Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hot on the heels of her 2005 comeback recording, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, Varese Sarabande issues a treasure trove of Bettye LaVette material here. These 13 cuts were recorded in Memphis with producer Lelan Rogers and the Dixie Flyers (starring Jim Dickinson on keyboards, Charlie Freeman on guitar, bassist Tommy McLure, drummer Sammy Jackson, and a horn section) between 1969 and 1970. The set includes all of her singles for Rogers' Silver Fox label, and her burning version of "Piece of My Heart," issued on the SSS label after Silver Fox went under. There are also some unreleased cuts, such as "Hello Sunshine," one of two duets with Hank Ballard. The other one, "Let's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hot on the heels of her 2005 comeback recording, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, Varese Sarabande issues a treasure trove of Bettye LaVette material here. These 13 cuts were recorded in Memphis with producer Lelan Rogers and the Dixie Flyers (starring Jim Dickinson on keyboards, Charlie Freeman on guitar, bassist Tommy McLure, drummer Sammy Jackson, and a horn section) between 1969 and 1970. The set includes all of her singles for Rogers' Silver Fox label, and her burning version of "Piece of My Heart," issued on the SSS label after Silver Fox went under. There are also some unreleased cuts, such as "Hello Sunshine," one of two duets with Hank Ballard. The other one, "Let's Go, Let's Go," has never been available in the U.S. before. Other sides that have been made available to American audiences are "Easier to Say (Than Do)," "I'm in Love," and "We Got to Slip Around." The collection is stellar, the material is pure, gritty soul rooted in deep blues and R&B. LaVette had no gospel training, making her a pure soul singer. This is tough, rootsy material given an immediate, live-sounding treatment. The grooves are deep and wide -- just check "My Train's Comin' In," or "Nearer to You," written by Allen Toussaint. This compilation is simply wonderful. There isn't a weak cut in the bunch, and it leaves the listener wondering how it came to pass that LaVette didn't become a superstar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206670820
  • Catalog Number: 066708
  • Sales rank: 54,345

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bettye LaVette Primary Artist, Vocals
Hank Ballard Vocals
Technical Credits
Hank Ballard Composer
Joe South Composer
Don Hill Composer
B.B. Cunningham Jr. Engineer
Wayne Jackson Composer
Andrew Love Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Lelan Rogers Producer
Richard Ross Composer
Ronnie Shannon Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Ron Miller Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Bert Russell Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Steve Massie Mastering
Curtis Ousley Composer
Ernie Shelby Composer
Fred Burch Composer
Gary McEwen Composer
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