Betty Davis This Is It! on Import 2LP
The former wife of Miles Davis, Betty Mabry Davis is perhaps the only woman who could rightfully claim to have helped invent fusion. While their marriage only lasted a year (1968-1969), Betty pointed the way to Miles, introducing him to the musical and material gods of revolutionary style: Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, which would have an enormous impact on his electrified musical Frankenfusion masterpiece known as Bitches Brew.
Betty ruled as the mentor-muse for the original man and his music. She was a woman with the strength of a Black Panther, a "nasty" woman in total control, but unfortunately for Betty, America was not yet ready to embrace a woman with such an explicitly sexual persona. She had a much rougher edge to her music than other female funk and soul artists of the '70s. Betty Davis is one of the most extreme sounding debut records of the decade, which just like Bitches Brew takes equal parts inspiration from Hendrix and Sly.
One critic aptly described her sound as something like a cross between Tina Turner, Funkadelic, and Sly & The Family Stone. Add the futurist fashion sense of David Bowie, and the flair of Miles Davis, and you have quite a cocktail. This Is It! is a best of collection which gathers tracks from the '70s funk/soul queen's albums Betty Davis (1973), They Say I'm Different (1974), and Nasty Gal (1975).
Betty Davis This Is It! Track Listing:
1. If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
2. Anti Love Song
3. Your Man My Man
4. Ooh Yea
5. Steppin' in Her I. Miller Shoes
6. Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him
7. He Was a Big Freak
8. Don't Call Her No Tramp
9. Git in There
10. They Say I'm Different
11. 70's Blues
12. Nasty Girl
13. You and I
15. Gettin' Kicked Off, Havin' Fun
16. Shut Off the Light