- Released: November 13, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Imports
Rolling Stone - p.1963.5 stars out of 5
-- "[S]ome of it is lively....And there are three 'newly recordeds'..."
Vibe - p.110
"[With] energized, Motown-influenced workouts....Aretha's at her best up against singers -- Mariah, Mary J., Whitney, Fantasia -- who can hold their own..."
- 1.Jumpin' Jack Flash
- 2.Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
- 3.I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
- 4.What Now My Love
- 5.Put You up on Game
- 6.What Y'All Came to Do
- 7.Never Gonna Break My Faith
- 8.Through the Storm
- 9.It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be
- 10.(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
- 11.Doctor's Orders
- 12.Ever Changing Times
- 13.Chain of Fools
- 14.Don't Waste Your Time
- 15.Love All the Hurt Away
- 16.Nessun Dorma
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Additional personnel: New York Recording Orchestra, Elton John, Eurythmics, Fantasia, Frank Sinatra, George Benson , George Michael, Gloria Estefan, John Legend, Keith Richards, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Michael McDonald , The Boys Choir of Harlem, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt.
JEWELS IN THE CROWN: ALL-STAR DUETS WITH THE QUEEN is a hybrid release of material old and new, with many of its 16 tracks dating back to Aretha Franklin's mid-1980s career resurgence. A number of these have never appeared on any of Franklin's proper albums prior to this release: her sassy take on "Jumpin' Jack Flash" with Keith Richards on lead guitar is from a film soundtrack, and her duet with Annie Lennox, "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves," first appeared on the Eurythmics' BE YOURSELF TONIGHT, while "What Now My Love" was a highlight of Frank Sinatra's DUETS. The three new songs pair Franklin with neo-soul star John Legend, hip-hop goddess Mary J. Blige and, most impressively, Franklin's spiritual granddaughter, Fantasia, who holds her own against her biggest inspiration on "Put You Up On Game."