This 15-track compilation focuses on the earliest sessions recorded by Etta James for Modern Records between 1955 and 1957. James was only a teenager when she first recorded for the L.A.-based label. Her youthful exuberance and powerhouse delivery still generate that initial excitement captured on these remastered versions of "The Wallflower (Roll with Me Henry)," "The Pick-Up," "W-O-M-A-N," and "Good Rockin' Daddy." This set is a great introduction to James' early raw recordings; however, it excludes a few tracks from the superior The Best of the Modern Years on Metro Blue.
Originally released on Warners Brothers to scant acclaim in 1978, this Jerry Wexler-produced masterpiece finds James in astounding voice with a batch of great material to apply her massive interpretive powers to. The band, including the cream of the late-'70s Los Angeles session hot-shots (Cornell Dupree, Jeff Porcaro, Chuck Rainey, Plas Johnson, Jim Horn), lays it down soulful and simple and the result is a modern-day R&B classic. Highlights abound throughout, but special attention must be turned to James' takes on "Only Women Bleed" and the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit."
Blues to the Bone is a 2004 album by Etta James. The album contains a selection of twelve blues standards which are among her favourites. James and her sons Donto and Sametto James produced the album, which reached number four in the Billboard Top Blues chart. The album was given a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Simply one of the greatest live blues albums ever captured on tape. Cut in 1963 at the New Era Club in Nashville, the set finds Etta James in stellar shape as she forcefully delivers her own "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and "Seven Day Fool" interspersed with a diet of sizzling covers ("What'd I Say," "Sweet Little Angel," "Money," "Ooh Poo Pah Doo"). The CD incarnation adds three more great titles, including an impassioned reprise of her "All I Could Do Was Cry." Guitarist David T. Walker is outstanding whenever he solos.
One of the all-time legendary female R&B artists, Etta James has been belting out the Blues longer than most of us have been alive. From the early 1950s when she was 'discovered' by Johnny Otis, with whom she co-wrote and recorded The Wallflower (which became an R&B chart Number 2 hit), she has had a string of successful blues hit songs. This culminated in her induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.For this show, recorded last year at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles, Etta James effortlessly switches between blues, rock 'n' roll, and jazz with ease. Classic songs such as Take Me To The River and You Can Leave Your Hat On are covered, in addition to some classics of her own, such as I'd Rather Go Blind and her signature tune At Last.