пятница, 12 октября 2007 г.

BETTY DAVIS – BETTY DAVIS – 1973 (US) funky blues

Betty Davis' debut was an outstanding funk record, driven by her aggressive, no-nonsense songs and a set of howling performances from a crack band. Listeners wouldn't know it from the song's title, but for the opener, "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up," Davis certainly doesn't play the wallflower; she's a woman on the prowl, positively luring the men in and, best of all, explaining exactly how she does it: "I said I'm wigglin' my fanny, I'm raunchy dancing, I'm-a-doing it doing it/This is my night out." "Game Is My Middle Name" begins at a midtempo lope, but really breaks through on the chorus, with the Pointer Sisters and Sylvester backing up each of her assertions. As overwhelming as Davis' performances are, it's as much the backing group as Davis herself that makes her material so powerful (and believable). Reams of underground cred allowed her to recruit one of the tightest rhythm sections ever heard on record (bassist Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico, both veterans of Sly & the Family Stone), plus fellow San Francisco luminaries like master keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarists Neal Schon or Douglas Rodriguez (both associated with Santana at the time). Graham's popping bass and the raw, flamboyant, hooky guitar lines of Schon or Rodriguez make the perfect accompaniment to these songs; Graham's slinky bass is the instrumental equivalent of Davis' vocal gymnastics, and Rodriguez makes his guitar scream during "Your Man My Man." It's hard to tell whether the musicians are pushing so hard because of Davis' performances or if they're egging each other, but it's an unnecessary question. Everything about Betty Davis' self-titled debut album speaks to Davis the lean-and-mean sexual predator, from songs to performance to backing, and so much the better for it. All of which should've been expected from the woman who was too wild for Miles Davis.

Betty Davis - vocals
Neal Schon (Santana/Journey) - guitar
Gregg Errico (Sly & The Family Stone) - drums
Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone and eponym of Graham Central Station) - bass
Patryce Banks (Graham Central Station) - percussion
Willie Sparks (Graham Central Station) - drums
Hershall Kennedy (Graham Central Station) - horns
Greg Adams (Tower of Power) - horns
Mic Gillette (Tower of Power) - horns
Merl Saunders - electric piano
Pete Sears - acoustic piano
The Pointer Sisters - background vocals
1 If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up Davis 5:00
2 Walkin Up the Road Davis 2:54
3 Anti Love Song Davis 4:32
4 Your Man My Man Davis 3:35
5 Ooh Yea Davis 3:09
6 Steppin in Her I. Miller Shoes Davis 3:14
7 Game Is My Middle Name Davis 5:23
8 In the Meantime Davis 2:46
9 Come Take Me [#/*] Davis 3:56
10 You Won't See Me in the Morning [#/*] Davis 3:49
11 I Will Take That Ride [#/*] Davis 4:43

Betty's dressing style for the photo shooting looks real cool, still does, some 30+ years later. She owes her family name to her marriage with a famous trumpet player...
Betty Davis was doing something that was not typical of Funk music back in the early 70s. She bridged the gap between Funk and Rock. No brass section, no string section. Loud guitars. Basically a Rock group that played Funk. To be played real loud.

Highly recommended!
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)
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3 комментария:

slik комментирует...

Picked these up a couple months ago on another blog. I never remember hearing Bette back in her day, but was floored by both of these releases. Never had the liner notes until now. Wow! What a band for this one! Thanks.

dave комментирует...

I've been looking for these for a while. Thanks a lot!!

Анонимный комментирует...

Brilliant lp! Real nice 'heavy' funk. many thanks