The Very Best of Bettye Swann, 1964-1975

The Very Best of Bettye Swann, 1964-1975

by Bettye SwannBettye Swann


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No wonder Bettye Swann is beloved by soul connoisseurs: she walked the fine line separating uptown elegance and Southern grit, a skill that's marvelous but not especially commercial. Swann had one major hit -- "Make Me Yours," an R&B chart-topper in 1967 which also crossed over to 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- and she racked up a few other R&B hits over the next six years ("Don't Touch Me" went to 14 in 1969, "Victim of a Foolish Heart" peaked at 16 in 1971), but she always remained on the cusp of success without ever really achieving stardom. Ace's 2015 collection, The Very Best of Bettye Swann 1964-1975, is the first-ever compilation to chronicle the entirety of her career, opening with nine selections from her pivotal Money recordings, then stopping for her Capitol sessions of 1969, and concluding with her Atlantic recordings, which were documented in their entirety on Real Gone's 2014 double-disc set. That collection provides one of a handful of rarities here -- these are primarily new remixes, usually of the Money material -- but this isn't a collection for the hardcore, it's a disc constructed to tell Swann's story and make a case for her talents. At that it is superb, illustrating the range and depth of her material, with nearly every single seeming like a smash hit that never happened.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667243827
catalogNumber: 2971707
Rank: 9004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bettye Swann   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Phil Hurtt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chip Taylor   Composer
George Davis   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Tony Bell   Arranger,Producer
Mickey Buckins   Composer,Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Emory Gordy   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Rob Keyloch   Remixing
Red Lane   Composer
Mike Lewis   Arranger
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Bettye Swann   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tank Jernigan   Arranger
Anthony Bell   Composer
James Cobb   Composer
Hank Jacobs   Arranger
Phil Wright   Producer,String Arrangements
Lee Diamond   Composer
LeBaron Taylor   Arranger,Producer
Wayne Shuler   Producer
Young Professionals   Producer
Robert Morrison   Composer
Perry Buie   Composer
Alton Scott   Producer

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