Night Music: Betty Davis, “Anti Love Song”

I knew nothing about Betty Davis until her records were rereleased by an enterprising and admirable label called Light in the Attic.

But that’s not why we’re here tonight. Light in the Attic has released a lot of excellent old music, but in her day Betty Davis made three albums of totally commercial funk that somehow missed the boat back in the day. And this missing was an injustice.

But the records are out there now and they truly are great. Okay, maybe if you hate women you’ll cringe at Betty’s self-assertion, but assuming otherwise, you’ll love the way she shapes the songs to a perspective that isn’t usual. And she backs it up.

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