Album #106 – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Album #106

I have always loved the music and voice of Aretha Franklin but this album made me respect her even more (no pun intended!!!). Respect and the title track are two of her biggest and best hits but the rest of the album is just as good. Franklin was not called The Queen Of Soul for nothing. She does not over sing at all just like so many of today’s big singers (Christina Aguilera anyone?). Instead, she shows that she has soul and puts enough emotion into the music that it becomes something with her voice. She recorded this album with Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler who decided to find a new sound for Franklin after she was dropped from Columbia Records because her albums of standards were not selling. Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd created magic. A perfect example of this is the album’s final track, A Change Is Gonna Come. Sam Cooke wrote and recorded this song a few years before Franklin. His version was very over the top in terms of production. Franklin’s version gets to the heart and root of the song. The words take on more meaning for me when Aretha sings them. I really enjoyed this album and hopefully I will be able to add it to my collection at some point. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones!!!!

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