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  • Audio CD (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bbr
  • ASIN: B00JAD0ZGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. From The Bottom Of My Heart (To The Bottom Of Yours)
2. If You Want Me
3. I Can't Help Feeling So Blue
4. Too Many Roads
5. Sunshine Holiday
6. Dead Man
7. You Are Everything
8. You Can Have My Soul
9. Song Man
10. Not Enough Love To Hold
11. Deal With It
12. I Can't Help Feeling So Blue (Single Version)

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Carolyn Ann Franklin spent her singing and song writing career somewhat in the shadow of her hugely successful sister, The First Lady Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, having followed both her older siblings Aretha and Erma from the church into a secular recording career in the mid to late sixties. Although, Like Erma, Carolyn had modest success compared to Aretha she recorded with her sister many times and proved herself as an excellent songwriter penning hits for Aretha such as Ain''t No Way, Save Me and the stunning Angel. From 1969-1973 Franklin released three albums in produced by Jimmy Radcliffe which provided the R&B hits All I Want To Be Is Your Woman and It''s True I''m Gonna Miss You, proving Carolyn was an exceptional vocalist in her own right. "If You Want Me" was Franklin's fourth and last studio album released in 1976 on RCA. Carolyn displays incredibly subtlety and control on this excellent album on which also she provides many of the song writing credits. From The Bottom Of My Heart (To The Bottom Of Yours) sets the smooth, honeyed tone for the rest of this under-appreciated album. The beautifully sung and arranged ballad "I Can't Help My Feeling So Blue" should have dented the R&B chart but went under the radar.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buyer on 17 Jun. 2014
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This is a brilliant and varied album from Aretha's classy soul sister. I am SO happy to see that someone has taken the initiative of reissuing this on CD - thanks BBR!
There are so many highlights on the album. From the string-laden opener 'From the Bottom of My Heart' to the funky Rock Steady-esque finale of 'Deal With It' via the laid back almost-reggae groove of the title track, there's so much here to enjoy. The album manages to hold a fine balance between sweet and raw, her excellent cover of 'You Are Everything' being a prime example. 'Sunshine Holiday' is an irresistible rare groove delight, whilst 'Not Enough Love To Hold' could be a future modern soul favourite. Carolyn delicately drops the pace on the stretched out mellow '...Feeling So Blue', while lovers of honest, deep soul will feast on 'You Can Have My Soul', one of my many favourites from this exceptional LP.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony_Wales on 12 July 2014
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I always have the say sort of problem with Carolyn. I had her first RCA album on vinyl and it blew me out. With the advent of the internet I managed to get her other vinyl albums and I was so disappointed with them. As this was her second RCA outing I thought it would be brilliant but for me it was just another dud. When I think of the vocals she put on Big Sis's backgrounds her solo stuff makes one wonder who on earth picks her songs for her. If you are a fan, get it you will like it. If you are expecting to find Aretha Mk.2 this is not for you.
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