I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You

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by Aretha Franklin
     
 

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Though it is almost impossible to choose one disc that best represents Aretha Franklin's legacy, I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU is arguably as fine an album as the Queen of Soul ever lent her regal presence to. Released in 1967, it marked the beginning of her famously fruitful tenure at Atlantic Records, during which -- with the help of the legendary team of… See more details below

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Though it is almost impossible to choose one disc that best represents Aretha Franklin's legacy, I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU is arguably as fine an album as the Queen of Soul ever lent her regal presence to. Released in 1967, it marked the beginning of her famously fruitful tenure at Atlantic Records, during which -- with the help of the legendary team of producer Jerry Wexler, arranger Arif Mardin, and engineer Tom Dowd -- Franklin helped redefine popular R&B music, emphasizing a raw intensity rooted in gospel and blues. The album's best-known song is Franklin's incendiary cover of Otis Redding's "Respect," but the unapologetically sensuous title track, the like-minded "Dr. Feelgood," and the ardent "Do Right Woman -- Do Right Man" amply display the peerless technical and emotional authority of Franklin's fluid, fervid mezzo-soprano. This is the mother of all soul-diva recordings.

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
While the inclusion of "Respect" -- one of the truly seminal singles in pop history -- is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin's Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish. Much of the credit is due to producer Jerry Wexler, who finally unleashed the soulful intensity so long kept under wraps during her Columbia tenure; assembling a crack Muscle Shoals backing band along with an abundance of impeccable material, Wexler creates the ideal setting to allow Aretha to ascend to the throne of Queen of Soul, and she responds with the strongest performances of her career. While the brilliant title track remains the album's other best-known song, each cut on I Never Loved a Man is touched by greatness; covers of Ray Charles' "Drown in My Own Tears" and Sam Cooke's "Good Times" and "A Change Is Gonna Come" are on par with the original recordings, while Aretha's own contributions -- "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream," "Baby, Baby, Baby," "Save Me," and "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" -- are perfectly at home in such lofty company. A soul landmark.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/1995
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227193423
catalogNumber:
71934
Rank:
49216

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Carolyn Franklin   Background Vocals
Willie Bridges   Baritone Saxophone
Charles Chalmers   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Melvin Lastie   Trumpet,Cornet
Chips Moman   Guitar
Dewey Oldham   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
King Curtis   Composer
Carolyn Franklin   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Henry Glover   Composer
Arif Mardin   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Jerry Wesler   Producer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Curtis Ousley   Composer
Ted White   Composer

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