Bettye lavette - child of the seventies

With a brand-new album out this year (Worthy) co- produced by Joe Henry, Bettye LaVette is hotter than ever, easily one of our greatest living soul singers and still an irresistible artistic force. So, we thought the time was right to reissue this collection featuring her complete recordings for the Atco and Atlantic labels, which previously came out only in a hard-to-find limited edition.

The title, 'Child Of The Seventies', is taken from a complete album that Bettye (or Betty, as she was known back then) recorded for Atco back in November 1972; produced by Brad Shapiro (most notable for his work with Millie Jackson), it's a raw soul masterpiece that the label inexplicably decided not to release (it was only to see the light of day in 2000 on a European release and then on this compilation).

But that's only the beginning of the gems that await you on this set: among the 10 bonus tracks are two tracks ("Waiting for Tomorrow" and "Livin' Life on a Shoestring") that were previously unreleased until their debut here, plus single versions (including a mono version of the brilliant "Your Turn to Cry") of album tracks and six more single sides, 22 deeply soulful tracks in all! David Nathan's notes follow the long and winding road these recordings took to being released. Essential soul!

“Child of the Seventies” was recorded – than deleted for release – Betty faded to near obscurity. She joined the Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar and briefly signed to West End Records for 1978’s disco “Doin’ the Best I Can.”  She didn’t record again until 1982 for Motown when she first called herself “Bettye.” But success came two-decades later when she released “A Woman Like Me” on the equally obscure Blues Express label. This outstanding recording won her a 2003 . Handy Award and a shiny new record deal with Anti Records, and just like that Bettye was back in the public eye. Her strong will and persistence was and remains justly rewarded to this day. Today LaVette resides in NJ and tours the world. Treat yourself to a LaVette concert; she’s a very special artist who can hypnotize and silence a full house to where you can hear a pin drop – than can explode with vocal emotions that are genuine and riveting.

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