Aretha Franklin - Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul (2007)
Soul | 2cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Rhino 8122-79970-3 | rec: 1966-1973 | 795Mb
Aretha Franklin's recordings for Atlantic in the late 1960s and early 1970s are universally acknowledged as her best, and this two-CD set draws exclusively from that era, spanning late 1966 to 1973. Aside from the B-sides "Pledging My Love/The Clock" and "Lean on Me," everything here is a demo, outtake, or alternate version – a real hoard of largely previously unheard material from the prime of one of the greatest soul singers. Franklin and Atlantic did exercise sound judgment as to what to select for release, however. So these recordings, as valuable as they'll be for soul fans to hear, are neither on par with her best official work nor revelatory insofar as uncovering hidden gems or unsuspected stylistic detours.