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Anyone who purchases this album with the idea that they’ll be hearing faithful recreations of their old rock favorites will be in for quite a surprise. LaVette is an R&B artist who never received the commercial success of her contemporaries such as Aretha Franklin or Smokey Robinson. Her artistic reach, however, is every bit as determined and strong. Not everyone will immediately recognize these songs. The Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin” is now a nightclub lament. The Beatles’ “The Word” is brought to its gospel roots. The Rolling Stones’ “Salt of the Earth” is taken from its acoustic blues context and brought up to date as a contemporary piece of soul music. Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” is hardly the FM radio staple. The Animals’ “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is worked over. The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me,” recorded live at the Kennedy Honors Ceremony which provided the inspiration for this album, is like every song here recreated in LaVette’s likeness. You might as well as consider these completely new songs.

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So accomplished

I am in awe of this lady. I first heard her when I searched for singers like Janis Joplin a few years ago. Her best album (for me anyway) is still
"I've Got My Own Hell To Raise". Having said that every single one of her albums is worth buying. So much guts, so much grit.


If you are a fan of 'soul' music then you'll love this album. Reminiscent of Aretha and Tina but with the full blues backdrop. Where has Bettye been? I ain't that fancy with words so you'de be best to sample this superb covers album. Wish You Were Here hits the mark like an elegantly aged whisky, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me just builds to a glorious conclusion and you can see why Love Reign O'er Me gob smacked them at the Kennedy Centre.


This is an INCREDIBLE album: rich, deep, sultry, sexy, raw, emotional and everything else in between. Best served with a glass of your favourite Shiraz! SUPERB!!


Born: 26 January 1946 in Muskegon, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A perennial cult favorite in Northern soul circles, singer Bettye LaVette was born in Muskegon, MI, on January 29, 1946. Raised primarily across the state in Detroit, at 16 she cut her first sides for the local Lupine label, with a test pressing of the disc making its way to Atlantic Records. After signing with Atlantic, she scored an R&B Top Ten hit out of the box with her debut single, "My Man -- He's a Loving Man," only to fail to reach the same commercial heights again. After one more Atlantic...
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