28 Dec Soul’s holy grail: why the rarest record in the world is causing so much fuss
Darrell Banks’s mid-tempo classic Open the Door to Your Heart has been a club classic ever since it came out in Britain on the Stateside label in 1966. What has always raised the pulse of collectors is the knowledge that the single was due to be be released on the London label – which had introduced British kids to many a rock’n’roll and early soul gem – before the release was pulled because the label didn’t own the rights to it. So when someone casually mentioned on the Soulsource messageboard a couple of weeks ago that he had a finished London copy of Open the Door to Your Heart, eyes rolled. It was only when the owner, one Nick W, posted scans of the single that people got very excited indeed. “This is the holy grail,” says collector, dealer and Wolves fan Pete Smith. “Nobody thought it existed.” It seems to have originally belonged to someone who worked at the pressing plant. Smith surmises that “this guy must have half-inched one from the factory the day it was pressed, gone back to work the next day and found out they’d trashed the lot.” London presumably melted down the copies they’d pressed before the single came out on Stateside a few weeks later. Just the one copy snuck out. The fortunate Nick W is keeping a low profile while he decides what to do with his find. It’s safe to say he could swap the record for a fancy holiday, and redecorate his house with the change – a conservative estimate values the single at £10,000.
[Source: The Guardian]