Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Star of Our Show

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In December 1963, Chess released the most exciting live recording of the '60s by any female artist. Famously, it was taped on two days in September 1963 in Nashville's New Era Club. And also technically it was way ahead of what other record companies were putting out at that time (listen to Motown's live albums for comparison!). There is not a second on that album that isn't worth hearing. It's a smash from beginning to the end.

Etta James: »Seven Day Fool« / »Baby What You Want Me To Do« from the Argo LP # 4032 (1963):

Note: The b/w photo at the beginning of this post shows Etta James at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC, Jan 30, 2009. Agency/photographer: UPI Photo / Heinz Ruckemann. You can access the photo in original size and colour here.

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