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Pre-order 45s: 1 New Kent Select and 3 x New Kent Repro 45s


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The below 45s have just been listed up in our store and are now avail for pre-order...


Carolyn Crawford - Get Up And Move / Sugar Boy CITY 094

Little Ann - Who Are You Trying To Fool / The Smile On Your Face REPRO 15

Ty Karim - Wear Your Natural, Baby / If I Can't Stop You (I Can Slow You Down) REPRO 17

Melvin Davis - Wedding Bells / It's No News  REPRO 18


Release notes, audio and purchase options below...


Carolyn Crawford - Get Up And Move / Sugar Boy
CITY 094

This Kent single has been eagerly awaited for some time. Plays at the 100 Club and other venues of ill-repute, has made it a must-play, dancefloor-filling track.

Carolyn Crawford had a brief sojourn at Mickey Stevenson’s Mpingo label, in the early 70s, as a temporary member of Hodges, James & Smith when they were billed as The Firm Of Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford. Stevenson International’s tapes revealed that Mickey had also cut some solo tracks with Carolyn. ‘Ready Or Not Here Comes Love’ has already wowed the Northern Soul world; this fabulous self-written song will cross over to all scenes. Its slow, steady, groove start builds up to an infectious rhythm that few can resist. Congas abound and a subtle brass section layers the music to perfection. The jazz element will see this 45 accepted on all rare black music scenes.

The flip ‘Sugar Boy’ is more typical of Carolyn and Mickey’s time at Motown with a bouncy beat and appropriately cute lyrics. Both sides debut here. 


Little Ann - Who Are You Trying To Fool / The Smile On Your Face

Little Ann’s ‘Who Are You Trying To Fool’ was unknown until the late 90s when Ace acquired Dave Hamilton’s tapes and this glorious soul dancer was discovered. It has since sold out two Kent 45 releases and due to demand we have resurrected it. This time it is on a TCB repro label, which is the imprint it would have been issued on, had Dave had the finances to cover it.

For its flip we have gone for the beautiful, midtempo ‘The Smile On Your Face’ - never before on a 45 and one that will please her devoted fans


Ty Karim - Wear Your Natural, Baby / If I Can't Stop You (I Can Slow You Down) REPRO 17

‘Wear Your Natural, Baby’ was a good seller when issued on Kent Harris’ Romark label in the late 60s – judging by the, at least, three pressings of it. Understandably so, as it is a captivating rhythm for a then very current political and fashionable message. Towana was in fact Ty Karim, singing under her young daughter’s name. 
On this flip, Ty recorded as herself on a cover of the CB Overton’s hit ‘If I Can’t Stop You’. However, Kent Harris decided to not go with this recording at the time and re-cut it with new lyrics as ‘Keep On Doin’ Whatcha’ Doin’’ as a duet with George Griffin issued in 1980 on Sheridan House. That record has become a modern soul classic over time and this alternate solo version, with the different lyrics, by Ty is sure to excite lovers of that genre.


Melvin Davis - Wedding Bells / It's No News REPRO 18

Melvin Davis’ ‘Wedding Bells’ 45 - first issued on the Ke Ke label out of Detroit in 1964, was an early Dave Hamilton project that he collaborated with Melvin for. Both sides are noteworthy, ‘It’s No News’ has particularly amusing lyrics over a dance-friendly rhythm.

Melvin is a legendary singer and sometime drummer who has suffered ill health in recent years; this release is our tribute to him. Known as Detroit’s soul ambassador, all those who have met him will testify as to how great a guy he is.







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Today been informed of the below

Revised date CITY 094  CAROLYN CRAWFORD GET UP AND MOVE / SUGAR BOY is for 15 Mar 2024 

All other 45 orders will be shipped as soon as land ( any day soon)


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