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At Last! (Extra Tracks)

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Albenrezension

After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like "Stormy Weather" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," as well as Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like "Tell Mama," but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards. [A 2014 LP re-release added bonus tracks.]

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Essentiell!

Zusammen mit den Aufnahmen aus den Muscle Shoals Studios ist dieses Album die Essenz von Etta James und wenn man nur ein Album von Etta James haben will, unbedingt beide kaufen! Auch wenn man insgesamt nur ein Album haben will: beide kaufen! Etta James ist nicht nur unglaublich kraftvoll, anrührend, authentisch und technisch brillant sondern hat auch noch großartige Songs. Für jeden, der noch ein Herz hat.

Biografie

Geboren: 25. Januar 1938 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Jahre aktiv: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her "the greatest of all modern blues singers," and she recorded a number of enduring hits, including "At Last," "Tell Mama," "I'd Rather Go Blind," and "All I Could Do Was Cry." At the same time, despite possessing one of the most powerful voices in music, James only belatedly gained the attention of the mainstream audience,...
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