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At Last! (1961)

True fans of old R&B and soul will love this James album, perhaps above all others.

All The Way (2006)

James’ most recent work hit just before she was diagnosed with several severe illnesses. The reviews were middling, but it seems James was going for something middle-of-the-road; Amazon describes it as “the easy-listening genre.”

Etta James: Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (1997)

The Chess years were not the only years for Etta James, but her partnership in the studio with Leonard and Phil Chess produced most of her classic tracks (most notably “At Last,” which opens the album).

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