (?). I remember selling the yellow one and getting the black one 'cos I thought it looked more authentic!

 

Well at least you have the original boot now!

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I didn't know you had one bid of your own, not sure how ethical that is particularly towards the end..............perhaps John will kindly clarify .......... :thumbsup:

 

I've sold a few things through John's auctions, and I've never been told that I had 'one bid' on one of my own items.

 

Since this constitutes Shill Bidding, I can't see John doing it.

 

This sounds like complete bull to me.

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I've sold a few things through John's auctions, and I've never been told that I had 'one bid' on one of my own items.

 

Since this constitutes Shill Bidding, I can't see John doing it.

 

This sounds like complete bull to me.

 

I agree, he wouldn't do it, you can't bid on your own records to bump the price up.

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The best one is with mans world on the b side Lonely room is an average ballad. this copy looks like the one I sold soul sam he bought it cause he wanted to own both. if it is the one he obviously rates the other more highly

The best one is the one that's just sold in my humble opinion .by which i mean , version of "your love is fading"

    but the other copy has !it's a man's world " on the flip which makes it more desirable to the funk boys .

 

   The more 60's take sounds pretty ordinary to my ears  :yes:

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I've sold a few things through John's auctions, and I've never been told that I had 'one bid' on one of my own items.

 

Since this constitutes Shill Bidding, I can't see John doing it.

 

This sounds like complete bull to me.

 

Was asking the question as Steve Lane raised the point       "..you are allowed to set a reserve and also allowed one bid yourself! :shhh:"

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The best one is the one that's just sold in my humble opinion .by which i mean , version of "your love is fading"

but the other copy has !it's a man's world " on the flip which makes it more desirable to the funk boys .

The more 60's take sounds pretty ordinary to my ears :yes:

Ah, I didn't know there versions of 'your love...' were different. Fair enough then, forget earlier post.

edit - although just listened and they're not massively different. Different version or just different mix / overdub?

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Ah, I didn't know there versions of 'your love...' were different. Fair enough then, forget earlier post.

edit - although just listened and they're not massively different. Different version or just different mix / overdub?

I would say one with man's world sounds 60's northern soul and the other 70's crossover style.

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