Etta James and the Roots Band - Burning Down the House
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1. Come to Mama
2. I Just Wanna Make Love to You
3. Born to Be Wild
4. I'd Rather Go Blind
5. All the Way Down
6. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
7. At Last
8. You can Leave your Hat on
9. Something's Got a Hold on Me
10. Your Good Thing is About to End
11. Rock me Baby
12. Love and Happiness
13. Sugar on the Floor
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite song she does is I'd Rather Go Blind. This is one of the better versions of this song that she does. The only version I've seen better is only available on VHS (hint, hint, please re-release and remaster on DVD). It was a special with Etta, Dr, John, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King and many others. Some of the others are not around anymore.
If you are into the Blues you wont want to miss this. The picture quality is fair to good and the sound is Dolby 5.1 and stereo.
In front of an enthusiastic audience, she delivers 15 songs in her trade-mark, tough and tender, take-no-prisoners style that puts her up with the elite artists of our time. The songs cover blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and even some flat-out rock--Etta handles sensitive ballads and raucus ravers with equal emotion and heart. Although seated throughout the concert, she knows how to connect with an audience.
She is backed by The Roots Band, a large group of talented musicians, that includes two of Etta's sons. I guess talent can be hereditary ! The set includes Etta's most famous song, "At Last", which still retains its magic after so many years--but there are other highlights too--" I Just Want To Make Love To You ", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home"' "I'd Rather Go Blind", even "Born To Be Wild"--also I'm betting that her rendition of "Love and Happiness/Take Me To The River" would bring a smile to the Reverend Al Green's face !
The technical quality of the DVD is good, but not perfect. The picture occasionally seems a bit hazy--the sound perhaps not as sharp as it should be. At the same time, it adds to the atmosphere of the event--an R & B concert in a blues club is not a Mozart quartet recital ! This music is supposed to be a little rough around the edges.
When you are thinking of the great "ladies of song"--Bessie, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Dinah, Aretha--don't forget Etta--she belongs !
A very sad footnote, dated 20 January 2012. Ms. Etta James has passed away. She had a truly remarkable voice, and the talent to make any song her own. This is a sad day indeed for music.
Do yourself a favor and get this set on dvd or cd, and also get her blistering set from 1963, "Etta James Rocks the House". Then you'll have 2 remarkable shows bookending 40 years of the ongoing career of the real Queen of Soul.
It saddened me to see her physical limitations, but her passion and soul is not diminished in this performance.
This DVD is worth the price just to see the above named performances.
She has paid her dues and I am happy this has been released
Her sons play bass and drums and the band cooks
The only neg is her occasional sexual innuendoes but this is being super critical and it does not really detract from a great set by 'Mama'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is Great - Clear as a bell > "Sugar on the Floor" is a gem.Published 10 months ago by Mark J. Bulger
I can't help but love this. I love Etta...and I'm playing bari sax on this show. She was special.Published 19 months ago by WoodySax
Etta James was seated for the entire concert..I assume this was for health reasons, but I felt it took away from the
impact of her music...