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Thankful N' Thoughtful

Bettye LaVetteAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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This is the moment—the record, the book, the culmination of a lifetime of near-triumphs. This is Bettye LaVette’s triumphant year, her 50th in show business.
“Miss LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer,” proclaims the New York Times.
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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B008FIHUDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything Is Broken - 3:44
2. I'm Not The One - 3:32
3. Dirty Old Town - 3:53
4. The More I Search (The More I Die) - 4:22
5. I'm Tired - 3:16
6. Crazy - 5:47
7. Yesterday Is Here - 3:38
8. Thankful N' Thoughtful - 4:21
9. Fair Enough - 3:16
10. Time Will Do The Talking - 4:02
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - 3:17
12. Dirty Old Town (slow version) - 7:01

Editorial Reviews

In celebration of her 50th year in show business is Bettye LaVette's 2012 studio album timed with Penguin Books' release of her autobiography. LaVette's story has always been intertwined with her music she is known for her deeply personal interpretations of songs, even changing lyrics to personalize the songs to her life and world. The new album features Bettye's take on the classic folk tune "Dirty Old Town," made famous by the Pogues plus songs by the Black Keys, Sly Stone, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, and you have Bettye's grittiest, funkiest album to date.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Soul at it's finest!!! September 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm only giving this five stars because I can't give it ten! Bettye is a woman who's only gotten critical acclaim in the last ten years or so and yet she's every damn good and better in most cases than any soul diva you care to name! She takes a song and interprets it in her own way breathing fire and passion into it that brings original songwriters to tears as Pete Townsend was in the Kennedy Center Honors when she nailed "Love Reign Oe'r Me".
On her latest she covers a host of varied songwriters from Tom Waits to Neil Young and does a smashing job on every track. Opening with "Everything's Broken", everything you'd want from a modern blues track she lures you in with a voice that just doesn't quit. "I'm Not The One" follows with a tough woman laying down the law and from what I've read so far in her new bio, "A Woman Like Me" [also highly recommended] this track could have been written for her.
She breathes new life into two different takes of a D'abo penned Rod Stewart ballad, "Dirty Old Town", one more uptempo while the other more smokey blues.
One of my favorite tracks is "I'm Tired" originally done by the Brit Blues combo, Savoy Brown but seriously with the instrument this woman possesses with her voice, she could sing the dictionary and put chills up your spine or tears in your eyes! She's just THAT GOOD!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift from One of the Greats September 30, 2012
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Bettye LaVette is a force of nature. That she is still alive and kicking hard after 50 years of slogging around the peripheries of show business is a testament to the power of this extraordinary musician. The story of her success, which continues to grow at the age of 66 (born January 29, 1946), is bittersweet and heartwarming. Her bio can be found in many places and she's been very busy giving interviews in support of this new CD, so I'll simply focus on the music at hand.

I was lucky enough to hear her perform most of this CD live before I picked it up at the release party in New York City. I'm still buzzing from the experience. The song selection is brilliant here, with every cut reflecting some aspect of her life experience, personality or philosophy. Bettye is quoted as saying that she doesn't care who wrote a song or who sang it: once she sings it, it's an R&B song and it belongs to HER. Indeed, it does.

Bettye is a ferociously intelligent singer whose commitment to the meaning of a song is absolute. Combine that commitment with one of the funkiest and most expressive R&B voices ever, and the sterling contribution of her band, who serve Bettye in the manner she deserves, and you've got the makings of high art. Her mission seems to be to strive for an authenticity, honesty, self-reflection and unself-righteous sermonizing that most performers can't touch. Listen to her renditions of Dylan's "Everything is Broken," the Gnarls Barkley hit "Crazy," Sly Stone's "Thankful N' Thoughtful," Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Fair Enough," and the remarkable "The More I Search The More I Die," and you'll see what I mean.

A special highlight is "Dirty Old Town," done two ways.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another album of classy soulful covers October 1, 2012
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Bettye is back with another album of classy soulful covers, this time produced by Craig Street, probably best known for his work on Norah Jones gazillion-selling "Come Away with Me" but he's also worked with Cassandra Wilson, k.d. lang, John Legend and Chris Whitley. This album carries on in the same style as her previous albums "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise" and "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook" - stripped-down, sparse arrangements of various interesting songs that highlight Bettye's excellent world-weary, tortured voice.

As with the previous albums I think that this formula can wear a bit thin and that some covers work (Sly Stone's title track) while others don't (Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Fair Enough") and I still can't decide if Betty's re-write of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty old town" (transferred from Salford UK to Detroit USA) works or not. I thought that Dylan's "Everything Is Broken" was a bit predictable and that the Black Keys' "I'm Not the One" was a bit pedestrian but Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" is transformed into a downhome blues (?!?) and the Savoy Brown Blues Band's "I'm Tired" is rescued from obsurity for a funky workout. There are also nice covers of songs by Neil Young and Tom Waits but ultimately this album is about that wonderful voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thankful,Thoughtful And Souful December 5, 2012
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It often seems that soul,in the context of a genre of music,refers mainly to a type of singing and playing. Actually you can have the right singing,the right playing and somehow it just isn't quite soul. It's very much a literal term. Very much an individual conception. Bettye LaVette here has a new book out,and one knows she has a lot of stories to tell. But I know two things for sure: her recording career was stalled for decades,and he has a reputation for being a headstrong personality with an enormous sense of conviction in the tradition of all the greats in the genre. This album,celebrating her half century in the "biz" is musically dedicated to all the music that inspired her along the way.

For starters,this album is extraordinarily funkified. In a very deep southern way too-filled with heavily revered drums,electric guitar,bass and keyboards. Dylan's "Everything Is Broken","I'm Not The One","The More I Search )The More I Die","Fair Enough" and "Time Will Do The Talking" all showcase this predominantly. Her take on "Dirty Old Town" seems to almost illustrate her own attitude and is presented here in two versions,the later longer and far more spare. The rhythm goes up on the very heavily funky "I'm Tired",and actually goes very much the opposite direction on the night time bluesy soul of "Crazy" and "Yesterday Is Here". Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" gets a countrified treatment whereas Sly's title song goes more to the gospel roots of the song.

One appealing thing about LaVette right off the bat is that,as an interpretive singer,she never veers from altering the song lyrics in certain ways to personalize it,have it make more sense that she's singing them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues singer parexcelonce
Having seen Bettye Lavette in Sydney last month this cd was just what we hoped it would be, a studio recording but with the same deep feel as Her live show. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ilkka Tarjavaara
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I bought this cd for my husband because he is a huge Bettye LaVette fan and he just love listening to her....
Published 12 months ago by Evelyn S. Bobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Bettye LaVette
Was a great blues, raspy voice. I love listening to it LOUD. Great music which will make your bounce around the house!
Published 12 months ago by E. Dilks
3.0 out of 5 stars Bettye
Pretty good,she sounds a bit like Etta on some tracks.blah blah blah blah blah blah balh
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Published 13 months ago by Benhurt
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful voice!
This album was not what I expected, but I enjoyed listening to it. Some of the songs are a bit depressing, but the vocal performance is amazing!
Published 14 months ago by Ondrell S. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars lavette cd
i watched ms lavette on tavis smiley and she mentioned her cd. its okay, nothing to brag about. depends on your style of music.
Published 14 months ago by jayjay
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
I have not been familiar with Ms Lavettes music mainly because i am not a big blues fan. After watching an interview on Tavis Smileys show i decided to check it out. Read more
Published 16 months ago by chazz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Bettye LaVette is amazing, and I recommend you buying her entire catalog and if you can see her live. She is a national treasure.
Published 16 months ago by Christopher Robles
1.0 out of 5 stars I Am Not Thankful for this Pedestrian Trash
There's a reason why this old dark soul has remained in obscurity........her talents, that of a dime store washerwoman, come a dime a dozen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Boki
4.0 out of 5 stars good old soul music
reminds one of the olden days - good voice - souly music - an good old music diva. once who like aretha franklin - check it out.
Published 16 months ago by sunmo
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