At Last!

At Last!

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by Etta James
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811201722
catalogNumber:
12017
Rank:
6215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   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   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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At Last! 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Recordlover More than 1 year ago
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
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DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
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.
Pa4 More than 1 year ago
Love this CD, it's Etta at her finest!
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