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EDITORS’ NOTES

Louisiana-bred Bettye Swann was blessed with a gutsy, airy voice that captured both innocence and world-weariness, sometimes in the same song. In 1964, the folks at Money Records heard that and signed her on her 20th birthday. Swann was also a formable songwriter, and her songs bounce effortlessly between delicious relationships of plea and surrender (1967’s “Fall in Love with Me”) to short, unrepentant goodbyes (you’ll never hear a more upbeat treatise on a soured relationship than 1966's dance-floor shimmy “The Heartache Is Gone”). Covers include an appropriately Swann-warmed version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and a swingin’ tilt on Smokey Robinson’s “Don’t Look Back,” which sounds like a Motown-Memphis love child birthed in L.A. Swann's biggest pop single, 1967’s terrific “Make Me Yours,” sets a standard here that's rarely compromised. This set collects all the sides she recorded during her four-year stint at Money, including the Make Me Yours album, plus previously unreleased recordings found on the actual multi-track master reels and newly remixed thanks to England’s mighty Ace Records.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Louisiana-bred Bettye Swann was blessed with a gutsy, airy voice that captured both innocence and world-weariness, sometimes in the same song. In 1964, the folks at Money Records heard that and signed her on her 20th birthday. Swann was also a formable songwriter, and her songs bounce effortlessly between delicious relationships of plea and surrender (1967’s “Fall in Love with Me”) to short, unrepentant goodbyes (you’ll never hear a more upbeat treatise on a soured relationship than 1966's dance-floor shimmy “The Heartache Is Gone”). Covers include an appropriately Swann-warmed version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and a swingin’ tilt on Smokey Robinson’s “Don’t Look Back,” which sounds like a Motown-Memphis love child birthed in L.A. Swann's biggest pop single, 1967’s terrific “Make Me Yours,” sets a standard here that's rarely compromised. This set collects all the sides she recorded during her four-year stint at Money, including the Make Me Yours album, plus previously unreleased recordings found on the actual multi-track master reels and newly remixed thanks to England’s mighty Ace Records.

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