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    Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:47:50

    Etta James Retires With "The Dreamer" - It's her final release and she covers Guns N' Roses!

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    It's the end of an era, as for over half a century, Etta James has all but defined the role of the quintessential rhythm & blues vocalist. Miss James, played by Beyoncé in Cadillac Records, transcends all musical categories and styles with a recording career that spans more than five decades. And she's going out with a bang by covering Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" like only she can. This is her final album, she is retiring and she covers GN'R. Brilliant.

    On Oct. 25, 2011, Etta James will release her swan song The Dreamer, which is her new album through Verve Forecast. This monumental release not only marks her first album in five years, it will be her final studio album before she retires, capping off an incredible 50-year recording career. James remarks, "I wish to thank all my fans who have shown me love and support over all these years. I love you all." We love you too, Etta!

    The album features her one-of-a-kind renditions of Otis Redding's "Cigarettes and Coffee" and Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Dreamer" to Ray Charles' "In the Evening" and Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle." Etta does Axl? Amazing!

    The great Etta James has been a musical force and a major hit-maker since the '50s earning numerous accolades including six Grammy Awards®, among them the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, a Best Jazz Vocal Performance and two Hall of Fame Awards. In 1993, James was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 she was inducted by both the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame. She also is immortalized in Hollywood with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Throughout her career, James created a remarkably deep and diverse catalog of R&B, blues, soul, pop and jazz recordings. James crossed all musical genres and styles and has been cited as a major influence by a wide range of singers from Janis Joplin to Irma Thomas to Christina Aguilera and Adele. Many have tried to copy or follow her style, but there is only one Etta James.

    Track listing for The Dreamer:

    1. Groove Me (King Floyd)
    2. Champagne and Wine (Otis Redding/Roy Johnson/Alan Walden)
    3. Dreamer (Jerry Zaremba)
    4. Welcome To The Jungle (William Rose/Saul Hudson)
    5. Misty Blue (Bob Montgomery)
    6. Boondocks (Karen Fairchild/Wayne Kirkpatrick/Kimberly Roads/Phillip Sweet/Jimi Westbrook)
    7. Cigarettes and Coffee (Jerry Butler/Jay Walker/Eddie Thomas)
    8. In The Evening (Ray Charles)
    9. Too Tired (Maxwell Dixon/Sam Ling/Johnny Watson)
    10. That's The Chance You've Got to Take (Johnny Watson)
    11. Let Me Down Easy (James Milton Campbell Jr.)

    Do you want to check out Etta James' version of "Welcome to the Jungle?"

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.21.11



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