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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • ASIN: B005ND87MC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By P. Picard on November 14, 2011
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The swan song of aging vocal artists is sometimes pretty thin and often disappointing. Not so this outing by the inimitable Etta James. The vocal register is lower. The pace is slower. But she's still belting out classic jazz and R&B songs to that funky groove that makes you want to rub up against someone. I could wear out a turntable listening to Misty Blue as I did when I was a teenager. Cigarettes and Coffee is paen to the great Otis Redding, but with a vibe that is all Etta. Of 11 tracks on The Dreamer, there's not a weak cut in the bunch. Diagnosed with leukemia and Alzheimer's Disease, Etta James may be going, but she's going out swinging.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By SoulBoyJon on November 8, 2011
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I love Etta James with all my heart, though I'll be the first to admit she's had some rather mediocre albums lately. This one's quite solid, however...her best since "Burnin' Down The House." Appropriate, given the weight of this being her final studio album. This time out, the arrangements are lush and meaty, capable of supporting a heavy like Etta--which is crucial because she's really going for it on this record. "The Dreamer" is light on MOR cheese and full of deep, wise soul music. I'm going to miss this woman. A lot.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bradly Briggs VINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
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Etta James has been doing it in legendary style for the past fifty years and is truly the original "The Queen Of Soul", title of her searing not to be missed classic mid-sixties album now finally released on compact disc! Etta started having early sixties Top-Forty mega-hits ("At Last", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Stop The Wedding", "Trust In Me", continuing on to many great R&B classic hits) long before Aretha hit big on Atlantic Records in 1967, being the reason why always wondered how that title got away from Etta as she earned it first & deserved it. Easily had this legendary icon better breaks & promotion, these towering careers would have paralleled as talent is equal...truly "The Queen's Of Soul" for many long-time admirers and fans of classic soul music, these amazingly gifted ladies are uniquely original and best of the best.
"The Dreamer" finds the legendary Diva with that rich sounding glorious toned voice in fine & funky form blowing out soulful blues and rhythm cookers as only she can...haunting vocals have that distinctive bite making this singing great a one of a kind classic legend sounding so good over and over again & the more you play Etta, the more she gets under your skin. Hopefully "Grammy Awards" will rise to the occasion this one last time for this mesmerizing collection of great performances, giving the lady her just due...Bravo Etta, thank you for many years of sublime listening pleasure and great entertainment over the decades in all of those awesome live & very memorable performances...you are as good as it gets!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By r.j. zurek on November 15, 2011
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When an icon the stature of Etta James retires, just what approach should she take for her final recorded effort? Remakes of her classic hits, or an album with lots of guest stars ( a duet with Beyonce on "At Last"? Yeah, right). What we have is a collection of R&B that fits her style, and some surprising choices of artists from different genres.

In a recent interview, Maria Muldaur commented that as singers age, their voices "go south". She meant this, of course as a positive-the deepening and coloring of the singer's voice adds authenticity, especially in the Blues. King Floyd's "Groove Me"is the best example of this as Etta implores her lover to "make me feel good inside". She breathes new life into two lesser known Otis Redding songs, "Champagne and Wine" and "Cigarettes and Coffee". The title cut, Bobby Bland's "Dreamer" may be the most engaging track on the CD.

The biggest surprise here is the Guns n' Roses (!) hit "Welcome to the Jungle". The melody stays true to the original, but Etta gives a mature, ominous reading as only she can. The Little Big Town song "Boondocks" is a fun track propelled by the guitar of Leo Nocentelli. The Ray Charles blues "In the Evening" fits Etta like a glove, as does Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "That's the Chance You Take". Little Milton's "Let Me Down Easy" is Soul/Blues at its finest- over seven minutes of horn driven R&B featuring Cornell Dupree-style guitar.

Accompaniment on this disc is especially sympathetic because of Etta's sons participation; Donto James on drums and Sametto James on bass. Her backing band in recent years, John Sklair and the Roots Band handle rhythm arrangements, while the studio band is augmented by a full horn section.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Woncisz on December 16, 2011
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I just found out about her being terminally ill, and I'm fondly remembering the lady who claimed me even though she didn't know me from Adam.

My friend Mike invited me to see Ms. James perform at a small venue on Folsom St. in San Francisco, in the late 80's. My family played her often when I was growing up, but I wasn't really into R&B deep at this stage in my life. Still Mike had taken me to see Bobby McFerrin, and he was awesome, so I knew I would enjoy Ms. James.

Standing online in cold winter, wearing a very punk outfit which was in stark contrast to the much older and better $ endowed crew that I was in the midst of, the usher refused to let me enter. He said that I had to show proof that I wasn't underage. I had left my ID in another coat pocket, though I knew they just didn't want me in there. Mike had paid for the tickets and was beginning to cause a scene though I just wanted to leave.

Ms. James came with members of her band from the back entrance, stared and listened for a moment then came barreling over shouting: " That's my niece, let her in, I've been waiting for her". She grabbed me up and kissed me on the cheek. The usher looked at me, then Ms. James... We're both high yellow, and could easily pass for kin. He apologized profusely.

Ms. James gave Mike and me front row seats, which I kind've wished were further back because her voice was pure sonic power. Recordings of her singing are great but do not do her justice. I saw James Brown live in NYC, when I was a small child, and as with Ms. James: there is no alternative to experiencing that level of mastery live.

Ms. James sang with such pure raw emotion and strength, that I repeatedly raised my hands in hallelujah reverence.
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