Etta James’ “Tell Mama” is her eighth studio album released on August 21, 1968.
Track listing : 1.Tell Mama (Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell) – 02:20 . 2.I’d Rather Go Blind (Bill Foster, Ellington Jordan) – 02:33 . 3.Watch Dog (Don Covay) – 02:06 . 4.Love of My Man (Ed Townsend) – 02:37 . 5.I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got (Don Covay) – 02:32 . 6.The Same Rope (Leonard Caston, Jr., Lloyd Webster) – 02:39 . 7.Security (Otis Redding, Margaret Wessen) – 02:44 . 8.Steal Away (Jimmy Hughes) – 02:19 . 9.My Mother In-Law (George David, Lee Diamond) – 02:20 . 10.Don’t Lose Your Good Thing (Rick Hall) – 02:26 . 11.It Hurts Me So Much (Charles Chalmers) – 02:34 . 12.Just a Little Bit (Ralph Bass, Buster Brown, John Thornton, Fats Washington) – 02:11 .
Musicians : Etta James – lead vocals . Carl Banks – organ . Barry Beckett – organ . Charles Chalmers – background vocals . George Davis – keyboards . Roger Hawkins – drums . David Hood – bass . Jimmy Ray Jenkins – guitar . Albert Lowe – guitar . Gene Miller – trumpet . James Mitchell – saxophone . Floyd Newman – saxophone . Spooner Oldham – keyboards . Marvell Thomas – piano . Aaron Varnell – saxophone .
Production Produced by Rick Hall .
Recorded August 22 – December 6, 1967 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, Alabama .
Released on August 21, 1968 by Cadet.
That proved to be a perfect match with James’ bluesy Chicago singing backed by the Southern Soul sound of Muscle Shoals. The title cut is one of James’ most famous hits with its loud horns, grooving bassand her vocals. […]
Tell Mama, with amazing playing and production all-around, is her most ferocious studio album.Her first hit was a response to Hank Ballard’s “Work With Me Annie,” and for the title track, Etta reverses the roles of a man’s song and makes it her own […]
There have been many memorable outings in the 30 odd years since this album saw light of day. There has never beenand possibly will never be, anything like “I’d Rather Go Blind”. […]