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Let's Roll [Import]

Etta JamesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 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 (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B00008J2JC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"The blues is my business and business is good," Etta James growls over a churning rhythm section on the appropriately titled "Let’s Roll." Although not entirely a rock & roll album, the disc is a rousing reminder of the gritty "Tell Mama"/"Roll with Me Henry"-style of tough R&B that caught the world’s attention more than 30 years ago. From this disc’s swampy "Wayward Saints of Memphis" to the brazen "Lie No Better" and the Stones/Faces boozy slap of "Somebody to Love" (all co-penned by Delbert McClinton), James, now in her mid-60s, is back in her element. With a brassy, sassy attack more powerful than that of vocalists half her age, the singer--who also produced--works her wiles on a stunning collection culminating in a gutsy eight-minute version of Billy Wright’s "Stacked Deck." Declaring, "the Queen, that’s me, and I’m about to wear my crown," there’s no doubt that Etta James is blues-rock royalty and definitely on a roll. --Hal Horowitz

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Etta's back at the right moment June 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When professor James Earle Hines took five-year-old gospel prodigy Jamesetta Hawkins under his wing at the Los Angeles Baptist church choir, the World Trade Center wouldn't even be conceived for nearly three decades, and it would be half a century before the towers came roaring unforgettably down. Even Johnny Otis wouldn't know Jamesetta's name for another nine years, when he became so enamored of the 14-year old's soon-to-be hit, "Roll With Me Henry," that he had her record the song with he and his band. The song topped 1955's R&B charts, Otis inverted her first name to create the stage presence that would come to be known as Etta James, and the rest is history.
In the years since Ms. Hawkins blossomed into the self-poclaimed "Matriarch of the Blues," many epochs, both personal and national, have drifted in and out of James's life. Tirelessly recording her way out of a long bout with drug addiction, Etta James's musical persona underwent several incarnations. From 50's doo-wop to 60's soul to 70's rock, funk and disco, Etta James reemerged in 1988 with the soulful Seven Year Itch on Island records. A series of mixed albums for various labels followed, including Elektra's The Right Time, produced by Jerry Wexler in 1992.
2000's Matriarch of the Blues saw James returning to form and command with a snarling collection of R&B rockers and ballads, covering everyone from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stones. Among the album's standouts was an invigorated rendition of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody," a preachy tune from Dylan's born again years that served as the perfect invitation for James to revisit the days of the L.A. Baptist church choir. The album foreshadowed things to come, with sons Danto and Sametto lending their hands to Etta's rediscovered disposition.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If there were more women like Etta.... May 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Etta James has a LOT of great albums. This is one of them, and it shows how talented she is. This album is a fine example of her great bluesy singing and an awesome showcase for her backing band, too. Believe it,there is something here for everyone. No one has ever phrased a lyric like Etta. No one. You feel her pain, her pathos, her happiness, her despair and her loneliness. It is a completely joyous experience to listen to this woman sing. Others have greater range or greater voices. None have the inimitable gift that Etta James possesses, allowing you to understand a lyric and feel it deep down in your soul.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etta James does it again, and again May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The material on this cd varies in quality, but when Ms. James sings the songs they become five star jewels. The band cooks like there is no tomorrow. It appears to be basic blues/rock until you concentrate on the band which is a difficult thing to do when Ms. James is wailing. Most of the songs, as the title implies, are rockers, but there are a few ballads which add spice to the mix.
This is the real thing. She is a legend, a soul queen, not one of the new "belly button" singers who if they did not have the new technology would never hit a note on key. Over her career she has sung many types of songs,blues, rock, ballads and standards to name a few, while today's new singers are all singing the same song, the same way , at the same time.
Buy this and listen to the real soul.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etta & Sons are tight baby May 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Every Etta James release date and subsequent trip to the record store is a much anticipated event. The buzz on Etta's self-produced disc certainly doesn't disappoint as Etta and her sons (The Roots Band)cook on 'Let's Roll'. Kudos to Ms. James for her dedication to Todd Beamer in the liner notes for what has become a catch phrase for doing what you just have to do, and in Etta's case, she's just gotta rock and roll. Stellar song selection here with Gary Nicholson/Delbert McClinton/Kevin Bowe penned tunes. My dream bill marquee would be Ms. James and Delbert McClinton, both of which I've unfortunately never caught live. The playing is tight and cooks but never steps out to overpower Etta, tasty harmonica belts pepper the selections. On the standout cut, 'A Change Is Gonna Do Me Good' Etta and company quiet it down for an absolutely beautiful rendering, then cook it up again on the next track, 'Old Weakness'...oh my this is tasty stuff! The 8 minute slow-pump reading of a 50 year old N'awlins blues dittie is to be savored. Etta you are indeed my Queen! and the Queen of the Blues. Rock on girlfriend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF ETTA'S RECENT BEST! August 5, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This CD is a must for Etta fans! Her voice is
in excellent shape, the band cooks like nobody's
business, and the songs--most of which are new,
not covers--suit her well. Several of them
have an almost "swamp rock" feel that reminded
me of Creedence's classic LP's. The liner notes
talk about it being a "rock" recording, but it's
basically Etta's trademark style, which as you
know is 1000% pure soul. ENJOY!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like remakes, be forewarned January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My mother grew up listening to Etta James, and she played her records so much when I was growing up that I couldn't help but start to like her myself. I found out about this album, Let's Roll, which she released in 2003, so I went to pick it up. But I was a little disappointed to discover that this is an album of cover songs. I have no problem with covers, but I was hoping that she would be putting out an album of all new material. Oh well, to say that she did a great job with these remakes would be an understatement.

Like I said in my review title, you may not want to hear this album if you're not a fan of remakes. But you should also be careful if you're a fan of the smooth, soulful Etta James too. Because instead of picking R&B standards to cover, all of these songs are rock tracks. But she still does a good job on songs like "Somebody to Love" (by Delbert McClinton, not Jefferson Airplane) and even the `50s classic "Stacked Deck".

Everything else is great too, although I don't necessarily agree with Etta's mentioning in the liner notes that these songs are as great as "At Last" (and if you've never heard of that song, don't admit that to anyone). I mean, the songs ARE great, but as great as "At Last"? That's debatable. Anyway, pick up Let's Roll to enjoy some great stuff from a music legend, and if you want to hear from another 60+ soul artist that can still kick a**, check out George Benson's Irreplaceable.

Anthony Rupert
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect production
Although this is not an audiophile recording, the production is perfect, and the quality of sound is very good. Homogeneous album. All songs are very good.
Published 19 months ago by Eqsan
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love the gift give them to many people.really a great gift thanks so very very very much. Thanks thanks thanks thanks
Published 21 months ago by Shari L. Swedlund
5.0 out of 5 stars Etta...
This was a gift, but I have "heard" from the recipient that it is fabulous and if you like Etta, you will love this one.
Published 21 months ago by JAK
5.0 out of 5 stars Some more recent Etta James
To start with, Amazon lists this as an "import" but the copy I purchased used (via Amazon) is clearly marked "made in the USA. Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by Fred Camfield
5.0 out of 5 stars the best move Etta ever did!
She wrote, sang and produced this album. I love her. Enough said. There are not enough words to discribe this. sorry for the bad spelling. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Elizabeth Pankey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is another great Etta James CD. I love to hear her sing the blues.
Published on February 1, 2010 by Bobbie G. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Etta James Is In The House- One More Time
The name Etta James goes back in my memory to associations with my first listening to rock music on the old transistor radio in the late 1950's. Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This Lady Rock & Rolls!
ETTA JAMES is the reigning Queen of Jazz & Blues, a terrific talent with a cornucopia of soul. The featured recording LET'S ROLL highlights the artist at top form. Read more
Published on October 2, 2006 by JE Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great, great
This is just a fabulous CD.

An earlier writer said that this is an album of covers. That's not true. Most of the songs are new.
Published on August 15, 2006 by Miss Climpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy Winner
Just to update a previous review, "Let's Roll" received the 2004 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Published on February 18, 2004
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