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Queen Of Soul The Atlantic Recordings Box set

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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005RTKB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Never Loved A Man [The Way I Love You] (LP Version)
2. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (LP Version)"
3. Save Me (LP Version)
4. Respect (LP Version)
5. "Baby, Baby, Baby"
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Think (LP Version)
2. See Saw
3. The House That Jack Built
4. Night Time Is The Right Time
5. I Say A Little Prayer (LP Version)
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Son Of A Preacher Man
2. Try Matty's
3. The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss)
4. Dark End Of The Street
5. You And Me
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Spirit In The Dark
2. How I Got Over
3. So Swell When Your Well
4. Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)
5. Somewhere
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wouldn't you think in this day and age, that they would let you take a solar powered CD player and one boxed set on 'Desert Island Discs'? If they did, then this would be my boxed set.

With 86 tracks, this is the definitive collection of Aretha Franklin's recordings on Atlantic. You get all the hits, and many tracks from her best albums. Never underestimate her earlier Jazz stuff with Columbia, or her career revival on Arista in the 80s, where she stayed until she retired a few years ago. However, her years at Atlantic are one of the most remarkable and memorable events in the history of recorded music.

There isn't enough space to mention the music. If I started, I wouldn't be able to stop. Let me just say that from the moment in 1967 that acetates of her first Atlantic single were played by radio stations, there wasn't a female singer in the pop or soul world that was not influenced by Aretha. She set the standard, then she raised it, then she raised it again. The first major new singer to emerge not directly influenced by her was Kate Bush, some ten years later.

There is an 80 page double CD height booklet, complete with essays, photos, an Atlantic discography and American chartology.

If you are serious about music then you you have to have this boxed set. I've owned it for twelve years, and it has got me through some sticky times. Aretha Franklin's voice fills the gap between the way that things are and the way that they ought to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Johnson on 22 Aug. 2007
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This is an awesome showcase of an artist at the peak of her estimable powers. In my view, this body of work is as exciting, creative, and important as any of the recent crop of anthologies from either The Beatles, The Clash, Free, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, or Frank Sinatra! One gem after another; beautiful expressive singing and marvelous accompanyments featuring the finest musicians from the soul genre, for example Curtis Mayfield, Billy Preston, Duane Allman, Jimmy Johnson, Curtis Ousley, and not least, Aretha's own piano playing. All masterfully coordinated by the legendry producers Jerry Wexler & Tom Dowd. A great example of a musicians' musician who can trancend categories with apparent effortlessness and retain all that is interesting musically . . .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I came to this as someone with a single CD compilation of Aretha, of which the contents were very fine but the mastering not, wanting to hear more in better quality. And boy did I get it... A lot of (nearly all?) box sets contain far more of the artist or genre covered than anyone but a fanatic/trainspotter could possibly need, let alone listen to regularly. This quite fundamentally isn't one of them. It's almost universally (and rightly) accepted that Aretha Franklin's best work was recorded during the period she was signed to Atlantic (1967-1979) and this box covers that period, though it peters out before the end - there is nothing on here from her last two Atlantic albums. I can't pretend to know much about the material that has been omitted from this box - she recorded 19 albums for Atlantic and apart from those last two and one of the two live albums all of them are represented here. But if the compilers have left out better material it must be astoundingly good because the overall standard here is very high indeed. I'm sure seriously knowledgeable fans could quibble about the presence or absence of the odd track but unless you are one that's completely irrelevant.

Because the contents of this box are probably the most emotionally satisfying music I've ever heard. They'll fill you with joy, make you cry, put a comforting arm around your shoulder, squeeze you tight in a sexy hug, fill you with righteousness ... there's more heart and soul in Aretha's music than anyone else I've ever heard, her love is a force of nature. She is, without question, the greatest soul singer of all time - technically as well as emotionally. In fact she's one of the greatest singers of any genre. When she whoops those high notes, she takes you to a place no one else can.
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If you want to know why Aretha is called "the queen of soul" then look no further than this. Quite simply, her recordings with Atlantic in the late-60s and early-70s totally redefined soul music - gospel passion met contemporary songs, and Aretha really arrived. What is amazing about this period is that virtually everything that was recorded was magical - not just the singles. In fact, take the first 3 CDs of this set, and virtually anything and everything could have been a single. Quite simply breathtaking, with one stunning performance after another. The 4th CD takes us to the mid-70s, and the music smooths out a bit, but this is not without its gems, either - and well worth a listen. Never, ever settle for a single or even double CD of Aretha's best - the repertoire is deep, and this is quite simply essential for any soul fan. Superb!
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By Recusant on 31 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Claiming to be 'the cream of Aretha Franklin's canon' this is really an expanded souped-up Greatest Hits. Surely what we're entitled to by now is the complete Atlantic back-catalogue, including the superb 1975 (and Curtis Mayfield produced) 'Almighty Fire', and also 'La Diva', neither of which have appeared on CD? Whatever else she may be, Aretha is also the Queen of Dance, as some snobbish fans seem (alas) to forget, or worse, to regret. 'Almighty Fire' remains a gaping and inexplicable absence in her available discography.
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