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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
Come a Little Closer
Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 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]

1."Out on the Street Again"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler4:20
2."Mama Told Me"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler, Catherine C. Williamson2:31
3."You Give Me What I Want"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler3:40
4."Come a Little Closer"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler, Catherine C. Williamson3:31
5."Let's Burn Down the Cornfield"Randy Newman3:46
6."Power Play"John Kay3:26
7."Feeling Uneasy"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler2:50
8."St. Louis Blues"W.C. Handy4:32
9."Gonna Have Some Fun Tonight"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler4:03
10."Sookie, Sookie"Don Covay, Steve Cropper3:09
11."Lovin' Arms"Tom Jans3:49
12."Out on the Street Again (Single Edit)"Trevor Lawrence, Gabriel Mekler3:44



  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. 


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