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Aretha's early pop & jazz sides.,
This review is from: Queen in Waiting: Columbia Years 1960-1965 (Audio CD)
How can anyone not be moved when the Queen sings? Aretha's early pop Columbia recordings are just as magnificent as the Atlantic R&B titles that made her a superstar, but in a very different context. This is a great package with excellent notes & rare photos. The only problem I have is that a lot of the material on this has been reissued to death -- with the exception of several rare tracks,
including a stunning performance of Billy Strayhorn's "My Little Brown Book". (Where is her dynamite version of "Ol' Man River"?) If Aretha had never gone on to R&B greatness, she would have still been a treasure, as this set attests.