Legendary '70s R&B diva Betty Davis is currently in the midst of a long-overdue resurgence, and with good reason. The charismatic funk/soul iconoclast's vintage work retains a timeless blend of sex and substance that establishes Davis as both a musical visionary and a world-class badass.
The never before heard lost album, Is It Love Or Desire, by unparalleled funkstress Betty Davis.
Betty Davis was a musical maverick with a vision. Imagine substance, sex, and grit combined with a badass band that could deliver the funk bed backbone to the sultry music between the sheets.
Is It Love Or Desire (1976) is a little known gem in the Davis catalog.
The current resurgence of interest in Davis' classic work makes Sundazed Music's vinyl release of Is It Love or Desire a timely one indeed. Recorded in 1976, following the artist's landmark albums Betty Davis, They Say I'm Different and Nasty Gal, Is It Love or Desire was unexpectedly shelved. The artist retreated from the spotlight soon after, and Is It Love or Desire remained unheard by the public for more than three decades. It has never been released - or even bootlegged - until now.
After cutting Nasty Gal (1975) for Island Records, Davis recorded her most personal and expressive record to date at Louisiana's remote Studio In The Country. Unfortunately a creative difference with the label caused the record to be unexpectedly shelved and was never released to the public. Now, thirty-plus years later, Betty Davis' time has arrived
Finally available to Davis' still-growing fan base, Is It Love or Desire is a revelation. Recorded at Louisiana's remote Studio in the Country with Davis' skintight band Funk House, the ten-song album contains some of the most powerful and personal music of the artist's career, with such titles as 'It's So Good,' 'Whorey Angel' and 'Crashin' From Passion' ranking with Davis' most memorable work.
This first-ever vinyl edition of Is It Love or Desire maintains Sundazed's usual exacting quality standards. Mastered from the original analog tapes, the album is pressed on high-quality, high-definition 180 gram vinyl, and features new cover art and previously unseen photos.
1. Is It Love or Desire
2. It's So Good
3. Whorey Angel
4. Crashin' From Passion
5. When Romance Says Goodbye
6. Bottom of the Barrel
7. Stars Starve, You Know
8. Let's Get Personal
9. Bar Hoppin'
10. For My Man