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Song of the Day: Etta James, At Last

I’d heard this song around a lot – it’s very well-known, a big hit – but for some reason I didn’t really start loving it until a couple of years ago. Now I can’t get enough of it…

Etta James, “At Last” – from the album At Last (1960)

When her voice swells up at the beginning, it’s like it carries you up with it…

This is from Etta James’ first full-length album, recorded just after she signed with Chess Records in 1960 – but her talent was already all there to be heard, on songs like “All I Could Do Was Cry,” a cover of the standard “Stormy Weather,” and of course the title track.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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