(1997) Her Best - The Chess 50Th Anniversary Collection

Etta James

... read moreWhile several best-ofs from Etta James' Chess period have been available over the years -- with the two-disc, 44-track Essential Etta James at the top of the list in giving the big picture -- this 20-track collection sweats that bigger picture down to bare essentials. For those wishing to finally...

01:00′:21″ 20 Songs

1
At Last
Etta James
3:00
2
All I Could Do Was Cry
Etta James
2:57
3
If I Can't Have You
Etta James
2:55
4
A Sunday Kind Of Love
Etta James
3:16
5
My Dearest Darling
Etta James
3:01
6
Something's Got A Hold On Me
Etta James
2:46
7
Trust In Me
Etta James
2:58
8
Next Door To The Blues
Etta James
2:48
9
Don't Cry Baby
Etta James
2:26
10
Fool That I Am
Etta James
2:58
11
Two Sides (To Every Story)
Etta James
2:55
12
Pushover
Etta James
2:54
13
Stop The Wedding
Etta James
2:51
14
In The Basement (Pt. 1)
Etta James
2:21
15
Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Live At The New Era Club/1963)
Etta James
4:17
16
I'd Rather Go Blind
Etta James
2:34
17
Security
Etta James
2:29
18
Losers Weepers (Pt. 1)
Etta James
2:59
19
All The Way Down
Etta James
5:35
20
Tell Mama
Etta James
2:21
Released 25 March 1997, A Geffen Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 1997 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

While several best-ofs from Etta James' Chess period have been available over the years -- with the two-disc, 44-track Essential Etta James at the top of the list in giving the big picture -- this 20-track collection sweats that bigger picture down to bare essentials. For those wishing to finally sample Etta's classic period at Chess without opening the wallet for box set expense, this single-disc retrospective will fill the bill quite nicely. Featuring 20 of the tracks that appear on the double-disc Essential anthology without anything literally essential left off, this scintillating little disc now officially becomes the one-stop, first-time purchase in connecting with the emotional greatness inherent in Etta's siren song. There's plenty more after this to discover, but this is absolutely where you start. ~ Cub Koda