Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook by Bettye LaVette

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Jun 062010
 

Betty LaVette has always been known as a blues singer who does her own thing but Interpretations is a CD that takes her into unexpected territory even for her.  Inspired by a cover she covered “Love Reign O’Er Me” by the Who at a Kennedy Honors show, she decided to do a CD of all covers of famous British rock stars.

But these aren’t faithful rendiitons of he songs you know an dlove, more like, hmmm that sounds familiar. The lyrics ring a bell but I can’t quite place it then the big OH MY GOD she’s singing. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” or “All My Love.” Each of these songs is completely reinterpreted in a down temp, bluesy, angsty way that makes you pay attention to the songs like you haven’t listened to them in decades.

Highlights for me include “All My Love,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Salt Of The Earth,” and “The Word”.

Interpretations on iTunes