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That spine-tingling voice has served Etta from the days of doo wop to the age of hip-hop, and this 2-CD set covers it all: 1955-2004, her most comprehensive anthology! Soak in that glorious sound as you hear her hits Tell Mama; Pushover; Trust in Me; All I Could Do Was Cry; My Dearest Darling; The Wallflower; At Last; Something's Got a Hold on Me; Stop the Wedding ; her Billie Holiday tribute The Man I Love , and 26 more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B000LXSTQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Anthony S. Prowse on April 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Etta James was a prolific artist who has produced wonderful music for the best part of 50 years now. She is at home with Blues, R&B (the real kind!), Country, Pop and a myriad of other styles. What this allows "Best Of" compilers is to include only a smattering of songs from each album and still come up with a great album. In the case of "Gold" we have 36 of Etta James' empassioned performances without spoiling it if the listener decides to go after some of her album-as-albums. Too often "Best Of" compilations pick the eyes out of the best albums which leaves those who wish to investigate further a dilemna of which albums to get without doubling up too much. Here, the "At Last" and "Tell Mama" albums, her most heralded ones, are sampled a bit more than others but there is still much, much fine music on those albums not here on "Gold".

"Gold" is a fine album tracking James' career from the mid-50's to 2004 and is a great place to start investigating her stellar contribution to Blues and Soul music. Highly Recommended.
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Way back in 1942, two songwriters named Harry Warren and Mack Gordon were fortunate enought to have their song, At Last, recorded by the great Glenn Miller and were undoubtedly delighted that, with Ray Eberle doing the vocal, it made it to # 14 on the Pop charts as the flipside of the monster # 1 (I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo. The royalties got another big boost in 1952 when the Ray Anthony orchestra, with Tommy Mercer doing the vocal. took it to # 2 Pop.

But as far as I'm concerned both renditions, as good as they are, pale in comparison to the one offered up in early 1961 on the small Argo label by Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles). Peaking at # 2 R&B and a somewhat modest # 47 Pop considering the powerful delivery, it immediately became HER song. It's that good. And it's just one of no less than 36 you get in this great 2-CD album from Hip-O Records/Chess, complete with 6 pages of liner notes written by noted music writer Bud Scoppa, and a full discography of the contents. Sound reproduction is perfect.

Etta first came into the business at the tender age of 17 in 1955 with her recording for the Modern label of an "answer" song to the 1954 # 1 R&B hit, Work With Me Annie, by The Midnighters (Hank Ballard). Also known as Roll With Me Henry and Dance With Me Henry, and with Richard Berry providing the bass male vocal, it too reached # 1 R&B early in 1955 as The Wallflower, billed to Etta James and "The Peaches." She followed that towards the end of the year with Good Rockin' Daddy, also on Modern, which peaked at # 8 R&B with the backing of The Dreamers, a group that included the great Jesse Belvin, and Maxwell Davis & His Orchestra.
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I bought this cd set 3 years ago and I will never get sick of it. How can you? Etta has a soulful and stunning voice. There is/was no one like her in this world. My kids love it, my husband loves it, and I love it. Buy it.
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Great R&B singer, this is a VOICE - no hiding behind all the techno noise that most weak voices and mediocre singers use to sell records. "Dearest Darling", "At Last," and "I'd Rather Go Blind" are truly great pieces.
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First of all....R.I.P. Etta! This album is very good. it has much of the best stuff, from 1954-2004.....remastered and all for us....yes, I've never been a fan of comps. but this one is cool! 36 tracks and a good booklet with photos and musician credits. That cover photo is AMAZING, and gets under the skin, before the first track even begins.
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