I've had a great time opening up the other LP's and enjoying them, and one thing I saw first hand is that some still sealed records were probably returns that were defective or had other problems. One record had the LP placed inside the gatefold cover (not in the pocket where it belongs) without a sleeve!
But anyhow, this LP from the legendary Etta James is easily one of the greatest female soul LP's cut to wax in the '60's. Every track is superb, and it flows together like a real 'album' (as opposed to many '60's soul and rock LP's that are a quickie job containing one or two singles and plenty of filler). Etta is in top form vocally (not unusual) and the material (much of which is provided by St Louis>Chicago musician/ producer/ writer/ band leader/ talent scout/ all around musical raconteur Monk HIggins. Monk Higgins' production here is as good as it gets, with a raw Chicago soul sound matched with horns that mimic Etta's voice at every turn. This is the type of music that has the potential to win over anybody to the majesty of soul music.
Just take a listen to the closing track "Nobody Like You"; it would be a crime for this LP to remain unplayed! Plus, the audio fidelity is incredible- a super high quality pressing and it was a real thrill to hear it on its inaugural spin.
And here's another highlight (among an album of highlights), "Don't Pick Me For Your Fool".
And, finally, the most rockin' version of 'You Are My Sunshine' ever cut to wax.