Betty Davis [Bonus Tracks]

Betty Davis [Bonus Tracks]

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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… See more details below

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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:
05/15/2007
Label:
Light In The Attic
UPC:
0826853002622
catalogNumber:
26
Rank:
26516

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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
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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