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From the Heart

Discovering new music from a classic artist makes you feel like you’re getting to know an old friend a little bit better. The picture of them in your mind feels more complete and well-rounded. By compiling fifteen tracks of previously recorded songs in From the Heart, Legacy Recordings introduces us to new a new side of one of our old favorites, Etta James.

Unlike other recordings, this album exposes her more soulful R&B talents that are rarely associated with her. Legacy proves that there’s more to this expressive diva than her famous cover of “At Last.” This is most evident in her cover of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” James’ classic brassy baritone oozes over the smooth beats and creates sounds that are entirely different from her well-known jazz croon. 

Don’t worry though, Legacy doesn’t skimp on the old stand-bys. Listeners will get their James jazz-fill with tracks like “My Man” and “My Funny Valentine.” Etta James is currently experiencing a second wind in the media spotlight because of the film Cadillac Records and a new, svelte figure. This album serves as just another reminder of how talented and versatile she is as an artist. Like a surprise phone call from an old friend, James is letting us know that she’s still here and remains one of the greatest female jazz and blues artists of her time. 

Written by: Sara Custer, April 13th 2009