The Definitive Collection Original recording remastered, Best of
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That autobiography title Rage to Survive is spot-on no one puts more raw emotion into what they do than Etta. And no release puts more Etta onto one CD than this: her hits The Wallflower; Tell Mama; Pushover; Trust in Me; All I Could Do Was Cry; My Dearest Darling; At Last; Stop the Wedding; Good Rockin' Daddy , and 14 more from 1955 to 2004!
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“The Definitive Collection” by Etta James, released by Geffen Records in 2006, contains 22 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):
01 THE WALLFLOWER (DANCE WITH ME HENRY)(Etta James and the Peaches)(Modern 45X947)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(4)/1955)(January 1955)*her first charted single; b-side “Hold Me, Squeeze Me” not included here.
02 GOOD ROCKIN’ DADDY (Modern 45X962)(a-side)(BB R&B 6/1955)(August 1955)*b-side “Crazy Feeling” not included here.
03 W-O-M-A-N (Modern 45X972)(uncharted a-side, November 1955)*b-side “That’s All” not included here.
04 ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY (Argo 5359)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1960; BB R&B 2(1)/1960; CB Pop 23/1960; RW Pop 30/1960)(March 1960)*b-side “Boy of My Dreams” not included here.
05 IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU (Etta James & Harvey Fuqua)(Chess 1760)(a-side)(BB Pop 52/1960; BB R&B 6/1960; CB Pop 32/1960; RW Pop 41/1960)(July 1960)*b-side “My Heart Cries” not included here.
06 MY DEAREST DARLING (Argo 5368)(a-side)(BB Pop 34/1960; BB R&B 5/1960; CB Pop 25/1960; RW Pop 32/1960)(August 1960)*b-side “Tough Mary” not included here.
07 AT LAST (Argo 5380)(a-side)(BB Pop 47/1961; BB R&B 2(1)/1961; CB Pop 30/1961; RW Pop 30/1961)(December 1960)*the definitive edition of this song.
08 DON'T CRY, BABY (Argo 5393)(a-side)(BB Pop 39/1961; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 57/1961; RW Pop 80/1961)(July 1961)
09 A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE (Argo 5393)(b-side, July 1961)(CB Pop 57/1961; RW Pop 89/1961)*double sided hit.Read more ›
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on one disc? Use this as an example. With so many different collections of artists like Ms. Etta James out there, it can be a complicated task of what to choose. Others may focus on one particular area of her recording career, but this one goes all the way back to her 1955 smash of "The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry)" all the way up to a 2004 recording of a blues recording "The Sky Is Crying" in which her sons take part in the production. Many of the well known Argo/Cadet sides from the '60s are represented like "At Last", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", and "Tell Mama" and then moving on to her gutsy and gritty rendition of "Take It To The Limit" from 1978, which was so chilling and moving, and ending up in the '80s and '90s with some Nashville recordings containing a country tinge to them as well as a Gershwin tune "The Man I Love", and Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Etta had such a versatile style from cool, refined, and seductive to passionate, gutsy and rollicking. If only some young female singers today could take a lesson from her; she could do it all, and is still doing it today. That's why this package can do wonders for somebody who wants to know which great artists from the past are still performing today and wants to see a dynamic balance and mix of different material in a career-spanning perspective. This one certainly has it. With so much material from her earlier years, some things may be missing, but as stated before, with one disc in a complete career overview theme in mind, the debate rests on what really is essential in representing the artist's entire career. All 23 tunes are very enjoyable. If you're new to Etta, this a great place to start.
This collection of songs is good for the beginner, or for a person who does not want to delve very far in to Ms. James music. When you get hooked on "The Queen of the Blues" you'll need to check out the Chess collection recordings of Ms. Etta James.
The chronological spread is there (Modern, Chess, WB, Island to recent labels) but certain key period Chess items are missing (notably "I just want to make love to you", "In the basement" with Sugar Pie Desanto; and "Almost persuaded"). More critically from her post Chess sides the choice is pretty dire - where are "Only women bleed" where she tore to pieces the Alice Cooper original and her sublime covers of Randy Newman's "Let's burn the cornfield down" and from her Chess years "You can leave your hat on".
There are enough gaps to deny the title "comprehensive" I fear.