Aretha's Best - (Import CD)
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- Stax/Southern Soul
- Mono / Stereo
- Aretha's Best
Personnel includes: Aretha Franklin, George Michael (vocals).
Producers: Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Marden, Luther Vandross, Narada Michale Walden.
Compilation producers: Gary Stewart, David McLees, David Gorman.
Recorded between 1967 & 1985. Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Rhino's Aretha's Best is notable for attempting to squeeze highlights of every era of Aretha's career onto one disc. Unfortunately, the compilers threw logic and chronology out the window, preferring to vacillate between classic Atlantic recordings and very good latter-day Arista recordings. There are certainly some great performances missing, but this pretty much hits the majority of the big numbers, from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love." Unfortunately though, it does this within the course of three songs, which gives the compilation no grounding whatsoever. But if you're looking for just the basics -- just the basic hits without any rhyme or reason to the presentation -- this will suit your needs. The compilation would have been close to essential, however, if it had just made some sense. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
- Country of Origin
- Studio / Live
- Aretha Franklin
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Respect
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Think
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Freeway of Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Baby, I Love You
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Natural Woman, A (You Make Me Feel Like)
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Day Dreaming
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Say a Little Prayer
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] House That Jack Built, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Spanish Harlem
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Jump to It
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Chain of Fools
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Rock Steady
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Who's Zoomin' Who
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Call Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Bridge over Troubled Water
- 70m 7s
- WEA (Distributor)
- Entertainment Weekly (6/8/01, p.77) - "...This should be required listening for U.S. citizenship....a great start for the uninitiated soul seeker..." - Rating: B+
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