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At Last!

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Blues album by Etta James

This is Etta James's first full-length album, recorded for Chess Records' Argo subsidiary in 1960. It taps all aspects of her then-blossoming talent. There's the crooning rock ballad "My Dearest Darling" and the elegantly symphonic "Sunday Kind of Love." … see full wiki

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Etta James voice is like a piece heaven here on earth!

  • Jul 18, 2006
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I remembered when I first heard Etta James. The song "Sunday Kind of Love," came up in one of the scenes in the film "Eve's Bayou," which was released in theaters in 1997, and ever since then she has caught my attention.

This remastered re-release of her classic 1961 album is really stunning. It was also one of the most successful R&B *albums* up to that point (this came out well before the "album rock" era). She never achieved the crossover success of Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner, but if any female soul singer deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those two, it's definitely Etta James.

She had several hits from this, in addition to the legendary title song. "Anything to Say You're Mine," "My Dearest Darling," "Trust in Me," and "All I Could Do Was Cry" is all the cream of the crop of early soul music. She puts her spin on a couple of gritty Chicago blues numbers ("I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Spoonful," the latter being one of four duets with Harvey Fuqua of the Moon glows that are included here), as well as the jazz standards "Stormy Weather," "At Last," and "Sunday Kind of Love," which are my favorite.

She really showcases her virtuosity, and it works surprisingly well. Etta James never reached these heights again but came really close though. Her voice has traveled for many years to touch the ears and lives of today's listeners, and she will remain to do so for many years to come.

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Label: Mca
Artist: Etta James
Release Date: July 27, 1999

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