COVER IMAGE
LP released: Nov 24, 2017

Tracklisting:
Side 1
1. Make Me Yours
2. You Gave Me Love
3. Lonely Love
4. The Dance Is Over
5. Fall In Love With Me
6. I Will Not Cry
7. A Change Is Gonna Come
1. I Think I'M Falling In Love
2. Don'T Take My Mind
3. The Man That Said No
4. What Can It Be
5. The Heartache Is Gone
6. Don't Wait Too Long
7. Our Love
BETTYE SWANN
THE MONEY MASTERS
Label: KENT
Cat No: KENT508
Barcode: 29667006712
Packaging: LP Regular

The talented Bettye Swann scored an R&B hit with
'Don't Wait Too Long', her catchy, self-penned, debut
single for Money records in 1965. She seemed to have a
bright future but the Motownesque 'The Man That Said
No' follow-up did not chart, nor did the tougher-
sounding 'The Heartache Is Gone'. However Money's
perseverance paid off when yet another self-written
number 'Make Me Yours', pressed all the right
commercial buttons and spent two weeks at the top of
the R&B charts in 1967. The song was covered by Z Z
Hill and Spencer Wiggins and is an established 60s
soul classic.
Swann wrote nearly all her own songs at Money, except
a cover of the Temptations' 'Don't Look Back' and an
exquisite rendition of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna
Come' which was on her "Make Me Yours" LP and is
featured here. An LP was scheduled after the first hit,
'Don't Wait Too Long', but was shelved when the
follow-ups failed. That album contained the previously
unheard 'The Dance Is Over' and a faster version of 'I
Think I'm Falling In Love' compared to the later single;
both are deserved inclusions here.
The momentum from Swann's big hit carried over to
'Fall In Love With Me' which also charted, but the next
45 was that cover of 'Don't Look Back' which did not
add enough to the Temptations' version to earn many
sales. Far better was the urgent and unusual 'Don't
Take My Mind' which featured mature lyrics but was not
far out enough to join in the black psychedelic success
of the time. After Money, Swann moved to Capitol,
Fame and Atlantic but her song-writing on these
releases dwindled and then ceased. This LP is
testament to her song-writing as well as her vocal
skills.

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