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Etta James 11/1/2005

Review

This 18-track compilation focuses on Etta James' earliest sessions recorded for Modern Records between 1954 and 1958. James was only 16 years old when she first recorded for the L.A.-based label. Her youthful exuberance and powerhouse delivery still generate that initial excitement captured on these remastered versions of "Dance With Me Henry," "The Pick-Up," "W-O-M-A-N," and "Good Rockin' Daddy." Appearing with James on these tracks were the cream of L.A.'s R&B and jazz musicians and arrangers of the era, including Johnny Otis, Richard Berry, Sam "The Man" Taylor, and Plas Johnson, not to mention the New Orleans powerhouse lineup of Lee Allen, Red Tyler, and Earl Palmer on "Tough Lover." Compiled and produced by music historian Billy Vera, this set is a great introduction to Etta James' early raw recordings. ~ Al Campbell
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Wallflower (aka Dance With Me Henry) Etta James 3:0
  3. 2 Hey Henry Etta James 2:51
  4. 3 Be Mine Etta James 2:42
  5. 4 Good Rockin' Daddy Etta James 2:21
  6. 5 Crazy Feeling (aka Doin' Somethin' Crazy) Etta James 3:18
  7. 6 W-O-M-A-N Etta James 2:41
  8. 7 That's All Etta James 2:12
  9. 8 Number One (aka My One and Only) Etta James 2:23
  10. 9 Tears of Joy Etta James 2:26
  11. 10 Tough Lover Etta James 2:8
  12. 11 Good Lookin' Etta James 2:8
  13. 12 The Pick-Up Etta James 2:20
  14. 13 Market Place Etta James 2:50
  15. 14 Come What May Etta James 2:4
  16. 15 Strange Things Happening Etta James 2:28
  17. 16 Every Night (aka Baby, Baby, Every Night) Etta James 2:18
  18. 17 Call Me a Fool (aka How Big a Fool?) Etta James 2:44
  19. 18 Nobody Loves You (Like Me) Etta James 2:21

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