Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
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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 "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" shows her raunchiest Chicago-blues style, and "In the Basement," with Sugar Pie DeSanto, is a funky workout. Also here are three classics from her soul-drenched 1967 Muscle Shoals sessions. --Marc Greilsamer

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tracklisting: At Last
All I Could Do Was Cry
If I Can't Have You - Harvey Fuqua
Sunday Kind of Love
My Dearest Darling
Something's Got a Hold on Me
Trust in Me
Next Door to the Blues
Don't Cry Baby
Fool That I Am
Two Sides to Every Story
Stop the Wedding
In the Basement, Pt. 1 - Sugar Pie DeSanto
Baby, What You Want Me to Do [Live]
I'd Rather Go Blind
Losers Weepers, Pt. 1
All the Way Down
Tell Mama
title: Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 25-03-1997
price: $18.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 137388736
genre: Classic Female Vocal Blues
Traditional Blues
Chess Records
fullTitle: Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
currentValue: $7.00
created: 137388720
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
Original recording remastered
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artist: Etta James