Mindblowing work from Ella Washington – a lesser-known force in southern soul during the late 60s, but a singer whose music really leaves us breathless! Washington's work on this set is impeccable throughout – far beyond the simple southern soul cliches that were coming to be common in the generation of Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner – and instead, very much in her own space – recorded with sophistication and emotion that so many other singers wouldn't tap this well until a few years later. The themes of the tunes are great – heartfelt, but still with an emotional inner strength that really matches Ella's vocals – and the CD features a whopping 28 tracks in all, including her few Sound Stage 7 singles, her rare full album, and a number of unreleased recordings from the time! Score another massive victory for the Soulscape label – easily one of the hippest reissue labels around – and get ready to open up your heart to 28 tracks that include "I Can't Afford To Lose Him", "The Affair", "He Called Me Baby", "Doing The Best That I Can", "It Just Be Love", "Nobody But Me", "Sit Down & Cry", "Sweeter & Sweeter", "Fragile", "Mission (That's Impossible)", "You Got It", "We Paid The Price", and "Deeper". © 1996-2013, Dusty Groove, Inc.