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Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

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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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How do you rate a goddess?

Bettye Lavette is the hardest working lady in show business! This album is a tour de force that will leave you wondering why she is not the most famous woman on the planet! Bravo to a fearless diva who is finally getting the recognition she deserves... and on HER terms!!!


Ms LaVette takes classic rock and finds the true soul hidden within. Her version of Ringo Starr's "it don't come easy" is probably the best on the CD. The lyrics make so much sense after hearing Bettye's version. I'm loving this CD

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You feel it when Bettye sings all the way through your bones. She takes you with her in all her songs. Hell, she could sing commercial jingles and I would listen all day. Ga' head Miss Bettye. You truly are a Diva!!!!


Born: January 26, 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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