BACK TO BLACK - CUTTING EDGE FUNK FROM BETTY DAVIS

January 28, 2009 – 4:18 am

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BETTY DAVIS
France 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Le Castellet, France, July 1976. (This show has also been listed as July 1, 1979.) Very good soundboard.

Betty Davis was a model and she knew musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. While her marriage to Miles Davis lasted only a year, she is better known as Miles’s second wife and credited with introducing Miles to Hendrix.

In his Autobiography, Miles said: “Betty was a big influence on my personal life as well as my musical life. She introduced me to the music of Jimi Hendrix - and to Jimi Hendrix himself - and other black rock music and musicians. She knew Sly Stone and all those guys, and she was great herself. If Betty were singing today, she’d be something like Madonna; something like Prince, only as a woman. She was the beginning of all that when she was singing as Betty Davis. She was just ahead of her time.”

It was the ’70s and on stage, she was flaunting her sexuality long before Madonna and Prince would in later years. Her backing band would include members from Santana (Neal Schon)l Sly & The Family Stone (Gregg Errico) and The Pointer Sisters.

With her cutting edge funk, no doubt about it, Betty Davis was well ahead of her time. A must-listen for Prince fans.

We would appreciate it if readers can download both sets of tracks (192 kbps and 256 kbps) and let us know which version sounds better or preferable or if there’s not much difference between them.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.192kbs
Track A. Intro (4.2MB)
Track B. Nasty Gal (6.7MB)
Track C. The Lone Ranger (12.6MB)
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Track D. He Was A Big Freak (5.8MB)

256kbs
Track 01. Intro (5.6MB)
Track 02. Nasty Gal (8.9MB)
Track 03. The Lone Ranger (17.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 04. He Was A Big Freak (7.7MB)

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  1. 9 Responses to “BACK TO BLACK - CUTTING EDGE FUNK FROM BETTY DAVIS”

  2. Does anyone know who is actually playing on this recording?

    By Walter on Jan 29, 2009

  3. I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU HAVE THIS!!!

    The reissue of “People Say I’m Different” blew me away. Betty Davis is original and amazing. She was Mrs. Miles Davis and made a string of great, pioneering records before retiring from public life. As far as I know, she’s alive but not making music or granting interviews. I love the Zeppelin, Who, Stones, and other better known artists that you share, but to have a soundboard recording from someone this obscure -and completely amazing- is fantastic. THANK YOU.

    By Eric on Jan 29, 2009

  4. This is the band for the previous album but I have no idea who her touring band was:

    Neal Schon - guitar
    Larry Graham - bass guitar
    Greg Adams - trumpet
    Pete Sears - unknown instrument
    Merl Saunders
    Sylvester - vocals
    Greg Errico - drums
    Doug Rauch
    Richard Kermode -

    By Eric on Jan 29, 2009

  5. I agree with Walter… fantastic to put this out…..I love the self titled album and particularly “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up”, great groove, repeatative riff and background comments!….. the quickest 5 minutes on record!

    By Kookie on Feb 3, 2009

  6. This is a great taste of Miles’ ex, but I strongly recommend anybody considering saving this in any form, monitor it closely before you do. There’s a gap between tracks 2 and 3, and track 4 just kinda ends. This one needs a little doctoring up, maybe made into one 21 minutes track.

    By O.B. Dan on Feb 11, 2009

  7. Thanks Dan for your note.

    The gap between tracks 2 and 3 is in the source and we didn’t think the gap mars the enjoyment of the songs. Similarly, the abrupt end to Track 4 is how the source track ends.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 11, 2009

  8. hm yes, would like to hear THIS sometime somehow

    By Tom Appleton on Oct 21, 2010

  9. Hi,

    Is there any way that I can download these tracks? I’m a huge Betty Davis fan and I just discovered this. Thanks!
    Lorenzo

    By Lorenzo Scott on Jun 20, 2019

  10. Lorenzo, here is what I think is the concert or at least a concert from France in 1976 from YouTube. Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9RtXjinAc0

    By ScarRad on Jun 20, 2019

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