Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Etta James Goes ‘All The Way’ On Album Of Remakes

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Etta James is known for belting out soulful, powerful tunes, which is why she had no trouble covering songs by everyone from the Chairman of the Board to the Godfather of Soul on her new album.

James says her favorite track on her CD “All the Way” – in stores March 14 – is the Frank Sinatra standard of the same name.

She also puts her personal touches on songs by artists like Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, R. Kelly, Simply Red, and her old friend James Brown.

Of covering the testosterone-filled Brown classic, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” she says, “James and I are cool...Everybody said, ‘Uh Oh. You’re gonna get it from James for that.’” She teases, “We’ll bite and spit on each other like some kids.”

She’s also gone where no man has gone before by redoing Prince’s “Purple Rain,” but figures, “I don’t guess Prince is gonna kill me. I used to work with his dad.”

James is so happy with all the songs, she says, “I think this record is going to make a little noise.”

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