Tuesday

Betty Davis

They Say I'm Different - 1974

While her groundbreaking debut featured members of Sly and the Family Stone, Graham Central Station and Tower of Power, their absence on her second LP, They Say I'm Different, only helped to illuminate Betty Davis' talent as a songwriter, arranger and vocalist ... not to mention how it elevated her to the status of high priestess of funk. Continuing to explore the aggressive sexual lyrical themes of her first album, Davis' venom is even more potent the second time around, most notably the subject of her marriage to Miles in "He Was A Big Freak." He was a big freak/I used to beat him with a turquoise chain ... He was a big freak/Flim flam floosie fantasy ... etc. Outrageous lyrics aside, They Say I'm Different is tremendous on many fronts; the tunes have much more breathing room without an all-star cast of musicians propelling them, and in turn, stealing each other's thunder; the keyboards, and there are a whole army of them (Rhodes, Calvinets, Hammonds, et all), play against and off of one another with incredible fluidity; and the stop/start rhythm section rivals that of the might Larry Graham and Grec Errico, who made her debut LP such a heavy funk bonanza. A remastered version complete with bonus tracks was released a couple of years ago by the fantastic Light in the Attic.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

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JBL said...

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JR HeatWarp said...

Ha!

Willard said...

Two great posts. Thanks JR.

Vincent said...

these are smoooooove jams in the most RIGHTEOUS sense of the word!

Anonymous said...

I really like her first two records a lot. I bought her last compilation but it makes me sad to learn she didn't make any money off it. I definately plan to buy the first and second CD's although her first is her best IMHO.

--deadmanstar

thebeathunters said...

right on time with the new waxpoetics issue! another heat warps winner

Myteepink said...

Is WAS an all-star band. It was indeed Larry Graham and Greg Errico as the rhythm section. Greg Errico produced it as well. A young Neal Schon is on guitar and I'm pretty sure Gregg Rolie is on keys and Jerry Martini is on sax.

The Family Stone members went uncredited, because of Sly's demand that they play with no one else.