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Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal

Light in the Attic Records | CAT #: LITA046

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KEY FEATURES

  • Betty’s classic third album, originally released by Island Records in 1975
  • Featuring Betty’s band Funk House
  • Booklet includes liner notes by John Ballon interviewing Betty plus full lyrics
  • Newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Released with the full support of the Estate of Betty Davis
  • Special Vinyl Color Editions are available including:
  • Clear Wax with Pink & Yellow Splatter
  • Metallic Gold Wax

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ARTIST: Betty Davis
LABEL: Light in the Attic Records
CAT NO: LITA046
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  • Rock
  • Funk / Soul

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In the 1970s, Betty Davis defied genre and gender by pushing her voice to extremes and embracing the erotic. She articulated a kind of pre–punk, funk–blues fusion that had yet to be normalized in mainstream music — a style that few musicians have come close to replicating. As one of the first Black women to write, arrange, and produce her own albums, Betty was a visionary who disregarded industry boundaries and constraints. Raw, unapologetic, and in full control, Betty paved the way for generations of future artists who said ‘funk you’ to the music industry and social norms.

In 1975, Betty Davis’s star was on the rise. With the backing of Island Records and a new band, Funk House, Betty’s third album, Nasty Gal, leans into the hyper-sexualized persona with which her critics were so obsessed. She raps, purrs, shrieks, and moans on top of Funk House’s manic funk-rock and lays claim to the “bad girl” anthems that now saturate the music industry. Mastered from the original tapes, Nasty Gal showcases Betty’s groundbreaking work as a performer, writer, and producer.

TRACKLIST

1. Nasty Gal
2. Talkin Trash
3. Dedicated To The Press
4. You And I
5. Feelins
6. F.U.N.K.
7. Gettin Kicked Off
8. Havin Fun
9. Shut Off The Light
10. This Is It!
11. The Lone Ranger

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Betty Davis, born on July 26, 1945, was an American funk, soul, and rock singer-songwriter who played a pioneering role in shaping the landscape of music during the 1960s and 1970s. With a powerful voice and an unapologetically bold stage presence, Davis defied musical norms, creating a unique and influential body of work.

Known for her collaborations with musicians like Miles Davis, whom she married in 1968, Betty Davis released several groundbreaking albums in the early 1970s. Her self-titled debut album, "Betty Davis," and subsequent releases such as "They Say I'm Different" and "Nasty Gal" showcased her fearless approach to blending genres, incorporating elements of funk, rock, and soul.

Davis's lyrics were provocative and liberating, addressing themes of sexuality, empowerment, and social justice. Her impact on the funk genre was profound, influencing future generations of musicians. Despite facing challenges and controversies, Davis's contributions to music and her unapologetic expression of individuality have earned her a revered place in musical history.

After stepping away from the music scene in the late 1970s, Betty Davis's work experienced a renaissance in the 21st century as new audiences rediscovered her innovative sound and lyrical honesty.

Betty Davis passed away on February 9, 2022, but her legacy as a trailblazer in funk and soul endures, inspiring artists across genres.

Studio Albums

  • Betty Davis - 1973
  • They Say I'm Different - 1974
  • Nasty Gal - 1975
  • Is It Love or Desire? - 2009

Singles

  • "The Cellar"/"???" - 1963
  • "Get Ready for Betty" / "I'm Gonna Get My Baby Back" - 1964
  • "It's My Life" / "Live, Love, Learn" - 1968
  • "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up" / "Steppin in Her I. Miller Shoes" - 1973
  • "Ooh Yea" / "In the Meantime" - 1973
  • "Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him" / "He Was a Big Freak" - 1974
  • "Git in There" /"They Say I'm Different" - 1974
  • "Shut Off the Lights" / "He Was a Big Freak" - 1975

Compilations

  • The Columbia Years 1968-69 - 2016

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Davis

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