The Great American Songbook

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Legacy released this 18-track disc less than two months prior to the 11-CD/one-DVD Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia. In a sense, The Great American Songbook is nothing more than a box-set sampler, but it shall remain an excellent overview of Franklin's overlooked (or willfully ignored) early-'60s releases, which were heavy on interpretations of songs written by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, and Irving Berlin. While she had not fully blossomed and was years away from the gutsier material of her commercial peak -- only "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" scratched the Top 40 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Legacy released this 18-track disc less than two months prior to the 11-CD/one-DVD Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia. In a sense, The Great American Songbook is nothing more than a box-set sampler, but it shall remain an excellent overview of Franklin's overlooked (or willfully ignored) early-'60s releases, which were heavy on interpretations of songs written by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, and Irving Berlin. While she had not fully blossomed and was years away from the gutsier material of her commercial peak -- only "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" scratched the Top 40 -- her voice was nonetheless supremely expressive, rooted in her gospel upbringing and drenched in soul. She was no mere stylist; when she sings "Ooh, honey, I'd like to really melt your cold, cold heart," there is as much fire as there is in any given line of "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." Even the earliest cuts here, taken from late 1960 and early 1961 sessions with the Ray Bryant Combo, are soul through and through. (Note for fanatics: the mixes of "Trouble in Mind" and "Love for Sale" eliminate the fabricated crowd noise heard on Yeah!!!.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886978346827
  • Catalog Number: 783468
  • Sales rank: 40,319

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Piano
Ray Bryant Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Al Grey Trombone
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Gary Chester Drums
Jimmy Cobb Drums
George Duvivier Bass
Sticks Evans Drums
Ernie Hayes Organ, Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Bill Lee Bass
Buddy Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Westbrook Guitar
Warren Lucky Tenor Saxophone
Robert Ascher Trombone
James "Beans" Richardson Bass
Hindel Butts Drums
Teddy Harris Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Roy Halee Engineer
Anthony Heilbut Producer, Liner Notes
Al Kasha Producer
Frank Laico Engineer
S. Lewis Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Cliff Morris Engineer
Clyde Otis Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Richard Wess Arranger
B. Smith Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Leo Sacks Producer
Robert Waller Engineer
Harold Chapman Engineer
Ted Brosnan Engineer
M. Wilson Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Arranger
Bobby Scott Arranger, Producer
Maria Triana Digital Editing
R.M. Jones Composer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
J. Schwartz Composer
R. Connelly Composer
B. Holiday Composer
H. Woods Composer
J. Campbell Composer
H. Williams Composer
Belford C. Hendricks Arranger
George Knoor Engineer
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