Etta James – At Last (1961/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 28:58 minutes | 1,14 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover
Genre: R&B, Blues | © Geffen Records
This debut from Etta James, released in 1961, launched her solo career thanks to the hit title track which became her signature song and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. In addition to several pop and jazz standards, the album includes three other top five R&B singles, leading to the record’s inclusion on the Rolling Stone list of the top 500 albums of all time.
After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits “Dance With Me, Henry” and “Good Rocking Daddy,” Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album’s title cut, “All I Could Do Was Cry,” and “Trust in Me.” What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like “Stormy Weather” and “A Sunday Kind of Love,” as well as Willie Dixon’s blues classic “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like “Tell Mama,” but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards.
01 – Anything To Say You’re Mine
02 – My Dearest Darling
03 – Trust In Me
04 – A Sunday Kind Of Love
05 – Tough Mary
06 – I Just Want To Make Love To You
07 – At Last
08 – All I Could Do Was Cry
09 – Stormy Weather
10 – Girl Of My Dreams
Conducted & Arranged by Riley Hampton.
Recorded: January – October 1960 in Chicago, IL.