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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Aretha Franklin

1967

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Rating

3.95

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5

I mean... I feel like just having Respect on here automatically gives this a 4. What is interesting to me is how many of the songs are actually covers, and moreso, how common this was back in the 1950s-1970s. One song would be done by multiple artists. You can see it here too: Respect (Otis Redding), Good Times and A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke) among others on the album. I think it's really interesting to think about: this album is considered one of the GOATs, it wasn't about HER songwriting, but her singing, music, and conceptions of these songs. It reminds me of Patti Smith and Gloria. Adding their own flair to male contemporaries' songs and revolutionizing them.

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5

Incredible album, I loved being able to hear Aretha, and got me into listening to more of her music. Such a powerful voice and the music she has backing her is so lovely to listen to. I will definitely be adding more of her stuff to the rotation! Highlights: -Respect -Soul Serenade -Dr. Feelgood -Do Right Woman, Do Right Man -A Change is Gonna Come

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5

While the inclusion of "Respect" -- one of the truly seminal singles in pop history -- is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin's Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish. Much of the credit is due to producer Jerry Wexler, who finally unleashed the soulful intensity so long kept under wraps during her Columbia tenure; assembling a crack Muscle Shoals backing band along with an abundance of impeccable material, Wexler creates the ideal setting to allow Aretha to ascend to the throne of Queen of Soul, and she responds with the strongest performances of her career.

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5

The kind of voice and lyricist that illustrates why music is an art form.

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You started Aretha's incredible run at Atlantic under the aegis of producer Jerry Wexler, and it's an indisputable soul classic in it's own right. For the first time, Aretha peerless gospel, blues and soul stylings are properly matched with production, instrumentation, and arrangements that accentuate rather than dull her edge. This album is every bit as much Jerry Wexler's triumph as it is Aretha's. I find it amazing that Wexler hit the sweet spot on his first attempt. Respect and I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You) have a gutbucket soul feel, but aren't so raw that they couldn't be sold to the mainstream. But Wexler is flexible enough to arrange the pop soul of Don't Let Me Lose This Dream as well. But I don't want to shortchange Aretha's role in this. She wasn't just a great singer. She was a supremely tasteful keyboard player as well. And you can bet that she had a lot of say in the songs that were chosen along with Wexler, and there isn't a weak one in the bunch. Just how good are these renditions? When Otis Redding heard Aretha's cover of Respect, he hung his head and muttered \"She done stole my song.\"

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5

Smooth and soulful, I feel everything. A beautiful album, well paced and intentional.

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Respect

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Love!

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Impossible to not be 5 stars

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Beautiful feeling and voice

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She's a Queen

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Don’t let me lose this dream

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I mean it’s Aretha ... So...yes

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5

Brilliant! She should be famous!

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5

Classic soul album She has such a great voice and so much of the blues is in this. 10/10

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Love Aretha...

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What a voice. You cannot deny the power and soul that this woman always had. Incredible sound. This had me dancing around my apartment with some tracks, and with others just sitting floored by the way she fills every word with emotion! Also, RESPECT. So yeah its a 5 from me dawg.

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It’s everything I want and more. Consistently incredible and never a dull moment. I had my eyes closed, face scrunched, and head bobbing for the entire listen. I can go on for way too long, so I’ll cut it here and just say that it’s one of my favorite albums ever. Aretha Franklin is one of the best to ever do it and she deserves all the respect you have and more. Perfection.

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5

Now I get it.

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Aretha Franklin is perhaps the greatest singer in American popular music. Not only is she supremely talented, having superhuman control, dynamic, and range, she is one of the most expressive and ecstatic singers to ever record. Her studio records are brimming with energy as though she may burst out of the speakers at any time. This record is her Atlantic debut and leads with the career defining ‘Respect’. Her vocal performance throughout is exquisite and intimate

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5

This album is good for the soul. I can't help but feel the music and want to join in. Aretha's powerful and adept vocals are first and foremost the glorious centerpiece of every track. But when I listen to songs like "A Change is Gonna Come" I also realize that her performances enhance the movement and the emotions of the underlying music as well. Every pause and flourish beautifully embelishes the solid framing that the band provides. The songs don't just reference the range of human emotion, they evoke them, and that is one of the truest measures of art that I can think of.

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5

Is "Respect" a Toploader? Yes, but only in the sense that it is one of the ten best songs of the twentieth century (and probably the best cover). Everything pales beside it...

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5

Easily a solid five without RESPECT (one of the very few songs that is a cover very much better than the original, all due apologies to Otis Redding who even thought the same). Aretha Franklin blending pop, funk, soul, and gospe are fantastic. Her cover of Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come' is just hauntingly beautiful.

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5

This woman is a monster of a performer. There hasn't been another voice like hers since she left this earth. Raw power harnessed by perfect control combine to create unforgettable performances that leave you with no doubt as to her meaning, feelings, or desires. Perfection.

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“I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You” by Aretha Franklin (1967) Never listened to this album, but familiar with Aretha Franklin through hits and radio airplay. Powerful vocals across the tonal range. The performances here are impressive and unquestionably influential, lacking only the stylistic variety that would be discovered and developed by those following in her considerable wake. Backing vocals, however, are weak, lacking tonal blend, and are much too prominent in the mix. Backing instrumentals lack density and are recorded with too much of a ‘small studio’ sound. Somebody please tune that damn piano (especially on “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”). The mix is too simple, frequently ‘stuck’ on an inappropriately dominant feed of certain instruments, which distracts from the real music—Franklin’s wonderful voice. But what a voice. A better cover of Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” is to be found on “Suitable for Framing” (1969) by Three Dog Night. Much better. In every way. I recommend that you listen to this album for its historical importance, but to 2021 ears (begging indulgence, your majesty), the Queen lacks soul. 2/5

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Wife didn't like it after the second song

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Starts with a bona fuse classic but very quickly loses steam. No questioning her voice but each song sounds like the one before and I found myself bored very very quickly

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We love Aretha but outside of the major hits I was not vibing.

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5

Aretha is god.

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Chingonazo

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5

Perfect. A perfect album.

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5

When Respect is the first song on the album, you know it's gonna be good.

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This album is truly a classic. Admittedly, I had never listened to it before. It starts with one of the greatest anthems of all time in RESPECT. I was worried it might fall flat from there, but it did not disappoint. The album was solid all the way through and after one listen convinced me it belongs in my vinyl collection.

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It was great

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Okok

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5

"Respect" opens the album - a classic. "Drown in my own tears" (Ray Charles) and "A Change is Gonna Come" covers are great too. So many great songs - very underrated. 9/10.

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Loved this so much.

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Love Aretha

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5

R.E.S.P.E.C.T! I wanted that album like 15 more times on repeat. fabulous all the way through

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“When she starts singing she blows people’s minds! Everybody wants to party with Aretha”. Great album - and I keep wondering why it’s been decade since I intentionally played one of her albums. Great songs and great singing on the rest. 5 easy.

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Not sure why Respect is on here twice but I think they know that they were doing. Loved just having Aretha belting in the background as I went about my day.

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Amazing in every way

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So chilling, so uplifting, so awesome.

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One of the best soul albums of all time - my favourite cover of a change is gonna come

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Amazing. More in line w/ what I’d expect out of an Aretha Franklin album than Lady Soul, but that is not a bad thing at all, for either album. This is an incredible album. It’s got that more boozy, old blues club sound

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5

All time fav album

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Wow! Hammer Album, hammer Frau. Immer noch schön, thematisch (tlw. leider) immernoch aktuell.

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5

Great vocals. Well-produced. Did not feel like a chore to listen to this.

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5

Flawless

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5

Seminal work of excellence.

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5

Have nothing bad to say about this, a pretty perfect soul album with some classic bangers.

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Aretha is the Queen of Soul. 5/5. 10/10. 100/100. Listening to this is a soul serenade. Save Me!

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Obviously 5 stars, it’s Aretha.

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She's the Queen for a reason. If you ever needed to explain soul for someone, just play them this album.

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I mean, it's Aretha...

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5

Absolute classic. Could put this on any time.

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5

Respect-10 Drown in My Own Tears-10 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)-10 Soul Serenade-9 Don't Let Me Lose This Dream-8 Baby, Baby, Baby-9 Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)-8 Good Times-8 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man-9 Save Me-9 A Change Is Gonna Come-9

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5

A masterpiece.

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It's Aretha. Enough said.

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noice

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5

Всегда Арету Франклин слушаю с удовольствием, альбом прекрасен

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5/5 un classique tout simplememt

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Didn't realise just how many of the belters she released on that one record

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Hard not to give it a five based on Respect alone. Visionary, trail blazer, infinitely talented.

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Just a perfect album. Very emotional.

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Another great Aretha Album

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yes yes yes

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5

Aretha! This is a lot of covers (but Respect is kind of a clever pseudo-cover), but it really captures the best of what made her so great. The vocal range, the easy transitions between soul, motown, funk, and gospel.

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Is there any possibility to give less than 5 stars to it? I don't think so...

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5

Simply amazing. Possibly not quite as powerful as Soul Lady, but still brilliant. I'm blown away once again. 5/5.

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I mean c'mon....listen to that wondrous voice

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Amazing nothing more to say

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It's Aretha. Nuff said.

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5

True classic, funky, swinging to mellow and slow. Arethas voice captivates you and just makes you wan tag along and ride to wherever she goes, singing along to Respect.

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10/10

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I enjoyed it.

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Good stuff

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Surprised how much I like this album. Makes me feel like Christmas for some reason.

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Respect, Drown in my own tears, I never loved a man, Do right woman,do right man, Save me, A change is gonna come

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Great

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Respect for her great voice and her wonderful songs

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5

Beautiful album. Slow and powerful.

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A turning point for her and soul music

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3rd December 2021 Listened on my phone while doing a bit of work and showering. Seb, Charlie and Joe came round in the evening for food and games. One of the greatest voices of all time.

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5.0 - Damn near flawless. Aretha is queen diva without needing to constantly rub it in your face. She sounds both earthy and ethereal and, goddamn, does she sing with soul. The arrangements and composition are professional but they’ve got swing with just enough negative space so the songs can breathe. Technically, this record sounds razor sharp.

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111. I never loved a Man the way I loved You - Aretha 14 tracks. Wow! What a woman. What a voice. What an album. I have spent a lot of time listening to her since the 1st time I pressed play on this album. I knew I liked here but didn't know how much. Amazing! 5/5

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awesome! Adding to library.

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I think this might be a perfect album.

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Oh Boy, what a classic soul record this is. Superb Throughout Aretha at her hottest with that Atlantic Memphis sound. "Respect" "Good Times" "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and "A Change Is Gonna Come" make this a classic. If I could afford it I would have this in my collection. Well worthy of it's place in this list.

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Taking Care of Business. How it took 10 albums until they found what Aretha was best at? Still the Queen of Soul.

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Diva

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Long live the Queen.

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5

A Classic Soul Album with a classic voice and classic songs. What more can I say? This is "The Queen of Soul" at her finest.

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she’s perfect 10/10

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La reina del soul. Sólo por Respect ya se merece el 5.

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Perfect R&B.

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What a piece of music! Four amazing songs that are a great as anything ever released. Five songs that are much more than filler. Then...a truly terrible version of "A Change Is Gonna Come." It almost made me stop the rating from five to four stars. It sounds like a bad attempt at the national anthem by a wannabe. Not the Queen of Soul. But this album placed her at the absolute top. Magnificent!

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Before getting through 2 songs I can already rate this a 5 star album. So much talent! Absolutely incredible album. I love her soul and it comes through in her songs

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love love love

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Such a fantastic album. 6 stars.

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Not much I can say about this that hasn’t already been said. Amazing voice, musicians, production and songs. Uplifting and joyous with a slightly bitter-sweet edge. Love the fact you can hear everything so clearly. Knew a few of the songs already, but need to give the whole album a spin again soon.

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oh my god this album was stunning from end to end. Aretha's voice in unparalleled. The backing band is so tight. Every song hits you. Loved it

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Definition of soul

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Damn, there's some amazing talent on display here - a great listen! Many of the tracks may be covers but Aretha really makes them her own. Fave track - "Respect" is an all time classic, obviously - really liked the blues-saturated "Drown in My Own Tears", too...

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5

Before I discovered Billy and Ella and Nina, I sung along to Aretha in The Blues Brothers. What a winner. This album bangs out hit after hit, with all the force of Aretha's almighty lungs and beautiful vocal chords. Great backing, great tunes; loved it!

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Quality soul, Aretha at her strongest.

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Absolute perfection. Long live the Queen!

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Perfect voice. Not sure I can think of a more iconic singer in all of music history. Her voice is constantly on display, front and centre through this entire album, as it should be. My only critique would be that I don't think she needs backup vocalists at any point.

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She’s amazing

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5

Loved this album. I love Aretha's voice, it's so beautiful and soulful. My favourite track is Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.

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She's the Queen. The Queen of Soul. Queen of MoTown (the genre and the city). The original Diva. Aretha is a goddamn rock star, and this is probably one of the sexiest albums ever recorded. Note 1: I had never heard her version of "A Change Gonna Come" - which was a beautiful tribute. Note 2: I didn't know Whitney Houston's mom sang back up on this. That's cool.

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Temazos

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5

Muitas músicas clássicas, que vale a pena revisitar

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damn dude, Aretha’s got the fuckin bangers 10/10, legend

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5

Consistent all time classics all the way through. Although a couple of songs duplicated towards the end.

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5

Loved this. She has a wonderful voice.

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5

30 minute album. The voice. The backing. The soul The songs I'm pretty tight giving my 5s but let's face it she is the queen. The is apex Franklin. No messing.. Incredible. Five.

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Love Aretha. Love the Sam Cooke tributes on here. "Good Times" was a great choice and her version of "A Change is Gonna Come" is fantastic, soulful, and spiritual. Favorite tracks: "Respect", "A Change is Gonna Come", "Drown in My Own Tears"

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Gotta show some RESPECT to this album

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I only knew Respect on the album but you always gotta show respect to the queen of soul

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4

Classic, never listened in full, but this seems like the epitome of soul from that time

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4

Gets me pumped.

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solid, classic album

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Always love a little bit of Aretha Franklin

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4

Righteousness.

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4

Respect.

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Fave Track: "Good Times" (Written by Sam Cooke) Fun Fact: "Respect" was originally written/performed by Otis Redding Preferred the upbeat tracks. Mostly bluesy-soul numbers. Her TENTH album already by 1967, gives you pause to think how much music she's made over the years.

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Fun fact, Aretha got pregnant for the first time at the age of 12.

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classic, deserves all the praise she gets

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It was great, such a beautiful voice. Certainly not something I'd listen to every day though

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It's a beautiful, soulful album, literally. I could really use some more repeated listens.

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Very solid, they don't call her the queen of soul for nothing.

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Album good, voice better. Aretha is a legend. Too tired to write more!

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I cry.

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Aretha's powerful vocals give buoyancy to the entire band, including the backup singers! Tracks like "Respect", "Drown in My Own Tears", and "A Change is Gonna Come" truly showcase the soul of Aretha Franklin and her ability to sing freely around beat while still landing in time with the band, which allows her to put further inflection on top of her already emotional delivery. It should also be noted that her band that accompanies her on this album does a great job and bring life to the song arrangements, however they are overshadowed by the power that is Aretha's voice. The only thing holding this album back from being 5 stars is a lack of variety in the track listing, but the individual tracks that I previously named are all worthy of 5 stars by themselves.

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Wie Malo schon schrieb: diese Frau könnte ein schwarzes Loch zu einem saftigen Steak zersingen. Und sie kann es mit der Backröhre genauso wie mit dem Dampfgarer und dem Niedrigtemperaturberfahren. Und wie sie es kann! Bin gar kein so riesiger Fan von Soul Music, aber das hier: immer gern und immer mehr.

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fire

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Pretty good, knew a couple of the songs.

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Incredible voice!

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4

can't give any less than 4 but lot of slower tunes

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4

Not something I'd listen to all the time - but an enjoyable album. Good to listen to a full Aretha album instead of just the few famous songs I've previously heard.

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4

A great Sunday Morning album, but I keep wanting the Sam Cooke versions of Good Times and A Change Is Gonna Come... Do Right Woman... is a total tyuuune though.

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4

YES ARETHA! I'd only ever heard Respect before but this whole album is jamming. Good stuff, definitely will come back

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Gouden stem, goed album, maar zou het niet zelf zomaar eens opleggen

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4

Nooit gedacht dat ik dit leuk zou vinden.

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Ein Album für Einsame, Hausfrauen, sexuell Frustrierte, Feministinnen, Leute mit Liebeskummer, Fernweh und Hummeln im Hintern. Eins davon war jeder schon Mal.

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Incredible. Timeless. One of the best displays of soul onto wax I've ever heard. The B side is a little weaker than the A side, but still very very nice.

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Holding some of the most powerful and iconic soul tracks of all time its no wonder that this album has massive staying power. Both sonically and socially relevant as the day it produced this album has a though line of soul that you can't help but shout a few bars our yourself.

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A beautiful soul album with the unforgettable voice of one of the best, Aretha.

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what's not to love about aretha?

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- best song: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - saved - really good, very "exciting" for an album of its time for me

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1. good stuff 7/10 2. good 6/10 3. nice 7.5/10 4. great 8/10 5. okay 5.5/10 6. really good 8.5/10 7. decent 6/10 8. cool 6.5/10 9. wow 9/10 10. so so 6.5/10 11. decent 7/10

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So clear a purposeful! Such a beautiful lady. More!

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Great soul album.

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I'd only heard a few of the classics but never this album in its entirety. Absolutely fantastic and even hearing a song you feel like you've heard 1000 times ("Respect") and paying it closer attention (maybe just not hearing it in a commercial, sporting event, etc) shows how perfect a song it really is. Made in 1967 and I love the mix and clarity. I often marvel at how good some old records sound - so many times better than mixes 40-50 years later - and so much is due to careful arrangement and pre-production; knowing what *not* to put in just as much as knowing what to put in. Similarly, this is obviously a vocal artist so Aretha is the feature but on a personal mixing note I *so vastly prefer* what is apparently an older style of mixing the vocals much lower than what has become standard over the last few decades. The vocals mesh with the music far better in mixes like these as opposed to the modern-ish method of sitting way up front and "over" the music.

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This and Lady Soul are probably the top contenders if you had to pick a must-own studio release from the Queen of Soul. For me, the slow, sultry, bluesy songs here are really what makes it the one to have. Honestly, I think a lot of R+B and Soul music from this era was much more focused on singles than full albums, and I'm sure you could argue there's better versions of some of these songs to be found, but I'd still say this is a solid album all the way through.

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soul goat. RIP

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Pretty good. I think I've heard all these songs before, but never listened to the album from start to finish. I approve. Not really my favorite and probably won't listen again anytime soon, but I appreciate hearing it.

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Amazing voice, and some good tunes

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The zenith of 60s soul. Franklin's strong voice revolutionized the genre, placing a greater emphasis on emotion than raw subject matter. And it is Franklin's voice that is the centerpiece. If you ever wanted to know what purpose backing vocals could serve, here you go. Their reiteration empowers Franklin's pride or distress, inviting the audience to experience the same. The piano serves a similar purpose. This is most evident in "Dr Feelgood" where they abruptly stop only when Franklin is about to speak, giving her room and respect to preach. It's not a perfect album, and certainly not the 13th best album ever (cough cough). Piano sometimes feel out of tune, and the instruments and backing vocals may clash with Franklin from time to time. But soul/funk was still a couple years off from having the high production that only just emerged in rock. Yet with solid songs the whole way through, and its high influence on the community, it is the apex of 1960s soul and deserves at least an incredible status.

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4

Don't mess w the best

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4

Solid album, but a little screechy in places.

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Aretha makes you FEEL something here. Every word she sings has purpose, has a point. This album gets 4 stars on the title track and RESPECT alone.

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Favorite track: Dr. Feelgood

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It was curious... i almost can't stand Respect. Every time i hear it, i want to change the channel. So, even with that discount, this album is still amazing and soulful. Definitely enjoyable.

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Franklin's vocals are incredible, especially on Soul Serenade. Holy moly.

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#2 Pretty good! Not my cup of tea, but love songs where you can make out the words!

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She can really sing. There are many well known songs on the album.

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You cannot go wrong with 60s Aretha Franklin. Anyone who says otherwise is a total dope.

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Songs to Add: - Respect - Drown in my Own Tears (Remake playlist) - Good Times (Chores Song) - A Change Is Gonna Come - Save Me Whole album aside from one or two songs has a melancholy tone. Reminds me of a sad, gray, rainy day. Think the part of the movie after the big fights where a couple spends the day thinking about the events the night before being sad and contemplating what to do next.

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Nice album but it not my style

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lovely.

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Brilliant voice, brilliant songs, properly stopped me in my tracks at points. The title track, A Change is Gonna Come and, of course, Respect were highlights.

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Aretha Franklin leaves no doubt that she was in fact, the Queen of Soul. This was the music of our grandparents, and to a lesser extent among the first introductions to music for our parents. With that in mind, this was a growing experience, and a meaningful one. This is a good listen, perhaps even great. This listener was not blown away entirely by the album, nor was there an expectation to be. In listening to music from 50+ years ago, the history always accompanies the listen. When looked at in the era it was recorded, the intentional choice of love, romance, but also respect in spite of the tremendous social anxieties, the listener with this knowledge, must be able to an extent empathize with why the Queen's contribution has only increased in its poignancy over time. The subject matter of the album carried romantic elements that society had wrongly held the black community of being incapable. Aretha Franklin broke the mold, and this album showed that love and romance are shared human elements, regardless of color. A frankly necessary reminder for the American society of the late 60's.

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Really nice, badass feminist album!

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This is just a meat-and-potatoes great album. Not flashy, not exciting, just a classic. 4/5

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She is one of the greatest. And it's nice and she just has this iconic voice. I like other popular songs of her more.

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"Dont let me lose this dream" is by far my favourite song from this album with "respect" coming at a close second. Very good album, very happy that I heard it.

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It's all in the voice.

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What a classic. Amazing vocal performance from the first track to the last. "Respect" is truly an anthem until today, and is testament to her influence on modern R&B/ Soul.

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"Respect" es un rolononón. 8.5/10

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A have a lot of respect for this album. Soul Is just a genre way out of my normal listening zone, but I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not enough for a 5, but a strong 4. Would listen again.

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Quite nice. Not my taste in perticular but it has a calmn and relaxed mood.

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Me: I don't know if I'm going to be able to get into this Aretha Franklin album Aretha: I'm going to start this album off at 1000 mph with Respect And that's why she's the queen of soul and I'm just some schmuck at a keyboard. On the other hand, this album really has no where to go after the first song because it's one of the greatest songs of all time. The album is good the whole way through, but man it starts off hot 4/5

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We can look back in time and judge these songs as average, but the passion and soul she puts into her vocals brings them to such life. The great Aretha doesn’t fail!

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What a voice

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Its Aretha man, solid stuff. Its not my normal genre but deserves a 4. Love me some motown stuff every once in awhile

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I knew Aretha Franklin was a great singer, and I listened to multiple individual songs by her but never full albums. This one started off on the right foot with Respect, and kept being good.

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r.e.s.p.e.c.t.

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Excellent.

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Yes, of course

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Being that I'm born and raised in the Detroit area, of course I know that Aretha was a national treasure. Having said that, I've never actually listened to one of her albums start to finish. I'm really glad I finally did. So good, so soulful, so powerful. 4 stars.

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Great album, full of soulful, gorgeously produced songs. Franklin is in perfect voice and surrounded by some top notch musicians. Some of the middle songs are musically less interesting than others, but not due to Franklin, who gives her all to every song. Fave Songs: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man; I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You); Respect; Drown in My Own Tears, A Change Is Gonna Come, Dr. Feelgood, Save Me

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The queen! This isn't my favorite genre, but you can't help but appreciate and adore Aretha!

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The vocals are by far the best element on here. If I'm grateful for anything about listening to this album, is to hear Aretha Franklin's soulful delivery and notes. The songs are pretty good, Respect is one of the most famous songs of all time. Also liked Do Right Woman..., I Never Loved a Man, and Baby Baby Baby.

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Hat mir echt gut gefallen. die instrumentals sind echt immer gut on point und aretha franklin ist natürlich auch super. manchmal sind die songs nicht so super, aber insgesamt macht das echt spaß

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Хорошая запись. Динамика выдержана

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Stunning. A 4.5 for me, but I'll round down to 4 as it's magic, but I wouldn't want to hear it all the time.

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I didn't know about the backstory and the nine unsuccessful jazz albums before this release. That shows some persistence. It's a rare example of the vocals matching up to the quality of the songs. A Change is Gonna Come is close to five star perfection. I found the album the ideal early morning listening for wfh.

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Franklin sent i sentint-se lliure per primer cop. Es nota i molt en el poder i fortalesa de la seva veu i la manera que ataca els temes del disc, des del 'Respect' d'Otis Redding al 'Change Is Gonna Come' de Sam Cooke. Respecte, i molt, efectivament

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Truly timeless soul classics from one of the most iconic voices in music.

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One of the best singers that Ive heard. Fully recommendable to enjoy her music.

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She sing good

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Great voice, great music

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What can you say! It's Aretha.

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V Nice! Respect is overplayed though

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Mixed feelings on this album. The first 3 and last 3 tracks are brilliant! The middle tracks seemed to drag the album down. I was close giving it a 3, but the bookends are so good it deserves more.

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3.8 - classic soul tracks with a set of pipes that does the empowerment undertones complete justice.

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I love Aretha and this album only helped to cement that.

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she wails, just a little disappointing how all famous female singers have to sing about love or wtvr to make it?

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A powerhouse of a record. The fadeouts on every song were slightly annoying, but that's more of a function of the era than anything else. Best track: I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

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Great great artist, just not a style that appeals to me.

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4/5 i liked it..

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A nice listen

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Absolute classic. Great album.

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9/10. Some of the songs went on a little to long but everything else was AMAZING

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Classic, have it on vinyl. I think it's very close to 5 stars, but there are a couple snoozers on side 2.

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Very nice, they have an amazing voice and the songs are well written.

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8/10. Henceforth, I shall remember the Queen of Soul.

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Two things: Aretha Franklin is awesome, especially in the 60s. And this 25 minutes of Aretha. Love her. (8/10) FT: Respect, Dr. Feelgood

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Such an amazing and soulful album. Can’t wait to give it another listen!

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Obviously a really great R&B album, and Franklin’s singing is stellar throughout (especially considering she was just 25). But the musical accompaniment and songwriting aren’t as consistently great (though this is partly the reality of leading with the absolutely dominating Respect, which overshadows the rest of the album). Not to say any of it is bad - indeed mostly it’s very good - but the first song sets the bar so high it’s hard not to see the lackluster entries among what follows.

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This is certainly a 3.5. All the acclaimed elements I read about are there: I especially love the density of musical material in just over half an hour. Aretha had an iconic voice, of course. The sidemen sound fine. But something about the assemblage lacks the punch of other albums I've heard in the same vein. Yet I believe it's there. One to revisit.

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No lady soul but still great

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not bad but it not my jam so i dont really care for it

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This record is a split between bangers and snoozers for me. I appreciate her greatly, though.

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Good

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Great horns (and great voice obviously). Reminds me that I should watch the Muscle Shoals documentary. Lots of covers of songs by other big names, but I found myself preferring her originals. Sleeper hit: "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream"

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Respect * 3 would have made this even better

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Ni muy muy ni tan tan, pero cantaba cabrón la doña.

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Me da webaaaa pero pos ni modo... hasta aquí mi reporte

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Other than respect, it’s ok.

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Hardeer than you thought

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Strong album with strong voice, beautiful voice.

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Eh, it was ok. Nice singing.

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Not my favorite style of music

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not my taste but wonderful vocals

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Feels so perfectly timeless.

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6

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I can appreciate the song writing and talent behind the album, but it just doesn't connect at all.

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7/10

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Admittedly I wasn’t concentrating with headphones on.

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Good I suppose. I bet 'Baby, Baby, Baby' is Robert Plant's favourite song from this. The creepy nonce.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Good jams, not my style but enjoyed the short 35 minute album.

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Incrivelmente eh bem legal! Respect, obviamente eh mais conhecida que o Papa

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Not my thing but one or two tracks were worth a listen.

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Some really nice stuff but a bit screechy in places. I enjoyed it but unlike Nena Simone I won't re-visit.

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never loved a man the way that i love nigel. good album this, couple of boring tracks but an enoyable listen.

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Ich war nicht wirklich bei der Sache, fand es aber ganz gut.

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I can tell this is great music but it's not really my jam. I find myself spacing out over lots of it.

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Beautiful soul music to set a relaxing mood, but it's not to my speed. Gotta give respect where R-E-S-P-ECT is deserved though!

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Not one of my favorite singers but a classic album for sure.

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Incredible voice, good for listening to late at night or a lazy weekend morning

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Despite me having no doubts about the class of this album it’s too samey for me. I didn’t listen all the way

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What a voice! Some classic songs performed with gusto.

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pretty cool, just a little repetitive in my opinion but I like the rhythm.

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Is there a better voice than Aretha’s? Fifteen seconds into Respect I get the chills that last the rest of the song. She did it to me again in Save Me. How lucky am I that I get to experience Aretha’s supreme talent? I feel as though aerosolized soul is oozing out of the speakers, and I get to breathe it in, during A Change Is Gonna Come. Several songs are unnoteworthy. Tracks such as Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream; Dr. Feelgood; and Do Right Woman, Do Right Man could go. In the end as an album, there isn’t quite enough here to garner a higher rating that Aretha herself clearly deserves.

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Classic

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Aretha and Urethra are very similar words, but there are vas deferens. — | — Listen to 'I’ve Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You' and agree with me — a standard UTI doesn't evoke as much pain as Aretha does on this album. There’s this incredible feeling of a heartbroken innocence that runs from beginning to end. The first track worth mentioning, “Drown in My Own Tears” wraps you in the warmth of a dark, desolate dive bar where Aretha’s voice is the only thing you can feel after hours of drinking alone. And that holds true for most of the songs. This album could’ve been the soundtrack to every B movie made in the 80’s. The title track, 'I Never Loved a Man…’ could easily be set to the scene of a lonely bride hiding her face at the altar in an empty church. Queue up the song, close your eyes and imagine the scene. The camera, focused on the bride, slowly backs away up the aisle, gently pulling out of a small Baptist church, out the doors, down the steps and then, just as slowly, points to the blue sky as a single black bird crosses the frame. The credits start to roll. Through all of this, the undercurrent of an organ and backup singers evoke possible redemption through faith. However, everyone knows only time will heal a broken heart, and antibiotics ease pain caused by gonorrhea and even the worst UTIs.

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Such an amazing voice.

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Respect is a good song.

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Objectively not bad, but not my preference in music.

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The lovely Aretha!

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All I’m asking is for a little respect

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8.5/10

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This lady deserves her place in the annals of popular music fame, but whilst i can appreciate her story and her vocal strength, it's a style of music that doesn't get my pulse racing

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Bit middle of the road - but some obvious classics.

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Really only like her top song

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A 23 year old walked into my office and asked if this was The Jackson 5. It made me so sad. Anyway, this was my first time hearing it all the way through and it was great.

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Iconic singer, but would I listen to the whole album again? Probably not.

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real rating 3.5

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Iconic singer with good music which, today, unfortunately doesn't command your attention very much

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very beautiful and lovely while i made pancakes

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Great album. Feel good.

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7/10

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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Aretha kan wel wat! Goeie sound.

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Lekker hor!

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7/10 very vibe. definetly enjoyed it. 60s rock crasy

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Have never listened to this album but I do love Aretha Franklin's voice. I imagine the album would be very good.

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Not my vibe, but wow, great voice.

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Tons of respect, even if Franklin’s not my preferred flavour of the blues.

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Aretha, you're wonderful.

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Ill keep it 100, this albums is really good for what it is, but isnt meant for my tastes tbh. Very good casual listening though, definitely worth the time. Hear me out when I say this, her and Julian Casablancas have similar vocal vibes, like the fried vocals, compression-distortion-compression, but like its just how her voice naturally sounds. born by the river nice; good allusions, running like the river. Chords at middle of do right woman, do right man, are nice good album

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Kann irgendwie mit dieser Art Soul/Pop nicht allzu viel außerhalb von Filmen anfangen und selbst dann müssen es irgendwie die allergrößten Banger sein. Auf der ersten Hälfte des Albums dahingehend noch ein paar coole Nummern, aber besonders gegen Ende des Albums kommt einfach nichts mehr. Glaub so Popmusik fühlt den Zahn der Zeit am Stärksten plus die dauernde Idealisierung durch die Musikmedien entzweit das Sollen und Sein hier massivst.

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Ach ja war ganz nett hab ich leider nicht viel zu sagen zu aber hat gefreut zu hören

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I found this album a bit dull... Am I crazy? 6.5/10.

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Yeah - good work here. Some classic soul.

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enjoyed, pretty sure ive heard this album sampled

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One really good song but the rest of the album was a bid boring

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Yep Aretha had an amazing voice as evidenced on this collection. However it's one of those albums I own that doesn't quite hit the spot, so I rarely play it. I think it's maybe just a little too straightforward whereas my tastes are for something more exotic, zany and unusual. So maybe the problem is me, not the record.

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As with the previous album, I wasn’t all that excited to play it but actually I enjoyed it. 3*

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Nothing but a solid Aretha Franklin album.

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Went in with high expectations that it didn't quite meet. Not all the songs were as good as RESPECT.

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Great voice

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Rip Aretha

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she had nice voice but no thank you

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музика із заставок серіалів 70-90их

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OK

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Wow! Started off really strong. It does slow down pretty significantly in the middle.

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Eu fui meio apático com ele, não me foi muito marcante, lembro de trechos de uma música apenas.

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Das hat irgendwie so weichgespült nebenher geplätscher, no hate. Aber war auch mehr so ein nebenbei listen.

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not my thing

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Das gab mir mal so gar nichts, ich kannte den ersten Song aber boah, das war mir soo egal ich glaub das ist dem Genre geschuldet

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I appreciate the musicality but it didn't really interest me.

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average

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Oh, ich find das stimmlich gekonnt aber sowas von weit weg davon, warum ich Musik gerne höre. Mit-ach-und-Krach 1.4

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