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All the Way [Import]

Etta JamesAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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 (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Throughout a near-50-year career that has seen few low points, at least professionally, Etta James has established herself as one of music's most talented R&B, blues, and jazz singers. On All the Way, she attempts to tackle the easy-listening genre with a diverse set of ballads that span the Frank Sinatra-approved title track to covers of songs by Prince, Simply Red, John Lennon, and R. Kelly. Appearing after two roof-raising albums--2003's Let's Roll and 2004's explosive Blues to the Bone--this is a jarring change-up. Amidst schmaltzy production, cushy trumpet, and mushy keyboard strings, James settles into a Sunday-morning-coffee-and-newspaper approach.

Occasionally the force of James's distinctive, compelling voice overpowers the syrupy backing, but, for the most part, the plain-vanilla arrangements diminish and even enervate her typically spicy vocals. Unlike the classic "At Last," on which James pushed the romantic song into overdrive, she remains in neutral for the majority of these tracks. There's no interplay with the band, and she makes a few missteps, such as the lackluster version of West Side Story's "Somewhere" (that goes nowhere). Those seeking low-key yet accomplished background music versions of James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" will find this just what the elevator operator ordered. The rest of James's fans may feel the woman who could once sing the phone book and make it sound riveting has dialed a wrong number. --Hal Horowitz

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With a range of material that would render most singers helpless, on All The Way, the truly legendary three-time Grammy winner Etta James shows that when it comes to music that speaks to the soul, she is virtually peerless. After all who could tackle Leonard Bernsyein's classic 'Somewher', Prince's 'Purple Rain' and John Lennon's Imagine' in the space of one record. RCA. 2006.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etta James is All The Way WONDERFUL ! March 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have loved Etta James for decades - indeed she is my favorite singer of all. I am always excited by any new release from the great Ms James and I have rarely been disappointed. This time I was a little nervous when I saw the song list. Etta James doing "Purple Rain"? I feared this might be a mis-step. But I should know to have faith in my girl 'cause she acquits herself magnificently on this album. "Purple Rain" is in fact one of the highlights for me - along with her wondrous version of "All the Way" and terrific, sensitive readings of "Holding Back the Years", "Believe I Can Fly", "Calling You" and more. Etta's interpretation of "It's a Man's World" is nothing short of brilliant. And Etta's blues and soul drenched rendition of "Strung Out" shows that the most soulful singer ever has still got it. YOU GO GIRL !!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking Diversity "All the Way" March 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Prime Cuts: I Believe I Can Fly, Holding Back the Years, All the Way

Though she has shed more than 200 pounds, James has not lost an iota of her consummate and passionate delivery. "All the Way" is not only pregnant with her signature vocals, but it is also arguably this three-time Grammy winner's most diverse CD. Though she had been able to remain a vital voice in music catapulted by her R&B hit "At Last," "All the Way" is quite a departure from her soul and blues roots. Being an ambitious attempt of covering contemporary tunes from the likes of R. Kelly to Prince to Simply Red to show tunes from "West Side Story" and "Baghdad Café," this is a lushly arrangement collection with a slick and jazzy underpinnings. Produced by James' sons Donto and Sametto and longtime musical associate Josh Sklair, such a gamut of tunes ought to satisfy both long-time James' fans as well as new fans.

Perhaps one of the most interesting tracks that brims with originality is James' take of Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years." Eschewing the syrupy feel of the original, James' funk-lite take of this Adult Contemporary hit gives this song of enduring hope some grit and ardency. Also, of note is James' take of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." With James' weathered-worn voice and her nuanced reading, this positive anthem of faith is given a new lease of life drenched with a Gospel flavor. The lavish flamenco intro and its jazzy piano undercurrent cover Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" with a new musical veneer calling to mind the works of smooth jazz maestro Dianne Reeves.

Considering James' background in blues, Prince's 1984 number one "Purple Rain" might sound like an odd cover. Though James does give it a fair read, .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Etta Is Still Satisfying May 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Etta James has rocked harder and longer than any other blues diva. That she has decided to take a rest with "All the Way" is understandable and the results are still somewhat satisfying. "I Believe I Can Fly" is pure inspiration - Etta Style. We can forgive the dull "Calling You" (with the annoying cell phone), but she fails to make "Somewhere" her own - and that's a disappointment. The song simply goes nowhere. But, James does deliver an understated and souful version of "Imagine". "What's Going On" is as smooth as silk. The highlight of the album, however, is "Purple Rain". Who else but Etta James could cover a Prince classic? She thunders her way through it with a hot intensity reminding the listener of the wonders of this ageless treasure of a voice. So, it's not a perfect album, it's still Etta James!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still got the voice - And still needs a good producer September 20, 2006
By Big Tim
Format:Audio CD
Etta never fails to deliver in the vocals. Gutteral bombast, sweet soul, gospel, blues, the lady is a living legend. But this album, like the last album "produced" by her son, is a nightmare. Chessy arrangments, tinkly bass, poor sound all around. She is a fierce mother and I'm sure she thinks her kids know best, but there is a reason why labels pair vocalists with the right producer. Should Etta get the chance to work with a fresh ear at the deck, she wouldn't need the novelty of some of the song choices.

PS - 200lbs lighter and she remains the best live performer; blues, R/B, soul, whatever, in the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quiet Beer Before Bed June 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A late night, a storm and a quiet beer before bed set the stage for this new jewel by Etta James. "Who knows where the road will lead us? Only a fool would say," the title track starts out, bringing that familiar refrain. You could fill an album just with versions of this Sammy Cahn classic: Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin, Celine Dion, Michael Feinstein, Billie Holiday, Brenda Lee, Julie London, Patti Page, Gene Pitney, Lou Rawls, Neil Sedaka and of course Frank Sinatra. Etta fills the stirring track with a slow baked certainty that comes across as utterly real. Bobby Womack's "Stop On By" swings and pops to life with Etta's touch. Etta's version of the "West Side Story" classic "Somewhere" is soft & warm and builds with Etta's voice teetering uncertainly, even though hopeful. Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years" fits Etta theme-wise. One professional critic felt that Etta didn't add much to John Lennon's classic "Imagine." For a song that's been recorded by Chet Atkins, Average White Band, Joan Baez, Blues Traveller, Eva Cassidy, Ray Charles, Randy Crawford, Richie Havens, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Sophia, Andy Williams, Neil Young AND others, maybe it's hard to do a reading that is totally unique; but Etta's version stirs me with its quiet certainty, and the elegance of the arrangement that allows this classic melody to shine through her, "Imagine no possessions; I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, a Brotherhood of Man." Can this song ever be sung enough? The arrangement on R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" is slowed for Etta here. One of the jewels on this collection is Etta's treatment of the James Brown classic "It's A Man's World" adding some flamenco touches. Prince's "Purple Rain" shines under Etta's touch. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Cover Songs With a Traditional Flair
The great Etta James joins the charge of older artists covering newer songs. She comes through strong with a soulful rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain" (the song I bought... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jiggy
5.0 out of 5 stars The title track is worth the price of the CD
I bought this CD years ago on a fluke. I loaned it to an acquaintance...and you know the rest.
Although 'At Last' is often a favored recording of Etta James, 'All the Way' is... Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by A. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Etta, you cant go wrong!
It Etta James, great things, i bought it just to get Purple Rain (yes the Prince song) and love the whole album.
Published on October 23, 2010 by Saxman
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even good enough for a cruise ship
I received this album as a gift and have donated it to the Salvation Army since. Sorry, but this one is a waste of your money. Read more
Published on February 5, 2009 by Bengal Siberian
3.0 out of 5 stars Got a jones for Etta James (3.5 stars)
I knew I had a problem with Etta when I realized I had bought two copies of "Blues to the Bone". It didn't surprise me one bit when the 2003 Grammys awarded it "Best Blues Album... Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by R. Kyle
3.0 out of 5 stars All the Way - Etta James
I wanted this CD quite badly and was somewhat disappointed. I have been an Etta James fan for over 40 years. Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by M. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Etta takes a diverse chance!
Only Etta would take on a diverse song selection like this, now some of the arrangements are a little simple but they work, Etta's voice is still strong and she brings her unique... Read more
Published on October 2, 2006 by G. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars ETTA MEETS PURPLE RAIN
Since my youth I have had an ear for roots music, whether I was conscious of that fact or not. The original of that interest first centered on the blues, then early rock and roll... Read more
Published on June 26, 2006 by Alfred Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars She looks and sounds good still :->
From the title track All The Way right through the whole cd, you can hear that she has still got it. She's a class act and has done some great remakes and covers here. Read more
Published on May 19, 2006 by Little Miss Cutey
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
the Highlight for me of course was Etta James doing R.Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly"&after hearing this I would like to see R.Kelly compose some tracks for her in the future. Read more
Published on May 14, 2006 by mistermaxxx08
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