Aretha Franklin - 100 Hit Legends 5CD  Box - £4.99 delivered @ Play

Aretha Franklin - 100 Hit Legends 5CD Box - £4.99 delivered @ Play

Found 17th Oct 2010
The Queen Of Soul Box Would compliment the King Otis Box as also her best stuff on Atlantic Recordings (All Original Studio ) Review In Comments
100 tracks - 5CD
Disc: 1
1. Respect
2. Chain Of Fools
3. Good Times
4. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
5. Baby, I Love You
6. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)
7. Change Gonna Come
8. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream
9. Drown in My Own Tears
10. Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)
11. 96 Tears
12. Save Me
13. Baby, Baby, Baby
14. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
15. Night Life
16. Going Down Slow
17. Never Let Me Go
18. Prove It
19. I Wonder
20. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Disc: 2
1. Think
2. The House That Jack Built
3. I Say a Little Prayer
4. Hello Sunshine
5. You Send Me
6. Soul Serenade
7. Groovin
8. Satisfaction
9. See Saw
10. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
11. Come Back Baby
12. You Are My Sunshine
13. I Take What I Want
14. Money Won't Change You
15. Night Time Is the Right Time
16. That's Life
17. Ain't No Way
18. My Song
19. Good to Me as I Am to You
20. People Get Ready
Disc: 3
1. Son of a Preacher Man
2. Share Your Love With Me
3. The Weight
4. I Can't See Myself Leaving You
5. Tracks Of My Tears
6. Bring It On Home To Me
7. River's Invitation
8. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
9. You're a Sweet Sweet Man
10. Eleanor Rigby
11. Spirit In The Dark
12. Gentle On My Mind
13. Ramblin'
14. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
15. Crazy He Calls Me
16. I'll Never Be Free
17. Call Me
18. So Long
19. Pitiful
20. Today I Sing The Blues
Disc: 4
1. Rock Steady
2. Spanish Harlem
3. That's All I Want From You
4. Border Song (Holy Moses)
5. You And Me
6. Honest I Do
7. The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss)
8. Dark End Of The Street
9. Let It Be
10. You're All I Need to Get By
11. Oh No Not My Baby
12. Try Matty's
13. When The Battle Is Over
14. Why I Sing The Blues
15. Pullin
16. This Girl's In Love With You
17. One Way Ticket
18. Sit Down And Cry
19. It Ain't Fair
20. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Disc: 5
1. Day Dreaming
2. Angel
3. Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
4. (To Be) Young, Gifted And Black
5. All The King's Horses
6. I've Been Loving You Too Long
7. Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)
8. A Brand New Me
9. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
10. April Fools
11. How I Got Over
12. Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)
13. I'm In Love
14. So Swell When You're Well
15. Let Me In Your Life
16. Something He Can Feel
17. Sparkle
18. Rock With Me
19. Hooked On Your Love
20. Look Into Your Heart


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This budget box set includes no less than 100 tracks from Aretha's golden tenure at Atlantic, and presents, in roughly chronlogical order, the bulk of her catalogue originally released between 1967 and 1976.
Such is the high quality control maintained by Aretha over this period, that the effect of listening to these 5 cds (more than 5 and half hours) is quite frankly (no pun intended) overwhelming. No track is less than very good, and many are a pure joy to listen to, helped for the most(show full description) part by Jerry Wexler's inspired gutsy production, but not forgetting Curtis Mayfield's contributions from the Sparkle album, from which 5 tracks close this compilation.
Most buyers will already have around 20 of these songs, as all the famous singles are included, but don't let that put you off. The true pleasure is finding so many more tracks that measure up as well. It's pointless to mention highlights, but I was particularly struck by Prove It, I Wonder, Night Time is the Right Time, All The King's Horses and Something He Can Feel, none of which I previously knew. Even if you are a casual fan, this is heartily recommended.
I have to question the long term wisdom of releasing such a valuable catalogue at a bargain price, but for now I'm content to wallow in these amazing songs in the knowledge that my wallet has hardly been touched. Demon Music's best release so far.
If you also want to get an extended view of her career after this period, I can recommend another budget release on the Sony Camden Deluxe label - A Deeper Love, The Best Of Aretha Franklin which covers 1980-1997, with a further 32 tracks on 2 CDs. Buy both sets, and you will have almost everything you need from the queen of soul.

Superb... suggest also getting 'A Deeper Love' compilation of later material - cheap too.

FYI... also an Otis Redding 100 hits 5 Cd set too for £5. Astounding value - real music for us ol' folks.
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