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They Say I'm Different
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Davis' alternate screaming and cooing is complemented by rich, swampy timbres from the backing band, which does without the brightness of horns - there is a muted trumpet line towards the end of track 1, but that's about it. The rhythm section is instead filled out by guitar, organ, clav, and acoustic piano, riffing and oodling above the bass and drum parts. The groove stays loose through both slow-stewing tracks like "Special People" and more propulsive numbers like "Git In There".
This particular edition (I bought mine from amazon) comes in an attractive digipak and has a generous (30 page) album booklet, and apparently with this CD release, Davis is finally getting the royalties.
This album is truly excellent. For those like myself who have a distaste for lengthy jams and meaningless lyrics, but still enjoy funk's danceability and punchiness, They Say I'm Different is a revelation. And aside from sheer sexual strength, tracks like "70s Blues" and "Don't Call Her No Tramp" have genuine emotional resonance.
This is the LP you put on at the party andeveryone goes wack and tears the roof off the sucker... kind of likethat great album cover depiction on Marvin Gaye's "I WantYou".
Why on earth this was not a number one hit upon itsrelease still astonishes me.
Punk Funk? ... Dance Jazz? BeyondCategorization?
We miss you, Betty. END
"They Say I'm Different" was the second of three albums that Betty Davis released during the early-mid 1970's, originally on Just Sunshine records. All the songs on this album which Betty produces, were written and arranged by her.
Of particular note is the title cut "They say I'm different"
This song tells the story of Betty's musical journey. and speaks of her many influences; from blues to soul, from Muddy Waters to Sly Stone. She's one of the reasons why Miles Davis (her x) went in the musical direction he did in the early 70's; ie towards a rock jazz style. She had a great influence of Prince, Madonna, Nona Hendrix, Gloria Trevi, and Larry Graham.
All of her studio albums are worth owning, and listening too, but for an introduction "They Say I'm Different" is a great place to start and my favorite of her albums. This particular version has some great bonus tracks too. Surprised it took me so long to find this album, but I'm glad that I did. Just a great album.
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CD could have been in a better case, other than that it is just greatPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is must have for anyone with a heartbeat. Funky as hell. So original it's not funny. This album, track to track, is amazing and may be a little funkier then the first. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thingfish33
BETTY ROCKS.....I SAW HER LIVE AT THE "BOTTOM LINE" HERE IN NEW YORK BACK IN THE DAY..... ( EAGERLY AWAITING THE BIO PIC )Published 11 months ago by BLUE
This CD shows you that Prince or the artist known as, isn't that original. she was playing his licks first. Music like old Prince meets Rick James with Steven Tyler singingPublished 17 months ago by Music Fan
I heard a song on a funk mix on Spodify and fell in love. Why am I only finding out about her now? Great syncopated rhythms, sexy delivery. She should have been a big star.Published 19 months ago by IAmBrad
I had Betty Davis Albums in the 70's and they were stolen so glad I was able to find her music here. I have replaced everyone I had here on Amazon. Read morePublished 23 months ago by STEPHANIE YVETTE MARTIN