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Definitive Soul

Aretha Franklin Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. I Never Loved A Man [The Way I Love You] (LP Version)
2. Respect (LP Version)
3. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (LP Version)"
4. Dr. Feelgood [Love Is Serious Business]
5. Save Me (LP Version)
6. "Baby, I Love You"
7. [You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman (LP Version)
8. Chain Of Fools (LP Version)
9. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
10. Ain't No Way
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Call Me
2. Spirit In The Dark
3. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
4. You're All I Need To Get By
5. Bridge Over Troubled Water
6. Spanish Harlem (LP Version)
7. Rock Steady (LP Version)
8. Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)
9. Day Dreaming
10. Wholy Holy
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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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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Format:Audio CD
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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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 One of those "desert island" albums Nov. 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
You are stranded, either on an island, a hotel, or an airplane. You sure do want this by your side.
One of the greatest voices ever. Brought up in the Churchhouse, she then decided to bring her power to secular R & B. We sure ought to be glad she did.
Even now going on thirty years later, I recall the first time hearing "I Never Loved A Man" WOW! What powerful stuff. Ditto for "Natural Woman". This collection has them all.
How one could criticize her for recording the work of others in beyond me; because say what you will, The Queen has a style all her own. Whether doing her own signature pieces like "Spirit in the Dark" (which this album sagely has included twice: her studio version and the live version with Ray Charles from the "Live at the Filmore" album) or covering the songs of others "Bridge", "You're All I Need to Get By", she can turn out the house.
Buy this. As she says in "Respect", you'll give her her propers when you get home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those "desert island" albums. April 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
You are stranded, either on an island, a hotel, or an airplane. You sure do want this by your side.
One of the greatest voices ever. Brought up in the Churchhouse, she then decided to bring her power to secular R & B. We sure ought to be glad she did.
Even now going on thrity years later, I recall the first time hearing "I Never Loved A Man" WOW! What powerful stuff. Ditto for "Natural Woman". This collection has them all.
How one could criticize her for recording the work of others in beyond me; because say what you will, The Queen has a style all her own. Whether doing her own signature pieces like "Spirit in the Dark" (which this album sagely has included twice: her studio version and the live version with Ray Charles from the "Live at the Filmore" album) or covering the songs of others "Bridge", "You're All I Need to Get By", she can turn out the house.
Buy this. As she says in "Respect", you'll give her her propers when you get home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Best
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. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by Mr. Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Soul's Best Hits
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). Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by K. J. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
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,... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Songs get an A--Sound gets an F
great songs
REALLY bad sound
When are these songs going to be re-mastered or better yet--HDCDed?
Published on Sept. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential of course
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Erikdw
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable voice, unstoppable grooves!
You gotta love Aretha. Here we have a great collection of her earlier music. This is IT. Her 60's and 70's output is her most soulful, her purest and her most groove-heavy of all. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2002 by MusicFreak
2.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, poor sound.
This is an amazing collection of Aretha's artistry, unfortunatly the sound quality is quite awfull. I dont know if the problem was the original sources or the mastering onto CD but... Read more
Published on May 17 2002 by P. Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Tina is the True Diva
I don't know why she is the Queen of the Divas when there Tina Turner. When Tina left her abusive relationship she had no money!!! Read more
Published on March 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Franklin at her best
If you want the Aretha at her best get this CD I have on Lp as well... I have always appreciate her music and this has her early and best hits....
Published on Aug. 23 2001 by pina3470
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful soul classic
I bought this as a cassette when I was a teenager and a decade later it's still one of my favorites. It has accompanied me on many cross-country trips and late night drives. Read more
Published on July 21 2001
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