I was thinking this morning about the reams of 45s that seem to be considered common, but are, in fact, killers on a level with the uncommon. There are lots and LOTS of great cheapies, but $10 seems to be first (money) grade I've found where sometimes buyers begin to defer. Meaning $10 for a 45/7" is perhaps too much for anyone who, perhaps, might routinely only drop $4 for a 7".
Well TODAY I am back with my NOW current top five!! And, like last time, when choosing jams for this list I let the reach go no later than 1972, and, to save my sanity...all soul 45s!
1) Chino Feaster, "The Girl I Love." I just lerve this single. Nerd Point: This was issued on two different labels, Shipp and Straker's, with two different B sides. I have the Straker's issue with the flip "Don't You Know Baby," an uptempo funky throw down. An ace double sider to cop for ten big 'uns!
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2) Little Milton, "She Put A Spell On Me." Here is an early one, issued summer of '63, from the great Little Milton; this motherfucker cooks.
3) The Incredibles, "I Found Another Love." The Incredibles were a vocal/soul group from LA—they produced a handful of great sides, including this awesome uptempo track. Their fantastic LP, Heart & Soul, sadly rates a PILE of Hamiltons, but, like most soul groups, their best songs are on 45s.
4) The Contours, "Just A Little Misunderstanding." (Ahem) Obvious pick here!! The Contours were a well known Motown group; I'm sure you prolly know their hit "Do You Love Me." "Just A Little Misunderstanding" is considered a classic Northern Soul track, if you're keeping up.
5) Howlin' Wolf "Do The Do" Uh, YEAH! The Chess label produced a TON of talent, obvs, and alotta copies of records which means there are some unsung cheapies out there.