The Heart of a Woman

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Etta James Big, bold blues belter Etta James throws down a serious change of pace on HEART OF A WOMAN. This time out, the reigning First Lady of the Blues trips the light fantastic with a crossover sound that harnesses her raw power with a much smoother sound. Embracing a set of old and new standards with a pop-jazz treatment, James turns in the laid-back vocal performance of a very sated-sounding diva. Scorched-earth blues gives way to cooler material. Brazilian-tinged acoustic guitar creates a mellow mood on the opening, "You Don't Know What Love Is." That hint of Rio is repeated as James takes on "My Old Flame," "I Only Have Eyes for You," and "Say It Isn't So." Fans...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Etta James Big, bold blues belter Etta James throws down a serious change of pace on HEART OF A WOMAN. This time out, the reigning First Lady of the Blues trips the light fantastic with a crossover sound that harnesses her raw power with a much smoother sound. Embracing a set of old and new standards with a pop-jazz treatment, James turns in the laid-back vocal performance of a very sated-sounding diva. Scorched-earth blues gives way to cooler material. Brazilian-tinged acoustic guitar creates a mellow mood on the opening, "You Don't Know What Love Is." That hint of Rio is repeated as James takes on "My Old Flame," "I Only Have Eyes for You," and "Say It Isn't So." Fans of her rowdier outings take note: There are remakes of some of James's classics -- "At Last," "Sunday Kind of Love," and "Only Women Bleed" -- but these too have been made over with a softer touch.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Heart of a Woman is a great idea for an album. Etta James chose 11 love songs from her favorite female singers -- Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae -- augmenting the album with a new version of her signature song, "At Last." She has recorded several of these songs before (including Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed," which inexplicably became a standard for both her and McRae), but the difference with Heart of a Woman is the context. Here, they're put in a smooth jazz setting, masterminded by James, who has producer credit. There's no denying that Etta James is a powerhouse, one of the finest blues singers of the 20th century, and she still possesses an exceptionally strong voice, robust and filled with passion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • Label: Rca Victor
  • UPC: 010058218029
  • Catalog Number: 82180

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Pete Escovedo Percussion, Conga, Horn
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Z. Tenor Saxophone
Josh Sklair Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Matthews Piano
Mike Finnegan Organ
Bobby Murray Guitar
Tom Poole Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Lee Thornburg Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Alto Horn, Valve Trombone
Donto Metto James Drums
Sametto James Bass
Dave Matthews Piano, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Etta James Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Louis Prima Composer
Josh Sklair Arranger, Director, Musical Director
David Matthews Arranger
Ervin Drake Composer
Sonny Mediana Art Direction
Jay Newland Engineer, Mastering
John Snyder Producer
Lee Thornburg Horn Arrangements
Donto Metto James drum programming
Lupe DeLeon Executive Producer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Anita Leonard Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Barbara Belle Composer
Sametto James drum programming
Dave Matthews Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like synthethizers...

    Mrs. James¿ voice remains superb, but this album shows how bad arrangements can affect a serious work. If you like synthethizers and you don¿t mind if a CD seems to be recorded in the studio of your cousin room, go ahead. This CD doesn¿t make justice to the great vocal resources and serious career of Etta James. She deserves more, I think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Real Stinker

    The material here are some of the great American popular standards, but in my opinion Etta just doesn't delivery the goods.It's not that she isn't in good voice,but rather the ultra-modern arrangements that just doesn't cut it here. I guess after hearing her other classic cd's in which she preforms some great standards(Time After Time, Mystery Lady-Songs of Billie Holiday) I was expecting a lot more. Once again, it's the arrangements that I just can't seem to swallow. Maybe it's me, but before you go out and buy this cd drop me a line----I'll be happy to send you mine.

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