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Bettye Swann

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UK collection for 60's r&b vocalist with unique ability to transform a song & make it her own, features 22 tracks taken from her Capitol catalogue, recorded in the late 60's/early 70's, & produced by Wayne Shuler (son of legendary Louisiana bred producer Eddie Shuler). Honest Jon's Records. 2004.

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"This is pop music as it should be: beautiful, heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting." 10 out of 10 rating -- NME

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)?
  2. (My Heart Is) Closed For The Season
  3. I'm Lonely For You
  4. Don't Touch Me
  5. Little Things Mean A Lot
  6. Cover Me
  7. Just Because You Can't Be Mine
  8. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  9. Sweet Dreams
  10. You're Up To Your Same Old Tricks Again
  11. No Faith No Love
  12. Ain't That Peculiar
  13. Don't 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
  21. Angel Of The Morning
  22. Traces


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00022M5DG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Adam Tebrugge on February 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When you hear this recording for the first time you will be absolutely astonished that you have not heard it before. To make up for lost time you will then play it constantly. While Bettye has a beautiful voice and the songs are almost all killer, what really astonishes are the production values. The horns slink in and out and the atmosphere is conducive to dark romance. Go ahead and double this up with the Candy Staton, grab your honey and hold on tight. You can thank me later.
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I heard the 2nd track ("My heart is closed for the season") on our local public radio station, KCRW, and ran out and bought the CD. It's that good. You won't be disappointed - this is amazing soul music in the Aretha, Dusty Springfield, Gladys Knight vein from the late 60s. Bettye makes each song her own.
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In the great musical sixties this great and wonderfully soulful singer hit big with "Make Me Yours", continuing to make great recordings as witnessed in this stellar collection from Capitol Records, must not have been properly promoted as this is a prime example of the best from that era as it holds up and sounds great today with a timeless classic quailty. So amazing this tremendous collection of varied and masterful performances missed making Bettye Swann a household name as she makes all these great songs her own! Anyone loving a very soulful and superb singer in a magnificent collection of songs all brilliantly arranged to perfection, will find this tour-de-force set of winners a must have but lingering will be what happened and how did this slip through the cracks? Thank you Bettye Swann for this amazing musical treasure chest that is full of gems that are a joy to experience over and over!
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Long before Whitney Houston recorded Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" Bettye Swann was recording songs like "Today I Started Loving You Again" and "Sweet Dreams" bluring the lines between Nashville country and Memphis soul.

This album is highly recommended!
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I have to say that Bettye Swann is probably my favorite female Soul singer of all time; the only one who comes close is Mavis Staples. Bettye not only has a superb voice, she also wrote a lot of her songs -and she was a great song writer! The fact that she was a writer puts her above a lot of other female Soul singers of the time.
Her voice isn't really over powering; it is a lot closer to Carla Thomas or Gladys Knight than Aretha Franklin but it is immediately attention grabbing. She was special.
I highly recommend this with her Complete Money recordings. You really need both to appreciate her fully.
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I have never listened to Bettye Swann sing a song that I didn't think was better than, or at least as good as, any other interpretation of that song or genre in existence. It sounds too good to be true, but man, don't let it pass you by. You'll be in on the secret if you pick up this truly life-changing Astralwerks release. No, seriously though. She's unbelievable. My favorite songs are "I'm Lonely for You," "Willie and Laura Mae," and "Stand By Your Man," although it's a tough call since they are all so incredible that it will blow your mind. Yes, mind-blowing; that's Bettye!
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I bought this item based on the other excellent reviews here and my own craving for relatively obscure music. I must say that I do play this CD constantly and I've made multiple copies in the event that the original wears out! Bettye is absolutely amazing; I wish there were even more of her available on CD. I now also own her Money Recordings which are also absolutely worthwhile. It is a crime that Bettye wasn't more widely recognized and has now vanished into obscurity. A singer with such grace, power, and sensitivity should never herself have gone "unsung". Reviewers elsewhere have called her "low-key", I suppose because while one cannot deny her soulfulness, she sings with an economy that nonetheless carries great emotion. Witness her performance on "Closed for the Season" or "Little Things": Bettye can belt it, but she doesn't need to because her voice is so exquisitely expressive otherwise. In sum, I cannot sing the praises of this CD highly enough. I can listen to it all the way through and enjoy every track. With all of the decidedly soul-less music out there today, Bettye is truly a revelation from yesterday.
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