Monday, 30 November 2009

Betty Wright "Betty Wright Live"

Betty Wright

"Betty Wright Live"

( LP Alston Records, 1978 )
Catalog # 4408

A1 - Lovin' Is Really My Game 5:18
A2 - Tonight Is The Night 8:07
A3 - A Song For You 7:25
B1 - Clean Up Woman 11:37
B1.1 - Medley: Pillow Talk
B1.2 - You Got The Love
B1.3 - Mr. Melody
B1.4 - Midnight At The Oasis
B1.5 - Me And Mrs. Jones
B1.6 - You Are My Sunshine
B1.7 - Let's Get Married Today
B2 - You Can't See For Lookin' 5:54
B3 - Where Is The Love 4:07

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By - Rob Vaughn
Bass - Michael Wilkerson
Drums - Gregory Wilkerson
Electric Piano - Kevin Hendricks
Engineer - Alex Sadkin
Guitar [Lead] - Will Bridgeforth
Percussion, Backing Vocals - Robert Webb Jr
Photography - Mario Algaze
Producer - Howard Albert , Ron Albert
Saxophone [Alto] - Garry Greene
Trumpet - Michael Scott

1978, T.K. Productions
Distributed by T.K. Productions, INC.,495 S.E. 10th Court, Hialeah, Fla. 33010

When Betty Wright Live was first released in 1978, there was some speculation on whether or not it was really a live album or simply a studio recording with canned applause. To be sure, the applause doesn't sound authentic, and the original LP's liner notes listed neither a recording date nor a location. But whether it was recorded on stage or in the studio, this album (reissued on CD in 1992) provides much evidence of Wright's vitality as a singer. Live became best known for its version of "Tonight Is the Night," a moving account of a young woman losing her virginity to her first true love. But the gritty Miami soulster is equally expressive on Leon Russell's "A Song for You" and versions of her hits "Where Is the Love" and "Clean Up Woman" (which is performed as the main song in an 11-minute medley). Even if the title Betty Wright Live is an example of false advertising, this is a recording that fans of gritty, emotionally direct Southern soul would do well to experience.
Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Celo

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