Friday, 28 September 2018

Aretha Franklin - The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970




Now, I am a stereo man first and foremost, I have to admit, but I can appreciate the authentic, powerful, beautiful sound of pure, unadulterated mono on several notable occasions - The Rolling Stones early albums, Bob Dylan's sixties output, some of the Beatles albums, The Kinks, Them, The Animals - and this, which is a truly sublime collection of mono brilliance.

TRACK LISTING

1. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
2. Do Right Women, Do Right Man
3. Respect
4. Dr. Feelgood
5. Baby I Love You
6. Going Down Slow
7. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
8. Baby, Baby, Baby
9. Chain Of Fools
10. Prove It
11. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
12. Ain't No Way
13. Think
14. You Send Me
15. The House That Jack Built
16. I Say A Little Prayer
17. See Saw
18. My Song
19. The Weight
20. The Tracks Of My Tears
21. I Can't See Myself Leaving You
22. Gentle On My Mind
23. Share Your Love With Me
24. Pledging My Love/ The Clock
25. Eleanor Rigby
26. It Ain't Fair
27. Call Me
28. Son Of A Preacher Man
29. Spirit In The Dark
30. The Thrill Is Gone
31. Don't Play That Song
32. Let It Be
33. Border Song
34. You And Me

The music needs no introduction, of course, but the sound does need commenting on - it is full, powerful and bassy and comes pounding right out of the centre of your speakers with a beautifully resounding thump. The bass is sublime. For evidence, check out the bass, drums and guitar on the underrated "Dr. Feelgood", the sheer bassy soul power on "Chain Of Fools" or the grinding gospel soul of "Think". Just listen to that bass on "See Saw". Sumptuous.

On lighter tracks, such as "I Say A Little Prayer" the bass is subtle and melodic and the cymbals come clear and sharp from your speakers. I will say, though, that the overall volume is a little quieter than some releases, so you have to turn it up a bit. No problem. Just crank up "The House That Jack Built". Glorious.

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