Take a Look: Complete on Columbia
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Take a Look demonstrates how Aretha was born the “Queen of Soul,” paying loving care and attention to every facet of her years at Columbia.
The package includes CDs of Aretha's seven full-length albums for Columbia; two CDs reflecting her collaborations with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964); and a bonus CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston and rarities that were "sweetened" and released after Aretha left the label.
The set will also includes a DVD featuring Aretha, at the piano, performing several songs on The Steve Allen Show in 1964.
Among the highlights of Take a Look is a previously unreleased version of Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet which strips away the artificial club ambience that was added to the album's studio performances, revealing Aretha at the peak of her powers.
Another high point is an unreleased album called A Bit of Soul. Though it contains previously released material, the original album is presented here for the first time in its master form.
Other revelations include riveting studio conversation between Aretha, John Hammond and pianist Ray Bryant during the making of Aretha's debut album in the summer of 1960.
The lavish set will include a 48-page booklet, designed by Michael Boland, with never-before-seen photos by Columbia staff photographer Don Hunstein; an excerpt from John Hammond's 1977 autobiography, On Record, in which he reflects on the joy of discovering a singular talent and the heartbreak of losing her to Atlantic; and a newly commissioned essay by Daphne Brooks, a Professor of English & African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of Grace, about the making of the classic Jeff Buckley album, for the acclaimed 33 1/3 series (published by Continuum).
The booklet will also include a complete discography of albums and singles, and tribute quotes from Aretha's soul sisters (including Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Mavis Staples) and soul children (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keyes.
The set's producer, Leo Sacks, says: "The stunning performances on Take a Look demonstrate how Aretha Franklin paved the path to her own greatness. Here is the young Aretha planting the seedlings that would blossom a short time later at Atlantic Records. From standards to show tunes to bebop to blues, Take a Look captures a gritty soul about to take flight."
Disc 12 –DVD Track Listing:
1. Lover Come Back To Me
2. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
3. Won’t Be Long
5. Evil Gal Blues
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Diversity is key element that made "The Columbia Years" so uniquely special and when the swinging fantastic version of Judy Garland classic "You Made Me Love You" came out on 45 rpm, knew this singer was right up there along with Judy and the best of the best in the world of music, interesting in later years found Aretha loves to play "Judy At Carnegie Hall" and sing along with her favorite "Soul Singer", one great enjoying another & would love to be a fly on that wall!
Session after great session, Aretha shows her tremendous talent in this timeless collection of stellar performances that define what great singing from the soul is all about and DVD from appearances on "The Steve Allen Show" show this entertainment master knew "This Was To Be The Start Of Something Big"!
Bravo Lady Soul...you are truly magnificent & Thank You for "A Woman Falling Out Of Love", another extraordinary masterpiece!
Anyone who was either there in 61-66 period of Aretha's Columbia recordings. Or has read the extensive books and articles by the producers, musicians and Jon Hammond and Aretha themselves....or the several documented album sleeve notes from these albums and/or Downbeat article publications on these album releases ....or just listened to the recordings including the rare studio outtakes and dialog there....will know that Columbia DID NOT IN ANY WAY have any negative effect or influence on Ms Franklins career at this period.
In fact all involved [including several producers and Ray Bryant] but especially Aretha make it clear she was in control at the tender age of 19! And these recordings and outtakes prove it completely!
Aretha wanted to be a Jazz n Blues singer like her main idol Dinah Washington. Period! And this very [very!] recent perception [started in the notes of the Jazz 2 Soul cd booklet by a known bitter sideman who regretted never managing Aretha!]; that somehow Aretha was led down a wrong musical path or Columbia didnt know what to do with her is a COMPLETE PHALLACY!
As the booklet essay here makes real clear for those who may like to repeat innacurate recieved nonsense....Jazz was still King at this time. Aretha was in control of her musical destiny [the outtakes prove this without doubt as the young teenager chides a producer and supports her fellow Jazz players!]. Jazz n Blues were still the primary Black music and contrary to the revisionist mainstream music writers trying to rewrite history otherwise....Soul music as a genre didnt drop til 63.....and Aretha still didnt add Soul music to her repertoire for another coupla years. By her own choice!
Aretha also later sued Columbia [for a substantial amount] for reworking/remixing some Columbia tunes in the late 60's with a 'Soul' arrangement.... and she hated it! She has stated she loved the original arrangements and felt they couldnt be bettered...look it up! She had plenty of options in which to leave Columbia annually but chose not to till 66. And, while she only had love and respect in the Black/Jazz communities in The US [and a few national hits] in this period but would go on to have international fame at Atlantic....the transition was not smooth. Becuase intially Aretha totally hated the Atlantic set up becuase it was restrictive and dictatorial....unlike Columbia! [This is all a matter of detailed record!]
Aretha [and others] are recorded as saying the so-called classic Soul album 'I Never Loved A Man' was a nightmare recording. She hated the musicians [most of whom were "old rednecks" - their description.] At this Atlantic session she was NOT given control for the first time and resented it. And cos of this, and cos she missed her Black Jazz musicians from the Columbia days, walked out of the session. For a while Aretha contemplated leaving Atlantic completely cos she missed the freedom she had at Columbia.
Oh and Aretha done cheesy tracks from Columbia to Arista and beyond....the odd corny tune can been seen in the whole of Aretha's career! [Any true fan knows this!]
And, lets be real here....Aretha NEVER stopped doin Blues, Gospel & Jazz [and showtunes/standards!] throughout her Atlantic years. Every Atlantic album featured some tunes in these styles [and some whole albums nearly!] So, this totally false misconception that she didnt like this type of material or that she was somehow not allowed to or didnt quite 'let herself go' on these recordings is clearly completely UNTRUE!
Aretha loved her Columbia recordings. Still does and STILL includes them in her set to this day.
The ultimate evidence of course is in the music itself! Play the first album 'Aretha' and it cleary sounds like she is already the finished product. Every tune she delivers with a confidence, a fire....and a Truth!
All Hail The Queen Of The Blues!