Lorraine Ellison – Stay With Me The Best Of Lorraine Ellison 1966-1973
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You keep ask me for more Lorraine Ellison and here it is.
The definitive compilation: 23 songs from 1966-1973, including three non-LP singles, three unreleased cuts from an aborted 1970 session at Muscle Shoals, her only two charting singles (“Stay with Me” and “Heart Be Still”), and even an Al Kooper song from an obscure 1970 soundtrack. These are among the foremost examples of the collision of soul, gospel, and pop, with the accent on the soul and gospel. The first half of the program, consisting of 1966-70 sides produced by Jerry Ragovoy (who also wrote most of those songs), have the edge over the early-’70s sessions. But Ellison’s vocals are hard to fault anywhere.
Singers come and go. That is what Lorraine Ellison did. She Only appeared on 3 albums of her own and the soundtrack for the movie The Landlord. This record contains a large block of her recordings for Warner Brothers during the 70’s. Most of the performances here are first rate; even the throwaway songs. For those of us who are fortunate enough to have this CD, we are truly blessed. Too bad they left off of this CD her performances with the Oliver Nelson arrangements. ‘When Love Flies Away'(which would make you cry) and “What Is A Woman”.
Buy this record. (if you can find it) It will truly rock your soul.