Etta James Blues To The Bone

Mojo (Publisher): 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]s this new album cogently illustrates, the LA-born chanteuse continues to record with an energetic vigour..."
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  • Released: June 8, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: RCA Victor

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Mojo (Publisher) - p.110
3 stars out of 5 - "[A]s this new album cogently illustrates, the LA-born chanteuse continues to record with an energetic vigour..."


Product Description:

Personnel: Etta James (vocals); Etta James; Brian Ray (guitar, slide guitar); Sametto James (bass guitar); Yoshann Rush, Steve Davis (background vocals); Josh Sklair (guitar, dobro); Bobby Murray (guitar); John "Juke" Logan (harmonica); Mike Finnegan (piano); Donto Metto James (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: David Z. .
Liner Note Author: Lithoyfayne Pridgon.
Recording information: Fort Athens Studios, Riverside, CA.
Photographer: Alan Mercer.
Unknown Contributor Role: Judy Werle.
Duke Ellington spoke of certain things being "beyond category"--such a description suits singer Etta James. Since the 1950s, James has helped to set trends and adapted to them, applying her deep, dignified voice to jazz, blues, Southern soul, and pop balladry. BLUES TO THE BONE is James's tribute to the blues, and it takes on well-worn genre standards and gives them a veritable new lease on life. James alternates between acoustic and electric renditions--"Lil' Red Rooster" becomes a country-tinged lamentation, and "Smokestack Lightnin'" gets a rare bare-bones treatment, just voice and acoustic guitar. "Got My Mojo Working" is a chugging, loping hunk of bravado, and "The Sky Is Crying" sounds like a storm about to break, James' voice the virtual definition of "soulful." Throughout, James sings the blues as one who has lived them, and her accompanists are a lean, mean, well-oiled machine, playing nary an excess note.

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Blues to the Bone....Etta James Music Lover: from North of Chi' town -- March, 26, 2008

"Don't start me talkin'", This album will blow you away. Long time, long time Etta James fan. It's been a long time since I've had an album grab me this way. Maybe it's because we're both older, but there's a tone, a quality in Etta's it maturity if you will... deeper, fuller, rounder, like a fine aged wine, and she delivers it the same way. The musicians, two of which are her sons, are a perfect match to Etta's richer sound.
It's not often than you find a cover version that is equal to the original, its ever rarer when the cover is better, and in this case it is.
Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, if they were here, they'd tell you the same.

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  • UPC: 828766064421
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