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All Music Guide - John Bush
Betty Davis' debut was an outstanding funk record, driven by her aggressive, no-nonsense songs and a set of howling performances from a crack band. Listeners wouldn't know it from the song's title, but for the opener, "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up," Davis certainly doesn't play the wallflower; she's a woman on the prowl, positively luring the men in and, best of all, explaining exactly how she does it: "I said I'm wigglin' my fanny, I'm raunchy dancing, I'm-a-doing it doing it/This is my night out." "Game Is My Middle Name" begins at a midtempo lope, but really breaks through on the chorus, with the Pointer Sisters and Sylvester backing up each of her assertions. As ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Betty Davis' debut was an outstanding funk record, driven by her aggressive, no-nonsense songs and a set of howling performances from a crack band. Listeners wouldn't know it from the song's title, but for the opener, "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up," Davis certainly doesn't play the wallflower; she's a woman on the prowl, positively luring the men in and, best of all, explaining exactly how she does it: "I said I'm wigglin' my fanny, I'm raunchy dancing, I'm-a-doing it doing it/This is my night out." "Game Is My Middle Name" begins at a midtempo lope, but really breaks through on the chorus, with the Pointer Sisters and Sylvester backing up each of her assertions. As overwhelming as Davis' performances are, it's as much the backing group as Davis herself that makes her material so powerful and believable. Reams of underground cred allowed her to recruit one of the tightest rhythm sections ever heard on record bassist Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico, both veterans of Sly & the Family Stone, plus fellow San Francisco luminaries like master keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarists Neal Schon or Douglas Rodriguez both associated with Santana at the time. Graham's popping bass and the raw, flamboyant, hooky guitar lines of Schon or Rodriguez make the perfect accompaniment to these songs; Graham's slinky bass is the instrumental equivalent of Davis' vocal gymnastics, and Rodriguez makes his guitar scream during "Your Man My Man." It's hard to tell whether the musicians are pushing so hard because of Davis' performances or if they're egging each other, but it's an unnecessary question. Everything about Betty Davis' self-titled debut album speaks to Davis the lean-and-mean sexual predator, from songs to performance to backing, and so much the better for it. All of which should've been expected from the woman who was too wild for Miles Davis. [The 2007 Light in the Attic edition includes bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853002615
  • Catalog Number: 26
  • Sales rank: 43,663

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Betty Davis Primary Artist
Neal Schon Guitar, wah wah guitar
Jules Broussard Baritone Saxophone
Merl Saunders Electric Piano, Clavinet
Pete Sears Piano
Larry Graham Bass
June Pointer Vocals
Anita Pointer Vocals
Patryce Banks Vocals
Greg Errico Drums
Hershall Kennedy Organ, Vocals, Clavinet
Richard Kermode Piano, Clavinet
Kathi McDonald Vocals
Skip Mesquite Saxophone
Victor Pantoja Conga
Doug Rauch Bass
Douglas Rodrigues Guitar
Annie Sampson Vocals
Greg Adams Trumpet
Michael Gillette Trombone
Patricia Pointer Vocals
Technical Credits
Buddy Miles Author
Herbie Hancock Author
Betty Davis Arranger, Composer
Larry Graham Author
Greg Errico Producer
Prince Paul Author
Dave Cooley Remastering
Baron Wolman Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Mel Dixon Original Cover Photography
Geoffrey Weiss Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan Executive Producer, Reissue Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
Chris Ferraro Executive Producer
Oliver Wang Liner Notes, Essay
Peaches Author
John Ballon Reissue Assistant, Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Michael Lang Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Good Doin Mallory Engineer
Mike Samples Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Lawrence Wise Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
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