Artist: Bettye Swann

Date Released: October 19, 2004

Label: Astralwerks/Honest Jons

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  1. Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)?
  2. (My Heart is) Closed for the Season
  3. I'm Lonely for You
  4. Don't Touch Me
  5. Little Things Mean a Lot
  6. Cover Me
  7. Just Because You Can't Be Mine
  8. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  9. Sweet Dreams
  10. You're Up to Your Same Old Tricks Again
  11. No Faith No Love
  12. Ain't That Peculiar
  13. Don't Let It Happen to Us
  14. Today I Started Loving You Again
  15. Words
  16. These Arms of Mine
  17. Tell It Like It Is
  18. Stand By Your Man
  19. Chained and Bound
  20. Willie and Laura Mae Jones
  21. Angel of the Mourning
  22. Traces


On the heels of the unforeseen success of the self-titled Candi Stanton album, Astralwerks and Honest Jons have released a collection of Bettye Swann recordings from the 60s and 70s. After only a small success in the late 60s and early 70s, Swann, born in Louisiana (1944), was overlooked by the popular masses. She had a string of moderate hits, but sadly, nothing to make her a household name. The fact is though, Swann, with her poppier soul songs, is the missing link between Motown and Muscle Shoals’ Southern Soul. Her always optimistic voice is soulful with a southern twang, and she is backed by a Motown-esque house band, complete with a mournful piano and triumphant horns. Included in these beautiful recordings are covers of Otis Redding’s These Arms of Mine and Tammy Wynette’s Stand by Your Man to name a few. Michael Ardaiolo