Etta James

Live & In the Studio

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This three-disc set might not be the ideal introduction to Etta James, but it is an interesting collection, presenting her in four very different settings during her career. The first disc features James revisiting some of her early hits like "At Last," "Dance with Me Henry," and "Something's Got Ahold of Me" with alternate versions, and also includes several cuts of James performing straight gospel. The second disc collect the originals of early sides like "Dance with Me Henry," while the third disc features live performances James did in New York in 1980 and in Los Angeles in 1987. Put it all together, it shows how steady and consistent this wonderful performer was throughout her career.

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