Bettye Lavette – Souvenirs (aka Child of the Seventies) (1972)

Souvenirs is an archival collection by American soul singer Bettye Lavette, released in 2000 on Art & Soul. The tracklist compiles a would-have-been 12-song album recorded circa 1972 with both sides of an actual single release from that year, plus four 1962/63 7″ sides. Of the 12 vaulted tracks, two had been released in mono as a 1973 Atco single. In 2006, the collection was again issued, this time as Child of the Seventies with four additional tracks on Rhino Handmade. The intended album was recorded 10 years into her musical career and a decade prior to her first full-length release, 1982’s Tell Me a Lie.

1. “It Ain’t Easy” (2:29)
2. “Fortune Teller” (3:41)
3. “Our Own Love Song” (4:38)
4. “Soul Tambourine” (2:42)
5. “Your Turn to Cry” (3:17)
6. “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Change Me” (2:47)
7. “All the Black and White Children” (3:47)
8. “If I Can’t Be Your Woman” (3:53)
9. “Outside Woman” (2:31)
10. “The Stealer” (2:27)
11. “My Love Is Showing” (3:25)
12. “Souvenirs” (6:33)

Additional tracks:
13. “Heart of Gold” (2:22)
14. “You’ll Wake Up Wiser” (2:13)
15. “My Man – He’s A Lovin’ Man” (2:43)
16. “Shut Your Mouth” (2:35)
17. “You’ll Never Change” (2:48)
18. “Here I Am” (2:48)

Tracks 1 to 12, recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL in November 1972.

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