Etta James – At Last! (1961/2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Etta James – At Last! (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 28:58 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Blues
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At Last! is blues and soul vocalist Etta James’ debut studio album, featuring popular single “At Last”. The record is ranked at number 119 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. At Last! also includes covers of “Stormy Weather,” “All I Could Do Was Cry,” “Trust in Me” and more.

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. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook

1. Anything To Say You’re Mine 02:37
2. My Dearest Darling 03:03
3. Trust In Me 03:00
4. A Sunday Kind Of Love 03:17
5. Tough Mary 02:27
6. I Just Want To Make Love To You 03:07
7. At Last 03:01
8. All I Could Do Was Cry 02:57
9. Stormy Weather 03:08
10. Girl Of My Dreams 02:21

Etta James, vocals
Harvey Fuqua, vocals
Riley Hampton – arranger, conductor