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Ending in Hours: Epitome of Sound DJ original (Sandbag 101) 9/30

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This week, we added four new 45s to our Louise Neal 45 Soul Auctions page, which features eye-popping, previously unplayed promo treasures from the Louise Neal Soul 45 collection. See the Auctions page for photos.  The last one to goes out the door tonight:
  • Epitome Of Sound, Sandbag 101 (promo), 1968. "You Don't Love Me / Where Were You"  Condition: M- (M-|M|M) This amazing Northern Soul rarity occupies  is closing in approximately 18 hours! There are a lot of reissues and bootlegs of this rare release. Rest assured, this is a 1968 original pressing, straight from Louise Neal's collection, which has nothing later than 1970. Note: After a deep cleaning, this unplayed promo reveals pristine Mint vinyl and audio. The only notable flaw is a tiny bit of wear on the white labels, which are Near Mint.  High Bid: $430

If you are interested in bidding, please visit the Louise Neal 45 Soul Auctions page for images and an explanation of the auction process. 

Other 45s still available for bidding include:

  • Determinations, Important 1010 (promo), 1967. "You Can't Hold On To Love / That's What I Like" Condition: M- (M|M-|M) This rare single is doubly-blessed, with two dynamite sides of irresistible Northern Soul. This new, unplayed promo has pristine Mint labels and audio. Its vinyl also looks pristine, but has a very slight, no-impact warp that lowers the vinyl grade to Near Mint.   MB: $200
  • Invincibles, Warner Bros. 7061 (promo), 1967.  "Woman Is The Soul Of A Man / Git It"   Condition: M (M|M|M) Wow! Talk about great Northern Soul dance music! You can't go wrong with either side of this rare single, though "Woman" gets the nod from most Northern Soul enthusiasts. This new, unplayed promo comes in a crisp Warner Bros. Records factory sleeve. It has no notable flaws (even a very faint warp is hardly worth mentioning), grading Mint across the board (Labels, Vinyl, Audio).      MB: $75
  • Shirelles, Scepter 12198 (promo), 1967. "Last Minute Miracle / No Doubt About It" Condition: M- (M|M-(sw)|M) This was the seminal Girl Group's last chart single. It features top-notch Northern Soul dancers on both sides, and the A side comes in at #278 in Kev Roberts' list of the Top 500 Northern Soul 45s. Comes in an crisp Scepter Records factory sleeve. This new, unplayed promo copy has pristine Mint labels and audio. The vinyl grades Near Mint to reflect a gentle warp that has no effect on playback or audio. MB $70
  • Anna King, Ludix 103, 1963. "The Big Change / You Don't Love Me Anymore" Condition: M (M|M-|M) This early Anna King single will surprise fans who know her mainly from her Smash sides with James Brown, which lean toward the Funky side of Soul. Here, King swings with a decidedly Northern Soul feel. Both sides are sure bets to fill the dance floor, and this new, unplayed stock copy will ensure the purest audio possible! With its beautiful Mint labels and pristine audio, I'm grading the record Mint overall, but note that the Vinyl grade is Near Mint to reflect some very light storage wear (but no scuffing). MB $80.
  • Bunny Sigler, Parkway 6001 (promo), 1968. "Follow Your Heart / Can You Dig It" Condition: M (M|M|M) Two terrific dancers, with an A side that earns a mention in Kev Roberts' book of the top Northern Soul 45s -- at spot #540. This new, unplayed promo (two shields design) comes in a crisp Cameo/Parkway factory sleeve. It has no notable flaws, grading Mint across the board (Labels, Vinyl, Audio). MB $70.
  • Carl Henry Hall, Mercury 72318 (promo), 1964. "Summertime / Let Me Down Easy" Condition: M- (M|M-|M-) You have never heard Gershwin's "Summertime" until you hear this spectacular -- and highly danceable -- Northern Soul arrangement! The flip is another uptempo winner. This beautiful promo copy has pristine Mint labels, and the vinyl and audio are very close to Mint. MB $200. 

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Louise Neal was a black female disk jockey from North Carolina who had a 3-hour Soul/RnB/Blues show from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. During that time, she collected thousands of (mostly) promo 45s at her home from the many record companies she was registered with for receiving promotional material--ABC, Atlantic/Atco, Chess/Checker/Cadet, Decca, Brunswick, Shout, Stax/Volt, Fame, Imperial, Jubilee, Okeh, Sue, Philles, SureFine, Vee-Jay, Kent, Duke, Bell, Paula/Ronn, Rojac, Peacock, Motown (all labels), Veep, Capitol, Modern, Dial, Jamie and many others. A large number of these precious 45s accumulated unopened in their original shipping packages after Neal left the business and moved to New York in 1967. (Also during 1963-65, when Neal had earlier left town.) Most are highly collectable and extremely rare Northern Soul singles with book Louise Nealvalues ranging well above $100... a few above $1,000! Many are pristine--unplayed and with a bare minimum of storage wear. Others may exhibit very light storage wear and/or an "x" marked on the label. A good many come in their original factory sleeve, some of which are rare and valuable on their own these days.

The collection also contains rarities and classics of interest to fans of RnB, Blues, Girl Groups, Doo Wop, and various other genres of Rock.

Louise Neal collection: Shipping packages for the promo 45sWe began selling records from the Louise Neal collection in June 2015, and it will take years for us to get through everything. To see what's for sale, what's already sold, and what's coming up, visit the Louise Neal Collection page on Classic 45s (http://www.classic45s.com/). We continue to add more details about the collection as time permits. This page shows all the Louise Neal 45s we've added to date (some have sold).

Edited Monday at 19:11 by Classic45s 
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