Love Songs [MCA/Chess]

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
One of the classic R&B divas, Etta James brought a chunk of the blues to everything she sang. This collection of romantic songs from James's splendid period with Chess Records in the 1960s is saturated with the earthy vocalisms that make James such an entrancing stylist. James could grab a hold of a banal lyric and turn it into an affecting poem with her massive vocal equipment, bluesy phrasing, and guttural utterances of pain and delight. Big hits are included here ("At Last," "Sunday Kind of Love"), but everything James touched from this time was transformed into aural gold. Hear gems like "I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You") and "Again," and decide if there ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
One of the classic R&B divas, Etta James brought a chunk of the blues to everything she sang. This collection of romantic songs from James's splendid period with Chess Records in the 1960s is saturated with the earthy vocalisms that make James such an entrancing stylist. James could grab a hold of a banal lyric and turn it into an affecting poem with her massive vocal equipment, bluesy phrasing, and guttural utterances of pain and delight. Big hits are included here ("At Last," "Sunday Kind of Love"), but everything James touched from this time was transformed into aural gold. Hear gems like "I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You") and "Again," and decide if there was ever a more erotic singer than James. --
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Drawn almost entirely from her Argo/Chess recordings of the '60s although there are some cuts from the early '70s, Love Songs is a fine selection of romantic music from one of the greatest blues singers of her generation. There are hits here, highlighted by "At Last," but mood overrules chart position, so these 14 songs wind up setting a seductive atmosphere and maintaining it from beginning to end. It's not essential for collectors, although some songs aren't all that easy to come by elsewhere. Instead, it's an album for casual fans, those who like James' style, especially when it's presented in a romantic setting. For these listeners, it's very worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 008811249823
  • Catalog Number: 112498
  • Sales rank: 5,338

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Primary Artist
Harvey Fuqua Vocals
Riley Hampton Conductor
Al Poskonka Conductor
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Bobby Martin Producer
Monk Higgins Producer
Don Addrisi Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Ralph Bass Producer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Bill Foster Composer
Harvey Fuqua Duet
Rick Hall Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger, Orchestration
Andy McKaie Producer
James Mitchell Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Dick Addrisi Composer
Anita Leonard Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Barbara Belle Composer
Al Poskonka Arranger, Orchestration
Bobby Martin Producer
Billy Foster Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The First Cut Is the Best

    The impeccable "At Last" (I never tire of it) appears first, but most of the other songs, though less familiar, continue to grow on me. The last few selections are not as pretty. However, fourteen cuts is a fairly generous number. James' renditions of standards like "Again" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" are original and beautiful. The instrumentalists and overall sound quality of the recording are excellent. At times, her voice is out of control (sounds a little raunchy like Janis Joplin's), but not often. This is my first Etta James album, and I do recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    etta rocks

    excellent, reminds me of my childhood, dancing with my parents on sunday after church

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Got Chills Listening

    Etta! Etta! Etta James. I have listened to Etta since I was a child and still appreciate her original renditions of these timeless songs. Only one disappointment, the song "I'm Loving You More" is not the original, but Etta still pulls it off and I still loved it! Etta wherever you are, I Love you!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential Etta For Every Collection

    Been waiting for a CD like this for year's of Etta's interpretations. Includes her classic hits and other renditions. Etta's artistry of these songs make them truly her own. She is a voice of a lifetime like Dinah Washington.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!

    If you love slow love songs (blues), this CD is for you. Endlessy romantic and lovely songs and James's unbelievable voice will steal your heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Etta is the best

    This cd of love song has been the best I have ever heard. I use eto listen to Etta when I was a little girl. I;m now 46 and still loving her music. I'm getting married in june and her at last is the song my groom and I will be dancing to.

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