The Essential Aretha Franklin: The Columbia Years

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The Essential Aretha Franklin: The Columbia Years

[ Colombia / Legacy / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 October 2010

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"This two-disc, 40-track anthology collects the key tracks from Aretha Franklin's stay with Columbia Records in the early '60s, and they catch the young singer and pianist in her first secular pop recordings -- they're not quite soul and they're not gospel and most of them fall to the jazz-pop side of things. Franklin was already too good a singer (and pianist) not to catch fire in a few of these selections, most notably "Lee Cross," where she lets in some gospel fervor, the elegant "Trouble in Mind," the romping "Soulville," and an almost majestic "Try a Little Tenderness," complete with lush strings, but the sheer emotional power of Franklin's voice feels held in check on most of these tracks. That doesn't make them bad performances -- Franklin is a force of nature when she sings no matter what the material is -- but listeners expecting the Queen of Soul will find a talented Princess in Waiting here instead."
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett


1) Nobody Like You
2) Once in a While [aka Please Answer Me]
3) Maybe I'm a Fool
4) Muddy Water
5) Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? [Alternate Version] - (alternate take)
6) Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
7) Today I Sing the Blues
8) Won't Be Long
9) Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning
10) Evil Gal Blues
11) Lee Cross
12) Walk on By
13) I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
14) God Bless the Child
15) Blue Holiday
16) Looking Through a Tear
17) Tiny Sparrow
18) Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
19) Little Brown Book
20) Without the One You Love

1) This Bitter Earth
2) Just for a Thrill
3) Skylark
4) Skylark [Alternate Version] - (alternate take)
5) Trouble in Mind
6) Runnin' Out of Fools
7) Drinking Again
8) Laughing on the Outside
9) What a Diff'rence a Day Made
10) Soulville
11) You'll Lose a Good Thing
12) Take a Look
13) Cry Like a Baby
14) I Wish I Didn't Love You So
15) Only the Lonely
16) People [From Funny Girl]
17) Mockingbird
18) Until You Were Gone
19) My Coloring Book
20) Try a Little Tenderness