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Aretha Franklin 3/2/2010

Review

The Original Album Classics series by Germany’s Sony/BMG is an attempt to clear shelves of catalog titles that are lying about. That said, it inadvertently provides a great opportunity for those who have a sincere interest in an artist, have purchased a number of titles, and still has holes they want to fill in their catalog of titles. These budget-priced completely remastered collections feature full-length recordings, often with bonus tracks added. In the case of Aretha Franklin, these sides represent her entry into the world of major-label music-making with three titles. The first two, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin and The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin, are both from 1962. They are jazz titles that feature an astonishing array of players, though the singer is not yet in her mature style. The final album in the group, Soul Sister, was released after she’d made the jump to Atlantic, but had begun cutting more contemporary material for Columbia. Are these essential Aretha titles? No. Are they pleasurable and compelling to listen to, given her long, storied career? Absolutely. For the price, they are well-worth discovering by anyone who hasn’t heard them. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 You Made Me Love You Aretha Franklin 2:19
  3. 2 I Told You So Aretha Franklin 2:44
  4. 3 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody Aretha Franklin 2:24
  5. 4 Nobody Like You Aretha Franklin 2:23
  6. 5 Exactly Like You Aretha Franklin 2:36
  7. 6 It's so Heartbreakin' Aretha Franklin 2:39
  8. 7 Rough Lover Aretha Franklin 2:48
  9. 8 Blue Holiday Aretha Franklin 2:53
  10. 9 Just for You Aretha Franklin 2:20
  11. 10 That Lucky Old Sun Aretha Franklin 3:20
  12. 11 I Surrender, Dear Aretha Franklin 2:46
  13. 12 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive Aretha Franklin 2:16
  14. 1 Don't Cry, Baby Aretha Franklin 3:23
  15. 2 Try a Little Tenderness Aretha Franklin 3:16
  16. 3 I Apologize Aretha Franklin 2:53
  17. 4 Without the One You Love Aretha Franklin 2:48
  18. 5 Look for the Silver Lining Aretha Franklin 3:4
  19. 6 I'm Sitting on Top of the World Aretha Franklin 2:42
  20. 7 Just for a Thrill Aretha Franklin 2:33
  21. 8 God Bless the Child Aretha Franklin 3:3
  22. 9 I'm Wandering Aretha Franklin 3:27
  23. 10 How Deep Is the Ocean Aretha Franklin 2:48
  24. 11 I Don't Know You Anymore Aretha Franklin 2:49
  25. 12 Lover Come Back to Me Aretha Franklin 2:35
  26. 13 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 4:55
  27. 14 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 2:55
  28. 15 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 4:44
  29. 16 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 3:15
  30. 17 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 2:34
  31. 18 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 4:8
  32. 19 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 2:29
  33. 20 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 2:18
  34. 21 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 2:57
  35. 22 [untitled] Aretha Franklin 4:20
  36. 1 Until You Were Gone Aretha Franklin 3:7
  37. 2 You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) Aretha Franklin 2:34
  38. 3 Follow Your Heart Aretha Franklin 2:26
  39. 4 Ol' Man River Aretha Franklin 4:4
  40. 5 Sweet Bitter Love Aretha Franklin 3:0
  41. 6 A Mother's Love Aretha Franklin 2:34
  42. 7 Swanee Aretha Franklin 2:26
  43. 8 (No, No) I'm Losing You Aretha Franklin 3:10
  44. 9 Take a Look Aretha Franklin 2:42
  45. 10 Can't You Just See Me Aretha Franklin 2:3
  46. 11 Cry Like a Baby Aretha Franklin 2:10

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