Aretha Franklin – This Girl's In Love With You
Label: Atlantic – SD 8248
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Cover: VG+ ringwear, cornerwear, edgewear
Country: Original US Issue
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1 Son Of A Preacher Man
Written-By – John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins 3:14
A2 Share Your Love With Me
Written-By – Al Braggs, Deadric Malone 3:16
A3 Dark End Of The Street
Written-By – Chips Moman, Dan Penn 4:40
A4 Let It Be
Written-By – John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:28
A5 Eleanor Rigby
Written-By – John Lennon, Paul McCartney 2:35
B1 This Girl's In Love With You
Written-By – Burt Bacharach & Hal David 3:46
B2 It Ain't Fair
Written-By – Ronnie Miller 3:20
B3 The Weight
Written-By – Jaime Robertson 2:52
B4 Call Me
Written-By – Aretha Franklin 3:47
B5 Sit Down And Cry
Written-By – Clyde Otis, Lou Stallman 3:49
Bass – David Hood
Drums – Roger Hawkins
Guitar – Duane Allman, Eddie Hinton, Jerry Weaver, Jimmy Johnson
Keyboards – Aretha Franklin, Barry Beckett
Producer – Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd
Recorded By – Chuck Kirkpatrick, Ron Albert
"Dark End Of The Street", "Eleanor Rigby", "This Girl's In Love With You" and "Call Me" were recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida. All other selections were recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York.
This album is a masterpiece, and is my personal favorite of Aretha's secular Atlantic releases. It is absolute proof that when Aretha is "on," no one could (or can) touch her. TGILWY has some supernatural vocals -- all of the acrobatics, uncanny phrasing/timing, subtle interpretations, squalls, and different shadings of her late 60's/early 70's work are here, with a range that can at times just leave you dumbfounded. You can't help but wonder what kind of faces she made when she hit some of those notes.
With the sole exception of The Weight, each cut here is absolute perfection from a soul/blues perspective, seasoned with heavy doses of gospel influences. The Weight, while not awful, is certainly out of place in this set and some feel it doesn't belong in Aretha's catalog at all (although it was a moderate hit for her at the time).
But Aretha's interpretations of the two Beatles' songs are priceless, as is her cover of Son Of A Preacher Man. And the blues songs, Sit Down And Cry & It Ain't Fair are better heard than written about. Her own Call Me is southern soul at its finest, topped off by a beautifully understated string arrangement.
this is one of Aretha's best efforts ever, and that's really saying something.
Aretha is a highly underrated blues/gospel pianist. TGILWY marks the final time when she would accompany herself on each and every song of an album.
As a hardcore Aretha fan that owns virtually everything she released, I've learned to tell it like it is when it comes to her music. Like any artist, she's had a few moments that don't do her justice but this album is NOT one of them. Sonic quality aside, I would highly recommend this album to anyone that wants more exposure to 'Ree beyond the endless greatest hits packages, or anyone that wants a sample of what the epitome of soul was back in early 1970.
Aretha Franklin - Son of a Preacher Man
ARETHA FRANKLIN - ELEANOR RIGBY
Aretha Franklin - It Ain't Fair
ARETHA FRANKLIN - CALL ME - 1971
simply the best...beautiful harmony, heart & soul