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To say that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest American artists of all time is an understatement. Her multi-octave voice moved millions around the world during an unrivalled career that spanned six decades and garnered the singer-songwriter every achievement and honour imaginable.

2LP / CD

Her reign as the Queen of Soul will play out across 20 highlight tracks which span her entire career and features alternate versions of classic hits, rarities, and live tracks, like her stunning performance of “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman” at The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2015. Arranged in mostly chronological order ARETHA opens with “Never Grow Old” which was released as part of her first single in 1956 by J.V.B Records and was recorded at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was the long-time pastor.

The majority of ARETHA however, is dedicated to her record-shattering tenure with Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1979, which included five consecutive #1 R&B albums. The collection also features stunning artwork by celebrated artist Makeba KEEBS Rainey, who provides her signature style to a photo of the Queen Of Soul taken by the legendary photographer, Neal Preston.

4CD

Among the collection’s 81 newly remastered tracks, 19 are making their CD and digital debuts, including alternate versions of classic hits, demos, rarities, and live tracks, like her stunning performance of “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman” at The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2015. To put Franklin’s life and career into perspective, the collection is accompanied by liner notes written by Rochelle Riley, author and director of arts and culture for the City of Detroit, and David Nathan, a music journalist and soul historian who interviewed Franklin more times than any other living writer. The collection also features stunning artwork by celebrated artist Makeba KEEBS Rainey, who provides her signature style to a photo of the Queen Of Soul taken by the legendary photographer, Neal Preston.

Even for long-time fans, ARETHA delivers plenty of surprises. Prime examples are the numerous unreleased work tapes and demos for hits like “Angel,” “Until You Come Back To Me” and “Brand New Me.” The set also features the CD and digital debuts of several television appearances, including duets with Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual/See Saw”), Smokey Robinson (“Ooo Baby Baby”) and Dionne Warwick (“I Say A Little Prayer.”) Finally, the collection rounds up rarities like her cover of Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” from the Malcom X soundtrack and her jaw-dropping live performance of “Nessun Dorma.”

Franklin’s biggest hits are here too, like “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” and her signature smash, “Respect.” But instead of using familiar takes for other hits, the collection selects different versions, like alternate takes of “Chain Of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” and “Spanish Harlem”; live recordings of “Baby I Love You” and “Don’t Play That Song”; and “Think” recorded for The Blues Brothers soundtrack.

Tracklist

2LP / CD

Disc 1: Side One

  1. Never Grow Old
  2. Today I Sing The Blues
  3. One Step Ahead
  4. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
  5. A Change Is Gonna Come

Disc 1: Side Two

  1. Respect
  2. Chain Of Fools – Alternate Version
  3. Call Me – Alternate Version *
  4. Rock Steady – Alternate Mix/Take
  5. How I Got Over (Single Edit) – Live

Disc 2: Side One

  1. Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)
  2. Until You Come Back To Me – Work Tape *
  3. Something He Can Feel
  4. You Light Up My Life *
  5. Think

Disc 2: Side Two

  1. Freeway Of Love
  2. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael
  3. Someday We'll All Be Free
  4. A Rose Is Still A Rose
  5. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Live* (Originally Broadcast On The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 12/19/15)

4CD

CD 1:

  1. Never Grow Old
  2. You Grow Closer
  3. Today I Sing The Blues
  4. Won’t Be Long
  5. Are You Sure
  6. Operation Heartbreak
  7. Skylark
  8. Runnin’ Out Of Fools
  9. One Step Ahead
  10. (No, No) I’m Losing You
  11. Cry Like A Baby
  12. A Little Bit Of Soul
  13. My Kind Of Town (Detroit Is) – Demo *
  14. Try A Little Tenderness – Demo *
  15. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
  16. Do Right Woman – Do Right Man
  17. Respect
  18. A Change Is Gonna Come
  19. Chain Of Fools” – Alternate Version
  20. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – UK Single Version
  21. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
  22. Ain’t No Way
  23. My Song
  24. You Send Me
  25. The House That Jack Built
  26. Tracks Of My Tears

CD 2:

  1. Baby I Love You – Live
  2. Son Of A Preacher Man
  3. Call Me – Alternate Version *
  4. Let It Be
  5. Young, Gifted And Black – Alternate Longer Take *
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Long Version
  7. It’s Not Unusual/See Saw – with Tom Jones *

(Originally Broadcast On This Is Tom Jones, October, 9, 1970)

  1. You're All I Need To Get By – Work Tape *
  2. Brand New Me – Work Tape *
  3. Spanish Harlem – Alternate Mix *
  4. Rock Steady – Alternate Mix/Take
  5. Day Dreaming
  6. Share Your Love With Me – Live
  7. Don’t Play That Song – Live
  8. Dr. Feelgood – Live
  9. Spirit In The Dark (Reprise with Ray Charles) – Live
  10. How I Got Over (Single Edit) – Live
  11. Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)

CD 3:

  1. Somewhere – Alternate Version *
  2. Angel – Work Tape *
  3. The Boy From Bombay *
  4. Til It's Over – Demo *
  5. Oh Baby (a.k.a. “There’s Something Magic About You”) – Demo *
  6. Until You Come Back To Me – Work Tape *
  7. I’m In Love – Alternate Vocal
  8. Without Love
  9. Mr. D.J. (5 For The D.J.)
  10. You
  11. Something He Can Feel
  12. Look Into Your Heart
  13. Break It To Me Gently
  14. When I Think About You
  15. Almighty Fire (Woman Of The Future)
  16. Ladies Only – Short Version
  17. You Light Up My Life *
  18. Ooo Baby Baby – with Smokey Robinson *

(Originally Broadcast On Soul Train, December 1, 1979)

  1. Amazing Grace

(Originally Broadcast On Royal Variety Performance, November 23, 1980)

CD 4:

  1. Think
  2. I Say A Little Prayer – with Dionne Warwick *
  3. United Together
  4. Jump To It
  5. The Wind
  6. Freeway Of Love
  7. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves – Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
  8. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael
  9. Oh Happy Day – with Mavis Staples (Live at New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, MI - July 1987)
  10. A Rose Is Still A Rose
  11. Someday We'll All Be Free
  12. The Makings Of You
  13. Nessun Dorma – Live
  14. At Last – with Lou Rawls *

(Originally Broadcast On American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love And Soul, March 2003)

  1. You’ve Got A Friend – Ronald Isley featuring Aretha Franklin
  2. Rolling In The Deep – The Aretha Version
  3. My Country ’Tis Of Thee
  4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Live *

(Originally Broadcast On The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, December 19. 2015)

*Previously unreleased audio

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