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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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Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted And Black (1972) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted And Black (1972/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:44 minutes | 915 MB | Genre: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Rhino Atlantic

Chart History/Awards
– Reached #2 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
– “Day Dreaming” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Singles.
– “Brand New Me” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Singles.
– GRAMMY®: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
– Included on VH1‘s “Greatest Albums of All Time.”

“…an extremely personal, beautiful record…controlled throughout by one sensibility, Miss Franklin’s…” – Rolling Stone

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Aretha Franklin – The Queen Of Soul (2014) [AcousticSounds 24-192]

Aretha Franklin – The Queen Of Soul (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 5:12:05 minutes | ~ 10,4 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front/Rear cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings is an 87-track, four-disc box set that covers Aretha Franklin’s Atlantic career, spanning from 1967’s “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” to 1976’s “Something He Can Feel.” Over the course of the set, all of Aretha’s best-known songs, including all of her Top Ten pop and R&B singles, are included. For fans who only know the singles, the set is primarily notable for the wealth of album tracks and forgotten singles that are included, which nearly equal the hits in terms of quality. Stopping just short of her move to disco, The Queen of Soul just misses being a totally comprehensive collection, but it remains definitive – it may miss some of her later hits, but every one of her greatest tracks is in the box. The Queen of Soul is one the cornerstones of any soul collection.

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Aretha Franklin – Love All The Hurt Away (1981/2015) [PonoMusic 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Love All The Hurt Away (1981/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:14 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: PonoMusic | @ Arista

Love All The Hurt Away is an Aretha Franklin album, the singer’s second release for Arista Records. Despite strong reviews, it was a sales disappointment, topping off at approximately 250,000 copies. Aretha’s cover version of Sam & Dave’s classic hit “Hold On! I’m Coming” won Franklin her 11th Grammy Award in the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female category. It was her first Grammy win since 1974.

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Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967/2012) [HDTracks 24-192]

Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (1967/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:51 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: R&B
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Rhino Atlantic

For the First Time – Digitally Released As High Resolution Downloads 192kHz/24bit Classic Soul Titles from the Archives of Atlantic Records and Rhino Records.

Aretha Franklin’s 1967 landmark recording, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You stands among her most celebrated works. Her powerful and passionate vocals helped earn her the title “Queen of Soul.” Produced by Jerry Wexler, the seminal classic debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit singles, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Respect.” “Respect” would go on to win the GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. The monumental recording was also included in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” A must own recording!

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Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace (1972/2012) [HDTracks 24-192]

Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace (1972/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:26:50 minutes | 3,48 GB | Genre: R&B
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Rhino Atlantic

For the First Time – Digitally Released As High Resolution Downloads 192kHz/24bit Classic Soul Titles from the Archives of Atlantic Records and Rhino Records.

Noted for its unbelievable sound quality, Amazing Grace was Franklin’s 1972 masterpiece. The multi-Platinum recording, one of her best, would win the GRAMMY® Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance and remains one of the bestselling Gospel albums of all time. Included are the stunning tunes, “How I Got Over,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and the hit single, “Wholy Holy”.

Aretha Franklin disproved the notion that once you leave the church, you can’t go back. She returned in triumph on this 1972 double album, making what might be her greatest release ever in any style. Her voice was chilling, making it seem as if God and the angels were conducting a service alongside Franklin, Rev. James Cleveland, the Southern California Community Choir, and everyone else in attendance. Her versions of “How I Got Over” and “You’ve Got a Friend” are legendary.

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