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Her Best - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

Her Best - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
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6 months ago at Apr 20 16:08
There’s plenty of bigger, badder collections of Etta James’ genre-bending blues growl out there, but if all you want is the cream of the crop from Miss Peaches then this collection is what you’re looking for. Her Best gathers up the essential moments from her Chess Records period, her most fertile, dynamic, and impactful era, into twenty songs of grit, bluesy turmoil, and triumph.   It al... read more
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Description: H H 0 0 Amazon.com essential recording Whether she sings string-laden pop ballads, lively soul, or gritty electric blues, James's high-powered, enormously expressive voice displays a knack for passionate blues inflections. Emotionally charged ballads including "At Last" and "All I Could Do is Cry" find James blasting through the orchestra with unearthly wails and moans. "If I Can't Have You," a duet with Harvey Fuqua, drops the orchestra in favor of horn-driven R&B and "Something's Got a Hold On Me" is a gospel-flavored romp reminiscent of Ray Charles. A live version of Jimmy Reed's ... (more)
Manufacturer: Geffen
Release date: 25 March 1997
Number of discs: 1
EAN: 0076732936726 UPC: 076732936726
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JxSxPx posted a review 6 months ago

Her Best

“There’s plenty of bigger, badder collections of Etta James’ genre-bending blues growl out there, but if all you want is the cream of the crop from Miss Peaches then this collection is what you’re looking for. Her Best gathers up the essential moments from her Chess Records period, her most fertile, dynamic, and impactful era, into twenty songs of grit, bluesy turmoil, and triumph.   It all begins and ends with that voice. A thing that tremendous elasticity and power, at once capable of tenderly caressing as in the opening swoon of “At Last” as it is of storming in biblical might as in the climax of “Two Sides to Every Story.” James was never one for merely showing off her vocal dynamics just for the hell of it, no, she wanted to communicate the emotional truth of whatever ” read more

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"Rapturous, thanks to a voice that is a brick house one moment but kittenish the next. Her touch of innocence is essential – otherwise you’d never believe a singer this shattering could ever be vulnerable. Standout track: “At Last”"


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