Etta James

R&B Dynamite

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The singer in her precocious formative years, headed by her 1955 R&B smash "Roll With Me Henry" (aka "The Wallflower"). James' follow-ups included the driving "Good Rockin' Daddy," a bluesy "W-O-M-A-N," and the New Orleans raveup "Tough Lover," which found her backed by the gang at Cosimo's (notably saxman Lee Allen). Even though her tenure at Modern Records only produced a handful of hits, these 22 cuts are delightful artifacts of the belter's earliest days. The CD was reissued, with identical (though slightly resequenced) tracks and liner notes, as Hickory Dickory Dock on Ace 680.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:41 Spotify
2 2:25
3 2:25 Spotify
4 2:29 Spotify
5 2:53 Spotify
6 3:03 Spotify
7 2:23 Spotify
8 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
12
2:45 Spotify
13 2:51 Spotify
14 2:09 Spotify
15 3:19 Spotify
16
2:01 Spotify
17 2:24 Spotify
18 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:03 Spotify
20 2:55
21 2:19 Spotify
22 1:46 Spotify
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