Two swinging sides of mod soul - this really should be hugely collectible by now
Year of Release: 1968
Just when I think that record collectors everywhere had managed to suss out every last drop of sixties goodness and send the value of records stratospheric, I magically find one more that commands modest prices.
Side A here, "The Only Kind of Girl", has nudged its way on to some slightly under-the-radar obscurities compilations and can be bought on iTunes - so sorry, no freebies here, though YouTube is also your friend - but it's the flip that really kicks with its smoky Soho basement club grooves. "Seven Kinds of Sweet Lovin'" pounds and blasts its way into your heart, never once dropping the hooky intensity of its performance. The vinyl itself is also cut respectably loud so nobody in the room can be in any doubt about its worth.
The New Jump Band came from Walthamstow in East London, and by the point of this release consisted of Laurie Beazley on lead vocals, Trevor Hubbert on guitar, Al Mayne on organ, John Cushen on bass, George Mugele on tenor sax, Geoff Condon on alto sax, and John Herridge on drums. Such a bloated line-up was obviously necessary for the group to perform soul with the necessary power, but inevitably resulted in an ever-changing personnel which means earlier group line-ups featured almost entirely different members - The Garage Hangover website does an excellent job of unpicking the knots here.