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!

If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up  5:00
Walkin Up The Road 4:31
Anti Love Song 3:08
Your Man My Man 5:12
Ooh Yea 2:55
Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes 3:39
Game Is My Middle Name 3:14
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…

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  • Trip79
    Posted at 22:18h, 13 March 2013 Reply


  • James
    Posted at 22:19h, 13 March 2013 Reply


  • James
    Posted at 22:26h, 13 March 2013 Reply

    The great Larry Graham on the bass (tracks: A1, A3 to B4)

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 23:45h, 13 March 2013 Reply

    Thank you!

  • JoltLegba
    Posted at 01:37h, 14 March 2013 Reply

    It’s like you read my mind. Just read the wax poetics article about her. Thank you so much

  • Ar14D
    Posted at 11:17h, 14 March 2013 Reply

    A funk delight.

  • Danny Boy
    Posted at 13:17h, 14 March 2013 Reply

    She’s the nastiest, sassiest, funkiest, punkiest whateveriest … All time funkrocker ! The cherry on top of the funky cake:)

  • Iron Z
    Posted at 13:26h, 14 March 2013 Reply

    Sure she is…Amazing…

  • greg
    Posted at 18:59h, 14 March 2013 Reply


  • rich
    Posted at 20:53h, 14 March 2013 Reply

    thank u nikos

  • Brodi
    Posted at 13:12h, 15 March 2013 Reply

    Betty Davis was punk as fuck.

  • Joan
    Posted at 13:15h, 15 March 2013 Reply

    Yeah… F:U:N:K forever !!!!!

  • Jules
    Posted at 13:32h, 15 March 2013 Reply

    Funkyyyyyyyy, j’aime ca plus que ma femme.

  • JJ Nop
    Posted at 00:44h, 16 March 2013 Reply

    Super. Keep em coming….

  • Janet
    Posted at 22:48h, 16 March 2013 Reply

    Yes, this is a great oldie!
    Miss the 70’s so much!

  • Alf
    Posted at 22:52h, 16 March 2013 Reply


  • Saturno
    Posted at 11:11h, 17 March 2013 Reply

    Great Funk LP. Thank u.

  • Michael DX
    Posted at 23:34h, 17 March 2013 Reply

    Supercharged soul sister. So sexy.

  • Fever
    Posted at 22:40h, 20 March 2013 Reply

    Amazing debut.

  • O9K9
    Posted at 19:24h, 21 March 2013 Reply

    One of the Baddest women of all time!!!!!!!

  • Nel12
    Posted at 19:46h, 01 April 2013 Reply

    Funking brilliant 🙂

  • Joseph
    Posted at 21:41h, 11 April 2013 Reply

    I remember this from 73. My people and I tagged her as the first female Sly.

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