Editors’ Notes Though a number of commanding divas have dominated the stage and the record charts over the years, none have attained the status of Aretha Franklin, who for several decades was the very best and most inspired soul singer of them all. A number of decent anthologies of her work have appeared over the years, and this 87-track bonanza surely ranks among the very best. It does so by heavily focusing on her strongest years at Atlantic Records. Starting with “I Never Loved a Man”—her single from February 1967 that announced she’d arrived at a new label that understood her musically—The Queen of Soul runs through the obvious, the obscure, the deep cuts, and the b-sides that made her catalog more than just a list of remarkable hit singles. She made Otis Redding’s “Respect” her own and continued with the works of other songwriters, whether it was Curtis Mayfield (“People Get Ready”), Gerry Goffin and Carole King (“A Natural Woman”), Sam Cooke (“You Send Me”), Smokey Robinson (“Tracks of My Tears”), The Beatles (“Let It Be,” “Eleanor Rigby”), or Paul Simon (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”).

SONG
I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
1
2:44
 
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
2
3:16
 
Respect
3
2:27
 
Drown In My Own Tears
4
4:03
 
Soul Seranade
5
2:36
 
Don't Let Me Lose This Dream
6
2:23
 
Baby, Baby, Baby
7
2:53
 
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is Serious Business)
8
3:18
 
Good Times
9
2:05
 
Save Me
10
2:16
 
Baby, I Love You
11
2:39
 
Satisfaction
12
2:40
 
You Are My Sunshine
13
4:22
 
Never Let Me Go
14
2:54
 
Prove It
15
3:00
 
I Wonder
16
4:25
 
Ain't Nobody Gonna Turn Me Around
17
2:38
 
It Was You (Aretha Arrives Outtake)
18
3:45
 
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman [Mono] [Single Version]
19
2:45
 
Chain of Fools
20
2:43
 
People Get Ready
21
3:46
 
Come Back Baby
22
2:27
 
Good To Me As I Am To You
23
3:58
 
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
24
2:26
 
Ain't No Way
25
4:14
 
Think
1
2:16
 
You Send Me
2
2:28
 
I Say a Little Prayer
3
3:32
 
The House That Jack Built
4
2:19
 
You're a Sweet Sweet Man
5
2:19
 
I Take What I Want
6
2:33
 
A Change
7
2:27
 
See Saw
8
2:43
 
My Song
9
3:29
 
I Can't See Myself Leaving You
10
3:01
 
Night Life (Live Version)
11
3:14
 
Ramblin'
12
3:10
 
Today I Sing the Blues
13
4:25
 
River's Invitation
14
2:40
 
Pitiful
15
3:04
 
Talk To Me, Talk To Me (Soul '69 Outtake)
16
3:27
 
Tracks of My Tears
17
2:56
 
The Weight
18
2:58
 
Share Your Love With Me
19
3:19
 
Pledging My Love / The Clock (Single B-Side)
20
4:11
 
It Ain't Fair
21
3:22
 
Sit Down and Cry
22
3:52
 
Let It Be
23
3:33
 
Eleanor Rigby
24
2:33
 
Call Me
25
3:54
 
Son of a Preacher Man
1
3:19
 
Try Matty's
2
2:32
 
The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss)
3
4:41
 
Dark End of the Street
4
4:42
 
You and Me
5
3:34
 
You're Taking Up Another Man's Place (This Girl's In Love With You/Spirit In the Dark Outtake)
6
3:28
 
Don't Play That Song
7
2:59
 
Why I Sing the Blues
8
3:05
 
Spirit in the Dark
9
4:02
 
My Way (Spirit In the Dark Outtake)
10
4:06
 
One Way Ticket
11
2:52
 
Pullin'
12
3:38
 
Border Song (Holy Moses)
13
3:19
 
A Brand New Me
14
4:26
 
You're All I Need To Get By
15
3:34
 
Bridge Over Troubled Water
16
5:31
 
Spanish Harlem
17
3:31
 
Lean On Me (Single B-Side)
18
4:37
 
Spirit in the Dark (Reprise with Ray Charles) [Live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, February 7, 1971]
19
8:38
 
Rock Steady
1
3:13
 
Young, Gifted and Black
2
3:34
 
All the King's Horses
3
3:56
 
Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool For You Baby)
4
3:41
 
Day Dreaming
5
3:59
 
Mary, Don't You Weep (Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles, January 14, 1972)
6
7:10
 
Climbing Higher Mountains (Live, 1972)
7
2:45
 
Precious Memories (Live, 1972)
8
7:20
 
Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)
9
3:25
 
Angel
10
4:28
 
Somewhere
11
6:14
 
So Swell When You're Well
12
4:16
 
I'm In Love
13
2:51
 
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
14
3:49
 
Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I Am Going To Do)
15
3:26
 
Look Into Your Heart
16
4:02
 
Sparkle
17
4:12
 
Something He Can Feel
18
6:14
 

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