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Bettye LavetteInterpretations – The British Rock Songbook ... CD
Anti, 2010. Used ... $9.99
Bettye Lavette's been back at the top of her game for the past few years now – almost reaching even more ears than in the 60s and 70s, thanks to sharp production and keen attention from a few generations of younger listeners! And while you might expect a set of British rock numbers to come off sounding like some sort of sellout effort, the approach is actually pretty classic overall – especially when you consider how many American soul artists of the 60s served up their own versions of songs by The Beatles, Stones, and other UK acts. As with other Lavette revival albums, production is in a very righteous mode – instrumentation and studio styles that more than live up to the richness of Bettye's great vocals – as she wails away on tunes that include "All My Love", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "It Don't Come Easy", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Salt Of The Earth", and "Wish You Were Here". Also includes a great bonus – her version of "Love Reign O'er Me" from the Kennedy Center Honors performance! CD

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New Bettye LavetteScene Of The Crime ... CD
Anti, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
The long-overdue return of Bettye Lavette to Muscle Shoals – the scene of her ill-fated album for Atlantic Records from the early 70s – hence the title of this album! The style here is certainly classic, and very old school – with backings provided by The Drive-By Truckers, whose member Patterson Hood has family ties back to the older Muscle Shoals scene of the 60s and 70s – and classic southern soul keyboardist Spooner Oldham joins the group wonderfully on electric piano for most of the record, bringing a sweetly warm style to the backings that sounds great next to the time-sharpened edges of Bettye's vocals. As with other Anti label efforts of this type, the sound is respectfully classic – no attempt made to update Lavette's style at all, and none of the cheesier bluesy material that Bettye might have been forced to sing, were she working with a lesser label. Titles include "Choices", "Jealousy", "You Don't Know Me At All", "I Still Want To Be your Baby", "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces", "Talking Old Soldiers", "Before The Money Came", and "I Guess We Shouldn't Talk About That Now". CD
 
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Betty LaVette with David RitzWoman Like Me (hardcover) ... Book
Blue Rider, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99 26.95
Bettye Lavette tells the tale of her many years in music – from her teen roots as a Detroit soul singer, to her later years of obscurity, and her amazing comeback in the past decade or so! David Ritz helps give Bettye's words precision and polish that go beyond the usual musician autobiography – and together they create a vivid portrait that's extremely illuminating to fans of her music, especially the recent works of the comeback years. 262 pages, hardcover, with some images. Book

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VariousMemories & Souvenirs – Contemporary Soul From The 80s, 90s, & 00s ... CD
Backbeats (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $6.99
Souvenirs and memories – music that's mostly of more recent vintage, but which features a host of artists you'll know from way way back! The music here is mostly from the end of the 80s and start of the 90s – despite the wider date range in the title – and most tracks feature older Detroit soul singers, making a fresh stake with some slightly contemporary styles, at least for that time – yet still mostly sticking to the classic modes that made them so great in the first place! The approach is that used heavily by the Motorcity label at the time – and offers a great new showcase for talents that were sadly overlooked at the time. Titles include "Wholeheartedly" by Ronnie McNeir, "Surrender" by Bettye Lavette, "Man Up In The Sky" by Johnny Bristol, "Separation" by Pat Lewis, "Memories & Souvenirs" by Freda Payne, "Romantic Number" by Billy Griffin, "Real True Loving" by Edwin Starr, "Moment Of Weakness" by Syreeta, "All Over The World" by Chuck Jackson, and "Standing Still" by The Monitors. CD

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New Willie JonesFire In My Soul ... CD
Shout (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
New recordings from Willie Jones – a singer who's been working in soul music since the late 50s – first as a key member of The Royal Jokers, and more recently as a solo artist on his own! Willie got his start in Detroit, but the style here is more deep soul overall – done with a southern tinge that recalls some of the recent revival work by Bettye LaVette or Mavis Staples. Bettye actually makes a guest appearance here – singing with Willie on the track "Without Redemption" – and the set also features guest work from Steve Cropper and Black Francis – on titles that include "Fire In My Soul", "Don't Mean A Damn", "Rollin & Smokin", "Troubled World", "In The Wind", "Reasons", and "The Road From Rags To Riches". CD
 
 
 
 



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