Michael Haslam

Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself / This Dream

Parlophone: R 5179 DJ

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  • Artist: Michael Haslam
  • A Side: Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself
  • B Side: This Dream
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Format: 45s



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

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I am currently featuring in my DJ sets an incredible Big City beater exclusive by Kenny Shepard "Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself". A mighty Beat Ballad with few rivals.. a room shaker.. a head turner of immense proportions. So imagine my astonishmet when I found there was a 1964 UK version that had for 50 years passed me by.

The Kenny Shepard acetate is certainly not for sale and may never be..But here is a beautiful British Red & White DEMO and a very worthy version produced by Johnnie Spence. Johnnie was an highly gifted musical director who had his own orchestra, the perfect platform for the big voiced Michael Haslam to spring from.

Johnnie had a penchant for the Brill Building big city sound, as after this, Haslam's debut single failed to get noticed; the pair tried again a year later, recording Gene McDaniels & Jimmy Radcliffe slice of Beat Ballad Heaven "There Goes A Forgotten Man" another great but overlooked Brit tribute to the Big City Sound. This also passed everybody by, and Michael Haslam slipped off into obscurity.

Whether you collect rare British 45's or your a DJ that likes to finish is set like I do, with a Big Bollock "ender". Certainly the Kenny Sheppard original version, is starting to get talked about. This British press will not be far behind, as jusat like "Kenny" it is Dog-Rare and very impressive indeed.

Condition Report

Neat clean vinyl, a few mild surface blemishes plays beautifully, both Red & White labels are clean. All housed in original birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself

    B Side

  • Title: This Dream
  • Year: 1964
  • City: United Kingdom