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|Etta James||Primary Artist, Vocals|
|Josh Sklair||Dobro, Guitar|
|Steve Davis||Background Vocals|
|Brian Ray||Slide Guitar|
|John "Juke" Logan||Harmonica|
|Donto Metto James||Percussion, Drums|
|Yoshann Rush||Background Vocals|
|John Lee Hooker||Composer|
|Donto Metto James||Producer, Engineer|
|Lupe DeLeon||Executive Producer|
|Rebecca Meck||Art Direction|
|Artis Mills||Executive Producer|
Posted February 9, 2012
...you could do much worse than to make it this one.
Like very few singers I can recall, Etta James just kept getting better at her craft. After learning of her death on January 20, 2012, I beefed up my Etta James music library by adding "Blues to the Bone", "Life, Love & the Blues", "The Dreamer", "Her Best", "Tell Mama" and "At Last!".
She's ALWAYS been good, that much is certain. But, "Blues to the Bone" 2004, "Life Love & the Blues" 1998 and "The Dreamer" 2011 are, to my ears and soul, really special. Her voice is deeper, richer and you'll listen in awe at this consummate pro at the top of her game.
But like I say, if you could just have ONE, "Blues to the Bone" is actually alive and breathing. Thank God you don't have to choose just one! Long live the Queen!
Posted October 1, 2010
The legendary Etta James has said that she was inspired to record this album after seeing the PBS TV series "The Blues" produced by Martin Scorcese. Referring to the series James said, "What I found was so full of what life is about: being born and dying; joy and sorrow; salvation and sin......As I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve. So I thought it was about time to show them what these songs might sound like coming from a whole different point of view." Surely can't comment on the differences between points of view but I can say this is one terrific album - a must-have for blues aficionados. "Honey Don't Tear My Clothes" is unbelievable, as is "Don't Start Me Talking." Featured on the album are James's sons Donto James and Sametto James; guitarists Josh Sklair and Bobby Murray plus harmonica player John "Juke" Logan. Liner notes are by Martin Scorcese. This one's a keeper! - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.