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First 12 Sides
Aretha Franklin
First 12 Sides
Genres: Pop, R&B
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CD Details

All Artists: Aretha Franklin
Title: First 12 Sides
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tristar
Release Date: 8/29/1995
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Vocal Pop, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074643195324, 766923526521

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CD Reviews

Marisa | Illinois | 05/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"energetic, INTERESTING, humorous, passionate tunes. Aretha's voice sounds so young and transporting and divine - this album is a treasure. The love songs are sexy and idiosyncratic, the 2 expressly 'spiritual' tunes (of course, all of Aretha is spiritual) are unusual and funny and great and the blues are dead-on... I don't think an Aretha fan could possibly regret getting turned on to this album."
Fantastic | usa | 05/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Aretha Franklin Sounds Wonderful Here.Her VOice really Captures The Essence&Zenith of The Arrangements.Her Voice Alone is Timeless.Her Piano Playing has So Much Soul.Very Essential Music FROM THE QUEEN."
A Lifetime of Experience in Her Magnificent Voice
Oliver Penn | New York City | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I get so angered when I see these young girls being compared to giants like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Bettye LaVette! Is it possible for a white English girl, who just LISTENED to Aretha, Etta or Bettye have the deep understanding and ability to sing soul music WITHOUT the actual experience and TRAINING that these ladies gained through many years of hard singing and difficulty just LIVING in the USA?

All three artists grew up in segregated, Jim Crow America. It was hard being discriminated against and not even considered human by the majority. Segregation in the USA was not so many years ago, when you look at it. Aretha, for example started singing in a black Baptist church at seven years old. Because her father was famous, the greats of gospel, jazz and blues flowed through his living room. Aretha toured the nation on grueling gospel caravans and sang in concerts with fabled gospel singers like Clara Ward, James Cleveland and Albertina Walker. She competed with the best singers in that world. By the time she was 18, all that experience and LIFE, living in a bigoted nation, was in her voice. No wonder she astonished the jaded music critics when they heard her sing and play that driving gospel piano on this, her first Columbia album.

Even a lot of music critics don't understand the technique of soul singing. There are so many elements in the gospel genre that white singers don't understand and can't convey. So many of those vocal runs are so intricately complicated and MUST be executed correctly or they don't mean anything. Soul singers don't holler and scream for nothing, there's meaning behind all that. And, that too, has to be done right, or it won't play. I don't hear any of that expertise in the voices of these young girls and guys from foreign countries, who decide to try and sing this music.

Today, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, etc. can leave their countries and travel to the USA, bypass performing on anything that resembles a "chitlin' circuit" and be invited on the Letterman, Leno and Today shows, no problem. White music critics hail Joss Stone: "the next Aretha Franklin!" Stone and Winehouse and the like, can jump right over American-born soul singers who've been toiling for years in their OWN country and who have never been invited to perform on ANY national TV show, forget Leno and Letterman, who feature young, white teen garage bands on a weekly basis (tell me, how do these unknown boy bands get these choice gigs?). I've never seen Gwen McCrae, Betty Wright or Shirley Brown on any of those shows, and, they can sing CIRCLES around Stone or Winehouse.

I've listened to Amy and Joss and I hear nothing special, just girls who've listened to some soul records and decided that they are "soul singers," and the American public, once again, embraces them and shuns the originals. It's an old "habit" that I'm afraid will never go away.

This album showcases a girl who was fresh from the gospel wars. I say "wars" because I was on the battlefield too! I sang gospel for years and understand what to listen for when I hear genuine soul singing. Aretha Franklin is the REAL DEAL."