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Grading: M- / VG++ / VG+ / VG / VG- / G  (US Goldmine scale, so VG++ = EX in UK Record Collector terms). Postal prices are £3 UK recorded / £7.50 UK special delivery / £5 Europe / £6 rest of the world / £11 tracked & signed service outside the UK.



Curtis Mayfield “Move On Up / Underground” (Curtom) VG++ £60
Nice clean vinyl copy (close to M-)

Lee Fields “We Fought For Survival” (Festival) VG- £500
Hard-as-nails funk behemoth. Arguably his rarest and best. Sounds like Showbiz and Lord Finesse if they had been making records in 1969. (Plays strong / wol / light ringwear / slight “swoosh” on intro, check clip)
We Fought For Survival


Shirley Johnson “Too Big To Cry / Inst.” (LaShawn) strong VG £900
Rarity alert! Huge northern spin, and a recent cover up for the top few DJs on the all-nighter circuit. A copy sold on one of Manship’s auctions for over £1300 a while back in similar condition. (Dish not affecting play / some ringwear on instrumental side)
Too Big To Cry
Carl Hall "Mean It Baby / You Don't Know Nothing About Love" (Loma) G+/VG £25
Classic northern with deep flip. (Northern side is compromised by large scratch, plays surprisingly well though, please check clip before ordering. Ballad side is is strong VG to VG+ and labels are clean.)
Mean It Baby
You Don't Know

Great Pride “She’s A Lady” (MGM white demo) VG++ £40
Opens with a drum break and goes into awesome downtempo reverbed-out funky soul with hip-hop appeal. Not terribly easy to find. (Nice clean copy, mono/stereo / two tiny, discreet red spots on mono side)
She's A Lady
Lenis Guess “Thank Goodness Gotta Good Woman / Too Many Nights” (Peanut Country) demo VG++ £70
Tremendous R’n’B / northern dancers from the maestro. (White demo with the faintest whisp of ringwear, still looks good)
Thank Goodness
Too Many Nights
The Gospel Sensations of Portsmouth, VA “People Get Ready” (Pinewood) M- £50
Gorgeous Virginia gospel cover of the classic, that sounds like it was recorded by angels.
People Get Ready

Lawrence Carroll’s Peoples Band “One Hundred Years From Now” (Raina) VG+ £75
Moody instrumental funk with flavour.
One Hundred Years From Now
Henry Thomas & Rise “My Dreams Are Clouded / Don’t Wait Too Long” (RapTown) M- £125
Soulful modern/boogie club smasher, with equally strong stepper on the flip. Beautiful copy.
My Dreams Are Clouded
Don't Wait Too Long


Natural Love “Goodbye My Love” (RSP) VG++ £25
Late 70s-sounding harmony ballad. (Looks clean but a slightly noisy pressing)
Goodbye My Love
Too Sweet “You Got To Find Yourself / Mick The Quick” (Solox) VG+ £60
Two raw, thumping disco sides on an oddball New Jersey label. (Stamped with label address / a few little tics but plays great overall)
You Got To Find Yourself
Mick The Quick
The Book Of Life “I Don’t Know You / Love Will Rise” (Sonstar) VG £25
Lovely modern dancer from Michael Orr. Plays well, clean labels. (Sounds good overall with click just before music starts, ballad flip is more like VG-)
I Don't Know You
Love Will Rise

Black Sweat “Disco Africa” (Sweat Inc.) VG++ offers 
The humongous bassline and horns pack a lot of power into this creeping monster. Has remained rare (I’ve only had one other spare over the years, which went to a top DJ)  and is in hot demand, which is unsurprising when you hear it on a system and see what it does to dancefloors of almost any variety. Unusually clean; the slight noise you hear in the intro is the same on my copy, so I’m pretty sure it’s in the pressing. Offers from £500, and I’ll let it run for a few days until everyone has had time to get in touch. CURRENT OFFER £550
Disco Africa
Epitaph “Epitaph Movement” (Tombstone) VG £100
Heavy uptempo funk from Lawrence, Kansas. Pretty obscure, and one that seems ripe for some action. (Lots of light surface marks/scuffs, plays fine though / B side label has ringwear, only very faint wear to A side label)
Epitaph Movement
Bardo Martinez “Bad Education / Inst.” (Timmion) M- / M- £6
Possibly the best new release of the year to date – dancefloor fire with a message that comes highly recommended. (With picture sleeve and obi strip) 
Bad Education
Eula Cooper “I Can’t Help If I Love You” (Tragar) VG+ £300
Crushing darkside funky soul from the much loved GA singer. (Please note – schmaltzy ballad flip has a scratch running through it)
I Can't Help If I Love You
Mugo “Organize / Space Travel” (United World) solid VG £40
Powerful ‘70s breakbeat funk from DC. (Very small warp not affecting play)
Space Travel 

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