- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Like her older sister Aretha, Erma Franklin's musical roots were firmly in the church. Both sisters were members of the gospel choir at their father's Detroit church. Although she was always overshadowed by her sister's fame, talent does run in the family. Just listen to Erma's "Piece of My Heart" which was later a hit for Janis Joplin and you'll agree.
- 1.Big Boss Man
- 2.Don't Catch The Dog's Bone
- 3.Piece Of My Heart
- 4.Baby, What You Want Me To Do
- 5.Open Up Your Soul
- 7.I'm Just Not Ready For Love
- 8.Don't Have The Right To Cry
- 9.It's Over
- 10.Never Let Her Go
- 11.Each Night I Cry
- 12.Saving My Love For You
- 13.Pledging My Love
- 14.Detour Ahead
Includes original release liner notes by Billy James.
Personnel: Erma Franklin (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Billy James .
Though it's reasonably well known that Erma Franklin did the original version of "Piece of My Heart," the prime body of recordings by Aretha's older sister was still pretty ill-served by CD compilations until this 2009 release. Its 26 tracks contain everything she recorded for the Epic and Shout labels between 1961 and 1968. That includes her 1962 Epic LP, HER NAME IS ERMA, various early-'60s non-LP Epic singles, and the seven tracks she recorded for Shout in 1967-68 (among them the 1967 Top Ten R&B hit "Piece of My Heart"). Like Aretha Franklin's pre-Atlantic work for Columbia during the same era, Erma's Epic output in particular was pretty uneven, with too much emphasis on orchestrated popular standards. Yet mixed in with those were some gutsy early soul and girl group-style sides, a few of which--especially "Don't Wait Too Long" (penned by sister Carolyn Franklin) and the downright terrific "I Don't Want No Mama's Boy"--were arguably grittier and stronger material-wise than anything Aretha was doing in a similar vein in the early-'60s. More suitable soul tunes became less of a problem in her short but impressive stint with Shout, which included the down 'n' dirty, bluesy Carolyn Franklin composition "Don't Catch the Dog's Bone" and the obscure Carole King/Gerry Goffin number "Don't Have the Right to Cry." To repeat an unavoidable comparison, Erma's voice wasn't quite as amazing as Aretha's, but it was real good, and deserving of more success than it got at Epic or Shout (or her subsequent time at Brunswick, unrepresented on this compilation). This well-annotated package is a fine commemoration of her underrated talent, though audiophiles should be aware that two of her Epic singles had to be remastered from vinyl here as the master tapes are missing.