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Blues to the Bone [Import]

Etta JamesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 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 (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00022LJ8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Californian Etta James decided against accepting filmmaker Martin Scorcese's personal invitation to sing at The Blues gala in New York in early 2003. The well-celebrated soul and blues queen makes amends here with what is one of the most blues-centered recordings in her expansive discography, bringing her big, no-nonsense voice and her feisty, proud woman's point of view to bear on classics, many identified with Chicago. The likes of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightnin'," Jimmy Reed's "Hush Hush," and Muddy Waters's "Got My Mojo Working" may be hackneyed choices, but she seizes each of a dozen as her own, and clearly, as she says herself, these are the blues songs that touch her the deepest. No argument here. --Frank-John Hadley

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ETTA JUST KEEPS GETTIN' BETTA' June 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The legendary Etta James has said that she was inspired to record this album after seeing the PBS TV series "The Blues" produced by Martin Scorcese.
Referring to the series James said, "What I found was so full of what life is about: being born and dying; joy and sorrow; salvation and sin......As I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve. So I thought it was about time to show them what these songs might sound like coming from a whole different point of view."
Surely can't comment on the differences between points of view but I can say this is one terrific album - a must-have for blues aficionados. "Honey Don't Tear My Clothes" is unbelievable, as is "Don't Start Me Talking."
Featured on the album are James's sons Donto James and Sametto James; guitarists Josh Sklair and Bobby Murray plus harmonica player John "Juke" Logan. Liner notes are by Martin Scorcese.
This one's a keeper!
- Gail Cooke
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Etta has recorded a lot this past decade. She has released more new albums than anyone I can think of. And this woman is in her sixties! Some people moan about her more recent work because she doesn't have that growl that she used to have (that's why I refer to this as part of her "recent" work--there are two major styles of Etta). Anyway, Etta has done some great things this past decade. Never a weak track, but some are always better than others. But not the aptly titled "Blues To The Bone".

This album is 100% KILLER material.

Really, this is one of the best modern blues albums I have heard. She may not growl, but she does soar. Listen to her sing "The Sky Is Cryin'" on this album. She even howls on "Smokestack Lightin'"--the Wolf is smiling in his grave. She still has it, and she can do it better than anyone today.

Now all of the credit does not go to her, of course. She does have a terrific band here. Her sons are still mainstays, and they are very well produced.

This is traditional blues at its best. She could release 10 of these albums every year, and I wouldn't get bored or less interested for a second.

KEEP IT UP ETTA! We need you more than you know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic January 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Etta proves once again that if you are a real blues singer you give life to any project you take on. It doesn't matter that these songs have been performed by a huge number of people in the past. If you have ever seen Etta in concert you would know she pulls no punches with a style that makes the floor rock under your feet while you are hypnotized by her spell. As BB King says, "Anyone can play the blues... but does it sound right?" I have listened to thousands of hours of blues in and I can think of a hundred people that couldn't get away with this album but only a few that could make it a masterpiece. Etta is one of the latter - no question asked. The band on this album and the production quality don't hurt it either! You go girl!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Queen of the Blues February 25, 2006
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I attended a live performance of Etta James in Washington, D.C. in the early 1960's. I've enjoyed her music since. I was delighted when Amazon placed her latest CD, Blues to the Bone, on the market. Etta is right on, ranging from a plaintive "got my mojo working but it don't work on you," to a sultry "Lil' Red Rooster" and "Crawlin King Snake," and closing with a jocular "Honey Don't Tear My clothes." The voice is deeper but the range of expression is still there.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Etta and love blues to the bone June 15, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is awesome. Everytime she comes out with a cd I think that it's the best she can do and then comes a new one that is even better. I love her voice, I love her style and I love seeing this woman in concert. These songs rock and Little Red Rooster is awesome. I love her jazz stuff too, but when she does a blues cd (like this one) it blows me away. Get this cd and rock out!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great music, great sound, what else do you need? January 29, 2005
By Peter
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One of the best sounding CDs I own, sounds better that half of the DVD-Audio's I have. Very clean acoustic sound even though this is not entirely acoustic recording, as far as I can tell. Etta's voice is terrific; the music is everything blues is supposed to be, in a few words, you want to own this CD.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blues to the bone June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Etta's best. I love it. I have just about worn it out. One of my favorites.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELP! I can't get this out of my CD player!!!! January 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Put it in your changer if you've got one. "Blues to the Bone" is not leaving the CD player anytime soon. Etta James has one of the most powerful and soulful voices I have ever heard. Here's she's doing some traditional male songs with heart and gusto.

James' voice and the instrumentation demands more than one listen. Stick this one in your CD player--but be prepared not to change the disk for a while.
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Published 26 days ago by Anthony Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
If you like women Blues singers, Etta James in one of the best. Some of her numbers kind of lean toward "Torch Singer" songs than Blues but she is at her best when doing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Aged to "perfection"
Her age is audible....nuf said.
Published 2 months ago by ScipioMan!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like Etta James and the Blues you'll LOVE this one of her best...Will miss this great voice.
Published 3 months ago by jmgm511
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues is the beat of life
Listen to your heart, and you will hear the blues of your life.
Every beat is a piece of heart - for your future...
Published 5 months ago by stefan antonsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vocals
Etta's perspective here is mature: her vocals are smoky and her expressiveness is formidable. This feels like a last tip of the hat from a past master in the genre. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nathaniel Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGLY AWESOME
Etta is the Queen. She was before Aretha Franklin, Whitney, Mariah These women are not even in the same class as her. She put her entire Soul into her music
Published 6 months ago by Lynn Fay
5.0 out of 5 stars Etta
I've listened to Etta James since the early 50's and she can do no wrong in my book. This CD however, is not pop music but good old fashioned blues so I don't know if it's... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Albert E. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Etta
I saw Etta James when I was a young should aficionado and Etta James brought a new dimension to the should/blues idiom. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hertzel Grotch
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