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Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings Box set

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000032VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
2. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
3. Save Me
4. Respect
5. Baby, Baby, Baby
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Think
2. See Saw
3. The House That Jack Built
4. Night Time Is The Right Time
5. I Say A Little Prayer
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Son Of A Preacher Man
2. Try Matty's
3. The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss)
4. Dark End Of The Street
5. You And Me
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Spirit In The Dark (Reprise)
2. How I Got Over
3. So Swell When You're Well
4. Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)
5. Somewhere
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Features Aretha's greatest Atlantic singles and classic album tracks. Described as \the first definitive history of the queen of soul's golden decade

Queen of Soul trumps all other collections of Aretha's recordings for Atlantic by adding dozens of album tracks to a selection of epochal singles ranging from "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Respect" to "Spanish Harlem" and "Rock Steady." Over three CDs and change--the fourth runs out of steam, as did her creative energy during the mid-to-late-'70s period it chronicles--we hear many emotional shifts: impassioned, triumphant, wistful, and always truthful about her condition and our own. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

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It is the greatest collection of music we own.
Movie Maven
From I Never Love A Man The Way I Love You, to Somewhere, she covers a world of music that exposes truth, passion, pain and eternal musicality.
Martin London
At times I've listened to each disc on it's own and enjoyed it.
L. Kelsey

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Campbell Roark on February 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I know, I know, you narrow your eyes whenever you see the term "essential," in an amazon review. Well, hate to tell you but it doesn't get any more essential than this. This may be the gold standard of Box sets. Better than my Joy Division, my Miles, my Coltrane, and my Sonny Rollins sets. By heaps and piles!

As far as I'm concerned: It's Billie, Nina and Aretha. The Mother, The Daughter and The Holy Spirit of Soul. I love Etta (both Ettas). I love Mahalia, and I love Bessie. I swear by Ruth Brown. Mabel Mercer and Roberta Flack- Love 'em to death. But one gives credit where it's due: at her absolute prime, Aretha sounds, well- PRIMAL. Like her voice has become the avatar of Athena, Artemis and Aphrodite- all rolled into one. The woman's pipes are sooooo grand as to be almost inhuman- yet tempered with such human warmth, tenderness, humility... Her voice does things to me, and unless you're a robot in disguise or one of the walking dead- it will to you too... So. Forget the label, "soul," and all the baggage it carries- just take the word at face value: If you possess a soul- you will love this. This is the kind of music that unites generations- gives all cultures a common ground.

This collection is a couple steps short of being 'comprehensive,' but still pulls off being definitive. It's missing a few tracks that the hardcore fans will kick up a fuss over... Still: 4 CDs. 88 tracks. Excellent sound (most of the earliest songs are preserved in mono: a good thing), the remastering is phenomenal. Great packaging, the 80+ page booklet has interviews with everyone, it's a sweet read. Then there's the smalll fact that you're getting All her Atlantic hits and (probably) the cream of her entire Atlantic output: albums, singles, B-sides, all of it (and that's saying something).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelsey on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've had this box set for a while. At times I've listened to each disc on it's own and enjoyed it. Recently, I had to drive a lot over the Memorial Day weekend (to my daughters travel basketball games) and decided that I'd listen to the whole box set, starting at disc one through disc four. The experience was a revelation. Aretha is one of the greatest vocalist ever to record. And when she sings, she simply "tells the truth." When she says she, "Never Loved a Man," "the way that I love you," that's what she means. When she wants a "Do Right Man," because she'll be a "do right woman," that's what she means. You hear it in her voice when she talks about being a "Natural Woman," telling her man to "Think," and saying she wants "R-E-S-P-E-C-T;" you know what she's talking about. And it's not just the classic, old jams she vocalizes the truth on. It could be lesser known gems, such as "Try Matty's," "The House that Jack Built," or "Don't Play that Song." When she says "Rock Steady," I'm up and grooving, rockin' steady. When she says she'll be that "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it's spiritual. And when she sings "Call Me," or "Until You Come Back to Me," the urgency in her voice sends chills through me. My Dad loved Aretha and I grew up listening, but not appreciating Aretha. Once you get to be my age though, all you're looking for is truth and honesty and if you purchase this box set, you will definitely get it! I love this four disc CD set. I recommend it for anybody needing an intro to Aretha's greatness or anybody who needs to hear it TOLD LIKE IT IS!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D.V. Lindner on March 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Sparkle." Of the 86 tracks in this boxed set, that was the only song I didn't already have. My vinyl collection of Aretha's work - both LPs & 45s - was and is in fine condition; well taken care of, played on the gentlest equipment and styli changed often. Still, come March 1994, the opportunity to have so many of her immortal Atlantic performances all under one roof, and in a format that would never wear out was irresistible.
This is simply one of the most magnificent boxed-sets ever made, and in the early 90s heralded a heaven-sent alliance between Atlantic records and Rhino which would bring new life to the formers' lost treasures from the 1950s forward. The restoration of works by The Drifters and The Spinners, for instance, are equally exemplary. If you're even considering this one, it's because you know these songs well too, and don't need me to sing their individual praises, right? But I will tell you, the spottier your existing collection of Aretha's work from her Atlantic days is, the more indispensable this set becomes. The transfers and remastering are perfect, and for about 20 of the earliest tracks, mono mixes were wisely used.
The 80-page included booklet is prize-worthy alone. Insightful essays by Jerry Wexler with David Ritz, Dave Marsh, Thulani Davis, and Ahmet Ertegun are feasts for your reading eyes while the music itself takes you back to those oh-so-exciting days. Abundant photos you'll likely be seeing for the first time. The session personnel for every song and the `when & where' are also listed. Exact release dates for all of Aretha's Atlantic singles and albums, you'll find here too, and wonderful reproductions of her original album covers.
Any company planning to release a boxed-set of any beloved American musical artist should contemplatively study "Queen of Soul" before setting to work. They don't get any better than this, folks.
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