Bettye Crutcher – Long As You Love Me WIth Bonus Tracks CD (Stax)
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LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Enterprise LP ENS 7505 (1974)
1. AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME (I’LL BE ALL RIGHT)
2. WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER
4. A LITTLE BIT MORE WON’T HURT
5. SUNDAY MORNING’S GONNA FIND US IN LOVE
6. SUGAR DADDY
7. CALL ME WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
8 .UP FOR A LET DOWN
9. SO LONELY WITHOUT YOU
10. SLEEPY PEOPLE
PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED BONUS TRACKS
11. SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU
12. DON’T YOU THINK IT’S ABOUT TIME?
13. WE’VE GOT LOVE ON OUR SIDE
14. MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE
15. WALK ON TO YOUR NEW LOVE (demo)
16. I FORGIVE YOU (demo)
All (2013) tracks are previously unissued 1970s recordings
Long As You Love Me WIth Bonus Tracks
New & Sealed
As one third of the great “We Three” songwriting trio with Homer Banks and Raymond Jackson, Bettye Jean Crutcher penned some of the biggest chart hits and best records of the second golden era of Stax (1969-75) including the company’s biggest single hit of the era, Johnnie Taylor’s ‘Who’s Making Love’.
After years of singing on We Three demos, Stax finally gave Bettye her own album in 1974. “Long As You Love Me” came out in the dying days of the label and did not get the exposure it fully deserved back then.n nAce is delighted to make Bettye Crutcher’s sole album available for the first time in 38 years and to give its tracks their first ever UK CD release.
Our considerably expanded version also contains four excellent completed masters that she recorded a few years prior to the album sessions but somehow evaded release at the time, plus two well-crafted demos of We Three songs that were probably intended for other artists, but for which no known alternate versions exist.
This will be welcomed by all collectors of Southern and, in particular, Memphis soul from the early 70s. Ace Records