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Bettye Swann

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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: 724359884127
  • Catalog Number: 98841
  • Sales rank: 55,107

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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