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The Dreamer

14 Nov 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 11 Nov 2011
  • Release Date: 11 Nov 2011
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 50:09
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  • ASIN: B0060NB12M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,110 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
First things first. It has to be said : for a seventy three year old
woman Etta James' voice is in remarkable shape. That it has darkened
and deepened over time is of course inevitable but her singular gift has
not diminished with longevity. Her diction and phrasing remain impeccable
and the gritty, smoky edge which has always defined her vocal delivery
still stirs the blood. What she now lacks in decibels she more than makes
up for in style. Listening to her still makes our hearts beat faster!

Just listen to her marvellous rendition of Bobby Bland's 'Dreamer'
for a masterclass in the blues; without ever resorting to histrionics
or overstatement she makes the expression of every note and word count.
Her take on Guns and Roses "Welcome To The Jungle" redefines the song
as a delicious grunt-and-grooving piece of R&B; the swirling Hammond
organ and crisp snare drum urging her ever-on to nail it to the floor!

I'm a sucker for a slow blues song and Mme James' interpretation of 'Misty
Blue' truly is as good as it gets. An elegant and perfectly poised performance.
So too her heartfelt and soulful singing on the final track 'Let Me Down Easy'
but with 'Cigarettes and Coffee' a lifetime's experience is condensed into
an account of the composition which digs deep and comes back with something
so special that we can only hold our breath in wonder at her immutable artistry!

'The Dreamer' truly is one of the year's greatest joys.

Essential.

(An Afterword : Etta James sadly passed away on 20th January 2012.
The listening world has lost a consummate artist and a great voice).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ollie Olugooden on 14 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
Apparently, Etta James' musical career ends with "The Dreamer".
The legendary vocalist announced a few months back that this would be her final album. She's retiring from music in order to deal with serious medical issues.
Co-produced by James, Josh Sklair, and her sons Danto and Sametto, The Dreamer's 11 tracks offer an imperfect but utterly worthy portrait of the places she's been musically with a couple of selections that reveal her dictum that "every song is a blues".
Her signature meld of soul, blues, rhythm & blues, rock, and country are all on display here. The production underscores her lifelong commitment to these styles and suits the material at large.
Her musical accompanists include not only her co-producers, but guitarists Leo Nocentelli and Big Terry de Rouen, saxophonist Jimmy Z., trombonist Kraig Kilby, and trumpeter Lee Thornburg.
Etta James' choice of material is rigorous even if two of its selections are questionable: the cover of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" doesn't lend itself well to the choogling boogie arrangement here; and the funkified reading of contemporary country stars Little Big Town's "Boondocks" sounds like she tried too hard to make it fit.
These cuts aside, the rest of the material is vintage; it reflects the work of Ms. James' influences and contemporaries.
Her readings of Otis Redding's "Cigarettes & Coffee" and "Champagne & Wine", Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Dreamer", Bob Montgomery's country-pop standard "Misty Blue", Ray Charles' "In the Evening", Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "That's the Chance You Take", "Too Tired" and Little Milton's "Let Me Down Easy" all contain within them not only their original traces, but the musical experience necessary to bring their subtler, deeper meanings to the fore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rockhead on 3 Dec 2011
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I do hope this is not Etta's last - but if it is, here we have another stunning addition to an amazing catalogue. EJ has never got the respect she deserves - for me not one duff recording in a long long career. It's only been Etta, Aretha and Joe Cocker who have consistetly been able to grab hold of someone els's song and give it a whole new life. Etta has always kept her ears open to the pop genre, as well as the more traditional. Guns and Roses cover - no problem, in the past other artists such as Prince, The Eagles, Alice Cooper have also attracted this amazing woman. As always superb production and musicianship. If you know Etta this won't disappoint - if you don't - jump on board.
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By JOHN RACE on 12 Feb 2014
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fantastic woman with a voice above all others . if only there was another like her around now...she will go on forever..god bless her.
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