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

Beech Wood : 5000


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

Key: View



One of Rob Marriott's top rare plays from back in the day, that on reflection today sounds even better!

Rare Los Angeles vocal-group Northern Soul with the highly sought after Doo Wop trophy on the flipside..

It doesn't happen too often, but just like the coveted Jimmy and the Sundials 45 on V-Tone.The Gallahads disc on Beech Wood also gives up two extremely desirable recordings from two of the world's most dedicated collectors scenes.

Top side is a thumping slab of Miles Grayson guided Northern Soul, that I heard Phil Shields play at the Rugby Ben Hall allniter recently. Boy, when I heard this again in the authentic surroundings at a Top venue I was transported back to my youth when spine-tingling turntable experiences were 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. Ratting drums collide with brutal brass, then tight harmony vocals take the reins to ride you through "proper" Northern Soul. Soaring vocals, towering horns punch the air, low blows of the trombone bring you to a tumultuous instrumental break, this epitomizes the Northern Soul sound at it's most motivating. Full marks Mr. Shields for always pushing the envelope, with choice examples of Rare Dance Soul... and respect to old-schooler Rob Marriott for breaking it on 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 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: 1965
  • City: Los Angeles, Cal