Queen of Soul

Queen of Soul

by Etta JamesEtta James


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In part because it didn't have any of her biggest hits, the 1964 album Queen of Soul is a relatively overlooked one in Etta James' discography, even for an artist whose LPs weren't all that well known. The ten songs are dependable early soul music, though the material isn't quite on the level of her best mid-'60s work. "I Wish Someone Would Care" is about the best tune, but James was beaten to the punch on that score by Irma Thomas, who not only recorded the original and superior version, but also wrote the song. The one track to bear a James writing credit ("Bobby Is His Name," co-penned with Ed Townsend) is a pretty lightweight, almost teen pop-influenced number; "That Man Belongs Back Here with Me," co-composed by noted tunesmith Clint Ballard, is fair but not great pop-soul with a jazzy touch; "Flight 101" has a tinge of melodrama, though James' typically strong vocal saves it. "Loving You More Every Day" has a satisfying blues-gospel feel, but much of this has dated orchestration, even the closing "Mellow Fellow," which has one of her trademark, throaty, drawn-out testifying openings. Perhaps some of the album's overall unevenness can be attributed to it having been taken from sessions done over a period of two years.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667237727
catalogNumber: 6723772
Rank: 54292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer,References
Gene Autry   Composer
Ray Pennington   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Irma Thomas   Composer
Norman Mapp   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Jimmy Radcliffe   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
David Ritz   References
Maurice McAlister   Composer
Phil Stern   Composer
Cliff Parman   Arranger
Phil Wright   Arranger
Rudy Calvo   Illustrations
Terry Vail   Composer
Billy Davis   Composer,Producer
Mick Patrick   Illustrations
Sam Coslow   Composer
Clint Ballard   Composer
Cathy Lynn   Composer
Wilfred McKinley   Composer
Angela Riela   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Bob Forshee   Composer
Fred Johnson   Composer
Tony Clarke   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Will Grosz   Composer
Garth Cartwright   Liner Notes
Michel Ruppli   References
Nadine Cohodas   References
James Sherman   Composer
Roger Ramirez   Composer
Robert Higgenbotham   Composer
Ronny Mitchell   Composer
Pokonka   Arranger

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