Friday 45s: Betty Lavette – Ticket To The Moon



Crushing drums, heavy wah guitar from the legendary Dennis Coffey, and vocals like only Betty Lavette can deliver. This is no doubt one of the heaviest 45s I own.

When Betty Lavette re-released her seminal track “Let Me Down Easy”, reimagined as a heavy funk number  the writers at Karen Records, inspired by the recent Moon landings, penned “Ticket To The Moon” as the flipside.

The arrangement by Dale Warren (of Mowtown and latterly Stax) is incredible and the vocals powerful. I love how it always sounds like Lavette’s voice is on the verge of breaking, but she just contains it. It’s got a bluesy quality with a serious amount of soul and is so distinct.

Turn this one up!


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