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The Very Best Of Etta James: The Chess Singles [Box set]

Etta James Audio CD
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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 (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B0009F2C3Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. All I Could Do Was Cry (Single Version) 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. If I Can't Have You (Single Version) [feat. Harvey Fuqua] 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. My Dearest Darling (Single Version) 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Spoonful (Single Version) 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. At Last (Single Version) 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Single Version) 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Trust In Me (Single Version) 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fool That I Am (Single Version) 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don't Cry Baby (Single Version) 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Sunday Kind Of Love (Single Version) 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Something's Got A Hold On Me (Single Version) 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home) (Single Version) 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stop The Wedding (Single Version) 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Next Door To The Blues (Single Version) 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Would It Make Any Difference To You (Single Version) 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. In My Diary (Album Version) 2:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Stormy Weather (Album Version) 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (Album Version) 4:000.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Pushover (Single Version) 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pay Back (Single Version) 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Two Sides (To Every Story) (Single Version) 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Live Edit (1963/The New Era Club)) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lovin' You More Every Day (Single Version) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Breaking Point (Single Version) 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bobby Is His Name (Single Version) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Do I Make Myself Clear (Single Version) [feat. Sugar Pie DeSanto] 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Only Time Will Tell (Single Version) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. In The Basement, Part One (Single Version) 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Prefer You (Single Version) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. It Must Be Your Love (Single Version) 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 842-3089 (Call My Name) (Single Version) 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I'd Rather Go Blind (Single Version) 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tell Mama (Single Version) 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Wish Someone Would Care (Album Version) 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Light My Fire (2000 Box Set Version) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Security (Single Version) 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got (Single Version) 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Worship The Ground You Walk On (Single Version) 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Got It (Single Version) 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Got You Babe 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Almost Persuaded (Single Version) 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Miss Pitiful (Single Version) 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tighten Up Your Own Thing (Single Version) 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Losers Weepers, Part One (Single Version) 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Found A Love (Single Version) 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing (Single Version) 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. W.O.M.A.N. (Single Version) 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. All The Way Down (Single Version) 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. You Can Leave Your Hat On (Single Version) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Out On The Street Again (Single Edit) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Lovin' Arms (Single Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Never My Love (Album Version) 3:520.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

(2005/UNIVERSAL) 53 tracks 1960-75 - Jewelboxes w.Slipcase / last copies out of print!Medium 1
  1. All I Could Do Was Cry
  2. If I Can't Have You
  3. My Dearest Darling
  4. Spoonful
  5. At Last
  6. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  7. Trust In Me
  8. Fool That I Am
  9. Don't Cry Baby
  10. A Sunday Kind Of Love
  11. Something's Got A Hold On Me
  12. Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)
  13. Stop The Wedding
  14. Next Door To The Blues
  15. Would It Make Any Difference To You
  16. In My Diary
  17. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time)
  18. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Medium 2
  1. Pushover
  2. Pay Back
  3. Two Sides (To Every Story)
  4. Baby What You Want Me To Do
  5. Lovin' You More Every Day
  6. Breaking Point
  7. Bobby Ins His Name
  8. Do I Make Myself Clear
  9. Only Time Will Tell
  10. In The Basement Part One
  11. I Prefer You
  12. It Must Be Your Love
  13. 842-3089 (Call My Name)
  14. I'd Rather Go Blind
  15. Tell Mama
  16. I Wish Someone Would Care
  17. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  18. Light My Fire
Medium 3
  1. Security
  2. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got
  3. I Worship The Ground You Walk On
  4. You Got It
  5. I Got You Babe
  6. Almost Persuaded
  7. Miss Pitiful
  8. Tighten Up Your Own Things
  9. Loser's Weepers Part One
  10. I Found A Love
  11. Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing
  12. W.O.M.A.N.
  13. All The Way Down
  14. You Can Leave Your Hat On
  15. Out On The Street Again
  16. Lovin' Arms
  17. Never My Love

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fully recommended 11 May 2008
By Lozarithm TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Etta James was with Chess for over fifteen years (appearing initially on their subsidiary labels Argo and Cadet) between 1960 and 1976, adapting and rolling with the times, trying out new ideas, never selling out, and making a heap of great blues and soul records. If squeezing fifteen years of material onto just three discs seems a tall order, imagine the absurdity of trying to compile The Best Of Etta James, which is a single CD of her Chess years. This box set represents far better value and is fully recommended, with just a couple of small caveats.

Firstly, there are too many mono mixes, even from the nineteen-seventies when stereo versions were prepared as a matter of course and are available elsewhere, and secondly, there is too little detailed documentation.

Finally, whilst I have no quarrel at all with the title, The Very Best Of Etta James, the subtitle The Chess Singles is just misleading. Some A-sides are absent, seven B-sides are included (just as well, as these include All I Could Do Was Cry, I Just Want To Make Love To You and I'd Rather Go Blind) and contrarily there are several album tracks and even a couple of outtakes that weren't released at the time at all. These include her brilliant version of Do Right Woman, Do Right Man recorded at Muscle Shoals and inexplicably left in the can until 1993.

This collection would be well complemented by Miss Etta James - The Complete Kent And Modern Recordings, the period before she signed to Chess. It's worth remembering that when these days artists are expected to be at their peak after one single, singers like Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Etta James had been learning their craft for several years before becoming established, and Etta James' first single appeared in 1955.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice! 4 Oct 2005
By hegs
Format:Audio CD
I bought this 3 disc compilation set over the single CD version, because it features all of the songs plus about 30 more for hardly any more money. Was it a good buy? You bet! Etta James is one of the best soul singers, especially if you like you soul a little bit on the bluesy side. 'At last' is worth the cost of the CD alone, but there are about 50 more great tracks in this set-you can't lose.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value ever.. 2 Sep 2009
By D. W. Miller VINE VOICE
Format:MP3 Download
Etta James was one of the first and best singers to combine soul and blues in a style sufficiently commercial to appeal to fans of both genres. This album delivers a huge feast of Etta's work and represents superb value for money. Even if some of the recordings are a bit on the thin side, they evoke memories of the times they were made. Terrific.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice! 21 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
How did Etta James pass me by when I was so into Atlantic Soul in my youth? This music is timeless and Etta has as much soul as Aretha. My personal discovery of the decade.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a ridiculously good-value collection of Etta's output on Chicago's Chess label. The sound is crystal clear throughout and there's not a dud track to be found. She even manages to turn the somewhat soppy 'I got you babe' into a blistering slice of raunchy soul. You'd be mad to pass up this chance to own the prime of Miss Etta James, one of the hardest-hitting and most soulful of female vocalists. If nothing else, you can listen to 'I'd rather go blind' till the cows come home.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation 31 Aug 2009
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This is a great overview of early Etta James work.
This defines the Blues,Soul,Rythm & Blues links.
Ageless stuff !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice 14 Oct 2010
By Peter
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The Very Best of Etta James by Chess Singles is a wonderful choice of Etta James singles. Good Listening and recommended to all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Etta James a whole mix of sounds 10 April 2009
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Etta James some fantastic tracks.... i was about to download from i tunes then i checked out the price on amazon the money i saved was huge, even if you dont like all the tracks at this price you cant go wrong.
Evelyn
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