ARETHA FRANKLIN Respect - The Very Best Of (2002 UK 43-track 2-CD set featuring a collection of the best loved hits spanning the 30-plus year career from one of the greatest ever singers including the classic hits Respect Think [You Make MeFeel Like] A Natural Woman I Say A Little Prayer Son Of A Preacher Man I Never Loved A Man & Chain Of Fools her cover versions of Let It Be & Bridge Over Troubled Water and duets with Eurythmics George Michael Elton John & George Benson housed in the slim-double jewel case complete with the picture booklet containing extensive sleevenotes and a pictorial discography)
features all the classic songs by the original Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Rooted in a gospel tradition that was to inform her soul-charged sound, her impact on pop music, and in particular American pop music was profound.
It was the run of late-60s Atlantic hits featured here ("Respect", "Chain of Fools", "I Say A Little Prayer") that made her a star but as this "best of" shows, there was plenty more to come. Aretha was discovered all over again by a new generation in the 80s thanks to her role and performance ("Think") in hit musical The Blues Brothers. Riding high on a wave of success, duets with latter day icons followed like the epic "I Knew You Were Waiting" with stubble-faced George Michael and the anthemic "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" with self-proclaimed diva Annie Lennox. Respect is certainly due to the remarkable talent of Aretha Franklin and this double disc anthology thoroughly represents the diva in her full majesty. -Carol Baines