Etta James

The Complete Blues, Rock N Soul Private Music Albums Collection [Box Set]

(CD - Sony Legacy / Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment #86919058925)

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Because of her blues-based comeback in the '90s, Etta James is usually thought of by the general public as a blues singer, but there's a good deal more to the picture than that. In many ways James resembles a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that is all her own, and she did it throughout a five-decade career. This seven-disc set combines six of the 12 later-in-her-career albums she made for Private Music and RCA Records between 1997 and 2006, including Love's Been Rough on Me (1997), Life, Love & the Blues (1998), Matriarch of the Blues (2000), Burnin' Down the House (2002), Let's Roll (2003), and Blues to the Bone (2004), along with a seventh disc featuring a live show James did in San Francisco in 1981.

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