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“There are singers,” said Ray Charles, “then there is Aretha. She towers above the rest. Others are good, but Aretha is great. She’s my only sure-enough sister.”

Since the moment Aretha stepped to the pulpit at her father’s famed New Bethel Baptist Church as a young girl singing in the great gospel tradition, the world has recognized her as a musical ... Read more in Amazon's Aretha Franklin Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B0000033G1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let Me in Your Life
2. Every Natural Thing
3. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
4. I'm in Love
5. Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
6. The Masquerade Is Over
7. With Pen in Hand
8. Oh Baby
9. Eight Days On The Road
10. If You Don't Think
11. A Song for You

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 3 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Aretha's golden period is generally seen to include 1974, when this album was released, but "Let Me In Your Life" seldom gets a mention amongst all her classic albums. Well in my view it deserves to be right up there with the material generally regarded as her best.

"Let Me In Your Life" is notable for the superb choice of songs, and although Lady Soul herself contributes 2 songs, the album includes songs by a who's who of 70's songwriting, all given the Aretha makeover.

Bill Wither's original of the title track was an ethereal and low tempo plea for love, but Aretha turns it into an funky number. Obviously inspired, Aretha took the same idea and penned "If you Don't Think", but decided on a ballad treatment. Ashford and Simpson's "Ain't Nothin..." had been a hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, but undaunted by that, Aretha gives it her best, reinforcing the songs optimistic mood, which continues with a superb reading of Bobby Womack's "I'm In Love". These are all tracks which notable for Franklin's ability to wring feeling from a song without tipping into sentimentality.

The early 70's had seen a low point in Aretha's personal life, following her split with husband Ted White. It was during this period that she had recorded some of her most impassioned work. "With Pen In Hand" came from 1971 and is a work of such raw intensity, and was considered so deeply personal, that it had been held over since then. Seldom can heartbreak have been captured quite so beautifully. Covering the same ground is "The Masquerade is Over", with a restrained production, which allows Aretha's vocal take centre stage, with equally devastsing results.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By palelyloitering on 15 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had this LP as a soundtrack in my early twenties and I think I must have gone to bed with side 2 very many nights. It is still here, 'side 2' is still outstanding compared to the (excellent) whole, so, in this technological age I am sure I will end up starting very often at 'number 6', 'The Masquerade is Over".
The 'uptempo' tracks are still gifted but I prefer to Sink into 'With pen In Hand' (though I still don't get it, she's leaving him but he has to look after the children, is this the next generation only? the specificity of the domestic tasks is in conflict with this) the swelling music will take me/you anyway.
As you drift off there is 'If You Don't Think' and 'A Song For You'. I/You will want to put it on again and again and
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 19 Jan 2013
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Let Me in Your Life is too dependent on Franklin's singing but I'm glad that Wexler and Mardin had the courage to err on the side of her voice rather than on the side of studio remote control. Like many great artists, Aretha Franklin is best appreciated whole, unprettified by the airbrushes of the studio. The proof is Let Me in Your Life itself -- an album that justifies its existence by simply letting us listen once again to her voice.......and i agree...in this instance its all about the singer and just the song.

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By Jespydoodles on 6 Jun 2013
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Really love Aretha..who doesn't but must admit I have a soft spot for her disco era like Jump To It so had to give this cd a few listens before it sunk in but yes it's a great album overall with amazing vocal performances.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Her last perfect 70s one 2 Oct 2003
By D.V. Lindner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Aretha Franklin album released just after the one and only time I saw her perform live on stage; I was 19. It was November 1973 and Aretha was appearing at a now-defunct Cherry Hill, New Jersey nightclub called "The Latin Casino." She did "Until You Come Back To Me" on that show but at that point it was so new, I couldn't tell you if I'd even heard it on the radio yet, nor knew how much I was going to come to love it. But she was still freshly in the triumph of 1972's LP's: "Young and Gifted and Black" & the astonishing gospel set, "Amazing Grace." Two great singles, "Master Of Eyes" & "Angel" primed us though '73 for what to expect that special night, and Aretha delivered. This was also the time when she had slimmed down profoundly, and her stage costumes that night made sure you knew it.
What we didn't know was, "Until You Come Back To Me," would be the last Franklin single to climb into the Pop Top 10 until "Freeway Of Love" in 1985. One reason why was because our attention from the mid-70s to 1980 was turned to another kind of music, and let's all thank God here that Aretha seemed to instinctively know that disco was beneath her, and she never sank to it. She would forgive us and take us back in the 80s when we regained our senses.
Nevertheless, this 1974 album (originally Atlantic LP 7292) did well (#14 on the LP chart) and spawned two more excellent singles, "I'm In Love" and a reinterpretation of Marvin & Tammi's "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing." (She'd already remade one of theirs over in her own image in '71: "You're All I Need To Get By," so she knew what she was doing.) She does a remarkable job here also of reworking Bill Withers lovely but sedate "Let Me In Your Life," transforming it into a completely different song, punchy and up-tempo. That's the real key to Aretha's artistry - I sometimes think she could take home, say for a week, something as seemingly foreign to her as Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miners Daughter," and come back with a version that made you believe she lived it.
Aretha broke through in 1967, the year I was 13, and I feel privileged to have watched and have been so thoroughly entertained as the woman's applied her genius in ways that have never failed to surprise and delight. She's honestly a legend, and another substantial helping of proof is in this album.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Let this cd in your life. 6 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine Aretha Franklin release. It has some solid cuts like, Until you come back to me, I'm in love, and Every natural thing. But there is a slight misstep in choice of material, and this cd. does not have the spark and solid r&b focus of her previous (and great) Young, Gifted and Black. Her rendition of Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing never really catches fire. On the other hand, she is able to take a sappy song like, With Pen in Hand and let it build into a soulful firestorm. She is in fine form. Aretha's voice(at this time) was an instrument of awesome power, with the ability to transcend. I do recommend this cd. The strengths certainly outweigh the weaknesses, and it is far superior to some of her later efforts.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
With Aretha's CD in Hand 23 Mar 2005
By Handsome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This cd is one of the best Aretha has released. My cousin used to play this lp years ago. All of this set is great, but my favorites are: With Pen In Hand-those women are chirping the background on this one, though it is not the Sweet Inspirations...If it was, Cissy would've ate the high note for breakfast, lunch & dinner!), (I'm afraid)The Masquerade is Over, Oh Baby & A Song For You. I'm waiting for the lp, "With Everything I Feel In Me", to be released on cd. That's the other lp, where she has a white fur on. I always loved the picture on the Let Me In Your Life lp/cd.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Re Re Forever! 12 April 2000
By yygsgsdrassil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think I mentioned in an earlier review that I was somewhat a latecomer to the great Aretha, well let me correct that. Not really. Late comers would probably be defined as someone who noticed her works within the last 5 years or so. I "got with" her specifically in '71-72, in the middle of her great Atlantic records Mardin/Ertigan/Wexler years. And I have been following her in silent glee since. 'Cause, see,...
While it is true that she's recorded some of the best soul jams ever--look up "Respect", "Natural Woman", "Dr. Feelgood" to mention a few--some of those cuts she's done that "no one's heard of" gets me like, uummph!...understand?
Like here, "The Masquerade is Over" and her own composition, "Oh Baby". I am jello evvytime I hear "Oh Baby". And contrary to what the reviewer below says, there's not a thing wrong with her "There Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"...in fact, it gives the original a run for its money.
The real triumph for Re Re lovers like me is that all those great Atlantic Records production--even this late, great and underrated one (I think this may have been her last or next to last on Atlantic) are all in CD catalog. My advice: get each individual album on CD the way they were originally presented before someone repackages them...
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
excellent cd but beware 26 Oct 2004
By Richard Chavez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Do not shop from CAIMAN. They advertise it on stock but they don't and have never carried it.
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