Who's Blue? Rare Chess Recordings of the 60s and 70s

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Leave it to those soul-loving Brits to unearth some of the finest previously unreleased on CD music from the matriarch of the blues. These two dozen selections cover a large swath of years, from 1962 through 1976, but the majority are from Etta James' prime period in the mid- to late '60s. While the song quality varies from prime to pedestrian, James always delivers the vocal goods, sounding committed and driven on even the more forgettable tracks. The compilers dig into James' Chess catalog to find singles, B-sides, and album cuts, many from releases that never found their way onto CD, to cobble together a pretty terrific sampler, albeit one geared toward fans who already...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Leave it to those soul-loving Brits to unearth some of the finest previously unreleased on CD music from the matriarch of the blues. These two dozen selections cover a large swath of years, from 1962 through 1976, but the majority are from Etta James' prime period in the mid- to late '60s. While the song quality varies from prime to pedestrian, James always delivers the vocal goods, sounding committed and driven on even the more forgettable tracks. The compilers dig into James' Chess catalog to find singles, B-sides, and album cuts, many from releases that never found their way onto CD, to cobble together a pretty terrific sampler, albeit one geared toward fans who already own James' popular material. Some selections such as James' FAME-recorded version of Willie Dixon's "Fire" aren't all that tough to find, but there are plenty of true rarities here that will delight any soul/blues music fan of this era. One such is 1962's "Street of Tears," a lost B-side that's as good, if not better, than some of the available tunes from that time. Four selections from 1970's Etta James Sings Funk album that never managed a digital-era release also appear, as does the disc's earliest recorded tune, 1962's "Let Me Know." The latter, a gem of a performance hindered by schlocky background singers and sappy strings common to that time period, nevertheless features a knockout James vocal. Two tracks from another album lost to the CD era, 1970's Losers Weepers, lead off the set and can easily be included on any compilation of James' finest performances, instead of being relegated to this set of hidden gems. The 24-page book includes comprehensive and copious liner notes printed on thick paper stock, rare color pictures of the singles, and the kind of attention to detail that is seldom found on U.S. releases anymore, making this an essential addition to any Etta James lover's collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667234528
  • Catalog Number: 6723452
  • Sales rank: 246,037

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Primary Artist
Riley Hampton Conductor
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Etta James Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Norman Mapp Composer
Gene Barge Arranger, Producer
Monk Higgins Producer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Ralph Bass Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Rick Hall Arranger, Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Mark Higgins Composer
Trevor Lawrence Arranger, Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Gabriel Mekler Composer, Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Mike Terry Arranger, Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Tony Rounce Photo Courtesy
Sonny Woods Composer
Peter Gibbon Photo Courtesy
Cliff Parman Arranger
Phil Wright Arranger
Malcolm Baumgart Photo Courtesy
Billy Davis Composer, Producer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy, Song Notes
Clint Ballard Jr. Composer
Angela Riela Composer
Eddie Singleton Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Maurice Dollison Composer
Al Poskonka Arranger
Rob Hughes Photo Courtesy
Billy Foster Composer
Dorothy Hawkins Composer
Fred Johnson Composer
Sharon McMahan Composer
Pea Vee Smith Composer
George Leonard Photo Courtesy
Freddy Beckmeier Composer
Leon Bonds Composer
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