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Aretha's Best

Aretha FranklinAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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“There are singers,” said Ray Charles, “then there is Aretha. She towers above the rest. Others are good, but Aretha is great. She’s my only sure-enough sister.”

Since the moment Aretha stepped to the pulpit at her father’s famed New Bethel Baptist Church as a young girl singing in the great gospel tradition, the world has recognized her as a musical ... Read more in Amazon's Aretha Franklin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00005BC9B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Respect
2. Think
3. Freeway Of Love
4. Baby, I Love You
5. A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)
6. Day Dreaming
7. I Say A Little Prayer
8. The House That Jack Built
9. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
10. Spanish Harlem
11. Jump To It
12. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
13. Chain Of Fools
14. Rock Steady
15. Who's Zoomin' Who
16. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
17. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
18. Call Me
19. Do Right Woman - Do Right Man
20. Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Editorial Reviews

Rhino celebrates the Queen of Soul's farewell tour (say it ain't so, baby!) with this collection of her 20 top Atlantic and Arista hits, the only anthology of her classic and recent hits: Respect; Chain of Fools; Spanish Harlem; Jump to It; Think; Freeway of Love; I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) (with George Michael); A Natural Woman; I Say a Little Prayer; Call Me; Rock Steady; Day Dreaming , and more!

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You Can Do Better Than This Collection March 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a so-so collection of Arthea's Greatest Hits. The only virtue of this particular collection is that it's inexpensive. The double CD "30 Greatest Hits" is a far better snapshot of Aretha in her prime. If you really want a comprehensive collection of Aretha, the 4 CD "Queen of Soul" is the gold standard of Aretha's work. The problem with "Aretha's Best" and "30 Greatest Hits" is that they cover Aretha's radio hits, some of which have been played to death. Quite a few people are unaware of Aretha's jewels like underrated "Spirit In the Dark", the Curtis Mayfield collaboration, "Sparkle" or "Amazing Grace" a brilliant gospel album she did with the Southern California Community Choir. Indeed, much of Aretha's most heartfelt and soulful music is omitted from these less comprehensive collections. There are two buying strategies for obtaining a great Aretha collection: 1) Buy the 4 CD "Queen of Soul" collection or; 2) Buy a half a dozen or so orginal releases like, "Never Loved A Man", "Spirit In the Dark", "Amazing Grace", "Sparkle", "Aretha Arrives" and "Young Gifted and Black". If you purchase "Aretha's Best", you are cheating yourself of most of Aretha's Franklin's amazing legacy. She deserves a closer listening than this collection, because she is after all the first and the best of the so called "divas", and has more soul in her little finger than the whole lot of the bloodless, octave swooping singers of today. Hail to the Queen of Soul...
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Place To Start January 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a good collection for the casual fan of Aretha, or new fans starting out. A better compilation is the 30 Greatest Hits CD, which spans most of her career. This album pays much attention to her 70's and 80's hits, where she still reigned as the Queen of Soul, but if you want the real deal about Aretha, check out 30 Greatest Hits or some of her Gospel albums, as well her live albums such as Live At The Fillmore West and Live In Paris, those are all golden albums by Aretha!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aretha Deserves Better! June 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am not what you would call a "huge" Aretha fan, but I must say I love all of her big hits!
Well when I found this collection and saw that all of her essentials were on here and also noticed that this was from Rhino, I went out and bought it. Well Rhino, for the first time, you have me really dissapointed.
This CD's main problem is sound quality; now I'm not a professional on dropouts and mono and stereo and things like that, but I know when something does not sound right. Is it just me or does the instrumental section on "The House That Jack Built" really sound very distorted? And "Chain of Fools" has seen better days.
An artist like Aretha deserves much better than this. I really must say from a great company like Rhino, I cannot believe they couldn't make a better collection.
This is great music, but not a great collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Collection Of The Best July 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the best collection of Aretha. If you are a serious collector of soul, she deserves multiple purchases of her releases. If you are trying to give some depth to your CD collection, then this one will probably make you the happiest and give you a full range of what made her the best there will ever be.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a bad idea July 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Matching up Aretha's Eighties hits with her Sixties and Seventies work was a bad idea. The synths and fake-o drums that were the rage back in 1985 just sound soul-less next to "Bridge Over Trobled Water," "Chain of Fools," and the like. Not to say the Eighties were a bad decade for Aretha - her pop stands well above what some other soul icons were putting out at the time. Those years were recently anthologized in a greatest hits package some time back and are best kept separate. Buy that record, plus "30 Greatest Hits," and you've got the woman's best in a nutshell.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Aretha Franklin Beginner August 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are many Aretha Franklin collections out there. Some might say that the Queen Of Soul box set is the most comprehensive and detailed overview of the one and only Aretha Franklin, but when Aretha's Best was issued in 2001, it was turning out to be another affordable best-of collection. For some people, Aretha's Best is an afforable, all-bases covered collection, but there a couple of flaws here. First of all, the tracklisting is weak but, remember this is just the beginner. Songs like Respect, Rock Steady, & You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman is on this collection. This collection doesn't go that far, maybe from 1967 to 1984. Unlike this collection, the Queen Of Soul box set has a lot of songs for the total of 86 classics, which is the only collection I would invest in if I wanted one complete Aretha Franklin collection. So I would buy the 4-CD Queen Of Soul boxset or the double disc, 30 Greatest Hits collection for a more percise Aretha collection. You might not feel comfortable listening to this collection if you're a hardcore fan, but this is for the beginner. So, enjoy and listen to the Queen Of Soul- Aretha Franklin.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Casual Fans Only January 31, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this collection was made only for the casual fan who only wants one CD of Aretha Franklin. This is the only CD you can have both the major highlights of her Atlantic years and Arista years. Maybe that was what the purpose is for this collection.
Having stated that, I only recommend this album to the casual fan. Aretha fans should get her box set or if you only want the hits, get the "Best Of..." 2 CDs or her "30 greatest hits".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Rhino and Aretha Don't Mix
In fact anything that Rhino does don't mix. ..or group or singer. Rhino is famous for not putting any information on its products so that you do not know that it only does... Read more
Published 3 months ago by samjones
5.0 out of 5 stars aretha's best
Excellent had all my favorie songs, promt shipment, glad i oredred it. It brought back memories of the good old days
Published 9 months ago by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
This is Arthea Franklin at her best. I just smile when I listen to these songs, brings back lots of good, good memories.
Published 10 months ago by jancan
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
sit back and let miss F. sing her songss you never be the same..... ever play it one time , now
Published 17 months ago by Yvonne Papak Yvonne Papak
5.0 out of 5 stars ARETHA;S BEST
So glad that I ignored some of the reviews and decided to go ahead and purchase this! I notice that many reviewers state that her 60's-70's work was her best. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MissK
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Bought it at the wife's request and she loves it. I'm adding this because this stupid rating demanded 10 more words.
Published 19 months ago by Lance Peyton
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise Aretha
I like the disc. But, it only has some of her hits. Still, it is worth buying as a beginning of her collection. I guess as the title says only her best. Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by Darryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Choice cuts for the casual fan
Like alot of people here, I am just a casual fan of Aretha. I grew up in the 80's knowing her mostly for her hit "Freeway of Love" & collaborations with George Michael & the... Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Lone Wolf
2.0 out of 5 stars badly recorded
I already own this and am from this generation so I can tell you that she sounds much better than this recording. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD!
this cd has offers all the great hits from Aretha. A great value for the price.
Published on October 17, 2010 by Niantic Parrothead
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