The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1

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The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1
Compilation album by
ReleasedMarch 18, 1994
RecordedJanuary 1967 - October 1969
GenreSoul music
LabelRhino Records
ProducerGary Stewart
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The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 is a compilation album by singer Aretha Franklin, released by Rhino Records in March 1994. The album compiles 13 of her first 14 singles for Atlantic Records all of which were recorded during the 1960s. The original recordings were produced by Jerry Wexler, and this compilation was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]


This compilation contains thirteen of Franklin's initial fourteen singles released in the United States on Atlantic from her debut "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" of February 1967 through "Call Me" of January 1970. The first eight all made the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, including her chart-topping signature song, "Respect." No single included charted lower than #19 on the Hot 100. Missing is her eleventh single of this sequence, "I Can't See Myself Leaving You" of April 1969; also missing is her 1968 version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" released as a single in the United Kingdom only.

The other three tracks appeared as b-sides, two of which charted on the Hot 100 independently of their hit sides. The single mixes do not appear here on every track.

All basic tracks were recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with the studio's core session musicians. Additional overdubbing on select recordings took place at Atlantic Studios in New York City.

Track listing[edit]

1."Respect" (Atlantic 2403 Billboard #1)Otis Redding2:25
2."Baby I Love You" (Atlantic 2427 Billboard #4)Ronnie Shannon2:51
3."I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Atlantic 2386 Billboard #9)Ronnie Shannon2:43
4."Chain of Fools" (Atlantic 2464 Billboard #2)Don Covay2:48
5."Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Atlantic 2386b)Chips Moman, Dan Penn3:15
6."(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Atlantic 2441 Billboard #8)Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler2:44
7."(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Atlantic 2486 Billboard #5)Aretha Franklin, Ted White2:25
8."Ain't No Way" (Atlantic 2486b Billboard #16)Carolyn Franklin2:54
9."Think" (Atlantic 2518 Billboard #7)Aretha Franklin, Ted White4:14
10."See Saw" (Atlantic 2574 Billboard #14)Steve Cropper, Don Covay2:19
11."The House That Jack Built" (Atlantic 2546 Billboard #6)Bob Lance, Fran Robbins2:46
12."I Say a Little Prayer" (Atlantic 2546b Billboard #10)Burt Bacharach, Hal David2:22
13."The Weight" (Atlantic 2603 Billboard #19)Robbie Robertson3:36
14."Eleanor Rigby" (Atlantic 2683 Billboard #17)John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:38
15."Share Your Love with Me" (Atlantic 2650 Billboard #13)Alfred Braggs3:20
16."Call Me" (Atlantic 2706 Billboard #13)Aretha Franklin3:56

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