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|2. Drown in My Own Tears|
|3. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)|
|4. Soul Serenade|
|5. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream|
|7. Dr.Feelgood (LOVE IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS)|
|8. Good Times|
|9. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man|
|10. Save Me|
|11. A Change Is Gonna Come|
|12. Respect Bonus Track|
|13. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)|
|14. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man Bonus Track|
Aretha Franklin has had a long and illustrious career. She's the second most honoured female Grammy winner. For a time the 'Best Female Vocal' category was nicknamed 'The Aretha Award'.
She's a singer, songwriter and pianist and her body of work is vast. One of her most recognisable pieces is her first album for Atlantic Records, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. Recorded in 1967, it's an album full of hits and perfectly showcases her voice at its youthful best. --David O'Donnell
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This album is full of classic soul tracks sung to perfection. I think each version is THE genre-defining version. I don't think you can help but be moved by Aretha's power, control and sheer soulfullness.
If you want to discover Aretha Franklin just buy this album. Simple.
In a few listens time though, i got it... and yes i got it really bad!
There is SO much soul in this record and she means it, she's felt the losing and the pain, unlike so many modern soul artists who's voices are pathetic in comparison.
The opener Respect, is instantly recognisable where she beats Otis (Redding) at his own song and adds her own bit to it too (the R-E-S-P-E-C-T!). The closer too is a cover of Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come, which Otis also covered, however, Aretha's version just had so much more power and feeling than his, the opening "i was bo-or-or-orn by the river" and many other phrases within the song and so memorable for the amount of feeling packed into so few words.
In between these tracks are soulful gems of love and loss. My personal favourite has to be Don't Lose This Dream, it starts deceptively as a polite jazz inflected number but soon Aretha and her backing singers have reached the chorus and blown us away with their unique blend of soul/pop.
The album 'Aretha: Lady Soul' is often raved about but i think personally that this album far supersedes it. It sticks to the same genre throughout rather than flitting all over the place. Its one of those albums you love listening to and when its not on you long to hear it again.
From the opening to the closing note you'll be enthralled. Buy with confidence.
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