Etta James (1973 album)

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Etta James
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Studio album by
RecordedSunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
GenreFunk, Soul, R&B
ProducerGabriel Mekler
Etta James chronology
Losers Weepers
Etta James
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

Etta James (also known as Only a Fool) is the eleventh studio album by American Blues artist Etta James, released in 1973.[3][4]


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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."All the Way Down"Catherine C. Williamson, Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler5:34
2."God's Song"Randy Newman3:36
3."Only a Fool"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler, Etta James2:38
4."Down So Low"Tracy Nelson3:38
5."Leave Your Hat On"Randy Newman3:22
6."Sail Away"Randy Newman3:57
7."Yesterday's Music"David Clayton-Thomas, William "Smitty" Smith4:15
8."Lay Back Daddy"Catherine C. Williamson, Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler2:40
9."Just One More Day"Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, McElvoy Robinson3:20


  • Etta James - vocals
  • Ken Marco - guitar
  • Chuck Rainey - bass guitar
  • William "Smitty" Smith - keyboards
  • Kenny "Spider Webb" Rice - drums
  • King Errisson - percussion, congas
  • Trevor Lawrence - horn arrangements
  • Jimmie Haskell - string arrangements


  1. ^ a b Kik, Q. Allmusic Review accessed October 18, 2012
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via
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  5. ^ "Only a Fool - Etta James". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-04.