Etta James (1973 album)

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Etta James
Studio album by Etta James
Released 1973
Recorded Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
Genre Funk, Soul, R&B
Label Chess
Producer Gabriel Mekler
Etta James chronology
Losers Weepers
Etta James
Come a Little Closer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Etta James (also known as Only a Fool) is the eleventh studio album by American Blues artist Etta James, released in 1973.[2][3]


The Allmusic review awarded the album 3½ stars stating "A mixture of funk and blues-rock, the new direction turned out dark and brooding... The reinvented James went over well with the public. The album garnered good sales and was even nominated for an Grammy Award".[1]

The album reached peak positions of number 154 on the US Billboard 200 and number 41 on the Billboard R&B chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All the Way Down"   Catherine C. Williamson, Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 5:34
2. "God's Song"   Randy Newman 3:36
3. "Only a Fool"   Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler, Etta James 2:38
4. "Down So Low"   Tracy Nelson 3:38
5. "Leave Your Hat On"   Randy Newman 3:22
6. "Sail Away"   Randy Newman 3:57
7. "Yesterday's Music"   David Clayton-Thomas, William "Smitty" Smith 4:15
8. "Lay Back Daddy"   Catherine C. Williamson, Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 2:40
9. "Just One More Day"   Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, McElvoy Robinson 3:20