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Heart & Soul: A Retrospective


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Wallflower, The (aka Roll with Me Henry)
    2. Good Rockin' Daddy
    3. Crazy Feeling
    4. W-O-M-A-N
    5. Tough Lover
    6. Pick Up, The
    7. Every Night (aka Baby Baby Every Night)
    8. Sunshine of Love
    9. Strange Things Happening Every Day
    10. All I Could Do Was Cry
    11. My Dearest Darling
    12. If I Can't Have You
    13. I Just Want to Make Love to You
    14. My Heart Cries
    15. Spoonful
    16. Sunday Kind of Love, A
    17. At Last
    18. Stormy Weather
    19. Trust in Me
    20. Don't Cry Baby
    21. Fool That I Am
    22. Waiting for Charlie (To Come Home)
    23. Next Door to the Blues
    24. Something's Got a Hold on Me
    25. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Stop the Wedding
    2. Pushover
    3. Would It Make Any Difference to You
    4. Pay Back
    5. Two Sides (To Every Story)
    6. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
    7. Lovin' You More Every Day
    8. I Wish Someone Would Care
    9. Breaking Point
    10. Only Time Will Tell
    11. It's Here for You
    12. Do I Make Myself Clear?
    13. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)
    14. In the Basement, Pt. 1
    15. I Prefer You
    16. It Must Be Your Love
    17. 842-3089 (Call My Name)
    18. I'd Rather Go Blind
    19. Tell Mama
    20. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
    21. Same Rope, The
    22. Security
    23. Almost Persuaded
    24. You Got It
    25. Soul of a Man, The
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Miss Pitiful
    2. Losers Weepers, Pt. 1
    3. I Found a Love
    4. Never My Love
    5. Sail Away
    6. Down So Low
    7. All the Way Down
    8. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
    9. Feelin' Uneasy
    10. St. Louis Blues
    11. Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
    12. Lovin' Arms
    13. Only Women Bleed
    14. Take It to the Limit
    15. Please Send Me Someone to Love - (featuring Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson)
    16. How Strong Is a Woman
    17. Damn Your Eyes
    18. Higher Ground - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 4:
    1. What's Wrong - (previously unreleased)
    2. I've Got Dreams to Remember
    3. Whatever Gets You Through the Night
    4. Out of the Rain
    5. Lover Is Forever, A
    6. There's Something on Your Mind
    7. Man I Love, The
    8. Don't Explain
    9. Don't Go to Strangers
    10. If I Had Any Pride Left at All
    11. Love Letters
    12. Blues Is My Business, The
    13. On the 7th Day
    14. Sky Is Crying, The
    15. I Believe I Can Fly
    16. Ashes by Now - (previously unreleased)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76813

  • Credits
    ProducerLeonard Chess; Andy McKaie; Phil Chess
    Engineer

    Personnel: Etta James (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
    Recording information: Chicago (01/1960); Los Angeles (01/1960); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (01/1960); Memphis (01/1960); Memphis, TN (01/1960); Muscle Shoals, AL (01/1960); Nashville (01/1960); New York (01/1960); New York, NY (01/1960); Philadelphia (01/1960); Riverside, CA (01/1960); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (01/1960); Chicago (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Los Angeles (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Memphis (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Memphis, TN (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Muscle Shoals, AL (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Nashville (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); New York (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); New York, NY (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Philadelphia (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Riverside, CA (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (02/15/1993-02/19/1993); Chicago (02/1964); Los Angeles (02/1964); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (02/1964); Memphis (02/1964); Memphis, TN (02/1964); Muscle Shoals, AL (02/1964); Nashville (02/1964); New York (02/1964); New York, NY (02/1964); Philadelphia (02/1964); Riverside, CA (02/1964); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (02/1964); Chicago (03/1961); Los Angeles (03/1961); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (03/1961); Memphis (03/1961); Memphis, TN (03/1961); Muscle Shoals, AL (03/1961); Nashville (03/1961); New York (03/1961); New York, NY (03/1961); Philadelphia (03/1961); Riverside, CA (03/1961); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (03/1961); Chicago (03/1973); Los Angeles (03/1973); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (03/1973); Memphis (03/1973); Memphis, TN (03/1973); Muscle Shoals, AL (03/1973); Nashville (03/1973); New York (03/1973); New York, NY (03/1973); Philadelphia (03/1973); Riverside, CA (03/1973); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (03/1973); Chicago (04/1966); Los Angeles (04/1966); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (04/1966); Memphis (04/1966); Memphis, TN (04/1966); Muscle Shoals, AL (04/1966); Nashville (04/1966); New York (04/1966); New York, NY (04/1966); Philadelphia (04/1966); Riverside, CA (04/1966); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (04/1966); Chicago (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Los Angeles (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Memphis (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Memphis, TN (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Muscle Shoals, AL (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Nashville (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); New York (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); New York, NY (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Philadelphia (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Riverside, CA (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (04/29/1969-04/30/1969); Chicago (05/1960); Los Angeles (05/1960); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (05/1960); Memphis (05/1960); Memphis, TN (05/1960); Muscle Shoals, AL (05/1960); Nashville (05/1960); New York (05/1960); New York, NY (05/1960); Philadelphia (05/1960); Riverside, CA (05/1960); The New Era Club, Nashville, TN (05/1960); Chicago (05/30/1986-05/31/1986); Los Angeles (05/30/1986-05/31/1986); Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles (05/30/1986-05/31/1986).
    Photographers: Jim McCrary; James Fraher; Richard Aaron; Amy Van Singel; Anthony Barboza.
    Because of her blues-based comeback in the '90s, Etta James is usually thought of by the general public as a blues singer, but there's a good deal more to the picture than that, and this well-chosen and stunningly varied four-disc anthology, the first extensive survey of her entire career from 1955 to 2008, makes clear that Etta James has long been one of the best singers of her generation -- in any style. In many ways James resembles a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that is all her own, and she has done this throughout a five-decade career that is astounding for its consistency. There's so much to marvel at here, beginning with 1955's "The Wallflower" (an answer song to Hank Ballard's "Roll with Me Annie") and ending with a previously unreleased version of Rodney Crowell's "Ashes by Now" from 2008. In between, this set shows off the range of this impressive artist, who tackles everything from orchestral pop (her signature "At Last" from 1960), torch songs ("Don't Cry Baby" from 1961), gospel ("Something's Got a Hold on Me" from 1962), and heart-wrenching soul ("Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," both from 1967) to the unclassifiable (Randy Newman's gothic and lusty "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" from 1974). It's all here, drawn from James' incredible recording career on the Modern, Argo, Chess, Warner Bros., Fantasy, Island, Private Music, and RCA Victor imprints. Yeah, Etta James can sing the blues. She can sing anything she wants to, and there's plenty of proof of that in this welcome (and long overdue) retrospective. ~ Steve Leggett

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