CD At Last: The Best of Etta James [886978466129] (CD 7011507),
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At Last: The Best of Etta James [886978466129]

  • 1. Blues is My Business, The
    2. If I Had Any Pride Left at All
    3. It's a Man's Man's Man's World
    4. I've Been Lovin' You Too Long
    5. Try a Little Tenderness
    6. Night and Day
    7. Come Rain or Come Shine
    8. I'll Be Seeing You
    9. Very Thought of You, The
    10. Man I Love, The
    11. Someone to Watch Over Me
    12. My Funny Valentine
    13. Cry Me a River
    14. Strongest Weakness
    15. Crawlin' King Snake
    16. At Last
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    In many ways Etta James resembled 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 was all her own, and she did this throughout a five-decade career that is impressive for its consistency. This 25-track set (mostly drawn from her time with Chess Records) is hardly definitive (it doesn't have classic James' tracks like "Anything to Say You're Mine," "Don't Cry Baby," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," or the girl group pop of "Two Sides (To Every Story)," for instance, or any of her late-career blues tracks), but it does do a good job of spotlighting James' range and versatility by collecting sides like her signature "At Last," the soul-pop masterpieces "Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," and saucy versions of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," all of which offer ample proof that James was one of the best singers of her generation -- in any style. ~ Steve Leggett

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