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20th Century Masters: The Best Of Etta James (Millennium Collection) [Original recording remastered]

Etta JamesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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listen  6. Don't Cry Baby (Single Version) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Trust In Me (Single Version) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Dearest Darling (Single Version) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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The great Etta James has been a musical force and a major hit-maker since the '50s earning numerous accolades including six Grammy Awards®, among them the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, a Best Jazz Vocal Performance and two Hall of Fame Awards. In 1993, James was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 she was inducted by both the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame ... Read more in Amazon's Etta James Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000I9CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Few vocalists can muster the power and sass of Etta James when she's rocking the mike on classic R&B tunes like "Tell Mama" or "Something's Got a Hold on Me." But James also had a way with a ballad, and her sensitive readings of songs such as "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" made her a fan favorite in the early '60s. Had she not been sidelined for a while by an addiction to heroin, today we might think of James, not Aretha, as the Queen of Soul. Because this set offers only 11 cuts, it's generally inferior to Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection, which boasts 20 tunes. Still, it's a satisfying intro to the delightful "Miss Peaches" nonetheless. --Daniel Durchholz

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Hear the reigning queen of cool jazz croon her way through 11 of her best tunes on this greatest hits collection.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Soul that even outdoes Aretha Franklin October 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Personally, I love Aretha, but Etta did it all first and most of the time better! The first song I heard was "Trust In Me" and I loved it. "At Last" was next and I loved it better! I didn't want to jump right into the 2-CD anthology, so decided to buy this as a sampler. It compiles some of her best material and takes glances at every little piece of her soul. If you want a sample of Etta just to see if you like her, this CD will make you come crawling back for more! Every song on here is classic, but my personal faves are "At Last", "Pushover", "Don't Cry Baby", "Trust In Me", "Tell Mama"...oh, I give in! They're all my personal favorites!!!!! A must-have!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great For Starters, But Better Choices Are Out There September 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've always looked at "greatest hits" albums as "starter" albums.

A great way to sample the artists work, then decide whether you want to further explore (ie purchase)more from their body of work. This collection from Etta James serves the above premise to some degree. Although it is somewhat short in length (a trait common to all the 20th Century Masters releases) and doesn't contain some of her better "blues" work, it is decent way to sample Etta James's music; especially for someone on a budget. However, if you can afford a few extra bucks, I would highly recommend the "Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection" ablum over this one. For a few extra bucks, you get 9 more tracks, better sound and better packaging. But for less than 5 bucks on zShops, this is not a bad purchase.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Dance Song August 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard At Last in a movie and knew immediately I wanted it as my first dance song at my wedding. The whole CD is wonderful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Look Elsewhere for the Blues November 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The reviewers who pointed out that this disc is short on blues (mostly pop-influenced string arrangements)and short on music (less than 32 minutes playing time) wre absolutely right. If you want a single disc , go for "Her Best" (Chess, 1997), containing 20 of her best blues sides. The double disc "The Essential Etta James" (Chess, 1993) expands that to 44 cuts. Other excellent choices are "Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions" (MCA/Chess,2001) and her live masterpiece "Etta James Rocks the House" (MCA/Chess, 1964).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic For The Ages September 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As the song says, At Last! Here is a collection of music that anyone of any age can listen to. If this doesn't move you, then your soul has left town! The best way to get my feelings across on how this touches me is by just saying that it feeds the heart, the mind, your very soul, and that the rest of you just follows suit! A fabulous work by an artist that has weathered very stormy days, and lived to tell the tale! Don't miss this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Etta James August 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I remember hearing Etta first on some scratchy 45s of my older sisters, and this album offers a good cross section of one of the first ladies of R n B. What a voice and what a talent!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and hypnotic. Gotta' love this gal! June 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Etta voice is like fine wine, she only improves with age. Time after time, Etta demonstrates her superb style and gutsy performances. Gotta' love her!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly her best January 4, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was disappointed in this CD because it seems to be a compilation of her recordings that were clearly made for the pop market. It certainly isn't the blues that I associate with Etta James. My problem is with the title of the CD. A first-time buyer looking for a good cross-section of her music will be disappointed with this selection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Record
When doing these reviews you tend to say the same things..Yada Yada Yada.. I cant explain how her music inspired me in so many ways. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lynn Fay
5.0 out of 5 stars All time great
Can't say enough about this album. Love all the songs and of course, her delivery is undeniable. Every home should have this album, if for not other reason, than few songs are like... Read more
Published 9 days ago by TEB
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Etta James
A very good recording with most of my favorite songs. Her wonderful voice is such a pleasure to listen to.
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent!
This is what I had hope for and more; the sounds are great! All of the selections are clear without background noise.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music...
As like with all cd's, you may not want are like every song but at least you get enough for what you pay for!!!
Published 2 months ago by swtr
5.0 out of 5 stars no no
Since then, they've lived in Mexico...Nicaragua...Panama...and Ecuador...and have traveled to dozens more places as IL correspondents. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary F. Brothers
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
I really loved this CD. AT LAST is my favorite. Song. I was not born in this era but I love the music.
Published 3 months ago by A. Cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Etta James, Of Course It's Great!!!!
Buy it. Then sit back and listen to the lady with the chops. I listen to this at least once a week right now. It has become part of my morning ritual. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars She Will Be Missed
What a singer. James didn't have a lot of hits like Aretha Franklin but every song on this CD is great.
My one complaint is that the CD has only 11 songs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Hack
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER GETS OLD
CAN'T GET TIRED OF OLD BLUES. THIS ONE IS GREAT. WILL NEVER TOP I'D RATHER BE BLIND.

LOVED IT THEN, STILL DO.
Published 4 months ago by dyanna 209
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