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Life, Love & The Blues

June 30, 1998 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 19, 1998
  • Release Date: June 30, 1998
  • Label: Private Music
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  • Total Length: 59:29
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  • ASIN: B00138KGZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,910 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Of every 10 blues CD's in buy, I usually hate 9 and like the tenth, simply due to the diversity of the music and artists. This Etta James album is a work of art and only came my way, due to a chance listening at a friends drunken party. Thankyou to that friend for playing it that night and to Etta for a truly magnificent album, where EVERY single track is listenable and 5 are truly awesome. Put this one in your shopping cart ahead of all others...... it is simply one of the very very best.
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5 STARS IS NOT ENOUGH!! There is no greater blues recording by a female artist than this! I have played it over & over again and still, a year later, I listen to it every day. It is in my car, my wife has it it her car. I have it in both of my CD jukeboxs in my home stereo systems (bedroom and main room). Everyone who hears it wants to have it. I have an extensive Blues & Jazz collection and have been an avid blues fan since the early 60's. I recommend that you don't even think about buying another blues recording until you own this. People who don't enjoy or listen to the blues always ask what it is that I am playing. If I stop at a traffic light, pull into a parking lot or just drive down the road I constantly have to answer the same question. WHO IS THAT??? I turned a friend of mine onto this recording. She works nights in a convienience store and plays it continuously. She told me that the customers rave about the music. They stop in their tracks frequently and hang out listening until a song or the CD ends. This is the BEST. This is Etta James at her best. The recording is "Life, Love & The Blues". Simply stated, if you have LIFE and are still breathing, whether or not you know LOVE or the BLUES, you will be deeply moved by this recording.
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Shortly after Etta James passed away on January 20, 2012, I ordered several of her albums from Amazon as an homage to her memory. And to refresh my memory of her breathtaking talent as a singer.

All of the albums I received were great, but two, maybe three stand out in terms of sheer virtuosity and power. One of them is "Blues To The Bone" and the other is "Life, Love & the Blues". Both feature an older Etta James, and an Etta James that is at the very height of her powers as a blues singer. They are so saturated with funkify and bluesarific that their jewel cases sometimes emit little beads of soul water. Honestly.

The albums from her younger days at Muscle Shoals, etc. featuring "Dance With Me, Henry", "Good Rocking Daddy", Crazy Feeling", "Tell Mama", "At Last!" are more upbeat, slightly more commercial rhythm and blues/soul music recorded in the mid-1950's onward. Good stuff, all of it. Really good music.

But "Blues To The Bone", "Life, Love & the Blues" and let's throw in "The Dreamer" for good measure, are albums recorded at her very, very best. Super-soul-nutrition-packed. IMHO, no one sings the blues like Etta James.
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There are far worse ways to spend an hour than letting Etta James wail and croon her take on the blues and R&B numbers she appropriates on "Life, Loves, & the Blues." Still, one has to concede that her takes are not really all blues or all R&B but a hybrid propelled by lots of bluesy sounding guitar riffs and plenty of horns to fill out the songs. Her band and guests musicians cook up a thick gumbo that bubble along mostly in the background.
Solid throughout but never quite spectacular, this session is largely driven by formula, for neither Ms. James nor her band take many chances with the arrangements and delivery no such chestnuts as Spoonful. A few tracks, such as the overly long reworking of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues and Hoochie Coochie Gal, overstay their welcome.
On the other hand, Ms. James and her band sound vital and fresh on the title track, the one original number. And it's impossible not to tap along with the infectious energy of If You Want Me to Stay. Even if this recording does not win Ms. James many new fans, it should satisfy her core fans and make a few converts.
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I personally think that this is the best of the late Etta James recordings (it was nominated for a Grammy the year it was released), but her career spanned over half a century, so there is a lot to choose from. She has a smooth singing style as opposed to the shouting style of some blues vocalists, a magnificent voice, and tends to blend the original soul type blues with the modern blues that use a full orchestra.
It is a slower style rather than the boogie-woogie style found in many later blues musicians. The backup musicians tend to stay in the background (not competing with the vocalist) unless they may have a short solo. Musicians include Donto James (drums, percussion), Sametto James (bass), Dave Mathews (keyboards), Mike Finnigan (Hammond B-3 Organ), Tom Poole (trumpet), Bobby Murray (guitars with some solos), Josh Sklair (guitars, dobro, with some solos), Jimmy "Z" (saxes, harmonica, with some solos), Leo Nocentelli (guitars, octave box guitar, with a solo and a lead), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, valve trombone). It is a studio recording produced at Fort Athens Studio in Riverside, California.

Etta James is gone but not forgotten.
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