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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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  • Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)?
  • (My Heart Is) Closed For The Season
  • I'm Lonely For You
  • Don't Touch Me
  • Little Things Mean A Lot
  • Cover Me
  • Just Because You Can't Be Mine
  • Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • Sweet Dreams
  • You're Up To Your Same Old Tricks Again
  • No Faith No Love
  • Ain't That Peculiar
  • Don't Let It Happen To Us
  • Today I Started Loving You Again
  • Words
  • These Arms Of Mine
  • Tell It Like It Is
  • Stand By Your Man
  • Chained & Bound
  • Willie & Laura Mae Jones
  • Angel Of The Morning
  • Traces
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