Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
At first glance, Bettye LaVette's 2010 album Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, would appear to be just another collection of covers. But "interpretations" is the key word here, because LaVette, a Detroit soul veteran and a contemporary of more famous peers like Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson, is no run-of-the-mill singer, and she takes these classic British Invasion tracks and gives them new dimension, making them in every sense and nuance her own. That's not an easy task, since every one of these tracks is a well-known song, seemingly immutable in the original version, but amazingly, LaVette steals each and every one of them. John Lennon and Paul ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
At first glance, Bettye LaVette's 2010 album Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, would appear to be just another collection of covers. But "interpretations" is the key word here, because LaVette, a Detroit soul veteran and a contemporary of more famous peers like Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson, is no run-of-the-mill singer, and she takes these classic British Invasion tracks and gives them new dimension, making them in every sense and nuance her own. That's not an easy task, since every one of these tracks is a well-known song, seemingly immutable in the original version, but amazingly, LaVette steals each and every one of them. John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "The Word," which leads things off, for instance, becomes the gospel stomper the Beatles always intended it to be, while Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy" becomes a swampy, haunting, and profoundly wise blues song in LaVette's capable hands. And she's not afraid to make changes to these classics, either, updating the Rolling Stones' "Salt of the Earth" to include references to the HIV epidemic. She rearranges things in song after song here, moving choruses, swapping out verses, all in the name of claiming the song and placing it in new emotional territory. The idea for this album came after she performed the Who's "Love Reign O'Er Me" in 2008 at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for the band, and her version that night it is included here as an extended bonus track is nothing less than stunning, pulling a depth of emotion from the song that the Who could only dream of, as fine as the band's original version was. Now in her mid-sixties, LaVette is singing better than ever, and if she isn't a household name, she ought to be. This is a remarkable album because this lady is a remarkable singer -- that's the bottom line.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778702923
  • Catalog Number: 87029
  • Sales rank: 90,642

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bettye LaVette Primary Artist, Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Michael Bearden Keyboards, Hammond B3
James "D-Train" Williams Background Vocals
Charley Drayton Percussion, Drums
Shane Fontayne Guitar, Electric Guitar
Aaron Heick Alto Saxophone
Zev Katz Bass, Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Rob Mathes Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conductor, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Soloist
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone
Tabitha Fair Background Vocals
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Thomas Bowes Concert Master
Mike Davis Trombone
Technical Credits
Jim Capaldi Composer
George Harrison Composer
Justin Hayward Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Elton John Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Roger Waters Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
David Gilmour Composer
Ed Greene Engineer
Isobel Griffiths String Contractor
Andy Kaulkin Executive Producer
Bettye LaVette Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Rob Mathes Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Music Direction
Keith Richards Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bernie Taupin Composer
Wayne Warnecke Engineer
Bobby Whitlock Composer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Carol Friedman Cover Photo, Cover Portrait
Sol Marcus Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Jan Folkson Engineer
Jonathan Allen Engineer
James Frazee Engineer
Kevin Kiley Concept
Richard Starkey Composer
Michael Stevens Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    I'm Amazed

    Though all of the songs were great, track 8 (maybe I'm amazed) is worth the price of admission. The musicianship, the arrangements and her personal style took these well known classics to another level. I'm ordering all of her past recordings and finally she's appearing on American television more often. (Letterman, very recently)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting

    We watched her sing at The Kennedy Center honors last year and were blown away by her rendition of Love, Reign O'er Me. We listened to this CD and were very impressed. She puts her own unique, very bluesy spin on these classics. The only one that disappointed us was Pink Floyd's Wish you Were Here. Didn't like that one at all but otherwise, this will be a regular in our CD player.

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