You Grow Closer
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||Precious Lord, Pt. 1||Aretha Franklin||3:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Precious Lord, Pt. 2||Aretha Franklin||2:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Never Grow Old||Aretha Franklin||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You Grow Closer||Aretha Franklin||2:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Day Is Past and Gone||Aretha Franklin||4:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||He Will Wash You White as Snow||Aretha Franklin||4:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||While the Blood Runs Warm||Aretha Franklin||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Yield Not to Temptation||Aretha Franklin||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood||Aretha Franklin||4:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Your Mother Loves Her Children||Reverend C.L. Franklin||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
As the opening gun in MCA's new Peacock Gospel label program, You Grow Closer makes a fitting first entry. These are the very first recordings by a 16-year-old Aretha Franklin, recorded live in 1956 singing in her father's New Bethel Baptist Church and originally issued on the local Detroit JVB label and later on Chess' Checker subsidiary. Sometimes backed by the choir, at others by nothing more than her own piano and/or the church organ, this young woman's voice is already a familiar sound, her style well on its way to becoming fully formed. Her now-legendary penchant for worrying a phrase or a single note is already well-developed, and on tunes like the two-part "Precious Lord," can seemingly stretch a single hummed note for eternity. Every track is a gem, and the bonus inclusion of "Your Mother Loves Her Children" is just icing on this glorious sounding cake. She may be only be 16 years old on these recordings, but it's the sound of a woman three times that in experience and soulfulness. A must-hear by any yardstick you'd care to apply to it.
Born: March 25, 1942 in Memphis, TN
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s