- Audio CD (9 May 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Private Music
- ASIN: B0000000LU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Etta James, Ruth Brown, and Little Esther Phillips helped revolutionize American music with early-'50s rock & roll hits, but they grew up thinking of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington as the ultimate in singing. As they got older, James, Brown, and Phillips all recorded pop standards in the style of their original heroes, but James made the most convincing transition from sock-hop shouter to cabaret crooner, culminating in her Grammy-winning album of Holiday songs, Mystery Lady.
James continues this journey with Time After Time, a new collection of pop standards recorded with the same producer (John Snyder) and arranger (pianist Cedar Walton). In the liner notes, James acknowledges learning these songs from vocal models like Washington, Fitzgerald, Etta Jones, Jimmy Scott, Chet Baker, and Frank Sinatra, but James puts her own stamp on every one. Most of these are confessions of weakness by a lover in the throes of new infatuation or fresh heartbreak, but she injects such a feeling of strength into the vocals--both in the robustness of her timbre and in the determination of her attitude--that she gives these well-worn numbers a new spin. She may be dizzy right now, she seems to imply, but she will soon land on her feet. --Geoffrey Himes
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"Don't Go to Strangers" is her joke. Often confused with Etta Jones, she begins the CD with Jones's most famous song, giving it her own style and interpretation. Jo Stafford would never recognize what James does with "Teach Me Tonight," an R & B treatment that features one of Eddie Harris's great sax solos. "Fool That I Am," one of her best songs, includes an unusual accompaniment, almost completely limited to the flugelhorn of Ronnie Buttacavoli and guitar of Josh Sklair, who have terrific solos, and one can hear Etta in the background offering them encouragement.
The best song on the CD is "Willow Weep for Me," a stunning song which she begins a capella and sings as if she were one of the originators of old-time blues. Here she keeps the tempo slow, letting out all her emotion in pure blues style, the accompaniment kept simple and very much in the background.
With jazz and the blues embedded deep in her soul, James is still a fine interpreter, and the musicians with whom she surrounds herself are top notch. Her voice, now very deep and dark, is still fine in the middle and upper ranges.Read more ›
“Time After Time“ by Etta James was released by Private Music in 1995, her 23rd album so far and her 2nd on Private Music, following the very successful “Mystery Lady: Song of Billie Holiday” in 1994. I have compiled a song listing which is as follows (US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):
LP “TIME AFTER TIME” (Etta James)(Private Music 82128)(1995):
01 DON’T GO TO STRANGERS*original version by Etta Jones (1960)
02 TEACH ME TONIGHT*original version: Jo Stafford (US 15/1954) and Dinah Washington (US 23/1954); inspired by Dinah’s live performance watched by Etta after a verbal spat at Etta’s live performance. (see Positive Points below for details)
03 LOVE IS HERE TO STAY*original version by Larry Clinton (US 15/1938); vocalist: Bea Wain.
04 THE NEARNESS OF YOU*original version by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (US 5/1940)
05 TIME AFTER TIME*original version by Frank Sinatra (US 16/1947)
06 MY FUNNY VALENTINE*original version by Hal McIntyre (US 16/1945); this song inspired by Chet Baker; Ronnie Buttacavoli on trumpet.
07 IMAGINATION*original version by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (US 1(3)/1940); vocal: Marion Hutton.
08 FOOL THAT I AM*Etta James’ original version charted in 1951 (BB R&B 14/1951)
09 WILLOW WEEP FOR ME*original version by Ted Fio Rito (US 17/1932); pop version by Chad & Jeremy.
10 EV’RYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S FOOL*big hit by Connie Francis (BB Pop 1(2)/1960); not to be confused with a similar titled song by Dinah Washington.
11 NIGHT AND DAY*original version by Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman (US 1(10)/1932); also made popular by Frank Sinatra (US 16/1942).Read more ›
The band is superb, with many brilliant little solos. Etta warbles with great emotion, she doesn’t need to break into overdrive, her renditions of the ‘Great American Songbook’ are right up there with the likes of Ella and Frank! Someone on here said that this was one of her best albums and I can see exactly why they would say that.