Aretha Franklin

Wholy Holy

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A crystal-shattering remake of the Marvin Gaye/Al Cleveland/Renaldo Benson song originally heard on Gaye's What's Going On album. Aretha takes you to church on this July 1972 release, hitting shivering notes throughout the song. Not one of Ree's biggest hits, it was too stark, too real, and too gospel for urban and pop radio stations; the numbers (number 49 soul/number 81 pop) bear this out, but you can't deny the amazing performance. Soul Records issued an instrumental prior to this by Junior Walker in 1970.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic 5:33
Free Soul: The Classics of Aretha Franklin 2000 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. 5:30
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino 5:30
More Gospel Greats 2011 Flashback / Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 5:28
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 3:28
Wholy Holy Atlantic / Rhino