Aretha Franklin – Soul ’69 (1969/2012) [HDTracks 24-192]

Aretha Franklin – Soul ’69 (1969/2012) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:42 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front/Rear cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Rolling Stone magazine has declared soul diva Aretha Franklin as one of music’s greatest singers. Her sixth studio recording for Atlantic Records is an intriguing collection of pop standards delivered with her blistering vocals. The album, full of authoritative singing is on par with her greatest works from the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Franklin covers an array of pop-oriented classics from Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me” to Smokey Robinson’s “The Track of My Tears.” Produced by Tom Dowd, the album soared to #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums.

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Aretha Franklin – Live At Fillmore West (1971/2012) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Live At Fillmore West (1971/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:07 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Chart History/Awards
Reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
Reached #7 on the Billboard 200.
“Don’t Play That Song” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Live At The Fillmore West is Aretha Franklin’s gold-certified masterpiece. The performance captured at the famous venue found Franklin interpreting popular hits and performing her trademark classics. Franklin opened this historic performance with a rendition of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” The album reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and includes the #1 hit R&B singles “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Don’t Play That Song.” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” won Franklin a GRAMMY® for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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Aretha Franklin – Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet (1965/2011) [Qobuz 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet (1965/2011) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:43 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Yeah!!! (or Aretha Franklin In Person With Her Quartet) is the eighth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on May 17, 1965 by Columbia Records. Contrary to the overdubbed sounds of audience murmurs, the album was not a live album, but instead was recorded live at New York’s Columbia Studios and produced by Clyde Otis. This would be Franklin’s last collection of jazz recordings until the release of 1973’s Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky), released during her landmark tenure at Atlantic Records. An expanded version of the album that also contains the original session tracks without audience overdubs has been released on CD in the Columbia Box Set Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia.

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Aretha Franklin – Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (1964/2011) [Qobuz 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (1964/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:02 minutes | 792 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington is the sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on February 18, 1964, by Columbia Records, The album is a tribute dedicated to the recently deceased singer Dinah Washington. The sessions were recorded in New York. A few tunes were cut with strings in order to bring out the essential ballad character of the songs (with the help of Bob Mersey’s arranging); most of the tracks, though, were made with the assistance of a small and sympathetic accompanying group for which Mersey supplied minimal written guidance.

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Aretha Franklin – The Queen In Waiting (2011) [Qobuz 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – The Queen In Waiting (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:30 minutes | 1,02 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. The Queen in Waiting is Aretha Franklin’s 2002 compilation album featuring popular tracks “God Bless the Child”, “Skylark”, “Only the Lonely” and “Try a Little Tenderness”. The album includes Aretha’s last Columbia recordings produced by Bob Johnston, noted for his work during this period with Bob Dylan; and songs that Columbia “sweetened” with new musicians after Aretha left the label.

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Aretha Franklin – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962/2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962/2011) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:45 minutes | 901 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

The Electrifying Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul’s sophomore album for Columbia Records. Produced by Hammond, this intimate outing features hits including “You Made Me Love You,” “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” and “It’s So Heartbreakin’.” This 1962 classic is an outstanding representation of Franklin’s undeniable power and musicianship. This deluxe reissue version contains seven bonus tracks.

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Aretha Franklin – Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions (1964/2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions (1964/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:34 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of the modern generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence — much like Ray Charles — to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records. The problem Hammond and Columbia immediately ran into, though, was how to best present that spirited voice to the secular pop world. Between 1960 and 1969 (her first release for the label was actually in 1961), Columbia tried Franklin in a variety of styles and settings, and if none of them exactly caught fire the way her legendary later sides for Atlantic Records would, they still allowed Franklin to explore a lot of avenues, and she was too good a singer not to be at least memorable in all of them. This wonderful box set includes CDs of Franklin’s seven full-length albums for the label, two CDs of her work with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964), a CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston, plus rarities that were sweetened and released after Franklin left Columbia for Atlantic and a DVD featuring Franklin performing several songs at the piano on The Steve Allen Show in 1964. It’s a tremendous set, and it portrays an artist working her own way toward how to best present herself to the world. We all know she got there. ~~ AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

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Aretha Franklin – Runnin’ Out Of Fools (1964/2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Runnin’ Out Of Fools (1964/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:53 minutes | 683 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Runnin’ Out Of Fools is an earlier album by Aretha Franklin and was originally released in 1964. It was produced by Clyde Otis and the music was arranged and conducted by Belford C. Hendricks.

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Aretha Franklin – Aretha With The Ray Bryant Combo (1961/2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo (1961/2011) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 33:43 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

On her debut for Columbia Records, the legendary Aretha Franklin demonstrates her ability to evoke a variety of moods from the compelling “All Night Long” through the saucy “Sweet Lover,” to the rocking “Who Needs You?” Produced by John Hammond, the album features all-star musicians including Ray Bryant on piano. This quintessential collection serves as Lady Soul’s first steps and a must for any music connoisseur.

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Aretha Franklin – A Bit Of Soul (1965/2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – A Bit Of Soul (1965/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:58 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as ‘Respect’, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ and ‘Think’. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

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