Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 84/500!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Do Right Woman - Do Right Man" - Rated 476/500!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the November 2001 Issue of Stereophile!
Originally released in 1967, this is Aretha Franklin's first album for Atlantic and possibly the greatest debut in the history of soul music. This soul landmark contains one of the truly seminal singles ever in "Respect." 2 killer tracks recorded at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals "Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You" and "Do Right Woman-Do Right Man" puts lots of other great hard soul groovers. A masterpiece from start to finish!
"Franklin's Atlantic debut is the place where gospel music collided with R&B and rock & roll and became soul. The Detroit-born preacher's daughter was about $80,000 in debt to her previous label, Columbia, when Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler signed her in 1966. "I took her to church," Wexler said, "sat her down at the piano and let her be herself." She immediately cut the album's title hit, a slow fire of ferocious sexuality, while her storefront-church cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" Franklin's first Number One pop single became the marching song for the women's and civil-rights movements." - www.rollingstone.com
"Franklin disappeared after a 1967 session in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, leaving this simmering ballad [IDo Right Woman - Do Right Man] unfinished. A few weeks later, she resurfaced in New York. The resulting vocal, said producer Wexler, was 'perfection.'" - Rolling Stone
2. Drown In My Own Tears
3. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
4. Soul Serenade
5. Don't Let me Lose This Dream
6. Baby Baby Baby
7. Dr. Feelgood
8. Good Times
9. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
10. Save Me
11. A Change Is Gonna Come