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Aretha Now by Aretha Franklin
Released: Jun 1968
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Aretha's follow-up to her classic Lady Soul is packed with dancefloor hits. She keeps the popcorn soul piping hot on "Think," "See Saw" and "A Change," and her heartrending cover of Burt Bacharach's "I Say A Little Prayer" is arguably superior to Dionne Warwick's original. Longtime fans will recognize her take on Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" as a concert favorite, and "I Can't See Myself Leaving You" closes with a bittersweet but hopeful note. While Aretha Now doesn't have the aching soul ballads that made her famous, it's a key installment in her classic late-'60s canon.
Mosi Reeves