Editors’ Notes This 22-song collection by Northern soul fave Bettye Swann shows Capitol Record’s valiant attempts to expand her fanbase after her moderate 1967 hit “Make Me Yours” on Money Records. Running the gamut of country, pop, soul, and R&B, these songs (recorded between 1968 and 1970) resonate swimmingly under the guidance of Capital staffer Wayne Shuler, son of famed producer Eddie Shuler. There's a tender reading of Marlin Greene and Eddie Hinton’s “Cover Me,” the attitudinal strut of Tony Joe White’s “Willie & Laura Mea Jones,” and a pretty R&B overhaul of Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me.” Add on winning left-fielders—like a smoky version of Smokey Robinson’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” and a soul-country spin on The Bee Gees’ “Words”—and here’s a collection of tunes by a singer with an eyebrow-raising ability to transcend genres. Her voice swings effortlessly between breathy sexiness and barrel-chested joy, and her girlish innocence and warmth augment the well-considered guitar and horn-rich arrangements.

SONG
Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)?
1
2:55
 
(My Heart Is) Closed for the Season
2
3:02
 
I'm Lonely for You
3
2:43
 
Don't Touch Me
4
2:33
 
Little Things Mean a Lot
5
3:43
 
Cover Me
6
2:32
 
Just Because You Can't Be Mine
7
2:36
 
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
8
3:46
 
Sweet Dreams
9
3:04
 
You're Up to Your Same Old Tricks Again
10
2:56
 
No Faith No Love
11
3:20
 
Ain't That Peculiar
12
2:55
 
Don't Let It Happen to Us
13
2:44
 
Today I Started Loving You Again
14
2:40
 
Words
15
2:37
 
These Arms of Mine
16
2:30
 
Tell It Like It Is
17
2:55
 
Stand By Your Man
18
2:46
 
Chained & Bound
19
2:38
 
Willie & Laura Mae Jones
20
2:45
 
Angel of the Morning
21
2:48
 
Traces
22
3:07
 

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