Franklin Aretha - The Great American Songbook (CD)

Aretha Franklin


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Legacy released this 18-track disc less than two months prior to the 11-CD/one-DVD Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia. In a sense, The Great American Songbook is nothing more than a box-set sampler, but it shall remain an excellent overview of Franklin†s overlooked (or willfully ignored) early-†60s releases, which were heavy on interpretations of songs written by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, and Irving Berlin. While she had not fully blossomed and was years away from the gutsier material of her commercial peak -- only "†Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody†" scratched the Top 40 -- her voice was nonetheless supremely expressive, rooted in her gospel upbringing and drenched in soul. She was no mere stylist; when she sings †Ooh, honey, I†d like to really melt your cold, cold heart,† there is as much fire as there is in any given line of "†(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.†" Even the earliest cuts here, taken from late 1960 and early 1961 sessions with the Ray Bryant Combo, are soul through and through. (Note for fanatics: the mixes of "Trouble in Mind" and "Love for Sale" eliminate the fabricated crowd noise heard on Yeah!!!.)
Categories
RockPopR&BMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Soul
Copy Control
No
Number of Items
1
Title
The Great American Songbook
Media
CD
BarCode
886978346827
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Label
Arista
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
886978346827
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] --My Little Brown Book
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] --Trouble In Mind
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] --Try a Little Tenderness
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] --It Ain't Necessarily So
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] --How Deep is the Ocean
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] --Cold, Cold Heart
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] --Love For Sale
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] --How Glad I Am
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] --Skylark
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] --This Bitter Earth
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] --Ac Cent Tchu Ate the Positive
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] --What a Diff'rence a Day Made
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] --Only the Lonely
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] --Rock a Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] --God Bless the Child
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] --Say It Isn't So
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] --Are You Sure
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] --That Lucky Old Sun
Country
Genre
Pop / Rock
Release Date
1 May 2012
Duration
57m 41s
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Little Brown Book
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Trouble in Mind - (previously unreleased)
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Try a Little Tenderness
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] It Ain't Necessarily So
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] How Deep Is the Ocean
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cold, Cold Heart
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Love for Sale - (previously unreleased)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] How Glad I Am
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Skylark
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] This Bitter Earth
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] What a Diff'rence a Day Made
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Only the Lonely
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] God Bless the Child
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Say It Isn't So
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Are You Sure
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
Notes

Personnel: Chauncey Westbrook (guitar); Warren Lucky, Al Sears, Buddy Lucas (tenor saxophone); Ernie Royal (trumpet); Robert Ascher, Al Grey (trombone); Ernie Hayes (piano, organ); Teddy Harris, Ray Bryant, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Gary Chester , Sticks Evans, Jimmy Cobb , Hindel Butts (drums).
Liner Note Author: Anthony Heilbut.
Recording information: Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/10/1961); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/25/1962); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/07/1964); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/10/1964); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/10/1965); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (04/17/1963); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (04/27/1962); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/03/1962); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/11/1962); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (06/12/1963); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (07/16/1964); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (08/16/1961); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/06/1964); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/11/1963); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (12/19/1960); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (12/21/1961).
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Vernon Smith; Hank Parker; Sandy Speiser.
Legacy released this 18-track disc less than two months prior to the 11-CD/one-DVD Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia. In a sense, The Great American Songbook is nothing more than a box-set sampler, but it shall remain an excellent overview of Franklin's overlooked (or willfully ignored) early-'60s releases, which were heavy on interpretations of songs written by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, and Irving Berlin. While she had not fully blossomed and was years away from the gutsier material of her commercial peak -- only "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" scratched the Top 40 -- her voice was nonetheless supremely expressive, rooted in her gospel upbringing and drenched in soul. She was no mere stylist; when she sings "Ooh, honey, I'd like to really melt your cold, cold heart," there is as much fire as there is in any given line of "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." Even the earliest cuts here, taken from late 1960 and early 1961 sessions with the Ray Bryant Combo, are soul through and through. (Note for fanatics: the mixes of "Trouble in Mind" and "Love for Sale" eliminate the fabricated crowd noise heard on Yeah!!!.) ~ Andy Kellman

Date Released
2012-05-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Aretha Franklin
Producer
Leo Sacks; Anthony Heilbut
Artists
  1. Franklin, Aretha
Distributor
Sony BMG
Engineer
Cliff Morris; Stanley Tonkel; Frank Laico; Fred Plaut; Harold Chapman; George Knoor; Robert Waller; Roy Halee; Ted Brosnan
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