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Queen Of Soul Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Kent / Ace
  • ASIN: B007T4K1KY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bobby Is His Name
2. I Wish Someone Would Care
3. That Man Belongs Back Here With Me
4. Somewhere Out There
5. Breaking Point
6. Flight 101
7. Loving You More Every Day
8. Do Right
9. I Worry About You
10. Mellow Fellow
11. You Got Me Where You Want Me
12. Only Time Will Tell
13. Pushover
14. You Can't Talk To A Fool
15. Would It Make Any Difference To You
16. Stop The Wedding
17. How Do You Speak To An Angel
18. Be Honest With Me
19. Pay Back
20. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)
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This is the third in Kent s series of expanded versions of albums by Etta James, one of the greatest and most influential recording artists of our times. Not previously available in its entirety on CD, 1964's aptly titled "Queen Of Soul" LP was produced in the main by Billy Davis, the A&R man who helped transform Chess Records from renowned purveyors of 1950s blues and R&B into one of the hippest soul outlets of the 1960s. The original 10-track album is bolstered with 14 bonus titles recorded between 1962 and 1965. Together they show Etta s many sides, from the punchy soul of 'Pay Back' and 'Only Time Will Tell' to gorgeously orchestrated revivals of jazz standards such as 'Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)', with a few Nashville-cut country tunes included for good measure. Track selection by Mick Patrick, with notes by Garth Cartwright. Also available CALL MY NAME with bonus tracks CDKEND 360 LOSERS WEEPERS with bonus tracks CDKEND 361

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
2011 turned out to be a bumper year for fans of the American Soul legend Etta James. February saw the "Who's Blue" Kent Soul compilation with 24 elusive tracks on Chess and Cadet - while October saw the first official CD release of "Call My Name" - a criminally forgotten Cadet Records LP from 1967. Then came "Losers Weepers" in October - an obscure album from 1970 with 11 bonus tracks (again first time on CD). Continuing that run into 2012 is this - her 1964 "Queen Of Soul" album in Stereo - also bolstered up with a copious amount of relevant bonus tracks. Here are the finite details...

UK released Monday 28 May 2012 (12 June 2012 in the USA) - "Queen Of Soul" by ETTA JAMES on Ace Records/Kent Soul CDKEND 377 (Barcode 029667237727) breaks down as follows (68:22 minutes):

1. Bobby Is His Name
2. I Wish Someone Would Care
3. That Man Belongs Back Here With Me
4. Somewhere Out
5. Breaking Point
6. Flight 101
7. Loving You More Every Day
8. Do Right
9. I Worry About You
10. Mellow Fellow
Tracks 1 to 10 are the 'Stereo' LP "Queen Of Soul" - released November 1964 in the USA on Argo Records LPS-4040

BONUS TRACKS:
Track 11 is "You Got Me Where You Want Me" - a 1965 outtake first issued in 2000 on "The Chess Box" - a 3CD box set on MCA/Chess 088 112 288-2 [Disc 1]

Tracks 14, 20 and 22 are "You Can't Talk To A Fool", "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can He Be?)" and "Tomorrow Night" - all outtakes first released on the 1997 American CD compilation "These Foolish Things - The Classic Balladry Of Etta James" on MCA/Chess MCD 09354.

The other bonus tracks are singles as listed below...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2012
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I see the 1st reviewer (Mark Barry) has given this CD a maximum five-star review; in my opinion that's quite a bit too generous for what is probably the weakest of the four recent KENT Etta James CD releases. The liners make a bit of a fuss that this is the 1st CD release of the full '65 "Queen of Soul" LP but it is obvious why..... the stronger tracks have already made it to compilations / boxed-sets whilst the weaker tracks have justifiably languished.

There is some good stuff on the original 10-track LP and Etta's vocals are uniformly excellent but in too many instances the material lets her down with so-so tracks like the cheesy "Flight 101" (with toe-curling pseudo-'airport announcements') and the surplus to requirements cover of "I Wish Somebody Would Care" (which isn't gonna make anyone forget Irma Thomas' version!). Much of remaining material on the original LP is OK to very good but often let down by very dated arrangements with 'whitebread' backing vox and prominent echoes of the early 60's girl group style (which don't mesh well with Etta's gritty vocals). As ever with Etta the ballads are usually the best tracks with her stellar vulnerable vocal on "Bobby Is His Name" making up for the iffy-backing vocals probably being the pick of the lot.

The 13 bonus tracks are mostly easily available on other Etta compilations however they do exhibit impressively punchy sound in the main though in a few instances tape 'rumble' is discernible which you can pick up on headphones but this is hardly the end of the world. The quality of the bonus tracks is the usual mixed bag consisting of a pot-pourri of styles from string laced balladry ['Tomorrow Night' - excellent! / 'How Do You Speak To An Angel' - wretched!], pseudo-girl group pastiches ['Two Sides (To Every Story)' - ugh!
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By Carl G. Cederblad on 13 Jan. 2015
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"...You Got Me So I Can't Eat...I'm Loving You More Every Day..." 12 Jun. 2012
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
2011 turned out to be a bumper year for fans of the American Soul legend Etta James. February saw the "Who's Blue" Kent Soul compilation with 24 elusive tracks on Chess and Cadet - while October saw the first official CD release of "Call My Name" - a criminally forgotten Cadet Records LP from 1967. Then came "Losers Weepers" in October - an obscure album from 1970 with 11 bonus tracks (again first time on CD). Continuing that run into 2012 is this - her 1964 "Queen Of Soul" album in Stereo - also bolstered up with a copious amount of relevant bonus tracks. Here are the finite details...

UK released Monday 28 May 2012 (12 June 2012 in the USA) - Ace Records/Kent Soul CDKEND 377 breaks down as follows (68:22 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the 'Stereo' LP "Queen Of Soul" - released November 1964 in the USA on Argo Records LPS-4040

Track 11 is "You Got Me Where You Want Me" - a 1965 outtake first issued in 2000 on "The Chess Box" - a 3CD box set on MCA/Chess 088 112 288-2 [Disc 1]
Tracks 14, 20 and 22 are "You Can't Talk To A Fool", "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can He Be?)" and "Tomorrow Night" - all outtakes first released on the 1997 American CD compilation "These Foolish Things - The Classic Balladry Of Etta James" on MCA/Chess MCD 09354. The other bonus tracks are singles as listed below...

This CD will also allow fans to sequence almost 10 of her US 45's released off and around the album [track number after the title - exclusions noted]:
1. Stop The Wedding [16] b/w Street Of Tears [not included] on Argo 5418 (1962)
2. How Do You Speak To An Angel [17] b/w Would It Make Any Difference To You [15] on Argo 5430 (1962)
3. Pushover [13] b/w I Can't Hold It In Any More [23] on Argo 5437 (1963)
4. Be Honest With Me [18] b/w Pay Back [[19] on Argo 5445 (1963)
5. Two Sides (To Every Story) [21] b/w I Worry Bout You [9] on Argo 5452 (1963)
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do b/w What I Say on Argo 5459 (1964) [neither included]
7. Look Who's Blue [not included] b/w Loving You More Every Day [7] on Argo 5465 (1964)
8. Breaking Point [5] b/w That Man Belongs Here With Me [3] on Argo 5477 (1964)
9. Mellow Fellow [10] b/w Bobby Is His Name [1] on Argo 5485 (1964)
10. Only Time Will Tell [12] b/w I'm Sorry For You [not included] on Cadet 5526 (1966)
[Note: Tracks 11, 13, 16, 18 and 23 are MONO - all others are STEREO]

The first thing that hits you is the HUGE STEREO SOUND. Remastered by DUNCAN COWELL at Sound Mastering in London - I've sung this engineer's praises before (I reviewed all the Blue Horizon CDs he handled) - and again - it's a bang-up job. There's amazing clarity on every song - clean Stereo separation too and a huge presence on instruments - especially the brass and percussion. It is hissy in places - "Bobby Is His Name" and "Somewhere In Time" - but that's a plus because it hasn't been noise-reduced or cleaned - just left alone and allowed to breath. It's a great listen and hugely evocative of the period. The MONO variant of the LP isn't on here I know - but the large number of bonus tracks (including rarities) more than makes up for that.

The 12-page colour booklet is crammed with photos of 7" singles (most of the titles listed above), Billboard and Cash Box magazine adverts from 1962, 1963 and 1964 - as well as a set of deeply personal liner notes by GARTH CARTWRIGHT (who wrote her obituary for England's Guardian newspaper). Contributions to the compilation also came from Rudy Calvo, Mickey McGill (of The Dells), David Yeats and Mick Patrick. Like its three CD predecessors - it's a typically classy effort from Ace...

Highlights for me are her cover of the Irma Thomas slow burner "I Wish Someone Would Care" and the brass/organ funk of "Breaking Point" where she sounds not unlike a female Ray Charles. The languid "Flight 101" informs us that "the ring, the rice, the shoes, will be waiting there..." while a real powerhouse performance comes in the shape of "Loving You More Every Day" (lyrics above). It's surely the reason why so many lovers of Sixties Soul rate Etta so - no need for sheet music - like Otis she just punches out the passion with her gut-wrenching voice. The pace is upped on "Do Right" and there's a Dinah Washington feel to "I Worry About You".

The singles are a mixed bag - the cheesy "Stop The Wedding" mixes with the girly pop of "Two Sides (To Every Story)" and neither is particularly memorable. But things get better with the ballad "Only Time Will Tell" and what's shocking too is the quality of the three outtakes - especially her lovely cover of LaVern Baker's 1955 Atlantic classic "Tomorrow Night" - great production and nicely arranged strings.

Etta James sadly passed away in January 2012 after a lifetime of well-documented illnesses and addictions - eliciting an outpouring of affection from fans, industry insiders and singers alike.

This excellent CD will prolong her legacy. And once again Ace has championed someone worth remembering...and delivered the goods.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Queen Of Soul" on fire...classic Etta James! 13 July 2012
By Bradly Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Etta James performing upon the release of "Queen Of Soul" in 1964 at "The California Club", scorching hot SRO act was the one to catch at legendary South Central Los Angeles venue, extraordinary life-changing experience clear & memorable to this day...rangy gritty vocals featuring passionate volcanic emoting, complete with tears streaming down the great singers face while soaring through ballads and riveting hot rhythm numbers contained in fiery & masterful "Queen Of Soul", plus phenomenal bonus performances featuring numerous career-defining hits like the unforgettable "All I Could Do Is Cry", iconic anthem "At Last", roof-raising "Something's Got A Hold On Me", then that truly majestic ballad "Trust In Me", these classic performances made for a once in a lifetime captivating evening...thankfully had the opportunity to relay this "first time experience" to Etta James in person at Sunset Blvd. Tower Records book signing in the late nineties, Etta laughed telling me I was too young to have been there and in a way she was right...at sixteen went suit & tie with older friends to experience my favorite singer, luck would have it wasn't booted out & we were graciously given a ringside table, breathtaking to watch up close as nobody compared to this legendary lady letting it rip live, finally this sadly overlooked "Queen Of Soul" masterpiece has seen light of day in this tremendous & beautifully remastered release, would have been nice for Etta to know this wondrous effort was finally released and appreciated but now better late than never will have to suffice...electrifying performances like searing rocker "Breaking Point" or that mesmerizing soaring ballad "Loving You More Everyday", show a magnificent original classic singer at her amazing peak and the hot slow-burn of "Mellow Fellow" would have been a huge crossover hit had this unique rocker been given deserved airplay...seeing the great lady twice at this awesome little venue while playing "Queen Of Soul" endlessly, wondered at the time what was wrong with radio ignoring such a great Lp filled with amazing & varied performances, with the exception a few years later of mega-hit "Tell Mama", this unfortunate weird trend sadly was to be repeated over and over, yet in live concert Etta James always delivered, for decades remaining the act to see for anyone wanting to experience the best of the best, right up to recent years...widespread acclaim & numerous awards finally came in later years but should have happened decades sooner with "Queen Of Soul", "Call My Name", "Looser's Weeper's", Gabriel Mekler produced solid masterpiece "Etta James", Jerry Wexler produced "Deep In The Night", Allen Toussaint produced "Changes" and "Seven Year Itch", each timeless masterpiece collection features Etta James at the peak of her consistently remarkable form. "Queen Of Soul" bonus tracks are welcomed with the powerful & riveting "Only Time Will Tell" brilliantly defining the soul of Etta James who was way ahead of her time, early Etta James classic "Stop The Wedding" was mindblowing to experience in live performance, sounds commanding here...sadly the grand legendary lady is no longer with us but with stellar collections such as "Queen Of Soul", her abounding gifts will be enjoyed by those who appreciate the best for generations to come...RIP Etta, you are loved and missed by many!
1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed... 19 Jun. 2012
By Glen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I did not like this CD. It represented her early days, to me this CD was a lot of screaming. I much prefer Etta James the mature and well rounded singer that she became. In my opinion this CD is not Etta at her best. To my regret I had to send it back. I appreciate the music sampler, this CD did not have the sampler when I preordered. I really missed her rich sounding voice. This CD was a disappointment to me.
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