“They Say I’m Different” by Betty Davis - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1974Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

One year on from her debut and Betty was back with a whole new ensemble already – which, considering there are more than 20 of them, is no mean feat. This time she’s in control of production all the way – the hardened sound is much funkier than the debut, the guitars are choppier and sharper, the rock influence has been toned down and the Hammond organ turned up. And, despite the lack of commercial success with her raunchy stylizations on the debut, if anything, Betty is even more lascivious this time around, as she growls and yelps her way through a set which touches upon bondage and prostitution amongst its sexual themes. On the album highlight “They Say I’m Different” Betty nails some of her root influences to the mast by name-checking them; amongst the many are Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Muddy Water, Lead Belly and Bo Diddley. Clearly, the girl’s got exquisite taste. What an elegant hustler, she sure was different…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:57] 6.5.png Betty Davis - Shoo-B-Doop And Cop Him (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
A2 [04:07] 7.3.png Betty Davis - He Was A Big Freak (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
A3 [03:27] 5.7.png Betty Davis - Your Mama Wants Ya Back (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
A4 [04:06] 8.2.png Betty Davis - Don’t Call Her No Tramp (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B1 [04:46] 6.0.png Betty Davis - Git In There (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B2 [04:14] 7.7.png Betty Davis - They Say I’m Different (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B3 [05:01] 6.1.png Betty Davis - 70’s Blues (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk
B4 [03:22] 5.4.png Betty Davis - Special People (Betty Mabre) Disco / Funk

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