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20th Century Masters: The Best Of Etta James (Millennium Collection) Original recording remastered

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Hear the reigning queen of cool jazz croon her way through 11 of her best tunes on this greatest hits collection.

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Few vocalists can muster the power and sass of Etta James when she's rocking the mike on classic R&B tunes like "Tell Mama" or "Something's Got a Hold on Me." But James also had a way with a ballad, and her sensitive readings of songs such as "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" made her a fan favorite in the early '60s. Had she not been sidelined for a while by an addiction to heroin, today we might think of James, not Aretha, as the Queen of Soul. Because this set offers only 11 cuts, it's generally inferior to Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection, which boasts 20 tunes. Still, it's a satisfying intro to the delightful "Miss Peaches" nonetheless. --Daniel Durchholz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00000I9CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Personally, I love Aretha, but Etta did it all first and most of the time better! The first song I heard was "Trust In Me" and I loved it. "At Last" was next and I loved it better! I didn't want to jump right into the 2-CD anthology, so decided to buy this as a sampler. It compiles some of her best material and takes glances at every little piece of her soul. If you want a sample of Etta just to see if you like her, this CD will make you come crawling back for more! Every song on here is classic, but my personal faves are "At Last", "Pushover", "Don't Cry Baby", "Trust In Me", "Tell Mama"...oh, I give in! They're all my personal favorites!!!!! A must-have!
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I've always looked at "greatest hits" albums as "starter" albums.

A great way to sample the artists work, then decide whether you want to further explore (ie purchase)more from their body of work. This collection from Etta James serves the above premise to some degree. Although it is somewhat short in length (a trait common to all the 20th Century Masters releases) and doesn't contain some of her better "blues" work, it is decent way to sample Etta James's music; especially for someone on a budget. However, if you can afford a few extra bucks, I would highly recommend the "Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection" ablum over this one. For a few extra bucks, you get 9 more tracks, better sound and better packaging. But for less than 5 bucks on zShops, this is not a bad purchase.
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The reviewers who pointed out that this disc is short on blues (mostly pop-influenced string arrangements)and short on music (less than 32 minutes playing time) wre absolutely right. If you want a single disc , go for "Her Best" (Chess, 1997), containing 20 of her best blues sides. The double disc "The Essential Etta James" (Chess, 1993) expands that to 44 cuts. Other excellent choices are "Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions" (MCA/Chess,2001) and her live masterpiece "Etta James Rocks the House" (MCA/Chess, 1964).
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By A Customer on August 10, 1999
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I first heard At Last in a movie and knew immediately I wanted it as my first dance song at my wedding. The whole CD is wonderful.
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By A Customer on September 9, 2000
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As the song says, At Last! Here is a collection of music that anyone of any age can listen to. If this doesn't move you, then your soul has left town! The best way to get my feelings across on how this touches me is by just saying that it feeds the heart, the mind, your very soul, and that the rest of you just follows suit! A fabulous work by an artist that has weathered very stormy days, and lived to tell the tale! Don't miss this!
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By A Customer on August 24, 2000
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I remember hearing Etta first on some scratchy 45s of my older sisters, and this album offers a good cross section of one of the first ladies of R n B. What a voice and what a talent!
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What a singer. James didn't have a lot of hits like Aretha Franklin but every song on this CD is great.
My one complaint is that the CD has only 11 songs. But, I'd rather have 11 great songs than a larger collection with some throw aways.
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Buy it. Then sit back and listen to the lady with the chops. I listen to this at least once a week right now. It has become part of my morning ritual. If you like blues and jazz done right...buy every cd by Etta James you can find.
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