Just a Matter of Time: Classic Columbia Recordings 1961-1965

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Aretha Franklin's pre-Atlantic recordings for Columbia in the first half of the mid-'60s are usually considered both disappointing in relation to her later, more famous output, and unrepresentative of her best talents. Some soul experts stick up for her Columbia work, though, such as David Nathan, who compiled this CD of two dozen of her more obscure Columbia tracks, two of them previously unreleased. To its credit, this anthology takes care not to duplicate material from the most prominent Franklin Columbia compilation The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 19610-1965, offering die-hard Aretha fans quite a bit of music that's not easy to come by on reissues. But ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Aretha Franklin's pre-Atlantic recordings for Columbia in the first half of the mid-'60s are usually considered both disappointing in relation to her later, more famous output, and unrepresentative of her best talents. Some soul experts stick up for her Columbia work, though, such as David Nathan, who compiled this CD of two dozen of her more obscure Columbia tracks, two of them previously unreleased. To its credit, this anthology takes care not to duplicate material from the most prominent Franklin Columbia compilation The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 19610-1965, offering die-hard Aretha fans quite a bit of music that's not easy to come by on reissues. But though the liner notes argue convincingly that Franklin was not as the impression's often given forced to record more pop-oriented songs than she should have at Columbia, the fact remains that her Columbia sides -- including the ones on this CD -- just don't measure up to what she did at Atlantic in the late '60s, right after she left the label. Of more importance to the Franklin fan who wants to leave that debate aside and is wondering about this CD in particular, the criticisms often levied against her Columbia work apply to these tracks as well. There are too many pure pop tunes and arrangements for a singer such as Aretha, and her vocals just aren't in remotely the same league as those on her more famous classics, lacking the edge and fire of her Atlantic era. They're not even as good as the most soulful early sides by her sister, Erma Franklin, though Aretha's the significantly superior talent. Only occasionally does she muster something close to a performance that shows her assets in their best light, such as the stirring melodic 1964 ballad "One Step Ahead" and from the same year her own composition, "Little Miss Raggedy Ann," where she's bluesier and far less restrained than she is on the vast majority of these tracks. What's more, none of these cuts are as good or earthy as the best of the Columbia outings available elsewhere, like "Lee Cross" and "Soulville." Does that mean this collection is superfluous? No, as at the very least it's historically interesting; the better tracks do show hints both faint and strong of greatness; and the annotation is as top-notch as you'd expect from Ace Records. But it's more for dedicated Aretha Franklin fans than it is for more general admirers of her music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667232524
  • Catalog Number: 325
  • Sales rank: 401,322

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Robert Mersey Conductor
Richard Wess Conductor
Technical Credits
Brook Benton Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Jay McShann Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Van McCoy Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Priscilla Bowman Composer
Belford Hendricks Arranger, Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Clyde Otis Composer, Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Richard Wess Arranger
Sam H. Stept Composer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Eddie Snyder Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Malcolm Baumgart Memorabilia
Rudy Clark Composer
Gilles Petard Cover Photo
Mick Patrick Memorabilia
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Fred Johnson Composer
Rob Hughes Memorabilia
Jimmy Williams Composer
Larry Harrison Composer
Art Wayne Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
Billy Dawn Smith Composer
Sean Hampsey Memorabilia
Philip Stringer Composer
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