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|1. Don't Explain|
|2. You've Changed|
|3. The Man I Love|
|4. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (With You)|
|5. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)|
|6. Embraceable You|
|7. How Deep Is The Ocean|
|8. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerdae Is Over|
|9. Body And Soul|
|10. The Very Thought Of You|
|11. I'll Be Seeing You|
Her first release ‘All I Could Do Was Cry’, for Chess, entered the R&B chart in May 1960 and rose to its peak at No. 2. Her second release, ‘My Dearest Darling’, made it to No. 5. People began to compare her with Dinah Washington, who along with Billie Holiday, was Etta’s ideal.
In 1993 she signed with Private Music, telling its president Ron Goldstein she wanted to cut an album dedicated to Billie Holiday. Goldstein was enthusiastic and attached producer John Snyder to the project. Pianist Cedar Walton was engaged as arranger for the sessions, which included Holiday’s own ‘Don’t Explain’, ‘The Man I Love’, ‘How Deep Is The Ocean’ ‘Body And Soul’ and ‘The Very Thought Of You’. Etta recalls ‘His charts were clean and crisp, not a wasted note, and his own playing incredibly sensitive. He created the mood I was looking for. That allowed me to pay my respects to Billie, not by imitating her, but by singing in my own style.’ Such was the artistic success of the enterprise, Etta won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, an award she never expected to receive. In the same year, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2003 she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008, it was announced that Beyonce Knowles would portray her in the film, Cadillac Records.
Etta James finally won a Grammy for this album which is shocking cause hello she's Etta James what in the world took the grammys so long...
this is a great cd ..that has a living legend pay tribute to another departed legend of jazz Billy Holiday..
her range is incredible...considering she is a true baritone...amazing...one of her best albums..
I was surprised that I would love this CD so much because I had heard of Etta James but I didn't know too much about her or her music (she was a little before my time). I have to say this CD is timeless. I love the words of the songs and the richness of her voice. Etta truly makes me wish I could have been around to hear Billie do the honors herself.
'Ya heard? I'm'a make this as short as possible. Etta James has one'a the mos' passionate an' wrenching voices in all blues n' soul music an' when she takes on THESE numbers, you hear that an' them some. As a big fan'a Billie Holiday not many singer could give much credibility to performin' the songs that she made famous. But this jus' works. Ms. James, rather than adopting the ballads with her own style, jus' adopted a DIFFERENT style than she normally does so that she can sing 'The Man I Love', 'Embraceable You', an' 'The Very Thought of You' with all the relaxed subtlety that Lady Day did. With a nice jazz backing section, she lays the loveliness on thick.Read more ›