Aretha Franklin Aretha Now (180Gv)
Q: 4 Stars - Excellent - "...classic stuff, with the passion of genuine spiritual release and a variety of material which puts today's soul music well and truly in the shade..."
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Format: Vinyl LP
item number: 4MEN 1311
Vinyl LP Details
- Released: February 7, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
Q - 11/93, p.1444 Stars - Excellent - "...classic stuff, with the passion of genuine spiritual release and a variety of material which puts today's soul music well and truly in the shade..."
- 2.I Say a Little Prayer
- 3.See Saw
- 4.Night Time Is the Right Time
- 5.You Send Me
- 6.You're a Sweet Sweet Man
- 7.I Take What I Want
- 8.Hello Sunshine
- 10.I Can't See Myself Leaving You
Personnel: Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano); Tommy Cogbill, Jimmy Johnson, Bobby Womack (guitar); Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute); Charlie Chalmers, Andrew Love, King Curtis, Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Floyd Newman, Willie Bridges, Haywood Henry (baritone saxophone); Wayne Jackson, Bernie Glow, Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman (trumpet); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Spooner Oldham (piano, electric piano, organ); Jerry Jemmott (bass); Roger Hawkins (drums); Carolyn Franklin, The Sweet Inspirations (background vocals).
Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York between December 1967 and April 1968. Originally released on Atlantic (8186). Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).
Aretha Now opens with the explosive "Think," an ecstatic performance propelled by the singer's gospel-like fervour and punchy piano playing. It set the tone for yet another self-assured selection, in which Franklin brought her expressive voice to bear on a series of excellent songs. She brings new authority to material first recorded by Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), Don Covay ("See-Saw") and Dionne Warwick ("I Say A Little Prayer"), investing each with a ferocious pride and zeal. The original songs are equally strong, resulting in one of the most accomplished soul albums of the 60s. She is the Queen of soul.