The Electrifying Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin

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Album-Release:
1962

HRA-Release:
08.05.2015

Label: Columbia / Legacy

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Classic Soul

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  • 1You Made Me Love You02:17
  • 2I Told You So02:41
  • 3Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody02:22
  • 4Nobody Like You02:21
  • 5Exactly Like You02:35
  • 6It's So Heartbreakin'02:38
  • 7Rough Lover02:45
  • 8Blue Holiday02:52
  • 9Just for You02:18
  • 10That Lucky Old Sun03:18
  • 11I Surrender, Dear02:45
  • 12Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive02:16
  • 13Introduction to Hard Times00:31
  • 14Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)03:08
  • 15When They Ask About You02:59
  • 16Operation Heartbreak02:59
  • 17I Surrender, Dear02:46
  • 18Rough Lover02:47
  • 19Kissin' By the Mistletoe02:22
  • Total Runtime48:40

Info for The Electrifying Aretha Franklin

Arethas second album for the Columbia label, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin still found the label unsure as to how to promote the singer, although this album was a step in the right direction.

Producer John Hammond created something of an intimate atmosphere in the studio, yet some of the material would appear to be better suited to the stage. Yet towering above even the mediocre material is Arethas voice, as strong and as powerful then as it would become later in the decade. Tracks like You Made Me Love You may be standards, but they are not standard Aretha Franklin, yet she manages to breathe life into each and every song.

Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano

Recorded July 11, 1961; August 16, 1961; November 7, 1961; December 21, 1961; January 25, 1962 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, NY
Produced by John H. Hammond, Richard Wess

Digitally remastered


Aretha Franklin
She is known the world over by her first name and as the undisputed, reigning 'Queen Of Soul,' Aretha Franklin is peerless. This 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal Of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.'s highest honor), 17 Grammy Awards (and counting), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Living Legend Award. She has received countless international and national awards and accolades. Aretha has achieved global recognition on an unprecedented scale. She has influenced generations of singers from Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige to 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Burrino and Oscar- winning Jennifer Hudson. Her ever-distinctive soulful, to-the-bone vocal style has graced the music charts for over four decades and while her 'live' performances have touched the hearts of literally millions since she began her musical journey as a gospel-singing child prodigy, it is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order.

Beyond the timeless classic hits such as 'Respect,' 'A Natural Woman,' 'Chain Of Fools,' 'Think,' 'Daydreaming' and 'Freeway Of Love' among the dozens of chart-topping records that have established her as a cultural icon, Aretha Franklin's catalog of over forty albums informs listeners of her unmatched, unparalleled artistry as an interpreter of song, bar none. Her elevation to 'royal' status is indeed not just a function of her hitmaking ability but of her unique inventiveness as a musician who fuses art and soul seamlessly. Indeed, it's often been said that Aretha could take 'happy birthday' and turn it into a veritable opus and while those who know her will testify to her culinary skills in the kitchen, it is her mastery as a musical chef that is evident on each and every one of those forty-plus albums, many of which have achieved gold and platinum status.

As is widely known, Aretha, born in Memphis, (reared in Buffalo but a longtime resident of Detroit,) began her personal musical journey singing at her much-revered father Reverend C.L. Franklin's New Bethel Baptist Church at a very young age. While she was unquestionably influenced by the presence of such gospel luminaries as Clara Ward (a strong influence), Mahalia Jackson and the Reverend James Cleveland in the Franklin household, it was secular performers such as Dinah Washington and Sam Cooke (also visitors to the Franklin residence) who helped shape Aretha's wide-ranging interest in popular music. Young Aretha also heard the doo-wop sounds of Nolan Strong and The Diablos, The Moonglows, The 5 Royales and The Satins as well as popular '50s hitmakers such as Johnny Ace, Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, Big Maybelle and Little Esther on the radio.

Aretha's interest in a wide range of popular music became evident when she began her own recording career at Columbia Records, although it should be noted that her powerful, emotive style was first heard on a gospel recording made in 1956 with her father and released by Chess Records in the mid-'60s. With the support of her father, Aretha traveled to New York City in 1960 and after a demo which contained her version of a Helen Humes tune titled 'Today I Sing The Blues' made its way to the ears of executive John Hammond (responsible for signing such artists as Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Bob Dylan), Aretha was signed to Columbia in 1960. For more information please visit the Aretha Franklin homepage.

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