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Respect - The Very Best of Aretha Franklin

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Album Review

Covering the ‘60s through the ‘80s, Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin features most of the queen’s biggest hits. This release from Warner Strategic Marketing includes the number one R&B singles “Chain of Fools,” “Share Your Love with Me,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Think” and, of course, “Respect.” Even for casual soul fans, most of these songs will be recognizable within the first few notes.

Customer Reviews

Think (this is a true bargain)

To begin with, I´m neither a big fan of Soul music, nor do I know much about Aretha. Nonetheless, her music has touched me through various film soundtracks, such as the classic Blues Brothers, and infinite club music remixes. Aretha's voice and the way she expresses herself through music is exceptional, and see her as one of the biggest female singers of all time. Much alike the legendary James Brown, as a male singer. Regarding this release, I recommend it to anyone who wishes to get all Aretha´s well known tunes bundled at a very low cost. However, some of the golden oldies aren´t by sound quality as good as the ones, which have been recorded in the 80-90´s. My overall rating is a four star. Hope you´ll consider a purchase and enjoy the Best of Aretha!

No Pink Cadillac

A very good introduction to Aretha's music through the decades and a real value for money as such. However, I am surprised to see two versions of "Freeway of Love" and Aretha's splendid version of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" excluded. Otherwise, a real solid gold collection of Aretha's interpretations.


Born: 25 March 1942 in Memphis, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits with Atlantic Records — "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others — earned her the title "Lady Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international...
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