From what I can gather, Beverly Crosby only released three singles in what was turned out to be a relatively short career but, as is often the case, these songs have left their mark.
Today’s track is the contrasting B-side to her 1974 single, Have We Become Prisoners( Of Our Own Selfishness)…so let’s just talk a little about the A-side first. This ballad, built upon a strong foundation of deep soul and gospel, was co-penned and co-produced by Beverly. The lyrics are full of expression, possessing such a ‘real’ and heartfelt’ feel that it has often been suggested the inspiration behind it was drawn from personal experience? Her singing is tender and controlled, yet edgy enough to indicate that such a delivery is derived from pure emotion….
The b-side is so wonderfully contrasting that I had to include both just to get this point actoss! Reminiscent of Marlena Shaw’s Liberation Conversation (released five years earlier in 1969), That Didn’t Sop Me is such a glorious and sassy slice of fierce funk. Instead of pondering reflection, this is determined resolve and despite all the mistreatment she powerfully scolds through each powerful lyric, her love persists…but this is her liberty and man don’t we know it!! Check it out above.