180-Gram Colored Virgin Vinyl
Includes 6 Bonus Tracks
PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ
"At Last!, her debut LP, made for the celebrated Chicago label Chess, certainly is one of her most memorable. It’s impossible to not be moved by the power of her voice, beginning with the opening notes of “Anything to Say You’re Mine”. Every phrase, every word is attacked with an energy that commands respect. But beware, this young woman (she was only 22 at the time) could also take on the sweetest forms of a melancholy ballad, such as “Stormy Weather”, and manage to achieve tenderness. At Last! is one of the key soul music albums of the early 1960’s."
1 ANYTHING TO SAY YOU’RE MINE 2:39
2 MY DEAREST DARLING 3:02
3 TRUST IN ME 3:00
4 A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE 3:19
5 TOUGH MARY 2:27
6 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU 2:45*
7 MY HEART CRIES 2:34*
8 NEXT DOOR TO THE BLUES 2:46*
1 I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU 3:08 2 AT LAST 3:02
3 ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY 2:57
4 STORMY WEATHER 3:10
5 GIRL OF MY DREAMS 2:23
6 SPOONFUL 2:47*
7 IT’S A CRYING SHAME 2:51*
8 SOMETHING’S GOT A HOLD ON ME 2:48*
ETTA JAMES, lead vocals
The Riley Hampton Orchestra.
Arranged and conducted by Riley Hampton.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, 1960 and 1961.
Original sessions produced by Phil and Leonard Chess.
A6-A7, B6-B7: Same personnel but add Harvey Fuqua (vocal duets with Etta James).
Recorded at Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, 1960. Originally issued on Chess singles 1760 (A6-A7) & 1771 (B6-B7).
A8 & B8: Etta James (vc) with the Riley Hampton Orchestra. Chicago, December 1961.
Originally issued on the Argo singles 5424 (A8) & 5409 (B8).