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Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00005B7GT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here are her complete 1968 Muscle Shoals sessions, including the title hit, her hits Security; I Got You Babe , and Almost Persuaded , and 18 more!

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars. A wonderful, varied soul record June 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
More soul than blues, Etta James' "Tell Mama" originally came out in 1968 as a twelve-track LP. And here it is in its remastered 2001 incarnation, bolstered by no fewer than ten bonus tracks which earns the reissue the subtitle "The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions".
The sound is terrific, clear and realistic, as is the production by Rick Hall. And those who feel that Etta James' Chess recordings featured too many violins and not enough power need to pick up "Tell Mama" right away!

The original album was top-notch in its own right, featuring the all-time classic soul ballad "I'd Rather Go Blind", excellent covers of Ed Townsend's "I'm Gonna Take What He's Got", Otis Redding's "Security" and Jimmy Hughes' "Don't Lose Your Good Thing", and a couple of driving up-tempo numbers, most notably Don Covay's "Watch Dog" and the magnificent title track.
Etta James never sounded better than during these four 1967-1968 sessions, and the various musicians never set a foot (or a finger) wrong.

There really isn't a single weak track among the twelve songs originally issued. Even practically unknown songs like the swaggering soul stomper "My Mother In Law" and the slow "It Hurts Me So Much", which have never been covered by anyone and don't appear on any of Etta James' compilation albums, are highly enjoyable, and Etta's rendition of "Just A Little Bit" (AKA "I Just Want A Little Bit") is a supremely funky slice of soul-blues.

And the bonus tracks aren't rejects by any means. They include "Almost Persuaded", "Misty", the rocking "You Took It", a very good interpretation of Sonny Bono's "I Got You Babe", and two soulful takes on "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", a song which has been interpreted by everybody from Aretha Franklin to the Flying Burrito Brothers.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic May 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Etta James with Tell Mama, which I've always thought was a fantastic song. In 1984, I picked up a French pressing of "Peaches", a double LP of her best Chess material. I can still remember listening to that album for the first time. I was absolutely blown away! Not just with her voice, but with the quality of the songs, arrangements and sound. It became one of my most treasured albums, and there it stayed until I picked up the original Tell Mama CD in '90. Though it was in mono (I was at that time a snooty stereo guy), I thoroughly loved it. I was aware of how great Rick Hall, Fame and the whole Muscle Shoals scene was; how they turned out so many great records.
This is an essential reissue, as it includes all of the songs that Etta cut there. The unreleased stuff is nearly as good as the original album. I now find out that most of the original masters were mono only, for some reason. At least we get the stereo masters that exist. It is evident from the pictures and the quotes included in this package that there was a ton of mutual respect between the Muscle Shoals folks and Etta, and it shows in the music. As it turned out, these sessions gave Etta her last big hit, unfortunately. But it certainly wasn't the end of her producing great music; her ongoing career is a testament to that.
I've grown to love almost everything that Etta did for Chess, particularly the earlier stuff, when crossover was the primary aim. Her treatment of standards and ballads was exquisite. But when she came to Alabama, it was to cut Southern-fried soul, and she nailed it!
An essential Etta record, an essential soul record, an essential '60s record. 'Nuff said.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering, bluesy R&B January 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The ever-vivacious Etta James is one of R&B's true greats, an artist whose work will always stand the test of time and this album, originally released in 1968, is one of her best-known and most powerful. More dynamic than expressive, James was a gal who clearly knew how to rock, capable of the same sort of expansiveness as Jimmy Rushing or even jump blues shouters such as Wynonie Harris, but also with a touch of the sleekness seen in Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. The "Tell Mama" album is a flawless, timeless crowd pleaser, packed with upbeat, compact material, a tailormade showcase for James' mousy snarl. Backed by the best of the Muscle Shoals crew, this is music that can't easily be faulted; with ten bonus tracks added on for good measure, this CD edition is pretty hard to resist.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation from the soul of Etta! April 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Not too long ago and still today many artists of Miss James caliber would '' sell out '' to popular music for one sure hit.That is everyone but Etta, these recordings take you back to the true nitty gritty of up tempo blackeyed soul , to the southern sounds of down home soul. These are not only a great compilation of Etta's best work but a testament of the greatest vocalist to live!If any one deservers to be honored on VHI DIVAS LIVE,it would only be fitting to honor the real ''queen of soul''. Sorry no disrepect to Aretha but the voice tells the story!This is one of the best remastered recordings I have heard in a long time, the other is ''LADY IN SATIN''!If I was marooned on a desert island this is all you would need, it covers practically everything, even a remake of the old Cher hit ''I got you babe'',but Etta's interpertation makes a trifling song into a listenable and satisfying song. Etta's got the power and the loyalty to do what she wants, and with a voice like hers she can! You must see her performing live in concert, she will blow you away!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No one quite like her!
Etta ROCKS!!! No one quite like her!
Published 7 days ago by Patricia Dellinger
3.0 out of 5 stars ... fan of Etta James or Muscle Shoals music you'll like it. If you...
If you're a fan of Etta James or Muscle Shoals music you'll like it. If you are looking for a more representative selection of Etta James songs look elsewhere.
Published 9 days ago by CCS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Joseph G White
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Etta's greatest
Muscle Shoals, Etta, and the blues. Enough said!
Published 1 month ago by Jeff T
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just... wow. This woman ...
Wow. Just ... wow. This woman left a mark. This is a must-own album. Period.
Published 1 month ago by Meddle
5.0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't get any better than this
It just doesn't get any better than this! A great vocalist with some of the most soulful, swinging, rockin' tunes ever recorded in Muscle Shoals. (Tell Mama! Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Lovitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super great
Published 2 months ago by joyce wooden
5.0 out of 5 stars More soul in Etta's recordings than anywhere you will find, every song...
The most soulful of them all !!
Published 3 months ago by Ken Hatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great companion piece to the Muscle Shoals documentary
Published 3 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars i highly recommend checking this out if you haven't already done so
an essential cd if your into soul/blues type stuff. i highly recommend checking this out if you haven't already done so.
Published 3 months ago by christopher simmons
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