Bettye Swann

    Bettye Swann

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    Astralwerks/Honest Jons - October 19, 2004

    After releasing a Candi Staton compilation in 2004, the Honest Jons label releases (again through Astralwerks) another artist’s collection from the Muscle Shoals studios, a treasure trove of Southern soul. But where Staton’s work gave off a production sheen that didn’t give the music room to breathe, Bettye Swann’s work is all soul.

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    For those of us who think ’60s Motown was the pinnacle of musical history, this collection is undiscovered gold. A large portion of the work here is covers of country songs: check the brilliantly transformative renditions of “These Arms of Mine,” “Stand By Your Man,” and “Today I Started Loving You.” This is perfect music from a time when country meant soulful and soulful meant more than statutory rape and driving under the influence.

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