“Betty Davis” by Betty Davis - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1973Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Bored with her modelling career, the 28-year-old Betty Davis decided it was time to focus in on her literate musical heritage which, to date, had seen her soak up the Greenwich Village culture and folk music of the early 1960s, release a few mid-60s singles, befriend Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, and marry Miles Davis. Armed with her own set of compositions, she moved from New York to Los Angeles with the intent of recording with Santana, but it soon became something else. With the help of Sly Stone’s drummer Greg Errico (who would produce the album), a twenty-strong cast was assembled including Neal Schon (of Santana), Larry Graham (Sly Stone’s bassist), several members of Graham Central Station, as well as a young Sylvester and The Pointer Sisters (who performed backing vocals). The eight songs are built on funk grooves, with driving percussion, rock guitars and vocals which were, in the main, all expressive grunts, screeches and drawls – she sure weren’t no soprano! The sexual aggression was, sadly, too hot for Radio and Billboard action. As Carlos Santana would later astutely observe: “She was the first Madonna, but Madonna is more like Marie Osmond compared to Betty Davis. Betty was a real ferocious Black Panther woman. You couldn’t tame Betty Davis.

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A1 [05:00] 8.0.png Betty Davis - If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up (Betty Mabre) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [02:55] 6.6.png Betty Davis - Walkin’ Up The Road (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
A3 [04:32] 5.8.png Betty Davis - Anti Love Song (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
A4 [03:39] 5.4.png Betty Davis - Your Man My Man (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B1 [03:09] 6.5.png Betty Davis - Ooh Yeah (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B2 [03:15] 5.5.png Betty Davis - Steppin’ In Her I. Miller Shoes (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B3 [05:12] 6.4.png Betty Davis - Game Is My Middle Name (Betty Mabre) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [02:44] 6.7.png Betty Davis - In The Meantime (Betty Mabre) Soul Ballad

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