|1||Won't Be Long||1961||03:12||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||7,41 MB|
|2||Over The Rainbow||1961||02:42||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,23 MB|
|3||Love Is The Only Thing||1961||02:44||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,32 MB|
|4||Sweet Lover||1961||03:26||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||7,91 MB|
|5||All Night Long||1961||03:01||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,98 MB|
|6||Who Needs You||1961||02:50||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,55 MB|
|7||Right Now||1961||02:27||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||5,66 MB|
|8||Are You Sure||1961||02:44||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,33 MB|
|9||Maybe I'm A Fool||1961||03:21||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||7,72 MB|
|10||It Ain't Necessarily So||1961||02:57||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,82 MB|
|11||By Myself||1961||02:42||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,24 MB|
|12||Today I Sing The Blues||1961||02:47||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,43 MB|
|13||Are You Sure (Rehearsal)||1961||02:28||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||5,70 MB|
|14||Who Needs You (Take 9)||1961||03:05||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||7,14 MB|
|15||Right Now (Take 1)||1961||02:41||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,19 MB|
|16||Maybe I'm A Fool (Take 4)||1961||03:59||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||9,19 MB|
|17||By Myself (Mono Mix)||1961||02:42||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,23 MB|
|18||Won't Be Long (Mono Mix)||1961||02:59||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,90 MB|
|19||All Night Long (Mono Mix)||1961||03:08||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||7,25 MB|
|20||Love Is The Only Thing (Mono Mix)||1961||02:46||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,38 MB|
|21||Right Now (Mono Mix)||1961||02:24||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||5,55 MB|
|22||Today I Sing The Blues (Mono Mix)||1961||02:48||Joint Stereo||MP3||320||6,49 MB|
Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo is
the second studio album (and debut for Columbia Records)
of the future "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, released in
1961. The album is also known under its working title Right
Now It's Aretha.
Studio album by Aretha Franklin, released in February 27, 1961, recorded on August 1, 1960 - January 10, 1961 (Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York)
Label: Columbia CS8412 - Producer: John H. Hammond
Following in the footsteps of close friend Sam Cooke, Aretha was "discovered" by famed Columbia Records producer John H. Hammond, who on the cover notes of the 1973 edition of "The Great Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Slides" mentions, that she was in fact recommended by the composer Curtis Reginald Lewis. With the support of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, Aretha venured out to New York City's Columbia Record Studios to record her debut album for the label. Hammond paired Aretha Franklin with the Ray Bryant combo and arranger J. Leslie McFarland, while taking charge of the album's production, which was received to mixed reviews.
The album showcases a young Aretha Franklin (only 18 years old, at the time of these recordings), covering a range of jazz and pop standards. Columbia Records couldn't clearly classify Aretha's sound, as either jazz or pop. Aretha's subsequent albums would show her moving from the realms of both sounds, and audiences as she tries to define her "own soulful sound".
Though rare to find an original 6-eye pressing on vinyl, Columbia Records re-released these sessions and retitled them as "The Great Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Slides", in 1972.
The exact same recording "The Great
Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Slides", was once more
re-released on vinyl, this time in 1973 by CBS/Embassy,
trademarks of Columbia Records, probably being a UK
edition, which on the center label bears these
identification numbers: EMB S-31006 (KC 31953). There
are some minor changes in the track list for the 1973
edition as well. (See the separate track listing below
the 1972 listing).
"The word is out. A magnetic new artist, Aretha Franklin, only a short while away from her father's gospel church in Detroit, has been breaking up audience in theatres and nightclubs throughout the country and on Columbia single records. Combining a completely natural and uninhibited vocal style with an irresistible rhythmic sense, Aretha Franklin has established herself as one of the hottest new performers in show business and one likely to set new standards in the entertainment industry.
"She doesn't just open the door - she
breaks it down." (From the liner notes by Frank Driggs)
The album was recorded at the New York studios of Columbia Records, 207 East 30th Street, except tracks 1 and 4 which were recorded at the company's studios at 799 Seventh Avenue.
All songs produced by John Hammond and arranged by J. Leslie McFarland. Featuring Ray Bryant on piano.
Track listing - 1972 edition:
Track listing - 1973 edition:
| Side One
The cover notes on this edition were written by John Hammond, October 5, 1972. Among other things he mentions that all the sides on the record were originally made as singles, primarily for the jukebox market. At the end he writes: For some strange reason, this album has always been something of a secret, and I can only hope that it gets across to a new generation of Aretha admirers. Let me hasten to add that there has been no overdubbing, rechanneling or other messing around with the pure gold of the original.