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Heart of a Woman

Etta James

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Album Review

Heart of a Woman is a great idea for an album. Etta James chose 11 love songs from her favorite female singers — Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae — augmenting the album with a new version of her signature song, "At Last." She has recorded several of these songs before (including Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed," which inexplicably became a standard for both her and McRae), but the difference with Heart of a Woman is the context. Here, they're put in a smooth jazz setting, masterminded by James, who has producer credit. There's no denying that Etta James is a powerhouse, one of the finest blues singers of the 20th century, and she still possesses an exceptionally strong voice, robust and filled with passion.

Customer Reviews

Mr.

Pure classic. More of a jazzy blues than just blues. This album takes you somewhere, pure classic.

Etta

I don't own many Etta albums but of all her works I have heard this is one of her nostalgic best. A great listen for a bluesy as well as soulful mood. Pretty CD artwork too!

Heart Of A Woman

This album is definitely smoooooth bloooooooz! Buy it - you won't be disappointed - it ranks up there with Blue Gardenia as solid, top notch listening on a trip anywhere you want to go, with whomever you want to be with !!! Etta's voice is a fine wine, ready to be savored and enjoyed - so go ahead and indulge yourself!!

Biography

Born: January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '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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