Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bettye LaVette: 'Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook'

Every once in a while you hear some music you weren't really planning to care too much about, and get blown away. Today that happened to me while listening to soul legend Bettye LaVette's new disc; "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook".

Anticipating her singing songs from Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues, and The Rolling Stones I wasn't expecting much. Cover versions usually leave me cold, but these are something else entirely. She OWNS these songs. Think of Johnny Cash's "American Recordings" series and you get an idea of what an artist can do with other people's material. Bettye takes these 60's and 70's rock and roll tunes and makes them sound like soul classics.

My favorites are her takes on Zeppelin's "All of my Love" and The Stones "Salt of the Earth". And "Nights in White Satin" may be my favorite new cover of all time.

Run don't walk to your local record store to pick this up. You will not be sorry!


1. The Word (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
2. No Time To Live (James Capaldi/Stephen Winwood)
3. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Bennie Benjamin/Gloria Caldwell/Sol Marcus)
4. All My Love (John Baldwin/Robert Plant)
5. Isn’t It A Pity (George Harrison)
6. Wish You Were Here (David Gilmour/Roger Waters)
7. It Don’t Come Easy (Richard Starkey)
8. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
9. Salt Of The Earth (Michael Jagger/Keith Richards)
10. Nights In White Satin (David Hayward)
11.Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)
12. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Elton John/Bernard Taupin)
13. Love Reign O’er Me (Peter Townshend) (BONUS TRACK)

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