Thursday, April 15, 2010
Etta JAMES - Stickin' to My Guns 1990
Blues belter Etta James came off a long period of drug rehab to make a comeback in 1989 with her first post-Chess album, SEVEN YEAR ITCH, a roots-conscious recording for Island. The follow-up, STICKIN' TO MY GUNS, is quite a different affair. While James's singing style is unchanged, and as ferocious as ever, there's much more of a "contemporary" feel to the production, with aggressive beats, popping bass, digital-sounding recording, and even a guest rap interlude on one track. James would soon depart Island for Elektra.
Etta James' cover of Tony Joe White's "Out of the Rain" is, by itself, worth the price of the CD but the rest of the collection is also very fine. This CD is one that I wasn't aware of until I saw the Lawrence Fishburne movie "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" and the closing theme was "Out of the Rain".
Great song by a great vocalist.
By Ernest Roberts.
This was the first etta james album I ever listened to and fell in love with her soulful voice. I have all of her albums now from the 60s to present. Her version of your good thing is about to end has a haunting quality to it. Production on this album is also quite good. I would buy this album for that one song.
Etta James- (Vocals);
Gary Burnette, Leo Nocentelli, Reggie Young, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Danny Rhodes, Arik Marshall, Josh Sklair- (Guitar);
David L. Patterson- (Tenor & Baritone Sax);
Gene Dinwiddie- (Tenor Saxophone);
Fernando Pullum- (Trumpet);
John Dewey McKnight- (Trombone);
Jimmie Wood- (Harmonica);
Jimmy Pugh- (Piano, Keyboards);
Barry Beckett- (Keyboards);
Mike Lawler- (Synthesizer);
Michael Rhodes, Bobby Vega- (Bass);
Roger Hawkins- (Drums);
Greg "Smacky" Donerson- (Percussion);
Dobie Gray, Def Jef- (Background Vocals).
A1. Whatever Gets You Through The Night 3:48
A2. Love To Burn 3:29
A3. The Blues Don't Care 3:44
A4. Your Good Thing (Is About To End) 3:52
A5. Get Funky 4:45
B1. Beware 3:43
B2. Out Of The Rain 4:35
B3. Stolen Affection 3:55
B4. A Fool In Love 3:27
B5. I've Got Dreams To Remember 4:27