Worthy [Deluxe Version]

Worthy [Deluxe Version]

by Bettye LaVette

CD(Special Edition / Digi-Pak / Bonus DVD)

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Bettye LaVette doesn't write her own songs, but she doesn't have to -- by the time she's finished singing a tune, LaVette has turned it into something entirely her own, an emotional statement that's original and complete. Since LaVette reminded American listeners that she was still working at the top of her game with the 2003 live set A Woman Like Me, she's been releasing a steady stream of new albums confirming her status as one of the strongest and most individual interpretive vocalists in the 21st century. LaVette's first studio album after A Woman Like Me was the outstanding I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, produced by Joe Henry, and for 2014's Worthy, LaVette has teamed up again with Henry and several of the same musicians who played on those sessions. Henry is a producer whose approach is less about studio technique and more about setting a mood and letting artists go where they will, and LaVette is the sort of artist who responds best to this treatment; on Worthy, LaVette sings with strength and passion, but she understands dynamics, knowing when to go full-out and when to rein herself in, and her tough but thoughtful approach to the material is powerfully effective and full of keen emotional intelligence and her soulful, sweet and sour voice. Worthy finds LaVette covering songs by the Beatles ("Wait"), the Rolling Stones ("Complicated"), Bob Dylan ("Unbelievable"), and Beth Nielsen Chapman (the title cut), but if LaVette doesn't necessarily make you forget the originals, each time she takes them to a place that's clearly of her own making. LaVette discovers something fresh and deeply personal in every number here, and the backing band on these sessions (including Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, Chris Bruce on bass, and Patrick Warren on keyboards) works with her beautifully, with a give and take that's a master class in how to accompany a vocalist. Worthy is another impressive release from an outstanding singer, and if it follows the pattern of some of her recent albums, nothing here sounds rote; this is the sound of an artist doing what she does best, and she is far more than worthy of this great music. [Worthy was also released in a CD/DVD set.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2015
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929164956
catalogNumber: 649
Rank: 120002


Disc 1

  1. Unbelievable
  2. When I Was a Young Girl
  3. Bless Us All
  4. Stop
  5. Undamned
  6. Complicated
  7. Where a Life Goes
  8. Just Between You and Me and the Wall, You're a Fool
  9. Wait
  10. Step Away
  11. Worthy

Disc 2

  1. The Word
  2. Everything Is Broken
  3. Your Time to Cry
  4. They Call It Love
  5. Joy
  6. Heart of Gold
  7. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood [Live at the Jazz Cafe, London, 15th July
  8. Either Way We Lose
  9. Blackbird
  10. My Man He's a Loving Man [Live at the Jazz Cafe, London, 15th July 2014
  11. Like a Rock
  12. Heaven (The Closest I'll Get) [Live at the Jazz Cafe, London, 15th July
  13. Sleep to Dream
  14. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bettye LaVette   Primary Artist
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Patrick Warren   Piano,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Doyle Bramhall   Bass,Guitar
Levon Henry   Tenor Saxophone
Linton Smith   Trumpet
Ben Chapoteau-Katz   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Joe Henry   Producer,Liner Notes
Chris Youlden   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Randall Bramblett   Composer
Linford Detweiler   Composer
Bettye LaVette   Producer
Randy McCormick   Composer
Sinéad O'Connor   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
Fiona Apple   Composer
Carol Friedman   Cover Design
James Bennett   Composer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Johnnie Mae Matthews   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
John Clifforth   Composer
Mary Gauthier   Composer
Christine Santelli   Composer
Brian Mitchell   Composer
Dave Gross   Engineer
Levon Henry   Horn Arrangements
W. T. Davidson   Composer
James H. Brown   Composer
J. Simon   Composer
Julian Cubillos   Engineer
Joseph Lee Henry   Composer
Jan Bidewell Buckingham   Composer
Rene Gayer   Composer

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