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Aretha Sings the Blues

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Amazing blues classics from the Queen of Soul! 14 tracks include Drinking Again; Today I Sing the Blues; Trouble in Mind; Muddy Water; Only the Lonely; Take a Look; Evil Gal Blues; Maybe I'm a Fool, plus more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Drinking Again
  2. Today I Sing The Blues - Aretha Franklin with the Ray Bryant Combo
  3. What A Difference A Day Made
  4. Without The One You Love
  5. Trouble In Mind
  6. Muddy Water
  7. Only The Lonely
  8. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
  9. Laughing On The Outside (Crying on The Inside)
  10. Take A Look
  11. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
  12. Evil Gal Blues
  13. This Bitter Earth
  14. Maybe I'm A Fool


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMUMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Brady on January 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Granted there are some terrific songs here. But the sound quality is atrocious. There are many other, newer Columbia Records compilations out there with most all these same songs on them. Case in point - the songs taken from "YEAH! ARETHA LIVE WITH HER QUARTET" ( Muddy Water, Trouble in Mind, Without the One You Love ) all have audience chatter and applause on them. We now know that these tracks were not recorded live, that this audience noise was dubbed in to give the album a intimate "supper club" type feel. It doesn't serve the songs well, and they just don't sound that good compared to the newer remastered versions widely available elsewhere. Also, the versions of Today I Sing the Blues and Evil Gal Blues are abominations. The original backing tracks were overdubbed after Aretha left Columbia Records with organs and vocals not found on the original versions. Again, I stress, these songs are great . Aretha Franklin began her professional recording career cutting lots of fabulous and funky Jazz and Blues sides, many of which are showcased here. But do yourself a favour, if you want to hear them, and buy The Queen in Waiting, or Jazz to Soul, or the Early Years. You'll thank me.
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This is definitely a DIFFERENT sounding Aretha; it's dissimilar to the one that emerged years later singing "Respect". To those who are open-minded to a "jazzy" Aretha, I urge you to give this CD a listen, you will be amply REWARDED, unless you prefer the more funked-up R&B Aretha. For me, the pleasure comes from hearing a more subdued but no less emotionally-charged Ree. Here, she sounds possessed by the spirit of Billie Holiday, wooing her listeners into a spell with somber torch songs delivered DELICIOUSLY. It is the perfect CD to play around midnight or after hours when you find yourself alone, wondering when or where the special someone is in your life. With songs such as "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight" and "Laughing on the Outside", the Big Ree will have you crying into your drink in no time. Call it blues or jazz or torch songs, this is a performance that deserves to be acknowledged by Ree's fans who are not familiar with her Columbia stuff. It is a stunner!
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I believe this album deserves to be taken more seriously than it is. It is generally believed that Aretha only found her sound when she started recording for Atlantic, but this album proves that not to be the case. This is generally a more subdued Aretha than the one who will sing, say, "Chain of Fools," but an Aretha who can be still powerful. One example is her cover of the Sinatra song, "Without the One You Love." When she sings, "those picnics at the beach, when love was new," you feel your heart break. The album also showcases Aretha displaying some of her vocal acrobatics in "Maybe I'm A Fool." Most of the tracks stand out in their own way. This is the type of CD that one wants to sit back and listen to with a glass of wine (even if you don't drink like me, at least hold the glass) during a rainy night with the lights turned off.
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By A Customer on November 16, 1998
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We all know that the Queen of Soul can sing whatever she wants to -- she put the "S" in soul, the testify in gospel, the snap in pop, and on this CD she teaches a course on the subject of the Blues. From the first note on "Drinking Again" on through to the last refrain in "Maybe I'm A Fool", Ms. Ree-Ree will kindly sing, moan, coo, shout, and cry her way straight to your soul.
There just isn't a bad cut on this CD. However, your favorite song will probably depend upon your particular frame of mind and spirit when you listen to these selections. Look out for the sparkling "Without the One You Love" with Aretha featured on the piano and singing live. Here she allows you in her audience, but heartbreak is the price of admission. . . .listen to the lyrics - - "one telephone call, you know that you ought to write me one line or so, all of these can mean a world of difference/just how much you'll never Ever EVER know."
Long live the Queen.
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This album is AMAZING! This is the reason she is known as the "Queen of Soul"! Every track is fabulous!
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I'm amazed how anyone can trash this one, but hey it's a free country. This is a classic album in my opinion. Of course, I'm a fan of Dinah Washington, Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, the early Della Reese et al, not a major fan of the "queen of soul" that Aretha become.

So if you like bluesy ballads sung with force and vibrance(not screeching) you should add this to your collection. Each cut is a gem. To correct an earlier post, the song that she's covering of

Sinatra song, "Without the One You Love." When she sings, "those picnics at the beach"" is actually called "Only the Lonely", written by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen, rarely covered by anyone else..
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Whoever talked her into doing the bubble gum, oh excuse me, soul stuff that labeled her carreer should be stapped to a chair and forced to listen to Archie Bell and the Turrells for a thousand years. My god, what an elegant blues singer!
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The reason why she is the Queen is that her voice can handle any type of music and she proves that point on this disc.she turns it up all through out this disc.First Class Music&Feeling from a first class Artist.
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