The Essential Etta James

The Essential Etta James

by Etta JamesEtta James


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Etta James has been showing people how it's done for over 50 years now (her first single, "Roll with Me Henry," was tracked in 1955 when she was still a teenager), and her passionate, nuanced singing hasn't diminished one bit in the 21st century. Her earliest sides were blues-inflected R&B and soul numbers, but starting in the early '90s she expanded her material to include the Great American Songbook, tackling with style songs by composers like the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, and Cole Porter, and elegant versions of songs by rock artists like John Lennon and Prince, always bringing a weary, gritty grace to the table. This two-disc compilation set features some of the best sides she's recorded in the past two decades, including gems like her jazzy take on "Cry Me a River" and a heartbreaking version of "Try a Little Tenderness." But the heart of James' approach to business is the blues, as the wonderful set opener here, "The Blues Is My Business," states clearly, and her renditions collected here of Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster" and John Lee Hooker's "Crawlin' King Snake" are clear highlights in a collection filled to the brim with highlights. She's not a diva -- she's the real deal. This summation of her past 20 years as a recording artist shows just how real she still is.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886977177323
catalogNumber: 771773
Rank: 31487

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Eddie Harris   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Red Holloway   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton   Piano,Soloist
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Herman Riley   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Mike Finnigan   Hammond B3
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Josh Sklair   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Soloist,Musical Direction
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
George Bohannon   Trombone
John Clayton   Bass,Soloist
Tony Dumas   Bass
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Mike Haynes   Horn
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Horn
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Kraig Kilby   Trombone
Sam Levine   Horn
Chris McDonald   Horn
Joe McGlohon   Horn
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Bobby Murray   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar,Soloist
Ralph Penland   Percussion,Drums
Tom Poole   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Valve Trombone
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Jimmy "Z" Zavala   Harmonica,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Ronnie Buttacavoli   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sametto James   Bass,Electric Bass
David K. Mathews   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Synthesizer Strings,Hammond B3
Louis Nunley   Background Vocals
Peter Michael Escovedo   Percussion,Conga
Donto James   Percussion,Drums
Donato James   Drums
Ross Locke   Percussion

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Etta James   Arranger
Delbert McClinton   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Alice Cooper   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Prince   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Cedar Walton   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Josh Sklair   Arranger,Musical Director,rhythm arrangement
Greg Barnhill   Composer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Bekka Bramlett   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Kenny Greenberg   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Russell Smith   Composer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Dick Wagner   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Kevin Bowe   Composer
Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Jim Varsos   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Todd Cherney   Composer
Betty Jean Newsome   Composer
Charles Daniels   Composer
John Greenbaum   Composer
James Campbell   Composer

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