IRMA THOMAS (S4R22)
All I Wanna Do Is Save You / Turn Around And Love You
Another great double-sided soul release from Soul4Real, which will leave you wondering where both these songs have been for the last fifty years…
The B-side here, “Turn Around And Love You”, has Irma’s wonderful honey brown voice working out on this great mid-tempo recorded in Detroit in 1971. “All I Wanna Do Is Save You” is THE side for me though. A great, supremely crafted deep slowie, recorded at Malaco with Wardell Quezergue at the helm, it builds to a giant crescendo with Irma crying out “Save You” at the end of each line.
From the first time I saw Irma singing live in 1981 at her own bar The Lion’s Den, I have wanted to ask her one question: “Why don’t you just change your title ‘The Queen of New Orleans Soul’ and have ‘The Queen of Soul’ instead?”. That will do just nicely for me. After hearing these two originally unissued tracks, I think you will agree with me.