January 25, 2015

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 88: Aretha Franklin ‎~ Aretha's Greatest Hits

reel-to-reel tape cover detail
cover design by Loriing Eutemey
cover photo by Ken Cunningham
detail photo of tape box cover by Styrous®

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Aretha's Greatest Hits is the third compilation album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on September 9, 1971 on Atlantic Records, The compilation features three new recordings: "Spanish Harlem", "You're All I Need to Get By" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The album reached Billboard's Top 20 and eventually sold over 500,000 copies. It was never released on compact disc and has been out of print since the 1980s.


reel-to-reel tape cover
cover design by Loriing Eutemey
cover photo by Ken Cunningham
photo of tape box cover by Styrous®





Aretha Franklin ‎~ Aretha's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel tape box back
photo of tape box back by Styrous®

Franklin was in a relationship with road manager and photographer of this album, Ken Cunningham. Franklin and Cunningham had a son named Kecalf before they split in 1976, five years after this album was released.



Aretha Franklin ‎~ Aretha's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel tape box back detail
detail photo of tape box back by Styrous®






Aretha Franklin ‎~ Aretha's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel tape box spine
detail photo of tape box spine by Styrous®


Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s.





Aretha Franklin ‎~ Aretha's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel tape 
photo  by Styrous®







Aretha Franklin ‎~ Aretha's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel tape label detail
detail photo by Styrous®




Track Listing:

Side 1:

  1. "Spanish Harlem" (Jerry Leiber/Phil Spector) - 3:30
  2. "Chain Of Fools" (Don Covay) - 2:45
  3. "Don't Play That Song" (Ahmet Ertegun/Betty Nelson) - 2:48
  4. "I Say a Little Prayer" (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) - 3:30
  5. "Dr. Feelgood" (Aretha Franklin/Ted White) - 3:18
  6. "Let It Be" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - 3:28
  7. "Do Right Woman - Do Right Man" (Dan Penn/Chips Moman) - 3:15

Side 2:

  1. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Paul Simon) - 5:31
  2. "Respect" (Otis Redding) - 2:26
  3. "Baby I Love You" (Ronnie Shannon) - 2:39
  4. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Gerry Goffin/Jerry Wexler/Carole King) - 2:39
  5. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Ronnie Shannon) - 2:47
  6. "You're All I Need to Get By" (Nickolas Ashford/Valerie R. Simpson) - 3:34
  7. "Call Me" (Aretha Franklin) - 3:18

Credits:

Released: September 9, 1971
Recorded: 1967–1971
Label: Atlantic - ALM 8295
Producer: Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin



Aretha Franklin on YouTube:  

Spanish Harlem   
Chain Of Fools (live) 
Don't Play That Song  
I Say a Little Prayer     
I Say a Little Prayer (live)           
Dr. Feelgood (live)       
Let It Be        
Do Right Woman - Do Right Man         
Bridge Over Troubled Water        
Respect (original version)       
Respect         
Baby I Love You         
You're All I Need to Get By (long version)     
Call Me (live, Fillmore West)



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