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Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook [Import]

Bettye LaVette Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (25 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B003A4IFDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Soul Soul! 12 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Just in case it is not yet fully appreciated it is worth noting that Bettye LaVette & Mavis Staples, survivors of the classic soul scene of the 1960s to early 70s, have been issuing some of the finest work of their respective years of late & I don't think it an exaggeration to suggest that these two remarkably voiced women can probably be acclaimed as the High Priestesses of contemporary soul music. This is Bettye's 3rd offering on the Anti label and is a more subdued affair than the previous two, but don't let that put you off because if it does you'll be missing out on one hell of an achievement here. It takes a few plays to get to grips with what is going on but by that time the restrained excellence of the music has begun to work its magic. Bettye accurately describes herself as an interpreter of songs and what she does with them is quite remarkable. Most of the material here will be familiar to seasoned listeners of the rock tradition but Bettye & her superb band have deconstructed them & stripped them down to the bare melodic bones in order to allow the singer to get under the skin of the lyrics. That last part of the process is the key to the lady's artistry, since once the songs have been re-assembled they have been recast as vehicles for a voice that makes every note & every line count for more than you might expect. I would love, for example, to witness Ringo Starr listening to what she's done with his 'It Don't Come Easy': transformed here from a happy-go-lucky jolly into an eloquent pean to the blues which elevates the song to a status that not even Ringo would have dreamed of. There are 13 tracks here, including the now famous live performance of The Who's 'Love Rein O'er Me' from the John F. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection 25 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've just seen Bettye LaVette at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow where she supported the Blind Boys of Alabama and she was simply sensational. I bought this cd at the venue and have listened to nothing else since. What she is doing is not so much cover versions of these great songs by great British songwriters of the 60s and 70s but taking ownership of them by transforming them into something new and uniquely her own. Some of the songs, like George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity", Ringo's "It Don't Come Easy", The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" and slightly lesser known tracks by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin are not necessarily obvious choices for a Black American soul singer, but her interpretations show that the songs have been chosen with care and with impeccable taste (although I do agree with the earlier reviewer's comments about "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, which is not originally from the British Rock Songbook at all). Further outstanding versions of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", along with an almost unrecognisable version of the Rubber Soul track "The Word" confirm this as a truly great and beautifully chosen collection of songs by a singer who seems to be enjoying a somewhat belated moment in the sun. Don't miss her if you get the chance to catch her - if you haven't heard her before, this cd is a great place to start. Great singer, great record!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a strange concept - soul reworkings of British rock songs by the very emotional veteran Detroit soul singer Bettye Lavette. Overall I found the album a bit samey - the tracks have mainly been slowed down and have a minimal backing which highlights Bettye's wonderful ravaged voice. This is not a collection of classic rock songs, some of the songs here are fairly obscure - Traffic's "No Time To Live" and George Harrison's "Isn't it a pity". I can only presume these are Bettye's (or the producers Rob Mathes and Michael Stevens) favourite British rock songs.

I thought that some tracks like the Beatles' "The word" (one of the few fast songs), Ringo's "It don't come easy", the Stone's "Salt Of The Earth" and Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" worked wonderfully. Other tracks like the much-covered "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "Nights In White Satin", Macca's "Maybe I'm Amazed", Clapton's "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad" and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" were OK without really bringing anything new to the songs. Sadly I thought that Traffic's aforementioned "No Time To Live" and the live version of the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" didn't work at all and I found them hard to listen to.

I think that Bettye's fabulous voice is always worth listening to but for me this record was a bit of a disappointment and not as good as her 2005 comeback album "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise" produced by Joe Henry. However, there are a few really good tracks here, hence the four star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and sassy 26 Feb 2013
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Excellent, Bettye never fails to deliver a smooth and sexy interpretations of classics - great listen. Would recommend as superb!
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