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Seven Year Itch
Etta James
Seven Year Itch
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
 
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The three albums Etta James made for Island Records in the late 1980s are quirky productions, but this compilation culled from those recordings is a winning alternative. The beauty and righteous anger she evokes in "Damn Y...  more »

      
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All Artists: Etta James
Title: Seven Year Itch
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 6/15/1990
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Vocal Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Seven Year Itch
UPCs: 042284265522, 042284265515

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The three albums Etta James made for Island Records in the late 1980s are quirky productions, but this compilation culled from those recordings is a winning alternative. The beauty and righteous anger she evokes in "Damn Your Eyes" is alone worth the price. Her romantic side gets tapped for "A Lover Is Forever" and "Out of the Rain." But the best numbers flex her raw vocal muscle. "Beware," "Feel Like Breakin' Up Somebody's Home," and her redo of "Come to Mama" are all fire-breathing performances, worthy of the still-reigning queen of rhythm & blues. --Ted Drozdowski

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Her masterpiece
yygsgsdrassil | 06/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a blues vocalist so I know a good blues vocalist when I hear one. In addition, I am a fan of Etta James and have all of her material. To call her a good blues vocalist is an understatement and it is incorrect. She is much more than just a good blues vocalist - she is a good vocalist no matter what genre she tackles, blues, R&B, jazz, country (yes, she has done country), or rock. In my opinion, without a doubt, this CD is her masterpiece. It combines an excellent vocalist (at the prime of her vocal capabilities) with excellent material. Add to that winning combination is a back-up band that provides exactly the right sound. I have listened to it HUNDREDS of times and, the more I listen to the CD, the more I like it. My favorite cuts are "Damn Your Eyes" and "The Jealous Kind" but there is not a cut on the CD that I do not like. In addition to this CD, I would highly recommend her CD, Love's Been Rough On Me. Of all of her work, Seven Year Itch and Love's Been Rough on Me are my first and second favorite CDs, respectively."
A powerhouse recording from an R&B Great.
yygsgsdrassil | Crossroads America | 01/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rx for the blahs. #1) You've gotta hear this, #2)You've gotta have it in your CD collection, NOW, and #3)Wear it out by repeat playing. (Note: Feel free to buy a couple of copies--I have since it was released in the late 80's). Almost everyone I know loves this album once they hear Etta roar and finesse through classic blues tunes like "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" and the excellent "I'm-in-control-don't-need-anybody-else" song "Damn Your Eyes". There's no one else out there quite like Ms. James. It is, indeed, a joy to hear her, especially, live. This CD and "Life, Love and the Blues" are two of her best releases in recent years and I can hardly wait for her next release...it's like I'm having a 7-year itch!"
Best CD to introduce Etta to a New listener.
Sandra L. Mintz | Nesbit, MS United States | 02/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everytime I hear the powerfully melancholy voice of Etta James, it sends chills down my spine. A true legend, she is an absolute must-see live. If you think her coutenance is powerful when recorded, you should treat yourself to an expreience of a lifetime by catching her ever-more difficult to find, live show. You'll be hooked. She radiates of power, passion and pure soul. Whenever I try to spread the music of Etta James to a new blues fan, I always break out this CD first."