Come a Little Closer (album)

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Come a Little Closer
Come a Little Closer (album).jpg
Studio album by Etta James
Released 1974
Genre Funk, Soul, R&B
Label Chess
Producer Gabriel Mekler
Etta James chronology
Etta James
(1973)Etta James1973
Come a Little Closer
Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!
(1976)Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Come a Little Closer is the twelfth studio album by Etta James, released in 1974 on the Chess label.[2] The album reached a peak position of number 47 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.[3]


The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars stating "Etta James was fighting serious substance-abuse problems when this album was recorded, commuting to the sessions from a rehab center. It was a triumph simply to complete the record at all. But although James' life may have been in rough shape outside of the studio, she delivered a fairly strong set that fused forceful '70s soul arrangements with some rock, jazz, and New Orleans R&B".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Out on the Street Again" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 4:20
2. "Mama Told Me" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler, Catherine C. Williamson 2:31
3. "You Give Me What I Want" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 3:40
4. "Come a Little Closer" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler, Catherine C. Williamson 3:31
5. "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" Randy Newman 3:46
6. "Power Play" John Kay 3:26
7. "Feeling Uneasy" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 2:50
8. "St. Louis Blues" W.C. Handy 4:32
9. "Gonna Have Some Fun Tonight" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 4:03
10. "Sookie, Sookie" Don Covay, Steve Cropper 3:09
11. "Lovin' Arms" Tom Jans 3:49
12. "Out on the Street Again (Single Edit)" Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler 3:44



  1. ^ a b Unterberger, R. Allmusic Review accessed October 18, 2012
  2. ^ Chess Records discography, accessed October 19, 2012
  3. ^ "Come a Little Closer - Etta James". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-10.