Aretha In Person With The Ray Bryant Combo Aretha Franklin

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  • 1Won't Be Long03:08
  • 2Over the Rainbow02:38
  • 3Love Is the Only Thing02:40
  • 4Sweet Lover03:22
  • 5All Night Long02:57
  • 6Who Needs You?02:46
  • 7Right Now02:22
  • 8Are You Sure02:40
  • 9Maybe I'm a Fool03:16
  • 10It Ain't Necessarily So02:51
  • 11By Myself02:38
  • 12Today I Sing the Blues02:45
  • 13Are You Sure02:17
  • 14Who Needs You?03:03
  • 15Right Now02:38
  • 16Maybe I'm a Fool03:57
  • 17By Myself02:39
  • 18Won't Be Long02:54
  • 19All Night Long03:06
  • 20Love Is the Only Thing02:44
  • 21Right Now02:22
  • 22Today I Sing the Blues02:48
  • Total Runtime01:02:31

Info for Aretha In Person With The Ray Bryant Combo

With her soaring voice and often fiery abandon, the great Aretha Franklin epitomized Soul at its most Gospel-charged. Aretha with the Ray Bryant Combo songs Lithe and sultry, assertive and caressing, knowing and luxuriant, her singing melts down any divisions between Gospel, Soul, Jazz and Blues, bringing an improvisatory spirit even to the most cut-and-dried pop material.

This quintessential collector's edition contains Franklin's magnificent debut album for Columbia, Aretha (1961), featuring an all-star group conducted by Ray Bryant. In addition, we have included eight bonus tracks consisting of hard to find sides from Aretha's early years on the Checker, JVB, and Columbia labels. It serves as the best introduction for anyone wanting to explore Lady Soul's first steps. This is the material upon which Aretha's soul kingdom and unique personal style were built.

Recorded August 1, 1960-January 10, 1961 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, NY
Produced by John H. Hammond

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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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