Blogger has been listening to her for 40 years so again it's a personal choice but this album is one of Franklin's best because it has her first hit, an Atlantic single, I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), a 67 blues ballad that introduces us to her gospel style. It reached the Top 10 on the Hot 100, holding the #1 spot for seven weeks on Billboard's R&B Singles chart.
Then came, Respect, written and originally recorded by Otis Redding it firmly launched her to superstardom. It reached #1 on both the R&B and the Pop charts. It's supposed to be the greatest hit of the 60s.
The other songs are all hits and include, Do Right Woman - Do Right Man, Dr. Feelgood, Baby, I Love You, A Natural Woman and a personal favourite, Chain Of Fools. Side Two carries: Since You've Been Gone, Aint No Way, Think, You Send Me (a Sam Cooke hit), The House That Jack Built and the 60s Bacharach hit, I Say A Little Prayer and See Saw. It's on Atlantic Records/SD 8227 (image).
She needs no introduction and has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the greatest singer of all time. And she's done them all, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, gospel and of course soul, as she's also been dubbed the 'lady of soul music'. She has won so many awards and recorded so many songs that it's best to read about her on Wikipedia.
Franklin was the only featured singer at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama and released a digital single of My Country 'Tis of Thee, the song she performed in front of the world at the historic ceremony.
In a press release in New York, NY on November 5, 2009, The Queen of Soul will release Aretha, A Woman Falling Out Of Love on Aretha’s Records in January 2010.
*There are 36 images of this similar cover under Google's Images, the first time blogger has encountered for any singer.
YouTube Video: thecatkeaton/April 15, 2007. (sidebar)
Original article & vinyl: Andy Lim Collection.