Love Songs [RCA Victor/Legacy]

Love Songs [RCA Victor/Legacy]

by Etta JamesEtta James


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There can be no debate about Etta James' many gifts as an interpreter of blues, R&B, soul, and jazz -- and she also has a way with a country song that makes the best of them sit up and take notice. Her long and varied career has taken her all along the American music highway. This set of love songs comes almost exclusively from her later BMG-affiliated label recordings, made in mid-'90s and early 21st century -- the opening cut, however, "At Last," was originally issued in 1960 on the Chess label. Many veteran listeners who prefer James' 1950s music may have a hard time appreciating this phase in her career, and it's their loss. For those who do, however (and for those who have yet to encounter the singer properly), these 15 cuts will be a small revelation. Compiled to accent her softer jazz singing persona, Love Songs sets James in the company of jazz greats including Cedar Walton, Tony Dumas, Red Holloway, and George Bohannon on her readings of standards such as "He's Funny That Way," "My Man," "Teach Me Tonight," and "I'll Be Seeing You," among others. Elsewhere, James can be found digging into deeply soulful nuggets like Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and Brook Benton's "I'll Take Care of You." The closer is her now classically controversial version of Cole Porter's "Night and Day," where she turns the tune inside out and makes it completely her own. But the most beautiful thing here is the skeletal, deeply moving and introspective "My Funny Valentine," where she is accompanied only by a guitar and a trumpet. For the money, this comp is a solidly different taste of James and should be considered.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828767581521
catalogNumber: 75815
Rank: 22614


  1. At Last
  2. I've Been Loving You Too Long
  3. There Is No Greater Love
  4. He's Funny That Way
  5. I'll Take Care of You
  6. Come Rain or Come Shine
  7. My Man
  8. Try a Little Tenderness
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  10. Time After Time
  11. I'll Be Seeing You
  12. My Funny Valentine
  13. Body and Soul
  14. The Man I Love
  15. Night and Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist,Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Eddie Harris   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Red Holloway   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton   Piano,Soloist
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Herman Riley   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Josh Sklair   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
George Bohannon   Trombone
John Clayton   Bass
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,Soloist
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Ralph Penland   Percussion,Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Jimmy "Z" Zavala   Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Buttacavoli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Donto Metto James   Percussion,Drums
Sametto James   Bass
Riley Hampton Orchestra   Vocals

Technical Credits

Etta James   Producer
George Gershwin   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Cedar Walton   Arranger
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer,Audio Production
Phil Chess   Producer,Audio Production
Gene DePaul   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
M. Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
John Snyder   Producer
Marty Symes   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Donto Metto James   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Sametto James   Producer
Dianne Spoto   Liner Notes,Packaging Manager

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