The Dells

The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)

Composed by Larry Wade / Terry Callier

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Although not a classic on the level of "Oh, What a Night" or "Stay in My Corner," the Dells' 1970 hit "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)"is a sublime piece of close-harmony soul in the manner of the Temptations' Eddie Kendricks-led ballads. (This song predates the extremely similar "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," but the silky-smooth feel of the two tunes is undeniably close.) As with the six-minute "Stay in My Corner," this song pushes well past the traditional three-minute barrier, but the slowly unfolding intro and the unexpected shift in melody and rhythm for the bridge add enough sonic variety to keep the song from dragging, even during the extended fadeout. (The bridge, unfortunately, also features the clunky, unintentionally comic lines "Girl if you were nearer/If you had a mirror/Maybe you could count my tears," which detract a bit from the power of the changeup.) All five of the Dells take a shot at the lead vocals, adding to the invention, but the soul of the song is in the dreamy close-harmony chorus, one of the finest of their career.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1969 MCA 4:21
Freedom Means 1971 Geffen / Universal 4:50
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 6 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 4:51
On Their Corner: The Best of the Dells 1992 Chess 4:49
Oh What a Night! The Great Ballads 1998 MCA 4:52
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 4:48
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dells 2000 MCA 4:52
Hey Love, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:50
The Best of the Dells [Polygram International] 2001 Polygram 4:51
Soul Classics, Vol. 4 [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:48
Ultimate Collection 2004 Chess / Hip-O / Hip-O/Chess 4:52
Standing Ovation: The Very Best of the Dells 2007 UMVD 4:50
Soul Classics [Collectables] 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 4:48
No Image Chess
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