Bettye Swann

Money Masters


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The talented Bettye Swann scored an R&B hit with Don t Wait Too Long, her catchy, self-penned, debut single for Money records in 1965. She seemed to have a bright future but the Motownesque The Man That Said No follow-up did not chart, nor did the tougher-sounding The Heartache Is Gone. However Money's perseverance paid off when yet another self-written number Make Me Yours, pressed all the right commercial buttons and spent two weeks at the top of the R&B charts in 1967. The song was covered by Z Z Hill and Spencer Wiggins and is an established 60s soul classic. Swann wrote nearly all her own songs at Money, except a cover of the Temptations Don't Look Back and an exquisite rendition of Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come which was on her Make Me Yours LP and is featured here. An LP was scheduled after the first hit, Don't Wait Too Long, but was shelved when the follow-ups failed. That album contained the previously unheard The Dance Is Over and a faster version of I Think I'm Falling In Love compared to the later single; both are deserved inclusions here. The momentum from Swann's big hit carried over to Fall In Love With Me which also charted, but the next 45 was that cover of Don't Look Back which did not add enough to the Temptations version to earn many sales. Far better was the urgent and unusual Don't Take My Mind which featured mature lyrics but was not far out enough to join in the black psychedelic success of the time. After Money, Swann moved to Capitol, Fame and Atlantic but her song-writing on these releases dwindled and then ceased. This LP is testament to her song-writing as well as her vocal skills.

Tracklist

A1 Make Me Yours
A2 You Gave Me Love
A3 Lonely Love
A4 The Dance Is Over
A5 Fall In Love With Me
A6 I Will Not Cry
A7 A Change Is Gonna Come
B1 I Think I'm Falling In Love
B2 Don't Take My Mind
B3 The Man That Said No
B4 What Can It Be
B5 The Heartache Is Gone
B6 Don't Wait Too Long
B7 Our Love