Come a Little Closer

Come a Little Closer

by Etta James
     
 

Etta James was fighting serious substance-abuse problems when this album was recorded, commuting to the sessions from a rehab center. It was a triumph simply to complete the record at all. But although James' life may have been in rough shape outside of the studio, she delivered a fairly strong set that fused forceful '70s soul arrangements withSee more details below

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Etta James was fighting serious substance-abuse problems when this album was recorded, commuting to the sessions from a rehab center. It was a triumph simply to complete the record at all. But although James' life may have been in rough shape outside of the studio, she delivered a fairly strong set that fused forceful '70s soul arrangements with some rock (Randy Newman and John Kay both contribute compositions), jazz, and New Orleans R&B. Some of the material is routine, but there are some very strong cuts here, like a rousing "Sookie Sookie" and "Out on the Street Again," with its slightly sinister funk groove. "Feeling Uneasy," in fact, counts as one of the unsung highlights of her career, with a wrenching, near-wordless scat-moan vocal over a suitably languorous, melancholy blues-jazz arrangement. The CD reissue adds a couple of interesting bonus tracks: the 1975 single "Lovin' Arms," a good rootsy ballad, and a single edit of one of the tracks from the album, "Out on the Street Again."

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0076732936320
catalogNumber:
9363
Rank:
69551

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist,Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Lowell George   Guitar
Gene Cipriano   Horn
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Mailto Correa   Percussion
Charles Dinwiddie   Horn
Gwen Edwards   Background Vocals
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Horn
Jim Horn   Horn
Bobby Keys   Horn
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Steve Madaio   Horn
Ken Marco   Guitar
Lew McCreary   Horn
Gabriel Mekler   Keyboards
Larry Mizell   ARP
Larry Nash   Keyboards
Louis Spears   Upright Bass
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Carlena Williams   Background Vocals
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Keyboards
William McLeish Smith   Keyboards
David Duke   Horn
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Drums

Technical Credits

Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Bill Hoffman   Illustrations
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Gabriel Mekler   Producer,Audio Production
Vartan   Art Direction
Michael Diehl   Reissue Design
Erick Labson   Remastering

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