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    Entered the Northern Soul scene in the late 1980's.Returned after a  long lay off a couple of years ago

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    Michael Viner
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  1. According to the usually reliable 'LA R&B Vocal Groups 1945-1965' by Steve Propes & Galen Gart, who spoke to Vessie Simmons in 1996 for the book,the A&M Sequins were the Ribbons,who did backgrounds for Phil Spector too. Vessie also added 'I had my own group of Ikettes' ,which is possible,as there were certainly 'touring' Ikettes alongside the 'recording' Ikettes.
  2. Such sad news-Lorraine was involved in so many great records we've all listened to,danced to and loved for so many years
  3. Records have been going 'walkabouts' from the BBC Record Library since at least the 70's, as Winsford stated above (and I've heard other stories re. some 50's R n' R rarities) I started collecting seriously in the early 80's and have found a few 45's(and LP's) with the 'BBC Record Library ' stamp on over the years in charity shops,junk shops etc. Found a copy of Jackie Lee - The Duck on Fontana with the BBC Record Library label stamp in a junk shop in Catford,South London in the 80's,for example. Also, London -based collectors may recall that about 10-15 years ago Reckless Records in Soho acquired a fairly large quantity of BBC Record Library 45's which they sold still in the polythene storage bags as Winsford described;bought a few myself. Maybe these were duplicates the BBC were disposing of-perhaps they have official/unofficial clearouts of doubles and duplicates from time to time,which,along with 'borrowing' (shall we say)accounts for their occasional appearance outside the halls of the BBC over the years
  4. All in VG + to Mint .All play great. All with original company sleeves .Post free in UK. Europe £5.50 .Rest of World -email for rates. Pay via Paypal as friends Duffy Power -A Woman Made Trouble 63' UK Parlophone original - surface & spindle marks but all light&superficial.Plays fantastic. Fine 45'! £ 20 ON HOLD The Coasters-Love Potion No.9 71' UK Parlophone original- in nice,clean Ex- condition( very slight,brief surface noise in the intro,which seems to be in the mastering-I've had other copies with the same-after which plays perfect) Small round sticker with number '6351' at top of '45 rpm' right side of label. £12 Jess & James - Move- 67 'UK MGM original. Good Belgian Blue-eyed Soul with tasty Hammond riff .Mod fave. £4 Darlene Love- Lord If You're A Woman- 75' Phil Spector International original. Lovely,stone Mint copy of this gem £5 Jerri Bo Keno -I Don't Know Why -75' PSI original-as above. Real nice,overlooked Blues/R&B shuffler that sounds a good 10 years earlier than it's 75' cut. £3 ON HOLD Big Boris-Devils Drive 72' UK RCA original - Good old instro from yesteryear £4 Millie Jackson -My Man A Sweet Man 72' UK Mojo original. Nice copy of this classic £4
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    Thanks-you're welcome! I should have said Patti Austin's Leave A Little Love was one of a couple of US covers-I forgot about another nice cover by Tambi Garret(I really love that name 'Tambi' -if I ever have a daughter,even if a bit unlikely now,I think I'll call her Tambi- on Ascot (UA subsidiary) in 66'. Tambi was an attractive redhead from Florida who was a polio survivor-little else is known about her;there is one known photo.She made a handful of 45's,Leave a Little Love being the last and her activities and whereabouts since are unknown
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    Lulu's Leave A Little Love was definitely first-Patti Austin's was the US cover
  7. Yes,those Verve 45's are underrated, for sure-like Stop And Think It Over and the above.Also, don' t forget the beautiful Doo Wop he cut with The Gainors,like You Must Be An Angel and Please Consider
  8. It's the Pat Powdrill version of Together Forever on Downey .The Viola Wills version does'nt have the male vocal group
  9. Yes- Soul City's 'Who Knows' is the flip of 'Everybody Dance Now' and Barbara Lynn's 'Until Then I'll Suffer' is the flip of ' Take You Love And Run'-two great double-siders for a start
  10. The J.Geils Band's version of 'I Do' ? Can't think of any other covers that there have been of it
  11. Yes, this was the first issue in 1970 -it was reissued in 1975/6 in Sparks' 'Northern Soul' series, along with Gene Latters' Sign On The Dotted Line . Val made a couple of 45's in the mid-60's on Piccadilly inc. quite nice covers of Patti & The Emblems' Mixed Up Shook Up Girl and Ike & Tina's I Can't Believe What You Say and toured with The Kinks at the time
  12. All in VG++ to Mint.All play great. Post free in UK. Overseas - email for rates.Pay via Paypal as friend. michael.viner@yahoo.co.uk Drifters-Baby What I Mean-67' UK Atlantic original NOC. Nice VG++ copy of this oft-overlooked classic,just no centre £5.50 Darlene Love- Lord If You're A Woman- 77' UK Phil Spector International original in company sleeve.Beautiful , stone Mint copy of this gem £8 Ruby & The Romantics- Hurting Each Other -69' UK A&M original in company sleeve Lovely ,clean Ex copy of a lovely record- hard to find on UK issue. £6 Millie Jackson-My Man,A Sweet Man -72' UK Mojo original in fine Ex- condition,just a couple of ultra-light,superficial marks.With original Mojo company sleeve-also in fine nick.Nice copy of a classic. £4.50 Big Boris-Devils Drive-original 72' UK RCA Demo in company sleeve- in great VG++ condition-just a few small, light surface marks. felt tip 'X' on A-side label -NOT 'Devils Drive' label which is the B side.Good old instrumental from yesteryear. £10 SOLD
  13. There were some nice ones on the late lamented US 'Relic' label of Lu Pine material- a great LP (not sure if it came out on CD) of Doo-Wops in their 'Golden Groups' series which came out in the 80's, and I've loved it ever since,also a very nice 'The Girl Groups Of Detroit' (Relic CD 7017) which also came out on LP, -also a couple of Falcons compilations on Relic,too. Not on Relic there was an excellent budget CD on Fat Boy from 1995 called 'The Original Sound Of Detroit' inc gems like both sides of Betty Lavette's super 62' debut ,Bobby Wiiliams etc-basically the same as the old late 60's UK Speciality LP with same title-oh, just remembered another good UK budget LP of Lupine stuff on Windmill called 'Roots Of Diana Ross,Wilson Pickett & Eddie Floyd' came out about 1973.
  14. Also Ede Robin-There Must Be A Love Somewhere (Le Cam) reissued in 75' on Crystal in the UK. .Either Moses & Joshua or Sons Of Moses came first(not sure which) I'm fairly sure. Major Bill Smith certainly did love re-using backing tracks,that is for sure!
  15. I think that's the Goldmine CD 'this is Northern Soul' (GSCD 14) where track 2 is The Imaginations-Strange Neighbourhood instead of the listed track 2, Connie Clark -My Sugar Baby,which then follows on track 3,putting the whole track listing out of joint(apart from track 1)which is quite annoying,as you have to remember that if you want to listen to, say,Frank Dell (track 18) you have to actually skip to track 19 and so on

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