Etta James - Deep In The Night - AudioSoundMusic
Etta James - Deep In The Night - AudioSoundMusic
Etta James - Deep In The Night - AudioSoundMusic
Etta James - Deep In The Night - AudioSoundMusic
Etta James - Deep In The Night - AudioSoundMusic
Etta James - Deep In The Night - AudioSoundMusic

Etta James - Deep In The Night

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Etta James, vocals

Chuck Rainey, bass

Jeff Porcaro, drums

Keith Johnson, electric piano

Cornell Dupree, lead guitar

Larry Carlton, rhythm guitar

Brian Ray, slide guitar

Richard Tee, piano

Tom Roady, percussion

Jim Horn, saxophone

Plas Johnson, saxophone

Arranged by Alexander Hamilton, Jimmy Haskell, Larry Carlton


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Warner Brothers

Recorded Cherokee Recording Studios, Hollywood

Engineered by Bruce Robb, Joe Chicarelli

Mixed by Bruce Robb, Dee Robb

Produced by Jerry Wexler

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1978

Reissued in 2014



Side A:

  1. Laying Beside You
  2. Piece of My Heart
  3. Only Women Bleed
  4. Take It To the Limit
  5. Deep In the Night

Side B:

  1. Lovesick Blues
  2. Strange Man
  3. Sugar On the Floor
  4. Sweet Touch of Love
  5. Blind Girl



“Damn, I miss Etta: possibly the least understood, most underappreciated singer of her era – maybe tied with Nina Simone – Etta deserved to be as renowned as Aretha Franklin..but her own demons mitigated against huge success early in her career. Bad luck played its part in this, too, as this LP from 1978 should have done for her what The Healer did for John Lee Hooker. Stellar backing ensured all was peerless: Chuck Rainey, Merry Clayton, Jeff Porcaro, Cornell Duoree, Larry Carlton, Richard Tee- at least two of whom worked on Howard Tate’s masterpiece debut on Verve. For one track alone this will always be a fave: her interpretation of The Eagels’ ‘Take It To The Limit’. Astounding!” Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi news

“Etta James kept belting out her rhythm and blues and rock and roll music, touring constantly, right up to the time she passed away in early 2012. Deep In The Night was released during what now seems like a bizarre twenty-year lull in her popularity. Her releases on the Chess/Argo label throughout the 1960's cemented her reputation, but she worked in comparative obscurity for the following two decades until she was `rediscovered` in 1988. That obscurity should not detract from the high quality of the recordings she produced in the 1970s and 1980s- especially this Jerry Wexler produced set from Warner Brothers. More Rock than rhythm, James goes with the flow of the times and succeeds without pandering. She makes Alice Cooper's 'Only Women Bleed' her own, puts some guts in the Eagles' `Take It To The Limits', and stands toe to toe with Janis Joplin on 'Piece Of My Heart'. Pure Pleasure's excellent reissue of fine effort is a great testament to one of our most underrated female musicians.” Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+, July 2015

“Originally released on Warners Brothers to scant acclaim in 1978, this Jerry Wexler-produced masterpiece finds James in astounding voice with a batch of great material to apply her massive interpretive powers to. The band, including the cream of the late-'70s Los Angeles session hot-shots (Cornell Dupree, Jeff Porcaro, Chuck Rainey, Plas Johnson, Jim Horn), lays it down soulful and simple and the result is a modern-day R&B classic. Highlights abound throughout, but special attention must be turned to James' takes on "Only Women Bleed" and the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit."” AllMusic Review by Cub Koda


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 3.95 / 5 ; Hi-Fi news : Sound Quality 94/100 ; Hi-Fi+ : Recording 7/10 Music 8/10

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