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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.”

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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B006JSMP5K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. United Together
2. Love All The Hurt Away
3. Jump To It
4. Get It Right
5. Freeway of Love
6. Who's Zoomin' Who?
7. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
8. Jumping Jack Flash
9. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
10. Through The Storm
11. It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be
12. A Deeper Love
13. Willing To Forgive
14. It Hurts Like Hell
15. A Rose Is Still A Rose

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Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980 -1998 is the first comprehensive overview of her productive and fulfilling association with Clive Davis and Arista Records where Aretha made some of her most commercially successful urban, pop and dance music from 1980 through 2003.

This compilation includes her biggest 'Arista' hits and also showcases her collaborations with her biggest fans including duets with Annie Lennox, Elton John, Whitney Houston, George Michael and George Benson, and guest performances by Keith Richards and Clarence Clemons.

Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980 -1998 showcases the voice that always brings you back home. Every song is either in recurrent rotation at Top 40, Adult AC and Urban AC. Aretha Franklin is our national treasure, but she really belongs to the world.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Paradoa on February 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This compilation uses the shorter single/45 versions (some are the promo DJ edits):

1. United Together
2. Love All The Hurt Away (with George Benson)
3. Jump To It
4. Get It Right
5. Freeway of Love
6. Who's Zoomin' Who?
7. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (with the Eurythmics)
8. Another Night
9. Jumping Jack Flash (with Keith Richards)
10. Jimmy Lee
11. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with George Michael)
12. Through The Storm (with Elton John)
13. It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be (with Whitney Houston)
14. Ever Changing Times (with Michael McDonald)
15. Willing To Forgive
16. A Rose Is Still A Rose
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Some years back I purchased a copy of "Aretha Franklin: Greatest Hits (1980-1994) which was the previous incarnation of her biggest hits during her many years at Arista Records. It's OK, but frankly I rarely play it. Now in 2012 Arista Records has released an updated compilation they have dubbed "Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998". Pardon me if I yawn but I simply cannot muster a whole heck of a lot of excitement about this one.

Now let's be clear about one thing. Even as an older artist Aretha Franklin's pipes blow away most of the female singers out there today. But as far as I'm concerned the vast majority of her work at Arista lacks the raw power and incredible energy that was so prevalent during her heyday at Atlantic in the late 1960's and early 1970's. There is simply no comparison. Having said that "Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998" does include a handful of tunes that are certainly worth owning if you don't already have them in your collection. "The Queen of Soul" captured the Grammy in 1985 for "Best Female Vocal" with her rousing #3 hit "Freeway of Love" which is arguably her best recording during the Arista years. It definitely ranks among my favorite Aretha tunes of all-time. Meanwhile, Aretha also seems to recapture her vim and vigor in her outstanding duet with The Eurythmics. At the time many hailed "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" as the anthem for the ongoing women's rights movement. Aretha certainly demonstrates a certain swagger in this recording that seems to be missing from an awful lot of her later work. Outstanding tune! Among my other favorites in this collection are her Top Ten hit "Who's Zoomin" Who" as well as her terrific duet with Whitney Houston.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Anthony on March 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This new 2012 collection of Aretha's Arista Years is a tremendous improvement over the original compilation released in 1994 ("Greatest Hits 1980-1994").

Not only is this new collection now arranged chronologically, but there are numerous hits added that were missing from the earlier set: Aretha's 1986 hit version of "Jumping Jack Flash", a collaboration with Keith Richards is now here, along with big hits "Love All The Hurt Away" (with George Benson), "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (with Eurythmics), "Through The Storm" (with Elton John), It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (with Whitney Houston), an her 1998 hit "A Rose Is Still A Rose".

The duet with Michael McDonald "Ever Changing Times" appears here in it's single remix/edit version for the first time on CD. All the songs here, in fact, appear in their hit single/radio versions, as is appropriate for a hits compilation.

As of today, Amazon shows an incorrect track listing, but the correct tracks are shown on the reverse artwork and in another review.

A very complete retrospective that really does justice to the Queen of Soul's later hit-making era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yuval Margulis on April 23, 2012
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A very good collection from Aretha Franklin.
Hope to be a better recording.
I would recomend to my friends.
good price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William on March 3, 2012
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Aretha's version of JUMPING JACK FLASH from the 1986 movie of the same name is reason alone to buy this collection. Hardcore fans will tell you that her best years were the earlier years, and there are some definite truths in that. However, you cannot deny the magic of "Who's Zoomin' Who" which will get you up and dancing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iowahawkeye on January 31, 2012
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This isn't the track listing featured on All Music Guide, so which one is correct? AMG's sequence omits "A Deeper Love", but includes "Ever Changing Times" and "Another Night". So which one is corect?
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