They Say I'm Different [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Betty Davis' second full-length featured a similar set of songs as her debut, though with Davis herself in the production chair and a radically different lineup. The openers, "Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him" and "He Was a Big Freak," are big, blowsy tunes with stop-start funk rhythms and Davis in her usual persona as the aggressive sexual predator. On the title track, she reminisces about her childhood and compares herself to kindred spirits of the past, a succession of blues legends she holds fond -- including special time for Bessie Smith, Chuck Berry, and Robert Johnson. A pair of unknowns, guitarist Cordell Dudley and bassist Larry Johnson, do a fair job of replacing the stars ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Betty Davis' second full-length featured a similar set of songs as her debut, though with Davis herself in the production chair and a radically different lineup. The openers, "Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him" and "He Was a Big Freak," are big, blowsy tunes with stop-start funk rhythms and Davis in her usual persona as the aggressive sexual predator. On the title track, she reminisces about her childhood and compares herself to kindred spirits of the past, a succession of blues legends she holds fond -- including special time for Bessie Smith, Chuck Berry, and Robert Johnson. A pair of unknowns, guitarist Cordell Dudley and bassist Larry Johnson, do a fair job of replacing the stars from her first record. As a result, They Say I'm Different is more keyboard-dominated than her debut, with prominent electric piano, clavinet, and organ from Merl Saunders, Hershall Kennedy, and Tony Vaughn. The material was even more extreme than on her debut; "He Was a Big Freak" featured a prominent bondage theme, while "Your Mama Wants Ya Back" and "Don't Call Her No Tramp" dealt with prostitution, or at least inferred it. With the exception of the two openers, though, They Say I'm Different lacked the excellent songs and strong playing of her debut; an explosive and outré record, but more a variation on the same theme she'd explored before. [The 2007 Light in the Attic edition includes bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853002721
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 14,255

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Betty Davis Primary Artist
Buddy Miles Guitar
Pete Escovedo Timbales
Mike Clark Drums
Merl Saunders Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Larry Johnson Bass Guitar
Debbie Burrell Vocals
Elaine Clark Vocals, Soloist
Cordell Dudley Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Godwin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mary Jones Vocals, Soloist
Hershall Kennedy Organ, Trumpet, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Victor Pantoja Conga
Trudy Perkins Vocals
Ted Sparks Drums, Vocals
Tony Vaughn Piano, Bass (Vocal), Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet
Technical Credits
Rick James Author
Miles Davis Author
Betty Davis Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jack Adams Engineer
John Bigham Author
Dave Cooley Remastering
Bill Levy Art Direction
Baron Wolman Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Talib Kweli Author
Four Tet Author
Saul Williams Author
Mel Dixon Original Photography
Kieran Hebden Author
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
John Ballon Reissue Assistant, Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Michael Lang Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Mike Samples Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Lawrence Wise Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
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