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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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  • Audio CD (August 4, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B002HMHRLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Born Under a Bad Sign
2. I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
3. Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
4. Running Out of Lies
5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
6. Spoonful
7. Life, Love & the Blues
8. Hoochie Coochie Gal
9. Cheatin' in the Next Room
10. If You Want Me to Stay
11. The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)
12. I'll Take Care of You

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The Music Just Grooves with Her Soulful pipes.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Very good selection of Etta blues and I highly recommend it.
Dan T. L.
Well that pretty much sums this music up in a nutshell.
Andre S. Grindle

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By 100554.2177@compuserve.com on April 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Of every 10 blues CD's in buy, I usually hate 9 and like the tenth, simply due to the diversity of the music and artists. This Etta James album is a work of art and only came my way, due to a chance listening at a friends drunken party. Thankyou to that friend for playing it that night and to Etta for a truly magnificent album, where EVERY single track is listenable and 5 are truly awesome. Put this one in your shopping cart ahead of all others...... it is simply one of the very very best.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "impaulw" on April 4, 2002
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5 STARS IS NOT ENOUGH!! There is no greater blues recording by a female artist than this! I have played it over & over again and still, a year later, I listen to it every day. It is in my car, my wife has it it her car. I have it in both of my CD jukeboxs in my home stereo systems (bedroom and main room). Everyone who hears it wants to have it. I have an extensive Blues & Jazz collection and have been an avid blues fan since the early 60's. I recommend that you don't even think about buying another blues recording until you own this. People who don't enjoy or listen to the blues always ask what it is that I am playing. If I stop at a traffic light, pull into a parking lot or just drive down the road I constantly have to answer the same question. WHO IS THAT??? I turned a friend of mine onto this recording. She works nights in a convienience store and plays it continuously. She told me that the customers rave about the music. They stop in their tracks frequently and hang out listening until a song or the CD ends. This is the BEST. This is Etta James at her best. The recording is "Life, Love & The Blues". Simply stated, if you have LIFE and are still breathing, whether or not you know LOVE or the BLUES, you will be deeply moved by this recording.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on March 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are far worse ways to spend an hour than letting Etta James wail and croon her take on the blues and R&B numbers she appropriates on "Life, Loves, & the Blues." Still, one has to concede that her takes are not really all blues or all R&B but a hybrid propelled by lots of bluesy sounding guitar riffs and plenty of horns to fill out the songs. Her band and guests musicians cook up a thick gumbo that bubble along mostly in the background.
Solid throughout but never quite spectacular, this session is largely driven by formula, for neither Ms. James nor her band take many chances with the arrangements and delivery no such chestnuts as Spoonful. A few tracks, such as the overly long reworking of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues and Hoochie Coochie Gal, overstay their welcome.
On the other hand, Ms. James and her band sound vital and fresh on the title track, the one original number. And it's impossible not to tap along with the infectious energy of If You Want Me to Stay. Even if this recording does not win Ms. James many new fans, it should satisfy her core fans and make a few converts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Dillard on July 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Life, Love & the Blues" is modern classic, which no blues collection should be without. It's a Magnum Opus from a woman who has lived the life she sings about. Etta was there at the birth of rock 'n roll, performing from the age of 15 with Johnny Otis, the Moonglows, Chuck Berry and others too numerous to mention. Her career hasn't stopped since, despite battling heroin adiction, abusive relationships and being cheated out of songwriting royalties for such standards as "Dance With Me, Henry". She has taken the best and the worst the world has offered, survived both, and has stayed true to her music! She does one thing better than anyone else in the world and that's belt out the blues. Take a ride with Etta James and get educated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Free on October 10, 2000
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Etta James is fantastic. She has made a great contempory Blues album while still retaining an authentic rootsy sound. Only someone with the experience and chops of the very talented lady could pull this off. She is backed by musicians equally talented and experienced on this Cd. Bobby Murray plays a wide variety of styles and always sounds tasteful. Great stuff, keep it up!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yiannis Psaroudis on April 1, 1999
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kudos to etta james for continuing her life-long relationship with the blues on _life, love & the blues_. an accomplished vocalist who has acheived success in a variety of genres--rock, soul, r&b, country and blues--etta james makes a bold statement with this collection. at a time when she could be resting on her artistic laurels, collecting lifetime acheivement awards and releasing mediocre albums that fans would buy simply because she is etta james, this diva chooses to continue to produce music as fresh and alive as any of the work being recorded (with less skill) by newer talent. that's not to say, however, that james' legend status is not being used. by releasing a blues album at a time when there are fewer active blueswomen than ever, james serves to shed some light on up-and-coming blues talent, such as zakiya hooker. _life, love & the blues_ may or may not be some of etta james' best work (with such a vast legacy of recordings, who's to say?), but it clearly reaffirms her position her as a musician's musician in the vein of those to whom she pays homage in her autobiography. an indominable singer renowned for her fire and energy, james pour every ounce of all her years of hard living into the words of these songs with tremendous results.
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