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For her 19th studio album, Etta James performs soulful, jazzy and R&B tunes effortlessly. Steve Winwood appears providing vocals for "Give It Up".
"For "The Right Time" Etta James returns to the Muscle Shoals studio where she recorded "Tell Mama," this time with producer Jerry Wexler, and it's an outstanding match. She hits nary a forced or false note and is backed with a stellar band that includes saxophonist Hank Crawford, guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Willie Weeks. They plow ahead like a great offensive line blocking for an all-star running back -- one who isn't afraid to lower the shoulder and knock somebody over.
There's plenty of manufactured emotion on records, but you won't find any of it here. Etta just rocks naturally. It's like sitting next to a seasoned story teller in full command of the narrative. Nothing for you to do but sit back, close your eyes and listen.
A sign of great singers for me is how they put a stamp on songs that have been done many times. In that regard, Etta makes "Love and Happiness" and "Ninety and a Half Won't Do" her own. She tears up "The Night Time Is the Right Time" with the help of Crawford's sax. Of course she has the blues well covered, my personal favorite being "Down Home Blues," and flashes her humorous side with the trash-talking "Wet Match." She hits any note she wants without straining and with total conviction.
But all the songs are top-notch. The best advice for anyone reading this is to just pick up the album and discover the old-school glory of Etta James." - Tyler Smith
"This gives you some of the finest-ever moments of Etta at her soulful best, when she was paired with the perfectly complementary Jerry Wexler as producer, in a return to Muscle Shoals. Etta never disappointed, and back in '92 she was on fire: her interprestation of 'Ninety Nine And A Half Won't Do', with the song's co-author Steve Cropper on guitar, is one of those moments soul fans dream of, while the guest musicians form a who's who of funk. Steve Winwood, Lucky Peterson, Hank Crawford, Willie Weeks. Just buy it." - Hi-Fi News, Sound Quality: 90%
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
Made in the UK
Side A :
1. I Sing The Blues
2. Love And Happiness
3. Evening Of Love
4. Wet Match
5. Youre Taking Up Another Mans Place
6. Give It Up (duet with Steve Winwood)
1. Let It Rock
2. Ninety-Nine And A Half (Wont Do)
3. Youve Got Me
4. Nighttime Is The Right Time
5. Down Home Blues