Malcolm Hayes

Put Your Love To The Test / I Gotta Be With You

Columbia Canada: C4 2702

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  • Artist: Malcolm Hayes
  • A Side: Put Your Love To The Test
  • B Side: I Gotta Be With You
  • Label: Columbia Canada
  • Format: 45s



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

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An Absolutely stunning double-serving Northern Soul that has been making waves recently from it's elusive Californian "Filmways" release. Unfortunately that pressing was made from inferior styrene and has gained a reputation for poor sound reproduction and fragile durability.

For lovers of Northern Soul on rare alternative releases, this 1966 Canadian press is not only beyond-rare, it is also pressed in that high quality, reliable Canadian VINYL; mastered by Columbia. We can now all hear how this recording should have sounded on the "Filmways" 45. PROPER NORTHERN SOUL benefiting from true fidelity.

Now listen to why this 45 is again making waves. It is a flipside, written by Malcom Hayes himself produced by the prolific Tommy Oliver who's penchant for the big-bollock production is again blatantly evident.Starting proceedings with a rumbling Hammond colliding head-on with a squealing girl-group bombardment, even before that rich growl of Malcom Hayes booms into place. Timely key changes, ramp up those honkin' horns building an impregnable wall of sound; parted only by a triumphant trumpet fanfare, giving Mr. Hayes pause to catch his breath before his next vocal-tsunami crashes home...

Oh the different of hearing this in VINYL mastered by the meticulous Canadian Columbia.

Now let's talk about the original a-side that Tommy Oliver and long term associate Tommy Sands constructed, recorded in the UK by Emma Rede a year later, today also a sought after 45. But just a mere shadow, compared to Malcolm Hayes's original
"I Gotta Be With You " a fabulous slice of Beat Ballad Heaven. Borrowing moments from Teddy Randazzo's composition "Goin' Out Of My Head",Tommy Oliver neuters the session from a gentle ripple of need into a tidal wave of beseeching desperation... from a soothing calm into a table over-turning plea... this man knew how to make a production rise up and take hold of your heart, heightened by electing it to be sung by this standout Soul crooner..

This 1966 Columbia vinyl press is the only copy we have ever seen, indeed impossible to locate any sales history anywhere. Do not pass by we doubt very much we'll come across another, note please read condition report careful, as we have been meticulous with it.

Condition Report

two clean unblemished labels, the vinyl is carries full gloss, revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairlines under light, none affecting play. Upon a final forensic inspection I've detected a minuscule tight hairline in the deadwax by the label perimeter, NOT affecting the play in any way. Only visible under direct strong light, and a concerted search.

A Side

  • Title: Put Your Love To The Test

    B Side

  • Title: I Gotta Be With You
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Columbia