They Say I'm Different [Bonus Tracks]

They Say I'm Different [Bonus Tracks]

by Betty Davis

CD(Bonus Tracks / Digi-Pak / Reissue)

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Betty Davis' second full-length featured a similar set of songs as her debut, though with Davis herself in the production chair and a radically different lineup. The openers, "Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him" and "He Was a Big Freak," are big, blowsy tunes with stop-start funk rhythms and Davis in her usual persona as the aggressive sexual predator. On the title track, she reminisces about her childhood and compares herself to kindred spirits of the past, a succession of blues legends she holds fond -- including special time for Bessie Smith, Chuck Berry, and Robert Johnson. A pair of unknowns, guitarist Cordell Dudley and bassist Larry Johnson, do a fair job of replacing the stars from her first record. As a result, They Say I'm Different is more keyboard-dominated than her debut, with prominent electric piano, clavinet, and organ from Merl Saunders, Hershall Kennedy, and Tony Vaughn. The material was even more extreme than on her debut; "He Was a Big Freak" featured a prominent bondage theme, while "Your Mama Wants Ya Back" and "Don't Call Her No Tramp" dealt with prostitution, or at least inferred it. With the exception of the two openers, though, They Say I'm Different lacked the excellent songs and strong playing of her debut; an explosive and outré record, but more a variation on the same theme she'd explored before. [The 2007 Light in the Attic edition includes bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Light In The Attic
UPC: 0826853002721
catalogNumber: 27

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Betty Davis   Primary Artist
Buddy Miles   Guitar
Pete Escovedo   Timbales
Mike Clark   Drums
Merl Saunders   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Larry Johnson   Bass Guitar
Debbie Burrell   Vocals
Elaine Clark   Vocals,Soloist
Cordell Dudley   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Godwin   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Mary Jones   Vocals,Soloist
Hershall Kennedy   Organ,Trumpet,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Victor Pantoja   Conga
Trudy Perkins   Vocals
Ted Sparks   Drums,Vocals
Tony Vaughn   Piano,Bass (Vocal),Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet

Technical Credits

Rick James   Author
Miles Davis   Author
Betty Davis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jack Adams   Engineer
John Bigham   Author
Bill Levy   Art Direction
Baron Wolman   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Talib Kweli   Author
Four Tet   Author
Saul Williams   Author
Mel Dixon   Original Photography
Kieran Hebden   Author
Geoffrey Weiss   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Chris Ferraro   Executive Producer
Oliver Wang   Liner Notes,Essay
John Ballon   Reissue Assistant,Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Michael Lang   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Mike Samples   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Lawrence Wise   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials

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