Betty Harris - Soul Perfection (LP)

Betty Harris - Soul Perfection (LP)
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Format: LP
Label: SOULGRAMMA
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Soulgramma presents a reissue of Betty Harris' Soul Perfection, originally released in 1969.

Soul singer Betty Harris - mainly known for her Jubilee and Sansu recordings - was born in 1939 in Orlando, Florida. As a teenager she worked as a mate for Big Maybelle who encouraged her to start singing. Her first recording was released in 1962, and her first major hit was a cover of Solomon Burke's "Cry To Me" in 1963. Taken at a slower pace, Harris' rendition turned the song into a Billboard Hot 100 number 23 hit and soon became a deep soul classic. A total of three further singles, including a reissue of "Cry To Me," were released on Jubilee with "His Kiss," which was released on January 4, 1964, another deep soul ballad, reaching the lower part of the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.

In 1964, Betty Harris switched record labels to Sansu, a New Orleans label, where she recorded under producer Allen Toussaint. Her recordings with Sansu produced ten singles, and Toussaint's raw-yet-sophisticated Southern soul arrangements behind Harris' rich, distinctive vocals are considered prime specimens of the classic soul era.

Soul Perfection, originally licensed on UK label Action in 1969, was in fact a collection of her previous works on Sansu, a rare groove affair rapidly in demand from obsessive fans all over the world. Harris retired from performing in 1970 to raise a family, but made a return in 2007 with the album Intuition. 180-gram vinyl.

Side A:

  1. Ride Your Pony
  2. What A Sad Feeling
  3. Bad Luck
  4. I'm Gonna Git Ya
  5. Show It
  6. Can't Last Much Longer
  7. I Don't Wanna Hear It
  8. Sometime

Side B:

  1. Mean Man
  2. Lonely Hearts
  3. Hook Line 'N' Sinker
  4. What'd I Do Wrong
  5. Trouble With My Lover
  6. Nearer To You
  7. I'm Evil Tonight
  8. 12 Red Roses

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