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Errol's Pick

Ten years back, a small label released an album by Bettye Lavette, a soul singer who had remained under our radar for more than 40 years. Lavette released a new album this week titled "Worthy", on which she covers songs by The Beatles, The Stones, and Dylan, and our music columnist Errol Nazareth says it's a worthy addition to your record collection. When I reviewed her 2005 album titled "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise" on the show, I remember saying Lavette sings with frightening intensity. I also said she has the innate ability to get inside a song and make you feel exactly what she's feeling. This is the fifth album she's released since then and I stand by what I said. It's that genius, or what a musicologist friend calls her near mystical ability, that makes her versions of songs by The Stones and Beatles so compelling. I'm not a big fan of cover records but Miss Lavette, who turns 69 today, can do no wrong when she covers a tune.


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