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Betty Davis

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If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
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Walkin Up the Road
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Anti Love Song
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Your Man My Man
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Ooh Yeah
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Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
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Game Is My Middle Name
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In the Meantime
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Come Take Me (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track, 1974)
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You Won't See Me In the Morning (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track, 1974)
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I Will Take That Ride (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track, 1974)
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04.22.11
Betty Davis, Betty Davis
2008 | Label: Light In The Attic / The Orchard

The view of history paced by geniuses and great, reality-shaping individuals is often very cruel to the supporting cast, especially when they are women. Consider Betty Davis, who is best known in many circles as merely Miles Davis'second wife. For nearly thirty years her relative obscurity has belied the very tangible influence she had on the ever-evolving sounds of '70s funk, jazz and rock.

Of course, it's easy to get hung up on the Davis… read more »

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Not Eartha Kitt!

TauZero

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!

shempboogie

that's odd enough to be interesting.

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Oh my gosh!

jeffersonh

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

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Oooh!

RenaissanceMan

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

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Sly's rhytym section.

RABBIT

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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Funky

leigh_oates

Scratchy Kitten Vocals and bad ass bass lines.

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yes

yesturdaygirl

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

WmJosiah

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 !!

Mike-E-Dread

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....

Kamaria

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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