Betty Davis – 1973 – Betty Davis
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Review by Soulmakossa
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Betty Davis was one of the nastiest ladies in 70s soul – and this is one of her greatest albums – a killer batch of funky tracks all the way through! Betty has a sound like nobody else – and she takes heavy drums, throbbing bass, and ripping guitars – all as a hard and funky backing for raunchy, raspy vocals that are belted out with a slinky, sexy sort of sound! Davis’ vocals are unlike anyone else we can think of – easily some of the most badass work you’ll ever find on record – and the tracks are a mix of hip themes about sex, gal power, and struttin your stuff – all delivered by a righteous woman who can definitely do just that! The album features the classic break tracks “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” and “Steppin in Her I Miller Shoes“, but every cut is a funky monster. A great one if you dig hard female soul, heavy funky guitars, or both at the same time!
A1 If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up 5:00
A2 Walkin Up The Road 4:31
A3 Anti Love Song 3:08
A4 Your Man My Man 5:12
B1 Ooh Yea 2:55
B2 Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes 3:39
B3 Game Is My Middle Name 3:14
B4 In The Meantime 2:43
Betty Davis was the undisputed Queen of Funk… Funk in its rawest, filthiest, grittiest form. She had turned her short-time husband Miles Davis onto funk and rock in 1969, and bust loose on her own four years later.
Having secured a stellar rhythm section by signing on Sly & The Family Stone’s bassist Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico, her self-titled debut album is an explosive, dangerous stew of voodoo funk and volcano rock.
Betty’s rasping, almost screeching voice – she was no chanteuse, to be sure – immediately grabs at your throat on the gutbucket strutter “If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up“, where incessant, distorted guitar riffs try to keep up with her volume.
Diving head on into the swamps on “Walking Up the Road” (with a guitar pattern reminiscent of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”), Davis re-enforces her bad girl credentials with the lurching “Anti Love Song”… check out Larry’s thick chops here!
Graham’s also the star on the hyper funky, wah wah’d sleaze of “Your Man My Man“, and he even pitches in his low-end bass vocal on the rock hard “Oooh Yeah“.
Boogie funk & rollin’ through “Steppin in Her I. Miller Shoes“, the nastayest of all funk is reserved for the scandalous “Game Is My Middle Name“, a mammoth groove set to stuttering bass licks and scratching guitars.
The strangely subdued “In the Meantime” may have been thrown in on the end as a sort of ‘cooling down’; Betty sounds at her most mellow here, as far as that is possible.
Uncut, raw, hideously un-embellished primordial funk…