This three-CD set covering Etta James's career with Chess is a fascinating chronological journey that includes a number of previously unreleased tracks.
Aided by arranger Riley Hampton's sweeping string arrangements, James's early '60s material consisted of pop and R&B hits that were a mix of contemporary originals ("All I Could Do Was Cry," "My Dearest Darling") and classic standards ("Stormy Weather," "At Last"). Even throughout this phase of sophistication, James injected her earthy sexuality into a pair of Willie Dixon-penned blues covers --"Spoonful" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You,". The late 60's brought about gritty interpretations of Otis Redding ("Security) and mastering material by Randy Newman ("Sail Away").
72 tracks on 3 discs. Includes photos from her time at Chess and extensive liner notes.
Etta James : The Chess Box