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60’s Northern: Proper, Quality Tackle – Nae Pish! Bangers, clangers, chuggers and buggers; stompers, rompers, rumpers, pumpers and trumpers; heavy on the Stafford vibe with the odd, overlooked Wigan gem…


1. The Chessmen – Why Can’t I Be Your Man/Nothing But You – Chess £35 ye olde classic but by jingo, Nothing But You is the gem side here, a gorgeous mid tempo that borrows heavily from The Temptations ‘It’s Growing’. Some surface scrathches on this side, vg++




*** SOLD *** 2. Top Shelf – No Second Thoughts / Give It Up  – Lolo £30  another fabbytastic double sider; great uptempo dancer, with a beautiful, sweet soul reworking of Jerry Butler’s ‘ Giving Up On Love’




3.  The O’Jays – No Time For You – Imperial £80 rarer back issue of this classic, Pied Piper production. Beefier, dancier version of The Commands’ original on Dynamic; as legend has it, The Commands often supported when The O’Jays toured Texas, which was how the Philly boys were moved to cut their own version.



4. The New People – I’m Losing You – All Star £25   jaunty, full-o’-beans Chicago dancer



5. William Hunt – Would You Believe – Streamside £60 superb, soulful mid tempo



6. TSU Toronados – Only Inside – Ovide £40 haunting, gritty, emotionally charged Stafford gem



7. Earl Gains – It’s Worth Anything – HBR *demo* £20 a teeth gnashing, fist pumping, gritty 6T’s grinder if there ever was one



8. Marvin Smith – Love Ain’t Nothing But Pain / I Want – Brunswick £20 cracking double sider of big Carl Davis/Chicago productions. Note the botched drill hole attempt that eats into the centre – it looks odd but does not affect play.




*** SOLD *** 9. The Promatics – Sugar Pie – Jo Jo £25 yet another Northern dancer with that great ‘Time’s A Wasting’ backing track.  On the rarer label with the blue text.



10. The Spellbinders – We’re Acting Like Lovers – Columbia *demo* £25 stone classic



11. Carl Hall – I Don’t Want To Be Your Used To Be – Loma £45 big, bold, brassy pounder, with Carl doing that screaming-his-head-off-like-a-good-‘un thing he does so well!



***SOLD*** 12. The Dells – Inspiration – Chess £20 *single sided demo* big, loud, strings ‘n things stomper with Marvin Junior roaring away in fine style!



13. The Puzzles – I Need You / My Sweet Baby – Fatback £60 2 stonking sides of real, old skool Northern that seldom turns up. Unfortunately, both sides bear scuffs, surface scratches and that weird discolouration. VG+ and this is reflected in the price, but really, they sound much better.




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• YouTube clips are not my records, I’ve included them to let you hear something new or remind you how good these are. My records are pictured.

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• All are at least in Ex condition unless stated otherwise

• Honest Al’s money back guarantee on safe return of a purchase if you disagree with my vinyl grading

• Wanna haggle on price? They’re all well priced as it is, but go ahead - it does no harm to ask, but a polite ‘GTF’ may be the response…

Right, that’s yer lot – let’s be ‘avin yer! Cheers

1 Chessmen - Why.jpg

2 Chessmen - Nothing.jpg



5 OJays - No Time.jpg

6 New People.jpg

7 William Hunt.jpg

8 TSU Toronados - Only.jpg

9 Earl Gaines.jpg

10 Marvin Smith - Love Ain't.jpg

11 Marvin Smith - I Want.jpg


13 Spellbinders -ACting.jpg

14 Carl Hall - Don't Wanna Be Your Used To BE.jpg


16 The Puzzles - I Need You.jpg

17 The Puzzles - My Sweet Baby.jpg

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