ARETHA FRANKLIN - Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul (2007)
Nearly every music legend leaves behind a slew of unreleased songs, alternate takes of released tunes, and live and demo material. To collectors, such detritus from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and others is manna from heaven. Aretha Franklin's first six years with Atlantic Records generated its own sheaf of unreleased songs and rarities, lovingly compiled into a chronological two-CD collection. Raw 1966 demos of her first Atlantic hit "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Dr. Feelgood" from her debut album open the gates to an embarrassment of riches from 1967 to 1973, most eventually recorded for other albums. The explosive, gospel-flavored "The Letter" and "It Was You," recorded during the Aretha Arrives sessions, are masterpieces, as is her extraordinary spin on the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill," given to Franklin by Paul McCartney and released on Magical Mystery Tour only after her version never appeared. Her soulful take on "My Cup Runneth Over" renders Ed Ames's syrupy '60s-pop version irrelevant and it's difficult to see why the down-and-dirty blues "Do You Know" from her Other Side of the Sky sessions never appeared. A live duet with Ray Charles on Duke Ellington's "Ain't But the One" from a 1973 Ellington salute on CBS is followed by an eloquent takes on Etta James's hit "At Last" and Nat King Cole's "Love Letters." With knowing, poignant reminiscences from Atlantic's legendary Jerry Wexler, Franklin's producer during these years, it's an overdue, eminently fulfilling journey beyond her classics. - amazon.com
DISC 1: 01. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 02. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business) 03. Sweet Bitter Love 04. It Was You 05. The Letter 06. So Soon 07. Mr. Big 08. Talk To Me, Talk To Me 09. The Fool On The Hill 10. Pledging My LoveThe Clock 11. You're Taking Up Another Man's Place 12. You Keep Me Hangin' On 13. I'm Trying To Overcome 14. My Way 15. My Cup Runneth Over 16. You're All I Need To Get By (Take 1) 17. You're All I Need To Get By (Take 2) 18. Lean On Me
DISC 2: 01. Rock Steady 02. I Need A Strong Man 03. Heavenly Father 04. Sweetest Smile And The Funkiest Style 05. This Is 06. Tree Of Life 07. Do You Know 08. Can You Love Again 09. I Want To Be With You 10. Suzanne 11. That's The Way I Feel About Cha 12. Ain't But The One 13. The Happy Blues 14. At Last 15. Love Letters 16. I'm In Love 17. Are You Leaving Me
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