Mojo (Publisher) - p.1254 stars out of 5
-- "[A]s gutsy as Tina Turner, as heartfelt as Ann Peebles."
Personnel: Bettye LaVette (vocals); Hank Ballard (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: Sounds Of Memphis Studios.
It may be that after her 2005 album I'VE GOT MY OWN HELL TO RAISE garnered considerable critical attention Bettye Lavette's early work will finally get the recognition it deserves. The CD reissue of this collection of tracks Lavette cut in Memphis during 1969 and '70 is certainly a step in the right direction.
Nothing lacks on TAKE ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART, from the choice of material (title song included), to the Dixie Flyers' punchy back-up, to Lavette's own impassioned performances. Her two duets with Hank Ballard are stand-outs, but this is Lavette's show from start to finish, and this superb collection amounts to nothing less than a genuine R&B classic.