This is a wonderful tribute to the most soulful and productive period of her career.
The outakes,and demos far from detracting from the performances, allow her voice,piano and supporting musicians to come to the fore.
And what a line up of backing players and singers.Absolutely stellar- The Sweet Inspirations ,Billy Preston,Melvin Lastie,Bernard Purdie,King Curtis,and the king of the guitar in-fill Mr Cornell Dupree are just some of the performers who grace this set.
For sheer soul,passion and yearning vocals ''Are you leaving me'' ''I want to be with you'' Bobby Womack's ''Thats the way I feel about cha'' are standouts.
Also we must not pass over- ''The Letter'' and a beautiful reading of Edna McGriff's '50s R&B hit ''Heavenly Father''
An excellent booklet and session notes complements this set,which for me is the soul CD release of 2007.