Light In The Attic remasters the original analogue tapes for the label’s first time release of Betty Davis: The Unheard Columbia Years 1968–1969
Archive specialist label Light In The Attic is about to release a set of previously unheard recordings of the legendary Betty and Miles Davis session that took place in 1969. The couple met in 1967, the same year Betty wrote "Uptown (To Harlem)" for The Chambers Brothers. Betty introduced Miles to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, which Miles notes in his autobiography had an influence on his sound. Many commentators have said you could hear it on Bitches Brew (1970) and On The Corner (1972).
Betty Davis: The Unheard Columbia Years 1968–1969 is mostly compiled from the previously unreleased tracks laid down during the Betty-Miles session, all remastered from original analogue tapes. The majority of recordings took place in Studios B and E at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios in May 1969. The sessions were produced by Miles and Teo Macero, and featured Betty on vocals. The famous roll call of musicians who participated in the sessions include Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, guitarist John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, the Dylan/Miles session bassist Harvey Brooks, Billy Cox, Wayne Shorter, organist Larry Young. Also featured on the album are Hugh Masekela alongside Joe Sample and Wayne Henderson of The Jazz Crusaders, who played on the 1968 single It's My Life/Live, Love, Learn.
Coming with the full support of Betty herself, Light In The Attic will be releasing the set on 1 July. The label has previous reissued other Betty Davis records, including her self-titled solo debut (1973), They Say I'm Different (1974), Nasty Gal (1975) and Is It Love Or Desire?, which was originally recorded in 1976 but only went public in 2009.
The album package includes interviews, rare photos and other historical documents from co-producer Teo Macero.
In other Betty related news, she has been working with film makers Phil Cox and Damon Smith on a new feature length documentary about her life. Called Nasty Gal, its projected release date is sometime in 2017.