Aretha Franklin – Take a Look: Complete on Columbia (11CD+DVD)

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Take a Look demonstrates how Aretha was born the “Queen of Soul,” paying loving care and attention to every facet of her years at Columbia.

The package includes CDs of Aretha’s seven full-length albums for Columbia; two CDs reflecting her collaborations with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964); and a bonus CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston and rarities that were “sweetened” and released after Aretha left the label. The set will also includes a DVD featuring Aretha, at the piano, performing several songs on The Steve Allen Show in 1964.

Among the highlights of Take a Look is a previously unreleased version of Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet which strips away the artificial club ambience that was added to the album’s studio performances, revealing Aretha at the peak of her powers. Another high point is an unreleased album called A Bit of Soul. Though it contains previously released material, the original album is presented here for the first time in its master form. Other revelations include riveting studio conversation between Aretha, John Hammond and pianist Ray Bryant during the making of Aretha’s debut album in the summer of 1960.

The set’s producer, Leo Sacks, says: “The stunning performances on Take a Look demonstrate how Aretha Franklin paved the path to her own greatness. Here is the young Aretha planting the seedlings that would blossom a short time later at Atlantic Records. From standards to show tunes to bebop to blues, Take a Look captures a gritty soul about to take flight.”

CD1 – Aretha (With The Ray Bryant Combo)
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Tracklist

01. Won’t Be Long
02. Over The Rainbow
03. Love Is The Only Thing
04. Sweet Lover
05. All Night Long
06. Who Needs You
07. Right Now
08. Are You Sure
09. Maybe I’m A Fool
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So
11. By Myself
12. Today I Sing The Blues
13. Are You Sure (Rehearsal)
14. Who Needs You (Take 9)
15. Right Now (Take 1)
16. Maybe I’m A Fool (Take 4)
17. By Myself (Mono)
18. Won’t Be Long (Mono)
19. All Night Long (Mono)
20. Love Is The Only Thing (Mono)
21. Right Now (Mono)
22. Today I Sing The Blues (Mono)

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CD2 – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
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Tracklist

01. You Made Me Love You
02. I Told You So
03. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
04. Nobody Like You
05. Exactly Like You
06. It’s So Heartbreakin’
07. Rough Lover
08. Blue Holiday
09. Just For You
10. That Lucky Old Sun
11. I Surrender, Dear
12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
13. Introduction To Hard Times
14. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
15. When They Ask About You
16. Operation Heartbreak
17. I Surrender, Dear (Mono)
18. Rough Lover (Mono)
19. Kissin’ By The Mistletoe (Mono)

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CD3 – The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin
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Tracklist

01. Don’t Cry, Baby
02. Try A Little Tenderness
03. I Apologize
04. Without The One You Love
05. Look For The Silver Lining
06. I’m Sitting On Top Of The World
07. Just For A Thrill
08. God Bless The Child
09. I’m Wandering
10. How Deep Is The Ocean
11. I Don’t Know You Anymore
12. Lover Come Back To Me
13. Trouble In Mind (Mono)
14. Without The One You Love (Mono)
15. Don’t Cry, Baby (Mono)
16. I’m Wandering (Mono)
17. Try A Little Tenderness (Mono)
18. I Apologize (Mono)
19. Lover Come Back To Me (Mono)
20. I Don’t Know You Anymore (Mono)

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CD4 – Laughing On The Outside
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01. Skylark
02. For All We Know
03. Make Someone Happy
04. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
05. Solitude
06. Laughing On The Outside
07. Say It Isn’t So
08. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
09. If Ever I Would Leave You
10. Where Are You
11. Mr. Ugly
12. I Wanna Be Around
13. Ol’ Man River
14. You’ve Got Her (Mono)
15. Here’s Where I Came In (Here’s Where I Walk Out) (Mono)
16. Say It Isn’t So (Mono)

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CD5 – Tiny Sparrow – The Bobby Scott Sessions
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Tracklist

01. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
02. Please Answer Me
03. Harbor Lights
04. I May Never Get To Heaven
05. Moon River
06. I Won’t Cry Anymore
07. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
08. My Little Brown Book
09. Tiny Sparrow
10. Johnny
11. Looking Through A Tear
12. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (Mono)
13. Johnny (Mono)

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CD6 – Unforgettable – A Tribute To Dinah Washington
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Tracklist

01. Unforgettable
02. Cold, Cold Heart
03. What A Diff’rence A Day Made
04. Drinking Again
05. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
06. Evil Gal Blues
07. Don’t Say You’re Sorry Again
08. This Bitter Earth
09. If I Should Lose You
10. Soulville
11. Lee Cross (Mono)

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CD7 – Take A Look – The Clyde Otis Sessions
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Tracklist

01. I’ll Keep On Smiling
02. Shangri-La
03. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
04. People
05. A Mother’s Love
06. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
07. But Beautiful
08. That’s Entertainment
09. Take A Loo
10. (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young
11. Jim
12. Sweet Bitter Love
13. Only The Lonely
14. My Coloring Book
15. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So
16. People (Mono)
17. A Mother’s Love (Mono)

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CD8 – Runnin’ Out Of Fools
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01. Mockingbird
02. How Glad I Am
03. Walk On By
04. Every Little Bit Hurts
05. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
06. You’ll Lose A Good Thing
07. I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face
08. It’s Just A Matter Of Time
09. Runnin’ Out Of Fools
10. My Guy
11. Two Sides Of Love
12. One Room Paradise
13. A General Market Advertisement From Columbia Records
14. A Special Ad For Christmas
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Mono)
16. Winter Wonderland (Mono)

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CD9 – A Bit Of Soul
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Tracklist

01. Follow Your Heart
02. Only The One You Love
03. One Step Ahead
04. Can’t You Just See Me
05. How To Murder Your Wife
06. A Little Bit Of Soul
07. Cry Like A Baby
08. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland
09. Remember Me
10. Land Of Dreams
11. Little Miss Raggedy Ann
12. Deeper
13. I Still Can’t Forget
14. Rose Of Washington Square
15. Take It Like You Give It (Mono)
16. Follow Your Heart (Mono)
17. Only The One You Love (Mono)
18. One Step Ahead (Mono)
19. How To Murder Your Wife (Mono)
20. A Little Bit Of Soul (Mono)
21. Cry Like A Baby (Mono)
22. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland (Mono)

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CD10 – Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet
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01. This Could Be The Start Of Something
02. Once In A Lifetime
03. Misty
04. More
05. There Is No Greater Love
06. Muddy Water
07. If I Had A Hammer
08. Impossible
09. Today I Love Ev’rybody
10. Without The One You Love
11. Trouble In Mind
12. Love For Sale
13. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
14. Misty (Ppreviously Unreleased)
15. Love For Sale (Ppreviously Unreleased)
16. Once In A Lifetime (Ppreviously Unreleased)
17. Today I Love Ev’rybody (Ppreviously Unreleased)
18. Impossible (Ppreviously Unreleased)
19. This Could Be The Start Of Something (Ppreviously Unreleased)
20. More (Ppreviously Unreleased)
21. There Is No Greater Love (Ppreviously Unreleased)
22. If I Had A Hammer (Ppreviously Unreleased)
23. Muddy Water (Ppreviously Unreleased)
24. Without The One You Love (Ppreviously Unreleased)
25. Trouble In Mind (Ppreviously Unreleased)

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CD11 – The Queen In Waiting
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01. Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door) (Mono)
02. (Тo, No) I’m Not Losing You
03. Why Was I Born
04. Hands Off (Mono)
05. Swanee
06. You Made Me Love You
07. Until You Were Gone (Mono)
08. Mockingbird (Mono) Overdubbed Version
09. Can’t You Just See Me (Mono) Overdubbed Version
10. Today I Sing The Blues (Mono) Overdubbed Version
11. Walk On By (Overdubbed Version)
12. One Room Paradise (Overdubbed Version)
13. Every Little Bit Hurts (Overdubbed Version)
14. Evil Gal Blues (Overdubbed Version)
15. Rough Lover (Overdubbed Version)
16. Trouble In Mind (Overdubbed Version)
17. Without The One You Love (Overdubbed Version)
18. Won’t Be Long (Overdubbed Version)
19. Take A Look (Overdubbed Version)
20. Runnin’ Out Of Fools (Overdubbed Version)
21. Skylark (Overdubbed Version)

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DVD – Aretha ’64 Live On The Steve Allen Show
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01. Lover Come Back To Me
02. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
03. Won’t Be Long
04. Skylark
05. Evil Gal Blues

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12 Responses to “Aretha Franklin – Take a Look: Complete on Columbia (11CD+DVD)”

  1. gary says:

    This is amazing, was missing a few. ty for sharing.

  2. OUdies_ says:

    thanks for this great collection…..
    peace rappamelo!

    cheers from Chile

    Oud!

  3. Paco's brother says:

    Magnificent !!!
    We’ll never love a woman the way we love her !
    Thanks a lot

  4. richsolis says:

    Thanks for shoring not sharing, thank you very very much you are too generous.

  5. Lemonface says:

    Thanks, was fiending for this!

  6. frsn says:

    whoa. wow. seriously wow.

  7. Remedial says:

    Great post. Thanks for this one.

  8. djrj says:

    Yes many thanks for this. I have the versions without the bonus tracks so this is great!

  9. MatRE says:

    Greetings and respect from Romania! Thanks for the shared treasures.

  10. microgroovin says:

    Thanks, such a great share ! just an important detail, the ‘CD7 – Take A Look – The Clyde Otis Sessions’ is missing, no more RS link and the mediafire is dead…thanks again for sharing !

  11. Ivan says:

    Hi, Thank you SO much for all those treasures you share, I just have a remark, I have downloaded the 6 parts of Aretha 64 DVD but part 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are damaged files though I cannot open them :-( If you can fix it it would be just great. Greetings from Switerland

  12. Summer says:

    Is there any chance of a reupload?

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