Heart & Soul: A Retrospective

Heart & Soul: A Retrospective

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by Etta James

Because of her blues-based comeback in the '90s, Etta James is usually thought of by the general public as a blues singer, but there's a good deal more to the picture than that, and this well-chosen and stunningly varied four-disc anthology, the first extensive survey of her entire career from 1955 to 2008, makes clear that Etta James has long been one of the best…  See more details below


Because of her blues-based comeback in the '90s, Etta James is usually thought of by the general public as a blues singer, but there's a good deal more to the picture than that, and this well-chosen and stunningly varied four-disc anthology, the first extensive survey of her entire career from 1955 to 2008, makes clear that Etta James has long been one of the best singers of her generation -- in any style. In many ways James resembles 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 is all her own, and she has done this throughout a five-decade career that is astounding for its consistency. There's so much to marvel at here, beginning with 1955's "The Wallflower" (an answer song to Hank Ballard's "Roll with Me Annie") and ending with a previously unreleased version of Rodney Crowell's "Ashes by Now" from 2008. In between, this set shows off the range of this impressive artist, who tackles everything from orchestral pop (her signature "At Last" from 1960), torch songs ("Don't Cry Baby" from 1961), gospel ("Something's Got a Hold on Me" from 1962), and heart-wrenching soul ("Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," both from 1967) to the unclassifiable (Randy Newman's gothic and lusty "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" from 1974). It's all here, drawn from James' incredible recording career on the Modern, Argo, Chess, Warner Bros., Fantasy, Island, Private Music, and RCA Victor imprints. Yeah, Etta James can sing the blues. She can sing anything she wants to, and there's plenty of proof of that in this welcome (and long overdue) retrospective.

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Disc 1

  1. The Wallflower (aka Roll with Me Henry)
  2. Good Rockin' Daddy  -  Maxwell Davis Orchestra
  3. Crazy Feeling  -  Maxwell Davis Orchestra
  4. W-O-M-A-N  -  Maxwell Davis Orchestra
  5. Tough Lover  -  Maxwell Davis Orchestra
  6. The Pick Up
  7. Every Night (aka Baby Baby Every Night)
  8. Sunshine of Love
  9. Strange Things Happening Every Day
  10. All I Could Do Was Cry
  11. My Dearest Darling
  12. If I Can't Have You
  13. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  14. My Heart Cries  - Harvey Fuqua
  15. Spoonful  - Harvey Fuqua
  16. A Sunday Kind of Love
  17. At Last
  18. Stormy Weather
  19. Trust in Me
  20. Don't Cry Baby
  21. Fool That I Am
  22. Waiting for Charlie (To Come Home)
  23. Next Door to the Blues
  24. Something's Got a Hold on Me
  25. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)

Disc 2

  1. Stop the Wedding
  2. Pushover
  3. Would It Make Any Difference to You
  4. Pay Back
  5. Two Sides (To Every Story)
  6. Baby, What You Want Me to Do  -  Kinfolks
  7. Lovin' You More Every Day
  8. I Wish Someone Would Care
  9. Breaking Point
  10. Only Time Will Tell
  11. It's Here for You
  12. Do I Make Myself Clear?  - Sugar Pie DeSanto
  13. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)
  14. In the Basement, Pt. 1  - Sugar Pie DeSanto
  15. I Prefer You  - Maurice Dollison
  16. It Must Be Your Love
  17. 842-3089 (Call My Name)
  18. I'd Rather Go Blind
  19. Tell Mama
  20. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  21. The Same Rope
  22. Security
  23. Almost Persuaded
  24. You Got It
  25. The Soul of a Man

Disc 3

  1. Miss Pitiful
  2. Losers Weepers, Pt. 1
  3. I Found a Love
  4. Never My Love
  5. Sail Away
  6. Down So Low
  7. All the Way Down
  8. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
  9. Feelin' Uneasy
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
  12. Lovin' Arms
  13. Only Women Bleed
  14. Take It to the Limit
  15. Please Send Me Someone to Love  - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
  16. How Strong Is a Woman
  17. Damn Your Eyes
  18. Higher Ground

Disc 4

  1. What's Wrong
  2. I've Got Dreams to Remember  -  Jim Horn & the Horn Section
  3. Whatever Gets You Through the Night  -  Jim Horn & the Horn Section
  4. Out of the Rain
  5. A Lover Is Forever
  6. There's Something on Your Mind  -  B.B. King Orchestra
  7. The Man I Love
  8. Don't Explain
  9. Don't Go to Strangers
  10. If I Had Any Pride Left At All
  11. Love Letters
  12. The Blues Is My Business
  13. On the 7th Day
  14. The Sky Is Crying
  15. I Believe I Can Fly
  16. Ashes by Now

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cash McCall   Guitar
Johnny Otis   Drums
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Vocals
Dobie Gray   Background Vocals
Art Neville   Keyboards,Vocals
Larry Carlton   Rhythm Guitar
Red Holloway   Saxophone,Bandleader
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Cedar Walton   Piano
John Young   Piano
King Errisson   Conga
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Shuggie Otis   Guitar
Gene Barge   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Berry   Vocals
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Lowell George   Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Josh Sklair   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joyce Austin   Background Vocals
Carl Banks   Organ
Rick Baptist   Flugelhorn
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Organ,Keyboards
Leard Bell   Drums
Milton Bland   Piano
James Bolden   Trumpet
Reggie Boyd   Bass
Ben Branch   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Freeman Brown   Drums
Gary Burnette   Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Cain   Background Vocals
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
John Clayton   Bass
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Tony Coleman   Percussion
Maxwell Davis   Saxophone
Quitman Dennis   Horn
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Charles Dinwiddie   Horn
Tony Dumas   Bass
Duncan   Drums
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Morris Ellis   Trombone
Ricky Fataar   Bass
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Harvey Fuqua   Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Burgess Gardner   Trumpet
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar
Jack Hale   Horn
Jack Hall   Horn
Alexander Hamilton   Leader
Riley Hampton   Conductor
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Michael Haynes   Horn
Willie Henderson   Trombone
Delbert Hill   Baritone Saxophone
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Rhythm Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Jim Horn   Horn,Saxophone
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Kraig Kilby   Trombone
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Walter King   Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Mike Lawler   Synthesizer
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Steve Madaio   Horn
Ken Marco   Guitar
Carl Marsh   Fairlight III
Arik Marshall   Guitar
Lew McCreary   Horn
Jack McDuff   Organ
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Gabriel Mekler   Keyboards
James Mitchell   Saxophone
Jonell Mosser   Background Vocals
Bobby Murray   Guitar,Electric Piano
Larry Nash   Keyboards
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Floyd Newman   Saxophone
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Ralph Penland   Percussion,Drums
Tom Poole   Trumpet
Ron Powell   Percussion
Brian Ray   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Richard Reid   Bass
Danny Rhodes   Rhythm Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tom Roady   Percussion
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Louis Spears   Bass
Charles Stepney   Vibes
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Marvell Thomas   Piano
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet
James Toney   Keyboards
Aaron Varnell   Saxophone
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Vocals
Leon Warren   Rhythm Guitar
Richard Waters   Drums
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Murray Watson   Trumpet
Willie Weeks   Bass
Devonia Williams   Piano
Bob Wray   Bass
Big Jim Wynn   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy "Z" Zavala   Harmonica,Saxophone
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Keyboards
Ronnie Buttacavoli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmie Wood   Harmonica
Dewey Oldham   Organ,Piano
David Henderson   Bass
Bobby Keyes   Horn
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
Sidney Pinchback   Guitar
Randy Williams   Background Vocals
Marion Wright   Bass
Keith Johnson   Electric Piano
Abby Mitchell   Background Vocals
Sametto James   Bass,Background Vocals
Gavrell Cooper   Tenor Saxophone
Vonzell Cooper   Organ
Matt Murphy   Guitar
Don Johnson   Trumpet
Dreamers   Background Vocals
Lawrence Hamilton   Drums
Melvin Jackson   Saxophone
Jean Mitchell   Background Vocals
Tamara Oliver   Background Vocals
Maritto Corea   Percussion
David K. Mathews   Strings,Keyboards
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller   Trumpet
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Drums
Clifford Clark   Alto Saxophone
Caleb Emphrey   Drums
Joshua Sklair   Guitar,Background Vocals
Charles Findley   Horn
William Smith   Keyboards
Donto James   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jim Pugh   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Doster   Bass
George Davis   Piano
David Allen Duke   Horn
Albert Lowe   Guitar
William Smith Singers   Background Vocals
Roger Hawkings   Drums
Reuben Franklin   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Phillip Thomas   Percussion
Jimmy Ray Johnson   Guitar
Henry Jackson   Background Vocals
Gilbert Ivy   Background Vocals
Gene Ciprinano   Horn

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Paul Gayten   Composer
Etta James   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Photo Courtesy,Additional Production
Percy Mayfield   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Steve Goodman   Composer
Clifton Davis   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Clarence Carter   Composer
Alice Cooper   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Duet
Don Henley   Composer
Randy Meisner   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Irma Thomas   Composer
Larry Carlton   rhythm arrangement
Freddy Johnson   Composer
Cedar Walton   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Tracy Nelson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Oliver Sain   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Monk Higgins   Composer,Producer
Troy Seals   Composer
Tom Jans   Composer
Josh Sklair   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director,rhythm arrangement,Music Direction
Dan Penn   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Ralph Bass   Producer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Kim Buie   Additional Production
Leonard Caston   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Marshall Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Composer,Producer
Denny Diante   Producer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Redd Evans   Composer
Ricky Fataar   Producer
Rob Fraboni   Producer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Duet
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Alexander Hamilton   Arranger
Riley Hampton   Orchestration
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements,Saxophone Arrangement
Elmore James   Composer
Ralph Jungheim   Producer
B.B. King   Duet
Walter King   Horn Arrangements,Music Direction
Trevor Lawrence   Composer,Horn Arrangements,Production Support
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Gabriel Mekler   Composer,Producer
James Mitchell   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Jim O'Neal   Photo Courtesy
Tom Poole   Horn Arrangements
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Willie Schofield   Composer
Sidney Seidenberg   Executive Producer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
John Snyder   Producer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Ed Townsend   Composer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Duet
Dick Wagner   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Robert West   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Carson Whitsett   Composer
Catherine C. Williamson   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Barbara Wyrick   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Eddie Bocage   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Floyd Hunt   Composer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Maurice McAlister   Composer
Lupe DeLeon   Executive Producer
Kevin Bowe   Composer
Dave Mann   Composer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Fred Knobloch   Composer
Zelma Redding   Composer
Terry Vail   Composer
Billy Davis   Composer,Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Anita Leonard   Composer
Bucky Lindsey   Composer
Chuck Bernard   Composer
Joe Bihari   Composer
Abbey Mallory   Composer
Stan Rhodes   Composer
Joe Rock   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Howard Batiste   Composer
Barbara Belle   Composer
Saul Bernie   Composer
Leon David Bonds   Composer
Todd Cherney   Composer
Shena DeMell   Composer
Maurice Dollison   Composer
Bob Forshee   Composer
Stella Unger   Composer
Margaret Wessen   Composer
Sametto James   Producer
Bobby Martin   Producer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Tony Clarke   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Wilbur Terrell   Composer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Peylia Parham   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Dorothy Hawkins   Composer
Jean Mitchell   Composer
Scott Johnson   Composer
Billy Foster   Composer
Jimmy Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gwen Gordy   Composer
Roger Ramirez   Composer
Ned Weaver   Composer
Cecil James McNeely   Composer
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Arranger
Joshua Sklair   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Robert Kelly   Composer
John Greenbaum   Composer
Carl William Smith   Composer
Donto James   Producer
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Diaz Johnson   Composer
Ronie Rae   Composer
Lloyd Webster   Composer
Kevin Bowe-Kostas   Composer

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Heart & Soul: A Retrospective 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Wicklowman More than 1 year ago
"Heart and Soul" is a great window into the long and wonderful career of of one of the greatest singers of R&B, the Blues, Jazz, Soul and Pop music. The remarkable thing about this collection is that it forces you to realize that anything less than 4 discs would be insufficient to pay proper respect to Ms. James' career. Included in the tidy box is a nice booklet with plenty of information and photos. Really, she was one of a kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago