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The Definitive Collection Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 10 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000BYR9ZY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry)
2. Good Rockin' Daddy
3. W-O-M-A-N
4. All I Could Do Is Cry
5. If I Can't Have You
6. My Dearest Darling
7. At Last
8. Don't Cry Baby
9. A Sunday Kind Of Love
10. Trust In Me
11. Something's Got A Hold On Me
12. Stop The Wedding
13. Pushover
14. Tell Mama
15. I'd Rather Go Blind
16. Security
17. All The Way Down
18. Take It To The Limit
19. Damn Your Eyes
20. Whatever Gets You Through The Night
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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.
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In my opinion one of the best female singers in the history of R&B. This CD says it all. What a singer! ,You must have a GOOD audio system to appreciate this wonderful talent.

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HASH(0xa00def6c) out of 5 stars Good Rockin' Mama! June 11 2007
By Josh P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How do you cover an artist with nearly 50 years worth of recorded material

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.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc1c60c) out of 5 stars What a Singer Jan. 17 2006
By G. Bartrem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Etta James is Queen of the blues in my book. I remember the first time I herd her sing her signature song "At Last", I just had to find out who she was, and if there were any more CDs by Etta James. I found them all here on Amazon. I bought every one of them so far. When Ms. james sings in her soft voice, my wife and I just want to cuddle up together and watch the sun go down slowly. When Etta sings in her bawdy blues voice the listner will find him or herself wishing they were in a somkey blues joint sipping on whiskey and chugging a beer. You just can't keep you feet still when Etta James sings the blues.

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.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00941a4) out of 5 stars Super Fine Lady of Rock and Roll, Blues and Soul Feb. 20 2007
By Rosario E. Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan Of Etta James's singing ever since hearing her sing "My Dearest Darling" and my true, true, favorite of all her songs, "At Last". I think she's a rare and very touching soul singer. Her singing always has touched my heart and soul in a very emotional way. This lady sings feelings and emotions that you know she's really lived through. And when she sings happy more upbeat songs she rocks and rolls your heart too. In fact I did'nt even know that that was her singing "Dance With Me Henry" back in the fifties. Of course I was just about nine or ten and I was just discovering all the great rock and roll music of the fifties. That's why when I hear her singing "Something's Got A Hold On Me" "Tell Mama" , "All I Could Do Is Cry" "Stop The Wedding" whew that girl's singing still blows me away. Etta has that powerful voice that even in her later years can still sway your heart just listen to her version of the Eagles "Take It To The Limit" or Otis Reading's "I've Been Loving You Too Long", her voice is a little deeper but can still grab your soul. God Bless Etta James she's a national treasure.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff204c8) out of 5 stars Not as definitive as claimed Feb. 20 2010
By Siriam - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been fortunate to see the lady perform live in the UK plus have many of her recordings across the years. Against that vast body of work I fear I did not find this collection as comprehensive or as good a selection as could have been.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09b7294) out of 5 stars Etta James Best Love Songs Jan. 19 2009
By Cynthia J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Etta James, Put her heart in each of her songs, she express the love with sincerity of all the love she feels. She is truly one in a million a lovley woman. I respect her and appreciate her strenth and courage she has shown with deep expression of real heart felt genuine love. She has taught me to express all the love thats in me to my love ones. May God continue to bless her. Thank you. Cynthia Johnson.

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