Bettye Swann - The Money Masters LP
  • Bettye Swann - The Money Masters LP
  • Bettye Swann - The Money Masters LP
  • Bettye Swann - The Money Masters LP
  • Bettye Swann - The Money Masters LP

Bettye Swann

The Money Masters LP

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Title: The Money Masters LP
Artist: Bettye Swann
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: KENT508
Format: LP Vinyl
Genre: Northern Soul, 60s Soul
Release Year: 2017
Condition: New & Sealed

SIDE ONE
1. MAKE ME YOURS
2. YOU GAVE ME LOVE
3. LONELY LOVE
4. THE DANCE IS OVER
5. FALL IN LOVE WITH ME
6. I WILL NOT CRY
7. A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

 

SIDE TWO
1. I THINK I'M FALLING IN LOVE
2. DON'T TAKE MY MIND
3. THE MAN THAT SAID NO
4. WHAT CAN IT BE
5. THE HEARTACHE IS GONE
6. DON’T WAIT TOO LONG
7. OUR LOVE

The talented Bettye Swann scored an R&B hit with ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, her catchy, self-penned, debut single for Money records in 1965. She seemed to have a bright future but the Motownesque ‘The Man That Said No’ follow-up did not chart, nor did the tougher-sounding ‘The Heartache Is Gone’. However Money’s perseverance paid off when yet another self-written number ‘Make Me Yours’, pressed all the right commercial buttons and spent two weeks at the top of the R&B charts in 1967. The song was covered by Z Z Hill and Spencer Wiggins and is an established 60s soul classic.

 

Swann wrote nearly all her own songs at Money, except a cover of the Temptations’ ‘Don’t Look Back’ and an exquisite rendition of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ which was on her “Make Me Yours” LP and is featured here. An LP was scheduled after the first hit, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, but was shelved when the follow-ups failed. That album contained the previously unheard ‘The Dance Is Over’ and a faster version of ‘I Think I’m Falling In Love’ compared to the later single; both are deserved inclusions here.

 

The momentum from Swann’s big hit carried over to ‘Fall In Love With Me’ which also charted, but the next 45 was that cover of ‘Don’t Look Back’ which did not add enough to the Temptations’ version to earn many sales. Far better was the urgent and unusual ‘Don’t Take My Mind’ which featured mature lyrics but was not far out enough to join in the black psychedelic success of the time. After Money, Swann moved to Capitol, Fame and Atlantic but her song-writing on these releases dwindled and then ceased. This LP is testament to her song-writing as well as her vocal skills.

 


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