Various Artists-History of Rhythm & Blues: Vol. 6 1963-'64, "On Broadway"- LP- mono-Atlantic SD 8194 - 1968 33 1/3 rpm white label promo LP release. Volume 6 in a great series of records recapping Atlantic Records' huge role in the history of R&B music. This volume focuses on early Soul music from 1963 & 1964 with a few Doo Wop era holdovers. Tracklist:
A1 Drifters, The On Broadway
A2 Barbara Lewis Hello Stranger
A3 Solomon Burke If You Need Me
A4 Doris Troy Just One Look
A5 Chris Kenner Land Of 1000 Dances
A6 Nat Kendrick & The Swans Mashed Potatoes
A7 Ben E. King I (Who Have Nothing)
B1 Rufus Thomas Walking The Dog
B2 Coasters, The T'Ain't Nothin' To Me
B3 Wilson Pickett I'm Gonna Cry
B4 Carla Thomas I've Got No Time To Lose
B5 Don Covay Mercy, Mercy
B6 Joe Tex Hold What You've Got
B7 Otis Redding Mr. Pitiful. A mighty strong lineup! This series has a bit of a bad rep as it was electronically rechanneled for stereo. However, the promo copies for radio stations were sent out in good old mono, so this particular copy did not get that treatment! Cover (small punch hole through top left corner) has clean front slick-back slick shows a bit more wear. Cover also shows edge and corner wear. (Note that the electronic stereo symbol on the front is covered up with a gold sticker.) Disc bears white promo label with Atlantic logo at right-the words "stereo" have been blacked out on both sides with marker. Vinyl shows good gloss with some spindling and one small mark on B side. Plays nicely with light surface noise and punchy mono sound.
Vera/Billy Vera & Judy Clay-Storybook Children- LP- mono-Atlantic 8174 - 1968 album release by Billy Vera and Judy Clay, which yielded the Pop/Soul hit, "Storybook Children". Vera has a long history as a "blue-eyed Soul singer" and teamed with Stax Soul singer, Judy Clay to record the title song, which he co-wrote with Chip Taylor, of "Wild Thing" fame. Tune was a smash and an LP was recorded, featuring Chip Taylor or acoustic guitar, Vera on electric, and some top Atlantic Records session players. Tunes include other Vera and Taylor originals, as well as Soul classics such as "Soul Man", "Bring It On Home to Me", and "Do Right Woman-Do Right Man".
A1 Storybook Children
A2 Just Across The Line
A3 Let It Be Me
A4 Soul Man
A5 Good Morning Blues
A6 We're In Love
B1 When Do We Go
B2 Bring It On Home To Me
B3 Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
B4 Really Together
B5 Ever Since
B6 So Good (To Be Together)
Copy at hand is an original Atlantic first press LP. We were fortunate to acquire a stock of these LP's many years ago from an old record store that had closed down. Sadly, our stock is ALMOST GONE. Disc is still factory SEALED in the original shrinkwrap with sharp corners (small punch hole bottom left corner). Disc within is, of course, Mint and unplayed.
Warwick, Dionne-Valley of the Dolls- LP- Stereo-Scepter SPS 568 - 1968 release fashioned around Warwicke's hit version of the "Theme from the Valley of the Dolls" produced by the songwriting team of Bacharach-David. Dionne is at her best when she is doing Bacharach material and Burt arranges and conducts several songs on this LP. Includes "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "Let Me Be Lonley" and "For the Rest of My Life." Cover is near-perfect in shrink with only slight corner wear at bottom right. Disc is clean, glossy and Near Mint. A1 copy!
Washington/Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band-Hi Hi Hazel/Beach Bash (white label promo 45)- 45- mono-Congress CG 273 - 1966 45 rpm 7" single by Soul/R&B vocalist, Geno Washington. USA-born Washington stumbled into quite a career when he was tapped for the job of replacing Errol Dixon as the vocalist for the Ram Jam Band. The band took England by storm and the A side of this disc, "Hi Hi Hazel" (also covered by The Troggs and Gary & the Hornets) was one of several chart hits in the UK. However it is the B side of this disc that commands attention these days in the Northern Soul/Popcorn market. "Beach Bash" is a rousing cover of an old Mar-Keys (Steve Cropper's first band) song driven by the guitar/sax/organ interplay.
Disc (white promo label with red print) has a tracery of very fine light marks, but has no serious scratches of any kind. Vinyl grade is Excellent. Disc plays nicely with light surface noise only and clear sound. Check out our audio file, which has NOT been EQ'd.
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Weston, Kim-For the First Time- LP- stereo-MGM SE 4477 - 1967 33 1/3 rpm original first press LP release by Motown Soul great, Kim Weston. Weston is best-known for her solo hit Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While), and for her great duets with Marvin Gaye. However, feeling neglected at Motown, she left to record 2 LP's for MGM-this one produced by her husband, Motown's Mickey Stevenson, Jr. This LP was a quality production but failed to produce any chart hits. It has gained popularity over the years with Northern Soul fans. Tracklist:
A1 Where Am I Going
A2 Free Again
A3 Everything In The World I Love
A4 When The Sun Comes Out
A5 I Got What You Need
B1 The Beat Goes On
B2 In The Dark
B3 If You Go Away
B4 Come Rain Or Come Shine
B5 Come Back To Me
B6 Thats Life. Copy at hand is in fabulous condition. Cover is Near Mint (punch hole at bottom left) with only the slightest wear-no stains, tears, splits, writing, etc. Disc is housed in crisp original inner sleeve. Vinyl is 100% MINT, appearing unused.
Wonder, Stevie-Someday At Christmas- LP- stereo-Tamla/Motown TS 281 - 1967 33 1/3 rpm LP release by Stevie Wonder. This would be his only Christmas album. Tracklist:
A1 Someday At Christmas
A2 Silver Bells
A3 Ave Maria
A4 The Little Drummer Boy
A5 One Little Christmas Tree
A6 The Day That Love Began
B1 The Christmas Song
B2 Bedtime For Toys
B4 Twinkle Twinkle Little Me
B5 A Warm Little Home On A Hill
B6 What Christmas Means To Me. Copy at hand is an original first pressing Motown LP, pressed on heavy vinyl, with the original cover art with photo of Stevie framed to look like a Christmas ornament. Cover shows light ringwear and edgewear. Small punch hole through bottom left corner, some creasing to top left corner. Disc (super heavy vinyl-about 165 grams!) has 'deep groove' with yellow and black Tamla label with logo at top center. Vinyl has good gloss. Grooves show light wear, some scuffing and one or two light scratches. Plays nicely with moderate surface noise. his album was widely distributed as a reissue with a cheesy no-photo cover. The original version is quite scarce.
Wright, Betty-If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me (one-sided promo 45)- 45- mono-Alston AL 4609 - 1972 7" 45 rpm release by Soul/R&B vocalist, Betty Wright, who has been making quite a comeback in recent years. This disc is an interesting promotional oddity: a white label 45 with a blank B side. This may have been done to ensure that DJ's did not pick the wrong side to play. Disc (label has star symbol written in pen) has a nice clean glossy surface with only a few tiny light marks. The song itself is a medium fast tempo early 70's Soul dance number with super-funky bass.