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Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965
     

The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965

by Aretha Franklin
 
Aretha Franklin may have made her name as the Queen of Soul during her time with Atlantic Records in the late '60s and early '70s, but her ascent to the throne began earlier, shortly after she turned 18. The two-CD Queen in Waiting chronicles the five years during which this former gospel prodigy recorded for Columbia Records under the tutelage of legendary

Overview

Aretha Franklin may have made her name as the Queen of Soul during her time with Atlantic Records in the late '60s and early '70s, but her ascent to the throne began earlier, shortly after she turned 18. The two-CD Queen in Waiting chronicles the five years during which this former gospel prodigy recorded for Columbia Records under the tutelage of legendary producer John Hammond, who recruited a studio full of seasoned players to work with Franklin on memorable versions of Rev. James Cleveland's "Nobody like You" and a previously unreleased version of Ray Charles' "Hard Times (No One Knows Better than I)." Franklin's church roots are never far from the fore, as evident on cuts such as "Lee Cross" and "Today I Sing the Blues," in which Lady Soul's subtle testifying blurs the line between the sacred and secular. With stellar readings of "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" and "This Bitter Earth" (originally recorded for Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington), the Detroit native also showcases her ease with formidable jazz-flavored sessions. Drawing from an overlooked segment of Franklin's musical career, the stellar 40-song collection of jazz, blues, and pop makes for a royal package.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Franklin's Columbia years are hard to summarize in compilations, even fairly extensive ones such as this two-CD set, which includes six previously unreleased tracks and one previously unavailable alternate take among its 40 songs. In part that's because she explored several different styles during this era without really finding a home in any of them, in part that's because the quality of the recordings themselves were so erratic, and in part it's because Sony keeps putting out compilations that duplicate each other to a fair extent. About half the songs on this anthology, for instance, also appear on the most comprehensive previous Franklin/Columbia retrospective, Jazz to Soul. On its own merits, this is a fair summation of some of her more notable Columbia recordings, slightly more pop-oriented in its track selection than Jazz to Soul, and at least including something new in the handful of unissued numbers. David Ritz's informative liner notes make a case for viewing the Columbia years as ones with numerous artistic successes. But the fact remains that the mixture of lush pop, Billie Holiday-style jazz-blues, Dinah Washington/Nancy Wilson-style jazz-pop crossover, early Dionne Warwick-style light soul-pop ("Cry Like a Baby" is actually a quite good cut of that sort), and hints of gospel is unfocused, if often promising. And it's not nearly as good or expressive as the soul she'd delve into at Atlantic after leaving Columbia. Her accompanists sometimes deserve their share of blame as well; the drums of "Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning" almost totally lose the rhythm at one point, and the harmonica player on "Evil Gal Blues" sounds like she or he had just been dragged in off the street. There's not much soul music here, in the accepted stylistic sense, other than the two best tracks, "Soulville" and "Lee Cross," which are the ones that point most convincingly to her future triumph as the Queen of Soul. The previously unreleased items (all on disc one) are as variable as the rest of the set, ranging from the satisfyingly bluesy cover of Ray Charles' "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)" (with some fine Franklin piano) and the respectable jazz/R&B/gospel of "Please Answer Me" to trifling Bobby Scott-produced orchestrated pop ballads and an unremarkable alternate take of "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998569621
catalogNumber:
85696

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Preludium
  2. The Sound of Music
  3. Maria
  4. My Favorite Things
  5. Do-Re-Mi
  6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  7. The Lonely Goatherd
  8. How Can Love Survive?
  9. The Sound of Music (Reprise)
  10. Laendler
  11. So Long, Farewell
  12. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  13. No Way to Stop It
  14. An Ordinary Couple
  15. Processional
  16. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)
  17. Edelweiss
  18. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise)
  19. The Sound of Music
  20. Do-Re-Mi

Disc 2

  1. Overture
  2. Maybe
  3. It's the Hard-Knock Life
  4. Tomorrow
  5. We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover
  6. Little Girls
  7. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
  8. N.Y.C.
  9. Easy Street
  10. You Won't Be an Orphan for Long
  11. You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
  12. Tomorrow (Reprise)
  13. Something Was Missing
  14. I Don't Need Anything But You
  15. Annie
  16. A New Deal for Christmas
  17. Introductory Remarks
  18. Apples
  19. Lead-In and Song: We Got Annie
  20. Lead-In
  21. Just Wait
  22. Lead-In
  23. That's the Way It Goes
  24. Lead-In
  25. Parents
  26. Lead-In and Song: I've Never Been So Happy
  27. Tomorrow

Disc 3

  1. Opening: New York, New York/Dance: Miss Turnstiles
  2. Come Up to My Place
  3. Carried Away
  4. Lonely Town/Dance: Lonely Town
  5. Carnegie Hall (Do-Do-Re-Do)
  6. I Can Hook, Too
  7. Lucky to Be Me
  8. Dance: Times Square
  9. Nightclub Sequence: So Long Baby/I'm Blue/Ya Got Me
  10. I Understand
  11. Ballet: The Imaginary Coney Island/Subway Ride/Dance of the Great ...
  12. Some Other Time
  13. Dance: The Real Coney Island/Finale
  14. Oveture/Three Dances Episodes From
  15. I. The Great Lover
  16. II. Lonely Town: Pas de Deux
  17. III. Times Square: 1944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Ray Bryant   Piano
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Ted Harris   Piano
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Gary Chester   Drums
George Duvivier   Bass
Bob Asher   Trombone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Hindai Butts   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

Technical Credits

Dick Clark   Author
Janet Jackson   Author
Patti LaBelle   Author
Leonard Feather   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Nikki Giovanni   Poetry
John Kander   Composer
Joshie Armstead   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Curley Hamner   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Robert Mersey   Arranger,Producer
Clyde Otis   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Teddy White   Composer
David Ritz   Essay
Stan Weiss   Engineer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Erykah Badu   Author
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Warren Vincent   Engineer
Hank Parker   Cover Photo
Curtis Lewis   Arranger,Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
J. Leslie McFarland   Arranger
Kay Rogers   Composer
Joseph Scott   Composer
Richard Ahlert   Composer
Willie Denson   Composer
Beyoncé   Author
Jill Scott   Author
Bobby Scott   Arranger,Producer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Ted White   Composer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
Willie Dennson   Composer
Curtis Reginald Lewis   Composer
Barbara Lynn Ozen   Composer

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