Betty Davis – Is it love or desire

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Light In The Attic is releasing Is It Love Or Desire, a previously lost Betty Davis album. The few songs I heard so far live up to Betty’s illustrious legacy of elevating funk from a merely lascivious genre to an explicit sexual act. 30-odd years later Betty Davis still makes her contemporaries and most today’s notable ass shakers seem prudish by comparison. While others try to make genitally charged music, she just turns her libido into sound and outright fucks you on record. Consider Betty’s sex as a conch shell – put your ear up to it and you’ll hear funk instead of the ocean.  Some choice examples below…

Whorey Angel

Crashin From Passion

For My Man

Here’s the official story (more info can be found on the label’s site here):

Betty Davis was a musical maverick with vision. Image, substance, sex, and grit combined with a badass band that could deliver the funk bed backbone to the sultry music between the sheets. After cutting two notorious discs for the Just Sunshine label (Betty Davis and They Say I’m Different), and Nasty Gal (LITA 046) for Island Records, Davis went to work on her most personal and expressive record yet. After capturing 10 hard-hitting tracks in 1976 at the remote Studio In The Country (Louisiana), a creative difference with her then label caused the platter to be unexpectedly shelved. Davis would cut one final album before retreating from the music business, eventually dropping out of the public eye completely.

Is This Love Or Desire is a little-known gem in the Davis catalogue. Mastered from the original tapes, and untouched for over 30 years, this release features detailed liner notes by Oliver Wang (Soul Sides, Betty Davis and They Say I’m Different re-issue contributor), the originally intended artwork housed in a lavishly packaged digipak, rare photos, archival material, and recent interviews with Davis and her skin-tight band Funk House.

Never bootlegged, never released, never heard until now, the secret story of this lost album will finally enter the history books and cement this bold soul sister’s contributions to music and popular culture. It’s time to get down…
Long live Betty Davis!

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