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The Scene of the Crime is a studio album by American singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette, released in the United States on September 25, 2007 on the label ANTI-. It is a collaboration with Drive-By Truckers as backing band, Spooner Oldham on piano, and other studio musicians. The album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart and was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

The Scene of the Crime
Bettye LaVette - The Scene Of The Crime album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
RecordedFAME Studios
(Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
Water Music Recording Studio
(Hoboken, New Jersey)
Chase Park Transduction
(Athens, Georgia)
GenreSoul, R&B, blues, rock
ProducerBettye LaVette, David Barbe, Patterson Hood
Bettye LaVette chronology
I've Got My Own Hell to Raise
The Scene of the Crime
Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music(favorable)[2]
Blender4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly(A-)[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice(favorable)[10]


Track listingEdit

  1. "I Still Want to Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am)" (Eddie Hinton) – 3:45
    • Originally recorded by Eddie Hinton
  2. "Choices" (Billy Yates, Mike Curtis) – 3:04
  3. "Jealousy" (Frankie Miller) – 5:36
    • Originally recorded by Frankie Miller
  4. "You Don't Know Me at All" (Don Henley, John Corey, Stan Lynch) – 3:58
    • Originally recorded by Don Henley
  5. "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces" (Willie Nelson) – 5:22
    • Originally recorded by Willie Nelson
  6. "They Call It Love" (W. T. Davidson) – 3:57
  7. "The Last Time" (John Hiatt) – 2:58
    • Originally recorded by John Hiatt
  8. "Talking Old Soldiers" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 4:26
    • Originally recorded by Elton John
  9. "Before the Money Came (The Battle of Bettye LaVette)" (Bettye LaVette, Patterson Hood) – 4:30
  10. "I Guess We Shouldn't Talk About That Now" (Ed Pettersen, Kim McLean) – 3:46



Chart (2007)[11] Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Blues Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 13
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 46


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Billboard review
  4. ^ Blender review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Slant Magazine review
  10. ^ The Village Voice review
  11. ^ "The Scene of the Crime > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-24.

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