This year marks the 50th anniversary of Aretha Franklin signing to Atlantic Records, kicking off a career with the label which led to her not only earning the title “Queen of Soul” but proving the absence of hyperbole in that title with iconic single after iconic single after… Well, let’s just say that she had five hit singles in ’67 alone, so that’s a whole lot of iconic singles.
To celebrate this very big 5-0, Rhino has just released A BRAND NEW ME: ARETHA FRANKLIN WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, which takes Aretha’s classic vocals from some of her most iconic songs and pairs them with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and brand new backing vocals led by Patti Austin.
Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, the duo who brought you If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, A BRAND NEW ME offers an opportunity for Aretha’s fans to hear her songs in a brand new way. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still listen to the original versions – rest assured, they’re sitting comfortably in Rhino’s catalog whenever you’re of a mind to revisit them – but this loving new spin on Aretha’s songs warrants a listen…and since it’s in stores now, don’t you think it’s about time you got to listening?
CD / Digital:
2. "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"
3. "I Say A Little Prayer"
4. "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"
5. "A Brand New Me"
6. "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)"
8. "Border Song (Holy Moses)"
9. "Let It Be"
10. "People Get Ready"
1 "Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)"
12. "You're All I Need To Get By"
13. "Son Of A Preacher Man"