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Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul [CD]

Aretha Franklin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000S75BQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (Demo)Aretha Franklin 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business) (Demo)Aretha Franklin 4:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sweet Bitter Love (Demo)Aretha Franklin 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. It Was You (Aretha Arrives Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Letter (Aretha Arrives Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. So Soon (Aretha Arrives Outtake)Aretha Franklin 2:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mr. Big (Aretha Arrives Outtake)Aretha Franklin 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Talk To Me, Talk To Me (Soul '69 Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Fool On The Hill (This Girl's In Love With You Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pledging My Love / The Clock (Single B-Side)Aretha Franklin 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You're Taking Up Another Man's Place (This Girl's In Love With You/Spirit In The Dark Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. You Keep Me Hangin' On (This Girl's In Love With You/Spirit In The Dark Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I'm Trying To Overcome (This Girl's In Love With You/Spirit In The Dark Outtake)Aretha Franklin 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. My Way (Spirit In The Dark Outtake)Aretha Franklin 4:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. My Cup Runneth Over (Young, Gifted And Black Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. You're All I Need To Get By (Take 1)Aretha Franklin0:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. You're All I Need To Get By (Take 2)Aretha Franklin 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Lean On Me (Single B-Side)Aretha Franklin 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Rock Steady (Alternate Mix - Young, Gifted And Black Outtake)Aretha Franklin 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Need A Strong Man (The To-To Song) (Young, Gifted And Black Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Heavenly Father (Young, Gifted And Black Outtake)Aretha Franklin 5:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Sweetest Smile And The Funkiest Style Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. This Is (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Tree Of Life Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Do You Know (Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Can You Love Again (Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. I Want To Be With You (Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 6:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Suzanne (Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 5:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. That's The Way I Feel About Cha (Alternate Version - Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky Outtake)Aretha Franklin 5:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Ain't But The OneAretha Franklin with Ray Charles 6:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. The Happy Blues (Let Me In Your Life Outtake)Aretha Franklin 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. At Last (Let Me In Your Life Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Love Letters (Let Me In Your Life Outtake)Aretha Franklin 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. I'm In Love (Alternate Vocal - Let Me In Your Life Outtake)Aretha Franklin 3:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Are You Leaving Me (Demo)Aretha Franklin 4:220.79  Buy MP3 


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Heaven from Miss 'Re 10 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Aretha fans 29 Dec 2007
By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Aretha Franklin needs no introduction as the Queen of Soul and the number of Aretha collections available bears testimony to the longevity and the quality of her work. The period 1967 to 1974, when she recorded 10 studio albums and 3 live albums for Atlantic, is the Golden Reign referred to in the title of this set, and the tracks were all recorded during sessions for those albums. During those 7 years, her life had many ups and downs, and the music she made clearly reflected those highs and lows.

Kicking off with the demo which started it all, Aretha does "Never Loved a Man" with just a piano, bass and drum for company, and then we're off and running into the bluesy "Dr Feelgood". From 2 well known tracks, "Sweet Bitter Love" has just the vocal and Aretha on piano. These 3 stripped down demos show the essence of Aretha's Golden Reign - her voice and her piano playing.

What is surprising is that so many of these gems did not find release, either as singles or on album, and the sheer breadth of material Aretha attempted. So there's the Gospel infused Soul that is familiar, but also she interprets Blues from Little Willie John, Pop from the Beatles and songs made famous by a host of Soul artists, always adding her own style. She even does "My Way" and finds something new in the song.

As well as the music, there are superb notes from Jerry Wexler and David Ritz. In fact they are worth the price of the album on their own, as no one could know more about working with Aretha than Jerry Wexler, the producer of most of the Atlantic albums. His insights are both informative and moving.

If you have only ever heard Aretha on compilation albums, then this album may not be for you.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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Let's make one thing clear right off the bat: "Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul" is essential for any fan of Aretha Franklin's, period. But it's also recommended for any lover of genuine soul music in general.

Some of us who are Aretha Franklin fans have been awaiting this particular set for a long, long time. We'd read all about the tracks recorded during this session or that session, usually described on each of Aretha's Atlantic releases in detail by the Ambassador of Soul, David Nathan. But we've only been able to imagine what they sounded like, wondering all the while why at least a few of them just couldn't have been included as bonus tracks.

Only able to imagine until now, that is. Finally, an excellent sampling of the demos or out of print B-sides the Queen cut during THE years of 1966-1973 are commercially available. And what a sampling it is. From the opening demos on the first disc (which range from firecrackers to dynamite) to the closing ballads which have arrangements reminiscent of her Columbia period, these are songs which any casual to hardcore fan of Aretha Franklin's MUST have.

To be certain, there are revelatory moments. Some cuts are truly artistic in every sense of the word with a depth of feeling and musicianship beyond compare (Trying To Overcome, Pledging My Love/The Clock, and the "WOW!" duet with Ray Charles). After all, Aretha earned and deserved -- and still deserves -- her crown as the Queen Of Soul, getting that feeling, that emotion, that can-you-feel-what-I'm-saying vibe across. She gets that across even in 2007 when she is feeling it, although it doesn't come across on studio recordings like it used to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuff said!!! 17 Feb 2008
By nedley
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Soul nectar, from the Queen.

This is jaw-dropping astonishing stuff. There is so much heart and soul in 'I'm Trying to Overcome' that I wonder why other singers actually bother...

Even if you don't know much of her work, this double CD set is essential. Her cover versions, again, give old songs new meaning.

Listen. Listen again. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL COLLECTION - 10 STARS RATING 30 Oct 2008
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Just suppose a Martian arrived at your doorstep and wanted to know about "Soul Music" - this is what you would play. Aretha was at the very height of her powers, and all this stuff - demos amd out takes for me are even more enjoyable than what was released at the time. You will hear Aretha with sparce backing and mimimal production, going places only she could - she grabs hold of a song amd makes it her own - and only Joe Cocker rivals that special talemt. It is amazing these wonderful sounds have been kept in the vaults for so long - but I am so grateful this stuff has appeared. By a mile the greatest ever Aretha collection - worth easily 10x the typical reail price. This is an essential purchase - but be warned this is the real thing - it'll make you cry. Sadly after the 70's Aretha' recorded and live performances plummeted from these dizzy heights and bear no resemblance to what she was doing then. This is an essential purchase for any lover of the soul genre - you play it and think no, no, no, music cannot be this good - I must have died and gone to heaven. I cannot believe there will ever be a better CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
What an album. Without doubt the Queen of Soul. This must be in your collection. You will never grow tired of it. Nothing more to say.
Published 24 days ago by David Nunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Must buy
Aretha Franklin is truly the Queen of soul with a capital Q. Fantastic to get to know some of the rarely played tunes from this artist
Published 1 month ago by Bensalem Karim
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowingly fabulous!
She can do no wrong in my eyes and her genius just shines through every track. Pure Aretha gold, and a purchase you definitely wont regret, but wish you'd bought earlier. Stunning!
Published 3 months ago by Gracie's Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars real soul
A great classic if you love Arethas you will love this CD one of her best, great to listen any time of day
Published 4 months ago by mariee
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and brilliant
There are singers and there's Aretha Franklin. And that's it! If you love music. then you have to buy this.
Published 5 months ago by Peter Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Aretha Franklin Rare & Unreleased Recordings.......
One for completists who wont be disappointed. You can't have enough Aretha. Some of the out takes are ones to cherish.
Published 10 months ago by Stoneshelp
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favourite Aretha album!
Whilst I fully recognise Aretha Franklin's deserved position of 'the Queen of Soul' I never really got into her as much as the other soul legends such as Stevie Wonder or Marvin... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha in her prime
Fantastic to hear Aretha singing some unusual songs for a change but she is so much Queen of Soul she could sing nursery rhymes and they would sound great.
Published 11 months ago by N P Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Phenomenal
Like most major artists, the commercial side of Aretha Franklin has been flogged to death and is known to all. Which leaves this album to be a true hidden gem. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by SarahMJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is a Serious Business
This is 140 minutes of almost all unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternate versions recorded by Aretha Franklin at her artistic and commercial prime at Atlantic. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2007 by David R. Bishop
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