Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

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Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Studio album by Bettye LaVette
Released May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 56:32
Label ANTI-
Bettye LaVette chronology
The Scene of the Crime
(2007)The Scene of the Crime2007
Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Thankful N' Thoughtful
(2012)Thankful N' Thoughtful2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A-[3]
The A.V. Club B+[4]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[5]
Paste Magazine 7.6/10[6]
Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10[8]

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook is a studio album by soul musician Bettye LaVette, which covers songs by British rock legends such as The Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more. The album was released in 2010 under ANTI- Records. In June 21, 2010, it charted at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard's Top Blues Albums, where it was in the charts for 39 weeks[9]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Word" (composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; originally performed by The Beatles) 3:37
2. "No Time To Live" (composed by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi; originally performed by Traffic) 4:28
3. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (composed by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus; originally performed by Nina Simone and later by The Animals) 3:49
4. "All My Love" (composed by John Paul Jones and Robert Plant; originally performed by Led Zeppelin) 4:11
5. "Isn't It a Pity" (composed and originally performed by George Harrison) 4:19
6. "Wish You Were Here" (composed by Roger Waters and David Gilmour; originally performed by Pink Floyd) 3:49
7. "It Don't Come Easy" (composed and originally performed by Ringo Starr) 4:34
8. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (composed and originally performed by Paul McCartney) 3:50
9. "Salt of the Earth" (composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; originally performed by The Rolling Stones) 4:28
10. "Nights in White Satin" (composed by Justin Hayward; originally performed by The Moody Blues) 4:23
11. "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad" (composed by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock; originally performed by Derek and the Dominos) 3:57
12. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin; originally performed by Elton John) 5:36
13. "Love, Reign o'er Me" (Originally composed by Pete Townshend; originally performed by The Who) 5:31


Chart (2010)[9] Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Blues Albums 56
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 6
U.S. Billboard Top Blues Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums 11


  1. ^ "Interpretations: British Rock Songbook". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ K. Leander Williams (2010-05-29). "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ Heller, Jason (2010-05-25). "Bettye LaVette album review". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  5. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2012-05-24). "Bettye LaVette: Interpretations - The British Rock Songbook". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ Libby, Sara (2010-05-24). "Bettye LaVette: Interpretations". Paste. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ Wood, Mikael (2010-06-01). "Bettye LaVette: Interpretations - The British Rock Songbook". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ Patrin, Nate (2010-07-21). "Bettye LaVette: Interpretations - The British Rock Songbook". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  9. ^ a b "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-16.