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I have just bought 2 copies of Top Shelf - No second thoughts.
One is on 'Lo Lo' records, and one is on ''Calla' records. Just wondering why on 2 different labels or are they connected? and are any of them harder to get then the other?
Thank you

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There are other records that came out the same, Lo Lo and Calla.

Bobby Hill was one that comes to mind, Lo Lo was distributed by Calla, so I guess they put them out on the main label if they showed signs of being a hit.

I think they shared the Lo Lo release number when put out on Calla. The Top Shelf release and Bobby Hill do.

 

Sorry I can't help on prices, but should imagine the Lo lo release to be more expensive - although it's not always the case.

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I can't say as I recall hearing it played out, but it's the sort of thing that could well have had spins around the early Wigan period.

I have seen it on sales lists over the years, but I'm not aware of it being particularly well known.

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I can't say as I recall hearing it played out, but it's the sort of thing that could well have had spins around the early Wigan period.

I have seen it on sales lists over the years, but I'm not aware of it being particularly well known.I

 

It got played early 70's without really talking off.

It was a bit too common to be pushed by the bigger clubs.

It think it was a Soul Bowl special at one time 73/74ish 85p.

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Guest johnny hart

great tune..seen on a few playlists lately and im sure I read somewhere it was played at cattacombs?

Yes Played at the Cat,s around 72 , originally a 50p [10 shilling s] sound now LoLo & Calla issues,£20 -£30, class G.Kerr Production.

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Is It the same group that had a release on Spectrum  Doggone I Love You, great crossover

Yes I believe so, also both this and the one in question have credits to writers called Saunders - one Larry, the other Andre - a bit of a coincidence or what?  :g:

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I have now got both records through, one on Calla, and one on Lo Lo.
The strange this is is that they are both 1970 releases, both have the same matrix number '2304' , and both have the same address, the 'Calla' one, '17 West 60th street, New York, NY'. So the real question is, why would 'Calla' release the same record on 2 different labels in the same year?                                                     

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Possibly - as I sort of said in post no 2,  because Lo Lo was more of a local label, and Calla was more well known / distributed around the USA, therefore more likely to sell copies?

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Hi John 

 

I got this on LO LO records I have to admit I paid £3 for it and played it at our venue Yam Yams near Walsalland it went down really well with the crowd,not heard prior to this.

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'Doggone baby I love you'  has probably had the most plays from the few discs they put out. This release  which I have on Spectrum possibly came on Epic, Does anybody have a copy?

 

Andy

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I know it states that it's distributed by Laurie Records, but where does Epic fit in Andy?

I've not heard of this before.  :unsure:

Hi John

To be fair it would seem unlikely, however in soul harmony singles it has a Epic listing, but this also has a question mark to go with it, which is why I thought I would ask around. As you know most of the majors did very small runs of of some really unlikely titles which in time have become very hard to track down compared to the original indie release. I think there was a thread on here relating to a We the Peaple 45 on Polydor, so it's a bit like that I suppose.

Andy

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Not a bad record for the price, I picked one up for about a tenner on Discogs last year. Mines on Lo Lo also

Edited by mtay9778

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Just read the Rafa Newton Aycliffe playlists as I regularly do and saw Top Shelf was played in one of the earlier spots, a few good words said about it too. All it takes is a few spins for some records to hit it off. I'll keep hold of mine for a bit I think ;-)

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