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Aretha Franklin

The Queen Of Soul

(2014)

"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 Queen Of Soul Cover Aretha Franklin

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.

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