Etta James

Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

  • AllMusic Rating
    10
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

While several best-ofs from Etta James' Chess period have been available over the years -- with the two-disc, 44-track Essential Etta James at the top of the list in giving the big picture -- this 20-track collection sweats that bigger picture down to bare essentials. For those wishing to finally sample Etta's classic period at Chess without opening the wallet for box set expense, this single-disc retrospective will fill the bill quite nicely. Featuring 20 of the tracks that appear on the double-disc Essential anthology without anything literally essential left off, this scintillating little disc now officially becomes the one-stop, first-time purchase in connecting with the emotional greatness inherent in Etta's siren song. There's plenty more after this to discover, but this is absolutely where you start.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:01
2 2:55
3
feat: Harvey Fuqua
2:50 Spotify
4 3:17 Spotify
5 2:59 Spotify
6 2:48
7 2:59 Spotify
8 2:47
9 2:25
10 2:57
11 3:02
12 2:54
13 2:52
14 2:20 Spotify
15 4:18 Amazon
16 2:35 Amazon
17 2:29 Amazon
18 3:00 Spotify
19 5:35
20 2:20 Amazon
blue highlight denotes track pick