Bettye Swann – 1969 – Don’t You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting me?)
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A treasure of late 60s southern soul from the great Bettye Swann, this is her 3rd and final album (2nd for capital records, after she jumped for the indie Money Records).Sadly, the move didn’t turn Bettye into the major star Capitol no doubt expected to arise and these fantastic tracks were largely unappreciated at the time.
There’s an achingly great southern soul feel to these tunes, which range from fragile soul ballads with sweet harmonies to poundingly righteous stompers. The feel is just loose enough, with roomy arrangements that leave plenty of space for Bettye’s sweet vocals, but still with the ability to tighten up and pound at the crack of a whip!
Masterful lost soul and a joy to experience.
A1. Don’t You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)? 2.48
A2. Little Things Mean A Lot 3.00
A3. You’re Up To Your Same Old Tricks Again 2.58
A4. Today I Started Loving You Again 2.38
A5. Just Because You Can’t Be Mine 2.30
B1. Traces 3.02
B2. Chained & Bound 2.37
B3. Ain’t That Peculiar 2.50
B4. Stand By Your Man 2.35
B5. Willie & Laura Mae Jones 2.43
When you hear this recording for the first time you will be absolutely astonished that you have not heard it before. To make up for lost time you will then play it constantly. While Bettye has a beautiful voice and the songs are almost all killer, what really astonishes are the production values. The horns slink in and out and the atmosphere is conducive to dark romance. Go ahead and double this up with the Candy Staton, grab your honey and hold on tight. You can thank me later.
Including her countrified funk version of Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t It Peculiar“, Ottis Redding “Chained & Bound”. Unfortunately, her duet with Buck Owens on “Today I Started Loving You Again” remains in the vault, but her solo version was released and is quite wonderful. Bettye Swann certainly deserves to be discovered
In the great musical sixties this great and wonderfully soulful singer hit big with “Make Me Yours” in 1967 and continued making great recordings as witnessed in this 2nd Capitol Record output which must not have been properly promoted as this is a prime example of the best from that era and really holds up and sounds great today having a timeless classic quailty…amazing this tremendous collection of varied and masterful performances missed making Bettye Swann a household name as she makes all these great songs her own! Anyone who loves a superb singer in a magnificent collection of songs all brilliantly arranged will find this tour-de-force set of winners a must have…
The covers are from my original Capitol ST-270 LP, very rare to be found.