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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 (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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

Customer Reviews

Etta James is one of my favorite singers.
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Bought because of one song but I enjoyed listening to the entire CD.
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I enjoy this album every time I listen to it.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "The Woj" on 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 By A Customer on August 10, 1999
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Valley Dude on November 30, 2008
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "carlee@oneimage.com" on September 9, 2000
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2000
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Etta James was and continues to be one of the greatest female vocalists of her time. Her voice is rich, vibrant and capable of conveying every emotion there is on the planet. This CD is a great choice if you are looking for a budget priced introduction to Etta's work.

Etta could--and can--sing just about any type of song. Whether it's about the joy and fulfillment of a new found true love ("At Last,") the angst of being left behind for a new lover ("Stop The Wedding," "I'd Rather Go Blind,)" or the frustration of getting caught up and used by other people who are just playing games ("Pushover,"), Etta delivers an incendiary and unforgettable performance. Her heart is completely committed to each song on this CD; and my only complaint (which costs it one star) is that it doesn't have as much material as it should have. I agree with other reviewers who write that the CD entitled Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection is a better choice if you don't mind spending the three extra bucks.

Right from the start, Etta possessed the capacity to smoothly handle many different types of music and this built for her a sizable repertoire. She could do a passionate, traditional style ballad ("At Last,") a song influenced by gospel ("Something's Got A Hold On Me," "All I Could Do Was Cry,") or really rock when she recorded the song "Tell Mama." Awesome!

The quality of the sound is great; Erick Labson at MCA Music Studios did a superb job of digitally remastering this song set. The liner notes boast a lengthy essay about Etta written by Joseph F. Laredo. You get the song credits and recording dates for each song--a nice plus! There are a few really nice photos of Etta taken in the 1960's as well.
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