Bettye Crutcher – Long as You Love Me (1974)

Long as You Love Me is the singular solo album by Memphis soul vocalist Bettye Crutcher, released in 1974 on Stax/Enterprise. She co-produced the album with ex-Falcons vocalist Mack Rice, who co-wrote seven of the 10 songs. The album features musical backing by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra with arrangements by Johnny Allen. The track “Sugar Daddy” was issued as a single, backed with “As Long as You Love Me.”

A1. “As Long as You Love Me” (2:53)
A2. “When We’re Together” (3:39)
A3. “Passion” (4:17)
A4. “A Little Bit More Won’t Hurt” (4:07)
A5. “Sunday Morning’s Gonna Find Us in Love” (4:54)
B1. “Sugar Daddy” (3:48)
B2. “Call Me When All Else Fails” (5:05)
B3. “Up for a Let Down” (2:52)
B4. “So Lonely Without You” (2:50)
B5. “Sleepy People” (4:25)

Bonus tracks on 2013 Ace reissue:
1. “So Glad to Have You” (3:32)
12. “Don’t You Think Its About Time?” (3:25)
13. “Make a Joyful Noise” (5:03)
14. “We’ve Got Love on Our Side” (3:31)
15. “Walk on to Your New Love (Demo)” (3:36)
16. “I Forgive You (Demo)” (2:22)

Bettye Crutcher — vocals, producer, songwriter
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section — rhythm section
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra — strings, horns
Mack Rice — producer
Johnny Allen — arranger
Pete Bishop — engineer
Jerry Masters — engineer
Steve Melton — engineer
Larry Nix — mastering

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