Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lost Soul: Betty Wright

Yeah, Betty Wright ain't exactly lost, and her back catalogue has been mined by both hip hop DJs and R&B songwriters, but a brilliant 1974 b-side, Value Your Love, has somehow escaped even the attentions of compilation albums.

Secretary on the a-side is a strong enough femme-funk workout, but flip it over and you've got a southern soul band on top form (just listen to that organ and those horns) and Wright at her most urgent and passionate. This single was a decent-enough seller at the time: in the UK you can pick it up for 2 or 3 quid; I bet in the States you could score it for a dollar. That would be a bargain at twice the price.

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