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Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Corporate whore » 13 Jan 2020, 18:35

Other than her ‘greatest hits’, I don’t know Arethas music very well.

So I’m looking for a recommendation: Especially for her more overtly gospel stuff.
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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby robertff » 13 Jan 2020, 18:58

Has to be 'I Never Loved A Man....' or 'Lady Soul' I would say, both fantastic albums. There are a number of other very worthy albums but hard to beat either of those.


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Postby GoogaMooga » 13 Jan 2020, 19:00

If it's gospel, you'll need Amazing Grace (2CD)
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Postby Dr. Baron » 13 Jan 2020, 19:17

robertff wrote:There are a number of other very worthy albums ...


To wit: Spirit In the Dark, and Young, Gifted and Black.

And googa is right about the actual gospel. Get the double cd version of Amazing Grace and watch the film if you haven’t already.

For whatever reason, I’ve never owned Aretha Arrives or Aretha Now, but those could be great too.
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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 Jan 2020, 19:36

All of the above recommendations are good. Hell, the Atlantic albums box is 19 discs and it's only a little over fifty bucks on amazon.

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Postby robertff » 13 Jan 2020, 22:24

Still Baron wrote:
robertff wrote:There are a number of other very worthy albums ...


To wit: Spirit In the Dark, and Young, Gifted and Black.

And googa is right about the actual gospel. Get the double cd version of Amazing Grace and watch the film if you haven’t already.

For whatever reason, I’ve never owned Aretha Arrives or Aretha Now, but those could be great too.



Both the above very much worth having.


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Postby GoogaMooga » 14 Jan 2020, 03:05

Aretha Now could be my favorite, her "Say a Little Prayer" is better than Dionne Warwick's.
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Postby Tom Waits For No One » 14 Jan 2020, 09:10

You can't go wrong with this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-Album ... 145&sr=8-5

£7.99 at the moment.
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Postby Rorschach » 14 Jan 2020, 09:43

Tom Waits For No One wrote:You can't go wrong with this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-Album ... 145&sr=8-5

£7.99 at the moment.


Blimey! That seems like a bargain. If I didn't already have Spotify ...
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Postby Rorschach » 14 Jan 2020, 09:44

Not as good as Dusty, mind...
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 14 Jan 2020, 09:58

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Postby Neige » 14 Jan 2020, 12:46

Matt Wilson wrote:All of the above recommendations are good. Hell, the Atlantic albums box is 19 discs and it's only a little over fifty bucks on amazon.


This... if you're a hopeless hoarder and completist like me

but the albums picked for the 5 Originals set would do nicely I think.
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Postby Count Machuki » 14 Jan 2020, 17:37

Spirit in the Dark is my go-to since The Baron drew my attention to it a few years ago.
The canon choice, of course, is Never Loved a Man
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Postby Count Machuki » 14 Jan 2020, 17:40

GoogaMooga wrote:Aretha Now could be my favorite, her "Say a Little Prayer" is better than Dionne Warwick's.


The hell it is. I love Aretha but she sure overdid it sometimes and that's Exhibit A right there.
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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby GoogaMooga » 14 Jan 2020, 18:17

Count Machuki wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:Aretha Now could be my favorite, her "Say a Little Prayer" is better than Dionne Warwick's.


The hell it is. I love Aretha but she sure overdid it sometimes and that's Exhibit A right there.


I'll be the first to agree that Aretha sometimes overdoes it, but not here, she just makes it more zestful.
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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Dr. Baron » 14 Jan 2020, 18:55

Count Machuki wrote:Spirit in the Dark is my go-to since The Baron drew my attention to it a few years ago.


Good man. Let’s do this again, shall we?

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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Corporate whore » 14 Jan 2020, 22:53

Thanks all, 5 album set duels ordered.
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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Corporate whore » 14 Jan 2020, 22:54

Still Baron wrote:
Count Machuki wrote:Spirit in the Dark is my go-to since The Baron drew my attention to it a few years ago.


Good man. Let’s do this again, shall we?



And I love this - this is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Six String » 14 Jan 2020, 23:49

You can't go wrong with any of the albums mentioned in this thread (so far). Spirit In The Dark is superb, no doubt. I don't have one title that I feel is above the others as far as those early Atlantic recordings. It comes down to mood and when I heard it last.

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Re: Aretha Franklin - best album?

Postby Corporate whore » 20 Jan 2020, 13:34

Spirit in the Dark is my favourite of the ones in the 5 CD set I think - but all the disks are good/great.

Possibly time to research that 19 disk set....
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