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Blues - Uscito il 15 novembre 1960 | Geffen*

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Blues - Uscito il 18 aprile 1968 | Geffen

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Blues - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1989 | Geffen

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Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 08 giugno 2004 | RCA Victor

Etta James has worked in countless styles throughout her long career, and she is equally at home singing gospel, R&B, soul, jazz, and even rock & roll, but her roots have always been solidly planted in the blues, and she is arguably the finest living singer active in the genre. Perhaps because she doesn't sing only the blues, however, when she does, it sticks out as something special, and with Blues to the Bone she goes down to the river and dives in completely, turning out a solid album of no-frills, gutbucket performances. Her voice has deepened and coarsened over the years, making it the perfect vehicle of authenticity and authority as she tackles classics of the genre like John Lee Hooker's "Crawling King Snake," Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom," and Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning," backed by a garage blues combo led by her sons, Donito and Sametto James. James' versions bring new dimensions to each of these hoary old chestnuts, which have generally been sung by men, and her smoke-tinged alto makes each her own, instilling them all with a wise, desperate, and confident intimacy. She gives Jimmy Reed's "Hush Hush" a solid reading, while her take on Willie Dixon's "Lil' Red Rooster" is a tension-filled, atmospheric gem. The most striking track here, however, is James' version of the Elmore James tune "The Sky Is Crying," which emerges as epic and poignant. Much of contemporary blues spins on its own excesses and on a hundred years of accumulative clichés, but when an artist like Etta James comes home to sing the blues, the world has to rejoice and take notice, because in her hands the old clichéd phrases become vital and new again. © Steve Leggett /TiVo
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Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 07 marzo 2005 | RCA Victor

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Jazz - Uscito il 19 febbraio 2013 | Good Old Times

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R&B - Uscito il 08 aprile 2008 | Rhino - Warner Records

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Jazz - Uscito il 04 febbraio 2011 | RCA Victor - Legacy

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Jazz - Uscito il 08 giugno 1993 | Masterworks

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Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 29 giugno 1998 | Private Music

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Blues - Uscito il 25 marzo 1997 | Geffen

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Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 13 ottobre 1998 | Private Music

It's a little surprising to realize that after decades of recording, Etta James finally released her first holiday album, 12 Songs of Christmas, at the late date of 1998. Thankfully, she decided to make the record something of a special occasion. Working with arrangers Etta and Cedar Walton, producer John Snyder and a terrific lineup of musicians -- including Red Holloway, John Clayton, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Josh Sklair and her son, Sametto -- James has created a terrific Christmas record, one that is firmly in her style yet contains surprises. First of all, she sings "O Holy Night" in both English and French. She also reworks "Silent Night" into a plaintive, bluesy plea. Each song on the album doesn't sound like a traditional carol, even if they're very familiar -- it all sounds like James, and it all sounds good. James fans may not feel like they need a Christmas album from her, but after hearing 12 Songs of Christmas, they'll be quite pleased indeed. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 29 aprile 1997 | Private Music

Love's Been Rough on Me is a terrific latter-day album from Etta James, capturing her at the peak of her powers. James' voice has diminished only slightly over the course of her career, and she knows how to make such warhorses as "I've Been Loving You Too Long" sound fresh. She also invests contemporary music, including John Berry's contemporary country hit "If I Had Any Pride Left at All," with real soul. The result is a record that delivers the real goods with grace and style. © Leo Stanley /TiVo
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Jazz - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1987 | Fantasy Records