Lorraine Ellison – 1966 – Heart & Soul
I promised that and here it is.
I consider myself so lucky and blessed that I own a near mind copy of this incredible record which I like to share it with you.
I have already introduced you Lorraine sometime ago with the second of her three Warner bros records 1969’s “Stay with me”.
Here is the classic first album “Heart& Soul” ripped on 320@ including original covers.
Believe me you won’t find it anywhere. Never released on cd.
The title says everything! It is all about Heart and Soul.
“Stay with me” easily one of the greatest soul singles ever, is including here.
A number 11 R & B, number 64 pop in 1966 was the song that really took her to another level.
There’s also killer performances on classic songs like “ A change is gonna come” and “Cry me a River”.
Ellison’s vocals are hard to fault anywhere.
This voice is so gorgeous.
Deeply steeped in gospel, Lorraine Ellison possessed a vocal range, power and intensity that was maybe TOO intense for the mainstream, and thus only scored three chart hits during her career.
A1. Heart & Soul 3.02
A2. Games That Lovers Play 2.30
A3. He’s My Guy 2.44
A4. What a Difference A Day Makes 3.00
A5. A Change is Gonna Come 3.30
A6. If I Had A Hammer 2.15
B1. When Love Flies Away 3.09
B2. Cry Me A River 3.04
B3. Stay With Me 3.29
B4. What Is A Woman 3.00
B5. That’s For Me 2.36
B6. My Man’s Gone Now 3.20
…..I investigated her due to a Maurice Gibb interview where Maurice seemed to be obessively enamoured with the Stay With Me single. I must say she leaves the Bee Gees on planet Earth here and must know the moon as her backyard. Many soul singers leave me with the feeling that I get watching a particular Wednesday afternoon soap opera. The sound of Lorraine Ellison’s voice leaves me catatonic and feeling like I have no right to say I have the blues. She grips you firmly by the back of the neck with her overwhelming display of raw human emotion…
….Warner’s Jerry Ragovoy-who’d penned the Rolling Stones hit “Time Is On My Side” under the pseudonym Norman Meade-brought Ellison to the label and began writing and producing for her. Their first session produced the immortal #11 hit “Stay With Me,” which has since been covered by everyone from Bette Midler to Jimmy Witherspoon to Natalie Cole. The resulting album, 1966’s Heart And Soul, was tailored to a jazz and pop crossover audience but never caught fire……
This is a gem everyone should own