ETTA JAMES

Etta James: The Montreux Years

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Etta James: The Montreux Years is a treasure trove of timeless classics, powerful and electrifying performances and raw, soaring vocals by one of the greatest ever female vocalists. The collection, featuring recordings from James Montreux Jazz Festival concerts in 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990, and 1993, encapsulates and reflects Etta’s dynamic artistry and long-lasting impact. Spanning performances from across three decades, Etta James: The Montreux Years offers deeply personal and intimate snapshots into James acclaimed musical journey, highlights and her phenomenal career.

From one of Etta James earliest successes, the infectious and endlessly elegant Something’s Got A Hold On Me, a medley that consist of At Last, Trust In Me, and Sunday Kind of Love, which is a fusion of highlights from the early 60s, to the raw and emotional I’d Rather Go Blind and soulful horn-driven Tell Mama. The collection closes with Baby What You Want Me To DoJames homage to Jimmy Reed and the encore of her 1979 concert.

In 1975, Montreux Jazz Festival captured a significant moment of musical history—Etta James’ very first concert in Europe, performing at the festival’s 9th edition. The CD edition of Etta James: The Montreux Years includes this special landmark concert, held at Montreux Casino on 11 July 1975, in full.

Tracklist

1. Breakin' Up Somebody's Home (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
2. I Got the Will (Live at Casino Montreux, 12th July 1989)
3. A Lover Is Forever (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993)
4. Damn Your Eyes (Live at Casino Montreux, 12th July 1989)
5. Tell Mama (Live Casino Montreux, 9th July 1977)
6. Running and Hiding Blues (Live at Casino Montreux, 18th July 1990)
7. Something's Got a Hold On Me (Live at Casino Montreux, 12th July 1989)
8. Beware (Live at Auditorium Stravinski, 15th July 1993)
9. Come to Mama (Live at Casino Montreux, 18th July 1990)
10. Medley: At Last / Trust in Me / Sunday Kind of Love (Live at Casino Montreux, 12th July 1989)
11. I Sing the Blues for You (Live at Auditorium Stravinski, 15th July 1993)
12. Baby What You Want Me to Do (Encore) (Live at Casino Montreux, 8th July 1978)
13. Respect Yourself (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
14. Drown in My Own Tears (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
15. W-O-M-A-N (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
16. Dust My Broom (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
17. I'd Rather Go Blind (Live at Casino Montreux, 9th July 1977)
18. All the Way Down (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
19. Baby What Do You Want Me to Do (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
20. Rock Me Baby (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)
21. Stormy Monday (Live at Casino Montreux, 11th July 1975)