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"I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong 'cause I don't wanna
All I'm askin' is for a little respect
When you come home (just a little bit)."
The song first and foremost associated with premier female Soul interpreter Aretha Franklin is Respect (written by legendary Soul singer Otis Redding ) –- a song title that almost seemed to define the creative and commercial success of 18-time Grammy Award winner Aretha Franklin’s career as an African-American singer in a business that eventually bestowed her with the title ”The Queen Of Soul” (the only other female Soul singer that might’ve been taken into consideration is Gladys Knight; the Soul music of Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross was always slightly too polished and Pop-infused for these singers to gain such a title).
The 4-disc/87-track box set The Queen Of Soul covers Aretha Franklin’s tenure at Atlantic Records, from 1967’s I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You to 1976’s Sparkle, and contains various hit singles, album tracks, non-LP sides, outtakes, rarities, and live performances. This attractively-packaged anthology features all of sixteen Soul/R&B No. 1 hits -– including Respect, Chain Of Fools, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Think, Day Dreaming, Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) –- eleven of which also reached the Top Ten on the Pop Chart. Released by Rhino Records, a label which specializes in archival reissues, The Queen Of Soul is a testament to Aretha Franklin’s supreme interpretive skills as a singer, as well as a tribute to her iconic status and her place in Soul music history. Also see Rhino Records’ 4-disc/92-track box set The King Of Soul by Otis Redding.