I've Got To Find A Way / Once I Had A Love

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  • Artist: Gallahads
  • A Side: I've Got To Find A Way
  • B Side: Once I Had A Love
  • Label: Beech Wood
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: E+
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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One of the legendary Rob Marriott's top spins, a rarest of the rare, from back in the day, that today reflects on the quality Rob brought to the Northern Soul scene.
A seriously elusive Los Angeles vocal-group Northern Soul with the equally highly sought-after Doo-Wop trophy sitting on the flipside..

It doesn't happen too often, that coveted Northern Soul sits on the back of more more revered Northern Soul but just like the "impossible" Jimmy and the Sundials 45 on V-Tone. The Gallahads disc on Beech Wood also gives up two extremely desirable recordings for two of the world's most dedicated collectors scenes to muse over.

Top side is a thumping slab of Miles Grayson guided Northern Soul, that I heard Phil Shields play at the Rugby Ben Hall all-niter before lockdown. Boy, when I heard this again in the authentic surroundings at a Top British all-niter venue I was transported back to my youth when spine-tingling turntable experiences, were the reason why we travelled the length of the country and stayed up all night..

Miles Grayson constructs the very essence of the authoritative Northern Soul Sound. Rattling drums collide with bludgeoning brass, then tight harmony vocals take hold of the the reins, riding you through "proper" searing-hot Northern Soul. Soaring vocals, towering horns punch the air, low blows of the trombone bring you to a tumultuous instrumental break, this epitomizes the rare Northern Soul sound at it's most motivating. Full marks Mr. Shields for always pushing the envelope, with the no-so obvious choice examples of Rare Dance Soul... and respect to old-schooler Rob Marriott for breaking it onto the scene first time round.

Flip it over and the USA and European vocal-group / Low Rider fans will be slipping into a harmony-haven as Miles Grayson again mentors a masterpiece. Seamlessly skilled flood of vocals, carefully laced into a precise arrangement, which is lifted to yet another level, at the end by an ice-chilled falsetto taking to the air.. so soulful we all can understand why this side is also held in such high regard.

Proper Northern Soul that so rarely comes to market!


Condition Report

Two clean labels, no writing, tears, stickers to spoil the view, just very mild aging to the white background. Vinyl is very close to, not quite mint minus but only the finest few minuscule hairlines can be detected angled under string light. A fabulous example of one seldom seen promo.

A Side

  • Title: I've Got To Find A Way

    B Side

  • Title: Once I Had A Love
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Los Angeles, Cal