Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Tell Me A Lie
Genres: Pop, R&B
An overnight success in 2005 some 40 years after her debut single, soul diva Bettye LaVette recorded this album for Motown in 1982. Teamed with ace producer Steve Buckingham, she cut these ten songs with the cream of Nashv... more »
An overnight success in 2005 some 40 years after her debut single, soul diva Bettye LaVette recorded this album for Motown in 1982. Teamed with ace producer Steve Buckingham, she cut these ten songs with the cream of Nashville and Memphis musicians. Critically acclaimed at the time of its release but totally at odds with what Motown was then recording, Tell Me A Lie sounds as fresh today as it did when originally released. Bettye Lavette's star continues to rise now. First time on CD, digitally remastered in 24 bit from the original analog masters, and including a 12 page booklet.
A Classic Motown Masterpiece!!
Paul Williams | Warwick, NY USA | 05/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An overnight success after her recent releases on Anti- Records, Bettye recorded this album with ace producer Steve Buckingham in 1981.Very much a departure from the Motown albums of the early '80s, this album has stood the test of time, using as it did the creme de la creme of Nashville and Memphis musicians. It's pretty much classic straight-ahead classic soul, with Bettye's vocals on top form throughout. The CD sound is excellent and is taken from the original first generation Motown tapes. Booklet includes the original album cover which was withdrawn at the last minute in favour of the posed "cheating couples" cover. (In the interests of full disclosure, it's on my label and Bettye herself helped with the original cover and is happy to see it out again)."
A Classic "Lost" Soul CD Finally Gets "Found"
G. Mitchell | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you love Bettye Lavette, you need this - her long-lost early 80s Motown soul album that was barely released and all-but-shelved now finally gets a proper CD remastered reissue over 25 years later! And it was worth the wait: like the best soul singers who earn every note with authority, grace, and hard-earned lived-in experience, every song is made all the better by Bettye's sassy, gritty delivery - I like the midtempo groovers, the slow ballads, and especailly her attempt at uptempo disco/funk I CAN'T STOP, which reminds me of a classic Emotions/Cheryl Lynn/Three Degrees club track. She's sung for West End, she had a comeback recently with Anti, now get this MOTOWN classic, sounds even better in 2008. They really don't make 'em like this anymore!"
Bettye on Motown
Dexter | Scotland | 06/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bettye LaVette, the great soul & blues singer, began her career in the early '60's but it was not until 1982 that she finally had her first album issued!
'Tell Me A Lie' was released on Motown and was one of the last real soul albums to be produced by the company. Sadly it did not have the success that it deserved and until now has been a lost treasure. However it's now been re-released and remastered and sounds better than ever.
The album includes the soul hit 'Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love)' which Bettye still performs. There's also her versions of a couple of Motown classics 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' and 'If I Were Your Woman' which sound like they were written with her in mind. Overall it's an excellent album and stacks up well against Bettye's current successes. So do yourself a great favour and get this little masterpiece. You won't regret it."