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Betty Davis

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If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
Walkin Up the Road
Anti Love Song
Your Man My Man
Ooh Yeah
Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
Game Is My Middle Name
In the Meantime
Come Take Me (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track, 1974)
You Won't See Me In the Morning (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track, 1974)
I Will Take That Ride (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track, 1974)
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 43:01

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Not Eartha Kitt!


Eartha Kitt was a VERY sexy singer, a soft fluffy kitten. This kitten is dirty, scratchy and will funk your soul. I love every tune on here. If you're not grooving and dancing, check your pulse man, you might be dead.

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Hard ass funk!


that's odd enough to be interesting.

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Oh my gosh!


She needs to be heard to be believed. This is raw, dirty funk -- too much for the radio.

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Sexy! This whole album is sexy. Fergie wishes she were this sexy.

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Sly's rhytym section.


Yep. Larry Graham on bass and Gregg Ericco on drums. The other Betty Davis albums are good but this one has the baddest grooves.

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Scratchy Kitten Vocals and bad ass bass lines.

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I always thought of Betty Davis as the Janis of funk. She was obviously underrated.

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Interesting but I can see why it never got big


I'm not sure if Betty can't sing or if she chooses not to. I'm not sure if she can't write or if her lyrics are intentionally awful. At least the music is funky as all get out. I think she probably should have done porn soundtracks.

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This is the Funkin' Sh*t !!


WANT TO HEAR THE BEST FUNK/SOUL EVER!?! Of the many happy accidents I have discovered on eMusic this is the best! Betty has me hooked! I can't believe this funk-soul-diva hasn't been better known. She puts Bettye Lavette to shame. THIS IS THE FUNKIN' BEST!!!

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Such a Bad Azz....


She was definitely too much for her era. Her defiance is evident in her unwillingness to be subtle and docile in her delivery. That's why she's squealing, grunting, and moaning. It's up to the woman to decide what kind of woman she wants to be---and Betty made that decision, even in spite of others who thought she shouldn't. Women like me can indeed appreciate that! If you dig those female artists that defied category, then most definitely, cop this.

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Betty Davis’ debut was an outstanding funk record, driven by her aggressive, no-nonsense songs and a set of howling performances from a crack band. Listeners wouldn’t know it from the song’s title, but for the opener, “If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up,” Davis certainly doesn’t play the wallflower; she’s a woman on the prowl, positively luring the men in and, best of all, explaining exactly how she does it: “I said I’m wigglin’ my fanny, I’m raunchy dancing, I’m-a-doing it doing it/This is my night out.” “Game Is My Middle Name” begins at a midtempo lope, but really breaks through on the chorus, with the Pointer Sisters and Sylvester backing up each of her assertions. As overwhelming as Davis’ performances are, it’s as much the backing group as Davis herself that makes her material so powerful (and believable). Reams of underground cred allowed her to recruit one of the tightest rhythm sections ever heard on record (bassist Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico, both veterans of Sly & the Family Stone), plus fellow San Francisco luminaries like master keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarists Neal Schon or Douglas Rodriguez (both associated with Santana at the time). Graham’s popping bass and the raw, flamboyant, hooky guitar lines of Schon or Rodriguez make the perfect accompaniment to these songs; Graham’s slinky bass is the instrumental equivalent of Davis’ vocal gymnastics, and Rodriguez makes his guitar scream during “Your Man My Man.” It’s hard to tell whether the musicians are pushing so hard because of Davis’ performances or if they’re egging each other, but it’s an unnecessary question. Everything about Betty Davis’ self-titled debut album speaks to Davis the lean-and-mean sexual predator, from songs to performance to backing, and so much the better for it. All of which should’ve been expected from the woman who was too wild for Miles Davis. [The 2007 Light in the Attic edition includes bonus tracks.] – John Bush

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