It's taken a while but we wanted two very special tracks to make up our third Spoke double-sider.
Steve Flanagan - I've Arrived has been a big Northern Soul spin for many years. Interest in the track was reignited in the nineties at Stafford and in the early noughties when it was included on the Northern Soul All Nighter compilation lp.
Two versions of this song were released on the Era label during the sixties. The Jewel Akens interpretation is good but the urgency of Steve Flanagan's vocal delivery against a pounding backbeat won his version legions of admirers and placed it high on the wants lists of many Northern Soul DJs.
Rare, sought-after and expensive; this crisply mastered slice of Northern Soul heaven is now available for the first time as a reissue on 45 and it's exclusive to Spoke.
Recorded in 1965 with the backing of a full 70-piece orchestra and airplayed constantly by Radio Caroline throughout the autumn of 1965, We Don’t Belong seemed destined for huge sales until the BBC intervened.
Someone at Auntie (as the overly interfering BBC was often dubbed) had listened carefully to the lyrics of the song and had correctly understood them to tell the tale of misunderstood young lovers signing a suicide pact.
Despite the massive chart success of Twinkle’s Terry ‘death disc’ the previous year someone somewhere decided the story of a planned double suicide, however sweetly sung, was taking things a little to far and the single was banned.
Although Sylvan's only single, it has since re-surfaced to great acclaim on various 60s CD compilations of girl singers but has been notoriously difficult to find as a 45 on vinyl until now.