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Monday, November 24 2008

Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band

A Sgt. Pepper's-inspired satire…a platter of pure soul sizzle…the second act of rock's Warhol-weaned avant-garde…the beautiful noise of two voices in unison…and a backup 'band' comes into their own. Five definitive LPs -- five statements of solid rock royalty.

Monday, July 16 2007

Part 2: Janis Ian to Jimi Hendrix (1966-1970)

Music truly is the universal language. The best songs of protest are passed around, from movement-to-movement, era-to-era; its singers gaining multilingual fluency along the way.


Thursday, February 23 2012

Aretha Franklin: Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980 - 1998

Despite too many duets and a lack of variation, Aretha's voice still shines on her '80s hits.

Thursday, March 24 2011

Aretha Franklin: Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia

Was Aretha's talent wasted before she went to Atlantic Records? You decide.

Thursday, October 25 2007

Aretha Franklin: Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul

Two-disc compilation offers up a wealth of demos, outtakes, alternate versions, and B-sides from Franklin's 1966-1974 Atlantic sessions.

Wednesday, August 16 2006

Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West

Live at Fillmore West puts the exclamation point in "Queen of Soul!"

Thursday, August 4 2005

Aretha Franklin: Jazz Moods: Round Midnight

Classic jazz, classic Aretha. Need anything more be said?"


Wednesday, February 12 2014

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.

Friday, May 24 2013

Counterbalance No. 130: Aretha Franklin's 'Lady Soul'

You told me to leave you alone. My father said come on home. My doctor said take it easy. But the pull of the 130th most acclaimed album of all-time is much too strong. A 1968 soul classic is this week's Counterbalance.

Friday, May 11 2012

Counterbalance No. 81: Aretha Franklin's 'I Never Loved a Man...'

If you want a do right, all day woman, look no further than the 81st Most Acclaimed Album of All-Time, a landmark 1967 soul serenade from Aretha Franklin.

Tuesday, March 24 2009

Good Grief: Pop, Dialogue and Detroit Natives

Indeed, a people who feel unloved are capable of anything. A people who feel loved are capable of everything.


Monday, October 27 2014

Aretha Franklin Takes Other Singers to School on Her New ‘Great Diva Classics’

As you listen to Aretha Franklin’s new album, it’s hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: “Step aside, ladies — here

Monday, November 5 2012

Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the ‘spirit feel’

CHICAGO — The gospel-truth, if you believe most of the history books: Aretha Franklin didn’t really find her true voice until she began working with

Monday, June 25 2012

Aretha Franklin eager for summer gigs, a new album and that biopic

DETROIT — Aretha Franklin’s latest hometown performance, she says, comes as her “voice is doing absolutely fabulous — just better, clear, higher, stronger than ever.” Her

Tuesday, March 29 2011

New boxed set explores Aretha Franklin's early work

You know the Aretha Franklin classics, the hits and the chestnuts, perhaps even the deeper album cuts from her soul years with Atlantic Records and

Tuesday, April 24 2007

Mum's pretty much the word for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin plans to tell her life story twice -- first in a stage musical due out next year, followed by a film version. But

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