Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998
Released: Jan 2012
Named after Aretha Franklin and George Michael's deathless adult contemporary smash "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," this is an excellent time capsule of her 1980s comeback, with glossy, synth-based production from Luther Vandross (the great post-disco jams "Jump to It" and "Get It Right"), Narada Michael Walden ("Freeway of Love"), and Lauryn Hill ("A Rose Is Still a Rose"). Once inescapable on pop radio, these songs were Aretha's last wave of hits. Plus, there are a few gems that you may have forgotten, like "Jimmy Lee," "Willing to Forgive" and "United Together."