Etta James Live at Montreux 1993 is a wonderful companion to the recently released single disc compilation, chronicling her performances from 1975 – 1993. While the audio portion of this collection was a fitting posthumous tribute to Etta, this new video portion is that much more of a tribute.
On the surface, what makes this new DVD and blu-ray release even better than the CD is that it expands on the CD’s presentation. It boasts the same songs from the CD. It also features a whole bevy of extra songs that weren’t included on the CD. Included among those extra songs are instrumental takes on ‘Funky Good Times’ and ‘Hold On, I’m Coming’ just to name a couple. There are far more extra songs for fans to enjoy, too. It’s fitting that this whole chronicle opens with ‘Funky Good Time.’ Fans new and old alike will know from both the title and the…well…funky good music (Yes, that bad joke was intended) that they’re in for quite the experience.
Quite the experience is exactly what audiences get in this performance. It’s one more live recording that epitomizes the importance of live shows. It’s one thing to hear an artist’s studio albums and live shows on CD and/or mp3. But it’s the actual seeing a performance that brings it all together. An artist’s stage performance helps to bring everything together. An artist’s stage performance really helps to capture the emotion of a song even better than a studio recording. And Ms. James did that and more in these compiled performances.
Audiences see with this compilation of performances so much emotion from her. That’s especially the case in ‘A Lover is Forever.’ There’s a certain gentility in her voice and her stage presence that adds that much more feeling to this song. The same thing applies to her performance in the bonus song, ‘Hard To Handle.’ Seeing her really get into the song, feeling it, will get audiences into it, too. Both with these songs and every other performance included in the new DVD and blu-ray, fans get a performance that’s a fitting tribute to this music legend. Etta James Live at Montreux 1993 is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s website, http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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