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Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Aretha Franklin is not especially thought of as a "cover" artist since she wrote a good deal of her own material and had many songs supplied to her to interpret first, but she has covered many soul, R&B, and gospel songs on record. The idea behind Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration is a very good one: to collect a couple dozen versions of songs, often the original ones, that Franklin herself would record, usually on Atlantic in the late '60s and early '70s though songs that she recorded prior to 1967 on Columbia and even her teenaged '50s gospel sides, are also represented. A few of the tracks on this CD are very well known, and in fact were sometimes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Aretha Franklin is not especially thought of as a "cover" artist since she wrote a good deal of her own material and had many songs supplied to her to interpret first, but she has covered many soul, R&B, and gospel songs on record. The idea behind Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration is a very good one: to collect a couple dozen versions of songs, often the original ones, that Franklin herself would record, usually on Atlantic in the late '60s and early '70s though songs that she recorded prior to 1967 on Columbia and even her teenaged '50s gospel sides, are also represented. A few of the tracks on this CD are very well known, and in fact were sometimes even big hits in their own right, like Dionne Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer," Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Otis Redding's "Respect," Brenda Holloway's "Every Little Bit Hurts," Ray Charles' "Drown in My Own Tears," James Carr's "The Dark End of the Street," and Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song You Lied." For the deeper soul fan, however, the chief pleasures are the more obscure templates that you might not already have in your collection, including cuts by legends like Wilson Pickett, Bobby Bland, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Percy Mayfield, Johnny Ace, James Carr, Howard Tate, and Bobby Womack. Especially interesting are the more obscure source points for Franklin, like Thelma Jones' little-known original version of "The House That Jack Built"; Dinah Washington's "Soulville," one of the hardest-rocking tracks she ever did; efforts by singers Jean Wells on "Sit Down and Cry," and Mary Wheeler on "Prove It" who are known almost exclusively to soul collectors; and lowdown blues by Big Maybelle on "Pitiful". Owing to Franklin's taste and the skills of her predecessors, the effect is very much like that of hearing a good soul/R&B mixtape, but one with thoroughly expert annotation and packaging. Even some of the well-known cuts are made more interesting to experts by the use of in the case of Redding's "Respect" and King's "Don't Play That Song You Lied" rarer LP versions. It does have to be said that it can't quite maintain the level of songs that were classics in their pre-Franklin incarnations like the aforementioned ones by Redding, Simone, King, and Warwick, as well as Don Covay & the Goodtimers' "See Saw" throughout. Little Miss Cornshucks' "Try a Little Tenderness," for instance, is quaint next to the soulafied treatments of Redding or Franklin. On the whole, however, it's that too-rare cross-licensed thematic compilation that's both highly entertaining and highly educational.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667035323
  • Catalog Number: 1214
  • Sales rank: 141,071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Respect - Otis Redding (2:08)
  2. 2 The House That Jack Built - Thelma Jones (2:05)
  3. 3 See Saw (2:58)
  4. 4 Sit Down and Cry (3:13)
  5. 5 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) (2:49)
  6. 6 Every Little Bit Hurts (2:57)
  7. 7 Soulville - Dinah Washington (2:20)
  8. 8 Pitiful (2:59)
  9. 9 Share Your Love with Me - Bobby "Blue" Bland (2:44)
  10. 10 Today I Sing the Blues - Buck Clayton's Orchestra (2:55)
  11. 11 My Song - Beale Streeters (3:01)
  12. 12 Try a Little Tenderness (3:07)
  13. 13 I'm Wanderin' - Jackie Wilson (2:43)
  14. 14 The River's Invitation (2:54)
  15. 15 Drown in My Own Tears - Ray Charles (3:21)
  16. 16 The Dark End of the Street - James Carr (2:33)
  17. 17 Prove It (2:20)
  18. 18 I'm in Love (2:32)
  19. 19 Eight Days on the Road (2:40)
  20. 20 To Be Young, Gifted and Black (2:50)
  21. 21 Let Me in Your Life (2:43)
  22. 22 That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha - Bobby Womack (5:08)
  23. 23 I Say a Little Prayer (3:10)
  24. 24 The Day Is Passed and Gone - Clara Ward (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Conductor
Weldon Irvine Conductor
Horace Ott Conductor
Jimmy Haskell Conductor
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Nina Simone Arranger, Composer
Steve Cropper Composer, Producer
Otis Redding Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Bill Withers Composer, Producer
Bobby Womack String Arrangements
Dinah Washington Composer
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Composer, Producer
Don Covay Composer
Weldon Irvine Composer, Orchestration
Bobby Lance Arranger, Composer
Dan Penn Arranger, Composer
Tyran Carlo Composer
Quinton Claunch Producer
Ed Cobb Composer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Hal David Composer, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer, Producer
Michael Gayle Composer
Henry Glover Composer, Producer
Marc Gordon Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Rene Hall String Arrangements
Joe Hicks Composer
Morris Levy Composer
Chips Moman Arranger, Composer
Fred Norman Arranger
Clyde Otis Composer
Horace Ott Arranger, Composer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer, Producer
Don Robey Composer
Art Rupe Producer
David Spinozza Arranger
Hy Weiss Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Milton DeLugg Direction
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell Producer
Fred Mendelsohn Producer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Curtis Lewis Composer
Malcolm Baumgart Liner Notes
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
Harry Woods Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
David Mattis Composer
Fran Robins Composer
Lou Stallman Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Benjamin Nelson Composer
John Alexander Composer
Jimmy Haskell Arranger
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