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Aretha's Best

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Aretha Franklin 7/1/2003

Review

Rhino's Aretha's Best is notable for attempting to squeeze highlights of every era of Aretha's career onto one disc. Unfortunately, the compilers threw logic and chronology out the window, preferring to vacillate between classic Atlantic recordings and very good latter-day Arista recordings. There are certainly some great performances missing, but this pretty much hits the majority of the big numbers, from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love." Unfortunately though, it does this within the course of three songs, which gives the compilation no grounding whatsoever. But if you're looking for just the basics -- just the basic hits without any rhyme or reason to the presentation -- this will suit your needs. The compilation would have been close to essential, however, if it had just made some sense. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Respect Aretha Franklin 2:26
  3. 2 Think Aretha Franklin 2:14
  4. 3 Freeway of Love Aretha Franklin 5:52
  5. 4 Baby, I Love You Aretha Franklin 2:39
  6. 5 A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like) Aretha Franklin 2:45
  7. 6 Day Dreaming Aretha Franklin 4:0
  8. 7 I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 3:35
  9. 8 The House That Jack Built Aretha Franklin 2:21
  10. 9 (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone Aretha Franklin 2:26
  11. 10 Spanish Harlem Aretha Franklin 3:34
  12. 11 Jump to It Aretha Franklin 4:16
  13. 12 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) George Michael 4:1
  14. 13 Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin 2:49
  15. 14 Rock Steady Aretha Franklin 3:14
  16. 15 Who's Zoomin' Who Aretha Franklin 4:44
  17. 16 Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) Aretha Franklin 3:27
  18. 17 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) Aretha Franklin 2:51
  19. 18 Call Me Aretha Franklin 3:56
  20. 19 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man Aretha Franklin 3:16
  21. 20 Bridge over Troubled Water Aretha Franklin 5:33

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