Aretha Franklin - 30 Greatest Hits
Label: Atlantic 70's original issue (see pic)
Record: VG + + close to mint
Cover: minor corner wear
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (2:44)
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (3:17)
Dr Feelgood (3:21)
Save Me (2:19)
Baby I Love You (2:39)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (2:43)
Chain Of Fools (2:47)
Since You've Been Gone (2:25)
Ain't No Way
I Say A Little Prayer/
The House That Jack Built
Share Your Love With Me
Spirit In The Dark
Don't Play That Song
You're All I Need To Get By
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)/
Until You Come Back To Me
I'm In Love
Even after Aretha's dramatic comeback in 1985, some questions lingered about how long it would last. Was Who's Zoomin' Who? truly redemptive or merely a fluke? Could Aretha assume enduring relevance for a generation of listeners not yet born when "Respect" came out? The answers come in two new releases: Aretha, which finds her still comfortable in contemporary settings, and 30 Greatest Hits, which cut for cut stands with the best of the Beatles and Rolling Stones as rock's most vital music – for all generations.
30 Greatest Hits chronicles Aretha's potent years at Atlantic Records, 1967-74, when both she and the record-buying public seemed divinely inspired. During an era when there were still million-selling singles, Aretha had fourteen of them (only the Beatles had more). In Franklin's first two years with Atlantic, producer Jerry Wexler applied her gospel leanings to the finest secular rhythm & blues material, and soon Aretha was the Queen of Soul, the first woman to make unadulterated black music part of the American mainstream. If the Stones danced with the devil, then Aretha battled him head-on with such legendary statements as "Think" and "Chain of Fools," while at least one track, "Ain't No Way," was so hauntingly lovely that it might have marched her right through the gates of heaven.
Some critics have suggested that Aretha's career has been in decline since 1968, when her records began to grow more sophisticated and she came to rely more on covers. But no singer alive had more right than Aretha to humble such mighty icons as "The Weight" and "Bridge over Troubled Water."
In the early Seventies Franklin transformed herself from matronly queen to svelte siren, turning to her own pen for the sizzle of "Rock Steady" and the allure of "Day Dreaming." But her crowning achievement came in 1974 with "Until You Come Back to Me," her final gold single for Atlantic and perhaps the most exquisite song Stevie Wonder ever had a hand in writing.
None of Aretha is as timeless as 30 Greatest Hits, but at the very least it's timely, and that's a situation even Paul McCartney has had trouble negotiating lately. While both albums will reaffirm the faith of longtime fans, younger listeners can use Aretha as a springboard into 30 Greatest Hits. Then they'll realize why it's been such a privilege to have her around all these years.
Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools
God this woman has some pipes!! Great song and delivery..
Her pitch is so perfect! No strain, no break. All the legends had a perfect pitch ..
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
The Cliff Richard Show" 1970.
The Aretha/backup singers juxtaposition seems to perfectly encapsulate that transitional moment in history.
The Queen and her "Sweet Inspirations" Carolyn, Erma (Franklin) and Cissy Houston man how they merge as one vocal unit on this gem.
Aretha Franklin - Don't Play That Song For Me ( LIVE)
Just no one touches this great wonder, and force of nature. She is truly annointed, and was destined to be the greatest soul singer of all time. She has everything :- Power, Timing, Grace, Spontaneity, Instinct and all this coupled with interpretation second to none. I have never seen anyone who can sing a song with the soul and conviction of Aretha Franklin and she truly stands out amongst her peers. Long live the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin - Call Me - 1971 Special with Tom Jones. This is Aretha best live vocal in my opinion. SHe was on fire this entire night. Not one bad note
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Aretha - Aint No Way - Park West
Aretha Franklin - Never Loved A Man (Live 1967)
love the way she sings "the way you treat me is a shame /HOW COULD you hurt me so bad" that's my favorite part! she sings "HOW COULD you" with so much hurt and anger .. she was ahead of her time with that voice. so much power, range, and soul in a decade where that kind of sound rarely made it into the top 40..
Aretha Franklin - Never Loved A Man (Live)
THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE HANDFUL OF TRULY GREAT LOVE SONGS --THE LYRICS, THE TUNE AND THE SINGER IN A PERFECT BLEND ..This woman ain't nothing but the truth....and for those who can't feel her when she sings....something is seriously wrong with you. Aretha is more then a singer..she is an experience..
Aretha Franklin Baby I Love You
From her 1967 album "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You", Aretha Franklin performs the hit "Baby I Love You on the streets of New York! Ever thought you'd see the The Queen of Soul sangin' on the corner?
Aretha Franklin - Respect ( Probably live in Sweden)
Best performance of this song ever.