Steve Flanagan

I've Arrived / I Need To Be Loved So Bad

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  • Artist: Steve Flanagan
  • A Side: I've Arrived
  • B Side: I Need To Be Loved So Bad
  • Label: Era
  • Format: 45s



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

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From the late 50's through the 60's lyricist Steve Howard provided fellow lyricist Barry Stuart aka Herb Newman's Hollywood based record label ERA, with some of their finest recordings. Allthough some of them some were not hits, all of them were powerful statements of song e.g. Bruce Cloud's - My Book.

Herb Newman had recorded and released "I've Arrived" by their major black artist Jewell Akens two years earlier. When Steve Flanagan released the magnificent Willie Hutch composition "I Need To Be Loved So Bad" Herb backtracked to Steve Howard's composition "I've Arrived" to use as a flipside.

Unlike Don Ralke's 1965 original arrangement, a flowing girl group saturated Northern Soul dancer. The studio team totally dispense with the girly choruses and brilliantly beef up the session with replacing the ladies with a barrage of blaring brass, booming percussion, burping saxophone, but retaining the twangy R&B guitar interjections but giving it steroids to match up the rest of the muscular arrangement. Leaving the original version (as good as it is) just a shadow in the memory, as the snarlin' vocal of Steve Flanagan states his unforgettable arrival

The confines of Ady Croasdale's monthly 100 Club allnighters, the country's longest running Northern Soul event in the world. The magical space lends itself so perfectly, to the unstoppable rumblings of an uncompromising big-production when the low ceiling, help reverberate songs of this calibre, the 100 Club has become recognised as a champion of the juggernaut Soul production.

When in the fall of 1967 when the studio team decided not to call in the girls, they maybe unintentionally created Northern Soul Bulldozer that allows Steve Flanagan to knock Jewel Akens version out the park.

Do not overlook Willie Hutch's compose flipside, that is a haunting big production beauty also.

Condition Report

two clean promo label, clean full gloss revealing a few soft whispy hairlines under light, both sides p[lay perfect.

A Side

  • Title: I've Arrived

    B Side

  • Title: I Need To Be Loved So Bad
  • Year: September, 1967
  • City: 6425 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 28 California