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Betty Wright - I Love The Way You Love (1972) FLAC (24-192 khz)

15-06-2014, 17:13
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Betty Wright - I Love The Way You Love (1972) FLAC (24-192 khz)

Artist: Betty Wright
Title Of Album: I Love The Way You Love
Year Of Release: 1972
Label: Alston Records
Genre: Soul
Quality: FLAC/(24-192 khz)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 34:02
Total Size: 1.35 GB

01. I Love The Way You Love
02. I'll Love You Forever Heart and Soul
03. I Found That Guy
04. All Your Kissin' Sho' Don't Make True Lovin'
05. If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me
06. Clean Up Woman
07. I'm Gettin' Tired Baby
08. Pure Love
09. Ain't No Sunshine
10. Don't Let It End This Way
11. Let's Not Rush Down The Road Of Love

Copy of this LP is not pristine.. But it probably still sounds better than any recent CD versions, and it has that nice warm vinyl thing. The overall sound of this record, mix-wise, is kinda weird anyway (see below).

This is a start-to-finish gland slam of an album for Betty Wright. Although she was on 18 or 19 years old when this album was released, it was *not* her first record - that would be "My First Time Around" released when she was only 14. I don't know what accounts for the long break, I think she was finishing high school or something... Anyway she definitely doesn't sound like a teenager, but a WOMAN. It kind of blew my mind when I found this out.. I mean I always thought she looked super young on the cover, but didn't think she was still just a kid. Damn.

So, the music. This is straight-up funky southern soul, with a lot of Miami-area musicians. Alston Records would become TK Records in a few years. The record jacket has no session information on it, probably because they would have had to pay the type-setter more than they had in their budget: you can tell from listening to it that it sounds like it was recorded at a bunch of different sessions, and a glance as the credits with the insane number of bassists and drummers confirm that. (By the way, one of those drummers is Johnny Sandlin, who would relocate to Macon GA and start Capricorn Records eventually). It's not entirely clear but it's very likely that this record was patched together from material recorded between 1970 and 1972. "Pure Love," ,"Clean Up Woman," "I Love The Way You Love," and "I Found That Guy" (a remake of The Jackson 5's "I Found That Girl") were all released between 1970 and the release of this LP in 72. The material all hangs together really well, and the arrangements by guitarist Little Beaver and Clarence Reid are fantastic - but the fidelity is weird in places. Little Beaver (real name Willie Hale) and Reid wrote most of the material between the two of them. Producer Willie Clark gets writing credits on everything that isn't a cover song here, which makes me kind of suspicious that maybe he just added some cowbell and insisted on a credit. Just kidding, there is no cowbell on this album! Another weird 'cameo' appearance besides Johnny Sandlin is keyboardist Benny Latimore of, um, the band Latimore.

If you are collecting cover versions of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" like I am (there are dozens!), this is one is a good addition to your collection. They kind of sweeten up the "I know, I know, I know..." part the second time out, and it works. Variety is the spice of life. Also, although "Let's Not Rush Down The Road Of Love" is an original composition, you might recognize what the band is playing during the intro part where Betty speaks over it - it's a note-for-note stolen arrangement from Isaac Haye's "Walk On By." It's no "Ike's Rap" but its pretty neat.

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