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Album Review

James has long been a masterful blues balladeer — a talent spotlighted throughout the course of this 14-song collection. Some tracks are cushioned by string-enriched arrangements, others — notably 1965's passionate "Only Time Will Tell" — are melodic Chicago soul. Four tracks are previously unreleased, including her reading of Billie Holiday's "Lover Man."

Customer Reviews

For people with an old soul (like Tahnee) My favorite album.

These Foolish Things is one of those albums you can listen to all the way through. There isn't one filler song and it is so Etta at her best. You will not find crowd favorite At Last here, but much much better. Etta doesn't sing, she yells... she yearns.... she doesn't mess around! She tells you exactly what she wants. Tell It Like It Is and Only Time Will Tell are my favorites and of course her Lover Man rendition is to die for. If you're single, buy this album run a bath, a glass of wine, and listen to every word that comes out of one of the most foolishly underrated blues artists of the 20th century. Her talent is boundless and I strongly suggest you buy this CD and share it with your loved ones.


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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