Genre: Funk
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Betty Davis Is It Love or Desire LP

Betty Davis

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Preorder Expected on 07-21-2023

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Coming July 21, 2023 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

1976 Album Reissued on Vinyl LP!
Pressed at RTI!

Betty Davis was a musical maverick with vision. Image, substance, sex and grit combined with a badass band that could deliver the funk bed backbone to the sultry music between the sheets. After cutting two notorious discs for the Just Sunshine label (Betty Davis and They Say I'm Different), and Nasty Gal for Island Records, Davis went to work on her most personal and expressive record yet. After capturing 10 hard-hitting tracks in 1976 at the remote Studio in the Country (Louisiana), a creative difference with her then-label caused the platter to be unexpectedly shelved. Davis would cut one final album and soon retreat from the music business, completely disappearing from the public eye.

Is It Love or Desire is a little-known gem in the Davis catalog. This expanded vinyl edition features a gatefold jacket and booklet including rare photos and lyrics, with the vinyl plated at RTI.

This album cements this bold soul sister's contributions to music and popular culture. It's time to get down...

Betty Davis forever!

...hearing this album, a ten-song set that was to be Davis' and Funk House's final recording, is a revelation...Musically, Is It Love or Desire is so forward and so complete, it moves the entire genre toward a new margin...The songwriting is top notch; some of it transcends the proto-sexual excesses of her earlier records though that's still in this wild mix, too. The production is so canny, it seems to get at the very essences of singers, songs, and musical arrangements, and then there's the music itself created by Funk House, one of the most amazing funk bands in the history of music... It's easy to say that this is the best thing Davis ever cut...
-Thom Jurek, AllMusic


  • Vinyl LP
  • Black Vinyl
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Booklet with rare photos & lyrics


  1. Is It Love Or Desire
  2. It's So Good
  3. Whorey Angel
  4. Crashin' From Passion
  5. When Romance Says Goodbye
  6. Bottom Of The Barrel
  7. Stars Starve, You Know
  8. Let's Get Personal
  9. Bar Hoppin'
  10. For My Man

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