Today there are 2 quite different versions of a northern soul classic for your delectation.
First up we have Darrell Banks with the original from 1966 of Open The Door To Your Heart an absolute classic and number 63 in the Northern Soul Top 500. The song was a hit stateside on Revilot Records but did nothing over hear on either Stateside or London. On hearing the horns on the intro to this song I can’t help but grin and a warm feeling envelopes me. As it says in the above mentioned book “Darrell’s vocal presence in sumptuous”, couldn’t have put it better myself.
The second version if played in a club would have the purists either running screaming out of the doors or more than likely trying to invade the decks to destroy this abomination. Although it must be popular with some, as a 7″ is on ebay for $300! This version is from 1975 and interpreted in a more, shall we say, uptempo style by Sonny Munro, who I think is the same Sonny Munro who died in March this year and sang with the Falcons, known in northern circles for the song Good Good Feeling.
Compare and contrast