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30 Greatest Hits (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Aretha Franklin Audio Cassette
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Aretha Franklin's voice is an instrument of such exquisite expression that it has been matched but a few times in the 20th century. Borrowing from jazz, soul, R&B, rock, pop, and, of course, gospel--and accompanying herself on piano--she created an artistic vision that was wholly realized. Hits includes most of her chart singles from those incomparable Atlantic years, from "Respect" in 1967 well into the '70s, as well as noncharting classics like "Do Right Woman" and "Dr. Feelgood." This is the definitive introduction to Franklin's artistry, but be warned: get this and you're going to want more. --David Cantwell

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Originally released in Canada on vinyl way back in 1985, this collection from Atlantic records remains the absolute best overview of Aretha Franklin during her peak years from 1967 through 1974. While her subsequent work for Arista in the eighties produced some fine singles, most of those lacked the edge, energy and intensity of these earlier recordings. Of the 30 songs included on this terrific collection all but two made the Billboard Hot 100. And of these a total of 14 were Top Ten tunes. Quite surprising to me was the fact that Aretha managed only one #1 pop hit during her career and that one--you guessed it--was her 1967 smash "Respect". The story was a bit different though on the Soul/R&B charts where Aretha had a total of 20 #1 singles during her phenomenol career. She was also a significant player on Billboard's Top Pop Album charts during this period. In all, more than 30 of Arethas albums would make the charts.
Atlantic has included everything you would expect to find on a collection of one of their most prolific and successful artists ever. I can think of no major omissions. And all are the original 45 rpm recordings you heard on the radio. Enjoy once again tunes like "Chain of Fools", "Think" and the rollicking "Since You've Been Gone". You will also hear the more mellow side of Aretha with tunes like "Day Dreaming" and her big one from 1973 "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)". Atlantic has provided an attractive booklet loaded with information and also presents the Billboard chart information on each and every tune. For collectors and fans of 1960's and 1970's popular music this 2 CD set is essential. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Best March 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Aretha cd i had ever gotten. And I wore the thing out! ha ha One of my favorites was "Spanish Harlem" I would sit and play that rack over and over. I also liked the others that i'd never heard before. Though now i know the track list by heart ha ha. I loved this one until i heard that she had a box set. A BOX SET! whew i knew there had to be more songs to love on that so i set out to get it. I still had this one and gave it to a friend after i got the Queen Of Soul box set and i am grateful for getting started with this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Soul's Best Hits Feb. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't have to go into full detail about this cd. You know this cd is blazing. After all, it features the Queen of Soul in all her glory and best years (the 60s and 70s).This double cd is simply amazing. Today's singers should follow her example. Only Lauryn Hill (if she ever get her act together), Jill Scott and Erykah Badu show some promise. But promise is not the real deal. Invest some money into this cd...you won't reget it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! Jan. 31 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the essential hits collection by the legendary, Queen Of Soul, Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer. This covers her Atlantic Years only so if you want her 1980s and 1990s hits, then you need to buy her Arista hits album.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Songs get an A--Sound gets an F Sept. 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
great songs
REALLY bad sound
When are these songs going to be re-mastered or better yet--HDCDed?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling Aretha July 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
In this here today, gone today music industry of 2003, many people in their 20s and 30s probably look at Aretha Franklin as a singer who has been coasting the fame train on her hit Respect and not much more. Some probably even look at her as the Whitney, Mariah, Beyounce or Ashanti of her day. That would be wrong because Aretha is in a class by herself. During her artistic pinnacle in the 60s and 70s (an era of great rock/pop/soul music), few could top Franklin.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential of course Jan. 20 2003
By Erikdw
Format:Audio CD
Ah...those were the days!
Aretha in her glorious prime.
Legendary producer Jerry Wexler behind the wheel.
Her (sock-it-to-me) sisters in the back.
Religion under the hood.
Sex in the trunk.
What more could you possibly ask for?
(And the answer is: The box set, definitely, the box set!)
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