Heart & Soul: A Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527681351
  • Catalog Number: 001554502
  • Sales rank: 95,020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wallflower (aka Roll with Me Henry) (3:05)
  2. 2 Good Rockin' Daddy - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:26)
  3. 3 Crazy Feeling - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (3:17)
  4. 4 W-O-M-A-N - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:45)
  5. 5 Tough Lover - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:09)
  6. 6 The Pick Up (2:21)
  7. 7 Every Night (aka Baby Baby Every Night) (2:23)
  8. 8 Sunshine of Love (2:25)
  9. 9 Strange Things Happening Every Day (2:30)
  10. 10 All I Could Do Was Cry (2:56)
  11. 11 My Dearest Darling (3:03)
  12. 12 If I Can't Have You (2:50)
  13. 13 I Just Want to Make Love to You (3:07)
  14. 14 My Heart Cries - Harvey Fuqua (2:35)
  15. 15 Spoonful - Harvey Fuqua (2:49)
  16. 16 A Sunday Kind of Love (3:17)
  17. 17 At Last (3:00)
  18. 18 Stormy Weather (3:08)
  19. 19 Trust in Me (2:59)
  20. 20 Don't Cry Baby (2:26)
  21. 21 Fool That I Am (2:57)
  22. 22 Waiting for Charlie (To Come Home) (2:06)
  23. 23 Next Door to the Blues (2:49)
  24. 24 Something's Got a Hold on Me (2:50)
  25. 25 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (3:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stop the Wedding (2:51)
  2. 2 Pushover (2:56)
  3. 3 Would It Make Any Difference to You (2:40)
  4. 4 Pay Back (2:40)
  5. 5 Two Sides (To Every Story) (3:02)
  6. 6 Baby, What You Want Me to Do - Kinfolks (4:17)
  7. 7 Lovin' You More Every Day (3:21)
  8. 8 I Wish Someone Would Care (2:36)
  9. 9 Breaking Point (2:26)
  10. 10 Only Time Will Tell (3:22)
  11. 11 It's Here for You (3:04)
  12. 12 Do I Make Myself Clear? - Sugar Pie DeSanto (3:00)
  13. 13 Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?) (3:53)
  14. 14 In the Basement, Pt. 1 - Sugar Pie DeSanto (2:22)
  15. 15 I Prefer You - Maurice Dollison (3:04)
  16. 16 It Must Be Your Love (2:59)
  17. 17 842-3089 (Call My Name) (3:00)
  18. 18 I'd Rather Go Blind (2:34)
  19. 19 Tell Mama (2:22)
  20. 20 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (2:59)
  21. 21 The Same Rope (2:39)
  22. 22 Security (2:29)
  23. 23 Almost Persuaded (3:21)
  24. 24 You Got It (2:25)
  25. 25 The Soul of a Man (3:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Miss Pitiful (2:25)
  2. 2 Losers Weepers, Pt. 1 (3:01)
  3. 3 I Found a Love (3:29)
  4. 4 Never My Love (3:53)
  5. 5 Sail Away (4:00)
  6. 6 Down So Low (3:43)
  7. 7 All the Way Down (5:37)
  8. 8 God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) (3:39)
  9. 9 Feelin' Uneasy (2:46)
  10. 10 St. Louis Blues (4:31)
  11. 11 Let's Burn Down the Cornfield (3:44)
  12. 12 Lovin' Arms (3:50)
  13. 13 Only Women Bleed (4:11)
  14. 14 Take It to the Limit (4:08)
  15. 15 Please Send Me Someone to Love - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (5:08)
  16. 16 How Strong Is a Woman (3:26)
  17. 17 Damn Your Eyes (4:10)
  18. 18 Higher Ground (3:54)
Disc 4
  1. 1 What's Wrong (4:03)
  2. 2 I've Got Dreams to Remember - Jim Horn & the Horn Section (4:29)
  3. 3 Whatever Gets You Through the Night - Jim Horn & the Horn Section (3:49)
  4. 4 Out of the Rain (4:33)
  5. 5 A Lover Is Forever (3:19)
  6. 6 There's Something on Your Mind - B.B. King Orchestra (6:00)
  7. 7 The Man I Love (4:24)
  8. 8 Don't Explain (5:15)
  9. 9 Don't Go to Strangers (5:00)
  10. 10 If I Had Any Pride Left At All (3:48)
  11. 11 Love Letters (4:00)
  12. 12 The Blues Is My Business (3:32)
  13. 13 On the 7th Day (4:58)
  14. 14 The Sky Is Crying (3:58)
  15. 15 I Believe I Can Fly (5:08)
  16. 16 Ashes by Now (3:17)
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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
Al 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
The Dreamers Background Vocals
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
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 Jr. 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 Jr. Guitar
The 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
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 Jr. Composer
Rick Hall Producer
Alexander Hamilton Arranger
Riley Hampton Orchestration
Arthur Herzog Jr. 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
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
Don Addrissi Composer
Dick Addrissi Composer
Diaz Johnson Composer
Ronie Rae Composer
Lloyd Webster Composer
Kevin Bowe-Kostas Composer
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  • Posted January 22, 2012

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    A Fond and Funky Farewell

    "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.

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