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The great Etta James has been a musical force and a major hit-maker since the '50s earning numerous accolades including six Grammy Awards®, among them the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, a Best Jazz Vocal Performance and two Hall of Fame Awards. In 1993, James was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 she was inducted by both the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame ... Read more in Amazon's Etta James Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B00AHW21D0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman (Shake Your Booty)
2. A Love Vibration
3. Only A Fool
4. Little Bit Of Love
5. Groove Me
6. Jump Into Love
7. Leave Your Hat On
8. I've Been A Fool
9. Blinded By Love
10. Ain't No Pity In The Naked City
11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
12. Down So Low
13. All The Way Down
14. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
15. Power Play
16. Come A Little Closer
17. Feeling Uneasy
18. St. Louis Blues
19. Let's Burn Down The Cornfield
20. Lovin' Arms

Product Description

Released in 1976, Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! was the final album of Etta James' tumultuous 16-year tenure at Chess Records. The album is issued here on CD for the first time, together with 10 bonus titles from the mid-70s. The self-produced opener, 'Woman (Shake Your Booty)', is a funky rewrite of a song Etta had recorded, as 'W.O.M.A.N', for Modern in 1955 and again for Chess in 1971. 'Only A Fool' and Randy Newman's 'Leave Your Hat On' had been released previously on 1973's Etta James album. By 1976 Chess Records had been purchased by All Platinum, at whose New Jersey studio the bulk of Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! was recorded with former Motown baritone sax hero Mike Terry producing. The players on the sessions were the All Platinum house band, the Rimshots. 'Little Bit Of Love' and 'I've Been A Fool' were penned by Freddie Beckmeier, the bass player with Etta's own band. The remainder of the album comprised well-chosen covers of 'A Love Vibration' (a fine song from Ann Peebles' I Can't Stand The Rain album), 'Groove Me' (a smash hit in 1970 for King Floyd), 'Blinded By Love' (penned by Allen Toussaint and first recorded by Johnny Winter), 'Jump Into Love' (from the catalogue of the group Rufus) and 'Ain't No Pity In The Naked City' (a minor hit for Pat Lundy). None of the tracks Etta recorded in Philadelphia in 1973 with producers Esmond Edwards and Bobby Martin was released at the time. Among them was her revival of the Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'', the first of the bonus selections. Next up are three more tracks from the Etta James album and five from 1974's Come A Little Closer. Closing the CD is Etta's version of Tom Jans' yearning country ballad 'Lovin' Arms', the only recording ever released from her shelved 1974 sessions with producer Jerry Wexler.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corbin Gérard on 15 Feb. 2013
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nothing to add to this great songbook from the seventies ; she was really one the most powerful voices of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anthony griffiths on 31 Mar. 2013
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Recommended if you are an Etta fan or not and the bonus tracks make it a no brainer. Got to be in my collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Lusher on 14 April 2013
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Etta James was one of the greatest singers in the business. She could deliver blues, jazz, funk, R&B, soul or gospel with verve, power and distinction. This album is one of her best, a solid soulful collection of songs, with a load of bonus tracks to sweeten the deal. Ideal for a party, or just some late-night listening, this record is pure class. There is so much to savour here; a highlight for me is 'Down So Low'. It's a vocal masterclass, with a great arrangement and a smoky vocal delivery that most other singers can only dream of producing. But the whole album is a feast of fantastic singing - highly recommended.
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By The Dowager on 5 Nov. 2014
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brilliant music
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Red-hot & riveting~Bravo Etta James! 26 Feb. 2013
By Bradly Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Etta James ended her richly prolific & wildly successful Chess Records tenure with funky "Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!" classic, terrific mix of hot new deeply soulful gems like funky opener "Woman (Shake Your Booty)" should have been Top Ten to Gabriel Mekler produced classic performances like Randy Newman composed memorable gem "You Can Leave Your Hat On" from 1973 "Etta James" masterpiece, one of the greatest ever vocal tour-de-force collections recorded by anyone, clearly the phenomenal legendary lady in blissful peak form throughout those engrossing Mekler produced sessions!
Kent Records thankfully doing a fantastic job bringing Etta James unreleased to Compact Disc masterpiece recordings from sixties-seventies period of the peerless singers amazing career, each remarkable classic remastered to perfection complete with session information with engrossing liner notes, this time moving liner notes of a highly personal nature by make-up artist Rudy Calvo a close friend to the end, moving account of their years of friendship add tremendously to background of Etta James amazing life and career. Easy to relate to Mr. Calvo's beginnings upon first hearing Etta James on Los Angeles KGFJ, my experience similiar some seven years earlier as a pre-teen first hearing the gorgeous & passionate "Trust In Me" on that great station, introducing many of us to extraordinary soul singers such as Etta James in the great musical sixties. Had anemic pop stations as they should have picked up on great Etta releases, for certain a larger audience would have propelled the tremendous singer to Superstar status she deserved back during those incredibly productive years.
Over & over gut-wrenching would be a term used to describe many classic performances from the legendary soulful singing wonder, sublime "Down So Low" defines a riveting gut-wrenching performance capable of taking ones breath away, listening this master performance clearly could come from none other than Etta James, she definitely deserved a "Grammy Award" for this once-in-a-lifetime stunning deeply soulful performance! Edgy funk classic "All The Way Down" always miraculous watching Etta perform this amazing song live back in the seventies, sound mix in this glorious collection is thankfully crystal clear on all twenty wondrous performances. Randy Newman had to have been completely blown away upon first experiencing Etta James stunning spin on "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)", creating a scorching searing performance being an unforgettable tour-de-force, towering magnificent anthem like performance has got to be one of the all-time greatest ever from anyone, no other singer on the planet could come ever close to this incredible depth of this performance. Rousing classic standard "St. Louis Blues" given a stirring masterful treatment that tops them all, hauntingly brilliant "Let's Burn Down The Cornfield" another spectacular performance amazing to experience. Haunting & ethereal "Lovin' Arms" goes to emotional core of this classic in a captivating way, deeply moving ending for a remarkable collection of matchless performances. Song after great song, stunning performance after masterful stunning performance come from the depths of her soul with "Feeling Uneasy" the ultimate venture in to the soul of a great artist and master class singer. Bravo Etta, love & miss you madly, RIP special lady...
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Etta James one her best 24 April 2013
By James Edmonds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The C D was good and Etta was great,this is one live performance you should have in your collection also
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