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Respect - The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin CD


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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 (3 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000066SBB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Respect (LP Version)
2. Think (LP Version)
3. Spanish Harlem (LP Version)
4. [You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman (LP Version)
5. I Say A Little Prayer (LP Version)
6. Son Of A Preacher Man
7. I Never Loved A Man [The Way I Love You] (LP Version)
8. Chain Of Fools (LP Version)
9. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
10. Angel
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (duet with Eurythmics)
2. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)(duet with George Michael)
3. Through The Storm (duet with Elton John)
4. Love All The Hurt Away (duet with George Benson)
5. Willing To Forgive
6. Let It Be
7. Never Let Me Go
8. Night Time Is The Right Time
9. Call Me
10. Drown In My Own Tears
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

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)

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Respect 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

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "izzyberg" on 8 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
Everybody needs an Aretha Franklin CD in their collection. 'Respect' has 43 classic hits, some guaranteed to make you reach for the microphone and shake your booty, others sure to heal a broken heart. Not only are her more famous hits such as 'I Say a Little Prayer' and 'Think' on the album, Aretha also sings 'Bridge over Troubled Water' and 'Let it Be' in her distinctive, soulful voice. This is a timeless collection, ideal as a gift for a music lover of any age. Even youngsters are sure to enjoy this Diva's music.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2003
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This excellent collection amply demonstrates the major contribution the Queen of Soul made to popular music over almost forty years. On Disc One, my personal favourites include her amazing interpretation of Spanish Harlem which was a huge hit in 1971, the vocally innovative Chain Of Fools, the urgent Don’t Play That Song, and the lovely lilting You’re All I Need To Get By. Disc Two kicks of with her assertive Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, the powerful duet with Annie Lennox which saw her re-establishing herself in the middle 1980s and includes the catchy Freeway Of Love from the same period. It also contains her beautiful versions of The Beatles’ Let It Be and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water from the early 70s. In the sixties, Aretha’s soul was more rootsy than Motown, in other words, you had to work a little bit harder to fully appreciate it, but when Disco arrived in the mid 70s, her star faded a bit since she never really had consistent commercial success in that era. But her return in the eighties saw some great music again, like the album from which Freeway Of Love was drawn. This is a comprehensive compilation of her greatest hits and always a pleasure to listen to. Not many artists have such an impressve portfolio or have consistently made such brilliant music over 4 decades.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Aretha's best work, showcased here, proves that she has justly earned her title as Queen of soul despite some ups downs in her long career. Aretha took a long time to establish herself but once signed to Atlantic, she found a producer (Jerry Wexler) who was able to make the most of her distinctive talents.
Aretha has had many major hits in America although she has not been particularly successful in the British singles charts. During her time with Atlantic, Aretha had two UK top ten hits (Respect, I say a little prayer) and two other UK top twenty hits (Don't play that song, Spanish Harlem). All those hits are included here, together with many of Aretha's other classic recordings for Atlantic, some of which were minor UK hits but all of which did much better as singles in America. These classics include Think, You make me feel like a natural woman, I never loved a man they way I loved you, Chain of fools, Do right woman do right man, Angel, Since you've been gone and Until you come back to me.
With Aretha's distinctive voice and delivery, her cover versions are always interesting. Surprisingly, Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) is omitted, but Bridge over troubled water (Simon and Garfunkel), Oh no not my baby (Maxine Brown) and Let it be (Beatles) are among those included.
Aretha eventually left Atlantic, joining Arista in 1980. This rejuvenated her career although she never quite achieved the level of success that she had in her early years with Atlantic. However, she had two major international hits via duets - Sisters are doing it for themselves (with the Eurythmics) and I knew you were waiting for me (with George Michael), the latter becoming a number one hit in Britain (where it remains her only number one hit) and America.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Brierley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 April 2005
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There are plenty of reviews about this particular double CD which comment on the excellence of the musical content and Aretha's voice. My only concern is the poor remastering, which is a disgrace, someone at Warner Music should be shot !!! Most of the tracks have a strong background hiss which detracts from the excellence of the music. There is no excuse for this, as today's electronics and computer software can even clean up ancient 78's and make them sound far better than this!!! Unfortunately I do not know what alternative album to advise people to buy. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY.
PS. I SHOULD HAVE ADDED THIS YEARS AGO, BUT SEE B00002537O AND READ MY REVIEW, PERFECT SUBSTITIUTE FOR THIS HISSY ALBUM, HOWEVER, SINCE RESPECT WAS ISSUED A WHILE AGO, I WONDER IF IT'S BEEN IMPROVED BY DECENT REMASTERING.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This excellent collection amply demonstrates the major contribution the Queen of Soul made to popular music over almost forty years. On Disc One, my personal favourites include her amazing interpretation of Spanish Harlem which was a huge hit in 1971, the vocally innovative Chain Of Fools, the urgent Don’t Play That Song, and the lovely lilting You’re All I Need To Get By. Disc Two kicks of with her assertive Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, the powerful duet with Annie Lennox which saw her re-establishing herself in the middle 1980s and includes the catchy Freeway Of Love from the same period. It also contains her beautiful versions of The Beatles’ Let It Be and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water from the early 70s. In the sixties, Aretha’s soul was more rootsy than Motown, in other words, you had to work a little bit harder to fully appreciate it, but when Disco arrived in the mid 70s, her star faded a bit since she never really had consistent commercial success in that era. But her return in the eighties saw some great music again, like the album from which Freeway Of Love was drawn. This is a comprehensive compilation of her greatest hits and always a pleasure to listen to.
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