Release Date: Oct 6, 2009
Recording Date: 1976
Label: Light In The Attic
I have been sitting on this one for a while, waiting until I had something “profound” to say about it. Since that day seems to be adrift in the unforeseeable future, I thought it would just post about it and let you, the listener, decide what is or what is not profound about the “lost album” from Betty Davis. Without doubt, it deserved to be released and not confined to a record companies vault for thirty years (there were never even any bootleg copies that made it out). This is the last stand for Betty Davis and her backing band Funk House. Recorded in the middle of a swamp in Louisiana, the wonderful liner notes narrate the whole story about the making of the record. In the eyes of the musicians involved (although not necessarily in Betty’s judgment, for the careful reader) this was the best album they made and the most creative thing they’d ever been involved with. Some of the critics, like the hacks at AMG, have been agreeing with their promo kits, *cough*, I mean independently-thought-out music reviews…
I am still listening to this album and sizing it up but for me, it is not as good as “They Say I’m Different”, which I think will always reign as Betty at her best for my money. But that isn’t to say this is a disappointment by any means. It just lacks something of the excitement and energy found on her first three albums. I find some of the lyrics a bit dubious, and not in the good way of her first two albums, but I don’t want to piss on anybody’s parade who is rightfully excited to get their hands on an album that has been wondered about for years. And if the wonderful Light In The Attic label had not reissued her earlier albums, sparking a revival of interest in Betty Davis, this one may never have seen the light of day.
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