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Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed
Format: CD – LP – Digital / Label: Verve Records
Releasedatum: 30 maart 2018

Tekst: Iain Patience

Bettye LaVette is a true soul survivor, a lady with a glorious voice and a firm grip on her music and a past that rings with extraordinary experiences. For many years she has worked through the folk and rock n’ roll idiom, from straight-on soul and blues to Americana and everything in between. With ‘Things Have Changed,’ she shows just how wonderfully versatile she can really be. The twelve-tracks she includes here all come from around half-a-century of  Bob Dylan’s work, and, as might be expected, shimmer with a freshness and surprise that only LaVette could probably provide.

When Keith Richards, who guests on the album, says: “Bettye, everything you do touches my heart,” you know you’re gonna be in for something special and so it proves here.  Add the admiration and thoughts of Bonnie Raitt , the talents of Trombone Shorty, and producer, Steve Jordan, to the mix and you have an album that works at pretty much every level.

Although LaVette has covered tracks from the likes of The Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd and even Dolly Parton over the years, this is the first-time she has delivered an entire album dedicated to the material of one writer-musician. The result is a minor masterpiece of nuanced interpretation and innovation.

01. Things Have Changed
02. It Ain’t Me Babe
03. Political World (feat. Keith Richards)
04. Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight
05. Seeing The Real You
06. Mama You’ve Been On My Mind
07. Ain’t Talkin’
08. Times They Are A-Changin’
09. What Was It You Wanted (feat. Trombone Shorty)
10. Emotionally Yours
11. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
12. Going, Going, Gone

Website: Bettye LaVette

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