The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty / No Reservations (7″, US)

6 May 2011 Shove! SHOV17
A. Black Betty
B. No Reservations
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NOTES:
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tour single featuring their cover of Black Betty and No Reservations is the theme tune to the Anthony Bourdain TV series.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion cover of Black Betty was recorded whilst the band were on tour in Australia at Linear Recording, Sydney.

This record was first sold during the April/May 2011 US tour dates.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion version of the track was originally recorded for use in a Volkswagen advert broadcast during Super Bowl XLV on 6th February 2011.

Although the earliest known recording is by James Iron Head Baker and Group (1933) the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion version (LYRICS / RELEASE) has more in common with the Leadbelly adaption (LYRICS / RELEASE) and the most famous rock arrangement is by Ram Jam (LYRICS / RELEASE).

Black Betty was also released as a split single with the Melvins on Amphetimine Reptile records available as Tri-Color vinyl, Splatter Vinyl and in ten different hand-printed sleeves (also on Tri-Color vinyl):

Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 01) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 02) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 03) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 04) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 05) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 06) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 07) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 08) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 09) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty (Plate 10) [Tri-Color] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty [Tri-Color / JSBX] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty [Tri-Color / Melvins] (7″, US)
Melvins / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Betty [SPLATTER] (7″, US)

SONG CREDITS:
A. Black Betty
Writer: H. Ledbetter*
Published: Kensington Music Limited / Folkways Music Publishers, Inc.*
Recorded by Chris Vallejo at Linear Recording, Sydney (Jan 10, 2011)
Mixed with the Elegant Too at Man Made, NYC

B. No Reservations
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI.
Recorded by Craig Harnath at Hothouse, St Kilda (Feb 1 2005)
Mixed with the Elegant Too at Man Made, NYC

*Unconfirmed: writing/publishing credits differ between releases

SLEEVE NOTES:
n/a
DETAILS:
ARTWORK: [unknown]

BARCODE: n/a

RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING:
A: “THIRD REICH’N’ROLL! SHOVE-17-A BW110330 ”
B: “COME BACK TO P-TOWN TONY, ALL IS FORGIVEN SHOVE-17-B BW110330 “

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