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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Whoa. There are many Etta James collections out there. The standard-bearers thus far have been the Chess Box and the Essential Etta James. This set attempts to do something else and goes deep into her catalog to dig out the gems from her years with Modern, Argo, Cadet, Chess, Warner Brothers, Island, and Private Music/BMG, and presents the full spectrum of her five-decade career. As such, there are many different kinds of songs here revealing the complexity of the vocalist herself, and as such, thus becomes a real portrait of the artist. Juxtapose, for instance, early sides like "The Wallflower Dance Dance With Me Henry," with its wild R&B bravado and the deep soul-blues...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Whoa. There are many Etta James collections out there. The standard-bearers thus far have been the Chess Box and the Essential Etta James. This set attempts to do something else and goes deep into her catalog to dig out the gems from her years with Modern, Argo, Cadet, Chess, Warner Brothers, Island, and Private Music/BMG, and presents the full spectrum of her five-decade career. As such, there are many different kinds of songs here revealing the complexity of the vocalist herself, and as such, thus becomes a real portrait of the artist. Juxtapose, for instance, early sides like "The Wallflower Dance Dance With Me Henry," with its wild R&B bravado and the deep soul-blues of "All I Could Do Is Cry," the balladry of "The Man I Love," the bone-crushing blues of "The Sky Is Crying," and the torch song ballad technique on "My Dearest Darling," and the despairing soul inherent in songs such as "All the Way Down," and the listener begins to get an idea of just how vast and deep James talent really is. These 23 cuts give a fine and full picture of all that diversity without sacrificing a note of quality. This is a fine introduction to James for those listeners who have become acquainted with her in recent years, and a decent look at the later material for those cynical purists who think it was over and done by 1970. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 075021036710
  • Catalog Number: 000401002
  • Sales rank: 6,668

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Primary Artist
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Johnny Otis Drums
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Jesse Belvin Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
Dobie Gray Background Vocals
Larry Carlton Rhythm Guitar
Red Holloway Saxophone
Plas Johnson Saxophone, Soloist
Cedar Walton Piano
King Errisson Conga
Chuck Rainey Bass
Richard Berry Vocals, Background Vocals
Carol Chase Background Vocals
Don Potter Acoustic Guitar
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Josh Sklair Guitar
Joyce Austin Background Vocals
Carl Banks Organ
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Organ, Keyboards
Leard Bell Drums
Reggie Boyd Bass
Gary Burnette Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Cain Background Vocals
Charles Chalmers Saxophone
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Henry Jackson Company Background Vocals
Quitman Dennis Horn
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Tony Dumas Bass
Al Duncan Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Harvey Fuqua Vocals
Kenny Greenberg Guitar
Jack Hale Horn
Jack Hall Horn
Alexander Hamilton Lead
Riley Hampton Conductor
Roger Hawkins Drums
Michael Haynes Horn
Mike Haynes Horn
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Rhythm Guitar
Yvonne Hodges Background Vocals
David Hood Bass, Electric Bass
Jim Horn Horn, Saxophone, Soloist
Dann Huff Guitar
Gilbert Ivey Background Vocals
Mike Lawler Synthesizer
Sam Levine Horn
Ken Marco Guitar
Arik Marshall Guitar
Chris McDonald Horn
Terry McMillan Percussion
Jonell Mosser Background Vocals
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Floyd Newman Saxophone
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Ralph Penland Drums
Brian Ray Slide Guitar
Danny Rhodes Rhythm Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass
Tom Roady Percussion
Brent Rowan Guitar
Richard Tee Organ, Piano
Aaron Varnell Saxophone
Willie Weeks Bass
Devonia Williams Piano
Bob Wray Bass
Big Jim Wynn Baritone Saxophone
Reggie Young Guitar
William D. "Smitty" Smith Keyboards
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Saxophone
Roger Dawkins Drums
Dewey Oldham Organ, Piano
Kenny Rice Drums
Jean Mitchell Background Vocals
Albert Jr. Lowe Guitar
John E Young Piano
Jim Pugh Keyboards
Technical Credits
Paul Gayten Composer
Etta James Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Johnny Otis Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Clarence Carter Composer
Don Henley Composer
Randy Meisner Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Cedar Walton Arranger
Richard Berry Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Ralph Bass Producer
Barry Beckett Producer
Steve Bogard Composer
Marcus Daniel Composer
Bill Foster Composer
Glenn Frey Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Duet
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Rick Hall Producer
Alexander Hamilton Vocal Arrangements
Riley Hampton Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmie Haskell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements, Saxophone Arrangement
Elmore James Composer
Trevor Lawrence Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Gabriel Mekler Composer, Producer
Morgan Robinson Composer
John Snyder Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Carson Whitsett Composer
Catherine C. Williamson Composer
Barbara Wyrick Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Jim McCrary Cover Photo
Anita Leonard Composer
Bucky Lindsey Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Milton Agar Composer
Barbara Bell Composer
Saul Bernie Composer
Stella Unger Composer
Ned Wever Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Ellington Jordan Composer
Dorothy Hawkins Composer
Gwen Gordy Composer
Jimmy Johnson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Raw Talent

    I enjoy listening to this CD often. Ms. James is one of our natiional treasures of R&B, soul, and the incredible music produced in the era of the 1950's and 1960's. I appreciate the arrangements and her raw talent which is on display here. Recommended for old fans and new alike.

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