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The Electrifying Aretha Franklin/Laughing on the Outside

Aretha FranklinAudio CD
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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 (June 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1962
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B001807O0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Made Me Love You
2. I Told You So
3. Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
4. Nobody Like You
5. Exactly Like You
6. It's So Heartbreakin'
7. Rough Lover
8. Blue Holiday
9. Just For You
10. That Lucky Old Sun Just Rolls Around the Heaven All Day
11. I Surrender, Dear
12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Postive
13. Skylark
14. For All We Know
15. Make Someone Happy
16. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
17. Solitude
18. Laughing On the Outside (Crying On the Inside)
19. Say It Isn't So
20. It Will Have To Do Until the Real Thing Comes Along
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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It's about time. This is one of three "twofers" from Aretha's Columbia period that has been recently re-released. And there are many gems to be had here on each of the two original albums that make up this disc.

Of those three twofers though, this is probably the set that has the two albums that are about as different from each other as they can get. Aretha has been somewhat of a chameleon during her lengthy career, changing vocal textures and styles both over time and abruptly. Nowhere is this more apparent than these two albums from 1962 and 1963.

** The Electrifying Aretha Franklin **

We have a young, fiery Aretha Franklin on the sides that made up the original release of TEAF: the title of the album was quite appropriate. Her voice was light, yet raw and powerful. There was a stronger Dinah Washington influence and you will hear it on many numbers. The arrangements are straightforward but Aretha works her young magic with all of them. There are no weak tracks here, but especially noteworthy is the elusive "Rough Lover," which many fans have been trying to track down for years.

TEAF was available for a limited time before, but only as a costly import. So many other tracks here may be new to fans only familiar with the countless compilations of the Columbia period which duplicate the same tracks over and over. Again, there is not a weak track in the bunch and Aretha consistently impresses with her energy and verve on every one of them, even the comparatively quieter ones (notably "Just For You").

** Laughing On The Outside **

LOTO is as mellowing as TEAF was energizing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha rocks July 12, 2010
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I have hunted for this album for many years. Aretha Franklin, a young Aretha Franklin singing "ROCK-A BYE-YOUR-BABY." It swings and I am so glad it is on this LP. It's rare and was on Amazon but no doubt it possibly has sold out. If not, buy it.
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I've always wanted to obtain each of the individual albums that Aretha recorded at Columbia records. I believe that some of her best work was during this period. Although I have to say I was excited to finally get these recordings on CD, I was also disappointed. My disappointment stems from the fact that the liner notes are too small to read. I do not understand why they could not have been included as a page in the jacket. Maybe there's a good reason. Who knows?? I personally feel that the liner notes are pretty important because they give you a feel for the period during which the artist recorded. Columbia also did a great job of producing such great notes. Anyway, I'm greatful the albums are available on CD and that I can add these to my Aretha collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arretha Franklin Jazz December 8, 2012
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I was so happy to finally find this marvelous CD recorded by Aretha Franklin in her early career with Columbia records.I remember I had purchased "Laughing On The Outside" in *vinyl form when it first came out in the 60's. I used to work in a record store in Honolulu, Hawaii back then. And I was always on the look out for good jazz vocalists back then as in now.I love & treasure this CD as it is done beautifully and holds a lot of special memories for me.I am so grateful it was finally printed unto CD format.A great collection for all fans of Aretha Franklin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 13, 2008
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I had this CD as LP back in the day and carried it like a Bible. Long before "Respect" I knew this woman was genius. The musical arrangement and orchestration of the standards was magnificent and after all these years it has not lost a beat. Her diction was incredible and she gave new meaning to all the songs. Thank Aretha was this "tour de force".
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