- Audio Cassette (Oct. 17 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Atlantic / Wea
- ASIN: B000002IJH
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
Take your pick: you can either buy this or buy the Rhino collection which separates the 1960s on one disc and the 1970s on the second disc. If sequencing is important than buy those 2 discs. If you are not sure about buying her box set, then get this collection if hits is the only thing you want. Highly Recommended.
When are these songs going to be re-mastered or better yet--HDCDed?
This CD is an excellent place to start for the greatness of Aretha. With the songs I'll Never Love A Man, Ain't No Way, Since You've Been Gone and others, Franklin's sullen phrasing evokes a woman in the throes of an anguished relationship. Although such themes are prevalent today, few singers wrench as much emotion out of their material. Aretha also takes material made famous by other artists and remakes them into her own. Of course in addition to Otis Redding's Respect, there is I Say A Little Prayer, Stevie Wonder's Until You Come Back to Me and Simon/Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water. You will hit the repeat button for Don't Play That Song, a foot stomping, hand clapping remake of the old Ben E. King hit.
Although she is justifiably known for her singing and phrasing, Franklin was/is also an underrated piano player and songwriter. Check out Call Me, Spirit In The Dark and Day Dreaming. I wish today's young singers would look to Aretha's early material and take note. All the tracks on this double CD are winners.
What more could you possibly ask for?
(And the answer is: The box set, definitely, the box set!)
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