30 Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin

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Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Classic Soul

Artist: Aretha Franklin

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  • 1I Never Loved A Man [The Way I Love You]02:44
  • 2Respect02:28
  • 3Do Right Woman, Do Right Man03:16
  • 4Dr. Feelgood [Love Is Serious Business]03:21
  • 5Save Me02:20
  • 6Baby I Love You02:40
  • 7[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman02:43
  • 8Chain Of Fools02:47
  • 9Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)02:25
  • 10Ain't No Way04:13
  • 11Think02:18
  • 12I Say A Little Prayer03:36
  • 13The House That Jack Built02:21
  • 14See Saw02:45
  • 15The Weight02:59
  • 16Share Your Love With Me03:22
  • 17Eleanor Rigby02:38
  • 18Call Me03:57
  • 19Spirit in the Dark04:03
  • 20Don't Play That Song03:01
  • 21You're All I Need To Get By03:38
  • 22Bridge Over Troubled Water05:33
  • 23Spanish Harlem03:33
  • 24Rock Steady03:15
  • 25Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)03:43
  • 26Day Dreaming04:01
  • 27Wholy Holy02:52
  • 28Angel03:35
  • 29Until You Come Back To Me [That's What I Am Going To Do]03:28
  • 30I'm In Love02:52
  • Total Runtime01:36:27

Info for 30 Greatest Hits

30 Greatest Hits zeroes in on Aretha Franklin's prime recording period for Atlantic, from her breakout in 1967 with 'I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)' through the end of 1974, during which the Queen of Soul truly reigned over the charts -- she averaged over one pop hit every two months. This two-disc set delivers all of her classics ('Respect,' 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,' '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,' 'Chain of Fools,' 'Think,' 'Spanish Harlem,' 'Rock Steady'), plus much more excellent material for those who won't recognize much more than the songs (and there are quite a few) that have entered the cultural consciousness ('I Say a Little Prayer,' 'The Weight,' 'Spirit in the Dark,' 'Day Dreaming'). It's a great foundation to any collection that has yet to be equaled by a pair of Rhino sets, the two-volume Very Best of Aretha Franklin from 1994 and Aretha's Best from 2001. (All Music)

'...[the songs are] all extracted from her golden years, '67-'74, so choice is simply a matter of weighing wonderfulness by the pound...' (Q-Magazine)

Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano, background vocals
Cissy Houston, vocals
Ellie Greenwich, vocals
Chips Moman, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
David Spinozza, guitar
Duane Allman, guitar
Eddie Hinton, guitar
Hugh McCracken, guitar
Jerry Weaver, guitar
Charlie Freeman, guitar
Don Arnone, acoustic guitar
Joe Farrell, flute, tenor saxophone
Hubert Laws, flute
King Curtis, brass
The Memphis Horns
Spooner Oldham, electric piano
Kenneth Lupper, organ
Richard Tee, organ
Donny Hathaway, keyboards
Jim Dickinson, keyboards
Mike Utley, keyboards
Barry Beckett, keyboards
Billy Preston, keyboards
Kenneth Bichel, synthesizer
Al Jackson, Jr., drums
Ray Lucas, drums
Rick Marotta, drums
Roger Hawkins, drums
Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, drums
Sammy Creason, drums
Pancho Morales, congas
Ralph MacDonald, percussion
Dr. John, Robert 'Pops' Popwell, percussion
Erma Franklin, background vocals
The Sweethearts of Soul, background vocals
Carolyn Franklin, background vocals
The Southern California Community Choir, background vocals

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Aretha Franklin
She is known the world over by her first name and as the undisputed, reigning 'Queen Of Soul,' Aretha Franklin is peerless. This 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal Of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.'s highest honor), 17 Grammy Awards (and counting), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Living Legend Award. She has received countless international and national awards and accolades. Aretha has achieved global recognition on an unprecedented scale. She has influenced generations of singers from Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige to 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Burrino and Oscar- winning Jennifer Hudson. Her ever-distinctive soulful, to-the-bone vocal style has graced the music charts for over four decades and while her 'live' performances have touched the hearts of literally millions since she began her musical journey as a gospel-singing child prodigy, it is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order.

Beyond the timeless classic hits such as 'Respect,' 'A Natural Woman,' 'Chain Of Fools,' 'Think,' 'Daydreaming' and 'Freeway Of Love' among the dozens of chart-topping records that have established her as a cultural icon, Aretha Franklin's catalog of over forty albums informs listeners of her unmatched, unparalleled artistry as an interpreter of song, bar none. Her elevation to 'royal' status is indeed not just a function of her hitmaking ability but of her unique inventiveness as a musician who fuses art and soul seamlessly. Indeed, it's often been said that Aretha could take 'happy birthday' and turn it into a veritable opus and while those who know her will testify to her culinary skills in the kitchen, it is her mastery as a musical chef that is evident on each and every one of those forty-plus albums, many of which have achieved gold and platinum status.

As is widely known, Aretha, born in Memphis, (reared in Buffalo but a longtime resident of Detroit,) began her personal musical journey singing at her much-revered father Reverend C.L. Franklin's New Bethel Baptist Church at a very young age. While she was unquestionably influenced by the presence of such gospel luminaries as Clara Ward (a strong influence), Mahalia Jackson and the Reverend James Cleveland in the Franklin household, it was secular performers such as Dinah Washington and Sam Cooke (also visitors to the Franklin residence) who helped shape Aretha's wide-ranging interest in popular music. Young Aretha also heard the doo-wop sounds of Nolan Strong and The Diablos, The Moonglows, The 5 Royales and The Satins as well as popular '50s hitmakers such as Johnny Ace, Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, Big Maybelle and Little Esther on the radio.

Aretha's interest in a wide range of popular music became evident when she began her own recording career at Columbia Records, although it should be noted that her powerful, emotive style was first heard on a gospel recording made in 1956 with her father and released by Chess Records in the mid-'60s. With the support of her father, Aretha traveled to New York City in 1960 and after a demo which contained her version of a Helen Humes tune titled 'Today I Sing The Blues' made its way to the ears of executive John Hammond (responsible for signing such artists as Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Bob Dylan), Aretha was signed to Columbia in 1960. For more information please visit the Aretha Franklin homepage.

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