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“After scouring record shops, markets and the internet for the best music for our sets we became increasingly frustrated at the cost and poor quality of the records that we wanted to play out. Whilst being happy to use digital alternatives in their place, good quality WAVs for some of the more obscure tracks became near impossible to find. So from day one we began to make a list of all the tracks we played out that were unobtainable on vinyl and those we could only have dreamt of playing that it seemed were lost to time. This list became the bedrock for Deptford Northern Soul Club Records, and with the help of Northern fans up and down the UK it grew to the point where we began searching for the rights and the highest quality audio to reissue. We are so excited to begin sharing releases soon. KTF!” Will and Lewis, 2019
DNSCR016 - The Ballads - I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt.1/ I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt.2
A classic Vee-Jay side from 1965 that originally sneaked out on the Bay Area Wee label. The original goes for around £100, the second Wee press for £75, while the Vee-Jay version is 50 quid a throw. That said, copies are few and far between these days.
Featuring an upbeat, brass-powered Temptations-like harmony with a call and response, a deep sax wail and a piano motif pushing it forward towards a glorious middle eight that breaks into a Gospel roll out.
Powered by Ric-Tic-like drum rolls; a euphoric soulful classic split into two essential parts.
The Ballads were a four-piece from Oakland, across the bridge from San Francisco, featuring Freddie Hughes who would later sign to Wand. The band themselves almost made it, charting in ’68 with the Willie Hutch-produced ‘God Bless Our Love’, but this earlier recording is the business.
Both sides remastered from the original sound source.