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Aretha Arrives

Aretha Arrives by Aretha Franklin
Released: Aug 1967
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Aretha Arrives was released mere months after the album that made her a superstar, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, so it is often overlooked. And Aretha gets off to a rough start with a mediocre cover of the Stones' "Satisfaction." This set is more pop-oriented than her classic soul debut, but there are plenty of highlights. Torchy ballads like "Never Let Me Go" and "You Are My Sunshine" demonstrate her excellent voice. "Prove It" is a diamond that should have been a hit. And "Baby I Love You," the big single from Aretha Arrives, needs no introduction.
Mosi Reeves