Tag: Aretha Franklin

  • Listen Here: The Best Beatles Cover Versions (Part 2)

    Listen Here: The Best Beatles Cover Versions (Part 2)

    Welcome to the “liner notes” to the second of three mixes bringing you the very best Beatles cover versions. You can hear all the tunes mentioned below by playing the embedded Mixcloud player at the top of the page, or by clicking this link for Mixcloud to open in a new tab. Mixcloud is a…

  • Is it cheaper to buy vinyl online or in record shops? The Verdict. 

    Is it cheaper to buy vinyl online or in record shops? The Verdict. 

    The day came for us to finally resolve the question. Is it cheaper to buy vinyl online or in record shops and fairs? We had a couple of minor rules – we would try to buy a) Aretha Franklin’s Atlantic albums up to 1972, b) copies should be in VG+ condition or better, and c)…

  • How To Buy Aretha Franklin on Vinyl

    How To Buy Aretha Franklin on Vinyl

    Previously, we saw how “I Never Loved A Man” became a smash hit for Aretha Franklin. But what about those other LPs on Atlantic? Between 1967 and 1972 Aretha Franklin released eight studio albums, two live albums and a Greatest Hits. Which ones should you start with? And what are the best versions to get?…

  • The Making of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”

    The Making of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”

    Wilson Pickett moved towards Percy Sledge, ready to punch him, hard.  Sledge had popped in during one of Pickett’s recording sessions at the Muscle Shoals Fame Studios, and as his name would suggest, began to sledge Pickett, telling him first he sounded like Otis Redding, and then like James Brown.  That’s the best way to…

  • Aretha Franklin’s Emotional First Performance 

    Aretha Franklin’s Emotional First Performance 

    …and Why It Took Nine Albums To Score Aretha’s First Hit Aretha Franklin sat at a piano in her father’s church, just days after her mother’s death. She was just ten years old and about to make her first ever public performance. There were two thousand people in the congregation waiting to hear this recently…

  • Who Has Had The Longest Unbroken Run Of Great Albums…? (Clue: It’s Not The Beatles)

    Who Has Had The Longest Unbroken Run Of Great Albums…? (Clue: It’s Not The Beatles)

    A friend and I were debating who has had the longest consecutive run of classic albums in order to settle another argument.  Which is cheaper? Buying records online or buying in shops? Our scientific method was to each buy the same set of albums – and we thought that buying a set from one artist…

  • Buying Vintage Soul and RnB on Vinyl

    Buying Vintage Soul and RnB on Vinyl

    The story so far: I’m building a vinyl record collection for the sum of £116.99, which just happens to be how much it costs to buy the new Oasis Box Set of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. So far, I have something old (by Chuck Berry), something new (by Oasis), so it was time for…

  • A Music Quiz For Christmas

    A Music Quiz For Christmas

    Yes! A Music Quiz! Here’s the picture: You have been up and down serving drinks like a Vegas waitress, only without the tips. It’s debatable whether you would look better as you are – wearing a jumper with a reindeer on it from Auntie Marge – or wearing a Vegas waitress’ tights-and-little-else combination. The brussels…