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  • Birthday 07/01/1950

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    At time of posting this, I'm 66 and been around for what often feels like a century or two. I first got into Soul in my late teens when I could finally afford my own radio and listen to what I wanted (Radio1, Luxembourg etc.). Dad was firmly anti pop music, I think there was a nail through the 'Third Programme' on the wireless radiogramme most of the time. Not having much money, I bought LPs rather than singles, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett being two early ones. I was also into heavy rock at the same time, so I collected a fairly wide range of sounds.   I used to go to clubs and pubs locally around Firth Park / Shiregreen (Wharncliffe, Shiregreen Hotel etc.) and uptown (Heartbeat, Top Rank, Bailey's), and occasionally heard sounds like Right Track and Blowing My Mind To Pieces as well as the regular club sounds of the late 1960s. I had no idea where these records came from, nor did I care. I just knew they were very, very good. Eventually I started collecting a few from assorted record shops around the city.   I started listenig to soul shows on the radio (John Green's Soul Shotgun), and discovered a whole new range of tunes that I had never heard before. That was it - hooked for life. I used to work a lot of weekends at that time so didn't go to many of the big all-nighters, just a few Samantha's. They were mindblowing.   I started DJing with a mate of mine (Pete Kelsey) from Richmond College around 1976. It was the old mobile disco routine - wedding receptions above pubs and such, and I soon discovered that Soul (mainly Motown), above all else, would soon get the dancefloor heaving. A few student events gave me the chance to get out some northern sounds. Boy, did that work! Incredible.   Then I did the usual trick - bought a house, had a family and became permanently skint. Both my partner, Helen, and I still listened when we could - mainly CDs at home, but we didn't actually go anywhere for over 20 years. Then, one evening in 2004, we dropped on the Kay Gee Bee on Abbeydale Road. After a chat one night with Barry Holland, I got to play a spot from my old collection (which I had kept) which went down fairly well I think.   Since then it's been a roller-coaster - an absolutely brilliant reintroduction to the soul scene, and, interestingly, to sounds I would never have listened to all those years ago - R&B, X-over etc., etc. I am priviledged to have been asked to DJ at a number of venues (the biggest being Bridlington), and I've gathered any number of wonderful friends (and even more tunes, err... investments :-)) With help from some good friends I now run two city clubs, Darnall Horti and Sheffield Sunday Soul Sessions at The Mulberry Tavern, playing rarer and underplayed material - loads of wonderful soul tunes that you might otherwise never hear. I haven't forgotten those brilliant oldies though, and never will.   Where will it end? Who cares!

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    John Moffatt
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    Justin Jones - Dance By Yourself

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  1. The biggest proportion of import charges in the 20% VAT added to any item above about £12 purchased from anywhere outside the EU. If we leave the EU without a trade deal, then VAT will also be charged on items from there, plus, possibly, import duty. That, of course, won't just apply to records.
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  2. All issues unless stated. No boots or very recent reissues. All in extremely good condition, see notes. Sound clips are for guidance only (unless stated otherwise). Offers considered. Paypal preferred. Free 2nd class UK postage (or recorded £1.50). Anything over £50 must go ‘guaranteed’ at £6. Buyers abroad please contact me. Return if not happy. Please send a PM if interested. BEE KAYS – IT’S BETTER on Gamble G-211 VG++ condition, drill hole. £20 Quality early soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEAzHO36vwc THE LADDINS - I'LL KISS YOUR TEARDROPS AWAY on Angie ZTSP 85713 VG+, light scuffs NAP, label damage and WOL, plays great. £30 Brilliant popcorn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nie01RoZ0zA GENE ANDERSON – JES’ A LITTLE LOVE / PAINS IN MY HEART on Star 246 VG++, belting condition with just a few light marks, nap. Superb two-sider. £100 Superb double-sider. Sound clips from the actual record… https://www.dropbox.com/s/0xo8vhjsfj4ih0x/Gene Anderson - Jes' A Little Love.mp3?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/cth8tu1bem6x9u7/Gene Anderson - Pains In My Heart.mp3?dl=0 OTIS CLAY – SHE’S ABOUT A MOVER on Cotillion 45-44001 VG++ condition, a few light marks nap, ring-wear on labels. £25 Quality R&B mover. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RazzhX2vaMc SHADES – THE COMBINATION on Joey J-6206 VG++ condition with a few light marks. Plays brilliantly. Labels are a little grubby. Cracking up-tempo R&B mover. Quite rare. £35 https://www.dropbox.com/s/61jwnvsbb2iyf3h/The Shades - The Combination.mp3?dl=0 BUSTER BENTON – LONESOME FOR A DIME on Ronn 93 VG++ condition, clean labels. Cracking blues flip. £8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFWPQRL_zmw BIG MAYBELLE - 96 TEARS on Rojac RA-112 Strong VG, scuffs and a few light ticks, plays great. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szxMN7vCzTA SAMMY TURNER - RAINCOAT IN THE RIVER on BigTop 45-3089 White Demo Strong VG, scuffs and a few light ticks, grubby labels with sticker marks, plays great. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEU7lASesE0 RAELETS - ONE ROOM PARADISE on Tangerine 45-TRC-972 (VG++, slight label damage) £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjq2pY9bpkk ELGINS – YOU GOT YOUR MAGNET ON ME BABY on Lummtone 109 VG++ condition, with just a few light marks, nap. Quite rare bouncing R&B. £200 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DBv_UIvm8k OSCAR BOYD – WHEN THINGS GET A LITTLE BETTER on Hermes HMS #107 Strong VG+ condition, clean labels. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7i-Njxg7YQ ALBERT KING - YOU'RE GONNA NEED ME on Stax 45-252 VG++, a handful of very light scuffs nap £10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfjfN6WCVRY JAMES DAVIS CHAINS AROUND MY HEART on Duke 374 VG++, beautiful copy £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ePANN_AYs VIVIAN COLLINS - HEY OFFICER on Serock SR 2002 White Demo (VG++, couple of very light scuffs and some marks on label) £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggL6hbAwvIE LUCKY CLARK - SO SICK on Chess 1782 VG++ beautiful copy £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfiAesqd0do BIG LUCKY CARTER - OHIO BOUND on Grandstand USA 1003 NM with just one light mark £10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVD7-vGJw5E&t=27s ANN COLE - PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE on MGM K12954 Yellow Demo Strong VG+, a few light marks, plays great £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbHJ_XHx56Y JAMES DAVIS - AIN'T IT GREAT on Duke 392 VG++, beautiful copy £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESWNbL5lmVQ TINY POWELL - TAKE ME WITH YOU on Wax W 14 VG++, beautiful copy £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qathLVFYxw CHICK CARBO - TWO TABLES AWAY on Instant 3254 NM, but with slight label damage £5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnqFWdY4OI OTIS BUSH - SO MUCH LOVE on Cha Cha C-778 Near Mint, beautiful copy £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBP0wtMkhnQ LITTLE JERRY WILLIAMS - I'M THE LOVER MAN on Southern Sound SS 118 Strong VG+, a few paper scuffs, labels are clean £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaMwOGGfxYk NOW SOLD ------ JIMMY McCRACKLIN - CAN'T RAISE ME on Imperial 66094 VG++ with a few very light marks. Belting up-tempo R&B dancer. £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0-nSbH2TJ8 JACKIE WILSON - REET PETITE on SMP SKM 3 (1986 reissue) Near mint copy of this reissue featuring 3 top Jackie Wilson tracks: Reet Petite / You Brought About A Change In Me / I'm The One To Do It In original picture sleeve £6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CTs8a7dVa0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wn0tWmoxWg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgQOiSRC7yc DALE BROOKS - WHAT IS THERE TO TELL on Twirl 2028 WLP Near mint condition. Excellent early soul. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peh-KR-Ai7k TOMMY BUTLER - MOVE ON, STAY GONE on Chattahoochee 704 VG++ with a few very light scuffs. Excellent, moody mid-tempo early soul ballad. £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Q6jk38gXs
  3. An excellent night at the Horti, some great tunes played. Good to hear some I hadn't heard in years. I'm sure, as word spreads, that numbers will continue to climb. This is a very good venue, so if you haven't been, come give it a go. If you like proper northern played on proper records, this is for you.
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  4. Wanted in VG+ or better condition please. Old copy just cracked up on me - devastated. Thanks in advance John
  5. Should be there. Looking forward to it.
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  6. All issues unless stated. No boots or very recent reissues. All in extremely good condition, see notes. Sound clips are for guidance only. Paypal preferred. Free 2nd class UK postage (or recorded £1.50). Anything over £50 will be sent ‘guaranteed’ at £6. Buyers abroad please contact me. Return if not happy. Please send a PM if interested. WILLIE PICKETT – ON THE STAGE OF LIFE on Eastern WAP 1A Brilliant cross-over soul in Near Mint condition, with just a couple of very light marks. £170 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85jW9SbszEI&list=RD85jW9SbszEI&start_radio=1 SPIDELLS – PUSHED OUT OF THE PICTURE on Coral 62508 Brilliant cross-over favourite on VG++ condition, with just a handful of light marks, NAP. £100 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlfZn3HeUUQ BARBARA MASON – AIN’T GOT NOBODY on Arctic 137 Brilliant lilting soul. VG++ condition with just a few light marks NAP. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGG61eucZZg BABY WASHINGTON – HANDFUL OF MEMORIES on Sue 767 Belting classic in VG+ condition. Has a few light marks, plays superbly. SLW. £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtI_v2php9o SONS OF ROBIN STONE- GOT TO GET YOU BACK on Atco 45-6929 Brilliant 70s. Record is in strong VG++ condition with just a couple of very light marks. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5psbOEvs4bA MARVIN SMITH – WHO WILL DO YOUR RUNNING NOW on Mayfield MA 942 VG+ with some very faint background ticks here and there. Plays excellently. Writing on flip-side label. £50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P09LtQ_pMQU MOONGLOWS – YOU’VE CHOSEN ME Big P 101 in strong VG+ condition, with a handful of hairline scuffs. Quality harmony soul. £10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubZXL7UqwUo LIZ DAMON’S ORIENT EXPRESS – YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE White Whale WW 368 in VG++ condition. Quality, classic crossover soul. £7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BDz_L8-op4 PAUL MARTIN – I’VE GOT A NEW LOVE Ascot 2172 in VG+ condition, with light scuffs and label wear. Excellent mid-tempo mover. £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8rsD_enpI0 NOW SOLD - CHRIS MORGAN – WHO AM I Bell B-798 Promo in NM- condition. One small scuff. Rare northern dancer. £130 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB83QvCcb_A DARROW FLETCHER – WHAT HAVE I GOT NOW Jacklyn 1002 in NM- condition. One small scuff. Rare northern dancer. £135 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xViJihlbmxM
  7. I'm not sure how much you know about this area, so please forgive me if my reply is a bit over-detailed. The only way I know how to do it is, firstly, find and play the song on a website, usually YouTube. Then highlight and copy (ctrl-C, or right-click the mouse and select 'copy') the URL from the top of the page (the line that starts https://) Go you the description area of your sales post, and paste it there (ctrl-V, or right-click the mouse and select 'paste'). Hope this helps.
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  8. Unfortunately can't make this one guys, but please wish Treetops all the best. Hope we'll see him around and about. Have a great night.
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  9. I've sent you a PM.
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  10. Might well be right. Whatever its legitimacy, it's always good to be able to tell the difference between an original and anything that came later.
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  11. That shouldn't be hard to spot then. Thanks for this.
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  12. Hi all, I'm just curious, but can anyone tell me the difference between an original and the recent re-release of BILLY & THE MOONLIGHTERS Little Indian Girl on CRYSTAL BALL. I've looked at a few photos, but can't spot anything definitive. Is there anything obvious I should look for? Thanks in advance.
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  13. Wanted in VG+ or better condition please. Old copy just cracked up on me - devastated. Thanks in advance John
  14. All issues unless stated. No boots or very recent reissues. All in extremely good condition, see notes. Sound clips are for guidance only. Offers considered. Paypal preferred. Free 2nd class UK postage (or recorded £1.50). Anything over £50 must go ‘guaranteed’ at £6. Buyers abroad please contact me. Return if not happy. Please send a PM if interested. NOW SOLD ---- JOHN WILLIAMS & TICK TOCKS – DO ME LIKE YOU DO ME on Sansu 472 promo VG+, light scuffs, plays great. £50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdmlGkdXII4 BEE KAYS – IT’S BETTER on Gamble G-211 VG++ condition, drill hole. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEAzHO36vwc THE LADDINS - I'LL KISS YOUR TEARDROPS AWAY on Angie ZTSP 85713 VG+, light scuffs NAP, label damage and WOL, plays great. £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nie01RoZ0zA GENE ANDERSON – JES’ A LITTLE LOVE / PAINS IN MY HEART on Star 246 VG++, belting condition with just a few light marks, nap. Superb two-sider. £70 https://archive.org/details/GENEANDERSONJesALittleLove Can’t find sound clip for the flip (very odd) but can be sent on request. OTIS CLAY – SHE’S ABOUT A MOVER on Cotillion 45-44001 VG++ condition, a few light marks nap, ring-wear on labels. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RazzhX2vaMc ON HOLD ---- SHADES – THE COMBINATION on Joey J-6206 VG++ condition with a few light marks. Plays brilliantly. Labels are a little grubby. Cracking up-tempo R&B mover. Quite rare. £30 Can’t find a sound clip for this, but available on request. BUSTER BENTON – LONESOME FOR A DIME on Ronn 93 VG++ condition, clean labels. Cracking blues flip. £8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFWPQRL_zmw NOW SOLD --- GENE COOPER – GO GO INN on Hi-Q 5037 VG+ with a few light marks, nap. Labels are a little grubby. Belting up-tempo R&B. Quite rare. £50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaOCcaMM6JU BIG MAYBELLE - 96 TEARS on Rojac RA-112 Strong VG, scuffs and a few light ticks, plays great. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szxMN7vCzTA SAMMY TURNER - RAINCOAT IN THE RIVER on BigTop 45-3089 White Demo Strong VG, scuffs and a few light ticks, grubby labels with sticker marks, plays great. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEU7lASesE0 RAELETS - ONE ROOM PARADISE on Tangerine 45-TRC-972 (VG++, slight label damage) £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjq2pY9bpkk ELGINS – YOU GOT YOUR MAGNET ON ME BABY on Lummtone 109 VG++ condition, with just a few light marks, nap. Quite rare bouncing R&B. £200 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DBv_UIvm8k OSCAR BOYD – WHEN THINGS GET A LITTLE BETTER on Hermes HMS #107 Strong VG+ condition, clean labels. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7i-Njxg7YQ ALBERT KING - YOU'RE GONNA NEED ME on Stax 45-252 VG++, a handful of very light scuffs nap £10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfjfN6WCVRY JAMES DAVIS CHAINS AROUND MY HEART on Duke 374 VG++, beautiful copy £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ePANN_AYs VIVIAN COLLINS - HEY OFFICER on Serock SR 2002 White Demo (VG++, couple of very light scuffs and some marks on label) £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggL6hbAwvIE LUCKY CLARK - SO SICK on Chess 1782 VG++ beautiful copy £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfiAesqd0do BIG LUCKY CARTER - OHIO BOUND on Grandstand USA 1003 NM with just one light mark £10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVD7-vGJw5E&t=27s ANN COLE - PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE on MGM K12954 Yellow Demo Strong VG+, a few light marks, plays great £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbHJ_XHx56Y JAMES DAVIS - AIN'T IT GREAT on Duke 392 VG++, beautiful copy £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESWNbL5lmVQ TINY POWELL - TAKE ME WITH YOU on Wax W 14 VG++, beautiful copy £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qathLVFYxw CHICK CARBO - TWO TABLES AWAY on Instant 3254 NM, but with slight label damage £5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnqFWdY4OI OTIS BUSH - SO MUCH LOVE on Cha Cha C-778 Near Mint, beautiful copy £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBP0wtMkhnQ LITTLE JERRY WILLIAMS - I'M THE LOVER MAN on Southern Sound SS 118 Strong VG+, a few paper scuffs, labels are clean £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaMwOGGfxYk NOW SOLD ---- BETTY EVERETT - BYE BYE BABY on ABC 45-10861 VG with some light marks, but plays great with a little background noise here and there. No jumps or skips. Brilliant up-tempo R&B. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nTPKuK7M9g JIMMY McCRACKLIN - CAN'T RAISE ME on Imperial 66094 VG++ with a few very light marks. Belting up-tempo R&B dancer. £15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0-nSbH2TJ8 JACKIE WILSON - REET PETITE on SMP SKM 3 (1986 reissue) Near mint copy of this reissue featuring 3 top Jackie Wilson tracks: Reet Petite / You Brought About A Change In Me / I'm The One To Do It In original picture sleeve £6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CTs8a7dVa0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wn0tWmoxWg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgQOiSRC7yc DALE BROOKS - WHAT IS THERE TO TELL on Twirl 2028 WLP Near mint condition. Excellent early soul. £25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peh-KR-Ai7k TOMMY BUTLER - MOVE ON, STAY GONE on Chattahoochee 704 VG++ with a few very light scuffs. Excellent, moody mid-tempo early soul ballad. £30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Q6jk38gXs NOW SOLD ---- MIRACLES (with SMOKEY ROBINSON) - BAD GIRL / I LOVE YOUR BABY on Motown G1/G2 VG+ visually, plays more like VG++, with just a little background noise here and there. Serious collectors' item, this is the first ever release from Motown records in 1959 and comes in extremely good condition. Wonderful ballad with up-tempo early mover on flip. £165 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snjNxr1QDR4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjtUM2b9kZA
  15. All issues unless stated. No boots or very recent reissues. All in extremely good condition, see notes. Sound clips are for guidance only. Paypal preferred. Free 2nd class UK postage (or recorded £1.50). Anything over £50 will be sent ‘guaranteed’ at £6. Buyers abroad please contact me. Return if not happy. Please send a PM if interested. NOW SOLD - JOHNNY WESLEY & FOUR TEES - YOU STILL NEED ME b/w IT'S THE TALK OF THE TOWN on Melic 4170 Brilliant mid-tempo 60's ballad, with excellent flip. Record is in VG+ condition. There are paper scuffs, giving a little light background noise here and there (barely audible), and a small warp near the edge, but it plays through with no problem. £35 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW8RIKWmyH4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1xaNRKswzk INTRIGUES - IN A MOMENT b/w SCOTCHMAN ROCK on Yew N-1001 Superb in-demand 60's dancer. Record is in VG++ condition with a little light surface wear. Plays brilliantly. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO6NCO3Vjv8 NOW SOLD - EMANUEL LASKY - LUCKY TO BE LOVED BY YOU on Wild Deuce 1003 Awesome early soul. Record is visually in VG condition with lots of light scuffs, but plays at least a grade better with virtually no noticeable background. £20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU4-Pw3n994

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