11 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Aretha Franklin left Columbia Records and recorded this 1967 classic for the smaller Atlantic Records, she altered the course of music. She also found her place atop the soul-R&B pantheon and in the hearts of millions of listeners. But it wasn’t just that barrel-chested voice of hers—and its ability to soothe and caress—that did it. Nor was it the way she strutted through songs with hip-swinging sassafras and unspoken sexuality; she was born with that stuff. This album made her huge because A) the timing for it was perfect, and B) she teamed up with producer Jerry Wexler. Wexler (and engineer Tom Dowd) got Aretha transmitting from deep within her personal history, which included her Detroit childhood and singing gospel in churches and touring the Jim Crow South with her famous minister pop, Rev. C.L. Franklin. From her own confessional “Baby, Baby, Baby” to Otis Redding’s “Respect” to Chip/Morman’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” to Sam Cooke’s prayer-like “A Change Is Gonna Come” to the aching title song, you can tell Franklin is singing from the depths of her being.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Aretha Franklin left Columbia Records and recorded this 1967 classic for the smaller Atlantic Records, she altered the course of music. She also found her place atop the soul-R&B pantheon and in the hearts of millions of listeners. But it wasn’t just that barrel-chested voice of hers—and its ability to soothe and caress—that did it. Nor was it the way she strutted through songs with hip-swinging sassafras and unspoken sexuality; she was born with that stuff. This album made her huge because A) the timing for it was perfect, and B) she teamed up with producer Jerry Wexler. Wexler (and engineer Tom Dowd) got Aretha transmitting from deep within her personal history, which included her Detroit childhood and singing gospel in churches and touring the Jim Crow South with her famous minister pop, Rev. C.L. Franklin. From her own confessional “Baby, Baby, Baby” to Otis Redding’s “Respect” to Chip/Morman’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” to Sam Cooke’s prayer-like “A Change Is Gonna Come” to the aching title song, you can tell Franklin is singing from the depths of her being.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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Muscle Shoals

The Queen of Soul might not have been as great without the help of Rick Hall. Aretha went to Alabama to record at FAME studios. She came in a Diva with a cigarette in her hand looking at Roger Hawkins on drums, Berry Beckett on keyboards, David Hood on bass, and Spooner Oldham on organ. All of them were white, older men who look like they worked at a grocery store. Aretha came in and was warming up and trying to work on a rift on piano. It was awful. The band could not find rhythm. So they stopped. You had the Queen of Soul in the studio, and you could here crickets. Then Spooner started riff. The band started playing and Aretha started to belt out “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”. in 15 minutes, she had started a movement in her career. She brought the “The Swampers” with here to NY to finish the album. The Swampers are a name you will find more times than not in great music :)

lord of host ,

Excellence

An Icon and symbol of the real Black America doing the 1960s and the sound is as good today as it was back then great collector I love it

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