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Like any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around -- well, the 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's used as another excuse to turn out a budget-line series. But apart from the presumptuous title, 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection turns out to be a very good budget-line series. True, it's impossible for any of these brief collections to be definitive, but they're nevertheless solid samplers that don't feature a bad song in the bunch. For example, take Etta James' 20th Century volume -- it's an irresistible 11-song summary of her Chess years. There may be a couple of noteworthy songs missing, but many of her best-known songs for the label are here, including "At Last," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," "All I Could Do Was Cry," "Stop the Wedding," "Pushover," "Don't Cry Baby," "Trust in Me," "Tell Mama," "Almost Persuaded," and "I'd Rather Go Blind." Serious fans will want something more extensive, but this is an excellent introduction for neophytes and a great sampler for casual fans, considering its length and price. That doesn't erase the ridiculousness of the series title, but the silliness is excusable when the music and the collections are good.
Performance CreditsEtta James Primary Artist
Technical CreditsEtta James Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Tony Clarke Composer
Bill Foster Composer
Gwen Fuqua Composer
Berry Gordy Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Joseph F. Laredo Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Billy Davis Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Saul Bernie Composer
Stella Unger Composer
Ellington Jordan Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This fantastic album unwound many of my aerobics abs sessions, where I first became acquainted with it (during the relaxation phase of the workouts). The anchoring magic of ''At Last'' finally proved irresistable, and I'm determined to share my discovery with as many of my friends as possible!
They don't make them like her anymore.....
In my world Etta James is simply the best blues singer in the world. Her raw, emotionally charged voice gives me goosebumps and moves my soul. If someone ever wanted to experience the emotions of human's just by listening.. this would be the album for them.
No Doubt! Want a history lesson in modern music that you can feel? Listen to Etta!