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Aretha Franklin

Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”

Happy New Year! In 1967, Aretha Franklin released “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” on Atlantic Records. The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with some help from Jerry Wexler, who also produced the single. The backing musicians included members of the legendary Swampers from Muscle Shoals — Spooner Oldham on keys, Tommy Cogbill on bass, guitarist Jimmy Johnson — along with King Curtis on sax, and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations and Aretha’s sisters Carolyn and Erma.

DVD Review: Aretha Franklin, “The Best of Aretha Franklin” (Quadraphonic Mix)

Pity poor Rhino Entertainment, and their vaults bursting with classic tracks from excessively anthologized artists. Take Aretha Franklin, for instance: she has more compilations to her credit than most artists have albums of original material, and the songs Rhino has easy access to — her classic Atlantic sides — have been reissued most of all. So what’s a label to do? In Rhino’s case, the answer is “get creative” — and that’s just what they’ve done with this beautiful rescue of the long-out-of-print The Best of Aretha Franklin. “What do you mean, ‘out of print’?” you might be saying. “There are plenty of Best of Aretha Franklins out there, and most of them have more than this set’s piddling 12 tracks. Who cares about an Aretha best-of from 1973?” To which I respond, “You care. At least, you do if you’re set up for surround sound. And if you aren’t, you might want to buy some new speakers, because this is that good.” The back story on this title, as longtime Aretha fans may recall, …