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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - ETTA JAMES - "THE REAL DEAL" FEATURING THE ALBUM "DEEP IN THE NIGHT" BY ETTA JAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 55 - THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES FOR YOUR DELIGHT!!

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – ETTA JAMES – “THE REAL DEALFEATURING THE ALBUM “DEEP IN THE NIGHTBY ETTA JAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION THE REAL DEAL

“DEEP IN THE NIGHT” by Etta James (WB, 1978)

“THE REAL DEAL

Etta James… Just the mention of the name evokes a gut pain so centralized that it resonates throughout one’s entire body. Born Jamesetta Hawkins in 1938, she was one of the most compelling voices that America has ever produced, perhaps in direct proportion to the pain that America inflicted upon her.

She speculated that her father might have been Minnesota Fats, the pool hustler played by Jackie Gleason, although this was never confirmed. She had been fostered, beaten and abused, and struggled her whole life with addiction, psych wards, and the law. Later, it was Alzheimer’s that did her in at the age of 74. But, through it all THAT VOICE continued to send up devotional prayers to heaven.

This 6 time Grammy winner and 1993 inductee to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is known by every soul, rock, and blues lover for such songs as At Last, I’d Rather Go Blind, and Tell Mama, and here, in her 13th album, produced by Jerry Wexler, she continues building the catalogue that she began in the mid-fifties with Roll With Me Henry. The Maestro who helped build Atlantic Records, and introduced Aretha to the Rock community, attempts the same recipe with Etta, marinating her secret sauce in a more contemporary soul stew. There are covers of Piece of my Heart (look out Janis), Take it to the Limit, and Only Women Bleed. Also, it’s interesting to note that she remakes her own standard I’d Rather Go Blind, renamed here as Blind Girl.

This was her first album after leaving Chess, her home of 18 years, and it signaled a dawning awareness for a younger audience, as Etta began opening for the Stones, the Dead, and other big Rock acts of the day. Like an old testament prophet, she preached to a whole new generation about the blues. Hosannah….and, Sweet deliverance!

1. “Laying Beside You” Eugene Record 4:10 2. “Piece of My Heart” Bert Berns, Jerry Ragavoy 3:37 3. “Only Women Bleed” Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner 4:01 4. “Take It to the Limit” Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Henley 4:12 5. “Deep In The Night” Helen Miller, Eve Merriam 4:50 6. “Lovesick Blues” Irving Mills, Cliff Friend 3:17 7. “Strange Man” Dorothy Love Coates 3:18 8. “Sugar On The Floor” Kiki Dee 4:43 9. “Sweet Touch Of Love” Allen Toussaint 3:19 10. “Blind Girl” Billy Foster, Ellington Jordan 5:41

Personnel Ed Thrasher – artwork by (art direction) Alexander Hamilton, Gilbert Ivey, Henry Jackson, Joyce Austin, Merry Clayton, Reuben Franklin – backing vocals Chuck Rainey – bass guitar Jeff Porcaro – drums Keith Johnson – electric piano Bruce Robb, Joe Chiccarelli – engineer Cornell Dupree – guitar (lead) Larry Carlton – guitar (rhythm) Brian Ray – guitar (slide) Bruce Robb, Dee Robb – mixed by Richard Tee – organ, piano Tom Roady – percussion Jim McCrary – photography Jim Horn, Plas Johnson – saxophone


By Rich Buckland 04/24/2022 03:20 PM

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