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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like "Stormy Weather" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," as well as Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like "Stormy Weather" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," as well as Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like "Tell Mama," but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811201722
  • Catalog Number: 12017
  • Sales rank: 476

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anything to Say You're Mine (2:33)
  2. 2 My Dearest Darling (3:00)
  3. 3 Trust in Me (2:57)
  4. 4 A Sunday Kind of Love (3:14)
  5. 5 Tough Mary (2:24)
  6. 6 I Just Want to Make Love to You (3:04)
  7. 7 At Last (2:57)
  8. 8 All I Could Do Was Cry (2:53)
  9. 9 Stormy Weather (3:05)
  10. 10 Girl of My Dreams (2:20)
  11. 11 My Heart Cries - Harvey Fuqua (2:36)
  12. 12 Spoonful - Harvey Fuqua (2:50)
  13. 13 It's a Crying Shame - Harvey Fuqua (2:54)
  14. 14 If I Can't Have You - Harvey Fuqua (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Harvey Fuqua Vocals
Riley Hampton Conductor
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Harvey Fuqua Duet
Gwen Fuqua Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Andy McKaie Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Don Kamerer Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Michael Diehl Reissue Design
Erick Labson Remixing
Billy Davis Composer
Anita Leonard Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Barbara Belle Composer
Sunny Clapp Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Etta James is 'the real deal!'

    I once was the proud owner of Etta James vinyl LP: "Etta James' Top Ten". So, when I saw this CD at my local record store and noticed it had several of the tracks I loved in the vinyl LP form...I bought it!
    Man, Etta has a way with phrasing! Etta has that tear in her voice on chestnuts like "At Last", "Trust In ME" and "My Dearest Darling".
    The track not included on this CD that was on the Top Ten album, "Pushover" was a gem.
    But here are included 2 awesome duets with Harvey Fuqua (formerly of The Moonglows) "Spoonful" and "If I Can't Have You". On both of these tunes Harvey and Etta compliment each other's unique vocalizing.
    "Sunday Kind Of Love" and "Stormy Weather" are classics!
    As a matter of fact......as R&B singers go...Etta James is the only one who comes close to Aretha Franklin's claim to "Queen of Soul"!

    Bobby Lauser
    Salinas,CA

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Early Etta -- At Her Best

    I'm sure you've heard her biggest hit - "At Last" which is included here, but the variety of styles featured on the balance of this excellent album is quite surprising. A truly gifted soul shouter, blues queen and balladeer. If you appreciate fine female singers - you'll love this. Every cut is enjoyable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What a talented woman

    Love this CD, it's Etta at her finest!

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