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Did this get released as a single thanks jazz  

I Bought this version a few months ago Paul, Not as good as Darlene's but nice all the same   

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It was never out near the time of its recording.  But, it was pressed up on a look-alike/facsimile Philles label, (one of a series of many unreleased and LP cuts released as two vocal-sided Philles 45s (classic yellow 1963-65 label), during the late 1970s (or early 1980s?), along with many Crystals, Ronettes, other Darlene Love, and others.

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 'A Long Way to Be Happy' was unreleased until 1976 when it appeared on the UK-only  Phil Spector International label LP  'Rare Masters Vol  2 ' and,as my friend RobbK says,was issued later on 45' in the US. A great track(Darlene in fine form) that I've long admired-and felt long overdue for  plays on the scene;I've never heard it played out. 'Here I Sit' by  the Ronettes is another gem on that LP that could find favour on the dance floor.

 

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It also came out (only a few years back I think) on a white label double sider with Len Barry 'I'm in love' which I got on discogs for £25, but now showing as blocked from sale as a boot. Worth finding though, excellent sound quality both sides 

https://www.discogs.com/Darlene-Love-Len-Barry-Long-Way-To-Be-Happy-Im-In-Love/release/9330712

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5 minutes ago, Johnny Jones said:

I Bought this version a few months ago Paul, Not as good as Darlene's but nice all the same 

 

Nice that mate 👍

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Staggering to think this never got a release and a year later our friend Bobby Goldsboro slapped on his LP as a pop song

 

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On 01/09/2019 at 12:13, Robbk said:

 But, it was pressed up on a look-alike/facsimile Philles label, (one of a series of many unreleased and LP cuts released as two vocal-sided Philles 45s (classic yellow 1963-65 label), during the late 1970s (or early 1980s?)

Never seen one of these - can you post a label scan? Ta!

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8 hours ago, cover-up said:

Never seen one of these - can you post a label scan? Ta!

Sorry, I live in 5 different countries on 2 different continents.  I am in Germany now.  I'm not in the country where I store my Soul 45s.  I'm sure someone else on this forum can post a scan of it.  Otherwise, I'll post it when I return to Holland, in a few weeks.

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14 hours ago, cover-up said:

Never seen one of these - can you post a label scan? Ta!

   I think someone may have gotten "A Long Way To Be Happy" confused  with a couple of unreleased songs that were part of the Collectables/ Philles 

reissue series. As far as I know there were 2 Darlene Love 45's released -

1) Collectables/ Philles #3210- "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry"/ "Strange Kind Of Love"

2) Collectables/ Philles #3211- "Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home"/ "Stumble And Fall" 

 

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1 hour ago, The Yank said:

   I think someone may have gotten "A Long Way To Be Happy" confused  with a couple of unreleased songs that were part of the Collectables/ Philles reissue series. As far as I know there were 2 Darlene Love 45's released -

1) Collectables/ Philles #3210- "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry"/ "Strange Kind Of Love"

2) Collectables/ Philles #3211- "Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home"/ "Stumble And Fall" 

 

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I thought "A Long Way To Be Happy" was one of the B Side cuts in that very series.  BUT, IF it wasn't, then I saw that song on a facsimile- lookalike Philles label, which, then, is most likely to be a bootleg.  I'm certain that I saw that song on a Philles yellow and red pressing. 

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6 minutes ago, Blackpoolsoul said:

I would be shocked if it hasn't been booted as it is a "prime" record to be booted (not that I would approve of course)

As mentioned higher up it has been - I've got it on a very good quality white label boot with Len Barry 'I'm in love' on the flip. No mention of either track on the labels so always a lottery as to which side you play 😀

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