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micksmith    4

WELL WHAT ARE THE BEST U.K. NORTHERN SOUL PRODUCTIONS. AFTER A LOT OF THOUGHT I'VE COME UP WITH MY TOP 5.

FRANIE & JOHNNY-I'LL HOLD YOU-DECCA.(I'M SURE IT WAS PRODUCED HERE)

P.P. ARNOLD-EVERYTHING THING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT-IMMEDIATE.

JIMMY THOMAS-THIS BEAUTIFUL NIGHT-PARLOPHONE.

CHAPTER 5-YOU CAN'T MEAN IT-C.B.S.

CARL DOUGLAS-SERVING A SENTENCE OF LIFE-UNITED ARTISTS.

I KNOW I'VE PICKED THE OBVIOUS BUT THERE ARE STILL A LOT TO THINK OF.

REMEMBER 5 ONLY. COME ON YOU U.K. COLLECTORS GET THINKIN'

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in town Mikey    989

Trying hard to think of any UK discs I have.

John E Paul on Decca I Wanna Know, and a great forgotten oldie that Grant might appreciate, Kenny Bernard - What love Brings. Cant remember the label, one of the big ones I think.

After that I am stumped, though I would put Frankie and Johnny as my number one too Mick.

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mike    3,263

not a lot of thought given as just outta the door

but off top of head

I've Been Hurt By Love - Geno Washington

Where I'm Gonna Find Her - Mark Loyd

..... only 2 as am late

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grant    751

MIKEY - K BERNARD TRACK - A GORGOTTEN OLDIE O.K. NOT MY CUPPA! GOOD DANCER THOUGH & STILL GETS THEM UP ON THEIR TOES. 5 BRITISH MICK, NOW YOUVE GOT ME THINKIN' WELL 2 OF MY TOP 5 YOU HAVE ALREADY NAMED :-

1. CHAPTER 5 - YOU CANT MEAN IT - CBS

2. FRANKIE & JOHNNY - I'LL HOLD YOU - DECCA

3. MIKE VICKERS - ON THE BRINK - FORGOT LABEL - MENTAL BLOCK (COLUMBIE?)

4. CHANTS - BABY I DONT WANT TO LOSE YOUR LOVE - RCA VICTOR

5. HELEN SHAPIRO - STOP & YOU'LL BECOME AWARE - COLUMBIA

GRANT

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How about these stone classics UK only exclusives

Wigans Ovation "skiing in the snow "

Sounds of lancashire "sliced tomatoes" or was it "bok to bak"

I know you allways get one! seriously guys what about Kenny Lynch "moving away"

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Gene-R    471

My 10 fave UK productions:

1. MARK LOYD: When I'm Gonna Find Her (Parlophone)

2. TONY COLTON: I Stand Accused (Pye)

3. PAULA PARFITT: Love Is Wonderful (Beacon)

4. FRANKIE & JOHNNY: I'll Hold You (Decca)

5. LEONARD WHITING: That's What Mama Say (Pye)

6. MIKE VICKERS: On The Brink (Columbia)

7. CHAPTER FIVE: You Can't Mean It (CBS)

8. JAMES ROYAL: Call My Name (CBS)

9. JOHN ANDREWS: It's Just Love (Parlophone)

10.STEVE ALDO: You're Absolutely Right (Parlophone)

Gene

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P.P. ARNOLD-EVERYTHING THING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT-IMMEDIATE.

Ooh secondhand shop in Woolwich demo, I paid 20p :-))

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simon t    294

Soul Joe Clemens - Ever, Ever - Plexium

Dennis (O) Dell - Beter use your head - CBS

(Honeycombs -Have I the right, lead singer?)

Kenny Bernard - Pity my feet - CBS

Flamma Sherman - Where can he be - SNB

Lorraine Silver - Lost summer love - Pye

Sue Lynn - Don't pity me - RCA

Gayle Cunninham - Pick up the phone - 80's S**T rare from Cornwall!

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Two more for consideration

Jimmy James - Help Yourself (a classic)

Jimmy James - A Man Like Me

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grant    751

TAMMY ST JOHN - NOBODY KNOWS WHATS GOING ON IN MY MIND -PYE

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micksmith    4

it's come to my attention while looking at all the replys we don't have many u.k. collectors on this site. shame. anyway looking through my collection i've found a few more.

jackie edwards. i feel so bad. island.

jenny wren. chasing my dreams all over town. fontana.

herbie goins. no 1 in your heart. parlophone.

linda lewis. you turned my bitter into sweet. polydor.

billie davis. just walk in my shoes. piccadilly.

stella starr. bring him back. piccadilly.

jack hammer. what greater love. u/artists.

barry st. john. everything i touch turns to teras. columbia.

john drevar. the closer she gets. m.g.m.

kiki dee. on a magic carpet ride. fontana.

jason knight. our love is getting stronger. pye.

keep 'em coming.

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I think they were UK Productions(or Jamaican-not much difference!!) Jackie Edwards "Feel So Bad" and also I had forgotten how good "Come On Home" was.

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slimharpo    53

Timi Yuro - It'll Never Be Over For Me - Liberty - I'm reliably informed by Rob Hughes who works for EMI & is a well known biographer & label lister that this was produced over here by Les Reed!! - I seem to remember the original LP saying as much.

Al Matthews - Fool - CBS

Moon Williams - Suspicious Love - DJM

Solomon King - This Beautiful Day - Columbia

Be honest tho' most UK productions were crap weren't they??

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a top 5 of other great UK productions from my collection (which have'nt been mentioned previously):

1. BILLIE DAVIS - NOBODYS HOME TO GO HOME (Decca)

2. HELEN SHAPIRO- HE KNOWS HOW TO LOVE ME (Columbia..self penned by a

17yr old Helen !)

3. STEVIE KIMBLE- ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (Decca)

4. KENNY LYNCH - MY OWN TWO FEET (HMV)

5. ANDEE SILVER - ONLY YOUR LOVE CAN SAVE ME (Fontana..better version

than Betty Lavettes)

Also lets hear it for Dustys 'whats it gonna be', Truly Smiths 'my smile is a frown', Emma Rede's 'i gotta be with you' (great beat ballad on columbia), other good examples of the 'kitchen sink' uk soul production (a new sub genre maybe ?) . Some productions can be a bit twee, granted, though for me, is'nt there something just as magical as a hairdresser from grimsby making a great record as a factory worker from detroit ? Thumbs up to the likes of Mick and Pete Smith for promoting the UK stuff.

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helen shapiro - take me for a while (great dancer!!)

samantha jones - surrounded by a ray of sunshine

nita rossi - something to give

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In Town Mikey don't seem to have a lot of idea of UK productions as both Millie Jackson and April Stevens were US.

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grant    751

Dear Guest I think Mikey just got his wires crossed in what is asked hear - must admit wasnt sure myself if Mick means UK produced and on UK label only or can we include the likes of stuff issued on UK labels e.g. Garnett Mimms Looking For You on British UA - as my definition of a UK collection is anything on a British label whether or not it came out US etc

????????????

Grant

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Rainbow People-Livin in a dreamworld

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Gene-R    471

Almost forgot how good "Where Is He" by Flama Sherman is - thanks for the reminder Hippo!!!

Also worth mentioning the Chants' 1976 offering, "I've Been Trying" on small UK label Chipping Norton. Found 7 unplayed copies for 10p each in a boot market in 1997, sold them to JM for £70, and he sold them for £20 each - as I expected, and I think it's still the going rate!!

Moral of the story - go through boxes of what seem to be crap 45s, in charity shops and boot fairs, thoroughly. You too could find a Frankie and Johnny issue on Decca buried amongst Des O'Connor and Jim Reeves - just like I did in 1987!! Should never have sold it for £30......

Gene

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Ebony Keyes on Picadilly is one of the best in my opinion - anybody know anything about them?

Ray

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Also worth mentioning the Chants' 1976 offering, "I've Been Trying" on small UK label Chipping Norton.  Found 7 unplayed copies for 10p each in a boot market in 1997, sold them to JM for £70, and he sold them for £20 each - as I expected, and I think it's still the going rate!!

No it's not Gene you'd be looking at around £40 a pop at least nowadays mate

John

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micksmith    4

JUST A FEW MORE I'VE FOUND IN THE 'OL CUBBOARD.

PARADOX-RING THE CHANGES-POLYDOR.

MIKE VICKERS(C/U MATT PARSONS)-ON THE BRINK-COLUMBIA.

WAYNE GIBSON-UNDER MY THUMB-COLUMBIA.

JON FORD-YOU'VE GOT ME WHERE YOPU WANT ME-PHILIPS.

RAY MERRELL-TEARS OF JOY-JAY-BOY.(COULD BE IRISH)

DEREK CHRISTIEN-SUDDENLY THERE'S A VALLEY-MAJOR MINOR.

FERRIS WHEEL-NO1 GUY(TORCH BIGGIE)-PICCADILLY.

KAROL KEYES-ONE IN A MILLION-COLUMBIA.

MANCHESTER PLAYBOYS-I FEEL SO GOOD-FONTANA.

KEEP 'EM COMING.

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Gene-R    471

Thanks Johnny 1T - £40?? Didn't realise it was still that sought after!!

What's this Foundations track on Psycho (Change My Life) from 1978?? Anyone know it? Must be good, if it's commanding megabucks. Then there's "Ragtime Girl" by Jimmy Helms on Pye from 1973. Again, one I don't know much about, other than its high price tag (probably £60 - £80). Anyone shed some light on these two?

Gene

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