Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Bettye LaVETTE - Tell Me a Lie 1982
STML 12166 LP
She has been dedicated to the idiom since she was 16 years old, adopting the blues as her own and having been an unsung pioneer in the field of rhythm and blues.
The audiences in smoke-filled nightclubs, theatres, concert halls and blues festivals have shouted at the stage telling Bettye to "sing the song, honey!" since "My Man" was a hit.
Those appearances wetted the appetites for loyal soul fans who eagerly await Miss LaVette's latest record releases.
Even though Bettye has been dissatisfied with many of her recordings, she has some gems among the many records she has made and news of a new release by her is welcomed news to her legions of fans worldwide.
It wouldn’t be until 1982, twenty years after her debut forty-five, that Bettye finally saw the release of her first album, the Steve Buckingham-produced Tell Me a Lie. Cut in Nashville, again with the Memphis Horns, and released by Motown, the album’s lead single, the Hi-influenced “Right in the Middle (Of Falling in Love),” clawed its way to #35 on the r&b charts. Save for a stunning cover of Etta James’ “Damn Your Eyes,” issued on cassette by Bar/None in 1997, and a handful of recordings for Ian Levine’s Motor City Soul label, that was the end of Bettye’s recording career until her storied comeback after Petard’s decision to release Souvenirs. Subsequent CDs have included the live Let Me Down Easy--In Concert, issued by the Dutch Munich label, and 2003’s A Woman Like Me, released on Blues Express. The latter helped Bettye win the coveted W.C. Handy Award in 2004 for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year” as well as the Living Blues critic pick as “Best Female Blues Artist of 2004.”
A1. Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love) 3:43
A2. Either Way We Lose 3:26
A3. Suspicions 4:14
A4. You Seen One, You Seen 'Em All 2:41
A5. I Heard It Through The Grapevine 3:22
B1. Tell Me A Lie 3:47
B2. I Like It Like That 3:29
B3. Before I Even Knew Your Name (I Needed You) 3:22
B4. I Can't Stop 3:34
B5. If I Were Your Woman 3:19