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Arethas Gold Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! This was the first compilation to be released that focused on her huge success with Atlantic in the late '60s. 14 tracks including 'Respect', 'I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)', 'Chain Of Fools', 'Think' and more. Atlantic.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000008FS1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
When dealing with an artist who's been as frequently anthologized as Aretha, it's hard to know which package to recommend--and for which target audience. But for anyone not quite ready to invest in a more extensive box set, it's hard to imagine a more solid collection than the original "best of" ARETHA'S GOLD.

A previous reviewer indicated that he had some reservations about recommending this package since it might deter newcomers from checking out her individual albums from her classic early Atlantic period. I understand the concern, but I've come to believe that there is a certain audience for greatest hits collections that is separate and distinct from us more completist must-own-the-complete works types. Those folks really ONLY want the hits, and this collection certainly will fill that bill and then some.

There are also any number of potential converts who will sample this and then decide that they must have more--and wind up buying the complete works anyway.

And then there are those (myself included) who find listening to a greatest hits package from Aretha to be particularly satisfying in and of itself--especially when those "greatest hits" are truly great. There's just something so satisfying about hearing one superlative Aretha track after another. The CD starts off with "I Never Loved A Man...," "Do Right Woman," and "Respect"--a triple threat--proceeds onto "Dr. Feelgood," "Baby,I Love You" and "Natural Woman," and "Chain of Fools." The listener barely has time to take a breath. True, the greatest hits become a little less great as we approach the album's closers.
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NOTE: Any review written before June 24, 2014 is not talking about THIS vinyl reissue.

Friday Music has once again fixed and reissued a much needed album in everyone's collection. Aretha smokes here on her greatest Atlantic hits as of 1969.

What you would think would be bad news is that there is a lot of tape hiss. However, because of this little use of "no noise", all of the highs are now present making this classic material sound fresh instead of muddy. "Do Right Woman" and "You Send Me" are perfect examples of this sound improvement. Even "Respect" has some added punch that has been missing for years.

Another gem pressed on thick whisper quiet vinyl.
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Awful Quality "Remastering" on SACD. This is the second Mobile Fidelity SACD I've purchased that is an abomination (the first was the first Ray Charles SACD). I have earlier Mobile Fidelity SACD's which sound very good (Dead Can Dance, Pixies, Marvin Gaye), but this is the last one I buy. First it is quite clear they pump up the volume of the song so loud that the tape hiss is very pronounced. They boost the sound so much that there is clipping (which sounds like vinyl surface noise) in just about every song. In one song (Say A Little Prayer) they adjust the sound volume (very quickly) lower than higher again within the song.
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I'm not sure what the criticism is about. These all sound better than I've ever heard them. Some better than others but great all around. Chain of Fools was like hearing it for the first time. The only criticism I can give is it is too short. Leaves me wanting so much more.
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Not the Original Master Recording copy. It looked like a dubbed copy because the front and back Album Art wasn't the original. I didn't unseal the CD There was a bonus CD by Aretha Franklin..I just send both back unopened. I even had to pay postage to send back.I still want the right CD.Maybe someone has better luck.
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I bought the SACD version and I'am somewhat disappointed in the sound quality
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Outstanding selection of her greatest songs. There is reason that Rolling Stone magazine ranks Aretha as the number 1 rock singer in history ! This quality of the collection is worth the high price.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This album sounds great. It was reasonably priced, quickly delivered and has been rekindling memories of when those songs were new. A great buy
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