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Bettye Swann

Bettye Swann Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Aug 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • ASIN: B00022M5DG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Donít You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)?
2. (My Heart Is) Closed For The Season
3. Iím Lonely For You
4. Donít Touch Me
5. Little Things Mean A Lot
6. Cover Me
7. Just Because You Canít Be Mine
8. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
9. Sweet Dreams
10. Youíre Up To Your Same Old Tricks Again
11. No Faith No Love
12. Ainít That Peculiar
13. Donít Let It Happen To Us
14. Today I Started Loving You Again
15. Words
16. These Arms Of Mine
17. Tell It Like It Is
18. Stand By Your Man
19. Chained & Bound
20. Willie & Laura Mae Jones
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swann song 9 Oct 2004
By Paul R
Format:Audio CD
60's soul of the highest quality in the Judy Clay / Fontella Bass mould, even the cover versions sound like they were written especially for her. I have no previous knowledge of Ms swann and bought this solely on the strength of a couple of decent press reviews and some short snippets on the net, but I wasn't disappointed. Don't know where "Honest Jons" are finding this type of stuff, but long may it continue - this is rather like a companion volume to their recent Candi Staton release - if you bought that buy this, if you didn't then buy them both!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too strong to take in one go! 1 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is wonderful stuff.Honest Jon does it again.If you like wistful,achingly longing,heartfelt soul then check out this CD.
This is stuff recorded for Capitol in the 60's/70's when Ms Swann was leaning on the country side.Now I will be the first to admit that I was turned off 'country sung soul style' when Ray Charles abandoned his RnB/Atlantic roots in 1962.
However this is something else.Ms Swanns pure voice,over baying horns,plus some country picking and cooing soul sisters back- up,makes for soul heaven.Stand outs for me are ''Don't Touch Me'',''Little Things Mean a Lot'' ,a lovely version of The Casinos-';Then You Can Tell me Goodbye''.A dip in to the New Orleans style,complete with typical Crescent City rolling piano intro,and shes on her way with a lovely version of Aaron Nevilles''Tell It Like It Is''.And as a complete and wonderful surprise the pop hit by Classics IV ''Traces'' is given the Swann treatment.
Two gripes- the sleeve photos used by Honest Jon look like bootleg photocopies and despite extensive rambling sleevenotes,there is no mention of the backing musicians and singers.
Bettye's ''Money Recordings'' on Ace was good but this is less ''poppy'' and infinitely more soulful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great lost talent revealed 25 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Now this truly is wonderful stuff. I'd never heard of Bettye Swann before this disc, but these 22 tracks, recorded between 1968 and 1970, reveal her to be a fine purveyor of soul from its golden era. Once a close friend of the similarly-voiced Candi Staton, Bettye Swann sadly grew rapidly disillusioned of some aspects of the music business, meaning her career was far too brief before she turned her back on singing. Her recorded output is therefore small, but perfectly formed.
In true Ray Charles fashion, Ms Swann takes ample opportunity to show that the "white" music of country and the "black" music of soul were not that far apart, with Hank Cochran's Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me, Don Gibson's Sweet Dreams (made famous by Patsy Cline), Merle Haggard's Today I Started Loving You Again, heck even Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man getting a makeover here - but while Ray Charles added a soulful element to country songs, Bettye Swann would have you believe that they'd been intended as soul numbers all along - smooth vocals, lush harmonies, horn sections, the lot. Alongside songs by the likes of Otis Redding and The Bee Gees, and a handful of self-penned numbers, this is a great reminder of a time when "soul" had exactly that - by the truckload.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where have you been Bettye Swann 19 April 2012
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This compilation is sensational. Warm and funky with beautiful vocals. The sleeves says Motown meets Southern soul if that doesn't get you going then stay away.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul music for soul fans 23 Jan 2008
By Ricky C
Format:Audio CD
Want to hear some soul music you haven't heard before?

This compilation isn't truly a 'best of' in that it is only selected from her recordings for Capitol Records between 1968 and 1970. However, don't let that put you off. Although it doesn't include some of her best songs, such as 'When the Heartache is Gone', her career would stand up as special based on this CD alone.

Soul with more than a tinge of country, Bettyes voice is beautiful throughout. At ease singing soulful ballads or upbeat soul/country, she's always backed up by a band clearly enjoying what they're playing.

Not really a cd for Northern Soul fans, but you may want to listen to the samples of Tracks 10, 13, 20.

The best ballad on here is probably track 8 and I dispute any fan of any type of soul music not to fall head over heels in love with track 3 'I'm Lonely for You. Outstanding.

In short not the best soul cd ever released but one that certainly rewards repeated listens and contains some real gems. One of the favorites in my collection.
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