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Etta James, 'At Last!'

20. Etta James, 'At Last!'

Chess, 1961

The epitome of wide-screen soul, nothing on this landmark of variegated R&B, blues and standards is less than thrilling – not the swoop of the immortal title song, the raunch of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You" or the delicate phrasing of ye olde "Stormy Weather."

Essential moment: "At(tuh) laaast ...."