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I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise (Anti-, 2005)

Soulfully sung, super-solid set of songs by contemporary female songwriters, highlighted by Dolly Parton’s"Little Sparrow" and a jaw-dropping a cappella rendition of Sinead O’ Connor’s "I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got."

Child of the Seventies (Rhino Handmade, 2006)

Sold online only, this limited-edition disc contains 22 tracks LaVette first waxed for Atlantic, including "My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man" and the 1972 sessions that were finally released in Europe as Souvenirs in 2000.

Let Me Down Easy: In Concert (Munich, import, 2000)

Eight of LaVette’s signature songs ("Right In The Middle," "Your Turn To Cry," "Damn Your Eyes," et al.), recorded at a 1999 performance in Holland.

A Woman Like Me (Blues Express, 2003)

Robert Cray producer Dennis Walker’s behind-the-board presence makes this LaVette’s bluesiest set. "As Close as I Get to Heaven," indeed.

LaVette’s original 1965 single version of "Let Me Down Easy" can found on the import Blue Soul Belles (West Side, 2005) or the now out-of-print Soul of the ’60s Vol. 1: Calla Records (AVI, 1996).

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