Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul', passed away at the age of 76
We'll always feel connected to her wonderful voice and gospel-rooted singing. In a 50-year recording career she racked up a dozen million-selling records and earned no fewer than 18 Grammy awards. R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Newly mastered from the original analog tapes,The Electrifying Aretha Franklinindeed electrified audiences when it was released in 1962, winning Aretha top honors in DownBeat magazine's prestigious listeners' poll. Aretha's brief output for Columbia set the stage for her ascendance as the Queen of Soul at Atlantic Records. One can easily hear her divinely inspired soul fire, emerging interpretative grace and vocal sophistication.
Just before she recorded her first album with Atlantic, Columbia releasedSoul Sister; a collection of recordings from the Columbiavaults. Aretha may not have yet reached the heights she would in her later career, this collection shows an artist in the making, her raw talent budding with hope, grace and fire.