It’s safe to say that “Stay With Me” defined Lorraine Ellison’s career. Her controversial debut and most successful release on Warner Brothers has divided opinion among deep soul fans since its release back in 1966. Sadly, Lorraine could not repeat its success, eventually retiring from the music business in the early 70s, leaving a relatively modest catalogue of recordings.
Soul4Real has selected two Jerry Ragovoy-produced gems from Warner Brothers´ vaults to showcase her undoubted talent. Recorded in March 1967, “Haven’t I Been Good To You” appears for the first time on vinyl (it was included on a CD retrospective in 2006). It’s a fine, restrained, soulful performance which is equal to many of her released tracks.
The B side is a great version of Irma Thomas’ 1964 release “I’m Gonna Cry Till My Tears Run Dry”, arranged by Bert DeCoteaux and taken from her 1969 ‘Stay With Me’ album.
‘Philadelphia’s Queen Of Soul’ – a worthy addition to Soul4Real’s ‘Hall Of Fame’.
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Haven´t I Been Good To You
I´m Gonna Cry Till My Tears Run Dry