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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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  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000337Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Respect
2. Baby I Love You
3. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
4. Chain Of Fools
5. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
6. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
7. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
8. Ain't No Way
9. Think
10. See Saw
11. The House That Jack Built
12. I Say A Little Prayer
13. The Weight
14. Eleanor Rigby
15. Share Your Love With Me
16. Call Me

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This 16-track disc and its companion piece (Volume 2) do a great job of recapitulating Aretha's singles career at Atlantic. Some of the most compelling music ever recorded, these sides bring forth the best of one of the great singers. Whether all but rewriting "Respect" ("That girl stole my song," an admiring Otis Redding said) or barely masking the pain behind "Call Me," she tells some of the truest stories around. And what a piano player. --Rickey Wright

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16 of Aretha's most legendary Atlantic sides...the term essential doesn't pay them enough "respect!" Includes Respect; Chain of Fools; Do Right Woman, Do Right Man; (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman; Think; I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You); Baby I Love You; (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone; The House That Jack Built; I Say a Little Prayer , and more.

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The music is wonderful, the background voices are majestical.
Jan
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's is an incredible album of songs by singer/songwriter/pianist Aretha Franklin--The Queen Of Soul!
Matthew G. Sherwin
RESPECT: I give this song a 8/5 because I love the words and how Aretha sings it.
Michigan Lover

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I needed to replace my "Aretha's Gold" album, which, unfortunately, is not on CD. After buying this, I was amazed to find that Rhino had dropped the ball and omitted "Dr. Feelgood" from this otherwise fine collection. This idiotic oversight can be avoided by purchasing the "30 Greatest Hits" album, instead. You'll be glad you did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Eduardo Da Silva on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This compilation contains some of her very best songs. Aretha is without doubt "The Queen of Soul". One of the pearls of this collection is "I never loved a man (the way I love you)". This song inevitably puts a spell on the listener. It's a piece of pure and sentimental Rhythm & Blues. "Do right woman-Do right man" was the title of Aretha's first golden disc. " I say a little prayer" perfectly reveals her unique vocal style, although other singers, like Dionne Warwick have masterly interpreted this song. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since you've been gone" will hardly let anyone sit peacefully in the chair. Arethe Franklin certainly has a very rare charisma in her vocal interpretation.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having recently been to my first live Aretha concert, I just had to have her hits in my collection. This plus another which filled in the blanks gives me such enjoyment listening to this energetic, passionate singstress.
This collection has all the greats from "Respect" "Baby I Love You" "Chain of Fools" "Think" along with her renditions of some greats, e.g. "I Say a Little Prayer" and "I Never Loved A Man"
Her back up musicians crank out a solid, driving sound which matches so well with the Queen's energy. THis is just great stuff!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ALAIN ROBERT on February 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Like all RHINO's best of,this is a commandable collection of ARETHA's works in her early days at ATLANTIC.RESPECT,YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN and I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER(marvelous cover of the BACHARACH-DAVID song ,first recorded by DIONNE WARWICK)can be considered the highlights,but everything deserves to be there.ELEANOR RIGBY is my only complaint(RAY CHARLES's cover is great).If all the best of collections could be of the quality of those at RHINO,it would be heaven on this earth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The queen of souls greatest years were clearly between 1968 - 1971. During this considerably short period of time she made some of the most remarkable music in history. Such distinguished soul classics like, RESPECT, CHAIN OF FOOLS and I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER remain as unique and popular as they were when origanlly recorded in this era. This lady has one of the most memroable, uplifting voices in music and its a shame that her work has never surpassed the quality of this period in recent times or enjoyed the commercial success of such other fabulous soul performers such as the divine, DIANA ROSS and WHITNEY HOUSTON. She will always be though the most definitive lady of soul and this collection is evidence of some of the sheer magic she cut during her time with Atalntic Records. Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan on July 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I played this CD in my car...my mother asked for it, so I had to buy another Vol. 3-Very Best of Aretha Franklin! My mother and I agreed that they simply don't make songs like this any more. Aretha's CD brought back wonderful memories of the 60's. Today, we listen intent to exactly what Aretha was saying in these musical messages. We now understand Aretha's songs better than in the past. The music is wonderful, the background voices are majestical. What a wonderful combination of words, messages, instruments and singing. Yes, lay back - listen and enjoy this wonderful CD...They just don't make them like this anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's is an incredible album of songs by singer/songwriter/pianist Aretha Franklin--The Queen Of Soul! Aretha is in excellent form on this album and just one listen proves it! Every song is nothing less than superb and that's very special. The quality of the sound is excellent and I like that artwork as well.

"Respect," one of Aretha's greatest hits ever, starts the album strong and Aretha belts this out with all her might! Those backup vocalists harmonize perfectly--not that Aretha truly needed it; but they sound good anyway. How's about that brass, too? "Baby, I Love You" has an excellent melody and Aretha sings this faultlessly; "Baby, I Love You" has that classic flavor that I always want to hear. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" features a lush musical arrangement while Aretha delivers this beautifully; and listen for "Chain of Fools." "Chain of Fools" has always been one of my very favorite Aretha Franklin tunes; that electric guitar really rounds out the arrangement very nicely and Aretha never lets go of a superfluous note! I'm very impressed.

"Do Right Woman - Do Right Man" is yet another classic shining brightly when Aretha Franklin performs it; and if you really want a huge, huge classic there's the masterpiece "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" belongs to Aretha; so many people could and still do relate to these lyrics and the music that plays along with Aretha's vocals helps to set the mood for the message of the song. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is easily my favorite ballad on this CD.
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