Aretha Franklin

Aretha's Best

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Aretha's Best Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Rhino's Aretha's Best is notable for attempting to squeeze highlights of every era of Aretha's career onto one disc. Unfortunately, the compilers threw logic and chronology out the window, preferring to vacillate between classic Atlantic recordings and very good latter-day Arista recordings. There are certainly some great performances missing, but this pretty much hits the majority of the big numbers, from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love." Unfortunately though, it does this within the course of three songs, which gives the compilation no grounding whatsoever. But if you're looking for just the basics -- just the basic hits without any rhyme or reason to the presentation -- this will suit your needs. The compilation would have been close to essential, however, if it had just made some sense.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aretha Franklin 02:25
2 Aretha Franklin 02:19
3 Aretha Franklin 05:52
4 Aretha Franklin 02:43 Amazon
5 Aretha Franklin 02:45 Amazon
6 Aretha Franklin 04:00
7 Aretha Franklin 03:35 Amazon
8 Aretha Franklin 02:21
9 Aretha Franklin 02:26
10 Aretha Franklin 03:34
11 Aretha Franklin 04:16
12 Aretha Franklin feat: George Michael 04:01
13 Aretha Franklin 02:49
14 Aretha Franklin 03:14
15 Aretha Franklin 04:44
16 Aretha Franklin 03:27
17 Aretha Franklin 02:51 Amazon
18 Aretha Franklin 03:56
19 Aretha Franklin 03:16
20 Aretha Franklin 05:33
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