Etta James – At Last! [Bonus Track Version] (1960/2021)

Posted by Green on October 10, 2021as

320                            FLAC

Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album’s title cut, “All I Could Do Was Cry,” and “Trust in Me.” What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like “Stormy Weather” and “A Sunday Kind of Love,” as well as Willie Dixon’s blues classic “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like “Tell Mama,” but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards.

racklist:

01. Etta James – Anything to Say You’re Mine
02. Etta James – My Dearest Darling
03. Etta James – Trust in Me
04. Etta James – A Sunday Kind of Love
05. Etta James – Tough Mary
06. Etta James – I Just Want to Make Love to You
07. Etta James – At Last
08. Etta James – All I Could Do Was Cry
09. Etta James – Stormy Weather
10. Etta James – Girl of My Dreams
11. Etta James – Don’t Take Your Love From Me
12. Etta James – How Do You Spead to an Angel
13. Etta James – Fools Rush In
14. Etta James – Don’t Blame Me
15. Etta James – Someone to Watch Over Me
16. Etta James – Again
17. Etta James – I Want to Be Loved
18. Etta James – It Could Happen to You
19. Etta James – These Foolisn Things
20. Etta James – Prisoner of Love

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