The Great American Songbook
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||Little Brown Book||Aretha Franklin||3:17||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Trouble In Mind (Mono Mix)||Aretha Franklin||2:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Try a Little Tenderness||Aretha Franklin||3:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Ain't Necessarily So||Aretha Franklin||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||How Deep Is the Ocean||Aretha Franklin||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cold, Cold Heart||Aretha Franklin||4:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Love for Sale||Aretha Franklin||2:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||How Glad I Am||Aretha Franklin||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Skylark||Aretha Franklin||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||This Bitter Earth||Aretha Franklin||4:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive||Aretha Franklin||2:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What a Diff'rence a Day Made||Aretha Franklin||3:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Only the Lonely||Aretha Franklin||4:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody||Aretha Franklin||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||God Bless the Child||Aretha Franklin||3:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Say It Isn't So||Aretha Franklin||3:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Are You Sure||Aretha Franklin||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)||Aretha Franklin||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Legacy released this 18-track disc less than two months prior to the 11-CD/one-DVD Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia. In a sense, The Great American Songbook is nothing more than a box-set sampler, but it shall remain an excellent overview of Franklin’s overlooked (or willfully ignored) early-‘60s releases, which were heavy on interpretations of songs written by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, and Irving Berlin. While she had not fully blossomed and was years away from the gutsier material of her commercial peak — only “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” scratched the Top 40 — her voice was nonetheless supremely expressive, rooted in her gospel upbringing and drenched in soul. She was no mere stylist; when she sings “Ooh, honey, I’d like to really melt your cold, cold heart,” there is as much fire as there is in any given line of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.” Even the earliest cuts here, taken from late 1960 and early 1961 sessions with the Ray Bryant Combo, are soul through and through. (Note for fanatics: the mixes of "Trouble in Mind" and "Love for Sale" eliminate the fabricated crowd noise heard on Yeah!!!.)
Great "Young Aretha"
Lately, Aretha Franklin has been easy to respect, but hard to love. Her diva persona and tendency to perform with pre-packaged "soul", can be off-putting. But listen to young Aretha sing the songs in this compilation. You'll hear innocence and nuance, power and glory. This is Aretha as a vocal artist, leading the listener on a journey to varying places and emotions. Some of the arrangements are approriately old-fashioned. Some have a retro-modern feel to them. All of them are just fine. Sample all the tracks; let each one run for a while, and feel the love for Aretha (again).
Great to hear again --cleaned up & clearly!
I have some of these songs from a previous compilation before the industry cleaned up the sound on old recordings, and this all sounds great like they were meant to sound. There are hints of her greatness that we all witnessed with the Atlantic recordings -- but this is also some great stuff. You can tell on some of the songs she wanted to cut loose but the producers obviously squandered her soul then. Sure there was greater stuff to come, but this is raw talent almost not heard in any of today's up-and-comers. What a trip down memory lane this all is!!!
I was very sad when I heard that she might die. But i am very happy that she released this album before she did. Very Good. This is the true Aretha Franklin...
Born: March 25, 1942 in Memphis, TN
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s