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The Complete Singles As & Bs  1955-62
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1955-62

Etta James
Styles: Blues, R&B
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3204
Etta James is widely regarded as one of the finest female blues, R&B and soul singers of the modern era, second only in some eyes to Aretha Franklin - Atlantic’s Jerry Wexler called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers”. After a chequered early life, she was discovered in Los Angeles singing with a vocal group at the age of 16 by Johnny Otis, who signed her to Modern, and she scored an R&B No. 1 in 1955 with her debut recording “The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry)”, a re-working of Hank Ballard’s “Work With Me, Annie”, following it up with another Top 10 R&B hit “Good Rockin’ Daddy”. After recording briefly for Modern subsidiary Kent, she signed to the Chess label, and began recording material that combined the intensity of R&B with the accessibility of pop and the polish of jazz, switching to the Chess sister label Argo in 1960, and hitting the pop and R&B charts with more than fifteen records between 1960 and ’62, including Top 5 successes like “All I Could Do Was Cry”, “My Dearest Darling”, “At Last”, “Trust In Me” and “Something's Got A Hold On Me”, before aspects of her life began to unravel in subsequent years. This great-value 53-track 2-CD set comprises all her A & B sides during those first important years of her career, plus a bonus album version of “Dance With Me Henry”, so it’s a comprehensive overview of her early work.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry) Etta James and the Peaches
2 Hold Me Squeeze Me Etta James and the Peaches
3 Hey Henry  Etta James
4 Be Mine Etta James
5 Good Rockin Daddy  Etta James
6 Crazy Feeling Etta James
7 W-O-M-A-N  Etta James
8 That's All Etta James
9 Number One  Etta "Miss Peaches" James
10 I'm A Fool Etta "Miss Peaches" James
11 Tears Of Joy  Etta "Miss Peaches" James
12 Shortenin' Bread Rock Etta "Miss Peaches" James
13 Tough Lover  Etta "Miss Peaches" James
14 Fools We Mortals Be Etta "Miss Peaches" James
15 Good Lookin' Etta James
16 Then I'll Care  Etta "Miss Peaches" James
17 Market Place Etta James
18 The Pick-Up Etta James
19 By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Etta James
20 Come What May Etta James
21 Sunshine Of Love Etta "Miss Peaches" James
22 Baby, Baby Every Night Etta "Miss Peaches" James
23 I Hope You're Satisfied Betty and Dupree
24 If It Ain't One Thing Betty and Dupree
25 How Big A Fool Etta James
26 If I Can't Have You Etta and Harvey
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 My Heart Cries Etta and Harvey
2 Spoonful Etta and Harvey
3 It's A Crying Shame Etta and Harvey
4 All I Could Do Was Cry Etta James
5 Boy Of My Dreams Etta James
6 My Dearest Darling Etta James
7 Tough Mary Etta James
8 At Last Etta James
9 I Just Want To Make Love To You Etta James
10 Trust In Me Etta James
11 Anything To Say You're Mine Etta James
12 Fool That I Am Etta James
13 Dream Etta James
14 Don't Cry, Baby Etta James
15 Sunday Kind Of Love Etta James
16 It's Too Soon To Know Etta James
17 Seven Day Fool Etta James
18 Something's Got A Hold On Me Etta James
19 Waiting For Charlie To Come Home Etta James
20 Stop The Wedding Etta James
21 Street Of Tears Etta James
22 Next Door To The Blues Etta James
23 Fools Rush In Etta James
24 How Do You Speak To An Angel Etta James
25 Would It Make Any Difference To You Etta James
26 Dance With Me Henry Etta James
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