Soul, Northern & Motown
James Brown: “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” This is perhaps the perfect way to describe the sensation you feel when you listen to ‘Soul’ music – it’s invigorating, veracious (indeed often spiritual), impelling and always intoxicating, and for us it’s a genre of music that we simply just love.
We are certainly not alone in the admiration of such pulses, record collectors will often pay top buck for those elusive Northern Soul 7” cuts by the likes of Gene Tonnes, The Phonetics, Larry Clinton, Don Gardner, The Prophets, Luther Ingram and Timi Yuro, those killer Modern Soul/Disco sides from Martin Dumas, Rickey Washington, King Tutt and Gem Prewitt and those rare Motown releases from Marvin Gaye, Tamala Lewis, The Spinners, The Valadiers and Barbara McNair. Interestingly, what we are also seeing happen nowadays is a ‘fight’ to get nice quality, clean condition ‘classic’ LPs from the big names: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, James Carr, Ann Peebles, Ike & Tina Turner, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls and Gene Chandler. If you have any 7”, LPs, EPs (or otherwise!) please bring them in for an appraisal – hopefully we can get the saleroom shakin’!
Below are just a some of the titles that we would love to see come in – if you do spot these on your travels make sure to keep us in mind!
Baby Huey – The Baby Huey Story – The Living Legend (US Curtom CRS 8007)
Little Esther – Memory Lane (King Records 622)
Pastor T. L. Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail) (Mt. Zion MZGP 8126)
Little Jimmy Ray – You Need To Fall In Love c/w Make Her Mine (Galliant 1001)
Guitar Ray – You’re Gonna Wreck My Life (Shagg Records 711)
Gloria Jay – Know What You Want (Stage Productions STM-1008-4)
Tommy McGee – Positive-Negative (MTMG Records U-60421)
Billie Davis And The Leroys – Whatcha’ Gonna Do (Columbia DB 7346)