Friday, November 13, 2009

Etta James

It's Friday, and you're probably broke, which means there isn't a better time to let loose in the basement- or wherever you relax at the domicile. Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto bring some major funk with "In the Basement,Part 1," reminding everyone you don't need to go out to get down. This track was released on Cadet records very early in both artists careers, it exemplifies energy and soul power with a touch of 50's rock and roll. If this doesn't make you want to shake your ass, then you're probably dead inside. As we all know James went on to have major commercial success with Chess Records with hits like "At Last," but I've always enjoyed Etta's funkier and darker tracks- so I've also thrown in "All the Way Down" to round out this post dedicated to one of the queens of soul.

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