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Essential Aretha Franklin: The Columbia Years
     

The Essential Aretha Franklin: The Columbia Years

by Aretha Franklin
 
This two-disc, 40-track anthology collects the key tracks from Aretha Franklin's stay with Columbia Records in the early '60s, and they catch the young singer and pianist in her first secular pop recordings -- they're not quite soul and they're not gospel and most of them fall to the jazz-pop side of things. Franklin was already too good a singer (and pianist) not to

Overview

This two-disc, 40-track anthology collects the key tracks from Aretha Franklin's stay with Columbia Records in the early '60s, and they catch the young singer and pianist in her first secular pop recordings -- they're not quite soul and they're not gospel and most of them fall to the jazz-pop side of things. Franklin was already too good a singer (and pianist) not to catch fire in a few of these selections, most notably "Lee Cross," where she lets in some gospel fervor, the elegant "Trouble in Mind," the romping "Soulville," and an almost majestic "Try a Little Tenderness," complete with lush strings, but the sheer emotional power of Franklin's voice feels held in check on most of these tracks. That doesn't make them bad performances -- Franklin is a force of nature when she sings no matter what the material is -- but listeners expecting the Queen of Soul will find a talented Princess in Waiting here instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886977866326
catalogNumber:
778663
Rank:
53335

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano
Ray Bryant   Piano
Teddy Charles   Vibes
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
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
Ellis Larkins   Piano
Bill Lee   Bass
Buddy Lucas   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Mersey   Conductor
Westbrook   Guitar
Bobby Scott   Conductor
Belford C. Hendricks   Conductor
Keeter Best   Guitar
James "Beans" Richardson   Bass
Hindel Butts   Drums
Teddy Harris   Piano

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Nikki Giovanni   Liner Notes
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Robert Mersey   Arranger,Producer
Clyde Otis   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Leo Sacks   Producer
Stan Weiss   Engineer
Harry Richman   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Warren Vincent   Engineer
Hank Parker   Cover Photo
Curtis Lewis   Arranger
J. Leslie McFarland   Arranger,Composer
Richard Ahlert   Composer
A. Franklin   Composer
L.C. Cooke   Composer
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Bobby Scott   Arranger,Producer
R.M. Jones   Composer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
R. Connelly   Composer
B. Raleigh   Composer
J. Cleveland   Composer
J. Byers   Composer
B. Scott   Composer
B. Holiday   Composer
A. Resnick   Composer
H. Woods   Composer
L. Armstrong   Composer
J. Campbell   Composer
J. Armstead   Composer
B. Wayne   Composer
T. Turner   Composer
Barbara Lynn Ozen   Composer
Belford C. Hendricks   Arranger
H. Glover   Composer

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