Bettye LaVette - Fortune Teller
For today's selection I will return to the excellent CD Souvenirs, the 2000 release of Bettye LaVette's shelved 1972 Atlantic LP Child of the Seventies. (Read my prior post for more info about this album and about LaVette's fabulous comeback story.) "Fortune Teller" further illustrates that some bigwig at Atlantic had rocks in his head to pull the plug on the release of this album, as LaVette takes lyrics that would sound pretty trite in the hands of a lesser singer and spins them into an atmospheric song full of both hope and despair. Brad Shapiro's production further enhances the ambiance of the recording.