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At Last!
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This is Etta James's first full-length album, recorded for Chess Records' Argo subsidiary in 1960. It taps all aspects of her then-blossoming talent. There's the crooning rock ballad "My Dearest Darling" and the elegantly symphonic "Sunday Kind of Love." Her classic, brokenhearted "All I Could Do Was Cry" follows the sweet title track and the bawdy blues stomper "I Just Want to Make Love to You." And there's a version of Harold Arlen's "Stormy Weather," which Lena Horne made famous. James's fine way with such a wide embrace of material wouldn't again be this well displayed on a single album until she was united with producer Jerry Wexler for 1977's Deep in the Night. --Ted Drozdowski

The R&B queen's classic collection is augmented this time around by a long-overdue digital remastering, plus a few bonus tracks, presumably for those who found the original album a little on the brief side. In addition to James's well-known hits, including "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Stormy Weather," there are four additional songs: "My Heart Cries," "Spoonful," "It's a Crying Shame," and "If I Can't Have You." Although one might cynically suggest that these were added to give Etta fans something to purchase besides The Essential Etta James, it's definitely true that these tracks are worth hearing. --Genevieve Williams

Customer Reviews:

  • THIS C.D. IS RTHYM AND BLUES AT ITS ULTIMATE BEST!!!!
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE RECORDINGS THAT ETTA JAMES DID BACK IN 1959. WAIT TIL YOU HEAR "AT LAST", "TIME WILL TELL", "MY DEAREST DARLING" ETC. SHE EVEN SINGS WITH HARVEY OF "THE MOONGLOWS" IN "MY HEART CRIES" AND "IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU". THIS IS REAL CLASSIC STUFF. R& B WAS NEVER BETTER!WHETHER IT BE A LOVE BALAD TO A ROCKIN "JIM DANDY" OR "ROLL WITH ME. HENRY" ETTA JAMES IS THE DEFINITE QUEEN DIVA!THIS WAS WAY BEFORE ARETHA FRANKLIN. SHE WAS A COMBINATION OF DINAH WASHINGTON AND DO WOPP.SHE WAS THE FEMALE JAMES BROWN, BACK WHEN HE SANG "TRY ME". THIS GAL WAS WAY TOO UNDERRATED.SHE'S DEFINITELY "HALL OF FAME" MATERIAL.SHE WAS THE FIRST BLACK CHICK,BEFORE MARY WELLS, TO COME OUT WITH BLONDE HAIR AND A BLACK MOLE ON THE SAME PLACE WHERE MARILYN MONROE HAD HERS! THAT WAS DARING IN THOSE DAYS!HER HIT "ROLL WITH ME, HENRY" WAS BANNED FROM THE STATIONS. THE LYRICS WERE TOO RISQUE!BUY ALL HER EARLY RECORDINGS, HER SONGS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND SO IS HER VOICE! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE!...more info
  • A respected role model. She deserves more credit!
    I have always wanted to buy this cd, and one day, on a shopping spree i decided to hand over the cash. Ever since, this CD has never left my discman. I hate math, and these awe-inspiring songs have helped me through algebra. I DEFINETLY suggest this CD to anyone who needs to add a classic to their collection. ...more info
  • Etta James rocks
    I love the Oldies because they evoke pure emotions that defy generational trends. I really love the track "Trust in Me" because it is unhibited in its power to show the strenght of a passionate women in love and at peace with her man....more info
  • Etta James With A Vitamin For The Soul!!!!!!!
    Now......you have to remember this is a debut album we're talking about.And even at Chess,the name of the game at the start of the 60's was 45 RPM singles. Well I am sure what's here were single sessions but when put together.........the effect is just hard to describe. If you have ANY doubt that Etta James was the original Queen Of Soul this is completely affirming. She and Aretha are just going to have to share that title;they're both essential. Even if you haven't seen the film Cadillac Records and don't know anything,even if semi fictionalized about what was going on inside Etta's heart as she recorded this,what you hear on this album will amaze you.The remastering album,especially for the original music's vintage makes it sound showroom new;Etta's voice is heard in all it's glory. What do I hear when I hear Etta's voice?She's smokey,firey and can plain just attack the mic with a raspy growl.It's also clear and some of most wonderfully phrased singing I can think of.So tell you something you don't know right?I don't know if that's possible so I'll work with my own impressions right now. EVERY song on this album is full of soul-EVERYTHING!The Riley Hampton Orchestra just melts like carmel,setting a nearly impossible standard for all soul music orchestration to come.Now we've all heard the title song;it's one of those undisputed R&B classics that's etched into the subconscious of pretty much everyone. On music such as "Anything To Say You're Mine","Trust In Me" and works of utter beauty such as "A Sunday Kind Of Love" and "All I Could Do Is Cry",a tune on which Etta falls into her lowest possible vocal register you hear the whole emotional heart of her talent;the ecstacy and agony,the joy and the pain,the blues and the gospel-she gives you everything,even if there's that unmistakable 50's style R&B "swinging" style to the arrangment. Etta can also throw down some serious blues too;the assertive sexuality of her spin on Willie Dixon's "I Just Want To Make Love To You" would be more then proof enough but then you get four bonus tracks;all wonderful uptempo Chess rhythm & BLUES (emphasis on that) with Harvey Fuqua;"Spoonful","It's A Crying Shame","If I Can't Have You" and the slow burning "My Heart Cries". On the album your going to get like minded tunes such as "Tough Mary" and "Boy Of My Dreams".I am not exactly sure how much of the emotion in these songs actually came from Etta's real life but either way she always sings a song they way she feels it and that is exactly what you'll get on everyone of these songs.Whatever era of music you happen to be into,or even if you don't have anymore Etta James (and you should probably collect as much of her stuff as you can) this is something you going to want as part of your R&B collection!...more info
  • Etta James, National Treasure
    This is one of the most pleasurable CDs on the market. This collection of Etta's songs showcases her considerable talent as a blues singer. Though the instrumentation is dated on some of the songs (the strings soar a little too high), her voice saves the day, alternately powerful and vulnerable.

    Her version of "I Just Want to Make Love to You" rocks harder than the Rolling Stones version, and that is no small feat. 'At Last' is a great song, and her vocal interpretation is the best out of many artists who attempted it. 'Sunday Kind of Love' is another masterpiece, as is her rendition of 'Stormy Weather'. Not a bad song on the record.
    Etta James is a national treasure. Thanks for the beautiful, heart-felt music.

    As an aside, does anyone else see a resemblance between Etta's singing and Janis Joplin?...more info
  • Etta James At Last CD
    Probably the best CD I own. Every song is great. Her voice is fabulous. You really get more than your money's worh....more info
  • Shipping Issue
    I'd ordered several of these CDs, which were put into one bubble envelope, but not individually wrapped -- consequently, they arrived with three of the jewel cases cracked....more info
  • wonderful wonderful
    I love this CD. I had never heard of Etta James until I heard this CD recently and within an hour I was online ordering it. Very bluesy. Love every song on it. I really recommend it to anyone who loves blues or jazz....more info
  • One of a Kind Etta James
    She is an awesome talent that is one of a kind. She still knows how to work a stage like a beast (check out her recent Austin City Limits performance). She come from a time when the voice was the thing, and she has that thing almost better than anyone else. Check out this album you won't be disappointed. ...more info
  • At Last....the song that changed my music listenings
    When I heard At Last on a T.V commercial for Jaguar for the first time,I was just speeechless.It blew me away. Most of my friends and I were into those hard core alternative music,so nobody could not tell me who the singer was. Luckily, I had a chance to hear the song once again in the movie "Rain Man".I bought the sound track right away and found out who the singer was. I immediately fell love with her magnificent voice and her singing ability, and blues has become my favorite music listening. This must be the finest album of Etta ever....more info
  • Ms. James Is Exceptional!
    My goodness. Etta is a goddess! Her voice sounds like an angel straight from heaven. Although Etta's voice is raw and powerful, it has a beauty to it that is completely unique to her. Not to mention, how can you forget the classic songs on this album, like "At Last" and "Sunday Kind of Love". You must check out this album. Etta's voice is like no other!...more info
  • Today's younger generation should hear this album.
    This is what people who truly appreciate good music refer to as "R&B". On this classic set of tunes sung with the kind of power and conviction that many of today's young singers tend to shy away from (or just can't bring it, lol), you get the RHYTHM and the BLUES in one devastating combination. Etta James is one of this country's unheralded treasures and everytime I listen to this album, I am reminded of how much we need true artists like her to keep good music from going bad. No serious music collection should be without this one because it IS essential.

    Note: also get Bobby "Blue" Bland's 'Two Steps From The Blues' and play it back-to-back with Etta James' 'At Last' for an R&B listening experience like NO OTHER! By the way, are these two in the Hall of Fame, yet!?!?!?...more info
  • Etta James at last!
    The music quality had been fixed up,(do'nt know the word) to sound really great! I listened to the music when I was a teen, forty-five years ago. It sounded better now, even though I truly thought it was the best & loved the songs then!...more info
  • At Last The Best
    You know as I listen to this cd, one thing becomes clear. Etta James is raw, real, powerful, strong and to the point. None of today's singers can hold a finger to her. She is of the last great jazz/blues singers. Bessie, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Dinah, and Nina are gone. Only Etta is left....people need to show her more respect. Claps for Xtina for trying to keep Etta's legacy alive by talking about her on interviews and at her concerts. One listen to this gem and you will know why SOME call her "Queen of the Blues"....more info
  • Etta James is a treasure known to few. To few.
    This is a classic everyone should posess...more info
  • Miss Etta lived those songs
    it is so true Ms. JAMES HAS BEEN CHEATED OUT OF THE WORLD BEING ABLE TO HEAR HER mESSAGE. GUES BETTER LATE THAN NEVER....more info
  • alas, At Last
    Good music but rather poor production quality. This should be remastered and re-released to allow Etta's music to shine as it should, can and does on her newer works....more info
  • unhappy camper
    I did not received my order because you sent it by the USPS. Amazon does not allow a PO Box as a shipping address and you won't say how it is being shipped. Since only physical address is allowed my order was sent back by the post office. This was not the first time this has happened but it will be the last. Barnes and Noble has what I want....more info
  • Gotta Get Etta, at last!
    So glad I got this album! It's all here! Won't point out my fav cuts; if you're a blues/Etta lover you'll figure yours out - they're all there. If you're not(yet), this will be your epiphany - this stylist and the selections are astounding. [Note "Sunday Kind Of Love" and "Stormy Weather".]


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  • At Last
    I haven't bought this CD yet, but I plan to. Just wanted to say to all you "At Last" fans that the Temptations do a rendition of it that's a real knock-out, too, on their "For Lovers Only" CD. Heard it over the holidays on a nightclub jukebox and had to do some real exploring to find out what it was. No one around me had ever heard the song nor knew anything about it. I'd remember hearing it in the unknown distant past, and it had obviously left a *wonderful* impression. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Temptations doing it.

    Just tonight I heard of Etta's rendition. I wonder who else does it! This is fun....more info

  • How Have I lived this long without Etta James?
    I discovered this album totally by accident and while listening for the first time I was totally taken in by this captivating singer. Of course, I've heard "At Last" in a few ads and movies and always liked the song, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's only one great song by this singer. I've listened to this non stop since I got it two days ago and I bought a second copy to go in my car. I highly recommend this!...more info
  • Is there more
    What can I say from gravel to heaven. Etta James' album 'At Last" lives up to it's name. Every track is an exercise in ecstasy. 'As good as it gets'....more info
  • poor disc quality
    I order this disc twice...both were listed as new. The first disc would not track properly in my auto CD player. Returned the first and recieved the replacment...same problem with first. Will not track properly in the car CD player. I burnt the disc onto a generic CD-R and it works fine. I've been told that occasionally music labels will use less than quality material and have results similar to mine. too bad considering the cost of quality CD's today. No reason to cut corners. ...more info
  • At Last by Etta James
    I think Etta James is a first-rate singer and love the songs on this album....more info
  • a classic
    What a voice. A great collection of songs by Etta James in her prime. Put this on and an instant mood is evoked. "At Last" was our wedding song. ...more info
  • Great!
    This is really Etta James at her best. I was very pleased with the cd and with the good packing and fast receipt. Thanks!...more info
  • Spectacular!
    This is classic Etta James with such songs as At Last, If I Can't Have You and Stormy Weather. I love the "Best of" CD's like this one because every song is a gem and this is no exception. Her voice is powerful and raw and will reach right into your soul. This is a great album to listen to on the iPod while taking a walk on a Sunday afternoon or to listen to on the stereo at home over a romantic Saturday night dinner. The nice thing is that these old songs have been all remastered and sound sooo much better than they did when they were on old 78's or 45's. Listening to this now, it could have been recorded last week.

    I had forgotten about some of these songs but this brings them back and I remember why I loved them in the first place. Even if this music is new to you, if you love artists like Whitney Houston or Glady's Night, I think you'll like this one. For me, it will provide many hours of pleasure. Two thumbs up for this collection!...more info