With each new collection of Etta James which comes available I am more and more impressed with the depth of her talent and the range of her emotional engagement with the material. In this collection of masters recordings from Modern and Kent Records Etta James sings against very traditional 1950s R&B arrangements, often singing much covered material. However her tremendous delivery conveys more passion and longing and hurt than her contemporaries could. Aretha Franklin's status is beyond question - so should Etta James's reputation with everyone who loves soul. Magnificent.