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Announced as Etta James’ final album, The Dreamer is a satisfying finish for a woman who’s been making records for 50 years. The old-school soul cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” goes beyond novelty; James finds the song’s heart and wrings out true sentiment. Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” becomes a dirty blues. Little Milton’s “Let Me Down Easy” proves that even with her voice not what it once was, James can do more with phrasing a lyric than other singers can do with a torrent of notes. Bob Montgomery’s “Misty Blue” uses a classic electric guitar to organ formation, leaving enough room for James to play. Her spirit is still strong on the fiery blues of Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Too Tired.” Classic tracks like Otis Redding’s “Cigarettes & Coffee” and “Champagne & Wine” have a touching, forlorn feel. They take on added poignancy sung by James, one of the few survivors of that bygone era. We won’t see the likes of her again. 

Customer Reviews

Not a bad farewell

I love Etta James with all my heart, though I'll be the first to admit she's had some rather mediocre albums lately. This one's quite solid, however...her best since "Burnin' Down The House." Appropriate, given the weight of this being her final studio album. This time out, the arrangements are lush and meaty, capable of supporting a heavy like Etta--which is crucial because she's really going for it on this record. "The Dreamer" is light on MOR cheese and full of deep, wise soul music. I'm going to miss this woman. A lot.

Ms. Etta James

Jamesetta Hawkins, populaly know as Etta James has provided music to our souls and mind for many years. This album only sums up the talent that was given to her by the Grace of God. When you listen to the voice tone provided in each the rendtition of each song rendered you can't help but feel the emotion and energy given. I rank Etta side by side with some of the greatest women vocalist such as NINA SIMONE, ROBERTA FLACK, SARAH VAUGHN, ARETHA FRANKLIN and MAHALIA JACKSON (women that sang with feelings). She has a legacy that will live on forever and enjoyed for many years to come. Listen, Love, and Enjoy her. Lord bless and keep her, this is my prayer.

U Just Go Headon Girlfriend!!!

I had the pleasure of meeting Etta James and her son at the San Diego Street Scene in the '90's and that was such a GREAT PREFORMANCE she put on. I love your new cd.
Etta you have been blessed and we ALL pray that yu continue to "rock this world with thoes rythums and blues". I love U and thank you for your compassion to music.
Just keep it rollin'

Much Love,
Elmus Jr


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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