Betty Wright – I Love The Way You Love (1972) (24 bit)


 Betty Wright

1972 Alston Records (SD 33-388)

 I Love The Way You Love 3:20
I’ll Love You Forever Heart And Soul 3:40
I Found That Guy 3:35
All Your Kissin’ Sho’ Don’t Make True Lovin’ 2:35
If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me 3:10
Clean Up Woman 2:40
I’m Gettin’ Tired Baby 2:40
Pure Love 2:20
Ain’t No Sunshine 3:20
Don’t Let It End This Way 2:50
Let’s Not Rush Down The Road Of Love 2:54

  Backing Vocals – The Reid Singers
   Bass – David Brown, Edmund Collins, Ron Bogdon, Snoopy Dean
   Design – Drago
    Drums – Ivan ‘Nick’ Marshall, Jimmie Lee Harrell, John ‘Duck’ Sandlin, Robert Fergeson, Robert Johnson
Guitar – James Knight , Jess ‘Beaver’ Carr, Snoopy Dean, Willie ‘Little Beaver’ Hale

   Horns – Memphis Horns
   Piano, Organ – Arnold ‘Hoss’ Albury, Benny Latimore, Bobby Birdwatcher
   Piano, Organ – Clarence Reid

Rhythm arrangements by Little Beaver and Clarence Reid
Strings and horns arranged by Mike Lewis

Produced and engineered by Willie Clarke
Additional production by Clarence Reid
Liner Notes – Willie “Moon Man” Bacote
Photography By – Bruce Mac Callum
Back cover design by Drago

Vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge,
Speedbox power supply); Creek Audio OBH-15; M-Audio Audiophile 192
Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair;
individual clicks and pops taken out with Adobe Audition 3.0 – dithered
and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced (for 16-bit). Tags done with
Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.


* My copy of this LP is not pristine..  But it probably still sounds
better than any recent CD versions, and it has that nice warm vinyl
thing.  The overall sound of this record, mix-wise, is kinda weird
anyway (see below).

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This is a start-to-finish gland slam of an album for Betty Wright. Although she was only 18 or 19 years old when this album was released, it
was *not* her first record – that would be “My First Time Around” released when she was only 14.  I don’t know what accounts for the long
break, I think she was finishing high school or something.   Anyway she definitely doesn’t sound like a teenager, but a woman wise in the ups and downs of life and love.  It kind of
blew my mind when I found this out.  I mean I knew she had started out young, but I didn’t realize she was literally just a kid.

So, the music.  This is mostly straight-up funky southern soul, with a lot of Miami-area musicians.  Alston Records would become TK Records in a few
years.  The record jacket has no session information on it, probably because they would have had to pay the type-setter more than they had in
their budget.  You can tell from listening to it that it sounds like it was recorded at a bunch of different sessions, and a glance at the
credits with the insane number of bassists and drummers confirms that.
There are some weird cameo appearances here – one of the drummers is Johnny Sandlin, later of Capricorn Records in Georgia, and one of the keyboardists is Benny Latimore later, um,  of the band Latimore.   This LP seems to have been patched together from material recorded between 1970 and 1972.  “Pure Love,” ,”Clean Up Woman,” “I Love The Way You Love,” and “I Found That Guy” (a remake of The Jackson 5’s “I Found That Girl” ) were all released between 1970 and the release of this LP in 72.    And for a patchwork quilt, the material all hangs together really well.  The arrangements by guitarist Little Beaver and Clarence Reid are fantastic. The fidelity is weird in places, even when the actual mixes are all consistently good.
Little Beaver (real name Willie Hale) and Reid wrote most of the material between the two of them.  Producer Willie Clark gets writing credits on everything that isn’t a cover song here, which makes me kind of suspicious that maybe he just added some cowbell and insisted on a credit.  Just kidding, there is no cowbell on this album!

If you are collecting cover versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” like I am (there are dozens!), this is one is a good addition to your collection.  Holy crap listen to that bass guitar line!  How did they get that tone?  They kind of sweeten up the “I know, I know, I know…” part, and it works.  Variety is the spice of life.  “If You Love Me Like You Say You Love
Me” is the one big stylistic shift as Betty takes on Northern Soul and serves it up righteously.  But really this whole record is a reminder of why I am in the end a Southern Soul lover at heart.  Also, although “Let’s Not Rush Down The Road Of Love” is an original composition, you might recognize what the band is playing during the intro part where Betty speaks over it – it’s a note-for-note
stolen arrangement from Isaac Haye’s “Walk On By.”  It’s no “Ike’s Rap” but its pretty neat.

You know, since this post started out with me talking about how damn young Betty was here, I can’t resist saying something contemporary, against my better judgement.  Lately there has been a lot of flap in the news about a certain Disney pop star who can’t keep her tongue in her mouth.  I dunno, I think she had been a mouseketeer or something,  I’m not interested in the slut-shaming nonsense that seems to have been provoked from mostly white, mostly American people.  I am not interested in whether she is setting an example for young girls.  But I am interested in pointing out this – I do not find Miley Cyrus the least bit sexy.  What do I find sexy and inspiring?  Talent.  That’s why Ms. Cyrus and the dozens more just like her will never hold a candle to Betty White’s flame.


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  1. Just PERFECT!! TKS for sharing:)

  2. Já estou para comentar faz muito tempo. Mas este teve mesmo que ser, esse texto merece um aplauso enorme, especialmente pelo bocado final. Obrigado pelo disco, e por toda a boa música e pelos podcasts também. I'm listening 🙂 Abraço de Portugal!

  3. I had no idea this collected songs from a two year span. It sounds pretty cohesive nonetheless.

    Just saw a video of Betty with Angie Stone, i guess, and was suprised how young Betty still is. But yes, it's easy to forget she was only 14 when she recorded her debut in 1968 (which is a great album, btw.)

    Thanks for this most welcome upgrade. Really love Betty's albums. Still have the "Live" album laying around, but it's a bit of a disapointment. You should think Betty was killer in concert. But somehow it doesn't come across on the "Live" album.

  4. I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I was very excited to see this post and downloaded it. Now it is asking me for a password. I looked through the post and I didn't see it. I'll keep looking but if you can help me out I would be grateful.
    Looking forward to listening to Betty Wright.

  5. Anonimo, take a closer look at the Freetexthost page, under the links.

  6. LPR, regarding "Still have the "Live" album laying around, but it's a bit of a disapointment. You should think Betty was killer in concert. But somehow it doesn't come across on the "Live" album.

    You know, I feel exactly the same way about that album. I don't know that I've ever listened to it all the way through more than once, in fact. You last sentence is key, and it makes me speculate that maybe it actually is NOT a live album, seeing as it was pretty common in the 70s to just add audience noise to stuff recorded in the studio, or take some live material and heavily doctor it up with overdubs.

  7. OK – I found it

  8. Thank you! Amazing singer.

  9. The first time through I thought maybe there were too many medium tempo tunes for my tastes but on the second listen I was able to pay more attention and Betty turns in one great vocal performance after another although curiously I wasn't crazy about Ain't No Sunshine which is such a great tune. That could be because Bill Withers hit it so far out of the park on his verision. Thank you for this Flabbergast!

    P.S. That Clarence Reid (Blowfly) is whack!

  10. Thanks so much! Your blog's a bloody goldmine, I'll be donating to you as soon as there's a penny in my account!

  11. flabbergasted, your posts leave me flabbergasted..and i'm just a skinny guy. you're a star. thanks for your work. from a drifter in shanghai

  12. What an excellent upload of such a classic soul album from Miami’s soul queen.

    • Thanks! Links are currently dead while I shuffle some things around.. I need more peeps on Patreon so we can spring for a Mega Pro account

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