Love Songs [MCA/Chess]

Love Songs [MCA/Chess]

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by Etta James
     
 

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… See more details below

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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. --

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0008811249823
catalogNumber:
112498
Rank:
7627

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist
Harvey Fuqua   Vocals
Riley Hampton   Conductor
Poskonka   Conductor

Technical Credits

Clifton Davis   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Bobby Martin   Producer
Monk Higgins   Producer
Don Addrisi   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
Poskonka   Arranger,Orchestration
Bobby Martin   Producer
Billy Foster   Composer

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