The Essentials

The Essentials

by Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin

CD(Canadian Import)

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Aretha Franklin's Jerry Wexler-produced hits for Atlantic Records in the late '60s and early '70s are about as close to the church as secular pop can get, and her gospel-fueled soul vocals on songs like "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Respect," and "Think" have simply never been equaled. This rather brief collection has all of these, and each is truly essential, but there is more to the picture. Few would argue that Franklin's Atlantic years were her commercial and artistic high-water mark, but she is also, and maybe first and foremost, a fiery gospel singer, a surprisingly subtle jazz stylist, and a thumping good piano player, none of which are really evident here. That said, these are the songs most casual listeners will want, although it's hard to believe that 36 minutes of Aretha is ever really enough.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Wea Int'l
UPC: 0825646249329
catalogNumber: 462493
Rank: 79578

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Aretha Franklin   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Bobby Lance   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Ronnie Shannon   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Thane Tierney   Project Concept
Fran Robbins   Composer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
Ted White   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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