16 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before signing to Atlantic in the late ‘60s and cementing her musical legacy, Tennessee teenager Aretha Franklin was dutifully climbing the charts, lending her mighty voice to some of pop’s most celebrated standards. Here she tackles “Mockingbird” with a singular sultry swing—arguably casting it as the definitive version—while Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By” is gentle and atmospheric, her skyscraping vocals taking a more controlled, mellow turn. The winking sway of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” foreshadows her later sass.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before signing to Atlantic in the late ‘60s and cementing her musical legacy, Tennessee teenager Aretha Franklin was dutifully climbing the charts, lending her mighty voice to some of pop’s most celebrated standards. Here she tackles “Mockingbird” with a singular sultry swing—arguably casting it as the definitive version—while Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By” is gentle and atmospheric, her skyscraping vocals taking a more controlled, mellow turn. The winking sway of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” foreshadows her later sass.

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