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Tough Woman: The Early Recordings 1955-1960

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Etta James 3/8/2011

Review

This two-disc, 46-track set collects the best of Etta James' earliest sides for Modern Records in the mid- to late '50s, including her first recording, 1954's "Dance with Me Henry" (which was later renamed "The Wallflower" in the hopes that audiences would overlook the song's explicit subject matter); the sturdy "Good Rockin' Daddy"; and the raucous and impressive "Tough Lover," which was tracked in New Orleans with Lee Allen on sax. James left Modern in 1958, signing with Argo Records in 1960, and her LP with that label, At Last!, which was released that same year, is also included here in its entirety. James, of course, has had a long and varied career since, and her passionate singing has made her an American musical treasure. These sides started it all. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Wallflower Etta James 3:0
  3. 2 Hold Me Squeeze Me Etta James 2:32
  4. 3 Be Mine Etta James 2:53
  5. 4 Hey Henry Etta James 2:57
  6. 5 Crazy Feeling Etta James 3:22
  7. 6 Good Rockin' Daddy Etta James 2:28
  8. 7 That's All Etta James 2:18
  9. 8 W-O-M-A-N Etta James 2:49
  10. 9 I'm a fool Etta James 2:32
  11. 10 My One and Only Etta James 2:31
  12. 11 Tears of Joy Etta James 2:31
  13. 12 Shortnin' Bread Rock Etta James 2:35
  14. 13 Fools We Mortals Be Etta James 2:24
  15. 14 Tough Lover Etta James 2:30
  16. 15 Then I'll Care Etta James 2:35
  17. 16 Good Lookin' Etta James 2:11
  18. 17 Market Place Etta James 2:46
  19. 18 The Pick Up Etta James 2:20
  20. 19 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Etta James 2:14
  21. 20 Come What May Etta James 2:6
  22. 21 Baby, Baby Every Nght Etta James 2:26
  23. 22 Dance with Me Henry Etta James 2:25
  24. 23 Strange Things Happening Etta James 2:32
  25. 1 If It Ain't One Thing Betty & Dupree 2:16
  26. 2 I Hope You're Satisfied Betty & Dupree 3:5
  27. 3 My Heart Cries Etta & Harvey 2:36
  28. 4 If I Can't Have You Etta James 3:1
  29. 5 Spoonful Etta & Harvey 2:50
  30. 6 It's a Crying Shame Etta James 2:54
  31. 7 Let Me Know Etta James 3:9
  32. 8 Plum Nuts Etta James 3:6
  33. 9 Nobody But You Etta James 2:25
  34. 10 I'll Dry My Tears Etta James 2:43
  35. 11 Seven Day Fool Etta James 3:2
  36. 12 In My Diary Etta James 2:37
  37. 13 You Can Count on Me Etta James 2:39
  38. 14 Anything to Say You're Mine Etta James 2:37
  39. 15 My Dearest Darling Etta James 3:4
  40. 16 Trust in Me Etta James 3:1
  41. 17 A Sunday Kind of Love Etta James 3:19
  42. 18 Tough Mary Etta James 2:27
  43. 19 I Just Want to Make Love to You Etta James 3:8
  44. 20 At Last Etta James 3:2
  45. 21 All I Could Do Was Cry Etta James 2:58
  46. 22 Stormy Weather Etta James 3:10
  47. 23 Girl of My Dreams Etta James 2:24

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