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listen  1. It Ain't Easy (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. If I Can't Be Your Woman (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fortune Teller (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Your Turn To Cry (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Soul Tambourine (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. All The Black And White Children (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Our Own Love Song (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Outside Woman (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Stealer (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. My Love Is Showing (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Souvenirs (Remastered LP Version)Betty Lavette 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Waiting For TomorrowBetty Lavette 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Livin' Life On A ShoestringBetty Lavette 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Your Turn To Cry (Mono Single Version)Betty Lavette 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Soul Tambourine (Mono Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Heart Of Gold (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. You'll Wake Up Wiser (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Here I Am (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. You'll Never Change (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. My Man Is A Lovin' Man (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Shut Your Mouth (Remastered Single Version)Betty Lavette 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • ASIN: B000EGD1K6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bettye LaVette has recently won some long-overdue recognition on these shores, winning a W.C. Handy Award for her 2003 release "A Woman Like Me", and garnering tremendous critical acclaim for 2005's "I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise", which led to a guest slot on the Letterman show. But Bettye should have gotten this acclaim 33 years ago, that’s when she went to Muscle Shoals to record what was to be her debut album for Atlantic. Entitled "Child of the Seventies", and considered by Bettye to be her best work to date, the album was shelved on the eve of a promotional tour and was NEVER released in America. It appears here at last complete with four Atlantic singles (‘My Man’) and two other unreleased Atlantic/Atco sides, 22 tracks of superb ’70s soul in all. Limited edition of 7500 copies!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Shatan on March 2, 2008
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From the opening bars of her lowdown gritty take on "It Ain't Easy" (also covered by Bowie), Betty Lavette demonstrates her raw talent and virtuoso versatility on these cuts, many previously unreleased in any form. Whoever made the decision at Atlantic Records to shelve this record back in the 70's did Lavette and us a huge disservice.

Every cut gets the full on Muscle Shoals treatment, with horns, strings, electric sitar, etc. The arrangements are brilliant, the songs well-chosen. If you like funky soul (all you Sharon Jones fans!) this record is essential. Had it been released when it was recorded, I think it would be remembered as one of the best records of the 70's.

Buy it - only 7,500 in print!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne on May 2, 2006
Quite why tracks 1 to 12 weren't released as the album they were intended to be is an enduring mystery.That Rhino have chosen to release it and added some other tracks to extend the joy of it to over 70 minutes makes it an essential purchase, as well as filling in some gaps in the knowledge of this reviewer about Betty Lavett(e).The 'album' was cut at Muscle Shoals in November 1972 with what sounds like the involvement of the house band, which would have included Spooner Oldham and Barry Becket on organ and the wonderful fluid guitar sound of Jimmy Johnson. Having cut the tracks the masters were sent to Miami for some strings and Memphis for some horns. She was ready to tour to promote it and it was pulled and she was dropped by the label bosses. The production by Brad Shapiro was exemplary and every track (except to my ears the rather dated sound of "Soul Tambourine") an object lesson in what soul music was about at the time.That apart they haven't dated at all. My own three favourites are "It ain't easy", "Ain't nothing gonna change me" and a regal, version of Free's "The Stealer". In addition the album contains six other tracks recorded during 1972 and 1972, two of which, tracks 17 & 18, were released as a single ahead of the release of the album.Tracks 19 to 22 are earlier Atlantic singles recorded in 1962 & 1963. However the real value here is the original album, unavailable in the UK until now, and evidence of the fact that Lavette owed nothing to anybody in her sense of delivery, timing and style.Track 14 appeared in a re-recorded version on an SSS album which was released in the UK c.1985, which was where I came in, but it didn't make to the "Sound Stage Seven Story" which appeared in the UK in 1996. Perhaps now that she's belatedly getting some of the attention she deserves some of those SSS tracks could be re-mastered? In the meantime I urge you to buy this limited edition album (7500 it says) which is one of the overlooked masterpieces of early 70's soul.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By McCoy on October 15, 2008
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Bettye Lavette came on to my radar with her last two albums and I saw her live this summer. She has got it! Great recordings that have that 70s soul sound to bad we had to wait so long for them. Great for fans of old school soul. Can't wait for more material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Actor Man on May 20, 2009
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I was woefully ignorant of this artist until the recent Kennedy Center Honors. Her performance of the Who's Reign O'er Me was outstanding. This record, recorded 30+ years ago, captures a rare artist not enough people know about today. Talk about life not being fair! She should be a household name, and a lot wealthier!!
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