Aretha Franklin First 12 Sides

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  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2017
  • Label: Forced Exposure Records


  • 1.Won't Be Long
  • 2.Over the Rainbow
  • 3.Love Is the Only Thing
  • 4.Sweet Lover
  • 5.All Night Long
  • 6.Who Needs You?
  • 7.Right Now
  • 8.Are You Sure
  • 9.Maybe I'm a Fool
  • 10.It Ain't Necessarily So
  • 11.By Myself
  • 12.Today I Sing the Blues

Product Description:

Also available in a 3-pack with SWEET BITTER LOVE and ARETHA SINGS THE BLUES.
Personnel: Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano); Skeeter Best, Lord Westbrook (guitar); Al Sears, Warren Luckey (tenor saxophone); Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (trombone); Ray Bryant (piano); Bill Lee, Milt Hinton (bass); Osie Johnson, Sticks Evans, Belton Evans (drums).
Recorded in 1960 and 1961. Includes liner notes by John Hammond.
This albums collects the recordings Franklin made as a teenager for Columbia Records in the early 1960s. Originally, these songs were recorded for as singles for jukeboxes, and the record company was pushing her in a blues-tinged pop/jazz direction. This is not the Aretha of "Respect" or "Hey Now Hey"--but it's a glimpse of a fine, unique singer early in her career. She sounds, at times, like the soul/R&B-side of Dinah Washington with touches of Nina Simone and Patsy Cline (listen to the twang in her voice on "Love Is the Only Thing").
The band on these songs consists of jazz players like Milt Hinton, Ray Bryant and Al Sears-- and the feel here acccentuates the bluesy side of these musicians. If you're looking for southern gospel-inspired soul shouts, you won't find them here. But if you want to hear some very fine singing by one of the best American singers ever (especially at a budget price), FIRST 12 SIDES is worth your investment.
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