Betty Everett ‎– 1969 – There’ll Come A Time

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A great near-lost slice of Betty Everett’s career – material recorded for Uni Records, in the years after her first big hits on Vee Jay! The sound here is a lot more soulful than on earlier albums – more grown-up and sophisticated, yet also retaining the best sweeter touches that made her great in the first place. The album’s got a number of tasty originals – including the title cut “There’ll Come A Time”, Curtis Mayfield’s “Hold On”, and the cuts “Maybe”, and “You’re Falling In Love”.

Tracks
A1 You’re Falling In Love 2:55
A2 Better Tomorrow Than Today 3:37
A3 Maybe 2:33
A4 1900 Yesterday 2:35
A5 Sugar 2:28
A6 I Need a Change 2:23
B1 I Can’t Say No to You 2:44
B2 Hold On 2:26
B3 There’ll Come a Time 2:47
B4 Take Me 2:23
B5 Is There a Chance For Me 2:18
B6 The Same Old Me 2:37

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Review by Soulmakossa

This blows anything Dionne Warwick did right out of the water… It’s sophisticated soul alright, but there are so many funky, heavy in the pocket grooves here that it’s a pleasant surprise for those who like their soul raw.

Sure, tunes as “Maybe“, the title-track and “1900 Yesterday” are definitely in the Warwick-vein, but the supper club atmos evaporates on great, bouncing beaters as “You’re Falling In Love“, “Better Tomorrow Than Today” and “I Need a Change“.

Nice, mid-tempo ballads that still ride a rumbling groove, such as “I Can’t Say No to You“, and unabashed southern soul styled wailers like “Hold On” further remove this LP from AOR/MOR territory.

The funkiest cuts – the powerfully driven “Sugar“, the one-chord masterpiece “Is There a Chance For Me” and the incredibly busy “Take Me” – are brilliant examples of that strange breed, the hybrid incorporating both gutbucket grooves and indulgently produced gloss.

Killer album, especially for those who deem Warwick’s contemporary output as too soft.

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By the late sixties, Betty Everett had numerous solid classics under her belt & seemed to explode on the scene mid-sixties with bluesy classic “You’re No Good” followed by pop smash “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) & “Let It Be Me” with Jerry Butler continuing with great songs such as “Getting Mighty Crowded“, “Too Hot To Hold“, “I Can’t Hear You” which are the best from this golden era and list goes on. Vee-Jay Records went belly-up like so many of the great independent labels so Betty went to Uni Records scoring a huge hit right off & “There’ll Come A Time” (rich have to cry, poor have to cry and I’ve gotta cry) is memorable, still sounding great today as does the entire collection of amazing glorious gems opening with the fiery & passionate “You’re Falling In Love“, sounding like what should have been a huge chart-topping hit! Nine singles released from this burning collection of magnificent soulful performances and one wonders why songs by Curtis Mayfield, Kenneth Gamble, Jerry Butler, Neil Sedaka, and others weren’t major hits but by this time the singer/songwriter craze was taking hold and all one-dimension radio would program causing major labels across the board to drop great singers which sadly was to be Betty Everett’s fate. Legendary master Donny Hathaway arranged “It’s Been A Long Time” is red-hot while “Just A Man’s Way” is a magnificent cool jazzy gem that should have spawned a Jazz Collection by this amazing singer who gives a stunning performance. Sublime collection is filled with a great variety of fantastic songs all with great arrangements performed to perfection by one of the greatest singers from this golden era and beyond. “There’ll Come A Time” is timeless in its appeal for anyone who loves a great singer in a sublime setting.

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24 Comments
  • Larry
    Posted at 12:57h, 22 February 2015 Reply

    Simply classic !!! A song for all time.

  • Sam
    Posted at 13:18h, 22 February 2015 Reply

    Outstanding LP! Thank you.

  • gERm
    Posted at 19:32h, 22 February 2015 Reply

    One of my all time favorites as well. Take me back to the good ol’ days!

  • H20
    Posted at 22:31h, 22 February 2015 Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous song. It still sounds great, touching. Betty is a fav.

  • Tanya
    Posted at 02:15h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    I had forgotten how much I love this song!!

  • Joy
    Posted at 11:45h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    Love Love Love this. Thanks for sharing. 

  • Farias
    Posted at 11:50h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    Betty Everett has such a soulful voice. A blessing to me and all of us.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 11:53h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    The catchy “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”, was her biggest solo hit. The Rudy Clark song climbed to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made #1 on the Cashbox R&B chart for three weeks.

    Her other hits included “I Can’t Hear You” (covered by numerous artists, including Dusty Springfield, Helen Reddy, and others), “Getting Mighty Crowded” (covered by Elvis Costello in 1980), and several duets with Jerry Butler, including “Let It Be Me”, which made the US Top 5 in 1964 and was another Cashbox R&B number 1. After Vee-Jay folded in 1966, she recorded for several other labels, including ABC, Fantasy, and Uni.

    After an unsuccessful year with ABC, a move to Uni brought another major success in 1969 with “There’ll Come A Time”, co-written by producer and lead singer of the Chi-Lites, Eugene Record. This rose to #2 in the Billboard R&B listing (#26 on the Hot 100) and topped the Cashbox chart. However, most of her later work would not match the success she had with Vee-Jay, although there were other R&B hits such as “It’s Been A Long Time” and “I Got To Tell Somebody”, which re-united her with Calvin Carter in 1970. The 1975 album Happy Endings had arrangements by Gene Page and includes a cover of “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. Her final recording came out in 1980, again produced by Carter. Her awards include the BMI Pop Award (both for 1964 and 1991) and the BMI R&B Award (for 1964).

  • Sam
    Posted at 12:38h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    Sorry to post this here, but I’ve had this soul song in my head for ages and have no idea who wrote it or what the title is. It’s mainly an instrumental number but after a few minutes (?) the artist sings about a man who comes up to him on the street and says he’s got lots of money, women, etc. but can’t get what the singer has. The singer then says that what he has is soul and with all the money you can’t buy that. The backing singers also sing s-o-u-l

    Again, I’m really sorry for posting this here, but I hope you might be able to help me.

  • Freeman
    Posted at 22:59h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    Quality

  • Doc6U
    Posted at 23:55h, 24 February 2015 Reply

    omg!!! so many thanks for this one

  • Troye
    Posted at 00:05h, 25 February 2015 Reply

    i love her !!!!!
    i was listening to her music on you tube this week 🙂 what a coincedence!

  • Robert
    Posted at 03:46h, 25 February 2015 Reply

    Thank you for the discovery!

  • Enigma
    Posted at 19:41h, 25 February 2015 Reply

    Flawless

  • mILLER
    Posted at 11:26h, 26 February 2015 Reply

    Another amazing post. Thank u so very much.

  • Ga9
    Posted at 01:43h, 27 February 2015 Reply

    Such a beautiful voice

  • Pe##4
    Posted at 01:47h, 27 February 2015 Reply

    one of the best female R & B vocalists of all time.

  • Harold B
    Posted at 11:08h, 27 February 2015 Reply

    god bless her soul forever…

  • Arthur
    Posted at 12:12h, 27 February 2015 Reply

    I knew she was good. I had no idea she was THIS good.

  • Rafaela
    Posted at 17:30h, 28 February 2015 Reply

    essa e muito boa .!

  • Frix5
    Posted at 22:59h, 06 March 2015 Reply

    Such a joy to hear this fantastic record.

  • Abby
    Posted at 00:24h, 10 March 2015 Reply

    music that stands the test of time

  • Adam
    Posted at 20:42h, 14 March 2015 Reply

    This is a great record. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Marcelo
    Posted at 13:37h, 29 March 2015 Reply

    OBRIGADO !!!

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