EU-only two CD set. Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of Soul and American Pop music: her success was so great she eventually went on to be named, "Lady Soul". On this magnificent set, we look at her early pre-Atlantic recordings. For the first time ever, her 1956 debut Gospel album is compiled alongside her first three R&B/Pop albums. Just one listen to the material on offer here and it is clear that she was well on her way to being the R&B star that we know her as today. Initial hits such as: "Today I Sing the Blues", "Operation Heartbreak" and her version of "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" are proof if proof be needed. This is the only collection of Aretha's early material that anyone would need. So here it is; we present to you the Queen in waiting or how we have dubbed her for these recordings, "The Princess of Soul" - Still waiting for her coronation. Jasmine.