The Essential 3.0: The Columbia Years

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of her generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence -- much like Ray Charles -- to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records. The problem Hammond ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of her generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence -- much like Ray Charles -- to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records. The problem Hammond and Columbia immediately ran into, though, was how to best present that spirited voice to the secular pop world. Between 1960 and 1969 (her first release for the label was actually in 1961), Columbia tried Franklin in a variety of styles and settings, and if none of them exactly caught fire the way her legendary later sides for Atlantic Records would, they still allowed Franklin to explore a lot of avenues, and she was too good a singer not to be at least memorable in all of them. This three-disc set (two full-length discs and a third but shorter bonus disc) collects some of the more essential and interesting tracks from her Columbia period -- take away the eight-track bonus disc and it's the exact same set as the two-disc The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 (right down to the cover art) from 2002.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886976883027
  • Catalog Number: 768830
  • Sales rank: 145,218

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Piano
Ray Bryant Piano
Teddy Charles Vibes
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Gary Chester Drums
George Duvivier Bass
Bob Asher Trombone
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Sticks Evans Drums
Paul Griffin Organ
Ernie Hayes Organ, Piano
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Ellis Larkins Piano
Bill Lee Bass
Buddy Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Robert Mersey Conductor
Bobby Scott Conductor
Lord Westbrook Guitar
Keeter Best Guitar
James "Beans" Richardson Bass
Hindel Butts Drums
Teddy Harris Piano
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Nikki Giovanni Liner Notes
Kander Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Hal David Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Belford Hendricks Arranger
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Clyde Otis Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Bobby Scott Arranger, Producer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Jo Trent Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
David Ritz Liner Notes
Frederick Loewe Composer
Leo Sacks Producer
Bob Merrill Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Hank Parker Cover Photo
Curtis Lewis Arranger
Fred Ebb Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Arranger, Composer
L.C. Cooke Composer
Seth Foster Digital Editing
Barabra Lynn Ozen Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Arthur Resnick Composer
R.M. Jones Composer
I. Gordon Composer
Bob Johnson Producer
B. Raleigh Composer
H. Richman Composer
J. Cleveland Composer
J. Byers Composer
B. Scott Composer
Willie Dennson Composer
R. Ahlert Composer
H. Woods Composer
V. McCoy Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
J. Campbell Composer
J. Armstead Composer
B. Wayne Composer
H. Glover Composer
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