I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You (Mono) Aretha Franklin
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- 2Drown In My Own Tears04:06
- 3I Never Loved A Man [The Way I Love You]02:52
- 4Soul Seranade02:39
- 5Don't Let Me Lose This Dream02:22
- 6Baby, Baby, Baby02:55
- 7Dr. Feelgood [Love Is Serious Business]03:22
- 8Good Times02:09
- 9Do Right Woman, Do Right Man03:15
- 10Save Me02:20
- 11A Change Is Gonna Come04:14
Info for I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You (Mono)
After the end of Aretha Franklin's five year stint on Columbia Records (who tried marketing her as a jazz vocalist), she signed on with Atlantic Records. Produced by music biz veteran Jerry Wexler, Franklin's Atlantic debut found her flexing creative muscle and making music that forever altered the course of pop and soul. Accompanying herself on piano throughout, Franklin's powerful and passionate vocals garnered comparisons to Ray Charles, while her blend of R&B, gospel and jazz rightfully earned her the moniker 'Queen Of Soul.' Full Title - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. Aretha got instant ''Respect'' for her 1967 Atlantic debut album, now an immortal soul landmark & the best soul album ever released, according to The Rolling Stone Record Guide. This masterpiece is newly restored to its original mono splendor, and features extensive liner notes plus 3 bonus tracks, 'Respect' (Stereo Version), 'I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)' & 'Do Right Woman - Do Right Man'.
'...Nobody has ever sung with more intensity...' (Rolling Stone)
Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano
Chips Moman, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
King Curtis, tenor saxophone
Charlie Chalmers, tenor saxophone
Willie Bridges, bass saxophone
Melvin Lastie, trumpet, cornet
Dewey 'Spooner' Oldham, keyboards
Tommy Cogbill, bass
Gene Chrisman, drums
Roger Hawkins, drums
Carolyn Franklin, background vocals
Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York on February 8, 14 & 15, 1967 and Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama on January 24, 1967
Engineered by Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
Produced by Jerry Wesler
Ranked #83 in Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time'
Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's 'Women In Rock: The 50 Essential Albums'
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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