Love Songs [Sony]

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This collection of love songs and standards captures a young, gospel-schooled Aretha Franklin at her most passionate. Before Franklin became the queen of soul, Columbia Records head Mitch Miller tried to groom her to be a sophisticated jazz singer in the tradition of her friend Dinah Washington. Accompanying herself on piano, the then 20-year-old Franklin had the vocal chops to tackle lushly orchestrated numbers normally associated with Washington "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes", Billie Holiday "But Beautiful", and Frank Sinatra "Only the Lonely". Franklin, however, managed to inject some grit into the blues of "Muddy Water" and "Trouble in Mind," cutting loose against a background of Wes Montgomery-flavored guitar...
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This collection of love songs and standards captures a young, gospel-schooled Aretha Franklin at her most passionate. Before Franklin became the queen of soul, Columbia Records head Mitch Miller tried to groom her to be a sophisticated jazz singer in the tradition of her friend Dinah Washington. Accompanying herself on piano, the then 20-year-old Franklin had the vocal chops to tackle lushly orchestrated numbers normally associated with Washington "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes", Billie Holiday "But Beautiful", and Frank Sinatra "Only the Lonely". Franklin, however, managed to inject some grit into the blues of "Muddy Water" and "Trouble in Mind," cutting loose against a background of Wes Montgomery-flavored guitar and a swinging rhythm section. Love Songs is a riveting collection tailor-made for candlelight, cocktails, and cuddling. Dave Gil de Rubio
All Music Guide - Liana Jonas
As music in the early 21st century grows more complex in theme and instrumentation albeit, electronically, it's always nice to revisit a classic. No one sings of love's woes and wins any better than Ms. Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul and preeminent diva, if there ever was one, lends her one of a kind vocal chords to the Columbia Legacy release Love Songs, an ongoing series of CD collections of the same name. Other collections in the Love Songs series for 2001 include sets from Frank Sinatra, the Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle, and Duke Ellington. Smooth, silky, and full of class, Ms. Franklin weaves through such timeless classics as "Skylark," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Only the Lonely," among others, on this 15-track collection. Three songs stand as the set's most choice numbers. "Drinking Again," with its lonely muted trumpet line, and "Muddy Water" and "Trouble in Mind," in all their juke-joint and "sing it sister!" glory, evoke listeners' inner jilted lover. The only things missing are a scotch on the rocks and wafting cigarette smoke. Lush orchestrations -- complete with strings, sultry saxophones, jazz and ragtime piano, and brush playing -- support the songstress on her Love Songs offering, and the mood is pure lounge, lounge, and more lounge. Kick back on the couch with a nice cabernet -- cuddle mate is purely optional, as Ms. Franklin gives listeners a sweet musical discourse on love that anyone, single or partnered, can vibe with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998527928
  • Catalog Number: 85279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
  2. 2 Skylark
  3. 3 Laughing On The Outside
  4. 4 Without The One You Love
  5. 5 This Bitter Earth
  6. 6 Drinking Again
  7. 7 Muddy Water
  8. 8 Trouble In Mind
  9. 9 Just For A Thrill
  10. 10 Try A Little Tenderness
  11. 11 I Wish I Didn't Love You So
  12. 12 Only The Lonely
  13. 13 But Beautiful
  14. 14 What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
  15. 15 If Ever I Would Leave You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist
Robert Mersey Conductor
Technical Credits
Aretha Franklin Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Clyde Otis Producer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Jo Trent Composer
Bernie Wayne Composer
Teddy White Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
David Ritz Liner Notes
Frederick Loewe Composer
Harry Richman Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Doris Tauber Composer
Traditional Composer
Ted White Composer
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