A move to Atlantic in 1966 reaped instant rewards with the hit single,'I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)'. A string of successful recordings followed, and the next five years witnessed Aretha at the peak of her creative powers. Songs like'Respect', 'Chain Of Fools' and 'I Say A Little Prayer' became overnight standards.
Despite a fragile personal life, Aretha recorded one of the most impressive soul albums of the period, 'Lady Soul' (1968).
|Young Aretha Franklin, 1968|
(Taken from 'The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Rock' Michael Heatley, Carlton Books. 1994. p117)
|Grammy Award for best female R&B vocal performance, 1972|
No one's life can be condensed to one word — but Aretha Franklin came close when she sang one word: "Respect."
"Respect" was written by the great Otis Redding. In his version, a man is pleading, offering his woman anything she wants in exchange for her respect. He sang: "Hey little girl, you're sweeter than honey / And I'm about to give you all of my money / But all I want you to do / Is just give it, give it / Respect when I come home ..."
Aretha changed those lyrics to demand parity. "Oooh, your kisses," she sang, "Sweeter than honey / And guess what? / So is my money ..." In her hands, "Respect" became an empowering song — for black women and for all women. It was a No. 1 hit in 1967, and it became her signature song.
Franklin was 25 years old when "Respect" was released. But she had been singing since she was a small child in her father's New Bethel Baptist Church.
"Someone found a footstool in the office and put it here on the stage, and they put it there for me to be seen because I was so small," Franklin told National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 2004.
|Franklin, onstage in Chicago in 1992|
Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," died on August 16, 2018 in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76. (extract from wyomingpublicmedia.org)
This post consists of FLACs ripped from my CD copy and includes full album artwork and label scans. Anyone with a pulse should enjoy this collection of hits by the Lady Of Soul.
01 - Chain Of Fools 2:44
02 - I Say A Little Prayer 3:28
03 - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 2:39
04 - Think 2:17
05 - Rock Steady 3:12
06 - Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) 3:29
07 - Respect 2:27
08 - Spanish Harlem 3:30
09 - Dr. Feelgood 3:15
10 - Do Right Woman - Do Right Man 3:12
11 - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 2:41
12 - Save Me 2:20
Aretha Franklin's Best Of Link (191Mb)