- Audio CD (7 Dec. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B003A4IFDW
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Great concept album. America's soul diva with interpretations of British rock tunes, performing songs made popular by the Animals, Elton John or Procol Harum. This is pure soul, authentic and with deep feelings. A sensationally good record. BETTY LAVETTE - voc/gtr, ROB MATHES - kbds/gtr, SHANE FONTAYNE - gtr, ZEV KATZ - bass/upright bass, CHARLY DRAYTON - drums.
No Time To Live
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
All My Love
Isn't It A Pity
Wish You Were Here
It Don't Come Easy
Maybe I'm Amazed
Salt Of The Earth
Nights In White Satin
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Love Reign O'er Me
Top Customer Reviews
I learned she'd made her first single in 1962 for Atlantic but after the Calla single she disappeared off the radar until the 90s when a series of albums came out up to this one.
Its a nice concept with a booklet which says she once considered making an album of Beatles songs.This is the next best thing though with 3 solo Beatles plus the group represented.Which is the reason I got this-I'd never heard a soul cover of the Ringo hit but when you hear this version it makes Ringo's sound like a cover!
I suppose you'd call this deep Soul but at least its deep soul with better songs.
One oddity here though is that Don't let me be misunderstood is an American song which was made by Nina Simone before the Animals did it.Very strange.
Pity she never did Imagine or some other Lennon song as it would have meant 4 instead of 3 Beatles
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice idea but disappointing listening. Bettye in great voice as always but held back by featureless insipid production.Published 14 months ago by P. Budworth
Brilliant, where has she been? This lady puts feeling into lyrics, a must in everyone's collection.Published 23 months ago by Alan Turnbull
ONLY FIRST HEARD ABOUT BETTYE LAVETTE AS SHE SINGS THE TITLE MUSIC FROM LOW WINTER SUN.
AGAIN FIRST CLASS-WHAT A SINGER-BUYING MORE ALBUMS AND LOOKING TO GET TITLE SONG FROM... Read more
BOUGHT THIS HAVING ONLY HEARD ONE TRACK AND NOT KNOWING BETTE LAVETTE BUT WAS GLAD I DID . A SUPERB VOICE AND AN EXCITING CHOICE OF SONGS .Published on 7 Aug. 2013 by Anon
Excellent, Bettye never fails to deliver a smooth and sexy interpretations of classics - great listen. Would recommend as superb!Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by Andria Randall