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Tell Mama - The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions [Remastered] Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (April 24 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00005B7GT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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1. Tell Mama
2. I'd Rather Go Blind
3. Watch Dog
4. The Love Of My Man
5. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got
6. The Same Rope
7. Security
8. Steal Away
9. My Mother In Law
10. Don't Lose Your Good Thing
11. It Hurts Me So Much
12. Just A Little Bit
13. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
14. You Took It
15. I Worship The Ground You Walk On
16. I Got You Babe
17. You Got It
18. I've Gone Too Far (Previously Unreleased)
19. Misty (Previously Unreleased)
20. Almost Persuaded
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Here are her complete 1968 Muscle Shoals sessions, including the title hit, her hits Security; I Got You Babe , and Almost Persuaded , and 18 more!


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'Tell Mama' by Etta James was a very popular charted album, originally released on Cadet label in 1968. It was released by MCA Records on CD in 1987, and now re-released in 2001, completely remastered, plus 10 bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

LP 'TELL MAMA' (Etta James)(Cadet LPS-802)(BB200 82/1968):
01 TELL MAMA (Cadet 5578)(a-side)(BB Pop 23/1967; BB R&B 10/1967; CB Pop 27/1967; RW Pop 37/1967)(October 1967)
02 I'D RTHER GO BLIND (Cadet 5578)(b-side, October 1967)
03 WATCH DOG
04 THE LOVE OF MY MAN (Chess CH-2100)(b-side, December 1970)
05 I'M GONNA TAKE WHAT HE'S GOT (Cadet 5594)(b-side, February 1968)
06 THE SAME ROPE
07 SECURITY (Cadet 5594)(a-side)(BB Pop 35/1968; BB R&B 11/1968; CB Pop 37/1968; RW Pop 32/1968)(February 1968)
08 STEAL AWAY (Cadet 5630)(b-side, December 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
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By A Customer on May 9 2001
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I was introduced to Etta James with Tell Mama, which I've always thought was a fantastic song. In 1984, I picked up a French pressing of "Peaches", a double LP of her best Chess material. I can still remember listening to that album for the first time. I was absolutely blown away! Not just with her voice, but with the quality of the songs, arrangements and sound. It became one of my most treasured albums, and there it stayed until I picked up the original Tell Mama CD in '90. Though it was in mono (I was at that time a snooty stereo guy), I thoroughly loved it. I was aware of how great Rick Hall, Fame and the whole Muscle Shoals scene was; how they turned out so many great records.
This is an essential reissue, as it includes all of the songs that Etta cut there. The unreleased stuff is nearly as good as the original album. I now find out that most of the original masters were mono only, for some reason. At least we get the stereo masters that exist. It is evident from the pictures and the quotes included in this package that there was a ton of mutual respect between the Muscle Shoals folks and Etta, and it shows in the music. As it turned out, these sessions gave Etta her last big hit, unfortunately. But it certainly wasn't the end of her producing great music; her ongoing career is a testament to that.
I've grown to love almost everything that Etta did for Chess, particularly the earlier stuff, when crossover was the primary aim. Her treatment of standards and ballads was exquisite. But when she came to Alabama, it was to cut Southern-fried soul, and she nailed it!
An essential Etta record, an essential soul record, an essential '60s record. 'Nuff said.
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Not too long ago and still today many artists of Miss James caliber would '' sell out '' to popular music for one sure hit.That is everyone but Etta, these recordings take you back to the true nitty gritty of up tempo blackeyed soul , to the southern sounds of down home soul. These are not only a great compilation of Etta's best work but a testament of the greatest vocalist to live!If any one deservers to be honored on VHI DIVAS LIVE,it would only be fitting to honor the real ''queen of soul''. Sorry no disrepect to Aretha but the voice tells the story!This is one of the best remastered recordings I have heard in a long time, the other is ''LADY IN SATIN''!If I was marooned on a desert island this is all you would need, it covers practically everything, even a remake of the old Cher hit ''I got you babe'',but Etta's interpertation makes a trifling song into a listenable and satisfying song. Etta's got the power and the loyalty to do what she wants, and with a voice like hers she can! You must see her performing live in concert, she will blow you away!
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A must have for every soul brother and sister! Everything is perfect here, the chemistry is right, Etta swindles from the sheer contempt of "Tell Mama", to the poignancy of "The Love of my man", to the exuberant "Security" and the moving "I'd rather go blind"....Five stars are not enough!!
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