Bettye Swann

Bettye Swann

by Bettye Swann
     
 

If Bettye Swann is remembered by anyone other than soul obsessives, it is for her chart-topping hit "Make Me Yours" from 1967. Hopefully, this collection will open a few ears to the low-key, genre-bending singer who blended the full-bodied gritty sound of Southern soul and the smooth sheen of soul from the urban North. It covers the years 1968 to 1970, after she left…  See more details below

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If Bettye Swann is remembered by anyone other than soul obsessives, it is for her chart-topping hit "Make Me Yours" from 1967. Hopefully, this collection will open a few ears to the low-key, genre-bending singer who blended the full-bodied gritty sound of Southern soul and the smooth sheen of soul from the urban North. It covers the years 1968 to 1970, after she left Money Records and set up shop with Capitol and producer Wayne Shuler. The union did not provide any hits, but the body of work is quite impressive. Swann was equally adept at slinky, sassy uptown soul like "(My Heart Is) Closed for the Season," "Cover Me," and "You're Up to Your Old Tricks Again" as well as down-home, heartbroken ballads like "Little Things Mean a Lot," the bluesy "Don't Touch Me," and Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine," but also unique blends of styles like her Baroque soul take on the Bee Gees' "Words" and her countrified funk version of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't It Peculiar." In fact, she often dipped into country music for material and came up with some impressive songs like her aching version of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams," which comes darn close to the original in the heartbreak stakes. Her takes on "Stand By Your Man" and "Angel of the Morning" are beautiful and soulful reinterpretations, too. Unfortunately, her duet with Buck Owens on "Today I Started Loving You Again" remains in the vault, but her solo version was released and is quite wonderful. Bettye Swann certainly deserves to be discovered; this disc is packed with original, soulful, and exciting music from beginning to end. Credit to Honest Jons for putting it out. First Candi Staton, now Bettye Swann -- first-class collections from a label that is doing things right.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0724359884127
catalogNumber:
98841
Rank:
57628

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bettye Swann   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Marlin Greene   Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
George Davis   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Emory Gordy   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
James Cobb   Composer
Phil Wright   Producer,Audio Production
Lee Diamond   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Edith Lindeman   Composer
Carl Stutz   Composer
Wayne Shuler   Producer,Audio Production
Tim Tooher   Liner Notes

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