The Dynamites get some heavy help here – vocalist Charles Walker, who's already recorded with the group, and the legendary BettyeLavette – who works here with Charles in a real old-soul, deep soul duet! The combo slow down their action perfectly for the track – hard-burning with a vintage Fame Studios sort of feel – leaving Charles and Bettye plenty of room to work some magic with the lyrics! Walker helms the tune solo on "Serendipity" – a nice hard groover with funky organ over bass – and one of the group's most sock-soul-sounding rhythms! 7-inch, Vinyl record
BettyeLavette'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
Do Your Duty ... LP Silver Fox/Sundazed, Late 60s. Used ...
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Classic soul from BettyeLavette – with some her best recordings ever – a batch of tunes cut in Memphis with Lelan Rogers for the Silver Fox label in '69 & '70! The Betty heard here is a lot harder than on her earlier soul sides – recorded with a raw power that could easily blow away Aretha Franklin or any of her hard soul sisters – and done with a unique crossing of southern, funky, and country soul modes! Amazing! Titles include "My Train's A Coming", "Do Your Duty", "Love Made A Fool Of Me", "At The Mercy Of A Man", "Piece Of My Heart", "Easier To Say Than Do", "He Made A Woman Out Of Me", "We Got To Slip Around", "I'm In Love" and "Games People Play". LP, Vinyl record album
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 BettyeLaVette 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
BettyeLavette 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
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 BettyeLavette, "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