Very Best Of Bettye Swann, The
Not yet reviewed.
Bettye Swann had a good career but not a spectacular one. She had the one big hit 'Make Me Yours', another five respectable ones and four more that made the lower reaches of the charts. But the twenty-odd singles and three LPs issued were of such high quality that although her soul styles crossed from the Motown sound, to country and on to the Philly soul era, she is spoken of with much respect and some awe by all soul fans.
Recording with Arthur Wright at Money, Wayne Shuler at Capitol, Rick Hall at Fame and Atlantic and later Tony Bell, Phil Hurtt and LeBaron Taylor at Atlantic gave her recordings the best credentials and in nearly all cases, sympathetic productions for Bettye's beautiful voice.
She began her career as a shy teenager, with a handful of songs she wrote herself and recorded in Los Angeles with Arthur Wright. They were classic 60s soul from the upbeat 'I Think I'm Falling In Love' to the mid-tempo charm and magic of 'Make Me Yours'. The move to Capitol in 1968 saw her singing country influenced soul songs, loved by southern soul fans and ballads such as 'My Heart Is Closed For The Season' and Chip Taylor's 'Angel Of The Morning'. Fame recordings at Muscle Shoals cemented the southern link, continued at Atlantic with the George Jackson and Mickey Buckins song 'Victim Of A Foolish Heart'. A change of tack saw her sent to Philadelphia for uptempo dance sides 'Kiss My Love Goodbye' and 'When The Game Is Played On You' but there was still room for gorgeous ballads such as 'Time To Say Goodbye'. Despite the brilliance of her released sides, it could be argued that Atlantic left the best number in the can: 'Either You Love Me Or Leave Me'. Also neglected was the superb mid-tempo beauty of 'I Want Sunday Back Again'.
She has largely kept her own counsel since her final 45 issued in 1976, which has added to her mystique. Her one foray into the public eye was an appearance at the Cleethorpes soul weekender and demonstrated what we have sadly missed over the last four decades.
This is the first time an overview of her complete recording career has been attempted.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre Primary||Funk & Soul|
- 1. Make Me Yours
- 2. You Gave Me Love
- 3. I Will Not Cry
- 4. I Think I'm Falling In Love
- 5. Don't Take My Mind
- 6. The Heartache Is Gone
- 7. Fall In Love With Me
- 8. Don't Wait Too Long
- 9. Our Love
- 10. A Change Is Gonna Come
- 11. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
- 12. Angel Of The Morning
- 13. (my Heart Is) Closed For The Season
- 14. Traces
- 15. Tell It Like It Is
- 16. Don't Touch Me
- 17. I'm Just Living A Lie
- 18. All The Way In Or All The Way Out
- 19. Today I Started Loving You Again
- 20. Victim Of A Foolish Heart
- 21. When The Game Is Played On You
- 22. Kiss My Love Goodbye
- 23. I Want Sunday Back Again
- 24. Time To Say Goodbye
- 25. Either You Love Me Or You Leave Me