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

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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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  5. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Same Rope 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Steal Away 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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10. Don't Lose Your Good Thing 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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14. You Took It 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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 / Chess
  • ASIN: B00005B7GT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on 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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "gordon@ruraltel.net" on May 9, 2001
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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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 12, 2011
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Here was Etta James in 1968 just at the same time Aretha Franklin was electrifying the music world with famed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You she decided that it was an important time to change up her music to put her own spin on what was happening in the music world at that time. So she made one of the biggest decisions of her early career-she left the world of Chess style urban blues behind and elected to record this album with Jerry Wexler and many of the same musicians and writers at Muscle Shoals who'd given Aretha such a huge leg up as "the queen of soul",a title which generally Etta had once carried. But it wasn't just about competition by any means. Her music had been heading in this general direction for everal years so it was therefore only fitting that everything on both fronts would be so well timed.

The title track of this album is a great proto funk southern soul hit that I've heard on the radio for many years,loved and was honored to have in my collection. If this album had only contained this one song as it's single quality cut I'd still enjoy having it for that alone.Luckily that's not the case. While nothing here quite approches the same level of quality as the hit,as other reviews pointed out this album has no bad songs on it "Watch Dog","The Same Rope","Security" and the witty "My Mother In Law" all have that same stomping uptempo flavor to them while "I'd Rather Go Blind","The Love Of My Man","Steal Away" and "Just A Little Bit" offer some organ heavy Southern gospel/soul style balladry far removed from the bluesier style Etta had in Chicago.
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