Friday, February 22, 2008
Funky Friday - Queen Of Soul
I really haven't got anywhere near as much Aretha as I should - so any tip offs, starting points and must have recommendations would be welcome.
'I Say A Little Prayer'
This has to be the most beltingest version of the Bacharach/David classic - where other readings drift dreamily along, Aretha's sensual celebratery take swishes, swoops, swings and has me bending at the knee and bulging at the eye everytime. Absolutely stunning - Listen out for the Gospel style 'call and response' touches on the "forever and ever" section
Magic moments are...
The spiralling "do" - 1:31
The bellowing "EVER, YEAH " - 1:46
The soaring "one" 2:10
'I Say A Little Prayer' was recorded for Aretha's appearance on the Tom Jones Show ( the highlights of Tom's sixties shows are available on DVD), where Tom and Aretha also tuck into a couple of dynamic duets and put the needles in the red with their super seismic lungbusting.
Tom Jones and Aretha Franklin - 'See Saw'
And finally a few nuggets...
Aretha Franklin - You Keep Me Hanging On (outtake)
Since You've Been Gone.mp3
An extra special salute goes out to Vince at Fufu Stew for this track..
Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door.mp3