Etta James

The Essential Etta James

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The Essential Etta James comprises 44 tracks summarizing the long and brilliant Chess tenure of "Miss Peaches," Etta James, opening with her 1960 smash "All I Could Do Was Cry," and encompassing her torchy, fully orchestrated ballads "At Last," "My Dearest Darling," and "Trust in Me," and continuing on through her 1962 gospel-rocker "Something's Got a Hold on Me," the Chicago soul standouts "I Prefer You" and "842-3089," and her 1967 Muscle Shoals-cut smash "Tell Mama." A few of the '70s sides that conclude the two-disc set seem like filler when compared to what preceded them, but most of the essentials are aboard.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:55
2 3:02
3 2:52
4 3:18
5 2:36
6 3:01 Amazon
7 3:00
8 2:59
9 2:26
10 2:57
11 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:07 Spotify
13 2:49
14 2:49
15 3:58 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:51
17 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:54
19 2:38 Spotify
20 2:39
21 3:03
22 4:19 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:22
2 3:21
3 3:00
4 3:05
5 2:56
6 3:00
7 2:34 Amazon
8 2:22 Amazon
9 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:28 Amazon
11 3:21
12 2:25
13 2:22
14 2:59
15 3:15
16 3:50
17 3:23
18 3:37 SpotifyAmazon
19 5:36
20 3:48
21 2:50
22 3:45 SpotifyAmazon
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