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Essential [Best of]

Etta James Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. All I Could Do Is Cry
2. My Dearest Darling
3. If I Can't Have You
4. A Sunday Kind Of Love
5. Anything To Say You're Mine
6. At Last
7. Seven Day Fool
8. Trust In Me
9. Don't Cry Baby
10. Fool That I Am
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. In The Basement, Part 1
2. Loving You More Every Day
3. Do I Make Myself Clear
4. I Prefer You
5. It Must Be Your Love
6. 842-3089 (Call My Name)
7. I'd Rather Go Blind
8. Tell Mama
9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
10. Security
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Etta James is the dues-paying blues mama. Throughout her tragic and storied career, Miss Peaches has successfully delivered her growling soul and soaring vocals to everything from Chicago blues to pop. Her voice is one of the most distinctive in the entire blues canon and The Essential Etta James captures it in its prime; 44 tracks cover her best Chess Records work from 1960 to the early '70s. And though her early R&B hits for Modern like "Roll with Me Henry" are not here, just about everything else is: the supreme balladry of "All I Could Do Was Cry" and "At Last," the sassy bump of "Seven-Day Fool" and "Pushover," the raucous soul of "In the Basement," and even bell-bottomed funk of "All the Way Down." But the finest evidence of James's versatility can be heard in her outstanding Memphis soul covers of "Tell Mama" and "Security." There's a lot of Etta James out there, but this is likely the best compilation of her work you're going to find. --Ken Hohman

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These 44 cuts (with booklet) trace her entire career with Chess, from the early, pop-flavored ballads to the gritty, Muscle Shoals material. Includes Tell Mama; Pushover; All I Could Do Was Cry; Fool That I Am; Stop the Wedding; Security , and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, my, Miss Peaches... July 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent cross-section of Miss James' vocal ability. It's all here - smoke-filled standards, rockin' R&B, scorching soul, and yes indeed, torch songs to put modern "divas" to shame. Though Etta's voice has spectacular range and emotional drive, these recordings do not contain the shrill vocal calesthenics forced on us by the 90's pop divas. The result was this ultra-quality collection, which I guarantee you will never loan out, even to your best friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAXIMUM ETTA; You Keep "Telling Me, Mama!!"! Sept. 25 2001
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"Etta" Wails, "I'd Rather Go Blind", and ALL I can say is; "Yeah, me too, mama, PLEASE, just don't EVER render me "deaf"!! This "W.O.M.A.N."; can and DOES, "render me awestruck, not to mention, dumbstruck with her sheer "gutesy, simmering, beltin', sheer vocal force/power, and then DOES IT AGAIN, when she "ratches-down" that INCREDIBLE RANGE of her's (doesn't get any better than THIS, folks) and into her OWN "stylistic-trademark "cruise-control", to give us the treat of her "smooth, sly, earthy delivery of her "gentler?-side"; joking here, of course she does have it, and displays it, in all her multifaceted hues, and glory; her instintual brilliance of interpretation is unequaled, and unrivaled. THE MUSIC HEREIN. Well, the "raw jewels" at her absolute "zenith" are pretty much all here. Then they jusy casually drop in previous unreleased "gems", such as "I Never Meant To Love Him", now a personal fave of mine, and her OWN rendition of Aretha"s "Do Right Womam, Do Right Man"; and I'm certainly hard-pressed to say who's version is better. Different, not better. Two cds "chock-full", each containing 22 "cuts' and ALL "prime-Etta", in any style, or aproachto this staggering array of material. I take issue with "other prior posters" who said they weren't ALL "keepers", you can "Lose and Weep" all you want to. I can't find one "sub-standard" cut anywhere here. None. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Etta James makes every song a gem. Aug. 28 2001
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This a great sampler of the early Etta James, 1960 to 1975, when she sang like a cross between Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. One minute her voice is gentle and yearning. the next minute sheŐs stomping, growling, and roaring Đ the greatest r&b belter of all time. She has one of the most striking, goosebump-raising voices in the history of music. If all you know of Etta James is "At Last," you owe yourself this album. Not every song on here is a winner. For years no one seemed to be able to figure out what to do with Etta JamesŐ obvious talent, and they kept trying her out in different styles of music. The album is arranged in chronological order, so you hear her move from melodramatic teenage tearjerkers like "All I Could Do Was Cry," to romantic ballads ("At Last" is her most famous song, but there are a half dozen others on this album just as beautiful), to party r&b ("In The Basement"), to the Memphis Soul of "Tell Mama" and "IŐd Rather Go Blind," and finally into adventurous explorations of challenging songwriters like Randy Newman (her version of NewmanŐs "GodŐs Song" still gives me chills no matter how many times I listen to it.) The Essential Etta James is like a history of 60s and 70s soul music. Fascinating. But itŐs not just a period piece. The truth is, thereŐs no kind of music Etta James canŐt sing. She bring soul and grace to everything she touches. She makes the dumb songs fun, and the great ones masterpieces. And sheŐs STILL doing wonderful work, more than forty years after she started. But this album is where you can hear the astonishing range of her gift. This is where any newcomer should begin.
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Format:Audio CD
First off, let me say that if you are just getting into Etta and only know a few songs by her, this is not the way to start getting into her. It may have most of her stuff, but I think with a singer with power like Etta's, you need to take baby steps before you take a big dive into the blues of Etta James! I would recommended the MILLENIUM COLLECTION CD for a nice opening to her, then get this! Everything else is unnecessary when you have this! On 2 CD's, this has the best of her many albums, rare singles, and previously unreleased stuff. There's just so much on here that I can't describe it, you have to see for yourself after you've got a hankering for Etta!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WOMAN WITH INCREDIBLE TALENT Feb. 1 2001
By Leslie
Format:Audio CD
I bought this collection after listening to "At Last" a hundred times and loving it. However, that album did not prepare me for what I heard here. The incredible power of Etta's voice comes through so clearly in these songs, especially "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and "I'd Rather Go Blind". The emotion that she puts into her songs is so strong; you feel as though everything that she sings about has actually happened to her. Also, the fact that she performs - and performs well - so many different types of music is remarkable. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys good music, blues fan or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Etta James Essential
A good introduction to Etta James, I liked it, especially the older songs. Would be good for anyone who likes her.
Published 15 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Holman needs to know his stuff before writing a review
Ken while I agree with almost everything you say, I have to inform you of an error. The outstanding soul tune "Tell Mama" IS NOT the "Memphis Sound. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Justin R. Sizemore
5.0 out of 5 stars the best etta, and etta is the best.
I agree with a previous reviewer in saying that this is the best collection of Etta James songs ever. I can't say I have all her records, but I have a lot of them. Read more
Published on April 24 2001 by jo
In the early 60's Etta James was to R&B what Patsy Cline was to country. She could cross over and yet remain true to her roots, and that's only one part of a nearly 50 year... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2000 by Scott T Mc Nally
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE DIVA
Published on Sept. 25 2000 by Seville L Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars but...look, a box set is coming
I'm happy to see such an overwhelming positive response to this lady...I guess there is SOMETHING good about appropiating old classics for tv commercials. Read more
Published on June 6 2000 by "gordon@ruraltel.net"
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome
I have been a fan of the likes of Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzerald for years, and have only recently been introduced to the sounds of Etta James. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 1999 by csanders@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST have CD for any serious Blues fan
I have over 300 blues CD and by far this is my favorites. Etta is simply the best blues woman in this century :)
Published on March 19 1999 by Amazon Customer
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