Sunday, 14 February 2010
Sunday Soul – Betty Everett
Got this CD for £1 from my favourite charity shop on Wednesday. It’s a twofer containing her Love Rhymes (1974) and Happy Endings (1975) albums. Betty Everett is of course best known for The Shoop Shoop Song and a quick search of YouTube will display some northern soul stompers that show she could really belt them out. These two albums are much more laid back, especially Happy Endings with its lush Gene Page orchestrations.
The soulful Sweet Dan is the opener no Love Rhymes and I’m Your Friend is the funkiest this CD gets.
As a beach boys fan I had to check out her version of God Only Knows and I wasn’t disappointed. I have a theory it’s impossible to make a bad version of this song unless your name is David Bowie. Perhaps even better is the sumptuous Here’s The Gift.
From Love Rhymes:
I’m Your Friend
From Happy Endings:
Here’s The Gift
God Only Knows
P.S. Also got Wizard of Oz DVD for £1.50 and Odyssey Greatest Hits for £1