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Runnin' Out of Fools (Remastered)

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Before Aretha Franklin signed to Atlantic Records and altered the course of music in 1967, she had a career in her late teens and early 20s at Columbia Records. The label had made the Detroit daughter of a soul-stirring Baptist minister into a kind of uptown soul crooner. Columbia had trouble marketing her, but they paired her with many great arrangers and producers, including golden-eared Clyde Otis (Brooke Benton, Dinah Washington), who helmed this immaculately produced 1964 album. Choosing contemporary song covers to help her chances, Otis outfitted Franklin in girl-group pop, such as “The Shoop Shoop Song” and “My Guy.” (The latter was written by Aretha’s pal Smokey Robinson and was a No. 1 hit for Mary Wells that same year.) Franklin makes her “Mockingbird” the definitive one; her words coil around what becomes, in her hands, a gospel discourse on love, life, and motherhood. She pleads in Bacharach-David’s “Walk On By” with uncanny gentleness, and she kicks down doors on “One Room Paradise.” Otis had his finger on the national pop pulse, and what was an obvious grab for pop appeal then is an incredible album today.

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The Voice Of Soul

This is the Aretha Franklin album to have of the Columbia years. Forget the holiday extras and simply enjoy The Queen showing us how it's done and done right. She has it all.


Born: March 25, 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 institution...
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