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Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1997) Retail CD
Modern Electric Chicago Blues
James was fighting serious substance-abuse problems when this record was recorded, commuting to the sessions from a rehab center. It was a triumph simply to complete the record at all. But although James' life may have been in rough shape outside of the studio, she delivered a fairly strong set that fused forceful '70s soul arrangements with some rock (Randy Newman and John Kay both contribute compositions), jazz, and New Orleans R&B. Some of the material's routine, but there are some very strong cuts here, like a rousing "Sookie Sookie," and "Out on the Street Again," with its slightly sinistermore… funk groove. "Feeling Uneasy," in fact, counts as one of the unsung highlights of her career, with a wrenching, near-wordless scat-moan vocal over a suitably languorous, melancholy blues-jazz arrangement. The CD reissue adds a couple of interesting bonus tracks: the 1975 single "Lovin' Arms," a good rootsy ballad, and a single edit of one of the tracks from the album, "Out on the Street Again."
|1||Out on the Street Again|
|2||Mamma Told Me|
|3||You Give Me What I Want|
|4||Come a Little Closer|
|5||Let's Burn Down the Cornfield|
|8||St. Louis Blues|
|9||Gonna Have Some Fun Tonight|
|12||Out on the Street Again [Single Edit][*]|
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