At Last: The Best of Etta James

At Last: The Best of Etta James

by Etta James
     
 

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In many ways Etta James resembled a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that was all her own, and she did this throughout a…  See more details below

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In many ways Etta James resembled a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that was all her own, and she did this throughout a five-decade career that is impressive for its consistency. This 25-track set (mostly drawn from her time with Chess Records) is hardly definitive (it doesn't have classic James' tracks like "Anything to Say You're Mine," "Don't Cry Baby," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," or the girl group pop of "Two Sides (To Every Story)," for instance, or any of her late-career blues tracks), but it does do a good job of spotlighting James' range and versatility by collecting sides like her signature "At Last," the soul-pop masterpieces "Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," and saucy versions of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," all of which offer ample proof that James was one of the best singers of her generation -- in any style.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2011
Label:
Sony Uk
UPC:
0886978466129
catalogNumber:
7846612
Rank:
24644

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Etta James   Producer
George Gershwin   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Josh Sklair   Producer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Bekka Bramlett   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
John Snyder   Producer
Kevin Bowe   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Todd Cherney   Composer
Sametto James   Producer
Terrance Galloway   Producer
James Campbell   Composer
Betty Jean Newsome   Composer
Jamie Mason   Artwork
Joshua Sklair   Producer
Harry M. Woods   Composer
John Greenbaum   Composer
Donto James   Producer

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