Etta James: Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! (RSD Black Friday 2022)
FIRST OFFICIAL AMERICAN LP REISSUE!
This outstanding Chess album was released in 1976, when Etta James wasn’t ruling the charts but wasn’t adverse to the idea of climbing back into the Top 40. Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! bears a boastful title and its ten funky cuts do not lack for bravado. With this album Etta James ended her richly prolific & wildly successful Chess Records tenure. It is a classic mix of new deeply soulful gems like the funky opener “Woman (Shake Your Booty)”.
1. Woman (Shake Your Booty)
E. James/B. Ray/D. Hawkins
2. A Love Vibration
A. Peebles/D. Bryant/B. Miller
3. Only A Fool *
E. James/T. Lawrence/G. Mekler
4. Little Bit Of Love
5. Groove Me
1. Jump Into Love
D. Belfield/R. Stockert
2. Leave Your Hat On *
3. I've Been A Fool
4. Blinded By Love
5. Ain't No Pity In The Naked City *
B. Scott/P. Medley
Produced & Arranged by Mike Terry (Except as noted.) Recorded and mastered at All Platinum Recording Studios, Englewood, New Jersey. (Except as noted.) Engineered & Mastered by Allan Tucker and Richard Corsello Personnel (except as noted): Bernadette Randle (Keyboards); Brian Cuomo (piano); Walter Morris, Tommy Keith and Brian Ray (Guitars); Jonathan Williams (Bass); Clarence Oliver (Drums) *Personnel: Kenneth Rice (Drums), Chuck Rainey (Bass), William D. Smith (Keyboards), Ken Marco (Guitar), King Errison (Congas, Boobams). t Produced by Etta James and recorded at Village Recorders, Hollywood, California. Personnel: Brian Ray (Guitars), Gene Dinwiddie (Saxophone), Keith Johnson (Trumpet), Ron Stockert (Clavinet), Freddie Beckmeier (Bass), Ronnie Rancifer (Organ), Paul Mabrie (Drums). Photography: Michael Zagaris Design & Art Direction: Dudley Thomas
Special thanks to my mother and Brian Ray for "Woman" and to my regular cats (listed on that track) for sticking through thick and thin—mostly thin. Also thanks to my son, Donto, for dancing to "Shake Your Booty", my husband, Sam, Bobby "Krolin" Torres, Mike Terry and the All Platinum staff, including big-hearted Joe, beautiful Sylvia, sweet Barbara, the Rimshots and both "Reds."
Originally released in 1976 on Chess Records. Made in the U.S.A.
Released on November 25th as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday 2022.