Betty Everett – 1969 – There’ll Come A Time
A great near-lost slice of Betty Everett’s career – material recorded for Uni Records, in the years after her first big hits on Vee Jay! The sound here is a lot more soulful than on earlier albums – more grown-up and sophisticated, yet also retaining the best sweeter touches that made her great in the first place. The album’s got a number of tasty originals – including the title cut “There’ll Come A Time”, Curtis Mayfield’s “Hold On”, and the cuts “Maybe”, and “You’re Falling In Love”.
A1 You’re Falling In Love 2:55
A2 Better Tomorrow Than Today 3:37
A3 Maybe 2:33
A4 1900 Yesterday 2:35
A5 Sugar 2:28
A6 I Need a Change 2:23
B1 I Can’t Say No to You 2:44
B2 Hold On 2:26
B3 There’ll Come a Time 2:47
B4 Take Me 2:23
B5 Is There a Chance For Me 2:18
B6 The Same Old Me 2:37
Review by Soulmakossa
This blows anything Dionne Warwick did right out of the water… It’s sophisticated soul alright, but there are so many funky, heavy in the pocket grooves here that it’s a pleasant surprise for those who like their soul raw.
Sure, tunes as “Maybe“, the title-track and “1900 Yesterday” are definitely in the Warwick-vein, but the supper club atmos evaporates on great, bouncing beaters as “You’re Falling In Love“, “Better Tomorrow Than Today” and “I Need a Change“.
Nice, mid-tempo ballads that still ride a rumbling groove, such as “I Can’t Say No to You“, and unabashed southern soul styled wailers like “Hold On” further remove this LP from AOR/MOR territory.
The funkiest cuts – the powerfully driven “Sugar“, the one-chord masterpiece “Is There a Chance For Me” and the incredibly busy “Take Me” – are brilliant examples of that strange breed, the hybrid incorporating both gutbucket grooves and indulgently produced gloss.
Killer album, especially for those who deem Warwick’s contemporary output as too soft.
By the late sixties, Betty Everett had numerous solid classics under her belt & seemed to explode on the scene mid-sixties with bluesy classic “You’re No Good” followed by pop smash “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) & “Let It Be Me” with Jerry Butler continuing with great songs such as “Getting Mighty Crowded“, “Too Hot To Hold“, “I Can’t Hear You” which are the best from this golden era and list goes on. Vee-Jay Records went belly-up like so many of the great independent labels so Betty went to Uni Records scoring a huge hit right off & “There’ll Come A Time” (rich have to cry, poor have to cry and I’ve gotta cry) is memorable, still sounding great today as does the entire collection of amazing glorious gems opening with the fiery & passionate “You’re Falling In Love“, sounding like what should have been a huge chart-topping hit! Nine singles released from this burning collection of magnificent soulful performances and one wonders why songs by Curtis Mayfield, Kenneth Gamble, Jerry Butler, Neil Sedaka, and others weren’t major hits but by this time the singer/songwriter craze was taking hold and all one-dimension radio would program causing major labels across the board to drop great singers which sadly was to be Betty Everett’s fate. Legendary master Donny Hathaway arranged “It’s Been A Long Time” is red-hot while “Just A Man’s Way” is a magnificent cool jazzy gem that should have spawned a Jazz Collection by this amazing singer who gives a stunning performance. Sublime collection is filled with a great variety of fantastic songs all with great arrangements performed to perfection by one of the greatest singers from this golden era and beyond. “There’ll Come A Time” is timeless in its appeal for anyone who loves a great singer in a sublime setting.
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