- Released: December 13, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Atlantic
Entertainment Weekly - 12/16/94, p.68
"...Recorded in 1968 at Paris' Olympia Theatre, this live set captures the Queen during her chart-topping ascendancy..." - Rating: B+
- 1.Satisfaction, (I Can't Get No)
- 2.Don't Let Me Lose This Dream
- 3.Soul Serenade
- 4.Night Life
- 5.Baby, I Love You
- 7.Natural Woman, (You Make Me Feel Like) A
- 8.Come Back Baby
- 9.Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
- 10.Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
- 11.I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
- 12.Chain Of Fools
Personnel: Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano); Jerry Weaver (guitar); Miller Brisker, Donald "Buck" Waldon (tenor saxophone); David Squire (baritone saxophone); Donald Townes, Russell Conway, Ron Jackson, Little John Wilson (trumpet); Rene Pitts (trombone); Gary Illingworth (piano); Rodderick Hicks (bass); George Davidson (drums); Carolyn Franklin, Wyline Ivey, Charnessa Jones (background vocals).
Recorded live at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France on May 7, 1968. Originally released on Atlantic (8207). Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Personnel: Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano); Charnessa Jones, Carolyn Franklin (vocals, background vocals); Jerry Weaver (guitar); Donald Walden, Miller Brisker (tenor saxophone); Russell Conway, Ron Jackson (trumpet); Gary Illingworth (piano); George Davidson (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (05/07/1968).
Photographer: Jim Cummins.
When Aretha Franklin overcame her fear of flying long enough to swing through Europe for a two-week tour, ARETHA IN PARIS was the brilliant by-product. This exquisite slice of Lady Soul's spectacular presence in a live setting came at a time when she was making her mark as the Queen Of Soul. Backed by a full orchestra and a trio of vocalists that included sister Carolyn, Franklin played a set consisting of material that was barely a year old.
On Willie Nelson's "Night Life," the legendary singer can be heard preaching her sorrow to the crowd (she had temporarily separated with husband Ted White that night). Regardless of any pain she may have been going through that night, Franklin's energy never flags as she rips into energetic versions of Ray Charles' "Come Back Baby" and Otis Redding's "Respect." Most impressive are renditions of her own soul classics such as "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)" and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," both which benefit from slow build-ups and spine-tingling finales.