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The Essential Aretha Franklin: The Columbia Years

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886977866326
  • Catalog Number: 778663
  • Sales rank: 78,837

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
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Ellis Larkins Piano
Bill Lee Bass
Buddy Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Robert Mersey Conductor
Lord 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
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Nikki Giovanni Liner Notes
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Hal David Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. 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
Mark Wilder Mastering
David Ritz Liner Notes
Leo Sacks Producer
Stan Weiss Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Warren Vincent Engineer
Hank Parker Cover Photo
Curtis Lewis Arranger
J. Leslie McFarland Arranger, Composer
A. Franklin Composer
L.C. Cooke Composer
Seth Foster Digital Editing
Barabra Lynn Ozen Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Bobby Scott Arranger, Producer
R.M. Jones Composer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
R. Connelly Composer
B. Raleigh Composer
H. Richman Composer
J. Cleveland Composer
J. Byers Composer
B. Scott Composer
B. Holiday Composer
A. Resnick Composer
R. Ahlert Composer
H. Woods Composer
L. Armstrong Composer
J. Campbell Composer
J. Armstead Composer
L. Feather Composer
B. Wayne Composer
T. Turner Composer
Belford C. Hendricks Arranger
H. Glover Composer
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