Sunday, July 23, 2017

Etta James – At Last (Argo Records)

Hard to not make a link with Ray Charles‘s ‘Georgia’ when having a listen to the evergreen vibrant atmosphere of Etta James‘s title track from her 1961 released album on Argo Records. A song dating from 1941, written and produced by Mack Gordon and Henry Warren for the musical film orchestra, ‘Wives’, with vocals courtesy of Ray Eberle and Pat Friday.
Arranger Riley Hampton would somehow improvise on Warren‘s melody though when coming to record Etta‘s version, therefore increasing the emphasis of the melody and her vocal delivery, served by lyrics coming straight from and to the heart…

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