Bettye LaVette ‎– Doin' The Best That I Can

West End Records ‎– WES 22113-X
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single

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A Doin' The Best That I Can (A Special New Mix)
Remix – Walter Gibbons
B Doin' The Best That I Can
Mixed By – Walter Gibbons

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Giant Single

℗ & © 1978 West End Records
Leeds Music Corp. and Sugar N' Soul Music-ASCAP

Produced For Our First Production Company
A Product Of West End Music Industries, Inc.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): 70346 - WE -22113 - X STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): 70347 - WES -22113 - A HAVE A HOT SUMMER! JR STERLING
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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July 13, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
Note carefully the X at the end of the catalog number. West End released this track in two different versions: one with the X and one without. As the story has it, this record was released with a Walter Gibbons credit for mix but without his actual input [the normal version without "A Special New Mix" and without the X at the end of the catalog number]. The label realized the error, had Gibbons really mix the record, and released it with an X to differentiate the two versions. In other words, both versions credit Gibbons, but only this one actually sounds like his style of mix. The demand for this version can also tell you which was/is a preferred mix. Also note early appearances by Eric Matthew and Cory Robbins, both of whom later moved on to produce for and establish (respectively) Profile Records. Incidentally, according to Mel Cheren, it was Robbins who had Gibbons in the studio and refused to let him mix the record the first time around. Cheren mentions in his biography that it was a critical lesson he learned from this project-- never let the original producer sit in on the disco mixing session.