BEDFORD-STUYVESANT Talent Contest private soul LP HEAR
  $   361
  £   281


$   361 Sold For
9 Mar 2008 End Date
2 Mar 2008 Start Date
$   9 Start price
11 Number Of Bids
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Up for auction is a very rare and unique soul album produced by the BEDFORD-STUYVESANT YOUTH-IN-ACTION COMMUNITY CORPORATION (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Brooklyn, New York) on a private label and not offered for sale to the public, from approximately 1968. 

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It presents the top five amateur vocal groups competing in a talent contest in New York City in approximately 1968.   All of the tunes are from the period 1964-1968.  All of the groups are backed by a local band known as The THRILLERS BAND.


Title of this LP is “TALENT HUNT WINNERS.”


This copy was sent to a local television station, WNDT, in New York City.  The address sticker is still affixed to the front of the jacket. 


I believe this album is very rare, as I have never seen a copy in 25 years of collecting.  Also, I cannot find any documentation of it in the database, nor did I find any reference to it in price guides or on the internet.  Without a doubt, this would be an awesome addition to the serious soul LP collection!


From the liner notes:


“Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth In Action Community Corporation, largest poverty program in the nation, serving over 400,000 people in Bedford-Stuyvesant, with special accent on youth training.


Competing for prizes and possible projection to stardom was forty or more youngsters from Bedford-Stuyvesant area, and they did not disappoint their friends, and the highly enthusiastic audience.”    


Track Listing:


Side One:

  • Introduction of YIA Talent Hunt Winners by Rev. Horace Tyler, Chairman, Public Relations Committee
  • “The Thrillers Band”
  • “Love Makes a Woman”  -  Carla & The Carlettes
  • “I Wish It Would Rain”  -  The Channels 4
  • “Come & Get These Memories”  -  Sharon Seabrook & The Starlettes
  • “I Want to be Sweeter To You (than I was yesterday)  -  The United Souls

Side Two:

  • “Cowboys to Girls”  -  The Destinations
  • “Grooving”  -  Carla & The Carlettes
  • “Cross My Heart”  -  The Channels 4
  • “The Way You Do The Things You Do”  -  The United Souls
  • “Dry Your Eyes”  -  The Starlettes

Guaranteed to be original and authentic.  I do not sell boots or modern reissues.


Jacket:  Jacket is in nice VG to VG+ condition.  The jacket is not laminated.  There is some surface wear in evidence, and also small splits at top left (one inch), top center (two inches), and top right (one inch).  The reverse has darkened with age, but has no writing or other problems.  As mentioned previously, there is a sticker on the front with a name and address of a local television station. 


Vinyl:   Condition of vinyl is near mint with full brilliant gloss.  No sign of ever having been on a turntable.  It plays beautifully with superb fidelity.  I think the winning bidder will be quite pleased with the fantastic sound of this unique and rare piece of soul history. 


<< I have provided two sound clips - one for Side 1 and the other for Side 2 - each containing brief portions of each of the 5 tracks on that side.  To listen, please click on the two Auction Player icons below.  (Please note:  The album itself contains the full versions of each song, which I have edited for this listing due to space limitations.  I simply wanted to give you an idea of the sound quality and talent level in brief samples so you will know what to expect.  >>


NOTE:  If you experience any difficulty with the Auction Player , I will be happy to send you the sound clips via email.  Please send an email to me in care of and I will send any sound clips you need.  (I have been advised that MAC users may not be able to utilize the Auction Player.)


As with all my records, your satisfaction is fully guaranteed.  If not happy, simply return it in same condition for a full refund of purchase price plus one-way postage.


For your convenience I accept most payment forms including PayPal, money orders, and other direct methods of payment including registered U.S. currency.  Personal checks are also ok but require 10 business days for funds to clear.


Shipping is $3.75 to anywhere in the U.S. via USPS media mail, (insurance, priority mail, and overseas shipping available at additional cost.) 


I welcome international bidders, and I am happy to ship to anywhere in the world.


I pack all albums in sturdy cardboard custom mailers for safe shipment. 


Write with any questions, check my feedback, and bid with confidence!  Good luck with your bids!

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