Aretha’s Gold: Aretha Franklin

Rating: 100%

Aretha's_Gold.jpegThis greatest hits collection by Aretha Franklin was released in 1969. I picked this up in Chambersburg for $6.00 on vinyl. What I find interesting on this record is that guitarist Steve Cropper (Blues Brothers) wrote one of the songs here on the record. See credits below. Another interesting point is that Duane Allman was one of the sit in guitarists for the re-recording of Aretha’s hit songs.

Aretha Franklin has a voice in R&B like none other female out there. Her influence as a vocalist has inspired so many artists today. Her musical styles include R&B, Soul, Gospel and Jazz. This made her one of the most popular Pop artists in the R&B industry.

The tracks on this record are among her best up until 1969. My rating of this album can not dispute this. Many of the tracks here listed, everyone should know or at least heard once in their life. No matter if your a Metal Head, Punk Rocker or Hillbilly, her influence is most likely there among vocalists. Bottom line, her music will continue to inspire female and male vocalist for decades to come.

Track listing:

Side One

“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (Ronnie Shannon) – 2:47
“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) – 3:15
“Respect” (Otis Redding) – 2:26
“Dr. Feelgood” (Franklin, Ted White) – 3:18
“Baby, I Love You” (Ronnie Shannon) – 2:39
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King & Jerry Wexler) – 2:37
“Chain of Fools” (Don Covay) – 2:45

Side Two

“(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” (Franklin, White) – 2:18
“Ain’t No Way” (Carolyn Franklin, White) – 4:12
“Think” (Franklin, White) – 2:15
“You Send Me” (Sam Cooke) – 2:25
“The House That Jack Built” (Bob Lance, Fran Robins) – 2:18
“I Say a Little Prayer” (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:30
“See Saw” (Steve Cropper, Covay) – 4:42

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